The headline from ABC News over the weekend said it all: "US Asks Russia to Not Hit Nusra Front in Syria, Moscow Says". Even with the caveat 'Moscow says', the absurdity of the United States government claiming to be waging a forever 'war on terror' against Al-Qaeda the organization that supposedly masterminded the 9/11 terrorist attacks while insisting that Russia not bomb AQ's franchise in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, is now evident to the entire sentient world. So too, is the fundamentally fraudulent nature of the 'war on terror', which will enter its fifteenth year this September 11th and which features young men who were toddlers when the World Trade Center towers were hit enlisting in the Marines or the U.S. Army to potentially fight in Afghanistan or 'Syraq'.
Washington to Moscow: Pleeeeease Don't Bomb Our Al-Qaeda Boys in Syria
As the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity's Daniel McAdams writes:
Hosting Terrorist Spokesmen: Washington's Soft Spot for Ahrar-al-Sham
The Russians are unlikely to heed the State Department's pleas not to bomb Jabhat al-Nusra lest Moscow's ordinance kill and destroy other terror groups that have allied with JaN on the Syrian battlefield including Ahrar-al-Sham. RogueMoney readers recall that two weeks ago McClatchy reported, and we commented on, the visit by a spokesman for the Qatari-funded terror group to Washington D.C. Speaking on the Alex Jones show, veteran independent investigative journalist and former Navy/NSA analyst Wayne Madsen highlighted the visit as an example of Washington's hypocrisy and tacit if not stated support for jihadist terrorism.
According to Madsen, the U.S. State Department and Homeland Security wouldn't admit Muslim British musician Cat Stevens to the U.S. after 9/11, but Labib al Nahhas, a spokesman for a terror group that fights shoulder to shoulder with Al-Qaeda and provides them materiel support under any definition of the USA Patriot Act, was hosted in November by Washington by Turkish/GCC funded think tanks. Though neither we nor McClatchy have confirmed the precise think tanks Mr. Nahhas spoke to last year, we strongly suspect these included the the (Turkey/GCC funded) Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the pro-NATO Atlantic Council, and possibly the fanatically pro-Sunni sectarian Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
According to the al-Monitor newspaper, Moscow's patience with the ceasefire that the Turkish and Saudi backed terrorists have used to re-arm and re-organize for offensives is exhausted. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in particular has had enough of his counterpart, Secretary of State John F. Kerry, using the co-mingling excuse for why the Russians shouldn't bomb Al-Qaeda in Syria. A fact which interestingly enough, was also admitted by State Department spokesman John Kirby and Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren, especially when the latter said in late April that Jabhat-al-Nusra made up the majority of the rebel fighters in the part of Aleppo that pro-Assad forces don't control.
Caught Red-Handed: The UN Report That Revealed Extensive Israeli Military Cross Border Fire Support for Jabhat-al-Nusra aka Al-Qaeda Terrorists Fighting the SAA
Meanwhile, as cabinet members for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (or as the Guerrilla affectionately refers to him as, 'Nuts & Yahoo') resign one after another, the scandal of Israeli support for Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate is widening. The remarks by now resigned Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon made in recent months that he would rather have Daesh on Israel's border than Iranian troops only served to highlight 'old news' about direct assistance Israeli forces have rendered to IS' spiritual blood brothers in JaN. Not surprisingly as the battle for Aleppo heats up between JaN and Russian/Iranian backed Syrian loyalists, University of Oklahoma academic Joshua Landis tweeted out this 'oldie but goodie' from 2015:
What neocons and Israel-firsters had dismissed as a conspiracy theory or merely medical aid for injured Nusra fighters provided for humanitarian reasons was in fact IDF/IAF aid to Osama bin Laden's avowed heirs in Syria:
Not only does this example and the 'better ISIS than Iranians' statement of Mr. Ya'alon undermine the Jewish State's longstanding arguments that its a loyal and reliable U.S. ally in the 'war on terror', but it also proves when it comes to violating international law and borders (especially those of Syria and Lebanon) Israel takes the cake. The United States after all has spent the last two years accusing Russia of doing in Ukraine precisely what the Israelis have done in Syria, firing across the border at loyalist units and sending masses of weapons and fighters across the frontier. Meanwhile, the Obama Administration has supported its petro-dollar ally Saudi Arabia with intelligence, tanker refueling and a seemingly inexhaustible flow of arms to facilitate Riyadh's brutal aggression against the poorest country in the Arab world, Yemen.
Who in Washington Doesn't Want Daesh and Al-Nusra to Be Defeated Too Soon?
Turkey of course has repeatedly committed acts of proxy war aggression and direct artillery fire against the SAA in northern Syria, to little condemnation from the so-called 'international community' led by the U.S., even after the Turks ambushed a Russian jet flying inside Syrian air space that may have only veered into Turkey for seconds. Despite the recent anniversary of the MV Mavi Marmara incident, in which activists sponsored by the Muslim Brotherhood aligned Turkish government attacked Israeli naval commandos raiding the vessel off the coast of Gaza in 2010, Jerusalem's relations with Ankara appear to be on the upswing.
