NEO: How Washington Found Itself in Bed with ISIS

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by Alexander Orlov with New Eastern Outlook,  Moscow

Unfortunate SAA captives are being quickly executed by the fast moving ISIS attackers

[ Editor’s Note: We have all been here before. NEO’s Alexander Orlov has pulled together the best recap that we have seen of the complex behind the scenes hands involved in the major rebound of an ISIS that was deemed to be broken and on its last legs two weeks ago.

VT could see that, after the huge losses that ISIS had taken in the Deir Ezzor battle, and then most recently in Idlib with its failed counter offensive, the major and complex attacks over the last few days involved substantial reinforcements entering the fight. They were well-equipped and logistically supported, not only with supplies, but with a major military power command involvement with its full military Intel assistance, including current satellite recon information.

Russia only recently began discussing US involvement after its general was killed. Its air force is fully committed, yet the current offensive has so far been sustained with a well-coordinated campaign of picking off Syrian units in various parts of the country to complicate Syria’s ability to shift troops around.

This is not something that ISIS by itself, chopped up and reeling in its few remaining strongholds, could ever have managed without the assistance of a major power. US media is bereft of what is a major story, the open support of ISIS by this major power, and now by derivation the SDF Kurds, which should complicate the post-war political talks, as the Kurds have effectively removed themselves from Syria with no plans of returning.

They and their US big brother have chosen the military solution to salvage something from the general victory of the SAA and its anti-terrorism coalition allies. For the American people to not scream bloody murder at this point of the game, where the US intrigue is laid right out in the open, shows they have abandoned any concern to rein in this rogue operation, which makes a bad joke of the US claims of being involved in an anti-terrorism campaign. Will speeches be made in Congress to address this outrage? Don’t hold your breath.

Russia is at the point now where it needs to consider bringing in a full infantry division to secure a key area of the Syrian battlefield so Damascus can concentrate its available forces in the remainder. It has not wanted to make such a deployment, but if it does not, it risks losing much of what it has gained over the past year. It has the forces. It needs to use themJim W. Dean ]

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This is the bad new, ISIS launching major attacks on three fronts, over open desert

–  First published  …  October 03,  2017  –

It is now clear that the unexpected counterattack that ISIS militants launched near the Deir ez-Zor and Palmyra, forcing Russia’s air group deployed in Syria to take urgent measures to repel it, that almost overran positions occupied by Syrian forces was staged by the US and its Kurdish SDF allies along with a number of local Sunni tribes.

As for the death of Russian General Valery Asapov who was struck dead during enemy shelling at his C2 post, it’s curious that the shot that murdered this high-profile Russian officer was made with such deadly precision. There’s no chance that one could land such a shot without access to satellite and air photos. It’s hardly a secret that the Islamic State (ISIS) has no access to this level of reconnaissance assets, but Washington does.

Moreover, a detachment up to 6.000 militants could not approach Deir ez-Zor from the southeast unnoticed. Such a force would be inevitably detected by US-coalition aircraft and satellites. But Washington appear to have been indifferent in transferring this information to the Russian military command, since the United States was pursuing several goals other than fighting ISIS, including:

  • to ensure that pro-US Kurdish forces would be able to occupy vast oil fields near Deir ez-Zor;
  • to disrupt the crossing of Syrian army troops to the east bank of the Euphrates via a pontoon bridge built by Russian military engineers and;
  • to undermine the prestige of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and the forces he commands on the eve of the 2-year anniversary of the arrival of the Russian air group to Syria.

However, Washington hasn’t simply assisted ISIS by concealing reports about the movements of their forces to Deir Ez-Zor, but also struck a deal with Sunni tribes ensuring that ISIS can cross their lands unreported and unopposed.

Therefore, Damascus had to urgently transfer sections of its Idlib-Khama front, including some of its best forces, to rapidly organize a defense along the strategic road between Palmyra – Deir ez-Zor. On the night of September 30, a total of 800 men and 50 tanks of the Syria’s elite Tigers force arrived to Palmyra. Apparently, the command of the Syrian Armed Forces perceived the threat of a militant assault on the city as inevitable.

The Islamic State had already released a report on its website indicating that its militants managed to destroy two Syrian military jets stationed at the T-4 base. A brief look at the map of Syria indicates the above mentioned airbase is to be found in the city of Tadmur, only a couple of miles away from Palmyra. That also means that militants are approaching Palmyra from the west. Should they continue to do so, the Syrian government will have little choice but to transfer troops from other fronts, including some of the most battle-capable units, now needed to defend Palmyra, which will reduce efforts to restore security nationwide.

