US-led Colaition Admits It Has Lost Race For Border With Iraq To Syrian Army

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US-led Colaition Admits It Has Lost Race For Border With Iraq To Syrian Army

Army Col. Ryan Dillon. Source: centcom.mil

Last Friday, the US-led officially admitted that it lost a race for the Syrian-Iraqi border to the Syrian Army and its allies.

Now, the US welcomes the Syrian effort to defeat ISIS.

The Associated Press (source):

The U.S. military coalition fighting the Islamic State would welcome a concerted effort by the Syrian government or its Iranian-backed partner forces to defeat IS in its remaining strongholds in eastern Syria, a U.S. spokesman said Friday.

Army Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the coalition, told reporters at the Pentagon that the U.S. goal is to defeat IS wherever it exists. If others, including the Syrian government and its Iranian and Russian allies, want to fight the extremists as well, then “we absolutely have no problem with that,” he said, speaking from Baghdad.

“If it looks like they are making a concerted effort to move into ISIS-held areas, and if they show that they can do that, that is not a bad sign,” Dillon said, referring to forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad. “We are here to fight ISIS as a coalition, but if others want to fight ISIS and defeat them, then we absolutely have no problem with that.”
The statement followed a clear collapse of the US-backed plan to build a militant-held buffer zone between the areas controlled by the Syrian army and Iraqi government forces at the Syrian-Iraqi border.

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  • FlorianGeyer

    I am amazed that US military planners today can even tie their own shoe laces .
    Perhaps they don’t :)

    • Concrete Mike

      Velcros ans slip ons only past this point

  • Wahid Algiers

    So why the US urge the “jordan FSA” to attack the SAA and its allies in the desert southeast of Damascus? So why the US allow Israel to strengthen terrorists in Quneitra? So why the US support the “SDF” to play a traitorous game with the loyal army forces? So why the US attacked the SAA front lines directyly. Haven’ t they seen that SAA is hunting ISIS everywhere in the country and where the US illegally invaded too? It seems that the US haven’ t noticed the results of the Astana talks. But this half-official point of view comes better too late than never.

    • Manuel Flores Escobar

      Because US backed terrorist are deployed to distract SAA troops in its way to Raqqa and Deir Ezzor…when SDF finish the Raqqa operation…then SDF will go towards Deir Ezzor from Hasaka and from Raqqa…the target is to take DZ east of River…it means the almost whole City!

      • Wahid Algiers

        To get Raqqa (100% arab city) back later on will be very hard while the air protection of the USAF. Deir Ezzor city should be taken first by the SAA/allies. They advance from 3 directions under heavy terrain and mined ways. But they will manage it in time.

        • Valery Grigoryev

          Hope they will be in time there. And will not get a strike to their backs from the “US-backed” SDF and FSA.

          • Wahid Algiers

            Yes, hopefully. Syria have to reach one lonely front in its northeastern parts against “SDF” and one against Idlib province in the next 2-3 months. That would allow to deal better with all the army units (refreshment, replacement). Hopefully the US leave the small southern part at al-Tanf. It is useless for them and only to provoke the SAA. The “FSA” will be defeated there in the same time of 2-3 months.

          • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

            The FakeSA in Al Tanf are not so numerous and are mostly mercs they number about 1000 and have no support from any of the tribes in the region except some Jordanian Hashemi tribesmen . The problem with the SDF will be reduced when they start to squabble over territory something the US is going all out to ensure in the region of SDF control . They will create an enemy and call them terrorists , but that would change if they allied themselves to the Syrian government . This would greatly reduce the US miitary ability to operate as they have done so in the past .

        • Dimosthenis Cochliaridis

          US jetfighters are killing off all those arabs.
          Arabs are being victim of their leaders.
          Anyway US-americans will depopulate Raqqa and leave ruined city there.

          • Wahid Algiers

            You are a cowardly little pants pisser who opens his dirty mouth in the Internet while your mother and sisters are fucking for money. Aren’ t you?

