WW4/Middle East Files: Russia begins air strikes against regime opponents in Syria, Su-24 fighter-bombers from makeshift air base in Latakia fly ops over towns in Homs, Hama provinces, where principal rebel groups include US-backed Free Syrian Army, Islamist Army of Conquest, but not Islamic State; Kremlin gives advance notice of strikes to Washington, Jerusalem , says Russian pilots targeted ISIS positions, in particular comm facilities, arms depots, ammo, fuel supplies, however FSA cmdr maintains Russian warplanes bombed his fighters in Hama; Syrian oppositionists assert Russian warplanes hit 5 towns, resulting in deaths of 36 people, including 5 children; US State Dept.: “The US-led coalition will continue to fly missions over Iraq and Syria as planned and in support of our international mission to degrade and destroy Isil [ISIS]”; Russia’s Federation Council rubberstamps Putin’s decision to bomb Syria, while Assad tweets request for Moscow’s intervention against “terrorism”; Hezbollah guerrillas in Syria welcome Russian mil intervention on behalf of common ally Assad, accept gift of 75 Soviet-built T-72, T-55 tanks from Syrian army to create armored division (possibly to overthrow Lebanese government)

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