Deaths In Syria Surge As Russian-U.S. Brokered
More than 200
civilians, including 35 children, were killed as
military violence erupted across Syria this week,
leaving the ceasefire agreement brokered by US and
Russian diplomats in February in tatters.
fighting, the latest upsurge in a war that has
already killed more than 400,000 people, is pushing
Syria deeper into conditions of social collapse.
Recent days have witnessed a “catastrophic
deterioration” in the security situation, with
violence across Syria “soaring back to the levels we
saw prior to the cessation of hostilities,” and
military forces displaying a “monstrous disregard”
for civilians, according to UN human rights official
Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein.
social and health infrastructure has been devastated
by more than five years of the US-orchestrated war
for regime change. “Almost half of Syria’s
ambulances have been destroyed; more than one-third
of its hospitals no longer function; and the flow of
pharmaceutical imports has slowed to a trickle,”
Debarati Guha-Sapir of the Centre for Research on
the Epidemiology of Disasters said Friday.
346 medical facilities have been subject to strikes
during the Syrian war, according to Physicians for
Human Rights. On Wednesday, air strikes of unknown
origin destroyed the Medicines sans Frontiers-linked
(MSF) al-Quds medical center in Aleppo, killing at
least 50 civilians and two MSF doctors. Both US and
Russian military spokesmen denied responsibility for
violence has centered on Aleppo, where some 250,000
civilians are trapped under siege conditions, living
amid the ruins of a city already decimated by five
years of war. Only one remaining commercial
throughway, controlled by US-backed Islamist
militias, connects the city to the rest of the
country, and the population now faces stepped-up
attacks from gunships and artillery.
to the US media and the political establishment’s
endless denunciations of Russia’s intervention in
Syria, the essential cause for the breakdown of the
cease-fire and slide back toward all-out civil and
proxy war is the uncompromising determination of the
US ruling class to overthrow the Assad government,
toppling a crucial regional ally of both Russia and
Iran and replacing it with an American puppet.
the White House announced that at least 250 US
special forces soldiers would be deployed to Syria,
a decision taken on the heels of the announcement of
an additional 200 US ground troops to Iraq.
testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee
Thursday, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter made
clear that these are only preliminary moves in a
much broader war plan.
the results we’ve had, and our desire to continue
accelerating ISIL’s lasting defeat, we are
conducting the ‘next plays’ of the military
campaign,” Carter said.
coming weeks, US-backed Iraqi national forces will
“leverage Apache attack helicopters” in support of
their offensive against the northern city of Mosul,
where hundreds of US Marines are already carrying
out artillery bombardments against surrounding
US commandos are working to establish bases of
operations that will enable further special
operations deployments by US-aligned governments in
Europe and the Persian Gulf. They will seek to
“train and equip motivated local anti-ISIS forces,
especially among the Sunni Arab community,” Carter
and Syria, the US is preparing a range of
“counter-ISIS” operations, including in South and
Southeast Asia, Yemen and West Africa, Carter said.
military aims to “collapse ISIL’s control of Mosul
and Raqqa by bringing to bear in support of them the
full might of the US military,” Carter said.
Pentagon, with full backing from the White House, is
moving forward with the so-called US Plan B for
spokesman Peter Cook declared on Monday, the US
military will “continue to look at every single
opportunity we have, working with our local
partners, to see how we can accelerate this
support for the ceasefire was, all along, a tactical
maneuver, aimed at buying time for US forces to
prepare a renewed push, under conditions where
Russian-backed Syrian and Iranian forces have
increasingly routed the US-backed insurgency,
threatening to derail the regime-change operation
launched by Washington in 2011.
escalation of US ground wars in Iraq and Syria,
coming despite President Obama’s repeated promises
that the renewed US war in Iraq and Syria, launched
in 2014 as “Operation Inherent Resolve,” would not
see US “boots on the ground,” is being carried out
with the backing of the entire Democratic Party
recent escalations were hailed this week by both US
Democratic Party presidential candidates Hillary
Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Clinton, who has previously criticized the White
House for not waging a more “robust” war in Syria
and demanded expansions of the US air and ground
wars, including the establishment of a “no fly
zone,” issued a campaign statement supporting the
White House’s authorization of an expanded commando
war in Syria.
November, Clinton delivered a bellicose address to
the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), declaring
that, in Syria, “a more effective coalition air
campaign is necessary, but not sufficient.”
strikes would have to be combined with ground
forces,” Clinton said, calling for a ground invasion
to carve out “safe zones” along with the imposition
of a “no fly zone” throughout Syrian airspace.
to a general expansion of US war-making throughout
the Middle East, Africa and Asia, Clinton’s “plan to
defeat ISIS” calls for expanded surveillance of
social media globally.
Sanders’ own endorsement of the administration’s
policies makes clear that he is not in any sense
running as an antiwar candidate, but rather as
another imperialist politician.
president is talking about having American troops
training Muslim troops, and helping supply the
military equipment they need. I do support that
effort,” Sanders told media this week.
preparations for an expanded US ground war in Syria,
whose full character will likely not be revealed
until immediately after the 2016 US elections, are
taking place amid US war preparations in Eastern
Europe, the South China Sea and throughout Eurasia,
that pose the growing threat of a third world war.
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