Risky Business

From NightWatch:

Syria-Syria Kurds-US: On 19 August, the Syrian air force conducted the first air attacks and Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militiamen in Hasakah Governate. Ground fighting intensified late on the 19th when Kurdish YPG fighters battled Syrian forces.

“The clashes continue in areas inside the city today (20 August). There were military operations,” a Kurdish official said.

On the 19th, also for the first time, US combat aircraft flew what the Pentagon called protective patrols around Hasakah to prevent Syrian jets from attacking US special forces personnel, who are operating on the ground with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Comment: The Syrian Kurdish militias are the major component of the SDF. The US protective patrols are the first sorties of their kind in the war.

This bears watching. Given that the Syrian Air Force are essentially Russian proxies at this point, there is the potential for some serious awkwardness here.

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8 Comments

  1. Whitewall says

    No worries. With our C in C and SecDef Ash Carter and SecState Kerry, we have smart diplomacy on our side. The Russians will be dazzled!

    Posted August 23, 2016 at 9:24 am | Permalink
  2. JK says

    “The Russians will be dazzled!”

    No doubt.

    http://malcolmpollack.com/2016/06/27/more-on-brexit/#comment-774103

    http://www.newsweek.com/putin-calls-erdogan-voice-support-order-coup-turkey-481307

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/turkey-pm-russia-can-share-incirlik-airbase-with-us-if-necessary/

    (Probably been best I’d checked email before posting the above. Away for a few days due to *some* of Arkansas’ local and state guys helping the neighbors to the south and me getting asked to man a station “one day tops JK.”)

    Posted August 23, 2016 at 11:35 am | Permalink
  3. Whitewall says

    JK, whilst you man that station, keep a watch for gators floating north from West Monroe.

    Posted August 23, 2016 at 1:18 pm | Permalink
  4. JK says

    I’m home (more or less) WW, a JP nowadays. It’s “the real guys” away.

    Asides, I’m no longer nimble. In the vicinity of alligators at any rate.

    Posted August 23, 2016 at 3:13 pm | Permalink
  5. JK says

    Is Russia still to be dazzled Stop?

    Affirmative Stop. Next question Stop.

    SecState Kerry options Stop?

    Affirmative Stop. Joe Biden Stop.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-turkey-idUSKCN10Y1HY

    End transmission Stop.

    [Transmission ends]

    Posted August 23, 2016 at 10:11 pm | Permalink
  6. JK,

    Shouldn’t the punctuation mark precede the “Stop”? Stop

    Posted August 24, 2016 at 12:19 pm | Permalink
  7. JK says

    Depends Henry. Whether its a transcript of people licensed as radiotelephone operators or not. See – transcripts of conversations between airline pilots for example.

    Tank drivers however, as far as I know, don’t similarly require such licensing.

    A column of at least nine Turkish tanks crossed into Syria

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-turkey-idUSKCN10Z07J

    Posted August 24, 2016 at 12:44 pm | Permalink
  8. JK says

    Okay everbody relax. Show’s over, Biden’s in Syria and now Kerry’s in Jeddah.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-kerry-saudi-idUSKCN10Z2XS

    Run along home, what could possibly go wrong now.

    Posted August 25, 2016 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

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