More than 100 U.S. Marines launched an air assault in the southern Syrian desert backed by artillery fire to send a “strong message” to Russia not to send their forces inside a restricted area near an American military outpost, two U.S. defense officials have told Fox News reports.
US Marines launch live-fire air assault into Syria desert in ‘strong message’ to Russia
“President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province. The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy. Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!” ~ President Trump“If it’s a slaughter, the world is going to get very, very angry and the United States is going to get very angry, too.” President Trump
Russia says it has launched airstrikes targeting militant infrastructure in Syria’s northern Idlib province, where the government is expected to launch a major offensive against the rebels’ last major stronghold. The Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday that four jets struck targets linked to an al-Qaida-linked group, including a weapons depot and a launch pad for drones that Russia says have targeted its military bases in Syria. The Russian military says it has shot down dozens of hostile drones.
On Wednesday, several airstrikes were also carried out on positions of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (previously known as the al-Nusra Front) terrorist group in al-Lataminah, Sakik, Taybat al-Imam, al-Sayyad, Jeni al-Albawi, northern al-Ma’an, and north of Kafar Zita, located in the northern parts of Hama. As a result, bases and military hardware of terrorists were destroyed, while tens of militants, including their commanders, were killed.
Strongholds of the Jaish al-Izzah and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terrorist groups, stationed in northern Halfaya, al-Zalaqiyat, Ma’arkaba, and Zor Abuzaid in northern Hama were also pounded by Syrian warplanes. Dozens of militants were killed and their military vehicles were destroyed during the airstrikes. RWT Intel report on Current Syrian Conflict in Idlib.
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Friday in New York, spoke to reporters about Syria.
“We consider any assault on Idlib to be a dangerous escalation of the conflict in Syria, Airstrikes by Russia and the regime have already begun against civilian areas. The atrocities committed by Assad will be a permanent stain on history and a black mark for this council which was blocked over and over by Russia from taking action to help.”
Assad and Russia have said they will not stop until Idlib is cleansed and they have full control over the area, the United States has now responded with airstrikes of our own. We will be closely monitoring the conflict and reporting it as information comes out.
“The United States does not seek to fight the Russians, the government of Syria or any groups that may be providing support to Syria in the Syrian civil war,” Navy Capt. William Urban, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said in a statement.
“The U.S. does not require any assistance in our efforts to destroy ISIS.”
God Bless our soldiers deployed and as our military sends kinetic messages to Syria and Russia, may they stay safe and Warfighter lethal!
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.