Syrian Pro-Government Forces Evacuate Airports, Military Bases Ahead Of Airstrikes

In light of this morning's jawboning by Trump, who vowed that an attack with US missiles "nice and new and “smart!" is imminent, and following overnight unconfirmed reports that US warplanes are massing over the Syria-Iraq border, it will hardly come as a surprise that Syrian soldiers and pro-government forces are getting the hell out of dodge.

According to Reuters, which cites the (highly conflicted) Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Syrian pro-government forces are evacuating main airports and military air bases ahead of possible U.S. strikes.

While the report has yet to be confirmed, amusingly Reuters clarified that "the Syrian army could not be immediately reached for comment." It's also not immediately clear what they would say: "yes, we are retreating, have a good day."

Ironically, the Syrian army has one person to thank for the advance notice of an imminent attack: the same one who back in 2013 said: " I would not go into Syria, but if I did it would be by surprise and not blurted all over the media like fools."

According to Pro-opposition sources, the Syrian regime has also evacuated the Jomrayah Research Center near Damascus, which is tied to Syria's ballistic program, and was targeted twice by Israel in 2015.

One lingering question is whether Russian armed forces are doing the same, and if not, what the odds are that a US strike could result in a lethal outcome involving US troops, unleashing an armed conflict between the two superpowers.

For now, Russians appears to not be in a rush, and while there has been a downtick in airstrikes from the Syrian air force, Russian strikes are still ongoing:

Meanwhile, the Syrian military is transferring advanced weaponry to Russian bases according to a source quoted by Le Figaro.

Separately, earlier on Wednesday, the Iranian media publishes the first images of the damage to the T4 Syrian airbase after an Israeli airstrike 48 hours ago killed 14.

Comments

Adolph.H. Labworks Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:09 Permalink

I smell a rat. And a fish. 

What's the point in illegally bombing a country and losing expensive ordinance of you give a warning first? 

I shall conclude that:

  • either they're going to bomb other places and palaces,
  • or that it's not going to happen,
  • or even that they have to get rid of a number of missiles for preemption dates reasons, or because a new generation is on its way,
  • or finally that it's a way to measure the specs of the Russian setup. 

And I would tend to think that they want to observe the Russian reaction possibly even before it even happens, before calling off their move. 

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It's okay not to be a Jew.

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nmewn beepbop Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:41 Permalink

Its IMMINENT!

Run for your lives! Follow that time honored Hawaiian tradition of chunking your children down storm drains!

There's tweeter reports of American & French jets streaking overhead bound for Syria!

This is it! The big one!

IMMINENT! ;-)

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kralizec nmewn Wed, 04/11/2018 - 12:24 Permalink

Yeah...sure...every time Russia says "I wouldn't do that shit if I was you!" nothing happens.

But this time is different.

Meh!

It's all a retarded Mexican circle jerk!

But I would be lying if I said I don't enjoy the parade of headless chickens screaming doom and gloom.

Now days you have to take whatever entertainment you can find...

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Blankone DeadFred Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:41 Permalink

Very well could be the case.
But with the Syrian forces having to leave their bases and protection it opens them up to attack from the Syrian rebels, ISIS and whoever else is on the ground.

There has also been rumors of a build up of armor in Jordan. Movement of armored ground troops into southern Syria could also occur, supported by Israeli bombings, to move Syrian forces away from the Israeli borders.

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msamour Blankone Wed, 04/11/2018 - 12:26 Permalink

I would be very careful were I an American moving assets from Jordan. The ships in the Caspian sea have demonstrated they can hit targets well inside Syria. If everyone goes hog wild, and the Russians decide to lunch everything they got, they will be attacking from all sides. That includes the airspace over Iran. 

A rain of Kalibr missiles could really wreck shit up on the Syrian-Jordan border. I hope the Americans have taken this into account.

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marcusfenix DeadFred Wed, 04/11/2018 - 12:20 Permalink

I wish you were right but I'm afraid the explanation is far simpler and more business as usual than Trump playing 82d chess with the MIC.

The reason Trump is so freely tweeting about the impending attack on Syria is because everyone already knows it's coming. You can't hide the kind of preparations that are occurring as we speak. Bringing all those naval and air assets from half dozen or so different countries together, staging them and generally getting them ready to fight is not conducive to a sneak attack.

There is no way the Russian and Syrian militaries were not going to see exactly what is being staged whether Trump tweeted about it or not.

