Assad: US troops in Syria are 'invaders'

Kristopher Drake
March 13, 2017

Defense Secretary James Mattis is said to be working on just such a plan.

U.S. officials estimate there to be up to 4,000 jihadists in Raqa, a city of about 300,000 residents.

Given the recent history of the United States' adventurism in both of these nations, this surge of troops is not a light matter. Deir al-Zor province is nearly completely controlled by Islamic State. Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the military's General Staff said Russian aircraft have carried out 452 airstrikes in support of the Syrian government forces.

But when Kurdish People Protection Units (YPG) emerged as reliable factions, the US opted to render support to this group, and allied rebel fighters, which emerged later, such as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which comprises of Kurds, Arabs and Assyrians.

The U.S. has already had boots on the ground conducting training and advising military operations to various rebel outfits aimed at carrying out regime change in Syria.

Asked about a deployment of U.S forces near the northern city of Manbij, Syrian President Assad said: "Any foreign troops coming to Syria without our invitation. are invaders".

He said: "We always have hope that this year is going to be the last year".

"What are they [foreign troops] going to do?" The two also coordinated their operations against the Islamic State group in Syria.

US Military commanders have said they would like greater freedom to make decisions on the ground on how best to fight ISIS.

The Turks had threatened to attack Manbij which is being held by USA allies, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces. They have captured large areas from IS since then under the cover of airstrikes of the USA -led coalition. If the able to capture Raqqa, it will be able to carve out a base in eastern Syria from where it can further wage its war to neo-colonize Syria.

Yildirim sourly dismissed the US action in Manbij as a "flag race" and said, "it is a pity that it has come to this".

Cihan Sheikh Ehmed says the SDF has been on the offensive in the Raqqa area since November and have closed major supply roads used by the Islamic State group. Until now, the United States has stayed out of the conflict.

Moreover, while the USA and their coalition claims to be working to defeat IS in Raqqa, various reports state that the us - led coalition is carrying out airstrikes that target Syrian civilians, military, and infrastructure. Turkey's Syrian allies have been fighting the Kurds around the town, reportedly with Turkish cover, raising the possibility of frictions with the Americans. The U.S. has no democratic aim nor are they exclusively interested in defeating IS or terrorism.

Most recently, Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit left their ships to set up an outpost from which they could fire artillery to support Syrian forces fighting to oust militants from the Syrian city of Raqqa, the so-called "capital" of the Islamic State.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry in a letter sent to the U.N. Security Council on Friday accused Turkey of supporting "terrorism that killed tens of thousands" and destroyed part of the country's infrastructure.

The terrorist ISIS group is on the verge of lasting defeat as its last strongholds are fast crumble, the U.S. Department of Defence has said.

Turkey's concerns will not be laid to rest by Kurdish representatives talking about their plan to seize Raqqa and use it as a bargaining chip in negotiations with Damascus. Moreover, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, two other supporters of extremist terrorist groups are losing influence in the war and are smarting after the liberation of Aleppo, Palmyra, and soon, Raqqa.

Now it appears more USA troops will be on the way and the model for how Mosul was taken, embedding United States special forces at the front, will be used to clear out Raqqa. The recent surge in military budget by billions of dollars is indicative that the US has no interest in peace, the economy is heavily supported by militarism and investing in the death, destruction, and occupation of sovereign nations. They share a common interest with the people of Syria and Iraq in ending this war, for it only benefits the forces of imperialism and their lapdogs in Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.

The SDF also allowed the YPG to re-brand itself beyond its Kurdish cantons, as a diverse Syrian entity.

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