Syraq SITREP 61: SAA Liberating SW Syria Despite Israeli Strikes, Putin Meets Netanyahu Ahead of Helsinki Summit with Trump

Syraq SITREP 61: SAA Liberating SW Syria Despite Israeli Strikes, Putin Meets Netanyahu Ahead of Helsinki Summit with Trump

On July 11-12 the warm up act before the Helsinki summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump took place in Moscow. This was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Uncle Sam’s BFF whom Congress once gave a standing ovation, praising the Anglo-American deep state and the legacy media’s enemy no. 1 Putin for Russia’s superb hosting of the 2018 World Cup. Netanyahu then joined Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Croatia’s Prime Minister in watching the Croats 2-1 win over England at Luzhniki Stadium. After the pleasantries and Netanyahu’s posturing over the Israeli shoot down of a Syrian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) followed by IAF missile strikes against structures along the Golan Heights line of contact, negotiations (which were well along the last time Bibi came to Moscow for the Victory Day holiday on May 9) resumed behind closed doors.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, July 11, 2018.(Kremlin Photo)

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Trump expresses confidence at Montana rally ahead of summit meeting with Putin

Trump expresses confidence at Montana rally ahead of summit meeting with Putin

On Thursday July 5 President Trump spoke at a campaign rally for Matt Rosendale, a state auditor in Montana. Speaking to the crowd inside the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls, Trump trolled critics who say he is unprepared for the upcoming summit in Helsinki or must not negotiate one on one with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin. “Putin’s fine,” Mr. Trump said. “He’s fine. We’re all fine. We’re people. Will I be prepared? Totally prepared. I’ve been preparing for this stuff my whole life.”

“Getting along with Russia, and getting along with China and getting along with other countries is a good thing,” he added, “not a bad thing.” Trump also said, regarding the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) “We’re the schmucks that are paying for the whole thing”. If the speech as calculated to infuriate his establishment opponents, it did the trick. A meeting between several GOP United States Senators and their counterparts from Russia’s upper chamber, in which Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) declared that the two countries did not have to be adversaries, also drew hackles from the eternal Cold War waging Washington Post aka Pravda on the Potomac.

Russians know the Arab expression ‘dogs bark but the caravan moves on’. Despite the latest absurd novichok theatrics in the (dis)United Kingdom, the Trump-Putin summit is on for July 16 — one day before the fourth anniversary of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 false flag shoot down. For those who follow ‘QAnon’ posts and esoterica in general, the renegade American President meeting his Russian counterpart on the 100th anniversary of Tsar Nicholas II and the Royal Passion Bearers martyrdom at the hands of the Bolsheviks is also highly significant. Why? Because the original and bloodiest Color Revolution sponsored by Wall Street and the City of London was the Red one…

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Syraq SITREP 59: SAA and Iraqi PMU Get Hit by Israeli Strike Near Abu Kamal, Syrians Clash with U.S. Proxies Near Al-Tanf

Syraq SITREP 59: SAA and Iraqi PMU Get Hit by Israeli Strike Near Abu Kamal, Syrians Clash with U.S. Proxies Near Al-Tanf

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched Operation Basalt this week. The liberation of southern Syria’s Da’ara and Quneitra provinces is going forward despite U.S. threats and Israeli attempts to slow it. Israel hit pro-Damascus forces and Iraqi Shi’a allies in the border town of al Hari in Deir Ezzor province. The Israeli suspected drone strike carried out Sunday night, initially blamed by Syrian media on the Americans (likely because IAF jets were once again detected by the Russians squawking on IFF/radar as American F15Es rather than IAF F15Is) struck the meeting near the Euphrates River city of Abu Kamal, killing scores of SAA and PMU fighters from Iraq.

Undaunted by Israeli aggression against a nominal US ally, the Iraqi PMU have bolstered their support for the SAA this week. Officers of the Iranian-backed militia are reportedly joining Syrian government forces assault on the jihadists in Quneitra this weekend. SAA T55, T72 and modern T90 battle tanks were transported by flatbed trucks to southern Syria, with artillery and Russian-supplied Urugan and Smerch rocket fire pounding jihadi positions, cutting militants off from the rest of the Da’ara pocket.

