No Russian air strikes targeting Syrian Democratic Forces or civilians

Summary

All the targets of the Russian air strikes were located out of settlements and in a safe distance from strongholds of the US SOF and Syrian Democratic Forces in the ISIS-controlled territories.

Disproof

According to Reuters, Russia intensified its air strikes in Syria’s Idlib and Hama provinces in mid-September, hitting heavily populated civilian areas.af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFKCN1BZ0O5, .
The U.S. and their allies, as well as independent observers, have accused Russia of causing multiple casualties among the Syrian Democratic Forces by striking their positions – which, the Pentagon said in a September 16 statement, were “known to the Russians.” www.centcom.mil/MEDIA/PRESS-RELEASES/Press-Release-View/Article/1313824/russian-strike-wounds-syrian-democratic-forces-troops/, .
The independent watchdog Airwars reported that the Russian strikes caused a “sharp rise of civilian deaths” during the battle for Deir Ezzor. airwars.org/news/deir-ezzor/, .
While Russia's Defense Ministry provides regular briefings and reports on the success of its operation in Syria, it has never admitted its forces there caused civilian casualties or given any indication that it investigated reports of such casualties.
The Russian airstrikes continued during the last week of September and early October, including a September 24 attack, which, according to multiple sources, killed at least 45 Syrian rebels.mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKCN1C0118, , m.france24.com/en/20170924-russian-strikes-kill-45-syrian-rebels-monitor, . Further debunking here www.polygraph.info/a/russian-military-syria-disinformation/28778203.html, .

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  • Reported in: Issue 83
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/09/2017
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, Syria
  • Keywords: Syrian War, Daesh
  • Outlet: Russian Ministry of Defence
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It is unclear who the US forces in Syria are fighting against

One can question with whom and against whom the US SOF has been fighting in Syria. So far there has been no substantiated explanations regarding the issue.

Disproof

The United States has been clear from the start about the goals of its campaign against Islamic State.
On September 10, 2014, then U.S. President Barack Obama announced the formation of a broad international coalition to defeat Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or Daesh, declaring: “Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.” www.centcom.mil/OPERATIONS-AND-EXERCISES/OPERATION-INHERENT-RESOLVE/,
The military campaign against Islamic State, called Operation Inherent Resolve, issues daily reports on the number of strikes carried out, identifying their targets and precise locations, and detailing the results of each strike. These reports are available to the public online.www.inherentresolve.mil/News/Strike-Releases/,
The U.S.-led coalition also issues monthly reports on civilian casualties, including those caused by coalition attacks targeting IS, and provides details from the investigations into such incidents.www.inherentresolve.mil/News/News-Releases/Article/1329201/cjtf-oir-monthly-civilian-casualty-report/,
The progress of the U.S. and its allies in the fight against Islamic State is well documented in the coalition’s publicly accessible online database.theglobalcoalition.org/en/maps-stats/?lang=en, . Further debunking here www.polygraph.info/a/russian-military-syria-disinformation/28778203.html, .

Washington has designed a plan to disintegrate and rob Europe, that’s why the US is afraid of Russia creating an alliance with Europe

The Poles are more than anybody [in Europe] infected with Russophobia. In the US they are most of all afraid that we [Russia] will get a real, genuine alliance with Europe. And we [Russia] will not let the Americans to disintegrate, smash and grab Europe. This is why Russophobia is being massively injected to the body of Europe.

 

Disproof

No evidence given. The US is not trying to disintegrate the EU.
As major world powers, the EU and the U.S. share global responsibilities and work together to promote common values.
The United States is the EU’s foremost strategic partner in promoting peace and stability around the world. Also, the EU is a unique and essential partner for NATO. The two organisations share a majority of members and have common values. www.nato.int/cps/ua/natohq/topics_49217.htm,
The EU-U.S. economic partnership is the single most important driver of global economic growth, trade, and prosperity. The EU and U.S. account for almost 30 percent of global merchandise trade, close to 40 percent of world trade in services, and about half of global GDP. The EU and the U.S. are each other’s main trading partners in goods and services and account for the largest bilateral trade relationship in the world. The transatlantic economic relationship creates and sustains close to 15 million jobs in the EU and the US. eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/27291/united-states-and-eu_en,

According to another pro-Kremlin political analyst, it is Russia (not the US), who is eager to disintegrate the EU and destabilize its members one by one. For instance, two days before, Oleg Barabanov, Program director of the “Valdai” International Discussion Club Foundation, while commenting the referendum in Catalonia, stated that “the more crises, the more conflicts and the more Evil will be in Europe, the better Russia will be” www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCHvZF4E2GI, (time-code 1:02:49 ). The “Valdai” Club was created by Kremlin to promote Russian interests among well-known Western politicians and experts, who are taking part in the Club’s meetings under the invitation of the Russian government.
As for Russophobia, there is in fact a clear record of strong cooperation between the EU and Russia, dating back to 1994, when the two sides negotiated a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. Russia was identified as a strategic partner for the EU, and was the only country with which the EU held summits not once, but twice a year.
Despite current difficulties in the relationship with Russia, the EU and its Member States have maintained a clear policy of reaching out to Russian society and youth, mainly through the Erasmus+ student exchange programme and other people to people contacts.