PUTIN DEPLOYS SU-57 STEALTH FIGHTERS TO ENGAGE US F-22 RAPTORS IN SYRIA 2-25-2018

I said at the time the US Coalition wasted those Russian mercs Putin would have a robust response. Putin has now deployed to Syria four of his most advanced stealth fighters. The Su-57 has the mission of engaging US F-22 Raptor fighters. The SU57 has the mission of shooting down our F-22 fighter jets. Well, the message is now very clear from Russia to the US coalition forces in Syria. The message is, to both Israel and the US, back off or face the consequences.

Assad Junior is moving to retake his capitol city. He is moving east to his border with Iraq, which will bring him into conflict with the US Coalition forces there. He is moving south the Jordanian and Syrian border, which will bring him into combat with the US forces stationed there. Assad Junior is moving towards the Golan Heights, which will bring him into conflict with Israel. Iran and Hezzbollah and Lebanon’s military are going to engage Israel’s F-16’s when they enter Lebanon’s airspace and use it to launch on Syrian and Iranian targets inside of Syria.

If any of you retain any illusions about just how bat poop crazy Erdogan truly is, check out this link to a video where Erdogan is telling some Turkish child she will die in combat. It is like Hitler’s awarding the Iron Cross to those 10 year old kids in 1945. The man is quite mad in my opinion.

https://mobile.twitter.com/abdbozkurt/status/967444991177035776

Abdullah Bozkurt
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THIS IS SICK: #Turkey‘s war-mongering president #Erdogan parades a little girl dressed in military fatigue in today’s convention speech in Maras province, tells that she is ready to be martyred and buried with a Turkish flag in her pocket.
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Erdogan, well our would be Sultan of the Restored Ottoman Empire is now threatening, all at the same time, to invade NATO member Greece, crush the Kurds in Afrin, move to attack Manbji, with its American military forces stationed there, as well as go to the current Syrian and Iraqi border on the Euphrates River. Other than that, Syria is in good shape.

The link is here.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/russia-deploys-advanced-stealth-jets-in-syria-with-warning-aimed-at-israel/

Russia deploys advanced stealth jets in Syria with warning aimed at Israel

Satellite images show two Su-57 at airbase in Latakia; Russian official says presence of planes a ‘message’ to neighboring states who fly aircraft into Syria ‘uninvited’

Russia has deployed two of its most advanced and sophisticated stealth jets in Syria, in a power move likely to draw US criticism, as the Pentagon expressed its alarm earlier this month over recent close calls with Russian planes in the war-torn country.

Satellite images published by Israeli company ImageSat International on Friday showed the fifth-generation jets — two Su-57 fighter aircraft — at Russia’s airbase in the coastal Syrian city of Latakia. A source in the defense ministry confirmed to RBK news agency this week that the two planes were sent to the Hmeimim base “for a test in real conditions.” The jets are said to be a potential rival to the US’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, which American forces use in patrols over Syria.

https://www.debka.com/russias-topline-su-57-deployed-syria-challenge-us-israeli-air-might/

Two more Russian topline Su-57 land in Syria to challenge US, Israeli air might

Government sources in Moscow reported Saturday, Feb. 24, that four fifth-generation Sukhoi-57 jet fighters are currently deployed in Syria after a second pair landed Friday.  The first two arrived on  Monday, Feb. 19 at Russia’s Khmeimim air base, along with 4 Su-35 fighters, 4 Su-25 strike aircraft and an A-50U radar command-and-control platform.

DEBKA file reported the first pair’s arrival on Friday, Feb. 23, along with this comment: This top-performance fleet raises Russia’s air strike and defense capabilities in Syria to the highest standards of any air force in the world, with enough power to take on superior US and Israeli air might in the Syrian arena. The Su-57’s weapon bays are designed to carry Russia’s new nuclear tactical X-50 air-launched cruise missile, although it is not known whether the aircraft in Syria are carrying them. DEBKA Weekly’s military sources see President Vladimir Putin’s decision to send the Su-57 fighters to Syria as substantially raising the big power stakes in Syria after the loss of dozens of Russian troops on Feb. 7 to massive US artillery and air strikes that decimated the Russian, Syrian and pro-Iranian forces crossing the Euphrates River. An American radar-invisible F-22 took part in that raid. The Russians have dubbed the Su-57 the “F-22 killer.”

It is also Russia’s response to Israel’s air offensive on Feb. 10, which targeted the shared Russian-Iranian T-4 air base near Palmyra and smashed four Iranian Revolutionary Guards forward command centers in Syria, after downing an Iranian drone. It is also seen in Moscow as a challenge for Israel’s newly acquired fifth-generation US F-35 combat aircraft.
Does Putin intend to order his mighty airborne strike force to go into battle against the US or Israel in the boiling Syrian arena? If he does, he will be launching the first contest between the most sophisticated warplanes ever devised for a test of superior might between the US and Russia and a war escalation unprecedented, even in Syria.
The very presence of the Su-57 across the border has had the instant effect of reducing the Israel air force’s freedom of action over Syria and Lebanon.

