Putin Bombs Syria: Three Eyewitness Accounts

Eyewitnesses tell Vocativ ISIS is nowhere near the Russian bombing sites

Oct 07, 2015 at 8:01 AM ET

Russia’s bombing campaign inside Syria continues to target opponents of President Bashar al-Assad and not ISIS, according to civilians and activists who spoke to Vocativ. It is almost a week since Russia began airstrikes on what it said were ISIS positions, but numerous reports say that the Russians are actually hitting opponents of the Assad regime, including some groups that are allies of the U.S. The bulk of ISIS-controlled territory is in the north and east, in and around Raqqa. The majority of the strikes have been in the northwest.

“They bombed an entirely civilian area,” says Mohammad Khader, a Civilian Defense rescue worker who lives in the Idlib countryside. “There is no ISIS in Idlib, ” he told Vocativ. There were similar claims from civilians Vocativ spoke to near Homs and Latakia.

NATO has called on the Russians to stop its attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians and has rebuked Russia for twice violating Turkish airspace during the last few days.