As the latest distractions, the false flag cyber attack and the completely unsupported allegations from Democrat friendly mainstream media that Donald Trump fired former FBI director James Comey because the president has a sinister closet of Russian skeletons to hide from the public look increasingly risible, the United States' latest middle east misadventure is another step towards direct military confrontation with Russia in Syria.
This blog and our associate, The Daily Stirrer have always contended that Syria's civil war was in fact a proxy war engineered by Washington with the aim of humiliating Russia by destroying the regime of Syrian dictator Assad, The Kremlin's last ally with a Mediterranean coastline.
According to the Telegraph, Syrian government troops are on a direct collision course with Western Special Forces after advancing towards a U.S. training base in eastern Syria over the weekend. Several western journalists reporting from within in Syria have revealed that the US military has been heavily involved in training combat troops from many of the Islamist factions affiliated to Daesh and Al Nusra. Pro-government forces are now closing on al-Tanf, a fortified base for American and British special forces known to have been used to train Syrian rebel groups to fight ISIS near the Iraq border.
The assault is being led on the ground by Iranian forces who are commanding Syrian troops and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters. According to Washington sources, Syria is "assaulting" its own territory whereas U.S. and British troops have a legitimate reason to be there. President Assad of Syria, backed by Vladimir Putin, have on serveral occasions warned the USA that while Russian and Iranian troops are operating in Syria at the request of the legitimate Syrian government, US and British troops are in fact invaders.
Add the fact that before handing over to Donald Trump, President Barack Hussein Obama had stated many times that his administration's priority in Syria was not to defeat ISIS and other terrorists, but to remove Assad (and presumably install a puppet government loyal to Washington and its allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
To make matters more dismal, the Assad loyalists and Iranian elite regiments are also being covered by Russian air power.
According to regional outlet al-Masdar, the aim of the Syrian offensive is to capture the Tanf Border Crossing, which links Baghdad to Damascus. With the prospects of U.S.-backed forces establishing a foothold along the strategic area, opening up the possiblity of an ISIS counter attack from within Iraq, Damascus has made it a priority to reopen the highway and retake the area.
In doing so, Syria will not only establish a vital link to Iraq but will also establish a viable land route to Iran, a strategic ally of the Syrian government.
The offensive is also running in tandem with the Syrian government’s bid to reclaim Deir Ezzor from ISIS, another strategic area because it is home to Syria’s biggest oil deposit.
According to the Telegraph, the U.S. has said it will not tolerate any attack on its base in al-Tanf, but it is still unclear how Western forces will react to the approaching threat. Russia already bombed the area in June 2016, though no injuries to American or British troops were reported.
Over the weekend, al-Masdar reported that 150 British and U.S. troops entered the Syrian battle arena while traveling through this vital crossing. It is unclear how far the United States wants to go in provoking Russia, as directly engaging these troops will put the U.S. in direct conflict with Russia’s air force. What we have seen evidence of in recent weeks however is an insane belief among the Washington elite that a nuclear war with Russia is winnable.
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