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SYRIA THREATENS TO SHOOT DOWN TURKISH AIR FORCE PLANES OVER AFRIN 2-23-2018

I said that eventually, sooner rather than later, Turkey and Syria were going to get into it. Assad Junior wants his country back. Assad Junior wants his original, pre-civil war borders back, intact, and with no Turkish buffer zone, or Kurdish free state, or Iranian spheres of influence. Assad Junior has now deployed 15,000 troops, unleashed both the Syrian and Russian Air Force, as well as these uber flamethrower things, to take back his capitol city. He is also sending in his own proxy forces to assert full control over his Northern areas. He is taking back large chunks of Southern Syria, not only bordering the Golan Heights and Israel, but his borders with both Jordan and Iraq. Obviously, this will bring into armed conflict with the USA led coalition. And finally, Assad junior has now made it abundantly clear he will defend “his” airspace from anybody: the USA coalition, Israel and Turkey.

The link below explains this.

http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/180120181

Update: Syria to shoot down Turkish fighter jets if Afrin operation launched
By Rudaw 18/1/2018

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Syrian regime is fully prepared to shoot down any Turkish fighter jets over its airspace, a senior official told reporters as he warned Ankara against any plans to launch an operation against the Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin.

“We warn that the Syrian air force has retaken its past capabilities and is fully prepared to destroy Turkish air targets in the sky of the Syrian Arab Republic,” Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad told reporters, State-run SANA new agency reported on Thursday.

He stated that If Turkey begins “military acts in Afrin,” Damascus will consider it as an “aggressive act” against Syria’s state sovereignty.

Turkey’s presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said his country has the right to protect itself.

“Turkey has the right to take measures to protect its national security, whether it is threatened from Afrin or Manbij, by PKK, YPG or ISIS. There is no difference,” Kalin said in a press conference Thursday.

“The Turkish army has the authority to take measures without specifying time, place or manner,” he asserted, stressing that purpose of operations in Afrin is to “confront a terrorist group.”

Afrin is the westernmost canton under the control of the self-styled Kurdish enclave in northern Syria established shortly after the start of the civil war in the country in 2011.

Turkey has said they will launch an operation against the Kurdish forces in Afrin held by the People’s Protections Units (YPG).

“Afrin is special, and the northern and eastern region of the Syrian Arab Republic has always been Arab and Syrian Arab territory and will remain so,” the Syrian official stated.

Turkey has said that they will not allow a “terror corridor” on its southern borders with the Syrian Kurdistan, called Rojava. Ankara considers the YPG as an extension of the PKK, a named terrorist organization by Turkey, and the United States. YPG denies the accusations.

Earlier in the day, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters that they will coordinate their military movements with Russia, a main backer of the Syrian regime.

Chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces Gen. Hulusi Akar and Hakan Fidan, head of Ankara’s intelligence agency (MIT), are to visit Russian on Thursday to discuss, among other topics, the situation in Syria, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Afrin has come under frequent Turkish bombardment, but recently the Turkish artillery has intensified in preparations for an expected operation.

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IS TRUMP GOING TO THROW DOWN ON PUTIN IN SYRIA? 2-21-2018

Despite Turkish leader Erdogan’s  comments to the contrary, the deployment of Assad junior’s proxy forces to defend Afrin is now well underway. The link below shows Syrian proxy forces driving into a wild welcome by the Kurds in Afrin.

The link is here.

http://en.farsnews.com/player.aspx?nn=13961201000332

The next link shows that Assad junior is wasting no time in restoring the territorial integrity of Syria. He is now launching a massive offensive into the eastern areas of his capital city. The link is here.

http://en.farsnews.com/player.aspx?nn=13961201000344

And finally, we have this link indicating the neo-con warmongers are now in full control of Trump’s administration. Obviously, any direct combat between US military forces, and Russian, Syrian, Iranian forces, or their proxies, would unleash a tidal wave of chaos in Syria.

The link is here.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-21/risking-major-escalation-trump-weighs-killing-russian-fighters-syria-sign-tough

Risking Major Escalation, Trump Weighs Killing Of Russian Fighters In Syria As Sign Of “Tough Stance” Toward Putin

In the aftermath of Robert Mueller’s indictment against 13 Russian “operatives” for meddling with the US presidential election, President Trump has been under fire for lashing out at everyone… except Russia. So, in response, Bloomberg reports that the Trump administration is weighing citing the deaths of more than 200 Russian fighters – or rather mercenaries – in Syria, who were killed following US strikes on February 7, as an example of Trump’s tough stance toward Russia.

