America, not Russia, committing war crimes in Syria: Analyst

The US and its so-called coalition allies are committing war crimes in Syria, not Russia, an American writer says.

The United States, its so-called coalition allies, and their terrorists supported by them are committing war crimes in Syria, not Russia and the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to Stephen Lendman, an American writer, journalist and political analyst.

Speaking at the State Department on Friday, US Secretary of State John Kerry accused Moscow and the Assad government of “terrorizing civilians," saying they must be investigated for “war crimes”.

He said Moscow and Damascus are “hitting hospitals, and medical facilities, and children and women,” in the northwestern city of Aleppo, adding they “owe the world more than an explanation.”

Commenting on this, Lendman said, “Kerry, like he always does, has made a baseless and inflammatory accusation against Russia and the Syrian government, basically accusing them of the crimes America commits in Syria, along with ISIS [Daesh], al-Nusra and other terrorists America and its rogue allies support,” adding America’s rogue allies are “other NATO countries, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, you know the usual suspects, as they say.”

The al-Nusra Front terrorist group recently changed its name to the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham.

The analyst said, “Syria and Russia have nothing to do with killing civilians, or bombing hospitals, or bombing schools, or bombing other civilian targets, this is what the US-supported terrorists to do in their shelling from the ground, and what Pentagon warplanes do with other so-called coalition partners like France, and Britain Australia, and Israel.”

“They do it all the time, massacring civilians, American warplanes killing 82 – maybe even more than that – Syrian soldiers last month. The terrorist America attacked the UN humanitarian convoy, setting about 18 trucks ablaze, destroying them, and then claims were made that it came from Syrian or Russian bombing, which is absolutely fraudulent,” he stated.

“Had they been bombing, there would have craters on the ground. There were no craters on the ground, showing that the attack came from the ground forces, and only ones in the area were al-Nusra fighters, that America supports,” Lendman said.

On September, a US-led airstrike killed dozens of Syrian soldiers, and more than 100 others were injured in the Syrian city of Dayr al-Zawr. The Pentagon acknowledged the deadly strike, saying it was “halted immediately” when US forces were informed by Russia “that it was possible the personnel and vehicles targeted were part of the Syrian military.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a Security Council Meeting on the situation in Syria at the United Nations in New York, September 21, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Lendman said, “Everything John Kerry accused Russia and Syria of are high crimes committed by America and its allies and the terrorists they created and support, and unfortunately the big lie keeps getting repeating and the truth which is so important gets buried, and most Americans especially know nothing about it.”

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. According to UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, more than 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict in Syria. The UN has stopped its official casualty count in Syria, citing its inability to verify the figures it receives from various sources.

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