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Russia shines light on the shady anti-Syrian coalition of the US, Kurds and jihadists

Russia shines light on the shady anti-Syrian coalition of the US, Kurds and jihadists

Russia has rejected claims from the United States and their Kurdish led proxy militants SDF that the Russian Aerospace Forces along with the Syrian Arab Air force targeted an SDF position in Deir ez-Zor East of the Euphrates.

Legally speaking, the entire argument it moot as Syria has declared the SDF an illegal group and therefore a legitimate target as Syria works with its legal partners to liberate Syria. Syria has said openly it will fight the SDF if necessary in the battle to liberate Syria from all illegitimate forces. Hence the notion of some sort of agreement between the SDF and Syria, tenuous as it always was, can now be confirmed as ‘fake news’ or perhaps better put, wishful speculation by pro-Kurdish elements.

However, in practical terms, it highlights the very real possibility that as ISIS continues to dwindle as a formidable military force, Syria and Kurdish militants may very likely come into increasingly intense conflicts in a ‘rush for territory’ in formerly ISIS occupied parts of what is legal Syrian territory, even as Russia seeks to prevent further clashes without directly interfering in Syrian affairs. In this sense Russia’s ability to stop such clashes is self-limiting due to Russia’s respect for the realities of international law.

As I wrote, shortly before the alleged incident involving Syria/Russia and the SDF,

“Throughout the conflict in Syria, the Syrian Arab Army and its Russian/Iranian and Hezbollah allies have tended to operate in different regions vis-a-vis the Kurdish led US proxy army known as the SDF.

Over the last year however, this has increasingly changed. As Syrian forces along with their allies continue to liberate Deir ez-Zor city which has been under ISIS occupation for the last three years, reports have surfaced indicating that a faction of the SDF is only a few short kilometres away from Syrian forces as the SDF approaches the city from the north.

With the SDF and the Syrian Arab Army now effectively competing for territory which will be inevitably re-gained from ISIS by either force, the previous unspoken agreement that the SDF would more or less have free reign east of the Euphrates, might no longer apply. In many respects this is now a question of ‘when’ rather than ‘if.

As Deir ez-Zor lies just west of the Euphrates and with Syria intent on exercising its right to liberate “ever inch of Syria”, the question now is, what will the major foreign powers do to either prevent or encourage conflict between Kurdish militants and the Syrian Arab Army?

Before exploring the answers to such questions, it is necessary to understand that according to international law, only the Syrian Arab Army and its allies have any right to operate in Syria. The United States remains in Syria in contravention to international law, but because the US shows little respect for international law, it is necessary to explore the various scenarios bearing this unfortunate situation in mind.

The first major test of how the SAA and SDF would interact with one another when coming face to face on the battlefield, took place in June of 2017.

At that time, the United States illegally shot down a Syrian fighter jet which the US alleges fired on SDF positions. Syria however claims that it was firing on ISIS/Daesh positions”.

READ MORE: Syria, Turkey and the Kurds–A Devil’s Triangle that only Russia can navigate

It seems that the forecast about a forthcoming conflict between Syria and her partners versus the Kurdish proxies of the United States is now official in the context of the battle against ISIS turning into a battle for longer term control of legitimate Syrian territory.

However, the specific nature of yesterday’s incident is being openly challenged by Russia which maintains a line of communication with the United States which is intended to avoid incidents between parties which do not communicate directly, in this case the Syrian Arab Army and the SDF.

The Russian Defense Ministry has released the following statement, clarifying what really happened:

“To avoid unnecessary escalation, the command of the Russian troops in Syria revealed the boundaries of the military operation in Deir ez-Zor to the American partners through the existing communication channel.

Within the framework of this operation, the fighters, armored vehicles, and objects of terrorists are being destroyed on both western and eastern banks of the Euphrates.

At the same time, the Russian Air Force makes pinpoint strikes only on reconnaissance targets confirmed by several channels in IS-controlled areas.

ver the past few days, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, Russian control and reconnaissance facilities have not identified a single combat of Islamic State terrorists with armed representatives of any ‘third force.’ Therefore, only representatives of the international coalition can answer the question as to how ‘opposition members’ or ‘military advisers of the international coalition’ managed to get to the IS-held areas in the eastern part of Deir ez-Zor without striking a blow”.

In summary, Russia has stated that the only way that SDF militants could have been wounded in the anti-ISIS strike is if such men were embedded among ISIS in what is universally accepted as ISIS occupied territory.

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It has already been established that during the early days of the ongoing, slow-moving US/SDF assault on Raqqa, that SDF fighters allowed many ISIS commanders and fighters to escape towards Deir ez-Zor.

It has also been reported that the US air force has been airlifting ISIS commanders out of Deir ez-Zor via helicopter.

READ MORE: US colluded with ISIS in Deir ez-Zor

This all comes as the leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps has stated,

“We have documents showing the behavior of the Americans in Iraq and Syria. We know what the Americans did there; what they neglected and how they supported Daesh [Islamic State – IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL]”.

While putatively the SDF and ISIS are enemies and while the ISIS has never admitted directly helping ISIS, although it readily admits arming and funding groups whose strategy and ideology is identical to ISIS, including elements of al-Qaeda, it is becoming increasingly apparent from multiple sources, that the US relationship with ISIS is not as simple as the ‘non-relationship’ Washington promulgates through its public communications channels.

