Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sy Mockingbird Hersh- Laying the Groundwork To Justify War Expansion in Syria?

And BEYOND......

Sy Hersh was everywhere yesterday. Which is rather stunning for a man who it is alleged finds it so  very difficult to get published that only an outfit in NATO’s Germany publishes Hersh’s anonymously sourced tale.

Germany, where, not coincidentally the Panama Papers leaked out of.
 "Over a year ago, an anonymous source contacted the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) and submitted encrypted internal documents from the law firm Mossack Fonseca."
Previous posts regarding the leak and more. Link. Link.

If we believe that we are being prevented from reading Hersh's expose or the Panama papers does it make us want to read the info that much more? Of course it does! Which was why I hesitated to read his latest at all. But, Hersh and one of the TOP news items of the day walk hand in hand. Where Hersh leaves off- Our news from today begins..

Last paragraph from the Hersh piece:
“The issue is, what if there’s another false flag sarin attack credited to hated Syria Trump has upped the ante and painted himself into a corner with his decision to bomb. And do not think these guys are not planning the next faked attack. Trump will have no choice but to bomb again, and harder. He’s incapable of saying he made a mistake.”
Today? Literally hundreds and hundreds of news article about Syria and chemical weapons

Bolstered by the Pentagon, no less!

 Pentagon saw 'active preparations' for Syrian chemical attack 
The Pentagon on Tuesday said it detected “active preparations” by Syria for a chemical weapons attack, giving weight to a White House statement hours earlier that the Syrian government would “pay a heavy price” if it carried out such an attack
A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said the U.S. had seen “activity” at Shayrat airfield that “indicated active preparations for chemical weapons use.” That is the same base from which the Syria air force launched an attack in April that the U.S. and others said used lethal chemicals to kill civilians. Syria denied the charge.


 I find myself still seeing Mr Hersh as a limited hangout, persuader, type of writer.
Never really clarify anything and always readying future narratives. I wrote about this previously here at the blog.

Yes, Willy Loman, It’s about Blamin’ & Framin’ Turkey & Saudi Arabia Or

Sy Hersh: "Who Controls the Past Controls the Future......."

Quoting myself here- "None the less there are some interesting aspects about  this Hersh obfuscation/demonization. I find the article sets up the parameters for future spin"

After reading his lengthy article I didn’t gain any more knowledge about the chemical weapons attack that wasn’t. Hersh just restates the obvious.
- There was no evidence of chemical use? Already knew that
-Social media images were managed and manipulated to create a specific narrative? Already knew that.

Sy Mockingbird Hersh: Trump‘s Red Line

What else did I notice about Mr Hersh’s latest? Besides his last paragraph dovetailing with the Pentagon/Trump White house claims breaking today? 

Two contentious issues jumped right out at me
 
1:
Sy Hersh reinforces common memes about Trump

2: Sy Hersh doesn't question just who encouraged/created the sarin false flag 

1st bone of contention

Sy Hersh reinforces the idea of a chaotic Trump White house. An out of touch, irrational President. The ‘mad dog’ The bull in the china shop, President who cares little about repercussions and right vs wrong as compared to Obama (LIE) All the same memes pushed via the 5 eyes media are reinforced by Sy Hersh.

None of his claims are groundbreaking, in fact they are just plain repetitive:

“To the dismay of many senior members of his national security team, Trump could not be swayed over the next 48 hours of intense briefings and decision-making. In a series of interviews, I learned of the total disconnect between the president and many of his military advisers and intelligence officials....

The reference, as those in the American intelligence community understood, and many of the inexperienced aides and family members close to Trump

But the president did not say: ‘We have a problem and let’s look into it.’ He wanted to bomb the shit out of Syria.”

Within hours of viewing the photos, the adviser said, Trump instructed the national defense apparatus to plan for retaliation against Syria. “He did this before he talked to anybody about it.

“And yet it was impossible for the experts to persuade the president of this once he had made up his mind. “The president saw the photographs of poisoned little girls and said it was an Assad atrocity,” the senior adviser said. “It’s typical of human nature. You jump to the conclusion you want. Intelligence analysts do not argue with a president. They’re not going to tell the president, ‘if you interpret the data this way, I quit.’”

Why not? Why not just quit if you feel the President is going to commit a war crime. Why not quit if the President is irrational and impulsive? I say bullbiscuits to this Sy Hersh rubbish!

