LIVE UPDATES: The Russian Air Force has reportedly struck ISIS-held areas for the first time since bombing began on September 30. However the majority of settlements struck by bombs over the last 24 hours lie outside ISIS-controlled territory. The previous post in our Putin in Syria column can be found here.
LIVE UPDATES: Unconfirmed reports and images from Syria indicate that the Russian air offensive has entered its second day. Comments from Dmitry Peskov, President Putin’s press secretary, indicate that the targeting of the opposition groups other than ISIS is now officially sanctioned. So far, none of the settlements reported to have been bombed are ISIS-controlled. […]