Assad Goes On Offense, Bombs ISIS "Capital", Deploys New Russian Weapons

Tyler Durden's picture

Now that Moscow has officially confirmed that Russian boots are on the ground at Latakia and that the Kremlin is actively ramping up its technical and logistical support for the Assad regime, one point we've been keen to drive home is that rebels, "freedom fighters", and marauding, black flag-waving jihadists alike will now have a much tougher time routing government forces and taking control of the country.

After all, battling Assad's depleted army (which is effectively fighting a three-front war with limited resources) is one thing, but fighting Russian special forces is entirely another, which is of course why the US is so "concerned" about the Russian presence in Syria. Put simply: if the Kremlin doesn't want Assad to fall, then Assad will probably not fall if the only challenge comes from various ragtag militias and Islamic militant groups. That calculus obviously changes if the challenge suddenly comes from a US-backed coalition consisting of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, France, Britain, Jordan, and Qatar.

It's with that in mind that we go to Reuters, who reports that the Russians may have breathed new life into Assad's forces which have reportedly begun using new weaponry and launching offensive strikes on Raqqa (the de facto ISIS capital). Here's the story:

The Syrian military has recently started using new types of air and ground weapons supplied by Russia, a Syrian military source told Reuters on Thursday, underlining growing Russian support to Damascus that is alarming the United States.

 

"The weapons are highly effective and very accurate, and hit targets precisely," the source said in response to a question about Russian support. "We can say they are all types of weapons, be it air or ground."

 


 

The source said the army had been trained in the use of the weapons in recent months and was now deploying them, declining to give further details other than saying they were "new types".

 

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Thursday Russia has provided new weapons and trained Syrian troops how to use them, without saying when or naming any specific systems.

 

He told state television the government would be prepared to go further and ask Russian forces to fight alongside its troops if needed - though he said there were no such soldiers there now.

 

Activists said Syrian government war planes had mounted at least 12 air strikes in Raqqa, often described as Islamic State's de facto capital. The raids started at around 11:30 a.m. and came in three separate waves that hit eight targets.

 

The strikes hit close to at least four Islamic State offices, including one used by its self-appointed religious police force, said an activist in Raqqa who was contacted via the internet and declined to be named for security reasons.

 

Islamic State imposed a curfew in two parts of the city.

What this seems to indicate is that regime forces are now set to take the fight to ISIS, which could mean that an already fluid situation is about to become even more indeterminate, so we thought this an opprtune time to remind readers that if you're having a difficult time keeping track of who's fighting who and why, you're not alone.

Take it from us, the haphazard collection of foreign forces, jihadists, rebels, mercenaries, and militants is hard enough to keep track of on its own, and the situation is further complicated by ever shifting alliances, divergent objectives, and external meddling.

Throw in the fact that the US has, at various times, trained and inserted a variety of makeshift contingents, all of which (well, with the exception of “four or five”) have been either killed or captured, or have otherwise disappeared into the desert and you have, to quote an unnamed Pentagon official who spoke to CBS last month, “a friggin’ mess.” 

Complicating things further is the fact that the Russians are on the ground and building forward operating bases near Latakia and Turkish troops, if they ever get tired of chasing Kurds in the mountains of Northern Iraq, will probably find themselves operating somewhere between Kobani and Aleppo. As for US SpecOps (which the Pentagon swears are not engaged in combat despite what Gen. Lloyd Austin seemed to suggest when speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday), there’s no telling where and with whom they’re fighting.

So, as the confusion and violence intensifies we present the following map from Reuters, which will hopefully be useful in helping to explain who controls what and where. 

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JustObserving's picture

Obama will not like his troops being bombed

ISIS: The jihadist movement stamped “Made in America”

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/30/isis-j30.html

A Lunatic's picture

It really all does depend on what the definition of IS IS........

Publicus's picture

China will be sending 300,000 troops to Syria soon.

 

World War 3 is on track for a 2020 introduction.

Cliff Claven Cheers's picture

I wonder what the Cuckservatives will do, just stand by watch?