This is going to happen, the FF chemical weapons attack tells us that it was a go probably before Trump even announced his intentions to withdraw.

It's the Iraq, Libya play book all over again.

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veritas semper… marcusfenix Wed, 04/11/2018 - 13:45 Permalink

 All this is a desperate action from the coalition of killing as their terrorists lost . They try to make Russia back down. They know that invading Syria ,means a WW with Russia. They can not get to Mr. ASSAD without going through the Russians. And the Skripal case has to be viewed in the same context : discredit Russia and link her to this Syria FF

  Russian proverb :when shooting a bear ,shoot to kill if you can ,because other way the bear kills you . The key word here is "if you can " . And US et comp can not.

  US (UK,Israhell and France ) put themselves in a corner by their own stupidity .

  I knew that the Donald was not very bright (it was obvious ) , but I confess I did not realize that he WAS SO STUPID.

 What is the purpose of all this  showing of force ? who do they think they will intimidate? The Russians ,the Iranians ? LOL!

 What are they going to do ? Start a WW and kill the whole planet in the process ,including them?

 Shoot at some empty field  and maybe kill some Syrians again , using Million dollar tomahawks for that ? Becoming the laughing stock of the planet ?

  Because this are the only options. And both are laughable  and put US in a very bad light. Lost ANY CREDIBILITY LEFT.

Well ,there is the other mature option : declare that you made a mistake ,based on FAKE NEWS and FALSE FLAGS ,pack your sh*t and go home ,yankee! But ,being too exceptional ,US is not expected to do the right thing.

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E5 BullyBearish Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:38 Permalink

"has become a terrorist WAR country.."

When were you born?  

Obama was at war every day in office.  Personally ordered the murder of a 15 year old citizen from Denver and set up the murder of his sister for the incoming Trump administration.  No due process. No attempt at arrest.  Only charge was his dad was a "bad dad".  Highest treason.

Bush gave permission to Saddam to invade Kuwait and then turned on him.  Lord the list is so long in Central America...

Carter launched Nukes at Iran in Syria and then changed his mind after launch (first president since that democrat truman).

LBJ let the Israeli attack the USS Liberty for hours and then covered it up when they couldn't sink it.  Cambodia, and of course the murder of a sitting president.

Kennedy.... Viet Nam.  

Clinton in the Balkan genocide.

Clinton missed Osama with cruise missiles that ended up in Pakistan intact for their advancement of nuke delivery.  

Clinton covered up the Kursk to try and save the Gore election and then turned treason with it in Uranium 1.

 

When where you born again?

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you_are_cleared_hot Adolph.H. Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:19 Permalink

That's what I was saying on the other thread about Trump/Putin. I think your last bullet is indeed the answer: Trump and Mattis want to see how the Russian defenses are configured/reaction times/what their transmitting on, etc.  This is classic probing of the defenses.

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lucitanian Adolph.H. Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:49 Permalink

The one you missed:

   . destroy the evidence of CIA/MOSSAD/MI5 collaboration with Al Nusra in preparing a FF chemical attack which never happened because the Syrian Army got there first, have the foreign agents in custody, and are holding the site ready for the OPCW inspection.

That's why the rush....

Putin can offer Trump a face saving exit with a limited exchange, but will he? Has he? The other question is Israel and Hezbollah in the loop when the shit starts HTF? Hence Israel's warning.

However if this is the real thing it was planned months ago and the UK poisoning hoax and the fictitious chlorine gas attack which was staging, because they lost their factory, was all planned in advance months ago, to soften up the sheeple to see Russia as the bad guy, but still the fly in the ointment is that the Syrian Army and Russians captured the terrorist chemical weapons factory and the western "advisers" too soon.  

 

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thisandthat gatorengineer Wed, 04/11/2018 - 17:24 Permalink

My bet is reps are going to run a "regular" candidate against him, but whom?

Pence, that's whom... have you ever even heard of him yet? Exactly! He's the one guy who managed to stay out of sight and trouble this whole time, and will be the cool-headed, stable and predictable guy everyone will be looking for, after all of Trump's (and Hillary's) craziness...

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moobra tmosley Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:43 Permalink

Agreed. so ,many dumb asses here expect trump to make campaign promises to the world "We will never ever ever bomb you again" and lose ANY leverage we have because trump would never lie to the people! 

Grow up. The troops an come home but that action should NEVER line up with the words.

Always keep them guessing and do what you plan to do without telegraphing it or writing it in stone.

 

Strategy 101

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