Monday, April 10, 2017

U.S. Increases Protection Of Its Forces In Syria

A U.S. fighter stands near a military vehicle, north of Raqqa city, Syria November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Reuters: U.S. bolsters protection of forces in Syria as tensions climb

The United States has made slight adjustments to its military activities in Syria to strengthen protection of American forces following cruise missile strikes last week on a Syrian air base that heightened tensions, U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday.

The officials, citing operational security concerns, declined to specify what measures the United States has taken after the strikes, which Damascus, Tehran and Moscow condemned.

But one official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stressed the strikes had not slowed the campaign against Islamic State militants.

U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the cruise missile strike on Syria's Shayrat air base last week in retaliation for what Washington and its allies say was a poison gas attack by Syria's government in which scores of civilians died.

Read more ....

WNU Editor: I call this a prudent move .... and there has been some changes in the air campaign .... U.S. - Coalition Air Strikes Against The Islamic State Have Been Sharply Reduced Since Thursday's U.S. Missile Attack In Syria (Apil 8, 2017). Fortunately for all of us .... it looks like the Russians do not want to initiate hostilities .... Russia has no intention of fighting US forces in Syria - senator (RT).


Matthew Dupuis said...

Russia isn't my concern regarding who initiates hostilities...

The Kurds and Syrians would welcome a fight between the Russians and the Turks.
The Iranians would love to see the US fight Russia.
The Israelis and the Saudis would see a fight between the US and Hezbollah/Iran as in their interests.
Assad doesn't seem to care what it takes to stay in power.
And ISIS would cream themselves if all of the above threw-down...

I agree with the missile strikes, but unfortunately this is not 2013. This has become a vastly different, very complex and volatile area where others are able to control the situation regardless of what the Superpowers want...It will be tense for a while as everyone interested seeks to take advantage of that tension.

fred lapides said...

Meanwhile, sources outside American MSM report an American airbase being built inside Syria and moved from further away, outside that country

Anonymous said...

By "further away" do you mean Incirlik?

jimbrown said...

Good move. We've been too exposed for too long.