US observers and news sources confirm that Russia hand launched air strikes against Syrian Rebel Alliances including ISIS in Syria. Meanwhile, the US criticises Russia for attacking IS and protecting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the same time time, which is viewed as counter-productive by the country.
The move comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin received permission to engage Syrian rebels from the Russian Parliament.
According to sources, Russian aircraft attacks had focused on non-rebel and militant targets. TV reports include airstrikes against Jisr Al-Shughour. Local media laso reported Russia does not focus on Islamic state alone but other rebels including those backed by Saudi Arabia and the United States.
However, Jisr Al-Shughour is home to al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front and Lebanon militants al-Mayadeen.
The Syrian National Council, opposed to Assad, said Russia’s air attacks did not reap any fruit as the four areas Russia hit on Wednesday had no militant presence.
Meanwhile, Russia claims all allegations as an “information attack” against Russia.
The Russian Military itself states the attack had destroyed 12 IS targets in Syria during its first attack. The military claimed it attacked a command centre. Meanwhile, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said the country’s military operations adhered to international law.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and other Arab states urged Russia to end its military operations in the area. Saudi had vowed to improve its support to rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Assad is a close ally of Russia and a negotiating partner with legitimate arms deals in the country.
Saudi Arabia, the most powerful Sunni Arab country, said Russia’s military action can jeopardise Syria’s future.
Meanwhile, the United States condemned Russia’s actions as it may create confusion between US and Russian pilots flying in the same airspace.