Recall that last week, “more than 200 mercenaries, mostly Russians fighting on behalf of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, died in a failed attack on a base and refinery held by U.S. and U.S.-backed forces in the oil-rich Deir Ezzor region” In terms of total body count, the U.S. official put the death toll at about 100, with 200 to 300 injured; while Russia admitted that Russians were killed, it said the number was five and denied that the men killed were officially sanctioned Russian troops.

It is this attack that Trump hopes to use as proof of his administration’s determination to show a “hard line” stance toward Putin.

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made an oblique reference to “an incident” as she argued that President Donald Trump has been tougher on Russia than his predecessor Barack Obama. And, according to Bloomberg, she was alluding to the Syria battle – an episode which as we suggested last week threatened to further deteriorate relations with Moscow, as it would put the onus on Putin to respond to what Trump will deem an official Russian provocation.

“He has done a number of things to put pressure on Russia and to be tough on Russia. Just last week, there was an incident that will be reported in the coming days, and another way that this president was tough on Russia,” Sanders said in a briefing for reporters.

The Bloomberg source adds that “Trump himself would like to publicly make the case that the battle shows his resolve to confront Moscow.”

The official recognition of Russian deaths would be direct escalation in the diplomatic crossfire: the U.S. has not previously publicly acknowledged that Russians were among the fighters killed in the Feb. 7 battle.

It goes without saying that Sanders’ characterization of the event as evidence that the president has been “tougher on Russian in the first year than Obama was in eight years combined” would further antagonize the Kremlin.

It’s unclear when the White House learned of the attack or the composition of the Russian forces. And if Trump wanted to show his resolve to confront Russia, there are easier ways: he could enact sanctions Congress has already approved in retaliation for the election meddling or publicly criticize the Russian campaign.

As reported previously, in the February 7 Syria battle, Russian mercenaries and allied units fighting on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad attacked a base held by U.S.-backed forces, mainly Kurds, in the oil-rich Deir Ezzor region. According to the Pentagon, after 20 to 30 artillery and tank rounds landed near the Kurds and U.S. soldiers acting as advisers, the U.S. coalition responded with artillery and airstrikes. The result was over 200 Russian mercenaries killed.

U.S. forces used a deconfliction line with the Russian military to inquire whether the attacking force was theirs. White said that U.S. officials “were in regular communication with Russian counterparts before, during and after the attack.”

What is most notable, however, is that both the Kremlin and the Pentagon have downplayed the incident. Russia’s military said it had nothing to do with the attack and the U.S. accepted the claim. While denying that official Russian troops were present, the Russian Foreign Ministry has acknowledged five Russian deaths in the incident.

Regardless, it was the deadliest clash between citizens of the two countries since the Cold War.

Further complicating matters, the Russian assault on the base in Syria may have been a rogue operation, conducted by the Wagner Group, the Russian equivalent of the US Xi, or Blackwater, a firm owned by a Kremlin-connected businessman named Yevgeny Prigozhin.

The risk is that by elevating the status of Russian mercenaries to state-backed fighters – which would be the only reason why the US action would be indicative of a tough stance toward the Kremlin – Russia will interpret what until now was deemed largely an accident,  albeit the deadliest encounter between the two countries in decades, as an overt act meant to punish Russia by killing its troops – whether legitimate soldiers or mercs – and Putin would have no choice but to respond in kind.

The potential escalation takes place two days after Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, warned the Trump administration on Feb. 19 not to “play with fire” in Syria by supporting the autonomy-seeking Kurds, who have helped the U.S. largely eradicate the Islamic State militant group’s presence in the country.

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TURKEY THREATENS TO FIGHT ADVANCING SYRIAN FORCES 2-19-2018

Like I have posted over the last week or so, combat between Erdogan’s Turkish forces and militia, advancing towards the Kurdish enclave Afrin, and Assad Junior’s advancing military forces heading into the area, now appears imminent. The Syrian situation has been lurching towards total chaos for some time now. The implications of any direct combat between Syrian national forces, and Turkey’s forces are profound. It will bring in all the other players, like Iran and Hezzbollah, Russia, the USA and the coalition, as well as the Syrian Kurds. Now when that happens, all hell is going to break loose. For one thing, Turkey is a member of NATO, and may try to invoke Clause 5. Clause 5 requires military force to be used by all other NATO members to defend Turkey from Syrian forces. Russia and Iran will then engage the entire NATO alliance, or at least those members who respond to Turkey’s request for military assistance. Granted, NATO will be between the proverbial rock and a hard place. Still, Turkey will have unleashed a fundamental crisis for NATO. If NATO intervenes, it will lead to a wider Syrian war, but if they do not, it will collapse the NATO alliance once and for all.

First, we have the confirmation from official Syrian sources that the Syrian military will deploy into Afrin and defend it from Turkey and its proxies. It is a Reuters story from yesterday. The link is here.

