Saturday, January 27, 2018

U.S. Coalition Forces ‘Well Prepared’ to Defend Against Turkish Offensive in Syria????????

via Free Beacon.
U.S. coalition forces stationed in the Syrian Kurdish town of Manbij are ready to guard against a threatened Turkish offensive that risks direct confrontation between the NATO allies, a coalition spokesman said Friday.

Turkey last week launched an air and ground assault on the northern Syrian enclave of Afrin in an attempt to oust the American-backed People's Protection Units, or YPG, which Ankara considers a terrorist group. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to extend the operation 60 miles east to Manbij, where, unlike in Afrin, the Pentagon maintains U.S. troops.

"Our forces there are well prepared to defend themselves," coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon told the Washington Free Beacon. "We have air coverage over all of our troops so we're always prepared to defend ourselves, whether it's from ISIS or any other threat."
Story here. 

Just plain wow.

I'm of mixed mind here.

On one hand I don't like the idea of leaving the Kurds in the lurch.

On the other I don't like the idea of continued fighting in Syria when our SUPPOSED primary objective of killing ISIS has been achieved.

Let's face it.  The only thing left of ISIS is a few remnants and that means mop up ops that can be accomplished without us.

This points to the nagging problem that Trump has yet to face.  What we're doing in Syria has nothing to do with ISIS and everything to do with an unknown objective that the American people aren't being informed of.

But back on task.

This is ominous as hell.

The reality is that the Coalition Spokesman, a US Army Colonel just told the world that we're ready to cross swords if the Turks head our way.

The Turk people are awesome.  The Turk leadership?  They're batshit crazy.  Expect our pilots to have fangs out at some point in the near future.

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