US and Russia About to Come Face to Face in Syria

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One wouldn’t know it by reading establishment media headlines, but the Russian air force and the U.S. air force are about to come head to head in Syria in a battle that has been brewing for some months now. Only the Independent, a U.K.-based media outlet, aptly phrased the looming encounter for what it was in an article entitled: “US troops and Russia-backed Syrian forces set to come into contact as they close separately on Isis.”

Just recently, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies fought their way to an air base on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor, an oil-rich region that has been besieged by ISIS for years.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a U.S.-backed force made up mostly of Kurdish and Arab fighters, has also just launched separate attacks against ISIS in the north of Deir ez-Zor in an operation to capture areas east of the Euphrates river.

“The first step is to free the eastern bank of the Euphrates and the areas Islamic State still holds,” Ahmed Abu Kholeh, head of the 4,000 fighter-strong Deir ez-Zor military council, which fights under the banner of the SDF, told Reuters after the announcement. “We’re not specifying a timeframe but we hope it will be a quick operation.”

Asked if there were plans to advance on the city itself, Kholeh did not specify the council’s plans. He also said they did not expect clashes with SAA forces but that they would respond if fired upon.If the regime wants a confrontation or directs one bullet at us we will respond.”

The SAA forces advancing on Deir ez-Zor include Iranian-backed militias, as well as Hezbollah, Reuters reported. The Guardian also recently reported that Russia was providing these troops with air support, meaning any plans for U.S.-backed forces to confront these militias could potentially amount to a confrontation with Russia. The U.S. has been providing strong air support to the SDF in other parts of the country, too, and has not shied away from striking Syrian government forces throughout 2017. The U.S. has also stepped up its material support for the SDF and just recently provided these fighters with brand new armored vehicles.

As Anti-Media previously has reported, the U.S. would rather see its own proxy forces retrieve the oil-rich region of Deir ez-Zor. As pro-Assad forces backed by Russia beat the U.S. to the punch, it is unclear how far down this road the U.S. will want to go. As Navy Times explained:

“Washington has been determined to block the formation of an “Iranian corridor” — of Shiite-controlled land stretching from Tehran to Damascus — and for months has been eyeing the area southeast of Raqqa near the Iraqi border.”

Navy Times also explained further that the battle for Deir ez-Zor has been in the works for months but was ultimately foiled by the SAA and Iranian-backed militia earlier this year:

“U.S.-backed Syrian rebels had been gathering in Tanf in southeastern Syria to march toward Deir el-Zour, but their plans were disrupted in June when Syrian troops reached the border with Iraq, obstructing their path. The only way left for the SDF to enter the eastern province appears to be from the northeastern province of Hassakeh, where Syrian activists say the U.S.-backed fighters have been gathering and stepping up preparations for an attack.”

One possibility, which seems likely, is that the U.S.-backed forces are making an advance now to take as much of the territory as possible without actually confronting the SAA and its allies directly. Navy Times suggested this is a potential scenario given the U.S. and Russia have an interest in avoiding a clash and “may devise a strategy that will allow both sides to share control of the vast province.”

The U.S. has a history of avoiding direct confrontations with strong militaries that are backed by world powers. With this likely strategy, America’s proxy forces can continue to act as a buffer against Assad’s looming victory in the Syrian war and potentially give some of the spoils of the region to the SDF so they can operate with financial independence from the U.S.

That being said, it is not clear that the SAA and Iranian-backed militias, independent of Russia, will just sit on their hands and allow these forces to illegally take their territory. After all, why should they?

How the U.S. can even be involved in this land-retrieving process is mind-boggling beyond belief, as it has no legal basis to conduct operations in Syria in the first place.

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  • dav1bg

    It is sad when we can’t even trust our own government.

    • darkhorse

      IT IS NOT OUR GOVERNMENT, Dav….(sometimes I really wonder about you..are you for real?)..the ZIONISTS OWN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA….THAT IS WHO YOUR GOVERNMENT IS… THEY OWN US BECAUSE AMERICANS WILL NOT RISE UP TO CHANGE ANYTHING…

  • SP_88

    As I’m reading this, I’m wondering how this can even happen because we don’t belong there. The last paragraph sums it up.

    • darkhorse

      We have no dog in any of these races…we are in it because the US is totally controlled by the Jews…wake the fook up…or are you just being cute?

      • SP_88

        I’m just pointing out the criminal behavior of this regime. They invade these countries under the guise of humanitarian aid and stopping terrorism, but that’s a lie. This government doesn’t stop terrorism, it finances it and uses it to do their dirty work.
        They want to take out the leaders of these countries and replace them with puppet governments who will allow the Zionist central banks to bury the country under massive amounts of debt and debt slavery. Just like they did to America.
        Now that they own America, they can use the power of our military to spread debt slavery all over the world.

        • darkhorse

          yes….and they’ve BEEN using the US military to conduct their non-stop wars. This will never stop until the People wake up and take back their country. But the People are NOT waking up. So, whose fault is all this now?

          • SP_88

            I blame the ignorant masses. They should be severing the stranglehold they have over our government. But it’s not even our government anymore. Our (s)elected officials have long ago sold us out to the ruling class who have enslaved us to their central banks. These Zionist Banksters have used fake printed money to buy the power of our military so they could spread debt slavery across the world.
            We should have long ago hung these crooked Banksters from a tree. The only way out of this now is a long and bloody revolution.
            If not, then they will continue to spread their central banks to every country in the world, and they will eventually establish a global currency that will be controlled by a global central bank. Then every country will be enslaved by their globalist agenda.

  • tonye

    The Russkies and their proxies can set up the oil fields.

    The US and our proxies will set up the McDonalds’, Pizza Huts, Wallmarts, Amazon, Starbucks, cable TV, cellular phones, internet services, banks, doughnut shops, water/power/gas framework, etc…

    We’ll win. They may pump the oil, but we’ll have cultural hegemony.

    The Iranians will be given the pig farms.

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