Syria: When a No-Fly zone isnt a No-Fly zone

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-syria-exclusion-zone-20160823-story.html

Syria has been warned not to fly warplanes in areas where American troops are advising Kurdish and Arab forces fighting the Islamic State group, the Pentagon said Monday. But it insisted this does not amount to a “no fly zone.”

Reporters pushed press secretary Peter Cook to explain the distinction.

“Our warning to the Syrians is the same that we’ve had for some time, that we’re going to defend our forces and they would be advised not to fly in areas where our forces have been operating,” Cook said.

“It’s not a ‘no fly zone,'” he added. Later, he said, “You can label it what you want.”

Twice last week the U.S. scrambled fighter aircraft to protect American special operations forces and partner forces after Syrian government warplanes flew near the northeastern Syrian city of Hassakeh. Cook said there have been no similar incidents since Friday.

“If need be we will send aircraft again to defend our forces,” he said.

Cook said the most recent warnings to Syria not to fly in areas near U.S. troops were communicated through the Russian military, which is operating in support of the Syrian government in its fight against opposition forces, including the Islamic State militants.

Asked whether the U.S. policy is to shoot down a Syrian or Russian aircraft if it poses a threat to U.S. troops on the ground, Cook said, “We’re going to defend our forces on the ground, absolutely.”

Cook was highly critical of Syrian military action in and around the divided city of Aleppo, which has become a main battlefield in Syria’s civil war. Relentless shelling and airstrikes have killed more than 300 civilians in the city since rebels broke through a government blockade of the opposition-held east on July 31.

“The Syrian regime aided and abetted by its allies, Russia and Iran, is driving the escalation with its indiscriminate bombing campaign,” Cook said. “Bombing densely populated urban areas, interrupting water and electrical services and maiming civilians is only adding fuel to Syria’s civil war and does nothing to degrade extremist groups, which was of course Russia’s original reason for its military intervention in Syria.”

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“It’s not a ‘no fly zone,'” he added. Later, he said, “You can label it what you want.”

its a NFZ..

“Syria has been warned not to fly warplanes in areas where American troops are advising Kurdish and Arab forces fighting the Islamic State group, the Pentagon said Monday. But it insisted this does not amount to a “no fly zone.”

wait for the next one..and then the next one..and then one plane goes to far and you have a crisis..

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~ by seeker401 on August 29, 2016.

5 Responses to “Syria: When a No-Fly zone isnt a No-Fly zone”

  1. CIA and Turks created caliphate to launch attacks on Russia and China

    http://katehon.com/1227-cia-and-turks-created-caliphate-to-launch-attacks-on-russia-and-china.html

  2. As an American Citizen, I was entirely unaware we were at war with Syria. What are U.S. troops doing in Syria in the first place?
    I’ll write to my so-called “representatives” about this, and ask them if they are counting the months allowed that our turn-coat, traitor president is allowed to deploy troops according to the War Powers Act.

    For all the good it will do.

    If my government were really interested in stopping ISIS, they would be arming Syria, stop arming Syrian “rebel” terrorists” & Al Qaeda in Syria, and would instead agree to Syrai and Russia exterminating them in Syria while U.S. & Iraqi troops exterminated them in Iraq.

    But we all know my government created ISIS & is still funding & supplying them, and that the entire organization was created to overthrow Assad, and possibly drag Iran into a war where the same excuses could be used to bring our military in and topple their government, too.

    And we know it’s all about maintaining chaos in every country in the middle east, with the exception of those countries that will “play ball” with the petrodollar.

    Frankly, if my country would stop chasing globalism & protect its industries and jobs here at home with intelligent trade deals & tariffs, we wouldn’t NEED the petrodollar. With the advent of so many other countries developing their petroleum resources, the petrodollar is doomed, anyway.
    Any farsighted government would be preparing for that, instead of trying to hold on to a doomed policy of the past, negotiated by Richard Nixon with the Saudis.

    So many people have died over shekels…it’s depressing & horrific at the same time.

  3. .@RT_Erdogan You did 0 when ISIS controlled Jerablus for 3 years—you only sent tanks to stop Kurds from taking it.… + İlave olarak When you give your antiwar speech, mention Ghiyath Matar from #Daraya, tortured to death for handing out roses to regime soldiers. #Syria

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