Syria

Following the United States’ decision to shoot down a Syrian warplane, Russia has spoken out in support of the Syrian government, and has announced that will shoot down any U.S. warplanes in its airspace.

The Russian Ministry of Defense released a statement announcing that it is halting cooperation with the U.S. and its allies “in the framework of the Memorandum on the Prevention of Incidents and Ensuring Air Safety in Syria” following the coalition’s downing of a Syrian warplane on Sunday.

“In the areas of combat missions of Russian air fleet in Syrian skies, any airborne objects, including aircraft and unmanned vehicles of the [US-led] international coalition, located to the west of the Euphrates River, will be tracked by Russian ground and air defense forces as air targets.”

 The Russian Defense Ministry also called for a thorough investigation into the coalition’s decision to shoot down the Syrian government’s military aircraft, noting that the incident “cynically violates” the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic.

What is it then, if not an act of aggression, an act directly in breach of international law,”  Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told journalists in Moscow, quoted by Russia’s RIA news agency.

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“If you want, it’s actually help for the terrorists the US is fighting, declaring that they are conducting a counterterrorism policy,” the deputy foreign minister added.

In the statement, the ministry said the U.S. Air Force had committed an act of “military aggression” against Syria, and it referred to the incident as “a conscious failure to comply with the obligations under the Memorandum on the Prevention of Incidents and Ensuring Air Safety in Syria.”

“The command of the coalition forces did not use the existing communication channel between the air commands of Al Udeid Airbase (in Qatar) and the Khmeimim Airbase to prevent incidents in Syrian airspace.”

Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the American-led task force, told the New York Times that the U.S. will continue to conduct air operations, despite Russia’s warnings.

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“We are going to continue to conduct operations throughout Syria, providing air support for coalition and partnered forces on the ground,” Dillon said.

As The Free Thought Project reported, the U.S.-led coalition claimed responsibility for the attack on Sunday, in a statement that blamed the Syrian government, and claimed its military aircraft was targeting the Syrian Democratic Forces near Raqqa.

“At 6:43pm, a Syrian regime SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqah and, in accordance with rules of engagement and collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces, was immediately shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet.”

Syria has been adamant about the fact that its military was targeting ISIS fighters in the land surrounding Raqqa, the militant group’s self-proclaimed capital.

“This attack comes at a time when the Syrian Arab army and its allies are advancing in the fight against ISIS terrorists who are being defeated in the Syrian desert in more ways than one,” the Syrian military said in a statement.

Last week, a Syrian lawmaker accused the U.S. of directly transporting at least 120 ISIS militants to safety, before beginning an attack on the city that has included reports of illegal chemical weapons use, including white phosphorus.

While the United States has claimed its purpose is to eliminate ISIS from the region, Russia and Syria have claimed to have the same purpose. The U.S.-led coalition’s decision to shoot down a Syrian warplane is especially notable, because of the fact that the aircraft was targeting an area that the U.S. has been targeting with a barrage of airstrikes in recent weeks.

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Russia and Syria have both accused the U.S. of aiding ISIS, and with Russia now supporting Syria to the extent that it is threatening to view U.S. warplanes as targets, it serves as a reminder that rather than helping to defeat a common enemy, the U.S. is laying the groundwork for a new, and concerning conflict between the two superpowers.

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Rachel Blevins is a Texas-based journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives.
  • Guy

    Oh just Great ! Like calling the kettle black as far as I’am concerned. This is coming from a country that annexed the balkans, giving missiles to the rebels there to shoot down innocent passenger planes Tried to install ICBM in Cuba and did change the governments in once friendly countries in South America to Communism. Gave the world Chernobyl, and has pretty much sterilized it’s own countries environment with radioactive waste, that makes it *No Go Areas* for a 1000 miles square x 10. Then has the balls to deny everything, while pointing fingers at us !? Putin is and will be always a KGB Thug, and would love to join hands with China to strangle us by the throat. Except they don’t get along with China either.

    I am no fool, thinking we are just a lily white savor of the world, saving the world from evil communism, we are not, having plenty of skeletons in our own damn closet, enough to go around. But as I see it, Russia is just trying to save a Dictator Dentist, who is killing his own people, because they had had enough of his family’s brutality, and rose up to knock him off his Throne. So now he just calls em rebels and terrorist, so he can justify bombing hospitals ! If you really want to kill ISIL, blockade the country, to cut off resupply from Iran, and starve em
    out !

    • Dan Quixoté

      If Gary Allen’s 1971 exposé, “None Dare Call It Conspiracy”, is to be believed, the Red end of the Superpower axis was contrived and is operated to the same degree and by the same powers that run the Blue polar opposite. Similar to how the supposed political opponents in the US are all funded by the same international megaconglomerates, attend Bilderberg, CFR mtgs, even Bohemian Grove together, and all end up prosecuting the same agenda regardless of who the people imagined they “voted” for.

