Updated: Syrian Special Forces captured 14 US Coalition officers captured in Aleppo



… from  SouthFront

[ Update 19:42 US EST: We have some confirmation on this from our own Syrian sources. The numbers are much higher than just the 14 names released by the Syrian MP via Facebook. That report of 14 officers might be a different group, as it had specific names.

My report has only the numbers and nationalities…and the news that they were not really “captured” but were allowed out as part of a deal between all parties involved. You see the Moroccans and Saudis are missing in these numbers.

No. of American officers is 22
British 16
French 21
Israeli 7
Turkish 62

The list of 14 names leaked by a Syrian MP are not the real names of those officers, they are cover names; it is standard practice to use a fake ID when serving in a secret op. This is a leak that MSM is ignoring, as they have about all stories of captured foreign officers in Syria. But then Syria has been quiet, also.

From what we can see so far, getting these foreign officers out was rolled into the ceasefire/evacuation deal to get the jihadis out in order to prevent further Syrian casualties and more damage; furthermore, Syria and Russia just wanted to get it over with. The Russians have already moved for a full and immediate ceasefire and the start of all-party political talks.

Russia is determined to get all the involved parties to the table and get those talks going, therefore they were not going to let the capture of some officers screw things up. We will see what the reaction is to getting the talks going. After that we will be watching closely to see if TOW and MANPAD missiles show up on the battlefield soon as part of a new terrorist offensive.

And finally, Trump will eventually weigh in and he is a wildcard for sure. …Gordon]


Syrian Special Forces
Syrian Special Forces

[ Editor’s Note: Well the doo doo has hit the fan if this is true. By that I mean we will be asking for confirmation from the Syrian Justice minister’s office. No one is carrying the story.

We were suspicious due to Kerry’s adamant stance that Aleppo had to have a ceasefire first to let aid in, and then the jihadis would be taken out. But that of course smelled of not only getting them resupplied, but also ex-filtrating some key personnel.

Sure, small groups could hide out in well-stocked and hidden underground hideaways for several weeks, to be gotten out later, but that still has a big element of risk to it. You can imagine the reward money that will be out on the street for these “stay behind” creatures.

It has already been reported that your usual market bombing suicide campaign is expected to be launched against free Aleppo to let everybody know “it ain’t over yet”. We could have still a rocky road ahead to ever getting back to normal times, where Aleppo could return to the thriving commercial and tourist city that it wasJim W. Dean ]


Who is hiding where?
Who is hiding where?

– First published … December 17,  2016

At least 14 US-led coalition military advisers have been captured by the Syrian Special Forces in a bunker in the city of Aleppo, according to media reports.

The event allegedly took place in the morning on December 16, 2016 (Voltaire.net):

“The Security Council is sitting in private on Friday, December 16, 2016, at 17:00 GMT, while NATO officers were arrested this morning by the Syrian Special Forces in a bunker in East Aleppo.”

21stcenturywire.com also provided a list of names of the coalition’s military advisers captured in Aleppo, citing a Syrian member of Parliament:

Fares Shehabi, a prominent Syrian Parliamentarian and head of Aleppo’s Chamber of Commerce published the names of the Coalition officers on his Facebook page on the 15th December (emphasis added):

Mutaz Kanoğlu – Turkey
David Scott Winer – USA
David Shlomo Aram – Israel
Muhamad Tamimi – Qatar
Muhamad Ahmad Assabian – Saudi
Abd-el-Menham Fahd al Harij – Saudi
Islam Salam Ezzahran Al Hajlan – Saudi
Ahmed Ben Naoufel Al Darij – Saudi
Muhamad Hassan Al Sabihi – Saudi
Hamad Fahad Al Dousri – Saudi
Amjad Qassem Al Tiraoui – Jordan
Qassem Saad Al Shamry – Saudi
Ayman Qassem Al Thahalbi – Saudi
Mohamed Ech-Chafihi El Idrissi – Moroccan

Damascus-based Syrian journalist Said Hilal Alcharifi also reported on the issue in his Facebook account:

Very urgent
The Syrian authorities were able, thanks to information thorough, arrive at the headquarters of senior officers and western regional in the basement of a district of Aleppo-is, and capture them all alive.
A few names have already been ex filtered to Syrian journalists including me.
Seen the nationalities (us, French, British, German, Israelis, Turks, Saudis, Moroccans, Qatari, etc.. etc) of these scumbags and their military ranks, I assure you
Syria holds in this moment a big treasures to carry out the negotiations with the countries that have destroyed.

