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US-led coalition conducts ‘defensive’ airstrikes against Syrian forces

RT | February 7, 2018

The US-led coalition has carried out several “defensive” airstrikes on Syrian forces in retaliation for what they called an “unprovoked” attack on the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and foreign military “advisers.”

“In defense of Coalition and partner forces, the Coalition conducted strikes against attacking forces to repel the act of aggression against partners engaged in the Global Coalition’s defeat-Daesh (Islamic State, IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) mission,” the Central Command said in a press release.

The retaliatory attack was carried out after Syrian “pro-regime forces initiated an unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters,” the coalition claimed.

The US-led coalition has also firmly stressed its “non-negotiable right to act in self-defense,” since its service members are embedded with the “partners” on ground in Syria.

The confrontation reportedly took place some eight kilometers east of the Euphrates River “deconfliction line.” There were no immediate reports of casualties on either side.

Wednesday’s incident is the latest of its kind involving the US-supported rebels and Syrian government forces. Washington remains under the impression that the coalition air force and its “partners” are allowed to operate east of the Euphrates, while the Syrian forces should remain west of the imaginary demarcation line.

Damascus has repeatedly stated that the US coalition presence on its soil is an act of aggression and a violation of the country’s sovereignty. The Russian and Syrian air forces are the only ones officially allowed to operate in Syria. In fact, the government of Syria has repeatedly asked the United Nations to urge the US to leave, particularly following the virtual defeat of Islamic State terrorist group. However, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has instead promised that US troops will remain in Syria indefinitely to counter Syrian President Bashar Assad and Iran’s influence in the region.

The US-led coalition also mulled creating a 30,000-strong border force to secure control of the territory held by their partners in Syria. Since the force would include the Kurdish-dominated SDF alliance, the idea triggered a strong backlash from Turkey, forcing Ankara to initiate ‘Operation Olive Branch’ to secure a buffer “safe zone” in Syria.

Washington seems to have departed from its publicly stated goal of fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and is ready to partition Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned earlier on Wednesday.

“It’s very likely that the Americans have taken a course of dividing the country. They just gave up their assurances, given to us, that the only goal of their presence in Syria – without an invitation of the legitimate government – was to defeat Islamic State and the terrorists,” Lavrov said.

“Now they are saying that they will keep their presence till they make sure a steady process of a political settlement in Syria starts, which will result in regime change,” the minister said during a conference in Sochi.

February 7, 2018 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation, War Crimes | ,

7 Comments »

  1. Why am I even reading this bullshit right now? Blah, blah, blah.

    Of course, the Usrael is behind it all. GAWL.

    So disgusting. UGH. I’m really trying not to cuss.

    ‘US led coaliton’ That’s okay. Keep looting us, assholes. You have your reward.

    No worries.

    Comment by tsisageya | February 7, 2018 | Reply

  2. NO WORRIES!!!!!!!

    Comment by tsisageya | February 7, 2018 | Reply

  3. Sure, we all clam down on it, Theresa May.

    Comment by tsisageya | February 7, 2018 | Reply

  4. Given that the USA forces are now openly carrying out hostile operations(and calling them “Defensive”) against Syrian forces that are “Defending” their own country, it is a distinct possibility that Russia’s Air Force, Syria’s major ALLY, may come to blows with USA troops on the ground. Maybe Iran and Hezbollah will join in the “fun”……
    I do hope that the Lunatics in the Pentagon know what they’re doing………
    I’m sure Hezbollah, and Iran, would rather fight the USA in Syria, rather than their own countries……….
    Do yourself a favour America, go home and fix your own problems and let Israel deal with theirs.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | February 7, 2018 | Reply

  5. Sons of bitches.

    “Damascus has repeatedly stated that the US coalition presence on its soil is an act of aggression and a violation of the country’s sovereignty.” Duh.

    Comment by roberthstiver | February 8, 2018 | Reply

    • “Like”…..

      Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | February 8, 2018 | Reply

  6. You can’t have “defensive” operations within a sovereign countries borders. This is what happens when you do favors for Zionist( and their Wahhabi allies). The CIA-CFR-Media triangle setting foreign policy doesn’t help. The Neocons and Progressive are both founded by communist( thus, the same animal). The world needs to wake up. My prayers go out to the Syrian people.

    Comment by John L | February 8, 2018 | Reply


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