Russia, Turkey conduct joint airstrikes on IS in Syria

Russia has jets stationed at Hmeimim air base inside Syria

Russia and Turkey join forces to launch airstrikes against militants in Syria

The joint attack is the latest example of Moscow co-opting a key NATO member as it tries to, again, become a superpower. Russian led peace talks are due to convene in Kazakhstan next week without the UN or the US.

Russian and Turkish war planes joined forces to bomb Islamic State (IS) militant targets in a suburb of war-ravaged Aleppo.

Russian Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi said Wednesday that the bombing of al-Bab, a town about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northeast of Aleppo, marked the first time the two country’s air forces had teamed up in such a manner.

Rudskoi, a senior Russian Defense Ministry official, said on television that the Syrian government agreed to the assault

The general said the Russian air force was also supporting Syrian government ground-troops trying to defend against an IS attack on the town of Deir el-Zour.

Russian jets were also providing air-cover for a Syrian army attack near Palmyra. He warned that IS militants may be planning to blow up more of the ancient city’s historical monuments, though he did not elaborate.

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