US-Led Coalition Bombs Syrian Forces Following Israeli Strike Near Damascus

A US-led coalition has conducted several "defensive" airstrikes against Syrian forces allied with President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday in Syria's Deir al-Zor province, in retaliation for what the coalition said was an "unprovoked" attack on the US-backed left-wing Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) headquarters.

Furthermore, CNN reported late Thursday that US forces are now investigating whether Russian contractors were involved in the initial attack against the SDF, after a US official told the news outlet that the possibility could not be ruled out.

The retaliatory airstrikes are said to have occurred 8km (5 miles) east of the Euphrates River, while no U.S. troops embedded with the local fighters at their headquarters are believed to have been wounded or killed in the attack on the headquarters, reports Reuters.

The US-led coalition did not say whether any pro-Syrian forces were killed in the retaliatory strike.

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"Syrian pro-regime forces initiated an unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters," reads a Feb 7 press release from Central Command. "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 mission." 

Although no U.S. servicemembers were reportedly involved in the attack on the SDF, the US-led coalition has previously asserted a "non-negotiable right to act in self-defense," pointing to the fact that coalition service members are embedded with the SDF "partners" on the ground in Syria. 

Syrian President Bashara al-Assad has repeatedly stated that the presence of the US-led coalition on Syrian soil is an act of aggression and a violation of Syrian sovereignty. Officially, Russian and Syrian air forces are the only military allowed to operate in Syria - however Syria and Iran are close strategic allies, with the latter providing logistical, technical and financial support to the Syrian government during the ongoing Syrian Civil War. Syria has repeatedly asked the United Nations to convince the United States to leave following the defeat of most ISIS forces in the country, however US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says US troops will remain in Syria as a counter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian forces.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

News of the retaliatory coalition airstrike comes on the heels of what we reported was an overnight attack against Syrian government locations near Damascus, in yet another attempt to provoke war with Syria. 

Bombs Away

As we discussed earlier, for at least the third time since the start of the 7-year long war in Syria, Israeli jets attacked a site just outside of Syria's capital city called Jamraya - believed to be a military research facility related to chemical weapons.

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Jamraya's government facilities are well known - and include a branch of Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center - the site of two previous Israeli attacks in 2013 and December of 2017. 

Like with other recent attacks, Israeli jets are reported to have fired from over Lebanon, with a Syrian military media statement saying that its air defenses intercepted most of the inbound missiles, though no further details were given. Unconfirmed international media reports, however, indicate one or more of the Israeli missiles may have impacted parts of the Syrian government facility during the strikes which occurred at 03:42 am local time Wednesday morning.

In response to Israel's most recent attack - apparently timed to coincide with recent allegations against repeated chemical attacks conducted by the Syrian government against al-Qaeda held pockets of the country, the Syrian military said "The general command of the armed forces holds Israel fully responsible for the dangerous consequences of its repeated, aggressive and uncalculated adventures."

Though admitting "no evidence" US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis suggested last week that the Syrian Army may be using sarin gas while also alleging multiple smaller scale chlorine attacks. 

Israel, however, has lately been quick to justify what Damascus has condemned as unprovoked "acts of aggression" in humanitarian terms as retribution for supposed gas attacks. Israel has long been on record as condemning Iran's presence in the region, however, Israeli leaders lately appear increasingly reliant on chemical attack claims as rationale for bombing Syrian government sites. 

Looks like more regime change is on the menu. The only question is when, and whether or not chocolate cake will be served for dessert. 

Comments

philipat DownWithYogaPants Wed, 02/07/2018 - 22:49 Permalink

When will Russia equip Damascus with S-400 air defense systems and when will Damascus start to justifiably defend itself against naked unprovoked aggression by Israel and the US? There will be little point bleeting to the UN Security Council because it has never condoned such actions which are illegal under International law and disgraceful from the perspective of human decency and morality. Not that Washington or Tel Aviv actually have any morality as already evidenced in Palestine.

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LiteBeeer CTacitus Thu, 02/08/2018 - 04:12 Permalink

stizazz lloll

Mohammedans follow Satan:

Allah calls for murder:

Quran 9:111 They fight in the cause of Allah , so they kill and are killed.

Quran 8:12 I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve.

Islam murdered 290+ million people. Who is blood thirsty?

Just because they did not believe the lie and submit to it.

Jesus said love your neighbor, love your enemy.

Israel is there by God. For His name sake.

Numbers 24:9

Whoever blesses Israel will be blessed,
And whoever curses Israel will be cursed.

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PrivetHedge LiteBeeer Thu, 02/08/2018 - 07:39 Permalink

Funny how it's the Israelis doing all the killing and invasions.

