Rex Tillerson Once Again Mentions “Safe Zones” In Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

It’s another day under a new administration and still we hear the rumblings of the plan to create “safe zones” in Syria. However, in characteristic Trump administration fashion, Department of State has yet to specify whether or not the “safe zones” in question will be the traditional “No-Fly Zone” of the Libyan variety or some other concoction of military force. Nevertheless, the political groundwork is currently being laid by the Secretary of State for their implementation whatever form they may take.

Speaking before the 68-war crime coalition of states backing the destruction of Syria, Rex Tillerson stated that the United States would set up “interim zones of stability” for the purpose of helping refugees return home. Fresh on the heels of criticizing Hillary Clinton for her slaughter of the Libyan people under the guise of a “No-Fly Zone,” Trump supporters will no doubt applaud the policy as a means to end the refugee crisis.

“The United States will increase our pressure on ISIS and al Qaeda and will work to establish interim zones of stability, through ceasefires, to allow refugees to return home,” Tillerson said.

Col. Joseph Scrocca, coalition spokesman, stated after the remarks that the U.S. military had not received any orders to create any type of “zones” in Syria.

Likewise, a final statement at the meeting made no mention of safe zones.

However, the fact that the Secretary of State is indeed mentioning them, as did the President during the Presidential campaign, is extremely concerning.

While it is entirely reasonable to begin scaling back America’s open immigration policies and influx of questionable refugees as well as sending them back to their home countries where possible, a “safe zone” in Syria is an entirely different ball game. “Safe Zones” as we know them mean war – plain and simple. After all, a “safe zone” must be enforced and how else can it be enforced but with ground troops and fighter jets?

Such has even been admitted by top U.S. Generals when explaining exactly what a No-Fly Zone would entail. As General Carter Ham stated,

We should make no bones about it. It first entails killing a lot of people and destroying the Syrian air defenses and those people who are manning those systems. And then it entails destroying the Syrian air force, preferably on the ground, in the air if necessary. This is a violent combat action that results in lots of casualties and increased risk to our own personnel.

General Philip Breedlove also echoed this description when he said,

I know it sounds stark, but what I always tell people when they talk to me about a no-fly zone is . . . it’s basically to start a war with that country because you are going to have to go in and kinetically take out their air defense capability

When Senator Roger Wicker asked Gen. Joe Dunford what it would take to impose a No-Fly Zone upon Syria, the General responded, “Right now… for us to control all of the airspace in Syria would require us to go to war against Syria and Russia.”

The idea of establishing a “safe zone” in Syria is, of course, not a new concept. In July, 2015, the agreement being discussed would have effectively created a “buffer zone” that would have spanned from the Turkish border line into Syria. It would have extended from Azaz in the East to Jarablus in the west and as far south as al-Bab. The width of the zone would have been about 68 miles and would have extended around 40 miles deep into Syria, right on the doorstep of Aleppo. That “Buffer Zone” was actually created with Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield and it has functioned as the last open, NATO-protected supply line for ISIS and its allies to enter Syria from Turkey.

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Many hoped that a Trump victory would finally mean the end of terrorism and destabilization in Syria. However, after more than two months in office, Trump is showing clear signs that he is as much an establishment figure as the rest as time moves on.

In the first interview with Western media since the election of Donald Trump, Assad decried the plan as a bad idea that would have no real ability to protect civilians or end the Syrian crisis.

When asked by the interviewer about Trump’s statement that he would “absolutely” create “safe zones” in Syria “for the Syrian people,” Assad responded by saying,

But actually, it won’t [protect civilians], it won’t. Safe zones for the Syrians could only happen when you have stability and security, where you don’t have terrorists, where you don’t have [the] flow and support of those terrorists by the neighboring countries or by Western countries. This is where you can have a natural safe zone, which is our country. They don’t need safe zones at all. It’s not a realistic idea at all.

When the interviewer pressed Assad on the fact that so many Syrians were displaced and thus “How can you oppose safe zones?” Assad pointed directly at the root of the problem. He stated,

The first thing you have to ask: why were they displaced? If you don’t answer that question, you cannot answer the rest. They were displaced for two reasons: first of all, the terrorist acts and the support from the outside. Second, the [U.S.] embargo on Syria. Many people didn’t only leave Syria because of the security issues. As you can see, Damascus is safe today, it’s nearly normal life, not completely.

But they don’t find a way for life in Syria, so they have to travel abroad in order to find their living. So, if you lift the embargo, and if you stop supporting the terrorists … I’m talking about everyone who supported terrorists, including the United States during Obama’s administration. If you stop all these acts, most of those people will go back to their country.

