Friday, March 10, 2017

The US Military Dives Deeper into Syria, Hunkering Down for the Long Haul


Bottom Line Up Front:
• During his March 9 testimony to the U.S. Senate, commander of U.S. Central Command General Joseph Votel stated 400 Marines had recently arrived in Syria.
• These forces will provide artillery support for the military push into Raqqa, expected within weeks.
• A contingent of U.S. Army Rangers has been deployed to Manbij in a high-profile bid to prevent fighting between the various factions and armies in the crowded battlefield.
• Though the U.S. presence in Syria has been exclusively part of an anti-Islamic State mission, recent signs indicate it may be creeping towards broader and longer-lasting stability operations.
The US presence in Syria has always been based on the pretext of fighting ISIS- Mission creep was always intended. It was not happenstance.  Interesting that the US mission expansion under the Trump presidency didn't get a whole lot of attention?
"Without much public attention and no congressional debate, the U.S. military is expanding both its presence and its operational parameters in Syria. Until now, the U.S. effort in Syria has been focused exclusively on fighting the so-called Islamic State. (bullocks!) The U.S. has no domestic legal authorization to directly engage in the Syrian civil war; its fight against the Islamic State and al-Qaeda in Syria is authorized—somewhat tenuously—by the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The previously acknowledged 503 semi-permanent military personnel in Syria have been comprised primarily of Special Operations Forces (SOF). That changed this week with the addition of 400 U.S. Marines who will provide artillery support in the gathering push towards Raqqa, the de-facto capital of the Islamic State"
The US has no legal or moral authorization or necessity to be in Syria and yet they've been there all along. September 11/2001- The false flag needed to kick off the regional remake.
"While the numbers remain small and will likely never come close to the scale of the U.S. military presence in Iraq during the Iraq war, the focus of the mission in Syria is beginning to broaden. A contingent of U.S. Army Rangers, perhaps two dozen or less, has been deployed outside of the pivotal town of Manbij in northern Syria. This unit is engaged in a high-profile and high-risk mission, (against Turkey) not fighting the Islamic State, but keeping the various and competing non-Islamic State military forces around Manbij from fighting each other. The presence of the Rangers highlights how enormously complicated the Syrian battlefield is, particularly in northern Syria. 
Photos from Syria show heavily armored Stryker fighting vehicles prominently displaying the U.S. flag and markings of the 75th Ranger Regiment’s 3rd Battalion. The rare public display of the Ranger presence was, in the words of Pentagon spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis, “a visible sign of deterrence and reassurance” to keep Turkish forces and Turkish-backed militias from attacking Kurdish forces that had retaken Manbij from the Islamic State. The U.S. has partnered closely with the Syrian Kurdish fighting force known as the YPG; Turkey, which has always been concerned about Kurdish influence and intentions both inside and near its borders, considers the YPG a terrorist entity aligned with the PKK and objects strongly to U.S. support"
During his March 9 testimony to the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, Army General Joseph Votel, the head of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), stated that more conventional troops, as opposed to the SOF personnel, would perhaps be needed in the future after current combat operations. He stated, “As we move more towards the latter part of these operations into more of the stability and other aspects of the operations we will see more conventional forces requirements perhaps.” Such a commitment would be rather significant and lengthy, given what would undoubtedly be the most fragile of ceasefires between warring sides such as the Kurds, Turkey, the Assad regime, and its Iranian and Russian backers. Toppling the Islamic State will not end the group’s threat; it will continue to be a dangerous terror group long after it loses its self-proclaimed caliphate. Indeed, the complex battlefield in Syria, filled with competing objectives, ensures that the larger conflict will continue long after the Islamic State is toppled—a reality that the U.S. military appears to be tacitly acknowledging as it slowly increases the scope of its mission in the country.
 There will be a no fly/safe zone.  Bad news for Iran and Turkey.
At some point in time we're going to talk about the narrative shift, the perception managing presentation that has occurred regarding Syria...It's interesting to witness and appears to be being swallowed hook, line and sinker.

