Tag Archives: Syria

Is Trump blundering into the next Middle East war?

Source: CounterPunch
by Jim Lobe & Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio

"The Washington elite is waking up to the increasingly real possibility that the Trump administration may be moving the country into yet another Middle East war. And much more quickly than anyone had anticipated. And through sheer incompetence and incoherence rather than by design." (06/28/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/28/is-trump-blundering-into-the-next-middle-east-war/

Trump regime tries to distract from Hersh story on past non-existent chemical attack by claiming possible future chemical attack

Source: Fox News

"The Trump administration said late Monday that it had discovered evidence that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad could be planning another chemical weapons attack. Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement that 'The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.'" [editor's note: Not likely coincidental, given last weekend's story by Seymour Hersh claiming that Trump launched cruise missiles on Syrian targets even after receiving intelligence that the "chemical attack" he was using as an excuse wasn't a "chemical attack" at all – TLK] (06/27/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/06/27/syria-could-be-planning-chemical-attack-white-house-says.html

Trump's red line

Source: Die Welt
by Seymour Hersh

"On April 6, United States President Donald Trump authorized an early morning Tomahawk missile strike on Shayrat Air Base in central Syria in retaliation for what he said was a deadly nerve agent attack carried out by the Syrian government two days earlier in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun. Trump issued the order despite having been warned by the U.S. intelligence community that it had found no evidence that the Syrians had used a chemical weapon. … Some American military and intelligence officials were especially distressed by the president's determination to ignore the evidence. 'None of this makes any sense,' one officer told colleagues upon learning of the decision to bomb. 'We KNOW that there was no chemical attack … the Russians are furious. Claiming we have the real intel and know the truth … I guess it didn't matter whether we elected Clinton or Trump.'" (06/25/17)

https://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article165905578/Trump-s-Red-Line.html

The danger of mission creep in Syria

Source: Cato Institute
by Emma Ashford

"On Sunday, a U.S. Navy fighter jet shot down one of Bashar al-Assad’s warplanes attacking U.S.-allied Syrian forces, drawing the United States deeper into that conflict. Raising tensions with Russia and potentially placing American troops in danger, this action was just another in a long line of tactical decisions which increase U.S. involvement in Syria without any viable long-term strategy for resolving or exiting the civil war. Much of the criticism has focused on President Donald Trump’s impulsive and pugnacious personality. While Trump has accelerated this process, he is not wholly to blame for the slippery slope that the United States is now sliding down in Syria. The Obama administration resisted large-scale escalation, but their choices nonetheless contributed directly to today’s haphazard Syria strategy. The Trump administration needs to decide what it wants to achieve in Syria now, or the inevitable logic of mission creep may rob them of the ability to choose." (06/26/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/danger-mission-creep-syria

Israeli regime forces strike Syrian regime forces near Golan Heights

Source: CNN

"Israel launched strikes on Syrian military positions Saturday, close to the two countries' disputed border in the Golan Heights, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The action was a response to what the IDF said were more than 10 projectiles fired into Israel from inside Syria. The IDF described the projectile fire as 'errant,' blaming it on internal fighting. Israeli aircraft targeted three positions from which the projectiles were fired, the IDF said. The strikes included hits on two tanks belonging to the Syrian regime." (06/24/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/24/middleeast/israel-syria-golan-heights-strike/index.html

Resist this: the United States is at war with Syria

Source: CounterPunch
by Jim Kavanagh

"The United States is at war with Syria. Though few Americans wanted to face it, this has been the case implicitly since the Obama administration began building bases and sending Special Ops, really-not-there, American troops, and it has been the case explicitly since August 3, 2015, when the Obama administration announced that it would 'allow airstrikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the U.S. military from any attackers, even if the enemies hail from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.' With the U.S. Air Force — under Trump, following Obama’s declared policy — shooting down a Syrian plane in Syrian airspace, this is now undeniable. The United States is overtly engaged in another aggression against a sovereign country that poses no conceivable, let alone actual or imminent, threat to the nation. This is an act of war. As an act of war, this is unconstitutional, and would demand a congressional declaration. Will Trump ask for this? Will any Democratic or Republican congresscritter demand it? Is the Pope a Hindu?" (06/21/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/21/resist-this-the-united-states-is-at-war-with-syria/

Our rush to war in Syria

Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

"Looking at the ultimate defeat of ISIS as a foregone conclusion, all the regional powers with proxy forces in Syria are seeking to dominate the country once the Caliphate is consigned to history’s dustbin. The Syrian government, along with their Russian and Iranian allies, look to the restoration of control by Damascus over the entire territory of Syria. The Saudis look to their jihadist outfits to establish an Islamic state after Assad is deposed. The Qataris are backing their own jihadists, notably al-Nusra, and the Turks have their proxies among the Islamist groups in the northern part of the country, as well as the Turkmen militias, which they hope will block the Kurds from establishing a Kurdish state on the Syrian-Turkish border. Stuck in the midst of this four-sided civil war is the United States, with no real policy, and with its military strategy ceded to commanders on the ground — who are pursuing the same course set by the previous administration, i.e. canoodling with radical Islamists bent on regime change in Damascus." (06/21/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/06/20/rush-war-syria/

Australia: Regime halts Syria air strikes after Russian warning

Source: ABC News

"Australia's military said it was temporarily halting air missions over Syria, following the shooting down of a Syrian jet by US forces. The decision came amid increasing tension between the US and Russia, which warned it would track coalition aircraft in Syria as potential 'targets' and halted a military hotline with Washington over the incident. … Russia made clear it was changing its military posture in response to the US downing of a Syrian military jet on Sunday, which, according to Damascus, is the first such incident since the start of the conflict in 2011." (06/20/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/australia-suspends-air-operation-syria-170620074009807.html

Syria: US invasion forces shoot down regime drone

Source: ABC News

"An armed pro-Syrian regime drone was shot down late Monday night by a U.S. Air Force F15E fighter after the drone was detected approaching U.S. military forces in southeastern Syria. It is the second downing of a pro-regime drone in the area and comes amid heightened tensions in the region following the U.S. shootdown of a Syrian fighter jet on Sunday. … Sunday's downing of a Syrian fighter jet led Russia's defense ministry to declare that it would track any American or coalition aircraft that flew west of the Euphrates River. After the warning the coalition announced that it would re-position its aircraft flying over Syria as a prudent measure." (06/20/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/syrian-drone-shot-us-fighter-jet/story?id=48154826

Breaking: Russian regime warns US regime after downing of Syrian regime jet

Source: Washington Post

"Russia’s defense ministry says it will treat U.S.-led coalition planes in Syria, west of the Euphrates River, as targets after the U.S. military shot down a Syrian Air Force jet on Sunday. Moscow has condemned the U.S. downing of the Syrian government fighter jet after it dropped bombs nears U.S. partner forces. The Russian defense ministry says in a statement that, starting Monday, it will track all jets and drones of the U.S.-led coalition west of the Euphrates and treat them as targets." (06/19/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/the-latest-russia-suspends-coordination-with-us-in-syria/2017/06/19/9e7a840e-54e4-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html