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Syria regime advances with Russian air support

A picture taken from the village of Buqaata in the Israeli-annexed Syrian Golan Heights shows flames and smoke ascending from alleged shelling by Syrian government forces on Islamic State group positions near Jubata al-Khashab on October 6, 2015Syrian forces made advances against rebels in Hama and Latakia provinces as the US and Russia declared “progress” in talks designed to avoid accidents in war-torn Syria’s increasingly crowded air space. The Pentagon said more talks with Moscow were planned after positive discussions on Saturday aimed at preventing military mistakes, a decision confirmed by the Russian defence ministry, which described negotiations so far as as “professional and constructive”. Western governments claim the vast majority of Russian strikes have targeted rebel groups other than Islamic State (IS) — the focus of their own air campaign — in an attempt to defend President Bashar al-Assad’s rule.

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