Russia enters Syria war with air strikes

A video grab made on September 30, 2015 shows an image made available on the Russian Defence Ministry's official website, purporting to show an airstrike in SyriaRussia launched air strikes in war-torn Syria on Wednesday, its first military engagement outside the former Soviet Union since the occupation of Afghanistan in 1979. Russian warplanes carried out strikes in several provinces along with Syrian government aircraft as President Vladimir Putin seeks to steal US President Barack Obama’s thunder by pushing a rival plan to defeat the Islamic State group in Syria. Both Moscow and Damascus presented the operation as targeting IS militants, with a Syrian security source saying “terrorist positions” were hit in Hama and Homs provinces, and that Russia aided government air strikes in Latakia province, the regime’s stronghold.

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