Syrian army advances with help of Russian strikes; Putin reaches out to Saudis




 
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Syrian army advances with help of Russian strikes; Putin reaches out to Saudis
 
October 12th, 2015  
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Syrian army advances with help of Russian strikes; Putin reaches out to Saudis
By Vladimir Soldatkin and Suleiman Al-Khalidi SOCHI, Russia/AMMAN (Reuters) - Russian warplanes pounded Syrian rebels unaffiliated with Islamic State on Sunday, insurgents said, helping Moscow's ally Bashar al-Assad reclaim territory and dealing a fresh setback to the strategy of Washington and its allies. President Vladimir Putin - who has infuriated Assad's enemies in the United States, Europe, Turkey and the Arab world by bombing the rebels to protect him - reached out to one of the Syrian leader's fiercest opponents by meeting the powerful defense minister of Saudi Arabia. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that monitors the 4-year-old conflict, said the Syrian military and its Lebanese Hezbollah militia allies had taken control of Tal Skik, a highland area in Idlib province, after fierce Russian bombing.




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