The head of Pentagon Ashton Carter said that Russia’s contribution to the fight against ISIS is “virtually zero”, and Russia’s presence only “intensifies civil war.”
“They haven’t done anything. They came in, they said they were going to fight ISIL, and they said they were going to help in the civil war in Syria,” Carter said.
According to him, “Russia haven’t done either of those things. As a consequence of course, we’re fighting ISIL ourselves.”
Carter with leave the office after the arrival of the new administration on January 20.
Armed conflict continues in Syria since March 2011. Government troops confront the militants of different armed groups. On September 30, 2015, at the request of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Russia started a military operation in Syria, assisting the government forces with airstrikes.