Syrian Kurdish official: deal for Syrian army to enter Afrin

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-m…-idUSKCN1G20QB (fair use)

FEBRUARY 18, 2018 / 1:03 PM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO Reuters Staff

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian Kurdish forces and the Damascus government have reached an agreement for the Syrian army to enter the Afrin region to help repel a Turkish offensive, a senior Kurdish official told Reuters on Sunday.
Badran Jia Kurd, an adviser to the Kurdish-led administration in north Syria, said army troops will deploy along some border positions and could enter the region within the next two days.

The agreement underscores the increasingly complex situation in northern Syria where Kurdish groups, the Syrian government, rebel groups, Turkey, the United States and Russia are tangled in a complex web of enmities and alliances.

The complex relationship between the Damascus government and the Syrian Kurds, which each holds more territory than any other side in the war, will be an important element in determining the future course of the conflict.
Turkey launched an air and ground offensive last month on Syria’s Afrin region, opening a new front in the multi-sided Syrian war to target Kurdish fighters in the autonomous canton in the north.

The Kurdish YPG militia, which has received arms from the United States, has seized swathes of northern Syria from Islamic State during the conflict, and has a rival vision for the country’s future to that of the Damascus government.

But while the United States has a military presence in the much larger area of Syria the YPG and its allies control further east, it has not given any support to the YPG in Afrin.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government has had a complex relationship with the YPG during the conflict. They have mostly avoided direct conflict and both sides have at times suggested a long-term agreement between them might be possible, but they have also sometimes clashed and espouse utterly different visions for Syria’s future. Assad has said he wants to take back control of the whole country.

Jia Kurd said the agreement that had been reached with Damascus was purely military and that no wider political arrangements had been made yet.

“When it comes to the political and administrative matters in the region, it will be agreed upon with Damascus in the later stages through direct negotiations and discussions,” he said.

He added that there was opposition to the deal that could prevent it being implemented: “We don’t know to what extent these understandings will last because there are sides that are not satisfied and want to make (the understandings) fail.”

Reporting By Ellen Francis; Writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Adrian Croft

Next, we have official confirmation from Syrian TV this combat deployment will happen within “hours.” The link is here.

For links see article source…..
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http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/02…h-enclave.html

World 3 hours ago

Syrian TV: Pro-government forces to enter Kurdish enclave

Associated Press

BEIRUT – Syrian state TV says pro-government forces will begin entering the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin in the country’s northwest “within hours.”

The TV gave no further details about the deployment of the troops, known as “popular forces,” which comes amid reports that an agreement has been reached between the Syrian government and the main Syrian Kurdish militia in control of the area.

The agreement may prompt Turkey to pull out its forces and end a month-long air and ground offensive that aims to oust the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, from the border enclave.

The deployment would bring Syrian troops closer to the border with Turkey.

As if this isn’t bad enough, we have Turkey’s response to this Syrian military deployment.

Turkey says will confront Syrian forces if they enter Afrin to help YPG

Turkey,s foreign minister warned on Monday that turkey.s military would confront any Syrian forces entering Afrin province . to protect Kurdish fighters.more at the link:https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,…121366,00.html

Here is a more detailed Turkish statement about fighting Syrian forces.

Turkey warns as Syrian government poised to enter Afrin

By Zeina Karam and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press
BEIRUT — February 19, 2018, 12:19 PM ET

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, and Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, give a press conference in Amman, Jordan, Monday, February 19, 2018. Cavusoglu said his country is ready to battle Syrian government troops if they enter an enclave in northern Syria to protect Syrian Kurdish fighters. Syrian state media said pro-Syrian government forces will begin entering the Afrin enclave “within hours,” after reaching an agreement with the Kurdish militia in control of the region.

Turkey warned the Syrian government Monday against entering the Kurdish-controlled enclave in northern Syria where a major Turkish military offensive is underway, saying it would hit back at the troops if their goal is to protect the Kurdish fighters.

The warning sets up a potential clash between Turkish troops and Syrian government forces backed by Russia and Iran, whose deployment would be a first step toward restoring President Bashar Assad’s presence along the border with Turkey.

The warning by the Turkish foreign minister came shortly after Syrian state media said pro-government forces would enter Afrin “within hours” to “bolster” local forces in confronting Turkey’s “aggression” after reaching an agreement with the Kurdish militia known as the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, which controls Afrin.

Details of the deal were not announced by either side, and Kurdish officials said talks were still underway. By nightfall, no troops had entered Afrin.

Assad’s troops have had no presence in Afrin since they pulled out of most of northern Syria in 2012, as nation-wide protests against Assad transformed into a civil war. A return to the area, where a potent mix of regional and international powers have boots on the ground, could further complicate the situation and lead to unwanted confrontations.

But depending on the details of the agreement, it may also serve to defuse the situation in Afrin, where Turkey has been struggling to achieve results in its now monthlong offensive to push back YPG fighters from its borders.

Ankara considers the YPG a “terrorist group” linked to the Kurdish insurgency within Turkey’s borders. On Jan. 20, it launched a major air and ground offensive, pounding the enclave with airstrikes and artillery on a daily basis.

