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Syria Says Russia the Right to Combat Islamic State

17.09.2015 11:59

Syria's UN ambassador on Wednesday said Russia had every right to carry out airstrikes against the Islamic State militants in his country.

"Why are the Americans fighting ISIL with their fighter jets and the Russians should be forbidden from that?" Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari told reporters, "Does it make sense? It doesn't make sense."

The Syrian envoy also said that Russia’s military assistance to Damascus was coming as part of the longtime defense cooperation between the two countries.

President Barack Obama would welcome constructive Russian support for its efforts to create an anti-Islamic State collation in Syria, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Seprember 16.

Earnest said the White House would welcome an "integrated, coordinated constructive effort from Russia" to support the US-led coalition in Syria.