      Allen set out to document thoroughly how all the world’s ills were Nixon’s fault. But what he found when he read through the prior 50 years of newspapers and the books written during the same time period by the world’s biggest influencers, was that this is all an OPENLY engineered con. No effort was even put into trying to conceal it. The Western banking families built the USSR, using Western tech and corporate manpower, for the explicit purposes of global war profiteering and domination. Per Orwell disclosure 25 years prior.

      Here’s a copy for anyone who wants to read it. Takes 4-6 hours. Sorry the pictures aren’t scanned in.

      https://www.docdroid.net/i0Q4CNW/none-dare-call-it-conspiracy.pdf.html

      • Guy

        Haven’t read it yet. But would probably believe it. But how is it explained about Russia’s role in WWII, and they grabbing their share of german scientist, so they could build a bomb, plus the means of delivery through future ICBMS?

      • Amor Terra

        An openly engineered con that most people are absolutely determined not to see. We are at war with East Asia. We’ve always been at war with East Asia.

    • Amor Terra

      Still buying the oft-recycled propaganda about “brutal dictators,” are you Guy?

      • Guy

        Hell No Amor ! I am just tired of one side stories is all. If they (freethought) is going to print stories, let em print both sides is all that I ask. Everyone seems to have forgotten why this started in the first place, of a fruit vender getting pissed off, when the State told him no ! Eight years later, half a million dead and counting, and that sob dentist is still calling the shots, from his well protected manson on the coast, with a British wife that can’t button her own blouse with out help !

        We don’t belong there any more than Russia does, except to kill ISIL only, not to change a government or who runs the country. That is their problem, not ours or anyone else’s. Or pretty soon it will become like Somalia a lawless state run by bandits and pirates.

        • Amor Terra

          Let’s make a bet, Guy. Another quart of honey says that sometime in the next say, five years, we’re going to find out that nearly everything we were told about Assad and Syria was as big a lie as every other war we’ve ever been manipulated into. And I’ll give you a sneak peek into what I think we’ll find out–the “rebels” were put up to rebelling by American intelligence, probably paid and certainly armed by American intelligence, and that Assad’s real “crime” is just failing to sufficiently play the game of bow-down-and-kiss-the-ring of the evil ba$tards who run things here–which usually involves letting the US steal your people’s stuff to enrich the super-elite.

          • Guy

            You don’t play fair and no bet, but I will take the honey, seeing that you will soon be getting the fruit, when I am done with it.

            As to the rest of what you say ? Until ISIL came to power and overran Iraq. Syria was to some extent a friendly nation to the US. Of A. As I understand it. By us causing this, what has become our advantage for it? Considering at the time, that Assad was at least a friendly middle of the road dictator, who allowed us to use his ports for free shipping, and some use to our military. He had everything he ever wanted, was in no threat of losing his position as the absolute monarch to his Country. Until the Arab Spring, that we promoted the hell out of, and Hillary was drooling over along with Obama. Russia was pretty quiet at the time, not coming into the game untill late. Turkey had it’s own problems, and still does, Gaddafi was recently killed, with the country in ruins. Still is, while ISIL and Alcata calling the shots.

            I don’t pretend to understand international politicks and reasons for regime change. But do see a nation and people being now the victims of it. Just like India was in the 40’s when the British had em by the throats, resulting in their Country being carved up and Pakistan being created from it.

            But will say that it seems were ever we go to just about any Country, and start to fool around with it, like Iraq and Afghanistan and no doubt else where, we leave behind Countries in ruins and people destroyed because we think they should be more like us !

          • Amor Terra

            Ok. No bet. But keep what I said in mind. Those “missing trillions” went somewhere.

          • Guy

            Okay, I just read the posted article. I think that, I don’t blame Israel at all for doing what it thinks is necessary to keep itself and people safe, in an environment of being surrounded by hostile nations that chant “Death To Israel”! So to them $ 5K per month is cheap insurance.

            As to lost Trillions, chump change to the rich oligarchies and Soros along with the other mischief makers operating in that part of the world. They will just squeeze out a few more barrels of oil to feed our expensive lifestyle and sell us some more opium from the protected poppy fields. Half a million lives lost in Syria ? That is just the cost of doing business.

