…the Senior Editor
From intelligence intercepts, confirmed: Last week, Trump did these two things: He began a B52 carpet bombing campaign against civilians in Afghanistan deeply paralleling the actions of Richard Nixon.
He ordered US Navy Seal teams to down a Russian warplane over Syria using advanced ground to air missiles. An SU 25 was shot down and the Russian pilot died in hand to hand fighting with US backed al Qaeda fighters.
Trump has ordered, in Dier Ezzor province in Eastern Syria, full US support for ISIS fighters remaining surrounded in the desert and in pockets along the Euphrates River. American air support, including Apache, C130 and A10 aircraft have been turned over as air support for ISIS.
This is confirmed.
Trump’s actions are driven primarily by his deteriorating situation in Washington and the imminent collapse of the US economy. Dozens of indictments are expected in Washington and Trump has already crossed the line into obstruction of justice, as was predicted long ago.
It is likely that President Putin finally understands that Trump is insane. In the interim, Saudi Arabia has virtually disappeared from the war in Syria, licking its wounds.
Trumps game in Eastern Syria is a strange one. He is trying to create a military conflict between US backed Kurds, who have traditionally been close to Damascus, and the Syrian Arab Army. The region being fought over has never adequately been explored for oil resources, nothing published for public consumption.
In Western Syria, the US backed forces are fighting Turkey, who has sent FSA troops, these are Turkish army regular forces dressed in rags and poorly groomed, with little success. In order to survive, the Kurds need to stay close as possible to Damascus but Trump is trying to burn that down.
What we believe we are seeing is the usual GOP betrayal of the Kurds, much as George H.W. Bush did after Desert Storm. The US stood down while Saddam slaughtered tens of thousands of Kurdish civilians. The US has similarly allowed systematic persecution of Kurds inside Turkey while arming Kurds inside Iran. The Kurds will never learn.
The end of this road will be Russia moving its forces back into Syria and leading the way to retake Idlib Province. That will end the war.
From there on, driving out US forces will be on the table. With no terrorist base to work with, the US will be on its own. Damascus was always going to settle generously with the Kurds with this exception. The US has purposefully pushed Kurdish forces into Arab regions of Syria in an attempt to cause continued strife.
Russia, Iran and Turkey, working in concert, will have to address this issue.
In the interim, the US Army and US Air Force are officially at war with Syria on behalf of terror groups. It used to be an informal agreement, no longer.