US Official: Russia’s Support for Syria’s Assad at Odds with Battle against ISIS

US Official: Russia’s Support for Syria’s Assad at Odds with Battle against ISIS
Fri Sep 25, 2015 21:16:56

The United States claims Russia’s support for the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad runs counter to the war against ISIS Takfiri terrorists in Syria.

State Department spokesman John Kirby said Thursday that the Russian military buildup in Syria “appears to be an effort to continue to prop up the Assad regime, which we believe is completely at odds with actually trying to go after the extremist threat.”

“Not everything that we’re seeing them bring in would  … lead one to believe that it is solely designed to go after terrorist networks,” he said in an apparent criticism of Russia.

According to US officials, Russia recently moved fighter jets, artillery units, tanks and hundreds of troops to an airport in Syria’s western province of Latakia.

Washington says Moscow is seeking to establish a military outpost in Syria to help the government in its fight against ISIS terrorists. US officials also said the deployment raises the possibility of air combat missions in the Syrian airspace.

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter also warned Russia, suggesting that a military buildup in Syria could “pour gasoline on the [ISIS] phenomenon.”

He argued that any effort to crush the ISIS wihtout simultaneously pursuing a political transition away from President Assad will only “fuel the very kind of extremism that underlies ISIS.”

Carter further referred to his last week talk with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Shoygu, and stressed Washington’s “desire to defeat ISIS” as well as “the need for a political transition in Syria.”

“I think we’re prepared to discuss a way ahead with Russia where the political and the military move in parallel,” he said.

Syrian forces under the command of President Assad have been battling ISIS terrorists on different fronts throughout the war-torn country since early 2011.

ISIS terrorists, who were reportedly trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, now control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have been engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control.

Observers say while the US and its allies claim to be fighting against terrorist groups like ISIS, they in fact helped create and train those terror organizations to push their policies in the Middle East; Press TV reported.

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