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Published in Press Stream:
October 14, 2015

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Published in Stream:
October 14, 2015
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Russia Continues To Pound Rebel-Held Areas While Claims Of Regime-ISIS Collaboration Near Aleppo Circulate
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The Russian Ministry of Defence claimed this morning that their aircraft had conducted 41 sorties against 40 targets in Syria over the past 24 hours.

According to the MOD, jets struck targets in the Hama, Idlib, Latakia, Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor proivinces. 

While Deir ez-Zor is certainly controlled by ISIS fighters, many of the other targets struck were once again in territory held by rebel groups at war with both the Assad regime and ISIS.

This video shows yet another air strike on Jubb al-Ahmar, in the hills west of the Ghab plain, where rebel fighters, including the First Coastal Division of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), are fighting regime forces. 

On the other side of the Ghab plain, there were air strikes today on Tel Nabi Ayoub:

Once again, the fighters bearing the brunt of attacks in Hama are often FSA-aligned units. This video shows fighters from the FSA-aligned Suqor al-Ghab, armed with US-supplied TOW missiles, destroying regime vehicles near Khirbat al-Naqus, in the centre of the Ghab plain:

Russian jets also struck rebel positions near regime-held Morek, north of Hama city, on the eastern edge of a rebel-held salient:

Russia's recent air strikes near Aleppo have also been focused on rebel-held areas, despite ISIS fighters moving advancing on the other side of the city. 

The Russian MOD has not specified where their strikes in the Aleppo region last night took place, but the news from the region indicates that ISIS is certainly not suffering.

Furthermore, there are claims, which have been repeated for several days now, that the Syrian regime took over an infantry school near Aleppo after it was taken from rebels by ISIS, suggesting cooperation between the Assad regime and the terrorist group.

-- Pierre Vaux