the deconfliction MoU is off, that means that the safety catch is off from the russian side

SDF Holding Pilot of Downed Syrian Fighter Jet
Fars News, Jun 19 2017

TEHRAN – The SDF forces have found the pilot of the Syrian warplane that was shot down in Raqqa on Sunday, social media activists said today. They said that the SDF is most likely to hand over the pilot to the SAA after negotiations. The report has not yet been confirmed by official source in the Syrian government or the SDF. The Syrian troops tried to rescue the pilot of the Syrian air force’s fighter jet, Ali Fahd, after his plane was shot down by the US-led forces, but they faced the US-backed forces.

Pentagon Responds: “PindoNazi Pilots Will Defend Themselves If Attacked By Russians”
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jun 19 2017

One wouldn’t know it by looking at the market, but the biggest developing story today was Russia’s threat to intercept any aircraft, including Pindostani ones, egads! flying in the area of operations of the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria, and “be followed as targets” after yesterday’s downing by a Pindo F-18 of a Syrian Su-22. Moments ago, the Pentagon responded to this unmistakable deterioration in relations between the two nations, spox Cpt J Davis said Monday morning:

We do not seek conflict with any party in Syria other than Daesh, but we will not hesitate to defend ourselves or our partners if threatened.

Seemingly, Davis was unaware that shooting down a sovereign nation’s plane above its own territory is exactly what “seeking a conflict” looks like. In a follow-up statement this afternoon, Sean Spicer said Pindostan will “retain the right of self-defense in Syria.” Separately, Marshal Matt Dillon from Gunsmoke in Baghdad said:

Coalition aircraft continue to conduct operations throughout Syria, targeting Daesh forces and providing air support for coalition partner forces on the ground.

Unlike Davis, Dillon appeared to indicate that Pindostan will avoid the parts of Syria where Russia said Pindo planes would be tracked as potential targets or providing additional airpower to counter threats. Dillon said:

As a result of recent encounters involving pro-Syrian regime and Russian forces, we have taken prudent measures to reposition aircraft over Syria so as to continue targeting Daesh forces while ensuring the safety of our aircrews given known threats in the battlespace.

Viktor Ozerov, the Russian parliamentary defense committee chairman, said Pindo aircraft in Syria may face “destruction” if they threaten the lives of Russian pilots. According to RIA Novosti:

While Russia hopes it won’t have to take such action, we won’t allow anyone to do what happened to the Syrian plane to our pilots. I’m sure that because of this neither Pindostan nor anyone else will take any actions to threaten our aircraft. That’s why there’s no threat of direct confrontation between Russian and Pindosi aircraft.

Frants Klintsevich, deputy head of the defense committee in Russia’s upper house of parliament, said the the Defense Ministry’s response doesn’t mean there’ll be war with Pindostan, though it’s a “pretty serious” signal that Russia won’t accept acts of aggression against Syria.

Statement concerning downing of the Syrian Su-22 near the town of Resafa
Russian Defence Ministry, Jun 19 2017

On Jun 18 2017 a Pindo F-18A shot down an SAF Su-22 performing a combat mission supporting the SAA offensive against Daesh near the town of Resafa, 40 km to the south-west of the city of Raqqa. As a result of the attack, the Syrian aircraft was destroyed. The pilot baled out over a Daesh-controlled area and his status is unknown. The destruction of the aircraft of the SAF by Pindo aviation in the airspace of Syria is a cynical violation of the sovereignty of the SAR. Numerous combat activities carried out by Pindo aviation under the cover of the GWOT but aimed against the legitimate Armed Forces of a UN member constitute a blatant breach of international law and are in fact acts of military aggression against the SAR. Moreover, at that time the aircraft of the RAF were also performing combat missions in the airspace of Syria. However, the Command of the coalition forces did not use the existing deconfliction channels of communication between al-Udeid in Qatar (CENTCOM) and Hmeymim in Syria (RAF). Russia considers these actions of the Pindosi Command to be an intentional failure to fulfill its obligations within the MoU on deconfliction of operations in Syria dated Oct 20 2015. As of Jun 19 2017, the Russian Defence Ministry has suspended cooperation with Pindostan under the MoU, and demands a thorough investigation of the incident by the Pindo Command along with publication of its results and the measures taken. In the combat mission zones of the Russian aviation in the airspace of Syria, all kinds of airborne vehicles of the international coalition detected to the west of the Euphrates River, whether aircraft and UAVs, will be tracked by the Russian SAM systems as air targets.

