President Trump and President Putin today, meeting on the margins of the APEC conference in Danang, Vietnam, confirmed their determination to defeat ISIS in Syria. They expressed their satisfaction with successful US-Russia enhanced de-confliction efforts between US and Russian military professionals that have dramatically accelerated ISIS’s losses on the battlefield in recent months. The Presidents agreed to maintain open military channels of communication between military professionals to help ensure the safety of both US and Russian forces and de-confliction of partnered forces engaged in the fight against ISIS. They confirmed these efforts will be continued until the final defeat of ISIS is achieved.
The Presidents agreed that there is no military solution to the conflict in Syria. They confirmed that the ultimate political solution to the conflict must be forged through the Geneva process pursuant to UNSCR 2254. They also took note of President Assad’s recent commitment to the Geneva process and constitutional reform and elections as called for under UNSCR 2254. The two Presidents affirmed that these steps must include full implementation of UNSCR 2254, including constitutional reform and free and fair elections under UN supervision, held to the highest international standards of transparency, with all Syrians, including members of the diaspora, eligible to participate. The Presidents affirmed their commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, unity, independence, territorial integrity, and non-sectarian character, as defined in UNSCR 2254, and urged all Syrian parties to participate actively in the Geneva political process and to support efforts to ensure its success.
Finally President Trump and President Putin confirmed the importance of de-escalation areas as an interim step to reduce violence in Syria, enforce ceasefire agreements, facilitate unhindered humanitarian access, and set the conditions for the ultimate political solution to the conflict. They reviewed progress on the ceasefire in southwest Syria that was finalized the last time the two Presidents met in Hamburg, Germany on July 7, 2017. The two presidents, today, welcomed the Memorandum of Principles concluded in Amman, Jordan, on November 8, 2017, between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Russian Federation, and the United States of America. This Memorandum reinforces the success of the ceasefire initiative, to include the reduction, and ultimate elimination of foreign forces and foreign fighters from the area to ensure a more sustainable peace. Monitoring this ceasefire arrangement will continue to take place through the Amman Monitoring Center, with participation by expert teams from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Russian Federation, and the United States.
The two Presidents discussed the ongoing need to reduce human suffering in Syria and called on all UN member states to increase their contributions to address these humanitarian needs over the coming months.
Vietnam, Danang, November 10, 2017
The joint written statement, by Tillerson and Lavrov, is wonderful news for Syria, especially the clause:
“The two leaders also confirmed their commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity . . .
In other words, the US is withdrawing support for the Kurdish attempt to capture Syrian oil fields — over which they have no claim — to finance an independent / breakaway nation. The statement should be very welcome to Turkey as well and — evidently — fulfills commitments by Putin to the Turks to prevent the formation of a “Kurdistan” on their southern border.
Will the US Deep State accept and live by the joint statement?
There is no accord regardless of the statement hammered together by Lavrov and Tillerson. Their task is to present what they are told to present, at least in the case of Tillerson, but US has a proven track record of not abiding by any agreement it makes.
From the looks of it Lavrov and Tillerson had worked mightily to have a meeting between VVP and DT at the Viet Nam deal and US at the last minute pulled the plug, sighting ‘scheduling difficulties’, read DT’s handlers will never again let him meet with VVP.
US just two days ago was supposedly filmed evacuating ‘high ranking IGIL commanders of European extraction’ from the latest city to fall to SAA and Russia and this is far from the first time they have done this. The same thing happened when Aleppo fell and this fall when Deir Azer was taken by SAA. US is building bases in the Kurd areas of Syria and has a large and growing one at the Jordan border with Syria. US and Israel regularly bomb Syrian Arab Army positions, using the excuse of ‘artillery was fired in to Israel’ or ‘it was a mistake’.
The US and Israel regularly and continuously train IGIL and other terrorist organization members. What makes anyone think US will stop any of these actions?
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In my opinion, this is ABSOLUTELY the way it is!
