As one regional war ends, another conflict may begin.
Claims which draw on a comment of Syria’s UN ambassador Bashar Jaafari that Russia has threatened to shoot down Israeli aircraft bombing Syria are completely wrong and misunderstand the nature of Russia’s relationship with both Israel and Syria. Russia has taken on no commitment to defend Syria from Israel, and has no wish to jeopardise its very good relations with Israel by threatening to do so.
The arrival of a new US President intent on overturning the established world order has triggered a succession of crisis, some engineered by him, some engineered by his opponents within the US ‘Deep State’ as they seek to disrupt his initiative for a new detente with Russia.
As the Philippines under its popular new President Rodrigo Duterte pivots away from the US, the US is intensifying its media campaign that misrepresents his anti-drugs policy in order to miscast him as a ‘dictator’. This looks like the preparation of a hybrid war scenario aimed at overthrowing Duterte’s government, which as in Syria could involve the use of Jihadist terrorists.