Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Morning Briefing - September 15, 2015 - Russian Involvement In Syria, ISIS Czar Allen

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September 15, 2015

The policy of phony war against ISIS pursued by the United States over the past year under the influence of ISIS Czar John Allen has now turned into a neocon’s nightmare in the form of a growing Russian military presence in Syria. International attention is now concentrated on the new Russian base, complete with airfield, in the vicinity of Latakia, not far from the Mediterranean. The world is also waiting for the very likely abortive attempt by the same neocons to prevent ISIS and the other terrorist rebel formations from being destroyed before they can be sent to Iran or indeed deployed against Russia. In reality, the new Russian role is beneficial to the US and the world, since it increases the probability that the ISIS threat to world civilization can be defeated.

Today’s New York Times offers more details about the impressive array of Russian military hardware now being marshaled in the Latakia area for use against the jihadis:

“Russia has sent some of its most modern battle tanks to a new air base in Syria in what American officials said on Monday was part of an escalating buildup that could give Moscow its most significant military foothold in the Middle East in decades. Pentagon officials said that the Russian weapons and equipment that had arrived suggested that the Kremlin’s plan is to turn the airfield south of Latakia in western Syria into a major hub that could be used to bring in military supplies for the government of President Bashar al-Assad. It might also serve as a staging area for airstrikes in support of Syrian government forces. American military specialists analyzing satellite photographs and other information said Russia had about half a dozen T-90 tanks, 15 howitzers, 35 armored personnel carriers, 200 marines and housing for as many as 1,500 personnel at the airfield near the Assad family’s ancestral home. And more is on the way as Russia appears to be attempting to increase its influence in Syria amid the civil strife there, the officials said…. At least 15 giant Russian Condor transport planes have in the past week used an air corridor over Iraq and Iran to ferry military equipment and personnel to the base…. The buildup also dramatizes Russia’s call to fight the Islamic State with a new coalition that would include Iran and the Syrian government.”[i]

Highlighted in red: the Latakia Governorate of Syria, site of a new Russian military base

At the same time, Russia is carrying out a remarkably large military exercise in western Siberia and other areas. Part of the exercise is being held at very short notice, which may be related to the needs of the deteriorating Syrian situation. The presence of units from Kazakhstan, Russia’s partner in the Collective Security Treaty Organization, suggests that one of the tasks of this exercise may be to train the peacekeeping forces that may have to be deployed to enforce any permanent peace settlement on the ground in Syria:

“Russia began its largest military exercise of 2015 on Monday, with some 95,000 troops taking part, state media agency TASS reports. According to TASS, the drills will also involve more than 7,000 pieces of military equipment, up to 170 warplanes and 20 ships. The planned exercises were launched in the Central Military District, where Russian President Vladimir Putin also ordered snap drills to take place last week. The Central Military District has its headquarters in Yekaterinburg and spans Russia’s Siberian and Central Asian territories. The drills will also involve units from the armed forces of Kazakhstan, which is a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization—a Russian-led counterpoint to the NATO military alliance. The exercises are being led by General Valery Gerasimov, the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces. The drills will test the military’s readiness to deal with a potential international armed conflict and the destruction of illegal armed groups, according to TASS.”[ii]

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, with refreshing candor, has once again exposed the phony war policy, under which the United States refuses to bomb known concentrations of terrorists and tries to prevent other countries from bombing them as well: “Russia has information that the US knows the specific location points of the “Islamic State” … but did not give the order to strike on the positions “of the IS,” said Lavrov on the “Sunday Times” program on Russia’s Channel 1. According to Lavrov, the US “was not originally very careful in creating a coalition, or conspired towards goals that were not the declared ones… [the coalition was created] within just a few days and it was announced that it includes a number of countries and then begun strikes.” Much of this sabotage is the work of the Allen-Petraeus networks.

Lavrov continued that an analysis of the bombing patterns by the anti-ISIS coalition “creates a strange impression …there is something else [beyond ISIS] which is a concern of the coalition. I hope not to disappoint anyone in saying that some of our colleagues from the coalition of countries have information on where exactly and in what positions ISIS or other sects are located, and the commander of the coalition (the United States) does not give consent to striking them. “[iii]
Europe Demands an End to the Syria War Working with Assad and Putin

In the meantime, the influx of hundreds of thousands of desperate and destitute Syrian refugees entering Europe continues to generate calls for the war in Syria to be ended, primarily by dropping the absurd and irrational demand that President Assad be ousted from government. Karin Leukefeld, a well-known German reporter specialized in covering the Middle East, who is also the author of a book length study on recent events, whose title can be rendered in English as The Wildfire (Der Flächenbrand). In a recent interview, Ms. Leukefeld reflects the widespread German desire to cut loose from the failed anti-Assad policy imposed by the United States, noting that:

