On February 16 Bloomberg published an article headlined: "Don’t Be Fooled: Russia Attacked U.S. Troops in Syria." It was the start of the latest Russophobic shitstorm unleashed by the 'liberals' of mainstream media and social media in the USA against Russia.
To give this story a little context, although under international law U.S. troops are in Syria illegally a U.S. led coalition purportedly supporting kurdish independence fighters (but really still pursuing Barack Obama's aim of deposing the Assad regime,) conducted air and artillery strikes against what were reported to be pro-government forces in Syria on February 7, 2018, allegedly in response to an “unprovoked attack” launched by these pro-regime forces. Not long after, reports stories filtered out of The Pentagon via the usual suspects that significant numbers of Russian personnel were included in the over 100 dead and wounded, though Russia has since denied this at first. As the evidence began to mount, the accepted version of events on both sides was that those involved were Russian mercenaries and contractors, not official troops.
When asked about the incident initially, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said he had no idea why they [pro-government forces] would attack there, the forces were known to be there, obviously the Russians knew.
"We have always known that there are elements in this very complex battle space that the Russians did not have, I would call it, control of," he added.
Bloomberg added, "there is overwhelming evidence that those Russian contractors were working at the behest of the Kremlin. What’s more, the Russians knew U.S. military personnel were in Deir Ezzor, which has been part of successive agreements to separate, or ‘deconflict,’ forces fighting in Syria."
The U.S. provided air cover for Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to retain a substantial portion of this area in 2017 and retains its military presence there in order to enable SDF’s occupation to continue.
If Syrian forces, backed by Russian troops (whether they are official military personnel or iregular mercenaries, decide to launch an attack to retake a Syrian oil field from rebels, it is not the U.S. that is under the attack. The U.S. military presence, as this news blog has always maintained, is an illegal invading force that has been attacking Syria since 2014 without any legal basis for its operations, and continues as an illegal military presence in order to carry out its illegal dangerous foreign policy agenda of removing the legitimate governmet of Syria from power. It wouldn’t matter if the U.S. had one soldier or a hundred thousand on the ground in Syria, Russia’s presence has been sanctioned under international law and America’s hasn’t.