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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

The US came to all its war theaters to stay — directly by Pentagon and CIA occupation, and/or by installed puppet regimes.

US, Turkey, and other NATO troops illegally occupy about 30% of Syria, including most of its oil-producing areas.

For the Erdogan regime, it’s all about wanting northern Syrian territory annexed — on the phony pretext of combatting a Kurdish threat that doesn’t exist.

For the US, it’s all about gaining another imperial trophy and isolating Iran regionally, a similar scheme hatched to topple its government — to eliminate Israel’s main regional rival and gain control over Tehran’s immense hydrocarbon resources.

Preemptive US war on Syria without formally declaring it continues endlessly on the phony pretext of combatting the scourge of ISIS the US created and supports.

The same goes for other jihadist groups in the region and elsewhere — US proxy forces, doing its killing and dying, supported by Pentagon terror-bombing.

On Saturday, USCENTCOM commander General Kenneth McKenzie repeated the long ago debunked Big Lie about combatting ISIS, saying:

(US phony) war on ISIS will pick up in the coming days and weeks. Unknown hundreds, maybe thousands, of US combat troops illegally occupy northern and southern Syrian territory.

McKenzie claimed they’re “generally east of the Euphrates river east of Deir al Zor up to Hasaka, northeast all the way up into extreme northeast Syria” — without explaining that their presence flagrantly breaches the UN Charter and other international law.

No nation may attack another except in self-defense and only if authorized by Security Council members.


No nation may interfere in the internal affairs of other nations, a flagrant violation of international law when occurs, what the US does time and again.

McKenzie: “It is our intention to remain in that position, working with our SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) partners to continue operations against ISIS down the Euphrates river valley where those targets present themselves (sic).”

The anti-democratic SDF is infested with US-supported cutthroat killer terrorists, responsible for numerous atrocities — armed, funded, trained and directed by the Pentagon and CIA, McKenzie failed to explain.

On Friday, Syrian UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari slammed illegal Turkish occupation of northern parts of the country, adding:

The Erdogan regime is responsible for “kill(ing) and displac(ing) more than 180,000 people…”

The Turkish despot is using “terrorists” to advance his revanchist aims, his so-called “safe zone” a land grab scheme, adding:

Pentagon troops continue occupying Syrian oil producing areas. The Netanyahu regime launches repeated preemptive attacks on Syrian sites.

All of the above are flagrant international law violations, the world community doing nothing to challenge them.

On Friday during a Security Council session on Syria, Russia’s deputy UN envoy Dmitry Polyanskiy slammed continued US occupation of Syrian territory, adding:

Elements combatting its military and people are “terrorists.” No “moderate opposition” exists.  

“We see that (the US and its imperial partners) still rely on unverified or rather doubtful sources of information when analyzing reports about alleged attacks on peaceful people and civil facilities.”

He called for lifting illegally imposed sanctions on Syria “in the interests of restoring normal life” to its people — a futile request the US and its partners in high crimes ignore.

Separately, AMN News reported that “Syria may replace Russia’s S-300 (air defense system) with China’s HQ-9,” citing “the Russian publication Avia.Pro,” saying:

“A number of Syrian sources report that Syria has begun negotiations with China regarding the purchase of the Chinese H-9 air defense systems (according to other sources – HQ-22) instead of the Russian S-300 system, which so far has shown zero effectiveness in repelling Israeli attacks,” adding:

“The source indicates the fact that at the moment the negotiations concern the gratuitous supply of Chinese air defense systems to Syria.”

“(A)t the same time, the acquisition of these anti-aircraft missile systems was not excluded.” 

“The reason for the negotiations is the impossibility of using the Russian S-300, since the latter is controlled by the Russian military.” 

“(T)here are other reasons, in particular, Damascus intends to deploy Chinese HQ-9 throughout Syria, thereby completely covering the airspace above the territory of the country.”

Russian S-300s were installed in parts of Syria around a year ago, but haven’t been used against hostile US, Israeli, Turkish or other NATO warplanes.

What’s the point of an air defense system if the supplier (Russia) controls it and prevents its use when most needed — because it seeks normalized relations with the US, Turkey, other NATO countries and Israel, run by aggressor regimes hostile to peace and stability!

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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.