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 23: SAA Breaking Deir Ez Zor Siege, Bulgarian Journalist Fired for Exposing NATO's Arms Pipeline to AlCIAeda/ISIS

Syraq SITREP 23: SAA Breaking Deir Ez Zor Siege, Bulgarian Journalist Fired for Exposing NATO's Arms Pipeline to AlCIAeda/ISIS

Civilian celebrations were filmed in Deir Ez Zor at the news that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is now almost within sight of linking up with forces that have withstood over three and a half years of ISIS besieging the city. After numerous spoiling attacks on the SAA advance across the desert failed, the terrorists now have to face pro-government tribal sleeper cells rising up in the rear as the Army approaches.

While ISIS will try to attack the narrow land corridor expected to open up by early Tuesday, the Russian-backed SAA has now accomplished what many said would never happen: the siege is being lifted. All that awaits the once mighty pseudo-caliphate across the Euphrates River valley is dispersal and death.

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Syraq SITREP 22: Iranian Missile Factory in Syria and SAA Cauldrons for Daesh En Route to Freeing Deir Ez Zor

Syraq SITREP 22: Iranian Missile Factory in Syria and SAA Cauldrons for Daesh En Route to Freeing Deir Ez Zor

While Washington is mesmerized by the soap opera surrounding adviser Steve Bannon's departure from the White House, tensions are rising between Israel and Syria amidst Damascus' major victories over ISIS. This week, Israel's Channel 2 showed a satellite photographs of an alleged Iranian missile plant, this one being constructed near Baniyas, under the umbrella of Russian air defense systems south of the Kheimmim air base in Latakia province. The plant is allegedly set to produce short to medium range surface to surface missiles of an Iranian design for the Syrian military and its ally Hezbollah, who are busy destroying Al-Qaeda remnants alongside the U.S.-backed Lebanese Army (leading the neocons to accuse the Trump Administration and State Department of indirectly aiding the Lebanese Shi'a paramilitaries). Such evidence is likely to be cited if Israel takes military action against Hezbollah in the coming weeks, to kick off the autumn war that RogueMoney's mentor W the Intelligence Insider has warned of for many months.

The Syrian Arab Army, meanwhile, is also demonstrating a growing competency in maneuver warfare after a Russian aided helicopter operation helped its soldiers liberate territories the size of Vermont and New Hampshire in recent weeks, encircling thousands of ISIS terrorists in the desert. Now after the liberation of Suknah, a key way point on the road to besieged Deir Ez Zor, and with U.S.-supported SDF Kurds quietly cooperating with the SAA, Daesh is at the end of its existence as a territory-occupying entity.

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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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Battle of Syraq SITREP 10: SAA Victory in Aleppo, Debacle at Palmyra

Battle of Syraq SITREP 10: SAA Victory in Aleppo, Debacle at Palmyra

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.

Photo by: Sputnik

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