Russia-proposes-joint-airstrikes-with-United-States-in-Syria. MOSCOW, Russia proposed conducting joint air strikes with the U.S.-led coalition in Syria against al-Qaida-linked groups and other extremists.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said strikes could begin Wednesday to take out the al-Nusra Front, which took control of the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib in late March 2015.
There was no immediate reaction from Washington, whose airstrikes have concentrated on the Islamic State in Syria. Russia’s alliance with Syrian PresidentBashar al-Assad has strained relations with the United States and its allies, who have insisted that the removal of Assad is a key component to ending the Syrian conflict. Russia has long backed Assad’s regime.
A shaky Russia-U.S.-brokered cease-fire, which began in late February, is barely holding together and is not being honored by groups that include al-Nusra Front and the IS, also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh.