US Actions Near Syria’s al-Tanf Can Be Qualified As ‘War Crime’ – Russian Military

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US Actions Near Syria's al-Tanf Can Be Qualified As 'War Crime' - Russian Military

A refugee camp in Syria. AP Photo/ Raad Adayleh

The Russian military has said that US actions near Syria’s al-Tanf can be qualified as a “war crime”, the Russian state-run media outlet TASS reported on November 3, 2017 (source):

Actions by the US military and the US-led coalition near al-Tanf may be considered a war crime, where, among others, they refused to assist the refugees, injured in the skirmish near the al-Rukban camp for internally displaced persons, Russia’s Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties in Syria told reporters on Friday.

According to the organization, the incident occurred on October 29 near the al-Rukban camp for internally displaced persons near al-Tanf, where, according to the locals, US military advisors were assembling militants from several Syrian districts, and consequently cobbling together another ‘moderate opposition.’

“In the skirmish there, 13 Syrian refugees were killed, another 20, including children, were injured. The US did not offer any medical assistance to the injured refugees. Actually, all those injured are doomed. Such actions of the US military and the so-called international coalition near al-Tanf constitute a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law and can be qualified as a war crime,” the center said in a statement.

“The US advisors are putting together another “moderate opposition” – the National Syrian Army, which is based on groups from Lions of the East, Kuwat Shahid Ahmad Abdu and Liwa Shuhada al-Karyatein,” the center said.

“Noteworthy, the US advisors directly bargain with the militants’ field commanders to negotiate the cost of enrolling every group. As a result, the revenues of the one particular group of militants may lavishly differ,” the center said. “This difference was the reason of a major armed confrontation between the militants of the Liwa Suhada al-Karyatein and the Lions of the East, where 13 Syrian refugees were killed and another 20 people – including children – were injured in the skirmish.”

Humanitarian situation near al-Tanf

The Russian reconciliation center emphasizes that the humanitarian situation near al-Tanf remains “extremely critical.”
“By having organized there its military base and prohibiting anyone from approaching it closer than 55km, the US bears responsibility for the situation, where dozens of Syrian internally displaced persons, staying at the al-Rukban camp nearby, are deprived of a chance to receive humanitarian assistance,” the authority said.
“Those Syrian families, which had managed to escape al-Tanf in search for food, confirm the information about the most critical humanitarian situation in al-Rukban.”

The Russian military also reiterated the mismanaged situation the refugees are facing at al-Rukban. On October 25, the center said:
“The humanitarian situation in the al-Rukban refugee camp (Homs province, 18 km south of at-Tanf), located in the US-controlled area, is getting worse. Distribution of drugs, agitation and terrorist recruitment still take place in the camp.”

The command of US grouping denies international humanitarian missions access to that refugee camp. “At the same time, the American side and illegal armed formations impede the creation of a safe passage for humanitarian cargos to be delivered to the people in the camp,” the Russian center said.

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  • dutchnational

    It is time that Russia stops blaming the US for what they do themselves, both in Syria and within the Ukraine and the Crimea.

    This posturing leads to exactly nothing as the whole world knows how Russia is operating. Neither Russia and the US are all bad, but nevertheless they both do a lot of wrongs all over.

    Having said that, I still prefer the US over Russia and I hope Nato will have a large increase in its military budget the next decade. Europe will have to do its parts and indications are they will.

    Nato should imo increase its manpower with at least 300 k the next decade and for my small country, that should be 20k. I think we will be able to accomplish this.

    Defend peace by preparing for war, something Europe conveniantly forgot the last few decades.

    • trident

      What’s stopping you from being 1 of those 20k? You might even loose your virginity ;-) (https://www.nu.nl/binnenland/4989482/drie-soldaten-stelselmatig-mishandeld-en-verkracht-bij-ontgroening.html?redirect=1)

      • dutchnational

        It takes one to know one. I have done my stint in the army.

        For the Netherlands it will be very easy to increase, if we want, the number of military as we only de-activated the draft, not abolished it. The whole administrative and legal system for a draft is only dormant and, if necessary, can be reactivated within one day. It will only take a decision by government and a debate with parliament.

        • trident

          Were you one of those Dutch soldiers who were caught by the Libyan army at the eve of the NATO destruction of Libya?

          But back to Dutch army initiation, were you also raped and is this done gang bang style or more on an individual basis?

    • Brother Ma

      More rubbish from a warmongering groveller to zioyanquis!

    • nb

      If the EU had any sense, it would be repairing the damage done to Russian relations over the past decade or two. Of course our US ‘friends’ are doing all they can to prevent this, for their own selfish interests.