The ***only*** reason you ever thought America would waste its time on a pointless useless exercise in futility in Syria once Russia’s victory was assured was that people on our side still swallow BBC/CNN/NYT/Guardian talking points hook-line-and-sinker.
The Kurds were a ‘free’ needle to stick in Russia’s and Turkey’s side for a passing moment- and useful cos it kept British and American special forces in the region in large numbers- making new contacts. But no Empire power was ever going to give the Kurds anything they wanted. The Kurds are literally friendless because of geo-political considerations.
Now the Deep State (which is ***not*** the US Deep State but the anglo-zionist Deep State- America has only ever been the ‘muscle’ of the UK) is gonna use the usual tedious dirty tactics in Syria- and that means endless terror and sabotage and assassinations. Britain has sleeper cells all across Syria- and these will be used as the basis for the endless terror we see in today’s Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan.
America only likes the biggest games. It assumes Britain will oversee the ‘small’ games. So America is now focused on helping the coming Lebanon war, and then the Iran war which follows. The US military statement that an Iranian missile hit KSA is something you should pay real attention too.
How did the Syria war start? The Libya war. The Deep State suffers from frequent ‘pattern momentum’- ie., finding a ‘successful’ tactic that has worked so well, it takes the DS time to accept the old tactic is worn out and a new tactic needed. Lebanon ***cannot*** be ignited today as Syria/Libya were. It cannot even fall prey to the Ukraine/Yemen tactic (presidential power plays)- though obviously some idiot thought exposing KSA’s control of senior Lebanon politicians would be a smart move.
Lebanon needs the sick racist brutality only the jewish state can bring- the ‘jewish masterrace’ believing that ‘god’ has given the ‘chosen’ the right to ‘smite’ an enemy at any time for any reason. In other words, Israel doing a ‘Gaza’ on Lebanon. A massive unprovoked jewish holocaust of all urban centres across Lebanon, as the Israeli military commanders have been promising in their public statements for the last three years.
The problems for the DS here are these
1) Trumpy wants Iran, and can’t understand why it would be good to attack Lebanon. He sees war on Lebanon as very bad for the jews- who he has sworn to protect.
2) Any attack on Lebanon would make public the real alliance between the jewish cult called wahhabism, and world jewry. All non-insane jews see this as completely counter-productive. After all for decades jews and wahhabis have pretended they are mortal enemies- playing the rest of Humanity like chumps.
3) If the Lebanon war goes wrong, it could end short term hopes of starting the Iran war. Yet if Lebanon is to be attacked out of the blue- why not do that to Iran instead? So higher powers in the DS think the unprovoked tactic should simply short-cut to Iran.
4) There are major historic christian groups in Lebanon. The jews of Israel want to slaughter them all- the long term zonist plan for all christians that consider themselves non-jewish. But allies of Israel, like France and the rest of the catholic bloc, only want the muslims of Lebanon slaughtered. Most lebanese christians will actively work with hezbollah to fight against Israel and KSA.
However, let me say this very ***loudly*** indeed. All major wars are considerd too crazy and dangerous and counter-productive til the very day they actually happen. Idiots said Tony Blair would never dare invade Iraq with this thinking. Gadaffi thought Blair would never stab him in the back and destroy Libya- a constant bulwark agaisnt islamic extremism.
Israel always decribes its coming wars in painful detail before they happen. Israel has described the means by which they will holocaust Lebanon- and it is next on their list. The jews of Israel have to be given the greenlight first by the UK and USA.
The catholic bloc currently in Israel participating in the zionist military exercises (the jewish depravities call the exercise ‘blue flag’). The catholic dream is a rapid, Russia style, ‘intervention’ in Lebanon giving power exclusively to the christian survivors. A ***new crusade***. This is how mad the current pope is.
Crazy is both good and bad for the Deep State- but more ‘bad’. Loonies (religious zealots like the pope) tend to mess up good plans. But the Deep State wants to trust the monsters it has placed in power in KSA and Israel- butchers similar in inhuman qualities to the those the german nazis used in East Europe. But these butchers are also impossibly corrupt, and their corruption threatens their leadership positions. Future coups could happen very quickly in Israel and KSA cos of this.
