Russian Federation says joint military operation with French forces in Syria
Nov 21 2015
The announcement of increased Russian airstrike's in Syria comes just days after the deadly Islamic State attacks in Paris on Friday and official confirmation that the crash of the Russian A321 jet over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula in late October was caused by a terrorist bomb attack. Russian long-range bombers and navy ships have launched 101 cruise missiles in four days, including 18 fired Friday by Russian navy ships from the Caspian Sea.
"Massive strikes delivered by Russian warplanes have incurred irreparable losses on worldwide terrorist organizations in Syria, have disrupted their control and financial systems and destroyed their bases and storage facilities", he said.
"We're not coordinating with the Russians, (and) we're not conducting operations with Russians, nor are we planning to do any of those things here at the ground level", said Steve Warren, spokesman for USA military campaign Operation Inherent Resolve against the extremist group the Islamic State (IS).
"This has considerably lowered the ability of the fighters to illegally export energy products and their income from contraband oil", he said.
The figure supplied by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is more that double the overall toll it gave in its last report on the Russian campaign three weeks ago.
Putin has discussed cooperating in fighting ISIS during his meetings with President Barack Obama and other Western leaders at the sidelines of the Group of 20 rich and developing nations in Turkey this week. The warship also left one day after Russia's President Vladimir Putin ordered his navy to work with the French force as allies.
US and French planes have also struck at oil targets in Deir el-Zour and elsewhere. The Russian military hasn't yet commented on the exercise.