Safe zones in Syria will be ‘No Fly’ zones for US coalition


US-led coalition warplanes banned from Syria safe zones – Russian envoy

… from Russia Today, Moscow

[ Editor’s Note: This was a strange twist of fate, but not a surprising one. The US has officially been out of the Astana talks, and not unfairly so. That is because during the two previous ceasefires, the US failed to separate its opposition forces from Al-Nusra and ISIS, or else Turkey and the Gulf State-US coalition members refused to do so.

Nor do we forget the US bombing of Syrian positions in Deir Ezzor, which were quickly followed by an ISIS attack to capture a strategic hill. Russia’s calls on the de-confliction hotline went unanswered, with no one apparently on duty at the US end of the line. It was a cheap move by the US, and one that burned up any chances of another joint ceasefire with Russia.

But this act today was basically for show, as the US has not been bombing much in Idlib for fear of hitting all the coalition officers that are in the jihadi command centers. The US will not be the big threat to these safe zones, but not having proper, enforceable procedures in place will be.

That will come from the details not mentioned in the Astana agreement. How, once again, are the opposition forces and terrorists going to be separated? Is a database going to be built up of all their respected IDs and fingerprints? Once the various forces are separated and refugees begin returning, what provisions will be made to prevent jihadi re-infiltration?

What will prevent weapons and ammo from continuing to flow into these areas hidden inside the Turkish humanitarian convoy trucks? Are all ammo dumps going to be surrendered, including all the TOWS? Inquiring minds would love to know Jim W. Dean ]

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– First published  …  May 05,  2017

The four safe zones to be established in Syria will be closed for flights by US-led coalition warplanes, said the Russian envoy to the Astana peace talks, where the zones were agreed upon.

“As for [the coalition] actions in the de-escalation zones, starting from now those zones are closed for their flights,” Aleksandr Levrentyev told journalists in the Kazakh capital.

He added that the flight ban was not part of the memorandum establishing the safe zones, but assured the coalition would not fly over them.

“As guarantors we will be tracking all actions in that direction,” he remarked. “Absolutely no flights, especially by the international coalition, are allowed. With or without prior notification. The issue is closed.”

He added that the US-led coalition would continue airstrikes near Raqqa, the Syrian stronghold of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), near some towns near the Euphrates River and close to the city of Deir ez-Zor.

The Russian Foreign Ministry was less definitive on the alleged ban of US warplanes, stating that “these issues are being discussed at the military level.”

On Thursday, a memorandum was signed in Astana establishing four “safe zones” in Syria, where so-called “moderate opposition” fighters are expected to stay safe from airstrikes and keep jihadist groups out. The zones are set in provinces of Idlib, Latakia and Homs, as well as parts of Aleppo.

Russia, Iran and Turkey serve as guarantors of the arrangement, which carries hopes of deescalating violence in the war-torn country.

The move was cheered by the United Nations and welcomed with reservations by Washington.



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  1. So those thugs have their success to split up this region and balkanise it. They will try the same with Iran and others who have no Central Banking system by Rothschild. It is always the same scenario. This could be done years before but with lesser victims in Syria.

  2. The pipeline will go through, The Kurds will be split, Syria concedes territory to Turkey, Israel gets its” water. USA keeps its’ minerals and opium from Afghanistan. The Oil in Kurd controlled territories continues to be had on the cheap. Iraq is screwed, Iran joins BRICS. The House of Saud slowly diminshes as does the USA in Syrias’ future politics. All decided by the majic eight ball and a glass of bourbon. Just a guess. We’ll see, eh.

  3. Wait till ISIS gets the Stinger missiles that Hillary illegally gave to the “good rebels” (who immediately turned them over to ISIS), get used around major world airports. Ambassador Stevens died trying to get them back so Obama and Hillary would not be held accountable…he failed but still no accountability. Where did Trey Gowdy’s inquiry end up??? far left field?

    The real legacy of Hillary has yet to be felt….although 9/11 was a big down payment.

    Hillary was quoted as saying “if the people knew what I have done, they would hang me”. Hint:

  4. About this plan. Skepticism abounds (deservedly)! Why haven’t we heard from Assad on this so-callled division of Syria? Aren’t Turkey and US forces inside Syria still consider by Assad ( and International Law) “invaders”? Have Assad and the people of Syria been shunted aside by the architects of this plan? But also why not (for obvious reasons) specify Israeli strike incursions into Syria via Lebanon and the Golan Heights? Does “absolutely no flights” into the zones apply to Israel?? IS Russia afraid of Israel?

  5. Russian Aleksandr Lavrentyev told journalists:

    “Starting from now those zones are closed for their flights. Absolutely no flights, with or without prior notification. The issue is closed,“

    Finally, and told in a language the chutzpah crowd understands.
    Seems like the Russians are learning, aren´t they, Mr. Duff.

  6. If nothing else this will be interesting. Not to be out done there are parallel peace talks going on somewhere west of Astana. Maybe Geneva, as that city has a fine record for delivering …. conventions…acccords, etc., which depending on the nation one represents one can pick and choose, mix and match rules of war, right and wrong. Well you get the idea. Right?

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