Syrian War Report – December 7, 2017: Iran-Lebanon Land Route

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On December 6, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces, Hezbollah and Iranian-backed militias liberated al-Alwai, Sayyal, Ghabrah, Tall Madkok, Hawi al-Ghabrah, al-Ashayir and Bissisat from ISIS and established a full control over the highway between the cities of Deir Ezzor and al-Bukamal in eastern Syria.

The rest of ISIS members had reportedly withdrawn from the Euphrates Valley to Syria’s Homs desert or the desert area in western Iraq.
On the same day, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed that members of ISIS have downed a Syrian warplane with an unspecified “anti-aircraft” weapon over the village of Tasel. This was the second time in a week when Amaq claimed that ISIS has downed a Syrian warplane. On December 4, ISIS claimed that its fighters shot down some warplane also north of al-Bukamal. However, Amaq was not able to provide any photo or video proofs in the both cases. Pro-government sources rejected Amaq’s claims as false.

Thus, pro-government forces officially established a major route between Iran’s Tehran and Lebanon’s Beirut. The United States and Israel had feared for a long time that such a route could appear and Iran swill be able to provide supplies to Hezbollah in Lebanon and to the SAA in Syria via it. Now, this road is the reality.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied in an official statement any cooperation with the Russian military and said that the US-led coalition was the only side supporting the group’s operation against ISIS on the eastern bank of the Euphrates.

On December 3, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), a key fighting force within the SDF, announced during a meeting with Russian military officials that the Russians were backing its advance against ISIS. The Russian side also announced that its aircraft destroyed about 1,450 ISIS targets supporting the YPG. An info about the joint operation room involving the Russians, the YPG and local tribal forces was also revealed.

The US was not happy to see such news in the public sphere and the recent SDF statement just once again shows who is the boss in the so-called partnership relations between the SDF and the US-led coalition.

On December 6, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed during the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference that Israel has to “act now against Iran” in order to stop the Iranians from establishing “themselves in Syria.” On the same day, US President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He also announced plans to relocate the US Embassy there triggering further tensions in the region. It seems the Middle East will face more hard times soon.

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  • Rob

    All world countries particularly Muslim countries should have to call American ambassadors and tell them that Jerusalem declaration will make Palestine the grave yard of American and Israhelli army. We are not happy even Israhell intruded into Palestine a holly land of Muslims and now taking Muslim holly places. The Middle East countries should have to get rid of Israhell soon. This is a chance in which they can get rid of Israhell. Just Muslim need a powerful good leadership. I don’t know who will be emerged in this war against terrorists America and Israhell.

    • Ryan Glantz

      Fighting over the esoteric power center- seems like a modern day crusade. How little has changed.

    • Jonathan Cohen

      ABORTION RIGHTS IN EAST JERUSALEM!!!!!! AND KIRKUK!

      • Icarus Tanović

        You’re tarded or something?

      • FlorianGeyer

        Retrospective abortion rights are needed for your mother Johnathan :)

        • Jonathan Cohen

          Yours too.

    • testera

      Muslems are to busy invading Europe with help of USA. Are you suggesting that they return to Middle East and stop coopeation with USA?

      • Solomon Krupacek

        we, europeans will send them back.

  • paul ( original )

    I get the impression that Trump has concluded that America does not
    need the rest of the world and can do what it pleases on its own. I
    don’t think he is wrong in thinking this. The truth is that the rest
    of the world has been so craven in its submissive posture that it
    lacks any sort of backbone. There will be bluster that amounts to
    nothing.

    I just wish he would be more forthright in perusing some of his
    domestic agendas. So far I am disappointed.

    • Jonathan Cohen

      Like taking the army from South Korea and putting it on the Mexican border to stop the invasion. Stopping invasions are what armies are for, not rattling swords half a world away!

      • paul ( original )

        Not exactly what was in my mind, but yes what you say would be a good
        example.

      • testera

        What is that stopping invasions nonsense you are talking about. You should say that armies are made for one sole purpose, abortion rights.

