US High Crimes in Raqqa

US High Crimes in Raqqa

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

The offensive in Raqqa was planned, orchestrated and implemented from Washington.

It’s a scorched-earth mass slaughter and destruction campaign, indiscriminately targeting civilians, the way all US wars of aggression are waged, the human toll of no consequence.

On Friday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry Deputy Information and Press Department director Artyom Kozhin warned about Washington’s “manipulation” and support for “militants” in Syria, using them to achieve its geopolitical agenda, adding:

“Our position on US overtures with the Syrian militants has been voiced repeatedly. This can lead to unpredictable military and political consequences.”

Desperate civilians continue try escaping from US terror-bombing and ISIS in Raqqa. One civilian managing to get out said “(h)ouses, families, children, women, all are hit in random (air) strikes.”

Another civilian said “there are massacres in every village. There is no escape from that. Massacres took place in all of them.”

Civilian casualties are horrendous, many thousands, maybe tens of thousands, most bodies buried under rubble, entire families massacred in some villages.

The carnage continues daily. So-called Operation Euphrates Rage isn’t about liberating Raqqa from ISIS control, its fighters supported by Washington, Israel and their rogue partners.

It’s about US plans to control northern Syria, denying Damascus sovereignty over its own territory, part of the scheme to replace Assad with pro-Western puppet rule.

Anti-government undemocratic Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are forcing arrested adolescents and youths near Raqqa to join their ranks.

Families escaping to the city’s outlying areas reported what’s happening. ISIS seeks recruits the same way, kidnapping children and youths, taking them to unknown places, forcefully using them to bolster their ranks.

On Friday, Sergey Lavrov criticized Washington’s refusal to combat al-Nusra (al-Qaeda in Syria),” saying “all facts indicate” what’s going on, the agenda of both countries world’s apart on the conflict.

Russia wants terrorists defeated. America supports the scourge it claims to oppose.

Endless war continues – US regime change objectives unchanged since launched by Obama in 2011.

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My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

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