US will not coordinate airstrikes on ISIL with Syria: Kerry
The United States says it will not coordinate future airstrikes on ISIL terrorists inside Syria despite warnings by Damascus that any unauthorized strike on its soil is an act of aggression.
“We’re not going to coordinate it with Syria… it’s not a cooperative effort,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said during an interview aired Sunday with CBS News.
“We will certainly want to deconflict to make certain that they’re not about to do something that they might regret even more seriously, but we’re not going to coordinate,” he added.
“We will do that with allies,” the top US diplomat said in the interview, which was taped in Cairo, Egypt on Saturday.
Kerry has been traveling throughout the Middle East over the past week working to build a coalition of nations to fight ISIL.
During a speech on Wednesday, President Barack Obama authorized US airstrikes against ISIL bases in Syria.
The Pentagon has already conducted more than 150 airstrikes against the targets of the terror network in neighboring Iraq.
Analysts say the military strikes will add Syria to the list of countries attacked by a Washington-based government that speaks loudly about international law at the same time that it violates international law at will.
The militant group now controls large parts of Syria’s northern territory and sent its fighters into neighboring Iraq in June, quickly seizing vast expanse of land straddling the border between the two countries.
Many militants, who were trained by the Central Intelligence Agency in Jordan in 2012 to fight the Syrian government, later joined ISIL.
Syrian Minister of National Reconciliation Ali Haidar said US airstrikes in Syria without the permission of Damascus would be an “attack on his country.”
He reminded the United States that international law dictates that any action, whether military or otherwise, needs Damascus’ approval.