Foreign jihadists who flocked to Syria now inhabit Idlib:
“Since 2015, Idlib has been home to a complex array of anti-regime forces: secular rebels, Islamists, Syrian jihadists with ties to al-Qaeda – and their foreign counterparts.
“The non-Syrians include fighters from Uzbekistan, Chechnya and China’s ethnic Uygur minority who cut their teeth in other wars but then swarmed to Syria to take up the cause.”
Terrorists in Idlib need only let loose a few tanks of chlorine, an essential element used to purify water, in order to provide the U.S., Britain and France an excuse to bomb Syria. Excuse it is, because far worse weapons uses and abuses occur across the planet.
Bolton’s threat against Assad’s offensive then becomes an Islamic Jihad Protection Act. The jihadists are useful in Idlib to prevent an even larger and obvious victory by Assad and his allies, especially Russia and Iran. Bolton is openly sidelining the objective of destroying jihadist terrorists, making it nominal.
If Assad takes Idlib, there is no doubt that he will then be in a position to expel American forces located in the east and south of Syria. Such a victory for Russia, Iran and Syria is anathema to the upholders of the U.S. empire. It puts the U.S. weakness on prominent display, undermining its efforts elsewhere as in Afghanistan.3:33 pm on September 10, 2018 Email Michael S. Rozeff