Hersh is merely spinning why the war making will increase, because, unlike St. Obama, Trump is brutish and thuggish. As if that's even close to the truth! 


the war for your mind is always being waged





2nd issue:

 Hersh completely fails to mention that the false flag referenced in his article was done at the behest of the US. By US backed rebels.


 He then reinforces the concept that Russia is in cahoots/covering for Syria.
 By rehashing, yet again, the same type of disinfo spread daily.  Hersh doesn’t challenge the veracity of the claims- He acknowledges that these concepts exist and have been reinforced. 
In fact,  Hersh helps to sustain them!

“The gist of the briefing was that Russia’s heated and persistent denial of any sarin use in the Khan Sheikhoun bombing was a lie because President Trump had said sarin had been used. That assertion, which was not challenged or disputed by any of the reporters present, became the basis for a series of further criticisms:

     - The continued lying by the Trump administration about Syria’s use of sarin led to widespread belief in the American media and public  that Russia had  chosen to be involved in a corrupt disinformation and cover-up campaign on the part of Syria.

     - Russia’s military forces had been co-located with Syria’s at the Shayrat airfield (as they are throughout Syria), raising the possibility that Russia had advance notice of Syria’s determination to use sarin at Khan Sheikhoun and did nothing to stop it.

      - Syria’s use of sarin and Russia’s defense of that use strongly suggested that Syria withheld stocks of the nerve agent from the UN disarmament team that spent much of 2014 inspecting and removing all declared chemical warfare agents from 12 Syrian chemical weapons depots, pursuant to the agreement worked out by the Obama administration and Russia after Syria’s alleged, but still unproven, use of sarin the year before against a rebel redoubt in a suburb of Damascus.

The briefer, to his credit, was careful to use the words “think,” “suggest” and “believe” at least 10 times during the 30-minute event. But he also said that his briefing was based on data that had been declassified by “our colleagues in the intelligence community.” What the briefer did not say, and may not have known, was that much of the classified information in the community made the point that Syria had not used sarin in the April 4 bombing attack.
 Can it be coincidental that immediately after the Hersh article is published. The very article that reinforces and relaunches previously implanted concepts that the rest of the Mockingbird press is spinning about Syria having chemical weapons? Readying a chemical attack? The Trump administration will have to respond?

Repeating that last paragraph from the Hersh piece


“The issue is, what if there’s another false flag sarin attack credited to hated Syria Trump has upped the ante and painted himself into a corner with his decision to bomb. And do not think these guys are not planning the next faked attack. Trump will have no choice but to bomb again, and harder. He’s incapable of saying he made a mistake.”

Were the alleged Sy Hersh revelations merely prepping us all for today's news?
Justifying or selling expanded warfare?  I'd say so. 

Why is that Seymour Hersh?  Since we're all for exposing the truth right Sy mockingbird Hersh?

Monday, June 26, 2017

USS Fitzgerald Failed To Respond to Warnings Before Fatal Collision

This latest news item just caught my attention.
From earlier:

Making note of the fact it is now after 3:00 pm EST. And there are a total of 6 news items covering the testimony from the Captain of the ACX Crystal that I have seen. The initial news was posted here at about 8:30 am EST. So, 6 1/2 hours later the vast majority of the five eyes media has not bothered to carry this news.

The Far More Maneuverable Fitzgerald Will Likely Bear Much Of The Blame.

Link

 ACX Crystal warned Fitzgerald as it maneuvered into it's path

 "A US warship struck by a Philippines container ship in Japanese waters failed to respond to warning signals or take action before the collision took place, according to a report from the cargo ship’s captain.

The Philippines ship ACX Crystal signaled to the USS Fitzgerald with flashing lights after the US warship “suddenly” changed course to one crossing the container ship’s path, Captain Ronald Advincula’s report to Japanese ship owner Dainichi Investment Corporation states, according to Reuters.
The container ship steered to avoid the warship, but hit the Fitzgerald 10 minutes later, according to the report"
Did the Fitzgerald maneuver back into the Crystal's path? 

 In his report, Advincula said there had been “confusion” on the cargo ship’s bridge, and that the vessel turned around and returned to the collision site after continuing for six nautical miles (11 kilometers).


Possibly because it took that long for the ship to slow down enough to safely make the turn back?

