… from Press TV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: This could be a big game changer. The active phrase to pay attention to here is “neighboring states”. He already has approval from Syria with some initial strikes already carried out on the border area that goes to Deir Ezzor, a safe area for Daesh for a long time. It seems that control of the borders has finally been recognized as a do or die factor in the terror war.
What other states does Abdi have in mind, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, Kuwait or Jordan? Off the top of my head I can’t imagine any that would give their permission, so what is Abdi trying to stir up here?
Could it be that he wants to expose Daesh bases in some of these countries that are operating with impunity? If ignored will he borrow the “Bush doctrine”, to attack terrorists wherever they can be found?
Is he ready to release solid Intel on this to put such national operators on the spot. Jordan with its huge Saudi facility, basically a huge underground military command center, has been running the opposition, including the Daesh elements in the Damascus area from the beginning.
The plan was to tie up as much of Syria’s military as possible in the south while attacking the country in the north from all points of the compass. The long supply lines created endless opportunities for ambushes and picking off isolated garrisons, and the Syrian army took major losses, past what the US did in Vietnam.
Captured prisoners were usually executed in mass with virtually no outrage in Western media, military or diplomatic circles. The plan was to simply to implode Syria, death by a 1000 cuts, and encourage a military coup to “save the country”.
That did not happen, but what was attempted, the rape, murder and dismemberment of Syria must be rubbed in the faces of all those involved in the attempt as they should be 100% responsible for rebuilding Syria and paying reparations to all victims.
And for the safety of the rest of us, it is long past time we confronted the issue of sovereign immunity even covering state sponsored terrorism as the main terror threat of our time. If we fail to address it with all of our might then we will have chosen to be passive victims, a sad ending indeed… Jim W. Dean ]
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– First published … March 08-17 –
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says government forces will press ahead with an aerial bombardment campaign against the hideouts of Takfiri Daesh terrorists in Syria and neighboring states if they give Baghdad the approval for such operations.
“I respect the sovereignty of states, and I have secured the approval of Syria to strike positions (on its territory),” he told a conference in the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniya, which lies in Iraq’s northern and semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, on Wednesday.
Abadi announced in a statement on February 24 that Iraqi fighter jets had pounded Daesh lairs in Syria.
“We are determined to chase terrorism that tries to kill our sons and citizens wherever it is found, so we gave orders to the air force command to strike Daesh positions in Hosaiba and Albu Kamal inside Syrian territory,” the statement read.
The Iraqi prime minister added that the targets were connected with a recent string of deadly explosions in Baghdad.
“The heroes of the sky executed the operation and responded to the terrorists with amazing success,” Abadi said.
Iraq’s Joint Operations Command later stated that the F16 fighter jets had destroyed Daesh positions and strongholds in Hosaiba and Albu Kamal districts inside Syrian territory.
An unnamed source close to the Syrian Foreign Ministry also said the airstrikes were conducted in “complete coordination” with the Damascus government.
Abadi’s remarks come as Iraq’s battle to liberate the northern city of Mosul, Daesh’s last urban stronghold in the country, has entered a sensitive phase.
Iraqi government forces and allies liberated the eastern sector of the city in January following 100 days of fighting with Daesh. Iraqi forces are now in the middle of an operation to retake the western half of the city. Since February 19, when the offensive, they have made major gains against the extremists on Mosul’s western front.
Last week, Iraqi soldiers took control of the last major road out of western Mosul, which links the city to Tal Afar, another Daesh bastion to the west, and then to neighboring Syria.