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2017年06月24日

米ロの軍事的緊張高まる 米国内から懸念の声も

RT2017/6/20
US spy plane carried out ‘provocative turn’ toward Russian fighter jet over Baltic – Moscow

PRESSTV2017/6/21
US at risk of military conflict with Russia, Iran in Syria: Senator
A US senator has warned against the United States' measures in Syria, which is pushing Washington "closer and closer" to a military conflict with Iran and Russia, describing the move as “another mistake on the scope of the Iraq War."

Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy made the comments in an interview with CNN on Tuesday.

"I think we're getting closer and closer to open conflict with Iran and Russia, and the American public needs to know that we're moving very fast toward what could be another war inside the Middle East," Murphy said. "Something by the way that Donald Trump promised he wouldn't do when he ran for office."

The remarks came two days after a US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Sukhoi SU-22 aircraft, which was conducting an operation against Daesh terrorists on the outskirts of Syria’s northern city of Raqqah.

The Sunday downing of the Syrian warplane prompted Russia to issue a threat against American airborne assets over Syrian airspace and track all coalition flights west of the Euphrates River.

The Democratic Senator also said that the US president had no authority to act on his own to engage in a war in Syria and that he must gain permission from Congress.

"There's no authorization for military force that Congress has passed that gives the president the ability to take military action against the Syrian regime," Murphy said.

"And we have to understand what we're getting involved in, right. You are not just fighting Bashar al-Assad," he noted. "If you're going to ramp up military activity against Assad, you are also going in against Iran and Russia."

Raising concerns over what he called "a dangerous escalation," the Connecticut senator said it was not in the US interest to get involved in the Syrian war. "That would be another mistake on the scope of the Iraq War.”

Meanwhile, US General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said a day earlier that Washington was working to restore a “deconfliction” line with Moscow intended to avoid mid-air collisions over Syria.

Dunford said the US has "worked through a number of issues" with Russia and that the deconfliction link set up by both sides "has worked very well over the past eight months."

The deconfliction arrangement was first established with Russia in 2015 but was suspended by Russia in April after the United States launched a missile strike on a Syrian military airfield. The line was re-established in May.

The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be the positions of Daesh terrorists inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate. The coalition has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of fulfilling its declared aim of destroying Daesh.

On the other hand, Russia, along with Iran, has been assisting the Syrian government in its fight against terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the Arab country since 2011. Over the past few months, Syrian forces have made sweeping gains against Takfiri elements, who have lately increased their acts of violence across the country following a series of defeats on the ground.

FARSNEWS2017/6/24
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Russian newspaper warned that the US doesn’t need peace in the Middle-East, adding that the possibility of confrontation between Moscow and Washington in Syria has increased.

Geopolitica newspaper quoted Russian analyst Olga Sokhariva as saying that as Moscow's military achievements in Syria increase, Washington shows more tendency to keep the ISIL powerful in the war-torn Arab country.

The analyst added that opposition groups, including the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), apparently have the same goal in fighting against the ISIL but this is not the reality.

She referred to the ISIL forces' cooperation with the US and the SDF's collaboration with the terrorists to leave Raqqa and move to Badiyeh (desert) region in Syria through a safe corridor, and said Washington wants to weaken the Syrian army forces in their fight against the ISIL.

The analyst said that a fully similar situation also prevails along Syria's Southern borders where the US-backed and controlled FSA is fighting against the Syrian army without any confrontation against the ISIL. In addition, the US warplanes target the government forces under the pretext of supporting their own positions.

She added that the US and its allies pave the ground for the establishment of ISIL terrorists' colony in new regions without efforts to annihilate them to weaken the government forces in Syria's Badiyeh and Iraq's al-Anbar regions.

The analyst concluded that the US doesn’t want peace in the Middle-East and the current situation will lead to armed conflicts between Russia and the US in the Syrian territories.

FARSNEWS2017/6/24
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Russian military analyst pointed to the reinvigoration of the US Army forces in Southern Syria, adding that Washington is planning to disintegrate Syria and occupy more lands in the war-hit country.

"Now that the ISIL is on the verge of full collapse and has only small parts under its hold in Raqqa and Mosul cities, the Pentagon has taken the opportunity and increased its forces in Syria to seize control of ISIL's lost lands," Andrey Kushkin said.

"The move, is exactly the one that happened in World War II. The US army delayed in opening the second front and then opened it after disintegration of territories was possible, that is why Washington has increased its forces to disintegrate the country and bring large parts of it under its control," Kushkin added.

He further added that the US, meantime, has deployed High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) in Southern Syria in order to cover vast areas of land in the region, adding that the US decision to deploy the missile systems is a clear warning to the Damascus government.

Kushkin went on to say that the US will not hesitate to use the HIMARS to show its power and underline its objectives in Syria.

He underscored that the US is serious to turn Syria into a new Afghanistan or Iraq.

Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, commenting on the US military moves, pointed to the near absence of ISIL or other terrorist groups in the vicinity of the HIMARS' staging area.

Earlier this month, the United States transferred two HIMARS multiple-launch rocket systems from Jordan. The systems were deployed at the US special operations forces base near al-Tanf located 11 miles from the Jordanian border, Sputnik reported.

Lavrov said the Russian military was analyzing the US deployment of artillery systems in Southern Syria where terrorist groups were said to be virtually absent.

"The Russian military is naturally analyzing everything that is happening in this country, including taking into account the channel that we have with the US to prevent unintentional incidents," Lavrov added.

"In this area, there are practically no Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) units and the deployment there of such serious weapons, which are not particularly suitable to combat Daesh… will not ensure the stability of communication channels between government and pro-government forces in Syria and their partners in neighboring Iraq," he stressed.
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