Russia’s achievements in anti-ISIL campaign ruin Washington’s reputation

The United States is bashing Russia for its efforts to eliminate the terrorist threat in Syria because Moscow’s success will expose limitations of America’s power, a Spanish newspaper asserted.

“Russia’s victory in its fight against the Islamic State will mean Washington’s crushing defeat in front of everyone. … Everyone will know that Russia’s Armed Forces are more effective that American troops. And most importantly, Russia will secure a footing in the Middle East,” La Republica quoted Yaakov Kedmi, who once headed Israel’s Nativ government agency, as saying.

Middle Eastern states, according to the media outlet, will draw their own conclusions in the weeks and months to come, with some opting for new partnerships.

In late September, Russia launched a multinational aerial campaign meant to assist Damascus-led forces in their fight against extremists from the Islamic State, al-Nusra Front and other groups, who are trying to overthrow Syria’s legitimate leader Bashar al-Assad.

Moscow’s efforts have so far been hailed as a success in Syria and in some countries across the Middle East. Some say that Russia has been able to achieve what the US failed to deliver after a months-long bombing campaign, which has not been authorized by the Syrian government.

The second component of Washington’s approach to solving the months-long Syrian crisis has also yielded no results.

The La Razón newspaper maintains that the US will continue to supply weapons to opposition groups in Syria even after admitting that their $500-million operation produced no more than five fighters out of a planned army of so-called moderate rebels willing to fight ISIL and Assad.

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