This could help explain why the US in Raqqa as it previously had done in Mosul, is moving so slowly against ISIS targets. By contrast Hezbollah moved rapidly against an ISIS and al-Qaeda de-facto alliances in Lebanon and Syria along with its partners are moving rapidly against ISIS in Deir ez-Zor, a city which is now vastly more well protected by ISIS than Raqqa is.

It seems that for the United States, thoughts of mission creep have taken priority over the publican stated mission itself.

The increasingly self-evident truth is that the US does not want to see any force preventing Syria from taking its country back fully defeated and this includes ISIS. As ISIS will soon be defeated in spite of this, it is becoming equally clear that the next big challenge for Syria will be fighting against a group openly aligned with the United States and this is the SDF.

READ MORE: Syria days away from annihilating ISIS on the battlefield–Here’s what comes next

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Voltaire
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Knowing the duplicity of the United States, the Kurdish led SDF is certainly embedded among ISIS and Al Qaeda in Idlib….There are probably US special forces embedded as well with the terrorists…

The Russians:Syrians/Iranians should carpet bomb the SDF and AL Qaeda …

christianblood
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christianblood

Very well-said!

GeorgeG
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GeorgeG

I’ve been laughing my socks off. General Konashenkov is brilliant! Mr. Garrie ist brilliant for having noticed it!! Two horns of a dilemma, both of them will draw blood. That is merely the formal rigor of the logic, but I suggest the Pentagon’s computers — you know, where they hide their “artificial intelligence” with all those algorithms about “battlefield awareness” — are blowing their fuses because the two horns are not mutually exclusive. They are quite compatible with each other: lying about the attack and embedding SDF into ISIS at the same time. The dilemma for the Pentagon is just… Read more »

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

From Syrian Army HQ: “The army reached the Euphrates, having liberated two districts… On the east side, the militants were forced to retreat from the airbase at a distance of more than five kilometers. ISIS terrorists retreated to the city of Al Mayadin while some of them crossed the Euphrates and sheltered in the northern part of Deir ez-Zor.”

So, we’ll see now if SDF came engage ISIS in fight there (they must be face to face), or other US helicopters will come to rescue them, as they did last month for ISIS commanders?

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Well, well, when US air force killed 100 soldiers of Syrian national army in Deir Ez-Zor, and launched strikes on Syrian air base, they were not too eager to inform the Russians about their intent, and now complain that some “moderate” terrorists got “hurt”? What goes around, comes around, Mr. Pentagon. The American order “Do as I say, not as I do” doesn’t hold water anymore. And what the fak are the Yanks doing on Syria territory? Who allowed them to be there? Why are US military “counselors” on the territory of the sovereign and UN-recognized member, the Republic of… Read more »

john vieira
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john vieira

The USA and NATO are caught up in their OWN duplicity and are running out of options…

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

they have thrown qatar under the bus to make their escape into afghanistan and Africa. All the men who have strength and energy to defend themselves have left their homelands as economic migrants for EU. Who will defend their families and friends from ISIS in Africa if they are over here?

john vieira
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john vieira

Take a good step back and try to visualize what HAS been transpiring versus what we have been TOLD is transpiring…and you will quickly realize that their ‘friends and families’ are in less need of protection than YOURS!!!

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Update: Military Situation in Syria on September 17, 2016comment image

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Map of Syrian Army position in the East, September 17:
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Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

To Ed:
“Legally speaking, the entire argument it is moot….”
“While putatively the SDF and ISIS are enemies and while the ISIS US has never admitted directly helping ISIS”
“By contrast, Hezbollah moved rapidly against an ISIS and al-Qaeda de-facto alliance in Lebanon and Syria , and along with its partners are is moving rapidly against ISIS in Deir ez-Zor…”
“…thoughts of mission creep have taken priority over the publican publicly stated mission itself.”

Guy
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Guy

Must have rushed through it ………..

Tahau Taua
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Tahau Taua

Apart from some editing errors in this piece Adam, it could be said that the SDF are in fact; ISIS by another name. Whatever, any group aligned with the US Regime; is a legitimate target. There have been so many fake stories floating around (no doubt cooked up by the US), that the US Regime wants any attacks on the SDF; to look like attacks on all Kurds. The hope is to rally all Kurdish Forces against the Damascus Govt and the Russian Federation. If that’s the case, the US Regimes days in Syria, are numbered.

ColinNZ
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ColinNZ

The Kurds & ISIS are both US proxies, and for all intents & purposes they are performing the same role … restrict SAA & allies to west of the Euphrates. You only have to look at US bombing of SAA on behalf of SDF (Raqqa) and ISIS (Al Thurda) to see that the simulataneous co-ordination with both was timed to block and inflict maximum damage on the SAA … yes, SDF & ISIS do sometimes fight each other, but when uncle Sam demands co-operation they usually fall into line … how else do you think the SDF – after SIX… Read more »

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Breaking news: According to the Syrian Sana news agency, the US aircraft carried a series of strikes on residential neighborhoods in Al Mayadin city, located 29 miles southeast of Deir ez-Zor. Most of the victims were women and children.
https://www.rt.com/news/403640-us-coalition-deir-ezzor-civilians/

Sérgio
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Sérgio

Who is Abu Khawla Al-Diri that appeared recently as the commander of the SDF-linked Deir Ezzor Military Council ?

http://en.deirezzor24.net/who-is-abu-khawla-al-diri-that-appeared-recently-as-the-commander-of-the-sdf-linked-deir-ezzor-military-council/

Leader of YPG – SDF in DeirEzzor, is Abu Khawla

https://twitter.com/domihol/status/909790336423219200

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