Saturday, July 23, 2016

U.S. Secretary Of State John Kerry’s Latest Syrian Plan Calling For Closer Cooperation With Russia Faces Scepticism In The U.S. And Among Allies

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attend a meeting in Moscow, Russia, July 15, 2016. REUTERS/SERGEI KARPUKHIN

Reuters: Kerry's Syria plan with Russia faces deep skepticism in U.S., abroad

Skeptics in the U.S. government, European allies in the anti-Islamic State coalition and the main Syrian opposition, distrustful of Russia's intentions, are questioning Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest proposal for closer U.S.-Russian cooperation against extremist groups in Syria.

Several U.S. military and intelligence officials called the plan naive, and said Kerry risks falling into a trap that Russian President Vladimir Putin has laid to discredit the United States with moderate rebel groups and drive some of their fighters into the arms of Islamic State and other extremist groups.

Some European members of the coalition against Islamic State forces have expressed concern about sharing intelligence with Russia, which they say has been an untrustworthy partner in Syria.

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WNU Editor: U.S. Secretary Of State John Kerry is finally acknowledging that Russia will need to be involved in any future Syrian plan .... but it looks like he is the lone voice on this one.

1 comment:

the objective voice said...

Unfortunately, it seems the best case senerio is that the Syrian Government forces gain control of it territory. That would probably mean that it's president will remain. The Rebels don't seem to have the firepower to over come the government forces with direct and indirect support of Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah. The fact that the majority of the rebels are either Isis or Al Qaeda affiliates makes a victory by them or even supporting unpalatable for the United States, European allies, or it's local allies. Even turkey seems to be on board with this unfortunate reality. But this will not happen quickly, and will devolve into an asymmetrical Quagmire for the Syrian government and Russia. Perhaps that's a good situation for the United States, its European allies, and it's local allies.