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    Deir ez-Zor Attack Reveals Washington's 'True Intentions' in Syria

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    The United States does not want to resolve the Syrian crisis; instead Washington is trying to perpetuate the years-long conflict to gain leverage and weaken Russia's influence in the country ahead of possible peace talks, experts told RIA Novosti.

    "I think that the United States is more focused on reducing Russia's influence in Syria than on finding a peaceful way to resolve the conflict" in the war-torn Arab country, General Gamal Mazlum said, referring to the US-led coalition airstrike on the Syrian Arab Army's base in the city of Deir ez-Zor.

    The United States and Turkey, he added, "are trying to extend their influence in the region to improve their standing during the talks that some say could be held in October."

    A Syrian child clears debris from a street in the northeastern city of Deir Ezzor
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    A Syrian child clears debris from a street in the northeastern city of Deir Ezzor

    The United States does not object to instability in the Middle East, he added, pointing to Washington's policies in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, the countries now plagued by sectarian violence and terrorism. "The United States is OK with what is happening in the Middle East right now," he said.

    Mazlum further said that the Syrian conflict that has claimed more than 280,000 lives and left half of the country's population displaced had to be resolved through diplomatic means. "The time for a political settlement in Syria, whatever it might be, has come," he said.

    "Regardless of the situation on the battlefield, it will not make Syria stable. Let Bashar al-Assad remain [in power] during the transition period, for, say, six months and then there will be a transfer of power," the defense analyst noted.

    The fate of the Syrian president has been one of the main points of contention among key stakeholders involved in the conflict. The United States, as well as its allies in Europe and the Middle East have demanded that Assad must go. This rhetoric has become less pronounced in recent months, but the idea is still at the core of Washington's strategy in Syria.

    For its part, Moscow is more focused on tackling terrorist groups in the country. In addition, Russia has long maintained that the Syrian people are the only ones who can determine the nation's future and choose its leader.

    Rebel fighters fire a heavy machine gun during clashes with Syrian pro-government forces on the frontline facing Deir al-Zoghb, a government-held area in the northwestern Idlib province, on August 31, 2015
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    Rebel fighters fire a heavy machine gun during clashes with Syrian pro-government forces on the frontline facing Deir al-Zoghb, a government-held area in the northwestern Idlib province, on August 31, 2015

    Washington's true goals in Syria have been questioned following the Deir ez-Zor attack.

    Syrian Air Force General Reda Shariki does not believe that the September 17 attack was unintentional, taking into account the US-led coalition's capabilities, intelligence data and resources, including detailed maps showing the SAA and Daesh locations. He called the airstrike "a dangerous incident, considering major doubts with regard to Washington's true intentions."

    The airfield in Deir ez-Zor has long remained a "bane of Daesh," one of the only areas in the city controlled by Damascus-led forces that has served as a channel for food and medical aid deliveries to civilians trapped in the city.

    "The US needed such a large-scale attack to show that it was committed to protecting armed groups and fueling aggression," he said. The airstrike was also meant to "justify their presence as a force opposed to Russia and Syria, as well as to counter Russia's growing influence as a state capable of solving regional issues at the negotiating table."

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    • avatar
      sharma__r
      Finally ISIS have an airforce they can call upon in the times of need and it is the United States Airforce. Amazing to what levels that paragon of democracy/human rights has fallen that it is acting as the enabler of the head choppers. Then what on earth are they scanning on the airports looking for terrorists amongst the fliers wasting everybody's time !!! America is nothing but a big CON job.
    • AndreaD
      The aid convoy had informed ALL parties of its location, not just Syria and Russia. In addition to that, the Red Crescent Syrian branch is based in Damascus, so why would Syria hit their own? And then, how come were the jihadi firefighters aka White Helmets on the spot minutes later? This smells false flag and a blame shift by NATO on Syria and Russia for the end of the ceasefire, so to justify an escalation.
      Only a military solution can end the mess, and it must start by closing the supply lines from Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Iraq. Not an easy task, to be performed by as many people and states as possible.
    • Jupiter
      West wand Assad to go...But they are not promising if he went out what will happen later? Where there is no a single trust in two sides. War is source of income for military industries to creat more money.
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      anne00mariein reply tosharma__r(Show commentHide comment)
      sharma__r, Not just the US, but surprise, surprise NATO.

      Who gave the orders? Was it the Shadow World Govenment, which NATO answers to or Washington DC?

      Did any nation have the permission of their people to be at war with Syria? Or have their Forces sent to Syria?
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      francescoslossel
      foolish, awful foolish! When will begin the respect for life?
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      anne00mariein reply toAndreaD(Show commentHide comment)
      AndreaD, I always think false flag, because as you say, who gains from this.

      It is always the same script. Do you remember how they screamed when Russia wanted to send trucks of aid to the people in Donbass. It got stuck for days being searched by media and all and sundry, convinced it was just a scam to send military hardware to those they sought to help.

      I guess that is why the usual Soros funded NGOs are screaming to high heaven, that they cannot get humanitarian aid to Aleppo? Do they scream so heavily when Yemen, Palestine and so many others requite aid, but cannot get it?
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
      anne00marie, spot on anne00marie. If the people of the West were truly informed of their government's fascist undertakings all Western governments would fall. Sharma forgets that Western media is now controlled by their respective governments as to what they are EXPECTED to divulge to their stupefied audiences which is what keeps those fascist governments in power.

      As to your question whether it was NATO or the current American Administration that ordered that slaughter of a supposed ally in the fight against Islam, perhaps a toss of a coin would probably answer it better.
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      happy1
      Should read USIS not ISIS.
    • FlorianGeyerin reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)
      terryjohnodgers,

      This is a first :) We agree on something.
      War is a dirty game but the Syrian war has to be one of the dirtiest in the history of mankind and all this horror is happening in the Cradle of Civilisation.
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
      FlorianGeyer, hello! Truth always finds its adherents! We may not always agree on everything, and why should we, but at least we can be and are civil toward one another which some on this site seem to forget how to be.
    • FlorianGeyerin reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)
      terryjohnodgers,

      I always prefer Debate, not Hate as you do also.
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
      FlorianGeyer, oh we're back to that again already? Maybe you could just for once point out the 'hate' that you so readily accuse me of.......just once is all I request.
    • FlorianGeyerin reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)
      terryjohnodgers,

      Terry, the meaning of my comment is in the " not Hate as you do also ".

      Which means that you 'ALSO' prefer debate not hate.
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
      FlorianGeyer, thank you, and my apologies for misreading.
    • FlorianGeyerin reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)
      terryjohnodgers,

      No problem my friend. I am British as you know and my use of the English language can seem somewhat arcane to those of you from our former colonies :)
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
      FlorianGeyer, LOL! British eh! Beautiful country! Wife and I had a great car tour over there in 2008. Clocked up 5,238 miles over three weeks on our rent a car for the which the manager on return was not impressed with!

      And I quote: 'You bloody Aussies drive too much.'

      Met some great folks and made many friends while avoiding the big cities, except London of course.

      Catch you later.
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