- The Washington Times - Friday, October 2, 2015

Russian warplanes have destroyed an Islamic State command center and training center, according to Moscow’s Defense Ministry. 

The ministry claims the strikes, carried out by Russia’s Sukhoi-34 and Sukhoi-25 jets and launched from an altitude of over 5,000 meters, took out infrastructure being used to prepare “terrorists,” Sky News reported.

The airstrike was one of a dozen conducted by Russia in Syria during 18 sorties, said ministry spokesman Lt. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, English-language Russian news channel RT reported.

One Russian airstrike has killed at least 12 Islamic State militants in Raqqa province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The group also reported warplanes, believed to be Russian, had targeted Qaryatain overnight — about 80 miles northeast of Damascus.

The strikes come as Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares to discuss Russia’s involvement in Syria’s civil war with Germany and France.

On Thursday, the U.S. claimed Russia was engaging in “indiscriminate” bombing against the Syrian opposition in an attempt to prop up embattled President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The Kremlin has said its aim is that same as that of the U.S., to target and eradicate terrorist groups.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has admitted Islamic State is not Moscow’s only target, adding Russia will target other anti-Assad groups, some of which are supported by the U.S.

“If it looks like a terrorist, if it walks like a terrorist, if it acts like a terrorist, if it fights like a terrorist, it’s a terrorist,” he told reporters at the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

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