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France Accuses Russia on Syria Strikes as NATO Adds Pressure

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Friday, 09 Oct 2015 06:32 AM

NATO allies stepped up their criticism of President Vladimir Putin's bombing campaign in Syria as France's defense minister said that 80 percent of Russian airstrikes are not being targeted against Islamic State extremists.

French fighter jets bombed Syria Thursday night, destroying an Islamic State training camp in Raqqah, Defense Minister Jean- Yves Le Drian said on Europe 1 radio on Friday. Russia's strikes are overwhelmingly hitting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's opponents and not Islamic State, whose militants are also expanding in Libya, he said.

Russia is reinforcing its presence by deploying military ships in the eastern Mediterranean, Le Drian said. French military strikes in Syria will continue because Islamic State wants "to come to France and Europe to carry out attacks," he said.

France's criticism came a day after the North Atlantic Treaty Organization warned Russia against escalating its campaign in support of Assad. The military alliance prepared to step up support for Turkey over airspace violations by Russian jets. Russia's actions are unacceptable, while NATO has "a duty to reinforce" its Turkish ally, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after a meeting of defense ministers in Brussels.

Missile Strikes

Russia must "stop interfering" and halt attacks in Syria as well as the violations of Turkey's airspace, Turkey's interim deputy prime minister, Numan Kurtulmas, said in an interview with state-run Anadolu Agency published on Friday. Foreign forces should stop playing "war games" in Syria, where a new exodus of refugees could be triggered, while NATO's solidarity with Turkey is "very important," he said.

Russia, engaged in its first military campaign outside the former Soviet Union for 30 years, rejected criticism from U.S. officials on Thursday that four of the 26 cruise missiles fired at Syrian rebels from Russian ships in the Caspian Sea had crashed in Iran. Assad is also backed by Shiite-dominated Iran in the fight against predominantly Sunni groups in Syria's four- year civil war.

Islamic State made its biggest advance in months in Syria's Aleppo after overrunning several areas in the northern governorate, the U.K. based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in an e-mailed statement on Friday.

Brigadier General Hussein Hamdani, a commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps, was killed in northern Aleppo province, where he was advising the Syrian army in the fight against Islamic State, Iran's state-run Fars news agency reported Friday, citing the guards' public relations department.

Making Contact

In another twist, Russia is still trying to unite the opposition Free Syrian Army with its adversaries in Assad's military to form a coordinated front against Islamic State. Russia is asking Britain for help in contacting the FSA, which may also have a place in the political process, Alexander Yakovenko, the Russian ambassador in London, said in a statement after talks on Thursday with the U.K. Foreign Office.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meanwhile warned that trade ties could suffer over Russia's violation of Turkish airspace and military buildup in the region centered in Syria's Latakia, a stronghold of Assad and his Alawite leadership on the Mediterranean. Russia is Turkey's second-biggest trading partner.

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NATO allies stepped up their criticism of President Vladimir Putin's bombing campaign in Syria as France's defense minister said that 80 percent of Russian airstrikes are not being targeted against Islamic State extremists.
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