As evidence comes in that U.S. humanitarian aid and now U.S. weapons are ending up in the hands of ISIS (how did YOUR Congressman and Senators vote), the Assad regime has had a surge in airstrikes. To be precise, 200 strikes in less than two days.
The Syrian air force carried out more than 200 air strikes around the country in the past 36 hours, a group monitoring the war said on Tuesday, a rapid increase in government raids as U.S.-led forces bomb Islamist insurgents elsewhere.
The intensified strikes by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces will add to the fear among his opponents that the government is taking advantage of the U.S. raids on Islamic State to attack other foes, including opposition groups that Washington backs.
Analysts say the increase could be because the Syrian military wants to weaken rebel groups before they get training and equipment promised by the United States.
Since midnight on Sunday, the Syrian military carried out at least 210 raids, including barrel bombings, on provinces in the east, north and west of the country, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It said there were many casualties but did not give an exact figure.
The military concentrated the strikes in the “western corridor” that stretches from the southwest up through Damascus towards the Mediterranean, according to the information from the the Observatory, which says it gathers details from all sides of the conflict.
The air raids struck areas in the Hama, Daraa, Idlib, Aleppo and Quneitra provinces as well as the Damascus countryside, it said. It also hit the eastern Deir al-Zor province where U.S.-led forces have also been bombing Islamic State, the Observatory added.
Last week, in making reference to U.S. air strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Charles Krauthammer said they were “nothing serious”. He expounded:
“CENTCOM reports there were eight airstrikes Sunday and Monday,” Krauthammer said. “That’s a joke. Kobani is hanging in the balance. Baghdad is under attack from indirect fire, car bombs. We just heard (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin) Dempsey say that ISIS was 12 miles away from taking the Baghdad airport. And we have these pinprick airstrikes when, when you look at the Afghan campaign, the first 73 days, we dropped over 17,000 ordinances over that.”
When contrasted with what the Syrian Air Force was able to do this week, U.S. weapons being airdropped into ISIS-controlled territory, and U.S. humanitarian aid being gobbled up by ISIS, it’s almost as if the Obama administration is intentionally helping the bad guys.