Pindostan close to suspending Syria talks with Russia
Arshad Mohammed, Tom Perry, Reuters, Sep 29 2016
WASHINGTON/BEIRUT – Pindostan is close to suspending talks with Russia on a ceasefire in Syria, Jackass Kerry said on Thursday, as the Kremlin vowed to press on with an assault on the city of Aleppo. Syrian government forces made a significant advance, capturing the Handarat refugee camp a few kilometers north of the city. They had briefly seized it on Saturday, before losing it again in a rebel counter attack. Rebel fighters have launched an advance of their own near the central city of Hama, where they said they made gains on Thursday. Pindostan & Eurostan accuse Russia of torpedoing diplomacy to pursue military victory in Aleppo, and say Moscow and Damascus are targeting civilians, hospitals and aid workers to break the will of 250,000 people living under siege in the city. Pindostan called the assault on Aleppo by Syria and Russia “a gift” to Daesh on Thursday, saying it was sowing doom and would generate more recruits for them. Syriam UN Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari rejected accusations that his government was killing civilians. But Pindo boxtops are searching for a tougher response to Russia’s decision to ignore the peace process and seek military victory on behalf of Assad. Jackass told a public policy conference in Washington:
We are on the verge of suspending the discussion because it is irrational in the context of the kind of bombing taking place to be sitting there trying to take things seriously. It is one of those moments where we are going to have to pursue other alternatives.
Kerry spoke to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday, the State Dept said, but it did not announce a suspension of the diplomacy, suggesting Washington may give Moscow a little more time. Bouthaina Shaaban, an adviser to Assad, denied Syrian planes had bombed the hospitals, saying the question was “insulting.” she said on Australia’s ABC TV:
What is the interest of the Syrian government to bomb its own hospitals? This is not the first time that such an allegation is uttered and then proven to be absolutely false.
Syria slams Pindostan for destruction of bridges in east
Reuters, Sep 29 2016
BEIRUT – The Syrian government on Thursday criticised Pindostan for destroying two bridges on the Euphrates river this week in areas Daesh hold in the east of the country. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said warplanes most probably from the coalition hit the two bridges in Deir al-Zor province on Tuesday and Wednesday, making them unusable. State TV quoted the foreign ministry as saying:
(The attacks) confirm the so-called international coalition’s intent to bomb and destroy Syrian infrastructure and economic and social establishments through repeated aggressive acts.
Syria’s ambassador to the UN Bashar Ja’afari said the bridges had been used by hundreds of thousands of civilians.