Putin says Russia backs Free Syrian Army alongside Assad troops:
President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia is supporting the opposition Free Syrian Army, providing it with air cover, arms and ammunition in joint operations with Syrian troops against Islamist militants. Ref. Source 4f
A look at Russian air shield in Syria, including guided S-300 missile cruiser and S-400:
The Russian Defense Ministry invited journalists to the guided missile cruiser Moskva deployed to Syria's port of Latakia and demonstrated the advanced S-400 surface-to-air missiles stationed at a Russian Khmeimim airbase near the city. Ref. Source 1s
Russia flies over 40 tonnes of aid to blocked Syrian areas - agencies:
Food and other cargo was parachuted to the besieged city of Deir ez-Zor and other localities blocked by Islamic State, Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov was quoted as saying. Ref. Source 6d.
Russia's Lavrov: 'Assad Is Not an Ally for Us':
"Assad is not an ally for us. Yes, we support him in the fight against terror and in preserving the Syrian state," he told RIA in an interview. "But he is not an ally in the sense Turkey is an ally for the United States." Ref. Source 2u.
Kremlin: Mingling of moderate and extremist Syria rebels complicates air strikes:
The Kremlin complained on Friday that the mingling of so-called moderate rebels with Nusra Front fighters on the ground in Syria made it hard to distinguish between the two when it came to targeting air strikes. Ref. Source 3g.
Russian serviceman killed by self-detonating bomb in Syria -TASS:
The ministry said in a statement cited by TASS that the serviceman had been killed near Aleppo when a bomb exploded near a convoy, bringing food and water for local inhabitants, that was being escorted by the Russian military. Ref. Source 5t.