US, Russia Agree On "Iran-Free Zone" In Syria

Multiple Israeli news outlets reported Saturday that the US, Russia, and Jordan have reached a ceasefire agreement over southern Syria which proposes to expel Iran-backed militias from the border with Israel in the Golan Heights. The reports came on the same day presidents Trump and Putin issued a joint statement on Syria after meeting on the sidelines of the APEC conference in Danang, Vietnam, which reaffirmed de-confliction efforts as both countries fight ISIS and underscored willingness to keep Syria's territorial integrity intact while pursuing the Geneva process.

Though the joint statement references the "Memorandum of Principles concluded in Amman, Jordan", it doesn't make explicit reference to Iran or Hezbollah, but more broadly to efforts for "the reduction, and ultimate elimination of foreign forces and foreign fighters from the area to ensure a more sustainable peace."

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But according to The Times of Israel, the Amman agreement is geared toward preventing a continuing Iranian presence in Syria:

Under the agreement apparently inked Saturday, all non-Syrian fighters, including Iranian proxies fighting on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, would be required to leave the border area and eventually Syria, Hebrew media reports said Sunday, citing an American official.

Currently, there's been no confirmation of whether or not the deal actually singles out "Iranian proxies" or if Israel had any influence within the negotiations. The deal is based on a previous ceasefire agreement reached in July in Astana, Kazakhstan - a deal which Israel blasted at the time as being too tolerant of Iran's presence in Syria. 

As part of the Astana talks, Trump agreed to a southwest Syria 'de-escalation zone' with Russia, which would necessarily involve Iranian cooperation. The agreement implicitly acknowledged Iran's troop presence in Syria as legitimate, and as reported at the time further "ignored Israel’s positions almost completely." But analysts have been in general agreement that the US-Russia brokered deal has been relatively successful and a step in the right direction

A subsequent Reuters report covering a contentious Netanyahu-Putin meeting in August bluntly acknowledged Israel's willingness to see the Iranian and Shia allies of Assad expelled from the region, even if that should mean the ascendancy of ISIS. According to the Reuters report

In parallel to lobbying Moscow, Israel has been trying to persuade Washington that Iran and its guerrilla partners, not Islamic State, pose the greater common threat in the region.

For this reason, Israel has blamed - seemingly without any pretense of an investigation - each and every border incident on Syria and its allies, to the point that even when anti-Assad groups fire mortars in the direction of Israeli territory, the Israeli military response targets Syrian government forces.  

This phenomenon has been long recorded by United Nations investigative reports. For example, in October 2014 the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which at that time still had a significant presence in the Golan area, reported to the UN Security Council:

On 23 June [2014], Israel targeted nine Syrian army positions with tank fire and air strikes after mortar fire from the Syrian side the previous day killed an Israeli civilian. Israel’s assessment is that most of these incidents are due to errant fire resulting from fighting in Syria. Israel said that armed opposition groups were probably responsible but that its forces fired on Syrian military positions to stress that Syria was responsible for security on its side of the ceasefire line.

Since then Israel has repeatedly struck targets inside Syria deemed to be Hezbollah weapons storage locations - and over the past year such airstrikes have occurred almost weekly - with Israeli jets often firing from over Lebanese airspace. 

And again over the weekend Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reportedly shot down a drone above the Golan Heights, which the IDF claimed was a "Syrian Spy drone" which originated with either Iran or Hezbollah. The incident prompted Israeli defense minister Avigdor Lieberman to once again threaten Syria. “The Syrian regime is responsible for every attack and violation of our sovereignty, and we will not allow the Shiite axis to be established in Syria as a base for action,” Liberman said.

On Friday Israel continued to escalate its rhetoric after a dubious report published by the BBC claimed that Iran has established a military base at a site used by the Syrian army outside El-Kiswah, 14 km (8 miles) south of Damascus. For Israel this would constitute the crossing of a "red line" by Iran: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu recently warned that Iran wanted to establish itself militarily in Syria. "Israel will not let that happen," he said.

