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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Syria is Obama’s war, now Trump’s – in cahoots with Israel and their rogue partners in high crimes.

Their aim is replacing its government with pro-Western puppet rule – a diabolical scheme Washington pursues against all sovereign independent countries, naked aggression its favored strategy.

Russia’s intervention in September 2015 to combat US-supported terrorists at the request of Assad changed the dynamic on the ground – forcing Washington to change tactics, not its objective.

It includes occupying and controlling northern Syria bordering Turkey and its southern territory bordering Iraq – balkanizing the country, a step toward destroying its sovereign independence.

US forces operate in Syria illegally, their presence a flagrant violation of international law. They occupy a 55km area in southern Syria – off limits to its government and military.

The same holds in northern Syria – along the 820 km border with Turkey. Thousands of US special forces and other combat troops prevent Syrian control over its own territory.

Washington intends creating a 30,000-strong “Border Security Force (BSF)” – comprised of Kurdish YPG fighters and terrorists, a permanent occupying force.

The Pentagon and CIA are working with these elements on the phony pretext of combating ISIS they created and support.

According to the Defense Post, “(t)he BSF will be stationed along the Euphrates River Valley – marking the western edge of the territory within Syria currently controlled by” US-supported anti-government YPG fighters and terrorists – so-called Orwellian-named “Syrian Democratic Forces.”

Last month, US CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel said a training program was being established for Kurdish and Arab fighters – to become a permanent US occupying force in Syria, he failed to explain.

Turkey slammed the scheme, Erdogan spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, saying Ankara has the right to defend itself against “terror groups” (referring to Kurdish YPG fighters), calling Washington’s plan “unacceptable,” adding:

“Turkey will continue to take all necessary precautions aligned with its national interest to preserve its national security.”

Separately, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said “US cooperation with YPG (fighters) jeopardize(s) our national security and territorial integrity of Syria, and that is unacceptable. We condemn the persistence of the United States in this erroneous approach, and once again remind that Turkey is determined to eliminate any threats against it, and has all possibilities to do this.”

Syria calls all anti-government forces in the country “traitors.” Russia strongly opposes Washington’s plan.

On Sunday, lower house State Duma Defense Committee chairman Vladimir Shamanov said the Trump administration’s plan “stands in direct confrontation (with Russia’s interests), and we and our colleagues will certainly undertake certain measures on stabilization of the situation in Syria.”

His deputy Defense Committee head Yuri Shvitkin added:

“There’s a clear equivocation here. I think it’s an obvious attempt to reanimate the militants, who can flow from neighboring states, namely Iraq, to achieve (Washington’s) geopolitical goals, escalate tensions, and, probably attempt to overthrow the legitimately elected president Bashar Assad.”

US and Russian aims for Syria are worlds apart. Moscow wants conflict resolved, peace and stability restored to the country, its territorial integrity protected and preserved, along with the right of Syrians alone to decide who’ll lead them – free from foreign interference.

Washington wants Assad removed, a pro-Western puppet replacing him, Syrian sovereign independence destroyed, the country balkanized for easier control by a permanent occupying force comprised of US combat troops, Kurdish fighters and terrorists.

How Russia intends challenging this unacceptable scheme remains to be seen.

Will Syria become a flashpoint for confrontation with Washington? Is US/Russian confrontation inevitable?

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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.