Russian ‘ISIS Strikes’ Hit US-Backed Anti-ISIS Groups Instead

A dramatic video posted to YouTube on Wednesday allegedly shows Russian planes striking a post of Tajamu al-Izza from the eyes of members of the group.

Russia conducted its first airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday as part of an operation allegedly targeting Islamic State (ISIS), but apparently the actual targets were US-backed “moderate” rebel groups fighting ISIS.

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An unnamed American official revealed that the Russian strikes didn’t hit ISIS at all, reports Reuters. He did not specify which particular groups were targeted in the airstrikes.

russian-airstrikes-ISISMeanwhile Khaled Khoja, head of the reportedly moderate rebel Syrian National Coalition, reported on Twitter that 36 civilians were killed.

“All of the targets in strikes by Russia on northern Homs today were civilian,” he wrote.

The statements solidify earlier suspicions that the campaign aims not at defeating ISIS as Russia says, but rather the rebel groups fighting Russian-backed Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, as inferred by the location of the strikes in rebel-held Homs and Hama.

Tajamu al-Izza of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) coalition which is backed by the US and has been given CIA clearance to receive anti-tank missiles reportedly was a prime target in the strikes.

A dramatic video posted to YouTube on Wednesday allegedly shows Russian planes striking a post of Tajamu al-Izza from the eyes of members of the group.

Tajamu al-Izza head Jamil Al-Saleh told BuzzFeed News that no ISIS units were stationed near his group’s headquarters in Hama that was hit by Russia.

“We believe that Russia came to end the FSA and keep terrorist groups to kill the revolution. They don’t care if the US or any other countries support us,” he said.

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  1. You swallowed the anti-Russian propaganda bait, guys.

    The ties between Free Syrian Army (to which Tajamu al-Izza belongs) and ISIS + al-Qaida are well known already. So they are a fair target.

    To clear some possible misunderstandings – the first airstrikeas are meant to secure the areas around Tartous and Latakiya – the bases. No militants activity will be allowed there.

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    • I agree Oleg, “Moderate rebels”, Moderate Islamist” no such thing. Have we not learned from past mistakes?

      Most all those trained by the CIA have joined ISIS or Al-Nusra.

      The Syrian National Salvation Front is a coalition of opposition groups whose principal members are a faction led by Abdul Halim Khaddam, a former Syrian Vice-President who defected in 2005, and the Muslim Brotherhood.

      The Nusra Front, aka Jabhat al-Nusra, has picked up thousands of men who once fought under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army FSA during the past three years. It offers its soldiers hundreds of dollars a month in salary and food installments.

      These US-backed “moderates” joining Al Qaeda’s ranks by the thousands proves is that at the very least America’s policy of building up a moderate opposition has failed entirely.

      Russia is bombing terrorists who are either operating under the banner of Al Qaeda but are portrayed as otherwise by the US, or will inevitably end up turning their fighters and weapons over to Al Qaeda. Russia is bombing Al Qaeda.

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