Russia will ‘consider’ expanding its air offensive to Iraq

Russia is said to be considering Iraq’s offer to allow it to carry out air strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in Iraqi territory.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Sept. 30 he may allow Russia to carry out air strikes on the terror group inside Iraq if Moscow offered.

“It is a possibility. If we get the offer, we will consider it,” Abadi said. Continue reading

Assad allies, including Iranians, prepare ground attack in Syria: sources

Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria in the last 10 days and will soon join government forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies in a major ground offensive backed by Russian air strikes, two Lebanese sources told Reuters.

“The (Russian) air strikes will in the near future be accompanied by ground advances by the Syrian army and its allies,” said one of the sources familiar with political and military developments in the conflict. Continue reading