Moscow Slams "Illegal US Presence In Syria" Following Pentagon's "Defensive" Airstrikes

Moscow lashed out at the US this morning, after the US-led coalition in Syria carried out several "defensive" airstrikes against Syrian forces allied with President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday in Syria's Deir al-Zor province - purportedly in retaliation for what the coalition said was an "unprovoked" attack on the US-backed left-wing rebel group.

In response, during a closed door meeting of the UN Security Council in New York, Russian UN ambassador Vasily Nebenzya reminded his colleagues that the US presence in Syria is "actually illegal." "Nobody invited them there," Nebenzya stated, emphasizing that the coalition's actions were jeopardizing the region's hard-fought stability.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Syrian militia was advancing against a “sleeper cell” of Islamic State terrorists near the former oil processing plant of al-Isba, when the unit was suddenly fired upon by air strikes. At least 25 militiamen were injured in the attack, the Russian Ministry of Defense said, adding that pro-government troops targeted by the coalition did not coordinate their operation with the Russian command.

The US, however, maintains that the militia attacked the SDF. The Pentagon said Syrian forces moved "in a battalion-sized unit formation, supported by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars." The battle, which lasted over three hours, according to the US, began after 30 artillery tank rounds landed within 500 meters of the SDF unit’s location, according to RT

"At the start of the unprovoked attack on Syrian Democratic Forces and coalition advisers, coalition aircraft, including F-22A Raptors and MQ-9B Reapers, were overhead providing protective overwatch, defensive counter air and [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance] support as they have 24/7 throughout the fight to defeat ISIS," Air Forces Central Command spokesman Lt. Col. Damien Pickart told Military.com.

"Following a call for support from Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers, a variety of joint aircraft and ground-based artillery responded in defense of our SDF partners, including F-15E Strike Eagles," he said in a statement Thursday. "These aircraft released multiple precision-fire munitions and conducted strafing runs against the advancing aggressor force, stopping their advance and destroying multiple artillery pieces and tanks."

As has been the case for years, Damascus called the attack a “war crime,” while Russia's military asserted that Washington’s true goal is to capture “economic assets” in Syria. The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova affirmed that the US military presence in Syria poses a dangerous threat to the political process and territorial integrity of the country, while Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called the strike another violation of Syria’s sovereignty by the US.

The US, however, remained unmoved, promising to continue to support the US-allied forces in Syria at any cost.

"We continue to support SDF with respect to defeating ISIS... ISIS is still there, and our mission is still to defeat ISIS," Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Thursday. “We will continue to support them. Our goal is to ensure that our diplomats can negotiate from a position of strength, with respect to the Geneva process.”

“They [US] constantly assert that they are fighting international terrorism there, but we see that they go beyond this framework,” Nebenzya told the UNSC. He warned the US-led coalition members that it is “criminal” to engage the only forces “who actually fight” international terrorism in Syria.

And so the lukewarm proxy war between Syria, Russia and Iran vs the US-coalition and Israel continues apace.

Comments

booboo Element Fri, 02/09/2018 - 08:52 Permalink

Pull your head out of your ass son, I think you mean NATO invading Ukraine in violation of treaty as a part of the Soviet Unions collapse. Not going to get away with that shit here boy. Now go back to reading your Captain America comics and jacking off on your dads pillow while he’s still at work supporting your lazy duffer ass.

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attah-boy-Luther Element Fri, 02/09/2018 - 08:54 Permalink

Come now tut-tut-tut.....is it possible there are still people as ignorant as you?????

 

How is it you and a handful  of cnn viewers still believe this crap.......

 

How is it you missed the cnn headlines on how victoria nuland provided a few billion to oust the duly elected Ukrainian Prez? 

If you still push the ruskie meme you must be a common core grad er ah "D" student, and just really suck at trolling or I missed eh /s tag.

 

wat only 1 down vote???? you flippng trolls can do better then that...you can't handle the truth can you....your oreo prez ran the ukraine coup via noodles you phaqn losers...

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BritBob Fri, 02/09/2018 - 08:00 Permalink

Ah Russia, why take any notice? 

Russia tells Britain give back the Falklands before telling US what to do.

RUSSIA has told Britain it should "clean its conscience" and give back the Falkland Islands before it criticises them over their involvement in Ukraine. Moscow's ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin made the shocking remarks when responding to his British counterpart Matthew Rycroft at a UN security council meeting in New York. (Daily Express 4 Feb 2017)

Falklands - Argentina's Imaginary Territory (1 pg):- https://www.academia.edu/35715281/Falklands_Argentinas_Imaginary_Territ…

Argentina's only in the minds of the indoctrinated.

BarkingCat OverTheHedge Fri, 02/09/2018 - 09:03 Permalink

Probably for the same reason that people who live in North Ireland shouldn't have a vote. Just to clarify those Northern Ireland are not Irish. After a big rebellion the Irish that lived there got either slaughtered or cleansed from the region and replacements was settled there.

