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Russiske fly har for første gang bombet mål i Syria. Vestlige kilder er enige om at de ikke traff IS, men opprørere som kjemper mot Bashar al-Assad.

Det russiske forsvarsdepartementet kunngjorde bombingen litt over kl 1600. Det øverste kammeret i nasjonalforsamlingen hadde tidligere på dagen gitt Putin fullmakt til å bruke våpenmakt i Syria.

Flyene rammet områder nær Homs, og de kontrolleres ikke av IS:

Activists and a rebel commander in Syria claim the Russian airstrikes in the country have mostly hit moderate rebel positions and civilians.

In a video released by the U.S.-backed rebel group Tajamu Alezzah, jets are seen hitting a building claimed to be a location of the group in the town of Latamna in the central Hama province.

The group commander Jameel al-Saleh told a local Syrian news website that the group’s location was hit by Russian jets but didn’t specify the damage.

A group of local activists in the town of Talbiseh in Homs province recorded at least 16 civilians killed, including two children. A Syrian military official had earlier said the Russian jets hit this town.

Hvis det stemmer vil Russland ha små sjanser på å få med seg vestlige land på en anti-IS-koalisjon.

Den franske utenriksminister Laurent Fabius det blir umulig:

Fabius said France is not against the Russian proposal of an anti-IS coalition, but on three conditions: that strikes only target IS, that the Syrian regime end barrel bombing of civilian populations, and that negotiations for a political solution resume, with the understanding that Assad cannot be a part of the solution.

I stedet for å bidra til en løsning har Putin gjort det stikk motsatte. Dette vil forlenge krigen.

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said the use of Russian military force in Syria adds a «troubling» new development to the war in Syria and throws Assad a «life line.»

He said it could be more destabilizing than Turkey’s effort to combat the Kurds.

«The Russian air campaign may be even more destructive if it targets moderate rebel forces fighting the Assad regime,» Schiff said.

«The increased longevity of the regime – made possible by this Russian intervention – will only prolong the civil war, which will continue as long as a regime that barrel bombs its own people remains in power,» he said.

Oppsiktsvekkende nok mener Dianne Feinstein, demokratisk senator og den fremste i etterretningskomiteen, at samarbeid med Russland og Iran kunne ha noe for seg. Hvor mange i administrasjonen tenker slik?

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein says she thinks it’s possible that Russia’s move in Syria could be a positive development.

Feinstein, who is the ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said help from «Russia and Iran in a political solution for Syria is important.»

nytimes.com