Russia Backs Syrian Forces In Major Assault On Insurgents

October 7, 2015 5:51 PM

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Russia Backs Syrian Forces In Major Assault On Insurgents

BEIRUT, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Syrian troops and militia backed by Russian jets mounted what appeared to be their first major coordinated assaults on Syrian insurgents on Wednesday and Moscow said its warships fired a barrage of missiles at them from the Caspian Sea, a sign of its new military reach.

The combined assault hit towns close to the main north-south highway that runs through major cities in the mainly government-held west of Syria, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based group which tracks the conflict via a network of sources within the country.

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