Why Washington Struck Russian Contractors In Syria

Submitted by Nauman Sadiq,

On February 7, the US B-52 bombers and Apache helicopters struck a contingent of Syrian government troops and allied forces in Deir al-Zor that reportedly killed and wounded dozens of Russian military contractors working for the Russian private security firm, the Wagner group.

In order to understand the reason why the US brazenly attacked the Russian contractors, we need to keep the backdrop of seven-year-long Syrian conflict in mind. Washington has failed to topple the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

After the Russian intervention in Syria in September 2015, the momentum of battle has shifted in favor of Syrian government and Washington’s proxies are on the receiving end in the conflict. Washington’s policy of nurturing militants against the Syrian government has given birth to the Islamic State and myriads of jihadist groups that have carried out audacious terror attacks in Europe during the last couple of years.

Out of necessity, Washington had to make the Kurds the centerpiece of its policy in Syria. But on January 20, its NATO-ally Turkey mounted Operation Olive Branch against the Kurds in the northwestern Syrian canton of Afrin. In order to save its reputation as a global power, Washington could have confronted Turkey and pressured it to desist from invading Afrin. But it chose the easier path and vented its frustration on the Syrian government forces in Deir al-Zor which led to the casualties of scores of Russian military contractors hired by the Syrian government.

Another reason why Washington struck Russian contractors working in Syria is that the US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – which is mainly comprised of Kurdish YPG militias – have reportedly handed over the control of some areas west of Euphrates River to Deir al-Zor Military Council (DMC), which is the Arab-led component of SDF, and have relocated several battalions of Kurdish YPG militias to Afrin and along Syria’s northern border with Turkey in order to defend the Kurdish-held areas against the onslaught of Turkish armed forces and allied Free Syria Army (FSA) militias.

More significantly, an understanding between the Syrian government and the Kurdish leadership has recently been reached, according to which the government will deploy Syrian troops in the northwestern Kurdish enclave of Afrin in order to augment the defenses of the canton against the Turkish-led offensive.

One of the main reasons why Washington bombed the pro-government forces, which included the Russian military contractors, on February 7 in Deir al-Zor was to preempt the likelihood of such an accord between the US-backed Kurdish forces and the Russia-backed Syrian government from materializing in the wake of Turkish-led Operation Olive Branch in Afrin on January 20.

It’s worth noting here that the ethnic and sectarian conflict in Syria and Iraq is actually a three-way conflict between the Sunni Arabs, the Shi’a Arabs and the Kurds. Although after the declaration of war against a faction of Sunni Arab militants, the Islamic State, the US has also lent its support to the Shi’a-led government in Iraq, the Shi’a Arabs of Iraq are not the trustworthy allies of Washington because they are under the influence of Iran.

Therefore, Washington was left with no other choice but to make the Kurds the centerpiece of its policy in Syria after a group of Sunni Arab jihadists overstepped their mandate in Syria and overran Mosul and Anbar in Iraq in early 2014, from where the United States had withdrawn its troops only a couple of years ago in December 2011.

The so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are nothing more than Kurdish militias with a token presence of mercenary Arab tribesmen in order to make them appear more representative and inclusive in outlook.

Regarding the Kurdish factor in the Syrian civil war, it would be pertinent to mention here that unlike the pro-US Iraqi Kurds led by the Barzani family, the Syrian PYD/YPG Kurds as well as the Syrian government have been ideologically aligned because both are socialists and have traditionally been in the Russian sphere of influence.

Moreover, as I have already described that the Syrian civil war is a three-way conflict between the Sunni Arab militants, the Shi’a-led government and the Syrian Kurds, and the net beneficiaries of this conflict have been the Syrian Kurds who have expanded their areas of control by aligning themselves first with the Syrian government against the Sunni Arab militants since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in August 2011 to August 2014, when the US policy in Syria was “regime change” and the CIA was indiscriminately training and arming the Sunni Arab militants against the Shi’a-led government in the border regions of Turkey and Jordan with the help of Washington’s regional allies: Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait, all of which belong to the Sunni denomination.

