Brandon Turbeville — Washington’s Blog March 20, 2017
If new reports are accurate, the Trump administration is now doing all it can to not only continue Obama’s war crimes in Syria but apparently to do so in the most visible fashion possible. Only a few days after mobilizing U.S. troops in Northern Syria near Manbij, the United States has allegedly launched airstrikes in al-Jineh under the guise of targeting terrorist organization, Ahrar al-Sham, an al-Qaeda affiliate. Instead of hitting terrorists, however, reports are suggesting that the U.S. simply blew up a mosque, killing around forty civilians.
At the very beginning, of course, the Western media apparently ran headlines claiming that it was the Russians who bombed the mosque. Later, it was reported that it was the United States who was the responsible party, however, the Russian headlines were scrubbed and new stories published reporting the bombing as well as the public denials by the U.S. military.
The airstrike took place in al-Jineh in Aleppo province. The U.S. claims that the bombing was intended for a building nearby that was believed to be hosting an al-Qaeda meeting. U.S. officials claim that the intended building is 40 to 50 feet away from the mosque and even state that the mosque is still standing. The military claims images actually prove the mosque is still standing.
“We did not target, nor did we strike a mosque,” Major Josh Jacques, a spokesman for US Central Command (Centcom) told the BBC.
“We targeted an al-Qaeda gathering across the street from a mosque. The mosque does not appear to be damaged following the strike. We are aware of the reports of civilian casualties and we are looking into it,” he said.
If the military did not destroy the mosque, then we strongly encourage the immediate release of photographic proof. Perhaps the Russians, whose own satellites have debunked many a propaganda story, would be of some help in this regard also.
The U.S. had originally said that the bombing took place in Idlib province. It later said that it took place in the Aleppo province.
It should be noted at this point that Ahrar al-Sham is one of the very terrorist organizations the Russians have been bombing, despite being accused of bombing “moderate rebels” and committing “war crimes” in the process.
Interestingly enough, the report of the Mosque being destroyed came first from the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights (SOHR), a one-man band operation based in England and unapologetically pro-terrorist. Even more ironic, the bombing was condemned by the terrorist support group, the White Helmets, who posted a video it claims to have been taken from the mosque.
A U.S. military official quoted by CNN did confirm that an airstrike occurred in that area.
What is most interesting about this incident is that, while it is absolutely believable that the United States would target a mosque and civilians (it has had no qualms about doing so in the past in Syria or in other countries), the Corporate mainstream press has tended to hide those allegations by presenting them as Russian attacks or simply refusing to report on them altogether. This time, the entirety of the media is reporting on the incident.
Secondly, the White Helmets, who are actually lavishly praised and funded by the U.K. and U.S. governments have condemned the attacks, providing alleged proof that they occurred and the SOHR, another darling and creature of the West (funded by an EU country), is also providing much of the reportage regarding the bombing. Both of these sources have roundly projected the Western establishment line on the Syrian crisis from the beginning so one wonders why they would be in contradiction to the U.S. now?
Another terrorist supporter, BellingCat, is also producing “evidence” (NOTE: Bellingcat’s “evidence” is nothing short of carefully crafted propaganda) contradicting the U.S. military’s claims.
The U.S. is no stranger to bombing civilians, however. In 2015, it bombed a Doctors Without Borders facility in Kunduz, Afghanistan.
The United States regularly bombed civilians and civilian areas in Syria throughout the conflict as well as bombing oil refineries, grain silos, and other forms of civilian infrastructure. Indeed, the entire Syrian conflict is the fault of the United States and the West who currently have the blood over 400,000 Syrians on their hands.
Regardless of who or what was bombed today in Syria, the fact is that the United States is an invader. It is an unwelcome, unwanted, illegal party to the conflict and is clearly the aggressor nation. The fact that it has funded terrorists, armed and directed them for six years now puts the blame for any deaths anywhere in the country related to the conflict or decreased living standards squarely upon its shoulders.
However, the fact that the U.S. media, typically frothing in its anti-Syria stance, is reporting the alleged war crime at such a volume is highly interesting. So is the fact that terrorist supporting organizations like BellingCat and SOHR as well as actual terrorist support groups like the White Helmets would join in the chorus of condemnation. This provides yet another reason to wonder exactly what else is boiling below the surface.
Did the U.S. commit an additional war crime in Syria? Did its war crime get exposed due to a deep state civil war? Did the U.S. not actually bomb a mosque? Or, are we seeing cleverly constructed theatre playing out before our eyes where the war crimes of a Republican are typically shown on screen to the horrors of leftist viewers who gushed at death and destruction for eight years under a Democrat? Only time will tell but one thing seems certain – there is more to this situation that meets the eye.