Though Israeli media appears to be reporting the latest 'deescalation agreement' in southern Syria which would force the exit of Iranian proxies as an Israeli diplomatic victory, it is unlikely that Israel's heightening war rhetoric will cease.


just the tip Mon, 11/13/2017 - 00:15 Permalink

this is just more of the same old israeli bullshit.  assad can invite anyone he wishes to, to remain in syria.  it's called sovereignty.  all others will be killed.  have a nice fucking day bibi.

uhland62 just the tip Mon, 11/13/2017 - 00:21 Permalink

If Israel doesn't build  a full wall around themselves, maybe the other countries can do that, a big beautiful wall which ensures nobody moves into or out of Israel, except for ONE border point. Just like with Mexico and what Ukraine should have. Peace, nah, I want to make money with war (sarc). But don't forget Egypt. If they are angered, they will hit back and hit hard. 

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07564111 auricle Mon, 11/13/2017 - 01:25 Permalink

You can read this in English from TASS ..

Dmitry Peskov, told reporters, answering to a question whether the statement suggests pro-Iranian forces leave Syria and Russia has certain obligations related to it.

"The statement does not require comments, as its text is available," the press secretary said. "It is available for reading, and any double interpretations are inappropriate."

The Joo scum lie yet again.

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not dead yet I Write Code Mon, 11/13/2017 - 05:10 Permalink

Assad did not invite the jihadists and and head choppers in. He did not invite the US which is there in violation of international law. The US has admitted supporting rebel factions to overthrow the Syrian government which again is a violation of international law. Although the US has denied it they also support ISIS. Obama refused to bomb the ISIS cash cow truck tankers hauling stolen oil into Turkey, and sold to pure as the driven snow Israel and in violation of US sanctions, until the Russians did it. Recently ISIS did a long march across Syrian government held territory without coming in contact with Syrian troops until they sprung their attack. All of which could not be done without satellite intelligence which only the US could supply as the Russians weren't going to give it to them. All against international law. You can spout your intellectual bullshit of how Syria is responsible for everything in a warzone but nary a peep from you of the US repeatedly violating international law in Syria for years that created the warzone. Dumb asses like you don't even know what's going on in your own house yet get on your intellectual soap box spouting bullshit about responsibility in a war torn country. The Israelies bomb Palestinian schools and hospitals justifying it by claiming the bad guys are hiding there and the US is silent yet even though it's a war crime. Yet the US screams bloody murder and war crimes when a hospital in Syria gets blown up and falsely blamed on the government but is silent when the destruction was done by the "rebels". Lots of the violence in Mexico spills over into the US so why not do what the Israelies would do and bomb the crap out of Mexico because they aren't keeping control of events and then blame Mexico for the carnage wrought by the US military. Mexico can't or won't control it's border with the US so we should use nukes to create a huge impassible crater where the border is and it would be justified using your logic. 

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not dead yet not dead yet Mon, 11/13/2017 - 05:56 Permalink

Also by your logic, or whatever so called law or principle you invoke, the Mexicans would be justified to send a missile into the cesspool know as Washington DC because a lot of the violence and death in their country was caused by Obama and his minion Eric Holder running guns into Mexico with their Fast and Furious fiasco. Or because the US cannot control it's citizens appetites for illegal drugs which is causing so much death and crime in Mexico the Mexican air force would be justified bombing every city in the US and it's soldiers patrolling US cities executing drug sellers and users on the spot.

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redmudhooch ShakenNotStirred Mon, 11/13/2017 - 09:34 Permalink

Atlanta Jewish Times featured a column by its owner-publisher suggesting that U.S.-based  Israeli Mossad agents might someday need to “order a hit” on the president of the United States.… Jan. 13 the Atlanta Jewish Times featured a column by its owner-publisher suggesting that Israel might someday need to “order a hit” on the president of the United States.In the column, publisher Andrew Adler describes a scenario in which Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu would need to “give the go-ahead for U.S.-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel.”The purpose? So that the vice president could then take office and dictate U.S. policies that would help the Jewish state “obliterate its enemies.”Adler wrote that it is highly likely that the idea “has been discussed in Israel’s most inner circles.”Numerous Jewish leaders quickly condemned Adler, who has now apologized for the column, resigned, and put the newspaper up for sale. An Israeli columnist noted that the hatred being stirred up against Obama is similar to conditions in Israel that led to the murder of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by a Jewish extremist.