This has worked well in ISIS’ favor. Moreover, all US-coalition aircraft have ceased patrols over the Euphrates river, which means that ISIS has the ability to launch offensives in this area as well. By scattering their forces across a narrow 60-miles long front, militants have considerably reduced the effectiveness of air strikes carried out by both Syrian and Russian military aircraft, especially with the Russian air corps being heavily employed near the Idlib area.

Mere days after the launch of an ISIS offensive, the Kurds began seizing oil fields along the east bank of the Euphrates river. It was reported that they occupied the Jafra oil field, heading to the largest oil field in Syria – al-Omar. While the US demonstrates its utter lack of cooperation with its Syrian and Russian “partners” in the fight against terrorism by freezing all military flights across the west bank the Euphrates river for at least a week, granting ISIS a massive area of operations, the east is occupied by SDF forces, forcing Damascus to abandon its plan of regaining control over its own oil fields and instead focusing on its efforts on eliminating ISIS forces.

Simultaneously, Turkey began occupying certain parts of Syria’s Idlib province. Ankara pursues the same goal as before – the creation of a buffer separating Kurdish enclaves in Syria from the Turkish territory. Erdogan appears disinterested in Washington’s plans to balkanize Syria, but at the same time he has no intention to discuss the buffer zone he is now creating in northern Syria.

In the meantime, in the south of the Syrian Arab Republic, ISIS continues attacking Syrian positions in a series of hit and run engagements For instance a small contingent of 100 militants captured the town of al-Qaryatain west of Palmyra three times over the period of just two days. During their first assault they would capture a total of 20 pro-government Syrians and execute them hours later.

If one is to take into account the fact that it’s a remote city that is far away from any major engagements, while the group operating in this particular area represents one of the many reactivated sleeper cells ISIS maintains, one can begin to comprehend difficulty Damascus has in coordinating its forces wisely. In just two days of ongoing skirmishes Syria lost more that 500 soldiers. At the same time, Syria’s foreign allies including Hezbollah, Afghan volunteers and Shia soldiers of the Army of Mahdi are suffering equally serious losses. There’s almost no reports coming from Al-Qaryatayn, where Syrian forces are fighting ISIS militants from an elite unit.

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state that the situation remains extremely complicated in Deir ez-Zor. Clashes occur both in the outskirts and within the city itself, but ISIS militants are almost exclusively attacking the positions where Russian military advisers can be found. The plan of action that the Islamic State has is clear, with the terrorist force taking every effort to capture Palmyra in an attempt to relieve ISIS militants surrounded elsewhere.

In this  difficult situation that Russia, Iran and Syria find themselves in due to Washington’s cunning plan, ISIS militants are clearly counting on their luck. Theoretically, Damascus can return the situation under its control if it manages to stall the terrorist offensive in the foreseeable future. But in order to achieve this goal, Damascus has to manage whatever forces it has wisely.

Military experts argue that the Kurds will reach the Khabur River and stop there to take a better look at what the Syrian military will be able to achieve on the west bank of the Euphrates.

Apparently, they are waiting for when the government forces to head for Mayadin. After all, Washington has made it clear to the Kurds that it doesn’t simply want them to occupy oil fields, but also prevent Damascus from establishing control of the Syrian-Iraqi border and block the route along which Iran could send troops and equipment to Syria.

This is by far the most important goal in Syria today from Washington’s point of view. Iranian Foreign Mohammad Javad Zarif wasn’t particularly picky with words when he stated that Washington is eager to cooperate with any force, including ISIS, in a bid to prevent the Syrian army from securing the border with Iraq, which would create a land supply bridge from Iran to Syria.

There can be hardly any difference of opinions about what the US is trying to do in Syria. In fact, it’s trying to stab its partners in the fight against terrorism in the back simply because it somehow fits Washington’s own immediate interests. Western attempts to get Moscow drawn even deeper into the Syrian war is a part of ongoing attempts to undermine Russia’s economic situation, all on the eve of upcoming presidential elections.


About Author:  Alexander Orlov, Political Scientist and Expert Orientalist, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”. View original article on NEO

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  1. I would far prefer to see a headline that read, “How Washington Found Itself In Bed With The Talmudists”. After all, it is also they who actually conceptualized and put into motion this so-called “ISIS”.

    And ISIS is just ONE of seemingly countless other malevolent false-fronts, conjured from within the most wretched recesses of their reprobate minds, and put into dark service over the centuries.

    They sure do like that Hegelian Dialectic, don’t they? But I would have thought — especially by now — that perhaps humans would have learned to see through this overly-used ruse. Sadly, it appears I overestimated them… yet again.

