again: the jews want war. this translates into USAF strikes against assad-allied militias, and aid for daesh against assad

Syria’s Cauldron: One Step Away from Major Showdown
Peter Korzun, Strategic Culture, Jun 7 2017

Syrian rebels from Eastern Lions and Ahmad al-Abdo Army formations, which are elements of the FSA, state that they are «intensely» attacking Iranian-backed pro-government militias in the eastern Syrian desert in an operation dubbed «The Land is Ours». The forces’ strength is around 4,000. The main enemies are Daesh, Assad’s Syrian Arab Army (SAA), and Syrian government-allied forces. The operation is conducted near Syria’s borders with Iraq and Jordan. The mission is to squeeze Assad’s SAA and its allies out of the desert areas. Supplied from Jordan, the opposition plans to ultimately advance further into Syria’s territory. Combat operations areas include the deconfliction zones proposed by Russia, Turkey and Iran where ceasefire was hoped to be established on Jun 6. In peace talks in early May, Russia, Iran and Turkey signed an agreement to create four deconfliction zones in Syria. The cooperation of Pindostan was hoped for, but Mad Dog Mattis has refused to recognize the legitimacy of these deconfliction zones, while hypocritically publicizing other parties’ trespass of them. Evidently, one of the goals pursued by the escalation of hostilities is to demonstrate that the armed opposition is a force to reckon with at a time the crisis management talks are held in Astana and Geneva. Obviously, this is an attempt to subvert the ongoing international peace efforts.

At first glance, the mission appears to be a dubious venture as the opposition forces advance into desert with no urban areas. However, the goal is not to seize populated areas but rather to undermine the Russia-backed initiative aimed at establishing deconfliction zones. The opposition has decided that the time is right for changing the tide of war into their favor. Their forces can advance more rapidly across the desert, as the SAA presence there is not as strong as in other areas. Another goal is to cut off the SAA and Hezbollah supply routes from Iran (fuel for the rockets!!! – RB). It’s the south and the south-west of Syria where the decisive battles are fought today. On May 18, Pindostan sent aircraft to strike SAA vehicles near al-Tanf, an army base where Pindo SOF are training Syrian rebel militias. No doubt, the airstrike and “the Land is Ours” offensive are not unrelated. Pindostan has bombed SAA-allied forces three times in the last eight months. Does Pindostan have the right to tell Syria where its forces can go in its own country and strike them at will? Can they do that without benefitting Daesh? Still, that’s what the USAF does while Pindo boxtops condemn other actors involved in Syria’s conflict. Meanwhile, Pindo SOF have set up a forward base at al-Zukf in the Syrian Desert, 70 km north-west of the Syrian-Iraqi-Jordanian border triangle and the al-Tanf crossing, which is controlled by Pindo, Euro and Jordanian SOF, together with the Revolutionary Commando, a Pindo-trained Syrian rebel unit. Their mission is to keep the SAA and Hezbollah units away from the al-Tanf crossing and prepare a springboard to attack Abu Kamal, located at a distance of 200 km north-west of al-Tanf. The overriding goal is to prevent Syrian and pro-Syrian forces from gaining control of the Syrian-Iraqi border, leaving Syria with no direct land route to connect it with Iran through Iraq.

The opposition takes other actions to thwart the peace efforts. Maghawir Al-Thawra Army, an international-coalition-backed division of the Free Syrian Army, announced the establishment of a military base for training and maneuvering in al-Zakf area of the Syrian desert. Formally the declared goal is to prepare for liberation of Abu Kamal from Daesh. Instructors from the Pindo-led coalition are present at the base for training and supervision. On Jun 6, the Pindo-backed rebel alliance declared the start of the battle to liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa, Daesh stronghold and self-declared capital in the country. The SDF, a coalition of Syrian Kurds and Arabs, is engaged in heavy fighting with militants on the eastern and northern outskirts of Raqqa. The Daesh forces are reported to be fully encircled but in reality the fighters flee the besieged city to join the fighting in Palmyra and Deir ez-Zor. The Russian Air Force (not Pindo/coalition aircraft) delivers strikes to prevent them from moving southwards.

The Daesh terrorists in Deir ez-Zor have received large reinforcements and now they are attacking government troops in the area. Daesh have managed to intensify the offensive against the SAA-held Deir ez-Zor because the Pindo-led Syrian Democratic Forces let them escape from Raqqa and move to other places. In the same way, the Pindo-led coalition allows Daesh fighters to leave Mosul in Iraq and move to Deir ez-Zor. Everywhere they go, it’s Russian, not Pindosi, aviation that prevents them from moving freely around the country. If Deir ez-Zor is captured by Daesh from the SAA, significant Daesh forces will subsequently be freed to reinforce other positions. Deir ez-Zor will become the new capital of the self-proclaimed Caliphate. The Syrian land forces moving to reinforce the Deir-ez-Zor defenders from Palmyra still have about 180 km or 200 km to go overcoming stiff resistance from Daesh. It will take time. They pin their hopes on Russia’s aviation and the reinforcements coming by air, including those transported by Russian Il-76 cargo aircraft transferred to the Syrian Air Force. Pindo boxtops have spoken so often about the need to do away with Daesh but they have failed to convert the words into deeds. Freeing Raqqa and Mosul while providing the opportunity for Daesh to capture Deir-ez-Zor and seize new territory is like robbing Peter to pay Paul. While the world’s attention is focused on the Arab rift with Qatar, the situation in Syria is nearing conflict to nullify the achievements of the Astana and Geneva peace efforts. The gathering of major forces in this part of Syria is ominous. It augurs the approach of a major showdown for control of south-eastern Syria and its multiple strategic border assets. The situation calls for urgent contacts between Pindo and Russian boxtops to dissipate tensions and make arrangements to prevent the worst.

Syria warns Pindosi coalition over ‘escalation’, tells it to stop strikes
John Davison, Reuters, Jun 7 2017

Syria’s foreign ministry on Wednesday warned a U.S.-led military coalition of the “dangers of escalation” and demanded that it stop carrying out air strikes against pro-Damascus forces, state television reported. It called the coalition illegitimate and said its actions only served to strengthen Daesh. It did not elaborate or issue a specific threat. The statement came hours after a military alliance fighting in support of Damascus threatened to hit Pindosi positions in Syria in a response to USAF airstrikes on pro-Syrian government forces on Tuesday.

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