On Thursday, the United States Department of State announced that it will not share the full text of a recent deal with Russia on a truce in Syria.
“It does deal with sensitive issues that we believe, if made public, could potentially be misused to misinterpreted or used by — I know Secretary [John] Kerry talked about the spoilers or would-be spoilers of this,” spokesman for the US State Department, Mark Toner, said.
Toner added that if the text is published, it may put ‘opposition groups’ at risk, implying that possibly their names and locations are specified there. Considering these ‘opposition’ guys are mixed with Al Qaeda (Jabhat Al Nusra & Co), it becomes obvious why the United States aviods publishing of the agreement’s text.
However, the Associated Press has obtained additional information on the US-Russian deal through own senior defense and military sources:
Senior defense and military officials told The Associated Press that they are sorting out how the U.S.-Russia military partnership will take shape and how that will change where U.S. equipment and people will be deployed. They said, however, that they will need to take assets from other parts of the world, because U.S. military leaders don’t want to erode the current U.S.-led coalition campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
More military planners and targeting experts will be needed to identify and approve airstrikes against the al-Qaida-linked Jabhat Fatah al-Sham. The U.S. has rarely bombed the group, previously known as the Nusra Front, and the targeting is trickier because the militants are often intermingled with other U.S.-backed Syrian rebels.
The AP’s sources emphasized the so-called “broader skepticism about partnering with Russia” and noted that they spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk about the matter publicly.
The AP and other reports by Western media simply ignoring few obvious conclusion that could be reached from this information. Let’s help them:
- After a year of avoiding direct military cooperation with Russia in Syria, the United States is pushed to start it. Despite all propaganda statements by the US State Department, the Pentagon and other US officials, the United States agreed a direct military cooperation with Russia on Syira. This is a major PR fail for the Obama administration, for sure.
- The United States has taken officialy responsibility to conduct joint air stirkes against Jabhat Al-Nusra (Jabhat Fatah Al-Sham), a group that are deeply embeded with the so-called “US-backed opposition” and even received arms from the US (unofficially, for sure).
So, if the agreements are published, the United States will have no options to maneuver over the deal. By now, Washington has hoped to ingore its obligations on Syria, using some PR moves and it has no real intention to separate the terrorists from the ‘moderate’ opposition. This is why the US State Department does not want to publish the text of agreed documents.
Major tensions between the Obama administration and the Pentagon have been reported. Most likely, this leak is result of an attempt by the Pentagon to put additional pressure on its opponents in this political competition.