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October 05, 2017

Syria - Russia Issues Third Warning Against U.S. Cooperation With Terrorists

The Syrian Army was on its way across the Euphrates river to liberate the oil- and gas-fields east of Deir Ezzor city. The U.S. countered the move. It sent a small forces of Arab tribal mercenaries who were earlier allied with the Islamic State (ISIS). These proxy forces came from a northern direction and moved through Islamic State held areas without fighting and casualties up to the walls of Deir Ezzor city.

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The Syrian army was about to win the race when it started to cross the Euphrates. But it suddenly was surprised by a large al-Qaeda attack in southern Idleb province. That area had been quiet for months. 29 Russian troops who were supervising a deescalation zone there were nearly encircled by al-Qaeda forces. They only escape after an emergency relief operation had cut through al-Qaeda lines. The Russian Ministry of Defense accused the U.S. of having communicated the position of the Russian platoon to al-Qaeda.

Shortly thereafter a Russian general, visiting Deir Ezzor city to supervise the Euphrates bridge crossing, came under extremely well aimed mortar fire by the Islamic State. The general and two other high ranking officers were killed. During years of fighting around Deir Ezzor ISIS had never shown the capability for such a precise strike. Someone must have communicated with the terrorists and transferred the exact position of the local headquarter, as well as the time of the Russian general's visit.

A week later a concentrated ISIS attack on the main supply road between Palmyra and Deir Ezzor was attacked by a large number of ISIS forces. It is trying to retake al-Suknah in the middle between the two cities. The Russian Defense Ministry claims that the attacking ISIS forces came from southern areas of al-Tanf near the Jordan border which are under control of U.S. forces. Should ISIS take al-Suknah the Syrian-Russian contingent in Deir Ezzor would gain be cutoff.

Due to those three attacks the Syrian-Russian move towards the eastern oil-fields came to a near standstill. U.S. proxy forces are now slowly taking the area.

It seems obvious that the U.S. military is again cooperating with terrorist groups in Syria. There must be at least some information flow between U.S. intelligence and al-Qaeda and ISIS. It seems that deconflicition data the Syrian-Russian alliance is sharing with U.S. forces in Syria is ending up in the hands of the extremists. This explains how al-Qaeda and ISIS can suddenly and very precisely attack critical Syrian and Russian positions which are known to only very few people.

The Russian have protested several times and had warned the U.S. not to continue with their nefarious scheming. The third severe warning came yesterday with statements by the Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and direct accusation against the U.S. military by the spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry.

In an interview with the semi-official Saudi paper Asharq al-Awsat Foreign Minister Lavrov was extraordinary frank (the full interview was covered only in the Arabic edition). Interfax recapitulates:

"The US-led forces' activities in Syria cause many questions. In some cases these forces mount allegedly accidental strikes against the Syrian Armed Forces, after which the Islamic State counterattacks, in other cases they inspire other terrorists to attack strategic locations over which official Damascus has restored its legitimate authority, or stage fatal provocations against our military personnel. I would also mention numerous "accidental" strikes against civilian infrastructure that have taken hundreds of civilian lives," Lavrov said in an interview with the Asharq Al-Awsat pan-Arab newspaper ahead of the Russian visit of Saudi King Salman al-Saud.

These accusations, from a very high level of the Russian Federation hierarchy, should not be ignored. But the "western" media were silent over Lavrov's accusations. Only AFP picked up some bits but missed the central point.

The Russian Defense Ministry was even more direct:

A spokesman for Russia's Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that a series of attacks launched by Islamic State in Syria on government forces had come from an area near the border with Jordan where a US military mission was located.

The spokesman, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, said in a statement the attackers had the precise coordinates of the Syrian government forces, which could only have been obtained through aerial reconnaissance.

Konashenkov accused the U.S. of "flirtation" with the terrorists and warned that, should similar happen again, Russia will take severe countermeasures.

