Putin Orders Withdrawal Of Russian Troops During Surprise Syria Visit

Drawing a stark contrast between himself and his counterpart in the US, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise appearance at Khmeimim Airbase in Syria - which has traditionally been used by the Russian air force - on Monday morning, where he ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, now that the ISIS insurgency that once controlled roughly one-third of the country’s land area has been effectively dismantled.

The Russian president was met by his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, and Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu at the airbase. Russian forces fighting with the Syrian Army during the country's civil war were stationed at the base. Putin ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops to begin immediately, according to Russia Today.

“I order the defense minister and chief of the general staff to start the withdrawal of Russian troops to the site of their permanent deployment," Putin said, speaking to a crowd of Russian soldiers. The Russian leader said that during the span of two years, the Russian and Syrian militaries have “defeated the most battle-hardened grouping of international terrorists,” adding that he’s decided a significant portion of the Russian troop contingent should return to Russia.

Putin warned that if ISIS tries to “rear their heads” in Syria again, Russia will retaliate with a level of force that “they have never seen before.” The Russian leader added that the conditions for a political settlement under the auspices of the United Nations had been created in Syria, and that refugees were returning home.

Putin was told that about 70,000 square kilometers (about 43,500 square miles) of Syrian territory has been liberated and 32,000 terrorists killed in the last seven months of the operation. Russian special forces, military police and 25 aircraft will leave Syria, and a field hospital will be removed, according to the commander of the Russian forces in Syria, Colonel-General Sergey Surovikin.

The Russian president said that the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria would continue its work, and that Russia would continue to use the Khmeimim Airbase and the Syrian port of Tartus, which provides technical support for the Russian Navy.

Putin is now headed to Cairo, where he is scheduled to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

It’s worth noting that Putin’s decision to withdrawal Russian personnel stands in stark contrast to the US, which appears to be moving toward a semi-permanent air presence in the battle-torn, Iran-allied country.

Last month, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that the US is preparing for a long term military commitment in Syria to fight ISIS "as long as they want to fight." Mattis indicated that even should ISIS loose all of its territory there would still be a dangerous insurgency that could morph into an "ISIS 2.0" which he said the US would seek to prevent. “The enemy hasn’t declared that they’re done with the area yet, so we’ll keep fighting as long as they want to fight,” Mattis said. “We’re not just going to walk away right now before the Geneva process has traction.”


Pandelis Bulgars Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:05 Permalink

@bukgars - whatever your name means is because your friends are not satisfied with just a new capital ... they will not stop until they bring everyone down - you included btw, have no illusions Halfway across the river, the frog suddenly felt a sharp sting in his back and, out of the corner of his eye, saw the scorpion remove his stinger from the frog's back. A deadening numbness began to creep into his limbs."You fool!" croaked the frog, "Now we shall both die! Why on earth did you do that?"The scorpion shrugged, and did a little jig on the drownings frog's back."I could not help myself. It is my nature."Then they both sank into the muddy waters of the swiftly flowing river. Self destruction - "Its my Nature", said the Scorpion...

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yomutti2 Billy the Poet Mon, 12/11/2017 - 10:49 Permalink

Doesn't upset me a bit. I think it's fine that anybody kills ISIS. Of course, Russia doesn't ive a damn about ISIS. They just want to shore up their pet dictator on order to preserve their pretense of being a world power. Toward that end, they don't really care whether they kill ISIS, democratic rebels, or random civilians to do it. It's all the same to them.  

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Pandelis yomutti2 Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:03 Permalink

a pet dictator who studied to become a doctor in london ... i am not sure if he even speaks russian ... forgot is all about gas pipelines.  if that was the case they could have killed a few thousands arabs in gulf and get all their oil and gas ... instead they made them billioners and built up the dessert to use them 50 years later which is today ... you dig???

