US 'Has Indications' Russia Began Airstrikes in Syria-SputnikBBC- Russia appears to have carried out its first air strikes in Syria against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, US officials say.They say the strikes reportedly came in the area of the city of Homs, and that Washington was informed in advance that they were about to take place.
The United States has indications that Russia has started carrying out airstrikes in the vicinity of Homs in Syria, a US official said.
Russia conducts its first airstrike in Syria, near the city of Homs, a senior U.S. official tells @barbarastarrcnn. http://t.co/UgDHKa8rtD— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) 30 сентября 2015
According to the official, Russia gave the United States advanced notice it intended to carry out the airstrikes.ITV
Senior US military official: The Russians notified US one hour prior to their flights over Syria, asked the US to stay out of the airspace
US officials told Reuters that Russian airstrikes appeared to have taken place in the vicinity of Homs. Earlier on Wednesday, Vladimir Putin received permission from parliament for Russian forces to take place in bombing raids in Syria. The federation council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, held a swift, closed session on Wednesday morning in which it unanimously approved Putin’s request.Update # 1:
Contradictory claims appear:
Unconfirmed reports claimed that the airstrikes on al-Rastan, Talbisah, and Zaafranah, all north of Homs, were among a series of strikes carried out by Syrian government warplanes.
Other reports claimed the strikes on Zaafranah and Talbisah were carried out by Russian warplanes following Moscow’s approval for military action in Syria.
Still looking for validation from Russia or Syria itself..
*It's possible Russian supplied jets were used, flown by Syrian pilots, which would make this whole situation much ado about nothing.
Keeping an eye on the story
The Russian Air Force has begun carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, the country’s Defense Ministry said.
"In accordance with the decision of the Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces, Vladimir Putin, warplanes of the Russian Air Space Forces today [Wednesday] have started an aerial operation, involving pinpoint strikes on ground targets of Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] terrorists in Syria,” spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, said.The Russia airstrikes are targeting military equipment, communication centers, vehicles, arms and fuel depots, belonging to IS terrorists, Konashenkov added.
Russian air forces target seven districts in Syria
Russian air forces have targeted positions of the Islamic State in seven districts, Syrian state television reported.
As reported earlier, Russian Defense Ministry said it air forces began air strikes on ISIL positions on the territory of Syria.