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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 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 44: Trump Delays U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Indefinitely, Amid Russian-Reported Rumors of More American Casualties from IEDs

Syraq SITREP 44: Trump Delays U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Indefinitely, Amid Russian-Reported Rumors of More American Casualties from IEDs

On Wednesday the Trump Administration made a predictable announcement -- despite the Commander in Chief's call for a withdrawal, American soldiers would stay in the war-torn country for the near future 'in consultation with allies'. Trump pushed against the Swamp, and the Swamp which includes the deep state pushed back and won the argument -- or has it? The overwhelmingly negative legacy media coverage of Trump's speech last week  to Ohio workers calling for other, unspecified powers to take up the burden of post-war reconstruction and nation building in Syria was nonetheless revealing. As they have many times since Trump's improbable election, Americans have caught another glimpse behind the curtain as to who actually rules in Washington -- and it isn't their elected representatives or President, not when it comes to abandoning the years-long and multi-multi-billion dollar failed investment Washington made in Syria regime change.

In Ankara-hosted talks between their leaders this week Russia, Turkey and Iran remain in the driver's seat in Syria with Washington delegated to the margins, as U.S. plans to use the Kurds to carve out a statelet in the northern part of the country lie in tatters thanks to the Turkish Army's intervention. East of the Euphrates in the badiya or oil and gas-rich desert scrubland where the Pentagon has been building bases, Arab tribes are reportedly displaying the Syrian government flag, and there are rumors (likely false) of roadside bombings and ambushes against American troops. Although these accounts picked up by Southfront cannot be confirmed, they seem to be mirror imaging of U.S. media propaganda that American forces killed 'hundreds' of Russian Wagner mercenaries back in February; alternatively they represent warnings to the Pentagon and the Trump White House that U.S. troops are far more vulnerable to Iraq-insurgency style tactics than Washington's promoters of occupying Syria have imagined. At the very least, members of Arab tribes bombed by the Americans during those early February clashes may be intent on revenge and can easily blend in with civilians while planting IEDs or carrying out ambushes against U.S. forces.

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Syraq SITREP 42: Trump Says U.S. Will Leave Syria 'Soon', While Israelis Boast of F35 Flights Through Syraqi Airspace to Iran

Syraq SITREP 42: Trump Says U.S. Will Leave Syria 'Soon', While Israelis Boast of F35 Flights Through Syraqi Airspace to Iran

The clash between a commander in chief who claims to be determined to shake up how Washington does things and the Swamp/established bureaucracies apparently continued on Thursday, when President Donald Trump suggested in a speech to Ohio workers that U.S. forces would leave Syria soon. The mission of 'knocking the hell out of ISIS' Trump declared, had been accomplished and, "We're coming out of Syria very soon. Let the other people take care of it now, very soon. Very soon, we're coming out."

The question of what was the official U.S. position if not that of the President was pushed to the Pentagon, who punted to the White House, and the State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert declared herself unaware of any change in policy. Astute RogueMoney readers will note this is the same Nauert who declared the Russians were playing the victims following their expulsion of 60 American diplomats and closure of the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg, in retaliation for Washington shutting down the Russians' Seattle consulate and booting sixty Russian diplomats or alleged spies under diplomatic cover. The so-called Skripal affair and the failing British attempt to 'link' the alleged use of nerve agent against one of their Russian assets on UK soil to (false flag) chemical weapons attacks in Syria being the stated justification for the harsh American measures against Russia's diplomatic missions to the U.S. and UN. Nauert also compared, in a bizarre press conference metaphor she used this week, the Russian state to some beast from the deep with many tentacles.

Even after forcing out Russophobic national security adviser H.R. McMaster, only to replace him with neocon bomb-bomb-bomb Iran enthusiast John Bolton, the contrast between Trump and his cabinet and the agencies that nominally follow his lead remains extreme. As MSM articles covering Trump's seemingly off the cuff promise to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria made clear, the Pentagon under Secretary of Defense James Mattis has refused to give any timetable for an American withdrawal from the territory liberated from ISIS it's (illegally) occupying east of the Euphrates. But Trump's hint at 'letting others take care of it' meaning the remnants of ISIS or Al-Qaeda (also known to RM readers as al-CIA-eda) strongly suggests that our friend at LaRouchePAC Harley Schlanger is correct, and the President's instincts are to cooperate with the Russians and Turks in establishing a durable peace deal in Syria. Which is precisely the opposite of what rabidly anti-Iran hawks like UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and John Bolton Trump appointed and who serve at his pleasure are demanding...and what Trump's BFFs in Israel are suggesting with their braggadocio about 'stealth' F35 missions through Syria and Iraq's air space to strike Hezbollah and Assad's patrons in Iran.

