Russia steps up air strikes against Assad opponents in Syria

October 10, 2015 12:51 PM

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Russia steps up air strikes against Assad opponents in Syria

BEIRUT/MOSCOW Russia said on Saturday it had stepped up its bombing campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria, while local observers said several of the air strikes had hit areas in western Syria where the hardline group has little presence.

Russia, a top ally of President Bashar al-Assad, started bombing in Syria on Sept. 30 saying it was targeting Islamic State and other opposition groups, a campaign that has drawn Moscow deeper into Syria's more than four-year-old conflict.

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