Russia Halts Cooperation With Pindostan In Syria, Will “Intercept Any Aircraft” In Russian Areas Of Operation
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jun 19 2017

Contrary to the earlier statement by Pindostan according to which it “contacted its Russian counterparts by telephone via an established deconfliction line to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing,” Russia said that the Pindo-led coalition command Pindostan didn’t use the deconfliction channel with Russia before the incident:

Russian Aerospace Forces jets were conducting operations in Syrian airspace that time. However, the command of the coalition forces didn’t use the existing channel between the air command of the Qatari airbase al-Udeid and the Hmeymim airbase to avoid incidents over Syria.

The Russian ministry also demands a thorough investigation by CENTCOM with the provision of its results and measures taken:

We consider such actions of the Pindosi command as an intentional violation of its obligations in the framework of the memo on avoiding incidents and the safety of aviation flights during operations in Syria signed on Oct 20 2015.

This is absolutely the same MoU described above as voided, signed between Pindostan and Russia signed in Oct 2015 to ensure the safety of flights during combat missions over Syria.

Russia Slams Pindo Downing Of Syrian Jet As “Act Of Aggression”
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jun 19 2017

Russia slammed yesterday’s downing of a Syrian fighter jet by the Pindo-led alliance, the first such escalation since the start of the conflict in 2011, which CENTCOM said was “in defense of partners from the SDF.” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov sayid on Monday the attack was an “act of aggression” and assistance for terrorists that Pindostan is suopposedly fighting against. Ryabkov told journalists in Moscow:

What is it then, if not an act of aggression, an act directly in breach of international law? If you want, it’s actually help for the terrorists that Pindostan is supposedly fighting, declaring that they are conducting a counter-terrorism policy. This attack should be first of all regarded as the continuation of the Pindosi agenda of neglecting the norms of international law. Regardless of who has power in Faschingstein, people there are used to the fact that there are circumstances allowing them to arrogantly look down on and, in some situations, to openly ignore the basics of international relations.

As reported on Sunday, a Syrian Su-22 warplane was shot down by a USAF F/A-18E on Sunday while it was on a mission in the countryside around Raqqa. Damascus stated that the plane was carrying out routine operations against Daesh when it was downed. A statement by the SAA released on Syrian state television said the plane crashed and the pilot was missing. The army statement said it took place on Sunday afternoon near a village called Rasafah. The Syrian army said:

This flagrant attack was an attempt to undermine the efforts of the army as the only effective force capable with its allies in fighting terrorism across its territory. This comes at a time when the SAA and its allies were making clear advances in fighting the Daesh terrorist group.

CENTCOM later issued a statement saying the Syrian plane was downed “in collective self-defense of coalition-partnered forces, after it dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqah” and was shot down in accordance with “rules of engagement of coalition-partnered forces” created and imposed by themselves in defiance of international law and agreed deconfliction treaties signed in Astana, which the Global JewNazi Imperialists ignore, on principle – RB. Before it downed the plane, CENTCOM lied that it had “contacted its Russian counterparts by telephone via an established deconfliction line,” supposedly to deescalate the situation and stop the firing, which is a damned cowardly Jew lie.

Pindo-Led Coalition Shoots Down Syrian Warplane
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jun 18 2017

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CENTCOM issued a statement saying the plane was downed “in collective self-defense of coalition-partnered forces,” identified as fighters of the SDF near Tabqah. It is unclear if these particular “forces” were getting their funding from the Toads or Qatar. A quick situational take from Worldview:

A Pindo Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian government Su-22 fighter jet on Jun 18 that had dropped bombs on Syrian rebel forces fighting Daesh in Syria, ABC News reported. The Pindo-led coalition said in a statement that its focus is on fighting the militant group, and not fighting the Syrian government or Russian forces, but it will defend coalition forces coming under attack. The incident occurred in a town south of Tabqa, Syria, which had been retaken from Daesh by the SDF in preparation for the offensive on Raqqa. The downing is the latest escalation between the Pindo-led coalition and pro-government forces in Syria. Pindostan has also recently conducted airstrikes at pro-Syrian government forces that have moved into a (unilaterally Pindo-declared – RB) deconfliction zone around the town of at al-Tanf in southwest Syria, which is the location of a coalition training base for local forces fighting Daesh.

syria map stratfor_0Caution! This map comes from STRATFOR!!

Meanwhile, the Syrians are not happy with the Pindo strike:

The Pindo-led so-called anti-terrorist coalition has reportedly shot down a Syrian government forces aircraft. Reuters reports the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) announced that the aircraft was brought down in the southern Raqqa countryside, while it was engaging a fleeing Daesh convoy. The pilot remains missing.


Statement issued by the GC of the SAA
Damascus, Jun 18 2017

The [Pindo-led alliance] this afternoon called for the targeting of one of our fighter jets in the Rusafa area in the southern Rifqa district while carrying out a combat mission against an organization calling on the terrorist in the area, which led to the plane crash and the loss of the pilot. This blatant attack confirms beyond doubt the reality of the Pindosi position supporting terrorism, which aims to try to influence the ability of the SAA, the only effective force with its allies that exercise their legitimate right to fight terrorism throughout the territory of the homeland, especially as this attack comes at a time that achieves In which the SAA and its allies have made clear progress in fighting the organization, calling on the terrorist who is being defeated in the Syrian desert on more than one direction. It also affirms the existing coordination between the Untied Snakes of Pindostan and the organization of the terrorist advocate, and exposes the malicious intentions of Pindostan in the management and investment of terrorism to achieve its objectives in passing the Pindosi Zionist project in the region. The GC of the SAA warns of the serious consequences of this blatant attack on their counter-terrorism efforts, affirms that such attacks will not discourage them from their determination and determination to continue the war against the terrorist organizations and groups associated with them and restore security and stability to all the territory of the SAR.

Freelance Journalist Alaa Ebrahim reports the aircraft was engaging a fleeing Daesh convoy:

Which comes just days after Pindo military reportedly watched as Daesh escaped from Raqqa.


Pindostan shoots down Syrian government aircraft
Peter Symonds, WSWS, Jun 19 2017

In a marked escalation of the war in Syria, a USAF F-18 yesterday shot down a Syrian government fighter-bomber for the first time, claiming that it had been attacking pro-Pindo rebel forces on the ground near Raqqa. While nominally fighting Daesh, the USAF shootdown makes clear that the real target of Pindo-led operations is the ousting of Assad cutting Hezbollah’s supply lines – RB. The Pentagon justified the provocative act by claiming that the Syrian Su-22 had been bombing near SDF positions. It cited fighting that had taken place hours earlier between the SAA and SDF at Ja’Din as showing “hostile intent,” and declared that attacks on “legitimate counter-Daesh operations will not be tolerated.” The statement absurdly declared:

The Coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian or pro-regime forces partnered with them.

There is nothing legitimate about the military activities of Pindostan and its vassals inside Syria which under the guise of the GWOT are seeking to carve out areas that can be used to mount operations against the Assad government and its Russian and Iranian backers. As Daesh in both Syria and Iraq are in retreat, Pindosi preparations to move against Assad are coming increasingly into the open. The SAA issued a statement saying that its aircraft had been on a mission against Daesh when it came under fire, accused Pindostan of “coordinating” with Daesh and warned that the incident would have “dangerous repercussions.” The pilot has not been found and is presumed dead. The Pindo attack follows its shooting down of an unmanned pro-Syrian government drone earlier in June after it allegedly fired on Pindo-backed troops in southern Syria near the border with Iraq. The Pentagon has unilaterally declared “a deconfliction zone” with a radius of 55 km around a training base at al-Tanf, a key border crossing between the two countries. In effect, Faschingstein has carved out an area of Syria where Pindo and British SoF train so-called rebels, supposedly to fight Daesh, but in reality for its proxy war against the Assad regime. Pindostan has already conducted air strikes against pro-Syrian government forces that have sought to regain control of the vital border area. Last week, Sergei Lavrov phoned Rex Tillerson demanding that Pindostan stop attacking Syrian government forces as they seek to drive Daesh out of the border areas. The Russian Foreign Ministry reported:

Lavrov expressed his categorical disagreement with the Pindostani strikes on pro-government forces and called on him to take concrete measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The situation throughout Syria remains extremely fraught with the Assad regime accusing the Pindo-led forces besieging Raqqa of allowing Daesh to escape to the south towards Deir ez-Zor. Over the weekend, Iran’s military fired ground-to-ground missiles for the first time from Iranian territory against Daesh positions inside Syria, near Deir ez-Zor. While Iran claimed the missiles were in retaliation for the Jun 7 ISIS attacks in Tehran, they were clearly aimed at bolstering the Syrian government forces. The Pentagon is determined to rebuild anti-Assad forces after the devastating blow of losing Aleppo. The shooting down of the Su-22 is another demonstration that Pindostan is prepared to resort to the most reckless means to defend its footholds in Syria and lay the basis for the broader war that is being prepared. While proclaiming its own “deconfliction zones” or no-go areas, the Pindosi military reiterated last month that it will operate at will throughout Syria. CENTCOM USAF chief Lt-Gen J Harrigan declared:

We don’t recognise any specific zone in itself that we preclude ourselves from operating in.

