In the past, Russian Federation had intervened in Afghanistan through irresponsible acts that have given rise to the phenomenon of mujahidin.
More than 40 Syrian insurgent groups vowed to attack Russian forces in retaliation for Moscow’s air campaign in a show of unity among the usually fragmented rebels against what they called the “occupiers” of Syria.
Only a week earlier Saudi airstrikes killed 130 people who attended a wedding near the town of Taiz in Yemen. ‘We are moderate Syrian rebels and have no affiliation with ISIS.
At the end of the day, the ones who lose out are the Syrian people.
“Tragically, what has happened is that most of the Russian air strikes, as far as we have been able to see so far, have been in parts of Syria not controlled by ISIL ut by other opponents of the regime“, Cameron told the BBC. This could potentially give the Russians the ability to jam electronics of coalition aircraft. The Kremlin was sending fighter planes, air-to-air missiles and SA-22 anti-aircraft batteries. According to a French source, Russian SU-30’s diverted the flight path of Israeli F-16’s off the Syrian coast during the night of October 1-2 (hardly an activity consistent with targeting IS).
Though ISIS and the regime do clash – ISIS recently took ground in central Syria, making the group more of a threat to Assad – the two sides are at times strategically aligned and even trade for oil. The Institute is run by arch-neoconservatives Frederick and Kimberly Kagan, and was instrumental in promoting the career of a serial fabricator by the name of Elizabeth O’Bagy who spent much of 2013-alongside the Russian oligarch-funded pundit Michael Weiss-clamoring for an American-led war against Assad.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (C), Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 28, 2015.
“The current policy of the United States and its partners, to increase pressure on Assad so that he “comes to the table” and negotiates his own departure – must be rethought”, Philip Gordon, the former White House coordinator for the Middle East, wrote this week. Apparently the Afghans can not appreciate that the decade and a half-long ravaging of their country by the U.S. is now causing fewer civilian deaths.
“We just need a Russian Federation that accepts there are rules in the system, and you can’t throw your toys out of the pram and resort to military force every time you don’t get your way,” he said. “I hope we’ll change”.
Assad blasted Western countries, accusing them of fuelling terrorism by supporting rebel groups, and ultimately the refugee crisis.
He said the Russian intervention is open-ended and was coordinated with the Syrian military. And the entire spectrum of Syrian rebel groups, not just IS, will likely now want to inflict casualties on the Russians one way or another.
Of course, all of this was to be expected.
“We should be using this moment now to try to force forward a comprehensive plan to bring political transition in Syria, because that is the answer for bringing peace to the region”.
Another complaint of the Americans has been that Russian Federation is not attacking IS.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) shakes hands with European Parliament President Martin Schulz at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, on Monday.
Third, Russia’s new presence in Syria strengthens Iran.
It is already clear that Russian Federation has become drawn into a useless war, one with no definite military objectives and which is impossible to win.
Raids ordered by Moscow are reported to have hit areas controlled by moderate groups and prompted a claim by U.S. Sen. Consequently, British bombing so far has only targeted Islamic State in neighbouring Iraq. This is not an offensive to defeat ISIS, but a naked effort by one dictator to protect another and crush moderate Syrian opposition forces.