BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – With all eyes on Iran’s presence at the Albukamal crossing in eastern Syria, one could forget about the Russian military’s deployment to the area along the Iraqi border.

The military expert and former high-ranking officer in the Syrian Arab Army, Major General Mohammad Abbas, revealed in an interview who benefits from the reopening of the Albukamal Crossing and why the U.S. opposes this.

“The United States seeks to achieve its strategic goals of making Russia a landlocked country and not allowing it to cross the Black Sea, the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus, and to prevent it from warm water,” Abbas said during a telephone interview.

In particular, the former army commander said that Russia will now have a land route that stretches from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean region; this will allow Russia to maintain its influence over a great deal of territory.

However, Abbas believes the U.S. is still focused on preventing the Russians and Iranians from exerting their influence over these.

“The United States is engaged in a global war that focuses on Moscow, Beijing, Tehran, Baghdad, Beirut, and the Mediterranean,” he said, pointing out that the U.S. is focused Syria’s Al-Tanf and Albukamal, which he said “could be the most sensitive strategic dividing line at the core of the struggle.”

He pointed out that the United States is still counting on its alternative forces located in the Rukban Camp, which is located in the Al-Tanf region, and also on the presence of other alternative forces for them, including the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

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He said that the United States has failed to pressure the Iraqi leadership to give up its aims to reopen the Albukamal/Al-Qa’im border crossing, despite the fact it will allow the passage of goods to sanctioned Syria.

Concerning the Al-Qai’m-Albukamal Crossing’s safety, Abbas said, the area is safe, despite U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s claims that the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) is regrouping in eastern Syria.

He did point out that there have been Islamic State attacks in Syria’s Al-Sukhnah and Iraq’s Al-Anbar, but with the arrival of reinforcements and the Syrian Army’s successful military operation in the Deir Ezzor desert, this threat has become limited to central Syria and some parts of western Iraq.

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Good , Now Iran can move their Peace keeping forces back and forth without delay.

Marg bar jomhuri Eslami
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Marg bar jomhuri Eslami

Orwell was right! Perfect example of “Newspeak” : warmongering is now called “peacekeeping”

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Russia has to deploy troops near this border of Abu kamal and also if possible in Altanaf are but at Iraq border. US cant do any direct threat . Unless they use proxies . bu then it will be advantage for Russia and allies to stike this proxies and claim that land back.

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Marg bar jomhuri Eslami

Russians are not here for this. They will cleanse Idlib/Afrin and keep their bases in Hmeimim and Tartous. If Assad is into pursuing stupid chimeras that can only end in a major regional war, don’t count on Russia. It’s even why they let Israelis strike Hezb/IRGC at will : they consider the same thing US wanted to do but botched due to Dubya+Obongo’s incompetence and naivety : stabilising the region. Moreover, Putin seems to fall in the same trap : the destabilising factor is the Iranian regime. USA attacked the wrong country in 2003… Assad could help the regional stabilisation… Read more »

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Marg bar Pahlavi, Marg bar Shah

Oh, looks like it’s time for the mighty IDF to strike Russian forces in both Syria and Iraq. And finally get that long-deserved beating in return. The dead Shah-shagger will love it.

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PS : to the audience, the above is a joke, of course, as there is nothing mighty within IDF ranks, obviously. And there is nothing credible in their capabilities to take on Russia, obviously as well. Just sayin’, just in case I’m misunderstood by some fanboys.

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Russia is nowhere near and has no potential for serious power projection. In fact, Russia, if she projected huge forces, let’s say the third of its military to be able to compete with Israel, would need to uncover its own defences while China has claims over Siberia, 3x Russian air-force, 2.5x her army, 10x Russia’s population… In other terms, the Chinese would soon be at Ukraine+Baltic-States+Finland/Norway borders… And they wouldn’t really need the militaries direct involvement : just push 300 millions Chinese into Siberia with a “militia” of 5 millions backed/armed by China… Moreover Russia entering a conflict with another… Read more »