Russian strikes did not target IS

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, listens as he meets with members of Russia's Security Consul in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Novo-Ogaryovo, Russia, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. (Alexei Druzhinin, RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. official says Russia’s airstrikes in Syria did not appear to be targeting the Islamic State group, but other opposition groups fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The official said IS militants are not in the western part of the country, beyond Homs, where the Russian strikes were directed.

The official was not authorized to discuss the Russian airstrikes publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.

Russia notified the U.S. about the impending airstrikes through the embassy in Baghdad about an hour before they started, the official said.

According to the official, there were no conflicts with the Russian strikes, and they had no impact on the coalition missions, which are primarily in the north and east.

The U.S. is still trying to assess the damages of the Russian strikes.

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