U.S. & Russia plan joint military action in Aleppo

Aug 16, 2016, 4:38 AM EDT
Kurdish fighters in Syria
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Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Washington and Moscow have entered an active phase of negotiation to begin a joint military campaign against militants in Syria’s conflict-ridden Aleppo. The U.S. and Russia, which support opposite sides in the Syrian civil war, have been trying to forge a political solution, as intense violence and destruction continues to pile agony on thousands of civilians trapped in besieged areas.

The announcement came as Syrian rebels made significant advances against forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies, writes International Business Times. Russia, which has been accused of carrying out indiscriminate air raids on hospitals and civilian areas in Aleppo, says it is targeting “terrorist groups,” including Islamic State and the Nusra Front.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, who is scheduled to meet the Syrian opposition in the Qatari capital, Doha, on August 16, called for a greater participation from Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia in resolving the Syrian crisis, notes The Guardian.

Reacting to the reports of proposed joint military exercise in Aleppo, a British aid worker based in the rebel-held part of the city said such a move would compound the misery of civilians living there, reports The Intercept