Russia escalating Syria war by targeting moderate opposition: U.S.

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 05, 2015 5:26 AM

MADRID (Reuters) - Russia is escalating Syria's civil war by targeting the moderate opposition, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday, comparing Moscow's effort to bolster Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to tethering itself to a sinking ship.

"By taking military action in Syria against moderate groups targets, Russia has escalated the civil war," Carter said in a speech during a trip to Spain.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Toby Chopra)