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Russia shows military might in Syria ahead of peace talks

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Russia continues their military campaign in Syria. Apart from this, the Syrian government and the opposition are about to engage in peace talks.

Since Russia launched its bombing campaign in Syria on Sept. 30, its warplanes have flown over 5,700 missions. Russian warplanes had flown about 40 sorties, with each aircraft typically hitting three to five targets on a single run.

Konashenkov said Syrian government forces backed by Russian airstrikes have retaken about 250 villages and towns from the extremists. He said each bombing target is verified through multiple intelligence sources and every fifth target Russia hits is now chosen thanks to information from “patriotic” opposition forces.

British Defense Minister Michael Fallon on Wednesday once again raised Western concerns about civilian deaths as a result of the Russian air strikes. “I am very concerned at the number of civilian casualties through the use of unguided munitions — seems to be several hundred casualties now”.

Konashenkov dismissed such claims as “absolute lies,” saying that their authors have failed to provide proof.

The Syrian government and the opposition are to open talks Monday in Geneva. The negotiations are meant to pave the way for a political settlement for Syria, with a new constitution and elections in a year and a half.



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