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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2018 9:47 p.m. PST

….Between Syrian-Backed Forces And U.S.Forces And U.S.-Backed Allies

"Three hour battle with Assad's forces is a reminder that other parties may not give the US the choice of staying out of Syria's civil war.

The U.S. military has now offered additional details about the withering firepower it employed during a three hour battle to beat back a battalion-sized force that threatened American troops and their local partners at a remote base in northern Syria. Coming as the United States is trying to draw down in Iraq and Syria and shift its attention to Afghanistan, the incident underscores how difficult it might be for the remaining U.S. troops to not to get wrapped up in the broader Syrian conflict.

According to the Pentagon, the incident began after approximately 500 troops allied with Syrian dictator Bashar Al Assad crossed to the eastern side of the Euphrates River near the city of Deir ez-Zor with tanks, artillery, and other heavy weapons on Feb. 7, 2018. That force passed over a formal de-confliction line that the United States and Russia have set up to try and separate their activities and avoid these skirmishes. It subsequently used tanks or artillery to fire at least 30 rounds at a headquarters run by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a U.S.-backed local force, the bulk of which are Kurds. American advisers, likely special operations forces, were also at the site and subsequently called in a flurry of air and artillery strikes…"

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Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2018 10:12 a.m. PST

hillary's War.

Tgunner11 Feb 2018 11:33 a.m. PST

Or the opening round of Trumpīs War?

This is, at least, three times now that US forces have taken direct action against Assadīs forces and in each instance Assad has gotten the worst of it. My guess is that he realizes that the US is the major force keeping him from taking Syria back under his control. Heīs moving towards his Ļend gameĻ and sees the US in his way.

So it looks like a three-way war is moving into a two-way conflict with the Assad coalition going up against the US/Syrian rebel coalition. Things certainly could get interesting.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2018 2:23 p.m. PST

This is not going to end well. Iran isn't leaving. Neither is Turkey. There are multiple powder kegs all in close proximity.

Any accident or act of arrogance could set it off and start a new round of violence.

Dan

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Feb 2018 2:52 p.m. PST

Agree!


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