Russian bombs batter Syria; US jets silent for 3 days as the Ruskies take over the skies
Pentagon: US ‘on the lookout’ for additional targets, attempting to avoid ‘civilian damage’; Russia claims 94 airstrikes in 24 hours.
US-led coalition forces had not carried out any air strikes in Syria for three days as of Monday, a lull that contrasts with the continued intensity of Russia’s bombing campaign.
According to Pentagon data, the last coalition strike was a drone attack on October 22 that targeted an Islamic State vehicle and a “mortar tube.”
Russia, on the other hand, continues to maintain an intense tempo as it nears the end of its first month of bombing in Syria.
The Russian defense ministry said Monday it had hit 94 targets in just the past 24 hours.
US defense officials say Russian sorties have no bearing on coalition actions in Syria, and insist the situation reflects greater discrimination and refinement in terms of which targets are struck.
“It’s not because of Russia,” said Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.
“Air strikes ebb and flow… We look at intelligence to find out where we have actionable targets, where we have targets that we can hit without causing civilian damage.
“We simply haven’t had any (recently)… but that doesn’t mean we are not on the lookout for more – and there will be more.”
The United States has led a coalition of more than 60 countries that since June 2014 has been
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