USAF doublecross in syria

Russia says Pindo-led coalition colludes with Daesh in Syria
Vladimir Isachenkov, AP, Jun 9 2017

Col Surovikin at the Russian Defense Ministry, Jun 9 2017.

The Russian military on Friday accused the Pindo-led coalition in Syria of providing safe corridors for Daesh to leave the area around its stronghold of Raqqa. Col-Gen Sergei Surovikin, the commander of Russian forces in Syria, told a briefing:

Daesh made a deal earlier this month with the Kurdish forces to leave two villages southwest of Raqqa and move toward Palmyra. The Pindo-led coalition along with its allied Kurdish groups collude with the leaders of Daesh, who surrender the areas under their control and head to provinces where Syrian government forces operate. There is an impression that under the slogan of fighting international terrorism in Syria, the Pindosis are using Daesh to offer resistance to government forces’ advances. Russian forces have struck several Daesh convoys as they were leaving Raqqa. Russian warplanes struck a convoy heading toward Palmyra on May 25 and another on May 30, killing 80 militants and destroying many of their vehicles.

Surovikin also criticized Pindostan for trying to block Syrian government forces from taking control of the country’s southern border. He said that Syrian government troops had secured territorial gains in the southern Suwayda province near the Jordanian border, but encountered resistance from the Pindo-led coalition. Pindostan has dealt the Syrian government and its allies several blows near Tanf close to the border with Jordan, where Pindostan trains Syrian opposition forces death squads. Surovikin dismissed the Pindosi argument that Syrian government forces there posed a threat to the training camp as “absurd” and called the attack a violation of Syria’s sovereign right to protect its border. Col-Gen Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian General Staff also questioned the Pindosi role in Syria, saying:

Having declared the goal of fighting international terrorism, the coalition strikes Syrian troops while letting Daesh exit the encircled areas unhampered, thus boosting terrorist groupings around Palmyra and Deir el-Zour. It raises a question why they do it and what their real goals are.

Rudskoi hailed an effort by Russia, Turkey and Iran to establish safe zones in Syria, saying that it has “practically ended a civil war in Syria.” He added that the specifics related to safe zones boundaries and monitoring mechanisms are to be approved at a summit in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana later this month. res Putin on Friday described the creation of safe zones as a “qualitative change” in Syria. He said on a trip to Kazakhstan:

There is now a real chance to strengthen the ceasefire and give impetus to Syria talks in Geneva.

Dispute erupts in Trump administration over Gulf conflict
Jordan Shilton, WSWS, Jun 10 2017

Five days after the Toads and other Gulf states cut diplomatic ties with Qatar in a move that stopped just short of war, significant divisions have emerged within the Trump administration over the Pindo position on the dispute. Speaking in the Rose Garden yesterday, Pres Trump declared that the action taken by Toads, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain was “hard but necessary.” He denounced Qatar for having been a “funder of terrorism at a very high level” and boasted that the Gulf countries and Egypt had consulted with him prior to their diplomatic offensive about “confronting Qatar.” An hour before, Sec State Rex Tillerson had issued a statement calling for the blockade on Qatar to be lifted and stressing:

These countries will immediately take steps to deescalate the situation.

Trump’s remarks make clear that following Trump’s visit last month,, Riyadh felt emboldened to strengthen its regional position under the pretext of combating terrorism. Qatar has long attempted to maintain an independent foreign policy, including through economic ties and joint exploration of energy resources with Iran and through its support for groups like the MBs and Hamas. This stance has infuriated Riyadh. Qatar has backed rebel forces in Syria, notably Jabhat al-Nusra, although it also maintains ties with Assad. Qatar was also part of the coalition conducting the brutal war in Yemen. The differences between Trump and Tillerson are bound up with competing Pindosi interests in the Gulf and the surrounding region. Qatar is home to the largest Pindo base in the Middle East and the operational center of CENTCOM. Tillerson noted in his statement that the diplomatic blockade was “hindering” Pindo military operations, although he did not detail what these were. Pentagon spox later commented that contingency measures were being prepared in the event the isolation of Qatar creates difficulties for the military. In Faschingstein, comments from a White House boxtop to the WaPo aimed at papering over the disagreement between Trump and Tillerson only underscored it. Speaking about the blockade, the boxtop said:

Pres Trump feels Qatar deserves it. Tillerson may initially have had a view, then the president has his view, and obviously the president’s view prevails.

