Russia has launched a first wave of air strikes in Syria in nearly a month as cruise missiles with fired at rebel-held parts of Aleppo.

According to activists, between four and 10 people were killed in the strikes using carrier-borne jets and long-range missiles, raising concerns of a return to daily deadly bombardments in Syria’s largest city.

The Russian blitz began hours after President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump discussed Syria over the phone and agreed on the need to combine efforts in the fight against what the Kremlin called the number one enemy – ‘international terrorism and extremism’.

The Obama administration has been trying for months to negotiate a ceasefire in Aleppo, a city that has become the epicentre of the war between President Bashar Assad and rebels fighting to topple him, some of whom receive US aid.

From the militants’ side, al Qaida’s Syrian affiliate is fighting alongside the rebels, but Islamic State has no presence in Aleppo city.

Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu reported to Mr Putin that Su-33 jets from the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov are involved in the operation, marking its combat debut.

‘We launched a major operation to strike the positions of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra in the provinces of Idlib and Homs,’ Mr Shoigu said at a meeting with Mr Putin, referring to the al Qaida branch in Syria by its old name.

He said the Russian strikes are targeting ammunition depots, training camps and armaments factories.

The Obama administration has been trying for months to negotiate a ceasefire in Aleppo, a city that has become the epicentre of the war between President Bashar Assad and rebels fighting to topple him, some of whom receive US aid.

From the militants’ side, al Qaida’s Syrian affiliate is fighting alongside the rebels, but Islamic State has no presence in Aleppo city.

Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu reported to Mr Putin that Su-33 jets from the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov are involved in the operation, marking its combat debut.

‘We launched a major operation to strike the positions of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra in the provinces of Idlib and Homs,’ Mr Shoigu said at a meeting with Mr Putin, referring to the al Qaida branch in Syria by its old name.

He said the Russian strikes are targeting ammunition depots, training camps and armaments factories.

 

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