Vladimir Putin says Russia backs Free Syrian Army alongside Assad troops

President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia is supporting the opposition Free Syrian Army, providing it with air cover, arms and ammunition in joint operations with Syrian troops against Islamist militants.

His statement appeared to be the first time Moscow said it was actually supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents in the fight against Islamic State forces.

Putin said last month the Russian air force had hit several “terrorist” targets identified by the Free Syrian Army.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Obama makes Jimmy Carter look like Jean-Claude Van Damme.

    • Clink9

      The Muscles From Brussels.

    • Vladimir Putin makes Vladimir Putin look like Jean-Claude Van Damme.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I suspect that Vlad is feeling some heat over his targeting.

  • He’s an astute businessman.

  • Amazing. This is his second major freaking political coup man. His first was when he called Obama’s bluff and agreed to U.N. et al inspectors for chemical weapons in Syria and their destruction thereof. Haven’t heard anything in the news since that the promise wasn’t fulfilled.