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February 09, 2016
Russian air strikes in Syria 'good thing': Del Ponte
Geneva (AFP) Feb 8, 2016
Former war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, who is currently probing rights abuses in Syria, on Monday backed Russia's air strikes on "terrorist groups" in the war-torn country. "Overall, I think the Russian intervention is a good thing, because finally someone is attacking these terrorist groups," Del Ponte told Swiss public broadcaster RTS, listing the Islamic State group and Al-Nusra among the groups targeted. But Del Ponte, a member of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, quickly added t ... read more

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