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Title: US Combat Troops to Syria?
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Published: Feb 16, 2017
Author: Stephen Lendman
Post Date: 2017-02-16 12:58:27 by Stephen Lendman
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US Combat Troops to Syria?

by Stephen Lendman

Unknown numbers of US special forces operate in northern Syria illegally, aiding anti-government terrorists.

In late 2015, Lebanon’s al-Akhbar reported Washington was constructing a 2,500 millimeter-long runway for its warplanes at Abu Hajar airport in the eastern countryside of Hasaka, controlled by Kurdish YPG fighters.

US forces operate in Syria without government permission, a flagrant violation of international law.

Last November, reports indicated the Pentagon was considering possible deployment of greater numbers of special forces to northern parts of the country.

On Wednesday, CNN issued a similar report, quoting an unnamed Pentagon official, saying “(i)t’s possible that you may see conventional forces hit the ground in Syria for some period of time.”

If approved, they could arrive next month. It would represent a significant escalation of Trump’s involvement in Obama’s war, depending on the numbers sent and how they’re used.

For six years, Washington’s goal was regime change. Trump’s policy is unknown. Assad distrusts America for good reason. In contrast, Russia is a valued ally.

Separately according to Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Moscow expects Washington to pressure Kiev to observe its obligations under the Minsk accords, end its aggression, and work toward diplomatic conflict resolution.

It’s not “the subject of any deal” beyond Minsk, he said. Suggesting one “in no way corresponds to reality.” The rights of Donbass residents under attack by Ukraine’s military must be respected.

Kiev’s aggression must cease. Washington is responsible for constraining its puppet regime, operating without legitimacy, waging war on its own people.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

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#1. To: Stephen Lendman (#0)

In late 2015, Lebanon’s al-Akhbar reported Washington was constructing a 2,500 millimeter-long runway for its warplanes

A runway measures in millimeters?

Really?

Why not inches? Or would that number seem too small?

I have never heard of anyone describing the length of a runway in anything other than feet or meters,and suddenly we are getting one in millimeters???

Agenda much?

sneakypete  posted on  2017-02-17   8:15:42 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: sneakypete (#1)

2,500 millimeter-long runway

Good catch, Sneaky. A runway about 8 feet long doesn't seem like much to get spun up over.

I have to admit, I seldom read past the headlines now. Just don't have the stomach for it anymore.

The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. - Dr. Eldon Tyrell

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2017-02-17   9:36:58 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Esso (#2)

I have to admit, I seldom read past the headlines now. Just don't have the stomach for it anymore.

You can't do much of it without getting a headache.

sneakypete  posted on  2017-02-17   9:47:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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