          • Helen

            HUH? the arabs like Assad they voted him in, he protects the minorities in that country, i think ur a bit confused or ur to busy reading the bull that MSM spews.. and who the hell are we to go in and demand a regime change in that country anyways. they never said anything why they wanted regime change as a matter of fact i’m pretty sure they have nothing but they just keep saying regime change..with nothing to back it as to why, and many things they say is usually pure bullcrap, i suggest u stop reading american made propaganda or try using critical thinking when you listen to it. you would be surprised at the outcome..

    • AMHants

      There is a rumour that the SDF have blocked the water supply for Aleppo. Have you heard anything about it?

  • Andrew Pate

    I dont believe this article. The US are still on the border of Syria/Iraq/Jordan. But they cant move far and unless they fight they cant move since they are cornered.

  • John Mason

    One just has to laugh at those comments from the US as if they are in control and it is OK by them that the Syrians and their allies fight the ISIS terrorists. Rather insolent coming from a looser.

  • Jef

    Is this the same Ryan Dillon that does the voice of Elmo for the muppets? Perhaps he needed a new gig.

    https://www.google.ca/search?q=Ryan+Dillon&rlz=1CAHPZY_enCA615CA615&oq=Ryan+Dillon&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.2733j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

  • John Whitehot

    “to fight the extremists as well?”

    As well??

    no darned comment.

  • Bru

    as usual, what an incredible US arrogance and disrespect of the law: they speak as if they can say what is OK or is not, as if it was their own country whereas they illegally operate in a foreign country and even regularly bomb the Syrian army.
    ( not speaking of their supporting many terrorist groups, even if they stopped supporting this ISIS they had created, after ISIS broke the Cairo deal with the US by going back to Irak)

  • Anton

    Nobody believes such a son-of-Bitch*s.
    Better they go home and let the people in peace.

    • Mauro Craizer

      “Sombitch”.

  • Anton

    Such a son-of Bitches will be soon good targets for PMU.
    None of them will have any chance to survive PMU missiles attack.

  • goingbrokes

    “OMG! Syrian government wants to fight ISIS as well! Well, good on them! We thought we had to do this all on our own…”
    Lool! This is a good example how out of control everything is at the Foggy Bottom. No one knows shat’s going on, and the poor talking heads have to face the world and make fools of themselves. That really sucks! Even the Israel-firster controlled think tanks are full of shite now, and Israel feels it has to us its AF to make something of this mess.
    PS. But be warned in advance – last time US made positive noises about Syria there was suddenly a chemical attack! Which apparently then changed everything. Something similar could be in the planning. No time to relax yet.

  • Valery Grigoryev

    “If others, including the Syrian government and its Iranian and Russian allies, want to fight the extremists as well, then “we absolutely have no problem with that,”

    as well:)))

    • Wahid Algiers

      All they can is to support terrorists in a sovereign state names Syria and to bomb civilians.

  • chris chuba

    The majority of people in the U.S. now believe that it was a mistake to invade Iraq because it was a distraction in GWOT and will admit that it destabilized the M.E. Despite this, we falling for the same line again. Instead of fighting ISIS, we are being told that it is priority to cut off Iran from Lebanon. Doesn’t this amount to the same thing, who does it hurt if an Iranian can get visa free travel to Lebanon, why is this now our top priority?

    The champions of this new approach don’t have a logical answer to this, they just use the same emotional arguments that got us into the Iraq quagmire. They dredge up the Iranian bogeyman, and talk about the Shiite crescent, these are meaningless phrases and a distraction.

    • hhabana

      Agreed. A tired story just like Trump and the Russians.

    • Sam I. Am

      …who does it hurt if an Iranian can get visa free travel to Lebanon, why is this now our top priority?

      Israel.

  • Kim Jong

    Idiots.

  • Solomon Krupacek

    do not trust them. these are words. hypnitizing words. and suddenly open new front. the saa MUST forwrd up to abu kamal asap!

    • Ono&Dsz

      Correct

  • Stephen

    Syrian army SAA and allies just 65 KM away from Deir Ezzor City.
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    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d739e631cf46f520e439ed2ee9d87afc0a6093c751e2ce4c731db7e34c26907f.png

    • Wahid Algiers

      But the “southern” army has to wait for the troops coming from Palmyra/Arak/Souknah (later) if they want to sent the half of their units to ISIS stronghold al Bukamal. Otherwise – the PMU is willing and able to help…..?

