Russian airstrikes

VIDEO: Russia airstrikes in Syria

Russian Defence Ministry Igor Konashenkov said in televised comments that Russian aircraft have damaged or destroyed 12 targets in Syria belonging to the Islamic State group including a command centre and two ammunition depots.

Officials acknowledged, however, that other unidentified groups were being targeted as well.

VIDEO: Russia Attacks May Have Hit Non-IS Areas, says Carter

Carter made the comment at a Pentagon news conference, where he offered few details about the strikes but said they point out a contradiction in Russia's approach. He said the Russians should not be supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

Carter also expressed disappointment that the Russians did not use formal channels to provide the U.S. with advance notice of its airstrikes.

US warns Russia against striking non-IS groups in Syria

Kerry told the United Nations Security Council that the U.S. would not object to Russians hitting Islamic State or al-Qaida targets but airstrikes just to strengthen the hand of Syrian President Bashar Assad would be worrisome.

"It does appear they were in in areas where there probably were not ISIL forces," Carter said of the Russian airstrikes, using an alternative acronym for Islamic State. He would not go into more detail.