“Germany is still highly regarded in Syria. The Berlin government should initiate talks with Damascus without preconditions, such as that the Syrian president a side should be removed from office. What we need is dialogue instead of escalation and hanging on to failed concepts. Together with other states, such as, for example, Norway, Germany, should re-open its embassy in Damascus. The German government should work towards the abolition of the current European Union economic sanctions against Syria. These sanctions are punitive actions, which suppress the Syrian economy, and also the population, driving them into war. A war economy has developed in Syria. Arms dealers, human traffickers, smugglers and militias get rich while individual businesses — among whom many have cooperated closely with German companies — are either forced to close or are destroyed. Children carry weapons, instead of going to school. Germany should exert pressure on Turkey to effectively close its border against ISIS fighters and other jihadis who use Turkey as a sanctuary. Stolen antiquities, which are transported through Turkey to then be shipped out and put on the international black market, must be prevented from getting across the Turkish border from now on.”[iv]

The importance of a timely Russian contribution to the fight against ISIS , so as to remove the main cause of the refugee crisis in Europe was emphasized by Renato Brunetta, the leader of the Forza Italia party’s faction in the Italian parliament in Rome. Forza Italia is the party of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a friend of Putin. Brunetta commented: “It is important to accept refugees but at the same time, this provides no solution to the problem. We should eradicate the phenomenon of mass exodus, which is connected with the spread of Islamic fundamentalism and Islamic State’s expansion. That’s why we need an agreement with Russia — a member of the United Nations Security Council. Only with Russia’s participation, international interference under the auspices of the UN will become possible.”[v]

Thierry Meyssan of the Voltaire Network points out that Russian aid to Syria represents a response to an appeal for international assistance by the Syrian Arab Republic within the framework of the pertinent resolutions of the Security Council. Russia is doing no more than following the US example of the US coalition against ISIS. Russia informed the United States special emissary Michael Ratney about the Kremlin’s intentions during Ratney’s visit to Moscow on the August 28. Lavrov has called for coordination with the United States Army in order to combat the jihadists.

“And this is precisely what scares the Petraeus-Allen-Clinton-Feltman-Juppé-Fabius clan,” comments Meyssan.

“In Syria, there is a gulf between reality and media fiction, and as always in this type of situation, with the passage of time, the producers of propaganda become ensnared in their own rhetoric and, finally, are intoxicated by their own lies. The Russian Federation is not planning to Daesh, but to vanquish all jihadists, whether they claim to be members of the Islamic Emirate [aka IS, Daesh, ISIL, ISIS, Caliphate], al-Qaïda, the Islamic Front or any other organization. As a result, everyone now realizes that there is no armed anti-government group which is not linked to the jihadists. This is true to the point that the Pentagon recognizes that it has no further contact with the “moderate rebels” which it had formed to fight against Daesh, because all of them without exception have now joined al-Qaïda.”

Al-Hasakah, located in northeast Syria can be found in the top right corner of this map shaded in red

Meyssan also points out that, ignored by the Western mass media, one concrete example of cooperation between the Syrian army on the ground and the US air contingent has already occurred in the successful defense of the town of Al-Hasakah against an ISIS onslaught, with heavy casualties among the terrorists. According to Meyssan: ‘While the international anti-Daesh Coalition has made absolutely no stand against the Islamic Emirate over the last year, either in Iraq or in Syria, but on the contrary, has dropped massive and repeated supplies of arms to them, President Obama gave the order that it should help the Syrian Arab Republic to defend Al-Hasakah. On the 27th and 28th July, the two forces joined to push back Daesh. Coalition bombings killed about 3,000 jihadists.

Logically, the next stage should be to include Russian forces in the anti-Daesh Coalition, but it seems improbable. Indeed, the US and French officials who are opposed to peace with Iran mean to spread the chaos not only to the Levant, but also to North Africa and the Black Sea. These are the same people who are accusing Russia of wanting to “save Assad” from the « Arab Spring ». So we shall probably witness the bombing of Daesh by two distinct Coalitions, or even, in the long run, a differentiation of the roles, where the United States takes care of Iraq and Russia takes care of Syria.’[vi]

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[i] http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/15/world/middleeast/russian-moves-in-syria-widen-role-in-mideast.html

[ii] Russia Begins Biggest Military Exercises of 2015, Involving 95,000 Troops,” http://news.yahoo.com/russia-begins-biggest-military-exercises-111345142…

[iii] “Lavrov: Russia has information that the US knows the position of the IS, but does not bomb them,”http://fortruss.blogspot.com/2015/09/lavrov-us-knows-isis-positions-refu…

[iv] http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/09/14/neue-fluechtlings-wellen-eu-sanktionen-beschleunigen-zerstoerung-syriens/

[v] “Italian opposition calls for Russia’s participation to solve Europe’s migrant crisis,” http://tass.ru/en/world/820972

[vi] Thierry Meyssan, “The preparation for Russian military deployment in Syria continues,” VoltaireNet.org,http://www.voltairenet.org/article188680.html