On 30 September 2015 Russia launched its first air strikes against Syrian targets.
Despite Russian official position that its involvement in Syria is directed against Islamic State, these first strikes were not directed against IS, nor were they even conducted in areas with any IS presence. Instead, Russia chose to attack those areas near the cities of Homs and Hama which are controlled by the non-jihadist Syrian rebels fighting against Assad regime, including the rebels receiving training and support from the US and their allies.
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