MOSCOW: Russia commenced its first air strikes in war-torn Syria on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin won parliamentary permission to use force abroad.It was Moscow’s first military engagement in a distant since 1979.
Putin said the action was pre-emptive, The only correct way to fight international terrorism is to battle and destroy fighters and terrorists on the territories they have already seized, not to wait for them to come to us.
The Russian defense ministry said Moscow had launched targeted air battle against the “terrorists” in Syria. A Syrian security source said the war planes hit three provinces.
The strikes came as Putin and US President Barack Obama’s push to to defeat the Islamic State group in Syria. Putin had won permission from the upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, to deploy troops abroad.
Putin on Monday proposed a broad UN-backed coalition to fight IS militants and clashed with Obama on the future of Assad.