Turkey’s foreign minister, speaking at a news conference in Amman, Jordan, said Turkey would have no problem if Syrian government forces were entering Afrin to clear the area from YPG fighters, but that it would strike back if it turns out the deployment was meant to shore up the Kurds against Turkey.

“If the regime is entering to protect the YPG, then no one can stop us, stop Turkey or the Turkish soldiers,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

Turkey has supported rebels fighting to overthrow Assad throughout the seven-year civil war, but in recent years has focused more on trying to contain the Kurds. Government troops deployed along its borders, at this point, may be more palatable for Ankara than the continued presence of the powerful YPG.

The group has received weapons and training from the U.S. for years and has been Washington’s main partner in the war against the Islamic State group in Syria.

It was not clear who, exactly, would enter Afrin. Syria’s state-run news agency, SANA, said pro-government fighters known as “popular forces” would deploy to the area.

“The popular forces joining the resistance against Turkish occupation in Afrin comes in the framework of supporting residents as well as defending Syria and its sovereignty,” SANA said. It added that the deployment aims to “frustrate attempts by Erdogan’s regime and its mercenaries of terrorist organizations to occupy the area,” referring to Turkish-backed Syrian insurgents.

A Syrian Kurdish official told The Associated Press that the Syrian forces will enter Afrin from the Shiite villages of Nubul and Zahraa in Aleppo province.

“The army will deploy in several border areas in coordination with the People’s Protection Units and the Syrian Democratic Forces,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to reveal details of the agreement.

“The army will set up military positions in the border area and the agreement is that the Syrian army and the YPG will defend Syria together,” the official said.
The Syrian Democratic Forces are a U.S.-allied group led by the YPG that has won a series of major victories against the Islamic State group in Syria.

The Syrian government and Kurdish fighters have clashed on occasion, and Assad technically opposes the Kurds’ demands for autonomy. But they have also indirectly worked together in the past, and Turkey represents a common enemy.

Turkish officials said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, during which the two discussed Turkey’s military offensive in Afrin. The Turkish officials detailed the call on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations, and did not mention an agreement for government troops to enter Afrin.

Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition fighters meanwhile continued to pound villages in the enclave with artillery, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syria’s state media.

The Observatory said Monday’s shelling by Turkish troops killed three people, including a child, and that others were wounded.

Turkey’s private Haberturk newspaper said the Syrian government forces were expected to deploy to four locations in the next two days and 52 locations within the week. The paper claimed that under the deal, the YPG had agreed to hand over heavy weapons it holds. The paper did not provide a source for the report.

The Kurdish official told the AP that the reports about the YPG handing over their weapons are “totally untrue.”

Elsewhere in Syria, government shelling of the rebel-held eastern suburbs of Damascus killed at least 30 people, according to opposition activists and paramedics.

The besieged region known as eastern Ghouta has been subjected to weekslong bombardment that has killed and wounded hundreds of people. Opposition activists say government forces have brought in reinforcements in preparation for a wide offensive on the last main rebel stronghold near the capital.

The Observatory said Monday’s airstrikes and shelling killed 44 people. The Syrian Civil Defense, volunteer first responders known as the White Helmets, said 30 people were killed in eastern Ghouta.

Syrian state TV reported that rebels, in return, fired dozens of mortar rounds and rockets at Damascus, wounding eight people.

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Associated Press writers Albert Aji in Damascus, Syria, Karin Laub in Amman, Jordan, and Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey, contributed to this report

http://abcnews.go.com/International/…clave-53191992

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ASSAD JUNIOR TO DEPLOY COMBAT FORCES TO DEFEND AFRIN FROM TURKEY! 2-16-2018

I literally can’t keep up with the situation in Syria. The on the ground situation is now changing so rapidly, and not in a good way, it is hard to tell exactly who is doing what, and why they are doing it. Still, the link below is a trip wire guaranteeing direct combat between Assad junior’s military and advancing Turkish troops. Since Turkey is nominally a NATO member, the potential for a NATO/Turkey fight between Assad Junior, the Kurds, Iran and Hezzbollah just skyrocketed. The USA is also right in the middle of the boiling pot. In fact, Tillerson is looking even more feckless than I thought yesterday. What will the USA do when both the Kurds and Assad junior’s forces light up the advancing armor columns now headed toward Afrin, and likely Manbji? My only advice would be for any US troops there would be to DUCK AND COVER. As usual with the Iranian FARS news service, things are somewhat muddy. The main article says the Assad junior is a done deal, and the final paragraph says it isn’t. Well, I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens. I said Assad Junior doesn’t want either Turkey or the Kurds telling him what to do. The story indicates the kind of real politic the Kurds are learning. The Kurds have obviously concluded they will get a better “deal” from Assad Junior than they will from the raving lunatic Erdogan. Hour by hour, and day by day, Syria is sliding into total chaos, and heading towards a military confrontation not seen since the October of 1973 Yom Kippur War. The one I was in San Antonio, Texas, Fort Sam Houston taking my medic training. Oh yeah, things are going to get real interesting now.