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I Write Code Mon, 11/13/2017 - 00:26 Permalink

>For this reason, Israel has blamed - seemingly without any pretense of an investigation> - each and every border incident on Syria and its alliesIt's called a Westphalian view of international responsibilities and relations.

Mini-Me Mon, 11/13/2017 - 00:27 Permalink

Israel's biggest problem is demographics, not Iran.  The muzzies breed like rabbits.  They'll overrun Israel with sheer numbers eventually.  Considering that Washington is Tel Aviv's bitch, I'm sure America's military will intervene.  Of course, that assumes they haven't already bled us dry financially doing their dirty work for them.

Scar Bro hestroy Mon, 11/13/2017 - 03:16 Permalink

There's jews literally EVERYWHERE you look. I swear they're much more than the 2% they claim. If you base it on people generally in the news, it's like 80%. If it's sexual and financial scandals it's like 99%.Can you believe what you're told about them being 2%? Everything else is a lie. Fucking Harrison Ford is a jew. Can you believe that shit?

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khnum Mon, 11/13/2017 - 00:27 Permalink

Russia is just dotting the i's and crossing the t's for the history books it knows that this agreement wont be worth shit just like all the others weren't.

NumbersUsa Mon, 11/13/2017 - 01:00 Permalink

It's not enough that the jew supremacists control america's armies, they are now cajoling through nefarious means the arabs to also do their sick murderous deeds.While trump, the jew supremacists lap dog stands by like churchill and applauds from the not so sidelines.It is necessary to address the root cause of our people’s problems. The key destructive element is JUDAISM. All that stems from this are tools and weapons of Jewish controllers used to manipulate, undermine and destroy our societies.The most beguiling tool in the Jewish arsenal is their cunning psychological and financial manipulation. The scourge of Europe and wider populations for centuries Judaism named it Zionism in the 19th century and concealed it behind a nationalistic pretence. Now Jewish Zionist banking systems rob our people and enslave us to debt, combined with a Jewish political front this is the first line of their control. The other most influential tool is Communism invented by the Jew Karl Marx under the supervision of the Jew Moses Hess the philosophical father of Zionism. Already implemented by Jewish Bolsheviks Lenin and Trotsky to racially cleanse Europe of Europeans-the death toll in the Holodomor genocides alone was 16.5 millionCommunism remarketed as Cultural Marxism(political correctness) covers a wide spectrum. The focus is division from the importation of coloured colonisers and its corresponding Zionist media images of miscegenation (race mixing), to interracial disunity (Sectarianism) and sexual dysfunction (Feminism and Homosexuality).

khnum NumbersUsa Mon, 11/13/2017 - 01:35 Permalink

You've covered the entertainment on the Titanic for the last century whats going on now isnt isms its not even oil really any more its cryptocurrency,A1 reaching the singularity,the internet of things and 5g global grid control systems and Israel and Saudi Arabia are positioning to feature prominently 

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Grandad Grumps Mon, 11/13/2017 - 01:01 Permalink


Fake Trump and Fake Putin making decisions for the world? By rights it should then be an Israeli Free and Saudi Free zone as well.

I really do not think that Iran will mind, since they are not an aggressor.

MuffDiver69 Mon, 11/13/2017 - 01:12 Permalink

Good on Trump if true. After the missile strike on the empty airbase half the fudge packers here were saying we were going to invade with 100,000 troops,...Remember that ...Just shut up and watch now..Thank You...

Manipuflation Mon, 11/13/2017 - 01:28 Permalink

Sitting here with my crabby Russian wife, stacks of gold and silver, cash, Harleys, three vehicles, more guns and ammo than you could ever need.  I am happy about that fact.