Senior U.S. Military Commander Warns Damascus Government From Attacking Syrian Democratic Forces

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Senior U.S. Military Commander Warns Damascus Government From Attacking Syrian Democratic Forces

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On May 31, director of US Joint Staff Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie warned that any attack by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) would be a “a bad policy.”

“Any interested party in Syria should understand that attacking US forces or our coalition partners will be a bad policy,” Lt. Gen. McKenzie said at the Pentagon, according to The National.

Lt. Gen. McKenzie also said that the status quo around the al-Tanaf area near the Syrian-Iraqi border remains unchanged and refused to put any timeline on US presence in the war torn country.

“We are there [in al-Tanaf]. Nothing has changed … The maintenance of that deconfliction zone [with Russia] is important and we would view very gravely any actions that tended to change that,” said Gen. McKenzie.

Lt. Gen. McKenzie’s warning was a clear response to a recent statement of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in which he said that the Damascus government will use force to liberate the areas under the control of the SDF, if the political process fails.

A spokesman for the SDF, Kino Gabriel, also responded to al-Assad’s statement by saying that a military solution “is not a solution that can lead to any result”.

“Any military solution, as far as the SDF is concerned, will lead to more losses and destruction and difficulties for the Syrian people,” Gabriel said in a voice message to the Reuters news agency.

Local observers believe that the US threats are very serious, as the US-led coalition already responded by force to two attacks of the SAA and its allies on positions of the SDF in Deri Ezzor on February 7 and April 29.

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  • SAA is not attacking the Kurds. Ottoman invaders are.

    • You can call me Al

      Don’t be so pedantic Richard M, they don’t know that; even if they do, they don’t care about the truth – they are Americans.

      • I’m wondering if the General has a grammar school education.

  • Joe

    Really very silly of US even dare to threaten Assad inside Syria.

    US has nothing to threaten Assad from attacking or even in extreme case drive out the US force itself with the help of Iran alone even without Russia which may be too scared to face US. But then Syria is fighting Russia’s war actually and really silly that Russia will not help.

    US ONLY depends on Air power…. which is really easy to counter with Hez /Houthis style warfare.

    Assad should ask the general to keep quiet

    • christianblood

      You are right. I would say the SAA and its allies should now focus on liberating every
      inch of Syria from the U$-sponsored international terrorists and when that is finished the writing will be on the wall for the U$ invaders to leave or be forced out!

    • Smaug

      You mean full on fight with America, right? Not some allied thugs or pacification campaign?
      If Russian deterance wasn’t involved we could seize all major Syrian cities within weeks with casualties <1000.

      • Joe

        You are still dreaming ….

        Tell me how is US going to defeat Syria even if Russia is not involved? Air planes?

        Look at Yemen how has the massive US supplied planes fared.
        Lebanon 2006 how did entire Israeli air force fared ?

        Now do you think Syria will fight the traditional war with lots of tanks or rather cover the tanks and fight Houthis style armed with ATMGs, ManPads , S200s….

        How are the US troops in Syria going to hide and escape from being annihilated like the Saudis where planes were totally useless. US soldiers can only fight with air cover … and since those are useless how?

        Iran has a land corridor that can supply a million militia , how is US going to counter this force not to say Hezbollah , and SAA all battle hardened.

        so how do you get the stupid figure of <1000 US soldiers dead vs Hez style that had only 3000 facing the entire Israeli army?

        Tell me …

        • Smaug

          You make all the wrong assumptions, and you are clearly doing it on purpose.
          Kuwait.

          • Joe

            Ok , perhaps you can elaborate which assumptions are wrong .
            Stop the stupid assumptions US troops are supermen over battle hardened SAA or Hez etc. They would be clobbered one to one.

            The western special forces were all clobbered in East Ghouta remember by SAA?

            Am waiting…

      • VeeNarian (Yerevan)

        You mean like Vietnam? Looks like the US invaders need another Vietnam lesson in Syria. Just how many hundreds of thousands of US soldiers do you expect to be sent to occupy Syria? Or do you expect the revived Ottoman Turks, aided by the Saudis and Israelis to do the job for Uncle Sam?
        The incompetant Saudis can’t even subjugate Yemen.

