[Editor’s note: This is the best summation of the current state of affairs in Syria and Iraq I have seen. The US is desperately trying to build some sort of independent state in Eastern Syria to be implemented when ISIS finally reaches the point of collapse. This is to prevent a continuous land bridge across Syria, Iraq and Iran, which would make a huge strategic difference and allow troops and supplies to move far more readily and freely.
The US and it’s Israeli and Saudi allies want to break Syria, Iraq and Iran into smaller, powerless vassal states, what has become known as Balkanisation after the 1990’s breakup of Yugoslavia.
The rebuilding of the infrastructure and normal life in Syria and Iraq cannot begin until the border falls under the control of Damascus and Baghdad and it is likely that Qatari willingness to invest heavily in this reconstruction is a prime factor behind that country’s current isolation.
The battle for control of the border is one that holds genuine danger for the entire world as it appears that the US has placed it’s forces to prevent this, alongside their ‘coalition allies’ who in reality are paid mercenaries who keep changing the flag they fight under to suit circumstances and avoid Russian bombs.
The Syrians and Iraqis are leading the fight to control the border region but they are heavily backed by Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah forces and the danger lies in the very real possibility of Russian and Iranian forces ending up in a firefight with US forces. This would be the lighting of the blue touch paper of an explosive escalation that could easily end up igniting a global conflagration. Ian]
Senator Tim Kaine says “recent US strikes inside Syria against the Syrian government and its Iranian allies are unlawful.”
Kaine notes that US military operation is only authorized action against the perpetrators of 9/11, and that “nobody claims that Syria was a perpetrator. Nobody claims that they are connected to Al-Qaeda. In fact, they’re battling against Al-Qaeda in Syria.”
Tell that to the Pentagon regime which still claims that recent attack on a Syrian Su-22 bomber was “collective self-defense” intended to protect terror proxies from Syria’s military. This is well beyond the scope of the supposed US mission in Syria, which is to fight against ISIL, as was a previous flurry of Tomahawk missiles fired at a Syrian Air Force base a few months prior.
This comes as the whole US operation in eastern Syria is illegal under International Law, for it has neither a UN mandate nor an invitation from the Syrian government. With its escalation of the undeclared war on Syria’s allies, the Trump administration risks a direct military confrontation with Iran and Russia as well.
It doesn’t take a strategic mind to realize that by scrambling to take over territory abandoned by ISIL in the region the US cannot get what it couldn’t during the failed regime-change campaign. The allied forces of Iran, Syria, Russia and Hezbollah now control much of western Syria and are moving to reclaim the remaining ISIL areas in the east. Soon they will be joined by the Iraqi forces that are also fast moving toward the border. This is not for de facto partition or trying to establish a sphere of influence. This is for full spectrum liberation of Iraq and Syria.
War-party Washington’s actions run counter to this officially recognized campaign. They have no intention to get along with Iran and Russia or stop engaging in regime change. The US is occupying Syrian territory and is determined to shoot anyone that tries to get its troops out. With no indication how long they will remain, it is clear that the US wants to permanently partition Syria and make reaching a post-ISIL political settlement all the more difficult.
Washington has its own reasons for prolonging the war on Syria and curtailing Iranian influence, but it’s also pleasing its Israeli and Saudi partners in crime. To this end, the United States and its terror proxies are desperate to build a zone of control along the Iraqi-Syrian border. They seek to stop the allied forces from rolling up ISIL.
The problem is, the allied forces of Iran, Syria, Russia and Hezbollah have won the war. They only need time to mop up the remaining terrorist groups. The US is in the know. That’s why it tangles over the shape of postwar Syria and Iraq. The US is desperate to block Iran from overland access to Syria, and Tehran is pushing back with sophisticated weapons systems, including precision-striking missiles and drones.
Even the international community is also unhappy about the prospect of a permanent US-terror proxy zone of control in eastern Syria, even if the initial stage of its establishment involves the defeat of ISIL. This conflict over the east is leading in dangerous directions and if something bad happens, the blaming fingers will be all pointed at the United States. More so, Russia has also begun tracking US aircraft flying west of the Euphrates. If that tracking means locking on radar from anti-aircraft batteries, it is a dangerous escalation that no US pilot would be able to escape.
Beyond any doubt, the prospect of the US controlling the Syria-Iraq border through its allied terror proxies is remote. All members of this global criminal syndicate, particularly Saudi Arabia and head-chopping “moderates” are unacceptable not only to the people of Iraq and Syria but to the rest of the community.
More still, when the US militarily occupied Iraq for eight and a half years, with as many as 160,000 troops on the ground, it still failed to control the Iraq-Syria border. The policy to try its luck to control the border all over again is yet another of many in today’s Washington that is doomed to failure.