Obama’s Covert Drone War on Syria

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Obama’s Covert Drone War on Syria
by Stephen Lendman
Obama’s war on Syria is in its fifth year – naked aggression partnered with Israel, Britain, France, Canada and rogue regional states, using imported death squad foot soldiers against a sovereign independent country threatening no others.
On September 1, the Washington Post headlined  “US launches secret drone campaign to hunt Islamic State leaders in Syria.”
False!! IS leaders and foot soldiers are US enlisted proxies – funded, armed, trained, directed and deployed cross-border against the Assad government.
Washington’s bombing campaign (including use of drones) targets Syrian infrastructure, as well as providing air support for IS and other imported terrorist fighters.
Not according to WaPo, saying “(t)he CIA and US Special Operations forces have launched a secret campaign to hunt terrorism suspects in Syria as part of a targeted killing program that is run separately from the broader US military offensive against the Islamic State” – citing unnamed US officials as its source.
An earlier article discussed CIA operatives involved in arming and training US proxy death squad fighters – deployed to Syria against Assad, smuggled across Turkey’s border. Entering through Lebanon, Jordan and Israel.
A separate article explained UK SAS special forces covertly operating in Syria – dressed as Islamic State fighters, suggesting US special forces may be involved the same way, attacking Syrian targets on the pretext of fighting IS.
WaPo reported US propaganda claiming CIA and Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) operatives “are flying drones over Syria in a collaboration responsible for several recent strikes against senior Islamic State operatives, the officials said.” 
“Among those killed was a British militant thought to be an architect of the terrorist group’s effort to use social media to incite attacks in the United States.”
WaPo ignored CIA and perhaps US special forces involved in Syria since at least 2012, likely before war was launched.
Instead, it said “its clandestine program represents a significant escalation of the CIA’s involvement in the war in Syria.”
Claiming “high-value (IS) targets” are attacked is polar opposite truth. Washington uses them against Assad, wanting him ousted, replaced by a pro-Western/US controlled puppet.
Claiming the drone campaign “reflects rising anxiety among US counterterrorism officials about the danger the Islamic State poses, as well as frustration with the failure of conventional strikes to degrade the group’s strength” is subterfuge, concealing Washington’s real mission.
The way to defeat the Islamic State is simple. Stop supporting it with arms, funding, training and direction.
Near the end of its detailed report, WaPo admitted “(t)he CIA has long-standing ties to the Jordanian intelligence service and operates clandestine bases in that country where the agency has trained and armed thousands of fighters sent back into Syria’s civil war.”
The same goes for Turkey. Israel is involved. What’s ongoing is part of Washington longstanding agenda to eliminate all independent governments worldwide, replace them with US-controlled stooge regimes, pillage global resources, and exploit populations everywhere.
Its hegemonic aims are reckless – an agenda threatening humanity’s survival.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net
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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.