        • Smaug

          Haha, if the US were to be winning, you’d deplore the ‘child murder.’ If the US were to be losing or not fighting, you’d become gleeful at the ‘incompetance.’
          Reality is that you weren’t paying attention in high school history class.

          • VeeNarian (Yerevan)

            I would call 58,000 US dead and 300,000 wounded in Vietnam a most instructive lesson. What price do you think the US EVIL Empire will pay for the planned subjugation of Syria?
            As Assad said, Syrians do not like US occupation troops. Then there is Iran.
            GEDDIT???

          • Smaug

            They’ll be torn apart no problem like Saddam and the Taliban, although low level fighting can persist indefinitely. It’s the nature of fighting in that cesspit.
            Vietnam was completely different circumstances and could have been won. Only anti-war jerks think their poor understanding of it is the archetype for conflict.

  • Serious

    That’s why I suggested that Syria shot down any foreign aircrafts and don’t let USA entering Syria. But, don’t worry, SAA will never attack SDF because Putin has made a deal with USA since the beginning of the war.

    Now, I think that the dumb people will start understanding that the so-called “ISIS terrorists attacks in Europe and USA” were made by european and american gov to invade and occupy Syria. The fact that Russia let ISIS enter Syria and made a deal with USA regarding ISIS proves that Putin is partner in crime in Syria.

    • Vince Dhimos

      I agree that the terror attacks in Europe are part of a Western plan. Here it is laid out for you: http://www.newsilkstrategies.com/news–analysis/how-the-us-dollar-is-de-christianizing-the-west

      • Serious

        It was very obvious. But, too much people are dumb.

        • AlexanderAmproz

          http://www.voltairenet.ORG/article190171.html

          Seventy years of harassing political establishment and people of Europe

          by Andrey Fomin

          Contrary to appearances, the decision of the United States to investigate a possible Russian aid to anti-European parties is not intended to protect Europeans from foreign interference. This is quite the opposite. For 70 years, Washington controls the West European politics prohibiting all forms of genuine democracy.

          According to a “sensational” article by The Telegraph, the US director of National Intelligence was recently instructed by Congress to “conduct a major review into Russian clandestine funding of European parties over the last decade.” [1] This disclosure —a classic “controlled leak”— is intended to warn disobedient yet popular political entities across Europe to scale back their ambitions to rebalance the roles and weight of their nation states within the European Union. Hungary’s Jobbik, Greece’s Golden Dawn, Italy’s Lega Nord, and France’s Front National are explicitly included in the US “warning list,” while other unnamed “parties” in Austria, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands are being advised that they are “under a US security probe.” Even the new British Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is suspected of flirting with the Russians. So, according to the sponsor of The Telegraph’s story, any European politician who dares to question NATO’s eastward expansion, the policy of anti-Russian sanctions, or the current European stance on the Ukrainian conflict is essentially a witting or unwitting tool of “Russia’s hybrid warfare.”

          Well, that would be funny if it weren’t so dangerous. In fact, any impartial observer would pose some simple questions: Why the hell do US intelligence agencies care about challenges to Europe’s internal security? Aren’t they the same agents who finance, recruit, and control countless political organizations, individuals, and media outlets on the European continent? Why are they so brazenly revealing their dominion over Europe?

          A politically correct challenger would argue that the United States saved Europe from the “Communist threat” after the end of WWII, facilitated its speedy economic recovery, and is still safeguarding the continent under its nuclear umbrella. Perhaps. But a review of the historical background should not begin with the Marshall Plan. First of all, that was launched in April 1948. Since the Nazis capitulated in May 1945, a misinformed reader might deduce that the United States had been drafting a massive investment program for Europe for as long as three years, and … he would be wrong. At the Second “Octagon” Quebec Conference in September 1944, President Roosevelt and US Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau Jr. submitted to the British PM Winston Churchill their Post-Surrender Program for Germany [2]. That strictly confidential document envisaged the partition and complete deindustrialization of the German state. According to the plan, Germany was to be divided into two independent states. Its epicenters of mining and industry, including the Saar Protectorate, the Ruhr Valley, and Upper Silesia were to be internationalized or annexed by France and Poland. Following are a few excerpts:

          • The [US] military forces upon entry into [German] industrial areas shall destroy all plants and equipment which cannot be removed immediately.

