- US Carrier Launches Operations In East Med As Top US Syria Policy Czar Calls Al-Qaeda Leader “An Asset”
by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
Long after the demise of the ‘Islamic State’ and its short-lived territorial caliphate in eastern Syria and western Iraq, the US continues now to seek operations in the Levant ostensibly to “counter ISIS”. Of course, this is but the excuse given to maintain a muscular stance in the region as US pressure continues and the sanctions choke-hold against Assad and the Iranians deepens the regional crisis, also as Russia is more deeply entrenched in Syria.
And now in 2021 we are still witnessing headlines like this: “Eisenhower Strike Group Joins Anti-ISIS Effort”. The Pentagon this week announced that the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower strike group has initiated flight operations in the Eastern Mediterranean “to support the continuing campaign against Islamic State remnants in Syria and Iraq.”
A million barrels of Iranian crude oil is approaching the Suez Canal from the Red Sea. It is part of a larger flotilla of tankers bound for Baniyas, Syria. We have visually identified all of them. The first one shall arrive in about 3 days time, all depending on congestion. #OOTT https://t.co/n1Jp9NHt90
— TankerTrackers.com, Inc.⚓️🛢 (@TankerTrackers) April 2, 2021
Abu Muhammad al-Jolani — former leader of Al Qaeda in Syria — argues his group now poses no threat to the West and even has some common interests with the US.
Former US envoy James Jeffrey agreed, telling PBS that Jolani is an “asset” to US strategy. https://t.co/qPhwDTqIfd
— Matthew Petti (@matthew_petti) April 3, 2021