The ugly face of American Imperialism in Syria
Turkey is threatening to invade Syria (again) in order to defend al-Qaeda-controlled Idlib province from the Syrian army.
Meanwhile, Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has asked the U.S. to sell them Patriot missiles so that they can shoot down the Russian jets that are supporting the Syrian army's offensive.
Caught in middle of this fighting is over three-quarters of a million refugees.
Needless to say, this is a dangerous and alarming development.
What is being overlooked is how a couple hundred miles away the U.S. is trying to pick a fight.
A video has emerged showing a U.S. military vehicle running a Russian armored truck off the road in Syria after it tried to pass an American convoy...
Eventually, the lead Russian vehicle successfully passes the first American vehicle on the right side of the road, and then speeds up to pass the second, only to be run off the road.
The Russian vehicle almost hits a civilian bystander who had been walking along the shoulder. It appears that the American and Russian truck also make contact at one point, before they both slow to a stop...
Incidents between U.S. and Russian forces in northeastern Syria have been increasingly common for weeks now, though they have typically involved American troops block the movement of Russia's forces. There have been some reports of more physical altercations, including a fistfight in January.
This does appear to be the first known incident of Russian and American convoys actually duking it out on Syria's roadways, which points to a serious escalation in tensions.
— Mohammad (@ibrashino) February 19, 2020
This is both stupid and dangerous.
But what happened last week was truly ugly.
Based on these videos, the people of Syria don't want to be under U.S. occupation. Figure that.
It happened in #Syria’s Khirbet Amo village after #US forces killed one person in clashes with pro-regime forces. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it's not clear whether the killed person is a civilian or an armed regime loyalist. 1
— Nafiseh Kohnavard (@nafisehkBBC) February 12, 2020
Sometime after these events, this happened.
A Syrian civilian was killed and another wounded in a rare clash between US troops and a group of government supporters who tried to block a United States convoy driving through a village in northeastern Syria, state media reported.
The Syrian state-run media on Wednesday said the killed man was among residents of a village east of the town of Qamishli who had gathered at an army checkpoint, pelting the US convoy with stones and taking down a US flag from one of the vehicles.
At that point, US troops fired with live ammunition and smoke bombs at the residents, the report said.
The SAA prevented today a US convoy from crossing Khirbet Amo, south Qamishli, and the villagers supported the SAA and threw stones on the US patrol which shot & killed 1 civilian.
In the video, a civilian tells the occupation: "You cannot pass even if there are 100 agreements." pic.twitter.com/I2ehR4k47N
— Kevork Almassian (@KevorkAlmassian) February 12, 2020
So guess what? The neighboring Syrian villages noticed, and had a meeting.
The Arab tribal elders and leaders held a gathering on Tuesday in the village of Khirbet Amo in the Qamishli countryside during which they declared their solidarity with the residents of Khirbet Amo who presented “an honourable image of resistance” against US forces, forcing them to retreat.
Sheikh Abdul Razzaq Al-Ta’i, leader of the Ta’i tribe, described Khirbet Amo’s residents’ resistance against US forces as “heroic and honourable” and a first step towards launching resistance against “the American forces occupying our land and a clear message to reject their occupation and presence on Syrian soil”.
This will not end well.