While these accusations fly, and the relation between U.S and Russian contingents in Syria further deteriorate, Russian diplomacy is winning the day.

Last week the Russian President Putin visited Turkey. (At about the same time the Egyptian chief of intelligence was also in Ankara. He allegedly met his Turkish colleague. A few days later he visited Damascus.) Yesterday the Saudi King arrived in Moscow for an unprecedented visit. Meanwhile the Turkish president Erdogan touched down in Tehran in an unusual amikal atmosphere.

Instead of reporting on diplomacy and the increasing chances of a military conflict between super powers in Syria, U.S. media asks if Secretary of State Tillerson called President Trump a "moron" or a "fucking moron". (For the record - the NBC journalist who overheard Tillerson's outburst says it was "fucking moron".)

There have now been three significant incidents against the Russian-Syrian alliance in which, according to Russia, U.S. malignancy played a role. Each time Russian officials warned of consequences. To some extend the U.S. hostility is incited by Israeli nagging. But the record shows that CentCom, the U.S. military command in the Middle East, is overtly aggressive and not always following Washington's line. It is high time for the White House to get the situation under control.

The bear is a docile animal. But it should not be provoked. There is reason to believe that the Russian forces and their allies in the Middle East have the ability to surprise the U.S. military with unforeseen and deadly moves.

Should these U.S. provocations continue Moscow will have no choice but to order harsh retaliations.

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Guess - Nikki Haley represents the US weapons industry?

Posted by: somebody | Oct 6, 2017 10:15:12 AM | 101

Arms trade is fun

Gun companies are suffering a sales slump under the Trump administration.

But a regulatory change could give them a boost overseas.

The administration is considering shifting oversight of gun exports from the State Department to the Commerce Department. The proposed change would treat handguns more like commodities and less like military weapons, and loosen the bureaucracy for gun manufacturers.
Gun sales slowed precipitously after Donald Trump won the presidency. Gun buyers had stocked up because they feared Hillary Clinton would win and push for tighter gun control. When she lost, that fear evaporated, and sales slumped.

Analysts point out that U.S. companies will only benefit if demand for guns exists in those other countries.

"Just because you can sell them doesn't mean that people want to buy them," said Rogers. "It's not like the Europeans are lining up to import handguns from the U.S."

Posted by: somebody | Oct 6, 2017 10:22:15 AM | 102

Nuff Sed #95 ...The problem with Thierry, bless his heart, is that his penchant for sodomy has him all cross-eyed ...

Whereas, you, bless your heart, well... who knows what your penchants are. Coprophagia? perhaps cannibalism? kiddie-fiddler, perhaps? Of course, we will never know about Nuff Sed's proclivities. But, thank you, we "know" what Meyssan's are, and oh how valuable that knowledge is in making sense of the USA's geopolitical machinations.

Posted by: Petra | Oct 6, 2017 10:37:10 AM | 103

Mercouris has a good piece on US plan C for Syria, with US moving from enablement of ISIS to working directly with ISIS.
Has the US been using targeting killings of various ISIS leadership over the last couple of years to allow US "assets" to move into leadership positions to the point where US military is safe with and can operate alongside ISIS rank and file?
Mercouris last piece on Bagdaddi still being alive, I am not so sure about. Bagdaddi was revived when the remanants of ISIS needed to be thrown at the SAA in a last ditch effort to prevent or slow their advance on the Omar oilfields.

Posted by: Peter AU 1 | Oct 6, 2017 10:38:48 AM | 104

And the LasVegas shootup, coming just when Russia is directly and officialy accusing US of working with ISIS in Syria. Too much of a coincidence. Generally five-eyes has been relitavly safe from "ISIS" attack, just a few minor incidents to help push throigh new security/population surveilance laws.

Posted by: Peter AU 1 | Oct 6, 2017 10:57:55 AM | 105


NOKO is too hot a nest of wasps to go after.

Iran is a softer target and more urgent for the dog waggers. So expect the brilliant brass
to come up with a "Tonkin incident" in the gulf in order to accuse Iran of the deed and
"solve" this lingering "problem".

