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Thu Feb 25, 2021, 08:44 PM

US carries out air strikes in Syria targeting Iranian backed militia structures

Source: CNN



The US military struck a site in Syria on Thursday used by two Iranian-backed militia groups following rocket attacks on American forces in the region in the past two weeks, according to a US official.

The strikes mark the military's first known action under President Joe Biden. The site was not specifically tied to the rocket attacks, but were believed to be used by Iranian-backed Shia militias operating in the region.

The site is believed to be used as part of a weapons smuggling operation by the militias. The strikes were carried out to degrade the ability of the groups to carry out future attacks and to send a message about the recent attacks, the US official said.

The decision to target the site in Syria was made from the "top down," a defense official said, and was not because of a specific recommendation from the military.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/25/politics/us-iraq-iran/index.html

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Reply US carries out air strikes in Syria targeting Iranian backed militia structures (Original post)
Montauk6 Feb 25 OP
dhill926 Feb 25 #1
McKim Feb 25 #2
EX500rider Feb 25 #3
McKim Feb 26 #4
cstanleytech Feb 26 #5
onetexan Feb 26 #9
Polybius Feb 26 #6
Steelrolled Feb 26 #7
Sapient Donkey Feb 26 #8
WhiskeyGrinder Feb 26 #10
Polybius Feb 26 #12
WhiskeyGrinder Feb 26 #13
Polybius Feb 26 #14
inwiththenew Feb 26 #11
Shanti Shanti Shanti Feb 26 #15
ripcord Feb 26 #16
Steelrolled Feb 26 #17
ripcord Feb 26 #18
EX500rider Feb 27 #19
Steelrolled Feb 27 #20

Response to Montauk6 (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 10:05 PM

1. a year ago this headline would have scared the shit out of me....

now I'm just curious to follow the story...

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Response to Montauk6 (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 11:29 PM

2. This Scares the Hell Out of Me!

This scares the hell out of me. Whey don't we just pull out and go home. We have better things to spend our money on! Leave Syria alone.

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Response to McKim (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 11:34 PM

3. Less to do with Syria, more to do with Iran...

...stockpiling long range rockets used to attack US forces in Iraq or to fire across the border into Israel, if they can get them there, Israel has been on top of blowing them up before they head their way.

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Response to Montauk6 (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 12:03 AM

4. We Need to Get Out of the Middle East

We need to get out of the Middle East. Then we would not have our troops being attacked. I so hope this is not the beginning of more wars. I am fed up with the money wasted on these wars.

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Response to McKim (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 12:28 AM

5. Getting out is not the solution as a no hands off approach to issues in regions has been tried in

the past by the US and it helped create worse problems.
No, what we need to do is be involved but stop blindly supporting the actions of some of our so called allies like Israel for example as that does not help the situation at all.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 05:14 AM

9. Bingo!!

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Response to Montauk6 (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 01:33 AM

6. Ugh, why?

Pull out now.

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Response to Montauk6 (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 03:45 AM

7. This is infuriating

The decision to target the site in Syria was made from the "top down," a defense official said, and was not because of a specific recommendation from the military.


I'll say no more.

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Response to Montauk6 (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 03:46 AM

8. We really need to come up with a detailed strategy and purpose for what we're doing there

When I say there, I mean the entire region. Not just Syria. What exactly are the goals? Are there any? What are the strategic or even humanitarian purposes for what we're doing? How does it benefit the American people and how does it benefit the people in the region?

It all seems pretty damn erratic and unfocused with no particular intent. If our leaders can't make any sense of this, then we just need to pull out fully to reassess what we're trying to accomplish, if they are worthwhile goals, if those goals match up with our ideals as a nation, and what's the best methods to achieve those goals. We have more tools than just a hammer.

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Response to Montauk6 (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 09:33 AM

10. The Dems are back, baby!!!!

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 01:13 PM

12. You support this?

Why?

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Response to Polybius (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 01:20 PM

13. Lol no.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #13)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 01:21 PM

14. My bad!

I sorta detected sarcasm but wasn't sure!

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Response to Montauk6 (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 09:52 AM

11. The war machine springs to life opens up one eager eye

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Response to Montauk6 (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 01:45 PM

15. Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb bomb Iran! Are we back to this shit? Its been quiet, u just stir up trouble

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Response to Montauk6 (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 02:47 PM

16. Biden made the right call

He needs to defend our troops as long as they are in Iraq, the Iranian backed militia's can't be allowed to attack our troops across the Syria/Iraq border with impunity. This is Biden making calls that are hard but necessary, there is no reason for the militia's to attack across the border other than to target Americans.

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Response to ripcord (Reply #16)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 06:14 PM

17. If we didn't have troops in Iraq we wouldn't have had to

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bomb Syria to kill militia backed by Iran. Biden needs to speed up our withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan. Isn't 17 years enough?

Edit: Meant Iraq, not Iran.

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Response to Steelrolled (Reply #17)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 07:10 PM

18. We aren't leaving any time soon

As Commander in Chief Biden has the responsibility and duty to protect those troops and not allow people to attack them for no reason. I know this is going to shock some people but Iran does not get to decide what countries in the Middle East get to host what troops, does anyone honestly believe Iran would tell Russian troops to leave if another country told them to?

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Response to Steelrolled (Reply #17)

Sat Feb 27, 2021, 12:31 AM

19. We already did pull out of Iraq circa 2012...

...they asked us to come back and fight help them ISIS and we are defending the Kurds also....both laudable goals IMO.

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Response to EX500rider (Reply #19)

Sat Feb 27, 2021, 01:20 AM

20. That's the thing with these military adventures.

There is always an in-country faction who wants you to be there.

It seems we have all but forgotten Vietnam.

And to hear Macron urging Biden to increase our military presence in the Mideast - it's sickening.

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