Russia is getting it RIGHT in Syria, it’s the UK getting it WRONG, blasts ex-army chief

BRITAIN is failing spectacularly in Syria by backing the “losing side” and should follow Russia’s lead by launching airstrikes in support of the Assad regime, the former head of the army has said.

General Lord Dannatt, ex-chief of general staff, said defeating Islamic State (ISIS) would only be achieved through military force.

General Lord Dannatt, ex-chief of general staff

Lord Dannatt led the British army between 2006-2009

He added airstrikes alone would not yield an end to the five-year long civil war – or finish off the depraved terror group.

“Conflicts are only resolved on the ground…it has got to be soldiers acting on the ground that bring a resolution, but within a diplomatic and political framework. That is what is missing in Syria.”

He told the BBC: “The Russians are coordinating with the Assad regime and are being very successful. From the air and on the ground, they are working in a coordinating fashion.

“Our problem is that we are working with the losers. Let’s work with that regime.

“There may be an element of my enemy’s enemy is my friend, and choosing the least worst of several very unattractive options.”

Peter Ford, a former British ambassador to Syria, also blasted the UK for backing extremists disguised as moderate rebel fighters.

He argued defence chiefs were intent on removing President Bashar al-Assad despite wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya proving the difficulties in simply toppling a dictator without a comprehensive plan for what could replace them.

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Anti Assad and Putin demonstrators


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