Rus­sia launches a ma­jor op­er­a­tion with mis­siles, jets

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

Rus­sian mis­siles pounded op­po­si­tion tar­gets in Syria on Tues­day, the start of a much-an­tic­i­pated of­fen­sive, while ac­tivists re­ported the re­sump­tion of bomb­ing in rebel-held neigh­bor­hoods of Aleppo for the first time in nearly a month, ap­par­ently by Syr­ian govern­ment war­planes.

The Rus­sian blitz be­gan hours after Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin and U.S. Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump dis­cussed Syria in a phone call and agreed on the need to com­bine ef­forts in the fight against what the Krem­lin called their No. 1 en­emy — “in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism.”

Rus­sia said its of­fen­sive, us­ing long-range mis­siles and its car­rier-borne jets in com­bat for the first time on op­po­si­tion ar­eas in Syria, fo­cused on rebel-held north­ern Idlib prov­ince and parts of the cen­tral prov­ince of Homs. It didn’t men­tion the be­sieged eastern Aleppo.

The new of­fen­sive was a sharp snub to the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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