A Kurdish SDF fighter looks as smoke rises above Raqqa, Summer 2017 (Reuters)

Moscow believes there is some sort of veil of secrecy in the Western media and political circles to whitewash the real situation in Syria’s Raqqa to avoid discrediting Washington’s activities, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday.

“An apparent conspiracy of silence, it is difficult to call it otherwise, is being shaped in the Western media and political circles regarding the true state of affairs in Raqqa,” she noted. “This is done in order not to discredit actions by Washington and its allies in Syria, who have no legal grounds for their presence in Syria. Concurrently, attempts continue to blow the issue out of proportion and distort developments in Eastern Ghouta and Idlib, which are part of the de-escalation zones set up in Syria.”

According to Zakharova, the reality on the ground in Raqqa is that the situation in the city “continues to be extremely difficult.” “Significant parts of the city remain mine-laden. There is a huge amount of unexploded munitions, more than 80% of the buildings there have been decimated, and the city’s public water supply system is not working. Electricity is available only in certain districts. Many corpses remain under the rubble, and the threat of an epidemic breaking out is huge. The relevant UN agencies have so far been unable to evaluate the situation, and there are no conditions for civilians to return to the city,” she stressed.

“The reasons for that are obvious. These are indiscriminate military actions by the so-called US-led coalition countering IS (the Islamic State terror group, outlawed in Russia – TASS). Later, some local administration scheme was concocted, which is not controlled by the legitimate Syrian government in Damascus,” Zakharova concluded.

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Weldon Cheek

Probably being used as an urban warfare training ground for recycled jihadis!