The U.S. War That Does Not Exist
- For years Comrade Obama has been pumping mountains of weapons into the Syrian War to stir the pot of death and anarchy.
- Then our leaders tell the American Sheeple that it is "evil" and "wrong" for Russia to help the the Syrians that Obama is trying to kill.
- Pardon me, but this Blogger wants us to get the Hell out of there. Religious civil wars are none of our business.
(London Telegraph) - Russia’s aerial bombardment of Syria in support of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad showed further signs of backfiring last night as Islamic State forces seized a key supply line into the city of Aleppo.
The jihadists of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) cut the highway from the rest of government-held territory on Friday in a significant blow as the regime tries to dislodge rebels from the shattered city.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said at least 28 Isil fighters and 21 government troops and allied militia had been killed in the battle for the highway.
The regime has launched multiple ground offensives against the rebels since Russia began an air campaign on September 30. In Aleppo, that has created a new impetus to a complicated three-sided war involving the regime, Isil and non-Isil rebels.
Mr Assad’s army is now backed by Russian jets, Iranian ground troops, and a constellation of militia fighters hailing from the Lebanese Hezbollah movement and smaller groups sponsored by Iran and Russia.
But their offensives have stuttered, in part due to a flood of new anti-tank missiles that have reached moderate rebel groups from the United States, Turkey and Qatar.
By one calculation, the rebels’ usage of American-made TOW missiles has increased by 850% since Russia’s intervention, stiffening defence capabilities and inflicting heavier losses on the regime.
At least 14 of Iran’s elite troops have also been killed during the past 11 days. Among the dead are two generals and a one-time bodyguard to the former Iranian prime minister Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Experts say the escalation in regime firepower is pushing rebels from the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) closer to the more conservative Islamist groups which have traditionally enjoyed greater success on the battlefield, thanks in part to better funding. These include Jabhat al-Nusra and other al-Qaeda linked groups.
Jabhat al-Nusra said on Saturday that one of its Egyptian commanders, known as Abu Suleiman al-Masri, had been killed in southern Aleppo.
However, the bombing, which has mostly struck non-Isil rebel groups, also appears to have actually empowered Isil, even though it is supposedly the primary target of the Russian operation. It has seemingly been able to transfer fighters from fronts against other rebel groups to those against the regime itself.
In an apparent shift in policy, Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said on Saturday that Moscow was ready to help the so-called “moderate rebels” including those backed by the United States in their fight against Isil.
"We are ready to also support patriotic opposition, including the so-called Free Syrian Army, from the air," he said in a television interview.
The comments may also be part of a broader strategy that aims to peel rebel and Kurdish fighters away from their American backers and sow division in the ranks of the armed opposition.
The proposal met with bemusement. "Russia is bombing the Free Syrian Army and now it wants to co-operate with us, while it remains committed to Assad? We don't understand Russia at all!" Lieutenant Colonel Ahmad Saoud, a spokesman for the Division 13 rebel group, said.
Syrian War - 2015
|Screenshot - Battle of Baiji|