WASHINGTON, September 24, 2014 – It was the first-ever near-simultaneous military attack by the U.S., Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Bahrain, with moral support from Qatar.
Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said in a statement,
“I can confirm that U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles.
“Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time. The decision to conduct these strikes was made earlier today [Tuesday] by the U.S. Central Command commander under authorization granted him by the commander in chief. We will provide more details later as operationally appropriate.”
In the Monday night assault, the US Navy fired more than 40 Tomahawk cruise missiles on buildings under the control of the Khorasan Groups, a splinter group of Al Qaeda.
In the U.S. part of the action, perhaps as many as 20 targets were hit. Numerous Tweets, including photos, show a person alleged to be Abu Yousef al-Turki, known as “the Turk,” and identified as a lead sniper and one of group’s main combat trainers, dead, killed in the attacks.
Abu Yousef al-Turki, a Turkish armed man fighting in Syria has been killed. http://t.co/KgaxmlMOlp
— Arab Eye News (@arabeyenews) April 28, 2013
Reports vary as to the number of persons killed in the attacks, with Israeli and Reuters saying the first nights toll was 80 persons killed.
Which is an incredibly low number. With more than $60 million worth of Tomahawks fired, targets were found in the dead of night, when the buildings were likeliest to be empty. It may be that the intent was not to kill our enemies, but only “to send a message.”
That message appears to be: “We don’t really want to kill you. Just go home.”
While the decision to attack is being applauded by the White House press as being an example of a non-partisan government working together, Congress did not authorize the war action.
They authorized the president to train moderate Syrian armies. But then there is this never before heard-of Khorasan Group that, we are told, posed an “imminent threat” to the United States, requiring President Obama to order immediate air strikes in Syrian territory. There was simply not enough time to call Congress back from vacation where they are working on their mid-term election campaigns.
But there was time to form an alliance of Arab states and plan the attack – how long did that take?
And if the targets were determined weeks ago, how “imminent” was the attack?
And if Obama knew of an “imminent attack” weeks ago, why did he wait?
The targets were hit by precision-guided munitions of the United States in the cities of Raqqa, Damascus, and Aleppo. Was there an “imminent attack” coming from all three cities?
Were the Khorasan terrorists so well-coordinated that their “imminent attack” was ready to launch, from all three cities, where they were hiding from the totalitarian regime of Syrian president Assad?
Is this getting confusing yet? Does anyone think we’re getting enough facts?
Once the Navy’s attack was complete, Arab forces bombed additional ISIS targets in three other cities. While Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, and the UAE are reported to have used munitions – bombs and possibly bullets – against their targets, Qatar’s Mirage fighter jets “flew cover” against a nonexistent ISIS Air Force, possibly wanting to show solidarity with brother countries without actually killing brother Muslims.
At any rate, the new revelation of the Khorasan brand diverted public attention from the actual, ongoing, direct threat on our southern border and the worldwide threats of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the Iranian development of their bomb.
And the costs of Obamacare, the IRS scandals, the Bergdahl hearings, NSA spying, and the targeting of reporters haven’t gotten an inch of ink.
To the extent that this attack on empty buildings in the dead of night diverted American attention from these real and verifiable threats, it was a huge victory… for the President’s unknown agenda.