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According to the diplomat, the Unites States keeps on evading contacts with Russia on coordination of anti-terrorist efforts.

(MOSCOW, October 13 2015, TASS) ~ Russia has next to no doubts weapons and munitions the United States supply to Syria’s ‘moderate opposition’ ultimately reach terrorists, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.

“Frankly speaking, we have next to no doubts that at least the bulk of these weapons fall into the hands of terrorists,” Lavrov said in an interview with the NTV television channel.

“This fact causes concern in the United States as well, where people, the Congress begin to ask questions about previous attempts to support ‘moderate opposition.’”


Earlier on Tuesday, Pentagon said US transport planes had dropped in Syria the first batch of munitions for the opposition fighting against the terrorist group Islamic State.

The Islamic State is an Islamic terrorist organization banned in Russia. In 2013-2014, it was known under the name the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and operated mainly in Iraq and Syria.

In June 2014, the Islamic State announced the establishment of an “Islamic caliphate” (a state with a Sharia form of government) on the territories it had seized and reduced its name to the Islamic State.

According to the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency, the extremist group numbers around 30,000 people. The Iraqi authorities say however it has up to 200,000 gunmen.

Among members of the group are citizens of 80 countries, including France, Great Britain, Germany, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, US, Canada, Russia and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Islamic State militants reportedly control up to 40% of the Iraq’s territory and about 50% of the Syrian territory.


West gives Russia no information about Syria’s moderate opposition

According to the minister, Russia has received no information from the West about Syria’s moderate opposition.

“No one has provided coordinates of the ‘moderate opposition’ to us. They used to tell about the Free Syrian Army, but it is still a ghostly organization,” he said.

“Now they are saying about the Democratic Forces of Syria alliance. We have taken a closer look at it to see that it has groups that previously collaborated with terrorists.”


He said Russia has questions to the United States concerning its new programme of support to Syria’s moderate opposition, which provides for dropping munitions and equipment.

“Yesterday, the United States announced it had changed its concept of support to the opposition in Syria and would drop munitions instead of training personnel,” he said.

“But where these munitions will go? Could it be that these might follow the Jeeps that finally reached the Islamic State?”.


US keeps on evading contacts with Russia to coordinate anti-terrorist efforts

According to the diplomat, the Unites States keeps on evading contacts with Russia on coordination of anti-terrorist efforts.

“Subordinates of the US president are still refraining from it [coordination of anti-terrorist efforts. At least, they are seeking to evade such coordination in contacts with us,” he said.


Russia ready to open communication channels with humanitarian agencies in Syria

“We are ready to open communication channels with the UN humanitarian agencies in Syria to take into account their activities in practice,” he said. “We need to coordinate our steps.”

Lavrov added that Moscow, since the very beginning of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ strikes in Syria, offered the United States and other members of the anti-terrorist coalition to come to an agreement on the targets of the military operation and the areas that should not be affected by it.

“So far, we have received no answer,” the Russian foreign minister said.


R E L A T E D :

Prof. Michel Chossudovsky: Terrorism is Made in the USA. The Global War on Terrorism is a Big Lie

Prominent academic and author Dr Michel Chossudovsky warned that the so-called war on terrorism is a front to propagate America’s global hegemony and create a New World Order.

Dr Chossudovsky said terrorism is made in the US and that terrorists are not the product of the Muslim world.

According to him, the US global war on terrorism was used to enact anti-terrorism laws that demonised Muslims in the Western world and created Islamophobia.

Elaborating on his argument, Dr Chossudovsky said that NATO was responsible for recruiting members of the Islamic state while Israel is funding “global jihad elements inside Syria”.

Dr Chossudovsky, who is also the founder of the Centre for Research and Globalisation, further emphasised that the global war on terrorism is a fabrication, a big lie and a crime against humanity.

Echoing Dr Chossudovsky’s arguments, Malaysia’s prominent political scientist, Islamic reformist and activist Dr Chandra Muzaffar said that the US has always manipulated religion to further its global hegemony on sovereign states.


R E L A T E D :

Obama says he was “skeptical of Syria rebel boondoggle from the start” …Really?…


(RT) ~ The failed $500 million program to set up a proxy army in Syria was a test, US President Barack Obama told ’60 Minutes’, adding that he had doubts about the project from the start. He also ruled out sending US troops to Syria.

“I’ve been skeptical from the get-go about the notion that we were going to effectively create this proxy army inside of Syria,” Obama said in the interview. “My goal has been to try to test the proposition, can we be able to train and equip a moderate opposition that’s willing to fight ISIL?”

Broadcast Sunday night, Obama’s interview with CBS correspondent Steve Kroft was recorded last Tuesday, days before the administration announced it would stop attempting to train a force of ‘moderate’ militants in Syria.

After spending hundreds of millions of dollars, Washington had only “four or five” fighters to show for the effort. Most of the equipment ended up in jihadist hands as US-trained rebels were captured or deserted without ever facing Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL) in battle.

Asked why he went through with the program he doubted, Obama responded that part of what he has to do “is to try different things,” adding another reason was “because we also have partners on the ground that are invested and interested in seeing some sort of resolution to this problem.”

“And they wanted you to do it,” Kroft asked.

“Well, no. That’s not what I said,” Obama replied.

Obama’s efforts to reframe almost every question and at times change the subject appeared to irk Kroft, who at one point remarked, “I feel like I’m being filibustered, Mr. President.”

The White House said last Friday it was dropping the training program because it had not lived up to expectations, but said it would continue providing weapons to the ‘moderate’ Syrian militants.

“Look, there’s no doubt that it did not work,” Obama said of the program, but argued that there was no “silver bullet” approach to solving the Syrian problem. Washington would continue to support the ‘moderate’ opposition in Syria in hopes of seeing regime change in Damascus, but “what we are not going to do is to try to reinsert ourselves in a military campaign inside of Syria,” Obama said.

“What we have not been able to do so far, and I’m the first to acknowledge this, is to change the dynamic inside of Syria,” Obama said. According to him, victory over Islamic State will depend on the Sunni population in Syria and Iraq “working in a concerted way” with the US-backed coalition.

The president stuck close to the official US line, blaming the government of President Bashar Assad for the failure of US-backed rebels to fight against Islamic State forces. As long as Assad remains in power, getting “those folks” to focus on IS was difficult, Obama argued.

It will be this “community of nations” to eventually defeat Islamic State, Obama said, dismissing the Russian air campaign as nothing more than a desperate effort to save Assad.

Since September 30, Russian aircraft have struck over 100 terrorist targets inside Syria, from artillery positions to command centers and ammunition depots. Hundreds of militants have deserted and fled the country, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.


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