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FILE -- In this file photo provided on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service shows Russian air force Tu-22M3 bombers strike the Islamic State targets the IS around Deir el-Zour, eastern Syria. Syrian government and allied troops have inserted themselves into the battle against Islamic State militants by capturing key areas on the flanks of the coalition-led battle to seize Raqqa. They have positioned themselves as indispensable possibly spoilers in the fight to uproot the militants from Syria.(Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP, File)

FILE -- In this file photo provided on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service shows Russian air force Tu-22M3 bombers strike the Islamic State targets the IS around Deir el-Zour, eastern Syria. Syrian government and allied troops have inserted themselves into the battle against Islamic State militants by capturing key areas on the flanks of the coalition-led battle to seize Raqqa. They have positioned themselves as indispensable possibly spoilers in the fight to uproot the militants from Syria.(Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP, File)

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