Russia Blames US For Death Of Top General In Syria

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Shortly after Russia disclosed on Sunday that a top Russian military commander, Lieutenant General Valery Asapov - who was serving as one of Russia’s "military advisers" in Syria - was fatally wounded by an exploding shell in a mortar attack by ISIS terrorists, on Monday the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the “two-faced policy” of the United States was to blame for the death of the Russian General in Syria.

“The death of the Russian commander is the price, the bloody price, for two-faced American policy in Syria,” Ryabkov told reporters, according to RIA.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday that Asapov had been killed by Islamic State shelling near Deir al-Zor; his death was revealed around the time Moscow disclosed what it said was photographic evidence showing US special operations located at Islamic State positions in Syria. 

Russia has complained about what it has suggested are "suspiciously friendly ties" between U.S.-backed militias, U.S. special forces, and Islamic State in the area, accusing Washington of trying to slow the advance of the Syrian army.

As a reminder, on Sunday the Russian Ministry of Defense published aerial images which they say show US Army special forces equipment located north of the Syrian town of Deir ez-Zor, where IS militants are deployed. The US troops do not face any “resistance from the ISIS militants,” while their positions have no screening patrol, which could indicate that they “feel absolutely safe” in the area, the ministry said. The US Central Command however denied the accusations in a written statement to RT.

“The allegations are false. For operational security, we do not comment on ongoing operations or the current positions of Coalition personnel and our partner forces,” the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve said.

Ryabkov also questioned Washington’s intention to fight Islamic State in Syria.

“The American side declares that it is interested in the elimination of IS ... but some of its actions show it is doing the opposite and that some political and geopolitical goals are more important for Washington,” Ryabkov said according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, in keeping with the growing escalation between Russia and the US over Deir Ezzor, earlier on Monday, American-backed Syrian militias again accused Russian warplanes of striking their positions in the oil-rich province, near a natural gas field they seized from Islamic State last week. Russia denied that.

Despite the growing escalations, the Russian and US militaries maintain “intensive” contacts at different levels, Ryabkov said.

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Seasmoke's picture

The world seems to be crumbling more than normal today. Wow.

Truther's picture

Yep, and the payback will be a bitch. Buckle up.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Buckle up.

ZH Chat DOOMCON raised to level 3

Act accordingly, unless you think Vlad is just going to shrug this off.

Max Hunter's picture

Are they actually going to try and get away with having a small war while people are distracted with Kneelgate?  That's a whole new level of batshit crazy.. 

hedgeless_horseman's picture


If you don't yet have a good set of rifle plates for everyone in the family, now may be a good time.

Apparetnly, Israel really wants that pipeline...

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Sorry HH, I have to disagree.  

Just like they ate the downed fighter jet, the Rambo Russian and all the other lives lost -- the Russians will not provoke the United States as long as she can still finance herself with fiat. 

Once the US' financial system finally fails, well, there is a saying in Germany about the Russians: "They fight better when they're poor." 


BullyBearish's picture

so...are the cia (clandestine israeli army) the only israelis now in syria???

JSBach1's picture

Was this a "lucky" shot? Of course not...

I've said as much on yesterday's thread:

The_Juggernaut's picture

If he didn't want to get killed he shouldn'thave gone to war.

yomutti2's picture

Ha ha ha, suck on it Russians. That's what you get or propping up your worthless dictator in Syria.



JSBach1's picture

Photo of two at Riad Hijab's apartment in New York. Click on photo to see some interesting details


Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s justice minister, said that If Putin wants to survive, he needs to keep his millitary forces out of Syria’.

BennyBoy's picture


Lesson: Dont fuck with oil fields the US wants to steal.

Nothing's picture

When Napoleon marched upon Russia, the Russian army retreated, retreated, retreated, instead of fighting back.  No one understood it at the time, even good russian peasants thought that their own army was being cowardly.

The french army streamed into Moscow in the autumn, still with little resistance.  As they took over the city and began to buiild fortifications and bureaucratic control measures, they began to take stock of the situation.  There was actualy no food in the city.  None.  there was actually no firewood in the city.  It had been removed.  The doctors and hospitals had had time to flee to the countryside.

The french met very little gunfire and very few died in battle.  Instead, they found themselves battling starvation, and the bitter cold, and dysentery, and cholera, and syphlis.  And they had nothing to fight back with, nothing at all.


Do not for a second think that the Russians do not know exactly what they are doing here.....

The_Juggernaut's picture

THey clearly aren't retreating or sacrificing the lives of millions of their citizens.

JSBach1's picture

And here is the State Dept's response:

"Claims that US supports ISIS or complicit in Russian commander death has no basis in fact. US/Coalition has one objective: defeat of ISIS"



Hans-Zandvliet's picture

Russia has defeated the USA and its ISIL terrorist proxies in Syria and all the USA can do now, is to sbotage the ending of the war by arming terrorist stragglers in the border areas.

The USA has not won one single war since the Pacific War of 42-45.

But chauvinist numbsculs like you just refuse to face the facts.

NiggaPleeze's picture


Someone help me understand why a general is within mortar range of the ISIS frontline.  That's a tactical (Lt/Cpt/Maj), not strategic, position to be at.

Conscious Reviver's picture

That's how Russians wage war. The brass leads from the front.

NiggaPleeze's picture


Is that so?  I remember Stalin cowering in a bunker some 1,000 miles away after Operation Barbarossa, lol.

Not sure if this list is accurate/complete (probably not, seems line an anti-Russian site), but a list of the large number of Russian generals killed since 1990 doesn't show any killed in the Chechen theater, which is of course Russia's largest post-USSR conflict.

Something doesn't seem right about this.

