Syraq SITREP 15: Russian Flags Fluttering in the Syraqi Border Breeze?

On May 18 U.S. jets attacked a convoy of Syrian military National Defense Forces and Shi’a Hezbollah/Iraqi allies west of the al-Tanf border crossing, which has been seized by American and British special forces. The air strike killed six pro-Syrian government combatants, and was claimed by the Americans to have targeted Iranian backed Shi’a militia rather than the Syrian Arab Army. However, the next time U.S. jets based in Jordan try to bomb Syrian forces in the area, they may spot the distinct profile of Sukhoi 30s on the horizon or hear the growl warning of Pantsir SAM radars in their headsets…

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With China’s Belt and Road conference, few noticed the AIIB added another 7 nations to its coalition

The Belt and Road Forum had both Russia’s President Vladimir Putin meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping on the progress of the Silk Road project, and on other programs the two leaders of the BRICS coalition have underway. And while the U.S. chose to send only a token representative to this historic conference, an interesting thing occurred outside of the Forum that signals the continuing global movement away from U.S. hegemony.

And that event was the acceptance of seven more countries into the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB), which brings the total now to 77 nations signed up for China’s version of the IMF.

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While Trump Visits Saudi Arabia, Houthis Continue Attacks on Saudi Forces

On Sunday President Donald J. Trump gave a historic speech in front of his Saudi and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) hosts, declaring that the U.S. was not against Islam nor seeking to impose the American values on other nations, while calling on Muslims to unite against the scourge of terrorism. While the legacy media focused on Trump, first lady Melania’s demure non-form fitting black pantsuit or lack of a headscarve, or the massive arms and infrastructure deals announced with the pomp and ceremony of a bigly visit to Riyadh, numerous issues lurked behind the scenes. Including questions of persistent low oil prices drastically curtailing the Saudis ambitions to reinvent their country’s hydrocarbon based economy and the obsession with rival Iran fueling a military quagmire in Yemen.

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Tuning Up the Silk Road

During the weekend of May 14-16, 2017, world leaders who have set their sights on a brilliant multi-polar future gathered in Beijing. Once again, Xi and Putin have transparently told us exactly what they are planning to do. And, once again, I will be spending the next week answering the same old question from my neighbors: a road made out of silk? (Sigh.) Read Putin’s and Xi’s own words here.

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Belt and Road Forum Impact—A ‘Wonderful Change in History’

A guest post from our good friend Harley Schalnger, a release from the Executive Intelligence Review.

Monday concluded the “Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation” in Beijing, after two days of deliberation, with representation from 130 nations, in a process which the host, Pres. Xi Jinping, described as working together, for a “shared future of mankind.” A joint communique was issued this afternoon, after the Leaders Roundtable of the Belt and Road Forum, in which 29 heads of state participated. Pres. Xi gave a press conference afterward, as did Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin, the guest of honor. Xi announced that the second international forum will be in 2019 in China.

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Questions Surrounding US-led Coalition Airstrike On Assad’s Forces in Syria

This is a guest post from our good friend Sophie Mangal from Inside Syria Media Center.

On May 18, the moving convoy of the Syrian pro-government forces consisted of militias was hit by a massive airstrike of the U.S.-led international coalition. The accident occurred at the Syrian-Jordanian border near the settlement of At-Tanfa.

As reported by the official representative of the U.S. Central command Josh Jakes, the Pentagon did not have any information about the number of casualties as a result of the airstrike.

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Washington Post’s #TrumpRussia Hysteria, as Seth Rich-Wikileaks Connection Confirmed

Just when the Russia Analyst thought we could turn to writing about Vladimir Putin’s piano playing at the One Belt One Road summit in China, along comes more manufactured #TrumpRussia ns! hysteria, courtesy of CIA’s old/new favorite mouthpiece, the Jeff Bezos blog known as The Washington Post.

Conveniently enough for the Democratic wing of the dirty deep state, this #fakenews story coincided with a report that would’ve been buried, were it not for a Trump ally and suspected informal counselor in the guise of the Internet’s headlines aggregator in chief Matt Drudge: confirmation from a private investigator and former DCPD detective hired by Seth Rich’s family, that the DNC staffer was in touch with Wikileaks before he was murdered.

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Computer held hostage by WannaCry

Was WannaCry Worth It?

Don’t you just hate it when the NSA keeps things to themselves? And then somebody finds out about it and turns that secret into an ugly prank? Who’s to blame: the hackers, the government, Microsoft, or hapless computer users who just didn’t feel motivated to plod through those annoying software updates? Read on to find out how the WannaCry brush fire got extinguished last weekend accidentally.

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The X Files of Turkey & US: The Conflict Is Out There

This is a guest post from our good friend Sophie Mangal from Inside Syria Media Center.

According to Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on May 12, 2017, that the U.S. support of the Syrian Kurds harms the strategic relations between the two countries. He explained his position on the issue by the fact that such terrorist organization as the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) is extremely dangerous for Turkey.

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