          • No longer than 6 months after the cessation of hostilities, all industrial plants and equipment not destroyed by military action shall either be completely dismantled and removed from the area or completely destroyed.

          • All people within the area should be made to understand that this area will not again be allowed to become an industrial area. Accordingly, all people and their families within the area having special skills or technical training should be encouraged to migrate permanently from the area and should be as widely dispersed as possible.

          • All German radio stations and newspapers, magazines, weeklies, etc. shall be discontinued until adequate controls are established and an appropriate program formulated.

          That was the original postwar recovery program for Germany, known as the Morgenthau Plan. The notorious Joint Chiefs of Staff Directive 1067 (JCS 1067) addressed to the Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Occupation Forces in Germany, which was officially issued in April 1945, was fully in line with that document [3].

          Partition of Germany according to Morgenthau Plan, 1944

          The Morgenthau Plan very quickly proved to be a strategic mistake. The United States underestimated the ideological and cultural impact the Soviets would have on European societies. Left to their own judgment, American strategists failed to understand the attraction that a socialist system held for the majority of the population of the liberated nations. A vast spectrum of pro-socialist and pro-communist politicians began winning democratic elections and gaining political influence not only in Eastern Europe, but also in Greece, Italy, France, and other European states (Palmiro Togliatti and Maurice Thorez are just a few who could be named here). Thus Washington came to understand that its forced de-industrialization of Europe could result in Soviet-style reindustrialization and eventual Russian dominance of the continent… Therefore the US had to promptly replace the Morgenthau Plan with one named after Secretary of State George Marshall… Over the course of four years it provided Europe with $12 billion USD in credits, donations, leases, etc., for the purpose of buying … American machinery and other goods. Although the plan undoubtedly revived the economies of Europe, its biggest positive effect was on … the US economy itself! Simultaneously a wave of political repression was launched throughout Europe, most notably in Germany.

          The media has largely forgotten about a Soviet initiative, proposed in 1950, to withdraw from the GDR and to reunify a neutral, non-aligned, demilitarized Germany within one year of the conclusion of a peace treaty. As a matter of fact, the resolution adopted at the Prague meeting of the foreign ministers of the Soviet Bloc on Oct. 21, 1950 proposed the establishment of an all-German Constituent Council, with equal representation from East and West Germany to prepare for the formation of an “all-German, sovereign, democratic, and peace-loving provisional government.” Needless to say, the US government and West German administration in Bonn strongly opposed the initiative [4]. While a plebiscite on the issue “Are you against the remilitarization of Germany and in favor of the conclusion of a Peace Treaty in 1951?” was announced in both halves of the divided state, that referendum was held and officially acknowledged only in East Germany (with 96% voting “yes”).vtek The authorities in US-controlled West Germany failed to respond in a truly democratic manner. They refused to recognize the preliminary results of the referendum that had been held since February 1951 (of the 6.2 million federal citizens who had taken part by June 1951, 94.4% also voted “yes”) [5] and introduced the draconian cautious Criminal Law Amendment Act (the 1951 Blitzgesetz) on July 11. According to that legislation, anyone guilty of importing prohibited literature, criticizing the government, or having unreported contacts with representatives of the GDR, etc. was to be prosecuted for “state treason,” which was punishable by 5 to 15 years in prison. Consequently, between 1951 and 1968, 200,000 charges were brought against 500,000 members of the Communist Party and other left-wing groups in Germany under this law. Ten thousand people were sent to prison, and most of those who were “cleared” of charges never resumed their political activities. Additional legal amendments in 1953 actually abolished the right to freely hold gatherings and demonstrations, and in 1956 the Communist Party of Germany was banned.

          More details can be found in Daniel Burkholz’s 2012 documentary “Verboten – Verfolgt – Vergessen” (Forbidden-Followed-Forgotten. Half a Million Public Enemies), which is surprisingly unavailable on YouTube.

