Three days ago, the Russian Military gave this press conference. The scariest part is having to read the subtitles. A daunting task.
It’s overwhelming and scary. It is so official and so formal. But really, it is just some public relations for the Russians who have had a much more polite and cooperative tone in Syria over the last 5 or so months.
Here are some of the high points, but none higher than the presence of Col. Gen. Sergei Surovikin at the press conference.
- Moscow truly believes in what was “agreed” upon in the Anstansa Ceasefire agreement which was a meeting held by Russia, Iran, and Turkey sans the United States, who has carried the brunt of the anti-ISIS training and air campaign. (It isn’t exactly binding for the Americans.)
- “The war in Syria has actually stopped” (That is actually something Russia said — deal with the disbelief in whatever way works best.)
- Russia Claims to be focusingon infrastructure — water and electricity topping the list
- Training soldiers
- Encircling American special forces at a border crossing between Iraq and Syria the French call al-Tanf (yes, the “resistance” has allegedly cut off the American retreat in Eastern Syria)
— Ali Özkök (@A_Ozkok) June 9, 2017
This was one response from one respected analyst:
US won't abide by this for long. Iran making a mistake. https://t.co/0gG2JcVpHw
— Michael Weiss (@michaeldweiss) June 10, 2017
And indeed, the United States has not been one to abide such incursions on it’s self-defined deconflicted zones. The Axis of Resistance has breached the 55 kilometer red line 3 times and all 3 times it was neutralized with extreme prejudice, “targeting 60” soldiers at once, as the former Brookings Doha Fellow, Charles Lister points out:
A group of “60 soldiers” was targeted. pic.twitter.com/rIAV2LWwQS
— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) June 6, 2017
Al-Tanf is a border crossing from Iraq to Syria or vice versa depending on where one might find one’s self standing. Many, many rumors and speculations swirl around what exactly is transpiring along the conflicted border between Iraq and Syria. The Iranian elite forces are near Americans but they are respecting the boundaries for now.
— Joshua Landis (@joshua_landis) June 13, 2017
This is what Joshua Landis, the Pro-regime Obama advocate who is the Director of Middle East Studies at The university of Oklahoma, shared from Al-Arabiya:
On the same day Moscow held its press conference claiming Americans had been encircled, ABC published this bizarre piece saying the United States colluded with the Islamic State. But it is where Moscow tips their hand, laying down justification for a looming attack on an ancient city that has already been battered by 6 years of fighting.
Col. Gen. Sergei Surovikin, the commander of Russian forces in Syria, said IS made a deal earlier this month with the Kurdish forces to leave two villages southwest of Raqqa and move toward Palmyra.
The only people that will be getting bombed by anyone but the United States coalition are rebels in Palmyra. For now, the 55 kilometer line in Syria holds and is respected by Tehran, Damascus, and Moscow. The assertions being made that the Americans are being forced to do anything is laughable at best and destabilizing propaganda at worst because Russia cannot sustain any kind of direct conflict with the United States due to their inferior fire power and the air power given/sold to Iran by Moscow is even older and even less equipped to confront the United States. Whatever the Americans end up doing in Syria they do by choice.