Why Is The U.S. Silently Bombing Syria's
By Moon Of Alabama
October 19, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - The Aleppo power plant
is a 1,000 megawatt thermal plant in five units build by Mitsubishi
Heavy Industry in 1995-1998. It is situated some 25 kilometers east
of Aleppo city center. During the fighting around Aleppo various
electricity distribution stations were damaged and electricity in
parts of the city has become scarce and unpredictable. But the
main power station had so far not been hit.
The plant is in the hands of the Islamic State but
there is an
informal agreement between the government, which controls the
distribution network, and those who hold the power generating
[T]he agreement of understanding pertains to the
division of the electricity supply between the parties, whereby
ISIS will receive 60% of the quota and the Syrian regime will
Both sides will have some electricity and the
civilian as well as fighters on both side will be better off than
without electricity. No side has a motive to destroy that plant.
But last night the U.S. coalition
bombed the Aleppo thermal
power plant and destroyed parts of it:
A military source told SANA that warplanes of the
Washington alliance violated Syrian airspace and attacked
civilian infrastructure in Mare’a, Tal Sha’er, and al-Bab in
Aleppo countryside on Sunday.
The source added that the warplanes attacked
the biggest electric power plant that feeds Aleppo city, which
resulted in cutting off power from most neighborhoods in Aleppo
Just a week ago U.S. air attacks had attacked
another power station and a big distribution transformer
al-Radwaniye also east of Aleppo.
The electricity generation and distribution system
is civil infrastructure. It is used and useful to everyone no matter
what side of the conflict. After the first U.S. attack on a power
station a week ago the Russian president Putin was asked about the
strikes. He called
"On Sunday, the American aviation bombed out an
electrical power plant and a transformer in Aleppo. Why have
they done this? Whom have they punished there? What’s the point?
Nobody knows," the president said at a meeting with the Russian
The Russians and the Syrians are sure that it were
F-16 planes from the U.S. coalition that bombed the power
infrastructure even though the coalition reports
no mention the attacks. Why are these bombings not mentioned in
the U.S. coalition reports?
The U.S. claims it is only fighting the Islamic
State in Syria and Iraq. It accuses Russia of not only attacking
ISIS even though Russia, and Putin himself,
that ISIS is not their sole target but that supporting the Syrian
government against all its enemies is the overarching aim. The
out a 16 vehicle ISIS convoy. Something that the U.S. somehow
never manages to do. The U.S. itself, by the way, has killed and
kills some non-ISIS "moderate rebels". All its complains against
the Russians are just nonsense.
But why would fighting ISIS or this or that
"moderate rebel" terrorist necessitate the destruction of valuable
infrastructure which serves all sides of the Syrian society?
Without the plant Aleppo city, with some 2-3
million inhabitants and refugees, as well as the surrounding areas
in Aleppo governate have no electricity. The damage the U.S. bombing
caused will make sure that any repair will take a long time. This
will make life for people on every side of the war more unbearable
and more people will leave to seek refuge in foreign countries.
Is that the purpose of the U.S. bombardment of
electricity infrastructure in Syria? If not what else is this
supposed to achieve?