      • dutchnational

        If the EU would have been smart, they would have restarted the WEU, a military supplement of Nato, and would have, like Russia, increased military spending instead of cutting expenses.

        We have to buy many hundreds, even thousands, of first line fighter planes, missile systems, tanks, new naval ships etc etc.

        All to prevent crazies from the East, South East and north Africa from being able overrunning us.

        • Solomon Krupacek

          this time will come. and eu is not allied with israel, is against freee kurdistan. sieg heil EU!

        • Alejandro Bonifacio

          sorry, but you’re talking like nazi, “crazies from east”=bolschevik threat

    • alejoeisabel

      Thinking like you will get your country in the line of fire as the US starts a war with Russia which has been its wet dream for some time. This is the opinion (yours) of someone who shares sympathies with the Ukrainian Nazis, and you Nato ally, white nationalist Trump. Very sad.

      • dutchnational

        I do not know where your phantasy got your idiocies from as I never have liked nazis, of any kind.

        On the other hand, I dislike russion fascistoids too.

        I just like our own democracy best even though, like any system, it has its drawbacks.

        As for getting my country in between, it already is and has been since 1939 when Russia attacked Poland and the Baltic countries and Finland, under the flag of the USSR. USSR had a secret pact with the Nazis to divide Europe from before WWII.

        Present day Russia is economically very weak and not a real world power.

        In two decades the world powers will be China, India, US and maybe Indonesia and brasil.

        EU is a maybe too, only if they are able to form a coherent political and military union.

        Not Russia. Population is too small, economy too weak.

        • Solomon Krupacek

          kill all ypg, pyd, peshmerga, krg, pkk members!

        • Daniel

          The USSR was not much better than Nazi Germany but it was an American creation. Reconstructed, funded, and armed by the US. There would have been no Bolshevik revolution without the US.

          • StinkyTom

            Unhistorical, uneducated nonsense! Lenin was secretely brought from Zurich Switzerland to St. Petersburg by German Military secret service.
            There was not one single US citizen involved in that and neither before that nor after that too

          • Daniel

            And Trotsky?

        • John Brown

          In 2 decades the US will not be a world power. I would be very surprised if it had not broken up into 7 or 8 countries by then or destroyed by another civil war.

    • Deo Cass

      Russia helped Syria defend its sovereignty from US Zio-Nazi colonial, imperialist aggression, invasion and occupation as it had done together with the Soviet Union’s other republics, to liberate not only the Ukrainian Soviet Republic and Crimea, but the world from the US tyranny predecessor, NAZI Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.

    • Solomon Krupacek

      russians in crimea are at home. yanks in syria not,

    • Barba_Papa

      I prefer that the EU separates itself completely from the US. Kick the Yanks out of its European bases! I applaud the US for helping to liberate us during WWII, we should be friends, but after the end of the Cold War our alliance has gotten us into nothing but trouble. The Dutch military has gotten involved in countless conflicts which served no purpose whatsoever but to score brownie points with US administrations. The most shaming occasion being our involvement with the occupation of Iraq. Just so that our foreign minister could become secretary general of NATO. Or the visit of then prime minister Balkenende with said foreign minister to Bush. The footage of that visit is utterly cringeworthy, for our prime minister comes across as some star struck 12 year old kid who gets to meet his favorite rock star. And like a rock star Bush didn’t even have a clue as to who he was. And why should he? As far as the US is concerned we are but an insignificant speck on the map.

      All that America’s wars and involvements have caused for us is that it has destabilized Europe’s neighbors, resulting in a flood of refugees that come our way, not America’s. Causing huge social upheaval. The brainless expansion of the EU and above all NATO eastwards has brought Europe into conflict with Russia, a conflict that need not have happened at all.

      But I agree we should increase our military budgets. Its Europe refusal to pay for its own defense which has created its dependency on US military power for protection, and made it slaves to whatever foreign policy crazyness happens to come out of Washington.

    • John Brown

      CONFESSIONS OF A JEWISH RACIST DR HAROLD BRACKMAN
      AUGUST 11, 2016 NOI RESEARCH ARTICLES 0
      http://NOIRG.ORG/ARTICLES/CONFESSIONS-OF-A-JEWISH-RACIST-DR-HAROLD-BRACKMAN/
      Confessions of Harold Brackman
      Harold Brackman is one of those “historians” who has been lead flak for the Jewish disinformation campaign so aptly described by Dr. Tony Martin in The Jewish Onslaught. Brackman practices Black history revisionism for the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
      Harold Brackman Secret Treatise
      Harold Brackman, the embattled Wiesenthal Center hireling, was contracted to produce a “scholarship”-to-order response to The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews. He has produced a pamphlet allegedly to “refute” the now irrefutably documented fact that Jews were heavily involved in the Black slave trade. Unbeknownst to his Jewish bosses, Brackman received his Ph.D. from the University of California on the basis of a dissertation he wrote entitled, The Ebb and Flow of Conflict: The History of Black-Jewish Relations Through 1900. Brackman’s 632-page document casually presents the same material of Jewish slave dealing which he is now employed to refute. A red-faced Brackman now must face what is firmly fixed on paper in his own name. Discussing the Jewish invention of the profoundly racist Hamitic Myth, Brackman wrote:

    • John Brown

      Part 2
      “There is no denying that the Babylonian Talmud was the first source to read a Negrophobic content into the episode by stressing Canaan’s fraternal connection with Cush.”
      The Jewish scholars, he said, advanced two explanations for Ham and his children being turned black. According to Brackman,
      “The more important version of the myth, however, ingeniously ties in the origins of blackness – and of other, real and imagined Negroid traits – with Noah’s Curse itself. According to it, Ham is told by his outraged father that, because you have abused me in the darkness of the night, your children shall be born black and ugly; because you have twisted your head to cause me embarrassment, they shall have kinky hair and red eyes; because your lips jested at my exposure, theirs shall swell; and because you neglected my nakedness, they shall go naked with their shamefully elongated male members exposed for all to see…”
      When Brackman’s astounding admission was published in The Jewish Onslaught: Despatches from the Wellesley Battlefront, by Wellesley professor Tony Martin, Brackman recoiled and actually pulled his “refutation” pamphlet off the market. Then, in the only known instance of a White Jew bowing to a Black Jew in a matter of Jewish Talmudic history, Brackman denied his initial testimony (“There is no denying…”), and found a Black Jew to claim it is all false.

    • John Brown

      Part 3 Even Jews are embarrassed by the Brackman harangue which found its way into every Barnes & Noble even as they refuse to sell The Secret Relationship. Lenni Brenner, author of Jews in America Today, titled his review in the Amsterdam News, “Harold Brackman believes in recycling garbage,” and opened with this: “There are some books so bad that I have to apologize for reviewing them. [Brackman’s “book”] is one of them.”
      Brackman is the front man for the Jewish position of denial in the battle against the most controversial book in America, The Secret Relationship Between Black and Jews.
      Read CAREFULLY the incredible confessions of Dr. Harold Brackman as he reveals the role his people played in the destruction of Black civilization:
      Brackman, Harold David, The Ebb and Flow of Conflict: A History of Black-Jewish Relations Through 1900 (Los Angeles: University of California, 1977)
      Jews and Black slavery:
      p. 6 “For the American Jews, too, the twentieth-century encounter with Blacks grew out of long past roots which, however, remain very alive with contemporary implications. The Jews who struck land in the Netherlands in 1654 found black slaves to greet them. But their introduction to the peculiar institution long preceded the greetings. They had owned slaves –black slaves — in Brazil, and their ancestors had lived for a thousand years in the Iberian countries where slavery had been a thriving concern during the middle ages and where Africans from South of the Sahara were not the unknown quantity they were in Northern Europe. Moreover, they were heirs of a distinctive Jewish law of slavery that continued to develop in its own right and shape underlying attitudes up through the Karo-Isserles Code of the sixteenth century and also a distinctive Jewish lore of race relations with its own special mix of unflattering allusions to the color and character of dark-skinned Africans. The dramatic fault lines of change that run through the subsequent three hundred years make problematical the continuing hold of age-old traditions on immigrant Jewish attitudes….”

    • John Brown

      Part 4 Jews and Medievel Slavery
      p. 45 “Despite its relatively short duration, however, the medieval era of Jewish slave-trading prominence left a deep and enduring imprint on the rabbinic slave law. In order to accommodate the activities of the Jewish slave merchants, the geonim of the early medieval period and the rabbis of the middle ages properly nullified the talmudic provisions requiring the purchaser of a heathen slave to symbolically incorporate him within the Jewish fold and not to resell him to a Gentile. Since these key provisions formed cornerstones of the earlier Jewish slave law, the whole structure of protections built into it over the course of the preceding two millenia was grievously undermined.”
      pp. 47-48 “Yet just because Old World Jewish slaveholders, especially in the Iberian countries, continued to own significant numbers of household slaves but few industrial or agricultural workers, this radical departure from the talmudic slave legislation — which, of course, had been primarily designed to reduce the dangers inherent in domestic servitude — was slow to win general acceptance. The thirteenth century, however, commenced a process of gradual acceptance that culminated three centuries later in its adoption as authoritative by the Karo-Isserles Codes.”
      Slavery Permitted in Jewish Law
      p. 46 “Two legal fictions were evolved which legitimated slave trading without openly repudiating precedent. The first of these actually seized on a provision of the talmudic slave law itself. For in ruling out forced circumcision, the Sages had declared that, under certain circumstances, a master could purchase a heathen bondsman, retain him for up to a year in hopes of gaining his consent to the operation, but then resell him outside the Jewish fold if such consent