Here's everything I can find at this time- It's paltry.



ABC News Australia

In the first detailed account from one of those directly involved, the cargo ship's captain said the ACX Crystal had signalled with flashing lights after the Fitzgerald "suddenly" steamed onto a course to cross its path.

The container ship steered hard to starboard to avoid the warship, but hit the Fitzgerald 10 minutes later

A US warship struck by a container vessel in Japanese waters failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action

Indication no imminent collision alarm sounded
Reuters- which means it's on the news wire- but 5 eyes are doing their duty to the American military industrial complex and ignoring it!

A U.S. warship struck by a container vessel in Japanese waters failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action before a collision that killed seven of its crew, according to a report of the incident by the Philippine cargo ship's captain.
Link


Cargo ship’s captain claims USS Fitzgerald failed to respond to warnings or change course leading up to collision


TIME 

 The U.S. warship that collided with a container vessel near Japan earlier this month veered into the path of the freighter, according to the cargo ship's captain.
The captain's comments come as officials are still trying to makes sense of the collision between the USS Fitzgerald and the considerably larger ACX Crystal during the early hours of June 17. Seven Navy sailors were killed in the incident.
In a report to Japanese ship owner Dainichi Investment Corp seen by Reuters, the captain of the Philippine cargo ship, Ronald Advincula, said their vessel had signaled the USS Fitzgerald ahead of the crash. But the Fitzgerald moved "suddenly" into the ACX's path despite the flashing lights.

I believe the Daily Mail had also covered the report made by the Captain of the ACX Crystal - Keeping this one quiet..

Besides the crime and tragedy, the Fitzgerald incident is also interesting from a PR/media coverage- or actually total lack of coverage. If it's not in the news, did it really happen? If it's not getting coverage does it enter your reality? Ask yourself that when considering what gets coverage, what doesn't and finally why that is? Our perception- being managed 24/7. How are we liking the manipulation?

The Far More Maneuverable Fitzgerald Will Likely Bear Much Of The Blame.

USS Fitzgerald
NYT's
There should have been lookouts on watch on the port, starboard and stern of the destroyer Fitzgerald sailors scanning the horizon with binoculars and reporting by headsets to the destroyer’s bridge. At 1:30 a.m. last Saturday, off the coast of Japan south of Tokyo, they could hardly have failed to see the 730-foot freighter ACX Crystal, stacked with more than 1,000 containers, as it closed in.

Radar officers working both on the bridge and in the combat information center below it should have spotted the freighter’s image on their screens, drawing steadily closer. And under standard protocol, the Fitzgerald’s captain, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, should have been awakened and summoned to the bridge to assure a safe passage long before the ships could come near each other.

But none of that happened. The Fitzgerald’s routine cruise in good weather through familiar, if crowded, seas ended in the most lethal Navy accident in years. Seven sailors lost their lives.

As investigators try to figure out what many veteran seamen describe as an incomprehensible collision, they have plenty of mysteries to unravel.

There should also be an audio recording from the bridge of the destroyer, like the harrowing tape of a 2012 collision between a different destroyer, the Porter, and an oil tanker, in which no one was injured.

Under strict orders not to talk about what they saw that night, the crew of the Fitzgerald is mostly keeping its counsel while grieving the loss of its shipmates. But one sailor, contacted via social media, offered what may endure as an epitaph for the accident.

“All I can say is,” the sailor wrote to The New York Times, “somebody wasn’t paying attention.”

On Friday, Rear Adm. Brian Fort, a veteran warship commander, was ordered to lead the Navy’s main investigation of the collision. The multiple investigations now underway — two by the Navy, one by the United States Coast Guard, others by the Japanese Coast Guard and the Crystal’s insurers — will probably provide answers. But even if the Crystal crew was asleep, Navy veterans say the far more maneuverable Fitzgerald will likely bear much of the blame.

“This is the kind of thing the Navy is brutally honest about,” said Bryan McGrath, who commanded a destroyer in the Atlantic from 2004 to 2006. “To the extent that the Fitzgerald did anything wrong, we’ll find out all about it, and there will be consequences.”