Like I said, before a major war the ‘facts’ of such a war seem too mad- but nevertheless such wars do happen over and over. The DS simply keeps building up the bonfire and pouring petrol over it. It trusts the spark will follow.
In Vietnam Russia just promised USA to help to expel Iranian forces from the south of Syria, because these forces are seen as a treat to Israel and Jordan. What would be your comment on this. Thanks.
How I personally got the information is not important, you of all people should know that.
The source is mentioned in the statement above – the memorandum of Nov. 08,2017 regarding the ultimate elimination of the foreign forces in the area close to Israel and Jordan’s borders. The only foreign forces there are Iranians and Hesbola.
Also the press conference of Mr. Peskov
I read now for the 2nd time “the jewish cult called wahhabism”. Do you have a source underlying this statement?
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not Jewish, and it is not my intention to defend AngloZionists, the state Israel or sects with Jewish origin which are creating a mess in the middle east – if such exist.
I am just interested how you came up with the theory that Wahhabism is a Jewish cult. I know at least the basics of the history of the Al-Saud tribe, of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, their connection and how first the Brits and later the US have pampered them.
i remember very vaguely that in the time shortly before 9.11.2001 tbere was some type of peace and hope atmosphere in the international political sphere, palestine seemed like almost getting its rights, most nations seemed to turn against zion….
it feels something like a deja vu actually…..
This is all wishful thinking. The DeepState will never back off. Only the full and total collapse of the “Empire” and terminal retribution on ALL the guilty will do the job.
Sorry to rain on your parade,but the USA has never ever lived to uphold their treaties nor verbal commitments!
I may welcome the statement but I and mine are the few in the midst of a vast hysteria in US orchestrated by a compliant news media. I was very suspicious about the sudden and rabid ‘sexual harassment’ bullshit all over that media. Here’s my thoughts.
Trump was emasculated within days of taking the oath if not before. Tillerson was a weak fop given to Trump as a sop. Pence is the anointed one for the moment but the witch is pulling the strings behind the scenes and by spring if not earlier she will be defacto president, president in everything but name….for the moment.
Trump will be impeached, probably by new year the process will start if not before. In my opinion it will involve something with sex one way or the other and all the ‘Russian contact and collusion’ will be tossed in the stew pot. At this time ‘they’ are showing Trump, Tillerson and the rest of them how powerful they are and how quickly they can and will destroy the rich and famous. If I was in their position and moral ground so low they have to look up to see down, I would tell DT, and they probably did tell him and Tillerson this, that he and his family will be eating out of a dumpster behind a quick market by June next year unless he submits and either does not fight impeachment or better, resigns. They will then destroy him anyway along with Tillerson, Bannon, Flynn and DT’s family.
Don’t look good from any angle. Remains to be seen if The Deplorables will do something, or anything. This will make the Nixon coup look like a Sunday School after service tea.
“I was very suspicious about the sudden and rabid ‘sexual harassment’ bullshit all over that media.” & “At this time ‘they’ are showing Trump, Tillerson and the rest of them how powerful they are and how quickly they can and will destroy the rich and famous.”
But have you looked at who these rich and famous are who are facing public disgrace and perhaps prosecution? Hint, these are not people who have shown any particular liking to trump and his freakshow. Example:
Journalist who called Assange ‘criminal’ over rape claims faces own sex assault allegations
“A journalist with Swedish daily Aftonbladet who reportedly referred to WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange as a “criminal” is himself in hot water. He’s accused of rape and sexual assault – including of underage girls.”
