Russia carried out a new round of airstrikes on Thursday.
Russia sent more than 50 aircraft on about 30 sorties over Syriaon Thursday, using drones and satellites to identify targets, said Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry.

Russia’s entry into the Syrian conflict, which started on Wednesday with a bombing attack on Syrian opposition fighters, has been angrily condemned by United States officials.
Russian officials nonetheless insisted that they had hit four “objects of the Islamic State” in the provinces of Idlib, Hama and Homs.
The Russian military incursion may not be limited to Syria, the deputy foreign minister, Ilya Rogachev, suggested on Thursday in Moscow. He indicated that Moscow would be receptive to an invitation by Baghdad to assist in the fight against the Islamic State in that country.

Later, during a news conference at the United Nations, the Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, said there were no immediate plans to hit targets in Iraq.

    “We were not invited. We were not asked,” he said. “We are polite people.”

In response to a question about which organizations in the region Russia considers to be fair targets, Mr. Lavrov was equally vague, saying:

    “If it looks like a terrorist, walks like a terrorist, acts like a terrorist, fights like a terrorist, it’s a terrorist, right?”

The Russian state news agency RIA reported on Thursday that airstrikes by the Syrian military, which is working with the Russian Air Force, had killed 107 militants, including three commanders of the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, near Homs.

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