Russia holding off air strikes on Nusra Front in Syria

This image posted on the Twitter page of Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front on Friday, April 1, 2016, shows Nusra Front tank fires at Syrian troops and pro-government gunmen in the northern village of al-Ais in Aleppo province, Syria. (AP)

Russia's defense ministry said on Wednesday it was holding off from striking rebels with the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front to give other armed groups time to move away from Nusra positions.

The ministry said in a statement it had received requests from multiple armed groups, mainly in Damascus and Aleppo, asking for a pause in air strikes.

The ministry said taking those requests into account, it had decided to allow more time before it starts air strikes on the Nusra positions.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47