Washington is concerned about the Syrian government’s “expansion” inside… Syria. The United States has threatened “firm and appropriate measures” against Syrian government forces, if they take back a part of their own territory


28 May, 2018

““As a guarantor of this de-escalation area with Russia and Jordan, the United States will take firm and appropriate measures in response to Assad regime violations,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement late on Friday.

A war monitor, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported on Wednesday that Syrian government forces fresh from their victory this week against an Islamic State pocket in south Damascus were moving into the southern province of Deraa.

Syrian state-run media have reported that government aircraft have dropped leaflets on rebel-held areas in Deraa urging fighters to disarm.

The U.S. warning comes weeks after a similar attack on a de-escalation zone in northeastern Syria held by U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. U.S. ground and air forces repelled the more than four-hour attack, killing perhaps as many as 300 pro-Assad militia members, many of them Russian mercenaries.

Backed by Russian warplanes, ground forces from Iran and allied militia, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah, have helped Assad drive rebels from Syria’s biggest cities, putting him in an unassailable military position.”

The position is so unassailable that the SAA is releasing from service soldiers who have served from 2010.  Now, that is confidence.

As we have written here, the SAA is preparing to liberate yet more SYRIAN territory, territory in the SW of the country.  This makes the Israelis nervous and so they have caused their  American puppets to warn Syria against eliminating jihadi and FSA held pockets near the Jordanian border and the Israeli occupied Golan Heights.

Is this for real?  Are Pompeo Maximus and Mattis, the Marine Monk, really going to commit US forces to battle against a sovereign state that is attempting to regain control of its own land?  Really?

There are scattered reports that US air has recently attacked SAA forces out in eastern Homs Province.  That does not seem “confirmed” to me, but perhaps it is true and the decision to fight Syrian forces has already been made.

Source: https://russia-insider.com/en/us-warns-syria-not-retake-its-own-territory/ri23576


4 Russian Soldiers Killed in Huge Firefight With ISIS

RI Staff 28 May, 2018

Under cover of the night ISIS remnants in the eastern Syrian desert staged a hit-and-run attack on a Syrian-Russian artillery battery on May 23rd. In the attack two Russian military advisors controlling the Syrian fire were killed and another five wounded. Two of the wounded later succumbed to their injuries. Also about a dozen Syrian soldiers and militiamen were killed and, according to the Russian military, 43 ISIS fighters.

Kommersant, machine translated:

During the attack of militants in the Syrian province of Deir ez Zor, two Russian military advisers were killed, two more died in the hospital, the Russian Defense Ministry said. “In the dark, the artillery battery of the Syrian government troops was attacked by several mobile groups of terrorists. Two Russian military advisers, who controlled the fire of the Syrian battery, died on the spot. Another five Russian servicemen were injured and were promptly taken to the Russian military hospital, “the ministry said.

What is known about the dead in Syria, the Russian militaryAccording to the Ministry of Defense, the fight with the terrorists lasted about an hour, during which 43 militants and 6 high-cross-country vehicles with large-caliber weapons were destroyed.