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US troops injured after base was sabotaged with planted explosives

By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos | Responsible Statecraft | April 16, 2022

Why do we still have American troops in Syria and Iraq? That is the million dollar question that the Biden Administration has yet to answer — at least with any satisfaction — for the American people. Meanwhile, our service members continue to be targets of hostile forces for a Washington strategy no one can quite articulate.

On April 7 there were reports of “two rounds of indirect fire” on the Green Village Base in eastern Syria, which is housing U.S. troops as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. U.S. Central Command said four American service members were being evaluated for traumatic brain injury as a result.

On Thursday, however, U.S. Central Command quietly announced that there were no rockets, but “but rather the deliberate placement of explosive charges by an unidentified individual(s) at an ammunition holding area and shower facility.”

The release was brief and with no accompanying details, but the words echoed of the kind of Green-on-Blue attacks against coalition troops in Afghanistan during the height of the war there. As of 2017, according to counts, there had been more than 95 such attacks since 2012, killing 152 coalition service members and injuring 200.

There have been numerous rocket attacks against bases on which foreign soldiers, mostly Americans, are serving in Syria and Northern Iraq over the last two years. “Iranian backed militias” have been fingered in the attacks and they don’t seem to be abating, though the administration never uses the incidents to explain or even justify why our presence continues to be useful there. Is it to stave off ISIS? Bashar Assad? Iranian militias?

“The United States has no compelling national security interest in Syria to justify an open-ended ground deployment of forces,” wrote Defense Priorities’ Natalie Armbruster in March, taking on each of the existing arguments for keeping forces in the region. Now that our troops can’t even feel safe taking showers on base, isn’t it time to get a straight answer from Washington?

April 16, 2022 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation, Militarism, Wars for Israel | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. *”Meanwhile, our service members continue to be targets of hostile forces for a Washington strategy no one can quite articulate.”*

    *“The United States has no compelling national security interest in Syria to justify an open-ended ground deployment of forces,” wrote Defense Priorities’ Natalie Armbruster in March*

    For those who decide US interests, it is all about Israel and Jewry.
    These snakes even move here from Canada to help US understand US interests.

    Liked by 2 people

    Comment by 5 dancing shlomos | April 16, 2022 | Reply

  2. “The United States has no compelling national security interest in Syria….” I disagree; I say I disagree. The US does have a “compelling national security interest in Syria…”; trouble is, that “national security interest” is the “national security interest” of the Zionist terror-monster state “Israel” that squats in arrogance, satanism, and psychosis on Syria’s border as it illegally occupies, inter alia, Palestine and Syria’s Golan.

    The US has no shame and no innate patriotism…unlke, inter alia, Syria, Iran…or Russia.

    The US is occupied, entangled, and strangled beyond extrication. Such is the sad fact.

    Appreciation to KBV, RS, and AN.

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    Comment by roberthstiver | April 16, 2022 | Reply

  3. “On Thursday, however, U.S. Central Command quietly announced that there were no rockets, but “but rather the deliberate placement of explosive charges by an unidentified individual(s) at an ammunition holding area and shower facility.”

    That explanation is absolutely laughable(if it wasn’t so serious) The American Army is SO incompetent, that someone(un-noticed by anyone) planted a Bomb in the middle of a US army base, ammunition holding area, And Shower facility?….It would seem, the greatest threat to American Soldiers in Syria, is the USA Army

    “Surely they can’t be serious”…….

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by brianharryaustralia | April 16, 2022 | Reply


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