Tag Archives: Syria

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

Iran: Regime troops fire missiles at Islamic State positions in eastern Syria

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says it has fired several missiles at ISIL positions in Syria’s Deir Az Zor province in retaliation for two deadly attacks in Tehran earlier this month that were claimed by the armed group. ‘Medium-range missiles were fired from the (western) provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdestan, and a large number of terrorists were killed and weapons destroyed,’ the Guard said in a statement published on its Sepahnews website on Sunday. … The firing of the missiles, the first in 30 years outside Iran’s own territory, came hours after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a statement on his website, vowed Iran would ‘slap its enemies’ in honour of the victims’ families, including those killed in Syria and Iraq.” (06/18/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/iran-fires-missiles-isil-positions-eastern-syria-170618193251349.html

Syria: US aircraft shoots down regime fighter jet

Source: NBC News

“U.S.-backed coalition forces shot down a pro-Syrian regime fighter jet on Sunday after it bombed the Syrian Democratic Forces-held town of Ja-Din, the coalition said. An initial attack by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad occurred at 4:30 p.m. local time (9:30 a.m. ET), causing an unknown number of casualties and driving out SDF fighters, the coalition said in a statement. About two hours later, a Syrian jet dropped bombs and was ‘immediately’ shot down by a U.S. war plane, the coalition said.” (06/18/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/coalition-forces-shoot-down-pro-regime-fighter-jet-syria-n773876

Why are we attacking the Syrians who are fighting ISIS?

Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Just when you thought our Syria policy could not get any worse, last week it did. The US military twice attacked Syrian government forces from a military base it illegally occupies inside Syria. According to the Pentagon, the attacks on Syrian government-backed forces were ‘defensive’ because the Syrian fighters were approaching a US self-declared ‘de-confliction’ zone inside Syria. The Syrian forces were pursuing ISIS in the area, but the US attacked anyway. The US is training yet another rebel group fighting from that base, located near the border of Iraq at al-Tanf, and it claims that Syrian government forces pose a threat to the US military presence there. But the Pentagon has forgotten one thing: it has no authority to be in Syria in the first place! Neither the US Congress nor the UN Security Council has authorized a US military presence inside Syria.” (06/12/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/attacking-syrians-fighting-isis

Syria: State media claims Islamic State leader killed in airstrike

Source: Yahoo! News

“The leader of ISIS has been killed in an air strike, according to reports from Syrian state TV. The world’s most wanted terrorist, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is said to have been killed on Saturday, though the reports are yet to be verified. This isn’t the first time that the extremist leader has been reported dead, so the news has been met with scepticism. The terrorist organisation’s media arm Amaq has not yet confirmed the reports.” (06/11/17)

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/leader-isis-abu-bkr-al-baghdadi-killed-claims-syrian-state-tv-084448968.html

“Mom, he hit me back first!” — US DoD claims drone fired at puppet forces in Syria

Source: Washington Post

“A drone likely connected to Iranian-supported militias fired on U.S.-backed troops near a military camp in southern Syria on Thursday, near where the U.S.-led coalition is training Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State group, an American military spokesman said. The weapon fired by the drone did not detonate and no one was hurt, but Army Col. Ryan Dillon told reporters at the Pentagon that it was considered a direct threat and that a manned U.S. aircraft shot it down. The attack came just hours after the U.S. bombed Syrian government and allied troops inside a protected zone in that area, and marked a sharp escalation in the skirmishes between the coalition and those pro-Syrian government forces there.” (06/08/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-drone-fired-on-us-backed-forces-near-syrian-rebel-camp/2017/06/08/ff23bdca-4c6a-11e7-987c-42ab5745db2e_story.html