As the Russian Analyst noted in our previous SITREP, there have been media reports in Russia of American troops being targeted by 'Syrian resistance' fighters with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and roadside ambushes. We know that one American soldier and one British servicemen were recently killed by an IED in Manbij, where the U.S./UK and France are trying to block their NATO allies the Turks from seizing the Kurdish held city and driving armed Kurds out. We also know that the Skripal case and the apparently miraculous healing of ex-GRU agent and MI6 asset Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia from poisoning with deadly novichok nerve agents is linked to what is happening in Syria. The linkage being the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), currently led by a Turkish career diplomat known for towing the NATO line, Ahmet Üzümcü.
Just as the OPCW is due to release its findings regarding what poisoned the Skripals, and when the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was reducing the last jihadi enclave near Damascus, suddenly a chemical attack takes place in Douma. The initial reports are confused, some saying chlorine gas was used, while others describe the civilian victims as having symptoms consistent with exposure to nerve agents like sarin. Regardless, the well-orchestrated psyops campaign on Twitter sought to create the appearance of outrage, particularly among President Donald Trump's deplorable supporters, against the Assad government.
Mindful of allegations from the new media the 'moderate rebels' gas civilians in order to blame Assad, and of Russia's warnings for weeks that the jihadists would carry out a chemical false flag attack in order to prompt U.S. air strikes, the deep state/British sock puppets like Tom Rogan are saying that Douma was surrounded by the SAA before Saturday's chemical attack. They claim therefore that it would have been impossible for the jihadists to smuggle poison gas components into the encircled pocket. The fact that the SAA found factories converted into labs where chlorine or other toxic gasses could be produced in large quantities while liberating East Ghouta was not mentioned in Rogan's Washington Examiner piece targeted to conservative Trump supporters. Ghouta of course, was the scene of the 2013 sarin gas attack that killed hundreds and which prompted then President Barack Obama to threaten strikes on Damascus before Russia intervened to offer a diplomatic solution, whereby Assad surrendered his chemical arsenal to the OPCW.
The Times of Israel is reporting that Iranian personnel were killed or injured in the most recent Tiyas strike, and the allegedly Iranian operated drone base at T4 was the starting point for a drone that flew into air space over the IDF-occupied Golan Heights. The IAF strike also happened after Damascus began massing troops freed up from the Ghouta operation to destroy the remaining jihadi pockets in the far south near the Golan, where Al-Qaeda has served as a 'buffer' for the Israelis.
We'll have much more to say about these developments later in the week, particularly if the neocons convince President Trump to foolishly launch more missile strikes on Syrian government forces, insisting that Russia and Iran will not dare to fight back. Do we think it's going to be World War III? Short answer: no. But we do think there will be a tough response from the Eurasian axis of Russia-China-Iran, even if it's asymmetrical.