The General Staff of the Russian Federation: the United States are not familiar with the real situation in Syria

19 September 2016 16:15

The United States does not have effective levers of influence on the moderate opposition, and are not familiar with the real situation in Syria, was told to reporters today by chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Sergei Rudskoy. Also, according to him, the Russian General Staff believe that the Syrian government forces makes no sense to observe a unilateral ceasefire because of violations by militants, reports radio “Vesti FM.”

Rudskoy added that the Russian and Syrian aircraft over the past week did not cause impacts on areas that have been agreed in the framework of the agreements reached in Geneva. Meanwhile, the Royal British Air force participated in air strikes of the international coalition against terrorism in Syria, which killed the Syrian military, the Associated Press reported, citing the statement of the Ministry of Defence.

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Syrian Army Declares End of Ceasefire


 A Syrian army fighter in position during the assault of the BBC school in the southern part of the Syrian city of Aleppo


   The Syrian Army has declared end of ceasefire claiming that militants did not adhere to any provision of the truce.

   Syrian militants have breached Moscow-Washington brokered truce more than 300 times, the Army said.

   The Syrian army reaffirmed commitment to fight against terror after the end of truce.

   “The ceasefire regime should have been a real chance to stop bloodshed, but units of terrorists did not abhere to any of the points of the agreement. The number of ceasefire violations suprassed 300,” SANA news agency quoted the Syrian Army General Command as saying.

   The statement also said that Syrian government forces have made every effort to comply with the ceasefire and “have shown the highest degree of restraint confronting violations by terrorist groups.”

   On September 9, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a new peace plan to address the conflict in Syria that called for a ceasefire and anti-terrorism cooperation among other clauses of the treaty.

China Acquires Vicious 1,553MPH Su-35 Multirole Fighter Jets From Russia


 The Sukhoi Su-35S, Russia’s new super-maneuverable multirole fighter jet

   The first four Su-35 fighter jets from a 24 aircraft arms deal between the two allies are to be delivered before the end of the year according to a statement by the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aviation plant.

   This week the governor of Khabarovsk Krai, a federal area located in the Russian Far East, said in a statement during the opening of a new aircraft production plant that China will receive the first four Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter jets in consideration of a 24 aircraft deal between Moscow and Beijing signed in November of 2015.

   From 2016 to 2018, the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production plant will build and deliver a total of 24 Su-35 combat jets to China, the governor said according to RIA news agency as part of the agreement first forged between the parties in late 2015.

   The Diplomat explains that the “the Su-35 is a Fourth++ generation, twin-engine, highly maneuverable multirole fighter jet powered by two AL-117S turbofan engines. The Russian aircraft’s powerful turbofan engine is also the most likely reason why China is interested in acquiring Su-35 fighters.”

   The fighter jet has a maximum speed of 1,553 MPH (2500kmh) with advanced dry thrust and afterburner capabilities that enhance the aircraft’s dogfight maneuverability and semi-stealth design that makes it possibly the most lethal fighter jet in the sky.

   The Su-35 is Russia’s top air-superiority fighter, until the fifth-generation PAK-FA stealth fighter comes into production, with a clear maneuverability edge over existing fighter jets and a limited radar cross section after adjustments were made to the engine inlets and canopy as well as a series of modifications including the use of “radar-absorbent material” that gives the flanker a stealth-like profile.

   The fighter jet comes armed with K-77M radar-guided missiles with a range of over 120 miles (193km) providing pilots with standoff capabilities ensuring pilot protection, an R-74 infrared-guided missiles that allow for targeting by a pilot using a helmet-mounted optical sight, and a thirty-millimeter cannon with 150 rounds for dogfight battles.

   The acquisition of the Su-35 by the Chinese is a major boon for the country’s defense as well as its avionics industry. China has worked to produce its own turbofan akin to the Su-35’s, known as the WS-10 turbofan, but it continues to underperform the Russian-made AL-117S. If China is able to reverse engineer the technology they may be able to rapidly overcome their avionics gap with the West.

Source Discloses Coordination between US, ISIL in Attacking Syrian Army in Deir Ezzur




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(FNA)- The ISIL launched attacks on the Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzur only 7 minutes after the US-led coalition’s airstrikes on Saturday, a military source said, adding that the air and ground assault were highly coordinated.

