Syraq SITREP 60: Putin and Trump Plan Syria Talks at Helsinki Summit, Neocons Claim Kremlin and Iran Plotting Attacks on U.S. Troops

Syraq SITREP 60: Putin and Trump Plan Syria Talks at Helsinki Summit, Neocons Claim Kremlin and Iran Plotting Attacks on U.S. Troops

The Syrian Arab Army is achieving rapid advances as part of Operation Basalt. Many ‘Free Syrian Army’ militants are surrendering without a fight, and a few have joined in the pro-government forces offensive against the Al-Qaeda linked jihadists. According to CNN, President Trump told King Abdullah during their meeting last week in Washington that he intends to strike a deal with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin to facilitate the withdrawal of American troops from the Al Tanf area bordering Jordan and Iraq. U.S. backed Kurdish fighters recently clashed with pro-government militias near the extensive deconfliction line the Americans enforce around their illegal under international law base. The Russian Defense Ministry has complained the Americans use al-Tanf to harbor and re-train former ISIS terrorists.

Naturally, The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board and reporters are disturbed, while the neocons are enraged that Trump would make any concessions to the Russians. But Trump reportedly intends to demand — in return for a phased American withdrawal — the complete exit of Iranian, Hezbollah and pro-Iranian Shi’a foreign fighters from Syria. Even with the great prestige Russia enjoys among its Syrian allies and frenemies in the Turks alike, it isn’t clear Putin can deliver on this demand. Damascus has hosted at least a few Iranian military advisers since the early 1980s.

Also, the prospect of a false flag operation, either against U.S. troops or a chemical attack on Syrian civilians to be blamed on Assad, is not to be taken lightly. If the globalists cannot stop the Trump-Putin summit now set for July 16 in the Finnish capital Helsinki, the neocons appear hellbent on spoiling or blocking any positive outcomes from it…

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Russian MOD Reveals Images Of US Forces Near to Daesh Operations

Russian MOD Reveals Images Of US Forces Near to Daesh Operations

The ISIS pseudo-caliphate is in its last days, as the Syrian Arab Army aided by Russian advisers is killing Daesh terrorists by the scores daily using artillery, bullets and bombs east of the Euphrates River city of Deir Ez Zor. However, not everyone is happy with the SAA taking back oil and gas fields near the Iraqi border that, under international law, rightfully belong to Damascus.

Despite face to face deconfliction talks held in recent days at an unspecified location between the U.S. and Russian militaries, SDF Kurds backed by American special forces leapfrogged through Daesh lines to capture a large gas field previously developed by the U.S. company Conoco. Days after warning the SDF that any fire from their positions at the SAA would be met by overwhelming Russian-directed firepower in response to attacks, Moscow's defense ministry released photos on Sunday alleging that Daesh melted away and mingled with U.S. special forces and SDF Kurds during the American led advance down the Euphrates valley. In other words, the Russians accused the Americans of being in cahoots with elements of ISIS, after claiming the CIA was behind last week's failed attack by 'former' Al-Qaeda terrorists on a Russian military police detachment in a deconfliction zone north of Hama...

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Trump/Putin Post G20 -- Early Results

Trump/Putin Post G20 -- Early Results

RogueMoney reader 'DP' of Kansas emailed us asking the Russia Analyst's opinion of the first Trump/Putin meeting at the G20 in Hamburg. A week has passed, and we still haven't made up our minds -- is the glass half full, with real U.S.-Russia detente now possible as our friends Harley Schlanger and especially London Paul would suggest? Or is the glass half empty and broken spilling its contents to the floor, as our friend The Saker and his acquaintance former Assistant Treasury Secretary Dr. Paul Craig Roberts concluded? The one thing that is certain -- since the ill-advised and false intelligence based Tomahawk missile strike on Syrian government forces in April, the Kremlin and Russian people can only evaluate the Trump Administration on the bases of actions, not words. Clearly, Putin and Trump spending four times their scheduled allotted time together at the G20 was a positive sign, and some would say, given the fits of Russophobic hysteria seizing Washington, a minor miracle. Now comes the follow up that will determine if Trump actually can deliver anything positive from the American side, or the first baby steps toward ending Cold War 2...

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