Russia holds off on airstrikes against al Nusra Front

Russian military decided to suspend its bombing of the Nusra Front after pleas from several other groups near Nusra forces, Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday.

Around 10 factions asked Moscow “not to conduct strikes until their demarcation with terror group Nusra Front is completed,” he said.

Russia has insisted that its recent airstrikes targeted only Nusra and “Islamic State” jihadis, both of which are excluded from the shaky truce currently in force in Syria.