A DoD spokesperson told Sputnik Wednesday that "any suggestion" that US and coalition forces were working with Daesh was "baseless and unhelpful" to the operation to defeat the terrorists. The comment came after Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that the recent, coordinated Daesh attacks in Homs province were launched from areas within 50 km of the US military mission in the country, and that the terrorist group had somehow discovered the location of hidden Syrian forces, even though advanced reconnaissance capabilities were necessary to do so.
The senior officials' remarks come amid growing consternation in Moscow that the US is carrying out a "duplicitous" policy in Syria, which the Russian military said was demonstrated recently with the help of aerial reconnaissance imagery showing US troops operating freely in areas ostensibly controlled by Daesh.
Speaking to Radio Sputnik, Dr. Kevin Barrett, author, political commentator and Middle East expert, said that was high time for Russia to recognize that US support for Daesh is not a change in strategy, but in line with much broader and long-standing plans for the region.
"The Russian Foreign minister has reiterated what we've heard from Russia, which is a growing sense of outrage that the US has its specialists embedded with these various anti-government forces in Syria, including Daesh (ISIS)," Barrett said. "They're actually helping the terrorists attack Russian personnel. We had a Russian general, Valery Asapov, killed in one of these attacks that appears to have been aided by the US. This is a very, very dangerous escalation," the analyst stressed.
Barrett noted that "it seems that Russia, as it's generally done in these situations, is taking a kind of firm but patient line, by warning the US that this kind of action is going to lead to all kinds of unforeseeable consequences. Naturally, there's the right of states to defend themselves by retaliating in kind."
"But the larger issue here is: should Syria be stabilized and kept as a single country, or busted up? The US, so far, has wanted to break it up."
'War on Terror is a Complete Fraud'
Asked what it was that may have prompted the US to take this stance with regard to Daesh, the Middle East expert said that this wasn't any sort of real change in strategy for Washington.
"The fact is that the so-called War on Terror is a complete fraud, Barrett stressed. "The real role of these extremist Takfiri groups such as Daesh and al-Qaeda is not only to fight on behalf of the US…but also to serve as kind of a fake enemy. That's been used to justify US intervention around the world."
"Then you would expect them to be supporting Daesh in order to break up Syria, according to the Oded Yinon plan and the Ralph Peters 'blood borders' map. These are US and Israeli plans to break up Middle Eastern countries and Balkanize them along ethnic and sectarian lines in order to weaken them, allowing Washington and the Israelis to control the situation and to loot their resources."
Ultimately, Barrett emphasized that if peace is ever to come to the Middle East, the US will have to withdraw from the region, and end its covert and overt support for the destabilization and destruction of governments it doesn't like.
"I really wish that the US administration would back off on this whole attack on the Middle East. Basically, they need to declare victory and leave. The way they could do that would be to resolve to stop supporting these Takfiri extremist groups, to admit that they've lost this effort to destabilize these countries, and that it's time to move to a new era in which [Washington] will no longer destabilize countries and try to overthrow governments, but rather work with partners around the world for stability."
Strategy of Controlled Chaos
Russian military and political observer Vladimir Kozin echoed Barrett's frustration but added that, unfortunately, Washington isn't likely to change its strategy of fueling chaos in the region, since it benefits too much from doing so.
Speaking to Sputnik, the analyst stressed that without serious, financial, intelligence, military and advisory assistance from abroad, the terrorists in Syria would have been defeated a long time ago. According to Kozin, Washington's aim is "to recreate and strengthen a kind of terrorist 'Internationale', not on its own territory, but in countries which are in close proximity to Russia," a policy reminiscent of US policy against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
"In other words, the US has extensive and far-reaching goals. Americans will not truly fight the terrorist organizations that they created, nurtured, and continue to support," Kozin concluded.