    • John Brown

      part 5 was not finally given. Half a millenia after the talmudic era had drawn to a close, one geonic responsa stretched this proviso into a blanket sanction for slave trading by Jews. Answering a question raised by an unnamed Jewish community where most slaves were apparently held as speculative investments, it endorsed the practice of reselling to Gentiles any and all of those who during such a period of trial ownership demonstrated an unwillingness to live up to the rudimentary moral obligations which the Jewish law imposed on them. Maimonides, who headed the slave-trading center of Cairo-Fustat’s thriving Jewish community, loosely grounded his even more sweeping rationale for Jewish participation in the traffic in the same puntative talmudic precedent:
      If the slave stipulates at the outset that he will not be circumcised the master may retain him as long as he wishes, even as a heathen, and then he may resell him to a heathen or to a foreign land.”
      Jews in the Slave Trade in Sudan
      p. 96 “Jewish merchants also participated in the trans-Saharan trade with the Negro states of the Central and Western Sudan. Black slaves formed one of the commodities (though not the most important one) that the medieval Sudan exported to Moslem North Africa; for this reason, they very likely also formed one of the items of commerce dealt in by these camel-riding, merchant Jews.Actually, the involvement of Jews in the traffic with the Sudan seems to have antedated the rise of Islam by many centuries, having its beginnings in the era when their fellow Semites, the Phoenicians and the Carthaginians, established the North African trading communities which were the first to cultivate commercial relations with the Blacks to the south.”
      Jews in the Slave Trade in Brazil (where as many as 9 of 10 of African slaves were shipped)
      pp. 163-164 “The Marranos in colonial Brazil became soldiers, farmers, mechanics, planters, poets, and even priests; they played in important role in the introduction of sugar cane, owning and administering plantations and mills; and, almost from as early a date, they entered the slave trade. During the 1600’s, in fact, slave trading in Brazil became a ‘Jewish’ mercantile speciality in much the same way it had been in early medieval Europe.“

    • John Brown

      Part 6 p. 164 “….The two chief weaknesses of the senhores de engenho were their insatiable hunger for slaves and their chronic lack of ready cash. The New Christian merchants [Marranos or crypto-Jews] had the commercial connections and the capital resources needed to profit from both. They would either import the Blacks directly from Africa or else buy them up cheaply as soon as the slave ships disembarked their cargoes of misery in Brazil; then they would resell to the planters at prices anywhere from 100% to 400% above cost and on terms netting 3% to 4% monthly interest; and finally they would make a handsome, additional profit by marketing in Europe the crop in which their sugar-rich but cash-poor customers paid their debts.”
      pp. 164-165 “The system did not reach its full development until the Dutch conquest of the 1630’s — when New Christian merchants openly turned Jew and when Old Christian planters no longer had a sympathetic government to turn to for relief. Its roots, however, stretch back to the first century of Portuguese rule itself. Indeed, by the opening decade of the seventeenth century, Brazilian New Christians were already deeply involved in the trade of slaves to Spanish as well as Portuguese America. In 1618 an official at Buenos Aires deplored the ‘facility with which Jews enter and leave this port, without it being possible to stop it, since they are all Portuguese and mutually conceal each other.’ Later Dutch power proved just as effective a means of entree as had the earlier Portuguese possession of the Asiento, causing another such official to protest in 1636 that Brazilian Jews controlled the trade of Lima ‘from the vilest African Negro to the most precious pearl.’ ‘When every allowance is made of the exaggerations of interested parties and hysterical witnesses,’ C.R. Boxer concludes, ‘it is clear that Jews from Brazil did in fact play a major role in the Peruleiro trade of bringing in slaves from Africa and taking out silver from Potosi.’”

