Russia and Iran Excluded from Meeting in Washington on ISIS

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by Stephen Lendman
US hostility toward both countries is longstanding. Russian air power, Iranian advisors and Hezbollah fighters alone are aiding government forces combat terrorism in Syria.
America, NATO, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other rogue states support the scourge they claim to oppose.
On March 22 and 23, Washington will host ministers from 68 so-called coalition countries supporting, not combating ISIS – why Russia and Iran aren’t invited – besides US hostility toward both nations.
Trump was co-opted to renege on pursuing improved relations with Moscow. Throughout the campaign and post-election, he’s been militantly anti-Iran – pressured by Israel, its US lobby and other dark forces in Washington.
The meeting on ISIS is likely about the Trump administration getting to know its imperial partners firsthand, along with giving them marching orders on continuing the US-led war OF terrorism on humanity, using ISIS and other terrorist groups as imperial foot soldiers.
America created ISIS, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. It continues supporting them. The State Department lied, saying the March 22-23 meeting aims to “accelerate international efforts to defeat ISIS in the remaining areas it holds in Iraq and Syria and maximize pressure on its branches, affiliates, and networks.”
“The coalition’s working group co-leads will meet as well to coordinate across all lines of effort. That includes military, counter-finance, counter-messaging, counter-foreign-fighters, as well as stabilization – all aspects of the campaign.”
The meeting follows deployment of hundreds of marines to northern Syria. Along with US special forces, they’re aiding terrorist fighters seize Syrian territory, not liberate it.
On Friday, Fars News cited senior Iraqi volunteer forces leader Hashd al-Shaabi, saying US forces helped chief ISIS commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi escape from Western Mosul.
Reportedly, he’s hiding somewhere between al-Qayravan and al-Hazar, south of Mosul.
Cooperating with Russia in combating terrorism is off-the-table – a disturbing sign showing Washington wants endless war continued, not resolved.
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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.