Do not forget that the Saudi Kings visit to Russia shows clearly that the Sauds want to
do away with their dependency on the US and their subservience to Israel whose planes
they fear.

Before the world as we know it unravels, and before the dollar is defeated, the US will take out
a few of the players while they can.

Venezuela could be in the cross hairs too as this is a sweet and soft target. Deprives
Russia of a foothold in the area.

But surely, something is afoot.

Posted by: CarlD | Oct 6, 2017 11:18:46 AM | 106

#97 & 98
Dusty... PeaPro must have covered the long dirt roads, downunder in Summer heat, to connect the dots from some great sandy deserts to... Port Arthur.

Posted by: kpax | Oct 6, 2017 11:19:00 AM | 107

not sure what is up with some of the commentary... i guess i will continue to ignore it..

Posted by: james | Oct 6, 2017 11:30:31 AM | 108

Does "3 Strikes and you're out" count ?

Posted by: Freespirit | Oct 6, 2017 11:50:09 AM | 109

Alexander P:
I am not up on the history of that war; just going on personal accounts of friends who were there. Of course their views are biased. Anyway, all I can say is that the whole Ottoman foray into Europe, and all of the "Islamic" wars of aggression for that matter, are considered by myself and the consensus of Shi'a scholarly opinion to be illegitimate. If there was any way to turn back the clock to give Constantinople back to Byzantium, I would do it. But as there is not, I say: Long Live the Third Rome!

Thank you for your prayers.

Posted by: Nuff Sed | Oct 6, 2017 11:52:54 AM | 110

Mayadin is about to be liberated by SAA's elite Tiger Forces. Look for an aggressive river crossing and storming of Omar hydrocarbon complex. Then Southward to al-Bukamal and Iraqi border. Scroll to bottom for latest news and maps,

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 6, 2017 11:55:21 AM | 111

@40, OJS

You gotta rethink what going on in Putin mind about Syria!

There is a famous anecdote about two bulls, a young one and an old one, standing on the hill observing the herd of cows in the valley. There is nothing to "rethink", it was going on, with some inevitable tactical adjustments, from the get go.

Posted by: SmoothieX12 | Oct 6, 2017 12:12:25 PM | 112

USA, israel and their proxies can keep poking the bear and lion and snake and wasp and weasel in Syria all they like: won't make any difference to the end result anyway:

Posted by: Taxi | Oct 6, 2017 12:18:53 PM | 113

Pepe Escobar surveys the situation post-referendum and sees "shadow play" dominating the scene,

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 6, 2017 12:23:38 PM | 114


Trump, " we have had challenges that we really should have taken care of a long time ago, ... the revisionist powers that threaten our interests all around the world"

Oy vey, the word is revanchist. DT has become a Neocon sock puppet and isn't even saying the lines correctly unless he is worried about the Russians infiltrating the libraries and re-writing historical events, 'Benedict Arnold, the victim'.

I wonder if he knows that this term is traditionally applied to Russia. During the campaign, I loved it when he said to Jeb Bush, 'we can't fight everyone', now he is Jeb Bush.

Posted by: Christian Chuba | Oct 6, 2017 12:25:39 PM | 115

Andrew Mercouris also writes about the Kurd situation and what he calls the Outlaw US Empire's "Plan C" for the region and greatly supplements Escobar's essay,

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 6, 2017 12:38:10 PM | 116

Had a tweet yesterday telling me you were Russian disinformation. Can't remember the account, (Peggy something) I simply blocked it
without replying. I suspect the account was an automated bot because my tweet linking one of your articles was over a week old.
Also, the account had around 4k followers and 4k following, which is odd. The account profile was odd as well,
"Irish-American mom of two..," etc. Just an FYI. Clumsy and *very* amateurish psyops IMHO, almost childlike.

