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Pentagon: Only 10% of Russian airstrikes target Daesh in Syria

February 4, 2016 at 12:07 pm

Only ten percent of Russian air strikes in Syria have targeted Daesh, a Pentagon spokesman said on Wednesday.

“It is very clear that Russia is not targeting the so-called Islamic State [Daesh] with its airstrikes. Their offensive operations, their strikes, are in support of Bashar al-Assad and his regime,” said Army Col. Steve Warren, spokesman for the US-led coalition against Daesh.

“That is the focus of Russian airstrikes,” he said, adding that whoever the regime is fighting is the target of the strikes.

The US military official refused to comment on reports that Russia has deployed four advanced Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E aircrafts to Syria, saying the US is aware of these reports, but is not in a position to confirm them.