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French Foreign Minister Is “Surprised” That Russia Arrogated Victory Over ISIS To Itself


French Foreign Minister Is “Surprised” That Russia Arrogated Victory Over ISIS To Itself

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On December 9, France Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told the French BFM TV that he is surprised that Russia had arrogated the victory over ISIS to itself. He also claimed that ISIS was driven out of Syria and Iraq only thanks to the efforts of the US-led coalition.

“I find it amazing that Russia sets victory over ISIS,” said Le Drian.

The French minister went on and called the Russian statement about the victory over ISIS an “unreasonable” interpretation. Le Drain even said that Russia only intervened in Syria to assist the Damascus government and only broke the siege of Deir Ezzor.

“With a certain delay, the Russian military came to the aid of Assad’s forces and ultimately secured the liberation of the Deir Ezzor,” Le Drian said.

On September 19, 2014, France joined the US-led coalition. Since then the French Air Force has conducted very limited aerial operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. In these operations, the French Air Force mainly used 6 Mirage 2000D fighter jets deployed in Jordan in 2014 and Dassault Rafale fighter jets from the nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in very few cases.

On the other side, Russia started its operations against ISIS on September 30, 2015. The Russian Aerospace Forces conducted ten of thousands of airstrikes against ISIS in Syria using over 50 warplanes and attack helicopters deployed in Hmeimim airbase in Lattakia. The Russian military also fired dozens of cruise missiles against the terrorist group from its warships, submarines and strategic bombers.

Due to these basic facts, it’s safe to say that Le Drian’s statement is the real “surprise” as it’s clearly aimed at manipulating the facts about the war on ISIS. While the US-led coalition supported the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) operations in al-Hasakah, Raqqa and some parts of Deir Ezzor governorate, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) backed by Russia and Iran liberated Aleppo, Homs, Deir Ezzor and Damascus.

And while the US-led coalition view allowing ISIS fighters to withdraw from the city of Raqqa as its the biggest achievements in the“war on ISIS”, it was the Russian-Iranian-Syrian alliance that liberated a number of ISIS strongholds, including the cities of al-Bukamal and Mayadin, in Deir Ezzor.

The fact that the US and its allies like France are still not capable of admitting Russia’s role in the war one ISIS is not only “unreasonable”, but also shows that the West is still not ready to work with Russia to bring peace to Syria.



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  • MH370

    without russian intervention. situation might getting worse as worse as occupying aleppo,hama and homs and pushing towards damascus. US led coalition only serious to ‘confront’ ISIS to prevent russia led coalition grabbing eastern euphrates.

    • FlorianGeyer

      Without the Russian , Iranian , Hezbollah, Palestinian and other courageous allies of the elected Syrian government , the SAA would have collapsed under the weight of proxy terrorism paid for by some of the wealthiest nations in the world, including the USA and France.

      Damascus would have the black flag flying over it, millions would be murdered or under threat of murder and the US would be making deals with the ISIS and Al Nusra warlords, similar to the deals with the Saudi and Gulf State warlords.

      Israelis would be dancing in the streets.

      • christianblood

        Very true indeed!

      • Gary Sellars

        “Israelis would be dancing in the streets.”

        just like after 9/11…

        • FlorianGeyer

          It will soon be illegal to say or even think that in Jewmerica Gary:)

      • nshah

        They don’t (have to) make deals with isis.. they just ask them to (vacate) leave and move on to the next country.. They owned isis..!

        • FlorianGeyer

          ‘They ‘ are of course the USA and Israel with the useul useful Arab idiots of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States.

    • cortisol

      Russian air force achieved a huge feat with miniscule forces. USA achieved miniscule, even self defeating results with massive forces at its disposal. I think it is safe to conclude that USA as a world power and Nato backer is finished, they just don’t want to admit it yet.

      The thing that’s sad is that only now when everything is finished China comes in. China needs to be prepared to put out the flames one at a time that Pentagon doctrines call across Eurasia on the OBOR trade routes. Once they achieve to do this efficiently and promptly as they arise, it’s game over for the zio-Empire as they have no more cards left, and have sucked their vassals dry.

  • คงศักดิ์ วงศ์ชูศรี

    France secret support of IS make then can’t except Russia bring victory to Syria.