There are many signs that the Fitzgerald had almost no warning of the approaching collision: the fact that the captain was in his cabin and that no shipwide alarm had rousted sailors from their bunks. “As to how much warning they had, I don’t know,” said Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of the Seventh Fleet, at a news conference on Sunday. “That’s going to have to be found out during the investigation.”
Immediately after this incident the Fitzgerald 'fan club' appeared. It was an obvious damage control mission..

My final response to one of the commenters:

All comments available here

Phil I have information saved regarding the maneuverability of the lumbering Crystal.. It takes that ship nearly 30 minutes to turn itself- It's a ship that does not have the capabilities to play 'chicken" or do brinkmanship.

I understand damage control and get that's what your doing- but so far... you aren't accomplishing what it is your here to do- The damage is done and people died- Members of the Fitzgerald crew, the leadership, are responsible and they should be held responsible for what happened-

If you really believe in justice for these dead persons, the leadership of the Fitzgerald have to be accountable.
Delete
I still maintain some members of the Fitzgerald crew were harassing the ACX Crystal and miscalculated their final, utlimately, deadly move. This would explain the lack of usual warnings regarding the approaching Crystal.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Israel Strikes Syrian Army Twice in Two Days

In "response" only, of course. "Errant fire", doncha know?

Haaretz

 Israel reportedly attacked a Syrian army unit in the northern Golan Heights on Sunday after errant fire from the Syrian side spilled over into Israeli territory, the second cross-border flare-up in two days.

Israeli aircraft struck a Syrian army jeep in the Syrian Golan, a Syrian army official told the Lebanese news outlet al-Mayadeen. The Israel Defense Forces haven't confirmed the report.
Yesterday

Israeli Airforce "Responds" to Projectile Launch By Attacking Syrian Army

 How long before Israel makes that long planned and long prepped for move into Syria?

 Related

Let's Talk About the Death/Displacement Toll on the Civilians of Raqqa, Syria

Syria: Second SAA Jet Deterred by US Over An Obvious No Fly Zone

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Israeli Airforce "Responds" to Projectile Launch By Attacking Syrian Army

Earlier this morning, while quietly enjoying our morning coffee, Hubby said "Israel is claiming projectiles came from Syria, landing in empty spaces on occupied Golan" To which I responded..
"I am so sick of this ruse" "You could set a watch to this" and "Of course, Israel will attack Syria"

And so it goes....Israel has launched it's desired attack against SAA and it's assets

The Israeli Air Force attacked the Syrian government forces' tanks and artillery positions after 10 projectiles fell on the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan Heights, the IDF said.

 Of course Israel claims it's a response. Whatever! Israel has a whole pile of muslim terrorists they've been cavorting with in the Syrian Golan for years and years and years now.

Here's a post from  2014:  Wednesday, September 17, 2014- Syria: Israel Helping "rebels" in Golan-prep for war expansion
Israel aiding the "rebels" aka Islamist mercs at Golan is nothing new
Israel has been assisting these killers for years now. That FACT has been covered on numerous occasions here at this blog over the past couple of years....
 Flashback!- Sept 23/2013: Israel Sides with Syrian Jihadists
Flashback! November 2012: Who loves Islamists? Israel loves Islamists! Israel & FSA work together
 Let's go back to 2011- Want to get an idea how long the Kurdish proxies have been involved in the betrayal of Syria?

August 2011: The new Syria- Pre-approved by Israel and it's supporters

Sherkoh Abbas, president of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria (KNAS).
Based in Washington, remember that!
Making him not the president of any National Assembly actually based in the country of Syria.
A Syrian Kurdish Opposition Leader based in Washington, not in Syria?
Speaking to an Israeli audience all about how a new government in Syria will be most beneficial and friendly to Israel.
"Many Syrian religious and tribal leaders who are now part of the Syrian Democracy Council have no problem recognizing Israel and making peace"
Of course the Kurdish leadership based in Washington would have had no issue making peace with Israel as they partake of the spoils of war... Considering Kurdistan = Israel 2.0

There are literally dozens and dozens of posts here covering years of Israeli collusion/cooperation with their proxy forces in Golan.  This is nothing new or recent- Despite  the questionable Zero Hedge mentioning it this past week..  
And their are years of posts here covering the cooperative collusive plotting of the Kurds and Israel... Not speculation. Nope in your face action!

Friday, November 27, 2015: Kurdistan aka “Second Israel”- Ethnic Cleansing the Indigenous of the Middle East


From yesterday!

