Former deputy director of the CIA Michael Morell said that the settlement of the Syrian conflict needs “covertly” killing of Russians and Iranians.
Speaking on the TV channel CBS News, former deputy director of the CIA Michael Morell said that the settlement of the Syrian conflict needs “covertly” killing of Russians and Iranians.
According to Morell, Washington should support the militants in Syria more actively.
“When we were in Iraq, the Iranians were giving weapons to the Shia militia, who were killing American soldiers, right? The Iranians were making us pay a price. We need to make the Iranians pay a price in Syria. We need to make the Russians pay a price,” he said.
“We will make the Russians and the Iranians pay by killing them?” CBS co-host Charlie Rose asked Morell again.
“Yes. Covertly,” the former deputy director of the CIA confirmed.
Morell added that it is not necessary to report the Pentagon about it, but it is indispensable to “make sure they know it in Moscow and Tehran.” After, according to him, the US should “scare” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, bombing Syrian government installations, including government offices, aircraft and presidential guard positions “in the middle of the night.”
Morell believes that all this would “put pressure” on Damascus, Moscow and Tehran, and lead to “a diplomatic solution”.
A State Department spokesman declined to comment on the words of the ex-spy, advising to “turn to our briefings and policy with respect to Syria.”
Earlier, Michael Morell supported Hillary Clinton in her struggle for the presidency in an article in The New York Times. Republican Donald Trump was described by the ex-CIA officer as “an unwitting agent” of Russia. Trump said in response that Morell acts on orders from the White House.