Russia strikes kill at least 30 jihadists in Syria — One day after Putin orders Russia out of the International Criminal Court

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© AFP | Civilians check destroyed buildings in the Syrian village of Kfar Jales, on the outskirts of Idlib, following air strikes by Syrian and Russian warplanes

MOSCOW (AFP) – Russian air strikes have killed at least 30 jihadists in rebel-held Idlib province in northwestern Syria, the defence ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

The strikes, which began on Tuesday, were part of a major operation against jihadists in Idlib and Homs which saw the first missions carried out by Russian warplanes taking off from the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier that arrived off Syria last week.

In the statement, ministry spokesman Igor Konachenkov said those killed were fighters with the Fateh al-Sham Front.

“According to information from different intelligence sources, at least 30 terrorists were killed,” he said, indicating that one of them was a jihadist leader charged with “preparing and carrying out a new offensive in Aleppo”.

Idlib province is mostly controlled by a powerful rebel alliance known as the Army of Conquest, which groups Islamist factions with jihadists of the Fateh al-Sham Front, formerly Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate.

Russia has been carrying out air strikes on Syria since September 2015 to support the regime of ally Bashar al-Assad and insists it is only hitting “terrorist targets”.

The deadly war in Syria has killed more than 300,000 people since it started in March 2011 with a wave of anti-government protests.

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One Response to “Russia strikes kill at least 30 jihadists in Syria — One day after Putin orders Russia out of the International Criminal Court”

  1. thoughtfullyprepping Says:

    The simplest way to stop the mass killing is to finish the war.
    That’s what they are doing.
    No more pussy footing round using yesterdays terrorist as today’s moderate force, the Russians are simply doing the job.

    And the US hate it. The loss of face is gigantic.
    They know it, can’t do anything about it, so they whinge about everything.

    As for the International criminal court (ICC)?
    Rather like the UN, it’s another minor irritation used by some politicians to annoy countries they don’t get on with.

    Consider this, why hasn’t the ICC prosecuted ISIS (and affiliates) leadership?
    Probably because the rumours of their funding would come out for everyone too hear. Something one government in particular would NOT want to happen.

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