Such disputes only add fuel to the fire of a deepening conflict that could rapidly escalate into a regional war. On Wednesday, the UAE Foreign Minister threatened to impose an economic embargo on Qatar, while the Bahraini Foreign Minister told a Toad newspaper :

We will not hesitate to protect our interests, and the road is open to any options to protect ourselves from Qatar.

The Toads and their vassals stepped up the pressure Friday by placing 59 individuals and 12 Qatar-funded charities on a “terror-finance watch-list.” Others named on the list included Yusef Qaradawi, a leading MB cleric residing in Qatar, individuals in Libya, and Shia groups based in Bahrain that Riyadh accuses of having links with Iran. Qatar’s Foreign Minister said in an interview with al-Jazeera:

We are not ready to surrender, and we will never be ready to surrender the independence of our foreign policy.

Late Thursday, Pres Erdogan approved a parliamentary decision to speed up the deployment of Turkish troops to back the regime in Qatar. A military assessment team is expected to arrive in Doha in the coming days to prepare the groundwork for a larger deployment. Ankara has also pledged to step in and provide Doha with food supplies if the Gulf states move to cut economic ties. Turkey has the tacit backing of the European powers, above all Germany. In an expression of the deepening transatlantic rift, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel attacked what he called the “Trumpification” of relations in the Middle East in an interview with Handelsblatt earlier this week. On Friday, he met with al-Thani in Germany and urged that the blockade of Qatar to be lifted and a negotiated settlement reached. Under these conditions, the most destabilizing factor is Pindosi imperialism, which is in the midst of an escalation of its military drive to secure geostrategic hegemony over the energy-rich Middle East. In Syria, Faschingstein has intervened under the pretext of combating Daesh to wage a war for regime change so as to weaken Iran and Russia. In Riyadh, Trump denounced Iran as one of the main regional sources of terorrism, raising the prospect of war with Tehran. Apparently returning to this theme Friday, Trump demanded that more be done throughout the region to clamp down on “terrorism,” declaring ominously:

I won’t name other countries, but we are not done solving the problem.

In Syria, Pindostan has begun over recent weeks effectively to begin the partitioning of the country. An airstrike on military vehicles and the shooting down of a Syrian government drone Thursday near the al-Tanf base in the south-east of the country marked the third time in as many weeks that the Pindo military has attacked pro-Assad forces. On May 18, Faschingstein bombed a pro-government militia some 20 miles from al-Tanf, and a similar strike was launched against Assad’s forces on Tuesday. Pindostan has justified these attacks on the grounds that the pro-government forces have allegedly violated a “deconfliction zone” proclaimed unilaterally by Faschingstein in Syria’s south, near the borders with Jordan and Iraq. The al-Tanf base, where Pindo SOF have been training local militias for many months, is a key part of a strategy to prevent Assad’s forces and Iranian-backed militias from gaining control of territory in eastern Syria currently held by Daesh and thus opening up a ground supply route from Tehran through Syria to the Mediterranean coast and Lebanon. These Pindo-led efforts are assuming increased urgency as the Kurds advance into Raqqa in the north-east. Pindostan’s aggressive moves to form a Sunni alliance to push back Iranian and Russian influence in Syria and the broader region are creating the conditions for a much larger military clash that could rapidly draw in the major powers. Indicating the deepening tensions over the al-Tanf area, Sergei Lavrov said:

(Tuesday’s attack on pro-government forces was) an aggressive act that violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic and deliberately or not targeted the forces which are most effective in fighting terrorists on the ground.

According to Iranian TV, Lavrov described the “deconfliction zone” as illegitimate and said Moscow would refuse to recognize it. Lavrov pointed out that the Syrian troops that came under attack were defending a route connecting Syria and Iraq which Daesh was trying to destroy, and the attack had resulted in Daesh gaining its objective. Moscow continues to fly aircraft close to the “deconfliction zone” in support of pro-government forces fighting Daesh. This raises the immediate danger that future Pindo airstrikes on Assad’s forces like those carried out this week could trigger a direct clash between Russia & Pindostan.

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