another resumé of the syrian airspace embroglio

Pindo Jet Shoots Down Syrian Army Drone In “Dangerous Escalation”
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jun 20 2017

A Pindosi F-15E fighter jet shot down a Syrian regime drone on Monday near at-Tanf, the third downing of a pro-regime aircraft this month, CNN reported. The downing of the drone comes a day after a Pindosi Navy jet shot down a regime aircraft that was engaging a fleeing Daesh convoy, according to the Syrian government. An armed Shahid-129 UAV “displayed hostile intent and advanced on Coalition forces” at 12:30 am local time on Tuesday, the coalition said in a statement. The drone was observed in the same area where another UAV was shot down on Jun 8. Here’s CNN:

The drone was downed just outside the 55 kilometer de-confliction zone, according to the boxtops. It was an Iranian-made Shahid 129 and was thought to be armed and in firing range of Pindo troops. One boxtop said that the drone was shot down because it was ‘assessed to be a threat.’ That drone was shot down after it dropped one of several weapons it was carrying near a position where coalition personnel are training and advising partner ground forces in the fight against Daesh.

According to Fox News, this is the second time that Pindostan has shot down an Iranian drone in less than a month. It also marks the fifth time since late May that Pindostan has bombed pro-Syrian forces in southern Syria. Senator Chris Murphy described the attack as “a dangerous escalation” of tensions between Pindostan, Russia and Iran. Murphy told CNN that if Pindostan doesn’t stop the attacks, the situation could escalate into an armed conflict between the two sides, who both claim to be fighting Daesh.

I think we’re getting closer and closer to open conflict between (us and) Iran and Russia, and the Pindo sheeple need to know that we are moving very fast towards what could be another war in the Middle East, something Donald Trump promised he wouldn’t do when he ran for office.

Pindostan’s actions could also prompt its coalition partners to withdraw from Syria, wary of being drawn deeper into an armed conflict with Iran and Russia. On Tuesday, Australia said it would temporarily suspend fights in the conflict zone as a “precautionary measure” after Russia said it would suspend cooperation under the ineffective deconfliction agreement with CENTCOM, in retaliation for Sunday’s downing of the Syrian aircraft.

Escalating threat of Pindo-Russian confrontation in Syria
Bill Van Auken, WSWS, Jun 20 2017

Raising the specter of the Syrian conflict escalating into a military confrontation between the world’s two major nuclear powers, the Russian Defense Ministry Monday issued a warning that it would treat any Pindosi or allied aircraft operating in western Syria, where Moscow’s own forces as well as those of the Syrian government are based, as a hostile target. The Russian warning came in response to the shooting-down of a Syrian Air Force jet Sunday by a Pindosi Navy fighter plane over northern Syria, where the Pindo-backed SDF Kurdish militia are advancing on Raqqa. Sunday’s incident marked the first time that a Pindo warplane has brought down a Syrian plane flying over its own territory and represents a major escalation in the war for regime change. The pilot ejected and has been captured by the SDF. The Russian Defense Ministry warned:

In regions where the Russian Air Force is carrying out operations in the skies above Syria, any flying objects, including airplanes and drones of the international coalition, discovered west of the Euphrates River will be treated as aerial targets for tracking by land and air defense systems.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov described the attack as “an act of aggression and a direct breech of international law.” Moscow also indicated that it had suspended the deconfliction hotline with CENTCOM. Faschingstein delivered a series of conflicting responses to Russia’s warnings. JCoS Dunford told the media that the Pentagon would be working “diplomatically and militarily in the coming hours to re-establish deconfliction.” Asked if he was concerned for the safety of Pindo pilots flying over Syria after the Russian warning, the general responded that he was confident “our forces have the capabilities to take care of themselves.” At a bizarre White House press conference Monday in which reporters were barred from either filming or recording answers to their questions, Sean Spicer was quoted as saying:

(We are) going to do what we can to protect our interests… We will always preserve the right of self-defense.

