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Syria: Despite Critics, Russia Force Launches Rockets On IS  

The incumbent President, Bashar al-Assa

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – In its ongoing offensives, Russia has launched rocket strikes on Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria from its warships in the Caspian Sea, a distance of about 1,500km (932 miles) away.

While confirming Wednesday, the Russian Defence Minister, Sergei Shoigu said four warships have launched 26 sea-based cruise missiles on 11 targets.

The Syrian ally which has been accused of acting against other US-led forces said it was targeting “all terrorists”, but some of its air strikes have reportedly hit civilians and Western-backed rebels.

Russia has also denied claims that its week-long strikes mainly hit non-IS targets.

In the meantime, Syrian officials have confirmed that the country’s ground troops have launched an offensive under Russian air cover.

Similarly, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported “the most intense fighting in months” in Hama and Idlib provinces. The body pointed out that the clashes followed a wave of Russian air strikes in the same areas.

It was considered that the latest offensives was the first co-ordinated, since the air campaign by Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, started since September 30, 2015.


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