Russia: US-led Coalition in Syria Not Successful against ISIS

Russia: US-led Coalition in Syria Not Successful against ISIS
Thu Sep 17, 2015 11:11:48

Russia says the so-called US-led coalition against Daesh (ISIS) Takfiri terrorist group in Syria has achieved “very modest” gains a year after its creation, and calls for creating a united front against militants operating in the war-torn country.

 

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that the coalition’s airstrikes have not been successful in stopping the terrorist group from “expansion,” Russia's Sputnik news agency reported.

“In this regard, we reiterate our appeal to regional and international partners for a genuine consolidation of efforts in the fight against the global terrorism threat, based on the relevant international framework, and with the UN Security Council playing a key role,” the statement further read.

The statement also criticized the coalition for its ongoing support of anti-government groups fighting the Syrian army that is “the main force” opposing Daesh terrorists, underlining that any measure that weakens the army further destabilizes the war-stricken country.

The Russian Foreign Ministry’s statement came shortly after Washington fretted over Moscow’s military aid to Syrian government.

Moscow has been one of the main supporters of Syria since the foreign-backed militancy erupted in the Arab country in March 2011.

The conflict has claimed the lives of about 250,000 people, and caused nearly half of Syria’s prewar population of 23 million to flee the country, with many thousands attempting to reach Europe; Press TV reported.

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