As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson presented the Trump administration’s plns for the "open-ended military presence" in Syria, the government of President Bashar Al-Assad warned that the continuing presence of U.S. soldiers in the country is an act of “aggression” which would not be tolerated. Unfortunately for the Americans Vladimir Putin agrees.
The Daily Stirrer news blog has pointed out many times, while the presence of Russian and Iranian troops in Syria at the invitation of the legitimate government (and the Assad regime is the legitimate government no matter how much the western powers dislike it,) is perfectly legal, U.S. troops crossed into the country illegally and can legitimastely be regarded as invaders. This is according to the United Nations charter.
The Syrians protested against the U.S. military’s continued activities within its borders as a further increase in persoinnel, presently believed tonumber aound 2,000 with a statement from the Foreign Ministry which stated that the "American military presence on Syrian land is illegitimate and represents a blatant breach of international law and an aggression against national sovereignty."
The statement emerged after Tillerson on Wednesday, at a forum hosted by the right-wing Hoover Institute at Stanford University, argued that removing U.S. forces from inside Syria would only serve to "restore Assad’s grip on the country and provide Iran the opportunity to further strengthen its position in Syria."
This is where the illegitimacy of the U.S. presence becomes clear, Barack Obama, whose administration provided ISIS with money, weapons and training in their civil war, always made it clear his priority was not to fight terrorism but to overthrow Assad and put the extremists in power. Does Washington not realise it cannot interfere in the internal affairs of sovereign states.
Meanwhile, tensions rose along Syria’s border with Turkey again this week after the Turkish government threatened to launch a cross-border incursion to fight the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF —backed by the U.S. and dominated by the Kurdish YPG.
The threat came from Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in response to the Trump administration's announcing a plan to arm and train a 30,000-member military force inside the Kurdish-dominated border region in north-western Syria.
"A country we call an ally is forming a terrorist army on our borders," Erdogan said in a speech on Monday, referring to the U.S. plan. "What can that terror army target but Turkey? Our mission is to strangle it before it’s even born." Turkey is of course a full member of NATO and entitled to expect support from the U.S.A. against threats to its national security
In his remarks on Wednesday, Tillerson did his best to quell Turkish fears.
"That entire situation has been misportrayed, misdescribed, some people misspoke," Tillerson said. "We are not creating a border security force at all." If it looks like a border security force, smells like a border security force and marches like a border security force, you can bet it's a border security force.
Turkish officials were not impressed and repeated their threat to invade while Syria vowed to use the same determination to free its territory of any "illegitimate foreign presence" as it has to fight members of the Islamic State and other jihadists groups.
Regarding the threat of a Turkish invasion, Syria responded by saying it was prepared to “shoot down” Turkish warplanes and defend its territory from any attack.