Again, this is the worst kind of fighting there is. Fighting in an urban environment is so dangerous because the threat is probably well hidden until the last possible moment and it can come at you from literally any direct, including the sewers beneath your feet. Taking this town will take a long time.
This war is more confusing than the others America has entered. First there are so many countries doing things there and then we don't know if we are fighting for or against the right people who are also in the middle of a civil war.
International Level: Specialist / Political Participation: 36 3.6%
Pentagon: U.S. Shoots down Syrian military aircraft for first time. The U.S. Military says it has shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet that bombed local forces aligned with the Americans in the fight against Islamic State. Source 8b.
This is a bad war and I'm not sure there are any good guys… at least not of the combatants. Back when we had the chance to influence this and get at least a halfway decent group into power we were afraid to use our power, and that was under President Obama, who liked to lead from behind, which means not lead at all in my vocabulary.
United States Signals Intent to Occupy and Divide Syria By Alex Christoforou. The US is supporting Al Qaeda terrorists as a foot soldier proxy army. Source 6s
Wow, these aren't slanted in any way. I guess that's why they call them opinions! Yes, we shot down a Syrian plane that was aiming to hit our allies in their civil war. This is the same civil war the saw the Syrian government use chemical weapons, which have been outlawed, on its own people… who also happened to be civilians. It's ugly over there, that's the truth. Civil wars are usually ugly. Ours sure was. Luckily, no major powers intervened, although a few were close. We didn't for a long time in Syria, and a lot of people have died. Personally, I don't think we should get involved, but the administration decided otherwise. And in truth, I do think we need to get rid of Assad so we can curtail Russian influence in the region.
The Syrian war reminds me of what happened in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lots of action, lots of people displaced and in the end nothing is solved because there is still more fighting than ever. Syria will not go back to normal anytime soon.
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A ceasefire that was brokered by the US, Russia and Jordan goes into effect in southwest Syria.
The White House has called the de-escalation zone a "Priority."
The plan was previously announced after a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit. Ref. CNN.