Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday the goal of the United States in Syria is different than what is publicly stated.
He also said the coalition led by the U.S. knows the positions of ISIS in the country and is not targeting them.
Lavrov told Channel one, the largest television network in the Russian Federation, that analysis of aviation operations in Syria “creates a strange impression” and instead of fighting ISIS “there is something else which is a concern of the coalition.”
He said the coalition purportedly fighting ISIS has “information on where exactly” the positions of the terrorist army are in Syria and Iraq, but “does not give consent to striking them.”
In August intelligence analysts said the Pentagon is not targeting an estimated 60 Islamic State training camps considered key in the ISIS effort to capture and hold territory.
According to Bill Gertz of the Free Beacon, officials have stated these camps are off limits “because of concerns about collateral damage.”
“If we know the location of these camps, and the president wants to destroy ISIS, why are the camps still functioning?” one official said.
The absurdity of the U.S. statement on collateral damage is astounding.
A study by Stanford Law School and New York University’s School of Law found that the number of Islamic terrorists killed as a percentage of total casualties in U.S. drone strikes is 2 percent. The remainder are civilians.
Moroever, so-called collateral or incidental damage has served as a tactic for the U.S. in its war in Iraq.
“The death of many civilians in Iraq during the Gulf War due to the the lack of electricity in hospitals, which was the result of the destruction of almost all Iraqi power plants by allied air attacks, has been asserted by Iraq as disproportionate collateral damage,” notes Horst Fischer.
Bombing ISIS Conflicts with Syria Endgame
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