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Russia Charges Obama Administration with Defending ISIS, after U.S. Deadly Bombing of Syrian Troops

Sept. 18, 2016 (EIRNS)—Russia called an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) last night, insisting that the U.S. provide explanations of the Sept. 17 bombing run in which U.S. and Australian jets killed 62 Syrian soldiers in Deir ez-Zor. The Syrian troops had for weeks been battling ISIS troops which had the city under siege.

After the bombing but prior to the UNSC meeting, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova blasted the Obama administration in no uncertain terms:

"If previously we had suspicions that Al-Nusra Front is protected this way, now, after today’s airstrikes on the Syrian army, we come to a really terrifying conclusion for the entire world: The White House is defending IS. Now there can be no doubts about that."

She continued: "We demand explanations from Washington—whether this is a deliberate policy to support IS or a mistake."

After the closed-door UNSC meeting, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power was at her witchy worst in comments to the press. She began by quickly dismissing the incident in 30 seconds:

"If we determine that we did indeed strike Syrian military personnel, that was not our intention and we of course regret the loss of life."

She then spent the next 15 minutes excoriating Russia for "hypocrisy" and "grandstanding" for daring to bring the issue to the UNSC.

"Why are we having this meeting tonight? It is a diversion from what is happening on the ground.... Russia really needs to stop the cheap point-scoring and the grandstanding and the stunts and focus on what matters."

The U.S. Central Command (Centcom) issued a more measured, but also implausible, explanation:

"Coalition forces believed they were striking a Daesh fighting position that they had been tracking for a significant amount of time before the strike.... The coalition airstrike was halted immediately when coalition officials were informed by Russian officials that it was possible the personnel and vehicles targeted were part of the Syrian military.... Coalition forces would not intentionally strike a known Syrian military unit."

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin responded to the situation in comments to the press after the UNSC meeting:

"It is highly suspicious that the U.S. chose to conduct this particular airstrike at this time.... It was quite significant and not accidental that it happened just two days before the Russian-American arrangements were supposed to come into full force."

Asked if this spelled the end of the ceasefire deal, Churkin stated:

"This is a very big question mark. I would be very interested to see how Washington is going to react. If what Ambassador Power has done today is any indication of their possible reaction, then we are in serious trouble. Who is in charge in Washington? Is it the White House or the Pentagon? Because we have heard statements from the Pentagon which simply fly in the face of what we have heard from President Obama and Secretary Kerry."

The Syrian Foreign Ministry statement was also explicit:

"This attack is deliberate and the U.S. has plotted it in order to implement its strategy in continuing the terrorist war against the Syrian army... [It] highlights the coordination between this terrorist organization [ISIS] and the U.S."

Lyndon LaRouche today commented on these developments, emphasizing that Obama is clinically insane and is planning to launch warfare. He is crazy and a real threat, LaRouche stated, but I don’t think he can pull it off. Obama always does these kinds of things: he commits an atrocity, and then tries to deny responsibility for it. The charges coming from Russian and Syrian authorities are important and constitute a challenge to Obama’s intentions.