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    Russia Approves Use of Armed Forces in Syria

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    Russia’s Federation Council unanimously approved the use of the country’s armed forces abroad.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Russia’s upper house of parliament on Wednesday approved the country’s armed forces to be used abroad.

    The decision includes only the use of the Air Force and does not foresee any ground troops operations, Kremlin Administration Aide Sergei Ivanov said Wednesday.

    “We’re talking exclusively about operations of Russia’s Air Force, as our president has already said, the use of armed forces on the ground theater of military operations is excluded. The military goal of the operations is exclusively air support of the Syrian government forces in their fight against the Islamic State,” Ivanov said.

    Syrian President Bashar Assad has turned to Russia with a request for military assistance, according to Ivanov.

    “I would like to inform you that the president of the Syrian Arab Republic turned to the leadership of our country with a request to provide military assistance, so we may say that terrorism needs to be fought, efforts need to be combined, but it is still necessary to observe the norms of international law,” Ivanov told journalists.

    Kremlin will inform foreign partners of the decision made by the parliament of using Russian armed forces abroad during the day through foreign ministry channels, and the military will do the same through their channels.

    According to Ivanov, the decision was made to help Syria and protect Russian interests.

    "First and, probably, the most important, we are talking about Syria alone, and we are not talking about reaching some foreign policy goals, satisfying some ambitions which our western partners accuse us of, we are talking about Russia's national interests alone," Ivanov told journalists.

    Ivanov said that the Air Force operations would be temporary, but was unable to say exactly how long they would be in play.

    “In regard to the timeline, the Russian Air Force operation, of course, cannot last forever and has a definite time period, but what the time period is, for example, in regard to the number of days as well as telling you how many aircraft will be used and which armament will be used by our Air Force, I cannot say right now for obvious reasons,” Ivanov said.

    Commenting on the airstrikes carried out by Western powers, Ivanov said they were not in line with international law.

    "As you all know very well, the United States… is launching airstrikes on the territory of Syria and Iraq, and maybe other Middle Eastern States. Recently France has joined the same analogous actions, Australia and a number of other coutnries are talking about the same thing.. I would like to note one principal moment — these actions are being carried out in circumvention of international law," Ivanov told the press.

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin has earlier on Wednesday requested permission from the Federation Council to use Russian Armed Forces abroad.

    According to the US Embassy in Moscow, the leaders of the United States and Russia have common interests in the fight against ISIL in Syria and have agreed to create a channel between the countries’ military branches to avoid any misunderstandings during operations in the area.

    “I would simply reiterate that when President [Barack] Obama met with President [Vladimir] Putin, they agreed that the United States and Russia have a common interest in fighting ISIL in Syria", US Embassy spokesman Will Stevens said.

    "However, our position is clear that President Assad is not a suitable partner for the fight against terror and extremism in Syria.  There is no sustainable path to stability within Syria that involves President Assad staying in power,” he added.

    According to Fox News quoting a high-ranking US official, Russia has demanded that US airplanes immediately leave Syria.

    However, US military sources told Fox News that U.S. planes would not comply with the Russian demand. "There is nothing to indicate that we are changing operations over Syria," a senior defense official said, as quoted by the Fox News website.

    Russia, Iran, Iraq, and Syria have recently created an information center in Baghdad in order to coordinate the fight against the Islamic State. The information center’s main goals are to provide reconnaissance on the number of IS militants, their weapons, and their movements.

    Earlier this week, it was revealed that the new center would begin operations in October or November and be headed by Russian, Syrian, Iraqi and Iranian officers on a three-month rotational basis.

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    • Terra
      I can see why Mister Putin have ask for this but don't go sending your young generation to fight and get killed in a war that's not theirs to begin with.

      Providing military information, military teachings and military equipment from Russia should help anyone defeat their enemy and in case of Syria that should not take to long.
    • avatar
      Let's hammer those IS barbarians/US proxies into the ground once and for all. Go Putin!
    • Skevin
      So International law could be restaured by Russia! Maybe also national law by the way! Mr. Poutine ask the autorization from his Parliament to act in Syria. Nobody acts like that in our so-called democracies.
    • Mikhas
      Neither the narcissistic @ss-clown Obongo nor his white Ziocon masters at the White House Plantation have any interest to rein in their proxies, quite the contrary.

      But when faced by an equal or even better adversary, like Russia, rather than a defenceless poor developing country that is IMF:ed, has been under sanctions and US proxie terrorists for years, they will back down and heat up things elsewhere.

      Russia & BRICS build the world as an equal multi polarity, the anglo-zionist west destroys, as usual.
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      Alexei Morzakinin reply tochrrev(Show commentHide comment)
      chrrev, A look on the map of Syria reveals that the IS is not the target that Assad has in mind for the Russian air force. The primary target for him are the opposition forces, the same Syrian people he already attacked using barrel bombs and chemical weapons. Calling Assad a fighter against terrorism is the same as calling a whore a fighter for virginity.
    • Mikhas
      By not complying, the US are officially now on ISIS side and will face a shield of S-300 from the Mediterranean to Iran and Syria proper guess what Obongo will do?
    • Earniein reply toAlexei Morzakin(Show commentHide comment)
      Alexei Morzakin, yeah. why would he want to attack fellow Russians (as there are more and more fighting for ISIL according even to kremlin sources)? Lilliputin only wants to protect his new toys, i.e. bases at the coast and there is no ISIL anywhere near that, but FSA and al-Nusra. Well, we will see, how successful it will be. I predict that it will make even less of an impact that the west did with their strikes (at least NATO helped to defend/liberate some kurdish towns)
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      here we go. this is a huge commitment on the part of Russia, but unlike the soviet debacle in afghanistan in the 1980s Russia has the approval of the Syrians and a strong alliance with iran, hezbollah, and the central asian republics. this is a new game that eventually will force Syria and its allies to shoot back at israeli terrorists and shoot down their planes in self-defence. this time Russia and Syria will win against usrael and its mercenary criminals
    • avatar
      Putin has called Obama's bluff at the UN and will be bombing the crap out of the Western-inspired ISIS, Al Qaeda and Al Nusra soon.
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      chrrevin reply toAlexei Morzakin(Show commentHide comment)
      Alexei Morzakin, I said including all the US proxies - Al Nusra & Al Quaeda in particular but there are others.
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      chrrevin reply toMikhas (Show commentHide comment)
      mikhas, exactly right. Putin is way too smart for the nitwits in Nazington.
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      Take a look at this www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP9ztUh8Lbc for those that even believe or have doubt about American/western propaganda.

      Greetings from Mexico
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