Thursday, March 09, 2017

Trump Raises the Stakes in Syria

Trump Raises the Stakes in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

His actions so far show he wants continued war, not resolution. Terror-bombing continues, targeting Syrian infrastructure, massacring civilians.

On March 8, al-Matab village was struck, killing about two dozen civilians, including women and children - the mission conducted on the phony pretext of combating terrorism America supports.

Trump upped the stakes by deploying hundreds of marines to northern Syria, US special forces already there - aiding anti-government terrorist groups, not combating them, as officially reported.

Claiming America aims to liberate Raqqa from ISIS control is another US deception. Its orchestrated offensive has nothing to do with liberation, everything to do with ravaging the city and surrounding areas.

It’s similar to what’s going on in Mosul, Iraq, destroying the city, massacring civilians. The twin offensives are likely a scheme to divide both countries, along with waging endless wars.

US forces operate in Syria illegally without permission from Damascus. Unnamed US officials said elements of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit left San Diego last October - heading for Djibouti, then Kuwait, then to northern Syria.

Its deployment adds greater US firepower to the area. Its mission may be to prevent Syrian ground forces from liberating the city, aided by Russian air power.

Their presence complicates conflict resolution efforts. The same holds for Turkey’s military  involvement, part of Erdogan’s scheme to annex northern Syrian territory.

Washington may redeploy ISIS fighters in Raqqa elsewhere in Syria, continuing endless war.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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