Russia bombing US-backed rebels in Syria: US official

Picture taken on March 16, 2016 and released by the Russian Defence Ministry shows Russian Sukhoi Su-25 ground attack aircraft taking off from Hmeimim military base in Latakia province“Today, Russian aircraft conducted a series of air strikes near al-Tanf against Syrian Counter-ISIL forces that included individuals who have received US support,” said the senior defense official, who requested anonymity. “Russian aircraft have not been active in this area of southern Syria for some time, and there were no Syrian regime or Russian ground forces in the vicinity,” the official said. The US military launched a $500 million program in early 2015 to train entire units of “moderate” Syrians to fight Islamic State jihadists.

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