UK Foreign Secretary: Russian air strikes in Syria are helping Isis advance

Introduction — Dec 16, 2015

Russian air strike against ISIS terrorists in Syria. Click to enlarge

Russian air strike against ISIS terrorists in Syria.

On one issue at least, David Cameron’s time in office is beginning to look like a repeat performance of Tony Blair’s. The lies and double-speak that characterised Tony Blair’s utterances in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion are now being echoed, even surpassed, by those of David Cameron’s government.
Only now the issue at hand isn’t Saddam Hussein and his fabled Weapons of Mass Destruction, it is ISIS/ISIL/Daesh and the West’s desire to bring about regime change in Syria.
Until a couple of months ago things appeared to be moving steadily toward that end. Financed by Western allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar and assisted by NATO member Turkey, Islamic State/ISIS/Dash was growing in power. To the point where Western leaders were confidently calling for Assad to step down to make way for a new dispensation.
However, Russia’s intervention on the ground has changed things.
The West’s proxies in the form of so-called “moderate Syrian opposition” — many of whom are aligned with ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State/Daesh — have taken a pounding from Russian air strikes. Prior to Russian intervention this wasn’t happening.
Despite alleged Western air strikes ISIS had continued to expand its hold over Syria and Iraq. Leading to accusations that the Western air strikes were deliberately avoiding hitting ISIS/Daesh/Islamic State. This in turn was backed by reports that U.S. planes were bombing empty desert with ordnance supposedly intended for ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State/Daesh.
Readers will note moreover that the name of the supposed enemy we are confronted with keeps changing. From Islamic State, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to Daesh: the object of these shifting name changes is to keep observers disorientated and confused. Like any sleight of hand trick the aim is to pull the wool over the public’s eyes, so they don’t ask questions, and the corporate media is more than willing to comply.
For the past four years the West has worked incessantly to undermine and oust President Assad. With false flags such as at Al Ghouta providing the pretext for direct western military intervention.
However, that fell through after it became evident that Western backed Syrian opposition had staged the poison gas attacks.
Now Putin has called the West’s bluff with his intervention in Syria. With his spokeswoman, openly accusing the West of supporting ISIS/Daesh while it falsely claims to support Syrian moderates.
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond can only respond by accusing Russia of doing exactly what the West has been doing for the past few years.
However with Russian and Iranian support, the militants gains are being reversed, although in a masterful example of double-speak Hammond claims that Russian airstrikes are actually aiding the militants.
In reality Russian air strikes are preparing the ground for a major offensive against militants that is expected early in the new year. This could prove the death knell for the West’s proxies and the only question is how the West will respond. Will it provide more covert support and condemnation of Russia and its allies?
If so that won’t save “moderate Syrian rebels” from annihilation at the hands of Russia and its allies. The only thing that will do that is direct Western military intervention and with liars like Hammond at the helm don’t be surprised if that doesn’t happen. Ed.

Russian air strikes in Syria are helping Isis advance, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says

Adam Withnall — The Independent Dec 16,2015

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond speaks during a press conference. Click to enlarge

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond speaks during a press conference. Click to enlarge

Russian air strikes in Syria are mostly targeting moderate rebels and are actually helping “the very Isis forces they claim to be against”, the UK has warned.

Speaking in the House of Commons, the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said pro-regime air support by Russia in the last two weeks had in fact allowed Isis “to seek advantage on the ground”.

Using another name for Isis, Mr Hammond said it was “unacceptable that Russian action is weakening the opposition and thus giving advantage to the very Daesh forces that they claim to be against”.

“The majority of Russian air strikes continue to target Syrian opposition forces,” he said.

“In the last two weeks the Russians have attacked opposition forces between Homs and Aleppo, as well as in the far north of Syria, and in doing so have allowed Daesh to seek advantage on the ground.

He added: “With our coalition partners, including the US, we will continue to urge the Russians at every opportunity to focus their fire solely on Daesh.”

Mr Hammond was updating Parliament on Britain’s role in the Syrian civil war since a vote in favour of air strikes two weeks ago.

He said he believed “75 per cent” of Russian air strikes were targetting “people who we believe need to be part of the solution in Syria”.

Such contributions were “unhelpful”, Mr Hammond said, adding that Russia’s intentions in Syria were “at best ambiguous”.

Asked specifically how many strikes had been made by Britain in Syria since its military contributions began, Mr Hammond described these as “operational details I can’t give more details on”.

He said that the UK had received no intelligence to suggest any civilian casualties had arisen from British strikes, but said: “The UK forces are committed to the Combined Air Operations Centre, which tasks aircraft from coalition countries to whatever task is at hand. The analysis of strikes is done by combined centre, and will be released in the new year.”

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Comment — Dec 16, 2015

Note that when asked about how many strikes Britain had made in Syria since committing itself to military intervention, Hammond can only say “operational details I can’t give more details on”.
In other words Britain may not have launched any strikes at all, only staged a few take-offs for the cameras. The whole operation being little more than a public relations exercise. Ed.

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