Eye on ISIS, US Begins Flights Over Syria
Regime warns against striking ISIS without its consent
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2014 2:45 AM CDT
Updated Aug 26, 2014 7:58 AM CDT
ISIS fighters are seen during a parade in Raqqa, Syria.   (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center-File)

(Newser) – Less than a year after President Obama made the case for striking Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria, the US now appears poised for strikes on one of the regime's opponents. Obama authorized manned and unmanned surveillance flights over Syria over the weekend to gather intelligence on ISIS militants, the New York Times reports, and officials tell the AP that the flights have already begun. The flights—which come after the Pentagon warned that containing ISIS would require strikes on Syria—are about "gaining situational awareness with respect to possible airstrikes in Syria," an administration official tells the Los Angeles Times.

Attacking the Assad regime's enemy will put the US in a tricky spot: The White House says it will not cooperate with the Assad regime or inform it of any strikes on the militants, while Syria's foreign minister says the regime is ready "to cooperate and coordinate all the efforts, whether regional or international, to combat terrorism"—but warns that any strikes without its consent would be considered aggression. Commanders in the Free Syrian Army, meanwhile, which has received support from the US and is fighting both ISIS and the Assad regime, "have declared their readiness to coordinate with the US in striking ISIS," a rebel spokesman tells the New York Times.

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iq145
Aug 26, 2014 9:38 PM CDT
Forget about Syria! What about TEXAS HOLD'EM? Where are their priorities?: http://www.newser.com/story/173656/mccain-caught-playing-online-poker-during-syria-hearings.html
julianpenrod
Aug 26, 2014 2:52 PM CDT
Remember, the U.S. carried out fly overs of Iraq, supposedly protecting the northern and southern regions from Hussein's forces. Which reportedly gave al Qaeda the opportunity to gain strength in the north, certain the U.S. would not allow Hussein to stop them. Then the fabricated excuses of September 11 and the lies about banned weapons systems in Iraq. Now the fly overs of Syria. And if you think they won't target Assad's forces, and the “news” won't lie about it, you may be as stupid as the New World Order needs you to be. Especially since this is based on a lie no less obvious than September 11 and the claims of banned weapons systems in Iraq. The “beheading” of James Foley, or “James Foley”. It should be remembered, again, that, among other things, the individual who was supposed to be “James Foley” was far too calm reading what was given him. Also, he did not flinch, even in pain, as the “ISIS member” supposedly cut his throat. And, exceedingly tellingly, the “ISIS member” arranges to get between “Foley” and the camera while purportedly cutting off “Foley's” head. The “ISIS member's actions are apparently far too exaggerated and there is nowhere near the amount of blood that would be expected. Then the screen goes black. When it comes back, what the gullible are expected to believe is “Foley's” head sits on what's supposed to be his body. But, again, there's far too little blood for this kind of action. And, among the most obvious demonstrations that this is a fraud, if it was supposed to instill fear, they wouldn't have prevented the entire process from being seen! This is nothing but a magic trick. And it's convincing those of the same dull witted ilk who necessarily believed that Spain would blow up an American warship, the U.S.S. Main; those who believed the “Gulf of Tonkin Incident” lie; those who bought the “Nayirah” fraud; those who didn't realize that a rag tag group of dissidents wouldn't carry out an operation as guaranteed to call down massive military reprisal as September 11; and who didn't realize that Iraq did not have the infrastructure to support the massive banned weapons systems claimed.
Pragmatist
Aug 26, 2014 2:25 PM CDT
A proven slippery slope you are putting us on there Mr. President! My advice: -- Arm/assist nobody over there -- Sternly announce the U.S. will no longer idly tolerate detention/harm to U.S. citizens -- Greatly increase surveillance where U.S. citizens are known to be located -- Clearly state time & location of U.S. led evacuation options for U.S. citizens wanting it -- Conduct Marine-secured evacuations as stated -- Deliver lethal justice (via drones & special forces) to those hindering the above