Breaking: Surprise Syrian Drive on Raqqah Blocks Secret US Plan


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… by Gordon Duff with Nahed al Hussaini and Dr. Bassam Barakat, VT Damascus

Exclusive:  Iraqi forces have captured an Israeli military commander trying to escape from Fallujah.  We expect to have his identity in a few hours.


Advance units of the Syrian Arab Army, supported by forces of Hezbollah, Iranian volunteers and Russian Aerospace fighter/bombers are advancing on the ISIS held Tabqa Military Airport, just south of Raqqah.

Sources in Damascus have told VT that this drive, supported by Russian Aerospace sorties, is advancing through the night to seize the ISIS held airport after it was learned that America planned to open a major base there, dominating this vital region, part of a secret agreement to split Syria, a plan made showing a shocking level of cooperation between “strange bedfellows,” most notable an American deal with ISIS against Damascus.


Thus far today, ISIS has lost 15 armored vehicles to Russian air attacks, while the Syrian Arab Army is moving steadily northward against light to moderate resistance.  Russia has centered its air efforts against resupply convoys moving south out of Raqqah and is choking off units in the area.

Our sources tell us that Russian intelligence learned of a meeting in Azaz, scene of what is being reported as significant fighting between ISIS and Syrian (Kurdish) Democratic Forces.  Azaz is a key transit point for arms flowing into Northern Aleppo from Turkey.

The Plot

The meeting between American, Turkish, Israeli and SDF representatives, joined by military operational leaders of the Free Syrian Army, ISIS and al Nusra, outlined a staged “theatrical” chain of events intended to move ISIS ostensibly out of Northern Syria and replace them with a Turkish/Israeli consortium which has, in actuality, managed ISIS all along.

A VT source with a SDF unit near Hasakah noted that US air strikes on ISIS positions, in support of the Kurdish advance, were careful not to inflict casualties but rather to allow ISIS to safely withdraw forces on what those on site believe to be a predetermined schedule.

This schedule, we believe, was arranged for in Azaz, indicating full cooperation between the US, Turkey, Israel and terrorist forces in both Syria and Iraq, and that Kurdish forces are fully complicit.

Why Here

Much of Syria’s wealth is centered around Raqqah, explaining why ISIS sought this as their capitol.

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It isn’t just oil fields south of Raqqah, this is also home to Syria’s largest hydroelectric facility as well, the real power behind ISIS.  This is the largest source of fresh water in the entire Middle East, which sustains the wheat and cotton production that drove the Syrian economy.

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Tabaqah Dam

What You Aren’t Being Told

The US had originally contracted with the Syrian Democratic Forces, paying off their leadership, to turn over areas they took control of to the Free Syrian Army, this was when the US felt there was a chance of setting up a puppet regime in Damascus.

As the situation on the ground, particularly after Russian forces rebuilt the Syrian Arab Army in 2015, changed making this contingency unrealistic.  What had become clear is that the “rope-a-dope” phony war against ISIS being waged by Washington, using up time while Turkish, Saudi and Israeli backed “moderate head choppers” wore down Damascus, was no longer going to give a favorable result, not with the Syrian Arab Army on the move.

Then US then, with a decision said to be made by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, ordered the dismemberment of ISIS units, partially shutting down ISIS as though it were an American controlled irregular military force.

The US would then have SDF forces move Westward against Manbij, in Eastern Aleppo province while temporarily suspending the drive on Raqqah, in actuality, a feint.  The real purpose was to take control over the dam, the airport, and turn it all over to the Kurds, territory that had been Arab/Assyrian for 4 thousand years.

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Who Are the Syrian Kurds?

Kurdish maps floating around the internet show a region of ethnic penetration that covers half of Turkey and across well into Iran, and in some cases all the way to India.  Most of this is fiction.  There are, however, over 20 million Kurds, mostly in Iraq, Iran and Southern Turkey with a contingent that has spread into Northern Syria.  They are not “from” Northern Syria but have rather encroached on Assyrian and Arab populations that can demonstrate continuous habitation since the 4th Century.

