Syraq SITREP 51: ESCALATION Israeli Missiles Hit Syria, Clashes Between Pro-Damascus Militia and U.S.-Backed SDF Along Euphrates

Syraq SITREP 51: ESCALATION Israeli Missiles Hit Syria, Clashes Between Pro-Damascus Militia and U.S.-Backed SDF Along Euphrates

Air strikes reportedly hit multiple locations inside Syria Sunday night, including an ammunition dump at a base of the 47th brigade near Hama. The blast from this facility recorded on video was so powerful, it was detected by seismographs in Turkey and Lebanon. Another missile strike reportedly hit a Syrian military airport overnight near Aleppo. Dozens of casualties, some Iranians and Shi’a Zaynabiyoun militiamen, were reported by journalist Danny Makki. Syrian television denounced the “new aggression” Monday morning.

The suspected Israeli missile strikes Tel Aviv had yet to acknowledge as of this post came hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and denounced Iran during a visit to Saudi Arabia. The strikes also happened the same day pro-Damascus tribal militias, which the usual neocon suspects on Twitter insist must have included Iranian-backed forces, seized several Arab villages along the Euphrates River ‘deconfliction line’ from their U.S. supported Kurdish SDF occupiers. The SDF counterattacked, and the pro-Damascus forces retreated, but this time not without killing a local SDF commander and a dozen of his fighters. The message had been sent: the days of the Kurds occupying villages that have never been theirs or hiding behind the Americans will someday soon be coming to an end. After the ISIS Hunters and pro-Damascus units reportedly including dozens of Russian mercenaries were hit with U.S. air strikes, the shift towards hit and run tactics to make the thinly stretched Americans reconsider the vulnerability to infiltration of their long exposed flanks in the Euphrates Valley is not surprising. So too, would be the Russians and Americans desire to deconflict any further clashes between their respective proxies, so as not to draw their own troops into an escalating turf war.

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