Syraq SITREP 56: Russian Casualties from ISIS Attack, Israel-Iran Negotiations Via Jordan

Syraq SITREP 56: Russian Casualties from ISIS Attack, Israel-Iran Negotiations Via Jordan

At least four Russian military advisers are dead and several wounded after an ISIS attack on a Syrian Arab Army position in a government controlled part of Deir Ez Zor province. RT.com reports the Russian Defense Ministry said 43 Daesh terrorists and six vehicles used by the attackers were destroyed. Additional details about the attack were not provided, but the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (one guy living over a shop in Coventry, UK) claimed that nine Russian soldiers died in the hour long firefight.

Prior to the fight this weekend, the SAA had been moving troops freed up from the defeat of jihadist pockets around Damascus to clean out the remaining ISIS remnants in the Homs desert. ISIS may have received reinforcements of its own from several hundred militants who escaped before the south and east Damascus encirclement. The likely response of the Russian forces will be more air strikes guided by spetsnaz units to hunt down the remaining terrorists. We can likely expect to see more Iraqi Air Force strikes on Daesh units in territory nominally controlled by the Americans as part of their temporary demarcation along the Euphrates agreement with the Russians. Moscow’s Defense Ministry is also likely to reproach the Americans for not doing enough against the common ISIS terrorist enemy, who noticeably leaves U.S. and French bases in the Kurdish dominated areas alone.

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Syraq SITREP 38: Syrian Air Defenses Reportedly Fire on American Warplanes

Syraq SITREP 38: Syrian Air Defenses Reportedly Fire on American Warplanes

Early Tuesday morning Damascus time U.S. warplanes struck Syrian Army sites in Salhiya near Deir Ez Zor. Unlike previous occasions, as of early Tuesday a.m. the Coalition spokesman did not immediately claim the Americans had acted in 'self-defense', or targeted SAA units in error while attempting to hit ISIS (as in a suspiciously timed raid from late 2016 which scuttled talks on U.S.-Russia cooperation against Daesh). There was no immediate word on whether Syrian SAMs came close to hitting or damaged U.S. jets, none of which were reported shot down.

While we may yet see some explanation for these provocative actions, it has been clear since the bombing of Russian private military contractors which reportedly resulted in dozens of these non-official personnel being killed or wounded and the subsequent shoot down of an Israeli Air Force F-16, that a confrontation between Syrian (if not Russian manned) air defense units and the Americans has been looming in the skies over Syria. From Moscow's perspective, the steady drumbeat of anti-Russian stories show no signs of abating, thanks to the steady clickbait/deep state stenography by the CIA's favorite mouthpieces like The Washington (Bezos/Langley) Post alleging Russians 'hacked the Winter Olympics posing as North Koreans' or 'Wagner' contractors deliberately attacked U.S. troops (considering the total absence of air cover or SAMs for the 'attackers' who thought they were securing an oil field, a ludicrous claim) only to be instantly routed.

Even though the legacy media has basically been hysterical on the subject of Russia since the 2016 election, the Kremlin and its intelligence services may be wondering if Americans are being psychologically 'prepped' for an imminent escalation i.e. when a Syrian SAM shoots down a U.S. plane attacking the armed forces of a sovereign country Washington is illegally occupying -- and a Russian officer gets immediately blamed for having pushed the missile launch button. Just how close we came or have already come to such a moment of truth, when Washington's reckless policy of provocation receives a tough response, is unknown to us. The reason we have seen a series of non-kinetic responses to U.S. bombing from the Russians so far, is that Moscow understands many neocons desperately want to justify an American air if not ground campaign against Damascus and its Iranian allies (plus any Russians who get in their way).

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Syraq SITREP 36: Russian Foreign Ministry Admits Dozens of FSU Citizens Wounded in U.S. Air Strike, 100s of Syrian Shi'a Militia Join Kurds to Halt Turkish Aggression in Afrin

Syraq SITREP 36: Russian Foreign Ministry Admits Dozens of FSU Citizens Wounded in U.S. Air Strike, 100s of Syrian Shi'a Militia Join Kurds to Halt Turkish Aggression in Afrin

On Tuesday the Russian Foreign Ministry acknowledged what had been widely reported and rumored: dozens of former Soviet country citizens had been injured in a U.S. air strike on a large Syrian convoy in Deir Ez Zor province on February 7. The RuMFA denied that any active duty servicemen had been killed or wounded, and dismissed as 'disinformation' reports picked up by Reuters and Bloomberg that hundreds of 'Wagner' mercenaries had perished in the American air and artillery strikes. However, authentic looking footage of charred bodies and severely wounded being carried by Russian speaking men in uniforms was widely circulated online amidst numerous debunked fakes. Russian media outlets were able to identify at least eight combat deaths and an Associated Press reporter interviewed relatives of the deceased in a small town in the Urals, where several local men had gone to fight as paid volunteer combatants in Donbass or Syria.

While the skirmishing which led up to the major US attack on the local Syrian tribal 'ISIS hunters' and Russian PMCs remains murky, Russian sources suspect a set up by the Americans. That is, the Russian soldiers of fortune were attached to Syrian units which expected the local Kurds to easily hand over an oil and gas field, particularly with Kurdish fighters quitting the U.S. special forces-led positions around Deir Ez Zor province to go fight the Turks in Afrin. Instead, the Americans, after allegedly contacting the Russian military hotline at Kheimmim, and hearing that no Russian regulars were present with the Syrian tribal fighters battalion, dropped a hammer on it...which may have been the plan.

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Syraq SITREP 25: IAF F35 'Adirs' vs. Syria's Russian SAMs and Hezbollah

Syraq SITREP 25: IAF F35 'Adirs' vs. Syria's Russian SAMs and Hezbollah

Did two of the Israeli Air Force's Lockheed F35 jets get removed from service due to bird strikes, or because they had close encounters with Soviet vintage Syrian S200 SAMs?

That was the question asked by the respected among alt media websites Southfront.org, which was picked up by Zerohedge this week. However, the Russia Analyst believes, thanks to W the Intelligence Insider, that there is a third explanation for the reported temporary grounding of the two F35s. This theory ties in with advanced IAF/IDF preparations for an apparently delayed -- but hardly averted -- devastating second war between Israel and Hezbollah. A conflict W has warned in multiple RogueMoney radio programs will change the Middle East as we've known it.

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