      • Alex Black

        just flanking the palmyrra highway from the south would make jihadists piss their pants.

  • Jesus

    Do not believe anything he says, that is the the American spin to spare embarrassment for their failures in Syria. US is not in Syria to fight ISIS, it is there trying to partition Syria.

    • Wahid Algiers

      Exactly and nothing more or less.

  • Ono&Dsz

    Something is wrong here. USA doesn’t give up so easy.. they want something else behind …maybe this is all connected with Israel attack. If you noticed, Russia is very silent about those Israel attacks …very very strange situations

    • Wahid Algiers

      I think the US prepares the withdrawal behind the the jordan border seeing that their FSA boots are not able to stand the SAA and allies. Then they will concentrate all activities in the northern part of Euphrate River in protecting and supporting the kurds.

    • zman

      This load of manure is for home consumption. It has to be, as no one else in their right mind believes the inane shite in this statement. This is for Fox and CNN,etc. viewers. it gives them something to point to…not really knowing what to make of it. Russia not mentioning the Israeli attacks is the same as the US not mentioning attacks…if it isn’t mentioned, maybe it didn’t happen at all…again for public consumption.

  • Mountains

    he didn’t admit nor said we lost the border

  • sagbotgamot

    “Now, the US welcomes the Syrian effort to defeat ISIS”…while shooting down Syrian jets and bombing Syrian army. Great!.

  • Ronald

    “If others , including the Syrian government ……and allies want to fight the extremists as well “.
    Lavrov should raise hell on that , exactly who does the US think the Syrian government and allies are fighting ? Why is the US sitting in al Tanaf , trying to bring in more jihadist extremists ?
    Why the disrespect of being in Syria at all , it is Russia’s ally , not America’s .

  • Bob

    There are lot of comments recently about Russia not doing enough in Syria. But Russia’s negotiation of the four de-escalation zones was the critical factor that allowed SAA and NDF to reduce commitments to so many conflict fronts and send a coherent body of forces out east. It caught the US completely off-guard as they assumed they had all the time in the world to lay claim to ISIS held eastern Syria, given the SAA had previously been so tied up and compromised. But when it all boiled down to an unexpected race to Dier Ezzore – the US were caught out. Their Jordanian based FSA was shown as nothing but a tiny mercenary force incapable of any independent action and without any political legitimacy – little more than a cover story for US special force’s illegal and aggressive activities inside Syria based on a land grab.

    • Solomon Krupacek
    • RamboDave

      Yes, the de-escalation zones were important. But, a bigger factor was that in April-May, Trump’s NSC wanted to actually invade from Jordan through that al-Tanf corridor, while Coalition forces were doing joint training exercises in Northern Jordan. H.R. McMaster was for it, but Steve Bannon persuaded Trump not to do it. Of course now , it is too late. So, Steve Bannon may be the big hero here.

    • Helen

      never underestimate the Russians they are smart much smarter than americans. only difference is the Russians dont support terrorism like the americans do. the entire world knows the americans are the number one supporters of terrorists and terrorism, God bless the russians, the true heros of the east.. they have my full support.

      • Solomon Krupacek

        they ae not smarter then americans. if would be, would not lost sold war and ussr.

  • eric zweistein

    Joke of the day !

  • That Guy

    This one smells fishy, and it sounds like a pre-attack hypnotizing speech, so the SAA should be ready.

    • Thegr8rambino

      yes i heard today they are getting ready to attack SAA because they think assad may use chemicals again

  • Aung Naing

    full of shits.
    They want confrontation against Russia,China,Iran and Syria while they thought they can beat them.Let them keep dreaming.

  • dutchnational

    US strategy in the region was either flawed or non-existant. Therefore it is best for the US to concentrate its support on moderate forces (such as they are) in the south and the SDF in the north and north east. Forget about the northern rebels as they are mainly islamists. Any remaining moderate FSA should be encouraged to join SDF. SDF should be reeiving sufficient heavy arms to defeat IS in Raqqah, maybe DeZ and to defend, if attacked, itself against Turkey and or Syria.

