Claire Bernish | The Pontiac Tribune
Russia will soon suffer “reprisal attacks and casualties” for intervening in Syria, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warned Thursday. He flatly disputed Putin’s purported mission of fighting ISIS, asserting the airstrikes and ship-launched cruise missiles in actuality represented a decision “to double down on a longstanding relationship with Assad.”
US PREDICTS RUSSIA WILL SOON SUFFER CASUALTIES
Ashton Carter attended Thursday’s meeting in Brussels between NATO defense ministers, which sought to increase a NATO response force’s ability to rapidly move toward flash points should the situation escalate.
“They have initiated a joint ground offensive with the Syrian regime, shattering the facade that they are there to fight ISIL ,” Carter contended.
“This will have consequences for Russia itself, which is rightfully fearful of attacks. In coming days, the Russians will begin to suffer from casualties.”
Carter reiterated that Russian missiles narrowly missed a U.S. drone over Syrian airspace — but maintained a refusal to coordinate any anti-ISIS attacks with the U.S.’ old Cold War foe since the two States stand on opposing sides about support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
There was no mention of the recent U.S. bombing of a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, which took the lives of 22 aid workers and patients, and occurred under highly suspect circumstances.
German Defense Minister, Ursula von der Leyen, stressed that Russian targeting of any group fighting ISIS would be highly counterproductive:
“Russia will strengthen ISIS, and this can neither be in the Russian interest, nor in our interest.”
RAND PAUL PREDICTS NO-FLY ZONE COULD LEAD TO WORLD WAR 3
There still exists the possibility of creating a no-fly zone over Syria and surrounding areas as Hillary Clinton and many Republican presidential candidates have been calling for — but which Rand Paul called a “terrible idea” that could “lead to World War III.”
Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army is the same as any other militant terrorist:
“There is no difference between Nusra Front, Daesh, and the Free Syrian Army — if it still exists,” he stated. “They started and taught Daesh and Nusra all these crimes committed against Syria now.”
Though conflicting in minor details, activist and human rights groups all claimed a number of civilians had been killed in Russia’s bombing campaigns.
RUSSIAN VIOLATION OF TURKISH AIRSPACE
Russian fighter jet infringement of Turkish airspace previously caused heightened tensions amongst the NATO members — and strained relations between the two countries despite their interwoven economies.
Russia currently supplies 60% of Turkey’s gas needs and is also building Turkey’s first nuclear power plant — though Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to cancel construction and source its gas needs elsewhere if the situation warranted.
“Losing Turkey would be a serious loss for Russia,” Erdogan penned in Thursday’s Hurriyet newspaper.
DOES WAR BETWEEN US AND RUSSIA COME NEXT?
It was just last Sunday when Zbigniew Brzezinski published an article on Financial Times urging President Obama to threaten military retaliation against Russia if Putin continued bombing CIA-backed Syrian rebels.
News of Russian warship cruise missiles fired at Syrian rebel targets and crashed on Iranian territory came directly after Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter’s warning to Putin.
Iranian news media has made no mention of the incident.
This is a highly volatile situation that is rapidly developing. We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available.
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