Russia says to step up air strikes in Syria

By Alexander Winning and Suleiman Al-Khalidi MOSCOW/AMMAN (Reuters) – Russia said on Saturday it will step up air strikes in Syria, escalating a military intervention which Moscow says is weakening Islamic State militants but which Western powers say aims to support President Bashar al-Assad. A senior Russian military officer said Russian jets based in western Syria had carried out more than 60 sorties in 72 hours across Syria. “We will not only continue strikes… We will also increase their intensity,” said Andrei Kartapolov from the Russian army General Staff.

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