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Obama: Russian Federation is entering a ‘quagmire’ in Syria

Contributed by on October 8, 2015 at 5:29 pm

President Barack Obama gestures as he answers question from members of the media during a news conference in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, October 2, 2015.

The four-year-old Syrian conflict has killed an estimated 250,000 people.

It also gives fuel to domestic critics of Obama who say his unwillingness to act on Syria has allowed Moscow to stage its biggest show of force in the middle east in decades. Currently, that protection would apply only to about 80 U.S.-trained Syrian rebels who are back in Syria fighting with their units.

“We can bring the rest of the world community to a brokered solution, but that a military solution alone-an attempt by Russian Federation and Iran to prop up Assad and try to pacify the population-is just going to get them stuck in a quagmire”.

The Syrian campaign is the first time Moscow has sent forces into combat beyond the frontiers of the former Soviet Union since USSR’s disastrous Afghanistan campaign in 1980s, a bold move by Putin to extend Russia’s influence beyond its neighbourhood. A top French diplomat said France doesn’t want to engage in formal diplomatic discussions about Syria unless Russian Federation agrees to target only extremists and agrees that eventually Assad must go. Against an Islamic State that has no air force, no planes, no helicopters?

Obama has been deeply reluctant to use more military force in Syria, after US’s experience of long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He also said the United States would “continue to support” moderate rebels in Syria because they are groups that “can help pick up the pieces and stitch together a cohesive, coherent country” in the aftermath of Assad’s rule.

They can not? Has he looked at the world around him - from Homs to Kunduz, from Sanaa to Donetsk - ablaze with conflict and coercion? “And typically, what you get is a bunch of mumbo jumbo”, he said. The move attracted increasingly angry response from the west. The US-led coalition has pretended to bomb Daesh (another name for Islamic State) for a year, without results. Russian Federation is not in Syria to fight the Islamic State. A few of these groups have received training and weapons from Assad’s foreign enemies, including the United States.

Warplanes were seen flying high above an area of Syria’s Homs province where Friday prayers were cancelled. Putin has no interest in fighting the Islamic State.

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, said aside from the Islamic State, other groups were being targeted by Russia.

The statement called on Russian Federation to end attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians and to focus its attention on ISIS.

In Moscow itself, popular reactions to Russia’s military engagement in Syria were negative, says Baev. The Islamic State is nothing but a pretense for Russian intervention.

“From their perspective they’re all terrorists, and that’s a recipe for disaster”, Obama said in his most extensive comments on the topic since Russian Federation began its airstrikes on Monday. The coalition said it had conducted one raid on Wednesday in the northern province of Aleppo, destroying two excavators used by ISIS. However, a few of the areas hit include provinces such as Idlib and Hama, where the jihadists have little or no presence.

Civil defence members put out the flames on a burning military vehicle at a base controlled by rebel fighters from the Ahrar al Sham Movement that was targeted by what activists said were Russian airstrikes at Hass ancient cemeteries in the southern coun

With tensions rising, US and Russian military holding Syria talks