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      The stupidity of your thinking is obvious in thinking the FSA will join the SDF , the moderate FSA have joined the SAA, it is funny when you see guys joining the SDF for 5th and 6th time just a bad P.R.campaign by Ruder Global getting outed again. The SDF already have heavy weapons and those the US has promised to take away from the Kurds . The KRG/PKK/PYD will start to act in a more heavy handed in the region arresting more opposition “dissidents” trying to eliminate any dissenters . The Kurds are pirates and pirates don’t know how to fight as soldiers .

      • Jacek Wolski

        Not if you’re Jack Sparrow! “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.”

    • Thegr8rambino

      the fact that u think there are “moderate” terrorists or that the SDF is good shows ur stupidity

  • John

    DoD is going to put out whatever it wants. One thing I keep in mind is, there are very few commanders in the US forces, who have really operated in situations that occurred all through the history of the country. Engagements in WWII and Korea are full of these examples. There are no tactical or strategic thinkers left in the US. I know I am saying a lot but, it is just what I see going on in just about every place we are involved with.

    One thing that always gets me, is that they talk about their partners, like it is some kind of business deal or a mob related activity. Did Sherman think about partnership? John Paul Jones? Patton? MacÀrthur? Come on fellas, it is so sickening to read and listen to this pansy butt propaganda, having known people who did it differently. To be blunt, where the hell is the ‘damn the torpedoes’ spirit amongst the US military leadership? It is non existent.

    A lot of folks may not like this but, whatever. My culture, the current US culture, is a conquerer culture. It is about domination and taking the next piece of property in the neighborhood, that we don’t have yet. When I think about the modern US shock troops, the pink pussy hat brigade, I almost roll my eyes and laugh. They can’t even protect their hats. ;)

    I have listened so many times, to friends, relatives and family acquaintances, who talked down about the world. We always knew more, were stronger in the end, our way is the best ever, ad nauseam. This arrogance has been welded to stupidity, overconfidence and flat out incompetence.

    One open manifestation is seen when the US military talks now. They really don’t know when to shut up. There is no shame, therefore no discretion and that is deadly business, in the killing business. So, I just sit back with a smile and at the same time am ever determined to speak my mind. I will not sit by, while these people, drive for endless slaughter at the expense of humanity. My two cents at the moment. I wish well to all.

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      The US has always had help from their allies and now that is waning , most of the US officers got their position as a favor not many received it meritoriously .These are the same Generals and commanders who lost to their allies in war games , should be explanatory enough .

  • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

    The good old Irish charm of just talking with the shillelagh hidden behind his back waiting for the ideal time to use it .

  • tigbear

    So … the USA apparently spent several billion or so in the last six years in Syria, investing in ISIS, doing bombing raids, sending planes to patrol over there, getting boots on the ground this year, firing torpedoes at the Syrians, training the YPG, SDF and others … just to help Syria defeat ISIS? LOL. The Zionists don’t give up that easily. They don’t invest that much of Americans’ money and sweat in something for so little return.

    So what was the purpose of this statement? One aim was to hold up the fact that ISIS are the bad guys, and anyone fighting them are the good guys, and that includes the SDF (and the USA, of course).

    The Yanks are backing off a little since the Russians’ severe warning about their putting American planes in their targets. The US has been testing how far they can push things, doing these small probing attacks, to gauge how much the Russians can be pushed.

    It’s a two-step dance, a minuet, they’re dancing with the Russians. The Americans take a step forward, and then step back quickly, when the aggression promises to boil over – the Americans have to keep this thing a gentlemen’s tiff, a small spat between two civilized players.

    The Russians, too, play along in this dance. They also want to maintain a civil front with the Americans. By siding with the USA in the Security Council on many, if not most, issues, it gets to play one of the “good guys”, a country that stands for “democracy” and “freedom”.

