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03 September 2017

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Jack

TTG, Sir

Winning creates it's own momentum. R+6 are on a roll. The morale of the SAA, Hezbollah forces and the Iranian embeds must be very high as they keep rolling the jihadis. In looking back, the Russian intervention was crucial. It changed the dynamics of the Syrian conflict. It bolstered the SAA when they were just about to fall apart. Putin should be a hero to all those that support rolling back the jihadi menace.

Unfortunately our government is no longer capable of learning. They are so imbued with hubris they can't fathom how the world is responding to their foolishness. I hope that Russia can play a more positive role in bringing some semblance of stability to a region that has known only violence. We have proven to be a force of instability in world affairs in recent decades.

Lemur

Apparently Russian airstrikes are up 300% since the Central Syria campaign picked up steam.

The Governor of Deir Ez Zor announced he expected the army to arrive within 48 hours. Estimates of distance range from 5 - 20 kms.

Another interesting factoid. T-72 tanks kitted out for urban combat have been spotted on their way to Deir Ez Zor the last couple of days, so the government must have known for quite a few days they were just about ready to kick in the door on ISIS and start the battle for all of Deir Ez Zor city.

johnf

Thank you God for steering us away from the madness of our self-destruction and I pray that the peace we reach is a just and a merciful one.

Yeah, Right

I would hope that when this siege is lifted that the US State Dept and the US Defence Dept spokesman acknowledge both the doggedness of the defenders of Deir Ezzor and the martial skills of the SAA units that come to their rescue.

That doesn't require the USA to "side" with Assad.

It just requires some professional curtesy in acknowledging the work of some very brave men.

Probably too much to ask, but we'll see.

Walter

I am very happy though I have no one to share my happiness with because no one I know knows anything about this war. I just pray and think about peace in Syria

B

https://twitter.com/DocPakistan/status/904436760968605698 Gen Z carrying his M16 while doing a victory lap.
Some funnies: https://twitter.com/HosamDakhakhni/status/904460445657972736
https://twitter.com/zahriabbas3/status/904449288410976256

Philippe

At last these braves men are soon to be reunited with their brother in arms. That's a great lesson of fortitude and hope for each and everyone of us. September 4 (or 5, whatever) will be remembered for decades to come, for sure.

Prem

It's at times like these that one learns valuable lessons about the MSM.

AFAICS the (London) Daily Mail is carrying an AFP report and that's it. Zilch by the rest of the Anglosphere MSM.

Anna

The Ziocon logic: http://theduran.com/bombshell-fbi-searched-russian-diplomatic-properties-looking-explosives/
"...US authorities, including the FBI, searched Russian diplomatic and consular compounds in contravention of the Vienna Conventions... the FBI agents were searching the compounds for explosive devices, something more common in the hideout of terrorist groups than in the embassies and consular properties of large states. ... that the US authorities seriously thought that Russian diplomats were housing explosive devices in their properties is simply a ludicrous accusation with no bearing on reality."

mike

So far today, outside of Deir ez-Zor, seven suicide truck/car bombs destroyed by Russian airstrikes and the SAA approaching the city. Twelve since yesterday. This SVBIED tactic of theirs worked for them in 2014, but not any more. Iraqi and Syrian armies learned how to counter them, but the Daeshis have not evolved. Their tactical doctrine seems to be dictated by religious psychopaths.

They also are reportedly sending reinforcements to Deir ez-Zor from al-Mayadin which is 40km southeast.

Daeshis are getting desperate.

divadab

A question for the committee: are diplomatic offices not sovereign territory? Is there a legal basis for the US searches of Russian diplomatic offices and staff homes? If sovereign territory, are the searches not an act of war? This is very worrying stuff - who is in charge here and what the hell are they thinking?

blowback

Perhaps the SAA is delaying its arrival in Deir Ez-zor for a few hours to persuade ISIS to do a few more Banzai Charges onto SAA machine guns (aka the Deir Ez-zor meat grinder). It's worked very well for a long time so there is no reason to suppose the IJA, sorry I meant ISIS, has learnt any lessons.

BTW, the British have now demonstrated some commonsense at long last.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/02/british-troops-halt-training-syrian-rebels-world-powers-distance/

aleksandar

Ambassies and Consulates are protected by the Vienna Convention but it was just writing something that was more older called " Le droit des Gens " ( Juris gentis ).
So no, there is no legal basis for such searches.
And yes it can be called an act of war.
More worrying, it's an open door to violate extraterritoriality, everywhere.

Croesus

In the context of the Robert E Lee iconoclasm several passionate discussions have taken place regarding Sherman's March to the Sea. My position was that it was immoral insofar as it deliberately targeted civilians & civilian infrastructure, and as such it set an unfortunate precedent for later wars US engaged.

Others -- most others -- roundly denounced my view. They argued that 'victory' was essential to preserve 'western civilization;' war is a nasty business with inevitable civilian death and destruction; and whatever it takes to achieve 'victory' is legitimate.

I am aware that there has been terrible loss of (civilian) life and tremendous destruction of property: the Syrian war was not a war like Civil War, between two distinctly defined fighting forces; Syria was a lot messier than that.

But was there a Shermanesque event that was responsible for this 'victory', or was what is celebrated here, what we take to be the 'victorious' liberation of Deir Ezzor achieved by more dogged, disciplined military strategy that did NOT devolve (my judgmental term) to deliberately "scorching the earth" -- and lives -- of civilians?

Further, should we remain cautious and perhaps fearful that the forces that have not achieved 'victory' in Syria will believe that they are so entitled to 'victory' -- so convinced that- even addicted to- the Sherman approach as right and proper -- that they will yet undertake a scorched earth action in Syria?

Has the fat lady sung?

Thirdeye

ISIS has been withdrawing their vehicles from the ~1 km separating the Tigers and the 137th brigade towards the Thardeh-Panorama area and engineers are dismantling the minefield to clear a path for the Tigers into Deir Ezzor. It's for real this time.

https://twitter.com/IvanSidorenko1

I like IvanSiderenko1 as a source because of his conscientiousness in evaluating hot news to clear some of the fog of war. He doesn't do armchair prognosticating.

Babak Makkinejad

Look at Spanish Civil War, they were routinely murdering anyone they felt like killing, on all sides. This Republican fellow, nefore evacuating town, murdered 2000 people whom he had earlier ordered arrested on suspicion of being Franco sympathizers.
I think he died peacefully in exile in France. Whete is Gary Cooper?

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