The Kremlin harshly condemned the forces that defeated ISIS as Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu compared the US-led coalition’s airstrikes on Raqqa to the World War II Allies bombing Dresden in Nazi Germany in 1945. “Raqqa was wiped off the face of the earth,” a Russian official stated.
The end of the Raqqa campaign Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
The Raqqa campaign may have officially ended, but the international conflict surrounding the recapturing of “ISIS’s capital city” has only just begun. Russia accused the US-led coalition against ISIS today (Sunday) of “wiping Raqqa off the face of the earth.” Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu asserted with sharp condemnation that the airstrikes are “barbaric”.
Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov accused the US and its allies of conducting a “carpet bombing” similar to the way in which World War II allied forces bombed Dresden in Nazi Germany in 1945. The Kremlin also claimed that the West “is rapidly operating now to deliver aid to Raqqa in order to hide their crimes.”
Trump: Defeating ISIS is a “critical breakthrough” Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Konashenkov added that 200,000 people lived in Raqqa prior to the military campaign, while only 45,000 remain in the city. “Raqqa inherited Dresden’s fate and was actually wiped off the map by Anglo-American forces,” Konashenkov said. “What with the sudden pressure to aid Raqqa? There’s only one explanation – covering up the barbaric bombings and burying thousands of civilians, who were ‘freed’ from ISIS, in the rubble.”
As reported yesterday by JOL, US President Donald Trump stated that “the defeat of ISIS in Raqqa represents a critical breakthrough,” a statement slammed today by the Kremlin. “These are puzzling statements,” the Kremlin said in response. “The US is magnifying the importance of Raqqa’s fall because of its motives.”