    And so the two superpowers continue to race to take control of ISIS territories, with the Americans promising to play more nicely (the Americans will, but will Israel?).

    It will be interesting what the Americans will do to hang onto the territories they gain. How they will maneuver the SDF to keep the land they control.

    If it comes to a vote in the UNSC, Russia and China would vote against letting SDF keep that land (Russia definitely, China probably). What excuse will the USA have after that? And they have to take into account that everybody hates the Kurds now in this majority Arab nation, and are increasingly viewing the Kurdish as opportunistic usurpers.

    The Kurds may have painted themselves into a hole. If they manage to hang onto the land they have captured, with the help of the USA, the rest of the Arab world will see what sort of people they are. They will be hated and despised, even more than before.

    Definitely after the war, Assad has to go. The Arabs, in general, do not do well with weak leaders. They resent them and look down on them. It’s easy for tribal groups to conspire and try and topple the weak leader. This is what happened in Syria. People sensed Assad was weak and decided to grab power for themselves, even groups from outside of Syria.

    Contrary to what the Americans said at the start of the uprising, the agitators were not after “freedom” and “democracy”. The Middle East is far from embracing western-style liberalism. It was the opposite situation. These rebels wanted to overthrow the weak secular, westward-looking leader who had been educated in a western liberal country, had absorbed those values, and returned to Syria, soon becoming the leader by accident, as the elder brother died unexpectedly, and as a result, he showed a different sort of leadership to that which his father had exalted.

    And so the disaffected restless majority-Sunni Arab population want to, in his place, insert one of their own, a strong leader who would proudly assert Islamic dominance in Syria, using state violence if necessary to do so.

    Such leadership would satisfy the majority Sunni populace, who could then join hands with their Muslim brothers in Egypt, Palestine, Turkey, Qatar, etc, creating a new Sunni crescent in the Middle East, which would then be able to make a strong united front against the western liberalized USA, EU allies and Israel, and regain pride as Islamic countries, by asserting Islamic power in the region, and help their Palestine Sunni brothers trapped in Israel.

    The Sunnis don’t care about Iran or the Shi’ites. To them, Iran and the Shia allies had shown themselves to be weak against the enemy. After all these years following the Iranian Revolution and Iran’s victory in the Iran-Iraq War, and all the bravado shown by Ahmadinejad, in denouncing Israel and the USA, Iran had been reduced to a relatively powerless entity. All it can do these days was fight for its own survival, by signing the nuclear agreement with its great enemy, the US, which forced it to give up its rights to nuclearize, in order to stave off bankruptcy and the collapse of its economy.

    Iran had been thoroughly outwitted by the Zionists in almost every way: in the PR war, in the fight for the Palestinians to regain their land – Iranians were branded terrorists, and the UN and the rest of the world were manipulated into making them pariahs internationally.

    Sure, the Shia had one victory, the short Hezbollah-Israel summer war in 2006, but that had been a long time ago, and it was not a big war relatively speaking.

    And always the Shia-Sunni rivalry has been festering in the background.

  • Oscar Redondo

    Well … They just took it in the ass. It’s fair enough.

  • Helen

    when did the americans assume that they had any rights to the border? “yanky go home”

  • Xanatos

    White house just predicted assad will use chemical weapons again and swears assad will pay a heavy price.

    We all know the drill. Syrian families will be brutally gassed by those who gain by accusing assad. It’s despicable atrocity manufactured for military pretexts.

    • Wahid Algiers

      The US and their western allies inclusive Israhell and Saudi-non-arabia are true champions in faking, urging people against, grabbing resources, lying and streaming rumours – all for the benefit of the upper “10.000s”. They make their own people believe it would be necessary to survive. Anybody who is not in line with them is an enemy. All these facts conduct to one word: terrorism by states.

  • Helen

    this reminds me of when the americans shot down a syrian plan going after isis, and the americans said (they shot it down in self defense)!! so are they saying they are ISIS? Good God, the more i read about the americans the more i hate them..and this is why i have not crossed the border since 1986!! i refuse to spend my hard earned money on this rouge nation..

    • Helen

      plane not plan my mistake