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Russia’s Syria Mirage: July 17 – August 13, 2017


Bottom line: Russia’s operations in Syria are disingenuous, designed to lure the United States into unhealthy partnership operations with the aim of reducing obstacles to a Russian buildup.  </end editorial> By Matti Suomenaro, Ellen Stockert, and Genevieve Casagrande Russia continues to masquerade as an effective anti-ISIS actor in order to lure the U.S. into a… Continue reading Russia’s Syria Mirage: July 17 – August 13, 2017

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The UN Security Council blocked a statement by Russia on the bombardment of the embassy in Damascus


Yes, so? </end editorial> 03:37 07/26/2017 WASHINGTON, July 26 – RIA Novosti, Alexei Bogdanovsky. The statement on the shelling of the Russian embassy in Damascus is blocked by the UN Security Council, the permanent mission of Russia to the international organization said in a press release. “The Russian Permanent Mission to the UN has distributed to the… Continue reading The UN Security Council blocked a statement by Russia on the bombardment of the embassy in Damascus

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Pentagon Chief Says He Thinks IS Leader Baghdadi is Alive


If true, this will be a source of extreme embarrassment for Russia. Russia touted his death as a de facto testament to their ‘lethality’ and ‘superiority’. </end editorial> U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he believes that the leader of the extremist Islamic State (IS) group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is still alive. “I think Baghdadi’s… Continue reading Pentagon Chief Says He Thinks IS Leader Baghdadi is Alive

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‘Putin won in Syria’: Trump ends CIA weapons, training for Syria rebels


Officials say move to end support for rebels fighting Bashar al-Assad’s government is huge concession in Russia’s favour MEE staff Wednesday 19 July 2017 20:44 UTC President Donald Trump will halt CIA arming and training to Syrian rebels fighting against Bashar al-Assad’s government, US officials said on Wednesday. According to the Washington Post, the unidentified… Continue reading ‘Putin won in Syria’: Trump ends CIA weapons, training for Syria rebels

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Russia: US sent ‘invitation’ for terrorists to stage gas attack in Syria


Update: Apologies, I initially launched with incomplete information and the author subsequently corrected me.  I suggested the word “invitation” was an inflation of the correct verbiage.  The US picked up intelligence that Syria was about to launch another chemical attack on its civilians.  The US said “no, no, no, don’t do that.”   The author,… Continue reading Russia: US sent ‘invitation’ for terrorists to stage gas attack in Syria

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Russia / Strategy Media Update – 20 June 2017


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting. </end editorial> Russia’s overseas assassination program, targeting inconvenient Russian emigres, and non-Russians, including Britons and Americans, is producing major MSM traffic (6+ original articles) – Buzzfeed’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much” is meticulous and likely to produce a lot of secondary MSM traffic.  Stanovaya essay on Zolotov’s Russian… Continue reading Russia / Strategy Media Update – 20 June 2017

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US shoots down Syrian Air Force fighter


Yes, this is significant, but what will Russia do or say?  This is a serious escalation in the war.  Russia will talk tough, they will launch a tirade in the news, both Putin and Lavrov. The Russian Ambassador to the UN may even take off his shoe and pound it on the table. Russia, however,… Continue reading US shoots down Syrian Air Force fighter