If takes a look at the individuals being brought down one sees zionazi establishment figures, not anti-establishment people. In the u.s., prominent zio-media, in the uk, Fallon and 30 Tory MPs. I doubt this has anything to do with impeaching trump, which would be like killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. In fact, I suspect this isn’t the work of the zpc/nwo, but something independent of their psywar. Perhaps helped along by certain rivals… ;-D
Vot Tak may be right, but I have felt that the Weinstein 24/7 circus has something to do with Trump, if quite indirect. The underlying subtext may be to associate Trump with Weinstein by association of ideas. I doubt that the Weinstein story would have had the traction it has—not that the scandal wouldn’t have occurred, but the total privileging of the story as national news, blinding out other major developments on the national scene, being Topic number one with virtually all Columbia Journalism news feeds, etc. seems to be fueled by and also to fuel an underlying thrust against Trump.
But, as VT states, it is ironic that many of the perps are exactly the types of people who support Hillary and mainstream Dem politics. Shows how hollow and superficial (oxymoron?) those political commitments are. Just a facade.
The deplorables like me, will never do anything, it is useless to pin hope in them, like Saker does, they are too much into jingoism, football, porn, celebs, pop music, movies, bible thumping, etc., the american culture. All that is unlike me, I am a repentant deplorable.
We shall see what happens in the end. I don’t see Wall Street, the Washington political establishment and the Military Industrial Complex giving up so easily on Syria. All three are furious that Putin and the Russian Air Force backed the Syrian Army in crushing ISIS.
Right, and most of all I don’t see Russia standing up to them, nor China.
huge numbers attacks on HTS in Idlib, Hama etc…..VVP says mystery persons not getting a real meeting together with DT will be punished…
BTW…Israel shoots down a drone Russian manufactured over Golan heights…..they knew it was only observational…used Patriot missile…..but fortruss article does not say who was operating it, which could be interesting…….so, press release sounds hopeful for ths whole of Syria but wd had heard similar before…..there is still plenty of opportunity for those against it to frustrate it……rogue usa agencies and private operators espevially…unless this announcement is a mesage that they must control or limit themselves, assist in continuing progress, or as Russia knows whose these are we hope, would either be dealt with by Russia without fear of consequences or inform DT directly of these peoples defying this joint agreement so he has the option or not of proving himself to be commander in chief?
Statements are one thing but reality and US actions something completely different.
Especially US role in Syria.
The simple fact is, Russia is under increasing attack by Deep State. Dreams about possible reconciliation and improvement in US-Russia relationships are just that, dreams. I am quite sure Russia is well aware of it as well.
This joint statement might explain why the neocons hate Russia.
Mark my words – the only way you’ll ever clear foreign forces/fighters from the area is the way it happened (to them) in Viet Nam. Vis a vis Afghanistan, Iraq.
Putin is veiled in watching his adversary – and Trump is a bullshitter – so – not much said there.
What a joke, If you really think that Washington will respect Syria’s sovereignty and go for the above statements you are delusional.
Where’s the analysis of what’s is going on here?
This de-escalation zone is ultimately the most sensitive zone.
The fighting began here, arms and proxies were supplied from here and the civilian base for decades of insurgency is large here. Assad’s army could not get close to victory in this zone. Russia managed a brilliant solution with US agreement in late June and July to manage the outcome by turning off the war’s big spigots.
Now, the Iranians are building a permanent base north of this zone, south of Damascus. It will serve as added strength for the capital city and as a depot for Iranian supply to Lebanon. A coming war for the Golan will have to deal with the Southwest Zone. It badly complicates Syrian Army positions.
Over the next six months this will constitute a frozen conflict zone. Quite ironic that it will be not unlike Donbass, but in opposite camp and influence.
While all eyes are on Kurds meandering through oil fields in the East and US “bases” in the East, the real cancer to Syrian sovereignty is here in Zone 4.
What needs to be understood about the zones is that they are held by moderate rebels and flown over only by Russians, and encircled by forces of the three signatories of Astana, depending where the zone is and who are the responsible signatories. The Southwest Zone is Russian responsibility, probably with close US-Jordanian involvement.The center for command of it is in Jordan. Probably some Russian Colonels are there as staff with Jordanian and US military at similar ranks.
This fourth zone, in the Southwest, has a buffer that “secures” the Jordan and Israel borders from the de-escalation zone.
