Russian airstrikes may have hit non-Islamic State targets beyond the Homs area, according to a US official. Vladimir Putin this week defended Russia's support for Syrian president Assad on the grounds of defeating Isil, calling for an anti-Hitler style coalition. So, who else could Russian jets be targeting?
"In the last seven days, the regime's planes were attacking Palmyra and Qaryatayn, which are both held by Daesh (Isil) and are in the eastern part of Homs [province]. Today, they struck the western side of Homs, and there is no Daesh there. This means that now everything is allowed; anyone against Bashar [al-Assad] will be a target."