The RAF strikes. Note the very cynical last comment out of Moscow, my highlight.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The first UK airstrikes in Syria targeted an oilfield controlled by the Daesh, also known as ISIL/The Islamic State jihadist group, British media reported Thursday.
Earlier in the day, four British Tornado jets left the Royal Air Force Akrotiri base in Cyprus after the country’s parliament on Wednesday voted to extend airstrikes against Daesh in Syria. Sky News reported that the first target of the jets was an oilfield held by Daesh in eastern Syria. The media outlet said that there were several pre-planned targets prepared if the vote for expanded UK airstrikes was affirmative.
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow welcomes any actions in the fight against terrorism, but a coalition could considerably increase effectiveness, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday in regard to Great Britain’s airstrikes in Syria against positions of the Daesh, also known as ISIL/The Islamic State and whose activities are prohibited in Russia. “We continue to welcome any actions directed in the fight against terrorism, any actions directed in the fight against the Islamic State. Of course, we believe that if these actions are agreed and the attacks of everyone are in one united coalition, the effectiveness would be considerably increased,” Peskov told journalists. Peskov added that Moscow "opened doors for the creation of such coalition."
According to the Kremlin, Russia is the only country which carries out airstrikes in Syria in accordance with the international law.
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MOSCOW, December 3. /TASS/. Russian Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev has said UK airstrikes against terrorists in Syria can be welcomed only in case they hit the announced targets. "Though this decision (UK involvement in the military operation against Islamic State terrorist organization), just like other actions of the so-called US-led coalition on Syria, have no international legal grounds (while Russia undoubtedly has them), every airstrike against terrorists, if it what it is, hits the sought target that corresponds with our targets," Kosachev wrote on Thursday on his Facebook page. "And this can be welcomed. But I will repeat, only if these airstrikes hit the announced targets," he added. Kosachev wrote that "it is important that formally the British parliament has made a decision about the country’s involvement in the military operation against ISIL militants (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - former name of IS) in Syria, and not in support of the anti-government opposition."
The official did not rule out that "Britons may have different targets." "Time will show what war Great Britain entered - anti-terrorist or civil," he concluded.
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