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The US proxy war against Russia in Syria is not being fought so much as it is being lost

How will the US respond to its inevitable loss in Syria?

In spite of coming under constant attack from ISIS, Russian military engineers have build a bridge across the Euphrates in Deir ez-Zor, which is capable of handling 8,000 vehicles per day including large trucks and tanks.

While the rapid construction of the strong river bridge is being rightly touted as a remarkable achievement against considerable odds, it also represents an important strategic and even geo-political development in the wider context of the Syrian conflict.

Prior to the battle for Deir ez-Zor, there were whispers that Russia had consigned itself to remain west of the Euphrates in respect of its anti-terrorist battles in Syria. Implicit in this theory was that Syria would not venture east of the Euphrates, which had generally been a US and US proxy dominated area.

Officially, Syria has always maintained that it seeks to liberate “every inch” of its territory and that further more, all uninvited foreign powers and unofficial militias (such as the SDF) are illegal entities which are classed as enemies of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Far from leaving Syria to fight alone east of the Euphrates, Russia is now actively assisting Syrian troops east of the river in Deir ez-Zor. Thus, the building of the bridge increasingly confirms that Russia will stand alongside the Syrian Arab Army and Air Force as it continues to push east and north, liberating legal Syrian territory from terrorist groups and foreign occupiers.

It is no coincidence that the Syrian-Russian push east of the Euphrates has come at a time when there is mounting evidence of tripartite battlefield and intelligence collusion between ISIS, the Kurdish led US proxy militia SDF and US forces.

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Nor is it a coincidence that it is becoming increasingly apparent that mutual enemies of both Syria and Russia were responsible for leaking information to ISIS which resulted in the targeted killing of the martyred Russian officer Valery Asapov.

While Russia has never deliberately targeted US proxies apart from jihadist groups, now it seems that all US proxies, including jihadist groups are systematically targeting Syrian and Russian troops. This is all the more apparent when one understands that Raqqa has been partly abandoned by the US and SDF in order to move troops and supplies to Deir ez-Zor.

There is no morally justifiable strategic reason for the US to be doing this. If there was truly something even approaching a mutual understanding about the US and its proxies along with Syria and its allies fighting ISIS in a semi-coordinated fashion, the US could continue to concentrate on Raqqa, where little real progress has been made, while Syria and Russia concentrate on Deir ez-Zor, where considerable progress has been made in spite of attacks from both ISIS and the SDF.

The only strategic reason for the US to move its proxies to Deir ez-Zor at such a time is to compete for territory with Syria and its allies and this is of course what is blatantly happening.

In June of this year, Russia stated that its forces would target any US or allied aircraft west of the Euphrates unless such moves were coordinated with Syria and her genuine partners. What was not said and what legally did not need to be said, is that Syria and her allies have the full right to operate in all parts of Syria, including east of the Euphrates. If the US thought that Russia would some how reject international law and stop Syria from exercising its right to liberate all of its territory, the US was simply being foolish.

Syria has strategically liberated parts of Syria in their order of manifest importance. It was only a matter of time before areas east of the Euphrates and Deir ez-Zor in particular, would be the next terrorist domino for Syria to push over.

Any wishful thinking on the US part that Russia would either abandon or go against Syria in this unfolding struggle, was delusional. In reality, the US may well have been leading Russia on with words of ‘cooperation’ that never amounted to a great deal, knowing that it was in fact inevitable that as soon as Syria reached the Euphrates, Syria’s Russian ally would cross the river with Syrian troops.

In this sense, while things are ever more dangerous in respect of a direct US-Russian confrontation, in the wider sense, it is the US that is losing ground. The US has gone from a policy of hard regime change, to one of soft regime change, to one of a presumed semi-permanent occupation of eastern Syria without regime change in Damascus, to the current position of being outflanked by Syria and Russia, even in eastern Syria.

The next possible move for the US might be to concentrate on northern areas dominated by Kurdish militants and radicals, but the precedent being set in Iraq at this very moment may lead the US to question the wisdom of such a position.

With Iraqi and Turkish troops conducting joint military exercises and with Turkey promising an economic embargo against Kurdish regions of Iraq at best and a full scale military intervention if this does not hold back secessionists, the US may realise that if it thinks it can carve Syria up along Kurdish nationalist lines, that Turkey will not sit idly and watch it happen, not least because Turkey’s relationship with Syrian Kurds is even worse than its relations with Iraqi Kurds which at one time was surprisingly good. In this sense, if the US goes full-throttle for Syrian Kurdish separatism, the US would retain her current opponents in Syria while gaining many angry new ones, including and especially NATO member Turkey.

Just as the 1951 Chinese Spring Offensive during the Korean War, pushed US allied troops back below the 38th parallel, the current Syria-Russian offensive in Deir ez-Zor could begin to squeeze the US out of much of eastern Syria and back to the Iraqi border.

With 85% of Syria already back under government control, a strategic and symbolic victory for Syria is already in the making. The question is, how much are the US and her proxy forces willing to fight back and expend further blood in this process?

The bigger question therefore no longer reads, “Is the US at war with Russia in Syria”? The question now is, “How will the US respond to its inevitable loss”?

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Daisy Adler
Daisy Adler
September 26, 2017

“there were whispers that Russia had consigned itself to remain west of the Euphrates in respect of its anti-terrorist battles in Syria. Implicit in this theory was that Syria would not venture east of the Euphrates, which had generally been a US and US proxy dominated area.”

