Sunday, October 30, 2016

Russia's Eastern Aleppo Aerial Operations Remain Suspended

Russia’s Eastern Aleppo Aerial Operations Remain Suspended

by Stephen Lendman

On Sunday, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov said “Russian and Syrian aircraft have not performed any flights over the city of Aleppo for 13 days…” 

“For comparison, the US-led international coalition has delivered nine airstrikes over the last 24 hours at residential quarters of the Iraqi city with a population of over one million people - Mosul.” 

“(T)wo out of nine airstrikes at the city’s districts were delivered by B-52H strategic bombers.” The civilian casualty count is unknown, likely hundreds or many more.

Putin halted eastern Aleppo aerial operations nearly two weeks ago, hoping to provide its residents with humanitarian aid and help them exit the city safely. 

His tactic failed, benefitting US-supported terrorists. They blocked humanitarian aid from  areas they control. Anyone trying to leave risks death, serious injury, or arrest and torture. Only a handful made it out, in some cases by bribing militants with cash.

US-supported death squads used cessation of aerial operations to replenish their ranks, regroup, rearm, and mobilize for greater attacks.

On Sunday, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported “(t)errorist organizations affiliated (with) Turkish and Saudi regimes targeted…al-Hamadaniyeh area and al-Assad residential suburb in (government controlled) Aleppo city with shells that contain toxic gases” - believed to be chlorine.

Dozens suffered the suffocating effects, harming the lungs, nose, throat, skin and eyes with chemical burns, at times fatal. All victims are civilians.

I asked before why Putin hasn’t resumed aerial operations, proved effective while ongoing. His reasons, stated largely through his press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, defy logic. 

His humanitarian aims failed - achieving them only possible by smashing US-supported terrorists in eastern Aleppo, liberating the city entirely, then defeating them throughout Syria.

Hoped for victory requires cutting off their avenues of resupply and preventing them from replenishing their ranks - by air, land or sea. Without foreign support, they’ll gradually wither and die.

Russia has the military might and intelligence capability to accomplish what Syrian forces can’t do on their own.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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