Let's Talk About the Death/Displacement Toll on the Civilians of Raqqa, Syria

Syria: Second SAA Jet Deterred by US Over An Obvious No Fly Zone

Friday, June 23, 2017

Let's Talk About the Death/Displacement Toll on the Civilians of Raqqa, Syria

Since I'm in a fightin' mood- Here's another aspect of the Syrian situation that seems to be mostly ignored by the 5 eyes main stream and so called alt media. I've mentioned the de facto no fly zone. Twice this week.

flashback:   June 14th/17- Pacifying Raqqa: ‘Staggering loss of civilian life’ during US-backed siege of Raqqa – UN

Link
 “The U.S. and U.S.-backed forces are using tactics that are virtually guaranteed to raise enormous levels of casualties,” in the war in Syria, IPS Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis told The Real News Network.

In an effort to drive out ISIS from the heavily-populated—somewhere up to 200,000 civilians—city of Raqqa, the U.S. is resorting to tactics that will make what the UN  already called a  “staggering loss of life” worse"

Especially adding to the toll is the use of white phosphorus within the area
White phosphorus use, mentioned in previous post 
"There has been a lack of press coverage dedicated to U.S. use of chemical weapons, including white phosphorous—especially serious when considering the international outcry months ago when Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was accused of using chemical weapons in Aleppo."
 There is also a lack of press focus on the escalating civilian casualties caused by U.S. airstrikes in and around Raqqa."
 “This is one of those classic examples that the deaths of innocents are far more important to cover in the mainstream U.S. press when those responsible for the deaths of innocents are our so-called enemies, rather than ourselves or our so-called friends,” Bennis said.
I got to admit the lack of alleged authority challenging alt media coverage has me flummoxed!
 
The Telegraph : US-led coalition kills nearly 500 civilians in one month in Syria in record high 

500 civilians is being admitted to. You all know it's higher.
 


Syrian residents of the rebel-held town of Douma, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, break their fast with the "iftar" meal on a heavily damaged street on June 18, 2017, Credit: AFP 
 

 Amazing these people! Trying to have some semblence of normality in all this mayhem- Surely a necessity for their souls. For their mental health. My goodness...
Some 470 civilians, including 137 children, died in air strikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil)-held cities of Raqqa and Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria between May 23 and June 23.  
Observers claim the number is higher than those killed by Russian strikes, Isil and President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in the same period. 
Human rights and monitoring groups have warned for months of the rising human cost of the coalition’s air war, particularly as the battle for Isil’s so-called capital of Raqqa intensifies.
The US, UK and other coalition members have provided air support for allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on the ground.
The coalition insists it takes every measure to avoid hitting civilians, but residents say they are increasingly becoming collateral damage.  
The coalition of the killing always denies their killing ways...
“We note in particular that the intensification of airstrikes, which have paved the ground for an SDF advance in Raqqa, has resulted not only in staggering loss of civilian life, but has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes and becoming internally displaced,” Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, chairman of the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, said earlier this month.   
In March, more than 200 mostly women and children were reported to have been killed while they seeking refuge in a school building in the village of Mansoura.
Alarmingly high civilian tolls are also being reported in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where the battle to dislodge the jihadists is in the final throes.
In one, now notorious incident, more than 150 civilians were killed on Match 17 when a 500lb bomb was dropped on a house to kill two Isil snipers on its roof. 

I excluded the bullshit blaming Trump, because that spin was addressed here some time ago.

Did Trump Really Pull The Trigger on Obama’s Raqqa Plan?

 Linking back to an earlier post still

It's doubtful there were any restrictions on troop numbers and it's certain that there were ZERO restrictions on civilian casualties put in place by Obama-  Zero. None. Zip. Zilch. Don't believe me? Let's recall this post from September 30 2014?  White House- Kill Syrian/Iraqi Civilians- Exemption for airstrikes

 Not that the US was ever very careful when it came to civilians deaths however they at least talked as if they cared. Even that  pretense will not apply for Syria and Iraq
The White House has acknowledged for the first time that strict standards President Obama imposed last year to prevent civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes (not just drones) will not apply to U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq.
 A White House statement to Yahoo News confirming the looser policy came in response to questions about reports that as many as a dozen civilians, including women and young children, were killed when a Tomahawk missile struck the village of Kafr Daryan in Syria's Idlib province on the morning of Sept. 23.

