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1. Russia drops first bombs on Islamic State.
Russia has launched its first air strikes against targets in Syria amidst claims that the strikes did not target IS but that more than 30 civilians were killed after rebel areas were hit.
The airstrikes were launched just hours after President Vladimir Putin was granted permission from the country’s parliament to target Islamic State militants with the action.
A US official told Reuters that the air strikes appeared to have hit areas that were not held by Islamic State.
A French security source told Reuters “If it is Homs, which it seems to be, it is not Daesh (Islamic State) that they are targeting, but probably opposition groups, which confirms that they are more in support of Bashar’s regime than in fighting Daesh.”
Syrian state-run news agency SANA reported that Russian warplanes had targeted “ISIS dens” in al-Rastan, Talbiseh and Zafaraniya in Homs province.”
The Russian Ministry of Defence posted a video claiming to show the airstrikes – the footage shows two large explosions followed by clouds of smoke appearing.
The Russian Defence Ministry said it carried out about 20 flights over Syria on Wednesday, hitting eight IS targets, including a command post and operations centre in a mountainous area.
The ministry denied reports civilian infrastructure was targeted.
Kremlin chief of staff, Sergey Ivanov told local media “The operation’s military goal is exclusively air support of the Syrian armed forces in their fight against ISIL.”
Earlier President Putin, speaking at a government meeting, said his country would not become “mired in the Syrian conflict”.
“This military operation is limited in time. Russian air forces will help Assad’s army while it’s on the offensive mode,” Putin said.
“There will be no Russian boots on the ground.”
2. Police say they have found the “remains” of missing mother-of-two Simone Quinlan.
Police say they have found human remains in the search for missing mum Simone Quinlan.
The 33-year old went missing, near Bendigo, about two hours north-west of Melbourne, more than a month ago.
Ms Quinlan, the mother of two young boys was last seen driving from a service station about 11pm on August 24.
Police have arrested three men, Brendan Neil, 28, Dylan Jez, 23 and Wayne Marmo, 24 over her murder – and ordered them to undergo DNA testing.