The most recent revelation in Syria news was brought up by a top U.S. commander who warned Moscow and Damascus that the United States would retaliate if threatened.
Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend said that the U.S. “will defend itself if threatened” after fighter planes bombed an area in Syria where Americans are operating.
Syria News: Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend’s Warning
According to the Daily Mail, Townsend is based in Baghdad. The U.S. commander took an oath to protect U.S. special operations forces based in northern Syria if they are attacked by Russian and Syrian forces.
“We’ve informed the Russians where we’re at,” he told CNN. “(They) tell us they’ve informed the Syrians, and I’d just say that we will defend ourselves if we feel threatened.”
It was reported that Lt. Gen. Townsend is the first senior military commander to make statements on the record regarding the U.S. possibly challenging the Syrian Air Force. The commander said in the interview that he is preparing to keep up the pressure on ISIS. Adding to that, he gave out a very ambitious military goal.
In the interview, he said that he hoped the U.S.-led coalition could vanquish ISIL in Iraq and Syria next year. He also explained that he is aware that it might be ambitious; however, he would put effort on achieving this goal.
Syria News: Thursday’s Incident
According to CNN, the Lt. General’s warning came after a peculiar incident took place on Thursday. This “unusual” incident was formulated when President Bashar al-Assad’s regime sent warplanes to bomb an area where U.S. special operations forces were functioning.
The special operations forces were in the location to act as aides to Kurdish forces in their battle against the terrorist group ISIS. However, the U.S. troops were compelled to defend special operations forces.