Russia ramps up anti-Israel measures in Syria for possible war of attrition

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At some point in the last 48 hours, the fallout from the Russian Il-20 plane disaster has evolved into hostile steps by Moscow against Israel, as reported by DEBKAfile.

  1. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced on Friday, Sept. 28 that Russia had already handed over advanced S-300 missile defense systems to Syria. This was a day after Russian National Security Adviser Nikolai Patrushev met in Tehran with his counterpart Ali Shamkhani. A tradeoff was to have been offered at that meeting, whereby Israeli would call off its air strikes in Syria if Iran stopped sending arms to Hizballah via Syria. Israel was given to understand by Russian officials that this deal would be sealed at an early face-to-face between President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Until then. the S-300s would be held in abeyance. However, as Lavrov indicated, either Israel was misled, or Moscow sharply changed course in the last 48 hours. Netanyahu responded to the Russian disclosure by calling the S-300 handover to Syria “irresponsible.”

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Netanyahu: Trump Is Very Likely To Order Attack On Syria

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes US President Trump is very likely to order an attack on Syria, a senior Israeli official tells Israel’s Channel 10 news.

Bloomberg, however, reports that Trump is said to have not made a decision yet on Syria despite the fact that he canceled a trip to South America, citing the crisis in SyriaContinue reading

Russian jets mistakenly bomb US-backed forces in Syria: US

Syrian army tanks are positioned on the eastern outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 17, 2017 (AFP Photo/George OURFALIAN)

 

Washington (AFP) – Russian warplanes bombed US-backed fighters in several small villages in northern Syria after they mistakenly thought Islamic State group forces were in the area, a US general said Wednesday.

Army Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend said Russian and Syrian regime aircraft attacked the villages to the south and east of Al-Bab in Aleppo province on Tuesday, resulting in an unspecified number of casualties.

The Russians apparently had observed Islamic State fighters moving from the area and wrongly assumed that other forces remaining were jihadists. Continue reading

Russia warns against US attack on Syrian forces

BEIRUT (AP) — Russia warned the United States Saturday against carrying out any attacks on Syrian government forces, saying it would have repercussions across the Middle East as government forces captured a hill on the edge of the northern city of Aleppo under the cover of airstrikes.

Russian news agencies quoted Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying that a U.S. intervention against the Syrian army “will lead to terrible, tectonic consequences not only on the territory of this country but also in the region on the whole.” Continue reading

Russia bombs CIA base in Syria

On June 16th, Russian warplanes bombed a secret military base in Syria used by U.S. and British special forces, killing at least four members of ISIS.

Nearly a day before the strike, 20 of 24 British special forces pulled out of the CIA linked base.

The warplane dropped a cluster bomb, according to U.S. and rebel officials, which immediately prompted U.S. central command air operations center in Qatar to call Russia’s air campaign headquarters in Latakia, Syria to inform the Russian’s that the base shouldn’t be attacked.

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‘Russian forces fired on Israeli jets at least twice’

Russian forces fired on Israeli Air Force planes at least twice in recent weeks, according to a Friday morning report in the Hebrew newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.

The paper said that President Reuven Rivlin brought up the issue with President Vladimir Putin during his visit last month to Moscow, and that Putin said it was the first he’d heard of the incidents, despite coordination between the two militaries. Continue reading

Pentagon: Russian Warplanes Continue Bombing in Syria

Another day, another Russian deception: Fake withdrawal.

 

Russian warplanes continued bombing in Syria and “fewer than 10” departed the region following President Vladimir Putin’s stunning announcement that his forces had accomplished their mission and a partial withdrawal had begun, Pentagon officials said.

“We have seen some Russian aircraft depart Syria and return to Russia but we have not seen a large contingent of Russian forces” pulling out, said Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook. “So we’ll have to wait and see like everybody else what the Russians do in regard to President Putin’s reference to a partial withdrawal.” Continue reading

Russia suspects Turkey is preparing for incursion into Syria

The Russian Defense Ministry said it has observed “a growing number of signs of hidden preparation of the Turkish armed forces for active actions on the territory of Syria.”

