… from Russia Today, Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: Russia once again is running circles around Western attempts to smear the Russian effort in Syria. This has even included activating the Syrian National Observatory psyops infiltrators to file bogus charges of Russian attacks on civilian hospitals, which were easily disproved with aerial photography.
In this case, the actual reporters were Jerusalem Post Arabs that had been trained by you know who. Most of the hospitals claimed to have been bombed did not even exist — a lazy cover job there.
But this is not all Moscow is doing. The General staff is creating a media archive on coordination with what it describes as real opposition forces. We have yet to see the criteria used for those determinations, but it has been enough to be offering them air support to take territory from ISIL, which those FSA units have been doing.
Needless to say, this undermines Washington’s claim of the Russian effort being focused on wiping out the real opposition and pretending to strike ISIL. A Congressional investigation would be a slam dunk on exposing this fraud on the world public, but who in Congress would want to do it?
Certainly the Democrats would not do it, as that would be exposing the President to having lead an organized deception. And neither would the Republicans, as they have been backing the scam as a Russia-bashing club.
So typically what they do, with help as always from mass media, is just ignore the alternative press stories about their having been caught red-handed lying to us.
Silly me, I think it would be a wonderful question to ask all the presidential candidates what they think of this totally exposed smear campaign. For a reference, they could use one of my favorite Putin quotes from his 2016 Valdai speech in Sochi about the endless song and dance routine of the West with its constantly changing or reinterpreting the rules to fit its needs.
“Objectivity and justice have been sacrificed on the altar of political expediency… At the same time, total control of the global mass media has made it possible, when desired, to portray white as black and black as white.”
These types of Putin quotes never see the light of day in Western media, and neither do VT’s, so we feel some kinship with the Russians for having been put in the time out box. But our words are leaking around the blackout, as are Putin’s… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … January 15, 2016 –
Although a number of non-governmental organizations have been providing humanitarian aid on Syrian territory, most of the supplies sent have ended up on territories controlled by terrorists.
“The extremists used most of that aid for the supply of [terrorist] gangs,” Lieutenant General Sergey Rudskoy, chief of the main operations department of the Russian General Staff, said during a press briefing in Moscow.
“On top of that, multiple attempts have been registered to deliver arms and munitions, and to evacuate wounded militants under the guise of humanitarian convoys,” Rudskoy stressed. According to the general, these issues with the foreign aid sent so far have led to Russia taking the decision to launch a humanitarian operation of its own in Syria.
A Syrian Ilyushin Il-76 jumbo jet has already delivered the first batch of humanitarian aid to the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, Rudskoy said. At present, most of the aid is being channeled to Deir ez-Zor, which was under siege by terrorists for a long period of time, Rudskoy said.
The first 22 tons of humanitarian aid have been airdropped from a Syrian Il-76 using Russian parachute platform airdrop systems. Supplies are set to continue, Rudskoy said, stressing that Russia will provide the Syrian people with all possible help to liberate the country from extremists and return peace to the nation.
At the same briefing, Rudskoy announced that up to 10,500 fighters of the democratic Syrian opposition have joined with government forces to oust Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists from Syrian territory. The armed opposition forces are playing “an increasing role” in the fight against terrorism, he said.
Also speaking at the briefing, Defense Ministry spokesman General-Major Igor Konashenkov said the ministry refutes Amnesty International’s allegations of the Russian air force delivering airstrikes on civilian installations in Syria.
Rudskoi said Moscow is set to continue to inform the international public about the results of the airstrikes delivered by the US-led coalition in Syria to avoid falsifications.
“In case our colleagues stay quiet about the results of their bombings in Syria, we will have to inform the public of such facts ourselves,” Rudskoi said. “If someone does not realize that, that’s too bad.”
“Over just 100 days of the Russian Air Force operation in Syria, Islamic State lost control over 217 communities; over 1,000 sq. kilometers have been liberated,” Rudskoi said.
According to the general, since the beginning of the air operation in Syria on September 30, the Russian Air Force has conducted 5,662 operational sorties, including 145 sorties made by strategic bombers from the territory of Russia. Altogether 97 cruise missiles have been launched from Russian warships in the Caspian Sea, a diesel submarine in the Mediterranean and from strategic bombers.