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Syraq SITREP 39: Decisive Ghouta and Afrin Battles, Mattis Warning a Greenlight for Jihadi Chemical False Flag?

Syraq SITREP 39: Decisive Ghouta and Afrin Battles, Mattis Warning a Greenlight for Jihadi Chemical False Flag?

The battle for eastern Ghouta in the exurbs of Damascus is approaching a crescendo, while the fight for Afrin is also entering a critical phase as Turkish Army and neo-Ottoman militias approach the Kurdish held city. Will the YPG Kurds accept a deal with Damascus to stop the Turkish onslaught? Will the Turks even honor such an agreement with the Russians or press on to the Euphrates and Manbij as their increasingly irredentist President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has advocated? Will the globalists unleash a major chemical false flag before the victorious Syrian Arab Army's elite Tiger Forces can finish off the split portions of the jihadist pocket? Is Secretary of Defense James Mattis warning Damascus not to use chemical arms Assad and Putin insist were destroyed under international inspectors' supervision from 2013 to 2014 a greenlight to the besieged jihadis to unleash chemicals on the neighborhoods they still control?

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Syrian Downing of Israeli Fighter Jet Was Designed To Send a Message

Syrian Downing of Israeli Fighter Jet Was Designed To Send a Message

Feb. 11, 2018 (EIRNS)—The Chinese news agency Xinhua emphasized in a Feb. 10 report on the events surrounding the Syrian downing of an Israeli fighter jet, that there have been many Israeli strikes inside Syria over recent years—nearly 100 strikes in five years, according to former Israeli Air Force Commander Amir Eshel, The Jerusalem Post reports—but this is the first time that Syria responded with more than denunciations and threats. This indicates, Xinhua states, “that Syria will no longer tolerate the repeated Israeli attacks on its military positions.”

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Syraq SITREP 35: Israel Admits F16 Shot Down by Syrian Air Defense

Syraq SITREP 35: Israel Admits F16 Shot Down by Syrian Air Defense

The Israeli Air Force announced shortly after dawn Saturday morning that one of its American made F16 fighter jets was hit by a Syrian surface to air missile, crashing after both pilots ejected over northern Israel's Jezreel Valley. According to the IAF spokesman the Lockheed Martin fighter jet was struck by a SAM as it was carrying out an air strike against alleged Iranian targets in southern Syria. The purpose of the raid according to IAF Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus was a response to an Iranian made drone being sent into Israeli air space. 

The Syrian military command claimed to have struck not one but two IAF jets with SAMs, taking down one and damaging another in response to Israel's 'aggression'. Whether or not Russia had a role in recently updating the older Soviet shipped S200 long range SAMs or if it was a newer, post-2011 shipped SA11 'BUK' which hit two IAF jets was not immediately clear Saturday. IAF technicians will likely know within hours if not days if the shrapnel that took down the F16 which crashed in northern Israel came from a Soviet/Russian designed SAM or an Iranian Shahren SAM.

What is clear is that several years of the Israelis being able to strike Syria with impunity while violating Lebanese air space to do so may be coming to an end. And the repercussions not only apply to Tel Aviv/Jerusalem, but also to Washington, which this week bombed pro-government Syrian tribesmen in Deir Ez Zor province. If Damascus can take down an upgraded IAF F-16, then some of the US Air Force's F15E Strike Eagles of the type that carried out the 'defensive' Coalition strikes on Wednesday could also get shot down in the nearest future.

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W Intelligence Insider RMR 12/14/17

W Intelligence Insider RMR 12/14/17

W the Intelligence Insider returns to RMR for a special sitrep on the Middle East situation, in the wake of Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's eternal capitol.

With Turkey under Erdogan already shifting from NATO into the Eurasian camp and hosting a pan-Islamic conference rejecting the decision, and Washington's position more alienated from nearly all of its allies than ever before, are we headed for another regional war after the devastating Syria and Yemen conflicts? And will the U.S. get more involved in Yemen to bail out the failing counterinsurgency campaign of its weak ally, Saudi Arabia?

You won't want to miss this 25 minute update on these topics and more. -- JWS

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Saudis Escalate Against Iran

Saudis Escalate Against Iran

Nov. 6, 2017 (EIRNS)—Events in and around Saudi Arabia over the past 48 hours show a Saudi escalation against Iran, adding further conflict to the region. The immediate focus was a Houthi missile fired towards Riyadh on Saturday night (Nov. 4) which was reportedly successfully intercepted by Saudi air defenses. The Saudis responded by blaming Iran.