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The link is here.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13961127000240

Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:16
Syrian Army to Deploy in Kurdish-Held Afrin

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian government and the Kurdish fighters have reached an agreement over deployment of the Syrian Army troops in Afrin region amid advances of the Turkish army troops and Ankara-backed militants in Northern Aleppo, an Arab media outlet reported on Friday.

The al-Mayadeen tv quoted well-informed sources as saying that the Syrian government and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) agreed on the deployment of the Syrian Army troops in Afrin region which has come under attack by the Turkish army troops and their allied militants in recent weeks.

It added that the newly-concluded agreement is aimed at confronting the Turkish’s operation in Afrin.  

A senior Kurdish official said in late January that the Syrian army forces’ deployment in Afrin was welcomed as war was ravaging between the Kurds and the Turkish army.

The Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel quoted the source as saying at the time that the Kurds welcomed the Syrian army’s presence in Afrin after the Syrian government proposed some solutions and made an agreement with them.

He said that the Kurds were prepared to defend themselves, adding, “We are not enemies of the Syrian government but we want to be a part of the political process in the country; we will also deliver our weapons to the Syrian army once we reach a political solution.”

Meantime, the Iran-based Arabic-language al-Alam news channel quoted Behjat Abdou, the head of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) committee in Afrin, as saying that no agreement was made to deploy the Syrian army soldiers in Afrin, adding that the Kurds were highly prepared to repel the Turkish army attacks.

Turkey is also ramping up its armor deployments as this link shows.

Turkey deploys upgraded M60Ts to Afrin

James Bingham, London – Jane’s Defence Weekly
16 February 2018

Turkey has deployed upgraded M60T main battle tanks (MBTs) for its Operation ‘Olive Branch’ against Kurdish fighters in the Afrin region of northwest Syria.
Images taken on the Turkish side of the border near Afrin in mid-February show a number of M60Ts equipped with laser warning receivers (LWRs), situational awareness systems, and remotely operated weapon stations (ROWS) that form part of an indigenous upgrade package.

The upgraded version of the M60T was seen when Turkish forces participated in an exercise with Iraqis on the border between their two countries in September 2017, but this is the first time it is known to have been involved in a combat operation.

Not all the Turkish M60s being used in Operation ‘Olive Branch’ have had the upgrade, with several older variants such as M60A3s and baseline M60Ts also being photographed.

The M60T upgrade was unveiled in May 2017 at the IDEF defence exhibition in Istanbul and is the result of a partnership between Aselsan and the General Directorate of Military Factories (AFGM). The LWR, situational awareness systems, and SARP ROWS are all manufactured by Aselsan, with AFGM believed to be responsible for integrating them onto the platform.

Four sets of the LWR and situational awareness systems are mounted on the turret of the tank: two on either side of the arrow-shaped frontal appliqué armor and two on the slat armor at the rear. The LWS is mounted in a rectangular box and the situational awareness system with three apertures directly above it.

THE FINAL PIECES FOR SYRIAN DISASTER NOW IN PLACE 2-16-2018

I think the final moves are now being made for a total disaster in Syria. If all we get out of this is a regional war, we should count ourselves fortunate. The two key factors are Erdogan’s move to Syria’s eastern border with Iraq on the Euphrates River. Once he does that, he will directly engage US troops. The second decisive factor is with the slaughter of several hundred Russian mercs Putin’s hand has been forced. He is up for election after all. He simply can’t afford a major Syrian scandal at this point. It is a common tactic of desperate, totalitarian regimes, like Argentina going to war with Britain over the Falklands. The reason they did that was to prevent the mass demonstrations from bringing down the government. It didn’t work, but they started a war anyway.

I believe historical forces are now in play that can’t be bottled up any longer. It is the 100 year mark since the collapse of the historical Ottoman Empire, that’s the one Erdogan wants to restore, as well as the British and French partition of the Middle East. All things have a cycle from birth to death, and I think the Imperial model, the Colonial model imposed on the Middle East is reaching its expiration date.

I also think the various factions are aligning up nicely for the final confrontation that will trigger World War Three. We have a desperate Erdogan, fully seduced by his historical Ottoman fantasy. We have a Putin, now faced with a political crisis that threatens his rule. Next, we have a militant Iran, and its Hezzbollah clone, itching to light it up with Israel. We have Assad junior, who doesn’t want a Kurdish state in Syria anymore than Erdogan does. The combatants will align as follows: Iran, Hezzbollah, Assad Junior, Russia and Turkey against the US Coalition, the Kurds, NATO, and Israel. Israel wants to take down Iran, and Iran wants to take down Israel. Israel is also having its own political crisis.

