Agreed. Not unless or until a situation poses a threat to our national security should we consider intervening and this wasn't that. That said, I sometimes teeter back and forth on this because humanitarian crises happen and we are supposed to be our brother's keeper. That is what was happening there, and that is why we stuck our nose in. It was for good intentions… much like Somalia where we had zero national interests but people were starving to death. So, we intervened and I lost a friend there.
Spokesman for U.S.-backed Syrian forces says troops have liberated Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State militants. The city of Raqqa has been completely liberated from the Islamic State, the spokesman for a U.S.-backed force in Syria and the the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group said Tuesday. It came after U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led forces captured the city hospital in Raqqa, formerly the the extremist group's de facto capital on Tuesday, leaving the militants holed up at the local stadium. Ref. USAToday.
The U.S. Bought weapons for Syrian rebels - and some wound up in the hands of ISIS terrorists. The Islamic State's possession of these weapons remains a threat to the U.S.-led coalition still operating against the terror group in Iraq and Syria, according to a European government-funded report released Thursday. Ref. USAToday.
Mattis Threatens Military Action Over Alleged, Syria Gas Attack, Then Admits 'No Evidence' By Tyler Durden. The only way anti-Assad fighters can survive at this point is by triggering massive US military intervention (By claiming "Assad is gassing his own people!"). Source 2z.
Pentagon denies conducting air strikes in Syria after alleged chemical attack. The Pentagon denied it had conducted air strikes in Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack on civilians, despite reports from Syrian media. Syria’s state-run news agency said the military’s air defenses confronted a missile attack on air base in central Syria early Monday and shot down eight missiles. A statement released by the Department of Defense Sunday night denied it had fired missiles and said it would "Continue to closely watch the situation and support the ongoing diplomatic efforts to hold those who use chemical weapons, in Syria and otherwise, accountable." Ref. USAToday.
Once again we are entering a war conflict, battling here and there and then leaving with no real plan about what is going to happen next. Why did we get involved in the first place?
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