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Biden Carries Out Air Strikes In Syria Targeting “Iranian-Backed” Militia

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You knew it was coming when the NYT set the stage yesterday with its latest anti-Assad hit piece titled “Having Won Syria’s War, al-Assad Is Mired in Economic Woes” (which makes only a passing reference just why Syria is mired in economic woes namely that “most of the country’s oil fields and much of its agricultural land are in the northeast, which is controlled by Kurdish-led forces backed by the United States”) and sure enough, just over a month since his inauguration, Biden reminded the world that the military-industrial complex is back in control by carrying out air strikes in eastern Syria against facilities that allegedly were used by “Iranian-backed” militia, the U.S. Defense Department said on Thursday night.

The strike marked the first (of many) overseas military attack ordered by Joe Biden, which in its first weeks has emphasized its intent to put more focus on the challenges posed by China.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the strikes took place “at President Biden’s direction” and were authorized “in response to recent attacks against American and coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel.”

“Specifically the strikes destroyed multiple facilities located at a border control point used by a number of Iranian backed militant groups including Kait’ib Hezbollah and Kait’ib Sayyid al Shuhada,” Kirbry said.

“The operation sends an unambiguous message; President Biden will act to protect American coalition personnel. At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to deescalate the overall situation in both Eastern Syria and Iraq.”

A file picture of the MQ9 Reaper, widely used by the US military for reconnaissance and airstrikes

The site is reportedly used as part of a weapons smuggling operation by the militias. The strikes were carried out to degrade the ability of the groups to carry out future attacks and to send a message about the recent attacks, the US official said.

The assault came after a series of rocket attacks in recent days on facilities in Iraq used by the U.S., including one that killed a contractor working with the U.S.-led coalition in the country.

What is amusing is that on one hand Biden is attacking “Iran-backed” militia in Syria, while at the same time he is reportedly seeking to restore the Nuclear deal with Iran and restore cordial relations. As Bloomberg notes, “by hitting a facility in Syria said to be operated by an Iranian-linked militia, the U.S. avoids raising tensions that would come with a strike directly on Iran, which the Biden administration is seeking to persuade to return to a 2015 nuclear deal that former President Donald Trump withdrew from three years ago.”

Of course, that’s hardly how the attack will be spun by Iran, where Biden just burned any political capital he may have had, and may soon have to resort to paradropping pallets full of billions in cash, similar to what Obama used to do.

What is even more amusing is that as usual, the deep state never actually had any proof (but it is always highly confident in everything, including that Russia is behind every evil in the world),  and the US had not definitively blamed any specific group for the rocket attacks or attributed them to any Iranian proxies in the region, but the administration had made it clear where they place the blame.

Earlier this week White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US holds Iran accountable for the actions of its proxies, which is of course quite different from what she said back in April 2017 when Trump ordered a similar airstrike on Syria.

It gets better…

In any case, Biden administration officials condemned the Feb. 15 rocket attack near the city of Irbil in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish-run region, but as recently as this week officials indicated they had not determined for certain who carried it out. Officials have noted that in the past, Iranian-backed Shiite militia groups have been responsible for numerous rocket attacks that targeted U.S. personnel or facilities in Iraq.

Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, had said Tuesday that Iraq is in charge of investigating the Feb. 15 attack.

“Right now, we’re not able to give you a certain attribution as to who was behind these attacks, what groups, and I’m not going to get into the tactical details of every bit of weaponry used here,” Kirby said. “Let’s let the investigations complete and conclude, and then when we have more to say, we will.”

So… launch attacks first, and then conclude who is responsible later. Sounds like the good old MIC is back in action.

In any case, the strikes come as Washington and Tehran position themselves for negotiations about Iran’s nuclear program, potentially crippling the already fragile process.

The U.S. launched the strike one day after Biden spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. The two leaders “discussed the recent rocket attacks against Iraqi and coalition personnel and agreed that those responsible for such attacks must be held fully to account.”

Now if only the US had determined who that was before actually, well, launching the attacks…

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16 Comments on "Biden Carries Out Air Strikes In Syria Targeting “Iranian-Backed” Militia"

  1. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 25th Feb 2021 8:23 pm 

    Biden’s a bomber pilot – wow, who knew?

    He has plenty of company

    Democrats and Progressives Inciting Violence.

    https://youtu.be/7yYplnEkbqU

  2. Biden's hairplug on Fri, 26th Feb 2021 2:37 am 

    The opening salvo of WW3, Eurasia-Anglosphere.

