… from Sputnik News, Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: The report below is a prime example why the US and the West is trying to shut their “targeted country” media out of their markets. If Russia in particular can repetitively keep publicizing what Western taxpayer money is being spent, in terms of creating bogus threats and the massive lying machine that is funded, the good folks would rebel.
Hence, their reasoning is that the truth is a national security threat, so they have the right to suppress it. This is of course, a scoundrel’s reasoning, and exactly what they have been doing to us.
Russia’s anti-terrorism accomplishments dwarf those of the West. And when you add in that such US-listed terrorist supporters like Iran and Hezbollah contributed to the effort, then Washington gets its shorts in a knot. It becomes obvious to all but the dead that we have become state sponsors of terrorism because it serves our interests.
The other glaring example of this ploy is the US and EU insistence that the sanctions will remain on Russia until the Minsk agreement is fulfilled, when Kiev can easily prevent that simply by not fulfilling them as it has shown, and with full approval by its Western coup supporters.
What makes it even worse is that Germany and France are official guarantors of Kiev’s good faith, and they have not made even a token effort to use the withholding of financial aid to pressure Kiev to comply. The fact that this charade has become an ongoing psychological operation on the American and European people seems to concern almost no one.
When we allow them to get away with something so flagrantly dishonest as this, then what is ever to dissuade them from not doing it again, whenever it suits them?
At the end of the day, it falls back on our plate due to the lack of visible resistance. It undermines anyone trying to make the case that the public is getting screwed with the simple retort, “Oh yeah, well why then don’t they say something about it then”, which is an excellent question… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … April 27, 2016 –
Russian warplanes have destroyed over 29,000 terrorist targets in Syria over 7 months of the anti-terrorist air campaign in the war-torn country, the Russian General Staff said Wednesday.
“Over almost seven months of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ military operation [in Syria], more than 9,500 sorties have conducted and some 29,000 terrorist targets have been destroyed,” Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy said.
The Russian Aerospace Forces have destroyed over 200 terrorist oil facilities since the start of the military operation, Sergei Rudskoi, head of the General Staff’s Main Operational Directorate, said.
“The sources of finance of Daesh and al-Nusra Front have been cut off. More than 200 facilities for extracting, refining, and pumping fuel in locations controlled by terrorist groups in Syria have been destroyed, as well as more than 2,000 means of delivering oil products.”
Rudskoy emphasized that Russia has carried out zero strikes leading to destruction of civilian facilities or civilian deaths.
He said that the Syrian government forces are capable of winning the fight against terrorists with the support of the remaining part of Russian aviation after the partial withdrawal.
The cooperation between the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian army disrupted multiple terrorists’ attempts to provoke strikes on civilian facilities, he said.
“Multiple militants’ attempts to provoke strikes on civilian facilities have been disrupted. According to terrorists’ plot, civilian deaths should have undermined the Russian Aerospace Forces, provoke negative reaction from the international community and force the Russian leadership to stop the fight against terrorism.”
Russian deminers have defused over 3,000 explosives in the ancient city of Palmyra, cleared 23 kilometers of roads and 10 historic sites, Rudskoy said.
“The demining of the architectural and historic complex in Palmyra has been finished. During the work by Russian sappers, more than 3,000 explosive devices were defused, 234 hectares of land, 23 kilometers of roads, and 10 historic sites were cleared. Today, subunits of the engineering troops began demining the residential areas of the city of Palmyra,” Sergei Rudskoy said.
Some 70 drones and other means of reconnaissance are observing the situation in Syrian conflict zones amid the holding ceasefire, he said, adding that peaceful life has returned to some Syrian regions amid truce.
Joint actions with the United States in Jordan and the operative center for the cessation of hostilities from the International Support Syria Group in Geneva are constructive, Rudskoy said.