Russian warplanes and helicopters have been hitting Islamic targets in Syria over the past 10 days
Carter is speaking at a press conference in London with British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon.
Soleimani and Putin reviewed maps and surveillance photos and shared intelligence, all suggesting the militant group would expand its reach to Russia’s doorstep in the Caucuses if Moscow didn’t act, the two officials said.
Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said four Russian navy ships in the Caspian launched 26 cruise missiles at Islamic State targets in Syria.
Putin scored seven goals as his star-studded team, which included NHL legends Vyacheslav Fetisov and Pavel Bure, won the game 15-10.
The President has made quite clear that Russia should not be interfering with the 65-member international coalition that is seeking to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIS, said White House Press Secretary.
The rebels say the airstrikes are meant to weaken the rebellion against President Bashar Assad, not just crush the Islamic State and other militants as Moscow contends.
Russia is the latest country to enter the ongoing civil war in Syria
The air forces of multiple countries are on the attack, often at cross purposes in Syria’s civil war, sometimes without coordination. And now, it seems, they are at risk of unintended conflict.
The Russian airstrikes that began Wednesday have mainly targeted central and northwestern Syria, strategic regions that are the gateway to Assad’s strongholds in the capital, Damascus, and along the coast.
To make his point, in a departure from recent habit, he attended the UN General Assembly and held a meeting with US President Barack Obama to explain his plans.
The Syrian civil war, which grew out of an uprising against Assad, has killed more than 250,000 people since March 2011 and sent millions of refugees fleeing to other countries in the Middle East and Europe.
Putin had just hours earlier won permission from the upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, to deploy troops abroad.
Putin appears to see the rise of the IS as both a major potential threat to Russia and a common cause that could help restore ties with the West, ravaged by the Ukrainian crisis.
“We await a clear standpoint on this terrorist act from all members of the international community, including regional actors,” Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement.