Russia Begins Operations in Syria: End Game for the US Empire?

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US Amb. to Russia says deployment of two carrier groups to Med is 'message to Russia' - Russian Foreign Ministry delivers mother-of-all-comebacks

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US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman earlier characterised the deployment of two carrier groups in the Mediterranean Sea as a signal to Russia, saying the warships represented "100,000 tonnes of international diplomacy" amid alleged Russia's "destabilising activities around the world."

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has commented on Ambassador Huntsman's remarks, advising the envoy to study history.

"I would like to remind the Ambassador that Russia, throughout its centuries-long history, has repeatedly encountered such threats, issued as recommendations, and has repeatedly demonstrated their worthlessness... Perhaps the Ambassador would like for Russia to have one more holiday to celebrate? To be honest, we didn't have any such plans", Zakharova said, apparently referring to the upcoming Victory Day holiday, which Russia celebrates annually on 9 May in honour of the victory over Nazi Germany in WWII.

Zakharova also lamented that the language of threats and sanctions seems to have become the calling card of US diplomacy.

The Foreign Ministry earlier noted its bewilderment over Huntsman's comments, saying he had completely exhausted his potential as a diplomat, and adding that Russia had the ability to reduce the "100,000 tonnes of international diplomacy" that the ambassador boasted about to rusty metal at the bottom of the sea if its security was threatened.

On Tuesday, Ambassador Huntsman said that the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln and the USS John C. Stennis carrier strike groups in the Mediterranean Sea was a message to Russia, noting that "diplomatic communication and dialogue coupled with the strong defence these ships provide demonstrate to Russia that if it truly seeks better relations with the United States, it must cease its destabilising activities around the world."

The carrier groups kicked off joint combat training operations in the Mediterranean on Tuesday, with the strike groups consisting of 10 ships, 130 aircraft, and over 9,000 sailors, airmen, and marines. This is the first simultaneous deployment of two carrier groups in the Mediterranean since 2016.

Comment: The US is stuck in the 19th century, when 'gunboat diplomacy' actually meant something.

In the 21st century, unstoppable missiles render all that hulking metal useless...
 

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April 26, 6:03 UTC+3

GRU head Igor Kostyukov said that it is very unlikely that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is currently in Syria's Idlib province or on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river
MOSCOW, April 26. /TASS/. The Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces does not have information about the whereabouts of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia), Head of the Russian General Staff's Main Intelligence Department (GRU) Vice-Admiral Igor Kostyukov told TASS on Friday.

"His whereabouts are unknown," Kostyukov said on the sidelines of the 8th Moscow International Security Conference.

Kostykov said that it is very unlikely that al-Baghdadi is currently in Syria's Idlib province or on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river. "He is definitely not in Idlib. On the eastern bank of the Euphrates river, only 'sleeper' IS cells remain," he noted.

Several media reported earlier that Al-Baghdadi lost control over the terrorist organization. Some reports say that he suffers from a severe form of lung cancer, others say he is bed-bound after sustaining a serious injury. It was also reported by several sources that al-Baghdadi had already been killed.

Al-Baghdadi was last seen in public in July 2014, when he announced founding a "caliphate" in the Middle East during a Friday prayer in Iraq's Mosul.

Recently, several media activists and local outlets have started spreading baseless reports that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is making some offensive actions against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) south of the town of Tabqah. These reports are not based on facts.


The map shows the current situation in the area



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Logistic support provided by the International alliance enters Syrian territory 27/04/2019 Heading for the Qdam militia depot
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#التغطية_مستمرة Media reports The arrival of a new batch of U.S. arms and logistic assistance from the International Alliance, to "Qdam", consisting of anti-armour rockets and tanks type spike Israeli "manufactured, American air defense and anti-aircraft missiles shoulder-type Stinger

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Translated from Arabic by Microsoft
#التغطية_مستمرة Media reports According to local sources, the Kurdish militias barter Syrian gas and oil with us and Israeli weapons, and the militias appear to be practicing hostile political against the local population and displaced persons


MORE Footage about convoy with #US aid for #SDF
 
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April 27, 2019 - Putin says Russia and Syria are not planning assault on Idlib for now

© Alexey Nikolsky/Russia's presidential press sercive/TASS

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday he did not rule out Syrian forces, backed by Russian air power, launching a full-scale assault on militants in Syria's Idlib province, but that such an operation was unpractical for now.

Several Tahrir Al-Sham Terrorists Killed in Popular Uprising in Idlib
Several Tahrir Al-Sham Terrorists Killed in Popular Uprising in Idlib

Over 10 Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists were killed in clashes with people during their protest rallies in Idlib.


The Kurdish-language Hawar news quoted local sources in Idlib province as saying on Saturday that clashes between residents of the village of Farwan in Southeastern Idlib and Tahrir al-Sham killed 12 militants and destroyed their military vehicles.

GRU head Igor Kostyukov said that it is very unlikely that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is currently in Syria's Idlib province or on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river
MOSCOW, April 26. /TASS/. The Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces does not have information about the whereabouts of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia), Head of the Russian General Staff's Main Intelligence Department (GRU) Vice-Admiral Igor Kostyukov told TASS on Friday.
Russian Media: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Attempting to Cross Syria into Iraq
Russian Media: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Attempting to Cross Syria into Iraq

Russian media reports claimed on Saturday that ISIL terrorist group's ringleader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is in Syria's Badiyeh (desert) region, attempting to cross the border into Iraq.


The Arabic-language service of RT news channel quoted an Iraqi intelligence source as saying that al-Baghdadi is at present hiding in Abu Rajmin mountain near Syria's Palmyra region in Homs province. He added that the ISIL leader wants to cross the border into Iraq in the next few weeks, noting that he has already made several unsuccessful attempts due to the tight security measures at the border.

The report said captured ISIL terrorists have leaked during interrogations that al-Baghdadi has been left with a small number of Saudi, Tunisian and Iraqi militants who are still loyal to him. Security experts said al-Baghdadi is likely trying to join the ISIL terrorists who have been transferred by the US from Syria to Iraq.

Car bomb blast in Syria’s Raqqa leaves ten dead — TV
A car bomb attack in the Syrian city of Raqqa, carried out by the Islamic State terrorist group (outlawed in Russia), left at least ten Kurdish fighters dead late on Friday, the Al Mayadeen TV reported. The explosion took place near barracks of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

This is the second deadly blast this month targeting SDF facilities in Raqqa, some 500 km away from the Syrian capital Damascus. On April 9, 13 people were killed in a blast near an SDF checkpoint in Raqqa, which used to be the Islamic State’s stronghold in the area. The city was liberated from the Islamic State on October 17, 2017, by SDF forces supported by the US-led international coalition.

US Delivers Advanced Weapons to SDF in Eastern Euphrates
US Delivers Advanced Weapons to SDF in Eastern Euphrates

The US-backed Kurdish militants received state-of-the-art weapons and military equipment, including Israeli arms in Eastern Euphrates, the Arabic-language media reports said.


The pro-militant Arabic-language Al-Khabor news agency quoted informed sources as saying that the US-led coalition has delivered new military and logistical supports through Simalka crossing to its allied Kurdish fighters in Eastern Syria. It noted that the said military shipment included advanced missiles, US air defense systems, Israeli anti-Tank Spike missiles, shoulder-mounted surface-to-air Stinger missiles and drones.

The advanced weapons delivered to the Kurdish fighters were transferred to a clandestine depot near Ramilan Airbase in Hasaka province which is guarded by the US marine forces and Kurdish fighters.

Homs: Syrian Army Sends New Military Convoys to Palmyra for Final Battle with ISIL
Homs: Syrian Army Sends New Military Convoys to Palmyra for Final Battle with ISIL

The Syrian Army has dispatched fresh military convoys to areas near Palmyra in Eastern Homs for cleansing operations against the remnants of the ISIL terrorist group who have returned to the region through cooperation with the US-backed militants who are deployed at borders in Southeastern Syria, sources said.


Hundreds of the Syrian Army troops together with tens of military vehicles and heavy military equipment have been sent to al-Sukhneh region in Eastern Palmyra in Eastern Homs province, a military source in Eastern Syria was quoted by the Arabic-language media outlets as saying. The Syrian Army has reinforced its military positions in Eastern Homs, the source added.

Astana 12 affirms preservation of Syria’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, continuation of combating terrorism

April 26, 2019 - The guarantor states of the Astana process, Russia, Iran and Turkey renewed their commitment to Syria’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and the principles of the United Nations Charter.

In Astana 12 final statement on Friday, the guarantors stressed that these principles must be fully adhered to and that any actions by any party cannot undermine these principles.

They condemned as “violation of the international legitimacy” the United States’ declaration on the occupied Syrian Golan.

“The United States’ declaration on the occupied Syrian Golan violates international legitimacy, particularly the UN Security Council resolution No.497, and threatens security and stability in the region,” the statement read.

“The United States’ declaration on the occupied Syrian Golan violates international legitimacy, particularly the UN Security Council resolution No.497, and threatens security and stability in the region,” the statement read.

The statement rejected all attempts to create new facts on the ground under the pretext of combating terrorism in Syria and rejected the separatist agendas aimed at undermining the sovereignty and unity of Syrian territory and endangering its security and the security of neighboring countries.

The guarantors stressed that ensuring security and stability in the Syrian al-Jazira area can only be through respecting Syria’s sovereignty and independence.

They unanimously underlined the need to fully implement Sochi agreement on Idleb, voicing concern about attempts of the so-called Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham terrorist organization to increase its control over the region.

The guarantor states reaffirmed their determination to continue cooperation to ultimately eliminate Daesh (ISIS), Jabhat al-Nusra and all other entities and persons associated with al-Qaeda, Deash or other organizations labeled as terrorist by the UN Security Council.

Taking the necessary measures in the de-escalation zone area in Idleb was agreed upon according to the statement .

The delegations of the three countries also renewed their conviction that “there is no military solution to the crisis in Syria,” underlining their commitment to the political process led by the Syrians in cooperation with the United Nations in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.

They pointing out that they discussed with the UN Chief’s special envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen the beginning of the Constitutional Committee`s work consistent with the decisions of the Congress of the Syrian National Dialogue in Sochi.

The guarantors confirmed need to continue to provide humanitarian assistance to all Syrians without preconditions, calling on the international community, particularly the United Nations and its humanitarian agencies, to increase cooperation with Syria through increasing assistance and implementing projects of reconstruction.

The final statement referred to the invitation of Syria’s neighboring countries, namely Iraq and Lebanon to join the process of Astana.

The guarantor states decided to hold the next high-level meeting on Syria next July. Gh.A.Hassoun
April 26, 2019 - Syrian-Iranian-Russian Coordination Excellent: Assad’s Media Adviser
Syrian-Iranian-Russian Coordination Excellent: Assad’s Media Adviser - World news - Tasnim News Agency
Syrian-Iranian-Russian Coordination Excellent: Assad’s Media Adviser
Syrian President’s Political and Media Adviser Bouthaina Shaaban said that Syria will welcome Russian-Iranian relations with Turkey if it helps solving the crisis in Syria.

Stating that Turkey had not been adhered to the Idlib’s peace agreement with the Syrian government,
Shaaban added that Russia and Iran have a good coordination in Syria and what the fifth column is promoting is untrue.

"We will not give up even a piece of Syrian soil. The Syrian people will remain patient in confronting economic crisis as they have done the same in the war against terrorism,” Shaaban said during a live interview with the Arab-language Almayadeen TV.

"Some Arabs live in isolation and do not realize that the world is leaving the American train," the Syrian adviser said while blaming some Arab countries for aiding terrorists in Syria with the help of the US and added that if the Arab countries were not helping the United States, it couldn’t have been able to do what it is doing now (referring to aiding the terrorists in the region).

Regarding the Rukban refugee camp in Syria, Shaaban said the United States has been arresting women and children in the al-Rukban camp and protecting the terrorists in of Al-Tanf region.

The Rukban camp is located near Jordan's northeastern border with Syria, and is a home to 50,000 displaced Syrians, who are suffering from the harsh humanitarian situation because of the cold weather and lack of supplies. According to the latest report of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the humanitarian conditions in the makeshift settlement at Rukban remain dire despite the deployment of a joint United Nations-Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy in February.

Shaaban also said that the US's actions in the Middle East will one day reflect on itself in a dangerous way.

Under a deal reached following a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in September, all militants should have withdrawn from the demilitarization zone by October 15.

However, al-Qaeda-linked Takfiri terrorists said they refuse to either leave the buffer zone or hand over their weapons.

Moscow believed that the 15-20 kilometer buffer zone would help stop attacks from Idlib-based militants on Syrian army positions and Russia's military bases in the flashpoint region.

Idlib and some surrounding areas are the last major bastions of Takfiri terrorists and anti-government militants in Syria, where the Syrian government has in recent months retaken much of the territory it had lost since the conflict erupted in the country in 2011.
 

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Syrian Army Starts A Military Operation Against US-Backed SDF Forces In Southern Raqqa – Reports
Last updated Apr 27, 2019 22:14:49

According to Arabic Sputnik News Agency, the Syrian troops under cover of the Russian Air Force stormed SDF-held areas south-west of Tabqa city in south-western Raqqa countryside, the Syrian military units managed to advance 3km amid the retreat of US-backed SDF forces from the area.
Syrian Army did not capture any territory from SDF in Raqqa: source
2019-04-28

The jihadists have attempted to drop bombs on the Hmeimim Airbase last night.

Jihadists attempt to bomb Russian base in western Syria
2019-04-28
 

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In the early hours of April 28, Russian air defense systems deployed in the Hmeimim airbase intercepted unidentified aerial objects which were heading towards the base. This was the second attack on the Russian airbase in the last 72 hours.

Local sources said that the objects were armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). However, the Lebanese al-Manar TV said that they were Grad rockets.

According to initial reports, all the objects were successfully shot down. No damage was recorded in the airbase or in the civilian areas in its vicinity.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. Despite this, Russian warplanes carried out a series of retaliatory airstrikes on terrorists’ positions inside the strategic town of Qalaat al-Madiq in the northwestern Hama countryside and in its vicinity.

Qalaat al-Madiq is known to be a stronghold of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement, a part of the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) coalition. Earlier this year, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) took over the town. However, recent reports suggested that Ahrar al-Sham is still operating there.

The Russian Aerospace Forces will likely carry out more airstrikes on terrorists’ positions in northwestern Syria in the upcoming few hours. These airstrikes are meant to deter the terrorists, who are still refusing to respect the Russian-Turkish demilitarized zone agreement.

Notorious ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is currently hiding in the mountainous area of Abu Rujmayn southeast of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, an Iraqi intelligence official revealed on April 27, according to al-Khaleej.

Abu Rujmayn is a part of the Homs desert, which lays between eastern Homs and western Deir Ezzor. The desert is considered the last ISIS stronghold in Syria.

The Iraqi official said that al-Baghdadi, who is currently surrounded by few loyal fighters from Iraq, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, is trying to enter Iraq.

“The reason al-Baghdadi is planning to enter Iraq is because the number of his supporters in Syria has decreased,” the source said, who claimed that this information was taken from people close to al-Baghdadi, who were arrested recently.

The ISIS leader has failed to cross into Iraq so far due to the strict Syrian and Iraqi security measures in the border area, according to the Iraqi official.

These claims are in line with a recent report of the Asia Times.
The report, that was released on March 28, says that al-Baghdadi is currently hiding in the Homs desert, which is besieged by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies.

Certainly he is still alive, he did not participate in any battle and was not close to any battlefield … The ISIS security detail that guards Baghdadi knows that keeping the Caliph alive is more important than maintaining the Caliphate,” Hisham al-Hashemi, a Baghdad-based terrorism expert, told the Asian outlet back then.

Last year, Huthaifah al-Badri, a son of al-Baghdadi, was killed by the SAA, while he was participating in an “Inghimasi” attack in the vicinity of the Homs desert. This further supports the claims of the Iraqi officials and the Asia Times.

If al-Baghdadi is indeed hiding in the Homs desert, he will likely be killed or even captured by the SAA and its allies soon. The army is conducting intense combing operations around the desert currently.

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#طالبان: Last night, in the Qaisar mountain region, Faryab were killed 7 tons and 7 wounded.

#Secondly resurrected, like Chaghrab Herat, killed three soldiers in the postpone attack on Tagab bridge, the Taliban commander Juma Gul escaped with 6 soldiers.

Three soldiers including a Taliban commander, including Juma Gul, were killed in the attack on a Tagab bridge checkpoint in Herat and Nangarhar last night. 5 missiles collapsed 5 miles ago

April 28, 2019
ALEPPO — Opposition factions in the Operation Euphrates Shield area in the Aleppo countryside continue to hold various military training sessions under the supervision of officers from the Turkish army and the so-called Syrian National Army, which is affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA), opposition officials have told Al-Monitor. The program, which began April 7, includes training on airdrop operations using Turkish army helicopters.

This is the first time FSA fighters have received this type of training.

Director of the politburo for the FSA-affiliated Al-Moaatsem Brigade Mustafa Sejari told Al-Monitor, “The trainings of the National Army are ongoing, and preparations for the upcoming battle in the Eastern Euphrates are underway. The trainings are reaching high levels to ensure the success of operations in record time. Undoubtedly, previous experience in the Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations will benefit the Eastern Euphrates battles.”

Sejari added, “The trainings are part of the cooperation between the FSA and the Turkish army in their joint war on terror. FSA fighters receive intensive training on airdrops and new military tactics. This is the first such training for FSA fighters. The FSA continues to coordinate and cooperate with the Turkish army, which is offering special trainings and sessions constantly to teach our forces more battle expertise.”



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Weapons seized by #Taliban in Anar Dara district of #Farah 4 days ago
 
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A number of civilians holding peaceful protests were killed and injured by the SDF in Deir Ezzor.

PROTESTS AGAINST SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC FORCES CONTINUE IN SOUTHERN DEIR EZZOR (VIDEOS)
27.04.2019

US-backed SDF militias open fire on protestors in Deir Ezzor countryside
By Shaza/Gh.A. Hassoun - 27 April, 2019
SDF are not stopping with shooting the civilians.

Qasad militia opens fire on demonstrations demanding its expulsion from Deir Ezzor countryside
By Ruaa al-Jazaeri - 28 April, 2019

Yeah right!

PRO-GOVERNMENT SOURCES CLAIM SYRIAN ARMY ADVANCED SOUTH OF TABQAH. HERE’S WHAT REALLY HAPPENED (MAP)
28.04.2019

Syrian Army Advances in Raqqa Province amid SDF Withdrawal
Apr 28, 2019

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The Russian Aerospace Forces will likely carry out more airstrikes on terrorists’ positions in northwestern Syria in the upcoming few hours. These airstrikes are meant to deter the terrorists, who are still refusing to respect the Russian-Turkish demilitarized zone agreement.
Russian Air Force launches new attack on jihadists in western Idlib
2019-04-28

Rebels issue general mobilization call after suffering heavy losses due to Russian airstrikes
2019-04-28

RUSSIA, TURKEY AGREED ON JOINT PATROLS AROUND IDLIB: SYRIAN OPPOSITION SPOKESMAN
28.04.2019

US Forces to Stay for a Long Time in Iraq: General
28/04/2019

US is blocking Syria’s return to the Arab League: Russia
2019-04-28
 

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Things are cooking!

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New Syrian Army columns in the direction of Idlib + start of a fire on the entire urban countryside 29/04/2019



Lavrov: Commitment to the escalation agreements 29/04/2019 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the remnants of ISIS's ISIL and al-Nusra are carrying out provocations and incitement in the region's escalating escalation zone, reiterating Moscow's commitment to implement all the provisions of the accords on Syria's escalation zones despite provocations.

Locations Of US, British, Chinese, French And Russian Aircraft Carriers – April 29, 2019
April-29-2019

 

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Syrian War Report – Apr. 29, 2019: Russian, Syrian Forces Rain Hell On Idlib Militants



Opinion:


The Islamic State, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi has appeared in a new video published by the group, which is the first time in nearly 5 years that he has appeared in a public setting.

The United States commented on the new video of al Baghdadi through the State Department spokesman who said that the US government analysts “will review this recording and we will defer to the intelligence community to confirm its authenticity,”

Regardless of the video‘s authenticity, the spokesman said that the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, had been battered.

“ISIS’s territorial defeat in Iraq and Syria was a crushing strategic and psychological blow as ISIS saw its so-called caliphate crumble, its leaders killed or flee the battlefield, and its savagery exposed,” he said.

The United States also vowed to continue to track down and defeat surviving leaders of the Islamic State terror group.

“The US-led coalition will fight across the world to ensure an enduring defeat of these terrorists and that any leaders who remain are delivered the justice that they deserve,” the State Department spokesman clarified.
 
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