Pompeo Demands Syria Institutes a ‘Permanent Ceasefire’ With al-Qaeda, Says Looking for Ways to Help Turkey

Lavrov: There will be no "capitulating before terrorists", the offensive continues

Imagine somebody demanded the US institutes a ‘permanent ceasefire’ with AQ?

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Pompeo, a friend to the bin Ladenites wants a ‘permanent ceasefire’ for them just as they are about to be wiped out (or would be if Turkey and the US got out of the way):

Assad’s brutal new offensive there, cynically backed by Moscow and Tehran imperils now more than 3 million displaced persons, including as we have tragically seen, young people.

As we have said many times before the regime will not be able to obtain military victory. The regime’s offensive only heightens the risk of conflict with our NATO ally Turkey. 

The answer is a permanent cease-fire and UN-led negotiations on the UN Security Council Resolution 2254. As President Trump said on Tuesday we are working together with Turkey on seeing what we can do together.”

Lavrov says Russia isn’t inclined to “capitulate before terrorists” no matter how much Pompeo wants to coddle them:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday rejected calls for a halt to a Russia-backed Syrian offensive in Idlib in northwest Syria.

“This is capitulating before terrorists and even a reward for their activities in violation of international treaties and numerous UN Security Council resolutions,” Lavrov told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Lavrov accused some governments of “a desire to justify outrageous acts committed by radical and terrorist groupings.

“Otherwise, it would be difficult to explain admonishments about the possibility of concluding peace agreements with bandits,” he said, referring to the situation in Idlib.

The double standard:

During the attacks the West had waged on Mosul, Raqqa and other cities under IS control, the German government had persistently stressed that the war against the jihadis must be continued regardless, of the catastrophic situation for the population and the high rate of civilian casualties.

In today’s Russian-Syrian war against Al Qaeda subsidiary HTS, it is using a completely different set of standards.

Last Thursday in a telephone conversation with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron were insisting that there be an immediate halt to the combat against HTS.

They received support in this demand by the EU Heads of States and Governments, who, on Thursday evening, declared at their summit that the war against the jihadis is causing tremendous suffering, it is therefore “unacceptable” and “to be halted immediately.” The Union had never raised such demands during the West’s murderous bombing campaigns in Mosul and Raqqa.

Yeah indeed, what if somebody had demanded the US stops its assault on Mosul and Raqqa and institutes a ‘permanent ceasefire’ with ISIS? What if somebody had demanded the US institutes a ‘permanent ceasefire’ with al-Qaeda on September 12th 2001?

  1. PK says

    It;s painful for Pompeo to see the allies the west supported, armed and protected being slowly annihilated. I wonder why they supported these ‘moderates’ and rebels because so many are suffering because this war hasn’t ended. Why are they still supporting these AQ affiliates? These are ones most likely to switch to ISIS as well.

  2. michael houston says

    maybe that would be a good idea….declare that the liberation offence is over….that the head choppers could have the city as their own…..and while they gather to celebrate their great victory…… bomb them into oblivion…..

  3. Bankotsu says

    I wonder whether it is possible for this site to publish some pro U.S. empire and pro U.S. global hegemony articles on this site for others to criticise in the comments section? I feel that this will help to attract more readers to come and criticise the pro U.S. empire articles.

    For example:

    How Duterte Turned the Philippines Into China’s New Play Thing


    Blatant and shameless U.S. propaganda articles like above needs to be fiercely criticised.

    We can see that a lot of these politico U.S. foreign policy websites like National Interest, American Interest, The Diplomat, War on Rocks, Asia Times, The Atlantic etc have all closed down their comments section in order to suppress anti U.S. empire comments.

    1. JNDillard says

      An idea worthy of a troll. If you want more pro-Empire articles, go to CNN, MSNBC, Reuters, NYTimes, Washington Post, the Economist, The Guardian, etc. etc. etc.

      1. Pablo Rivera says

        They have moderators on the comments section

      2. Bankotsu says

        I think it will help to attract readers.

        1. Mary E says

          Ummmm…..wrong again! There aren’t many who would read news elsewhere then come here to re-read it….that’s not why most of us come to this site…to get the real news knowing what the US is doing in the world…we don’t need a guided tour.

    2. Mary E says

      I think we can see plenty of those types of articles on MSM tv, newspapers and pro-Us govt websites…we don’t have to re-read then re-hash them on an anti-empire site! Not a bright idea.

    3. Marko Marjanović says

      On the site probably not, but I’m thinking of a kind of affiliated discussion forum where it could be done.

      Also there’s an app/extension for that, where you can still post a comment even if the comment section is down, and it will be seen by others with that app, but I forgot the name.

      1. RedBaron9495 says

        Dissenter…..i think it’s an app created by gab.ai

  4. rightiswrong rightiswrong says

    Give Assad nuclear weapons ffs.

    And the next nation the bankers try to steal. Bankers hate seeing money go up in smoke.

    There must be an end to US terrorism of the world.

  5. hoyeru says

    it was one of Russia’s biggest mistakes to agree to separate terrorists into “moderate rebels” and rebels. Russia is too accommodating to the West. So you reap what you saw. If Russia hadn’t agreed to this BS, Russia could have reserved the right to annihilate them. It seems Putin is only half hardheartedly helping Syria. Either do it fully and give up and go home.

    1. Andrew Ho says

      On the contrary, it was a brilliant tactic. The “moderates” were, in reality, more heavily armed; for the SAA to take them on would result in heavy casualties. Remember the SAA at that time was not the same battle-hardened forces today. The distinction means that the SAA could ignore those “moderates” for the time being and concentrated their forces on the “terrorists” with better results. Now that the “terrorists” are vanquished, it’s the “moderates”’s turn.

  6. Ron Chandler says

    The unhinged assault on Mosul caused at least 40,000 deaths of innocents, through indiscriminate bombing: El Yanqui’s fave weapon, the Hellfire missile took out entire streets horizontally, sucking air out so people were asphyxiated. The attackers had no local information on actual ISIS positions (or if they did, they spared their employees) No figures were ever kept of Raqqa’s casualties — deliberately obscured — but thousands of dead are now being uncovered, while it’s recorded that US helicopters guarded escaping columns of ISIS. The Yanqui mafia must be wiped out all over the world, as soon as the impending Wall Street crash cripples their pay packets.
    A new Nuremberg must be set up, and the criminals, from Trump to Pompeo to Bolton back to Obama’s and Bush’s Pentagon princes must be hanged. Only then can the world build peace.

    1. Séamus Ó Néill says

      Don’t forget the Blair’s, Netanyahu’s etc and every other satanic cretin crawling the corridors of “power”

  7. thomas malthaus says

    The global coronavirus pandemic certainly adds new wrinkles to Washington’s “Great Game” in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, et al.

    If Russia took out a couple US military vehicles by mistake, how does that complicate recovery of US financial markets?

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