The source said after the coalition’s pounding of the Syrian army near Deir Ezzur airbase, the ISIL could take full control of al-Tharda mountain and then Deir Ezzur military base, adding that the army and national defense forces deployed near the airbase immediately won it back from the terrorists by launching a counterattack.

Noting that Deir Ezzur is now almost in tranquility and no change has occurred in the military map of the region, the source said by attacking the Syrian army positions, the US seeks to prevent military operations to break the terrorists’ siege on the city.

The source said the simultaneous raid of the ISIL terrorists immediately after the coalition airstrikes is the best evidence of the high coordination done between the US and the terrorists.

Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday that four strikes against Syrian positions had been delivered by US-led coalition aircraft, including two F-16 jet fighters and two A-10 support aircraft.

The Syrian military called the bombing a “serious and blatant aggression” against Syrian forces, and said it was “conclusive evidence” that the US and its allies support ISIL militants.

Also on Sunday, the Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman blasted Washington over the recent airstrikes near Deir Ezzur, and said such moves serves the interests of the ISIL terror group.

“If previously we had suspicions that Fatah al-Sham Front (formerly known as al-Nusra Front) is protected this way, now, after Saturday airstrikes on the Syrian army we come to a really terrifying conclusion for the entire world: The White House is defending the ISIL,” Maria Zakharova said.

“We demand a full and detailed explanation from Washington. That explanation must be given at the UN Security Council,” she added.

Russia has demanded full and detailed explanation from Washington over the incident in Deir Ezzur, in which 62 Syrian troops were killed and over 100 injured.

Russia’s UN Ambassador Argues Bombing of Syrian Army Killing 80 Was Intentional

US fighter jets in Syria


   The Russian Ambassador to the United Nations found the timing of what the United States called an accidental and unintentional airstrike to be suspicious only minutes after the US representative to the international body effectively blamed Russia and the Assad regime calling the emergency meeting a “stunt.

   “Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations questioned the United States sudden interest in the fight against Daesh in the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor where Syrian forces loyal to the Assad regime have been the vanguard of the fighting force against Daesh saying that it was suspicious that the Americans would suddenly try to “help” the Syrian Army as they claimed they were targeted Daesh in the region.

   “It is highly suspicious that the United States chose to conduct this particular air strike at this time,” Russia’s ambassador Vitaly Churkin said. He also questioned America’s willingness to actively engage the fight against terror rather than focusing on attempting regime change in Syria saying that US forces did “nothing when ISIS advanced on Palmyra.”

   A major diplomatic row looks to be developing between the United States and Russia only five days after a breakthrough ceasefire deal that had called for the two nations to coordinate airstrikes — in large part to prevent incidents like Saturday’s horrific bombing attack against Syrian forces — and came with a demand by the White House for the so-called moderate rebels to disband for the al-Nusra Front with whom they have been embedded with in recent weeks.

Bulletin of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (September 17, 2016)

Reconciliation of the opposing sides

Within last 24 hours, truce agreements have been signed with representatives of 4 inhabited areas in the Latakia province.

Reconciliation activities are continued in Muaddamet al-Shikh (Damascus province).

The total number of inhabited areas, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has reached 627.

Negotiations on joining ceasefire regime have been continued with field commanders of armed groups in the Muaddamet al-Shikh (Damascus province) and detachments of armed opposition in the Homs, Aleppo, and al-Quneitra provinces.

The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings remained 69.

Ceasefire observation

Within last 24 hours, 55 cases of ceasefire violation have been registered from the side of illegal armed formations in the provinces of Aleppo (27), Hama (7), Damascus (11), Homs (2), Latakia (6), al-Quneitra (1), and Daraa (1).

In total, 199 cases of ceasefire violation have been conducted by illegal armed formations since the renewal of the ceasefire regime.

In the Aleppo province, illegal armed formations have fired improvised MLRS, mortars and AT missile complexes against farms in Sheikh Ali Kobtani, al-Zahraa, Ramusi, 1070, Dar Menyan, al-Makhamed, Dakhiya al-Asad, Halab al-Jalid, al-Masharka, and Leramon quarters as well as Kastello trade center, Atawari school, gas and cement plants in the Aleppo city.

