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The Trump Administration is considering new attacks against the Syrian Government in response to reports of chemical weapons’ use, the US Director of National Intelligence (DNI) said on Tuesday.

“As you saw the president’s response to the attack last year, this is something that is under serious discussion as we speak, but again, something that needs to be discussed in a classified session,” Daniel Coats told a Senate committee, referring to the launch of 59 Tomahawk missiles towards a military base in Syria’s Shairat.

Last week, President Donald Trump had discussed the possibility of “a new military action” against the Syrian government as a punitive measure, citing Damascus’ alleged use of chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta, the Washington Post quoted anonymous US officials as saying.

The discussion came shortly after the infamous White Helmets reported that three civilians had been killed and dozens more had been wounded in a suspected chlorine gas attack on Eastern Ghouta.

Despite the fact that the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation having repeatedly warned that a local resident from Eastern Ghouta had announced that Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) terrorists and White Helmets had been preparing to stage a provocation, involving the use of chemical weapons in Idlib in order to blame the government for the attack on civilians, those warnings were ignored by the US-led international coalition.

On April 7, 2017, the US launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Syrian military airfield in Ash Sha’irat, located about 40 kilometers from the city of Homs in response to the alleged usse of chemical weapons in Syria’s Idlib, which Washington blamed on the Syrian Government. The allegations were vehemently denied by Damascus. Russia described the attack as an aggression against a sovereign state.

Moscow as a Credible Regional Power Broker in the Middle East

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Addressing Russia’s role in the conflict, Daniel Coats wrote in his testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee that the United States was not sure that Moscow could convince Assad to make concessions.

“Moscow probably cannot force President Assad to agree to a political settlement that he believes significantly weakens him, unless Moscow is willing to remove Assad by force. While Assad may engage in peace talks, he is unlikely to negotiate himself from power or offer meaningful concessions to the opposition,” director of national intelligence wrote.

Lieutenant General Robert Ashley, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, also considered Russia’s role in his prepared testimony to the Committee.

“In Syria, Russia’s military intervention changed the dynamic of the conflict, bolstering the Assad regime and posturing Moscow as a credible regional power broker in the Middle East,” the testimony read.

The Conflict Has Decisively Shifted in Damascus’ Favor

Evaluating the conflict itself, Coats highlighted the success of Damascus, adding that the level of violence has declined:

“The conflict has decisively shifted in the Syrian regime’s favor, enabling Russia and Iran to further entrench themselves inside the country. Syria is likely to experience episodic conflict through 2018, even if Damascus recaptures most of the urban terrain and the overall level of violence decreases,” he wrote, adding “The Syrian opposition’s seven-year insurgency is probably no longer capable of overthrowing President Bashar al-Assad or overcoming a growing military disadvantage. Rebels probably retain the sources to sustain the conflict for at least the next year.”

As for Daesh, he underscored that “despite territorial losses, it probably possessed sufficient resources, and a clandestine network in Syria, to sustain insurgency operations through 2018.”

 

Source: Sputnik

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hestroy
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IsraHell/USA/KSA = axis of evil.

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All US support for the moderate Jihadi enables IS and HTS.

p.s. The support and the moderates sap SAA’s strength. The moderates additionally sell arms that they have received from the US and their allies to IS and HTS. See Conflict Armament Research (CAR) reports. http://www.dw.com/en/islamic-state-is-fighting-with-weapons-made-in-the-eu-study/a-41802825

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Well, at the contrary of humans, weapons aren’t biodegradable so when you stop using these, you usually sell ’em. Just consider an AR-15 worth is about $2k, this means enough to live for a good 4-6 months in Syria…

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And the US & other Friends of Syria pumped so much equipment into the “moderates” that they were able to sell.

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“….As for Daesh, he underscored that “despite territorial losses, it probably possessed sufficient resources, and a clandestine network in Syria, to sustain insurgency operations through 2018…..”
If the uninvited US military didn’t keep illegally bombing the SAA and allies preventing them at times from tackling ISIS and, if the former didn’t keep offering ISIS fighters safe passage though the territory they occupy and extracting ISIS leaders and their families to safety, the Syrian government and allies would have cleared the country of both ISIS and al Nusra 6 months ago.

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d**n, where to start? These A-holes act as if their useless attack a year ago accomplished anything other than embarrass US power. Imagine that the Syrian government is entrenched in their own country, wow. When did the US decide to give up on getting rid of Assad? Never. The Orange Buffoon threatens to attack Syria again with the same amount of proof that we had the last time…but he wouldn’t do this if the Zionist weren’t forcing him….right. Yes, episodic conflict will continue in Syria, because that is their plan, eternal terrorism. The Zionist shell game continues.

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Actually not really : if the Zionist wanted Assad out, he’d be out exacty the same way the guy who used to lead the Syrian militarised nuclear program was taken out. Why do you think Netanyahu was so furious at Obongo and Killary? If you think Israelis whant cockroaches even worst than Hamas taking over any of their bordering countries, you’re seriously deluded. Now with all this s**t, they also end with Shia Islamists of IRGC installing… Let’s be clear it’s not their interest too. They may not like Assad, at east he’s secular and rational so they don’t want… Read more »

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If so, Syria must not hesitate to use its anti-aircraft. Littler Serbia did and held off 19 NATO countries (1,000 planes in action) for 78 days and nights with no help. But Syria has Russian help, plus it is larger, and it isn’t fighting the whole of NATO.
Syria needs to request from Russia more anti-aircraft help. Actually all nations should have beefed up anti-aircraft capabilities after seeing what the U.S. did to Iraq during the Gulf war and to the Serbs in 1999.

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You need serious money to built up a serious A2/AD IADS…
It’s way more cost effective to go nuclear : the only nuke country enough dumb to attack another nuke power is Pakistan… And it wasn’t far from escalating, especially as they had their butts f*****g kicked by Indians : 80% casualties. There is even a cover up on their aircraft losses. Some estimate they lost about 50 F-16 in the affair!