Update 9:55 am est- hattip to my hubby :)

The U.S. is sending 2,500 troops to Kuwait, ready to step up the fight in Syria and Iraq

The U.S. military is sending an additional 2,500 ground combat troops to a staging base in Kuwait from which they could be called upon to back up coalition forces battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. 
The deployment will include elements of the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, which is based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. About 1,700 soldiers from the same unit are overseas now, spread between Iraq and Kuwait. They're focused on the U.S.-led effort to train and assist the Iraqi troops doing much of the fighting against ISIS there.

 These new personnel, however, will be "postured there to do all things Mosul, Raqqa, all in between," Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, the Army's deputy chief of staff for operations, told House lawmakers Wednesday. He was referring to the Islamic State's two main strongholds: Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, major urban centers where U.S.-back allies are fighting a well entrenched enemy.

"So the whole brigade will now be forward," Anderson said. 

It's unclear when this new wave of paratroopers will deploy. Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, an 82nd Airborne Division spokesman, referred additional questions to the U.S. military command in Baghdad. Officials there did not immediately respond to Military Times' request seeking additional details. 

All told, the 82nd Airborne's 2nd Brigade Combat Team includes about 4,400 soldiers who compose infantry, artillery and cavalry units, plus their supply pipeline.  

Today, there are about 6,000 American troops spread between Iraq and Syria, where this week Marine Corps artillery crews established a fire base from which U.S. forces intend to attack ISIS targets in and around Raqqa.
With another 2,500 ready to go...

The Manbij situation has been covered fairly extensively- Last year & the recent posts below:

*Manbij Dead Lock: Russia, Turkey, U.S. Hold "Surprise" Military Talks

*US Sends 500 Additional Troops Into Manbij to “Send ISIS a Message”?

*Manbij: NATO's Fracturing Point, US Troops Parade In Armored Convoys

*Manbij Conjuncture- Russia Makes a Deal

*NATO Fracturing at Manbij? US Reinforces Manbij to Defend From Turkish Attack??

*US Commander Votel in Northern Syria Meeting With PKK/YPG

*Why Does Turkey’s Capture of Syria’s Al Bab Matter?

 The reality of no fly/safe zones: 

*Tim Kelly (OIT) Interviews George Webb: DynCorp Harvest: Killing is Good Business

*Safe Zones an Inducement to Increase Human Misery

If you have the time over the week-end do listen to this interview, and leave some thoughts :)

Tim Kelly/Crystal Clark: Dimmunization, Dehumanization, Dumbing Down and Depopulation


  1. The US has no legal or moral authorization or necessity to be in Syria and yet they've been there all along. September 11/2001- The false flag needed to kick off the regional remake.

    Need I say once again that Truthers need to press on with our primary task of bringing the perps of 9/11 to justice? This is the ONLY way the globalist warmongering nightmare could end.

    1. Hey GC:

      The one way the globalist nightmare will end is for us enmasse to stop believing and stop participating.. would be the best for all of us- and I mean all of us, cept for the psychopaths and who cares about them anyway?

    2. The truth can be more simple than you think folks.

      Americans (many of them) are proud of Hiroshima, the invasion of Iraq, 9/11 etc. The US is a death culture. Just look at their movies, video games, daily media reports and history. They are obsessed with death. The more blood and misery the more fun and pleasure for Americans. I know this sounds quite strange but look at their deeds (not words) and everything is clear.

    3. It doesn't sound strange november- I can agree with that in some aspects but in other ways I disagree since the culture has been so very manipulated

  2. O/T nice little country you have there with a few Nazis in your govt. You're starting to look like Amerika.

    Yes Amerika has never met a war it didn't like and I do hope the Amerikan troops stay safe and out of the way. The Syrian and Russians are on a roll.

    Yep I'll try and check the vid later this weekend.

