Syria regime in new offensive as Putin blasts US

Smoke billows following reported Syrian regime bombings on rebel positions in Jobar, in eastern Damascus, on October 15, 2015Russia said its warplanes had eased back on air strikes in Syria as regime forces press a widening ground offensive, while President Vladimir Putin criticised Washington for not cooperating over the conflict. As Moscow and Washington neared agreement on measures to avoid confrontation over Syria, Russia announced that a hotline had been set up with Israel to ensure there would be no clashes between their air forces. Russia launched 32 attacks on “terrorist” targets over the past 24 hours, the defence ministry said Thursday afternoon, compared with some 86 the previous day.

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