Indeed. In this short interview clip, Assad echoed the same sentiment and solutions that I and many other Syrian researchers and analysts have been saying from the beginning of the crisis:  i.e. if America wants to stop terrorism in Syria, it need only stop funding it, supporting it, and directing it. It’s that simple. The U.S. could also call on its allies Saudi Arabia, Turkey, U.K., France, Qatar, and Israel to do the same. It could work with Russia to eliminate the remnants of terrorist forces and it could provide information and coordinates to both Syria and Russia on the whereabouts of terrorists and terrorist forces.

We should call on the Trump administration to immediately end any and all support for armed groups in Syria, to press America’s allies to stop supporting terrorists, immediately begin rapprochement with Russia and Syria, and look toward the future of investment in rebuilding Syria as a country as well as immediately ending the sanctions currently in place against the Syrian people.

Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President, and Resisting The Empire: The Plan To Destroy Syria And How The Future Of The World Depends On The Outcome. Turbeville has published over 1000 articles on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. His website is He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at)

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15 Comments on "Rex Tillerson Once Again Mentions “Safe Zones” In Syria"

  1. We voted Trump to STOP interfering in other nations and bring the troops home. WTF is going on here!?

    • You mean you don’t remember me warning you about Trump? How he was part of the cabal just a different faction and that there was infighting going on? How he was selected years ago to be the next puppet? Trump is a puppet like the presidents before him. It will be business as usual as long as the cabal is in power. He like Obama and the others must be held accountable for the war crimes they commit.

      • I say 10 thumbs up on your post. keith

      • With thousands of posts I don’t have that recall. Look, Trump appeared to have a heart fely drive to make things better in this country. Beating out 16 pro politicians, then taking on the Clinton muder machine and all msm and still getting there the optimism of his supporters was a natural. We finally got someone in!

        From day one the obstructionist, seditious behavior of those more interested in their political party’s loss then the security and success of our nation has been a gauntlet of madness.

        Now, did he get taken in the basement and given the lecture with the real JFK film or something like thst, I don’t know. You talk with opinions not facts about his being “selected” so that doesn’t float with me. In fact all punditry falls short of anything but gossip.

        I don’t know what is going on but I haven’t written him off yet.

        • You don’t remember but I posted links of people stating he was selected to be president well before the election. You took a “we’ll see” attitude.
          I’m not stating opinions … the facts are out there for all to see and Trump actions clearly shows he is carrying on the torch Obama carried as far as Syria … Yemen … Libya. Trump’s people are continuing to commit war crimes and he will be held accountable.

          • While your activity may less then mone or memory better it doesn’t mstter. This commenting isn’t a pissing contest. At its best it is honest, bright eyed people sharing truths to the best of their abilty. We all know its worst.

            I daily lose any interest in many “issues” put into yhe meme by the controllers to divert attention from all the real things to be concerned with from Fukushima to chemtrails.

  2. Like they domestic “policies”, politicians think safe zones are an answer to their invading forces. Leave us (U.S.) alone, and other countries. What’s up, Trump?

  3. From Alex Jones to Gary Franchi, from LBJ to “The Don” – they’re all tools/ lackeys for the synagogue – Us? we’re just the fools who put on the uniforms and kill for them.

    God damn them all.

  4. The US has no authority to be in Syria or any of the other countries they illegally invaded and occupy.

  5. Supporters of president Trump want him to STOP assisting the leaders of the 1948 land-grant, fraudulently named “Israel,” to destroy nations they want to overtake and rename, Greater Israel. We do not care to have our children and grandchildren sacrificed for the fraudulent goals of an ethnic society that historically has engendered more terrorism than all other societies combined.
    The leadership of Syria, a sovereign nation, has the same right to attack the USofA as leaders of the USofA have to attack Syria.
    President Trump is being played as the fool by his military leaders who want to establish “safe zones” in Syria by destroying the defensive forces of Syria. Judaism´s leaders want to expand into Syria, when they should be forced out of the “occupied territory” into Ukraine.

    • Syria is being invaded, they are the victims as were all the countries of the middle east. All done by the lies of 9/11 by the criminals in charge of our gov. and military. keith

    • I have the impression Mr. Trump is a sideshow and that the real presidency is still the deep state?
      Like Bush and Cheney duo, in which Cheney was the real Boss.

  6. This piece seems so far off the track that I would describe it as “taqiya” created by liberals. The idea of safe zones is a key concept in allowing refugees in Syria some conflict-free area in their own country, and not forcing them to migrate overseas. At the same time, it would allow a safe area for refugees already overseas to return to. Whether a safe zone has to be a no-fly zone is a moot point, now that the US is not trying to overthrow Assad and support daesh.

    • “now that the US is not trying to overthrow Assad and support daesh” you wann lay off the Kool-aide there, Neville – US/Israeli policy has not changed – if anything Trump has doubled down with US troops now actively involved in the attack on Assad..

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