Al-Nusra 'not priority' , State Department says as terror group shells civilians in Syria
US military efforts in Syria are not directed against Al-Nusra, the State Department said, acknowledging that the terrorist group is a “spoiler” in the efforts to establish a humanitarian ceasefire in Aleppo and beyond.
Acknowledging that Nusra was a designated terrorist organization not included in the cessation of hostilities agreement between the US and Russia, State Department spokesman John Kirby said the US-led coalition against Daesh has not hit Nusra targets apart from one or two occasions, RT reports.
“Unilaterally, when we've had information that led us to take action, because of the plotting we knew that they were doing, we did that,”Kirby said.
The US strategy to deal with the group, however, was to establish a Joint Implementation Center with Russia under the terms of the September 9 cessation of hostilities agreement, “by which we would share information with the Russian military designed specifically to cooperate against Al-Nusra,” Kirby said.