'Only two' Russia strikes aimed at ISIL: Turkey PM

Ahmet Davutoglu says Russian air operations have targeted ISIL only twice while hitting moderate groups 55 times

'Only two' Russia strikes aimed at ISIL: Turkey PM

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused Russia on Wednesday of carrying out airstrikes on moderate opposition forces in Syria.

“These air operations are not being carried out against ISIL,” Davutoglu said after visiting his party’s offices in Istanbul.

“According to the military information we received, Russia has carried out 57 air operations, 55 against moderate opposition and just two against ISIL.”

Russia began air operations in Syria on Sept. 30 after receiving parliamentary approval. The Kremlin claimed the airstrikes, which followed a military build-up in Syria, aimed to support the forces of President Bashar al-Assad, a long-standing Russian ally, against ISIL.

However, Turkey and the West have accused Russia of targeting moderate fighters opposed to Assad, many of which are supported by Turkey and the U.S.

Last Mod: 07 Ekim 2015, 13:15
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