The concept of the de-escalation is a diplomatic-humanitarian strategy which defuses fighting in favor of “pacification” through political negotiation. However, enforcement of no use of arms by the rebels is, according to Russian Military, “liquidation of resistors”.
Syria will evolve a government structure which will accommodate local control. There simply is no way around the fact that millions of Syrians resist the Syrian Arab Republic government of Assad. Avoiding a perpetual insurgency is what Russia has been heading off before the US and Israel can convince the population to suffer more years of warfare.
The four zones line up North to South along the heavily populated Western sphere of Syria.
Thus most of what is Syria’s society is within or right next to these four zones. The great natural resources of gas, water and oil are in the East. The fresh water supply that Syria must have for the future is in the purloined Golan Heights, occupied by the Israelis and now stocked with al Nusra and AQ proxies.
The threat to Syrian stability is in the Southwest. The threat to Israeli hegemony is right north of the Southwest Zone. That threat is the Syrian Army, Iranian proxies, Russian military bases.
Zone 4 is critical if a wider war is to be avoided.
IRGC and Hezbollah banned from Golan heights to make buffer zone….so claimed or is a falsity to establish a position????…to p!ease Israel…Jordan….leave SAA on their own…vulnerable to IDF….false flags provocaitons have previously taken place “permitting”Israel that ” their” Golan heights has been under threat from SAA??????
How many Syrians do you know to say that millions resist the Syrian Arab Republic government of Al-Assad. (removed for language,MOD) Syrians mostly revere their president for whom they overwhelmingly voted, you are buying into the imperial narrative, I know coz I am half Syrian.
Clearly, there area several millions of Syrian citizens who are anti-Assad. Turkmen, Kurds, sectors of Sunnis and other tribal groups easily total a few million. Not an enormous minority of people, but millions nonetheless. The Kurds are 9% of total population.
The population in the Southwest alone, where historic rage against his father and him, and up in Homs totals well over a million citizens who have risen up against him.
The reason for the strategy of de-escalation zones was the war would have gone on for more years if Syria had to “conquer” all these regions to submission. The Russians convinced Assad that this strategy was best. Combined with 2500 Reconciliation Agreements with various groups and settlements, the Russians have defused much of the violent opposition among the anti-Assad people.
It was a civil war exploited into a terror war, into a geopolitical war. Russia’s strategies have won on all those fronts. The US-Israeli game is lost. Syria has won. But now, we will have a long insurgency war and concurrently, a Syria+Iran vs Israel+US+SA struggle.
I’m not certain that Russia will get involved in that struggle. Russia will assist in the counter-insurgency war against what the US is setting up because that is a threat to the Russian base security and the Syrian sovereignty.
Reweaving the fabric of Syrian society is the goal of what the Russians are working in local agreements, in Astana negotiations and in Geneva-UN negotiations. It will be one of the greatest achievements in world history if Syria can be made whole again.
Iran says it could interfere in Lebanon as its prime minister was kidnapped by Saudi………….
TEHRAN, Iran – A Foreign Ministry spokesperson for Iran has announced that his country would interfere in Lebanon, according to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency Twitter account.
Tasnim News Agency ✔ @Tasnimnews_EN
#Iran will interfere in #Lebanon’s internal affairs: FM spokesman
8:00 AM – Nov 13, 2017
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This announcement comes as Saudi Arabia has intervened in Lebanese politics by preventing Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri from returning to his country and forcing him to resign.
Iran and Saudi Arabia are engaged in a regional rivalry with the Islamic Republic and the puritanical kingdom supporting opposing fighting groups in Syria, Yemen and Lebanon.
Saudi Arabia are attempting to destabilize Lebanese politics to pressure Hezbollah who have a significant political presence in Lebanon. ”
Please note the Tasnim news site didnot say this and clearly states the words of the Iranian Foreign Ministry which differ – again caution. Mod
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Sometimes I wonder what is going on inside Putin’s head. Turkey is still one of the most significant NATO member, why would Putin hand over Russia’s superior military technology to NATO ? such as s-400 (sa 21 growler for zio-natoist) I just learned that Turkey is in talks with a European consortium to help it develop its own missile defense system, reverse engineering ? What is going on in Moscow ? This truly concerns a little person like me.
