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Russian Forces Establish Presence On Syrian-Iraqi Border

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Over the past weeks, the Syrian Army and its allies have intensified their operations against ISIS cells hiding in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert.

According to pro-government sources, during the past few days, Syrian government forces and Iranian-backed militias carried out a series of raids to the south of the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor highway and southeast of al-Mayadin. Pro-militant media outlets clam that over 10 Syrian soldiers and 15 ISIS members died in these clashes.

The Russian Aerospace Forces also resumed their strikes on ISIS targets in the desert region. Pro-opposition sources say that the Russians delivered over 100 airstrikes. Indeed, the intensity of this campaign demonstrates that the regularly resurfacing ISIS cells, which actively exploit the state of chaos on the Syrian-Iraqi border, pose a notable security threat.

Just a few days ago, the Russian Military Police established a local HQ and several positions in the Syrian town of al-Bukamal, which lies on the border with Iraq. Local sources link the increased Russian presence on the border with the recently resumed anti-ISIS operation there.

Given the de-facto collapse of security in the area on the Iraqi side of the border, the Syrian, Iraqi and Iranian-backed forces deployed near al-Bukamal and al-Qaim are now the major factor deterring the terrorists operating there. At the same time, Israel and mainstream Western propaganda argue that al-Bukamal is just the base of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and thus must be destroyed.

While the presence of Iranian-backed forces there is an open secret, attacks on them and their allies, which were repeatedly conducted by Israel and even the US-led coalition, have in fact supported the ISIS agenda.

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johnny rotten

Isisrahell and NATO support terrorism that kills innocent, false and cowardly civilians as they blame others, there is nothing in the world more disgusting and less morality than this strange mafia association, a cancer that must be eradicated.

Jens Holm

Thats highly incorrect. We do it for fun, because we prefare to die laughing.

We are sponsered b the Chinese. They also dont know what to do with You apart from reduction,when and if they take over.

Cromwell

Thats why it will continue until they are dealt with.

Steve Standley

Russia is putting its troops where Israel and the US like to bomb “Iranian proxies”. Now let’s see if these zionist creeps are stupid enough to start WW3.

Jens Holm

Abu Kamal is no small random dot but a town once with 40.000 inhabitants and also several bigger villages, single houses and important facilities around it.

The Iranians here are spread out on several locations as well and parts mainly are for civilians.
By that only stupidists of Your kind can assume random bombardments will take out any targets or the wrong ones.

Most likely You need a job and I anytime will recommend You to my worst enemies.

farbat

all of the abu kamal region has an underground hive like city build beneath it somewhere deep so abu kamal is interesting for russia in many ways

Jens Holm

Well, many parts of the whole ME has that.

It can be found in many copuntries with deserts having found water and kept it in a tunnel for irrigation abopv them to the fields.

Next several households makes appratments there mpt only sleeping there but working there as well. Its very good whne it very cold or hot in the desert and steppe terrain.

You can find pictures for the world about. At first You think a village has been bombarded hard, but then You see the wholes are with latter and to take up water by pumps.

They also have a geenrator above the surface, they have electric light and fx TV and Radio.

Im no Russian but its very hard logistics to spread out the few russians like that. Maybee they have found god under the Putin pillow:)

farbat

abu kamal and the coast are important they shall be connected in many ways and this route cant be terrorized by foreign interests if they continue all 3 interest groups here meaning russia china and iran together will beat the ones up who try to stop this

Jens Holm

They already has been connected well and the old pipeline was closed by Assad himself. The cpuntreis even are almost connected by railroads becuse of mining in Iraq. I makes sense to make a railrod there for heavy transport added some few passengers too.

The alternatives of course are a motorway or two around the many towncenter all the way to fx Tabqa by Manbij or something.

The new mistake was when Assads took back and made strange borderline between SDF and Assads wasting a lot of troops, equuitpment, logistics and defeating ISIS.

USA asnd Israel has only bombarded Irianians there – as I recall it.

The main problem for Assads even today is, they dont posses it as well as they are not able to make another bordercrossing because they dont posses full control for the pipelineroads as well as Suk´na and Palmyra.

I dont see China in this.

So today they have a stupid political border and by that no optimized military on.

That also makes it difficult for SDFs and USA to clean their parts.

Steve Standley

Al Bukamal is about 3 km wide and 7 km long. The fragmentation radius of one 500 lb bomb is around 1 km. Blast radius is around 600 meters. In other words, you are a dumbass.

Jens Holm

I take it again. USA and Israel dont bombarde random but are very specific. So they will not bombarde Russians where they are and try to avoid civilians too.

Your version of Abu Kamal is wrong to. Im sure Iranians has learned their lessons several times hard and by that now hide as much as possible below ground and spread out in the nearby villages as well as in the mountain and wadus there.

And I do know the terrain very well, because I followed the last days many days, where SDF eliminated ISIS at their sites and by that also the many rivercrossings through not only the town but also the terrain around it, where Assads was too few and spread out as very good targets for ISIS in the “Assad style”.