In August 2014, however, the US declared a war against one faction of the Sunni Arab militants, the Islamic State, when the latter overran Mosul and Anbar in early 2014, and Washington made a volte-face on its previous “regime change” policy and started conducting air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Thus, shifting the goalposts in Syria from the impossible objective of “regime change” to the realizable goal of defeating the Islamic State.

After that reversal of policy by Washington, the Syrian Kurds took advantage of the opportunity and struck an alliance with the US against the Islamic State at Masoud Barzani’s bidding, thus further buttressing their position against the Sunni Arab militants as well as the Syrian government.

More to the point, for the first three years of the Syrian civil war from August 2011 to August 2014, an informal pact existed between the Syrian government and the Syrian Kurds against the onslaught of the Sunni Arab militants until the Kurds broke off that arrangement to become the centerpiece of Washington’s policy in the region.

In accordance with the aforementioned pact, the Syrian government informally acknowledged Kurdish autonomy; and in return, the Kurdish militias jointly defended the areas in northeastern Syria, specifically al-Hasakah, alongside the Syrian government troops against the advancing Sunni Arab militant groups, particularly the Islamic State.

Finally, in order to understand Washington’s objective that why it dared to bomb pro-government forces in Deir al-Zor on February 7 that included private Russian military contractors, bear in mind that it would be a nightmare scenario for Washington in Syria if its only trust-worthy allies, the Syrian Kurds, broke off their arrangement with Washington and once again entered a mutually beneficial alliance with Russia-backed Syrian government – a scenario which is quite likely after Washington’s NATO-ally Turkey’s repeated invasions of Kurdish-held areas in Syria, first the invasion of Jarabulus and Azaz in northern Syria during the Operation Euphrates Shield that lasted from August 2016 to last March, and now the military intervention in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin on January 20.

Washington’s primary objective of bombing the pro-government troops on February 7 - that led to dozens of Russian casualties - was to create divisions between the US-backed Kurds and Russia-backed Syrian government. Clearly, one can’t negotiate and reach a defensive accord with a party whose backers are bombing you at the same time. But Russia has sagaciously downplayed the brazen atrocity and moved on with its efforts to reconcile the divergent interests of competing forces in the Syrian proxy war.

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Nauman Sadiq is an Islamabad-based attorney, columnist and geopolitical analyst focused on the politics of Af-Pak and Middle East regions, neocolonialism and petro-imperialism.

Comments

BobEore Avichi Tue, 02/20/2018 - 02:26 Permalink

But but... WAIT! ...

"There were no "Russian Contractors" !!!!!!!!Doesn't this author geet it?

Where's the script?? Show the man the script!! (Breaks glass!)

Oh Boy.  This is gonna be a good one!

Edit: looks like another 5alarm blaze in N Tonawanda Irv! not even morning.. and they've had to call in the 'fire dept.'

Yes indeed Bob... but... will they get there in time? 

Trammps - Disco Inferno (Long Version)

he he heh! "Burn that mutha down!"

 

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BobEore Pandelis Tue, 02/20/2018 - 03:08 Permalink

Good point Mr Hercules.

Sadiq falls into the camp... of fallen analysts... scribblers... and camp followers of Russo-talmudic media fake news with jaundiced views. 

He's  somehow fallen offa the egg cart here tho... 'smart' operators KNOW THAT NO "russian contractors" ever go to places where the GRU needs them too!

This may end up to be as BIG A COCK UP as Sundays' SAKER DOWN SAKER DOWN debacle was, for the crew with the...

mostest ever ties to talmudic paymasters!

OOpsy!... looka those [private messages] start to go! Call the vote meter gang - we got BIG TROUBLE... agin!

Voice One: thought you said we finally nailed his ass!>??

Voice Too: We did! Sucka went down for the count after we pulled that vote shit Sunday and agin yesterday.

Voice One: Sooo.... what's happening now.

