Top US General Secretly Visits Syria amid Washington’s Plans to Dispatch More Troops

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The commander of the US Central Command has secretly visited northern Syria to meet leaders of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

Top US General Secretly Visits Syria amid Washington's Plans to Dispatch More Troops

Commander of the US Central Command, General Joseph Votel (Photo: US Department of Defense)

Commander of the US Central Command (CENTCOM), General Joseph Votel, has secretly visited the Syrian Arab Republic in order to meet with leaders of US-backed militant groups. The visit was made just two days after it was announced that Washington is going to dispatch more US troops to the Arab country.

On Friday, Votel, who coordinates military operations of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria and Iraq, visited the frontline cities of Raqqa and Kobani, located in the northen part of Syria, and met with commanders of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

According to spokesman for the SDF, Talal Sello, the offensive of the militants’ group on Raqqa city and possible ways to expand coordination and support were discussed by Votel and SDF leaders during the hours-long meeting.

The US General also discussed the situation in Raqqa with Turkish officials, who are dissatisfied with ties between the US and the SDF and, allegedly, offered an alternative plan to liberate the city from the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group without SDF participation.

About two-thirds of the SDF consists of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which are considered by Ankara as a terrorist organization.

On Wednesday, Votel said that there is a need to dispatch more US troops to Syria in order to increase “mobility” and “firepower” of the US-backed group of militants. Reportedly, February 27 was announced as a deadline of representing a comprehensive plan for Washington’s involvement in Syria to US President Donald Trump by US officials.

Votel made his Syrian trip just several days after a similar visit to the country of Republican Senator John McCain, who is the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“Senator McCain traveled to northern Syria last week to visit US forces deployed there and to discuss the counter-ISIL campaign and ongoing operations to retake Raqqa,” the spokeswoman for the Arizona senator said on Wednesday.

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  • John Mason

    Can’t be much of a secret if we all know about it.

    • Brad Isherwood

      Churkin openly stated at the UN some months back that US arms ISIL/ISIS.
      The UN and the US just laughed it off.

      There is no International law working to protect UNSCR which recognizes
      Syria’s right to secure Sovereign borders.
      Russia appeasing US by letting them and other NATO stage from Kurd Syria or bases
      In South Der Ezzor province/Jordan/Iraq border will only make the conflict drag on
      Like Vietnam .

      Last year Russia bombed the US special forces base/ British SAS…
      They immediately squealed like stuck pigs!
      Empire enjoys far to much ease in this conflict…

      Ease….and Appeasement.

  • abuqahwa

    Message to all Syrian patriots : If you see any American, British, or French soldiers inside Syria, shoot them.

  • Behold a Pale Horse

    New president, more foreign incursions, same old same old.

  • TS

    Fire the bastard for going to and supporting an illegal conflict and trying to continue a proxy war that is failed and preventing parties from negotiating a peace agreement.

  • NOTHING HAS CHANGED! Trump is the conservatives’ false messiah just like Obama was the liberals’ false messiah. The Anglo-American Empire shall continue on its decades long program to subjugate the world. Its ruling elites continue to rule and the President is no more than their “front man”. Trump announced at CPAC that he shall begin the largest military buildup in American history. He has also declared that he shall send “heavy weapons” to the Syrian rebels. All Trump has to do is keep the conservatives at home semi-satisfied and keep the left off balance until the Anglo-American Empire has divided and conquered China, Iran, and Russia. Then the Empire’s conquest of the world shall be complete.

    • Brad Isherwood

      Russia has to step up from this appeasement gambit with Empire.
      It’s fatal weakness…
      Empire wants to push Russia out of Syria….if for not letting Russia roam about demonstrating it’s new weapons and collect data on new upgrades.

      IMO,…there is no damn excuse to leave the Der Ezzor Garrisons in such jeopardy.
      They have stuffed another 100+ in to support with air drop.
      Syria needs to build that up quick …..retake the area all the way to the surrounding mountains.

