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Russia and Iran Threaten Retaliation Against Further US Aggression

By: Stephen Lendman
Russia and Iran accused Washington of crossing unacceptable red lines in attacking Syria – jointly saying they’ll respond to further US aggression, according to Reuters.
A joint statement published by the Ilam al Harbi media outlet said “(w)hat America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines.”
“From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well.”
If Reuters’ report is accurate, the risk of war involving Russia, Iran and their allies against Washington is ominously possible – endangering the entire region and humanity if launched.
On Sunday, Vladmir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani discussed Trump’s aggression by phone. Both leaders agreed on the importance of supporting Syrian sovereignty and its people.
“We condemn the US missile attacks on Syria and regard them as a case of explicit violation of the sovereignty of an independent country,” Rouhani stressed.
“It is imperative that this unilateral US move be discussed and condemned at the United Nations Security Council.”
He denounced the use of CWs in Syria, saying, “(r)eports indicate that terrorists have access to chemical weapons and the US strikes will prompt terrorist groups to use (them) once again.”
He accused Trump of aggression against Syria to support takfiri terrorists. Putin denounced his action, calling it premeditated.
Both leaders called for an independent investigation into the April 4 Khan Sheikhoun CW attack. No evidence links it to Assad.
They accused Washington of illegally establishing a longterm occupation of northern Syria.
Separately on Sunday, neocon US UN envoy Nikki Haley said Trump may impose tougher sanctions on Russia and Iran. Nothing “is off the table, she stressed.
Neocons running Trump’s geopolitical agenda upped the stakes with Friday’s naked aggression on Syria.
Further attacks could draw America into direct confrontation with Russia and Iran, risking war that could go nuclear, a doomsday prospect if launched.
Instead of backing off from his irresponsible act, he tweeted: “Congratulations to our great military men and women for representing the United States, and the world, so well in the Syria attack.”
What’ll he tweet or do if Russia responds militarily to his next aggression, if ordered?
He’s in way over his head, following bad advice from reckless neocons, deploring peace, urging wars, wanting them waged endlessly to advance America’s imperium – even at the risk of mass annihilation.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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Pentagon to Leave Turkey’s Incirlik for Syrian Airbases?

Pentagon to Leave Turkey’s Incirlik for Syrian Airbases?
by Stephen Lendman
DEBKAfile (DF) is linked to Israeli military intelligence. Its reports vary in accuracy.
It claims US engineering teams are working furiously “to build a big new air base in northern Syria after completing the expansion of another four.”
They all border Iraq. Turkey’s Erdogan wants northern Syria and Iraq annexed. US forces in these areas came to stay, permanent occupation planned.
DF claims the Trump administration intends shifting US Incirlik, Turkey-based forces to “five new and expanded air bases  in Syria” – Tabqa the key one near Raqqa.
The others are Rmelan region’s Hajar airport, two small Qamishli air fields converted to military use, and another in Kurdish territory near Syria’s border with Turkey – if DF’s information is accurate.
When completed, US airbases in Syria will let the Pentagon “deploy twice as many warplanes and helicopters in Syria as” Russia, DF claims.
Tabka, the hub facility, is “designed to accommodate…2,500 US military personnel” currently at Incirlik – in response to Erdogan playing the US and Russia cards simultaneously.
The bases have nothing to do with combating terrorism, as DF claims, everything to do with balkanizing Syria, likely ahead of attempting to destroy the country as it now exists.
Separately, Haaretz said “Netanyahu seeks buffer zones against Iran and Hezbollah on Syria’s borders with Israel and Jordan” – as part of any future deal to end ongoing war.
On the phony pretext of preventing Iran and Hezbollah from establishing a permanent presence in Syria and preventing cross-border attacks, he wants an Israeli one instead – on stolen Syrian land, secured by international forces, not the IDF.
During their meeting last month, Netanyahu raised the issue with Putin. Ahead of his visit, his office said “(t)he prime minister will express Israel’s strong opposition to the presence of Iranian forces, and those of its proxies, on our northern border and in the Mediterranean Sea in the context of the talks on a settlement of any kind.”
Israel’s intelligence ministry head Chagai Tzuriel lied, calling an Iranian and Hezbollah presence in Syria “a permanent source of instability in the entire region.”
America and Israel hold that dubious distinction, along with Saudi Arabia and other rogue Gulf states.
Israel wants Assad ousted to isolate Iran, furthering its regional hegemonic ambitions. Facing no threat from any other country, it uses the ruse to advance its ambitions.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

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