On March 30, Master Sergeant Jonathan J. Dunbar, an American soldier, was killed in by an IED roadside bomb in Syria. He was part of Operation Inherent Resolve. Also killed was British serviceman Sergeant Matt Tonroe. Who killed Master Sergeant Jonathan Dunbar?Knowing who did may unravel some factors behind the President saying the U.S. is leaving Syria.
We believe there are several culprits who committed this act of terror. Either directly or through proxy.
First suspect is ISIS. The region where the attack took place remains fraught with danger from the remnants of ISIS and its terror. ISIS, however, was defeated soundly. Its remaining and tired fighters scattered across the Muslim world. If ISIS, why did the terror organization wait so long to commit its act of terror? Furthermore, ISIS mode de guerre are suicidal attacks, not IEDs. When they exact revenge, they dress their fools with explosive belts or vests.
Second suspect is Iran. Is it possible that the terrorist Ayatollahs were unhappy with the John Bolton choice as the new National Security Adviser? So they sent a message that any threats to their regime will exact a toll on U.S. forces in Syria. Just as they did in Iraq using the same signature weapon. It is also quite probable Iran ordered the attack using ISIS leftovers to send two messages: We can kill you and we can revive ISIS.
When on the defense, go offense. Iran may have used this tactic to discourage any Boltonian regime change idea the President had in mind when he selected one of the most hawkish man in Washington to lead the NSC.
The Pentagon had intelligence that an Iranian attack was imminent. On March 29 or before, it briefed the president. In its briefing, the Pentagon discussed one sensible solution for the U.S. to pull its forces out of Syria. The president, as usual, blurted the Syria exit option to the crowd in Ohio. What the top Pentagon leaders discussed secretly as an option now became public. It became policy. The next day, Iran, sensing victory, terrorized our troops anyway to insure Trump stays on que.
One would always wonder, had Trump been more discreet, maybe Master Sergeant Jonathan Dunbar might be alive today.
Of course, the above scenario could be totally wrong. But, we have a hunch.
Who killed Master Sergeant Jonathan Dunbar? We believe Iran is behind his killing. One cannot ignore the use of IEDs to carry out this cowardly act. How will the Pentagon responds remains to be seen. Pentagon officials may have to wait a long time before they are able to brief the president again. He golfed for a 7-hour marathon a day after Dunbar was killed in Syria.