          The political repression that occurred in Germany from the 1950s to the 1980s, compared to similar events in other European countries during the same period, is a very taboo topic. Operation Gladio in Italy, the crimes of the regime of the Black Colonels in Greece, and the controversial assassinations of realistic European politicians who openly advocated for historical compromise with the Soviet bloc – such as Italian PM Aldo Moro (1978) and Swedish PM Olof Palme (1986) – all received far more media attention. The revelations made by a former correspondent for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Udo Ulfkotte, in his book Gekaufte Journalisten (“Purchased Journalists”) about the mechanism of media control in Germany (remember the Morgenthau Plan?) represent only the tip of the iceberg.

          The almost complete lack of reaction seen in Berlin after Edward Snowden’s disclosure of the blanket electronic espionage routinely conducted against German leaders by the NSA means that in reality, Germany has acknowledged its loss of sovereignty over its own country and thus has nothing to lose.

          So, after taking all these facts into account and rereading the article in The Telegraph, are you still so sure that the United States is truly the guardian of Europe’s sovereignty? Is it not more likely that by using the alleged “Russian threat” to control and harass the political establishment and civil society in Europe, Washington is making headway toward a simple and primitive goal – that of merely keeping its sheep within the fold?

          Andrey Fomin

          Source

          Oriental Review (Russia)

          [1] «Russia accused of clandestine funding of European parties as US conducts major review of Vladimir Putin’s strategy. Exclusive: UK warns of “new Cold War” as Kremlin seeks to divide and rule in Europe», Peter Foster & Matthew Holehouse, The Telegraph, January 16, 2016.

          [2] “Suggested Post-Surrender Program for Germany”, F. D. Roosevelt, September 1944.

          [3] “Directive to the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Occupation Forces (JCS 1067)” (April 1945)

          [4] “Notes for Eastern Element’s Briefing of General Mathewson”, February 15, 1951. Published in Foreign Relations of the United States 1951, Volume III, Part 2, European Security and the German Question (Document 341).

          [5] “Flusslandschaft 1951. Frieden”, Protest in München.

  • Joao Alfaiate

    I guess McKenzie has decided to overlook the fact that the Turks whacked the US’s Kurdish allies pretty good.

    • Serious

      Of course. Turkey has more chance to recover SDF lands and Golan Heights than Russia.

      • Daniel Miller

        Russia? Wtf dose Russia have to do with recovering the Golan Heights and SDF terretory?

        • Serious

          Nothing. Because Russia is not Syria ally.

          • Daniel Miller

            yea no shit its not they are their for their air and naval bases they did their job in assisting the dumb arabs in freeing most of their land.

          • Serious

            It’s false because FSA are arabs as well. Russia is a traitor and is collaborating with USA.

        • gustavo

          Forget about Golan Heights, this one have to be solved diplomatically right now. Russia and Israel acts as a friends. Although, it looks like more that Russia just follow Israel orders. Syria must get rid of terrorists in Daraa area and that is, continue with Deir Ezzor, Idbi, and Al Tanaf pockets. Finally, get rid of kurds (USA-puppets).

      • Dr. Pro. Liv.

        moron up-voted moron

      • Len Zegelink

        haha dream on erdogan lover

        • Serious

          How many SDF lands Erdogan has recovered ?
          How many SDF lands Putin has recovered ?

          That are facts. And note that Turkey is not as powerful as Russia.

  • Vince Dhimos

    Well, Gen. McKenzie, if a military solution “cannot lead to a result,” then GET THE HELL OUT OF SYRIA.

    • Rob

      Pro Trump commander mean that Syrian government is not allowed to go near to those Syrian areas where they are holding Syrian nation hostage.

  • Serious

    Note that Putin never wanted to stop the creation of Rojava. Indeed, during 6 months, Putin didn’t advance towards Al Bab and strangely stops just west of Al Bab.

    Hopefully for Syrians, Turkey came in the game and stop the creation of Rojava.

    • Dr. Pro. Liv.

      you are total moron and your comments can be so retarded…
      you will prtobably never change

      • Serious

        Truth never change.

        • Dr. Pro. Liv.

          yes exactly!
          “truth” about you being idiot will never change.

          • Serious

            That is just your opinion based of nothing but hate.

  • You can call me Al

    ““Any interested party in Syria should understand that attacking US forces or our coalition partners will be a bad policy,” Lt. Gen. McKenzie said at the Pentagon, according to The National.”

