In the coming days, the United States is expected to start launching airstrikes inside Syrian territory. The target will be ISIS, but the attacks will not only not be happening with Syrian government permission, they won’t involve any coordination.
That’s hugely problematic, as nations don’t normally just let unfriendly nations conduct random airstrikes, and Syria’s military would be expected, to the extent they’re able in the ISIS dominated east, to resist the invasion of attacking bombers.
If they do, however, the Obama Administration is said to be planning to attack the Syrian military as well, because even though the current ISIS war, according to President Obama, is expected to last not only through his last 3 years in office, but into the next president’s term “and probably the one after that,” he’s still fine expanding it.
Though the administration has often threatened to attack Syria on various pretexts, it’s hard to imagine that firing on US warplanes operating inside Syrian airspace without coordination as to their location would be considered a valid one by the international community at large. The administration, however, seems to be determined to expand the already regional war into whatever new directions strike their fancy, even in areas well beyond the conflict with ISIS itself.
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