We just bombed Syrian government forces again
Did we just kill Russian soldiers in Syria? We may have.
JUST IN: Russian contractors may have been involved in pro-regime attack on US military advisers and their partner forces in Syria that led to US counterattack with aircraft and artillery in east of Euphrates. No US wounded.
— Barbara Starr (@barbarastarrcnn) February 7, 2018
The US has carried out rare air strikes on Syrian pro-government forces after what it called an "unprovoked attack" on allied Kurdish and Arab fighters.
An estimated 100 pro-government fighters were killed in the overnight incident in Deir al-Zour province.
They had allegedly tried to take ground east of the River Euphrates, captured from the Islamic State group by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
State media said the US "aggression" left dozens of people dead or wounded.
The Middle Euphrates Valley serves as an informal demarcation line in eastern Syria, with the government controlling the western side and the SDF the east. The two sides have clashed there in the past year while seeking to drive IS militants from their last major stronghold in the country.
What right do we have to partition Syria?
BTW, the area involved was Syria's oil fields.
It isn't just Syria, Iran and Russia that we are fighting. It's Turkey too.
Two senior American generals came to the front line outside the Syrian city of Manbij on Wednesday flying outsized American flags on their vehicles, in case pro-Turkish forces just the other side of the no man’s land, 20 yards away, did not realize who they were.
“We’re very proud of our positions here, and we want to make sure everybody knows it,” said Maj. Gen. Jamie Jarrard, the Special Operations commander for the American-led coalition in Iraq and Syria.
If the message to Turkey was not clear already, the overall coalition commander accompanying General Jarrard, Lt. Gen. Paul Funk, elaborated. “You hit us, we will respond aggressively. We will defend ourselves.”
You know, I've learned that if you dare enough people to punch you in the face, eventually someone will take you up on it.
Syria, Iran, Turkey, Russia, you can't keep making enemies and not have it come back to bite you.
This isn't just bad strategy, it's insane. No one but Israel likes this.
A lot of people are going to get killed, and some of them will be Americans.