Russia has confirmed that it has responded to a request for military support by the government of President Bashar al-Assad and begun an air campaign inside Syria. (Photo: file)
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With no hint of irony, given that the U.S. has been widely criticized for its bombing of the country, [Secretary of Defense Ashton] Carter equated Wednesday's airstrikes by Russian warplanes as 'pouring gasoline on the fire' in Syria.
Though Putin has made it plain in previous comments that he would act to defend Assad from the various militias aligned against him, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow rejected claims that the strikes were not focused on ISIS, saying in a statement that all the bombings hit 'territory of the international terrorist group Isil.'