The United States plans to undermine Russia’s military buildup in Syria, which is designed to defeat the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group and help stabilize the country, a US military analyst in California says.
Russia’s military buildup in Syria to stop advances by Daesh and boost the government of President Bashar al-Assad is an “enormously positive move,” said Scott Bennett, a former US Army psychological warfare officer.
“Russia stepping in to stabilize Syria will not only shrink the ISIS enemy threat, but it will lead to stemming the refugee flood that has been afflicting Europe,” Bennett told Press TV on Saturday.
Moscow “is stepping in to do what the US has failed to do in over a year,” Bennett noted, adding that worst yet, the US has financed “mercenaries and kinetic operations” in Syria.
Russia will carry out the military operation without US assistance and discussions because Washington will seek to counter those efforts,” Bennett argued. “The US is going to work to undermine the stabilization of Syria, undermine the stemming of refugees.”
Bennett predicted that Russia’s second step would be to form a coalition of allies in Syria.
A secret US intelligence assessment predicts that Russia will launch military strikes in Syria to boost Assad and stop Daesh advances, The Los Angeles Times reported on Friday.
The intelligence, provided to the White House, says the airstrikes would be carried out by Russian fighter jets that were flown to Syria over the last week.
US officials said Russia moved warplanes to a base near the coastal city of Latakia last week. Russia has also stationed T-90 tanks there, and has increased the number of its military flights to the same airfield.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. The United States and its regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – have been supporting the militants operating inside Syria since the beginning of the crisis.
As Russia steps up its role in Syria, the Obama administration’s strategy has come under scrutiny.
The Pentagon has admitted that a group of US-trained “moderate” militants in Syria has handed over arms and equipment to an al-Qaeda-linked group in the country.
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