In the most direct public warning to Moscow and Damascus to date, the new US commander of American troops in Iraq and Syria is vowing to defend US special operations forces in northern Syria if regime warplanes and artillery again attack in areas where troops are located.
"We've informed the Russians where we're at ... (they) tell us they've informed the Syrians, and I'd just say that we will defend ourselves if we feel threatened," Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend told CNN in a telephone interview Saturday from his Baghdad headquarters.Townsend is the first senior military commander to speak on the record about the US possibly challenging the Syrian Air Force in the wake of an incident just days ago.Townsend, who took command this week, made the remarks following what defense officials described as an "unusual" incident Thursday in northern Syria in which the regime of President Bashar al-Assad used warplanes to attack an area near where US special operations forces were operating in support of Kurdish forces, which are the Americans' key ally in the conflict.Several US troops had to be quickly moved, and US jet patrols over northern Syria have been beefed up.
Since the US has ZERO business in Syria.... SAA airforce flying over their own territory can hardly be considered an attack ,requiring the US to defend itself- This is Orwellian talk.
All readers here are aware, or should be, that I don't buy the fight against ISIS narrative whatsoever! What is actually occurring is the remake the middle east agenda. Sykes Picot 2 including a Kurdistan or Israel 2.0.
NATO GLOBAL TERROR ENTITY
It was mentioned here that General Townsend would take over the reins from MacFarland in advance of a move on Mosul..
"By that time, MacFarland’s replacement, Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, is expected to be in command in Baghdad"