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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Syria - boots on the ground directed by Commander in Chief

"We have warned [Syria's President Bashar al-Assad's] regime not to interfere with our ongoing efforts against [IS] inside of Syria," said National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan.
(So, where's Fox News on this story? ....Absent.)

Abu Sayyaf, a high level evil-ISIS leader, is dead. He was killed by US Special forces.

Although this Special Operations assassination in Syria appears to be a success, it is proof of the obvious. Indeed, American troops are "boots on the ground" in Syria and most probably elsewhere, too.


It's curious, but US media has not developed this story. 
Here's the BBC report:

Islamic State crisis: US special forces in Syria raid

The US says its special forces have killed a senior Islamic State (IS) member and captured his wife in a rare ground raid in eastern Syria.

Abu Sayyaf helped direct oil, gas and financial operations for IS, as well as holding a military role, said a US Department of Defense statement.

It said forces tried to capture him, but he was killed after engaging them.

It is the first time the US is known to have carried out a ground operation to attack IS within Syria.

The operation was authorised by President Barack Obama and was carried out by forces based in Iraq.

US officials said Abu Sayyaf was Tunisian, with one official telling CNN he was the chief financial officer "of all of [IS]" and that the US had seized "reams of data on how ISIS operates, communicates and earns its money".

On Arabic social media, however, Abu Sayyaf was not being spoken of as a known public figure.

Oil and gas have been an important source of revenue for IS, which gained swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq last year.

On Saturday, the group took control of the northern part of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, which it has been advancing on for three days, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights - a UK-based network that uses activists within Syria.

In other developments
More civilians were killed in Syrian government air raids in Idlib province, the Observatory reported.

Turkey said it had shot down a Syrian helicopter after it crossed into Turkish airspace, though Syrian state media indicated that the aircraft was a drone.

The US said the operation in Syria was conducted "with the full consent of Iraqi authorities", though it did not inform the Syrian government in advance.

"We have warned [President Bashar al-Assad's] regime not to interfere with our ongoing efforts against [IS] inside of Syria," said National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan, adding that "the Assad regime is not and cannot be a partner in the fight" against (evil) IS.

(Julie's note:  This raid has to have been as dangerous as the "No Easy Day" reported raid to kill the now dead Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan!)

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