Suspicious Killing of US Forces by ISIS
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Washington created and supports ISIS, along with likeminded terrorist groups, arming, funding, training, and directing them, using them as proxy forces, deploying them to areas in active war theaters – in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.
Why would these jihadists bite the hand feeding them? According to CENTCOM, two US soldiers, a war department civilian, a private military contractor, and others were killed by jihadists on Tuesday in the northern Syrian town of Manbij – others injured by the attack.
ISIS claimed responsibility, saying a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a local restaurant, the area patrolled by US forces, a statement saying:
“A martyrdom attacker with an explosive vest stuck a patrol of the international coalition in the city of Manbij in northeastern Aleppo.”
CENTCOM said “(i)nitial reports indicate an explosion caused the casualties, and the incident is under investigation.”
An Operation Inherent Resolve statement said it’s “aware of open source reports regarding an explosion in Syria. Coalition (sic) forces conducted a routine patrol in Syria today. We are still gathering information and will share additional details at a later time.”
The incident is suspicious at a time when Trump regime hardliners and Pentagon commanders strongly oppose his announced troop withdrawal from Syria.
He and Pence falsely proclaimed the defeat of ISIS, on Wednesday, the vice president saying “ISIS has been defeated (and) the caliphate has crumbled” – ignoring the incident explained above, along with US support for the terrorist group and others.
In Syria and Iraq alone, thousands of ISIS and other jihadists remain, their ranks increased by recruiting of new foot soldiers.
Bolton and Pompeo effectively overruled Trump, saying US forces will remain in Syria until ISIS is defeated and the safety Kurdish YPG fighters is guaranteed.
A State Department official said “(w)e have no timeline for our military forces to withdraw from” Syria, delay likely to be not at all.
Commenting on the Manbij attack, Senator Lindsey Graham said “(m)y concern by the statements made by president Trump is that you have set in motion enthusiasm by the enemy we are fighting” – supporting the scourge while pretending to oppose it, he failed to explain.
Was the message of Tuesday’s incident the reality of ISIS and other jihadists remaining a major threat in Syria?
Was the attack orchestrated by the Pentagon and/or CIA, a way to halt the withdrawal of US forces, claiming the no-battle/battle to defeat the scourge Washington supports is far from over?
The US came to all its war theaters to stay. According to the Arabic-language Al-Maaloumeh news website, citing an Iraqi official, US forces in the country’s al-Anbar province opened passageways for ISIS fighters to move freely through.
A separate report said the Pentagon is providing ISIS jihadists with intelligence help, along with heavy weapons supplied them.
Their fighters are trained at Pentagon bases in Syria and Iraq by US special forces. Erdogan said he doesn’t believe the Manbij attack will affect Trump’s announced pullout from Syria.
His view is likely to be polar opposite what unfolds ahead. In all its active and past war theaters since Soviet Russia dissolved, US forces came to stay, Syria no different than others.
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