    Global war theater:

    – Syria, Gulf, Yemen
    – SCS, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, facing Chinese occupation
    – English Channel skirmishes, EU-UK, now that Brexit is in place, causing a rapid deterioration of EU-UK relations
    – Scottish-English border skirmishes
    – Fighting in Northern Ireland between Irish republicans and Unionists
    – Gibraltar, taken back by the Spanish
    – Malvinas, with the Argentinians having a 2nd go
    – Heartland patriot anti-woke uprising and refusal to die in East-Asia for Washington
    – Donbass, Ukraine, Russia throwing the US out
    – Japan declaring itself neutral, withdrawing from the western alliance and sending US troops home
    – the overthrow of the Sissi regime in Egypt, to be replaced by the Muslim Brotherhood. Similar development in KSA
    – Iranian occupation of Yemen
    – Iraq divided by Iran and Turkey
    – Occupation of Palestine by Turkish, Egyptian and Iranian troops
    – formation Paris-Berlin-Moscow, with Japan joining the new alliance
    – China occupying Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0EtHrJ_7Mg

    “‘Serious questions’ over Joe Biden’s will to defend Taiwan”

    Ready for the end of Anglo-Zionism? You should be.

    The only interesting question will be where it will begin in earnest.

  3. Biden's hairplug on Fri, 26th Feb 2021 3:14 am 

    Can’t get it clearer than this regarding Chinese intentions:

    https://www.news.com.au/national/politics/chinese-company-plans-to-build-39bn-city-on-australias-doorstep/news-story/e334423bf6dd14da3b236464d9204ac0

    “Chinese company plans to build $39bn city on Australia’s doorstep”

    Map:

    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/ed8aa491611fef734d3e9b0cbf98c1e2

    That’s 200 km.

    Daru currently has 15k inhabitants.

    Now how much city can you buy for $39B?

    Third world, 33k per dwelling? That’s a 1 million city. Easy to hide a couple of thousand Chinese paratroopers in there.

    Nah, make that 5k/dwelling:

    https://www.nothingunknown.com/content/2019/daru

    Napoleon Bonaparte is credited for saying:

    ““LET CHINA SLEEP; WHEN SHE WAKES SHE WILL SHAKE THE WORLD””

    It looks like the only one who is currently sleeping is the insane woke west. Good riddance to that!

  4. Biden's hairplug on Fri, 26th Feb 2021 6:53 am 

    “The U.S. Air Force Just Admitted The F-35 Stealth Fighter Has Failed”

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/02/23/the-us-air-force-just-admitted-the-f-35-stealth-fighter-has-failed/?sh=2adf6b7e1b16

    That’s 1.7 TRILLION, paid to the MIC for delivering exactly nothing.

    https://www.rt.com/usa/516507-f35-failed-airforce-reactions/

    “What about student loans, water or the homeless? Outrage follows report $1.7 trillion F-35 program is now considered a failure”

    Friendly advice to our American friends, you can still buy the Eurofighter.

    Here a somewhat neutral Indian source:

    https://eurasiantimes.com/f-35-jets-can-never-match-a-eurofighter-typhoon-in-an-aerial-combat-test-pilot/

    “F-35 Jets Can Never Match A Eurofighter Typhoon In An Aerial Combat – Test Pilot”

  5. Theedrich on Fri, 26th Feb 2021 8:26 am 

    The bowel movement called Biden augurs collapse. “Biden [is] taking his first step towards the Nobel Peace prize by bombing Syria.”  Yup.  The Military Industrial Complex will make sure of that.  Nothing like filling the keg with more powder.  The U.S. has already stolen Syria’s oil wealth, so why not destroy its ability to protect itself from Turkey.  Iran can now be expected to move with all the more determination to develop nukes, so that IsItReal can wag the Goy dog yet more and set the Levant aflame.  Shalom.

    Meanwhile China progresses.  The foreordained purpose of that nation is the fall of the Imperium Americanum.  Its traditional method of waging war is not by open conflict but by subversion.  The overflowing D.C. septic tank with Biden the bought Big Guy on the stool is the perfect precondition for Beijing’s success in that way.  So in the larger scheme of things, Chinkland is doing Gaia’s will.

    Because the disease called America means the death of the planet.

  6. dissident on Fri, 26th Feb 2021 10:23 am 

    It’s up to Syria to decide if it wants any pro-Iranian militia on its soil and not up to America.

    Americans and the rest of the western media lemmings have been trained like Pavlov’s dogs to drool at the uttering of and upon reading the word “Iran”.