  • Jesus

    US lead coalition allowed ISIS to grow and flourish until early 2016, when russian intervention cut off ISIS illegit oil trade, equipped and trained Syrian armed forces and systematically destroyed ISIS positions in Aleppo, Hamas, Homs and Deir Ezzor throughout 2017.
    For all those naive souls and minds, ISIS was a US proxy, established financed and equipped by US directly and indirectly. US led coalition has always had a schizrophenic nature, unable to have a concise established policy in the ME.

  • Tudor Miron

    Oh Yeah! That was mr. Le Drian himself who bravely defeated ISIS or was he funding/training/arming them? Either way those pesky Russkies spoiled his party :)

  • Marc Lebas

    As a french, i am ashamed by this statement from this guy, member of so called PS (Parti socialiste), the same party of Laurent Fabius, former minister of foreign affairs who said once “Al nostra is doing a good job”…

    • Rob

      ISIS, Al-Qaeda, FSA, HTS, SDF, YPG, Mujahideen etc all have created by America, France , Israhell and Saudi Arabia. There is no doubt even 0.00001%. Their main purpose is to destabilize the Muslim world and kill and wound as many as they can do to get their oil and gas riched land from Muslims.

      • Lumen

        well, ask the average ISIS-member if he was founded by US. Which answer will you exspect? you dont know shit.

        • Bru

          So what ? Their ignorance proves nothing. Does the average US or NATO soldier know that his country is run to serve the interests of Israel instead of his own country?

        • Gary Sellars

          Foot soldiers are expendable tools. They don’t need to know what is really happening, just to obey orders and kill those their ultimate masters want to be rid of….

        • Justin

          Everyone knows US created isis, even the US admit to this!
          So if the US admit it, how can u yourself deny it?

          The USA claims that ISIS was created (using US supplied vehicles) from the arming of FSA rebels who in turn switched over to Al-Nusra! From this, Al-Nusra was broken into a separate group with a separate goal to NOT oust Assad but to create a caliphate which was declared by their Imam / Caliph Al-Bagdadi! This is when they broke off from Al-Nusra and went on to capture the oil regions of both Syria and Iraq and claiming Mosul and Raqqa as capitals!

          If you don’t already know this then why are u here commenting? U don’t have enough information to even speak!

          If u do already know this then why aren’t u mentioning this?
          To not mention that the US “unintentionally” created isis seems like u are trying to fool people who don’t know this yet everyone on this forum KNOWS!

          The one thing we argue is that it was an Intentional creation of isis and not unintentional yet what still remains is the US admission to creating isis!

          We look at the US history of teaming up with its so called enemies! Like in Libya with Gadaffi when they said “seems like Al-Quieda hates Gaddfi too”!

          so youre wrong!
          The USA admits to creating isis and if u want a video of a US Senator or a US General saying exactly these words then let me know!
          If however u don’t want to be made into a fool, i suggest u shut ur mouth and don’t even think of responding to this message!

          I will OWN you and u will revert to arguing Semantics to try and save ur pride!
          But i will screen shot your comments and everyone will know who the BITCH is every day on every page of this Forum!

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      • Everything under is sun was created by the Jews, even Mohammed’s flying donkey is Jewish.

        Between, wasn’t Mohammed killed by a Jewish little girl? This Jews are all powerful, they control this damn world!

    • Camel shit! This must be a Russian news media like Aljazerra which is anti-israel, anti-west but very pro Iran, Russian.
      if you are French then you must be an immigrant or your parents. Why don’t you fuck off and go live with Putin? No one would miss your ignorant ass!

  • Trustin Judeau

    “Le Drain even said that Russia only intervened in Syria to assist the Damascus government and only broke the siege of Deir Ezzor” – Not really.Russia helped SAA and its allies broke the siege of Kuweires,capture East Aleppo CS including Deir Haffer and Maskanah,capture Palmyra twice and Quryartan ,capture East Hama CS,capture Sukhna which lead to the capture of many areas in Homs CS ,capture many areas in Raqqa including many towns on Southern bank of Euphrates,capture DZ city,Mayadin and Bukamal and the the whole western bank of the Euphrates and reaching Iraqi border.And SAA and allies could have done far more against ISIS if the “rebels” werent fighting them

    • Barba_Papa

      How dare you counter his emotional argument with such trivial things as boring facts!

