Pentagon Personnel Illegally in Syria Accuse Syrian Air Force of being “Foreign Military Aircraft.”
“And if I laugh at any mortal thing, ‘Tis that I may not weep.” (Lord Byron, 1788-1824.)
By Felicity Arbuthnot – Back in “I cannot believe what I am reading” land, the Daily Telegraph reports (1) that the US has warned Syrian Air Force ‘planes flying over Hasakah – capital city of Al-Hasakah Governorate in the far north east of the country, eighty km south of the Turkish border – “against any new strikes that might endanger its military advisers …”
Said “advisors” are illegally in the country to aid the US-backed Kurdish forces as well as the varying Al-Qaeda spawned, organ eating head choppers who change names and allegiances near too often to catch up with.
The Telegraph reminds that: “Deadly clashes erupted between pro-government militia and the US-backed Kurdish forces on Wednesday. The following day, the regime launched its first ever air strikes against the Kurds.”
Interesting to note that reality has been again turned upside down, with the Syrian government forces becoming “militia” and the US- backed Kurdish “rebels” becoming “forces.”
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“The unprecedented strikes against six Kurdish positions in the northeastern city prompted the US-led coalition to scramble aircraft to protect US special operations forces advisers deployed with the Kurdish forces.
“It was the first time the coalition had confirmed deploying warplanes against the Syrian Air Force.”
At least the US has finally admitted what has been known for years about its 2006 plot hatched up in the US Embassy in Damascus (2) to overthrow the country’s legitimate and popular President by funding and fermenting internal strife.
In a further statement of jaw dropping arrogance: ‘Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis, warned that: “the Syrian regime would be well advised not to do things that place them (the US backed ‘coalition forces’ and their US illegal immigrant advisers) at risk.”
The heading of the Telegraph article is: “Syria deploys warplanes over Hasakah despite US warning …”
Article 51 of the UN Charter is specific: “Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to maintain international peace and security.”
Whilst it is inconceivable that the UN Security Council would censure its quasi boss the US, Article 51 and numerous other international laws on nations’ right to self defence still stand and much of the world is increasingly incandescent at the flagrant abuse of all painstakingly fashioned legalities aimed at preventing naked aggressions of sovereignty and nation states.
In the meantime, the US warns Syria to back off and allow them to continue to bomb and invade their country and destroy their armed forces.
More proof of this astonishing mind numbing arrogance has just appeared in The Aviationist (3): “Two Syrian Su-24 Fencer attempting to fly over a Kurdish-held area in northeastern Syria where U.S. SOF (Special Operations Forces) are operating, get intercepted by U.S. F-22 and encouraged to depart the airspace.
“Twice in the last few days, Syrian jets performing air strikes close to where U.S. SOF are operating in northeastern Syria caused coalition aircraft to scramble.
“On Aug. 18, U.S. jets were dispatched to intercept the Syrian attack planes that were attacking targets near Hasakah supporting (Syria’s national army) fighting the Syrian Kurdish forces. About 300 U.S. military operate in the same area … (Emphasis added.)
“Following the first ‘close encounter’ the Pentagon warned Assad regime to not fly or conduct raids in the area where the American SOF are operating. However, on Aug. 19, two Su-24 Fencers, attempted again to penetrate the airspace near Hasakah …
“This time, the two Syrian Arab Air Force attack planes were met by American F-22 Raptors (most probably already operating in the same area providing Combat Air Patrol) …
“This is not the first time the F-22 presence deters foreign military aircraft from harassing U.S. forces.”
So now US fighter jets, operating entirely illegally in Syrian airspace, decimating the Syrian people, towns, cities, villages, archeological sites, hospitals, schools, factories and infrastructure accuse the Syrian Air Force of being “foreign military aircraft.”
One can only conclude the US Administration, Pentagon and the entire State apparatus have collectively lost every last shred of sanity.
Felicity Arbuthnot is a British journalist specialising in social and environmental issues with special knowledge of Iraq. She has written and broadcast widely on Iraq, one of the few journalists to cover the region extensively even in the mid-1990’s during the sanctions.