The US has been materially helping ISIS capture the strategic eastern Syrian town of Deir El-Zour because it is a vital link binding together the territories of the Middle East’s Axis of Resistance.
Reflecting the fact that contacts between the Russian government and Trump’s team were put on hold during the transition, Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov reveals that no discussions have yet taken place about a Putin-Trump summit, and one is not expected for several months.
In a gesture to the incoming Trump administration Russia invites the US to attend the forthcoming Syrian peace conference in Astana, calculating that it makes better sense to have the US on side with the process rather than left outside seeking to disrupt it. Iran however makes its skepticism clear.
All four of the persons selected by U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump for the top U.S. national-security posts are committed to replacing the outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama’s #1 military target, Russia, by a different #1 military target, Iran.