Some of our American friends have expressed outrage over the alleged attack on Russian mercenaries in Syria that reportedly triggered a counterattack that led to the deaths of as many as 300 of the Russians (depending on whose report one is reading).
After all, they reason, the Kurds are Syrians too and they have a right to their territory.
But these Kurds, belonging to the US-aligned SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces), were not anywhere near their traditional Kurdistan (Rojava in Kurdish). They were only being used by the US to keep the oil fields near Deir Ezzor under US control. These oil fields belong to the Syrian people. It is beyond outrageous that the Syrians, who are being impoverished by US sanctions as it is, are also being deprived of their main source of revenues in a policy of illegal economic warfare that has led to starvation and death from deprivation of vital medicines. The incident was reported thusly by thedrive,com:
“On Feb. 13, 2018, U.S. personnel called in an air strike, involving an MQ-9 Reaper drone, to destroy a T-72 tank that had been firing at them and members of the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the bulk of which are Kurdish fighters, on the eastern side of the Euphrates River near Syria’s strategic city of Deir ez-Zor.”
The problem for the US is that Deir ez-Zor is nowhere near Syrian Kurdistan, so, despite what the US would have us believe, the Kurdish fighters were not defending their turf, they were defending the US’s illegal claim to the energy fields of Oman near Deir ez-Zor.
Firstly, the US was not invited to Syria by the Syrians and is not wanted there. Therefore its incursion into Syrian territory is illegal under international law because the country and its president are recognized by the UN. They have no legal legitimacy and have no basis for complaint if their troops are killed.
Further, that same report states:
“The SDF and their U.S. advisers are situated to the east of a formal de-confliction line that is supposed to separate United States and Russian military activities and, by extension, those of their allies, specifically to avoid these sorts of dangerous engagements that could escalate into a larger conflict.”
Here is another problem for the US: this “deconfliction zone” was never ratified by the Russians or Syrians. The deconfliction zones in Syria were only agreed upon by the US, the UK and their allies. And yet, if you do a search with the search term
“agreed upon deconfliction zones”
using the quotes as shown, you will find numerous articles in the Western press, like this one, in contexts relating to supposed Russian and Syrian violations of said zones. Obviously, the intent is to deceive the public into thinking the Russians or Syrians violated something that they had agreed upon. This kind of reporting should not surprise anyone. Examples of such deceptive reporting are rampant in the Western media, and anyone who reads only Western media is simply in denial.
Here is what the Russian foreign ministry has to say about this:
Deconfliction zones restricted to US, UK and rebels
“Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated such zones were different from 'de-escalation zones,' which Russia, Turkey, and Iran are establishing with the full support of the United Nations Security Council and the government of Syria.”
The US needs to get out of Syria as soon as possible, lift all sanctions against the country and issue an apology to the Syrians and the Russians for the mischief it has wrought there. Then the US, Syria, Russia and the rest of the world can begin to heal.