Voice Too: Whaaadaya mean by that Reviler?

Voice Three: That man with the scar round his neck!!! He's back! And he's says he's comin for ya Capt Wilson.

Fades to black.

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Killdo BigJim Tue, 02/20/2018 - 08:44 Permalink

It's a psychopathy as a 'culture'  - like individual psychos - they are unable to love anyone - that's why all they have are games of greed and power. 

they are charming mostly and know how to tell their victims exactly what they want to hear, pretending they are their best friends (while they wage war against their victims without victims suspecting anything). Using dirty tricks like to turn their victims against themselves (via their tools like Hollywood, predatory banking etc). 

if you want to understand zionism - just read a book on psychopaths and replace individual psychos with a 'culture' of psychos  - it will all make sense

a good book on the subject by the guy who invented the PSychopath Test: 

https://www.amazon.com/Democracy-Incorporated-Managed-Inverted-Totalita…

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SilverRhino Killdo Tue, 02/20/2018 - 09:55 Permalink

So I got this from a friend ..... here's what went down. 

 

Soooo...

Further reporting, such as it is, on the Dair Ezzor Turkey Shoot.

1. Sov... err... Russians built a bridge over the Euphrates which was the designated 'deconfliction line'. Why? Reasons. 'Commite of Nations' or something.

2. 'Hybrid' force of mixed Russian contractors including multiple non-ethnic Russians (Serbs, Kossack, other non Slavics) as well as local Syrian Army 'commandos' attacked across temporary bridge. The 'Russian' side were 'Blackwater' equivalent mercenaries from a company generally called 'Wagner' which is the nom de plume of the boss. (Like if you called Blackwater 'Prince'.)

3. Unit was partially mechanized, battalion strength. (One thing everyone agrees upon is 'about 600-700 personnel.') Had some towed artillery as well as 't-55 and T-72 MBT as well as armored personnel carriers.' (Type unknown.) Full on 'we're taking that position and you're not stopping us' full court press.

4. Unit crossed bridge, arty deployed.

5. Arty opened fire while most of unit was still in approach column formation. (Normal) One portion moved to flanking positions.

5A. Minute the arty opened fire SHIT GOT REAL REAL QUICK.

6. Reapers took out artillery and most of armor with Hellfire. From the few videos, pretty much before they knew what hit them. There had to be quite a few Reaper drones up or they were feeding guidance to Hellfire from Apaches (see below.)

7. F-15E Eagles came in for clean-up and to check for anti-air defenses.

8. Warthogs showed up just to go BRRRRRRT!

9. AC-130 Spectre started fucking up their day for the hell of it.

10. To add insult to injury, B-52s which, you know, just HAPPENED to be in the area, just minding our own business, just passing by from Diego Garcia which is a few thousand miles away, on our way to... somewhere... nothing to see here... decided to prove they could drop their entire load as precision guided weapons and just more or less DID A JDAM ARCLIGHT ON THEIR ASS. At that point, more or less because CENTCOM said 'Why not? ARCLIGHT is always pretty to watch...'

11. The whole thing being so over it was ridiculous, AH-64 Apaches basically did 'hostile Bomb Damage Assessment' and complained there were no targets left.

12. Oh, and then the Kurds, to just really FUCK with these guys, released water from a dam upstream and broke their bridge. So they had to ford back with their wounded.

13. Nobody knows how many dead and wounded. Russians are saying 'only 8 Russian citizens' but that doesn't quite cover the whole of who may have been involved. One repeated number is 200 dead (remember, mixed Syrians, Russians and other ethnics) as well as pretty much the rest of the force wounded. (Not to mention pretty thoroughly demoralized.) One Kurd wounded. Probably fell off a stool laughing to tell truth.

14. Military hospitals in Russia are reliably reported 'overflowing.'

This was much less a 'battle' than a message. Towards the end we had to just be pounding ground to make sure they got it.

Messages, really.

