CIA, Pentagon Believe Russia Will Breach Syria Truce


US President Barack Obama’s top military and intelligence advisers have expressed doubt on Russia’s willingness to abide by the recently-announced ceasefire in Syria, saying they want Moscow to feel “real pain,” according to a US government official.

In their recent meetings in the White House, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine General Joseph Dunford, and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan have voiced increasingly hawkish views towards Russia, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing a senior administration official.

Carter, Dunford and Brennan have even unanimously called for new measures to “inflict real pain on the Russians,” the official added.

The comments came shortly after a draft deal was reached between Russia and the US on Monday, calling for a ceasefire to start in Syria in late February.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Saturday that he was ready for a ceasefire in case the terrorists did not use it to advance their ambitions and that the countries backing them stop their support.

Russia has been conducting airstrikes in the Arab country since late September upon a request from Damascus. Washington accuses Moscow of targeting militants the Pentagon has specifically trained to fight against Assad’s government in Syria.

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