March 19, 2017 at 10:55 am
Written by Darius Shahtahmasebi
A regional and international proxy war
that began in 2011 could well be on its way to becoming a hot global
conflict as Russian and American troops arrive in the same Syrian city.
According to the Military Times,
the U.S. military has launched a “reassurance and deterrence” mission
in the Syrian city of Manbij, which is set to become more complicated
with the arrival of Russian troops and continued advances by
The situation was already complex due to the presence of Syrian Kurdish forces on the ground, who are opposed by forces loyal to Turkey. The Kurds are considered to be the most effective fighting force
against ISIS, yet Turkish-backed forces seem more concerned with
fighting against them rather than fighting ISIS. The U.S. military has
fewer than 100 elite Army Rangers stationed in Manbij, and Russian
troops are there to provide security for humanitarian convoys.
According to Navy Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, the U.S.
and Russia have had no close interaction on the ground. For its part,
Moscow has “kept [the U.S.] abreast of their operations” in Manbij, but the two militaries do not coordinate in Syria.
The Military Times noted that U.S. troops are on the ground primarily to assist local forces oust ISIS. However, as Anti-Media previously reported,
ISIS has almost been defeated, and as a result, the likelihood of
mission creep is possible. This is made clear by the U.S. military’s
cooperation with Saudi Arabia,
a country that also wants to deploy troops to Syria for the specific
purpose of opposing pro-regime troops, as well as Iranian troops and
That being said, if the mainstream media were doing its job
effectively, it would make a point of distinguishing between Russian and
American roles in the region. The U.S. military has no legitimate excuse for invading Syria, whereas Russia’s military presence was formally requested by the Syrian government in 2015.
What should be clear, however, is that none of these parties view human rights as a motivating concern
for engaging militarily in Syria. All parties have blood on their
hands, and in light of the fact that two nuclear powers are now
stationed in the same Syrian city with complete polar opposite interests, it’s possible they will make an incredibly dire situation into an international powder keg.
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