Posted by: Jonesy | Oct 6, 2017 1:00:59 PM | 117

@113 taxi... thanks for sharing your perspective.. it sounds very real to me what you articulate and the words of nasrullah in this instance taking on real significance..

Posted by: james | Oct 6, 2017 1:16:19 PM | 118

@111 karlof1.. thanks for the link/s... interesting developments...

charles d. charles drake, 5 dancing shlomos, and etc. etc.. keep the hasbara updates flowing, lol...

Posted by: james | Oct 6, 2017 1:27:10 PM | 119

Some people believe that Congress must declare war before Trump sends the

They forget that that war has been declared in 1950 and never ended.

We are legally living a lull in combats, a ceasefire but Congress gave
the go ahead back in 1950.

Posted by: CarlD | Oct 6, 2017 1:38:23 PM | 120


I was referring to the Korean War.

Posted by: CarlD | Oct 6, 2017 1:39:56 PM | 121

CarlD | Oct 6, 2017 1:38:23 PM | 122 --

My take on recent US presidents is that they ask Congress to declare war or enact some bill which gives the executive the OK to go to war when the prez does NOT want to actually go to war. If the prez doesn't ask Congress for any input it's bcz the prez really wants to do the war dance. Often to push up favorability poll numbers.

Posted by: jawbone | Oct 6, 2017 3:07:21 PM | 122

says the crypto zionista, lol...

Posted by: james | Oct 6, 2017 7:06:43 PM | 123

CarlD 106 - Along those lines, history demonstrates that:

The USA has never attacked any nation that could offer any legitimate defense.

It has exclusively attacked only defenseless nations.

C Chuba 115 -

Trump caught, red-handed, regurgitating words written from a script, in the style of Dubya.

Posted by: fast freddy | Oct 6, 2017 10:31:45 PM | 124

Posted by: flankerbandit | Oct 5, 2017 6:21:55 PM | 64

Thanks for this level-headed post. Overall, Syrian-Russian stock is rising even if it takes the occasional panic-inducing dip. Keep the big picture in mind.
I am very impressed with the Russian approach. Professional in every way. The constant references to "Our American Partners" while taking the high ground in the face of bald treachery is directed to the International audience and has the long-term (strategic) effect of demonstrating American perfidy in 3D. When a country becomes "non-agreement capable" that country becomes the true pariah.
The only thing holding back the world from full revolt is the capacity of the insane "non-agreement capable" US to wreak havoc.

Posted by: Activist Potato | Oct 7, 2017 2:40:33 AM | 125

As we all know, this Syrian War is effectively over.

The US lost and lost big time and got their arses handed to them. They'll soon be going home when they recognise their defeat.

Posted by: Julian | Oct 8, 2017 9:28:03 AM | 126

OJS #44

As I recall, Lenin's saying was this: "The capitalists will sell us the very rope with which we will hang them". Compare to Khrushchev's remark: "Capitalists, we will bury you!"

Posted by: Guðrún Ósvífursdóttir | Oct 8, 2017 12:46:50 PM | 127

@49 financial matters

The empire will collapse and the nation will consume itself within our lifetimes if we do not wrest power from those who rule the corporate state.

Yup, but the one thing never discussed by much of "the left" is the economy, namely capitalism, and the damage it is doing to all of us. Ironic that the mainstream "left" and "right" both accept and even defend oligarchical global capitalism.

Posted by: Temporarily Sane | Oct 8, 2017 8:41:55 PM | 128

The SAA has now essentially surrounded the eastern approaches to Al-Mayadin.

I'm now wondering if the pointy end of the SAA (Tiger forces) will now try to jump the Euphrates at Buqras (just north of Al-Mayadin) in an attempt to thwart Yankee/SDF plans to take the entire part of sovereign Syrian territory east of the Euphrates, and take the remaining IS-controlled oilfields there. And stop any further advances south by SDF. Logistics/supplies will be difficult.

Posted by: Ant. | Oct 12, 2017 11:35:55 AM | 129

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