So Ypu want to kill 10.000 civilians too. Should I be impressed. You can use a smaller one. As I recall it most of them live in half of the town because Iranians and they dont like each other.

cechas vodobenikov

stop lying Jenny…US and dink colonial troops have murdered 30 million since WWII and displaced 50+ million per Brown Univ report 2020…”very specific”
more LSD can be found in Arhaus

Jens Holm

Excuse me, but this is about specific bombardments in Abu Kamal.

You are sick blaming me for things I not even wrote about.

Arman Melkonyan

The FACT is,

Russians don’t even nicely just ASK the Jews to simply stop bombing their allies in Syria. The Russians also held back their EW assets and enabled the Turks and the Jihadis to steamroller their Armenian allies in Karabakh with the help of Israeli and Turkish terror drones.
With allies like the Russians, you don’t need enemies.

Potato Man

Tell me the different between ISIL/Daesh and Zion?
Gay – Zion and Wahhabis are known for it
Drop out of Satan’s asshole – Yup
Kill civilians – Yup
War crimes – Yup
Supported by US and NATO – Yup

Why Zion attack pro-Iran when they are killing Wahhabi Sunnis (Daesh), IDK maybe because they sleep together…

Al Carbone

how can pissrael and ISIS be different when the jews ordered the US to create ISIS to take down syria?

Jens Holm

I hope You are cook for my no friends, because they would be on the toilet and even eat there.

Al Carbone

your mothers birth canal where you came out of is her anal opening

Jens Holm

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Rhodium 10

Almost all ISIS partners in Syria have diplomatics ties with Israel…Turkey, Jordan, UAE, Morocco,Bahrein…others like Saudi Arabia and Kurds have Geopolitical agreements with Israel…

Luna

Where do you put Russia in that argument of yours ? Russia seems to have excellent relations with jews .

Rhodium 10

But is not an ISIS partner…like Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia..among others

Jens Holm

They have in common, they dont like You. You probatkly think a painted horse is a zebra no matter which color it has(: .

Lonesome Cowboy Burt

Middle East “peace” agreements, heh

Jesus

Russia needs to deploy a couple of battalions of S350 and SHORAD missile defense system around Deir Ezzor and eliminate the operational envelope of Israeli and American aircraft trying to operate in the area.

Jens Holm

Israel and USA is not trying to operate there. And if any send misseles after them, something nasty will happen the other way too.

There is no military solution unless all the ones with guns has killeed each other.

In this site, there is not a single one, which even propose some other solutions then killing and be on the top themself. So we have a top of revinging macho men demanding honor and respect and like You think weapons does it.

As usual You forget to remember that enemies often shoot back and are not sitting ducks. Maybee as this:( comment image

Jesus

Those that take the sword, will die by the sword.

Jens Holm

Not if they afterwards makes them into plows.

Willing Conscience (The Truths

But then the US will do the same thing to the Russians who operate in northern Deir ez Zor.
The Russians operate over northern Deir ez Zor all the time, they’re very heavily dependent on air logistics as well as air security to protect the joint Turkish/Russian patrols of the M4 highway, so they have a lot more to lose than the US does, the US only attacks southern Deir ez Zor occasionally, they don’t really operate there.

Jesus

“”” But then the US will do the same thing to the Russians who operate in northern Deir ez Zor.

Do what? Russian patrols are supported logistically now.
Russia can deploy any weapon system to support its personnel and its interests in the area.
The S350 can keep track of air activities in Iraq and southern Syria, an area Israel seems to have an interest in.

Willing Conscience (The Truths

I’m pretty sure you’re wrong about Russia being able to deploy any weapon they want to in SDF/US controlled northern Syria [if that’s what you meant], if they were able to do that I’m pretty sure they would’ve already deployed a few Pantsir systems to the areas Turkey keeps hitting with drones.
The S-400’s already keeps track of Israeli activity over southern Syria and the Russians do nothing about it.
The Israelis keep blowing the hell out of any Iranian infrastructure they detect in southern Syria with complete impunity, so please explain to me why it would be any different if Russia deployed their AA systems to northern Syria, what would change?
And here’s the best suggestion of all,
WHY NOT LET THE IRANIANS PROTECT THEIR OWN ASSETS WITH THEIR OWN ALREADY PROVEN HIGH TECH RADARS AND AA SYSTEMS.
The cowards hide behind Syrian civilians and let Assad lose his quickly diminishing AA systems to Israeli strikes because they’re protecting Iranian assets, so I think they should start using their own AA systems to protect themselves, not ask Russia and Syria to do it for them.

Jesus

Russian MOD wants to teach Israel a lesson, Putin can hold them off for the time being with his apprehension of a regional war

Willing Conscience (The Truths

Apprehension of a regional war? we already have several small ones simmering and one that just finished [maybe], and we also have Isis running amok in Iraq and Syria as well,
Yemen,
Syria,
Libya,
Azerbaijan?,
and now Cyprus and Greece are beefing up their militaries too, and the common denominator is always Turkey [and the Muslim brotherhood].
Putin’s actually encouraging a regional war with all his pandering to Erdogan’s demands.
And I’m sure Russia would be more than happy to see Israel force Iran out of Syria, tell me exactly what benefits you think the Russians get out of the Iranians staying in Syria, do they get better trade opportunities, more international support for Syria, more international pledges of reconstruction aid, more social harmony and less sectarian violence, no they don’t they just get a big headache, and it’s a headache they don’t need and could easily avoid, IF ONLY IRAN WOULD JUST LISTEN TO RUSSIA.
Read todays SF story about Israel, it’s a beauty.

