US President Obama calls Russian intervention in Syria a 'recipe for disaster'
Oct 3, Washington: US President Barack Obama has called the Russian bombing campaign a recipe for disaster. According to him, the Russian bombing campaign in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad is driving moderate opposition underground and "only strengthening" Islamic State.
President Obama said he rejected the Russian assertion that all armed opponents of the "brutal" Assad were terrorists.Moscow insists its air strikes - which began on Wednesday - are targeting IS. But the Syrian opposition and others have suggested non-IS rebels are bearing the brunt of Russian attacks.Russia said its aircraft had hit IS command centres, arms depots and military vehicles. Targets included the IS stronghold of Raqqa, but also Aleppo, Hama and Idlib - provinces with little IS presence.
In fact according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the latest Russian strikes hit a command post near the IS "capital" of Raqqa, killing 12 IS fighters.
Activists and residents there said that the IS had cancelled Friday prayers and emptied mosques across the city amid fears of further strikes.
But there were also reports of strikes targeting a radio mast and communications tower in Aleppo that belonged to the Free Syrian Army - forces opposed to President Assad which have received American training and supplies.
The Oslo Times