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Putin Rejects US Request To Stop Bombing ISIS

Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to continue bombing ISIS strongholds in Syria, despite US demands that he stop.  Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed on Thursday that the Russian air force would continue its support of the Syrian armed forces in rebel-held eastern Aleppo. BBC News reports: He also urged Washington to deliver on a pledge to separate moderate Syrian opposition fighters from “terrorists”. US Secretary of State John Kerry warned the US was “on the verge” of suspending talks with Russia over Syria. “It’s irrational, in the context of the kind of bombing taking place, to be sitting there, trying to take things seriously,” he told a conference in Washington. “There is no notion or indication of seriousness of purpose with what is taking place right now.” The US and Russia have been negotiating for months to try to secure a cessation of hostilities but the latest truce collapsed last week after only a few days and attacks on eastern Aleppo have since intensified. The US warned on Wednesday it would end talks on military co-operation unless Moscow stopped the bombing. The recent cessation deal was meant to lead to joint Russian-US air strikes on so-called Islamic State and […]

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