The United States has not only helped arm, train, and fund militia groups and insurgents designated now, or at one time on terror watch lists, but in a statement on Aug. 4 by a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, the U.S. now also admits they don’t know the legal authority for supporting these terrorist groups in the ongoing conflict in Syria. In a bizarre and perhaps Orwellian response to questions on America’s role in the Syrian conflict, US State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner stated that he has no idea by what authority the U.S. can enter into a sovereign country and bomb their territory in support of insurgent groups fighting right now to overthrow the Syrian government.
In fact, when you read between the lines of Mark Toner’s statements, he said that the U.S. is not there to primarily attack Syria, but would kill their soldiers if they stand and fight against U.S. training insurgents who are seeking to overthrow Syria.
The US has been carrying out airstrikes against ISIS in Syria for almost a year, and the latest decision to bomb Syrian government forces in order to “protect” US-trained “moderate rebels” does not require any additional legal justification, the State Department believes.Since the US-backed rebel groups in Syria are operating in the “lawless area” of the country, they are under the pressure from “a lot of different forces,” US State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner told RT’s Gayane Chichakyan while trying to explain the legal basis for the change in US policy.“I frankly don’t know what the legal authority is,” Toner said, adding that the situation in Syria remains “complex and fluid.”He clarified that Washington did not authorize itself to “go after Assad government forces,” insisting that such bombings would take place only in the “hypothetical” case that the US-backed militants would come under fire from Syrian forces. – Russia Today