The Empire -- or its Saudi Arabia-n and Qatari foreign legion with some wink and nod help from the dirty deep state in 'the (post)West' -- has struck back. After whining for weeks about the Syrian Arab Army grinding down Washington and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)'s special snowflake jihadists and vastly exaggerating the number of east Aleppans held hostage by the same, the lame duck Obama Administration has admitted the proxy battle for Aleppo is lost. Yet hundreds of kilometers to the south, in the desert oasis city of Palmyra, ISIS has struck back without a single documented U.S. led coalition air strike to check its advance. Just like when ISIL conquered the city in 2015, executing its archaeologist in residence while pillaging priceless civilizational heritage, and Obama didn't permit a damned thing to be bombed near the Daeshbags.
Robert Ford, the terrorist empowering former American Ambassador to Syria, and neocon Daeshbag propaganda specialist Michael D. Weiss of The Daily Beast can scarcely contain their glee. Of course, since taking Palmyra seems to be easier than holding it in a valley surrounded by open deserts, the end result is likely to be hundreds of barbecued ISIS terrorists once the Russians, who had pulled out of the city two days before it fell, return with a couple of TOS-1 Buratino air bursting rocket flamethrowers.
At long last, the end game for Aleppo if not the Syria war is in sight. After over five years of fighting and fourteen months of a Russian air campaign, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its Lebanese Hezbollah, Palestinian, Iraqi Shi'a militia and Iranian allies have achieved a decisive victory in Aleppo. For the Syrian government, victory in Aleppo's bloody urban battle is their Stalingrad -- and for the jihadists sponsors in Riyadh, Doha, Ankara as well as London, Paris and Washington -- a stinging defeat.
Over the weekend jihadist lines collapsed in northern Aleppo, resulting in the loss of 40% of the territory the takfiris controlled in the eastern part of the city. With a Trump presidency eliminating hope of any Hillary Clinton imposed no fly zone and the failure of multiple counteroffensives intended to break the SAA's siege, the 'rebranded' Al-Qaeda/Jabhat Fateh al-Sham-led coalition in the eastern part of city has been bled of fighters, ammo and above all, morale.
The Donald, with the help of Matt Drudge, is calling out Hillary Clinton's plans for a Syria 'no fly zone' for what they are -- a trigger for World War III. As the presidential contenders enter the home stretch and Trump gains confidence from early voting returns and huuuuuuge rallies in the state of Florida, while Hillary's camp can barely fill community college lecture halls or high school gymnasiums in the Sunshine State.The Donald is positioning himself to pick up disaffected Bernie Sanders voters that HRC's campaign effectively disenfranchised by calling her the war candidate. This strategy may be enough to persuade many self-proclaimed progressives or liberals who would never vote for Trump to either stay home on Election Day, or support the Green Party's Dr. Jill Stein, who has also spoken out against Hillary's push for war with Russia over Syria.
While the Obama Administration appears to be flailing about for some action to look tough on ISIS or the Russians ahead of the November 8th U.S. elections, in Syria the pro-government forces continue to advance in Hama province and reduce the jihadist stronghold of east Aleppo.
The announcement by the Assad government that various rebel factions are in negotiations to leave behind the Al-Qaeda loyal Nusra die hards as well as reports that a high level Turkish delegation is headed to Damascus for talks are indicative of the tide turning decisively against U.S./GCC proxies. It would appear that any neocon hopes for a radical revision of facts on the ground will have to await the arrival in the White House of their war queen Hillary Clinton. With the Turks abandoning their Nusra proxies in Aleppo, only direct American intervention that risks all out war with Russia can save Washington's decade-long project to topple Assad.
After a heated war of words this week over Syria, signs this weekend are that Moscow's warning that any more bombings 'accidental' or deliberate of combined Syrian/Russian forces would result in the shoot down of American-led coalition aircraft has cooled off Washington's war hawks somewhat. Or more accurately, having exploited the Russian card with a politicized report from the intelligence community officially blaming Moscow for the 'hack' (insider leak, cough cough) of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Friday, it isn't clear whether the Obama Administration intends or needs a direct clash of arms in Syria before Election Day. However, the dark side or 'dirty Deep State' as with the Maidan snipers killings, the Odessa massacre in Ukraine or the false flag shoot down of MH17 in the Donbass may have other ideas...and could be preparing a nasty October Surprise.
The Russians have had enough of Washington's threats to attack Syrian Arab Army units -- while claiming they will avoid deliberately striking Russian forces stationed in the country. The Russian Ministry of Defense sent out Major General Igor Konashenkov on Thursday, October 6, 2016 to warn the 'hotheads' of the CIA and Pentagon, who have previously been accused by Moscow's Foreign Ministry of undermining peace talks between Sergey Lavrov and John Kerry, of several facts...
No wonder the Guerrilla Economist and Team RogueMoney's friend John B. Wells of the Caravan to Midnight program calls them 'USIS' --
The Islamic State has released video it says shows the shoot down of a Russian piloted Syrian Air Force Mi-24 helicopter gunship east of Palmyra this weekend. The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed that the two pilots on board were killed when the chopper crashed after making a low altitude strafing run in support of the Syrian Arab Army units engaged in combat with the Daesh terrorists. Several things are notable about this incident but it's interesting to notice:
1) The Russian Defense Ministry says ISIS used a TOW anti-tank missile, of the type that the CIA supposedly only supplied to vetted 'moderate' Syrian rebels, but which also was used to down a Russian rescue helicopter last November after Turkey's ambush downing of a SU-24 bomber inside Syrian air space. The perpetrators of that ambush who were part of the 'Free Syrian Army' Latakia 'Coastal Brigades' were caught by the Syrian Arab Army.
2) The usual neocon (Trotyskite and now pro-Sunni Salafist sectarian), NATO-linked Atlantic Council Bellingcat and supposed ISIS expert commentators are letting the masks slip, tweeting 'Free Syrian Army' fanboys' glee over the shoot down:
The following is the Russia Analyst's first attempt at producing a shorter, more easily read SITREP about the fast-developing military situation in Syria and Iraq. As we announced earlier this week, we also plan to introduce SITREPs on the upcoming Brexit vote, the ongoing immivasion/destabilization of the European Union, the build-up of NATO forces near Russia's borders, and the escalation of hostilities along the contact line between the Ukrainian Army and the breakaway Donbass republics.
Russia's diplomatic efforts, including a proposal directly from Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu to conduct joint air strikes by the U.S. and Russian Air Forces against Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Jabhat-al-Nusra, have placed Washington in an awkward position. Al-Nusra, unlike the so-called 'moderate' jihadist groups such as Ahrar-al-Sham that the State Department continues to defend despite their Salafist ideology and recent civilian massacres, is NOT a party to the United Nations brokered ceasefire agreement that Washington and Moscow agreed to jointly monitor.