Published on March 1st, 2016 | by Admin0
Russia Drops Barrel Bombs on Civilians in Syria
Excerpts from story, “Breedlove: European Security Situation ‘Serious,’ ‘Complicated,’” By Lisa Ferdinando, DoD News, Defense Media Activity
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2016
Russian involvement in the fight in Syria has only complicated the situation and bolstered the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and its allies, Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command, said.
Noting he is a fighter pilot himself, Breedlove said he cannot see any reason why Assad would use barrel bombs against his own people, and why Russia would use non-precision weapons.
"Russia and the Assad regime are deliberately weaponizing migration in an attempt to overwhelm European structures and break European resolve," he said.
"I can’t find any other reason for [barrel bombs] other than to cause refugees to be on the move and make them someone else’s problem," Breedlove said.
Breedlove said there is no "understandable method" to use a barrel bomb that reaches military utility, the general said.