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    US Coalition Has Been Destroying Syrian Infrastructure Since 2012 - Russian MoD

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    The US-led international coalition has been systematically bombing the Syrian infrastructure since 2012 and has not targeted Daesh-held oil facilities, the Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday.

    "Outgoing CIA head Brennan is well aware of the fact that long before the start of the Russian campaign, the international coalition has been systematically destroying Syria's economic infrastructure to weaken the legitimate government as much as possible, heedless of burdens for civilians resulting in millions of refugees," he said.

    The ministry's statement comes after CIA chief John Brennan accused Moscow of using "scorched-earth" policy in Syria.

    "Surprisingly, the coalition has not attacked oil facilities captured by Daesh, which allowed the terrorists to make tens of millions of dollars per month through illicit oil trade and recruit mercenaries from all over the world," Konashenkov added.

    "Sooner or later one will be held accountable for it. That is why Mr Brennan's attempt to cushion the blow will hardly help. John Brennan is well aware of the real results of Russia's actions in Syria," he said.

    Thanks to the Russian Aerospace Forces, over 12,000 square kilometers of Syrian land and 499 settlements have been liberated, 35,000 militants including 204 commanders have been eliminated.

    "But the main outcome is that, without the outgoing [US] administration, without CIA, a ceasefire agreement was signed on December 30," the spokesman stressed.

    Both Washington and Moscow have been conducting military operations against terrorists in the war-torn country. The US-led international coalition of more than 60 members has been carrying out airstrikes against Daesh targets in Iraq and Syria since August and September 2014 respectively. Russia began its own operation in September 2015 at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    The Russian military has initiated several lulls in fighting on the ground. The recent one came into being in late December and is expected to be followed by peace talks between the Syrian government and moderate opposition.

    Konashenkov said that US aviation dropped nuclear bombs, destroying the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Apart from that, in 1962-1971 Washington conducted Operation Ranch Hand in Laos and Vietnam involving chemicals "actually scorching out everything that moves" there. "And no one in the US was punished for that grave war crime," he noted.

    "I would like to remind that all major wars of the latest decades, unleashed by the US on the pretext of fakes, in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, all of them were accompanied and ended by the destruction of the countries' economic infrastructure by the US Air Force. And it is hardly a coincidence that companies close to the CIA and the Pentagon always were the first to offer their services in rebuilding the major economic facilities," he added.

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      Now those criminal countries need to have their infrastructure systematically destroyed in return, or else pay the half trillion dollars compensation to Syria.
    • Mikhas
      This is to my knowledge the first time the Russians in plain has brought up those acts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

      Why not before? Why not when the US & Co were bombing water treatment plants, sewage, electricity grids and what not in open day light? Because they were trying to get the US and it´s vassals to either commit themselves to their stated goals, which was to eliminate isis, or come clean about their real primary intention, which was regime change by any means necessary.

      Now that we know that the US under the Obongo regime and certainly under Trump, at least during a certain transition period, IS isis, there is no need to tip toe around that subject. US was and is intentionally trying to create an unbearable situation favourable for all kinds of diseases, also now by ordering their mercenaries to poison the wells that supply 5 million people in Damascus with potable water.
    • Ruy Penalva
      USA and G7 fascist front wish destroy the "uncivilized" world. The hope is Rússia which needs to becomes communist again.
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      To determine what strategies some US agencies have we need to look no further than what they accuse others of doing.
      It would seem the long-term strategy of some influential US agencies is to destabilise the middle east, destroy its infrastructure then supply aid in US dollars to reconstruct. These same Americans seem not to care about the welfare of the population in these countries; preferring instead to impoverish then enslave creating colonies that supply the US with food, technology and toys. Europe is no exception. Merkel does the US' bidding and NATO is a branch of the US military. As this article points out, oil keeps flowing even when criminals control the wells. So what is the difference?
    • avatar
      Four years of bombing by USA on the Syrian population, destroying all their homes, killing families, causing a mass refugee problem.
      Russia took one year to stop the USA dirty work.
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      Well put, Major-General!
      Don't let them off the hook!
      Continue, the list of US war crimes, crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity is very long.
      Afterwards, also list violent regime changes, CIA assassinations, CIA drug running operations, organ trafficking, and other hellish crimes that the rest of us have not even heard of.
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      Rebuilding of Syria will be given to China and Russia.
      USA will be shut out completely.
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      jasin reply toMikhas(Show commentHide comment)
      Mikhas, Not sure that I understand "certainly" under Trump admin acting as ISIL. I think the "certainly" is for Obama. It will take some time for Trump, but he's expressed opposite views from Obama on this. Not sure how you lump Trump in with war criminal Obama in this comment.
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      The US people and all the West people are brain washed by the Usa terror state media no daub !!!
      What I not understand is that the people in Europe not open there eyes !!! Look to Yugoslavia, Libya, Syria, Viet Nam, Ukraine, Iraq Etc. no West / European leader protest !!! The thru is there support the Terror state Usa via Nato !!!
      Well I am afraid we soon will have the same situation in Europe like it is in Syria !!!
      Because the west people are blind !!! Where are the protesters
    • Mikhasin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, I dont but i also dont expect any changes too soon. Not so much because of Trump as the outlaw CIA and Pentagram. It will take time to rein those bstards in.
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      jasin reply toMikhas(Show commentHide comment)
      Mikhas, OK. I misunderstood parts of your comment. It will be interesting to see how Trump goes about his first few months. Hopefully, we can endure the last 2 weeks of Obama. He's like a crazy man these days.
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