Russia bombed US-backed rebels in Syria. The incident happened days after it launches its most powerful nuclear ice breaker. Is Russia provoking World War 3?
Russia Attacked US-Backed Rebels
Russia bombed the US-supported rebels in Syria. Moscow did not just attack once but it attacked twice even after the U.S. military contacted Russia to stop.
“They came back and struck again,” said an official regarding the incident as reported by Fox News. The report noted that the official looked apparently agitated about the incident.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter also raised concerns about the strikes. He, however, gave Russia the benefit of the doubt, saying that Moscow might have been targetting the ISIS and not the US-backed rebels fighting the Assad regime.
“This was an attack on forces fighting ISIL and that is problematic,” said Carter.
“The Russians initially said that they were coming in to fight ISIL,” Carter added.
“If… it was their intention, that’s the opposite of what they said they were going to do.”
Russia’s New Weapon
The risky situation in Syria takes place days after Russia unveiled its most powerful nuclear ice breaker.
The Project 21180 diesel-electric lead ice-breaker went out of the Admiralty Wharves Shipyard in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia just in the previous week.
“Today, after a five-year break, we’re floating out a new vessel – a supply ice-breaker with large functional capabilities. Symbolically, the nuclear-powered ice-breaker Lenin was laid down at this slipway 60 years ago,” TASS quoted Admiralty Wharves CEO Alexander Buzakov.
According to The Verge, Russia may be looking into building more than a dozen more shops for the next few years. Experts have already warned how the United States is falling behind countries like Russia and China – any new addition to their fleet could mean another reason to watch out for. Russia’s icebreaker will increase its capacity to travel through the resource-rich Arctic region.