As a result the stage is set for a dramatic escalation of the Middle East conflict where a relatively minor incident or clash involving Pindo forces and their Syrian, Iranian or Russian counterparts could erupt into a war that draws in major regional and world powers.

Syrian “Rebels” In Turmoil After Qatar Crisis
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jun 19 2017

The ongoing Qatar crisis has had an unexpectedly adverse outcome among the Syrian “rebels” in many cases formerly known as AQ, who expect the crisis between two of their biggest state backers, the Toads and Qatar, to deepen divisions in the opposition to Assad. Together with Turkey and Pindostan, Qatar and the Toads have been major sponsors of the insurgency, arming an array of groups that have been fighting to topple Syria’s Iran-backed president. However, in recent weeks the Gulf support has been far from harmonious, fuelling splits that have set back the revolt. Quoted by Reuters, Mustafa Sejari of the Liwa al-Mutasem rebel group in northern Syria said magnanimously:

God forbid, if this crisis is not contained, I predict the situation in Syria will become tragic because the factions that are supported by (different) countries will be forced to take hostile positions towards each other. We urge our brothers in Toadland and Qatar not to burden the Syrian people more than they can bear.

What he really meant is that he needs the Toads and Qatar on the same page so that the supply of weapons and cash can resume. To be sure, for the terrorist rebels the Qatar crisis comes at the worst possible time. The opposition to Assad has been losing ground to Damascus ever since the Russian military deployed to Syria in support of Assad’s war effort in 2015. Reuters adds that Assad now appears “militarily unassailable.” The rebels still have footholds near Damascus, in the northwest, and the southwest. These are unlikely to hold without a continued infusion of support from the feuding Gulf states. The splintering within the “fund flows” to rebels has further angered the Toads. In the fractured map of the Syrian insurgency, Qatari aid has gone to groups that are often Islamist in ideology and seen as close to the MBs, and thus is anathema to the Toads, Thanis & Egyptian Generals. At the same time, Turkey, which has swung firmly behind Qatar in the Gulf crisis, has backed the same groups as Qatar in northern Syria, including the powerful Ahrar al-Sham, which in the past has cooperated with Nusra.

Qatar is also widely believed to have ties to Nusra, now part of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). While Qatar has officially denied Nusra ties, it has mediated the release of hostages held by the group. Toad, UAE and Jordanian aid has been seen as targeted more closely at groups backed by the CIA, which wield more influence in southern Syria than the north. Qatar has also participated in these, even as it has backed groups outside that channel (namely MBs – RB).

Reuters cited an opposition source “familiar with foreign support to the rebels” who said:

It will increase the split between north and south, as the north is mainly funded by Qatar and Turkey, and the south is supported by Jordan and the coalition.

A second opposition source, a senior rebel official, said:

It will certainly affect us. People are known to be with the Toads or Qatar or Turkey.

The split is clear. Adding to rebel concerns, the crisis has also nudged Qatar closer to Iran, which has sent planes loaded with food to Doha. The rebel official said:

Any rapprochement between Qatar and Iran, or any other state and Iran, is very concerning for us.

A senior Turkish official said:

These developments will have certain effects on the developments in Syria. Its effects will be seen on the field. The elements which Qatar supports may slightly weaken on the field. It’s very important that the Qatar crisis doesn’t take on further dimensions.

Opposition sources fear the Gulf crisis could spark new bouts of conflict, particularly in the Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus, where the Toad-backed Jaish al-Islam has been fighting the Qatari-backed Failaq al-Rahman intermittently for more than a year. That quarrel has helped government forces regain parts of the area. For now the Qatar crisis remains in limbo. The Arab states that turned against Qatar two weeks ago issued a list of dozens of people named as terrorists with links to Qatar, including Sheikh Abdullah al-Muhaysini, a Toad subject based in Syria known for mobilizing support for Jihadi groups. They have not yet issued a clear list of demands for Qatar to comply with in order to reverse the recent escalation. As for the rebels, as we said two weeks ago now that the Qatar pipeline to Europe no longer appears feasible, the rebellion against Assad now seems moot, which is why the most likely outcome is a continued phase-out of support for forces fighting the Syria government until eventually the situation reverts back to its pre-2011 status quo even as the next major regional conflict appears set to be between the Toads and Iran. All it needs is a catalyst.

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