Russia accused of sending attack helicopters in support of Syrian president

Contributed By Roy Denish

The Obama administration warned on Tuesday that 15-month-old Syrian strife would escalate into a deadlier situation and accused Russia for sending helicopter gunships in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.

“We are concerned about the latest information about that there are attack helicopters on the way to Syria from Russia,” the Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said at a public appearance with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Washington.

Several observers have voiced their serious concern over the situation in Syria, and many of them anticipate an all-out civil war if the powerful western nations do not interfere to stop the violence in Syria in which several thousands have been killed in fighting between troops loyal to President Assad and rebels. Within the last two weeks, at least 200 persons, including women and children, have been killed in violence, and UN observers were shot at.

Moscow has been criticized by many western nations for the soft approach on the Syrian issue. Moscow has repeatedly said that it would not support an international plan to bring peace to the country and denied accusations that it was supplying arms to Syrian regime to quell any anti-government dissent.

As the talks have failed to bring about a peaceful end and sending Russian helicopter gunship seems adding fuel to the fire, a defense analyst said.

According to statistics at least 13,000 people have died in the violence.

One Response to "Russia accused of sending attack helicopters in support of Syrian president"

  1. Nikos Retsos   June 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    The Russians would probably do. They know that the U.S., Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar want to establish an anti-Iranian and anti-Hezbollah Sunni regime in Damascus. Israeli prime minister Netanyahu upped the ante by blaming Iran and Hezbollah “for helping Assad to slaughter the Syrians.” (Haaretz, June 10, 2012)

    The Syrian conflict is not an internal matter anymore. The U.S. and the Gulf Arab states provide the Syrian opposition with hundreds of millions of dollars, plus with all types of weapons, and lately with anti-tank missiles. Syrian rebels video shows them destroying Syrian tanks and screaming “Allahu akbar.” The Russian saw their tanks burning, and they decided to up the ante too!

    Now the U.S. is blaming Russia for providing Assad with “attack helicopters.” Surely the Russian will do. They don’t want to lose in Syria. The U.S. choice now is to arm the Syrian rebels with “Stinger missiles” to shot the Russian attack helicopters down. Then wait to see how the Russian will counteract.

    Syria is an expanded East – West conflict now. It is all about isolating Iran and Hezbollah for the U.S. and its allies, and it is about keeping a loyal ally for Russia. The Syrian civilians are the helpless non-combatants caught and minced in the middle. And as a proverb says: “When the elephants fight, the grass is trampled!” Nikos Retsos, retired professor, Chicago


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