“You’re Only Pretending to Fight ISIS – Get Out of Our Way”
Russian irritation with US support for ISIS is on full display
Defense Ministry Spokesman General Konashenkov
This is a repeat of an article which ran this morning entitled: ‘Areas With US Special Forces’ Are Source of Attacks in Syria – Russian TV. We are running it again with a different headline to highlight a different aspect of the story. The following news report appeared on the main government news channel yesterday (Friday) afternoon. Russia continues to accuse the US of effectively fighting them as they mop up ISIS in Syria. Attacks are coming from areas where US special forces are based. The Russians suspect, with good reason, that the Americans are helping coordinate the attacks.
Another accusation is that somebody opened the upstream dams to raise the water level of the Euphrates, complicating getting troops and equipment across it. This could not have been done without American approval, as they control the forces who control the dams. The Russian military is, understandably, angry.
Defense Ministry spokesman general Konashenkov did not mince words, calling out the US for supporting ISIS, and only pretending to fight them for the last 3 years, telling them to ‘Get Out of the Way.’
As the end of ISIS approaches in Syria, it is obvious who is really fighting them, and who has been pretending to fight them for the last 3 years. If the American led coalition would prefer not to fight terrorism in Syria, then the least they could do is get out of the way of those who have been doing it consistently and effectively.
Here is the full transcript: (key parts bolded):
Militants have attacked Syrian troops in Deir-ez-zor. They came from the North, where US special services are located, along with Syrian Democratic Force bases. This was reported by General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry. In addition, there has been a dramatic increase in the water level of the Euphrates river over the last 24 hours making it difficult for the Syrian army to traverse the river. There has been no rain there. The Syrians say that the only way this could have happened is if water was released from upstream dams,they are guarded by the opposition, which is controlled by the American-led coalition
Konashenkov put special emphasis on the following statement:
As the end of ISIS approaches in Syria, it is obvious who is really fighting them, and who has been pretending to fight them for the last 3 years. If the American led coalition would prefer not to fight terrorism in Syria, then the least they could do is get out of the way of those who have been doing it consistently and effectively. Despite this, the Syrian army, with the support of the Russian air force, continues to expand the bridgehead on the east bank of the Euphrates. They have freed 60 sq. kilometers from the terrorists. I remind you that this is an oil-rich region, which has been providing oil to the terrorists. That is why they (i.e. the Americans) are so energetic in trying to throw a spanner into the works.
It’s a real war out there … and Russians and Americans are practically in combat
Russia says Americans are on the ground
Now this is something you won’t see on NBC nightly news.
The Russian military spokesman in this briefing, General Sergei Rudskoi, in a matter-of-fact deadpan, explains that ‘US Secret Services’, and their Al Qaeda proxies, had a very, very bad day yesterday.
Americans love bombing small, defenseless countries into the stone age, it’s part of their culture like baseball, apple pie, and morbid obesity. One of the things they never do, however, is pick on a country that can fight back.
General Rudskoi has just the facts, and nothing but the facts
Well this time they messed with the Russian Bear himself and like Napoleon and Hitler before them, reality ensued. Yesterday, according to General Rudskoi, an army of “moderate” decapitators, directed by their ‘US Secret Service’ handlers, double-crossing the Russians by violating a ceasefire agreement, launched an attack with tanks and artillery on the Syrian Government north of Hama in the de-escalation zone, in an attempt to halt the Syrian Army’s successful advance.
A key part of the plan was to capture 29 Russian soldiers acting as military police in a descalation zone, which would have been a major embarrassment for Russia. Here’s where the story gets gripping. The 29 Russians were trapped for several hours by the militants, engaged in a heavy fire-fight for their very survival.
Finally, a Spetsnaz (Russian Special Operations) unit, partially composed of ‘military natives of the North Caucusus’ (these are probably Chechens, the fiercest soliders Russia has), broke through the terrorist line.
Then, like lightning over the skies of Syria, Russian Sukhoi jets conducted pinpoint strikes against the opposition force, which was subsequently bombarded with an artillery salvo, providing cover for the Russian rescue squad.
They successfully reached their comrades, and though three operators were injured, Russia suffered no casualties.
AL-Qaeda and the US ‘Secret Services’ however, had a very, very, bad day.
“187 objects, about 850 TERRORISTS, 11 TANKS, four armoured vehicles, 46 PICKUPS, five mortars, 20 TRUCKSand 38 WEAPONS WAREHOUSES were destroyed in a 24-hours period by the Russian counterattack.”
The Russian General’s closing comment, delivered in matter-of-fact monotone was classic:
“The operation to destroy the terrorists will be continued.”
Here’s the full transcript of the General’s remarks: (Key parts in bold)
A large-scale offensive on the positions of Syrian Government troops in the Idlib de-escalation zone, which breached a ceasefire agreement, was “initiated by the American secret services to stop the successful advance of the [Syrian] government troops to the east of Deir ez-Zor,”
Head of the Main Operational Department of Russian General Staff Sergei Rudskoi said in a briefing in Moscow, Wednesday.
Sergei Rudskoi, Head of Main Operational Department of Russian General Staff (Russian):
“Despite the agreements signed on 15th November in Astana, Jabhat Al-Nusra militants joined by groups unwilling to comply with the terms of the ceasefire, at 8.00 am [local time] (06:00am GMT) on September 19 launched a large-scale offensive on the positions of government troops to the north and northeast of Hama in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
The attack was carried out with the support of tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, it was preceded by an artillery barrage.
During the day, the militants managed to penetrate 12 kilometres [7.5 miles] through the government troops’ defence line and at the front up to 20 kilometres [12.4 miles].
According to current information, the attack was initiated by the American secret services to stop the successful advance of the [Syrian] government troops to the east of Deir ez-Zor.
One of the main goals of the militants’ actions was an attempt to capture units of the Russian military police, amounting to 29 service personnel carrying out tasks at an observation point deployed in the area to control the de-escalation forces.
In the militants’ attack, a (Russian) military police platoon of 29 people was trapped and for several hours repelled the attacks of the enemy shoulder to shoulder with the Mwali tribe, which signed the agreement on joining the cessation of hostilities and remained true to it in this difficult situation.
In these extreme conditions the commander of the Russian forces in Syria, General-Colonel Surovkin, formed a rescue group.
It was composed of units of special operations forces, military police, joined by the military-natives of the North Caucasus (i.e – Chechens) and the Syrian Special Forces.
The squad was headed by Deputy Head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties and Hero of Russia, Major General Victor Shuliak.
Aviation conducted strikes on the terrorists’ positions. The actions of the rescue squad were constantly supported by a pair of Sukhoi Su-25s, striking at militants and armored vehicle militants from extremely low altitudes.
As a result, the encirclement was broken and units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, without a loss, reached the area controlled by the [Syrian] government troops. During the operation, three soldiers of the Special Operations Forces were injured. All participants of this unique operation were presented with state awards.
A terrorist attack was stopped and they suffered heavy losses due to the measures taken by the Russian command together with the General Staff of Syria.
Air and artillery strikes destroyed 187 objects, about 850 terrorists, 11 tanks, four armoured vehicles, 46 pickups, five mortars, 20 trucks and 38 weapons warehouses were destroyed in a 24-hours period.
Using the results of the fire support, units of the fifth volunteer assault corps, together with squads of government troops with the support of Russian aircraft, counterattacked and currently almost completely regained the ground lost.
The operation to destroy the terrorists will be continued.”
From a third article:
“These weapons are not intended for fighting Daesh (ISIS) which is on the verge of being eradicated – rather, for the next war against Syria.”