[ Editor’s Note:We saw this coming. The FSA has nowhere to go, and maybe their paychecks will stop if they go back to Jordan. The last line below is interesting, with the FSA saying the US is not involved, which is a bit of a joke… but shows us that the US does not want to publicly admit that it is involved.
And proof of that would be that it does not provide air cover for these FSA attacks. We have a short one- or two-line report in all that we have read over the last few days, that since the first US bombing of the initial SE Syrian convoy, Russia was stating they were working on de-confliction zones with the US, with no details.
Does it cover ground combat alone, or include the air? We should know soon, but a big hint below is that it was not Syrian planes bombing the attacking FSA, but Russian ones. If true, a red line has been put on display for all to see.
Heading back up to the northeast Syrian Kurdish area, we are getting official statements that PMU forces will not be allowed to come into Syria, which is strange, as the Kurds have not taken over the Syrian government that I knew of.
There is a nice north-south road on the Iraqi side of the border for the PMU to use, and there is no need for them to cross into Kurdish Syria where they are anyway, so we must give these Kurds the grandstanding award of the week…Jim W. Dean ]
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– First published … May 31, 2017 –
The US-backed coalition of militant groups, known as the Free Syrian Army (FSA), launched a large-scale attack on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the vicinity of the Zaza Triangle at the Damascus-Baghdad highway in the southeastern Syrian desert. The attack was dubbed “The land is ours”.
Furthermore, pro-militant sources said that the FSA had received a significant support including weapons from the US and other countries. The provided support was aimed at increasing the FSA’s military capabilities for an attack on the SAA in the Damascus and Homs deserts.
The US-backed groups of Assoud al-Sharkia and the Ahmed al-Abdu Battalions and Liwa’ Maghawir al-Thawra attacked the SAA positions in the Zaza triangle with Grad rockets, and claimed that the SAA withdrew from several points. However, according to reports from the ground, it seems that these claims were false.
Meanwhile, warplanes of the Russian and Syrian air forces bombed FSA units involved in the attack.
Since its takeover of al-Tanf, the US-backed FSA has repeatedly attacked the SAA and its allies, ingoring the so-called ISIS threat in the area.
Some FSA sources claimed that the US-led coalition is not a partner in the attacks on the SAA. However, the militant coalition used US-made weapons such as Switchblad suicide drones and TOW missiles in its attacks against the SAA.
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