The Turkish invasion of Kurdish-controlled northern Syria has finally brought some much-needed media attention on the U.S. military presence in the war-torn country. The media reports, however, all fail to explain why U.S. troops are in Syria in the first place and the purpose of their presence.
- Christopher Bollyn
It is impossible to make sense of the current developments without understanding the reason for the U.S. military presence in Kurdish-occupied Syria.
As the diagram below shows, Kurds make up about 8 percent of the Syrian population; in Turkey, the Kurds are 18 percent:
With U.S. military support, the Kurds now control the Syrian territory East of the Euphrates River, about one-quarter of Syria.
Why has the U.S. military helped the Kurdish minority gain control of the Eastern quarter of Syria? What is the U.S. national interest in having U.S. troops occupy part of Syria?
The cover story for the U.S. presence in Syria is that it is meant to fight “Islamic State” (ISIS or ISIL) but if that were truly the case, why has the U.S. sided with Kurdish separatists rather than the government of Syria? And why has the U.S. repeatedly attacked Syrian government troops waging war on ISIS?
The reason U.S. troops have helped the Kurds seize a quarter of the country is because the policy being pursued is a covert policy to support the non-Arab Kurds to fragment Syria along ethnic lines. There is certainly no U.S. national interest in this policy. It is actually an Israeli strategy called the Yinon Plan, which was crafted in 1982 by an Israeli advisor to Ariel Sharon. The first targets of the Yinon Plan were Iraq and Syria. The first goal of the Yinon Plan was to destroy the military of these nations; the second goal was to fragment them along ethnic and religious lines. This is exactly what happened to both nations as a result of the U.S.-Israeli intervention. …