Obama: Russia air strikes 'strengthen IS'

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama has said the Russian bombing campaign in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad is driving moderate opposition underground and "only strengthening" Islamic State.

Mr Obama said he rejected the Russian assertion that all armed opponents of the "brutal" Mr Assad were terrorists.

Moscow insists its air strikes - which began on Wednesday - are targeting IS.

But the Syrian opposition and others have suggested non-IS rebels are bearing the brunt of Russian attacks.

Russia said its aircraft had hit IS command centres, arms depots and military vehicles. Targets included the IS stronghold of Raqqa, but also Aleppo, Hama and Idlib - provinces with little IS presence.

Comments (2)

It is not strikes that will stop whatever is going on but, a long lasting solution is needed the USA president must look for a solution to this whole problem. The Russians must be sure that what they are doing wont backfire as they are not in good books with the USA. Watch out guys the giants will clash again if the whole matter is not dealt with using the correct way. BRICKS group is under fire watch out what is going on in all the countries in it.

wellington mhere - 3 October 2015

Putin must stop all operations in Syria. Syria has to be given the chance to choose the leader of their own choice. Putin I say to you rule your Russia and leave Syria and Ukraine.

Kweshe Prichard - 6 October 2015

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