Once this free for all gets going, and we could be looking at a two to four week time frame, depending on who shoots first, the French post from yesterday will be seen as prophetic. I am also saying that once it gets lit up, all the other players are going to get involved. The list would include Saudi Arabia, which despises Iran, they are Shia Muslims, and the Saudis are Sunni. Saudi Arabia also hates Hezzbollah in Lebanon. The Saudi government has also made direct threats against Lebanon, so it won’t take much to bring them in. Finally, the Shia Houhi tribe in Yemen, the one that is fighting Saudi Arabia already, will engage as an Iranian proxy. The result of that is both the Suez Canal, under threat from the Houthi, and the Straits of Hormuz, under threat from Iran, will be closed. Of course, all it would take is one missile and the insurance companies won’t insure the tankers. At that point, even if all Iran or the Houthi tribesmen did is threaten to shoot, it would be enough.

At any rate, things are coming into focus in Syria. We may somehow get a diplomatic solution to all of this, but after Tillerson and his dog and pony show with Erdogan things don’t look promising. In fact, I would say now that Tillerson’s plane wheels are off the tarmac Erdogan will unleash his military on the Kurds. And after that, to paraphrase the French King, the one before the final one, Apres moi, les deluge. After me, the deluge. He was predicting the French Revolution by the way, but it applies to Syria also.

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FRANCE GETS NERVOUS ABOUT SYRIA 2-14-2018

In a sign of just how out of control Syria has the potential to become, Frances UN representative made a statement indicating just how serious the Syrian situation is. The link is below.

http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/140220183

France: Syria risks becoming ‘international confrontation’

By Rudaw 2 hours ago

NEW YORK – The conflict in Syria could expand to a “regional and international confrontation,” warned France’s ambassador to the United Nations. 

“Look at the situation in Syria: all the ingredients are present, if we do nothing about it urgently, for a major regional and international confrontation,” Ambassador Francois Delattre said on Wednesday in answer to a question from Rudaw’s Majeed Gly.

Delattre was on his way into a session of the UN Security Council that will discuss a resolution proposing a one-month humanitarian ceasefire in Syria.

The UN requested a ceasefire in order to allow delivery of humanitarian aid to desperate civilian populations after nearly seven years of war in the country that has drawn international actors into its complicated battle field. Russia and Iran are backing Damascus, the US and the global coalition are backing the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to fight ISIS, and Turkey is backing elements within Syrian rebel forces to combat ISIS and the Kurdish forces.

The potential for conflict between the United States and Russia was highlighted when reports emerged of possible Russian casualties in US-led coalition airstrikes on Syrian regime allies in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor province. 

NATO allies Turkey and the United States have verbally sparred over the northern Syrian town of Manbij, where the United States has forces training and assisting its Syrian allies in the war against ISIS – forces that Ankara alleges are a branch of the PKK, a named terror organization.

Last week, an Israeli jet crashed during retaliatory operations in Syria after an Iranian drone allegedly entered Israel’s airspace from Syria.

The threat of confrontation between the various international actors combined with the humanitarian emergency “is enough to call for a strong reaction” and support for the ceasefire, Delattre explained. “We believe that the strategic component of all this is now another source of great emergency and extreme concern for us and also, I guess, for many of my colleagues.”

Asked if Turkey would be obliged to cease its Operation Olive Branch in Afrin if the Security Council passes the resolution, the ambassador from Sweden, which is a co-sponsor of the draft resolution, declined to comment.

Russia said last week that a ceasefire was “not realistic.”

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US COALITION KILLS RUSSIAN TROOPS IN SYRIA: PART TWO 2-13-2018

The battle on February 7th, 2018 was on a much greater scale than first reports indicated. It is now being reported that dozens of Russian “contract soldiers” were killed when they attacked Kurdish positions near the Euphrates River in Eastern Syria. Putin made the decision to cover this up. The cover up is now breaking and Putin finds himself in the position of being caught with his pants down.  The Syrian situation is headed south, fast.

The link is here.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-13/us-strikes-kill-100-russian-soldiers-syria

US Strikes Kill 100 Russian Fighters In Syria

US COALITION KILLS RUSSIAN TROOPS IN SYRIA 2-12-2018

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.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-12/russian-fighters-killed-clash-us-led-coalition-forces-syria

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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ISRAEL THROWS DOWN THE GAUNTLET TO IRAN 2-11-2018