Stuck on Zero's picture

Assad tolerates Christians in Syria. He has to go.

NOTfromSanFrancisco's picture

 

 

If Assad went on the airwaves and said he was going to defend the lives of Christians from IS in Syria, and had video of his military actually doing it, I suppose there would be a tidal wave of support for him and for the Russians coming from the U.S... and perhaps a few of the European countries too... Then what would the anti-Assad coalition do?... Torpedo a U.S. military vessal flying a Russian or Syrian flag?... Betcha!

SMG's picture

Go Assad! Bomb those Satanic ISIS bastards!  The puppets here in the US sure won't.

knukles's picture

Y'all get that "US-backed coalition consisting of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, France, Britain, Jordan, and Qatar" are the one and same folks who WANT the gas pipeline.....
Whodafuckinthunk?

0b1knob's picture

Aren't these some of the same pictures you ridiculed yesterday for proving nothing about Russia in Syria?

palmereldritch's picture

Let me guess...the pipeline is going where the pink is...

 

Now there's a straight line if ever there was one

COSMOS's picture

Lets hope the Russians can pull it off things are dire in Sweden here is a yahoo comment...

Dude you may recall last year..The situation in the gang-controlled no-go zones of Sweden is deteriorating rapidly. Following the police report conceding the areas to the primarily Muslim immigrant gangs, the Swedish ambulance union is now demanding military grade protection gear to enter the no-go zones.

There have been a number of violent incidents lately, where thugs attack ambulances responding to calls in the zones. Thugs have slashed the tires of the ambulances, smashed their windshields and hurled large rocks from overpasses, while the paramedics themselves are subjected to both armed and unarmed physical violence on a regular basis. The situation has become so dire that the ambulance union now demands dramatically improved protection for its members.

“We need the paramedics to be prepared when entering these hot zones,” said union leader Henrik Johansson in an interview with Dagens Medicin magazine on Tuesday. “They need riot helmets, bulletproof vests, shin guards and holsterpacks. That’s the equipment needed to work in this environment. Of course, they also [need to be] equipped with gas masks.”

Firefighters face a similar situation. The gangs amuse themselves by setting fire to something — a container, a car or a school — and ambush the firefighters responding to the call

Emergency personnel now routinely request police escort before entering the no-go zones. Unfortunately, police are stretched thin and often lack the manpower to meet every request. Cars are torched practically every day in the ghettos, and Sweden holds the unflattering world record for the highest number of school fires.

Despite being a small country of less than 10 million citizens, a 2012 study showed an average of one school being burned per day in Sweden, costing tax payers upwards of half a billion SEK annually. By comparison, Greece has 11 million citizens and averages only five school fires per year.

Not even the police are safe from attacks. In May 2014, two police officers were cornered by 50 thugs in the no-go zone of Landskrona. They pulled their weapons to hold off the attackers and called for backup, but the police commander refused to send in backup, fearing escalation. One of the officers knew a few locals who intervened and convinced the gang to let the officers escape.

While such brazen aggression is rare, patrol cars are frequently pelted with rocks, and the drivers are targeted with green lasers. Blinding drivers with the powerful, hand-held lasers is a growing “sport,” where the goal is to make the driver crash. Buses, taxis, delivery companies and mailmen are also popular targets.

Even the suspicion of being part of law enforcement is grounds for beatings, as an elderly man waiting for the subway in Tensta discovered on Oct. 17. Gang members passing by misidentified his hearing aid as a police earphone and started punching and kicking him.

Ethnic Swedes are also being attacked. Local celebrity Linda Edenström’s 12-year old son was savagely beaten. In October, he took the subway after school to give a birthday present to a girl in his class. He was unaware she lived in a no-go zone, and when he exited the station he was promptly stopped by seven grown immigrants. They declared that no whites were allowed and proceeded to attack him while hurling anti-white slurs.

