Syraq SITREP 58: Mattis Vows U.S. Will Stay in Syria Indefinitely, SAA Preparing Dara’a, Quneitra Offensive

Syraq SITREP 58: Mattis Vows U.S. Will Stay in Syria Indefinitely, SAA Preparing Dara’a, Quneitra Offensive

NOTE: This is our 58th Syraq SITREP written for RogueMoney. Barring any major U.S. or Israeli strikes in Syria, the Russian Analyst plans to publish fewer Syraq SITREPs on RM this summer.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing for a major offensive to liberate the southern part of the country from jihadists who serve as a buffer between Damascus southern outskirts and the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. This offensive will be led by the SAA’s elite Tiger Forces commanded by Brigadier General Suheil Hassan (portrayed with Russian airpower art on the left) and the 4th Armored Division.

However, Islamic State remnants which have been attacking across the Euphrates River from territory nominally controlled by the U.S. and its Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) allies forced the SAA to delay the big push south. Syrian government forces have beaten back Daesh at Abu Kamal, a city that borders Iraq’s Al-Qaim which is the overland linkage between Damascus and friendly forces from Baghdad. SAA units also went on the offensive against ISIS in the southeastern Badiya Al-Sham region, killing over 20 Daesh terrorists near Sweida. But SAA fighting with ISIS units operating from American controlled territory continues.

Speaking on Friday at a NATO forum in Brussels, Defense Secretary James Mattis vowed to keep U.S. occupation forces in Syria indefinitely after the elimination of the remaining ISIS pockets along the Syrian-Iraqi border, saying a hasty withdrawal of American troops would be a “strategic blunder”.

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Syraq SITREP 57: Assad Tells RT in Interview U.S. Troops Must Leave Syrian Territory They Illegally Occupy, Israeli-Russian Defense Ministers Meet in Moscow

Syraq SITREP 57: Assad Tells RT in Interview U.S. Troops Must Leave Syrian Territory They Illegally Occupy, Israeli-Russian Defense Ministers Meet in Moscow

It was the first time in a long time that an interview broadcast on Moscow’s government funded channel RT made global headlines. But Russian journalist Murad Gazdiev’s question, “I’m Sunni [Muslim], Mr. President. I have relatives who went to Syria to fight you. To stop you killing Sunnis. The Muslim world is convinced that you are…” took a back seat to Bashir al-Assad’s statement, that this spring Russian forces narrowly avoided direct clashes with the Americans ahead of the April 14 Anglo-American-French strikes, and that U.S. forces must leave sovereign Syrian territory they have illegally occupied in the Levant.

The American response, coming in a statement from the State Department, was that Coalition forces do not seek clashes with Syrian or Iranian-government backed units in the country, but would use necessary and proportionate force to defend themselves and their Kurdish partners. Yet as the deaths of several Russian and scores of Syrian soldiers in clashes with Islamic State terrorists recently showed, Daesh remains dangerous across the so-called badiya or Syrian desert stretching to the Iraqi border, where U.S. forces have conspicuously failed to finish ISIS remnants off. Pro-Damascus protests against the American presence and low level insurgency against the ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) Kurds’ occupation of historically Arab lands in and around Raqqa have also been admitted this week by The Washington Post.

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Trump Gets Neoconned -- Now What?

On Thursday night over fifty Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched from U.S. Navy ships in the Mediterranean against a Syrian base allegedly used by the Damascus government jets that bombed the town of Khan Sheikhoun, held by Al-Qaeda and allied jihadist groups, where some sort of poisonous agent is said to have killed scores of civilians earlier this week.

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Battle of Syraq, 2016 Year End SITREP (11): After Turkish Army Bloodied by ISIS at al-Bab, Erdogan Accuses Washington of Supporting Islamic State

Battle of Syraq, 2016 Year End SITREP (11): After Turkish Army Bloodied by ISIS at al-Bab, Erdogan Accuses Washington of Supporting Islamic State

The year opened with Russia and Turkey as enemies, exchanging economic blows and locked in proxy warfare across Syria in the aftermath of Turkey's treacherous shoot down of a Russian SU-24 bomber in November 2015. 2016 closes with Turkish president turned despotic strongman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accusing Washington and its allies of supporting not only the Kurdish militants of the PKK but also the Islamic State terrorists, plus rumors of Russian air strikes in support of Turkey's troops struggling to make gains against Daesh at al-Bab.

As the Russia Analyst predicted as far back as August 7, 2015, the Obama Administration would eventually try to make Erdogan the fall guy for the spectacular rise of ISIS, only to have the Sultan blame Washington in reply. We also predicted along with the rest of team RogueMoney and some friends of RM such as Dr. Jim Willie and Joseph P. Farrell, that Turkey would pivot East -- as the alternative would be winding up 'on the menu' with its own territorial integrity in question due to the Kurdish issue. We just did not envision it occurring in this way, with the Russian-Turkish-Iranian troika talking about a nationwide ceasefire across Syria in 2017, and the U.S. State Department and EUnuchs pointedly NOT invited to the peace table...

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