Patrick Armstrong provides a good explanation of why Moscow sells S-400’s to the other side in this article:
Thank you dear, good article (and linked articles).
Try Alexander Mercouris
“Explaining the S-400 deal
The most eye-catching deal agreed in Moscow – for the sale by Russia of S-400 anti aircraft missiles to Saudi Arabia – has in my opinion also been completely misunderstood.
The context for this deal is the ongoing discussions between the Iranians and the Russians for the sale by the Russians to the Iranians of advanced fighter aircraft for the Iranian air force.
The Russians are believed to have offered the Iranians fourth generation fighters such as the MiG-29 and SU-27. The Iranians are said to be holding out – and will probably eventually get – more advanced fourth generation plus fighters such as the SU-30 and SU-35.
It is standard practice for Russian diplomacy in such situations to seek to balance arms sales to one country with arms sales to its rivals. In that way the Russians – for whom maintaining stability is always a priority – ensure that a balance of power is maintained, whilst avoiding excessive commitments to one side or another in a regional quarrel which might close off routes for cooperation in future.
In the case of the mooted Russian fighter aircraft sale to Iran, the weakest arm of the Iranian military is its air force, which depends on a mix of fighter aircraft delivered in the 1970s to the Shah’s air force by the US, supplemented by some 1980s era MiG-21 copies supplied by China and some ex-Soviet formerly Iraqi aircraft evacuated to Iran by Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War of 1990-1991.
Iran urgently needs modern aircraft to upgrade this otherwise obsolescent air force with its strange hodgepodge of aircraft, and realistically Russia is the only Great Power which can provide them (delivery of Chinese aircraft to Iran such as the J-10 has also from time to time been mooted. However it would also require Russian agreement since all current Chinese fighter aircraft use Russian or Russian derived engines).
Iranian acquisition of large numbers of advanced Russian fighters would however radically change the balance of power in the Gulf and in the Middle East.
Accordingly the Russians are offering Saudi Arabia S-400 anti aircraft missiles, which because of their defensive nature do not directly threaten Iran, but which do provide the Saudis with protection from the advanced fighters Russia is preparing to sell to Iran.
That way the Russians are able to keep all sides contented if not exactly happy; balancing their sale of advanced fighters to Iran with an equivalent sale of advanced anti aircraft missiles to Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia, thereby preserving Russia’s relations with both the Iranians and the Saudis and the balance of military power in the Gulf and in the Middle East.
It is not a coincidence that shortly after King Salman’s visit to Russia President Putin visited Iran where he had meetings both with President Rouhani and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.
Undoubtedly the question of Russian military aircraft sales to Iran would have been touched on during this visit, with the Iranians doubtless holding out for advanced SU-30 and SU-35 fighters and seeking a production and licensing agreement, and with Putin explaining the rationale for the recent Russian agreement to sell S-400 anti aircraft missiles to Saudi Arabia.”
Excellent explanation : Russia gives Iranians modern Russian fighter planes which in case of war between the two nations, could be shut down with Russian made S-400 by Saudis. That’s a deal ?
I am starting to hope that in March Russia will have a president (removed for language,MOD) to not legitimize the illegal presence in Syria of the Ziomurikan empire..
Presidents Putin and Trump are leading the way to the return of transactional multilateral nation state to nation state order. I have hope! And our President Donald J Trump aint going anywhere!
“Israel has made it clear to Russia and the United States that it will continue to operate in Syria to protect its security interests, the state radio station Kan reports citing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The statement was made a day after Russia and the US agreed to work with the Syrian government to remove Iranian-backed forces from opposition-held territories…….”
I am not sure if this is accurate reporting
“ANKARA, November 13. /TASS/. Russia and the US should pull their troops out of Syria following the joint statement adopted by the two countries’ presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, which says that there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said before departing for Russia on Monday.
