Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Russia Boosts Efficiency of Anti-ISIL Attacks in Syria. Russian cruise missiles had been coordinated with Iran and Iraq.

The Kremlin spokesman said that anti-ISIL strikes' quality has improved.
The Russian operation against Islamic State in Syria has gained efficiency from a technical standpoint, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

"The Russian operation aimed at support of the Syrian army moved today to a higher quality level from a technology standpoint," Peskov said commenting on Russian cruise missile strikes on Islamic State positions and the launch of a Syrian government troops offensive against IS terrorists.

  • Peskov also confirmed that the flight trajectory of Russian cruise missiles had been coordinated with Iran and Iraq.

Moscow has not received any requests from Baghdad to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

Peskov stressed that Russia's direct military involvement abroad could be considered legitimate only if such actions are authorized by the UN Security Council or carried out on request by a legitimate foreign government.

Russia’s Sukhoi Su-25, Su-24M and Su-34 attack aircraft, with the support of Su-30 jets, commenced precision airstrikes against IS targets in Syria on September 30, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

In contrast, the US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against IS in Syria since September 2014 without UNSC authorization and without coordination with legitimate Assad government.



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  1. Britain dismisses reports about air force orders in Iraq ...

    Russia called in the British defence attache in Moscow on Sunday after a British newspaper published what London said was an inaccurate report that its pilots had been given permission to attack Russian jets if fired on.

    The British tabloid, Daily Star Sunday, quoted unnamed senior defence sources as saying it was just "a matter of time" before British fighters were involved in a confrontation with Russian jets over Iraq.

    Moscow this month began bombing rebels in Syria in support of its ally, President Bashar al-Assad. Britain, which wants Assad to step down, is conducting air strikes on Islamic State militants in Iraq, but has yet to decide whether to extend its action to the Islamic State fighters opposing Assad's forces in Syria.

    A spokesman for the British Foreign Office said in a statement that the attache had had a meeting in the Russian Defence Ministry after it sought "clarification over inaccurate newspaper reports concerning RAF rules of engagement in Iraq".

    Russian news agencies had earlier reported that the British defence attache had been summoned to explain the reports.

    The attache repeated Britain's concerns about Russian bombing in Syria, which London has said complicates the situation there, the Foreign Office spokesman said.


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