It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
originally posted by: douglas5
It was not my intention to mislead anyone
Obama Has been going at Syria for months
The US is bombing Syrian territory, but is attacking ISIS targets, with the permission of the Assad government.
The Obama administration, working through the Russian government, has secured an agreement from the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad to permit U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets in parts of Syria, according to a source briefed on the secret arrangements.
The reported agreement would clear away one of the chief obstacles to President Barack Obama’s plan to authorize U.S. warplanes to cross into Syria to attack Islamic State forces – the concern that entering Syrian territory might prompt anti-aircraft fire from the Syrian government’s missile batteries.
The usual protocol for the U.S. military – when operating in territory without a government’s permission – is to destroy the air defenses prior to conducting airstrikes so as to protect American pilots and aircraft, as was done with Libya in 2011. However, in other cases, U.S. intelligence agencies have arranged for secret permission from governments for such attacks, creating a public ambiguity usually for the benefit of the foreign leaders while gaining the necessary U.S. military assurances.
...."to make legal cooperation with Syria and start by asking permission from our government to make such attacks".
A spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department said President Barack Obama didn't seek permission from Syrian President Bashar Assad ahead of air and missile attacks in the Middle Eastern country
originally posted by: douglas5
a reply to: MKMoniker
Good find about Kerry he sure has done a 180 since the Vietnam days
Could it be because Qatar is the largest exporter of liquid natural gas in the world and Assad won't let them build a natural gas pipeline through Syria? Of course. Qatar wants to install a puppet regime in Syria that will allow them to build a pipeline which will enable them to sell lots and lots of natural gas to Europe.
In this instance, Moscow used French intelligence operatives, who made it clear that, without a deal, Putin would oppose U.S. bombing of Syria. If a compromise could be struck, they told U.S. officials, Putin would persuade the Assad government to cooperate with Washington and would allow Russian and Syrian military specialists on the ground in Syria to help the U.S. defeat ISIS.
Moscow articulated the concern that neocons within Congress and the Pentagon might use an agreement to bomb ISIS to also target Assad’s military. In Moscow’s view, if that happened there would be serious consequences.
Paris informed Washington a deal with Putin and Assad was the only way for the U.S. not to appear to be the transgressor.
Russia, through the French middlemen, stressed Obama had to limit bombings in Syria to ISIS targets only, and any move by Congress to use militias to attack Assad’s forces while the U.S. was bombing would lead to the collapse of the pact.
According to a Moscow source, who has spoken before to AMERICAN FREE PRESS, Putin has calculated the destruction of ISIS in Syria could be swift if Obama honors their agreement and allows the Pentagon to coordinate a bombing campaign with Russian and Syrian military assets on the ground.
“Of course, the devil is in the detail, and much will depend on Obama keeping his own warmongers out of the mix,” said the source. “Putin sees the deal as one that could lead to better cooperation over Ukraine. On the other hand, there are many in Washington who want regime change in Syria more than they want the end of ISIS or better Moscow-Washington relations.”
British intelligence officers have been talking to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s regime to pave the way for attacks on Islamic State thugs.
Members of the MI6 foreign spy agency have been negotiating with the tyrant’s senior foreign office diplomats and spy networks for months in the Syrian capital Damascus in the run-up to Gulf War 3, the Sunday Mirror can reveal.
It contradicts Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s insistence that Britain will not strike deals with the despot as such an alliance would not be “practical, sensible or helpful”.
He denied Britain will slip into a “poisonous” pact with Assad, despite calls for such a deal by military experts including former head of the British Army General Sir Richard Dannat.