Swedish law states that the incident is not a hate crime. The law does not apply to an immigrant targeting a native Swede, even if an immigrant does so while explicitly stating they are doing it for racial reasons. However, the reverse situation with a native Swede saying a slur that could be perceived as racist has severe civil and criminal charges.

Why do civilized people cave to terrorists? and yes these gangs are terrorists

IndyPat's picture

I don't think Putin is going to clean up Sweden anytime soon. Just a hunch.

Cliff Claven Cheers's picture
  1. The popularity of the term “cuckservative.”

For those of you unfamiliar with “cuckservative,” it is an increasingly popular insult among American conservatives defined as a Republican and/or conservative who is too cowardly to do anything about his country being taken away from him, akin to a man being cuckolded by his wife.

NeoRandian's picture

Conservatives in 2016: Yeah you elected us all in 2014, but we couldn't do anything conservative because that would cause us to lose election in 2016.

These shit heads don't deserve to hold a microphone let alone elected office.

I really had to listen to Graham literally moan and roll his eyes on stage about how if conservatives don't pander to latinos then they won't win elections. How stupid do they think latinos are? The airwaves are full of bull shit about how Repubs have to suck hispanic dick or lose. No hispanic ever thinks "Hmmm, maybe they only pretend to care about me to get me to vote, but when they get in office they'll just abandon all their promises to me like they did to everyone else"?

Sorry hispanics! We want to follow through with our promises, really we do, but if we did then we just wouldn't win the next election! We have to chase after the next swing vote and their demands conflict with your demands. There's like a billion transexuals now, and if we don't secure their vote then we'll never win the election!

Freddie's picture

They also love watching Trayvon thugs in pro and college ball.  The biggest idiots are white males cheering on Trayvon thugs especially in college ball and alumni morons.

Then you have the Jonathan Pollard John Hagee Bibi loving Evangelicals like on Free Republic.  Anything Bibi and Israhell do they love.  John Hagee is the most disgusting piece of shit twist bible syaings to shill for a great source of evil in the world.  The guy is 10x worse than Jommy Swaggart or the black scam preachers like Crefelo Dollar or even Farakhan.

Hugh_Jorgan's picture

Never heard that one. I just call em' RINOs. It's not obscure and pedantic like "cuckservatives" and still gets the message across. Plus, it has that subtle pachyderm connection with the elephant of GOP. Whatever floats your boat I guess.

kaboomnomic's picture

Dude, give up.

Here's latest projection.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3023597/Muslims-outnumber-Christ...

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/01/15/5-facts-about-the-muslim...

 

You better start being nice to them. They will becomes the MAJORITY religion of the WORLD.

 

Your resistance is futile dude..

COSMOS's picture

http://gatesofvienna.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/somalieriseved.jpg coming soon near you They sit home and make muslim babies while you work and pay taxes and have time to have only one or two kids. Their men also rape your women so that they are turned off to sex and having kids after being viciously raped. its a WOMB competition and they are winning. At this rate they say by 2030 Sweden will be 40% muslim.

kaboomnomic's picture

Dude,

I am a catholic LIVING INSIDE world most populouos MUSLIM nation.

Nearly 90% of MY FRIENDS is MUSLIM.

Did i raped by them? NO. Did my kids RAPED by them? NO.

I feels SAFE & PEACE in the MUSLIM MAJORITY nation. My CHURCHES guarded by MUSLIM SECURITY GUARDS. Not a SINGLE PIECE of church items missing under their guards.

I have hospital/clinic cards from MUSLIM HOSPITALS/CLINICS. Not once they treats me ANY DIFFERENCE because of my religions.

 

So, now, what you are saying is.... what??

Have you TRY to live in a MAJORITY muslim nation? Or you just fantasizing??

Four chan's picture

you will be assimilated, borgadurkadurka.

gonetogalt's picture

IMHO we won't have to wait long at all for the 'assimilation' thingie to ramp up. Joel Richardson in his classic and prophetic book 'The Islamic AntiChrist' predicted back before 2006 the creation and rise of ISIS AKA Caliphate. He maintains that conversion to Islam will become a hot 'thing' to do amongst the media driven Western populations with huge mass conversions...