Earlier in December, SF already noted that the US desperate attempts to push a “diplomatic solution” in Aleppo could indicate that the Obama administration stalling for time to extricate US mercenaries and special service members from the Aleppo pocket:

Considering that US-led coalition military advisers have been widely operating across Syria, training and assisting to the so-called “moderate opposition” openly linked with al-Qaeda, the recently appeared reports are likely true.

For instance, British military advisers have officially arrived to Syria to restore combat capability of the ‘moderate’ opposition, retreated from Aleppo:

British military advisers have arrived to Syria in order to restore combat capability of units of the ‘moderate’ opposition, retreated from Aleppo, the Izvestiya newspaper reported, citing a statement of UK Defense Minister Michael Fallon. According to Fallon, 20 British military instructors, who will train the opposition forces, involved in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, have already arrived at the destination.

The dispatch of British advisers was announced in October, long before the recapture of Aleppo by the Syrian government forces. Initially, they had a task to train recruits to conduct combined arms combat, as well as to teach them the basics of tactical medicine and combat engineering. However, the situation changed and the task was changed too.


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  1. JohnZ: Unfortunately, for many reasons, what you suggest will not happen. Russia had/has diplomatic uses for these captures, and Syria had/has “economic” uses. ;-). Since Syria needs the money (for now).

    When others & I had virtually airtight proof that ‘Saddam Hussein’ “captured in the spider hole” was part of “The Great Sham Saddam Scam,” we thought we could end the war with such “proof.” Fat chance.

    Q: What did we call the search for Osama Bin Laden? A: “Operation Shock & Thaw.” ;-). We knew that Osama had been dead for a long, long time. Even Western MSM had reported Osama’s death.

  2. Khalid: True. However, as you too may know, IS/Daesh & al-Qaeda type fighters in Mideast are FAKE Muslims. Brits & Yanks foisted Westernized, Wahhabist perversions of Islam upon economically-challenged Sunni Muslims as the Muslim Brotherhood — in order to coopt & ‘weaponize’ Islam.

  3. our feigned do-gooder, diplomats in positions of public trust mouthing to the world black is white and white is black while they run through the grey …and call it a civil war instead of their war to get what they want, that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, make no mistake they all have been offered it…….and the cost is far to great and even they do not have full realization of the reality on the ground of the consequences of their actions towards the whole planet….one would be hard pressed to find a more despicable bunch at this moment….may they all be cowering in shame

  4. I see the two Jewish guys names have been highlighted on VT’s list, no doubt they will be released before any information, no matter how home spun, is released on this…

  5. Map search the fastest route to Nuremburg and, take the losers there. It should be legal to use the same interrogation methods as used to question all the Nazis, during the Nuremberg trials. Make sure the Judges are from Libya, Syria, Afghanistan and, Iraq. And don’t forget the prosecuters must be Muslims. Security should be provided by the Palestinians. A call to prayer, and the a phone call to the carpenters union. Work must begin straight away on the gallows. Experienced hangmen from Provo Utah will do nicely. Let’s go..

  6. *IF* Trump is sincere in his promises to cooperate with Russia & other countries working to eliminate ALL terrorists in Syria, then Trump can easily secure release of ALL captured U.S. & other advisers/officers.

    After verification that most/all anti-Russia & anti-Syria stories appearing in Western media are mere propaganda, in exchange for a U.S. promise to cooperate with the Syria/Russia-led coalition to eliminate ALL terrorists, then Syria would probably be willing to release all U.S. & other officers captured in Syria.

    Alternatively, Trump could promise U.S. withdrawal of all U.S. advisers/others in Syria, stop U.S. bombing of Syria, and withdraw all U.S. military support from any & all U.S.-led coalition countries who continue to advise, arm & equip IS/Daesh & al-Qaeda-type groups in Syria. Trump already said: ‘Let Russia do it.’

    If Trump soon signals his intent to do the above AFTER his January inauguration, then Obama could make a deal BEFORE January 20 — with both Trump & Obama getting some credit. Americans, Syrians & most of the world would warmly welcome such a deal. The only problem: Bibi might not like this. ;-).

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