Also Israel was banned by God in the Torah - The Covenant. Gods word specifically forbids the Israelis to be there.

Additionally the current Israelis are not Judeans or Levites, they are Pharisees and Babylonians.

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Bendromeda Strain LiteBeeer Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:06 Permalink

Hey LiteBeer, let's get a couple things straight here. You quote the OT but throw Jesus' name around for flavor. The book of Revelations has the Antichrist going to Jerusalem for the final insult. When the SHTF, only 144,000 Israeli Jews are found righteous to receive protection, the rest of the Rothschild cabal currently encamped in the land are going to be blown away. Yes, Israel is there for a purpose, and its survival is ordained, but do not think that every action is some kind of holy writ.

The Israeli's attacked the USS Liberty and planned to frame Egypt. FACT. The KSA was in on the attack of the WTC, but we all know who orchestrated the event. FUTURE FACT.

How does your assertion square up with General Clark's Seven Countries proclamation, which sounded a lot like conspiracy to murder to most who heard it?

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Bring the Gold TBT or not TBT Wed, 02/07/2018 - 23:43 Permalink

As opposed to some delusional label you have for it in your sick jingoistic mind? Yeah I’ll just take the International consensus over all the war criminals in DC, Tel Aviv and London thanks. Not that random jingoistic madmen online aren’t totally worth listening to. Don’t think the smarter people haven’t taken note of your insane position on this TBT. 

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chumbawamba TBT or not TBT Thu, 02/08/2018 - 06:38 Permalink

This is sad.

Israel, with ten billion dollars a year in handouts from its USA pimp daddy, can't defeat Syria militarily, so the new tactic is to just close their eyes really tightly and pretend Syria doesn't exist.

Pathetic.

I'ma buy you a yarmulke for Christmas, Shlomo ben Hasbara. A nice one, with a big Jew star on the front. I hope you're not wearing it when the new pogroms begin shortly.

https://ponzied.com

I am Chumbawamba.

 

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not dead yet philipat Thu, 02/08/2018 - 00:24 Permalink

Obama was all set to unleash the dogs of war on Syria after the Damascus gas attack that he blamed on Assad. The American public said a collective no so it never happened. Now that the American public could give a shit the USA is pulling out the stops hoping their little games provoke Assad or the Russians into reacting to justify a massive air and missile retaliation. Which is why Israel can fire missiles into Syria from Lebanon and the Syrians don't retaliate. Granted the US can veto any resolution at the UN, it does it all the time for Israel, Syria and Lebanon should bitch to the UN about the illegal acts of the US and Israel to at least let the world know. A couple of months ago when everyone was saying the war is over and ISIS defeated and Assad won Tillerson came out and said Assad must go. Right then I knew the carnage was far from over and we are now seeing the beginning of the end of Syria. Odds are the US did bomb the Syrians and lied about why. Gulf of Tonkin in the ME.

Wars are expensive which is why Russia only has a small force in Syria and to put on a big push it would put the Russian economy on the skids. Plus if the US goes whole hog on bombing and missile strikes on Assad's forces Russia will either have to fold their tent and go home or put up a fight and start WW3. With decades of propaganda visited upon the citizens of the US if Russia were to kill American troops or shoot down a US plane the US public will be screaming for retaliation and the military will oblige them. Look for more escalation by the Ukraine government, with the US egging them on, against the Donbass to further pressure the Russians to either commit to defending Donbass or go home. The Russians will defend their homeland to the utmost but they will not allow outside powers to push the Russians into destroying their economy or devastating their armed forces in external wars. Putin has modernized his military and is currently racing to make Russia self sufficient so as to not be crushed by embargos or sanctions.

Assad is not a dictator or despot but very popular with his people contrary to western media. If Assad falls there will never be a pipeline through Syria for decades if at all. It will be an all out guerilla war and construction will be constantly under attack and workers fearing for their lives and quitting. If the line is built it will be constantly blown up. The US and Israel know this but now want to destroy Assad and Syria for not bowing down to them. This is also another front for them to try and stick it to the Russians and China's Silk Road. Trump is either a willing dupe or a closet neocon as he allows this to go on. Or a chickenshit more afraid of his safety while elsewhere millions eventually die. The foreign actions by the Trump administration are just as bad if not worse if Hillary the Hag had been elected. 

All the sheep in the US who believe the US killing actions in the ME, Korea, and elsewhere are keeping them safe in the US will one day awake to the sounds of bombs going off all over the US in retaliation for US aggression. You can bet the ranch plenty of soon to be terrorists are planted all over the US, thanks to the traffic from the southern border and ignorant immigration policies favoring Muslims, waiting to start home grown carnage. Of course they will blame it on Russia, China, and North Korea and if desperate for bad guys Cuba and Venezuela too.

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