    • John Brown

      Part 7 Jews of North America in the Slave Trade
      p. 185 “New York Jewry was not active in this traffic, not because of any scruples, but because this commodity more properly concerned the rum-distilling Rhode Islanders and the rice and indigo planters of South Carolina….From 1715 to 1743 the New York Jewish shippers and their Gentile partners imported fewer than eighty slaves. There was [only] one notable exception. In 1717 and 1721 the “Crown” and the “New York Postillion” –owned by Nathan Simson and his New York and London Associates — sailed into the northern harbor with a total load of 217 Negroes. The shipments came directly from the African coast, two of the largest slave cargoes to be brought into New York in the first half of the eighteenth century.”
      Southern Jews as Slave Owners
      p. 268 “One in four Southern Jews held slaves — exactly the same proportion that held for all Southern whites. They actively participated in the internal slave trade, owning three of Richmond’s seventy, and four of Charleston’s forty-four, slave-auctioning emporiums. They produced the full panoply of classic Southern types — from plantation overseer to plantation mistress to plantation-owning practi[ti]oner of the aristocratic refinements of interracial sex, and from temporizing Unionist Whig to fire-eating Democratic politician to embittered poor white hating nothing so much as free Blacks. And they even tailored their important contribution to Liberal Judaism in the United States to fit the prevailing Southern Temper: Isaac Harby, the lay pioneer of Jewish Reform in the South during the 1820’s, was also a precocious South Carolina fire-eater; and Charleston’s Congregation Beth Elohim, the first American Reform congregation, was also the first to raise an explicit membership bar against ‘people of color.’”

    • John Brown

      Nothing beats the confession Mossaad National!!!
      OUCH!!!!!!!!!! NOW HAROLD BRACKMAN HAS TO REFUTE IS OWN UNIVERSITY DISSERTATION FOR THE Wiesenthal CENTER. DOESN’T THIS MEAN HE IS ARGUING HE SHOULD LOSE HIS OWN PHD / DEGREE FOR PRESENTING EVIDENCE / RESEARCH FOR IT, HE IS NOW SAYING IS FALSE, FOR THE Wiesenthal CENTER?
      The lying of racist, supremacist, genocidal, slave master Jews like you is becoming hysterical and comical. It is clear why the master, racist, superior chosen Jewish race passes these Noahide hate laws, banning any criticism of them because it is 100% true and organized racist supremacist Jewry is guilty of many crimes against humanity, so they have no defense.

    • Lex

      Fool.

  • Serious

    Do you see ? The USA loves you SYrians !! XD.

    Maybe people you stop loving those who kill them !!! I don’t know.

  • Pave Way IV

    The US neocons’ moral depravity has fallen to new, unimaginable lows. “Let’s recruit our cannon fodder from a remote refugee camp. They have nothing better to do and they’re families are starving or sick.”

    Makes one wonder about the SDF herding so many Raqqa, Deir EzZor and mostly Mosel refugees into the al Hol detention / refugee / recruitment / concentration camps.

    • BMWA1

      It’s the Vlassov way!

  • Floyd Hazzard

    Let those Russian Idiots continue to fool themselves with their buffoonery. Afghanistan, Iraq, Serbia, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Palestine???? Does it look like the west care about international law and war crimes? Who is going to try them?
    The west win their wars by whatever means is necessary, and only winners get to gloat.
    Put up or shut up already.

    • Daniel

      Exactly. All the major humanitarian organisations are Western controlled. So the West decides whose life is worth something and whose is worthless/collateral damage. The politicians and media only care about human lives if it has a political motive and the people care about what the politicians and media tell them to care about.

    • Daniel

      Now that we are on this subject. I remember a month before Aleppo was liberated red cross was spamming people for money all over the Internet and FB, in the country I am from, to support the children in Aleppo (Al Qaeda held only I’m sure). What has become of this money? New TOW launchers and missiles to Al Qaeda in Idlib?

    • Rob

      Westerners are losers everywhere. Afghani Taliban have no power but still America have failed to win from them.

      • Floyd Hazzard

        I agree, to a certain extent. It all depends on what loser is to the individual and what the objective was to the invader. If they achieved what they set out to do, they won.

      • Daniel

        They are not meant to win against them. They are meant to keep them going so they have an excuse of staying there forever.

  • Lex

    Criminal scumbags – death or prison for all the warlords and contraband dealers from the CIA or Mossad. Taking advantage of the most desperate and hopeless people, who are supposed to be protected under international law, is a crime of the most low and disgusting nature – is that what the so-called “world’s greatest superpower” has sunk to now? Arming and drugging refugees to fight so they can keep their precious soldiers’ lives safe? Citizens of the US must be hanging their heads in deep shame and humiliation to be brought so low by the greed and moral bankruptcy of their rulers. Such an “empire” can’t last much longer – they are doomed.

    • StinkyTom

      This prediction was old and wrong 30 years ago, 40 years ago and 50 years ago … and … and … and…

  • Keith Smith

    regime change in syria is still on the cards for the US. they are just lying if they say otherwise