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US sets stage for direct confrontation with Russia: American pundit

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The United States has set the stage for a direct confrontation with Russia by deploying fighter jets to Turkey to undermine the Russian air campaign against terrorists in neighboring Syria, an American political pundit says.

A US military official said on Tuesday that the Pentagon has deployed several F-15C fighter aircraft to Turkey to protect slow-flying US attack planes carrying out mission in Syria and to deter Russian aggression in the region.

On September 30, Russia began its military campaign against Daesh (ISIL) terrorists and militants fighting against the Syrian government. Moscow has carried out scores of airstrikes, killing hundreds of terrorists.

American officials claim that Russia has also targeted US-backed militants and other extremist groups in an effort to weaken them. They say the CIA-trained militants are under Russian strikes with little prospect of rescue by their American supporters.

On October 30, senior Obama administration officials said that Washington would send some 50 special forces to Syria to “train, advise and assist” militants fighting against the Daesh, in an apparent breach of Obama’s promise not to put US “boots on the ground” there.

“The US has upped the ante in the Middle Eastern theatre of war by sending in a squadron of F-15s to provide air cover for US assets both in the air and on the ground in Syria,” said Dennis Etler, professor of Anthropology at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California.

“Ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union the US has had carte blanche to act as it sees fit in the Middle East. Russia has now at long last reasserted its role as a counterweight to US meddling, aggression and proxy wars throughout the region,” Etler told Press TV on Wednesday.

“Caught off guard by Russia’s re-assertiveness and its effective response to the Syrian government’s request for help in combating [Takfiri] terrorists, the US has been scurrying around trying to figure out how to counter Russia’s renewed influence in the region,” he added.

“Previous Russian efforts to counter the US diplomatically in both Syria and Iran antagonized the US and contributed to the tensions between the two powers,” he stated.

“Now however the stakes are much higher as military action has replaced diplomacy as the main strategic weapon employed by US adversaries in what was once called the Fertile Crescent but now has become the killing grounds of ISIS and a gaggle of other terrorist groups armed and trained by the US,” the analyst noted.

“Geopolitically Russia and its allies in the region, including Syria, Iran and Hezbollah have gained the upper hand with their decisive military action. The US feels it must respond in an aggressive manner to reassert its own prerogatives,” he pointed out.

Relations between the United States and Russia are at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War in 1991, largely due to the crisis in Ukraine and Russia’s successful air campaign against in Syria.

On Saturday, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the US military is planning to counter Russian “aggression”.

“We are adapting our operational posture and contingency plans as we — on our own and with allies — work to deter Russia’s aggression, and to help reduce the vulnerability of allies and partners,” Carter announced.

“The Pentagon now holds sway over US foreign policy not only in the Middle East but also in the Asian Pacific and European theaters as well,”  he added.

“The lame duck Obama administration which was elected on an anti-war platform has abdicated its responsibility to restrain the hawks among its own minions and within the deeply entrenched military-industrial complex that has been the force behind the US policy of perpetual war for generations,” he stated.

“By setting a trip-wire with the deployment of fighter jets to Turkey in an attempt to restrain Russian air support for the Syrian government the US has set the stage for a direct confrontation between itself and Russia, which has ominous implications for global peace and security,” he concluded.

Source: Press TV.

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