Russia accuses US of deliberately allowing ISIS militants to flow into Syria; Accusations follow warning of “negative consequences” if Trump decertifies nuclear deal, Oct. 10, 2017.
Russia accused the United States on Tuesday of deliberately reducing its efforts against ISIS in Iraq to allow militants to enter Syria.
A spokesman for Russia’s Defense Ministry, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, made the accusations suggesting that the United States deliberately reduced airstrikes in Iraq in September to allow ISIS militants to flow into Syria.
Konashenkov also accused the United States of “pretending to fight” ISIS in the region, claiming its actions “complicate” the Syrian Army’s efforts “backed by the Russian air force” in efforts to “tack back Syrian territory to the east of the Euphrates”.
The spokesman stated Tuesday morning, “Everyone sees that the U.S.-led coalition is pretending to fight Islamic State, above all in Iraq, but continuing to allegedly fight Islamic State in Syria actively for some reason,” adding “The actions of the Pentagon and the coalition demand an explanation. Is their change of tack a desire to complicate as much as they can the Syrian army’s operation, backed by the Russian air force, to take back Syrian territory to the east of the Euphrates? Or is it an artful move to drive Islamic State terrorists out of Iraq by forcing them into Syria and into the path of the Russian air force’s pinpoint bombing?”
Last week Konashenkov claimed the United States is the “main obstacle” to defeating ISIS after he accused US forces of allowing Islamic State attacks on Syrian Army targets close to a US military mission in Jordan on the border with Syria.
He stated that the if the United States “views such operations as unforeseen ‘coincidences,’ then the Russian air force in Syria is prepared to begin the complete destruction of all such ‘coincidences’ in the zones under their control… The main obstacle to completing the defeat of Islamic State in Syria is not the military capability of the terrorists but the support for them, and dalliance with them, from the United States.”
Tuesday remarks come following Russia’s warning of “negative consequences” if President Trump were to decertify the nuclear deal this week. On Monday, spokesman for President Putin, Dmitry Peskov, stated “Obviously if one country leaves the deal, especially such a key country as the US, then that will have negative consequences… We can only try to predict the nature of these consequences, which we are doing now.”
On Sunday, Iran’s Chief of the Revolutionary Guard, General Mohammed Ali Jafari, warned that “Americans should know that the Trump government’s stupid behavior with the nuclear deal will be used by the Islamic Republic [Iran] as an opportunity to move ahead with its missile, regional and conventional defense program.”
Photo: Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, Russia Defense Ministry, CC, 2017.