Interesting analysis from DEBKA. The bottom line here is that we made a deal with the devil and some day there will be hell to pay. We needed Syria and Russia to pull off this raid. The raid was successful and may have long term consequences to ISIS. But so will the fall of Ramadi. Now we owe the Syrians and Russians (and probably Iran) a favor. I wonder what they will demand. My guess is Iranina hegemony over the Shiite areas if Iraq, Assad gets left in power, Lebanon gets left alone and Iran’s meddling in Persian Gulf and Red Sea shipping goes unabated. In addition we allow ISIS to run amok in Anbar as well as making trouble in Jordan and ultimately Israel.
Such a deal…with the devil.
US Special Ops raid killing five ISIS chiefs had to be coordinated with Syria and Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 17, 2015, 7:30 PM (IDT)
The US Delta Special Operations raid that killed ISIS oil chief Abu Sayyaf Saturday, May 16, could not have taken place without prior US coordination with Damascus and Moscow, debkafile’s military sources report. The National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan announced after the raid: “The US government did not coordinate with the Syrian regime, nor did we advise them in advance of the operation.” But that statement did not preclude a possible US notice of the coming raid to Moscow, which then passed it on to Damascus.
The operation therefore fixed more than one new Middle E