By Stephen Lendman
Last December, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said “(t)he Americans…are feeding Daesh, encourag(ing) them, protect(ing) Daesh leaders and help(ing) them move from one area to another.”
At the same time, an unnamed Iraqi official accused the Pentagon of supplying Daesh terrorists in the country with weapons and military equipment.
“The American forces send aid from their bases to the Daesh terrorists in the Makhoul mountains, and their assistance still continues,” the official stressed, adding:
"Iraqi forces seized US weapons during an operation against terrorists in al-Hazar island. US military bases in Iraq are used against the host country and Syria."
Russia’s Foreign Ministry earlier accused the US of supporting Daesh, saying “unidentified helicopters (supply weapons and military equipment) to Daesh terrorists” in areas where the US deploys them.
Russia’s Defense Ministry earlier released satellite images, showing US troops moving freely in Daesh-controlled Syrian territory, adding:
US and so-called anti-government SDF forces “feel absolutely safe” in Daesh-controlled areas.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov accused SDF fighters of colluding with Daesh, saying they “work (for) the same objectives,” adding:
“Russian drones and intelligence have not recorded any confrontations between” between them. They’re allies, not enemies.
Russia’s Defense Ministry also said intelligence revealed that US forces support al-Nusra terrorists.
Sergey Lavrov earlier called the US-led coalition’s refusal to combat al-Nusra “absolutely unacceptable.”
According to the Arabic-language Ma’aloumeh news website, citing head of the Badr Organization office in al-Anbar province, Iraq, “US forces stationed (in the area) facilitated the trafficking of Daesh terrorists and their transfer to Wadi Houran (Iraq) and the Western desert by reopening a number of roads and heliborne operations.”
Iraqi security expert Kazim al-Haaj said “US Army troops are preparing and training the Daesh militants in al-Qadaf and Wadi al-Houran regions of Al-Anbar province with the aim of carrying out terrorist attacks and restarting insecurity in Iraq.”
Security expert Karim al-Khikani made similar comments, saying the US is shifting Daesh fighters from Syria to Iraq to incite violence and instability as a pretext for continuing to occupy the country against the will of its officials and people.
According to Bloomberg News, neocon Bush/Cheney Iraq war architect David Wurmser is involved in advising the Trump regime’s Middle East policy, notably on Iran and Iraq.
Reportedly, he urged the assassination of Iranian General Soleimani, Bloomberg quoting him saying:
Aggressive US action will “rattle the delicate internal balance of forces and the control over them upon which (Iran) depends for stability and survival.”
Neocon hardliners run the Trump regime’s foreign policy, endless wars of aggression and economic terrorism their defining features.
With hardliners Pompeo, Wurmser, and their henchmen manipulating Trump, shifting Daesh terrorists to Iraq may be prelude for further US war on the country.
Will Iran be next? Wurmser was quoted saying the US might “have to think seriously about going directly into Iran.”
While it’s highly unlikely, with hardliners running US foreign policy, anything is possible by accident or design.
A final comment
According to the Kuwait-based Arabic-language Al-Qabas broadsheet, 16 US military personnel were seriously injured from retaliatory strikes on US bases in Iraq in response to the Trump regime’s assassination of General Soleimani, citing unnamed informed sources.
Flown for treatment at the US military hospital in Kuwait, the injured personnel suffered severe burns or serious shrapnel wounds, requiring surgery and intensive care.
Others sustaining less serious injuries are being treated in Iraq. Eight US soldiers were flown to Germany for treatment of concussion symptoms.
The Washington Post reported that “several dozen US troops were…treated for concussion” symptoms.
Iranian retaliation caused significant damage to US bases and injuries to its personnel, successfully penetrating Pentagon air defenses, striking targets with pinpoint accuracy, giving Pentagon commanders pause about Iran’s military capabilities.
Stephen Lendman, born in 1934 in Boston, started writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.
Lendman’s newest book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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