      Iraq Airforce is attacking ISUS in Syria Now, …with PMU blocking west Mosul.
      It would be timely for Iran to get off its ass and kick in….
      Empires on wobbly legs now….Der Ezzor and lots of turf south of AL Bab /Palmyra
      Regions …for the taking back as ISUS is clearly in confusion and wanting for mobility Weapons. .as they have lost 1000s of their beloved 23mm Toyotas.

      • Ronald

        Couldn’t agree with you more on Deir Azzor , such a critical location . And the oil fields south of it could keep the government well financed , instead of ISIS or the Kurdish (US) . The Iranian militia’s , engaged around Mosul would be better deployed in Deir Azzor , the Americans are going to claim Mosul as their victory anyway .

    • 888mladen .

      And that will be the end of the Empire.
      “Thou saw till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.15 35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” Dan 2:34, 35, 44
      And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou should give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and should destroy them which destroy the earth. Rev 11:18

    • First Lastname

      What will it take to convince you that Donald Trump is on your side? Does he need to be shot in the head in public? Because that might happen. He’s so obviously against the NWO.

      • Ronald

        You are right , it will depend on his ability to clear out the Wahhabi’s John Brennan and Obama have placed in the “Company” and State Dept . He might just be appeasing the deep state with the statements Barbarossa referred to . If he sides with the Saudi’s, rather than against them , the Wahhabi’s win big time , and we the people of the world have a large evil to expel . It can be , and will be expelled , even without the help of America .

      • When he shuts down the Fed, jails the “banksters”, stops all illegal US military operations, and returns the US military to our borders to shoot and kill anyone crossing said borders illegally; then I’ll consider him on our side if he brings back all of the jobs that were sent out of the country.

  • Nigel Maund

    John McCain is a major trouble maker and warmonger for the Globalist International Bankster – Corporatist Cabal and is implimenting their plans for a war with Syria – Russia and Iran, which they fully intend to initiate as soon as is parcticable. These are extremely dangerous people who will stop at absolutely nothing to bring about their Global Bank and Currency and Fascist Dictatorship over the long suffering and largely poor and totally disenfranchised human race. Killing people means absolutely nothing to them as their quest is ultimate power enshrined as a Dynasty with all the evil that this implies.

  • Nigel Maund

    Trump should remove McCain as quickly as he can as he is a major headache and colossal threat to world peace and the human race.

    • Solomon Krupacek

      Do you think, Trump will listen to you?

      • Nigel Maund

        NO!!… of course not!………But!

        • 888mladen .

          But! It would have been right thing to do.

          • Nigel Maund

            Yes, self apparent given McCains past disastrous meddling in global affairs. He and Victoria Noodlehead plus our Ol’ Mate and King of Meddlers Georg (Hungarian) Soros (and Rothschild lieutenant) caused the Maidan (Colour) Revolution in the Ukraine with the old Nazi Poroshenko. The Rothschilds have had a long history of meddling in this area — for Petroleum and influence let’s say! As their currency of power and influence is the the Petrodollar the importance of underpinning its otherwise worthless value with more oil is obvious!

  • javier

    what could possibly go wrong? lulz if it wasn’t so sad

  • Commander of the US Central Command (CENTCOM), General Joseph Votel, has secretly visited the Syrian Arab Republic in order to meet with leaders of US-backed militant groups
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    Those would be the militant groups the US supported in Deir ez-Zor and the militant group the Israelis flew over recently to bomb SAA positions.

    Russia, fry these guys – and get rid of the international terrorist problem once and for all.

    • Arthur Smith

      >get rid of the international terrorist problem once and for all.
      As long as there are money to hire and fanatics with a grudge against Russia, it won’t end. Even Turkey alone is able to gravely wound Russia by setting the territories where it has influence on fire. But terrorism isn’t even in top 3 our problems.

      • Getting rid of the United States and Israeli would be damn good start.