 

With regard to those islands next to Argentina, time is on Argentina's side as Britain is going down in flames through their own stupidity.

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BigJim PrivetHedge Fri, 02/09/2018 - 12:32 Permalink

3000 islanders. But, of course, ukgov wants to hold onto them because of possible oil reserves. And defending them from the Argies (who have no morally valid claim to them in the first place) gives the UK MIC an(other) excuse for extracting billions from UK taxpayers to buy stupid shit like aircraft carriers.

What a fucking racket.

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Brazen Heist Fri, 02/09/2018 - 08:01 Permalink

Defensive like the Department of Offense? Or offensive like the Department of Defense? We may need to go over some double-speak theory again just for laughs.

HRClinton GETrDun Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:22 Permalink

Re "We have no control over the MIC. The world hates us."

IDF and AIPAC control the MIC. They are embedded in every group in the ZUS, that has power or new tech.

First hand example: I know of an aerospace tech company, that suddenly had a JV partner from Jizzrael, to develop next gen tech. This JV group suddenly had a secure wing of offices in one of the buildings of the US company. They could attend our meetings, but not vice versa.

MAGA is a mere mantra, a new flavor of Kool-Aid for malleable and Hopium addicted 'Merican sheeple. The same sheeple, who are fed BS Hopium on Sunday mornings, while getting butt-f*cked by their money masters 6 days a week and twice on Sunday. Your hippie man-god is not your "savior". You are, if you choose to be. I'd rather worship Atilla, Genghis, Hanibal, Odin, etc. than this hippie Loser, conning sheep into submission to kings and to power. But I digress.

The point is, Zionists are everywhere (where there is money, power or tech), and dumb bum-phuck Americans just keep taking the rectal reaming - while bleating about the latest New Hope. Bah!

It's true "Nothing changes, until American planes start falling from the skies." And that won't happen either, cause pussies like Lavrov would rather bleat than shoot. And that is why the DOD, CIA, Mossad and IDF are in total Free Range mode, laughing at Russians and everyone in derision.

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Conscious Reviver OverTheHedge Fri, 02/09/2018 - 20:24 Permalink

Hezbollah has MANPADS, but for now they stay in Lebanon by the southern border. In 2006 Hez shot down a helicopter that crashed behind Hez lines. Israel called up the Vichy Lebanese government at the time and immeadiately called the whole thing off. Hez was furious because they had the Jew boys and their "amazing" merkevah tanks on the run.

Now Lebanon has a new and better government.

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BarkingCat BlindMonkey Fri, 02/09/2018 - 09:07 Permalink

Russian really made a big mistake when they first entered the theater. They should have made it perfectly clear to everyone that any military aircraft not authorized by Syrian government to be there, will be shot down. Then followed through the first time it happened. 

They are too soft. If the roles were reversed the US would down anything they did not control.

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farflungstar BlindMonkey Fri, 02/09/2018 - 09:55 Permalink

It's going to come to that eventually. America is behaving like a rogue state operated by bloodthirsty kikes who believe they are above the law, and have been for a very long time.

Post 9/11 it's like America is completely run by israel at this point. The US national anthem should be changed to "Israel Uber Alles" and the capital moved to Tel Aviv...I mean, Jerusalem.

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BobEore Fri, 02/09/2018 - 08:05 Permalink

Nothing new to see here.

As the Syrian Endgame draws ever closer, the various puppets drawn by talmudic strings are thrown together in a heap, the better to destroy each other in the classic fashion.

" A monstrous psy op is being foisted upon the world right at this moment. It's outlines are emerging into view with all the unmistakable earmarks of 'kabbalism in action.' All of the pieces are moving, in perfect, if bizarre unison - An airstrike upon Syrian troops by US air power. The collapse of jihadist resistance in north western Syria. The clash between (Shia)Hezbollah and (Sunni)alQaeda militias in Aleppo... while the Turks move ever closer to the point where they are in direct conflict with the SAA and it's Shia allies. The visit of an American general in Manjib, in order to give pointed refusal to the demands of Ankara to remove forces embedded with the SDF there. Russian moving more 'special forces' into position for action in the north."

BLOOD SACRIFICE TOO

No teams... just different colored jerseys of the one TERROR  TEAM which rules them all.

slickrick Fri, 02/09/2018 - 08:14 Permalink

When your back is against the wall, everything is defensive. No Incirlik, no Iraq, no place to put the master command center of the future. Only thing left is hope that some corner of Syria will go unnoticed.

Peter Pan Fri, 02/09/2018 - 08:16 Permalink

The USA does not operate within any framework either in relation to others or even at home. It changes course, allies and tactics faster than an epileptic chameleon while always coming up with justifications for what it does.

There are no values there any longer just profit seeking and power grabbing.

Sooner or later poking the bear might elicit a response that might just find their stick up their proverbial a....