In the Damascus province, Jaubar Harasta, Haush Nasri, Huteita al-Jarash, Haush Harabu inhabited areas, Ibn al-Walidi hospital, and farms in Khan al-Shikh have been shelled with mortars.

In the Hama province, Maan, al-Mahruk, Shajar, Skandariya, Hadjar, Maharda inhabited areas as well as an airfield in the Hama province have suffered shelling with improvised MLRS and mortars.

Terrorists have also shelled the Shillif fortress and Nahshebba in the Latakia province, al-Manshiya quarter in the Daraa city, and Jubbaita al-Hashab in the al-Quneitra province.

In the Homs province, terrorists have fired BM-21 MLRS and mortars against Teib Garbiya inhabited area, and Bayaza quarter of the Homs city.

Russian Aerospace Forces and Syrian Air Force did not make strikes on opposition armed formations, which follow ceasefire regime and informed the Russian or American Centres for reconciliation about their location.

Humanitarian aid to the population of Syria

Low-income families of the Manzul inhabited area (Homs province) have received humanitarian cargo (more than 2 tons) with sugar, flour, rice, canned meat and fish, tea, and medical items.

The Syrian government guarantees safe moving of humanitarian cargos through under-controlled territories. However, problem of safe moving through territories controlled by forces of the moderate opposition, which is influenced only by the US, has not been solved yet.

Additional information

Leadership of the Center for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic have sent the letter to W. Wood, the head of the US interservice delegation to Geneva, informing that the moderate opposition had broken the ceasefire regime. The letter also contained information about concentrations of insurgents in the north of the Hama province, and possible attacks by carried out by them.

The Russian party asked the American colleagues to influence on the opposition leadership in order to hold them from a rush venture. The Russian party also informed the American side about intention of the command staff of the Syrian government troops to take retaliation coherent measures.

Russian MoD: US Fails to Fulfill Obligations Amid Syria Rebels’ Truce Violations


 Syrian rebels attend a training session in Maaret Ikhwan, near Idlib, Syria in 2012.

   The Russian General Staff said that the United States fails to fulfill obligations on Syria, adding that Washington will be responsible for the breakdown of the ceasefire if the situation does not change.

The US did not respond to Russia’s appeal containing data on the violations of the Syrian truce by US-controlled armed groups, the chief of the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria, Lt. Gen. Vladimir Savchenko, said Saturday.

“The United States didn’t reply to any of our appeals containing information on ceasefire violations by US-controlled armed groups. Moreover, the US side declines telephone conversations, including those planned in advance, as it happened yesterday,” Savchenko said during a videoconference.

“This indicates that the United States does not control the situation in Syria and is not ready to take steps to force US-controlled militants to implement ceasefire.”

   During a video link-up, Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir, the first deputy chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff, said the number of ceasefire violations by Syrian rebel groups had been steadily on the rise since the truce came into force last Monday.

   “Five days into the truce, we can say that only the Russian and Syrian sides have fulfilled their commitments. The United States and the so-called moderate groups under their control have not fulfilled a single obligation.”

   “Russia has been doing everything in its power to stop the government troops from responding to the attacks in kind. If the US side does not take steps to fulfill its obligations under the September 9 agreement, it will be fully responsible for the breakdown of the cessation of hostilities regime in Syria,” he continued.

   Lt. Gen. Poznikhir stressed that the key point in the US-Russia deal was that the United States separates “moderate” opposition groups from Daesh and al-Nusra Front terrorists.

Syrian opposition forces violated the nationwide truce 55 times within the past 24 hours, Poznikhir said at a videoconference.

   “The number of ceasefire violations by opposition groups has been rising steadily.” “There were 55 episodes of shelling from their [Syrian rebels’] side within the past 24 hours.”

   Of those 55 violations, 27 were detected in the Aleppo province, 11 in the Damascus province, seven in Hama, six in the mountainous Latakia region, two in Homs, and one each in Daraa and Quneitra. Both government positions and civilian targets had been attacked, he stressed.

   The military official said the US-Russia deal for a Syrian ceasefire had been violated a total of 199 times in the past five days since the truce came into effect late Monday.