    “Bad policy” for whom, you numptie ?.

  • Aheebwa patrick

    I support Bashal Asad in any efforts to liberate his country from militia since it is his national right as an elected leader of Syria, any retaliation by a a foreign country would be an aggression ,who is America to support terrorism in a foreign territory , can America allow even a nosal of an S300 to standface its land, having militias is like sharing a bed with in-laws. Let Asad wipe out all the militia men out of his country and starts redevelopment.

  • Drogba

    More bullshit from the mouths of zionist Americans. They really do think that they are exceptional, exceptional lowlife scumbags more like it.Get the fuck out of Syria,and the Middle East in general.

    • Smaug

      The standard belligerant tinfoil protest…

      • Drogba

        The standard satanic brainwashed reply to anti warmongering, genocidal maniacs,not wonder jewSA is funked with scumbags like you infesting it,fuck off.

  • potcracker2588

    jew slave talking…….attack them….make them pay with dead soldiers…and they will retreat…like in nam,like in somalia, like in lebanon, like in iraq…………americans are pussy, tough only against the weak…history always proved this…..drag their dead soldiers naked through the streets and they will retreat….american society is weak, they cant stand their sons being killed….they were out in somalia after the somalis killed them and dragged their dead naked through the streets, they left lebanon after 200+ us solidiers were blown to pieces, they left nam after their soldiers were dragged through the streets and they left iraq after their soldiers were killed and hanged naked on bridges……they only understand force…..dont make deals with them, cause the us never ever kept agreements…best example are the indian wars….everytime the indians scored a huge victory they were stupid eneough to sign agreements just to have them broken 6 months to a year later when they were strong enough again.result the indians lost EVERYTHING and were practicaly wiped of th eface of the earth.genocide.
    The real danger are the jew master themselves….will they eventually use nukes…100% sooner or later cause they know that israel is a fake country not able to survive on its own…without the american money and military infrastructure, and without the huge german technical assistance nearly free of charge israel is gone.over 85 % of israels technical infrastructure is supplied by germany, not to mention the(just unbelievable) 5 submarines that germany gave israel free of charge.This satanic society has no future, its problems concearning the split up society on the one hand the ultra-orthodox and on the other hand the so called (everything is allowed) rainbow.The ultras dont have to go through mandatory army service, their kids dont have to go through “normal” school etc… and on the other hand the rainbows which consist of homos/drug users(homos i mean that part of society which feels that being homo,les,gender free is normal and all others aint,bythe way isarel nowadays is the epicentrum of this,not san francisco anymore; and drugs, they considers drugs as something normal just like having your daily cereals.These two parts of society are 180 degrees apart.There are daily public outbursts on both side of the ailes.Just look at the constant high echelon people in israel being arrested,sentenced off and put to jail.eg.
    olmert..primeminister..jail/ mosche katsav president jail/ Abuhatzira minister jail/ schlomo beniziri minister jail / aryeh deri minister jail / Tzachi hanegbi minister ejected and suspended from knesset/ Avraham hirschson minister jail/ Avigdor lieberman minister plea bargin money fine/ Yitzak mordechai minister jail/ rafael pinhasa minister jail, suspended/ Haim ramon minister convicted, community service/ Gonen segev jail/ naomi blumenthal knesset jail/ schlomo dayan knesset jail/ Flato-sharon knesset jail/ michael golovsky knesset convicted communtiy service/ Yehiel Hazan knesset jail suspended/ Ofer hugi knesset jail/ Yair levy knesset jail/ Yair peretz knesset convicted money + communtity/ schmuel rechtmann knesset jail/ omri sharon knesset jail/ yosef vanunu knesset jail.

