When we got the word that Marine Corps Artillerymen were deploying into Syria, within range of Raqqa, it seemed logical to me that this could only be taking place with some ironclad agreements with Assad and Putin. It has been explained to us that the Marines will be providing Fire Support for the Syrian Army and Kurdish Forces in the battle to take Raqqa. As the Russian Air Force will be in the same air space that artillery rounds will be flying through, there will have to be coordination between the Marines and the Russians in providing support for the Syrian and Kurdish ground elements. All of those things would have to be happening in order for several Hundred Marines to be deployed well inland from the coast into Syria.
Given how the United States has been supporting the forces that are trying to overthrow Assad and now all of a sudden we are sending forces deep into Syria in support of Assad’s forces, it is logical to assume that there has been some high level coordination going on between our two governments.
I don’t know how seriously I should take Assad’s remarks. If he truly sees the recent deployment as an “Invasion”, we would have plenty of other headlines regarding remarks by the Russians, Iranians and the Chinese, as was the case when President Obama was trying to get us into Syria so the Navy could fly close air support for ISIS. It is difficult to understand what purpose these remarks by Assad serves.