   “The situation in Syria is deteriorating, mostly in Aleppo and Hama where opposition groups are using the cessation of hostilities regime to regroup, restock ammunition, weapons and preparing to launch an offensive to grab new territories,” Lt. Gen. Poznikhir said.

   “Continued shelling, illegal armed groups’ failure to comply with the ceasefire regime, the absence of a checkpoint in the militant-controlled eastern part of the Castello Road do not allow to guarantee security of humanitarian access to Aleppo,” he continued.

   Militants have carried out 26 mortar and rocket attacks on residential areas and Syrian army positions in the city of Aleppo over the past 24 hours, a representative of the Hmeymim-based Russian reconciliation center for Syria said Saturday.

   “We are in the Ashrafia neighborhood of Aleppo, where residential areas were shelled with mortars and improvised rocket launchers. The situation remains difficult in the Aleppo province and in the city itself. Over the past 24 hours, we recorded 26 instances of residential area and government position shelling by the militants,” Col. Sergei Kopytsin said during a video conference outlining the results of the first five days of the new September 12 Syrian ceasefire.

   The attacks involved mortars as well as multiple launch rocket systems and anti-tank guided missiles and targeted four districts, a gas plant and farms to the south of the city, he added.

   “The largest number of casualties was recorded in the Sheikh-Ali-Kobtani district, where three people died and 12 were injured,” the representative added.

   Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir said that an agreement had been reached on allowing a humanitarian convoy access the besieged Damascus suburb of Moadamiyeh.

   “The Syrian government guarantees the humanitarian convoy’s passage through the territory under its control, but the issue of its passage through areas controlled by moderate opposition, which is influenced only by the United States, remains. Measures have still not been taken to separate moderate opposition controlled by the United States fromal-Nusra Front,” he added.

Russia is the Solution to ‘Bloody Stalemate’ That US Created in Syria


 Russian military aviation at Khmeimim airbase in Syria

   Having failed to resolve the devastating Syrian conflict by supporting radical armed groups intent on removing Assad, the United States should now disengage itself from the crisis and leave Russia in charge, foreign policy analyst Enea Gjoza wrote for the National Interest.

   “The choice is not a pleasant one. However, it is the outcome that best safeguards US interests within the harsh constraints of one of the world’s ugliest conflicts,” Gjoza, a fellow at Defense Priorities and Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, asserted.

   His logic is simple. The United States has employed a flawed strategy to resolve the crisis in Syria, a country that does not constitute one of the US’ core national interests. Instead of bringing peace to an embattled nation, Washington’s approach has been instrumental in protracting violence since it is based on an inherent flaw.

   “From the beginning, our policy in Syria has suffered from an inherent contradiction. The United States insists on Assad’s ouster as a condition of peace, but the groups that have proven most effective against his forces are hardline Islamic militias, which are themselves anti-American,” he explained.

   The United States “has ignored this fact” providing support to what policymakers in Washington refer to as “moderate” opposition in a bid to create a force capable of tackling radical groups. This strategy resulted in a major embarrassment for the Pentagon when the US Department of Defense had to admit that a $500 million program produced only “four or five” Syrian fighters ready to participate in anti-Daesh operations.

   In addition, “by continuing to arm and support the opposition, despite clear signs of the regime’s resilience, the United States ultimately helped transform the initial uprising into a bloody stalemate that destroyed the country and produced millions of refugees,” the analyst noted.

   For Gjoza, a large-scale military intervention into Syria is not an option that Washington should consider. Likewise, maintaining the existing status quo is also not a good idea since it will lock the country in an endless tug of war.

   This is why Gjoza has called on the White House to leave the resolution of the Syrian crisis to Russia.

   Moscow, he said, “has demonstrated an ironclad commitment to the survival of its client state. Instead of continuing on the current path, the United States should seize the opportunity to let Russia take up the Syrian millstone.” Russian Defense MinistryRussian Aerospace Forces aircraft leave Hmeimim airbase in Syria

   The analyst singled out three benefits of this decision for the US.

Firstly, Washington will receive an opportunity to disentangle itself from a conflict it cannot win. This could well be a smart decision considering that the US military is still active in Afghanistan and Iraq.

