Absolutely disgraceful ... US Special Operations dropped a 2,000 pound bomb on Syria's largest dam in 2017 despite fact it was on a 'no-strike' list

Squire

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The mongrels bombed a dam and then denied doing it.

The US military has absolutely no credibility. They destroy infrastructure and countries never recover from the damage inflicted by the US military.

Smart bombs, dumb bombardiers.

https://news.yahoo.com/us-special-operations-dropped-2-064937173.html

US Special Operations dropped a 2,000 pound bomb on Syria's largest dam in 2017 despite the fact it was on a 'no-strike' list: NYT

US Special Operations dropped a 2,000 pound bomb on Syria's largest dam in 2017 despite the fact it was on a 'no-strike' list: NYT

Stephen J. Townsend
Azmi Haroun
Fri, January 21, 2022, 1:49 PM·2 min read

A US Military drone unit struck Syria's largest dam in 2017, despite it being on a 'no-strike' list, The New York Times reported.

The New York Times reported that the strike used some of the largest conventional bombs.

Tens of thousands were at risk of flooding in a narrowly avoided catastrophe, according to the report.

A US Special Operations drone unit struck the largest dam in Syria in 2017, despite the location being on a US military "no-strike" list because of potential flooding risks for hundreds of thousands nearby, according to The New York Times.

According to two former senior officials with Task Force 9, the responsible unit, operators used some of the largest conventional bombs in its arsenal, including one that weighed 2,000 pounds.

Task Force 9 struck the 18-story Taqba dam along the Euphrates River on March 26, 2017, The Times reported citing former officials in the unit, despite a US military report that indicated that a strike on the dam could cause flooding that could kill tens of thousands who live nearby and wipe out entire surrounding villages.

At the time of the strike, ISIS occupied the region in Syria and oversaw the operation of the dam.

According to The Times, the US was blamed by ISIS, Russia, and the Syrian government for the strike at the time. Then-Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, however, dismissed the charge as "crazy reporting."

"The Tabqa Dam is not a coalition target," Townsend said after the blast.

US Central Command, the US military command center that oversees combat operations in the Middle East could not immediately be reached for comment, but a spokesperson for the agency told The Times that only the dam's operating towers were targeted, instead of the walls of the dam itself.

According to the report, it was through a mix of luck and a team of sharp local engineers that a major flood was avoided.

Syrian engineers on the scene told The Times that one of the bombs dropped remained unexploded on the fifth floor of the complex, and they were able to safely dispose of the bomb, which may have otherwise taken out the structure.

The two former drone operators said that critical equipment for the operation of the dam was destroyed, and the dam's reservoir rose 50 feet, nearly spilling and forcing northern dams in Turkey to momentarily pause their water flow.

According to the report, a ceasefire was temporarily declared between warring sides in Syria to allow engineers to restore the dam's function and avoid disaster.

"The destruction would have been unimaginable," the dam's former director told The Times on condition of anonymity. "The number of casualties would have exceeded the number of Syrians who have died throughout the war."
 

Squire

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The USA indiscriminately kills people who are not engaged in any conflict with the USA.

The US military kills people because they can not because of any military necessity.

Is this why so many US military personnel have mental problems after discharge from the military? Moral turpitude?

https://www.rt.com/news/546722-us-bombed-dam-syria/

... If the Soviet-designed earth-and-concrete structure had failed, tens of thousands of people living in a valley below would likely have died.

The dam wasn’t immediately destroyed, but damage to its equipment rendered it inoperational and at risk of overflowing. An unprecedented truce involving the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), US-backed forces on the ground, and Syrian government forces was hastlily struck with Russia’s help to allow a crane controlling emergency floodgates to be repaired.

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After the work was done by a crew of 16 workers, a drone strike ordered by the same taskforce that called in the initial strike obliterated a van carrying some of them back. It killed a mechanical engineer, a technician, and a Syrian Red Crescent worker. ...
 

johnsmith

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Actually Seth, one of my favorite beers was in Romania, a beer called Ursys. I don't remember much about it now (was about 15yrs ago) other than I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think part of it may have had to do with the fact that I was expecting crappy beer and when it wasn't I was so relieved.
 

SethBullock

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Actually Seth, one of my favorite beers was in Romania, a beer called Ursys. I don't remember much about it now (was about 15yrs ago) other than I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think part of it may have had to do with the fact that I was expecting crappy beer and when it wasn't I was so relieved.
I'm sure it was good beer, John. I would love to have shared a glass of it with you.

If there was a way I could send you some of our exquisite Northwest IPA's I would do it. Whatever it cost to send it is not a problem. It's the government restrictions about sending alcoholic beverages overseas that's the problem. I think all of that government regulation is utterly absurd. Supposedly, we live in the "free world", and I can't send you a beer. That is effed up! A freakin beer, ffs!

The beer in my glass in the picture is from a smallish company called Bale Breaker out of a farming town called Moxee, WA, population about 4,000, in Yakima County. The great grandparents started growing hops on the farm in 1932, and the farm and brewery remains in the family to this day.

It tastes fresh, flavorful, citrusy, with just the right amount of carbonation. It's hard to articulate, but I think a lot of beers taste a little stale. Not "icky" stale but just stale, like old and boring, as if it lost the flavors of the ingredients in mass brewing ... as if "flavor" never really mattered. These Northwest beers jump out at your tastebuds in the way that an apple or orange just picked right off the tree jumps out at your taste buds. They make it enjoyable to actually savor beer, not just drink it. I just took another sip of my Bale Breaker "Hazy IPA", and I could have sworn I tasted just a note of pear. Nothing overwhelming, just a little note. Damn! Probably just the citrus of the hops reminding me of pear. Mmmm!

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johnsmith

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If there was a way I could send you some of our exquisite Northwest IPA's I would do it.
I currently have a local IPA in the fridge but I'm staying off the alcohol whilst I'm recovering from Covid. I've had it before and it's a great drop. I'll send you a photo when I next have one.
 

SethBullock

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I currently have a local IPA in the fridge but I'm staying off the alcohol whilst I'm recovering from Covid. I've had it before and it's a great drop. I'll send you a photo when I next have one.
Didn't know you got Covid. Well that makes two of us. How are you doing?
 

johnsmith

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Didn't know you got Covid. Well that makes two of us. How are you doing?
Pretty good. I'm on my last day of isolation. Wife has it as well and although I haven't tested the kids, we're assuming they have it too. Everyone is fine though, no real effects apart from fatigue, but I think we're all over that now.
 

SethBullock

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Pretty good. I'm on my last day of isolation. Wife has it as well and although I haven't tested the kids, we're assuming they have it too. Everyone is fine though, no real effects apart from fatigue, but I think we're all over that now.
Glad to hear you and your family are doing well.
 
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