Jesus

Putin is not pandering to Erdo’s demands, Russian and Turkish interests collide, as Erdo carelessly steps on Russian toes, Iranian and Russian interests collide as well, except the Iranians behave better than Erdogan.
Iran helped Assad get rid of ISIS and a slew of other terrorist groups, they were invited by Syria to be in Syria, and they will stay there for the foreseeable future.
Iranian involvement in Syria made Russian presence less extensive and expensive.
Iran is a major player in ME and Russia is interested in getting the Americans out, and keep Israeli ambitions in check.

Willing Conscience (The Truths

I’ll start with the last part of your comment, Trump tried to pull the US out of Syria 3 times remember, and the only 2 reasons the US had to stay in Syria were Iran and Turkey, if both of those countries left Syria the US would be out already, at least that’s what I believe.
I’ll agree to this part of your comment,
“Russian and Turkish interests collide, as Erdo carelessly steps on Russian toes, Iranian and Russian interests collide as well”,
But this part I don’t,
“Putin is not pandering to Erdo’s demands”, and “except the Iranians behave better than Erdogan”,
I’m sure he is pandering, and I don’t know who’s worse, Iran and Turkey seem to be as bad as each other lately [2 years]. Not the Turkish or Iranian people, just they’re Governments.
And I’m not so sure I agree with this either,
“Iranian involvement in Syria made Russian presence less extensive and expensive”.
Maybe in the short term military sense it may have been less expensive for Russia but post war things will change, Iran has the lions share of future trade/agricultural/mining/industrial rights [all good earners]. But poor old Russia is just left with the rebuilding opportunities, oil and gas exploration which are good earners, but rebuilding those facilities and then protecting them [lots of terrorists still around] will cost up front first, and they have to help rebuild the social infrastructure as well, all the things that will cost money to make money, and only then only be mildly profitable in the very long term.
Russia’s getting the bad end of the deals that involve high risk and Iran’s getting all the money maker deals that have less risk involved, which means Russia has to keep the Syrian people happy to make some of their money back, and also spend even more to make some of their deals break even or make little profit. But the Iranians get to do whatever they like with little or no regard to what the local Syrian population think, mmm.
But strangely even though the Iranians have been given all the best deals and Russia the scraps, the local never protest against the Russians when the Russians get involved in local affairs, but it seems that everywhere that Iran goes, anti Iranian protests follow, so I don’t understand why Assad seems to favor the Iranians over the Russians, I think he’s making a big mistake doing that.
Rami Maalouf used to be Russia’s golden boy for years, then he started working for Iran and got them heaps of lucrative deals with Assad, he even tried to give them control of all of Syria’s telecommunications network. Now he’s no longer in Russia’s or Assad’s good books, because selling off the telecom network to Iran was the straw that broke the camels back, the Russian’s didn’t like the idea that Iran would be able to spy on them through the Syrian telecom network, so now the Syrians are no longer selling Iran the rights to make money and spy at the same time, and Rami is always just one step away from jail. :]

Jesus

Making money in Syria is not a primary objective for the Russians, having bases controlling the Eastern Mediterranean and having an environment to test their new weapons in combat situations.

Willing Conscience (The Truths

Making money in Syria isn’t one of Russia’s prime objectives and never was, but losing money in Syria isn’t either.
The Russian ministry of defense released a report last year that confirmed the military budget for Syria was not exceeding it’s normal research and development military budget allocation, which means the cost of the war in Syria has been practically cost neutral since mid 2018. But as you pointed out and the report also said, the Russians have been able to train their commanders in real time battlefield conditions, and they’ve been able to test and develop a lot of new weapons and equipment in Syria, so they really have done well out of the war, at least post mid 2018 they have.
Russia’s not losing money on the military front but in all other Syrian fronts they are, and they can’t keep losing money for ever.
From what I’ve read from official Russian sources the naval base at Tartus is the most important asset in Syria, so if that’s what you’re referring to you’re right.

Willing Conscience (The Truths

I don’t think this will deter the US or Israel from attacking the Iranians, they have really good intel and will avoid Russian casualties if they do decide to attack.
About one or two months ago the US bombed an Isis training facility that was located just 50km southwest of Abu Kamal, JUST 50KM AWAY, and Abu Kamal is Iran’s most important stronghold in Syria, can any of you imagine an Isis training camp remaining hidden from the Russian forces if it was located just 50 km away from one of their bases, I can’t.

cechas vodobenikov

yes incrementally Syria is reclaiming territory occupied by ISIS toorks, CIA, HTS, SDF decadents…

Steve Standley

Southfront: I was a contributor on patreon, but i just caught you editing my perfectly reasonable posts, so i am no longer a contributor. Fuck you.

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