October 5, 2015 / 9:32 AM / in 2 years

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

Men stand along a crater caused by what activists said was a Russian air strike in Latamneh city on Wednesday, in the northern countryside of Hama, Syria October 2, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

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

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