While the NFL is Coming Apart at the Seams in the US, America and Russia Are at War In Syria
Source: Moon of Alabama
Syria – U.S. CentCom Declares War On Russia
September 25, 2017
Yesterday three high ranking Russian officers were killed in an “ISIS attack” in eastern-Syrian. It is likely that they were killed by U.S. special forces or insurgents under U.S. special forces control. The incident will be understood as a declaration of war.
The U.S. Central Command in the Middle East wants the oil fields in east-Syria under control of its proxy forces to set up and control a U.S. aligned Kurdish mini-state in the area. The Syrian government, allied with Russia, needs the revenues of the oil fields to rebuild the country.
Last week the Russians issued sharply worded statements against U.S. coordination with al-Qaeda terrorists in Idleb province and warned of further escalation.
Yesterday the Russian Ministry of Defense accused the U.S. military in east-Syria of direct collaboration with the Islamic State:
US Army special units provide free passage for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) through the battle formations of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists, the ministry said in a statement.
“Facing no resistance of the ISIS militants, the SDF units are advancing along the left shore of the Euphrates towards Deir ez-Zor,” the statement reads.
The newly released images “clearly show that US special ops are stationed at the outposts previously set up by ISIS militants.”
“Despite that the US strongholds being located in the ISIS areas, no screening patrol has been organized at them,” the Russian Ministry of Defense said.
This map marks the currently relevant conflict area – (U.S. proxies – yellow, SAA – red, ISIS – black):
The accusations are plausible. Large parts of ISIS in Deir Ezzor consist of local tribal forces from eastern Syria. U.S. special envoy Brett McGurk recently met tribal leaders who had earlier pledged allegiance to ISIS. Deals were made. As we wrote:
The U.S. diplomat tasked with the job, Brett McGurk, recently met with local tribal dignitaries of the area. Pictures of the meeting were published. Several people pointed out that the very same dignitaries were earlier pictured swearing allegiance to the Islamic State.
Just like during the “Anbar Awaking” in its war on Iraq the U.S. is bribing the local radicals to temporarily change over to its side. This will help the U.S. to claim that it defeated ISIS. But as soon as the payments stop the very same forces will revert back to their old game.
Last night a Russian three-star general and two colonels were killed in a mortar attack while they visited a Syrian army headquarters in Deir Ezzor:
Lieutenant-General Valery Asapov, of the Russian armed forces, has been killed after coming under shelling from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants near Deir ez-Zor, the Russian Defense Ministry has announced.
In its statement, the ministry said that Asapov was at a command outpost manned by Syrian troops, assisting commanders in the liberation of the city of Deir ez-Zor.
Lieutenant-General Valery Asapov is the highest-ranking Russian officer to be killed in the Syrian campaign. He was a commander of the 5th Army in Russia’s Eastern Military District, one of the four strategic commands in the Russian Armed Forces. The army is based in Russia’s Far East, in the city of Ussuriysk, some 98 km (61 miles) from Vladivostok.
For three years ISIS had besieged Syrian troops in Deir Ezzor city and its airport. It had not once managed to successfully attack the Syrian headquarters or to kill high ranking officers. Now, as U.S. proxy forces “advised” by U.S. special forces, have taken position north of Deir Ezzor, “ISIS” suddenly has the intelligence data and precision mortar capabilities to kill a bunch of visiting Russian officers?
That is not plausible. No one in Damascus, Baghdad, Tehran or Moscow will believe that.
The Russian military, as usual, reacts calmly and officially attributes the attack to ISIS. Doing so avoids pressure to immediately react to the attack. (The U.S. will falsely interpret this as a face-saving Russian retreat.)
But no one in Moscow will believe that the incident is independent of other recent maneuvers by the U.S. forces and independent of the earlier accusations the Russian military made against the U.S. forces.
Nominally the U.S. and Russia are both in Syria to fight the Islamic State. The Russian troops are legitimately there, having been invited by the Syrian government. The U.S. forces have no legal justification for their presence. So far open hostilities between the two sides had been avoided. But as the U.S. now obviously sets out to split Syria apart, openly cooperates with terrorists and does not even refrain from killing Russian officers, the gloves will have to come off.
