Russia’s Success in Syria Forces US to Ramp Up Airstrikes Against ISIL
The pledge by US Defense Secretary to step up the US-led campaign against ISIL proves that Russia is making progress in fighting terrorism, Russian Senator Franz Klintsevich said.
The progress made by Russia in its fight against Islamic State (ISIL) militants in Syria is forcing the Pentagon to change plans and ramp up its aerial operations, Klintsevich said.
Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Washington would intensify its aerial campaign against ISIL, "including with additional US and coalition aircraft and a heavier rate of strikes."
"How can we explain the words by US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter that the US will intensify its military campaign against ISIL? It only means that Russia is making progress in fighting the terrorists," Klintsevich told journalists. According to him, Carter twisted the truth when he said that the US would not let Russia change the coalition’s plan in Syria.
"The effect of the Russian campaign is already visible. In this context, the US and its allies just cannot wait and see any longer," he underscored. On September 30, Russia launched airstrikes against ISIL positions in Syria. The operation was requested by the legitimate government of Bashar al-Assad. Up until now, the Russian Air Force has conducted over 1,000 sorties and destroyed hundreds of terrorists, dozens of command points, depots and other ISIL facilities.
Earlier, the US Embassy in Moscow said that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama had agreed on the common interest in fighting ISIL in Syria. Both leaders also underscored that Russian and the US should establish a contact line to avoid accidental collisions of their troops.