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Russian airstrikes are 'strengthening Isis', says Obama

  • US President Barack Obama has said that Russia’s airstrikes in Syria are pushing the moderate rebels underground and “only strengthening” the Islamic State.

    Obama refuted Moscow’s claims that all opponents of President Bashar al-Assad were “terrorists”.

    Russia says its bombing campaign is targeting Islamic State, but other sources indicate that the moderate opposition fighting Assad’s forces is facing the brunt of the attacks.

    Obama said the US would not cooperate with such a Russian campaign.

      

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