Now it is Putin’s “Mission Accomplished” moment in the Middle East.
Who can say what Putin’s long term objectives are, but regardless, he has won this round.
His decision to bring Russian troops into Syria has weakened ISIS, secured Assad’s regime (for now) and put American aggression into check.
Perhaps the ceasefire in Syria means that WWIII has also been averted, or at least delayed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu to start the withdrawal of forces from Syria starting Tuesday. Russia will however keep a military presence at the port of Tartus and at the Khmeimim airbase to observe ceasefire agreements.
“I consider the objectives that have been set for the Defense Ministry to be generally accomplished. That is why I order to start withdrawal of the main part of our military group from the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic starting from tomorrow,” Putin said on Monday during a meeting with Shoigu and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
“In a short period of time Russia has created a small but very effective military group [in Syria]… the effective work of our military allowed the peace process to begin,” Putin said, adding that with the assistance of the Russian Air Force “Syrian government troops and patriotic forces have changed the situation in the fight with international terrorism and have ceased the initiative.”
The global chess game is hardly over, but President Putin managed to time his moves with the precision of a master. For all its heightened rhetoric, the other side blinked on the supposed “red line” in Syria.
After Vladimir Putin spent considerable effort politely calling out the hoax behind the ISIS crisis in Iraq and Syria – which has been covertly supported by the U.S. and 40 other countries, many of whom belong to NATO – the White House eventually seemed reticent to even go on pretending that it has a case against Assad, or a moral position in the rise of ISIS.
Seemingly, the entire broiling situation has been defused… for the moment anyway.
Erdogan, not Putin, has been caught engaging in a charade, pretending to fight against ISIS while in actuality funding and fueling their rise in the Middle East. It was Turkey who lost all legitimacy as a result of shooting down Russian planes, not the other way around.
The double game was revealed, and Assad is clearly relieved at the “save” on Putin’s part. For Assad, it can’t take much imagination to watch Saddam Hussein and Gaddafi go down, and know that they had plans for him next.
[During a] phone conversation between Vladimir Putin and Syria’s President Bashar Assad … [t]he two leaders agreed that the actions of Russia’s Air Force in Syria have allowed them to “profoundly reverse the situation” in connection to fighting terrorists in the region, having “disorganized militants’ infrastructure and inflicted fundamental damage upon them.”
Moscow launched its anti-terror campaign in Syria on September 30 last year. Russia’s participation in the operation, according to a previous statement by Putin, has its basis in international law and has been conducted “in accordance with an official request from the president of the Syrian Arab Republic [Bashar Assad].”
The Russian Air Force has been carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and other terrorist targets in the region, eliminating military equipment, communication centers, vehicles, arms and fuel depots.
As many recall, Putin’s war on terrorism quickly made a mockery out of Obama and Bush’s War on Terror, which has raged on for 15 years only to face setbacks and blowback that has created many fold more terrorists than the region started with.
As RT reported, Putin’s air forces have essentially liberated Syria from terrorist domination, destroyed ISIS petroleum routes to Turkey and ousted them from 400 populated areas… while the U.S. hyped up the threat of ISIS but did little to nothing to stop them:
“Backed by our aviation, Syrian forces have freed 400 populated areas and over 10,000 square kilometers [3,860 square miles] of territories,” Shoigu said during a Kremlin meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Monday.
Terrorists have been forced out from Latakia and Aleppo, and Palmyra has been “blocked,” the military official reported to Putin, saying that military actions to free the UNESCO heritage site from militants continue. Hama and Homs Provinces in central Syria have been largely mopped up, and Kuweires airbase that had been besieged by terrorists for over three years was retaken.
Saying that Russia’s Air Force in Syria has conducted more than 9,000 sorties starting from September 30, 2015 […] “As a result of airstrikes, terrorists’ resources’ provision has been largely cut,” Shoigu told Putin, saying that petroleum trade routes with Turkey, as well as main routes of weapons provisions to terrorists have been blocked.
Nevertheless, the world is hardly peaceful, and with so much angst over the sour deal with Iran and the rise of Trump-lican politics, people would be best to stay on watch for nasty tricks and devilish surprises.
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Same shit, new day…
Putin just sent his troops there to test their new weapons that they have been developing this past decade and work the bugs out.
It’s ok if you have absolutely zero to contribute to this discussion, so long as you’re the first to respond.
Putin is playing this very well IMO. And it only took him less than 6 months to eradicate the US-born terrorists. The US would have taken 6 years.
