Blacklisted News By Brandon Turbeville Mon., June 19, 2017
The world is now perhaps closer to World War Three than it has been in five decades as the situation in Syria is heating up yet again. In less than 24 hours, the United States has attacked the Syrian military, Iran has launched missiles into Syria, Russia is threatening to shoot down American planes, and the United States is digging in its heels and threatening to continue to provoke both the Russians and the Syrians.
While that about sums up the current micro-version of the situation, it’s important to get a rundown of just what led up to the precipice we are all standing on.
As heavy fighting took place in West Raqqa between the Syrian military, ISIS, and the SDF (Syria Democratic Forces), a U.S.-backed fighting group that contains elements of jihadists, Kurdish militants, and Kurdish jihadists, the Syrian military conducted a bombing raid near the SDF forces. It is important to note that the SAA claims it was primarily fighting ISIS.
In response, the United States engaged the Syrian fighter jet, shooting it down in what is the first U.S. shoot-down of a Syrian jet in history and the first shoot-down by the United States in almost twenty years.
Whether or not the pilot survived and his location if he did is not yet known for certain although the Syrian military is currently engaged in an operation to rescue him. The United States claimed that it attempted to call off the Syrian jet by contacted Russia via its communication channel but received no answer on the Russian end. Russia claims that no contact was attempted by the U.S.
Nevertheless, after the downing of the Syrian jet, Iran launched a series of missiles from Iran into Syria against ISIS targets, both a show of force and resolve by the Iranians and as a response to the ISIS (read Western) terrorist attack on the Iranian parliament.
Shortly after the missiles fell, Russian officials condemned the American attack and announced that Russia is suspending the “communications channel” established with the United States designed to avoid such types of incidents between the United States and Russia.
Even more important, however, is the fact that Russia has officially announced that it will consider any air activity west of the Euphrates as potential targets for shoot-down. This includes U.S. jets and, presumably, Israeli jets.