The Middle East

U.S. brushes off Russian request to avoid Syrian airspace

 

uk.reuters.com – uk.reuters.com

The United States on Wednesday said it had conducted air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria within the last hour or so, brushing aside a Russian request to avoid Syrian airspace.

U.S. Secretary of State told the U.N. Security Council that the United States would continue its own air operations and that it would welcome Russian strikes if they were genuinely aimed at the militant group or others affiliated with al Qaeda.

However, he said the United States would be troubled if Russia went after targets where those groups were not present, saying this would raise questions about whether Moscow’s main aim was in fact to prop up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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