US strikes, de facto moving into Iraq: Jim W. Dean




US strikes, de facto moving into Iraq

… by Jim W. Dean,  VT Editor       … with Press TV,  Tehran


Press TV has conducted an interview with Jim W. Dean, managing editor of Veterans Today from Atlanta, about Human Rights Watch (HRW) calling for an investigation into the killing of seven civilians by US airstrikes in northwestern Syria as part of an alleged military campaign against ISIL Takfiris.


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What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: This is quite embarrassing, if there were no al-Nusra facilities within this village, yet it was attacked?

Dean: Well this is part of the carnage that you have when you are doing a large number of strikes, which have actually happened.

Also these ISIL groups they are around civilian areas all the time. So another part of the problem is that they still do not have their own bases out in the countryside somewhere.

So you are always going to have collateral damage and no matter how good the intelligence is with all the electronics, there are going to be mistakes and you are going to have civilian casualties. It is unfortunate but there is really no way the other to get around it.

Press TV: Are we going to be talking about ground troops coming in because the US will argue that we will need ground troops for better intelligence etc.?

Dean: This is kind of a false argument because you have already had testimony in Congress from high officials that they are going to have 5,000 special operations people in northern Syria by the end of the year.

So this is in a way a de facto moving into northern Iraq and through the backdoor with this ISIL crisis.


Author Details
Jim W. Dean is Managing Editor of Veterans Today involved in operations, development, and writing, plus an active schedule of TV and radio interviews. He broke into television work doing Atlanta Public TV programs for variety of American heritage, historical,military, veterans and Intel topics and organizations since 2000. Jim’s only film appearance was in the PBS Looking for Lincoln documentary with Prof. Henry Lewis Gates, and he has guest lectured at the Army Command and General Staff School at Fort Gordon, GA.

He is working to find time now to database his extensive video archive of Americana and interviews filmed during his public TV days so individual topic segments can be key word searched to quickly use in future multi-media projects.

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