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fx yomutti2 Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:56 Permalink

Since yomutti just hates Putin and any russian but knows zilch about the world and realities on the grund, a quick primer for this cocksucking moron: Contrary to the US, Russia has and had every reason to be very concerned about ISIS. A biref look at any map shows that Syria is a stomne-throw away from Russia#s south-western border. All they needed to do is passing through Turkey - which never posed any problem to them, courtesy of erdogan. Then there is Middle Asia (Afghanistan and neighbours, where ISIS already starts to establish themselves. So yes, Russia has and had every reason to wipe ISIS from earth. Interestingly, despite being right at their border, Israel never gave a damn or cared a wet fuck about ISIS! Israel gets absolutely hysteric whenever Iran is testing a 300miles missile that could not even reach TelAviv. They scream and shout and bomb the shit out of Arabs and Palestinians when they try to establish a Palestinian state next to israel (something that the UN approved long ago, overwhelmingly). But telAviv is not at all concerned about Isis buiding their caliphate right next to Israel's border. Instead, they give ISIS fighters medical treatment and ISIS in turn apologized at least once for an attack on israel's forces.Then, we have the US, who pretetnded for more than five years to combat ISIS, but in reality hardly ever did. How else does anyone explain that ISIS could grow throughout all these years, despite being supposedly bombed like mad by the USAF? Not even the US military is that incompetent! But they did bomb Assad's troups when these were attacking ISIS at Deir-ed Zor. They do hinder Russian jets to attack ISIS next to the Euphrates river as we speak. And of course, ISIS has never posed any direct threat to the US.So yeah, it somewhat plausible to conclude who really fought ISIS and who never really did.So who has nurtured and protected ISIS and who has really battled?Try harder, dumbass.

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Reptil yomutti2 Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:29 Permalink

Nope. You're wrong. This is a proxy war. And it's the CIA who started it, and continues it.Even the BBC (in typical stab-in-the-back british fashion) reported on the US Militairy making a DEAL with ISIS forces to let them escape Raqqa. Not that that hasn't happened before. Back in september-october 2001 the USAF was stood down TWICE so the Al Quaida CIA boys could "escape".If you can't comprehend Rumsfeld arming these same Al Quaida clowns way way back in 1980, with then super modern Stinger missiles, then you can't comprehend this. That's ok, I'll get a napkin. ;-)

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Vageling yomutti2 Mon, 12/11/2017 - 13:36 Permalink

Fuck. Who do I need to call to get you fired? You're a louzy troll. No skills, boring and sticking to the same hoax bullshit as ever. Get a life. Rpeat it a thousand times, it will not become true. Facts. Which hurts your brain and set off your emo tantrum. Besides, you're pissed he didn't pull off his shirt so you gendermuppet could fap on it? Aww... poor baby. Your fweelingz. 

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toady The Ram Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:01 Permalink

Who would the U.S. kick ass on? How about every conflict they've been involved with since wwII?Instead they dither around, try to install a government, pour trillions into bases to protect corporate interests... just so much wasted money and time, and, more importantly,  lives.

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iinthesky toady Mon, 12/11/2017 - 10:30 Permalink

This is why the smart money is on Putin. The man is a shrewd bastard! He bows out first leaving the USA holding the bag. If Trump follows suit he will be excoriated as a Putin lackey (which is stupid beyond measure). If he stays there, he's a Warmonger. Meanwhile Putin sits at home a hero eating popcorn.

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fx toady Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:00 Permalink

"that the U.S. needs to get out of the nation building business" I have never seen the US building any nation anywhere, but decimating and damaging, if not outright extinguishing, aplenty. From afar (living in Europe) it actually seems as if the US cannot even build their own nation, despite of all the hysteric flag waving...

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Blankone fleur de lis Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:07 Permalink

This is just another example of Putin/Russia not having the backbone or balls to do the job. Putin is cutting and running while abandoning/betraying Syria. Just like Russia betrayed/abandoned Iraq, Libya, Serbia, and on an on.

Recently the US helped ISIS kill a Russian general in Syria - some think the US actually did the killing directly and just passed the blame onto ISIS. Putin knows the US did it or directed it using their eyes in the sky.

Putin has steadfastly refused to supply the S300/S400 to Syria. Yet is providing them to the Saudis and Turkey - both enemies of Syria.

As I always said Putin showed his lack of backbone when he refused to establish a no-fly zone over Syria at the beginning.

Just a couple days ago a US jet directly interfered with Russian jets trying to bomb the enemy. Putin got the message - he is turning and running before a fight.

Putin will try to hold a portion of the west coast of Syria. The rest of Syria he is being turned over to the US alone. The US has 11 known bases in Syria already and many more unknown or under construction bases. All established as a slap in Putin's face.