So preppers can prepare to fight their next-door-neighbors, cousins, sons in laws, buds from high school...

or be assimilated.

newbie vampire's picture

"Have you TRY to live in a MAJORITY muslim nation? Or you just fantasizing??"

I presume you live in Indonesia.   Up till recent times, Indonesia was the most tolerant Muslim country.   An Indonesian Muslim could change his/her Muslim faith to another without consequences.

It is no longer true with the emergence of Intolerant Islam.

And why do you NEED guards outside your Church ?

Was it because of the rising frequency of bombings and arson ?   20 years ago, it was unheard of, in Indonesia, even under the dictatorship of President Suharto.

In the event, you know better.............................

Perhaps you would be kind enough to share your experience should you engage in a debate about religious values with one of the Intolerants.

Zero Point's picture

Lol, yeah the middle east is only exporting it's most redneck trash type Muslims. It's as if the US was sending the most buck toothed, knock kneed, poor white trash racist assfucks to go live in Africa, with predictable results. The "Muslims" that end up in western countries are inbred vermin.

newbie vampire's picture

"At this rate they say by 2030 Sweden will be 40% muslim."

Being a small minority, they have already been able to establish NO GO Zones.  With 10% following this religious faith, Sweden is a lost cause. 

Those who fear them will be the first to submit then they in turn will become just as fervent and intolerant of those who have not submitted.

And the same applies to every Western nation that continually punishes its indigenous population for "perceived" racism etc etc


NeoRandian's picture

Well unless you and all your other white people are prepared to have 67 gorillion babies when you are 67 and accept them having careers at the bottom of the pyramid then you better give up ever getting social security and you should just go live in the woods mountainman style.

ThirdWorldDude's picture

I call out your BS, Cosmos. Yours is an agenda of spreading xenophobia and blaming immigrants for all the failures of your "civilisation", just like your overlords want it. After all, ordinary sheepizens could most definitely not know their real enemy before Uncle Sugar instructs them...

 

http://www.dagensmedicin.se/  Here's a link to Dagens Medicin website, please find me the "article" and post a direct link to it. Failure to do so will make you a disinformation troll.

COSMOS's picture

I bet I wont find the Ukraine air traffic control tapes on there either...

COSMOS's picture

https://www.facebook.com/pegida.uk/posts/1627997597442292:0

Here it is from the paramedics mouth not some stale web site you put up....

By the way keep reading below here is a blurb

Note that the only Swedish party that is against unlimited immigration from anywhere has doubled its support during the last 11 months (from 13 to 25 % of the opinion). It is still pursued by the government, that invents various methods intended to stop the party. It is called fascist, racist, et c, as part of a campaign against it.

You expect me to buy your web site content like I am supposed to buy the gas attacks in Syria by Assad and Colon Bowel's WMD in Iraq.

Sorry punk but I dont look for the truth on some govt web page you shoved in front of me so @$#% off.

ThirdWorldDude's picture

Lol, you're fucking joke! First you claim to have read his article in 'Dagens Medicin' you come back posting some facepalm story planted by who knows whom.

Go pound more zio-sand motherfucker!

COSMOS's picture

Typical third world dude IQ.  Did you even bother to click on your link.  There is no story with it just a main web page you third world locust, you can eat off benefits but you cant think.  How about a link with google translate if you really want to make your point.  Dont expect us to run around doing your leg work.  I gave you a story with a dudes name and a photo of him and a link at the story bottom. 

Go back to school you third world amoeba

ThirdWorldDude's picture

You ain't exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer, are you schmuck? Let me refresh your gold-fish memory: it was you who quoted a certain Henrik Johansson in an interview with Dagens Medicin. Also, you claim to be residing in Sweden, well how is it you don't know a single word in Swedish, huh pucko? But then how did you come to comprehend the interview that you're referencing to in the first place? Somethin'g's rotten here (besides your brain).

