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(RT News Report,15/10/2016) ~ U.S. President Barack Obama is set to discuss further U.S. action in Syria with his senior foreign policy advisers at the National Security Council (NSC) on Friday. U.S. officials say military options are to be mulled over, among other possibilities.
One scenario to be discussed involves direct US military action in Syria, including airstrikes on Syrian military, radar and anti-aircraft bases, as well as arms depots, Reuters reports citing high-ranking US officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Another scenario to be considered is allowing coalition forces to provide the US-backed ‘moderate Syrian opposition’ with advanced ammunition and weaponry.
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This would not include shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, as Washington fears they could be used against Western airliners.
The officials, however, stated it was unlikely that Obama would actually give the green light to US airstrikes on Syrian government targets, or that he would make any specific decisions at the upcoming meeting.
One official noted that, as Russian and Syrian troops cooperate extensively, striking Syrian government forces could result in a direct confrontation between the US and Russia – something Obama has been trying to avoid.
The White House declined to comment on the speculation surrounding any possible decisions, but confirmed the NSC meeting will take place on Friday, Reuters reported.
US authorities have already raised the bombing of Syrian government forces as an option, with White House spokesman Josh Earnest telling reporters last week that although such action is unlikely to reduce violence, nothing can be taken off the table under the circumstances.
According to a recent report in the Washington Post, several top US officials have been considering striking positions of the Syrian military covertly and without a UN Security Council resolution.
The NSC meeting comes just ahead of the ministerial talks on Syria in Lausanne, Switzerland. On Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that Russia, the US and a number of regional powers will have a meeting “in a narrow format” on October 15 to discuss possible steps for a Syrian settlement.
Commenting on the upcoming Lausanne talks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed hope that they “will launch a serious dialogue on the basis of the principles contained in the Russian-American deal, which was broadly welcomed but which unfortunately was not launched.”
The US State Department noted that Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry are likely to focus their discussion on the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo and “getting cessation of hostility in place,” which could enable conditions for political talks to resume.
Last week, Washington officially suspended bilateral cooperation with Moscow, ending a brief period of close cooperation aimed at sustaining the ceasefire in Syria, which had been agreed by the sides on September 9 after months of negotiations. The move followed mutual accusations of failing to fulfill the obligations agreed upon. The US claimed Russia didn’t deliver on a promise to ensure Damascus suspended its military campaign and provide humanitarian access to besieged areas of Syria, while Russia accused the US of failing to separate the moderate opposition under its control from the jihadists, particularly from Al-Nusra Front (now Jabhat Fateh al-Sham), as was agreed, and organize the withdrawal of militants from Castello Road to allow humanitarian aid supply to Aleppo.
In his interview to Russia’s Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper earlier this week, Syrian President Bashar Assad said there are no “moderates” fighting in Aleppo, as all armed groups there “work with Al-Nusra in the area that’s controlled by Al-Nusra.”
Assad denied criticism that Russian and Syrian air forces are bombing the positions of moderate rebels, stressing that anyone who holds a weapon is a terrorist. Concerning the United States and its actions in Syria, the leader said Washington is using the battle against terrorists as an excuse to achieve its own objectives in the wider Middle East as well as those of its allies, while trying to keep the “hegemony of the Americans around the world.”
CIA working on ‘clandestine’ cyberattack against Russia
(RT News Report,15/10/2016) ~ The CIA is reportedly planning a “clandestine” cyberattack on Russia, in retaliation for its alleged efforts to influence the US elections against Hillary Clinton. The “wide-ranging operation” is meant to “embarrass” Russia’s leadership, NBC News reported.
“Current and former officials,” who the report claims have direct knowledge of the situation, say the CIA has been tasked with providing options to the White House.
Sources tell the channel that US intelligence has started preparations for the operation and has even obtained “reams of documents” to target Russian President Vladimir Putin and his “unsavory tactics.”
Earlier this week, the White House said President Barack Obama was weighing a “proportional response” to Moscow. Spokesman John Earnest told reporters that the president was still deciding on “response options” that would probably not be announced in advance and may never be disclosed.
As sources have told NBC News, there is “a division” at the Obama administration on whether or not Capitol Hill should retaliate.
“If someone has decided, ‘we’ve had enough of the Russians,’ there is a lot we can do. Step one is to remind them that two can play at this game and we have a lot of stuff. Step two, if you are looking to mess with their networks, we can do that, but then the issue becomes, they can do worse things to us in other places,” a former CIA officer, who worked on Russia, said.
The same source has also revealed that it was not an unusual practice for the White House to ask the CIA to pitch options for anti-Russia measures, including cyberattacks. However, it never went further than just requests.
“We’ve always hesitated to use a lot of stuff we’ve had, but that’s a political decision,” the former CIA officer said.
Another former officer confirmed the words of his colleague to NBC News. As the one who helped run intelligence operations against Russia, he said that over the years he was asked several times to work on action plans, but “none of the options were particularly good, nor did we think that any of them would be particularly effective.“
He believes that embarrassing Putin was a particularly tough case, because there is not anything the US can do to which Russia would not be able to respond. Of a hypothetical example being made of Russian bank accounts, he said: “Do you want to have Barack Obama bouncing checks?”
The CIA’s cyber operation is being prepared by a team within, the documents indicate.
According to officials, the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence has a team of “hundreds and a budget in the hundreds of millions.”
On Friday, Vice President Joe Biden told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the US is “sending a message” to Putin and that “it will be at the time of our choosing, and under the circumstances that will have the greatest impact.”
When asked if Americans would know a message was sent, Biden replied, “hope not,” essentially echoing the White House.
WikiLeaks, however, expressed doubt over the seriousness of the report about the “clandestine”cyberwar on Russia.
Accusations against Russia have been louder in recent days with WikiLeaks releasing thousands of dubbed “Podesta emails” exposing Hillary Clinton’s connections to Wall Street, views on Syria and details of her presidential campaign. In much of the US media reporting, the perception is that the Kremlin works along with WikiLeaks, providing it with materials to post. The allegations have been denied both in Moscow and by WikiLeaks.
Responding to Washington’s official accusations on October 7, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said it was “yet another fit of nonsense,” stating that “tens of thousands of hackers” try to break into the sites of Russian officials. However, he stressed, Moscow never pointed a finger at the US.
This week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov dismissed the claims of Russia trying interfere in the US presidential election as “ridiculous.”
“It’s flattering, of course, to get this kind of attention – for a regional power, as President Obama called us some time ago,” Lavrov said in an interview with CNN. “Now everybody in the United States is saying that it is Russia which is running the [US] presidential debate,” he said, adding, “we have not seen a single fact, a single proof.”
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