[Editor’s note: The experts all agree that the war against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq has entered it’s final phase, that IS is finished militarily and it is only a matter of time before they are defeated.
The Pentagon’s own experts know this as well as anyone and it has them deeply concerned as the defeat of IS would mean the derailing of the agenda to destroy Syria and Iraq, breaking them into smaller states that can be easily controlled.
It is the desire to keep this agenda on track that is driving the US efforts in Syria to forestall the advance of Syrian forces and their allies by ramping up US forces and pumping arms and supplies to the ‘coalition allies’ or ‘Syrian opposition’ or whatever other euphemism for mercenaries is in fashion these days.
Backed by US forces and amply supplied with US weapons and equipment, financed by the Saudis and their Gulf friends, these supposed opposition groups may well declare an independent fiefdom in eastern Syria in an attempt to prevent the Syrian army and their allies overrunning the remaining territory they hold, in particular the key cities of Raqqah and Deir-Ezzur.
The way this would be sold to the gullible public would be that the US-lead coalition has overrun IS and conquered this territory; in reality, IS would simply melt away, some would depart, most likely to join Saudi ‘IS’ groups elsewhere, particularly Afghanistan where IS has just declared war on the Taliban. The majority would most likely remain, they will simply take down their IS flags and join the ranks of the ‘Syrian opposition’ groups.
The US will proclaim a great victory in the War On Terror and will back this new state, as will their obedient NATO ‘partners’ and this will bring about the dangerous situation where President Assad is faced with the decision between allowing his nation to be divided and weakened or directly confronting the US forces and their mercenaries, which would undoubtedly be seized upon by the US as a reason to declare war on Syria.
Assad’s course of action is likely to be decided only after consulting his allies in Moscow and Tehran, therefore we face the genuine prospect of an escalation of the conflict into a wider, far more destructive war where the US, NATO and their Saudi allies are directly engaged against Syria, Iraq, Iran and Russia; such a scenario could very reasonably be seen as leading to the dreaded WW3… Ian]
Syrian Army about to Annihilate ISIL
Military experts say the recent advances of the Syrian Army troops at border with Iraq towards the ISIL-held town of Albu Kamal were of vital importance, showing that the pro-government forces will soon drive terrorists out of the war-hit country.
Amin Hatit pointed to the army’s advances against terrorists from the country’s border with Iraq towards North, and said that the army’s control over the large region between Deir Ezzur city and the town of Albu Kamal will pave the ground for the restoration of complete tranquility and security to Palmyra, energy-rich regions and Badiyeh (desert).
He further said that the joint operation of the Syrian and Iraqi forces will benefit both countries, adding that the Raqqa triangle towards Palmyra that covers a large region up to Deir Ezzur and Albu Kamal is a strategic triangle that can be used for the overall liberation operation in Syria.
Hatit underscored the strategic importance of Deir Ezzur that is located between Iraq and Syria, saying the army expects two important objectives from the liberation operation of Deir Ezzur. “First foiling the US plan to access central parts of Syria and Iraq and the second, completing its anti-terrorism operation and liberating all Syrian territories.”
Also, a military source said days ago that the Syrian Army soldiers have entered Deir Ezzur province from its Southeastern part for the first time in the last five years, adding that the pro-government forces are only 125km away from Albu Kamal.
Expert believe that simultaneous with the army’s anti-ISIL operations in Homs, Hama and Raqqa provinces, the pro-government forces’ control over Deir Ezzur province that is considered as the second bastion of ISIL in Syria after Raqqa, can end ISIL’s presence in the war-torn country.
Relevant reports said on Saturday that the army troops continued their advances against ISIL in Raqqa and Deir Ezzur provinces and managed to take control of a strategic town, blocking the path of the US and its affiliated militants to Deir Ezzur.
The army men captured the key town of al-Rasafeh West of Raqqa province and closed off the US planned move to Deir Ezzur city through Western Raqqa.
In the meantime, the army men closed off the Southern entrance of Raqqa city to ISIL by capturing al-Rasafeh. Field sources said that recent advances of the army soldiers have blocked the US-backed Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces path to approach Deir Ezzur.
Ali Maqsoud, a Syrian military expert said al-Rasafeh that is located West of Deir Ezzur and South of Raqqa is now under the control of the Syrian army, “so all US plans to access Deir Ezzur are null and void now”.