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New U.S. military command established for Iraq and Syria operations

OWoN: A clear indicator that war is on the horizon in the Middle East. The Cabal is fighting for survival and control.

A formation of U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornets leaves after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over northern Iraq, September 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition group that was the first to strike Islamic State targets in Syria - U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel

New U.S. military command established for Iraq and Syria operations

The Washington Post
By Dan Lamothe
5 December 2014

The U.S. military has established a new command that will oversee operations in both Iraq and Syria, military officials said Friday.

Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve has taken charge of the mission in both countries. It is led by Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, the commanding general of U.S. Army Central. That organization oversees Army operations across the Middle East, including in Iraq.

Terry was expected to provide a briefing to the media on the changes on Friday morning at the Pentagon, but it was postponed as President Obama was announcing former deputy defense secretary Ashton B. Carter as his nominee to be the next secretary of defense around the same time. Terry is based in the Middle East, defense officials said, but they declined to say in which country. The United States has a military presence in the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Irbil, and in neighboring Kuwait.

The military has provided few details about the new task force, but said in a news release Friday that it will replace U.S. Central Command as the organization releasing information about the mission.

The United States has launched hundreds of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State in recent months. From Dec. 3 to Dec. 5, U.S. attack and bomber aircraft launched six airstrikes in Syria. The U.S., in conjunction with other countries, also launched 14 airstrikes in Iraq from Dec. 3 to Dec. 5 in Iraq, U.S. military officials said.



  1. US still seeks regime change in Syria by any means: Eric Draitser

    The main purpose of what the United States is doing in the Middle East is to achieve regime change in Syria by any means necessary, an American political commentator says.

    Eric Draitser, the founder of, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Tuesday while commenting on the Pentagon’s latest statement about the so-called moderate Syrian militants.

    Militants from the so-called Syrian Revolutionary Front and the Harakat Haz recently surrendered to al-Nusra Front in Syria with some fighters pledging to join the group.

    On Monday, the US Defense Department downplayed the setback created after al-Qaeda-linked terrorists overran strategic northern areas in Syria occupied by US-backed “moderate” militants.

    “It has come as no surprise to anyone who has been following the events on the ground in Syria and the US policy towards Syria to find that the Pentagon is now backpedaling regarding its program of providing weapons to so-called moderate rebels in Syria,” Draitser said, adding, “because of course we know – that’s to say those who are actually aware of the reality in Syria – understand that the idea of so-called moderate rebels is itself a mythology.”

    The Nusra terrorists have made advancements along an area in north of Syria which borders Turkey and driven out US-backed fighters from their strongholds.

    The US has armed “moderate” rebels in Syria with heavy weapons, including TOW anti-tank missiles and GRAD rockets.

    Draitser said that the notion of “moderate” militants was “created by the United States in order to justify what is undoubtedly an unjustifiable policy of arming terrorists inside of Syria and along the border with Turkey in order to affect regime change by any means necessary, and that really is the genesis of the creation of what we now call the Islamic State, or ISIS, which emerges out of that same policy that the United States has been pursuing since 2011.”

    He stated that the purpose of the US program is to foment, to continue the war in Syria. “It is to provide the ammunition, provide the weapons, [and] provide the financing for many of these elements that have been fighting against [Syrian President Bashar] Assad. And now ISIS in recent months has only become the latest in a long line of pretexts for that purpose.”

    “Now the notion that the Pentagon is pedaling this idea that the Syrian revolutionary forces and these other so-called moderate rebels are no longer ‘moderate’ because they have gone over to al-Nusra Front, and over to the Islamic State, it is also a mythology,” Draitser continued. (more)

  2. Israeli jets 'strike near Damascus' - Syrian army

    There is a short clip of the explosion on LiveLeak (note - it was not a suicide bombing, as the title suggests)

    Looks more like another mini-nuke explosion to me.

  3. Syria calls for anti-Israel sanctions over airstrike

    Syria has sent a letter to the United Nations to protest the latest Israeli airstrike on its soil, saying the move proves the regime’s direct support for terrorists fighting against the government.

    In the letter sent on Sunday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry called on the world body to impose sanctions on Israel.

    It also called for taking all measures stipulated by the UN charter for preventing such aggression.

    The protest letter came after the Syrian army released a statement accusing Israel of bombing its main international airport and some safe areas near the capital Damascus.

    A UK-based opposition source said at least 10 explosions were heard in the town of Dimas. The Israeli army has declined to comment on the reports.

    Israel has carried out several airstrikes in Syria since the start of the crisis in the country in 2011.

    Tel Aviv is also said to have been training the militants fighting in Syria and providing them with financial aid.

    A report recently submitted to the UN Security Council has revealed that the Israeli regime’s military has regular contacts with the Takfiri militants.

    Back in March, Press TV obtained exclusive footage showing Israeli soldiers transferring wounded militants into Israel.

    Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. More than 200,000 people have been killed so far in the conflict in Syria, according to the United Nations.

    Western powers and some of their regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey – are reportedly supporting the militants.

  4. Iran decries Israel air raids on Syria

    Iran has roundly condemned the latest Israeli airstrikes on Syria, saying the attacks manifest the Tel Aviv regime’s intention to destroy the Arab country.

    The air raids are a sign of Tel Aviv’s connivance with terrorist groups to destroy the Arab country and kill innocent Syrian people, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Monday.

    She further called on the United Nations to fulfill its duties to stop such aggression.

    “The Zionist regime [of Israel] is seeking to cash in on the critical situation in Syria,” the foreign ministry spokeswoman said, adding that Tel Aviv will suffer the consequences of fanning the flames of violence in the crisis-hit country.

    Israeli warplanes carried out two air assaults against an area of the Damascus International Airport and another airport in the town of Dimas on Sunday.

    The Syrian army issued a statement later in the day, saying the air attacks by Tel Aviv were aimed at helping the ISIL militants operating in the Arab country.

    “This direct aggression by Israel was carried out to help the terrorists in Syria, after our armed forces secured important victories in Deir Ezzor, Aleppo and elsewhere,” the statement said.

    The international airport in Damascus is located southeast of the capital near areas such as Eastern Ghouta, where ISIL militants have gained control over much of its territories.

    Israel has carried out several airstrikes in Syria since the start of the war in the country in 2011.

    The Syrian army has repeatedly seized huge quantities of Israeli-made weapons and advanced military equipment from the foreign-backed militants inside Syria.


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