Dangerous US Mission Creep in Syria

Russia Orders Relatives of Officials Abroad to Return Home
October 14, 2016
Lavrov Expects New Talks on Syria to Fail
October 14, 2016
Dangerous US Mission Creep in Syria
by Stephen Lendman
A same day article explained Obama, meeting with his national security advisors on Friday, is weighing escalated options in Syria, including attacks on government forces, risking direct confrontation with Russia.
For the second time in recent days, areas near Moscow’s Damascus embassy were shelled with mortar rounds for two hours on Wednesday – attacks launched from Jobar neighborhood-based US-supported terrorists.
No embassy damage or staff injuries to were reported. On Thursday, Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said his government’s military will continue combating terrorists in Syria until they’re eliminated. “(T)his is the goal which we are seeking to reach,” he explained.
Russia’s General Staff said (US-supported) terrorists continue shelling Western Aleppo civilian areas, killing defenseless people daily, including children.
Media scoundrels ignore the slaughter, focusing solely on the battle for terrorist-controlled eastern Aleppo, shamelessly blaming Russia and Syrian forces for their high crimes, along with Pentagon-led “coalition” terror-bombing hospitals, vital infrastructure and massacring government troops.
(US-supported) “terrorists blocked the delivery of humanitarian assistance to” eastern Aleppo residents, Russian General Sergei Rudskoy, explained.
“Humanitarian corridors (were) mined. The shelling of the western part of the city continues…which means dozens of dead and hundreds of wounded every day.”
Rudskoy accused US-led Western countries of conducting an anti-Russian smear campaign, baselessly claiming its aerial operations strike targets indiscriminately.
“(V)erified in advance,” they’re hit with pinpoint accuracy, he explained. Russia doesn’t bomb civilian neighborhoods or other nonmilitary sites. US terror-bombing is responsible for horrific war crimes.
US-supported eastern Aleppo terrorists use civilian hostages as human shields to reduce their own casualties.
“These egregious facts remain without attention from Western countries,” Rudskoy explained. “They neither want to notice (their) crimes nor respond to them.” 
On Thursday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova blasted what she called Washington’s “scorched earth policy in bilateral relations,” threatening world peace and stability.
“Russian-American relations (are being systematically) destroyed,” she warned, a “dangerous policy…fraught with (potentially huge) negative consequences.”
“What we hear on a daily format – it’s just a lie.” Americans are being manipulated to believe “Russia is an enemy.” With Hillary almost certain to succeed Obama, expect worse ahead, not efforts to reduce tensions.
Endless US-initiated war in Syria continues with no prospect for resolution any time soon.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.