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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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Syraq SITREP 21: Trump Dumps AlCIAeda, Iraq's VP Calls for More Russian Arms/Presence in Mesopotamia

Syraq SITREP 21: Trump Dumps AlCIAeda, Iraq's VP Calls for More Russian Arms/Presence in Mesopotamia

The emergence of oil-rich Iraq from the ashes of occupation and war, first by the Americans and second by the Saudi-Qatari financed fake Caliphate (whose collapse has been accompanied by an acrimonious divorce between Riyadh and Doha), is directly linked with the rise of a Eurasian axis from Moscow to Tehran to Beijing, first promoted by former Soviet spymaster and Mideast hand turned Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov back in the 1990s.

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Syraq SITREP 19: #RussianNavy Launches More #Kalibr Cruise Missiles at #ISIS

Syraq SITREP 19: #RussianNavy Launches More #Kalibr Cruise Missiles at #ISIS

One week after a U.S. Navy F/18E shot down a Syrian Air Force SU-22 bomber, leading Moscow to declare that American-led Coalition aircraft could be tracked as hostiles via air or surface to air missile radars, the Russians struck Islamic State terrorists with a barrage of Kalibr missiles. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, six low flying cruise missiles were fired from the Admiral Essen and Admiral Grigorovich frigates in the eastern Mediterranean. The missile strikes came one day after rumors circulated online that a U.S. RQ4 Global Hawk long range drone, which was reported crashed in northern California, was actually shot down over the Mediterranean by Russian air defense systems based in the Latakia coastal region of Syria.

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Syraq SITREP 18 BREAKING: U.S. Shoots Down #SyAF Jet, #Iran Fires Ballistic Missiles at #ISIS

Syraq SITREP 18 BREAKING: U.S. Shoots Down #SyAF Jet, #Iran Fires Ballistic Missiles at #ISIS

Father's Day in the U.S. marked two escalations in the Syria war, with the Americans shooting down a Syrian Air Force jet they claimed bombed Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces Sunday evening, while Iran fired at least two medium-range ballistic missiles from its territory at ISIS in eastern Syria. The Iranian missile strike was the first launch of a ballistic rocket in combat by Tehran since the 1980s Iran-Iraq War, and the Persian rockets transited Iraqi air space en route to their targets.

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Syraq SITREP 17: SAA Links Up With Iraqis, as U.S. Backs Off Amid Saudi-Qatar Standoff

Syraq SITREP 17: SAA Links Up With Iraqis, as U.S. Backs Off Amid Saudi-Qatar Standoff

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its Iraqi PMU partners achieved a major victory last week, capping off a month of anti-ISIS operations that have reclaimed a Lebanon-sized chunk of territory from the terrorists on both sides of the Syraq border. The linkup of Syrian Army troops and pro-Damascus militias with friendly Iraqi Shi’a forces came after weeks of U.S. bombing attacks designed to harass and intimidate the Syrians from accomplishing this strategic objective. The Syrians, backed by the Russian air force and advisers, were undeterred from moving ahead and daring the Americans to use their own troops to stop them. Not surprisingly, the Trump Administration backed down.

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Syraq SITREP 15: Russian Flags Fluttering in the Syraqi Border Breeze?

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...

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Dina Powell, H.R. McMaster and the Neocon/Saudi Lobby Co-opting Team Trump

Dina Powell, H.R. McMaster and the Neocon/Saudi Lobby Co-opting Team Trump

TeamRM’s BanksterSlayer has shined a spotlight on newly appointed Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Habib Powell’s history with the Bush 43 Administration and Goldman Sachs. Now Mike Cernovich, the independent journalist, author and film maker who broke the story of then Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s unmasking the identities of Trump advisers whose communications were ‘incidentally’ caught up in NSA wiretaps, has a new scoop.

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Russia, Iran and the Overstretched SAA: Can More Iranian and Iraqi Troops Resume the Offensive with Russian Air Support?

Russia, Iran and the Overstretched SAA: Can More Iranian and Iraqi Troops Resume the Offensive with Russian Air Support?

For now the Russian plan to help the SAA regain the initiative appears to be: hold the line in and around Aleppo, using heavy bombers if necessary flying all the way from the Mozdok base in the Caucasus to pummel jihadist lines, while advancing east of Palmyra against Daesh. The fact that the U.S. and its allies cannot openly complain too much about combined SAA/Russian  and Hezbollah successes against the Islamic State seems to be key to Putin's present strategy...

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