Russia’s ongoing large-scale training exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, held by the country’s navy and aerospace forces, support Syria against potential Western aggression, retired Brigadier General Ali Maqsud, a Syrian military strategy analyst, told Sputnik Arabic.

According to the analyst, Syria is being targeted by both regional and international forces. Currently, the Syrian Arab Army, backed by its allies, is advancing in southern Syria and preparing for an all-out Idlib operation.

Naturally, jihadists and their sponsors are dissatisfied with the developments on the ground, he highlighted, adding that they would do whatever it takes to prevent the government troops’ offensive. Maqsud believes that the US and its Western allies are getting ready for a strike on Syria.

“Under these conditions, the true goal of the Russian drills in the Mediterranean Sea is to deal a blow to the impending aggression. The arrangement and conduct of the [military] exercises implies cooperation on the political and diplomatic levels between Russia and its allies. The result of these drills will be stability in the region,” the retired brigadier general said, adding that the White Helmets and other rebel groups would not be able to carry out a chemical provocation in Syria.Kremlin: Drones Launched by Idlib Terrorists Threaten Russian Bases in Syria

“The countries of the region have boosted relations and improved coordination,” he explained. “Iran confirmed through Russian intermediaries that it is working and will work to establish stability and peace in the region.”

According to Maqsud, the US has backpedaled on its initial offensive plan.

“The Americans have deployed radar defense systems in Al-Shaddadah, a town in al-Hasakah Governorate in the north of Syria. This system is meant to protect the base from air attacks. I think they are preparing to defend themselves,” the analyst suggested.

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It was earlier reported that the Russian military drills in the Mediterranean would involve 26 warships and submarines, as well as 34 combat aircraft including Tu-160 strategic bombers, Tu-142 and Il-38 anti-submarine warfare planes, Su-33 and Su-30SM fighter jets.

The ongoing exercises came on the heels of US threats to act “very strongly” in case the Syrian government resorts to the use of chemical weapons during the upcoming advance on Idlib, the last terrorist stronghold in Syria. Simultaneously, Moscow warned about the possibility of a chemical provocation by jihadists to provoke the US-led coalition into retaliating against Damascus.

Earlier, the Trump administration had authorized two missile strikes on the Syrian Arab Army over alleged chemical incidents in Khan Sheikhoun and Douma, in the absence of any credible evidence of Damascus’s involvement in the cases.

On August 25, the Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, reported that the Tahrir al-Sham group, affiliated with al-Nusra Front* terrorists, was preparing a provocation in Idlib. Later, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem specified that the White Helmets, a group operating in the terrorist-held region, had smuggled canisters containing chlorine to the region.

The liberation of Idlib, which currently accommodates about 70,000 jihadi fighters and up to 3 million people, could significantly thwart terrorist activities in the region. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has signaled that Damascus attached great importance to the liberation of the province from terrorists.

However, it appears that the Syrian Army’s counterterror effort does not fit into Washington’s plans: On September 4, US President Donald Trump warned Damascus against executing the Idlib operation.

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​The same day, the Kremlin emphasized that Idlib, being the last hotbed of terrorism, destabilizes the situation in Syria.

“The situation in Idlib continues to be a subject of particular concern to Moscow, Damascus, Ankara, and Tehran,” presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday. “The fact is that there is a hotbed of terrorism there…. This undermines attempts to bring the situation to the track of political and diplomatic regulation.”


Source: Sputnik

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2018-09-04 20:05

it is the culmination of a long drawn show down of the resistance and satanists – whatever the outcome, the latter will definitely and permanently rot in h**l

2018-09-05 06:17
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Less satanists than the rafidah regime who created ISIS from Tehran, thus backstabbing their Shia brothers in Iraq and Syria…
Iran just reduced waterflow on Iraqi Kurdistan again. Who else than satanists would deliberately retain a river from flowing towards the neighbouring country, especially considering the Iraqi climate?

2018-09-06 11:01
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Allah knows best who is going to h**l moron.

2018-09-04 20:25

After Idlib,….Al Tanf. So USA will have the opportunity to leave Syria and to live confutable in USA land, or to die Syria land and go back home in a coffin ( a lot of them), like in Viet-Nam.

Davy de Verteuil
2018-09-05 02:16

Thr West knows that they have to LEAVE, after Idlib is settled, a greater detriment is that NATO and the US will permanently lose Turkey and the entire Caspian region and access and I’m not talking Egypt yet…. It’s a foregone Trauma.