Apparent Russian raids in Syria's south for first time: monitor

A video image purporting to show a Russian air strike on an Islamic State group facility in the Syrian province of IdlibRussia appears to have carried out strikes in southern Syria’s Daraa province for the first time in an apparent expansion of its aerial campaign, a monitor said on Thursday. “Warplanes that are believed to be Russian carried out strikes on the Hara, Tal Antar, Kafr Nasaj and Aqraba areas of northern Daraa” last night, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor. “This would be the first time that Russian planes have carried out strikes in Daraa,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

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