Russia Launches Airstrikes in Syria

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HOMS, SYRIA -- Days after Presidents Putin and Obama fired at each other in separate speeches at the United Nations, Russia and the U.S. are in another showdown—in Syria.

A Russian Defense Ministry spokesman says the Kremlin conducted its first airstrike against ISIS in Syria, targeting equipment, supplies, and communications, but U.S. officials say the target had "no strategic purpose" which brings intentions into question.

For now American operations in the region are still business as usual, but as Russia backs president Assad and U.S. policy insists he's got to go, the situation only continues to heat up.

“As long as Assad is there we simply can’t make peace, period” says Secretary of State John Kerry.

Saudi Arabia agrees, saying the Syrian leader needs to step down or face military action.