We are facing two tripwires in Syria. The first is when Turkey finally attacks the Kurdish enclave in Manbji. The USA has 3,000 troops deployed with the Kurdish fighters there. Obviously, when Turkey attacks we will see direct combat between the US and Turkey. The second tripwire will be when US coalition forces attack and kill Russian soldiers. We now know that on February 7th, 2018 Russian soldiers were killed in the air attack on “Pro-Assad forces.” Putin has kept mum about this brazen attack by the US Coalition on his troops. He is playing a very dangerous political game by doing so. When the Russian people find out Russian troops were killed by US fighter planes, and Putin did nothing, he will have a major political crisis to deal with. At any rate the link below tells the story.

Russian Fighters Killed In Clash With US-Led Coalition Forces In Syria

With the calm of global capital markets shattered in the past two weeks, the ongoing military conflict in the Middle East has taken an understandable back seat to monetary matters. And yet, tensions involving Syria, Iran and Israel continue to escalate, most notably with this weekend’s outright attack by Israel on Syria, allegedly in retaliation for an Iranian drone launch from a Syrian army base, and which led to the first downing of an Israeli F-16 jet in decades.

Yet what has so far prevented the proxy way from spinning out of control, was that Putin – as guarantor of the Syria-Iran axis on one hand, and Netanyahu as his nemesis on the other, had expressed restraint. For now.

That may change, however, following a Reuters report  that Russian fighters were among those killed when U.S.-led coalition forces clashed with pro-government forces in Syria earlier this month.

While Russia’s Defense Ministry said at the time that pro-government militias involved in the incident had been carrying out reconnaissance “and no Russian servicemen had been in the area”, the story changed on Monday when it emerged that at least two Russian men fighting informally with pro-government forces were killed in the incident in Deir al-Zor province, their associates told Reuters.

One of the dead was named as Vladimir Loginov, a Cossack from Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave. Maxim Buga, a leader of the Cossack community there, said Loginov had been killed around Feb. 7 along with “dozens” of other Russian fighters.

The other man killed was named as Kirill Ananiev, described as a radical Russian nationalist. Alexander Averin, a spokesman for the nationalist party he was linked to, told Reuters Ananiev had been killed in shelling in the same fighting on Feb. 7.

If the deaths are confirmed, it could turn into a political scandal for Putin, with the public demanding why the government is keeping military deaths under wraps. Already Grigory Yavlinsky, a veteran liberal politician who is running for president in elections next month, has called on Putin to disclose how many Russians had been killed in Syria and in what circumstances.

“If there was large-scale loss of life of Russian citizens, the relevant officials, including the commander-in-chief of our armed forces (Putin), are obliged to tell the country about it and decide who carries responsibility for this,” Yavlinsky said in a statement released by his Yabloko party.

Of course, if indeed Russian soldiers were killed while fighting under covert circumstances – in the same way as killed US “military advisors” are kept under seal – that is the last thing Moscow would like to publicize. Unless of course the political calculus shifts, and Putin decides that it is time for a full-blown military escalation, in which case the deaths will be used as the justification behind any armed conflict.

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  1. Hello Doomer Doug, it’s your faithful follower from Brazil. Amazingly disturbing how the situation in Syria has deteriorated, war can break out at any moment, Very, very scary. It’s an ‘Guns of February’ scenario.

    Everybody are there EVERYBODY. It’s like the guy from Hunt for the Red October says:

    Just one thought. Could it be that these so-called russian contractors may be from the Deep State? Or the CIA? Since they are in war with the Trump administration?


    1. My understanding is the Russians killed were private contractors, mercs, hired by Assad junior to protect the oil refinery seized from ISIS. As such, we are not talking about active duty Russian forces. On the other hand, Putin covered this up and will have to take the political heat from it.


  2. If this is true, then Putin will use it to inflict a heavy defeat to their enemies in Syria. This may be the beginning of the so much desired Greater War by the so called Deep State.

    Russia will fight back. And his heavy hand will be feared across the world. The Middle East will enter in a war much, much worse than any ‘Regional conflict’ as 1967 and 1973.

    I am sure that you are ready for whatever circunstances happen from this conflict on Syria Doug. Cause Putin will fight hard, and I mean harder than anyone in the last twenty years on that region. It will be hell on Earth.

    If the conflict generalize, I expect the explosion of the Suez Canal, the closing of Hormuz. Yes. No more cheap oil, and the destruction of the Saudi oil Fields.

    God have mercy, cause Putin will not. He’s had enough.


    1. Actually, I am not very prepared at all for financial reasons. If only, 15,000 people bought my e-books. At any rate, I think a war, regional war, or the entire Middle East, is likely to break out in the near to mid term. We have too many players involved, and too many pieces now in motion, with iran, Russia, Syria, Israel and Turkey all getting into final position for a war. I noticed that multiple people here in CONUS were either shot to death, in New Orleans, or wounded, at the NSA HQ, or the 20 shot at the Florida High School. The USA is under judgment.


  3. Yes Doug I saw it too. My heart goes to these people, especially the victims in the Florida High School.

    I think that Syria is very likely the beginning of the Third World War, unfortunately. Too many powers, too much confusion, too much deaths.

    The economy worldwide isn’t that great at all also Doug.

    Hope you can improve your situation. May God bless you and your family.


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