Next time try to be more consistent in your claims, or at least ask some of your sock-puppet colleagues with 2 healthy rain cells (that's 2 healthy braincells more than yourself) to at least proof-read your made up xenophobic theories. 

Regarding your faceplant link, here's another link to a recent interview with God. They both have the same relevance...

COSMOS's picture

Hey Somali stain you really are a third world moron living in Sweden, cant even read

This is how I started my statment.

"Lets hope the Russians can pull it off things are dire in Sweden here is a yahoo comment..."

Where did I claim I was Swedish I said here is a yahoo comment.  Stone age describes the rocks in your head you primitive.

ThirdWorldDude's picture

Your mother is Somali, that would explain your disability to learn the language of the country you're living in (as per your own claims that your wife is Swedish [my condolences] and you live in Sweden).

Why do you reference to a yahoo comment but post a faceplant link? Also, if you don't reside in Sweden, as your new story goes, that gives you even less right to comment on a situation that you neither have a first-hand experience of nor understand. A typical 'Murican is what you are - an exceptionally stupid bible-belt redneck thinking God gave him a right to meddle in all of the world's problems. Back the fuck off, go get wasted and beat your children instead. I promise it will reduce your mental misery, at least for a short while...

Believing everything you've read on the internet makes you a serious candidate for Twit of the Year (even more if your claims are backed by yah00 or faceplant comments).

XuscitizenSweden's picture

RE:

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 23:58 | 6563802 new COSMOS

_______________________________________________________________________________

It really pisses me off when folks use "poorly translated" Swedish "FACTS" and or stories without links to 'source material'. Distortion of facts are, in my opinion disinformation, commonly known as BS.

Your 1st paragraph about 55 areas i NOT what you say they are. Below are 2 official documents from Sweden. Read them & then correct your statement. As for the rest of these so called facts you use here, provide your sources.

https://polisen.se/Aktuellt/Nyheter/Gemensam/2014/okt/Kriminella-far-utr...

https://polisen.se/Global/www%20och%20Intrapolis/Rapporter-utredningar/0...

 

COSMOS's picture

A Swedish govt site that candy coats crime statistics.  I wonder how they passed off that beheading by that Eritrean of two Swedes, a mom and her son, in an IKEA store.  Or why does the world report Sweden as on of the top two rape countries in the world but the Swedes fail to post such embarassing stats on their official web pages.  Hope they start raping dudes like you soon.  That will be ultimate satisfaction.  But they you wont report that will you, cause you liked it.

ThirdWorldDude's picture

Beheading in IKEA?   L.O.L. 

You're someone's fucking tool, no more - no less. 

http://cornucopia.cornubot.se/2015/08/valdsdebatten-vilka-ar-offren-for-valdet.html  I hope you know how to use g00gle translate.

omi's picture

I've said before, Europe prides itself with values which in 100% of cases have led nations to cease to exist. And further, tries to claim that those are civilized values. Good luck, when a small minority of fk heads can tear your country apart, and you will not do a thing. In fact, how about you introduce even more laws protecting criminals rather than victims.

Paveway IV's picture

I'm not sure you guys recognize what just happened here. They didn't risk aircraft to blow up a random few ISIS lairs.

The fake ISIS central bank (ZATO al Raqqah branch) and everything in it just got smoked.

The al Raqqah satcom links have been destroyed - that's how fake ISIS/CIA/ZATO SF guys get their marching orders and avoid being blown up by fellow ZATOers.

There will be no more U.S. resupply of cash, equipment or oil to al Raqqah, and the ammo/replacement headchopper pipeline is in peril.

Fake al Nusra still has their U.S. command bunker and logistics hub in Aleppo, but fake ISIS just lost the ability to pay their mercenaries or exchange any money, fake ISIS can no longer communicate with their ZATO masters via scrambled satlinks to Jordan and Turkey for instructions. Blind and broke, and Assad already took out their oil supply last week.

