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    Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin had “outperformed” President Barack Obama in the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria.

    “Russia complicates things right now. And Russia has out-gamed us, once again,” Romney said when appearing on Wednesday afternoon at the Washington Ideas Forum.

    “I think the president [Barack Obama] has been a foreign policy disaster,” Romney added. “You may love the president for a lot of reasons. His rhetoric is soaring, but the results have been terribly disappointing, and in terms of foreign policy, disastrous.”

    President Vladimir Putin had earlier asked the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament, for permission to use Russian armed forces abroad. 

    The request was granted by a unanimous vote and the Defense Ministry later said that Russian warplanes had bombed IS targets on Syrian territory.

    “Russia, acting on a pertinent request from Syrian President Bashar Assad, will limit its involvement in Syria to pinpoint airstrikes on selected terrorist targets,” President Putin’s chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, said on Wednesday.

    Russia’s decision to launch airstrikes in Syria came days after Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq signed a deal to create the Baghdad Information Center for intelligence and security cooperation against terrorists.

    The Islamic State is one of several extremist Islamist groups that the Syria Army has been battling amid the ongoing civil war in the country.

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