A. Don't fucking cross that river.
B. Hey, North Korea! LOOK WHAT I CAN DO!
C. Hey, Putin, about Donbas... This is what we can do to your 'freedom fighters' (AKA: mercenaries) at any time.
D. To everyone in general: You need to remember who's boss.

Mattis is playing dumb. 'What Russians? There were Russians? Really? I'm seeing that in the media but I got no briefing on there being Russians in that column. Our bad. Sorry about that.'

Then there's the fact that the strike was NOT approved by the President.

Because he gave CENTOM the approval on things like that.

And CENTCOM handled it like a BOSS.

Oh, and when the forces crossed the river the Russians were informed and informed that we intended to take 'self-defense' actions.

So they can't even say they weren't warned.

I'm not sure we warned them we'd be using BUFF.

This is more the sort of thing I'd expect in late summer.

'Shit! We haven't expended our budget! Are there any Russians we can fuck up very badly with all these unexpended munitions?'

Last thought: It had to be shitty being on the receiving end of that.

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BobEore SilverRhino Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:41 Permalink

"Your friend"... on the balance got most everything down right.

The interpretation was a bit phuked up:

  • A. Don't fucking cross that river.  True
    B. Hey, North Korea! LOOK WHAT I CAN DO! Maybe
    C. Hey, Putin, about Donbas... He already knows.
    D. To everyone in general: You need to remember who's boss. 

D Yes - but 'everyone' includes the faction in the USA which the faction which organized this is fighting! [see:

MAJOR REVELATIONS continue to come in!]

Mattis was definitely shitgrinnin whilst lying thru his teeth

 

 

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MEFOBILLS Killdo Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:15 Permalink

One can examine religions for psychopathic constructs.  

Bill Warner has done that for Islam.

https://www.politicalislam.com/

Judaism has been deconstructed  repeatedly through history.  Good recent examples are Judaism's strange gods by Hoffman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po_cSMoCZ6w  Most ZH readers are probably familiar with Culture of Critique trilogy by MacDonald.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Culture_of_Critique_series 

Both of these religions would fail pyschopathy tests, which indicate they are of "man" origin and thus false religions.  Both of these religions use deception concepts such as Taqiyya and Kol-Niedre.  

Both of these religions, like psychopaths, are to be rooted out removed and isolated where they can do no harm.  

There is no such thing as Free-Dumb, or Free Markets.  Freedom exists only within a context of borders and limits, to protect that within.

 

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Veritas X- Pandelis Tue, 02/20/2018 - 03:12 Permalink

If you look more closely at * Nauman Sadiq *, it literally reads, No man['s] Friend.

No Man (German phonetic pronunciation) = Nauman

Friend (in Arabic) = Sadiq

IC language & propaganda? Sounds like it to me.

However, Scott Humor has written an excellent exposé on these "dead russians".....cough-cough.

HERE:

*“Wagner” Private military company could be a code name for Israel’s black-op*

"... The problem for authors of this psi-op is that the fake “Wagner private military company” has been used for far too long since an invasion of Libya. The “Wagner story” was investigated by the Russia’s federal TV channels and independent journalists, alike, and was found to be an orchestrated fake...

However, this time we got some new information and new leads that directly point to Israel being behind this February psi-op...".

https://scotthumor.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/wagner-private-military-com…

X-

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BobEore Scar Bro Tue, 02/20/2018 - 05:15 Permalink

Hey! I see you got 'the message' in time. Now, where's our boy Conscious Reviler?

We have business. Not after I'm done for the day... like Sundays set up, this time. Now. While its still Tuesday, here in the middle east.

That was over the top. I gave you the benefit of the doubt. That won't happen again.

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BobEore Pandelis Tue, 02/20/2018 - 05:11 Permalink

Superior? Naw... unless you mean... in the 'moral' sense. Yes, he feels morally superior, cause.. you know... 'god' is on his side an all that. The usual bullshit... the Russo talmudics here use

in place of an argument.

I looked at Scotts' post. Then I followed the links... to one... two... three ...other posts which were gonna bury "wagner" forever - according to Scott...

but all I got...