I hope Mr. Putin does not want war. I think we would fair poorly against Russia in an open altercation.
Great insight BH. I would also like to add that Putin also achieved the objective of stopping Turkey from importing stolen oil from ISIS which was being harvested illegally in N Syria and Iraq. The free fall in oil prices dropping down to around $27 per barrel stopped almost immediately after he bombed the caravans of trucks heading to Erdogan’s son’s oil company–now it has actually even bounced back up a bit..
Let’s see, A) Kept Assad in power of his democratically elected govt–check B) Stopped the free fall in oil prices–check C) Decimated the American funded and armed ISIS/Nusra terrorists–check. And did it in less than 6 months….
The long term goal of Putin in Syria is to 1) keep the port; 2) keep the airbase to protect the port; 3) keep Assad in power as the legitimate ruler to maintain 1 & 2.
WWIII has been delayed. 🙂
Any war ends in a full scale nuke war.
Any full scale nuke war where it looks like you’re “losing”… you pop a few dozen ground bursts about a mile or two out from any / all of a target country’s nuclear power plants. Just far enough away to cut the power and blow the containment housings without actually vaporizing the thing.
NOBODY wants a war what are you nuts???
So does this mean our gov will start sending more terrorist here to the mainland since they have been funded by our gov. I’m sure they wouldn’t want to eliminate the fear and terror they try to bring everyone
I think he blinked
Russia’s broke. They can’t afford it
I would have no problem sending the trolls to Syria.
Nope. No blinking. Things are going to get hot in Ukraine. Spring offensive.
Won’t happen. Ukraine is on the simmer for a few years yet. There are good reasons why WW3 is not imminent, mostly to do with Russia and China not having their conventional forces modernised. They are 3-8 years away from that.
The Russian Air Force is two years away from parity with NATO in Europe with 200 new fighters a year, maybe three if there are no snags or bottlenecks.
In that time frame, the American AF will deploy laser cannons on their jets and/or other smart ammo to neutralize them.
Eventually, Russia must use tactical nukes to beat NATO, or just allow Merkel to destroy Europe all by herself. Putin is gonna sit back and butter the popcorn while Europe implodes.
So much for a George Soros “OPEN SOCIETY”. 🙁
“The global chess game is hardly over, but President Putin managed to time his moves with the precision of a master. For all its heightened rhetoric, the other side blinked on the supposed “red line” in Syria.”
yup, and the result is pigeon crap all over the board….and i’m SURE we will see obey-me come on the boobtube to strut around telling U.S. that he has won this chess match.
Ukraine and Syria are about pipelines to cut the Russian sale of natural gas to Europe. So was Kosovo. Not terrorism. Not democracy. Not freedom. Money. Big money.
100% correct. Your very observant. Too bad that is a trait in too small of a percentage of the population. I figure it breaks down like this.
Those that have a true conceptual understanding of what is really going on in the world is about 5%.
Those that are like the above but have gaps in knowledge that compromises their analysis but are pretty much correct is about 10%.
Those that can find the places in the news on the map, know some of the alliances but pretty much buy the official line is about 35%.
Those that just get soundbites from the MSM and buy into it 100% and couldn’t find Syria on a map if labeled and furthermore don’t care about anything but their tiny little world are about 50%. Using my best ebonics that a acquired from HS, “They be trifling”.
Am I wrong to see Putin as a thorn in the side of the globalist ?
I think that is an astute observation but still just a part–the grand plan is globalism. The overthrow of the Ukraine is to bring NATO and the globalists one more piece closer to pushing Russia in compliance.
Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria–all had one thing in common. Strongmen who maintained a form of independent sovereignty apart from the globalist paradigm. The Sunni nations of “the Kingdoms” are all in concert as a representative faction in the globalist scheme–this is why, although Saudi Arabia is the largest terror sponsor, they remain our allies ( that and the intertwining of the petro-dollar.)
Curse money all you want but see what happens to our standard of living if we start losing it hand over fist.
You’ll be begging for martial law at that point.
He did NOT blink! Something else happened that we are not
aware of. My opinion is that the US went to him and asked for a deal before our Saudi friends and their coalition of other nuclear powers started WWIII. We had better hope
that the others lie down. Putin made his point and pounded
the dog snot out of the “moderate terrorist” we supported. I think he convinced us that there are far more important things to attend to that pose a threat to western civilization other than a ruthless dictator.
I pray that the Turks will keep cooler heads. I think
we averted WWIII for the time being.