  7. makati1 on Fri, 26th Feb 2021 3:32 pm 

    As usual, Theedrich, I totally agree with your summation of the failed country called Amerika.

  8. makati1 on Fri, 26th Feb 2021 3:49 pm 

    BTW: the first batch of vaccines to come to the Philippines, is a GIFT from China. 600,000 doses.

    Meanwhile, the Philippine government is debating kicking the Amerikan military out of the Philippines. LOL

    Asia is the future!

  9. I AM THE MOB on Fri, 26th Feb 2021 7:22 pm 

    Former CDC Director: American Society Never Going Back to ‘Normal’

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2021-02-25/former-cdc-director-american-society-never-going-back-normal

    Womp womp. Price is right (fail horn)

  10. FamousDrScanlon on Fri, 26th Feb 2021 11:13 pm 

    With 1,582 Deaths by Covid-19 in 24 Hours, Brazil Breaks Record of Deaths in The Pandemic

    Seven of the ten days with the most deaths in the country occurred in 2021; day also registered a record moving average of deaths

    https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/internacional/en/scienceandhealth/2021/02/with-1582-deaths-by-covid-19-in-24-hours-brazil-breaks-record-of-deaths-in-the-pandemic.shtml

    yabut,a large number of people died of {Fill in the blank} so it doesn’t count.

  11. Biden's hairplug on Sat, 27th Feb 2021 8:44 am 

    Woke NASA has gone bonkers as well:

    https://twitter.com/NASA/status/1365362151838388227?s=20

    “The trip to Mars can only be understood through Black Americans.” — Poet and educator Nikki Giovanni reads an excerpt from “Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea” to open today’s naming of the NASA Headquarters building for Mary W. Jackson, our first African American female engineer.

    Here some truth, NASA or Americans in general will never admit, namely that the moon landing was a combination of German engineering talent and a potent US tax farm. You know what, make that NAZI engineering talent.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/16/S-IC_engines_and_Von_Braun.jpg

    https://www.fr.de/bilder/2019/07/14/12817154/1218437977-wernher-braund-saturn-rakete-mondlandung-apollo-2uNLD7YDGM6b.jpg

    Today, the US hardly has the capacity to bring a man into orbit, despite empty promises by DJT to the contrary:

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/02/acting-nasa-chief-says-2024-moon-landing-no-longer-a-realistic-target/

    “Acting NASA chief says 2024 Moon landing no longer a “realistic” target”

    America, in its present shape, will never achieve a moon landing again. Only within a future pan-European framework will these kinds of projects become realistic again.

  12. makati1 on Sat, 27th Feb 2021 3:37 pm 

    The flu is the flu, no matter what you call it. hundreds of thousands die of the flu every year around the world. When you use a test that does not work, you can claim anything and there will always be idiots who believe. Dying WITH Covid-19 is NOT the same as dying FROM Covid-19.

    Where has the regular flu gone this year?

    Why the drop in normal deaths from all the other killers like heart attacks, cancer, etc.?

    Answer: They were almost ALL claimed to be Covid-19 deaths!

    This last year is hypochondriac heaven. They get to wear face diapers and pretend the world is a dangerous place without one, while the diaper is slowly killing them. Mass insanity!

    But that is what their/your masters want. Fear of living your life. If the serfs don’t wake up and call BULLSHIT! on little Hitlers like Fauci, they and their kids will be worse than slaves. Sigh!

    BTW: Fauci may have a doctor’s degree, but he never had a medical practice. He has been a government whore for the last 50+ years. He is 80 years old.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Fauci

  13. makati1 on Sat, 27th Feb 2021 4:43 pm 

    Evidence that this old fool should retire and the serfs should force him to go.

    “Is Anyone Else Fed Up With Dr. Fauci’s Forever Moving Goalposts?”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/anyone-else-fed-dr-faucis-forever-moving-goalposts

    BTW: Did you know he is the highest paid government employee at $500,000 per year?

  14. makati1 on Sat, 27th Feb 2021 4:46 pm 

    P.S. Not to mention Fauci is heavily invested in the Big Pharma companies making the vaccines.

    Graft and corruption worse than any banana republic. Amerika!

  15. Davy's mommy on Sat, 27th Feb 2021 11:38 pm 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDfAdHBtK_Q

    1978….

  16. A. Girafales on Sun, 28th Feb 2021 9:57 am 

    When I read these comments above from my outpost far away in Europa, I am getting scared: more and more comments are conspiracy oriented, having far right perspectives, language is getting more aggressive and intolerance is growing enormously. Dire Outlook for solving most pressing problems.

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