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Surprising US Attack in Idlib

Surprising US Attack in Idlib

  • For the US to attack any takfiri militia in Syria would certainly be a challenge to Bolton’s authority.

Submitted by Steve Brown…

In a rather surprising announcement, US Central Command claimed to attack a takfiri training camp in the terrorist stronghold of Idlib province (Syria) where Ansar al-Tawhid and similar groups were present. According to (US) Centcom and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, forty or more militants were killed in the strike, including senior terror leaders.

Rami Abdel Rahman of the SOHR said the US attack, “targeted a meeting held by the leaders of Hurras al-Deen, Ansar al-Tawhid and other allied groups inside a training camp”, but Rami did not state how the missile was delivered.

Details are sketchy, but an online video has appeared seeming to confirm the deaths of the takfiri militants, with terrorist sympathizers bemoaning the same (in the comments). If true, an actual US attack on terror leaders in Idlib is the first US military operation of its kind since early 2017, and comes on the back of a recent US attack on the Hurras al-Deen terror militia in July.

Even more surprising, the United States may have shared intelligence with Russian Federation Special Forces to eliminate Khalifa Muhamad Turki al-Subaiy a notorious al Qaeda operative who is certainly now deceased, even if western sources are not yet reporting that fact. (See: Militant Attack Ends in Disaster)

If the US truly is cooperating with Syrian security forces and their allies – and that is by no means certain! – then we must ask why… since the US and Israel have colluded to destabilize and threaten Syria by sponsoring and backing the terrorist insurgency there.

One factor could be that the US was ejected from the Syrian equation four years ago, effectively side-lined by Russia, Turkey, and Iran. The US has thus been relegated to the Kurdish Manbij region and eastern oil fields (were the US thieves oil) while only protecting the terror stronghold of al Tanf.

Also, the recent summit meeting between the Russian leadership and Recep Tayipp Erdogan must have exacerbated the sense of US impotence in Syria. The US must feel threatened by Turkey’s warming relationship with Russia, especially if Turkey keeps to its end of an agreement to scale back its own terror operations in northwest Syria.

We must consider too the potential eclipse of Neoconservative influence as addressed in the article Whither Next, Neocons, where the Neocon plan for regime change in certain nations — non-adulatory of America! — appears to be struggling.

Besides admitted Neocon-Neoliberal failures in Venezuela, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Syria, North Korea, the Palestine-Israel “peace process”, Iran and elsewhere, we see US media attempts to resurrect the image of James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as some sort of noble warrior with the goods on Donald Trump, while the media questions the president’s current relationship with John Bolton.

Bolton is of course determined to pursue Israel’s mandate to destabilize and topple the legitimate Syrian government by any means possible. But if John Bolton is out of favour with the president, that could explain a change in military policy in Syria.  So, by extension, for the US to attack any takfiri militia in Syria would certainly be a challenge to Bolton’s authority… and Israel’s!

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Indeed, for the US to attack takfiri militants in Syria may reflect on Bolton’s waning influence within the Trump regime… but to further confirm the end of Neocon and Israeli influence in Washington?  — that is exceedingly unlikely, to the point of impossibility.

One swallow does not make a spring, and the Arab nightmare in Syria will certainly continue with no help from Washington. Washington’s attacks in Idlib most likely represent a Statecraft ploy, to show that the Warfare State can act when and where it pleases, and that very occasionally it may even try to do the right thing. Now, if John Bolton were to resign, we may see some tectonic shift in the Trump regime as it prepares for upcoming US elections.

Regardless, the real solution to the Syrian nightmare that Washington created is held by Russia, by Iran, and by Syria itself. As will be seen, the US will remain on the sidelines and increasingly marginalized in world affairs.


Steve Brown is the author of “Iraq: the Road to War” (Sourcewatch) editor of “Bush Administration War Crimes in Iraq” (Sourcewatch) “Trump’s Limited Hangout” and “Federal Reserve: Out-sourcing the Monetary System to the Money Trust Oligarchs Since 1913”. Steve is an antiwar activist, a published scholar on the US monetary system, and has appeared as guest contributor to The Duran, Fort Russ News, and Strategika51.

 

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The USA simply attacked its proxy allies – al-Qaeda / al-Nusra and the other terrorist allies supported by the CIA / USA for years in Syria / Iraq. It has to try to demolish and incinerate its CIA base, all communications and other USA assets provided by the USA before Russia takes all this stuff belonging to the USA as evidence. While Mossad and the USA have assassinated their own citizens in the 9/11 false flag attack, the USA continues to kill its own assets when necessary to prevent evidence leaving the battlefield. Simple as that! I hope Russia and… Read more »

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Interesting and plausible angle. I can’t think of any other reason for the US of Arrogance to target the actual enemy of peace.

Craig Watson
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This reason seems blatantly obvious to me considering everything the USA is now … this is what the USA does.

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Sledgehamma

I don’t think there will be any Yankee materiel to find since they, the septics, just bombed the crap out of their FFC base…………. sadly it will be a case of :”Move along, there’s nothing to see……………………….” Spetsnaz may get lucky and snatch some of the 200+ Axis of evil personnel, who are surrounded and with no place too go…………………. just as they did in Deir Ezzor when they captured a whole bunch of SAS who were operating as forward fire control for the Terr’s.

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Igor Bundy

All fake!!!! Never seen any proof the US has ever attacked any terrorist outfit it created. That includes the 100’s of names of al queda and isis etc.. The US bombed a lot of Syria.. Every single one was those who were fighting ISIS.. All the while saying they were bombing ISIS. Most of the others the US bombed under ISIS etc were local gangs or militias like in Mosul.. So they destroyed the entire christian city to get rid of the local gangs running it. This propaganda outfit had the entire world fooled with their fake moon missions.. People… Read more »

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Sledgehamma

I don’t who how well informed your readers or the hosts are, but Idlib is pretty much sewn up tighter than a virgins chuff. If you cast your mind back to a similar situation in Aleppo. Whilst Aleppo was encircled by the SAA ably assisted by Russian special forces, so too was the Terrorists Forward Fire and Control Base, which was manned by NATO, American, Gulf state and Israeli Intel commanders ,( 15 -20 ) who were responsible for ensuring that the Terr’s had access to up-to-the-minute Intel. The position of this multi-level underground bunker was pin-pointed by Spetsnaz on… Read more »

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TEP

[Dead regime-change proxies don’t talk] … Just cleaning house … move along please … nothing to see here.

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