US air raids against ISIL deliberately ineffective: Analyst

The US-led airstrikes against the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group near the Syrian border city of Kobani are “deliberately ineffective,” an analyst says.

Scott Rickard, a former American intelligence linguist, from Orlando told Press TV that the airstrikes by the US-led coalition against the ISIL have not been “effective,” as “the bombing campaign” does not target the militants’ positions.

“We see an ineffective bombing campaign by NATO and its allies,” Rickard said.

Rickard added that there has been an understanding between Washington and Ankara not to lend any kind of support to the Kurdish fighters battling the ISIL militants in the northern part of Syria.

He stressed that Washington and its regional allies such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and some other Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf region are the leading supporters of the ISIL and other affiliated militant groups operating against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

“Turkey alongside NATO and [Persian] Gulf partners is responsible of building this mercenary force that has been operating with impunity along the Turkish border for well over three years,” Rickard said.

The remarks come as the northern Syrian city of Kobani, which lies near the Turkish border, continues to be under attack by the ISIL terrorists despite more than three weeks of airstrikes by the US-led coalition on the militants’ positions.

Turkey does not allow the Kurds inside Turkey to depart for Syria to help fight ISIL.

Congressional Defense Policy Advisor Frederick Peterson, another participant at the Press TV debate referred to Turkey’s refusal to allow military hardware and reinforcements into Kobani and said: “We see failure of leadership of the West, we have failure of the discipline within the larger Muslim community in order to control a very dangerous operation within that region.”

Turkey’s failure to fight the ISIL militant group shows that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has suffered serious structural problem, analyst said, adding that Ankara government has failed “to stand with NATO principals.”


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