US: Russia dangerously escalating tensions with Georgia

The US says Russia is dangerously escalating tensions with Georgia by its heavy military assault, including the use of strategic bombers and missiles. A senior US official said Russia had attacked areas of the former Soviet state that are far away from the separatist province of South Ossetia, where the fighting has centered. The Bush administration also said the Russian military was striking civilian areas. The official said Saturday that Moscow's military response was disproportionate to the threat and Russia had stymied attempts at mediation aimed at arranging a cease-fire.