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UN troops look at smoke rising from Quneitra on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

The U.S. warned Russia over the weekend that its military buildup in Syria could further escalate the conflict in the region.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov “to discuss Syria, including U.S. concerns about reports suggesting an imminent enhanced Russian military buildup there,” the State Department said in a statement. “The secretary made clear that if such reports were accurate, these actions could further escalate the conflict, lead to greater loss of innocent life, increase refugee flows and risk confrontation with the anti-ISIL Coalition operating in Syria,” the statement continued.

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ISIL is the Obama administration acronym for ISIS, or Da’esh. The two men agreed to continue their conversation at the United Nations General Assembly in New York later this month.

According to American intelligence reports, Russia has delivered prefab housing for hundreds of people and a portable air traffic station to an airfield near Latakia.

The U.S. government warned that Russian air strikes could interfere with current operations being conducted by the United States-led coalition against Da’esh (ISIS) in Syria.

It is also possible that Russian operations could strike opposition forces the Americans support.

The United States and Russia have very different ideas about how to solve the crisis in Syria; on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for “early elections” in Syria and suggested bringing “healthy” elements of the opposition to a new coalition government.

But Putin, who had first cleared his plan with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, did not specify which opposition elements would be acceptable.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Look how far you have fallen , turn back to me and do the works you did at first . If you dot repent . I will come and remove your lamp stand from its place among the churches . But this is in your favour. You Hayes the evil deeds of the nicolatians just as i do. Any one with ears to haar must listen to the spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches . To everyone who is victorious i will give fruit from the tree of life in the paradise of. God

  2. Lavrov told Kerry "yea, I'll get back to you later in the month at the UN". In otherwords, "don't call me, I'll call you when I give a crap about your opinion." Russia and the rest of the world no longer cares what America thinks. Obama and his crew effectively "tucked" the USAs tail between it's legs and ran away from the world. He let the world know that he doesn't care what happens to them. It's not his responsibility. His irresponsibility is showing in the deteriorating world. Finally Jimmy Carter will no longer be remembered as the worst president in US history. He is getting his legacy alright.

  3. The Pentagon has not conducted airstrikes against an estimated 60 Islamic State (IS) training camps that are supplying thousands of fighters each month to the terror group, according to defense and intelligence officials.
    The camps are spread throughout Islamic State-controlled areas of Iraq and Syria and are off limits in the U.S.-led international bombing campaign BECAUSE OF CONCERNS ABOUT COLLATERAL DAMAGE, said officials familiar with planning and execution of the yearlong bombing campaign.

    Today: “The secretary made clear that if such reports were accurate, these actions could further escalate the conflict, LEAD TO GREATER LOSS OF INNOCENT LIFE…"

    US military academy official William Bradford´s controversial, but highly accurate report on the Islamist threat addresses this tactical approach of war which undermines American legitimacy, convince Americans that the United States is an evil regime fighting an illegal and immoral war against Islam, and destroy the political will of the American people…”

    “Human Rights Absolutism
    LOAC (Law of Armed Conflict) is a permissive regime that evolved to humanize war without disabling belligerents from attempting to break adversarial political will. Wars are fought to be won, and LOAC accepts that military necessity can and does require the use of force to kill people so long as those targeted are combatants and the methods and means are consistent with proportionality, distinction, and humanity. By contrast, human rights law is a newer and more restrictive regime conceived to preserve human dignity that purports to prohibit all casualties not strictly required to safeguard human life. While human rights law does not prohibit all killing in war, it saddles the state with the burden of showing that lethal force was “absolutely necessary” to protect life or public order.

    Thus, because only states will accept constraints that attenuate the intensity of war and the loss of human life, human rights absolutists champion five “rules”: (1) states must comply with differentially onerous legal regimes, (2) self-defense by states attacked by Islamists is unlawful aggression, (3) states are liable per se for all unintended civilian casualties, (4) weapon systems advantaging states are illegal, and (5) non-injurious interrogation
    methods are torturous.603 That their folly affords Islamists strategic advantage is epiphenomenal to the project of limiting state lethality.
    That their “humanitarian politics” is not law but aggressive normative entrepreneurship directed against the integrity of the LOAC regime, state ownership of LOAC, and the prospects for Western victory over Islamism does not dissuade them from claiming theirs as the most authoritative interpretation of LOAC.”

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