The situation in the Middle East is getting worse. All of the key players: Turkey, Iran, Syria, Israel, Hezzbollah, Russia and the Kurds are now fully primed for a regional war. The rhetoric is increasingly heated. The military forces are being deployed. Iran’s shootdown of the IDF F-16 really has changed the game. Israel can no longer assume air superiority for the simple reason Iran, Hezzbollah and Assad junior’s forces now have a very credible anti-aircraft defense system. The Kurds also just shot down a Turkish helicopter. It was the Stinger anti-aircraft missile that defeated Russia in Afghanistan. It is the manpad, shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles, that have changed the game in Syria. The deployment of anti-armor missiles has allowed the Kurds to engage Turkish armor. The deployment of shoulder fired missiles has allowed the Kurds to engage Turkey’s F-16’s and helicopters. I would say this fact most resembles the first introduction of the machine gun. The field is now even between advanced military forces, with their F-16’s and tanks, and modern infantry supplied with anti-armor, and anti-aircraft missiles. The new military reality is one infantry man can now take out a plane, or a helicopter, or a tank with one of these shoulder fired missiles. Further, the military implications of that fact; namely, one infantry man can destroy an F-16, or an Apache helicopter costing millions, with one missile costing 100,000 dollars means a military reset is now underway. The rise of unmanned drones is one response to the threat. Iran is now saying they are building hundreds of drones, fitted with “smart bombs,” for use in combat.

The war of rhetoric continues unabated with Iranian comments that are going to make Israel very nervous. Israel, well Israel isn’t holding back either. The link below indicates that the situation may very well get even worse, and faster than some think.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/israel-warns-over-irans-presence-syria-air-strikes-155202407.html

Israel warns over Iran’s presence in Syria after air strikes

Mike Smith

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AFP

Jerusalem (AFP) – Israel issued stark warnings on Sunday over Iran’s presence in neighbouring Syria after a confrontation threatened to open a new and unpredictable period in the country’s seven-year civil war.

Israel carried out major air raids in Syria on Saturday, including against what it described as Iranian targets — the first time it had publicly acknowledged doing so since the war began.

The raids came after an Israeli F16 fighter was shot down by Syrian air defences. The pilots survived, but it was Israel’s first loss of a warplane in battle since 1982.

“We inflicted on Saturday a heavy blow to Iranian and Syrian forces,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday’s cabinet meeting.

“We made clear to everyone that our rules of engagement will not change in any way. We will continue to harm anyone who tries to harm us. This was our policy and this will remain our policy.”

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Other Israeli ministers spoke of refusing to accept Iran entrenching itself militarily in Syria, as Netanyahu has said repeatedly. Tehran denies it is doing so.

While several analysts said they did not expect a further escalation in the coming days, some spoke of the possibility of the Syrian war entering a new phase.

Syria has become more emboldened to try to stop Israeli strikes inside the country, while Israel wants to maintain its ability to operate there when it sees fit, said Ofer Zalzberg of the International Crisis Group think tank.

Israel has sought to stay out of direct involvement in the Syrian war, but it acknowledges carrying out dozens of air strikes there to stop what it describes as deliveries of advanced weapons to Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah.

Israel fought a devastating war in 2006 with Hezbollah, which along with Iran and Russia backs the Syrian regime in the conflict.

“I think this incident is more likely to be contained because fundamentally it is a gradual attempt to renegotiate the so-called rules of the game,” Zalzberg said, adding that Russia should mediate.

Witnesses said Israel had deployed a missile defence system in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights near the demarcation line with Syria on Sunday morning.

– ‘Playing with fire’ –

Saturday’s events began with Israel shooting down what it described as an Iranian drone that had entered Israeli airspace from Syria — which Tehran has denied.

On Sunday, Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus alleged the drone was a copy of a US model captured by Iran in 2011. He said the conclusion was made from an analysis of the drone’s debris.

Israel responded on Saturday with a raid on what it said was the Iranian control systems in Syria that sent the drone.

During that raid, the Israeli F16 met heavy Syrian anti-aircraft fire and was hit, Israeli Air Force Brigadier General Amnon Ein Dar told army radio.

The pilots ejected and the plane crashed inside Israel. One crew member was severely wounded, but his condition was said to be improving on Sunday.

Israel then carried out what it called “large-scale” air strikes inside Syria, including against what it described as Iranian targets.

Conricus warned on Saturday that Syria and Iran were “playing with fire”, but stressed that Israel was not seeking an escalation.

“This is the most blatant and severe Iranian violation of Israeli sovereignty” in recent years, Conricus said.

Iran dismissed Israeli “lies” and said Syria had the right to defend itself against Israeli attacks.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said “Iran does not have a military presence in Syria, and has only sent military advisers at the request of the Syrian government.”

Russia stressed the need to “avoid any measure that could lead to a dangerous escalation”.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate de-escalation.

Netanyahu spoke with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after Saturday’s confrontation.

Washington backed Israel and blamed Iran for the escalation.

Tillerson on Sunday begins a Middle East tour that will take him to Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Kuwait.

Netanyahu has met regularly with Putin in recent months in a bid to convince Russia to keep Iranian forces away from Israeli territory.

Russia and Israel have also established a hotline to avoid accidental clashes in Syria.

Israel is technically at war with Syria and occupies a swathe of the Golan Heights that it seized in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed in a move never recognised by the international community.

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