Syria: At Least 10 Civilians Killed in Suspected Jordan Strikes

    Syria: At Least 10 Civilians Killed in Suspected Jordan Strikes
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    The Facts

    • Local media in Syria's southern province of Sweida and activists reported on Thursday that at least 10 civilians, including two children and five women, were killed at dawn that day in airstrikes some have attributed to Jordan.

    • The air raids reportedly targeted the houses of two men identified as Omar Talab and Turki al-Halabi, in Orman and Malah, respectively, destroying them and three surrounding buildings.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    This airstrike cannot be justified as the targeting of drug smugglers — it needs to be called what it is, a massacre. Innocent women and children were callously killed by a careless Jordanian raid that once again violated Syrian territory. If Jordan genuinely wants to tackle the drug problem on the border, it must focus on drug smugglers and their backers instead of indiscriminately striking residential areas.

    Narrative B

    First and foremost, there's no evidence that Jordan is responsible for these deadly airstrikes in Syria. Those who have attributed them to Amman (mostly Syrian outlets) have jumped to such a conclusion based solely on the fact that the kingdom has legitimately intensified its campaign against drug smugglers to prevent them from infiltrating across the border.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 50% chance that Syria will no longer be classified as being in a state of civil war by February 2028, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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