The powers that be don’t mind war and death, but they Hate unpredictable loose cannons. That’s what Turkey and Saudi Arabia have become. The decision may have been made for Regime Change and Partition of those two vile countries.
Be very watchful the WORLD GAMES are about to begin!!! Nothing more than bring his forces back home to be deployed elsewhere were needed. Soon friends very soon.
If Turkey proceeds with a ground invasion and is supported by the Saudi air support….makes sense to pull your troops back…wait…see if it materializes…then the nuke option threat suddenly has teeth.
I thought this also–could be a genius, strategic move. Pull back and dare the Saudis and Turks to advance with a ground force–then Russia can blow the shit out of them with heavy hitting weapons and not have to worry about collateral damage of their own forces.
In fact, this is exactly as I would do in a strategy “game.” Ever played RISK or Axis and Allies? You make forays into neighboring countries to weaken and alarm– the opponent slowly builds forces once you vacate and then you charge back in and decimate his long efforts at creating a secure defensive line. Ultimately you have hampered their resources, manpower, and morale….Russia’s part in this is far from over.
I have to agree. Putin is very clear-thinking and about to put troops in danger. Knowing there is more to come he’s not going to keep a large amount of troops there. This is just another ‘move’ within the ‘entirety of boards’ holding games globally. Money and races are the stakes …toss in The USA (it won’t take a WW-III to ‘do’ us, and everything still stands against us).
I fail to understand how (exactly) this postpones, or even slows down a World War.
Again, I believe it is just Putin ‘maneuvering’ and nothing more. But what do I know since ‘no man knoweth’?
sorry,….meant 2 say “…NOT about to put troops in danger.”
Yes my theory is the same as your’s and it’s time that Turkey was given a kicking for giving ISIS sarin gass back in 2013 and then trying to blame a small attack on preident Assad.
Syria has attacked no one so using mini nukes to repeal an ilegal invasion seems quite fair to me and the USA can shut it’s gob because they keep telling us how right it was to use nukes on Japan who is not under US occupation.
What will the Turks and Saudi Arabia use as an excuse to invade now? They want Assad overthrown so that they can put a pipeline in. The pipeline will supply oil to Europe which Russia currently does. The U.S. also wants this so that Russia does not have so much power over Europe. I agree with the assessment that if they invade it will allow Russia to bomb the crap out of them. They cannot hold up against that.
It also gives the Russians a totally different look on the world stage. If they invade then Russia can say it is about Assad and bomb them for invading a sovereign country and ally. If this happens the U.S. will be forced to come to the aid of the Saudi’s and Turks. They will say it is because they are our allies.
The real reason is much more likely to be exposed now to the world. It would be a move to save the petro dollar.
Imagine how the U.S., Turkey, and Saudi Arabia would look if they tried that move now.
I believe Russia did pull a surprise move on our glorious dictator. Now ISIS has been hurt badly in Syria. Assad has a much stronger hold on the country. Russia defeated or weakened the so called terrorist organization we trained and supplied. Now what does our stupid president try next. His plans of Syria falling and getting Saudi Arabia a pipeline have been ruined for now. I bet the Saudi’s are furious. I wonder if this will speed up the demise of the petro dollar.
If the Saudis who have us by the balls, pull the plug then the petro dollar disappears overnight.
I bet the royal family is furious at this time. Very interesting development.
Just another move in a chess game where Obama was outplayed.
A warning to all. It appears if a crisis has been diverted. All it may have done is postponed WW3 and caused a different crisis. The Petro Dollar gone overnight.
Just remember boys. We can do the carrot… or we can do the stick.
How about we sell your Saudi asses “protection”… from US?
I’m just saying.
Spice must flow mother****er. Decimate our economy and see what happens to y’all.
No msm info on the russian generals killed in Syria, nothing really on the Russian pull out either! Russia does have a history of a false retreat. Not uncommon looking as in karate: a ploy used to draw the opponent in.
6 hrs till the report on msm. Still nothing on the generals!
Nels, I first saw that report on those Russian generals at jpost.com and never found it anywhere else. What site did you find it at?
And ze werld ees seif for comrade Lennin.
For about the next… 15 and a half minutes. Because terrorists don’t have cars (sarc).
Putin is in for a surprise. Ruskies will be back.
Or perhaps, Russia accomplished their objectives, gave Assad a fighting chance and pulled back?
Crazy thought I know, probably not near as plausible as a set up for WW3 and the like.
The real joke is Obomba went on about Putin being in a “quagmire,” while the longest quagmire in history is the US in Afghanistan ;’)
Does this mean Ann Margaret’s not coming?