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Russia Blasts US Presence in Syria and Support for ISIS 

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ISIS fighters operate along with so-called Syrian Democratic Forces, including other Arab terrorists and YPG elements.

On Tuesday, Russia’s Defense Ministry explained it has evidence of US support for ISIS, saying:

“The Abu Kamal liberation operation conducted by the Syrian government army with air cover by the Russian Aerospace Force at the end of the last week revealed facts of direct cooperation and support for ISIS terrorists by the US-led ‘international coalition.’ “

Russia’s Defense Ministry has photographic evidence, showing US aerial forces “peremptorily rejected to conduct airstrikes over the ISIS terrorists on the pretext of the fact that, according to their information, militants are yielding themselves prisoners to them and now are subject to the provisions of the Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War” – a bald-faced lie!

Proposed Russian Defense Ministry joint operations with America to target and destroy retreating ISIS fighters was rejected.

US-led “coalition” operations tried creating obstacles to prevent Russian aerial operations from attacking ISIS fighters and eliminating them.

US aerial operations gave them cover, instead of attacking them, Russia’s Defense Ministry mincing no words, saying:

“There is indisputable evidence that the United States pretends it is waging irreconcilable struggle against international terrorism in front of the international community, while in reality it provides cover for the combat-ready Islamic State groups to let them regain strength, regroup themselves and advance US interests in the Middle East.”

Washington’s goal in all countries it attacks is regime change, installing pro-Western puppet rule, looting their resources and exploiting their people.

ISIS fighters operate along with so-called Syrian Democratic Forces, including other Arab terrorists and YPG elements.

Separately, Sergey Lavrov blasted US operations in Syria, uncharacteristic tough talk from a world-class diplomat, saying:

“If you look at who is the greatest danger, it’s just the wards of the United States, various foreign terrorists, militants who are attached to those groups of armed opposition that the US supports.”

“As for Abu Kamal, this is not the only example of attempts by the US to spare the terrorists. We remember that during the operation to liberate Raqqa, as well as in Iraq’s Mosul, the gates were, so to say, thrown open for the Islamic State terror group” to be redeployed unharmed.

”There are a lot of questions to ask about the United States’ goals in Syria, because US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told me many times that their only goal is to defeat IS.”

America supports the terrorist scourge it claims to oppose. Nothing US officials say is believable – polar opposite policies pursued.

Washington’s goal in all countries it attacks is regime change, installing pro-Western puppet rule, looting their resources and exploiting their people.

Its agenda in Syria is the same as everywhere else, using ISIS, al-Nusra and other terrorist groups to advance its imperial objectives.

Moscow and Washington are world’s apart on Syria and virtually all other major geopolitical issues.

Bilateral relations are worsening, not improving. As long as US forces illegally occupy northern and southern Syrian territory, conflict resolution is unattainable.

Illegal US Presence in Syria

US forces operate illegally in many countries – in war theaters and elsewhere, including numerous covert operations.

America is unaccountable for Nuremberg-level crimes worldwide, including crimes against peace – defined as “planning preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances.”

It’s guilty of crimes of war and against humanity as defined under Nuremberg principles. They include murder and wanton destruction.

The UN Charter is binding international law. It’s US constitutional law under the Supremacy Clause (Article 6, Clause 2).

Article 51 of the UN Charter prohibits military action by one country against another except in self-defense – only with Security Council authorization.

All US post-WW II wars were and continue to be acts of naked aggression, defined as unauthorized attacks by one nation against another, including military occupations – flagrant UN Charter and constitutional violations.

International Law Professor John Quigley explained “(t)he United Nations Security Council has not asked outside states to send military forces into Syria. The United States has not been invited by the government of Syria.”

America’s military presence in Syria and other war theaters is flagrantly illegal, violating laws Francis Boyle explained.

Law Professor Francis Boyle stressed “(a)ll the bogus pretexts the United States has used over the years to justify its indirect and direct aggression against Syria… are too numerous to list here.”

“Russia and Iran are in Syria at the valid request of the Syrian government, which makes their presence lawful under international law.”

“By comparison, the United States intervened militarily into Syria without any permission from the Syrian government.”

US operations lack UN Charter Chapter 7 Security Council authorization – the same true in all its other war theaters.

“(T)he United States in Syria stands in gross violation of the United Nations Charter, the Nuremberg Charter, Judgment and Principles, as well as US Army Field Manual 27-10 on the Law of Land Warfare,” Boyle explained, adding:

“If you read the 1986 Judgment by the International Court of Justice in the Case of Nicaragua versus United States, all you have to do is substitute Syria for Nicaragua and jihadis for Contras to reach the exact same conclusions of gross illegality across the board.”

Defense Secretary James Mattis lied, saying “the UN said…we can go after ISIS…to take them out” in Syria or anywhere else.

FALSE!

Fact: Washington created and supports ISIS, deploying its fighters where the Pentagon and CIA want them used as imperial foot soldiers – a proxy US army, doing its killing and dying, other terrorist groups used the same way.

Fact: No UN authorization exists for US military operations anywhere.

Assad rightfully calls US forces in Syria lawless “invaders” – aiming to topple his government, install pro-Western puppet rule, and isolate Iran ahead of targeting the Islamic Republic the same way.

That’s how imperialism works, raping and destroying nations to control them. Mattis was clear and unequivocal, explaining America came to Syria to stay, saying:

Defeating terrorists in the country “doesn’t mean we just walk away and let ISIS 2.0 pop back around.”

Security Council Resolution 2249 (November 2015) called on member states “that have the capacity to do so to take all necessary measures to redouble and coordinate their efforts to prevent and suppress terrorist acts committed specifically by ISIL,” as well as other terrorist groups – “in compliance with international law.”

America’s military presence in Syria and other war theaters is flagrantly illegal, violating laws Francis Boyle explained.

Responding to Mattis, Syria’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement, saying:

“The presence of the US forces or any foreign military presence in Syria without the consent of the Syrian government constitutes an act of aggression and an attack on the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic as well as a gross violation of the Charter and principles of the United Nations,” adding:

America’s presence “only leads to prolonging the crisis and further complicating it.”

Damascus demands immediate and full withdrawal of all US forces from the country. Russia concurs.

Conflict resolution is unattainable as long as Washington maintains a military presence in the country.

About the author: Stephen J. Lendman

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.

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