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Russian air strikes in Syria did not target IS: US

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Washington: According to US defense officials, Russian air strikes in Syria did not target Islamic State (IS).

“The Russians were very clear publicly that they were going to strike ISIL,” said Steve Warren, a spokesman for the US-led counter-IS military campaign Operation Inherent Resolve on Thursday. “I’m not going to get into exactly who they hit, but we don’t believe that they struck ISIL targets.”

ISIL was another acronym for the extremist group now controlling a vast areas of lands in Iraq and Syria, Xinhua news agency reported.

“(In the place) where they (Russians) struck yesterday, we don’t believe there was any ISIL there,” Warren added.

Moscow began air strikes in Syria on Wednesday after weeks of military build-up around Syria’s coastal province of Latakia.

On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov strongly defended Moscow’s bombing campaign in Syria, saying it was targeting terrorist groups and not aimed at keeping President Bashar al-Assad in power.

“We see eye to eye with” the US-led coalition on targeting ISIL, al-Nusra, and other terrorist groups, Lavrov said at the United Nations headquarters.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Russia Just Launched the Fastest Cargo Mission Ever to the Space Station

The SpaceX's 15th cargo flight to the space station that launched on June 29 took three days to reach the space station

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The cargo vehicle will remain at the orbital outpost until late January 2019, NASA said.
The cargo vehicle will remain at the orbital outpost until late January 2019, NASA said. (IANS)

In a demonstration of expedited capability, a Russian cargo ship is readying itself to deliver supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) in less than four hours.

The Progress 70 resupply ship, loaded with almost 2,721 kgs of food, fuel and supplies, is set to launch from Baikonur space port in Kazakhstan at 3.51 am (Kazakhstan time) on Tuesday. .

“Russian mission controllers are planning a short three hour and 48 minute delivery trip, or just two orbits, to the station’s Pirs docking compartment,” NASA said in a blog post.

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The success of this mission may set the way for future Russian cargo and crew launches using the same expedited capability.

The cargo vehicle will remain at the orbital outpost until late January 2019, NASA said.

The SpaceX’s 15th cargo flight to the space station that launched on June 29 took three days to reach the space station. (IANS)

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