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Russia blasts Ash Carter’s statement on Islamic State
January 10, 2017, 4:24 pm

Sukhoi-24 fighters, such as the one above, have flown hundreds of sorties over Syria and destroyed a number of Islamist rebel bunkers, the Russian military said [Xinhua]

Sukhoi-24 fighters, such as the one above, have flown hundreds of sorties over Syria and destroyed a number of Islamist rebel bunkers, the Russian military said [Xinhua]

The Russian military has fired back at US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter over his allegations that its forces did “virtually zero” to fight the Islamic State in Syria.

Chief of Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov said the reality was that it was the US which had achieved little more than civilian casualties in its 30-month bombing campaign against the Islamic State.

The Russian air force in Syria flew 19,160 sorties against Islamic State positions in the past 15 month whereas the US flew only 6,500, he said.

Gerasimov told journalists that Russian air power carried out 71,000 strikes against Islamic State training camps, ammunition dumps, oil production centers, as well as other facilities.

Carter had on Sunday told NBC’s Meet the Press that the US was left to fight the Islamic State on its own.

“They came in, they said they were going to fight ISIL, and they said they were going to help in the civil war in Syria … They haven’t done either of those things,” he said.

But Russia maintains that its involvement in the Syria conflict since September 30, 2015 helped turn the course of the war around, help the Syrian Army recapture Aleppo and force “moderate” opposition forces not affiliated with Al-Qaeda or ISIL to the negotiating table.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that Carter picked the wrong country to direct his criticism.

In fact, Shoigu said, intervention in Syria by the US-led coalition “turned things for the worse, to our deep regret we saw no support from it”.

“And that required us to brace all of our resources and capabilities, to dispatch a large group to Syria, including an aircraft carrier-led group and extra aerospace resources and military police as well,” he added.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

2 Responses to Russia blasts Ash Carter’s statement on Islamic State

  1. Gail Reply

    January 11, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Yes I’ve been amazed that after years and years of bombing or dropping three bombs for every hour 24 hours a day we’ve not been able to really hit any of those long long caravans of Toyota trucks with big black ISISL flags flyingand likewise we never could say all the illegal oil leaving Syria found for turkey down for Israel know we never actually could see any of that with our spy on the Sky eye but was really impressed to say when Russia gotten Walt long caravans of Isis warriors lay and burnt ruins, they hi Pockrus he of the United States and its military intervention has been laid bare and it’s most embarrassing for me as an American to witness the horrors that this country has the stowed on almost all Muslim countries and the two faced policies that Iran cannot have nuclear weapons but we turn a blind eye as Israel has many many many illegal nuclear weapons they also reside in the Middle East but because they are supposedly Christian and maybe just a base for the USA we’ve turned a blind eye to the atrocities committed by this cancer state that we placed in Palestine, The sheer scope of the racism that this is Raleys exhibit is confirmation that the United States cares little about bigotry and only about sales of weapons for war mongers.

    • Wes C Reply

      January 11, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Yes Gail, and most of the modern world has turned a blind eye it seems. The US and their “Globalist establishment” have led this world into a state of perpetual war and poverty. They have created a financial system that is structured much like a Casino. The odds are always in favor of the house, and that leaves 80% of the worlds population living on less than $10 a day.
      I am embarrassed to be human.

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