Yesterday’s U.N. report accused the Syrian regime of “inhumane actions” against Syrian civilians on a scale that, in the U.N.’s words, “amounts to extermination,” he added.
Aleppo’s two main hospitals have been destroyed by Russian and regime attacks, Warren said, and more than 50,000 Syrians are without any access to live-saving assistance.
While humanitarian organizations try to respond, ongoing Russian and Syrian military operations make access to people in need increasingly difficult, he said.
“ISIL is virtually nonexistent in that part of Syria,” Warren said. “Russia can no longer credibly claim its airstrikes there are doing anything other than supporting regime forces.
Warren described Russia’s airstrikes as “recklessness [and] indiscriminate … [in] what I would refer to as a strategically short-sighted vision of operations inside of Syria.”
Even though Russia has said it would fight ISIL, Russian actions “have done nothing except prop up [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad, who we know is the root of the problem in Syria. And we don’t see a future Syria that has Assad in it,” Warren said.
(Source: US Dept of Defense)