    LOLLOLOLOLOL what a great country…..is their any other country with that many people as ministers or members of parlemant put in jail??? its a fucked up satanic society, and as mentioned above, without outside help in form of money and techn ical assistance and their murderous mossad israel will vanish from planat earth.Ps. haaretz(huge israeli daily newspaper) had a great article last year..their conclusion as far as organized crime was concearned gos as follows and I quote ” the day this nation, this goverment fails to exist in its current form, is the day when cosa nostra vanishes”….I couldnt have put it any better….its a through and through evil society truly satanic…one more example….israel was the first country to pass a law against “revenge porn”…what is that r u asking?well the jews love one another so much (lol) that in the course of the last years it was fun taping your girlffriend during sexual acts, once the relationship was over, the men put those disgusting videos online, with the result of a massive increase in female suicides in the country…hence forcing the goverment to pass a law against it.What a great loving society.LOL.truly satanic.

    • jorge

      “they left nam after their soldiers were dragged through the streets”…Where, in Vietnam, and when? I’m curious to know where the vietnamese dragged trough the streets” north american soldiers.

    • Serious

      “reverge pron” ? XD.

      I don’t know who said that everything is about sex. He is right 100%. 95% of what people do is related to sex. Abrahamlic religions are everything about sex. Even Genesis the begining of the bible talks about women.

  • Carol Davidek-Waller

    The flea speaks. U S Generals have nothing to say about how Syria disposes of their surrogate armies.

  • gustavo

    SDF are terrorists and friend of ISIS. The have to move out of Syria land. Dear SDF you are going to face real death when Syria army step before you. Then, you will understand what war really mean.

  • Hisham Saber

    The day is fast approaching when the U.S. / FSA / Kurds will be garrisoned in their bases, because of all out insurgency on them by local Arab tribes. The SAA, IPM, and assorted militias can , and will bombard these said bases with short range missiles, night and day.

    The Kurds/ SDF, U.S. , French and British troops are already surrounded from the western side of the Euphrates, and at the Syrian-Iraqi border by masses of Shia militias, IPM units, and auxiliaries.

  • jabirujoe .

    Dear General “Froth at the Mouth”. Please be advised that if we want your opinion “We’ll tell you what to say. Now F-off and get out of Syria. Better yet get out of every country and scamper back to your exceptionally deranged land of the farce and home of the false bravado.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    When do the US will discovered the “Democracy” signification,
    and start to become fair and Honest, instead to be an horrible Rogue State ?

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Maybe General McKenzie need to be kidnapped
    and Scalped to help Americans to understand to stay home ?

    • Smaug

      Maybe you need to be drafted and deployed to understand that your recalcitrance means nothing.

  • Smaug

    This has to do with the fact that westerners don’t really have a concept of a sub-faction. We assume one flag equals one agenda, and so previous attacks on the Kurds by pro-government fighters must have had Assad’s ok. But in Syria regardless the faction a prominent commander can pursue his own seperate policy with near impunity. The Muslims have no camaraderie or discipline.

    That said I agree with the policy of holding Damascus accountable for the actions of its subordinates, it gives Assad motivation for holding his officers accountable.

  • Hide Behind

    Lots of people talking out their butts.
    In case no one has noticed, Saudi and UAE are winning in Yemen.
    Slow to be sure, with lots of screwup but it has been a learning process for the bad guys.
    They now control more and more of Houthi territory,; Houthi militia and civilians dying in droves from hunger and disease. , and soon their only connection to sea will be in foreign hands.
    Their only ally, Iran, is pulling in its horns from fear of Saudi/Israel/ US direct confrontation and soon disruptions to Iran’s people themselves.
    Next, there are increases of US NATO boots on ground helping Saudi/ UAE.
    Who is winning in Syria?
    All that Remains of Syria proper is around 1/3 of its old land mass. A political solution is only chance Assad and Cronies have of even keeping what portion it regained.
    No political solution imposed upon Syria by outside powers will only leave Assad surrounded by both military and political enemies, because Syria will have to give those foreign financed lacked a strong voice in its government.
    US/NATO/ISRAEL, with Russian and Turkish participation, will in fact be ruling powers in Syria.
    Odd how reverse psychology works, let people think you are weak, while your military and Industrial might continues to grow daily in over 130 of eat the nations.
    Vietnam today is about 85% foreign owned, it’s natural resources, timber and mineral, are exploited by foreign powers, and it’s own exports limited to farm raised fish and seafood and coffee, all at low cost to US consumers.
    The Vietnamese military buys US arms, is now part of US anti-China war group, that participate in US war making in other nations.
    Who realy won in Vietnam?