WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Along with its coalition partners, Carter noted, the United States is intensifying military efforts against Daesh in both Iraq and Syria, and will continue to do so until the terror group is dealt a lasting defeat.
"Russia’s entry into Syria didn’t impact our campaign against ISIL [Daesh]," Carter stated.
Russia said it was going into Syria to fight Daesh, but that is not what it did, Carter claimed, and instead it prolonged the civil war by propping up Syrian President Bashar Assad.
On Monday, Russian President Vladmir Putin ordered the pullout of the Russian air group from Syria. Russia conducted an aerial campaign against terrorists in Syria since September 2015 at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad.