U.S. Commander Threatens Russia and Syria*
In a telephone interview from Baghdad, new Iraq-Syria War Commander Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend tried to echo the boundless optimism of every other U.S. commander when put in charge of one of the nation’s various open-ended wars, vowing to see all of ISIS dead, and virtually ousted from both countries within a year.
The real story of his comments, however, was less the war he’s fighting now than the wars he’s threatening to fight along the way, as Lt. Gen. Townsend pointedly threatened both Russia and Syria over recent flights and airstrikes around the north-eastern city of Hasakeh.
Townsend said he’d “informed” the Russians that U.S. warplanes are prepared to defend U.S. troops on the ground if they feel threatened in future strikes in and around Hasakeh. U.S. troops are known to be embedded with Kurdish forces in the Hasakeh Province, but…
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