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Western confusion reigns while the Russians go for the jugular
Mr Assad hailed the Russian action and said that the failure of an axis comprising Syria, Russia, Iran and Iraq would destabilise the entire region
In the second part of his series, our respected commentator says Vladimir Putin’s military intervention could hasten the war’s end
His criticism follows a call by members of the US-led coalition fighting Isis for Russia to stop civilian deaths
The ceasefire between the government of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the rebels is generally holding with frequent but small scale infringements
The US-led international coalition has called on Vladimir Putin's forces to stop allegedly hitting anti-Assad rebels and civilians
The White Helmets, an unarmed group of volunteers, perform some of the most dangerous work in Syria
Russian officials dismissed reports of civilian casualties as 'information warfare' and insisted strikes are targeting extremists
The West may complain that some rebel groups are being attacked, but cannot complain about bombing al-Qaeda affiliates
The UN ambassador says the country has concerns about airstrikes on Homs and Hama 'where Isis forces are not present'
Earlier today, John McCain confirmed that US-backed rebels had been attacked by Russia
Few moderates remain in the war-torn country and those that do exist lack military strength
A statement said Russian forces were avoiding civilian casualties by choosing targets 'outside of inhabited areas'
A second day of bombing on Thursday has reportedly hit areas held by other Islamist groups
The researchers have now started injecting the bacteria into themselves — and say that it has stopped them getting the flu and has made them much more alive
Rebels had earlier reported seeing reconnaissance drones flying over non-Isis-held areas