Kirby: majority of Russia's strikes in Syria do not target ISIS
US Department spokesman states that Assad continues to get support from Russia
"Greater than 90% of the strikes that we’ve seen them take to date have not been against Isil or al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists," stated US State Department spokesman John Kirby, as reported by The Guardian.
The majority of Russia’s military strikes in Syria have not been targeted against ISIS or al-Qaida, and have instead attacked the moderate Syrian opposition.
"So whether they’re hit by a cruise missile from the sea or a bomb from a Russian military aircraft, the result is the same, that Assad continues to get support from Russia... Assad continues to be able to have at his, you know, at his hands the capability of striking his own people, including those who are opposed to his regime. And that’s not a good future for Syria. It’s also, as we’ve said before, we believe a mistake for Russia, because not only are they going to be exacerbating sectarian tensions there in Syria, but they’re potentially exacerbating sectarian tensions in Russia itself," highlighted Kirby.
September 30 Russian Air Force struck the first airstrike in Syria. The bombing killed at least 30 people, including 12 children. Local media reported that there were no ISIS militants at that place, and aviation of the Russian Federation is bombing places where the opponents of the Assad regime are located.
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