The shadowy US mission in Syria supported ISIS, but also aided Kurdish separatists and anti-government mercenaries, while frequently targeting Syrian forces and Iraqi volunteer militia fighting invasive Zionist supported terrorists.
But the indiscriminate toll of civilian deaths has just recently brought the bloody ethnic cleansing mission under a new spotlight. Operatives wore civilian clothes without rank or insignia, and many grew long beards.
For this mission a secret US Air Force (USAF) drone strike unit was allowed to freely strike Syria for 5 years, even as it broke Geneva rules of engagement and causing censored civilian casualties to mount, it has been revealed.
The New York Times reported on Sunday that the unit, code-named Talon Anvil, operated from Iraq’s Kurdistan region and even inside Syria from 2015 to 2019, targeting Assad’s defense forces at free will.
But it drew complaints from the CIA, USAF intelligence and others for killing Syrian farmers in their fields, children in the street, unwanted refugees and villagers hiding in buildings.
Talon Anvil was a small unit, often comprised of less than 20 personnel, who directed deadly air raids from in front of computer screens in civilian buildings in Iraq’s Erbil and north-eastern Syria.
But it directed a significant proportion of the 112,000 bombs and missiles dropped on supposed ISIS targets, working with Kurdish separatists and Islamist ‘rebels’ in the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The deadly US operations in Syria were conducted illegally without the permission of the government in Damascus. Find lots of targets for us because we want to go Winchester — USAF jargon for expending all munitions.
The hostile missions were officially kept under close control by top brass. But four serving and former officers said most airstrikes were ordered by low-ranking Army Delta Force commando’s.
In one incident in March 2017, aircraft directed by the team dropped a 500-pound bomb on a building in the village of Karama, where more than 50 people were taking cover. A former USAF intelligence officer said a Talon Anvil operative typed messages via a live text chat.
The officer said he saw video recorded by drone-mounted cameras after the first bomb hit that showed women and children stumbling from the rubble, some missing limbs or dragging the corpses of others.
His team sent Talon Anvil an initial assessment of 23 killed or seriously injured and 30 lightly hurt. Drone coordinators merely acknowledged the message before pressing on with more attacks.
Former Pentagon and State Department adviser Larry Lewis said Talon Anvil’s toll of innocents was ten times that of other units.
The extermination unit increasingly came to justify attacks on targets up to 100 miles from the front lines on the spurious grounds of defending US troops embedded in the SDF. It’s more expedient to resort to self-defense. It’s easier to get approved.
General Stephen Townsend, who headed the US-led coalition operations against Assad — which frequently hit Syrian troops fighting terrorists — dismissed reports of civilian casualties in the media and from human rights organizations.
Townsend’s superior in the US Central Command, General Joseph Votel, claimed the shadowy nature of the US intervention meant his troops could not verify the results of bombing and missile attacks on “targets”.
The US military presence in Syria has come under renewed scrutiny since it emerged that an airstrike on the town of Baghuz in March 2019, called in by Task Force 9 unit, killed up to 80 civilians.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2021.