        • Valery Grigoryev

          :)

        • Solomon Krupacek

          You should say that armies are made for one sole purpose, abortion rights.

          :)))

        • Thegr8rambino

          Hahahaha!!!

    • testera

      He hasn’t concluded anything. He is just doing what he is told to do. Since he sent missiles towards Syria to make his daugher stop crying, my guess is that this is for his son-in-law.

  • Rob

    The treatment of Palestinian people is unfair, one sided and should not be tolerated. I stand with Palestine.

    • Cheryl Brandon

      since November 1947; The Palestinian Leadership does not seemed united in the one voice of complete Liberation of Palestine or making the greedy JEWS accept their 42 and Palestine 52 % as per the UNSCOP.Resolution 181;Up yours Satanyahu

  • Jonathan Cohen

    Iran has had a supply route for months, though unpaved, farther south between Al Tanf and T2, it is obvious on the map and hard enough for for semitractors to cross no problem. This new paved one is not big news, except that it divides ISIS in half.

  • Jonathan Cohen

    YPG friendship with Russia means Russia doesn’t need Assad to protect it’s bases and can abandon him for banning abortion since Russia defends ABORTION RIGHTS LIKE YPG AND ISRAEL!

    • Icarus Tanović

      What the hell you’re mumbling about?

    • Valery Grigoryev

      In Russia nobody cares about abortion rights. It’s an artificial ‘problem’.

      • testera

        You must be new here. Read some more of his comments.

        • Valery Grigoryev

          I’m not a rookie here…this guy thinks about rubbish.

          • testera

            Exactly. And you are falling for it ;)

      • Jonathan Cohen

        They are not at issue until there is a threat, like in Romania.

        • Valery Grigoryev

          It’s just a private matter, not a point for any policy.

          • Jonathan Cohen

            Tell that to Assad, and most Arab leaders, who banned abortions! Also free abortions require taxes, and thus tax policy.

          • Valery Grigoryev

            This is not a problem comparable to more serious problems. It’s like a pain in your toe, while you’ve got a sheer heart attack. We should take care about important matters, not a third-rate ones.

          • Jonathan Cohen

            No crisis could ever possibly be bigger than an abortion ban, which can easily destroy the entire planet

  • danny j

    I fear the reason President Trump® “recognized” Jerusalem as the capitol of the Jewish State of Israel in the Levant (JSIL) was precisely to stir up a violent reaction which can then be exaggerated and used as the excuse to expand the wars and annexation of Palestine.

    • Richard Noel Hedditch

      Correct. Trump is Zionist rubbish. Always was.

    • Justin

      agree!
      And a false flag bombing on the Dome of the rock (to be blamed on Hezbollah) so the jews can rebuild their temple!
      I think he made a deal with Israel! They helped him get elected and deal with his troubles in US politics in exchange for Israel’s major goals!
      He is a deal maker!

    • Hezbollah86

      Agree

  • RichardD

    The verbal and signed US presidential proclamation on moving the embassy to Jerusalem contradicts the stipulations of the embassy act. The act stipulates that moving the embassy is recognition of Jerusalem as the undivided capitol of Israel. Which is in conflict with UN Resolution 2334 that stipulates that east Jerusalem is not part of Israel. Implementing the embassy act and moving the embassy to Jerusalem is extending US diplomatic recognition to all of Jerusalem as being part of Israel. The President’s signed proclamation stating otherwise is erroneous and doesn’t change the law or the effect of it’s implementation.

    • SPQR

      I am thinking that this was a deliberate provocation with the hope of pushing the mid east into an almighty conflagration, thus giving the Israeli’s a pretext to deal with Palestinians via the overwhelming use of force. The Zionists never had any interest in a peaceful settlement, and wish only to push the Palestinian people out to sea. I hope they fail spectacularly.

  • Hezbollah86

    Fucking Trump look what he did just to please the Zionists!

  • “The Russian side also announced that its aircraft destroyed about 1,450 ISIS targets supporting the YPG.”
    ———
    ….. You sure about that last bit? ….. ISIS targets SUPPORTING the YPG?