Foreign-backed Syrian rebel group says hit by Russian air strikes

By REUTERS
September 30, 2015 17:42

ANKARA - Russian air strikes in northwest Syria which Moscow said targeted Islamic State fighters hit a rebel group supported by foreign opponents of President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday, wounding eight of the insurgents, the group's commander said.

He said the fighters were hit in the countryside of Hama province, where the group has headquarters.

"The northern countryside of Hama has no presence of ISIS at all and is under the control of the Free Syrian Army," Major Jamil al-Saleh, who defected from the Syrian army in 2012, told Reuters via telephone.

Saleh said his group had been supplied with advanced anti-tank missiles by foreign powers opposed to Assad.

Russia's defense ministry said it launched air strikes against Islamic State in Syria after President Vladimir Putin secured his parliament's unanimous backing to intervene to prop up Kremlin's closest Middle East ally.


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