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Illegal U.S. Airstrike on Idlib leaves many casualties, much destruction

The Russian military says that the United States' missile strike on Idlib, August 31, has jeopardized further implementation of the ceasefire in the Idlib de-escalation zone, as well as disrupting it in a number of areas.

MOSCOW, September 1. A US airstrike on Syria’s Idlib province has left numerous casualties and a major destruction, the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria (part of Russia’s Defense Ministry) said in a statement on Sunday.

The US carried out the airstrike at 3 p.m. on August 31 on an area between Ma’arrat Misrin and Kafr Haya, the center reported.

"There are numerous casualties and a major destruction in the settlements targeted by the US airstrike," the center said, stressing that this strike came in violation of the earlier reached agreements because Washington had not notified Russia and Turkey about its plans.

The Russian military notes that the US has jeopardized further implementation of the ceasefire in the Idlib de-escalation zone and also disrupted it in a number of areas. According to the center, such steps of Washington, which keeps accusing Russia of its alleged indiscriminate shelling in the Idlib de-escalation zone, raise eyebrows.

"Despite the shellings carried out by militants, provoked by the US strike, the Syrian forces are currently observing a moratorium on carrying out combat actions in the interests of achieving peaceful settlement in the Idlib de-escalation zone as soon as possible," the statement reads.

According to the Russian military, at 6 a.m. on August 31 at the initiative of Russia and Turkey the Syrian army unilaterally declared a ceasefire across the Idlib de-escalation zone, and notified all parties to the conflict. "Over the past day the government forces have strictly complied with their undertaken commitments. Flights of combat aviation of Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces and the Syrian Air Force have been fully suspended," the centre said.

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Apart from sheer bastardry, this US attack only makes sense as a desperate move to kill commanders of terrorist groups before they fall into Syrian or Russian hands. The reason they did it during the ceasefire is evident – there wouldn’t be any Syrian or Russian aircraft to contend with.

It seems the US can see they’ve lost the battle in Idlib, even though they’ll still assist the terrorists if they can.

It may also be that Israel will be more constrained in firing into Syrian territory because they won’t be so sure about going into Lebanese airspace now. I hope Hezbollah has a few missiles ready if they do; Israel needs to lose a few fighter jets it can’t hide and can’t justify.

Meanwhile the IOF’s use of White Phosphorous showers in South Lebanon to set fire to fields is, apart from a war-crime, reminiscent of Ehud Barak in the run up to the election of 2009, when he used photos of showers of WP over Gaza in his advertising campaign.

“Look how we can smite them with fire and kill their children!”

A despicable entity.