January 14th, 2016 – Fort Russ News –
– RusVesna – translated by J. Flores –
Kerry said Russia had saved Syria, and the opposition is closely linked with ISIS and Al Qaeda.
US Secretary of State Kerry shocked so-called moderate opposition fighters with an unexpected confession made at the end of his term.
John Kerry, whose term of office comes to an end, gave an interview to MSNBC, which literally declared the victory of Russian policies and Putin in the Syrian Arab Republic, as well as admitting to the close relationship the opposition has with ISIS and Jabat Al-Nusra (the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda).
So-called moderate militants severely criticized Kerry for this unexpected recognition and accused him of lying.
“President Putin has entered the game; He went partly to help Assad to stay afloat, but also because ISIS and radical extremists began to gain considerable success and occupy more and more territory, and Assad’s position was extremely fragile, ” said Kerry. [This and the below are English translations of the Russian rendition of Kerry’s quote, and may be a close paraphrase as a result – ed.]
“And so Russia and Iran have decided that it is time to save Assad, moreover, they probably feared that extremists would take control of the country. And I will not say that we were not worried about such a possibility at the time […] They relied on Al-Nusra and Daesh and were becoming stronger, they moved confidently towards Damascus and the regime was on its heels, “- said the head of the US State Department.
“Did Putin make an enormous difference in that? Yes. Together with Iran and Hezbollah have in fact [incoherent] overcome the opposition. But that doesn’t end the war, “- Kerry said.
So called Syrian revolutionaries have been trying for several years to overthrow the legally and popularly elected Syrian government, and plunged the country into an even worse and bloodier conflict. Now ISIS and extremists are saying that “Kerry lied, saying that Putin, Iran and Hezbollah rescued Assad and Syria from ISIS and extremists.”