US playing ‘losing hand’ against Russia in Syria: Activist

The United States is playing a “losing hand” against Russia in Syria, because the legitimate government of President Bashar al-Assad is not going to fall, says an American anti-war activist.

“Russia has provided aid to Syria to defeat the armies backed by the US,” said Joe Iosbaker, a leader of the United National Antiwar Coalition.

On Wednesday, Russia carried out its first airstrikes in Syria following a warning that the US should clear the skies in the Arab country.

“Russia was able to do this because… despite claims by the US and Western media the government of Bashar al-Assad is not about to fall,” he added.

“The government of Syria is a legitimate government. Syria has been invaded by foreign-backed armies. When nations are attacked by other countries, they have the right under international law to seek aid. They can seek aid from another country; so the aid being given to Syria by Russia is legal,” said the activist from Chicago.

He made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV, when asked to comment on a statement by former US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who criticized President Barack Obama’s policy in Syria, saying he was “out-gamed” by Russia.


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