Having failed to topple Assad through five years of hybrid war, Tel Aviv is now turning to the idea of pumping natural gas from its offshore Leviathian field to Europe along the Mediterranean coast via Turkey, bypassing the Russian-held portion of Syrian Latakia. Such plans along with doubling down on support for Nusra to keep the SAA, the Russians and Iranians bogged down in a forever war may continue indefinitely -- unless the anti-Netanyahu faction in Israel that includes former Mossad chief Meir Degan can muster enough votes in the Knesset to oust Bibi. Or at least slow down his pro-Sunni jihadist, support any terrorist SOB (including covertly, Daesh) against Iran policy. Which happens to be counterproductive to Israel's aspirations to participate in the New Silk Road and maintain cordial ties with Moscow.
For now what's clear is that Jabhat-al-Nusra is attempting an offensive in Aleppo, which just happens to be drawing precious manpower away from the SAA's Russian-aided march on Raqqa province -- the heart of the so-called Daesh Caliphate in Syria. While last week we wrote optimistically that what Bix Weir and the Guerrilla call 'the good guys' might be prevailing inside the Pentagon over the neocon Saudi-firsters and phoney-war on Daesh wagers in the White House, we may have written that part a tad too soon. We balanced our assessment that Daesh was in serious trouble and facing the prospect of being cut-off from its vital Turkish supply lines via the SDF/YPG Kurd advance on Manbij with Pepe "Empire of Chaos" Escobar's skepticism that the U.S. JSOC offensive represents anything more than a PR move to help Hillary pretend Obama has been 'tough on ISIS'.
Nonetheless, it would be hard for U.S. Special Special Forces now embedded with the YPG Kurds to merely play patty cake with the Daeshbags and retain the respect of their Kurdish comrades in arms. Later or we think sooner, the charade of bombing empty desert and barely hitting ISIS at all has to end, if only because the Russians via the SAA are making their move for Raqqa.
Russia's Patience With Washington's Foot Dragging and Efforts to Exhaust it in Syria is Finished: Multiple Reports Indicate Moscow is Sending More Troops/Jets to the Fight
According to the same Al-Monitor newspaper, Moscow is still in constant contact with Washington about Syria but has grown tired of being humored. If Washington won't do anything to have Turkey and Saudi Arabia reign in Nusra which is terrorizing civilians in the government-held portion of Aleppo, killing scores and wounding hundreds in the last two weeks with artillery and gas canister bomb rockets, then Moscow will take the gloves (and the cluster munitions) off.
So far there are indications that TU-142 long range 'Bear' bombers, Tupolev electronic surveillance aircraft, and TU-22 'Backfires' are returning to the skies over Syria. The RuAF contigent of SU-34s is also pummeling the jihadists in the south Aleppo countryside, particularly at night. Finally, the Russians are providing air support for a risky gambit, involving the Syrian Arab Army making an armored 'thunder run' push toward Raqqa. An offensive on this narrow of an axis is a gamble, because Daesh is certain to attack the highway and supply lines to the advancing SAA troops rather than directly confront their armored spearhead led by ATGM-resistant T-90 MBTs.
According to the pro-Assad al-Masdar News as well as the anti-Assad Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (one guy living in Coventry, UK who hasn't been to Syria in many years cited by Reuters and other MSM), the SAA's Desert Hawks brigade is inside Raqqa province, headed for a key air base southwest of Raqqa. Naturally, such an advance would not be possible by the short-handed SAA without serious Russian air support provided by Moscow's forward air controllers embedded with the Desert Hawks, just as the YPG would not be marching on Manjib without American Green Berets and F/18s from the USS Harry S. Truman dropping bombs.
Nonetheless, if the SAA can secure the strategic al-Taqba air base and more importantly, defend it against Daesh rocket fire and counterattacks on the logistical chain to the base, then Russia's Mi-24 'Alligator' gunships will soon be appearing in the skies near the Caliphate's capital. Which together with the fall of Fallujah to Iranian-aided Iraqi troops and the lifting of the siege at Deirezzor, will seal of the doom of the Islamic State s in Syraq. This is the logic of Moscow's sudden pivot towards ISIS country even as its Iranian ally and the SAA's elite Tiger Forces counterattack against the Nusra onslaught on Aleppo this week. Even so, as we wrote last week, Damascus' war on Al-Nusra and the other Saudi and Turkish backed terrorists will grind on into autumn and winter.
The stark reality though for Washington and its 'allies' in the Mideast is that the rapid advance by combined Russian/SAA forces into Daesh' heartland is yet another major fail for the Empire of Chaos. For who could believe that the world's most powerful military couldn't defeat the dread jihadi pirates of Daesh, whereas those evil Ukraine-occupying and hopelessly backward Rooskies could? Thus along with the 'Russia doesn't fight ISIS but only pretends to' Narrative that died alongside the Daeshbag defenders of Palmyra, yet another series of lies told by Exceptionalistan's idiotic spokesmen and neocon 'journo' hacks is about to die a horrible death.