      • Boris Kazlov

        Not emotional, he is aware he is a lying puppet of the Empire, as French have always been, under Sarkozy and the “socialists”.

        • Bru

          Indeed, he has always acted as Israel’s puppet…

        • Barba_Papa

          Of course he’s a lying puppet, that’s why his argument is all emotion, as it seems to be lacking in anything remotely called facts.

        • Blue

          The entire western world is. Open your eyes.

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      • Alejandro Bonifacio

        jajajajaja, good sarcasm

  • RichardD

    The US coalition, which includes the gulf states, created Isis, and outside of SDF areas didn’t do much to defeat it. So the arsonist claiming to have put out the fire that they started, when others did most of the fire fighting, doesn’t mean much. Most of the US coalition fighting of Isis was in SDF areas, which is a regime change project also, attempting to destroy the territorial integrity of Syria to create Israelistan for use against the the Syrian and other governments, like Turkey, Iraq, Iran and others.

  • Starlight

    All you need to know about the jewish controlled nation of France is that child rape is legal there, which is why Roman Polanski fled to France after drugging and anally raping a little girl at a sex party thrown at Jack Nicholson’s house in the USA. Recent press stories PROVE France is still loving its child rapists. No teacher in France goes to prison for raping a VERY underage pupil.

    France, of course, was the architect of the recent Rwanda massacre, and France actively supported arab slaving tribes and nations right until the 1960s (Saudi Arabia was still kidnapping and using rape slaves until 1962 when slavery was ‘formally’ abolished, tho the most powerful wahhabis with a taste for rape continued to keep their slaves in ‘harems’ well until the 1980s). Even today, France provides ‘secure’ accomodation for visiting wahhabi princes, where their ‘harem’ is kept under lock-and-key, and is considered by the french to be outside french law.

    France is that rotten putrid nation that happily ALLIED with the Nazis during WW2.

    • Lumen

      seems you dont know much about france ….

      • Bru

        Do you know about Jack Lang and Berger ‘s doings in the famous villa in Morocco, Frederic Miterrands deeds in Bangkok ( even plainly explained in his own books about him fucking “gosses” = ladds), Cohn-Bendit in his own book about his sex with children .. their support for Polanski

      • Lamarskii

        Very Funny
        I am sure you agree with everything starlight wrote,
        But it was a short list,
        Read “france: the tragic years”
        It will give you a taste of undiluted french history….

      • Blue

        They are jealous.

    • Alejandro Bonifacio

      you forgot that the french goverment help their own criminals in other countries

      • Blue

        Another fuck?

      • Blue

        Do you always suck?

    • Blue

      Same in your country dude.
      You sound like a retarded fascist grimmed as a stinky turd.
      France is beautiful. Your dump is a man made he’ll, starships.
      If France is all what you claim it us, imagine the rot in your dump.

    • Blue

      You must like it up your arse to be such dumb cunt.

    • Camel shit! Where did you spring all this garbage from? This must be a Russian news media like Aljazerra which is anti-israel, abti-west but pro Iran, Russia, if you are French then you.must be an immigrant or your parents. Why don’t you fuck off and go live with Putin? No one would miss your ignorant ass!

  • cortisol

    Ha ha ha, clown asswipes representing vassals of the Empire.

    France better get a move on in all those no go zones around Paris before ISIF (Islamic State in France), FFA (Free French Army) and HTS capture the Elysee Palace. Oh too late, sorry. Well really I guess we shouldn’t laugh at serious issues.

    • Bru

      well said

  • Valery Grigoryev

    French ‘heroes’ are ought to shut up. Girls must not to comment the men.

  • Ricky Miller

    American and Western politicians and media can’t admit Russia’s role in defeating ISIS. And the primary reason is that Russia’s intervention is based on principle while the West’s is at best based on confused and bi-polar reasoning. Western politicians and media love to proclaim and pretend about International order and law, etc. But then they enable American regime change schemes. It’s hard to reconcile those two positions and Russia’s success at drawing the line against forcible regime change and pushing back against armed insurgents being used by outside forces to help with that threatens to torpodeo the narrative these Western Globalists need to maintain the control they enjoy over their own people. And that narrative is that they can attack small countries and forcibly change the governments in these countries all while still having International “Law.” In order to succeed in these schemes they need to win on the ground, every time. Put in capital and resources and fail and their publics are less likely to accept the next regime change operation, on practical considerations. Russia’s intervention just blocked regime change by force of arms in Syria. This now leads to the lies and PR spin attempting to diminish Russia’s role.

