Syraq SITREP 48: Russian MoD Says Syria Shot Down More Than 2/3rds of Anglo-American-French Missiles, Pentagon Insists Not a Single Missile Downed by Damascus Defenders

Syraq SITREP 48: Russian MoD Says Syria Shot Down More Than 2/3rds of Anglo-American-French Missiles, Pentagon Insists Not a Single Missile Downed by Damascus Defenders

Nearly two days have passed, multiple satellite photographs of destroyed buildings have been released to the world since Saturday morning's U.S.-British-French missile strikes in Syria...and the Pentagon has a serious problem. An issue much larger than just 'PR' or the 'Russian disinformation' that Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned about, which is said to have included trolling activity increasing by 2,000% (from what baseline and over which period of time this percentage increase was recorded, the DoD spokesmen and women wouldn't say).

Perhaps in part because the blow was telegraphed last week by President Trump's tweet taunting Russians that the shiny new 'smart missiles' were coming, or due to the limited scope of targeting (just three sites allegedly related to a covert Syrian chemical weapons program), or just plain hubris and smug underestimation of Syria's defenders and their Russian big brothers watching the skies -- the attack was a dud. Such that even those who rushed to praise President Trump for striking Assad the alleged chemical bomber of children were left disappointed, pining for more multi-100 million dollar fireworks to show Vladimir Putin who's the global superpower boss.

While the Russian Analyst does not know if Moscow's tally of 71 out of 103 missiles fired from US-UK-French warships and aircraft intercepted is accurate...we can confidently assess that the U.S. Department of Offense spokesman's claims -- that every missile fired hit its intended target and that there were no launch failures or weapons falling short -- is false. We also know the Pentagon, likely due to the current hysteria over all things Russian in Washington, denied giving Moscow any strike warning on Friday beyond the usual deconfliction channels -- whereas the French immediately contradicted that point. What remains to be seen is how much wreckage from downed Tomahawk and StormShadow (French and British deployed) missiles the Russian generals will present in Damascus as proof their American counterparts are lying.

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War Hype Around North Korea—While Steps Are Being Taken To Begin Talks

War Hype Around North Korea—While Steps Are Being Taken To Begin Talks

While the legacy and alternative media hype surrounding a potential war on the Korean Peninsula is approaching a crescendo, Executive Intelligence Review (EIR) reports quiet diplomacy is underway to defuse tensions. This week Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov affirmed Moscow's stance that a nuclear North Korea is unacceptable, while repeating Russia's 'freeze for freeze' offer to Pyongyang for suspension of major U.S. and South Korean exercises in return for the North freezing its ballistic missile and nuclear testing activities. China warned through state owned media that a missile attack by the North against the U.S. would be unacceptable and lead to Chinese neutrality (read: a potential economic blockade against Pyongyang), while warning against any American attack on North Korea. In short, the Eurasian giants China and Russia appear to be coordinating their diplomatic overtures to Washington.

For this reason, the Russia Analyst concurs with the Guerrilla Economist, London Paul and W the Intelligence Insider that a second Korean War is exceedingly unlikely to break out in the near future. -- JWS

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Putin Spokesman Peskov: Trump is Not Our Man, He's America's Man; More Reasons for the Failing Soft Coup Against the President

Putin Spokesman Peskov: Trump is Not Our Man, He's America's Man; More Reasons for the Failing Soft Coup Against the President

Our Inauguration Day trolling of the Social Justice Cold Warriors (SJCWs) aside, it's good to hear the realism reflected in the statements of Russian officials, led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Medvedev told reporters over the weekend that Russia should not count on any swift lifting of U.S. and EU economic sanctions, saying that no election will immediately shift that equation. Not only is that a reference to the fact that media, McCainiacs in Congress' and Atlanticist bureaucratic pressure won't permit President Donald J. Trump to make the kind of rapid changes some in Russia had hoped for, but also to the reality that it will be difficult for the anti-sanctions, Crimea-is-Russian recognizing candidate Marine Le Pen to win in France. Though we suspect many European Union sanctions against Russia will continue to be quietly dropped or ignored by multiple countries, from southeastern Europe's Greece on up to Germany and even 'frontline state' Finland.

As Dmitry Peskov said, Trump is his own -- and America's -- man. Not Putin's or anybody else's, which why the soft coup attempt smears of him as the Kremlin's Siberian candidate will keep failing.

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