"Since some of them speak Russian, we can safely assume that this is one of those staged videos they use to claim to be of PMCs “Wagner” or “Turan” operating somewhere in “secret.’  Most likely they will use this video as a “proof” of “Russians attacking civilian population.”

was this safely assume thing attached to some 'photos taken in Srael' and nothing... but nothing at all convincingly showing anything about Wagner being 'fake.' Just Scott sayin... "I got mad, so I produced this post"

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BobEore BobEore Tue, 02/20/2018 - 06:29 Permalink

"Scott" also has a small - Saker-like - "wardrobe malfunction" with his storyline...

The article also states that it was the U.S. forces who allegedly “killed scores of Russians,” not the Kurdish militia, or the “rebels.”

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said immediately after “Why do I say it’s perplexing? I have no idea why they would attack there. The forces were known to be there. Obviously, the Russians knew.”  It was reported that the U.S. used a deconflcition telephone line to warn the Russian that U.S. was about to hit the advancing force with airstrikes, and Russia assured the U.S. that there were no Russians among the pro-regime forces.

Such that, when it suits his purpose, he wants us to trust the 'official statements' of various talking heads who we all know it to be the business of to lie... 

and to trust him that "the Kurds, and/or 'the rebels' shot up the attacking Russian mercs. Wonder if they shot up the Americans too... in order to hijack all those gunships, jets, and artie what actually killed the invaders?

Really...Truly... fake news at its' finest!

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BobEore any_mouse Tue, 02/20/2018 - 08:30 Permalink

breaking news!

Upset and edgy that NOTHING HAS WORKED IN THE TRICK BAG

OverTheHedge has declared jihad in a  truly fitting manner

I for one will not be reporting you to info@zerohedge.com, but unless you at least lay off the spamming, someone will

hint hint... so...

if you see any interruption to the flow of real information from the real middle east, from the only real reporter to get the story right...

give credit. Where credit is due. We've been "warned" - thats "kabbalism in action!"

Kurdish Fighters Strike Deal With Syrian Army To Drive Turks Outby Tyler Durden Mon, 02/19/2018 - 08:

All Bets Off In Afrin: Updated

No Syrian government troops have entered AfrinByLeith Aboufadel20/02/2018

 

Watch - as they cry out - whilst striking the victim - for too many truths in such little appreciative company.

Geopolitics Behind the Mask

Understanding kabbalism's influence on modern medias -
and the geopolitical consequences

Who's zoomin whom here?

 

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BobEore Zero Point Tue, 02/20/2018 - 02:53 Permalink

he he heh!

You in the right place now!

More Method to the Madness - or Madness to the Method?

" we see the outlines of the collaboration between the Turco-Talmudic axis of evil  - which has apparently decided its time to finally rip off the mask...

and go full bore into war - against Syria, Iran, the Kurds, aaaaaannnnd...

drag the USA into a quagmire which will initiate the fateful takedown of the already staggering 'superOpower' which is now - like it's artificial 'enemy' Russia - almost completely under the control of Lubavichers working for tel aviv."

TRUTH IN MEDIA.     YOU CAN'T BEAT IT.            WHY NOT JOIN IT!?!?!?!

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any_mouse Zero Point Tue, 02/20/2018 - 06:11 Permalink

No one mentions the Golan Heights as Syrian sovereign territory anymore.

Or the discovery, by Dick Cheney, of a massive oil field under the Golan Heights in Syrian territory farther in than the Israeli mandated "deconfliction zone".

Israel gets some kind of free pass to steal shit.

Collapse of the Syrian State means Israel grabs the oil with USA and Islamic "jihadis" doing all the wet work.

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MK ULTRA Alpha silverstud Tue, 02/20/2018 - 02:21 Permalink

LOL this author, a foreigner states the reason the US attacked a column of troops and tanks just before they attacked a US position was because the US had to keep the Kurds on their side.

I guess if the US just let the Russian troops and tanks take the US position and a few Americans would be killed, is what should have happened.