ScotlandTheBrave's picture

Hate to burst your bubble...but that was a Scottish born and raised General working for the Russian Monarchy that planned that bit of strategery. They thought he was nuts so he was sacked due to pallace intrigue...but the iron was already set and they decided to go with the plan since they had no other recorse. They don't have any Scottish generals working for them anymore.  When the Monarchy (Alexander) ruled, a lot of the upper echelon ranks were foreingers.

Conscious Reviver's picture

Nothing, your general outline is correct, but you are wrong about the lack of fighting. In the Battle of Borodino alone there were approximately 70 - 80,000 casualties.

"The fighting involved around 250,000 troops and left at least 70,000 casualties, making Borodino the deadliest day of the Napoleonic Wars.

Also the problem the French had in Moscow was that the Russians burnt down their own ancient capital before evacuating, leaving the French exposed and Winter approaching.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Photo of two #WhiteHelmets at Riad Hijab's apartment in New York.

The White Helmets have not been forgotten by the Russian and Syrian air forces. See the last two pictures for "interesting details".

JSBach1's picture

Large convoy of dozens of US supplied ATVs and Humvees arrive in Qamislo, likely ready to be deployed to and

U.S Convoy Transporting Military Vehicles & Equipment,For #SDF's Campaign #CizireStorm To Liberate #DeirEzZor

#Russian #Kalibr cruise missiles demolish #ISIS stronghold near #DeirEzzor #Syria

ISIS´s technical, armament, VBIED, etc. destroyed on outskirts of #Deirezzor city, which shows the strong combats


Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Pindossky dog yomutti doesn't have any intelligence. Just rudeness and arrogance.

Well, at least some thoughts do you have? No clever ideas? Speak, stupid dog.

No thoughts other than the desire to lick the ass of his master.

Bay of Pigs's picture

No potato today for the Latvian troll!!!

Truther's picture

You're a fuck up for a mutt.

Diatom's picture


A Russian General  in 2017 in the Syrian frontline is hit by a mortar??

Are Russian coms compromised?

Was the location leaked?

This shit does not compute...

veritas semper vinces's picture

The Russians are to smart to provoke a war with the Criminal Satanic AAZ Empire. Their response will be asymmetric and what the Empire does not expect. And it will be devastating. Watch and learn. Do you remember the 39 special forces(Israeli,US,British) cooked in the bunker with a Kalibr last spring?

Nemo me impune lacessit

Volkodav's picture

      "The Russians are slow to saddle their horses , but ride fast."

                                    - Otto von Bismarch


Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

Look, apart from the fact that Ryabnov is right about two-faced American policy, what's to complain about? The guy died in combat as a fucking general, forever immortalized in the annals of Russian history. Plus the wife gets a big fat pension. Win-win.

Mr 9x19's picture

 the Russians will not provoke the United States as long as she can still finance herself with fiat.


Haus, they are already broke, why they do not make open wars... obozo doubled the debt... no way a white to make same amount...

therealestg9's picture

Ding ding ding. We have a winner! Follow the distractions. This includes North Korea. Syria is and has always been the focus.

earleflorida's picture

never let emotions OR anger [set`backs] disrupt ordinates on the final kill...

shit happens...

a battle lost does not lose the war

cowdogg's picture

Absolutely. North Korea was never designated a part of Greater Israel.

7thGenMO's picture

I'm sure Vlad knows that it wasn't The Republic of USA that killed his general.  It was the hired mercs of the Oligarchy that has co-opted The Republic.  Releasing the photos to let the world know who is supporting ISIS et al. is fair warning to these mercs.

veritas semper vinces's picture

There is no Republic of USA. That "Republic" overlaps with the Empire. What we have is a Government of the Banks,by the Banks and for the Banks.Protected by their private army:Pentagram and See Eye Ayy. If you haven't realized this by now,you show strong cognitive dissonance. Look at our government:Goldman boys(bigest thieves) and the Pentagram(biggest murderers),

You may not like the truth and choose to ignore it,but this does not change reality.

7thGenMO's picture

Of course there is no Republic - I was being sarcastic.  It was sold out in 1913, but, as long as The Fed was required to have a currency at least partially backed by PM's, the Oligarchy's/Empire's power was substantially limited.  However, when their Deep State prick named Tricky Dicky took us off the gold standard, Lady Liberty was sold as a harem girl to the Saudi's for one petrodollar (system).  Now, she's a toothless whore that, after giving oral to Islam, cries out in an old hag's voice, "DON'T TOUCH SOCIAL SECURITY!"

garcam123's picture

Don't forget to mention the Amnerikastan's Gestapo force for the control of the population through wanton murder and racial domination.

It's time for revolt in Amerikastan and the Blacks are finally starting to stand up for themselves.  So far there has been ONE Black Patriot who fired back.....there should be 2 million, in my view!


PrometeyBezkrilov's picture

You bet he knows that. He is a general of military intelligence. Do you think he knows a few things about how the world is run and buy whom?

BlindMonkey's picture

Vlad isn't going to shrug this off.  The security apparatus in Russia cannot take this lightly.  There will be payback...somewhere.

researchfix's picture

My view too.

These fotos of them near Daesh = we know where you are

The accusation to be guilty of the general´s death = we are coming for you, high level dead ones prefered

Lex_Luthor's picture

So if Russians cover those (and other) positions with fire, nobody will care, right? After all, there are only a few stolen Humvees, right? I believe release of those photos was just a kind of 24-48hours notice before all hell breaks loose around there...

BarkingCat's picture

Who's is Vlad you people keep referring to?

 It certainly isn't Putin because his name is Vladimir and calling someone name Vladimir by Vlad is akin to calling someone named Richard by Rich.

veritas semper vinces's picture

You can call him Volodya if you think you are on the same level. I prefer Mr. Putin,as I respect the man.

Truther's picture

A Chess Master never announces his next move. Till it's check mate.