- RT America Published on Jun 22, 2018
Concerns have been raised by the State Department this week that the Syrian government is increasing its presence in southwest Syria. Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, Daniel McAdams joins RT America’s Anya Parampil to take a more in depth look.
- US State Department ‘Concerned’ Over Syrian Government Operations in…Syria! Against ISIS and Al Qaeda
by Daniel McAdams, Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, via https://www.globalresearch.ca/
State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert released a statementtoday warning the Syrian government to cease and desist from its final military push against ISIS and al-Qaeda groups in southwest Syria. The United States is “deeply troubled by reports of increasing Syrian regime operations in southwest Syria” because such operations are within the “de-escalation zone negotiated between the United States, Jordan, and the Russian Federation last year and reaffirmed between Presidents Trump and Putin in Da Nang, Vietnam in November,” the statement says.
What a strange warning. The United States, which illegally occupies territory of a country nearly 6,000 miles away, is warning Syria, the country it partly occupies, not to conduct military operations against terrorist organizations within its own borders! Aside from the absurdity of Nauert’s press release, there is the important matter that the whole statement is a lie.
First, the “deconfliction zone” to which she refers has been unilaterally declared by the United States. Syria never agreed to cease military operations within its own borders. Suggesting that Damascus is violating some agreement when it was never party to the agreement is shockingly dishonest.
Second, even the “de-escalation zones” agreed between Russia, Iran, and Turkey in Astana, Kazakhstan, in May, 2017, exempted UN-recognized terrorist groups from the deal. So even if Syria was a party to the US-claimed “de-escalation” agreement, its current advance on ISIS and al-Qaeda controlled territory would not be a violation.