Russia to cooperate with France in fight against Islamic State

Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed his navy to work with France in the Mediterranean against the Islamic State, AFP reports.

The news comes as Russia has expanded its operations against the jihadi group in Syria, firing cruise missiles on militant positions in Syria’s Idlib and Aleppo provinces.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu also tells a briefing conducted for Putin that bombers hit Islamic State positions in Raqqa and Der-ez-Zor.

Shoigu said the cruise missiles that hit the Aleppo and Idlib positions were fired from Tu-160 and Tu-95 warplanes.

— Agencies

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