U.S. Central Command has declared war on the Russian contingent in Syria. A high ranking Russian general was killed. This inevitably requires a reaction. The response does not necessarily have to come from Russian forces. Moscow has many capable allies in the area. The response does not necessarily have to come in Syria.
“Accidents” and “incidents”, like an “ISIS mortar attacks”, or unintentional bombing of troop concentration of the other side, can happen on both sides of the front. Cars can blow up, bridges can collapse. Any U.S. officer or civilian official in the larger Middle East should be aware that they too are now targets.
Related to the above news:
Source: Fort Russ
Syria has information about US helicopters evacuating terrorists, blames Erdogan for Kurdistan referendum
September 26th, 2017 • Fort Russ News • Al Mayadeen • translated by Samer Hussein
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mouallem said the Syrian authorities obtained information, based on eyewitness accounts, that US helicopters are evacuating the fleeing terrorists and are transporting them elsewhere.
In an interview with Al Mayadeen channel, Mouallem said that Washington’s forces pick up the terrorists and then transport them to various battlefields.
The Syrian Foreign Minister noted that what is happening in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and northern Syria right now comes as a result of the Turkish support for terrorists, stressing that once Turkey realized it failed to achieve its objectives in Syria and could no longer get a hold of the situation, the Kurdish issue emerged.
In this context, Moallem pointed out that he informed the Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al Jaafari that Syria recognizes a unified Iraq and that any step towards its partition are being slowly rejected by Damascus.
He then expressed his deep regret over the death of Russian General Valery Asapov, stressing that the legitimate Russian presence must be distinguished from the illegal American presence which he described as aggression against Syria’s sovereignty.
The Syrian minister noted that ISIS terrorists received information about the exact location of the Russian general, and what eventually allowed them to target his position in Deir Ez Zour.
He accused the US Air Force of killing thousands of civilians in the rural areas of Raqqah and Deir Ez Zour, done under the false pretext of bombing ISIS. “The United States has no interest in eradicating terrorism”, he said.
He expressed his belief that Syria began writing the last chapter of its crisis, first and foremost thanks to the victories of its army and the aligned forces, while also noting that there is a sudden shift in positions of some states that formerly used to support the terrorists.
In a related context, Mouallem pointed out that the Syrian government in Damascus guarantees the safety to all Syrian citizens who want to return to Syria, though it cannot force anyone to return.
On the meeting with his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil, Mouallem said the meeting was sincere and based on the close cultural and geographical ties between the countries. “I was happy to meet with our brother Gebran Bassil”, he said.
Regarding the Lebanese political groups that supported the terrorists, Mouallem said that those responsible for the crimes against the Syrian civilians will eventually hold themselves accountable.
Please go to Fort Russ to read the entire article.
Trump Ups the Stakes in Syria
Septmeber 26, 2017
Trump is a businessman, a geopolitical no-nothing. Delegating warmaking to hawkish generals was a reckless act.
He doesn’t immerse himself in details, largely stays disengaged from policymaking complexities, lets others handle them.
Generals love wars, how they advance in rank and find lucrative post-military careers as corporate board members, TV commentators, and other ways to get rich.
It’s unclear what Trump knows about daily US operations in multiple war theaters, conducted by generals in command, led by administration ones and joint chiefs of staff.
Syria is different from other US war theaters, Russia and America actively involved, communicating but not cooperating with each other. Their agendas are world’s apart, seeds of possible conflict between them.
US terror-bombing in Syria began a year before Russia’s intervention at the request of Damascus, operating legally in stark contrast to America’s aggression, supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups, not combating them like Russia.
Moscow is eating Washington’s lunch in Syria, defeating its imperial agenda, a huge embarrassment to generals needing successes to advance their careers, making Trump look foolish by waging losing wars in at least two theaters – accomplishing nothing but bloodshed and destruction in them all.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov blasted Washington for the deaths of General Valery Asapov and two colonels – calling the tragedy “the price paid with blood for the hypocrisy of American policy in Syria.”
He effectively accused the Trump administration of assassinating them, payback for Russian military successes, foiling America’s imperial objectives – along with accusing Washington of supporting ISIS, not combating it, what Russia has known all along, but refrained from public accusations – until now.
Please go to Stephen Lendman‘s website to read the entire essay.
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