Syria crisis: Massive Russian air strikes on ‘IS targets’:
Russia says it’s intensified its air raids on what it calls “terrorist” targets in Syria and increased to 69 the number of its own aircraft there.
But President Vladimir Putin said the present degree of strikes wasn’t sufficient to get the better of so called Islamic State (IS).
Russia said it fired cruise missiles against IS targets for a fourth day.
Some missiles hit on IS in Deir al-Zour that is significant, reports say.
The IS-held town in eastern Syria lies between the IS self-proclaimed capital of territory and Raqqa in neighbouring Iraq, the jihadists control.
Deir al-Zour state is, in addition, rich in petroleum.
The Russian military says it fired 18 cruise missiles on Friday, ruining seven “Islamist” goals in Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo states.
‘Revenge for our dead’
A tracking group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said 50 bombing raids were ran by Syrian and Russian warplanes in Deir al-Zour province – the most extreme assault in Russia there.
Mr Putin said Russia faced plenty of work. Mr Putin expressed hope that the next stages would “create the anticipated effect”, but didn’t clarify what those periods would be.
After the president’s spokesman told the BBC there was no discussion of placing troops on the earth in Syria.
Russia concluded that it absolutely was a bomb that blew up the airplane, killing 224 people, almost all of them Russians.
The air effort in Syria in Russia started on 30 September. It fired its first cruise missiles on 17 November in the battle.
Turkey warns Russia
Meanwhile, Turkey has warned Russia that it must instantly cease blasting “civilian Turkmen hamlets” in Syria, close to the Turkish border.
The Russian ambassador to Ankara was summoned to the Turkish foreign ministry to hear the protest.
Turkey warned that blasting villages populated by the Turkmen minority could lead to “serious consequences”.
Syrian government forces backed by a ground offensive was established by Russian aircraft on the largely Turkmen hamlets in Bayir Bucak, northwest state that was Latakia, on Thursday, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported.
The Turkish government is against President Assad, while Russia says its air campaign is vindicated because it has been requested by Mr Assad.