Saturday, September 17, 2016

Russia Ministry Of Defense: U.S. Cannot Control Its Rebel Allies In Syria


Sputnik News: Russian MoD: US Fails to Fulfill Obligations Amid Syria Rebels' Truce Violations

The Russian General Staff said that the United States fails to fulfill obligations on Syria, adding that Washington will be responsible for the breakdown of the ceasefire if the situation does not change.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The US did not respond to Russia's appeal containing data on the violations of the Syrian truce by US-controlled armed groups, the chief of the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria, Lt. Gen. Vladimir Savchenko, said Saturday.

"The United States didn't reply to any of our appeals containing information on ceasefire violations by US-controlled armed groups. Moreover, the US side declines telephone conversations, including those planned in advance, as it happened yesterday," Savchenko said during a videoconference.

"This indicates that the United States does not control the situation in Syria and is not ready to take steps to force US-controlled militants to implement ceasefire."

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Update #1: US & US-controlled forces haven't fulfilled any Syria ceasefire deal obligations - Russian Army (RT)
Update #2: Russia accuses US-backed Syrian rebels of violating ceasefire (The Guardian/Reuters)

WNU Editor: After what happened yesterday .... U.S. Forces Chased Out Of Syrian Town By American-Backed Rebels Who Threatened To Slaughter Them (September 16, 2016) .... the case cannot be made that the U.S. can influence its Syrian rebel allies on the battlefield.


James said...

With the ally "incident" of yesterday and Russia's pronouncement of today, there's a lot of things that are conveniently happening. The removal of the US from the region is going just swell.
Whether or not the US should even be there is an excellent topic of discussion, but mostly separate from the actions of Russia and it's proxies, allies, etc.

War News Updates Editor said...

James. I know that the U.S. is not a "Paper Tiger" .... but the perception among many in the world is that the U.S. has become one. What happened yesterday only gives it more credence.

James said...

Oh yeah, you're right. The US reminds me of the dog who has to go, madly scratching at the door. All anybody has to do is open the door and they are gone.
I still think it's of note that nothing has been said about what will be done in post ISIS Syria and Iraq.

RRH said...

James, you make a could point regarding whether the U.S. (or Canada for that matter) belong in the region at all.

What's also bothersome is the "whatever, whatever" attitude regarding violating Syrian, and other nations', sovereignty over and over again. There is a report that the SAA was just bombed by the U.S. in Edit Ezzor and this allowed ISIS to take a strategic position. This is an act of war and the Syrians would be well within their rights to shoot the U.S. planes down.

Our Editor has posted an article regarding N. Korea obtaining atomic weapons while ignoring international conventions. The problemn is, the constant violations of the sovereignty of smaller nations without the means to effectively defend themselves give leaders like Kim traction to persue their programs in the name of "defending the nation" which, on the face of it, is perfectly legit and, in their view, ultimately means maintaining their madcap rule.

Running around violating national sovereignty while calling others "rogue" is bad policy. The consequences, such as Iraq and in no small way Syria, are there for all to see. Carrying on as "we" do also gives folks like the giant retarded baby that is Kim Jong Il more cred at home than they deserve.

Should "we" leave the region? Given "our" record there and our current posture, yes. Could "we" play a better more positive role, sure but it's a question of credibility and facts on the ground say "we" don't have much of that at all.

RRH said...

I meant "good" point.

B.Poster said...

Very respectfully, the US military is a "paper tiger." Actually the term I would use to describe the US military would be "Potemkin Village."

I think we all know what Potemkin Village means or can look it up. "Paper tiger" is probably to kind of a description to give to the US military. Such an analysis is NOT meant to be disrespectful to the men and women who are serving but to the political and military leadership who lead them.

Continuing to put out Pollyanish reports on the state of things that these people are doing is VERY unhelpful and needs to change. Bottom line, at best, the US military is a paper tiger. Simply saying it isn't is not going to alter reality.

B.Poster said...

I think nothing has been said about what is going to be done about Syria and Iraq post ISIS is because ISIS has not been defeated yet. This is a VERY tough enemy that is going to take some time to defeat. Also, Russia is the dominant power in Syria while Iran is the dominant power in Iraq.

How the region is to be shaped post ISIS is going to be primarily up to these countries. America may be able to contribute something to this along the margins. Russia is the world's dominant power and will be for the foreseeable future. All nations including America need to recognize this, take it into account, and act accordingly. As such, we really should be looking at ways whereby we can add value to Russia, it's people, and it's leadership.

B.Poster said...

Should "we" leave the region?" It is not a question of should we as much as how we do it in a manner that best represents our interests. Russia and China are the world's dominant military powers and will be for the foreseeable future. US leaders need to conduct our policies in accordance with this reality recognizing it is futile to try and change this. As such, our involvement needs to be calibrated in such a way that adds value to these great powers.

Furthermore we do not need to be in region for oil supplies any longer. If we properly develop our own reserves, we could conceivably replace Saudi Arabia as the world's leading oil exporter. This would give us some VERY powerful leverage. We could be the go to country for oil related polices. Furthermore if America is to survive it is going to need the backing of a major power to act as a back stop of support to guarantee it's security. As the world's top oil exporter, we might be able to secure something like this.