This is the first wave. (Hint. We ain’t leaving Syria.)
Russia Is ‘Forcing’ U.S. Military Out of Syria and Testing New Weapons to Help, Reports Say
Trump has Twitter announced that we’re getting out of Syria! Hooray, we won, we’re coming home.
So, yeah, this should be interesting.
I have thought for a very long time that “civilian control” of the military was an adorably cute notion.
(I also don’t believe in the Tooth Fairy, in case you were wondering.)
Now, when a president has announced to the entire world that we’re getting out of our Syrian-Russian proxy war at a time when the entire power structure believes Trump is likely a Russian asset,
and yes, there is a deep institutional assumption that Trump is comprised by Russia,
and that will build in an extra layer of resistance. The only question is how will they do it? A lot of Syrian ops have been covert to begin with, and as there’s no protection at all for journalists our sight is already very limited, but I still don’t see how they hide the entire thing, and I do not believe for one second that DoD just says:
“Cool. Let’s leave Syria to the Russians.”
I just cannot fathom that.
(I also don’t believe in Santa Clause, if you were wondering.)
Russia is reportedly challenging the U.S. military presence in Syria by testing new weapons, bolstering defenses and increasing the presence of troops near facilities operated by the Pentagon.
Days after returning from his visit to war-torn Syria, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov detailed to local media Monday the various new weapons systems have been introduced to the conflict. These included the Pantsir S1 anti-aircraft and Iskander-M ballistic missile systems on the ground, Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic strategic bombers, Tu-22M3 supersonic bombers and Tu-95 propeller-driven bombers, as well as Mikoyan MiG-29K fighters and Ka-52K Katran helicopters in the air.
He also specifically praised the Sukhoi Su-35 and Su-30SM fighter jets for exceeding expectations in comments translated by The Moscow Times. Borisov hailed the deployment of upgraded S-300 surface-to-air missile systems in October as well, claiming that U.S.-led coalition airstrikes had been “significantly reduced” in northeastern Syria since then.
Russia sent S-300s to Syria after a deadly international incident involving an Israeli air raid on a suspected Iranian weapons depot in September. Though it was Syrian anti-aircraft fire that accidentally struck Russia’s Ilyushin Il-20 surveillance plane during the encounter, killing all 15 on board, both Moscow and Damascus agreed that Israel was to blame, and recent reports suggest that the two may be gearing up to challenge the U.S-led coalition as well.