Ankara responded by saying it has the right to to protect its security and accused Russia of diverting attention from its own “crimes” in Syria. Continue reading

Moscow, Damascus, sign deal on indefinite deployment of Russian warplanes in Syria

The Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic have signed an agreement on the deployment of the Russian air group in Syria for an indefinite period, according to the Russian online portal of legal information.

“This agreement is concluded for an indefinite period. In case if one party intends to to terminate the agreement, it must inform the other party in writing. In this case, the application of this agreement is terminated within one year from the date of receipt of the notice,” reads the document published today. Continue reading

Report: Russia using Iran air bases for waging war in Syria

Russian warplanes are using an Iranian air base to launch attacks on anit-Assad regime rebels in Syria, according to a report.

“The Iranian armed forces appear to be allowing Russian aircraft to use their military airfields in support of combat operations over Syria,” said a report by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) titled “The Russo-Iranian Military Coalition In Syria May Be Deepening.” Continue reading

Erdogan warns Russia against losing Turkey’s friendship

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned Russia against losing Ankara’s friendship, after Russian warplanes twice violated its airspace near the Syrian border.

“If Russia loses a friend like Turkey with whom it has a lot of cooperation it is going to lose a lot of things. It needs to know this,” Erdogan said in Belgium at a press conference alongside Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel broadcast on Turkish television. Continue reading

Russian propaganda newspaper declares World War III on America, promises to topple the U.S. by early 2016

(NaturalNews) As news broke recently that Russian warplanes had dropped their first ordnance in civil-war-ravaged Syria, a noted Russian propaganda newspaper, the Komsomolskaya Pravda, was making a dire prediction: The U.S. will become embroiled in World War III by the end of 2015.

Only, it won’t be a war like the first two global conflagrations. The next world conflict will be waged economically, the article states, adding that, in fact, the first economic “shots” have already been fired.

The article, translated at the WatchingAmerica website, first claims that, during World War II, the U.S. “profited” by selling weapons to many of the countries involved in the conflict, “including the Soviet Union exclusively in exchange for gold.” Continue reading

Putin signs decree drafting 150,000 conscripts into the Russian military… as his fighter jets launch new wave of air strikes in Syria

  • Muslim Chechen leader wants ‘opportunity’ to fight terror group in Syria
  • Russia blitzed dozens of targets in Syria – but U.S. says none held by ISIS
  • Moscow foreign minister Lavrov rejected the ‘rumours’ as ‘unfounded’
  • U.S. was only given hour notice of strikes which killed at least 36 civilians
  • Russia and the U.S. agree to hold urgent talks to avoid clashes in Syria

Vladimir Putin has signed a decree drafting nearly 150,000 conscripts into the Russian military as Moscow’s warplanes unleashed a new wave of airstrikes in Syria.

The timing of the move – on the very day Russia entered the Syrian conflict yesterday – will raise suspicions the Russian President is planning a wider offensive to prop up his Syrian counterpart. Continue reading

Russia sends its deadliest bombers to Syria to take on ISIS

VLADIMIR Putin and his Russian parliament unanimously approved the use of military force in Syria this morning as he bolstered his support of Bashar al-Assad by sending six of its most advanced fighter bomber jets to the Middle East war zone.

An attack could be imminent with the Kremlin revealing the Federation Council today voted unanimously to allow the use of military force abroad.

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New war on terror: Iraq joins Russia, Iran, Syria against ISIL

Iraq’s military said on Sept. 27 that it will coordinate with Russia, Iran and Syria on “security and intelligence” details in the ongoing battle against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL).

Iraq will “help and cooperate in collecting information about the terrorist Daesh (ISIL) group,” according to a statement from the Iraqi Joint Operations Command. Continue reading