Countdown Phase In Coming War With Russia
Source: Global Research
Russians Reported Killed in US Strikes in Syria
By Bill Van Auken • Global Research, February 10, 2018
Multiple reports indicate that Russian military contractors were among the dead in air and artillery strikes launched Wednesday by the US military in the northeastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor against forces loyal to the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
The Pentagon unleashed devastating firepower against the pro-government fighters on the pretext that they were mounting an attack against a headquarters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the US proxy ground force that is dominated by the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. US special forces troops directing the activities of the Kurdish proxies were stationed at the headquarters in the zone of influence carved out by the US intervention in Deir Ezzor, northeast of the Euphrates River.
Bombs and missiles were rained down upon the force, which reportedly included between 300 and 500 infantry, backed by tanks and artillery. US F15 fighter jets, Apache helicopters, AC-130 gunships and unmanned drones were all called in to attack the force, along with US artillery units.
According to Pentagon sources, 100 of the Syrian fighters were killed in the barrage. The Syrian government reported “dozens” killed in what it described as an unprovoked “massacre” and a “war crime.”
Iran’s Tasnim news agency quoted Syrian sources as reporting that several Russian military advisors were killed in the attack, which took place in the Khasham gas field in Eastern Deir Ezzor.
In the Washington Post, the newspaper’s columnist David Ignatius, who is well-connected to the US military and intelligence apparatus and is currently reporting from US-occupied areas in Syria, quoted a Kurdish militia commander working with the US special forces. The Kurdish commander, identified as General Hassan, told Ignatius that
“the casualties included some Russians, apparently from the mercenaries fighting alongside pro-regime forces.”
CNN, meanwhile, quoted Pentagon officials as saying that they were investigating reports of Russian casualties in the US strikes.
Moscow has insisted that it had no uniformed military personnel in the area, but Russian private military contractors have provided significant forces in support of the Assad government.
The attack, comes barely half a week after last Saturday’s shoot down of a Russian Su-25 fighter jet over Idlib province. The plane was brought down by a shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile, or MANPAD, most likely supplied by the CIA or Turkey to the so-called rebels dominated by Al Qaeda. A funeral for the pilot, Maj. Roman Filippov, who managed to eject but was killed on the ground fighting elements of the Al Nusra Front, was held in the southwestern Russian city of Voronezh Thursday, drawing some 30,000 people.
The two incidents have raised tensions in Syria between the two major nuclear powers to an unprecedented level.
The pretext for the illegal US military intervention in the country—the so-called war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—has evaporated, and its real motives emerged ever more openly. These include Syrian regime change, sought initially through the support of the CIA and the Pentagon for Al Qaeda-linked Islamist militias against the Assad government, and, more broadly combatting Iranian and Russian influence and continuing the bloody decades-old campaign for US hegemony over the oil rich Middle East.
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Source: Fort Russ
Ukrainian who mocked Russian pilot’s death dies the next day
February 6 , 2018 • Rusvesna – translated by Inessa Sinchougova
Yesterday in Dnepropetrovsk a well-known Ukrainian volunteer fighter, Leonid Krasnopolsky, was killed in a car accident. He was known for extremely Russophobic and extremist views.
His SUV swerved on a tight corner and crashed – as a result of which he died on the spot.
The day before his death, Krasnopolsky posted a status update in his social network, in which he mocked the death of the Russian Su-25 pilot in Syria.
“A rare case of instant karma”
“Like a boomerang,” commented internet users.
Where did the MANPAD come from? What country manufactured it and how did the MANPAD get into the hands of terrorists Russia is fighting against in Syria? Note that British news reporting on this shoot down have suggested there are more Russian-manufactured MANPADS in Syria and Turkey than American-manufactured MANPADS. A possible ruse typical of the British.
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