An unnamed “senior US official” reportedly made a surprise visit to the Syrian capital city of Damascus earlier this week, meeting with Ali Mamlouk, the Syrian National Security Chief.
Those familiar with the situation say the US official pressed American concerns in the Syrian War, in particular a number of Americans who are “missing” inside Syria, including CIA operatives who were on the ground.
This is the first official high level American visit to Syria since the war began in 2011. The US has since backed the rebels and demanded regime change, while refusing any contacts with the Assad government.
Mamlouk was said to have complained to the official about the unauthorized presence of US ground troops in Syria, though the official insisted the troops are just “advisory” and are fighting ISIS.
US officials have continued to insist they will only accept regime change in Syria, but with many of the rebel forces defeated outright, the talks suggest that the US is starting to come to terms with the reality that the Assad government isn’t going to be militarily removed.
6 thoughts on “Senior US Official Visits Damascus, Meets Security Chief”
They’re prospecting for someone inside the regime who would like to advance his condition in life. They’ve been doing that, not too successfully, all along. Kill an Assad? Get a US Quikki Mart.
There are US personnel missing in Syria?
Of course we should try to get them back. But why have we not heard of this before? Why is this not the main story? Is it even true?
How to complain if US forces are NOT really there? Otherwise, Syria can ask them to leave. So, we are not thrre, but we have military personnel missing. Every day we sound more and more like Israel — logic comprehensible only to them. Are we going to help Israel ptotect “poor” Druzi Arabs in Golan — the part still kelt by Syria? After Al-Qaeda bombed them — the same o e Israel is funding and giving medical help in Israel, over the objection of Druzi — who stoned ambulances.
Didn’t Tillerson just say the Assad Gov’t was finished? The Syrians should tell Uncle Sam to “shove it”.
The arrogance is breathtaking-what? our dear US troops in your country fighting to remove your leader and government are missing????Even the CIA, angels in disguise?
GO HOME YANKS.
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