Between President Donald Trump bombing Syria every time that someone uses chemical weapons, and Russia supporting Assad even as the world questions his leadership and humanity, the planet may yet be rocked by World War III. As Fox News observed, that time could be sooner rather than later since “adversaries” are said to be “jamming Air Force gunships in Syria.”
The head of the U.S. military’s Special Operations Command, Army Gen. Tony Thomas, “said Wednesday that Air Force gunships, needed to provide close air support for American commandos and U.S.-backed rebel fighters in Syria,” are finding that their systems are being jammed.
Thomas called the “electronic warfare” in the troubled Middle Eastern nation “the most aggressive” in the world. He even “told an intelligence conference in Tampa that” these “adversaries” are working to test “us every day, knocking our communications down, disabling our AC-130s, etc.”
Since logistics is part of what these highly technical systems rely on, this could lead to a strike hitting an area where it was not meant to, and is one of the more irresponsible acts of warfare that can take place in the modern age.
Already, the Drive has reported that Russia is blocking U.S. drones and this has also caused a myriad of problems.
It is known that an “Air Force AC-130 gunship was among the U.S. military aircraft used to kill dozens of Russian mercenaries in Syria” last February. This means that making them a target for jamming would be seen as justified by those likely conducting it, the Russians.
Also, American commandos have been attacked at posts in the region, only making already raw tensions even worse.
Name changes of terrorist groups have taken place, often with “democracy” being used in the title, which does not apply in these cases any more than when North Korea calls themselves a republic.
Meanwhile, the U.S. has roughly 2,000 troops in Syria and they all could be put in danger if such instances as jamming keep happening. Donald Trump had promised to remove the U.S. from such areas, but he has also pledged to defeat ISIS, so the two matters seem to be somewhat mutually exclusive at this point.
If that doesn’t change, who knows what happens once things get past “just” jamming?