On Wednesday, US forces claimed that they attacked Syrian forces “in self-defense.” New particulars are rising concerning the incident, suggesting each that the Syrian assault was far overstated, and the US retaliation was overwhelmingly extreme.
Syria putatively “attacked” a SDF base the place US troops have been, although in actuality the artillery strikes have been half a kilometer away from the bottom, which explains why there have been no casualties. The US, alternatively, attacked a Syrian professional-authorities patrol within the space, and killed in extra of 100 fighters within the assault.
100 folks is lots to kill, significantly for the reason that U.S. supposedly isn’t at warfare with Syria. This does, nevertheless, mirror the mission creep in Syria, because the defeat of ISIS has meant the U.S. forces there want a brand new justification to remain, and combating the Assad authorities seems to be it, with the Pentagon already saying a part of their pretext for staying is to make sure regime change.
Syria, in the meantime, has gone to the UN Security Council to complain over the U.S. bloodbath of what have been apparently members of a professional-authorities militia that had been combating ISIS, and was on the time of the assault engaged in a search-and-rescue operation.
Russia’s Defense Ministry additionally issued a press release condemning the U.S. assault, saying it proved the U.S. isn’t concerned with combating ISIS, however fairly in making an attempt to grab management of Syria’s financial belongings by way of army means.
Jason Ditz is information editor at Antiwar.com, a nonprofit group devoted to the reason for non-interventionism. His work has additionally appeared in Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Daily Caller, Washington Times and Detroit Free Press.