Friday, May 19, 2017
US-led strike against Syrian government forces ‘unlawful’ says Russia
Last week we reported that troops of the Syrian government and its allies combined forces were advancing towards a military base in eastern Syria where it is known US and British forces have trained ISIS fighters, and reminded our readers that any US military personnel who are active in Syria are invaders, the USA having neither permission from the Syrian government nor a United Nations resolution allowing intervention in Syria's civil war on humanitarian grounds (Russia and China would veto such a proposal were it presented,) while Russia and Iran have both been requested by the legitimate government of Syria to provide assistance in opposing ISIS.
We should also remind you that leaders of the USA, UK and other NATO allies have always made it quite clear that their priority in Syria was not to defeat the terrorist organisations that make up ISIS, but to depose the Assad regime.
The Syrian conflict had seemed to be dying down after Syrian, Iranian and Kurdish ground forces, backed by Russian air support, had retaken Aleppo and routed ISIS in several other rebel strongholds. For some reason (easily guessed but not officially admitted,)in the last few days of his presidency Barack Obama authorised a return to Syria of American military advisors and a renewal of American involvement. Shortly after that a chemical weapons attack that was obviously a false flag incident, the ham fisted attempts to blame Assad's government were simply not plausible, raosed tensions betwen Russia and the US even further. When news came that the Syrians were advancing towards American bases things looked serious.
And then a US-led coalition strike on a pro-government convoy in Syria, branded by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as illegitimate and representing yet another violation of Syria’s sovereignty, appears to have dashed any hopes of a diplomatic resolution to the conflict.
“The American command explained the strike on pro-government Syrian forces, saying that these forces represented a threat to opposition which cooperates with the US-led coalition,” Lavrov said on Friday. “Whatever the reason for the US command to make this decision, this strike is illegitimate and unlawful. It’s yet another harsh violation of Syria’s sovereignty.”
Apart from violating Syrian sovereignty, such strikes hamper international efforts to reach a political solution of the Syrian crisis, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov stated earlier on Friday.
“Any military actions leading to the aggravation of the situation in Syria definitely affect the political process. Especially if such actions are committed against the Syrian armed forces.” Gatilov said.
Damascus said on Friday that the Thursday strike hit a Syrian Army position on Al-Tanf road in the Syrian desert “which led to casualties and material damage,” Sana reports.
The US-led coalition airstrike on pro-government forces in Syria was called “aggression” and “government terrorism” by Syria’s ambassador to the UN and the government’s chief negotiator at the Geneva talks, Bashar al-Jaafari. He also said the US actions amounted to a “massacre,” which was discussed during the talks with Staffan de Mistura.
The Perpetual War party in Washington may think they have won for now, turning Donald Trump into a warmonger the way they did with Obama, by feeding the presidents false information and propaganda worthy of a paranoid, delusional Bond villain.
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