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Russian Warplanes Batter IS Stronghold in Northern Syria

Russian long-range bombers pounded the Islamic State extremist stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria on Tuesday, hours after President Vladimir Putin formally tied the October 31 downing of a Russian jetliner in Egypt to a bomb planted by the extremist group. All 224 people on board the aircraft perished. Washington and Moscow, at odds over objectives in war-torn Syria, have been waging separate air campaigns near the Turkish border in recent weeks, and late last month they agreed on a...

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