Jimmy Carter provided Russia with maps for increased accuracy in ISIS strikes

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Smoke rising after air strikes carried out by the Russian air force on an Islamic State base in Idlib province, Syria Photo: REUTERS/Ministry of Defence of Russia

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Former President Jimmy Carter said recently that he provided maps of Islamic State positions in Syria to the Russian embassy in Washington, a move apparently at odds with the Obama administration’s official policy of not cooperating with Russia in the Syrian war.

CarterPutinCarter said on Sunday in Georgia that he knows Russian President Vladimir Putin “fairly well” because they “have a common interest in fly fishing.” When he met with Putin in April along with other global leaders [photo above, with Putin and Kofi Annan] to discuss the crises in Syria and Ukraine, the Russian president gave him an email address so the two could discuss his “fly fishing experiences, particularly in Russia,” Carter said.

The civil war in Syria, where U.S. officials say Russia has bombed rebels and CIA-backed groups rather than the Islamic State terrorist group, has also been a topic of conversation between the two. Carter said he sent maps of the Islamic State’s locations in Syria, produced by the Carter Center, to the Russian embassy so Moscow could improve the accuracy of its strikes.

“I sent [Putin] a message Thursday and asked him if he wanted a copy of our map so he could bomb accurately in Syria, and then on Friday, the Russian embassy in Atlanta—I mean in Washington, called down and told me they would like very much to have the map,” Carter said at his Sunday school class in Georgia, according to a video of his remarks first aired by NBC News [see below]. “So in the future, if Russia doesn’t bomb the right places, you’ll know it’s not Putin’s fault but it’s my fault,” he added as the audience laughed. […]

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Well, unlike the US, Russia is also sharing intelligence with other countries in the region. And the Iraq government seems to be rather pleased about Russia’s intervention in the region. – 6 October 2015 Russia ready to consider Iraqi request for airstrikes – Upper House speaker Russian Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko stated that Russia was calling upon all states that see the Islamic State as a threat to join the information center in Baghdad used by Russian, Iraqi, Syrian and Iranian security specialists and military. She added that Russia was ready for other forms of cooperation with all nations… Read more »

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Jimmy Carter said on 16 September 2015 during an event at the Carter Center (Conversation with the Carters) that the US should cooperate with Russia. Sputnik published an article about Carter’s statements (see blow), and his statements are also on the record in the video of the event (see the link below). In case anyone thinks that Carter is old and demented and does not know what he is saying and doing (as some American media / blogs are suggesting), I recommend that he/she watches the video. Jimmy Carter Urges Obama to Solve Syrian Crisis With Russia, Iran http://m.sputniknews.com/politics/20150916/1027086972/jimmy-carter-russia-iran-syria-assad-cooperation.html Sputnik,… Read more »