  2. “While the US demonstrates its utter lack of cooperation with its Syrian and Russian “partners” in the fight against terrorism by freezing all military flights across the west bank the Euphrates river for at least a week, granting ISIS a massive area of operations”.

    Do “all military flights” include Russian and Syrian ones, as well? If so, How the hell can the US declare a no fly zone in a foreign country they are illegally deployed in? Why do the nations who are actually fighting terrorism abide by these demands?

    What right does the so called SDF have to any Syrian land? If they were a “democratic force”, as their misleading name implies, why do they fight to remove the most popular democratically elected leader in the world? Because the SDF are a bunch of terrorists, backed by the USG and local vassal states, fighting to steal Syria’s oil fields so that when the dust settles, they can become ultra rich despots by doing business with Western oil companies. Sort of like how the Barzani Kurds stole Iraqi oil and used ISIS to transport and sell it a while back. Now, with their own independent state, I guess it will no longer be considered stealing…

    Any force operating in Syria not working with full approval and in direct coordination with legitimate, duly elected Syrian government, need to be viewed and treated as the terrorists they are.

  3. Good analysis Mr Dean. Yes, Russia may need to decide on bringing in a lot more troops. I’d like to think China would start helping Syria Militarily as well, after all they should know this is just as much about their planned OBOR’s Syrian Hub as well, besides, Chinese troops need all the battle field experience they can get. Either way, I’m sure Russia has planned for the US using the Terrorist Kurd’s. Only a few days ago Russia warned they would fire on the SDF should they interfere with Russian / Syrian forces and their allies. The Kurd’s in Syria have committed suicide.

  4. I would assume the US has already placed an infantry division in Syria or at least one poised ready and placed nearby, perhaps in Jordan? Despite the attempt to placate and confuse Russia by insisting the US (at this time) is not interested in a independent Kurdish state in Iraq, the US will likely not allow the SAA to seize much more territory east of the Euphrates where the SDF and all the Syrian oil and gas fields are. The Russians, here again, are overly cautious and will rue the day they hesitated on the question of sending a division. As for the 6000 new ISIS recruits, they are probably disguised IDF troops straight from Israel. Israel is after all looking to setting up a “second Israel” disguised as a Kurdish state in Syria. It has already been reported Israel is ready to send 200,000 “administrators” to help the fledgling State.

    • Hi CW, I think there’s no way Israhell would use 6k of their own knowing many would get killed, however that doesn’t mean the don’t use their SOF’s, Commanders, generals and officers etc. The ISIS foot soldiers are easily gotten from impoverished parts of the ME Asia and Africa. I honestly think they have an endless supply of these type of people.

    • Regarding the new ISIS recruits, I tend to agree with Beydety. I can’t see Israel risking 6000 Juish lives. But, they would risk 6000 American lives without hesitation. So, what if some of the 6,000 new ISIS recruits are the 3000+ US troops, recently reported to have been deployed to Afghanistan?

  5. The main strreamers report on the briefing to the baboons in DC claiming ISIS has drones and the knowledge and equipment to fly them to bomb the US or supposed allies should open some hearts and minds to this whole horrendous post 9-11-01 scam.

  6. As I saw this article by Alxander Orlov on Neo earlier today, I was surprised not to see this news anywhere else. Even Southfront has been sort of silent the last couple of days. The news has in fact been dominated by the events in Kurdistan, Catalonia and Nevada. One can only wonder about the timing.
    Evidently the SAA has spread itself a bit too thin, in its race for the oil fields.

    • The big number in all this is 6,000. Where they hell did they come from. Would ISIS strip the Euphrates river area to send them out into the open desert. How you feed, provide water and ammo and gas for multiple combat brigades? You can’t hide then anywhere, even at night.

    • Jim, I’m not sure if I’m understanding your above comment correctly? If ISIS wants to send thousands of goons into the desert where they can’t hide, it seems like an opportune time to send them all straight to hell.

      If that happens to be the area where the USG has frozen “all military flights”, these ISIS troops could still be attacked, without violating the USG’s unjustifiable no fly zone. Couldn’t Russia provide another demonstration showing the accuracy of their ship fired cruise missiles?

    • Also, the USG recently announced the deployment of more than 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Would it be way too far fetched to suspect that this might have something to do with ISIS getting thousands of new fighters from seemingly nowhere?

    • Jim, you mention someting I was unaware of. Six thousand? I assumed they came from the side of the Palmyra-Deir Essor highway where the color on the map is still grey (or black). The red color on the Southfront maps inicate the areas where the SAA has flushed out the terrorists. Could there not be some rock formations scattered here and there? Could they hide under sand-colored canvas during the daytime and only move after dark? Many questions. It made me think of Macbeth :
      « Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill Shall come against him ».

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