On May 18 U.S. jets attacked a convoy of Syrian military National Defense Forces and Shi’a Hezbollah/Iraqi allies west of the al-Tanf border crossing, which has been seized by American and British special forces. The air strike killed six pro-Syrian government combatants, and was claimed by the Americans to have targeted Iranian backed Shi’a militia rather than the Syrian Arab Army. However, the next time U.S. jets based in Jordan try to bomb Syrian forces in the area, they may spot the distinct profile of Sukhoi 30s on the horizon or hear the growl warning of Pantsir SAM radars in their headsets...Read More
The Empire -- or its Saudi Arabia-n and Qatari foreign legion with some wink and nod help from the dirty deep state in 'the (post)West' -- has struck back. After whining for weeks about the Syrian Arab Army grinding down Washington and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)'s special snowflake jihadists and vastly exaggerating the number of east Aleppans held hostage by the same, the lame duck Obama Administration has admitted the proxy battle for Aleppo is lost. Yet hundreds of kilometers to the south, in the desert oasis city of Palmyra, ISIS has struck back without a single documented U.S. led coalition air strike to check its advance. Just like when ISIL conquered the city in 2015, executing its archaeologist in residence while pillaging priceless civilizational heritage, and Obama didn't permit a damned thing to be bombed near the Daeshbags.
Robert Ford, the terrorist empowering former American Ambassador to Syria, and neocon Daeshbag propaganda specialist Michael D. Weiss of The Daily Beast can scarcely contain their glee. Of course, since taking Palmyra seems to be easier than holding it in a valley surrounded by open deserts, the end result is likely to be hundreds of barbecued ISIS terrorists once the Russians, who had pulled out of the city two days before it fell, return with a couple of TOS-1 Buratino air bursting rocket flamethrowers.
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On Tuesday the U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby denied under reporters' questioning that Washington has been covertly arming the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria. The awkward questions came after German journalist Jörg Todenhöfer, who has spent more time interviewing the jihadists both ISIS and 'non' ISIS over the last five years of conflict than perhaps any (post)Western reporter, published the boasts of an alleged Al-Nusra commander about receiving hands on technical support as well as TOW missiles from Americans, Israelis and their Sunni Persian Gulf state allies inside Syria.
Naturally, the response of the mainstream media has been to ignore the interview. Neocon trolls and 'Free Syrian Army' (FSA) fanboys, many of them paid Washington think tank shills for Saudi Arabia or Qatar, have insisted 'the Assad regime' faked the Todenhöfer interview using an actor playing the terrorist. But Damascus has been adamant that not only is the CIA directly arming al-Nusra, bypassing the 'moderate' FSA middlemen, but that the Syrians have recorded audio of U.S. military members engaged in direct radio contact with ISIS before the Deir Ez Zor strike of September 17 killed over 62 Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers. That audio has yet to be released by the Syrians, but Todenhöfer isn't backing down against critics attacking him or the authenticity of the interview.Read More
The filmed stream of curses for American special forces soldiers happened this week in the Syrian-Turkish border town of Al-Rai, occupied by U.S. and Turkey-backed 'moderate' 'Free Syrian Army' jihadis.
Sens. John McCain, Mrs. John McCain Lindsey Graham, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, The Daily Beast's Michael D. Weiss, Bellingcat's Eliot Higgins, Charles 'Doha/Ahrar-al-Sham' Lister, Hillary 'muh No Fly Zone to protect these bastards from getting bombed by Russia' Clinton and many other advocates for the 'moderates' of the 'Free Syrian Army' could apparently not be reached for comment on this. Perhaps they'll just memory hole the whole thing and pretend it never happened with a lot of help from the press -- but that didn't exactly work in covering up #HillarysHealth due to that whole viral YouTube videos thing. Another example of what the Guerrilla calls the Obso-elites stupidity and incompetence.
As Italy-based American expat writer Theodore Robert Beale aka Vox Day says, "There is clearly some brilliant stategery taking place in the Pentagon these days. These gentlemen are clearly ready to fight WWIII against a Sino-Russian alliance."Read More
NOTE: This post was updated at 01:30 Eastern time Sunday, August 21, 2016 to better reflect the broader context of Russia, China and Iran's closely coordinated military moves in the Mideast.
The Eurasian axis continued to broaden the cooperation among its members this week as Russia began operating out of an Iranian air base to bomb ISIS and other jihadist targets in Syria. The deployment of the Tu-22M-3s "Backfire" bombers to Nojeh Air Base outside Hamadan, Iran significantly reduces fuel costs and flight time for the crews and increases the bomb loads they can carry. It also increases the tempo of 'carpet bombing' strikes the Russian Air Force can carry out whenever ISIS masses to attack supply lines to Palmyra or Aleppo.
Most importantly for the Middle East and global geopolitics, Moscow and Tehran are again affirming to Washington, Riyadh and Tel Aviv that their alliance is real and enduring in Syria, as well as in other flashpoints like Yemen.Read More
No wonder the Guerrilla Economist and Team RogueMoney's friend John B. Wells of the Caravan to Midnight program calls them 'USIS' --
The Islamic State has released video it says shows the shoot down of a Russian piloted Syrian Air Force Mi-24 helicopter gunship east of Palmyra this weekend. The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed that the two pilots on board were killed when the chopper crashed after making a low altitude strafing run in support of the Syrian Arab Army units engaged in combat with the Daesh terrorists. Several things are notable about this incident but it's interesting to notice:
1) The Russian Defense Ministry says ISIS used a TOW anti-tank missile, of the type that the CIA supposedly only supplied to vetted 'moderate' Syrian rebels, but which also was used to down a Russian rescue helicopter last November after Turkey's ambush downing of a SU-24 bomber inside Syrian air space. The perpetrators of that ambush who were part of the 'Free Syrian Army' Latakia 'Coastal Brigades' were caught by the Syrian Arab Army.
2) The usual neocon (Trotyskite and now pro-Sunni Salafist sectarian), NATO-linked Atlantic Council Bellingcat and supposed ISIS expert commentators are letting the masks slip, tweeting 'Free Syrian Army' fanboys' glee over the shoot down:Read More