  • RichardD

    Fortunately for humanity the Syrian government coalition is defeating the evil Jew world order:

    “Early in 1935, a passenger ship bound for Haifa in Palestine left the German port of Bremerhaven. Its stern bore the Hebrew letters for its name, “Tel Aviv,” while a swastika banner fluttered from the mast. And although the ship was Zionist-owned, its captain was a National Socialist Party member. …

    On this basis of their similar ideologies about ethnicity and nationhood, National Socialists and Zionists worked together for what each group believed was in its own national interest. As a result, the Hitler government vigorously supported Zionism and Jewish emigration to Palestine from 1933 until 1940-1941, when the Second World War prevented extensive collaboration.”

    Zionism and the Third Reich

  • Bob

    France is a US vassal – De Gaulle was last French leader who knew to never trust the United States.

    • Bru

      worse than that, Israel’s vassal, which they made plain when they were doing all they could to block or worsen Obama’s deal with Iran. Every French university pays a kosher tax to finance universities in the zionist colonial state and so on..

  • Boris Kazlov

    the fact that this mother uses the same narrative of Russia supporting butcher Assad, shows that he is is nothing but a frendh pederaste, pede, repeating the line handed down to him by the Empire. Nothing new here, the same disgusting lies.

  • RichardD

    The cause of the Syria war is Jews. Contrary to the lying Jew media disinfo, many Americans don’t support Israel or Jews:

    “Majority of Americans oppose moving embassy to Jerusalem …

    According to a new poll conducted by the University of Maryland, The Middle East and Russia: American attitudes on Trump’s foreign policy, found that a strong majority of Americans (63 percent), including 44 percent of Republicans oppose moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”


    – Over 40% Of Americans Back Sanctions on Israel –


    – overwhelming support from US public to allow UN establishment of Palestinian state –


    – 81% of Americans Oppose “Aid” to Israel –


  • Thomas Steffen

    It was absolutely foreseeable that after the victory over the ISIS it would end like this: the Russian is doing the work, the western allies claim the victory for themselves. As after the end of World War II. Presumably, the French demand for their “military engagement” a occupation zone in Syria.

  • Joe Doe

    France should be added to the list and should be sue for damages for destroying Syria. Syria should demand fro France billions Euros for those damages

  • Bru

    no surprise after all he did to support Al Qaida, from giving them French Famas machine guns to building bunkers for them snd ISIS through the Lafargue concrete factory

  • Melotte 22

    I have no doubt that without 20 French soldiers and 1 jet, ISIS would never been defeated in Syria.

  • Larissa Vanderbilt

    What frickin planet is this idiot living on?

  • juan carlos ayala

    jajajaja que tal concha pero que se puede esperar el amo ordena y europa obedece

  • Andrei

    How can a person who represents a country can actually lie against the facts? What selfish ignorant French, he should be ashamed of himself. The reality is like this: If Russia would not interfere in Syria ISIS will flourish . Good bless RUSSIA

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  • Gary Sellars

    I find it amazing that Le Drian is such a lying cunt. I thought the French had some skill at diplomacy, but apparently I was wrong.

    • goingbrokes

      No one is allowed to step out of the fake narrative.

    • Simon Gould

      Diplomacy? You mustn’t have noticed Barnier, or Macron, or Hollande – or Sarkozy’s victory lap in Libya. Their behaviour is the antithesis of diplomacy.

  • Alejandro Bonifacio

    in spanish: estúpido franchute

  • John Mason

    The most hated of all, US, UK and France, all 3 are the cause of the trouble in the ME since the early 1900s. Naturally the French will claim what the US are claiming, all 3 are in bed with each other. ME should make sure that the US, UK and France never get another foothold in the Arab world.

  • AM Hants

    France was assisting ISIS, so no wonder they are slightly surprised.

  • Blue

    I’m French too. The guy is an insignificant little turd, probably an alcoholic too.

  • rudy