Saturday, June 4, 2016

SAA and Loyalists Race NATO backed Kurds to take Tabqa dam

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Syrian regime fighters have advanced into the Islamic State group-held Raqqa province after a series of victories against the jihadi force.
Troops and militias loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad have won a rare victory for regime forces against IS, after suffering setbacks in Homs province in recent weeks.
Russian air raids - which appear to be in coordination with the US - pounded IS positions allowing regime fighters to advance.
 "Regime troops backed by Russian air strikes and Russian-trained militia entered Raqqa province on Saturday morning," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
I do not see Russian airstrikes aiding SAA and their supporting militias as cooperative with the US. 
 Advances have also been made towards the Tabqa Dam, which lies around 25 miles upstream from Raqqa city.
Gee, how many times has the Tabqa Dam been mentioned here?
It appears that the regime and US-backed forces both have this in their sights, which IS won from Damascus in 2014, leading to the mass killing of government soldiers.
 Meanwhile US-led coalition war planes are continuing to target IS forces in Iraq and Syria, aiding an Iraqi army offensive in Fallujah.

The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman has begun launching airstrikes against the Islamic State group from the Mediterranean Sea.

This means that the US Navy can now target its Middle East adverseries from two fronts - from the Mediterranean and more routinely from carriers in the Persian Gulf.


Here are additional links regarding the moves by  both the NATO backed Kurdish militias: PKK/YPG/PUK ( whom I consider to be terrorists against Syria, Iraq and Turkey) and SAA and their loyalist militias both moving on Raqua in a race for the dam.

DW

Backed by Russian air-power, the Syrian troops are now 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the provincial capital, the city of Raqqa, and closing in on Tabqa, which is home to the country's largest dam.
 Raqqa lies just 30 miles downstream from the dam. Liberating the city from IS control is also one of the goals of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Force, or SDF. The SDF's other main goal is to seal off the Syrian border with Turkey in order to prevent militants, supplies and food from reaching IS.

The National

3 comments:

  1. Bunch of MonkeysJune 5, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    "I do not see Russian airstrikes aiding SAA and their supporting militias as cooperative with the US."

    But what this will do is bring the SAA, and most importantly RUSSIA, into close proximity (for eventual conflict) with NATO on behalf of the Kurds.

    That would provide for yet another potential zone of combat for NATO/Russia in addition to Ukraine/Crimea and the Baltic states into which several thousand NATO forces are imminently being dispatched.

    http://www.newsweek.com/nato-deploy-four-battalions-poland-and-baltics-465232

    The border of Estonia to St Petersburg (second largest Russian city) is only 100 miles so Russian security would be severely compromised by such deployments not that there is anything going on over there to worry about...

    "NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said earlier four combat battalions will be deployed in Poland and three former Soviet Baltic republic of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania."

    "From June 3 to June 19 NATO holds BALTOPS 16 exercise involving fifteen member-states of the pact, as well as Finland and Sweden. The war games will the manpower of 6,100 men."

    "Almost simultaneously, the Saber Strike 16 war games began in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia on May 27. They involve thirteen countries all in all and will continue through to June 22."

    http://novorossia.today/russia-to-respond-to-nato-s-activity-in-poland-baltic-region-diplomat/

    June 22nd could be a SHTF date to keep an eye on.

    To make matters worse a UNCLOS ruling on the South China Sea is due out this month as well. The ruling is fully expected to go against China (who Russia and India support btw..) and result in increasing militarization and conflict.

    http://sputniknews.com/politics/20160504/1039075173/us-china-russia-south-china-sea.html

    "With no resolution in sight, both sides are ramping up their military capabilities in the massive body of water, potentially including nuclear weaponry and anti-ballistic missiles."

    "This has become a military contest between China and the U.S.," said Jennifer Harris, former member of the policy planning staff at the U.S. Department of State and a foreign relations expert.

    http://www.cnbc.com/2016/06/03/its-china-vs-the-us-at-sea--and-for-beijing-its-personal.html

    Anyway it's not like staged global nuclear war or anything is going to break out while a simultaneous engineered collapse of the global financial/economic system occurs. Nope... that would be sheer speculation...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg6H0h0yWHI
    (Former CIA Director Michael Morell says 70% chance of war with China)

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    1. thanks bunch of monkeys!
      I'll get reading :)

      why not 'barrel of monkeys'?

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    2. Bunch of MonkeysJune 6, 2016 at 3:17 PM

      Because the inescapable truth is that deep down we are ALL just a bunch of monkeys.

      Them, us, you, me.

      Plus it brings me pleasure to know that I ever spoil any of their homicidal plans along their path to global domination...

      They have to say "Bunch of Monkeys" ;)

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