Friday, October 28, 2016

West Combats Terrorism with Words, Russia with Deeds, Says Lavrov

West Combats Terrorism with Words, Russia with Deeds, Says Lavrov

by Stephen Lendman

Lavrov knows Russia and its allies alone combat the scourge of US created and supported terrorism. He’s diplomatically polite, at times to a fault.

America and its rogue allies continue reigning terror against numerous countries - wars, coups, destabilization, intimidation and bullying their tactics, countries like Syria enduring the horror of imperial viciousness.

On Friday, Lavrov held talks with his Iranian and Syrian counterparts in Moscow. “We have no trust in the United States,” said Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem. “We are certain it will not meet its commitments.”

Lavrov expressed Moscow’s support for Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity, stressing the importance of defeating the scourge of terrorism. 

It “must be smashed,” he said. “When our Western partners (sic) are battling (it) with words, we are full of determination to carry the matter to the end with deeds.”

It’s a Security Council mandate, affirmed in resolutions. Supporting ISIS and other terrorists groups is prohibited - America consistently in violation of its sworn obligations.

Lavrov stressed the importance of preventing terrorists in Mosul from “redirect(ing) their activities towards Syria” - offering no details on how Russia intends to confront them, nor explaining America’s dirty hands behind wanting them redeployed to fight in Syria.

On Friday, Western media reported terrorists in eastern Aleppo launched an offensive, attempting to break through government positions.

South Front reported what’s happening as follows:

On October 28, the joint militant forces launched a full-scale offensive in order to break the siege of militant-controlled neighborhoods of Aleppo city that had been set by the Syrian government forces.” 

“The operation was led by Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian Al-Qaeda branch). Jaish al-Mujahideen, Fastaqim Kama Umirt, Faylaq al-Sham, Ajnad al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham and the Islamic Front joint the offensive.

The attack begun with massive shelling of the al-Assad Neighborhood in western Aleppo with ‘Grad’ missiles, artillery and mortars. Then, three vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (suicide - 2, remote controlled - 1) targeted the government positions and the militants launched the main phase of the attack in the direction of Al-Assad Military Academy.”

“In total, about 3,000 fighters, up to 30 artillery units and unspecified number of heavy military equipment were involved in the operation. The pro-government forces responded with massive artillery fire and air strikes. Air raids were also reported in the area of Khan Tuman, serving the rear base of attack.

More on what’s ongoing as further information becomes available. Winning the battle for Aleppo is key to eventually liberating Syria from America’s imperial scourge.

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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