Military analysts on the example of the PMC “Wagner” showed as failed “Krymnash” in Syriac

Military analysts on the example of the PMC “Wagner” showed as failed “Krymnash” in Syriac

Russian intelligence failed to uncover the plans of the Americans used aircraft for vagnerova

Военные аналитики на примере ЧВК "Вагнер" показали, как провалился "Крымнаш" по-сирийски

For more than a week the General public interested in the details of the defeat of the mercenaries from the private military company “Wagner” in Syria, came under rocket-bombing attack of the United forces of the antiterrorist coalition led by the United States. Continue reading

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Why Syria and the U.S. Clashed for Control East of the Euphrates

Why Syria and the U.S. Clashed for Control East of the Euphrates

The U.S. coalition’s show of force against a pro-government attack in Deir Ezzor last week is not a change in American engagement policy, but a sign that Washington’s interest in Syria will increasingly come under threat.

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SDF fighters in Raqqa look overhead as a coalition jet flies past their position, August 2017. Jake Simkin/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

BEIRUT – After the United States heavily retaliated against pro-Syrian government forces advancing on an American-controlled base, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis repeated the standard justification for U.S. action in the country: “It was self-defense. Obviously, we are not getting engaged in the Syrian civil war.”

The U.S. is already engaged in the war (self-defense is a claim made by those with skin in the game), but what this likely meant is that, according to the Pentagon, Washington is not “looking for a conflict with the regime.” In short, the U.S. show of force in Deir Ezzor province last week did not change Washington’s engagement strategy in Syria: It will defend its interests, no matter who threatens them. Continue reading

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The battle that never happened

Russian casualties at the hands of US forces reveal depth of Putin’s war of choice

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Monday 19 February 2018 9:50 UTC

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The Russian military has just suffered in Syria its biggest loss of life in a single action fought on foreign soil since the Soviet war in Afghanistan. Furthermore, the Russians were killed by US gunners and pilots.

Dozens, and potentially hundreds, of Russian soldiers died when US artillery, Apache helicopters and an AC 130 Spectre gunship decimated a Syrian armoured column heading towards a position controlled by the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Al Tabiyeh in oil-rich Deir Ezzor.

An embarrassed silence descended on a scene of carnage. Neither the Kremlin nor the Pentagon dared to acknowledge the firefight that took place between their forces in eastern Syria on 7 and 8 February. Continue reading

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Families ask Kremlin to admit Russian mercenaries killed in Syria

Up to 200 Russians reportedly working for shadowy military contractor may have been killed in a US airstrikes this month

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Stanislav Matveyev is understood to be among 200 Russians who lost their lives during Syrian airstrikes in the most lethal clash with the US since the cold war. Photograph: RFE/RL

Igor Kosotorov wasn’t a serving member of the Russian army. But relatives of the 45-year-old grocery shop owner believe he is among scores of Russian citizens killed this month in an airstrike by a US-led coalition near Deir al-Zour, an oil-rich territory in eastern Syria. Continue reading

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Don’t Be Fooled: Russia Attacked U.S. Troops in Syria

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Don’t Be Fooled: Russia Attacked U.S. Troops in Syria

Mattis gave Putin “plausible deniability” for a military assault that went badly awry.
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Assad’s saviors.Photographer: Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images

If you’ve been listening just to the Kremlin and the Pentagon, you probably didn’t know that Russia attacked American forces and their allies in Syria last week, suffering heavy casualties.

Yes, all sides admit that there was an incident at a U.S. base in Deir Ezzor. And that elements of the Syrian regime and Shiite militias participated in the assault. The Pentagon and Kremlin both acknowledge that Russian “mercenaries” participated, too. But the line for now is that those contractors had gone rogue, and Moscow didn’t know anything about it.
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Zakharova Downplays Armed Clash with Americans in Syria, Kremlin-linked Audio Recordings Contradict Her Story

Marina Zakharova

Marina Zakharova

Press secretary, Russian Foreign Ministry

“Material about the deaths of dozens and hundreds of Russian citizens – it is classic disinformation. It was not 400, not 200, not 100 and not 10. Preliminary figures indicate that as a result of the armed clash that took place, the causes of which are now being investigated, we can talk about the deaths of five people, presumably citizens of Russia. There are also wounded, but all this needs to be verified – in particular, and first and foremost, [their] citizenship; whether they are citizens of Russia or other countries.”

Likely false

multiple sources suggest the number is much higher

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Marina Zakharova is the only Russian government official who has publicly confirmed that five people, “presumably” Russian citizens, were killed in an armed clash with U.S. forces near Deir el-Zour in Syria.

​Opposition leaders inside Russia, as well as Russian and Western media reports, dispute Zakharova’s comments. Continue reading

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More details emerge from the massive Syrian battle where the US reportedly killed or wounded 300 Russians

More details emerge from the massive Syrian battle where the US reportedly killed or wounded 300 Russians

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From left: Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Russia’s defense minister, Sergei Shoigu.
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  • About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria last week in a battle with the US, three sources told Reuters.
  • The clashes show that Moscow is more deeply involved in Syria militarily than it has said and that it risks being drawn into a direct confrontation with the US in Syria.
  • The Russians were killed during a probing mission in which they wanted to see whether the US would respond to their advance, sources told Reuters. Continue reading
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Russian Mercenaries Take The Lead In Attacks On US And Allied Forces In Syria

Russian Mercenaries Take The Lead In Attacks On US And Allied Forces In Syria

Despite the Kremlin’s denials and the US government downplaying the situation, the two sides appear headed for a serious confrontation.

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American forces in Syria, along with their local partners, have now weathered two separate attacks from troops fighting on behalf of dictator Bashar Al Assad, one of which almost certainly involved some number of Russian military personnel or contractors from a company called Wagner. Though the United States soundly defeated its opponents in both cases, the incidents could be another sign of increasingly worrisome tensions with Russia in Syria as the situation in the country careens toward a larger regional conflagration. Continue reading

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Deniability and De-Escalation: Russia’s Use of Military Contractors in Proxy Wars

Deniability and De-Escalation: Russia’s Use of Military Contractors in Proxy Wars

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Bottom Line: Russia’s use of private military contractors in Syria lends the Kremlin deniability that becomes problematic when the U.S. tries to calculate how to retaliate against incursions again U.S. and coalition troops by the Assad regime. The problem reared its head earlier this month when the of U.S. conducted retaliatory strikes that, according to anonymous sources that spoke to Bloomberg,  reportedly killed some 200 Russian contractors near eastern Dier el-Zour province in what could amount to the most lethal clash between U.S. and Russian citizens since the Cold War. The strikes were in response to Syrian government forces – thought to have been embedded with Russia contractors – attacking U.S.-backed rebels that were accompanied by U.S. advisors. Continue reading

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U.S. Intelligence Crisis Poses a Threat to the World (Part 1)

U.S. Intelligence Crisis Poses a Threat to the World (Part 1)

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Privatized and politicized intelligence is undermining the mission of providing unbiased information to both high-level decision makers and the American public, explains George Eliason in this first of a three-part series. (Part two of this series is available here. Part three is here.) Continue reading

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