“It is hard for me to understand such statements. If a military solution cannot help find a way out of the crisis, then those who think so should pull their troops out of Syria,” the Turkish leader said, as cited by the Haberturk TV channel.
“Following a BBC report that Iran is allegedly building a military base in Syria, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened to destroy this base and said that Israel “will not allow the Shi‘ite axis to establish Syria as its forefront base,” the London-based Saudi newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported.
The statement was made on November 12. The BBC report quoted intelligence sources and showed some satellite photos which allegedly confirm the claims. The base is allegedly located outside El-Kiswah, 14 km south of Damascus, 50km from the Syrian contact line with Israel.
Asharq Al-Awsat also quoted Tel Aviv sources which said that “Israel believes that the Iranians have no intention to leave Syria or withdraw their loyal militias from the country.” Furthermore, Israeli believes Iran could strengthen its permanent military presence in Syria.
On Monday, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tel Aviv has informed Moscow and Washington that Israeli forces will continue to take action in Syria according to its interests despite any ceasefire.”
although VVP has said the action against ISS should end next coupla months
“BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – Pro-government forces, on the ground and in the air, remain staunchly committed to their offensive operation in northeast Hama Governorate, initiating late yesterday a new wave of attacks aimed at driving Al-Qaeda-linked militants from the region.
Last night, the Russian warplanes carried out more than twenty airstrikes over the skies Hama and Idlib provinces, targeting Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham positions and bases with a combination of fuel-air and high-explosive bombs.
In northeast Hama, militants were struck at the towns of Rahjan, al-Qariyah and Um Mayyal, Furthermore, jihadist rebels in southeast Idlib’s Sinjar region also found themselves on the receiving end of Russian air munitions which severely complicated their ability to move forces and supplies towards Hama.
At the present time, the units of the Syrian Arab Army, the National Defence Forces and the Qalamoun Shield Forces are preparing a new assault which they hope will result in the liberation of Rahjan, al-Qariyah and Um Mayyal.
Should this be achieved, then pro-government forces will find themselves in a strong position to finally advance into Idlib province for further operations towards the Abu Duhur military airport.
, but has said there will be a russian resence due to agreed bases etc,,, Erdo does not refer to Iran Hezbolah etc…..”
(Please note this site above was recently discredited for giving false information by the Russian authorities – caution. Mod)
“The presidents of Russia and Turkey held talks in a narrow format to discuss the regional issues including the Syrian crisis in the Russian resort of Sochi on Monday.
Speaking at the opening of the meeting, Vladimir Putin said Russia-Turkey ties “could be considered to be almost fully restored,” while President Erdogan said that the bilateral ties are developing “every single minute.”
note rebuttal from Russia to Israeli media and Israel
Others from same site:
“PARIS, France. A French official said that his country’s proposal to establish a contact group on Syria aims to support the negotiations of the warring Syrian parties in Geneva, pointing out Paris’s readiness to work with Moscow on the issue.
“President Emmanuel Macron spoke about the possibility of establishing a contact group on the Syrian issue at the level of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. With our efforts, we wish to support and accelerate the Geneva peace process in the first place”, French government’s special envoy for relations with Russia Jean-Pierre Chevenement said.
He also said that Emmanuel Macron already introduced this proposal to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin who “did not reject it”, meaning the two leaders will likely proceed working in this direction.”
“French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has called for no interference in Lebanon, obviously referring to Saudi Arabia, without explicitly mentioning it though.
It is noteworthy that France and Lebanon are maintaining very close relations and have been allies for decades. ”
JJ, please observe rule 10 of the Saker site moderation policy – you only need to put one link to the same site. Mod
gonna arrest anyone for 9/11????????
ye gods…BBC1 actually reporting tonight on upto 4000 Isis bussed out “secretly”from Raqqa all organised by Kurdish led SDF and esorted by coalition forces…….members from many countries…..”isis most battled
hardened fighters””…..mostly gone to Turkey…..spreading further….possibly recruiting others etc?