          • Amor Terra

            You sure pick odd things to accept as truth. You think that Israel is just doing what is necessary, while at the same time, you accept that everyone in the region is running around chanting Death to Israel, without being paid or instigated to do so? Really? It’s kind of funny that Iran has been “this close” to getting a nuke and destroying Israel since at least 1979–but they never have. It’s kind of funny that, back in the 50s, Israel was caught red handed doing false flag attacks that they intended to blame on Egypt to bolster their claim of the need to attack arab countries, but you keep believing that they’re in existential danger (if arabs are constantly attacking Israel, then why would Israel need to make up attacks to blame on them?) It’s kind of funny how Israel (the beleaguered underdog) keeps expanding and growing, while the “existential threats” keep losing ground (literally and figuratively) to a tiny nation that keeps telling us that it’s just barely hanging on to survival. Very funny that you don’t see the inconsistencies in those positions. And, just for the record, I DON’T want Israel wiped off the face of the planet. I’d just like to see it (and us) have a governance that leaves others the hell alone.

          • Guy

            Amor my brain is to old and to tired to care enough, what the hell Israel dose or dosen’t do, in order for it to survive in a corner of the world that was carved out of Arab lands, then fenced, mined and nukes give as presents from us to them.

            Any Nation has a right to do that, and Iran knows it to. They are not so foolish to start big crap with em, hence the smaller naster kind is what they pull off. With the realization that, there Country would be turned into glass slag instantly if they were ever so dumb to try to go to war with Israel. To me a bunch of crazy as shit religious nuts willing to die for allah, by setting of a nuke in Israel is a lot more worrisome, and highly probable, if they ever got there insane hands on one.

            People’s memories tend to be short, but I remember it well when the palestinians tossed grenades into the helicopters at the 74 olympics killing the israeli athletes, just as I do when the mad bombers were blowing up the israeli shops with suicide bombs in the name of Allah, and spreading ball bearings around indiscriminately, to kill thouse standing near.

            So now Israel has a Missile Dome, nukes and many other varieties of self preservation. So What if we are their friend, and support them both politically and militarily. 11 million jews died in the Natizie Consitration Camps. I think they have payed enough with their blood and souls to live as a free nation. I don’t judge, only try to understand what they must be up against in order to exist.

            NO This is not funny, or even close to being ever a joke. What goes on behind the scenes is not my business, nor do I care much about it. State Politics is not my concern as I have no investment in it. Only an opinion, right or wrong. What goes on in my little corner of the world is what concerns me the most, and try to do something about when I see it stinks, and screws with other people unfairly enough to be affected by it. Like my towns attitudes about public libraries, and rolling over folks that have to pay for there screw ups, dose !

            As to a answer about a Governance that leaves others the hell
            alone ? Nice Dear, in the Sunday Funny’s. I don’t think for a second, that we are so foolish or silly enough, to ever believe that will ever happen. Nice if it would, but really ? That would be like telling a cop to mind his or her’s own damn business ! Try it, and see how far it gets you. Me ? I have learned to just keep away from the useless idiots and don’t give em reasons or cause enough to snoop around !

          • Amor Terra

            State politics will be everyone’s business when all of the dangerous rogue chickens we’ve been outsourcing all over the world come back home to roost.

          • Guy

            Aptly put Dear ! Especially if some of the political mad dogs that Trump seems to be unchaining are allowed to run free. Even though I voted for the guy, he is I think starting to become a bit unwrapped in his own policies of self glorification, enough for me to become a bit nervous as the result of it. Like Sessions is. Now there is a throwback to Gov Wallace Day’s that I didn’t see coming. He is going to be hard to be put back into his box, and can do a lot of damage in a short period of time. Hopefully the ACLU will keep a lid on the little twit and his type of political regression enough to put a muzzle on the creep !

          • Guy

            Odd ? Yes indeed ! I think it’s rather distinctive, and dashing to be considered odd or different from the normal dyed in the wool types. At least I know when I poke the bear, that I will get a reaction, just maybe not always one I like or expect, but a reaction just the same. I think better to be considered a little odd, than to be dead from the neck up, like a lot who just run through life, holding onto cell phones, tablets and can quote the latest baseball stats, or what is the latest installment of the recent star wars movie is all about, complete with actors names and their sexual preference is, but can’t tell you who is the president of Russia is, or what year we went to the Moon.
            As the fox said to the little prince ” It’s only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye !”

            I’LL Take odd any day and be happy for it !

          • Amor Terra

            Oh dear. Just saw this and it seems that perhaps the disclosure of our role in Syria is a bit ahead of schedule. http://www.newsweek.com/israel-secretly-paying-salaries-syrian-rebels-golan-heights-627155 Of course, you must keep in mind the $8million a day we’re giving to Israel in “aid.”

  • billdeserthills

    Gee, I didn’t even know that Congress ever decided that the US was at war with Syria? Isn’t a declaration of war required before the bankers start getting their profits?

    • russ

      Not since December 1861 when the US constitution was suspended when congress adjourned sine die, all those edits of the constitution have been in limbo. We have been in a constant state of constitutional crisis for over 150 years.

      • billdeserthills

        Could this be just one more reason to hate Abraham Lincoln?