Russia intervened in Syria under the guise of helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fight the Islamic State, but a map of Russian air strikes tells a different story.
The map, created by Middle East risk consulting group Prime Source, shows that nearly all Russian air strikes since Oct. 1 have targeted rebel opposition groups. Most of Russia’s strikes have focused on the city of Aleppo and neighboring Idlib, according to the map. Both cities are key battlegrounds in the ongoing fight between Assad and the various Syrian rebel groups.
— Prime Source (@PrimeSourceInt) October 10, 2016
Prime Source’s research seems to contradict Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump’s claim that Syria and Russia are attacking ISIS.
“I don’t like Assad at all, but Assad is killing ISIS. Russia is killing ISIS. And Iran is killing ISIS. And those three have now lined up because of our weak foreign policy,” said Trump during the second presidential debate Sunday night.
In lieu of terrorists, Russia has been blamed for striking civilian positions, Syrian rebels and a United Nations aid convoy. Syrian and Russian bombings increased after a mutually agreed upon ceasefire with Secretary of State John Kerry fell apart in September. In response, Kerry cut off Syrian ceasefire talks with Russia.
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