Signals Intel treachery targeted Russian general killed in Deir-Ezzor

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Inquiry Into Death of Russian Lt. Gen. Asapov Shows Data Leaks to Daesh 

… from Sputnik News,  Moscow

The Russians make the most with what they have, and at a reasonable cost

[ Editor’s Note: I suspected right away that General Asapov had been targeted via signal intelligence, but also not after his making a big mistake at being at the front where observation is most intense. The photos released today even show him at a river crossing grabbing on a rope to lend a hand.

And I would assume he was on a radio net talking to his Spec Ops people at the tip of the spear, simply for the excitement of doing it. Arm-chair warriors are prone to want to do such things.

That is a weak point that an adversary would have been looking for and tracking, knowing that an ISIS attack could be arranged quickly once GPS coordinates were obtained.

But Russian revenge is on display now. With the HTS offensive to try to grab the Russian police unit to use as hostages, I would suspect doing something like beheading one after each day the Russians continued airstrikes, and then the Russian general whacking, this showed that “another party” had decided to become more aggressive toward the Russians – not a good idea.

We now see a tank bridge over the Euphrates, one with supports in the riverbed so the current does not affect it. Logistics supplies for a full offensive in east Deir-Ezzor are now at the ready. And today we have Tupolev bombers delivering cruise missile attacks in Idlib and Deir-Ezzor at the same time. This is showing that the Russian command can and will deal with both fronts at the same time, because the US coalition has gone on the offensive in both at the same time.

This heavy bridge to east Deir Ezzor should be a game changer

Another Russian destroyer loaded with Kaliber cruise missiles is on the way to Syria; and Moscow announced today that the Deir Ezzor airport is to become a major Russian base.

That is the response for the US coalition thinking that it could use the SDF to be within shelling distance of the base to neutralize it, which Russians do not allow an adversary to be. While the Russians have said they will not attack non-ISIS forces unless fired upon, that promise does not include the Syrians who own the wells.

With the new base will come Russian Marines, a layered air defense, and permanently stationed attack helicopters. So once again, games played by the US coalition are boomeranging on it with stronger and permanent countermeasures being put into place. This new base will become a de facto one for Iraq, also.

In response, the Syrian Kurds are now saying “they hope” the US stays with them for decades to “protect their interests”, but that is going to be one hell of a trick once ISIS is defeated, as the US has used ISIS as its only public reason for being inside the country militarily. If the Syrian Kurds think they are going to get any political deal that includes the US staying, they are out of their mindsJim W. Dean ]

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Lieutenant-General Asapov

–  First published  …  September  26, 2017  –

The preliminary investigation into the death of Russian Lieutenant-General Asapov near Syrian Deir ez-Zor has shown data leaks to Daesh, a source in the Syrian security forces told Sputnik.

“The results of a preliminary investigation into the death of general Asapov in Deir ez-Zor evidences a leak of information on his location to the side that carried out the attack,” the source said.

Lieutenant-General Valery Asapov died on Sunday after sustaining a “fatal injury” in a Daesh shelling near Deir ez-Zor, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

Asapov was a member of the group of Russian military advisers providing Syrian commanders with assistance during the operation aimed at the liberation of the city of Deir ez-Zor.Commenting on the incident, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Monday that the death of Asapov is the price that Russia paid for the “duplicity” of the United States in actions aimed at resolving the crisis in the region.

Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry circulated an aerial footage of the areas where Daesh militants were stationed near Deir ez-Zor, clearly showing US special forces’ military vehicles at strongholds previously fortified by terrorists.

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  1. any chance we could get a little “history of the Kurds/Kurdish relations with other middle east countries/Major Kurdish players” piece here on VT?

    at this point, the Kurd/Turkey conflict makes no sense to me. Both are Sunni, no?

    also, is Turkey definitely with team Russian now or does Erdogan the rat have some nasty tricks up his sleeve?

