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Russia Claims to Be Bombing Islamic State in Syria, But Doesn’t Seem to Be Stopping Them

Photo by Vadim Savitsy/EPA/Russian Defense Ministry

By Reuters and VICE News

November 2, 2015 | 2:09 pm

Russia has been bombing targets in Syria for over a month — an intervention in the country’s four-and-a-half-year civil war that the Kremlin insists will boost the capability of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to fight the radical Islamic State (IS) insurgency.

The militant group seems to keep gaining ground, however.

On Sunday, IS seized Maheem, a predominantly Christian town in the Homs province, killing 50 government fighters.

The assault began with a devastating twin suicide-car bombing, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Shortly after taking the town, IS boasted of the conquest in an official statement that described the town as “strategically important.” The group noted that along with the capture came valuable weapons caches.

The advance brings IS within 13 miles of a pivotal north-south highway that links Damascus to Syria’s other main cities: Homs, Hama, and Aleppo.

Despite Russia’s rhetoric, most of the recent attacks by the Syrian army, which is backed by Russian airstrikes and allied fighters from Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, have focused on other rebel groups rather than IS.

The Syrian Observatory’s Rami Abdulrahman told Reuters that the the attack against Maheem might have been a response to pressure from the US and its allies on IS elsewhere in the country. In the northeastern province of Hasaka on the other side of Syria, IS is facing a new offensive launched by a recently formed US-backed rebel alliance.

On Sunday, the Syrian Observatory reported fierce fighting between that rebel alliance — which includes the Kurdish YPG militia — and IS fighters in the area of al-Houl near the Iraqi border.

Meanwhile, airstrikes carried out over the weekend by Turkish and US aircraft in Syria killed more than 50 IS militants, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

The strikes come after the US announced last week that it would step up the fight against the group by stationing station special forces in Syria. Representatives from world leaders are now convening in Vienna to work toward peace, while rival groups on the ground trade barbs.

Syria’s military blames the continuing conflict on foreign assistance for the rebels.

“The battle is still a long one. All the time support does not stop to the terrorists from regional states, at the forefront of them Saudi Arabia and Turkey,” a Syrian military official said. The Syrian government refers to all rebels fighting it as terrorists.

The rebels factions are saying essentially the same of the foreign assistance Assad’s forces have been receiving.

“If Russian-Iranian stubbornness continues, the situation will head toward escalation,” remarked Bashar al-Zoubi, head of the political office of the Yarmouk Army, a rebel group operating under the banner of the moderate Free Syrian Army.

Source: https://news.vice.com/article/russia-claims-to-be-bombing-islamic-state-in-syria-but-doesnt-seem-to-be-stopping-them?utm_source=vicenewstwitter


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  1. Reblogged this on Avramoff`s and commented:
    Russian military power is a myth. Even their Nuclear rockets aren’t restaurated since the Cuban crisis. Just the KGB happened to he greedy enough, to invest all the stolen Trillions of Euros, Dollars, and Gold – from it’s “Soviet” Stalin’s colonies, which means half of the World, including their own Russia after 1989. Where they have been greedy enough to invest these immense capitals?

    Through anonymous offshore tools, that feed countries like Latvia, Cypress, Switzerland, the KGB structured – by their scientific manipulative corruption schemes, the laundry haven of International Dirty Capital, under the jurisdiction of KGB, in The City of London, England, where UGLE still has itself as a World Authority in some African countries, or Eastern European…

    KGB invest all capitals robbed for 20 years by Stalin’s pseudo communists Colonies – actually KGB since Stalin has already been a Russian’s International Nazi Conspirative Power. They invest it all in the West!!!

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