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Thread: So we almost killed some of our FSA allies in Syria

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    So we almost killed some of our FSA allies in Syria

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2 ... rikes.html

    .....all because we don't have any JTACs on the ground directing these strikes. When we do kill a bunch of them because we're half-assing it to keep "boots off the ground", our coalition will dissolve.


    Last week, an airstrike from the American-led coalition nearly hit a command-and-control facility affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, the moderate rebels the Obama administration says are America’s “boots on the ground,” according to two opposition leaders. They are asking the Obama administration to please coordinate with them in the future before America bombs its only allies in Syria.

    Since U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Syria began on Sept. 22, there has been no coordination between the U.S. military and its alleged partners on the ground, according to FSA leaders, civilian opposition leaders, and intelligence sources who have been briefed on the U.S. and allied military operation. It’s this lack of communication that led to an airstrike that hit only 200 meters from an FSA facility in the suburbs of Idlib. One source briefed on the incident said multiple FSA fighters were killed in the attack.

    “Unfortunately, there is zero coordination with the Free Syrian Army. Because there is no coordination, we are seeing civilian casualties. Because there is no coordination, they are hitting empty buildings for ISIS,” Hussam Al Marie, the spokesman for the FSA in northern Syria, told The Daily Beast. “We have been getting promises that the coordination will be coming, but we have been getting promises since the beginning of this revolution and nothing has happened yet.”

    The incident, which was not been previously reported, doesn’t just highlight the gap between the U.S. and its newly-endorsed allies in the moderate opposition, however. It also shows how complicated it can be to make alliances in the multi-factioned Syrian civil war. The coalition airstrike was targeting a base used by al Nusrah, the local al Qaeda affiliate. And the camp was, essentially, next door to the FSA facility. The al Qaeda fighters and the U.S-endorsed rebels were neighbors—and, at times, partners in battle against ISIS and the Bashar al-Assad regime.

    “Because there is no coordination, [the U.S.-led coalition] hit an al Nusrah base in the Idlib suburbs that is only 200 meters from the Free Syrian Army,” Al Marie said.

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    Re: So we almost killed some of our FSA allies in Syria

    Well, since Barry is personally approving all bombing targets, and with his extensive military experience, I'm sure he'll get it right.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/09/1...ikes-in-syria/

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    Re: So we almost killed some of our FSA allies in Syria

    Wow, so he is going to micromanage like Hitler did in WWII?

    This ought to go so well with his formal training as a military officer... errrrrrrrrrrr never mind.

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    Re: So we almost killed some of our FSA allies in Syria

    FSA is our ally today but will be our enemy tomorrow. If we're going to be killing everyone, wouldn't it be better to just whack them all and get it over with?

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    Re: So we almost killed some of our FSA allies in Syria

    Well, we have now eased our previous restrictions on targeting civilian areas, we'll be able to get a quicker body count


    White House exempts Syria airstrikes from tight standards on civilian deaths

    The White House has acknowledged for the first time that strict standards President Obama imposed last year to prevent civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes will not apply to U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq.

    A White House statement to Yahoo News confirming the looser policy came in response to questions about reports that as many as a dozen civilians, including women and young children, were killed when a Tomahawk missile struck the village of Kafr Daryan in Syria's Idlib province on the morning of Sept. 23.

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    Re: So we almost killed some of our FSA allies in Syria

    (Just google the article title if you want to read the Yahoo link. When I posted the link it had one of those super long URLs that messes up the thread, so I deleted it.)

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    Re: So we almost killed some of our FSA allies in Syria

    Really sad. This is why the Brits won't do airstrikes in Syria. If any other country did this, the US and UN would be screaming about war crimes.

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    Re: So we almost killed some of our FSA allies in Syria

    Quote Originally Posted by Spearchucker87
    (Just google the article title if you want to read the Yahoo link. When I posted the link it had one of those super long URLs that messes up the thread, so I deleted it.)
    Suggestion: http://tinyurl.com/

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    Re: So we almost killed some of our FSA allies in Syria

    Awesome. Gotta keep that bookmarked!

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    Re: So we almost killed some of our FSA allies in Syria

    Quote Originally Posted by Pacedog
    The coalition airstrike was targeting a base used by al Nusrah, the local al Qaeda affiliate. And the camp was, essentially, next door to the FSA facility. The al Qaeda fighters and the U.S-endorsed rebels were neighbors—and, at times, partners in battle against ISIS and the Bashar al-Assad regime.

    “Because there is no coordination, [the U.S.-led coalition] hit an al Nusrah base in the Idlib suburbs that is only 200 meters from the Free Syrian Army,” Al Marie said.
    I'm confused. Were they NOT supposed to target the aQ base? If that was the target...what's the problem? They hit it.
    "The transition from democracy to tyranny is most easily brought about by a popular leader who knows how to exploit the class antagonism between the rich and the poor within the democratic state, and who succeeds in building up a bodyguard of a private army of his own. The people who have hailed him first as the champion of freedom are soon enslaved."

    -From Things Plato Never Said

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    Re: So we almost killed some of our FSA allies in Syria

    Quote Originally Posted by tarheelbybirth
    Quote Originally Posted by Pacedog
    The coalition airstrike was targeting a base used by al Nusrah, the local al Qaeda affiliate. And the camp was, essentially, next door to the FSA facility. The al Qaeda fighters and the U.S-endorsed rebels were neighbors—and, at times, partners in battle against ISIS and the Bashar al-Assad regime.

    “Because there is no coordination, [the U.S.-led coalition] hit an al Nusrah base in the Idlib suburbs that is only 200 meters from the Free Syrian Army,” Al Marie said.
    I'm confused. Were they NOT supposed to target the aQ base? If that was the target...what's the problem? They hit it.


    “Because there is no coordination, [the U.S.-led coalition] hit an al Nusrah base in the Idlib suburbs that is only 200 meters from the Free Syrian Army,” Al Marie said.

    Innocent people were killed....isn't that what you libs have been *****ing about all this time in the GWOT?

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    Re: So we almost killed some of our FSA allies in Syria

    Of course with AQ, they may or may not be our friend one day compared to the next

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