   “Second, it would force a major rival (Russia) to own the burden of restoring order to a ruined nation and bear the cost of failure,” he said. “Finally, the Assad government, which is hostile to Islamists and has repeatedly vowed to re-conquer the country, would have to do the fighting and dying necessary to defeat [Daesh] on the ground.”

Norwegian Army Deploys Women to Protect Country From ‘Russian Aggression’


 First Female Recruits of Norway's Army

   Army reforms contribute to the defense of the country and also promote gender equality, Austrian newspaper Der Standard wrote.

   Apparently afraid of Russian aggression, Norwegian authorities have increased army recruitment, especially among women to “keep Moscow under control.” This summer, the Norwegian army accepted 33% more female recruits than last year.

   As reported by the newspaper, Norway plans to focus greater efforts on the activities of NATO in the coming two decades. Along with the protection of the country’s northern flank for “Russia’s containment,” its top priority will be to train more soldiers, both male and female.

   In fact, this is “mad that we’ve pushed half of the population aside from the important issue of defending the country,” Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Serey said earlier.

Norway has become the first European country to extend mandatory military service to females. The corresponding law was passed in 2014, with the majority of Norwegian MPs voting in favor of gender equality in the army.

   According to Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang, young people showed great interest in the job. A survey among students showed that Norwegian Armed Forces ranks fifth in the list of the most prestigious employers in the country.

Men and women are expected to fulfill the same tasks during their service and sleep in common barracks. According to the country’s authorities, reform of military service is an important contribution not only to the national defense, but also to the principle of gender equality.

Bulletin of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (September 16, 2016)

Reconciliation of the opposing sides

Within last 24 hours, truce agreements have been signed with representatives of 4 inhabited areas in the Latakia province.

The total number of inhabited areas, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has reached 623.

Negotiations on joining ceasefire regime have been continued with field commanders of armed groups in the Muaddamet-ash-Shikh (Damascus province) and detachments of armed opposition in the Homs, Aleppo, and al-Quneitra provinces.

The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings remained 69.

Ceasefire observation

Illegal armed formations have not started withdrawing hardware and armament from the Kastello road simultaneously with the government troops; therefore they failed to observe their obligations in accordance to the Russian-American agreements.

Detachments of the opposition are using the ceasefire regime in order to recover their combat capabilities and regroup their forces in the Aleppo, Hama, and Homs provinces. They increase the number of shellings.

That is why the government troops had to stop withdrawing forces and return them to the position, which they had kept before.

The Russian center for reconciliation of opposing sides sent an appeal to the American party informing that detachments of the “moderate opposition” had failed observing the agreement.

Within last 24 hours, 39 cases of ceasefire violations have been registered from their side in the following provinces: Aleppo (19), Hama (5), Damascus (6), Homs (8), and Latakia (8).

In the Aleppo province, terrorists have fired with mortars, MLRS, AT complexes and small arms against Braidge al-Rih, al-Khader inhabited areas, al-Khalidiyah, al-Zahraa, Ramusi, Dakhiyah al-Asad, al-Masharqah, and 1070 quarters, cement plant, gas plant, armament school, checkpoint on the Kastello road, Karyat Khalab fortress, and Kastello trade center in the Aleppo province.

In the Hama province, Maan, Zor Abu Zaid, Makharda, and Skandariyah inhabited areas have been shelled with MLRS, mortars, and armored vehicles.

Terrorists have shelled Harasta, Haush al-Hayat, Haush al-Farah inhabited areas in the Damascus province, Ibn al-Walid hospital in the Damascus city, Qinsibba, Ain al-Kantara, Rasha, Abu Ali mountain regions, and Shillif fortress in the Latakia province, Alya Basi quarter in the Homs province.

Russian Aerospace Forces and Syrian Air Force have not carried out strikes on regions, where the opposition detachments could be located.

Despite numerous violations of the ceasefire regime and absence of progress in dividing moderate opposition from Jabhat al-Nusra by the American party, the Russian party is ready to prolong the ceasefire regime for 72 another hours.

Humanitarian aid to the Syrian population

Posts with hot meal and items of first necessity continue their work for civilians who leave the districts of the Aleppo city, which are under control of terrorist armed groupings.