It's looks a lot like self defense or isn't it OK for Americans to defend themselves?

LOL, this board, it's admitted anti-American foreigner posters spin their own fake reality just as bad as MSM. Can't trust ZH because of the anti-American slant and can't trust MSM because of the political agenda.

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BobEore MK ULTRA Alpha Tue, 02/20/2018 - 02:34 Permalink

Hang on there a minute. How come you done missed my missive there  Big Guy?

This author has at least broke open THE FORBIDDEN TRUTH! Got some good stuff for ya... but ya gotta calm down a bit.

Here - read this... that should sweeten you up! See now... some of us are big boyz n grrls here after all. An we got work to do

Now then... let's get this show on the road!

More - Tail Wag-ners Dog? Or Dog Wag-ners Tail?

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Jung MK ULTRA Alpha Tue, 02/20/2018 - 02:51 Permalink

Americans are, as always, illegally there, so they are, as usual doing criminal destructive, selfish things. Never ever creative, constructive, just selfish bastards that rule and the citizens are powerless against their Zionist rulers.

Mr Ultra Alpha= ultra ego weakness, inability to reflect, narcissistic. Didn't notice the nickname so no point to start to "discuss"anything.

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not dead yet MK ULTRA Alpha Tue, 02/20/2018 - 02:55 Permalink

It was not a US position. As the US clearly stated they were attacking allies of the US. Your Russian hatred runs deep. Must be a Ukie troll spinning bullshit and claiming to be a red blooded American. Some reports claim the Russian group was not attacking but were moving into the area under a deal with the opposition who vacated the area. The double dealing US used it as an opportunity to murder as many as possible. Using B52's would mean the US was privy to the deal in advance as you don't station the Buff's inside a war zone and they are not ready to be flown at a moments notice.

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fx MK ULTRA Alpha Tue, 02/20/2018 - 06:35 Permalink

MK-ultra bullsh!t at its finest, once again.

Gee, next time someone may break into your house and may grab whatever he can get and make himself comfortable on your couch. And when you show up, he will have every right to "self-defend" himself , no matter that he is actually in your home.

Or so that idiotic "logic" of you and many fellow Americans works...

 

I guess, Americans have the right to "self-defend" themselves allover the planet, probably even in the kremlin or the Chinese emperor's palace.  But they are incapable and unwilling to self-defend themselves against their own opressors and deep state warmongers. Go figure.

 

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BobEore fx Tue, 02/20/2018 - 07:32 Permalink

Nice to see  you back buddy.

Not one in a thousand of the lil lilliputians infecting this board will go toe to toe with me for a round or two. Always wait till I sign off - to start up with the cheap character assassinations! (Hows that workin out for yas pussies?)

I enjoyed it immensely. And it finally gives the onlooking audience a chance to see the situation unpacked - minus all the deliberate distractions designed 

to avoid just that! Soooo....

what did you think about the Russian planes bombing civvie targets in Ghouta today? The phuck those ragheads were thinkin... livin in their own homes n stuff? Serves em right - getting in the way of our "peacekeepers bombs" ... just like those asshole Kurds up in Afrin!

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Blankone Tue, 02/20/2018 - 02:09 Permalink

The Kurds and Syrian were already in conflict. The Kurds want part of Syria for their new Kurdish country. They are also in cooperation with ISIS and are becoming a US proxy quickly.

Putin/Russia downplayed the "brazen atrocity" because they will not/can not take a stand and shoot down US jets or counter attack/bomb US forces. The US did the attack to push back the Russians, to protect their proxy and because they have no fear of Putin.

MEFOBILLS Blankone Tue, 02/20/2018 - 02:26 Permalink

The Kurds want part of Syria for their new Kurdish country

The area they are trying to grab is oil rich and has a refinery.  Not going to happen.  Syria needs this region to rebuild and have income.

Kurd's will have to revert to being shepherds, as they were in the past.  That, or they will need to take a chunk out of Turkey for their homeland.

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