The Russian air force began strikes in Syria on Wednesday. In the past 24 hours, it has carried out 20 flights targeting 10 ISIS positions in Idlib province, the Russian Defense Ministry announced in a statement Sunday.
Since 2011, Syria has been torn apart by a brutal civil war that has seen the rise of extremist groups including ISIS. Moscow supports the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and says it is targeting ISIS, al Nusra and “other terrorist groups.”
The non-Russian anti-ISIS coalition, feckless as ever, isn’t pleased with civilian casualties or with Russia’s choice of targets, but it’s safe to say that their cries will be ignored in Moscow and laughed at in Tehran.