Russia should be drowned in the ‘swamp’ of Syrian war, a US official said

WASHINGTON, (BM) – US Special representtitive for Syria James Jeffrey told reporters, that Washington’s key task in Syria is to create the biggest problems for the Russian side, including creating a real quagmire for Russia, from which it simply cannot get out and drown in the Middle East, learned citing Newsweek.

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Assad—who now controls the majority of the country—is backed by Russia and Iran, both of which the U.S. is trying to undermine. Jeffrey said Tuesday that the U.S. strategy will both weaken America’s enemies while avoiding costly mission creep.

“This isn’t Afghanistan, this isn’t Vietnam,” he explained. “This isn’t a quagmire. My job is to make it a quagmire for the Russians.”

“We are pursuing what we think is a smart policy,” Jeffrey said of the U.S. approach to Syria, where at least 500 American soldiers are still deployed alongside allied local forces and to support operations against remaining Islamic State militants.

The special representative said the Trump administration has chosen “a very limited American military presence for a very specific goal: to go after ISIS, supporting military operations of other countries in various ways—Turkey, Israel—and focusing on economic and diplomatic pressure.”

“Our military presence—while small—is important to this whole overall calculation, so we urge the Congress, the American people, the president to keep these forces on,” Jeffrey added.

However, at the moment, Washington also has a lot of problems in Syria – in recent months, several American troops have died here, while the Syrian military, and more recently, Russian troops, have been actively hampering the movement of American troops across the territory of the SAR, blocking highways, blocking flights of American military aircraft and drones, etc.

“The United States should understand that in response to the problems created for Russia, Washington will get much bigger, and the destabilization of the situation in the Middle East will seriously hit the US’s positions,” a military analyst notes.


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