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Mattis: We'll defend our troops

Discussion in 'Israel & Middle East News' started by Chris, May 18, 2017.

  1. Chris

    Chris The Grand Poobah Staff Member

    Mattis: We'll defend our troops
    The U.S. is not deepening its role in Syria's civil war but will act defensively when needed, says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
    Arutz Sheva Staff, 19/05/17 02:07
    James Mattis

    The United States is not deepening its role in Syria's civil war but will act defensively when needed, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday, as quoted by Reuters. His comments came following U.S. air strikes against advancing militia backed by Syria's government.

    "No. We are not increasing our role in the Syrian civil war. But we will defend our troops. And that is a coalition element made up of more than just U.S. troops, and so we will defend ourselves (if) people take aggressive steps against us," Mattis said, when asked about the strikes.

    Earlier on Thursday, U.S.-led warplanes hit a pro-regime convoy in Syria that ignored warning shots. U.S.-led aircraft struck the convoy as it headed toward a remote coalition garrison near the border with Jordan, said a U.S. defense official who was quoted by AFP.

    "A convoy going down the road didn't respond to numerous ways for it to be warned off from getting too close to coalition forces in Al-Tanaf," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. "Then there was finally a strike against the lead portion of that movement," added the official.

    more.............http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/229857
     
  2. Chris

    Chris The Grand Poobah Staff Member

    I wonder if this is to put the Russians on notice? I'm not sure who it was aimed at, but we need to pray for our military over there. It's a bad place to be. :sad
     
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