(MPN Op-ed) — The Trump administration now appears poised to launch an assault on the Syrian authorities in response to any sort of navy operation focusing on Syria’s Idlib province, in keeping with U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. Talking on Fox Information on Wednesday, Haley stated that any Syrian assault on Idlib, no matter whether or not or not chemical weapons are allegedly used, could be “handled” and provoke a U.S. response, earlier than ominously warning the Syrian authorities, “Don’t take a look at us once more.”
Haley’s feedback match with recent reporting relating to Trump’s alleged plan to conduct a “large assault” towards the Syrian authorities if a “bloodbath” happens – even when solely standard weapons are used. Those self same studies additionally indicated that the Trump administration was additionally contemplating whether or not or to not broaden navy strikes to incorporate not simply Syrian authorities forces but additionally the forces of Syria’s navy allies within the battle, Iran and Russia.
Throughout her Wednesday interview, Haley went on to characterize Syria’s Idlib province as being populated solely by “civilian individuals,” regardless that the U.S. authorities admitted last year that Syria’s final “rebel-held” province is the “largest Al Qaeda protected haven since 9/11.” Since 2017, Idlib has been largely beneath the management of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham — Al Qaeda’s Syrian department and previously often known as al-Nusra Entrance — or one in every of its associates, like Ahrar al-Sham.
Haley’s latest feedback downplaying the Al Qaeda presence in Idlib observe these lately made by James Jeffrey, the U.S.’ new consultant for Syria engagement, who told The Washington Post final week that “rebels” in Idlib are “not terrorists, however individuals combating a civil battle towards a brutal dictator.”
Nevertheless, regardless of Haley’s threats, the Syrian authorities appears to getting ready for its upcoming offensive on the Idlib province, because the Syrian Arab Military launched a large assault throughout the Idlib-Hama border on Thursday, focusing on al-Nusra positions and shelling the al-Nusra-controlled city of Tamanah, which is within the southern a part of Idlib.
Because the Syrian authorities appears decided to proceed with its final aim of liberating Idlib from insurgent management, the U.S. – as Haley had hinted – appears to be making navy preparations of its personal. Certainly, early Thursday, one other U.S. guided-missile destroyer – the USS Bulkeley – entered the Mediterranean. According to RT, the Bulkeley’s latest arrival will enable the U.S. to have as much as 200 Tomahawk cruise missiles obtainable within the occasion the Trump administration chooses to take navy motion towards Syria.
U.S. to Transfer With or With no Chemical-Weapons Pretext
The Russian navy presence in Syria has warned “chemical weapons” justification for an imminent U.S. strike is more likely to be forthcoming, because the controversial White Helmets group started filming mock chemical weapons assaults on Tuesday and have since filmed 9 movies purporting to point out civilians uncovered to chlorine gasoline after which being “rescued” by the White Helmets.
As MintPress has noted prior to now, the White Helmets are funded by the U.S., U.Okay. and different international governments, and have been based by a former U.Okay. navy intelligence officer turned mercenary. Over the course of the battle, the White Helmets have been caught staging assaults, kidnapping kids, and in addition cooperating with terrorist teams — together with the dominant group in Idlib, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.
Conveniently for the Trump administration, the upcoming launch of movies blaming the Syrian authorities for a staged chemical weapons assault comes simply because the U.S. announced that it will preserve its unlawful navy presence in Syria “indefinitely,” after “redefining its targets” to once more embody regime change in Damascus and efforts to include Iran’s regional affect.
Whether or not staged proof from the controversial White Helmets is used or the order for navy motion is given with out chemical-weapons accusations, the U.S. appears decided to embroil itself in another quagmire, all in a last-ditch effort to remake and forever dominate Syria and the complete Center East.
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