Thursday, October 01, 2015

Russian airstrikes in Syria harming civilians, not ISIS

In a 2012 presidential debate, President Obama mocked Mitt Romney for saying that Russia was America's biggest geopolitical threat.

But Romney was right then and right now.

From the Arab News:
Russian airstrikes in Syria had caused civilian casualties while failing to target the hard-line Daesh [Islamic State] militants, a top Saudi diplomat said on Thursday as he sought an end to the raids.

In remarks at the United Nations in New York, Saudi Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi suggested that both Russia and Assad's other main ally Iran cannot not claim to fight Daesh "terroris"” while at the same time supporting the "terrorism" of the Bashar Assad regime.
Al-Mouallimi expressed "profound concern regarding the military operations which Russian forces have carried out in Homs and Hama today, places where ISIS forces are not present. These attacks led to a number of innocent victims. We demand it stop immediately and not recur."

"As for those countries that have claimed recently to join in the fight against ISIS terrorism, they can’t do that at the same time as they support the terrorism of the Syrian regime and its terrorist foreign allies like Hezbollah and the Quds Force and other terrorist sectarian groups," he added in comments broadcast by Al-Arabiya television.

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