On Saturday, Russian aircraft came within visual recognition distance of U.S.-led coalition aircraft, according to Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Colonel Steve Warren. The colonel called Russia’s airstrikes in Syria reckless and indiscriminate in general. On the other hand, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the U.S.-led coalition “have mush for brains.” As the fight in Syria became a proxy war between U.S. and Russia, ISIS is calling for lone wolf attackers to stage a Holy War in American and Russian soil.
Warren noted that the Russians have only been flying in Syria for not even two weeks yet but already a couple of close calls had happened. He said the Russian pilots will fly planes in a pattern of combat air patrols but will change its route towards U.S. drones when they see one.
As for the airstrikes conducted by Russia, warren noted that the U.N. had to cancel its humanitarian operations in Syria because of the danger posed by the airstrikes. “I find these airstrikes to be reckless and indiscriminate. They’ve claimed publicly that they want to fight ISIL. In reality, these reckless, these indiscriminate, the irresponsible airstrikes have had the effect and will have the effect only of prolonging the suffering of the — of the Syrian people,” Warren told press. He also noted that U.S. did not receive any notice that Russia will fire cruise missile last week – another move reflective of Russia’s recklessness, Warren said.
Mr. Putin, on the other hand, told an investment forum in Moscow that U.S. snubbed his prior requests for a list of terrorist targets in Syria. “We asked on the military level to give us the targets which they consider to be the terrorist ones for sure, 100 per cent. But the answer was: ‘No, we are not ready to do that’. Then we thought and asked another question: ‘Then could you tell us where we should not hit?’ Again, no answer. So, what should we do?” Mr Putin told his audience.
“I think some of our partners simply have mush for brains. They do not have a clear understanding of what really happens in the country and what goals they are seeking to achieve,” the Russian president said.
He also criticized a recent move by U.S. involving 50 tons of ammo being airdropped in Syria, hinting a high possibility that it could also end up with the ISIS. “The United States has recognised that it was a failure and right now they keep distributing ammunition, hardware, equipment. Who will get a hold of those? And it is not a rhetorical question,” Mr. Putin said.
On Oct. 13, Deputy Minister of defense of the Russian Federation, Anatoly Antonov, said Russia had already talked with the UN Secretary General Staffan de Mistura. The minister said he explained Russia’s side amid accusation that it is conducting airstrikes illegally in Syria. He also said that Russia is already establishing contacts with the U.S. regarding the safety of airspace and avoiding miscalculations. A video conference between the two countries is scheduled on Oct. 14.
Antonov said that Russia is aiming for close interaction between the Pentagon and the Russian Defense Ministry. “We reconfirmed our readiness to develop interaction with the US in fighting terrorism, we stressed the importance of cooperation, for instance, in saving our crews. Such accidents can happen not only with us, but with any aircraft crew of any country, which carries out operations in the sky over Syria. Our point is that there is nothing more important and humane,” Antonov said in a statement.
Meanwhile, as both U.S. and Russia strengthen their strategy in Syria, the ISIS is luring lone wolf attackers to stage Holy War in American and Russian soil. The message was sent via an audio message which was first reported by Reuters. “Islamic youth everywhere, ignite jihad against the Russians and the Americans in their crusaders’ war against Muslims,” Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani said in the message.