General John Allen, the US special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIS, said that the United States has been watching Russia’s military buildup in Syria closely over the last several days to see what it might mean.
“Bashar al-Assad is singularly responsible for the death of tens of thousands of his people. Much of the instability in the region is a direct result of the actions of Bashar al-Assad, and to prop him up with military force creates an additional crisis in the region, and in fact, could bring Russian forces in confrontation with Coalition forces that are fighting Daesh in Syria,” General Allen added.
The Syrian Coalition condemns Russia’s latest military build-up in Syria and its direct military intervention alongside the Assad regime, noting that Russia has become a partner of the regime in its war on the Syrian people.
It calls on the Russian government to withdraw its forces completely from Syria, warning of the consequences of such acts. It also warns that rebels will regard any foreign fighters fighting alongside Assad as a legitimate target.” (Source: Syrian Coalition)