Kunduz Redux: Australia joins US in Deir al-Zour cock up. – By Sean Stinson

On Saturday at 5pm local time US Central Command launched airstrikes on Syrian army positions in Deir al-Zour in the Thardeh Mountain region, killing 62 Syrian Aran Army soldiers and leaving over 100 injured. The SAA was defending a position it had recently reclaimed from Islamic State, and the air strike enabled IS militants to advance. This has led to accusations by the Russian foreign ministry that the White House is defending Islamic State.

According to a statement issued by US Central Command the coalition believed it was attacking positions of so-called Islamic State, and “the raids were halted immediately when coalition officials were informed by Russian officials that it was possible the personnel and vehicles targeted were part of the Syrian military”.

Details of Australia’s involvement in this ‘mistake’ have slowly begun to emerge, but it is still unclear at time of writing which our F/A-18A Hornets, Wedgetail command planes and RAAF KC-30 aerial refuellers were involved in the attack. In deference to our betters, Defence issued a statement today stating “As Australians would expect, the US-led Coalition will review this incident thoroughly and Australia will cooperate fully [bend over as far as possible] with this review.”

In the wake of the attacks Russia convened an urgent UN Security Council meeting, in which Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin made it clear that the US had violated the terms of the current cease fire agreement by attacking a Syrian army position. US Ambassador Samantha Power was dismissive, accusing Russia of joining the Assad regime and playing the pot-kettle-black card, repeating allegations of Russian attacks on refugee camps and hospitals. (Power appears to suffer from selective amnesia regarding the events of 3 October 2015, when a United States Air Force AC-130U gunship attacked the Kunduz Trauma Centre operated by Médecins Sans Frontières in northern Afghanistan, leaving 42 people killed and over 30 injured.)

The 2003 invasion of Iraq and lynching of Saddam Hussein cost the lives of over a million innocents, destroyed an entire country, and, so we are repeatedly told by the MSM, set the stage for Islamic State. Less than a decade later, the US is supplying weapons and giving air support to so-called moderate rebels in a bid to depose the Syrian government and its elected leader. Needless to say, turning Syria over to Islamist terrorists intent on imposing Sharia law would mean the complete destruction of the last secular democracy in the Middle East?

So tell me again. Why are RAAF jets flying missions inside Syria? Why are we following the United States blindly halfway around the world to drop bombs on a country with whom we are not at war? And why, in the name of all that is holy, are we supporting ISIS?

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Author: winstonclose

POLITICAL COMMENTATOR , SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL VALUES. Member of the NSW Labor Socialist Left and Member of the Labor Party

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