How this applies today is in the SDF move south from Hasakah, an Arab city, into Raqqah, into a region that has never had a Kurdish presence and where Kurds, even were they part of an American coalition against ISIS, will still to be seen as interlopers.

Further South

Over the past 48 hours, up to 5,000 Saudi controlled ISIS militants have left US training camps inside Jordan, entering Syria in Daraa Province.  These recruits are from Afghanistan, Bosnia and Chechnia and were recruited with full complicity of the CIA.


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Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a disabled veteran and has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.

Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.

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  1. Sometimes, extraordinary situations require that you have to take a calculated risk … and my calculation is, the risk is worth taking. The game is up for the NATO alliance. A geo-strategic projection of power, with real intent, would totally transform the whole paradigm. The West has no credible propaganda narrative that could possibly justify taking Russia head on in a power struggle for the region. In a broader sense, this whole struggle is for everyone who has common cause to resist and ultimately overthrow the institutionalised criminality of the global elite. And tapping into this wellspring of feeling, with a much richer and deeper news platform is essential for Russia’s credibility abroad. A good start could be made by moving RT away from its current puerile and facile news programming that never fails to disappoint.

  2. Wonderful news all around, but where is the update on the “captured Israeli officer”? Also, there are reports Russia is considering sending some ground troops to aid this Syrian advance on Raqqa. All I got to say is: act quickley Russia, because you can bet the Pentagon is doubbling down.

  3. Syria and Russia should now issue, as a matter of some urgency, a joint communique stating that any incursion into sovereign, Syrian territory by an uninvited, foreign entity will now be regarded as a violation of international treaties and, without warning, could be subject to a hostile act of self defence. The geopolitical and financial cost of this war continuing for much longer will make it unsustainable for both countries. Indeed, this is not about escalation but constraining the international community along normative protocols that govern international law. In other words, when threat and escalation becomes the norm, it is now required of Russia to be the guarantor of international law and the very real consequences of this law being systematically violated. However, this will also require Russia to commit air and ground assault battalions from its Black Sea Fleet, plus the full deployment of its 7th Guards Airborne Division and the 56th Air Assault Brigade, taken from its Southern Military District. Longer term, it will also require at least two further air bases, but they will have to wait until its military upgrade is nearer completion. Whatever way one looks at it, the end game for the NATO backed alliance is the ‘failed state’ scenario that is completely unacceptable for the Syrian government and the majority of its people … for the West cannot sustain the unsustainable indefinitely.

  4. Not at all surprised to see that the US assist is nothing more than same old, same old. Anytime we ‘attack’ ISIS, you can be sure there will be no real casualties, only ‘claimed’ ones. Remember a year or more ago, when US was claiming that they had killed 100,000 IS?…and IS continued to get stronger? Then those pesky Ruskies came in and so far have claimed to have killed 26,000(or so) and put a big dent in IS and put them on the defense. What’s wrong with those numbers? Russian action=death to IS…US action=BS. With the taking of Tabqa airport, operations into Raqqah will be enhanced by the closer proximity of air support, enabling more variability, quicker response and reloads. Very methodical and logical. The biggest fear in the area is that IS (or the western mob) would destroy the Tabaqah dam and inundate large areas of Syria and Iraq. That’s a serious threat and one I doubt that the west would hesitate to do, if cornered. It wouldn’t be the first civilian infrastructure the US destroyed. Drowning rats will do anything, regardless of consequences.

  5. Dr. Bassam Barakat, Ms. Nahed al-Hussaini and Mr. Gordon Duff: Great stuff!

    What we MAY need to do now is to trade this MF Israeli dude for Bibi & Rotten-Child backing off.

    If they won’t back off, they’ll soon jack off — in a jail cell (or get something better/worse ‘from behind’).

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