Factions Inside of Factions
- The CIA has pumped mountains of weapons into Syria and armed ISIS and the other Islamist groups.
- We create, fund and arm the Islamists creating endless factions. Then we come in and bomb one faction in favor of other factions all in one big unconstitutional war.
(Foreign Policy Magazine) - American warplanes bombed an Iranian-backed militia that entered a supposed no-go zone near a U.S garrison in southern Syria on Tuesday, U.S. officials said.
The strike marked the second by a U.S. aircraft in less than a month and signals a growing risk of direct conflict between American and Iranian forces and their partners in Syria. The air raid came after the militia aligned with the Syrian regime and Iran failed to heed a warning to leave the area.
U.S. officials said that the force of about 60 fighters armed with tanks and anti-aircraft weapons entered an exclusion zone around the base at al Tanf, where American Special Operations Forces train Syrian rebels. Before unleashing their bombs, American military officials first contacted their Russian counterparts who are allied with the Iranian-backed force. But when the new column refused to leave, the Americans struck. It is unclear how many casualties resulted.
In a statement, U.S. Central Command said the coalition “does not seek to fight Syrian regime or pro-regime forces but remains ready to defend themselves if pro-regime forces refuse to vacate the de-confliction zone.”
Even after the second strike, Syrian government forces and their Iranian backers remained in place within the so-called exclusion zone, U.S. officials said. American forces declared a 55-mile area around the base to be off-limits to pro-regime forces, and informed the Russians late last year.
Pentagon officials would not say what their plans are if the remaining forces refuse to move out of the area. After last month’s airstrike, U.S. planes dropped leaflets demanding the fighters leave.Read More . . . .
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