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This is BREAKING NEWS:
The Russian Air Force has begun bombing "militants" in Al-Tanf, Syria. The bombings are taking place around the perimeter of the US Military facility in Al-Tanf. So far, the base itself has not been targeted, but anything moving OUTSIDE the base is being eradicated.
This is a massive escalation.
When Russia first agreed to send military forces into Syria, so as to assist the lawful government in ridding the country of (US-backed) militants and "Rebels" the US made clear that we have a facility in Al-Tanf. America told Russia we were using that base to fight ISIS and other Terrorists, and that our base had to be left alone. Russia agreed.
Later, it became painfully clear that the US had lied. The base was not for "fighting ISIS and Terrorists" it was __actually_ a training and supply depot for the very Rebels fighting to overthrow the Syrian government!
The base had been left alone by Russia because there was plenty more to be done elsewhere in Syria.
Today, there are only two places inside Syria with Terrorists/Rebels: Idlib, and Al-Tanf.
For weeks, this web site and others have been tracking the build-up of forces around Idlib, and reporting that a massive offensive was going to be launched there against the remaining Terrorists from ISIS, Al-Qaida, Al-Nusra and its offspring, HTS.
But Russian and Syrian plans for that offensive have met worldwide resistance because there is a civilian population of about 2.3 Million in Idlib. The world feared that an all-out assault against the Terrorists and Rebels there, would cause a humanitarian crisis of unimaginable proportion, so the offensive was delayed, sporadically undertaken, then delayed again.
TODAY, without warning, Russia began attacking Rebels in Al-Tanf outside the direct perimeter of the US base there. Dozens are already dead and many more are being attacked right now.
US Forces in Al-Tanf are literally trapped.
As long as they remain in their base, Russia says they will be safe. But anything outside the base is now under attack.
It is not yet clear what, if anything, the US intends to do about this ongoing offensive. If the US goes after Russian planes -- adn they might -- it would mean direct military conflict between the US and Russia, immediately.
This is a completely unexpected, MAJOR escalation of the troubles inside Syria.
I am getting reports now about the ongoing attacks and will update this story below . . . .
The U.S. and its "Coalition Partners" wondered what was "up" when, 48 hours ago, 60 Russian Fighter planes arrived in Syria. Now, apparently, they know.
Russia sent 60 Sukhoi S-35 and MiG-35 planes to Syria carrying very dangerous destructive missiles at its military base in Hmeimim. At the same time, Iran announced that if requested, it would attack the US Army in the province of Hasaka along with the Syrian army and Hezbollah.
Russia has also manned the Syrian territory with the S-400 as well as the S-300 air defense systems. Analysts conclude that these moves suggest that the Battle of Idlib will be held.
A complex air defense system was developed in Hmeimim. The farthest periphery of Syria is protected by S-400. The second level consists of S-300 naval systems installed in the Marshal Oustinov and Variag warships, which are replaced alternately in the patrol in the eastern Mediterranean and by the Buk type M2E.
On a third line are Syrian S-125 Petchora-2M anti-aircraft systems and finally a fourth line of Pantsir-S1 Russian missile defense weapons that protect the airport and S-400 positions. In addition, at any time, the Su-30SM and Su-35 crews are ready to join the defense against an air raid.
US President Donald Trump threatened to make strong blows to Syria but also threatens Russian and Iranian installations. Russia said Trump is not aware of the rules of war and that a war at the beginning is easy, but in the end no one knows what it can do.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Israel not to approach his aircraft over Syrian areas and reminded the Israelis that Russian MiG 35 aircraft are capable of sinking American naval vessels because they carry six bombs with explosives weighing 2 tons each.
Putin is not satisfied with Turkey’s role in the war in Syria, and has ordered the destruction of Turkish military aircraft by approaching the Syrian-Turkish border.
The British have now also confirmed that Vladimir Putin’s administration sent eight submarines toward Syria.
Putin has instructed the Syrian army to "tackle every hostile target in Syria, by every means."
Putin has also told all parties "Any attempt to attack the Syrian army will immediately result in intervention of Russian Forces. "
MORE -- The Russian Air Force received orders to support and intervene on the side of the Syrian Air Force and respond to any hostile target.
Russian Special Forces "Speznaz" has been ordered to take out al- Qaeda/White Helmets operatives who have been preparing a phony "gassing the children" psyop / social media / fake news stunt, designed to give an excuse for FUKUS (France/UK/US) air cover for the terrorists.
Quiet now. Not certain if this is a pause, or if the attacks are over. will advise . . . .
Israeli planes Bombing Damascus; near airport. Multiple explosions.
SYRIANS OPENING FIRE WITH ANTI-AIRCRAFT MISSILES; MULTIPLE MISSILES LAUNCHED.
MORE 3:49 PM EDT -- Two separate eyewitnesses told me that they saw one of the Syrian surface to air missiles hitting an unidentified aerial object over eastern Damascus
It is confirmed now that Israeli warplanes attacked a Syrian S-200 air defense base.
Syria is now saying that close to Damascus International Airport which was just targeted by supposed Israeli missile strikes is the location where the Damascus International Fair is being held and attended by tens of thousands of visitors.
MORE -- Russian Air Force is highly active over the Syrian coast
FURTHER UPDATES PENDING . . .