War With Russia? The Russians Announce Any U.S. Warplanes Flying Over Syria Will Be Treated As ‘Targets’

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Is the escalating conflict in Syria setting the stage for World War III with Russia? On Sunday, a U.S. Navy F-18 shot down a Syrian Army SU-22 near Raqqa. This represents a major escalation by U.S. forces, because this is the very first time that the U.S. military has shot down a Syrian warplane since the civil war began back in 2011. Needless to say, the Russians were not pleased by this at all. In fact, according to the Independent the Russians have just announced that all U.S. warplanes flying over Syria will now be treated as “targets” by the Russian military…

 

Russia has said it will treat US warplanes operating in parts of Syria where its air forces are also present as “targets” amid a diplomatic row caused by the downing of a Syrian jet.

The country’s defence ministry said it would track US-led coalition aircraft with missile systems and military aircraft, but stopped short of saying it would shoot them down.

A hotline set up between Russia and the US to prevent mid-air collisions will also be suspended.

The Russians have some of the very best anti-aircraft systems on the entire planet, and they would be more than capable of shooting down our jets.

So let us hope that the Russians don’t cross that line, because the anti-Russian hysteria in Washington would go to an entirely new level if footage of U.S. jets being blown out of the sky started running 24 hours a day on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News.

But if U.S. forces keep striking the Syrian military, at some point the Russians are not going to hold back any longer. According to the Washington Post, Sunday’s incident was “the fourth time within a month that the U.S. military has attacked pro-Syrian government forces”…

The Pentagon said the downing of the aircraft came hours after Syrian loyalist forces attacked U.S.-backed fighters, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, in the village of Ja’Din, southwest of Raqqa. The rare attack was the first time a U.S. jet has shot down a manned hostile aircraft in more than a decade, and it signaled the United States’ sharply intensifying role in Syria’s war.

The incident is the fourth time within a month that the U.S. military has attacked pro-Syrian government forces.

Most Americans have absolutely no idea how close to war we are in Syria. One wrong move and we could easily find ourselves in another war in the Middle East which would be far more serious than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ever were.

That is because we probably wouldn’t just be fighting the Syrian government. We would also likely be fighting both Russia and Iran.

On Sunday, Iran escalated the conflict themselves by firing a number of missiles into eastern Syria

Iran’s military said Sunday that it has launched several missiles into eastern Syria, targeting Islamic State fighters in retaliation for the twin attacks that rocked Tehran on June 7.

The strikes are the first time Iran has fired missiles at another country in three decades and represent a major escalation of Iran’s role in the war in Syria.

For the United States, there is nothing to be gained by getting involved in the civil war in Syria. President Assad is definitely a bad guy, but so are the radical jihadist groups that are trying to overthrow him.

We say that we are conducting operations in Syria in order to fight ISIS, but ISIS forces in Syria are on their last legs at this point. If we allowed the Russians and the Iranians to focus on finishing off ISIS in Syria, that would free up U.S. resources to focus on ISIS strongholds in Iraq and elsewhere.

And once ISIS is completely vanquished, what will our policy in Syria be? Will we be dragged into a conflict that the Trump administration has always said that it wanted to avoid? The following comes from CNN

And yet now, as the Trump administration enters its sixth month, the US is being drawn into the very conflict its inaction had been intended to avoid. And as forces the US supports face danger from forces supporting the Syrian regime, the questions will get louder: What is US policy in Syria? And will the fight against ISIS lead the US into a war against Assad?

I will try to explain why things have gotten so complicated in the region.

In 2011, the “Arab Spring” was raging all over the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, Turkey and their Sunni allies in the region wanted to use that “opportunity” to overthrow President Assad in Syria, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her team decided that would be a wonderful idea. So massive protests against the Syrian government were organized, and money and arms were funneled to anti-Assad groups.

Pretty soon a horrible civil war broke out, and it has now raged on for six long years. The Syrian refugee crisis that we are dealing with today is the direct result of this civil war that Hillary Clinton had a hand in starting.

And everything was going according to plan at first. The radical jihadist groups that Saudi Arabia and Turkey were backing were winning, and it looked like Assad was going to lose.

But then Russia, Iran and Hezbollah intervened, and that totally turned the tide of the war.

Saudi Arabia, Turkey and their allies are still absolutely determined to find a way to win the war in Syria, and they see the U.S. as the key. They would love to get the U.S. into the war, but so far the U.S. has been hesitant to get fully involved in another quagmire in the Middle East.

