In this photo taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, a Russian SU-24M jet fighter takes off from an airbase Hmeimim in Syria. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
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The Syrian army and allied militia carried out ground attacks on insurgent positions in Syria Wednesday backed by Russian air strikes, in what appeared to be their first major coordinated assault since Moscow intervened last week, a monitor said.A regional source familiar with the military situation in Syria said forces including Hezbollah fighters were taking part in the ground attack against four rebel-held areas.Abdulrahman, who tracks the conflict using sources in Syria, said the ground assault was being carried out by "regime forces" and their allies, with no immediate sign of Russian involvement on the ground.Russia, a top ally of Assad, started air strikes in Syria a week ago, saying they were targeting hard-line ISIS militants.
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