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Russian Warplanes Targeted U.S., British Outpost in Syria
[AnNahar] Russian warplanes bombed a remote outpost in Syria used by elite U.S. and British forces last month as well as another site linked to the CIA, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

The Journal, which cited U.S. officials as its source, said the previously unreported air strikes on June 16 and July 12 were part of a bid by Moscow to pressure Washington to cooperate more closely with it in the skies over Syria.

A contingent of about 20 British special forces had pulled out the day before the first attack on June 16, on a garrison about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the Jordanian border at At-Tanf, the report said.

U.S. officials and rebel commanders told the Journal that the outpost was hit with cluster munitions.

U.S. attempts to wave off the Russians failed to prevent a second air strike on the base, the report said.

About three weeks later, on July 12, Russian warplanes hit a rebel camp used by family members of CIA-backed fighters about 50 miles west of At-Tanf, the report said.

U.S. military and intelligence officials told the newspaper that the attacks hardened opposition at the Pentagon and the CIA to cooperating with the Russians.

But the White House and the State Department, seeking to avoid a military escalation, decided to pursue a compromise, it said.

Last week, U.S. Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, and current Secretary of State...
reached a provisional agreement with the Russians to join forces in strikes on Al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

Under the agreement, the Russians would halt air strikes against U.S.-backed rebels and restrain the Syrian air force in return for Washington easing Moscow's international isolation, the Journal said.
Posted by:trailing wife

#6  Agreed - stupid shit in the 1850s was Britain/France allying with Turkey vs Tsarist Russia (Charge of the Light Brigade etc) - let Mother Russia grab the Holy Wisdom - they have been after it since 860 AD and - ask yourself - could it be in worse hands right now?
Posted by: Bov Flimbers   2016-07-23 23:33  

#5  It's mad trying to make an enemy out of Russia. If Putin wants Syria in his sphere of influence, let him have it. It's Turkey's problem.
Posted by: phil_b   2016-07-23 23:01  

#4  yeah, for a moment, but the attentions span is kinda short
Posted by: Bov Flimbers   2016-07-23 22:56  

#3  Putin does a good job getting O's attention when he wants to.
Posted by: jvalentour   2016-07-23 21:21  

#2  back channel still working
Posted by: Bov Flimbers   2016-07-23 20:53  

#1  A contingent of about 20 British special forces had pulled out the day before the first attack on June 16,...

Details like that are always interesting.
Posted by: magpie   2016-07-23 20:29