    1. Sadly jo- this place long ago turned into America- nazis and all-

  3. Tel Aviv Purim Festival marked in Israel

    Syria sectarian attack in Damascus like the Homs and Al bab bombings following downfall to FSA/Turks

    Dutch, Turkish fallout: over Ghana?

    Erdo─čan calls Dutch 'Nazi remnants' after Turkish min. denied landing,7340,L-4933672,00.html

  4. “The Lebanese institutions, its infrastructure, airport, power stations, traffic junctions, Lebanese Army bases – they should all be legitimate targets if a war breaks out,"

    2015 flashback on heels of the gaza war report and escalation the including the leaks about Sinai relocation, again

    As Lebanon pushes oil auctions and the Lebanese president defends Hezbollah

    And Israel calls for a fast war
    If fire is opened at Israel from Lebanese territory, Israel should declare war on the State of Lebanon. There is no one in the world who wants to see Lebanon destroyed—neither the Syrians and the Iranians on the one side, nor the West and Saudi Arabia on the other side. Hezbollah doesn’t want that either. A war against Lebanon, which will inflict heavy damage on all of the country’s infrastructures, will spark an international outcry for a ceasefire after three days, rather than after 33 days like in the Second Lebanon War. It is only from a really short war that Israel will be able to emerge victorious and without serious damage to its home front.,7340,L-4926649,00.html

    Amidst those rumors in Yemen and Syria

    Tactical Nuclear Ambiguity: A short history of incidents mistakenly believed to be nuclear detonations - Bellingcat

    Mushroom Cloud Explosion in Homs Syria

    1. Israel- always plotting for the destruction of her neighbours- I will read the rest and thanks!

  5. Morell on the Syria-Iraq-Russia strategy
    Mike Morell: make russia, iran and assad pay the price

    US Coalition Has Been Destroying Syrian Infrastructure Since 2012. "Outgoing CIA head Brennan is well aware of the fact that long before the start of the Russian campaign, the international coalition has been systematically destroying Syria's economic infrastructure to weaken the legitimate government as much as possible, heedless of burdens for civilians resulting in millions of refugees," he said."Surprisingly, the coalition has not attacked oil facilities captured by Daesh, which allowed the terrorists to make tens of millions of dollars per month through illicit oil trade and recruit mercenaries from all over the world," Konashenkov added."Sooner or later one will be held accountable for it. That is why Mr Brennan's attempt to cushion the blow will hardly help. John Brennan is well aware of the real results of Russia's actions in Syria," he said."I would like to remind that all major wars of the latest decades, unleashed by the US on the pretext of fakes, in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, all of them were accompanied and ended by the destruction of the countries' economic infrastructure by the US Air Force. And it is hardly a coincidence that companies close to the CIA and the Pentagon always were the first to offer their services in rebuilding the major economic facilities,"

    "We’ve closely studied the Atlantic Council’s report devoted to the Syrian army’s operation to retake Aleppo to find nothing new. All of the charges and propaganda fakes mentioned there have long been dismissed. Moreover, they were dismissed twice - by facts presented at our briefings and by real life - testimonies and interviews by the thousands who have been able to get back to peaceful life in eastern Aleppo," Konashenkov. "Not a single word is said there about what the real residents of eastern Aleppo have been left with after these ‘White Helmet clowns’ have left for Idlib.

    Company to explore in Libya, buy crude from Iraq Kurds

  6. Penny!

    1. I couldn't be more please and hope it's confirmed.

    2. Penny, This might be my Bias speaking and I have no evidence to point at besides history. But Imo, Iran needs Israel and Israel needs Iran. Iran uses Israel to gain support theologically. Israel in turn uses Iran to bring evidence of that Iran wants to destroy them and needs support from the west to protect their only ally in that region. Iran's First Priority target is Turkey, because their interest collide Theologically and Geo-politically and Historically. You are free to see this is biased perspective and hope for the best and time will tell who is right, but when it happens don't be surprised when it does become clear.

    3. Kaz: I try to keep and open mind always-
      as you say time will tell