New U.S. Air Support On Request Scheme For
By Moon Of
07, 2017 "Information
day one hundred years ago the U.S. joined World
War I. Last night the U.S. attacked a Syrian
government airport in an openly hostile and
intentional manner. The strike established a
mechanism by which al-Qaeda can "request" U.S.
airstrikes on Syrian government targets. It
severely damaged the main support base for
Syria's fight against the Islamic State in
eastern Syria. The event will possibly lead to a
much larger war.
April 4 Syrian airplanes hit an al-Qaeda
headquarter in Khan Sheikoun, Idleb governate.
Idleb governate is under al-Qaeda control. After
the air strike some chemical agent was released.
The symptoms shown in videos from local aid
stations point to a nerve-agent. The release
probably killed between 50 and 90 people. It is
unknown how the release happened.
the Syrian government did this:
2013 the Syrian government had given up all
its chemical weapons. UN inspectors verified
The target was militarily and strategically
There was no immediate pressure on the
The international political atmosphere had
recently turned positive for Syria.
Syria had stashed away some last-resort weapon
this would have been the totally wrong moment
and totally wrong target for using it. Over the
last six year of war the Syrian government army
had followed a political and militarily logical
path. It acted consistently. It did not act
irrational. It is highly unlikely that it would
have now take such an illogical step.
The chemical used, either Sarin or Soman, was
not in a clean form.
reported of a
"rotten smell" and greenish color. While the
color would point to a mixture with Chlorine the
intense smell of Chlorine is easily
identifiable, covers up most other odors and
would have been recognized by witnesses. Both
Sarin and Soman are in pure form colorless,
tasteless and odorless. The Syrian government
once produced nerve agents on a professional,
large scale base. Amateurishly produced
nerve-gases are not pure and can smell (example:
Tokyo subway incident
1995). It is unlikely that the Syrian government
experts would produce a "rotten smelling",
dirty, low quality stuff in an unprofessional
and dangerous process.
nerve agents in Khan Sheikoun, should they be
confirmed, came either from stashed ammunition
at the place attacked by the Syrian government
or it was willfully released by the local ruling
terrorist groups -al-Qaeda and Ahrar al-Sham-
after the strike to implicate the Syrian
government. The relatively low casualty numbers
of mostly civilians point to the second variant.
Several reports over the years
confirm that Al-Qaeda in Syria has the
precursors and capabilities
to produce and use Sarin as well as other
chemical agents. This would
not be their first use
of such weapons. Al-Qaeda was under imminent
pressure. It was losing the war. It is therefor
highly likely that this was an intentional
release by al-Qaeda to create public pressure on
the Syrian government.
For a release incident of powerful chemical
weapons the casualty numbers were low, lower
than the casualty numbers of recent conventional
U.S. air strikes
in Syria and
that fact a huge international media attack
wave, seemingly prepared in advance, against the
Syrian government was released. No evidence was
presented that the incident was caused by the
Syrian government. The only pictures and witness
reports from the ground came from or through
elements, like the White Helmets, who are known
to by embedded with al-Qaeda
(video) and are acting as their propaganda arm.
Last night U.S. president Trump "responded" to
the incident by ordering the launch of 59 cruise
missiles on the Syrian military airport Al
The cruise missiles were launched from sea in a
volley designed to overwhelm air defenses.
According to the Syrian and Russian military
only 23 cruise
missiles reached the airport. The others were
shut down or failed. Six Syrian soldiers
nine civilians in a nearby village were killed
or wounded and nine Syrian jets were destroyed.
The airport infrastructure was severely damaged.
The Syrian and Russian governments
had been warned
before the strikes hit and evacuated most men
and critical equipment. (Was the warning part of
a deal?) The
an Islamic State ground attack east of the
without any evidence, that Sarin had been stored
at the airport and a chemical attack launched
from it. Both seems highly unlikely. The airport
was accessible for UN inspectors. It is not as
well covered by air defenses as other Syrian
airports, for example in Latakia governate. Its
ground approaches are not completely secured.
Some medium range air defense system near al
used against Israeli planes attacking Syrian
forces fighting ISIS near Palmyra.
Syairat lies in Homs governate, 150 km south of
Khan Sheikoun in Idleb governate. It is the main
support and supply airport for the besieged
Syrian government enclave in Deir Ezzor which
will now again be in even more serious trouble.
It was also used to launch attacks on the
Islamic State which fights the Syrian government
troops in east Homs.
Al-Qaeda and its sidekick Ahra al-Sham
U.S. strikes and Abu Ivanka al Amriki on their
side. The theocratic dictatorship of Saudi
full support as did its
airstrike delivers a message to al-Qaeda.
Whenever under military pressure al-Qaeda can
now stage or fake a "chemical attack" and the
U.S. will act to destroy its enemy, the Syrian
government. Acts as the one last night are then
direct military support by the U.S. on
similar scheme had earlier been established
on the Golan
heights. Al-Qaeda, fighting against Syrian
government positions, would launch a mortar
round that would land within Israeli controlled
territory. Israel would then launch artillery
strikes against Syrian government positions
because "the Syrian government is responsible
for what happens in the area". Al-Qaeda then
used the battle field advantage created by the
Israeli strike. The scheme and the Israeli
military "reasoning" was published several times
number of mortars have landed in Israeli
territory as a result of spillover fighting
over the last several years, raising fears
among residents near the border.
IDF often responds to fire that crosses into
Israel by striking Syrian army posts.
Israel maintains a policy of holding
Damascus responsible for all fire from Syria
into Israel regardless of the source of the
U.S. administration has now established a
similar mechanism, on a larger scale, of direct
military U.S. support for al-Qaeda and the
Islamic State in Syria.
The Trump presidency had been held hostage by
unfounded allegation of "Russian interference"
in the U.S. elections in support of the Trump
candidacy. The air strikes on Syria might have
been the ransom that was demanded for the
release of the hostage. His opponents are
about him. The allegation of any Trump-Russia
connections may now die down.
Yesterday major Democratic leaders in Congress
supported strikes on Syria. Despite that they
are also likely to attack Trump over them. The
strikes are a "strong man" gamble. As Trump
said when Obama
ordered strikes such are a desperate move. Most
parts of the State Department and the NSC were
not consulted about them. The chances that these
will "blow back" politically as well as
strategically are high.
is the third U.S. president in a row who
promised less belligerence during his campaign
only to deliver more after the election. The
"democratic" veil of the U.S. oligarchic rule
thus rips further apart.
Open U.S.-Russian cooperation in Syria
now cease. U.S.
planes in Syrian airspace are from now on
constantly under imminent danger. There will
also be some larger revenge against the U.S. for
last night's strikes. Likely not in Syria but in
Iraq, Afghanistan or at sea. A "message" will be
send. The U.S. reaction to that "message" will
be a decision over a much larger war.
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