  2. Everyone must remember the Russians are in Syria totally legally with permission and invitation of the Syrian Government, while the U.S. are criminal invaders and trespassers violating all laws and ethics as well, killing innocent civilians and children and no aiding the death of a top Russian General. Pay back time is not far away now. Just watch the action. I have more respect for Russia than our own criminal outlaw government in the U.S. today which is a despicable disgrace to the world. Thanks Jim for a great report and great videos too. Obviously the Russians know what they are doing here. They have gone to the wall for Syria and one can be sure the Syrians will never forget the sacrifices the Russian people have made to save Syria from the vultures United States and Israel. I am sure it is requiring great restraint for Putin not to order the leveling of both countries at the push of a button. This is a great general of Russia who was not thinking of himself at all. How many of the gutless cowards in the U.S. would act the same way? They won’t even admit what they know about 9/11!

    • Our U.S. Generals today are cowardly traitors to our Constitution. The orders demanding them to be inside Syria are totally illegal because the U.S. is a signatory to many international agreements which prevent them to be in Syria legally without permission. They are cowards because they fear speaking up to criminals higher on the pecking order. One can be sure if General and Two Time Medal of Honor winner Smedley Butler or General George S. Patton were alive today they would refuse such illegal orders and go public with their demands and arguments. This is what Patton was about to do after WWII when he was assassinated because Ike was mistreating German POW’s and Patton was going to return home and blow the whistle on outlaw Ike. The Constitution comes numero uno before any gutless traitorous general who aids and abets Israel in attacking our country along with traitors Bush and Cheney and four stars.

    • The movie Patton is a crock of crapola; General Patton was on to the Bolshevics and would of stopped the mass murder of the Germans. It is said that over dinner with a French General they decided the wrong side might of won the war.

    • wjabbe – hello! The reaction on the killing the General is rolling now. Yesterday strat-air-forces from air base in Engels (north of Russia) brought big “gifts” for ISIS. Today was the report about precise airstrike where 5 high-rank field commanders of ISIS and their militants (around 32) were killed. MoD of Russia said it is the beginning and all “wolves” that took part in attack on Russian soldiers, recently, and who was engaged in Russian General killing will be tracked and the land under their feet will scorch in fire.
      As for Kurds – they are just another pocker-card in USA hand. All talks about Kurdish state and independence is just a nice motivating fairy-tail. USA during all times betrayed ALL satellites. And Kurds are not an exception. The question of time. All that Kurds may get from this situation is only political and economical bonus.
      As for Erdogan – he realized that he lost everything on the political stage and that he has no back-up in EU. The USA has no important interest in Erdogan. Maybe he was told by Putin about all perspectives and got calm. Kurdish card is also like an irritating factor for Turkey. I suspect there was some kind of agreement.

    • The Israelis are using glide bombs that they release over S. Lebanon and scoot. They also are flying in commercial traffic lanes and one cannot just fire a missile in an area like that. An Israeli plane could come up under a commercial airliner and let the bomb go, and peel away, leaving a passenger plane as the target.

    • Those filthy cowards. I would expect nothing less gutless from those greasy little weasels, than to hide behind civilian aircraft to avoid being shot at, while violating Syrian airspace to target pro-government forces in support of their terrorist friends.

  3. A salute to a leader who lead, quite literally, from the front. I do believe that’s why they were, at one time, rightly called “leaders”. Kings were expected to at least show up for their battles.

    Excellent report, Mr. Dean.

  4. Really good thread and spot on. As you say, yet again the US has been the cause of its own downfall. This time, probably implemented very quickly as per September 2015, they have inadvertently given the Russians the go-ahead for an S-400/Pantsir installation in the heart of the ME, its radars sweeping over a vast area. Once there it will only be a matter of time before it will be used support Syrian sovereignty as a no-fly zone enforcer.

    The attack on the Russian MPs and the killing of their albeit too gung-ho General had to be authorized at the highest level but those who said ‘do it’ have shown yet again that they have an unnerving ability to shoot themselves in their strategic foot.

    Ignoring perhaps how they might have reacted if the roles were reversed and they had lost a 3*. Mind you probably the most senior officer involved in country is possibly a Marine Colonel looking after his 500 men and their 155mm artillery and that is well back.

    • The catch on sending more of these into Syria as orders are in for them that are paid for, and also the Russian military has scheduled deliveries as they really want to get the top of the line stuff in the numbers that they need. To put some at the Deir Ezzor airport, someone in line would have to be bumped.

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