“To be honest”, he told BuzzFeed News by Skype, “I’m afraid”. “To achieve this goal we need serious will and determination and joint global action based on cooperation with the governments of Iraq and Syria which shoulder the main burden of the anti-terror campaign“, Marzieh Afkham said on Thursday. “It won’t protect us,” he said of the USA support he receives, about which he has always been up front.
“We don’t believe that [Russia] struck [ISIS] targets”. Russian Federation estimates at least 2,400 of its own citizens are already fighting alongside extremists in Syria and Iraq. But they have so far centered instead on other rebel groups fighting Assad, a longtime Russian ally. What have you learned about what happened during this teleconference between USA and Russian officials?
The military isn’t willing to intervene on behalf of the rebels, given the potentially disastrous consequences of an escalation with Russian forces, USA defense officials and top lawmakers told The Daily Beast.
Other commanders with US ties echoed these concerns.
MARGARET WARNER: … that in fact – and so, when the Pentagon is being careful, they say, look, we can’t do damage assessment on the ground. “And we realized our turn would be next”.
The country deployed hundreds of troops and dozens of artillery units, personnel carriers, and aircrafts in the past week, mostly situated around the stronghold of Assad’s forces in the northwestern Syrian region of Latakia, to the dismay of the worldwide community.
The USA official who spoke on condition of anonymity said there were no conflicts with the Russian strikes, and they had no impact on the coalition missions, which are primarily in the north and east.
At the Pentagon, spokesman Peter Cook repeatedly declined to discuss whether the United States might be called upon to defend moderate Syrian rebels under Russian attack, calling it “hypothetical”.
“Not at all“, Earnest said when asked.
There also was an acknowledgement on the part of the Russians that our view of the necessity of a political transition inside of Syria is correct. But U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said later in the day, “I want to be careful about confirming information, but it does appear that they (Russian airstrikes) were in areas where there probably were not ISIL forces”.
The U.S. is said to have got only an hour’s notice of Russia’s entry into the Syrian conflict.
Fears of Russian attacks extended to USA allies on the civilian side as well.
“The second is we consider Syrian sanctions”.
According to a report by Reuters on Friday, the Western officials said the SA-22 system would be operated by Russian troops, rather than Syrians.