Syrian troops launch offensive under cover of Russian airstrikes

October 15, 2015 12:12 PM

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Syrian troops launch offensive under cover of Russian airstrikes

Oct. 10, 2015: Syrian army personnel fire a machine gun in Latakia province, about 12 miles from the border with Turkey, Syria. (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP)

Syrian government forces launched an offensive Thursday in the central province of Homs under the cover of Russian airstrikes in an attempt to clear the central region of militants and open the highway between Syria's third and fourth largest cities, a military official and activists said.

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