Rumors spread by whom? The US-ISIS coalition? US have no legal right to be in Syria and I mean, NOWHERE in Syria. US don’t even have diplomatic relation with Syria.

Terry Ross
Terry Ross
Reply to  Daisy Adler
September 26, 2017

I think AG means the claims made by various analysts, which as it turned out were simply guesses.

Logic
Logic
Reply to  Daisy Adler
September 26, 2017

The US not only has no right to be in Syria but most importantly the US has no right to exist. The sect occupies America. “Americans United Against the United States of America” opposes this injustice and it is important that Russia recognizes this for there is a basic maxim of law known as: “A piratis et latronibus capta dominium non mutant” meaning “things taken by pirates or robbers do not change their ownership.” After illegally occupying America it now seeks to occupy the whole world militarily and also with its secular religion. The sect calls this mythological triumphalist ambition… Read more »

Rastislav Veľká Morava
Reply to  Daisy Adler
September 26, 2017

Your Rothschild Crest Avatar alone indicates dis-ingeniousness, therefore your echo chamber of comments here are hardly believable as being genuine.

Your Zionist Tribe and Squatter State is supporting both ISIS and the Kurds openly, and that is a fact. You would serve the cause of truth by going on Hebrew Discussions advocating/commenting as you do here.

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DawnJHendrickson
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September 27, 2017

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September 27, 2017

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JNDillard
JNDillard
September 26, 2017

How long before the Syrians and Russians declare a “no fly zone” over Syria east of the Euphrates?

Terry Ross
Terry Ross
Reply to  JNDillard
September 26, 2017

As soon as Deir Ezzor city is clear and the airport is equipped with S-300/S-400 I would expect.
They would probably allow the US to exist in Hasakah for a while until it sinks in they need to leave Syria for good.

tapatio
tapatio
Reply to  JNDillard
September 26, 2017

SOON, I hope.

Gavin Allen
Gavin Allen
September 26, 2017

It seems Adam’s on the drugs again. And it appears he’s still trying to pretend that the SDF is “Kurdish” and not Syrian (and majority Arab). “if it thinks it can carve Syria up along Kurdish nationalist lines…” – the Syrian Kurds are anti-nationalist and fighting for a free, democratic Syria. Adam, you really are a loser, as opposed to the Syrian people, who held the first ever free elections in Syria last week in the DFNS.

Terry Ross
Terry Ross
Reply to  Gavin Allen
September 26, 2017

You seem to be taking the Pentagon line which has claimed the makeup of the SDF is 60% Arabs and 40% Kurds, even though the SDF is controlled by the Turkish YPG. Of course Turkey (nor Syria) does not believe a word of this and the claim seems to be merely to cover for Trump’s decision to openly arm the YPG under the weak excuse “but the majority of SDF are Arabs” Turkey has already announced that the arming of Turkish YPG, whom it considers terrorist, would be crossing its red line. BTW: When Adam used the term “Kurdish Nationalist… Read more »

tapatio
tapatio
Reply to  Terry Ross
September 26, 2017

Gavin Allen seems to be trolling for IsraHELL/Washington. His comments fit their format.

tapatio
tapatio
Reply to  Gavin Allen
September 26, 2017

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7.62x54r
7.62x54r
Reply to  Gavin Allen
September 26, 2017

How can anti-Syrian Kurds be fighting for a democratic Syria? What they want is Syrian land- and oil fields- with the US military standing behind them. Why not give them part of Arizona or land in the center of the UK?

TravelAbout
TravelAbout
Reply to  7.62x54r
September 26, 2017

Or better yet part of Israel.

JPH
JPH
September 26, 2017

“How will the US respond to its inevitable loss”?

Double down duplicity…

paul
paul
September 26, 2017

I think this is nonsense. To push the US backed Kurds out means a confrontation with the US. Russia has no stomach for that. It looks right now like the US will control the oil fields. Checkmate.

tapatio
tapatio
Reply to  paul
September 26, 2017

Are you trolling for Washington or are you a hasbarat? The US is NOT going to control any part of Syria. Washington’s proxy terrorists, including the Kurdish Krud are LOSING, in case you haven’t noticed.

If the Jews’ puppets in Washington are so desperate for nuclear war, it might as well start in Syria.

TravelAbout
TravelAbout
Reply to  tapatio
September 26, 2017

“If the Jews’ puppets in Washington are so desperate for nuclear war, it might as well start in Syria” better it start a bit southwest of there..

tapatio
tapatio
Reply to  TravelAbout
September 27, 2017

It will start by either IsraHELL or Washington deciding that they can get away with using nukes. Pentagon estimates are about FIVE BILLION dead.

Wayne Blow
Wayne Blow
Reply to  paul
September 26, 2017

B.S.

Robin Morritt
Robin Morritt
Reply to  paul
September 27, 2017

“Checkmate”, Paul? Checkmate is when you capture the King in chess. The Americans will fight Assad to the last drop of Al Qaeda, Kurdish and Islamic State blood, but he’s doing just fine. It is the terrorists and traitors and their foreign sponsors who are feeling the heat.

charlie
charlie
September 26, 2017

isis terrorist die… Al..cia ..duh cry…

Boris Kazlov
Boris Kazlov
September 27, 2017

I have a whole bottle of Russian vodka from St.Petersburg to drink after Syria is fully liberated. Na sderovya Siri!

eric zweistein
eric zweistein
September 27, 2017

Great summary by Adam Garrie.

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