 

The US/Coalition Policy is the same under Trump as under Obama- Kill and displace as many civilians as possible- That's how you remake a region. And weaponize refugee flows.

From earlier today:

Syria: Second SAA Jet Deterred by US Over An Obvious No Fly Zone

Syria: Second SAA Jet Deterred by US Over An Obvious No Fly Zone

If it looks, walks, talks and acts like a NO Fly Zone.. It surely has to be one. 
I don't give a hoot about the lack of official recognition. The US isn't even supposed to be "officially" waging war on Syria. Against it's people and their elected leadership but it is!
So, I don't need no stinkin' official proclamation! There is a no fly zone over annexed Syrian territory!
The 5 eyes media is dancing around this for obvious reasons, but, where are the anti imperialists/anti war sites regarding this question?

As I asked the other day...Did the US, Again, Enforce a No Fly Zone over Annexed Syrian Territory?

The latest from CNN:

A US official told CNN that another Syrian Su-22 fighter made an approach in what the military assessed as a possible bombing run on US backed-Syrian Democratic Forces near Tabqa, Syria, on Tuesday. The official said that coalition aircraft made a show of force and conducted a warning maneuver, and the Syrian fighter jet then aborted its trajectory and left the area.

Do the readers here recall the name below from past postings here?

“The chief of staff of the Air Force, Gen. David Goldfein, told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday that the de-confliction line "remains open."

June 17/2016: US General: We Are Ready To Create a No-Fly Zone in Syria


     “The U.S. Air Force is ready to create a no-fly zone in Syria, as stated by General David Goldfein, Rosbalt reported”
Gen. David Goldfein, a battle-tested command pilot who flew combat missions in the Gulf War, the Afghanistan War, and in NATO's 1999 air war to force the president of the former Yugoslavia to end his campaign of ethnic cleansing in Kosovo"
Yes, the US established de-facto no-fly zones in Syria?

The New Arab: Has the US established de-facto no-fly zones in Syria?

Paul Iddon suggests not only do they have no fly zones, but, they have no drive zones too. Paul Iddon’s work has been featured here previously!

The US has this month twice shot down aircraft over areas in Syria, north and south, where it has forces and allied militias fighting the Islamic State group. This may indicate that Washington is bidding to establish de-facto no-fly zones in these areas.

On June 18, a US F/A-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Air Force Su-22 bomber after it dropped bombs near the northern Syrian town of Tabqa, close to a US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces position.

Ten days earlier, June 8, a US Air Force F-15E shot down an Iranian-made Shahed 129 drone, which is roughly the same size as the iconic American Predator, after it dropped bombs near a position held by US-backed Jaysh Maghawir al-Thawra anti-IS fighters in Al-Tanf, on Syria's southern border with Jordan.

"We do not seek conflict with any party in Syria other than ISIS, but we will not hesitate to defend ourselves or our partners if threatened," Pentagon Spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said after the June 18 incident.

Despite this, the mid-air conflicts indicate that the US is willing to confront Damascus and its allied militia forces if it perceives them to threaten its allies or their anti-IS campaign. In Al-Tanf, US aircraft bombed pro-regime forces approaching al-Thawra positions twice - on June 6 and May 18.

Similar "no-drive zones" against regime ground forces approaching SDF positions around Raqqa may be enforced if they threaten the SDF. The Syrian Army recently made advances into the western countryside of Raqqa.
The irony of the on line commenters cheering on Syria, yet cheering for PKK/YPG as they ethnically cleansed whole areas of territory, annexing it for their own. Cognitive dissonance, I guess?
A refusal to see what was occurring in plain site? Or perhaps for some an intentional obfuscation, I don't know? 
The SDF issued a statement shortly after the June 18 incident charging Damascus with carrying out "large-scale attacks using aircraft, artillery and tanks" against their forces and warning if it "continues its attacks on our positions in the province of Raqqa, we will be forced to reciprocate and use our legitimate right to defend our forces".

How long the US will maintain these de-facto no-fly/no-drive zones in these two areas is unclear. It's also unclear if they will become like the formalised no-fly zones the US imposed over Iraqi Kurdistan and southern Iraq following the 1991 Gulf War, where no Iraqi military aircraft were allowed without being intercepted and shot down by US-led coalition jets.