Russia Blasts US Presence in Syria and Support for ISIS
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
On Tuesday, Russia’s Defense Ministry explained it has evidence of US support for ISIS, saying:
“The Abu Kamal liberation operation conducted by the Syrian government army with air cover by the Russian Aerospace Force at the end of the last week revealed facts of direct cooperation and support for ISIS terrorists by the US-led ‘international coalition.’ “
Russia’s Defense Ministry has photographic evidence, showing US aerial forces “peremptorily rejected to conduct airstrikes over the ISIS terrorists on the pretext of the fact that, according to their information, militants are yielding themselves prisoners to them and now are subject to the provisions of the Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War” – a bald-faced lie!
Proposed Russian Defense Ministry joint operations with America to target and destroy retreating ISIS fighters was rejected.
US-led “coalition” operations tried creating obstacles to prevent Russian aerial operations from attacking ISIS fighters and eliminating them.
US aerial operations gave them cover, instead of attacking them, Russia’s Defense Ministry mincing no words, saying:
“There is indisputable evidence that the United States pretends it is waging irreconcilable struggle against international terrorism in front of the international community, while in reality it provides cover for the combat-ready Islamic State groups to let them regain strength, regroup themselves and advance US interests in the Middle East.”
ISIS fighters operate along with so-called Syrian Democratic Forces, including other Arab terrorists and YPG elements.
Separately, Sergey Lavrov blasted US operations in Syria, uncharacteristic tough talk from a world-class diplomat, saying:
“If you look at who is the greatest danger, it’s just the wards of the United States, various foreign terrorists, militants who are attached to those groups of armed opposition that the US supports.”
“As for Abu Kamal, this is not the only example of attempts by the US to spare the terrorists. We remember that during the operation to liberate Raqqa, as well as in Iraq’s Mosul, the gates were, so to say, thrown open for the Islamic State terror group” to be redeployed unharmed.
”There are a lot of questions to ask about the United States’ goals in Syria, because US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told me many times that their only goal is to defeat IS.”
America supports the terrorist scourge it claims to oppose. Nothing US officials say is believable – polar opposite policies pursued.
Washington’s goal in all countries it attacks is regime change, installing pro-Western puppet rule, looting their resources and exploiting their people.
Its agenda in Syria is the same as everywhere else, using ISIS, al-Nusra and other terrorist groups to advance its imperial objectives.
Moscow and Washington are world’s apart on Syria and virtually all other major geopolitical issues.
Bilateral relations are worsening, not improving. As long as US forces illegally occupy northern and southern Syrian territory, conflict resolution is unattainable.
My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”