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ISIS update 10/14\2015.. whom to bomb and whom not to bomb

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Putin: We asked U.S. whom to bomb and whom not to bomb in Syria. The answer was no

Putin slams US for refusing to cooperate with Russia in Syria

Vladimir Putin Interview to Vladimir Solovyov

Will Syria conflict shift to superpower showdown with Putin?

Guess Who ISIS Got All Those Toyota Trucks From? From Uncle Sam. Surpised? No? We neither

U.S. slams Russia ISIS strikes while dropping less bombs on terror group in Syria

Hillary Clinton: We have to stand up to ‘bully’ Putin and establish “safe zones” for our terrorists

US Airdrops 50 Tons of Ammo to Syrian ‘Rebels’

State Deptartment dodges questions on failed “moderate rebel” training program in Syria

Viral Video Claims To Prove US Support Of ISIS In Iraq

While Russian warplanes over Syria have been systematically eradicating – and providing supporting video evidence – countless ISIS outposts and command centers over the past two weeks in Islamic State-held territories (even if in the process they may have taken on some of the CIA-supposrted “moderate rebels” whose only purpose was to remove Assad and are now left without US support), many have been wondering just what the US airforce, which over the past year has been engaged in “supporting missions” over the same region, has been doing? After all, shouldn’t US warplanes have been doing for the past year what Putin’s air force has been busy with in the past 14 days?

One answer, and a rather provocative one as it goes counter to everything that US has publicly claimed, comes courtesy of Hayder al-Khoei, an associate fellow at Chatham House, who notes that “another ‘U.S. supports ISIS’ video is going viral in Iraq.” In the video US “parachutes & supply crates” are seen in the area of Iraq’s Baiji refinery, a site of recurring ISIS incursions and battles. He adds that “Vids like this & others of helos flying above Hashd/ISF positions towards ISIS-held areas reinforce narrative that US supports ISIS in #Iraq.”

ISIS Urges Jihad Against Russians

Russia Sends Its Only Aircraft Carrier To Syria, Signals It Is Just Getting Started

As should be abundantly clear by now, The Kremlinis adopting a “slightly” different strategy when it comes to combatting terror in the Mid-East than that adopted by the US and its Western and regional allies.

The strategy of the US and its allies seems to go something like this: 1) covertly arm and train groups who you know might ultimately become terrorists because arming and training these groups may be a way to destabilize unfriendly regimes, 2) wait for blowback, 3) launch serious effort to combat terror if unfriendly regime has been “successfully” replaced by puppet government, or launch half-hearted effort to combat terror if situation still fluid and regime still clings to power.

Obviously, that strategy is prone to all types of problems, and sensing that the US and its allies might have finally met their foreign policy blunder Waterloo in Syria, Russia decided to call everyone’s bluff by launching a real war on terror. Of course, this war conveniently restores the regime of one of Moscow’s allies, but in the end the result is the same: anyone who is a terrorist and who is also fighting Assad in Syria is in for big trouble because Russia is using this is as an opportunity to reassert itself on the world stage and also to fire up a long-dormant military juggernaut.

Now, on the heels of hundreds of airstrikes accompanied by dramatic video footage as well as cruise missile attacks launched from Russian warships in the Caspian, The Kremlin is sending its lone heavy aircraft carrier into the fight. This is only the ship’s sixth deployment in history.

Russian Air Force workout in Syria

Russian Airstrikes Hit Rebel-Held Syrian Towns

What Russia achieved in 1 week in Syria, US could not in 1 year

Syrian army back by Russian air power makes significant gains

Syria: battle for Kafarnabodah – Сирия

Russia steps up Syria air campaign: Jets raise daily action to 88 strikes

Syria: backed by Russian airstrikes and Iran, Assad’s army plans offensive on Aleppo

Syrian Army begins Damascus liberation

In what will become an important victory for the Syrian Arab Army, the suburbs of Jobar & Harasta, Eastern Damascus, are now being freed from the claws of the terrorists paid with US-taxes. ANNA news agency has published a series of videos showing the Syrian Army progressing through the suburbs:

With the Russian Embassy being recently shelled by ‘Moderates’, Russia and Syria will be keen the rid the city of the plague that his gripped it for many years.

Russian FM: Shelling of embassy in Syria “act of terrorism”

Iran Sends “Thousands” Of Troops To Syria For Russian-Backed Assault On Key City

As those who follow Mid-East affairs are acutely aware, the regime in Syria has enjoyed both military and financial support from Iran for the duration of the country’s civil war.

Syria cannot fall to the West if Tehran intends to preserve the regional balance of power and an Iran-friendly Damascus ensures the supply lines remain open between the IRGC and Hezbollah. Lose Syria, and suddenly, the Mid-East tide turns in favor of the Saudis and Qatar and that, clearly, is an unacceptable outcome.

That said, Iran’s role on the ground in Syria has taken some off guard of late. Perhaps it’s the fact that Tehran’s participation on the ground has become more overt even as one would imagine that Iran would be keen to not antagonize the West on the heels of the nuclear deal which has the potential to facilitate the lifting of crippling economic sanctions. The key seems to be Russia’s involvement, which effectively gives Iran’s Syrian ground operations the superpower stamp of approval.

The strategy, as we’ve noted on several occasions of late, is that Russia clears the way with aggressive aerial bombardments and then Iran, operating through either Hezbollah, Iraqi Shiite militias, and/or the IRGC sweeps in on the ground and takes care of whatever anti-regime forces may be left in the wake of the Russian airstrikes.

This has worked well thus far and now apparently, Iran has sent “thousands” of troops to Syria in preparation for an assault on Aleppo.

Iraq starts bombing ISIL based on data from new intelligence center

ISIL confirms killing of second in command in US airstrike

FSB head: Terrorists disguised as refugees are leaving Syria to carry out attacks in EU & Russia


Ahrar al-Sham’s Commanders Killed in Syrian Troops Ambush in Homs
Syrian Army, Hezbollah, Russian Air Force Coordinating for Aleppo Liberation Operation
Terrorists Acknowledge Defeat in Quneitra
100 ISIL Terrorists Killed, Injured in Deir Ezzur
Terrorists Fleeing Syria’s Daraa to Jordan
Over 29 Militants Killed in Syrian Army Operations in Hama, Idlib Provinces
Syrian Army, Hezbollah Start Mop-Up Operation near Selma in Lattakia
ISIL Clashes with Rival Militants, Kills FSA Commander
Another FSA Commander Killed in Clashes with ISIL


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