But the Trump administration is unlikely to completely stop operations in Syria either, because Trump very much wants to have a positive relationship with the Saudis.

As ISIS continues to lose more territory, U.S. forces will increasingly find themselves operating in very close proximity to Syrian, Russian and Iranian forces.

We have already had four incidents of conflict between the two sides within the last month, and if we are not very careful we could end up in a major regional war in the Middle East.

So let us hope that cooler heads prevail, because we definitely don’t need another pointless war on our hands.

 
  • Gay Veteran

    “…If we allowed the Russians and the Iranians to focus on finishing off
    ISIS in Syria, that would free up U.S. resources to focus on ISIS
    strongholds in Iraq and elsewhere….”

    ROFLOL, we did nothing when ISIS was selling oil to Turkey. We support ISIS, either directly or indirectly.

    • regedit

      Wasn’t it the US that created ISIS?

      • Eevie

        actually it was madame socialist hillary rotten clinton…isis is her baby.

      • Gay Veteran

        U.S., Saudi Arabia, ISRAEL

  • jsmith

    We have been warned. But it seems that our neocons (another name for you know who) are intent on escalating our involvement and jerking the Russian bear. The sad part of all this is that the Russian’s might just lob a SAM at one of our fighters and kill one of our pilots. We all know that the neocon’s hate the Russian’s ever since they founded a communist state in 1917, and even though Russia is now a Christian state, the neocon’s are relentless in bringing it down. These neocon’s brought down Russia, then Germany in 1918, and are now working like 5th column termites in our own government. Congress is full of them with support from bomb bomb McCain and Schumer. President Trump I hope will initiate a counter coup to keep from being brought down by them!

    • Eevie

      Russia does not want war with us. If Russia wanted war it would have been due to Obama. but they don’t want war….the dems/socialists want war and MSM is lying about all this. Russia is not our enemy…american dems are our enemies. I will not sit idly by while socialists finish this country off.

      • Oh, you will not sit idly by? What are you going to do instead of sitting idly by?

      • Gay Veteran

        republican war-mongers like insane McCain and his boyfriend Graham also want war

  • Louis Sartor

    Syria…Imagine if our world comes crashing to an end over a nation that most Americans can’t find on a map.

    DT ran as a candidate that promised to put America first and not get sucked into unwinnable wars in the ME. The Russians are busy killing Islamic extremists and supporting the Assad government. Iran is doing the same. While they might not be Thomas Jefferson clones they are attempting to repair the damage done by the Bush and Obama administrations. The US likes to talk of nation building but what we do is wreck nations and then wring our hands over the tide of refugees and extremist violence. Of course the big winner is the MIC.

    Time for us to go home. Rebuild our domestic economy. Support renewable energy systems. Restore our republic.

    • poor man

      The powers that be don’t want renewable energy. Watch the movie Thrive and you’ll see the FBI raiding a scientist’s house after he invented a device that gets electricity out of the air.

  • Eevie

    You are basing this on CNN!?! lol Stop it right now. Lies and propaganda.

    • The majority of “lies and propaganda” on CNN ended when they fired disgraced Trump employee, Corey Lewandowski.

      You can count yourself among the easily duped if you believe Dishonest Donald’s pleas of “fake nooz!” every time we learn new facts he was trying desperately to keep hidden.

      • Gay Veteran

        CNN = Clinton News Network

        they (and the rest of the corporate media wh ores) were colluding with the DNC and Hillary to cheat Bernie out of the nominantion

  • joanofark06

    I hope everyone knows that there is a biblical prophecy about Damascus (capital of Syria) being demolished (one day)? This has never happened before, at any time in history. And isn’t amazing, how, probably what? 3, 5 years ago, Syria was hardly EVER in our news, and now, for the last year? or two, it’s practically every day, you hear something happening there. Who doesn’t know the verse in our bibles, about this capital, being totally destroyed?
    If anyone would get on google earth, and look at this capital, you would not believe how big it is! It is a HUGE city!
    Ok, now, who knows the verse? I will give it, if everyone doesn’t know. If your a reader of the website (endoftheamericandream), you should know, because the author has told us that verse, a time or two, already.

  • DJohn1

    We should mind our own business.
    War is economical disaster at this point in time.
    If we give Syria to the Russians guess what?
    I suggest that just like in the past it will bankrupt them!

  • 7awmee7

    So let us hope that cooler heads prevail, because we definitely don’t need another pointless war on our hands.GOD BLESS THIS PRAYER SOON