Smells like Putin/Russia did a behind the back of Syria agreement with the US. The US along with their new proxy forces such as the SDF and the so called "coalition forces" (really just ISIS with new uniforms) takes Syria.

AND Putin Will Set Up and then Betray IRAN.

Even I hate to say it but Trump is kicking Putin's little ass out of Syria and has his sights on Iran with Lebanon thrown in for some bombing.

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MEFOBILLS Blankone Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:51 Permalink

This is just another example of Putin/Russia not having the backbone or balls to do the job There are multiple dimensions, not just military.  The airbase remains, and Russian troops can be flown in overnight.  Infrastructure remains, and Putin already threatened to return with overwhelming force.Putin, by withdrawing also proves Russia is not a hegemon.  The Baltics are already freaking out when Russia excercises on their own border.  The project of passifying Europe to be friendly toward Russia, means that Russia acts in accordance with the law, while the U.S. is shown to be erratic, unreliable, and the real hegemon.Also, as some have said, if Russia is nowhere around when Hezbollah and Iran start shelling American positions, then Russians are not tarred with that brush.It is yet another good move that anticipates Zion's thinktanks in U.S. deep state.  

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Blankone MEFOBILLS Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:51 Permalink

Putin already flew many of the planes back to Russia, now he intends to fly more.

Yes there is bad press for Russia just doing exercises, and look, that is all it takes to back Putin away.

And you are correct, Russia will be nowhere around. Fear. And Hezbollah and Iran are being left exposed. While the US is putting boots ON the ground and building bases (a dozen already known officially) IN Syria. The US, directly or through their proxy forces, killed a Russian general in Syria recently. Add all the russian diplomats, business leaders and Putin associates murdered over the last couple years and you get a picture. (A couple days ago a US jet harassed a russian jets over Syria, it was a warning.)

The bear got poked and runs away. Hezbollah is better off running to Lebanon before US bombs rain down on them. Putin does not know chess, only hop skip with the girls.

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Reptil MEFOBILLS Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:56 Permalink

Hegemon? This implies a static occupation. With boots on the ground, holding and defending key infrastructure.First off this is of course a nice bit of meat for the russian propaganda. I think it's true, so call it a "salespitch". That, unlike the US forces, inviting them to help doesn't mean they are taking over the shop. Of course the chinese have been building a replacement "empire" for the hollowed out (idiology), but still powerful (militairy numbers) western one.Too many troops outside russian territory is an overextention. Also I don't know how well the ECM umbrella is holding up. It's been almost two years, surely the yanks and zionists must've figured out what makes it tick?The russians have Afghanistan etched into their militairy doctrines. As well as The Great War. In which the western oligarchs funded an attack on the motherland. The russians know when to retreat. And they know how to win. The US/NATO forces aren't in any occupied country to "win". They're there to extend control and keep other parts of the world from reaching a higher potential. It's better for the oligarchs when most of the world is a shitfarm they can visit and rob at will.Also, the russians have demonstrated they can target anything there, using Ship to Surface Missiles and long range strategic bombers (from russian airfields). And bring troops in quickly and without the americans or zionists stopping them. Why should they not regroup and get ready to redeploy? I don't see the show in strength in keeping all the troops there. Then there's a pressure on multiple fronts. That's how the americans move. They put pressure here, then there, see where is a weak spot.The move of the Embassy to Jeruzalem, one month after a huge massacre of Sufi muslims by Wahabi terrorists/special forces, and the detainement of the Lebanon PM, that's in indication the Empire of Chaos is testing out that area. With this in mind a partial pullback is not so strange. Just like before, the russians let NATO/CIA do it's thing, then make a countermove.

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veritas semper… MEFOBILLS Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:11 Permalink

Great comment. Mr. Putin is acting according with  the international law,you know,the one that US is incapable of even understanding. This move was such a bitch slap ,that I'm still laughing.As I once said,Judoka move,he's a master.Even with the miraculous gains of ISIS in the territory controlled by SDF and having "the US air space" ,US can not justify its stay there.Expose the fact that US et comp are LAWLESS. Show the world their true face. Opening shot.Then ,you can make other equally intelligent moves. Crescendo.Diplomacy needs some finesse.US,which has the same subtlety as a rabid hyena,may not "get it first",like many here(and I refer to honest people,not trolls,who do not want to).But it will be forced to learn. It's never too late.

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