Lies and Damn Lies
- From day one Comrade Obama has been arming Islamist groups in an unconstitutional war against Syria. Now Obama complains that Russia has dared to bomb the Islamist groups we armed to attack Syria.
(Washington Examiner) - The U.S. protested Russia's bombing this week of U.S.-backed fighters in Syria in a Saturday video conference with Russian military officials that the Pentagon described as an "extraordinary session."
Defense Secretary Ash Carter was described by aides as furious over the aerial attack Thursday, which continued despite several urgent hotline calls to Russian officials demanding a halt to the bombing runs against a staging area where anti-Islamic State forces had gathered, including some fighters trained and equipped by the U.S.
"Department officials conveyed that Russia's continued strikes at At-Tanf, even after U.S. attempts to inform Russian forces through proper channels of on-going coalition air support to the counter-ISIL forces, created safety concerns for U.S. and coalition forces," a statement issued Saturday afternoon said.
The video conference was conducted between Acting Assistant Secretary for International Security Affairs Elissa Slotkin, Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, Joint Chiefs of Staff panning director, and their Russian counterparts.
Pentagon sources said Friday that at least two Russian Su-34 "Fullback" fighter-bombers hit the staging area in southern Syria, a location where Russia had not been active for some time.
The attack targeted forces that included fighters who had been trained and armed by the United States in Jordan and then sent back into Syria to fight the Islamic State.
After the initial strike, the U.S. military used a special hotline that had been established to avoid confrontations to urgently ask the Russian military to stop bombing the U.S.-backed forces. But after the call, Russian planes bombed again, infuriating U.S. officials.Read More . . . .