Only the perverse logic of the imperialist drive for hegemony in the Middle East and around the globe can explain the invocation of “self defense” for actions taken by Pindosi military forces in shooting down a plane flying over its own territory and attacking forces loyal to the existing government. The shooting down of the Syrian jet follows a series of acts of aggression against Syrian government forces. Last September, Pindo airstrikes killed or wounded as many as 200 Syrian soldiers in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour. While the Pentagon subsequently claimed that the attack was a “regrettable error,” it provided air support for Daesh to overrun a strategic Syrian government position. Then in April Pindostan rained 50 cruise missiles on Syria’s al-Shayrat airbase, ostensibly in response to an alleged gas attack that had all the earmarks of a CIA provocation. Within the last month, the Pentagon has carried out three separate airstrikes on pro-government forces that were alleged to have come close to al-Tanf, near the south-eastern Syrian border crossing with Iraq, where some 150 Pindo SOF are training so-called “rebels” to prosecute the war for regime change against the government in Damascus. With each new attack, it becomes ever more clear that Pindostan’s so-called anti-Daesh campaign is a cover for a military intervention aimed at securing the aims of the six-year-old war for regime change in Syria, the toppling of the Assad government and the imposition of a puppet regime. To this end, the Pentagon is determined that territory wrested from Daesh remain under its control rather than that of the Syrian government. The clashes that led to the downing of the Syrian jet are bound up with this scramble for territory.

The campaign in Syria is part of the broader Pindosi drive toward war with Iran that was spelled out by Pres Trump in his trip last month to Tehran’s two major regional enemies, the Toads and Israel. The Trump administration’s turn toward an openly aggressive posture toward Tehran has served to further destabilize the entire region, with the Toads, backed by Egypt and the UAE, imposing an all-out blockade tantamount to war against Qatar, which hosts the forward headquarters of CENTCOM while at the same time depending heavily on revenues from a huge gas field it shares with Iran. The the threat of a wider war was further underscored by an Iranian missile strike directed against Daesh in the eastern Syrian city of Deir el-Zour. The missiles were launched from western Iran, some 370 miles away, flying over the territory of Iraq, whose government gave permission for the attack. While Tehran justified the missile strike as a retaliation for terrorist attacks earlier this month claimed by Daesh in which 18 Iranians were killed and more than 50 wounded, Iranian officials made it clear that they were intended to send a wider warning. Gen Ramazan Sharif of the IRGC said:

The Toads and Pindosis are especially receivers of this message. Obviously and clearly, some reactionary rulers of the region, especially the Toads, had announced that they are trying to bring insecurity into Iran.

Tehran has charged that the Toads were behind the terrorist attacks. The Trump White House issued a statement essentially blaming the Iranian government for bringing the terror on itself. The threat that the intervention in Syria can explode into a regional and even global war is exacerbated by the Trump administration’s ceding to the military brass virtually all decisions as to the waging of Faschingstein’s multiple wars, from Iraq and Syria to Afghanistan and beyond. Troop levels, rules of engagement and other essential policies are being set by a cabal of active-duty and recently-retired generals led by Mattis and McMaster, together with commanders on the ground. Sections of the military bitterly resented the Obama administration’s pulling back from a planned war against Syria in 2013, when in the face of overwhelming popular hostility to another Middle East war and deep divisions in the foreign policy establishment, Faschingstein settled for a Russian-brokered deal to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. Since then, Russian and Iranian support have allowed the Syrian government to drive back the CIA-supported Jihadis and retake virtually all of the country’s major population centers. Reversing these advances is essential for Pindostan to assert its dominance over the oil-rich Middle East. There are no doubt those within the Pindo brass who would welcome a confrontation with Iran and even Russia to achieve this end, regardless of the threat of a wider and potentially world catastrophic war. Significantly, when reporters asked Dunford Monday on what authority the Pentagon was carrying out armed actions against the government of Syria, he cited the AUMF passed by Congress after 9/11, nearly 16 years ago. There has been no debate, much less any vote, within Congress authorizing a war against Syria. The Demagogs have raised no opposition to Trump’s giving free rein to the generals, and have politically driven the hysterical anti-Russia propaganda campaign that is paving the way toward military confrontation.

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