After he turns the water off (the Tabqua dam) upstream of al Raqqah, fake ISIS and the U.S. will go ballistic. A humanitarian crisis tit-for-tat. Fake ISIS in al Raqqah were the ones using mustard gas mortar shells a couple of months ago. They have a stash somewhere (that probably says 'Made in the USA'). I wouldn't put it past them to blow the dam before the Syrian Army can take it.

This forces Obama to act, and he has no idea what to do. His chickenhawk Israeli-firster generals want WAR, but Obama will never agree to that. If Obama wants to pull out, the DoD (and their Xe/Academi for-profit arm) will refuse.

Things just got to a very dangerous tipping point. Putin has missile cruisers and a Typhoon-class nuke sub off the coast of Syria, and 100,000 Russian soldiers on the southern border participating in Center-2015. I doubt Putin will ever do anything, but this further limits the clownfuckery the Pentagram can get away with.

Whenever the Pentagram has their backs to the wall, bad, bad things happen. They will go full retard barring some miracle - or the obliteration of earth on the 24th - whichever comes first. 

COSMOS's picture

Great insight paveway, I always look forward to seeing your posts.  Keep rocking it baby.

cossack55's picture

Second that! I's be lovin' me some Paveway.

Latina Lover's picture

Ditto, Paveway.  I learned more from spending 3 minutes reading your comment than from sifting through hours of the endless blare of USSA MSM liars.

Hugh_Jorgan's picture

Seriously? This guy comes in spouting like he's in a press conference and it's gospel truth? A big package of what you want to hear, perhaps? Accusing Obama of having pro-Israeli generals doesn't even pass the sniff test. This begs the question what else in his post is just hyperbolic opinon or supposition...

Paveway IV's picture

+1 for you, Hugh. You outed me. 

For anyone with a functional f'king brain cell, you should atuomatically assume everything I say is hyperbolic opinion or supposition. My anonymous opinions should carry all the credibility of an angst-ridden, 13-year-old girl banging out comments on her mom's computer between tweets to her other junior high school friends. 

"...Accusing Obama of having pro-Israeli generals doesn't even pass the sniff test..."

Why? Didn't CNN do a report on it yet? All the pentagram's recently-purged generals were either not neo-con enough or not butt-kissing Israeli-firsters. That leaves the Pentagon Senior staff composed of a wholly-unrepresentative, lop-sided mix of fundamentalist Christians and their Israeli-firster chicken-hawk cronies, and it was already lopsided before the purge.

I particularly avoid the label 'Jew' because some of the generals are those self-hating liberal Jews that have the audacity to place the U.S. constiution above the interests of Israel AND the MIC. My observation: you'll find much more troubling constitution-busters in the conservative Christian chikenhawks roosting there. I'm not 'against' any religion or country in that opinion - the command staff was hired to defend and protect the constitution. If they exhibit behavior or opinions otherwise, then I will make the appropriate conclusions on their loyalty. DHS is a different matter and an entirely criminal money-funneling scheme. That might as well be an arm of the IDF or a front for the Israeli mafia.

Keep watching CNN, Hugh. They'll think for you so your thoughts will always pass the sniff test. Anderson Cooper is bound to do an expose on this scandal real soon with colorful graphics. You'll see!

BlindMonkey's picture

An ICBM is going to do exactly what of the local coast of anywhere?

Those weapons go to space my man. You want ICBM support? Put the boats about 5-7k miles away.

taoJones's picture

always insightful & edifying PW, thanks...

KuriousKat's picture

Perhaps the most brilliant assessment I have read yet. This is not willy nilly bombing to get attention. This is a clearly defined plan and the Russians Syrians and Iranians are going for the Jugular taking out the command and control centers, and the oil greasing the Is machine. Europe will owe a debt of thanx to Asaad and the Russians as those now unwelcome Syrian immigrants swarming in through sheer desparation  may be able to return home, an impossible prospct if Is had won.

Regards

 

newbie vampire's picture

"Go Assad! Bomb those Satanic ISIS bastards!"

Obamboozo will have to send in the marines to save the CIA assets.