Jordan Sends Tanks To Border Amidst Syrian Army Advance

Images surfaced overnight Thursday of a large Jordanian military convoy reportedly headed to the border near the Syrian province of Daraa, including M-60 battle tanks and heavy military equipment. 

This as German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman on Thursday, telling him, "You live not just with the Syria conflict, but also we see Iran’s activities with regard to Israel’s security and with regard to Jordan’s border.” 

Beirut based Al Masdar News published the photos provided through its sources in the region with the description: The Jordanian military is deploying reinforcements, including heavy military equipment, on the border with the Syrian province of Daraa, according to Jordanian and Syrian sources.

A Jordanian M-60 battle tank en route to border with Syria. Via Al Masdar News

As we reported this week, the long awaited battle for Daraa has begun despite repeat warnings issued to the Syrian government from the US not to extend its military campaign to the country's south, where the conflict first began with fierce anti-Assad protests in 2011 which quickly spiraled into violence. 

The convergence of geopolitical interests among the external and regional powers which have long fueled the Syrian proxy war makes Syria's southwest region the perfect storm for potential outside intervention and dangerous broader conflagration.

The below summarizes this week's developments which makes the rapidly unfolding events in Syria's southwest provinces a highly volatile and escalating situation:

  • Israel has warned against the deployment Iranian and Hezbollah fighters allied with the Syrian government, especially near the contested Golan Heights area. 
  • The US has threatened to take "take firm and appropriate measures" should Damascus continue its military campaign in Deraa.
  • The Syrian Army and the US-backed group, Jaysh Al-Mughawir Al-Thoura from the Al-Tanf area clashed on Thursday, leaving one Syrian soldier dead.
  • Jordan's King Abdullah has joined Israel in denouncing Iran's "meddling" in the region, and met this week with Israeli PM Netanyahu in the first public meeting between the two leaders since 2014. 
  • King Abdullah also met this week with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and discussed countering "Iranian aggression".
  • Israel attacked (or possibly US coalition) Syrian Army and Iraqi paramilitary forces near the Iraq-Syria border on Sunday, killing over 40 pro-Syrian and allied fighters.
  • Assad has vowed to liberate "every inch" of sovereign Syrian territory and sees the return of Al-Quneitra and Daraa governorates to the government as key to ending Israeli and other outside meddling, including an ISIS pocket which lies adjacent to Israel and Jordan. 
  • Huge Syrian military convoys have been seen entering the southwest provinces, preparing for a final major offensive. 
  • Jordan has sent reinforcements to its border opposite Daraa to both ensure fleeing militants don't penetrate into Jordanian territory and in support of the US coalition desire to "counter Iran". 

Beirut-based Al Masdar News published the photos provided through its sources in the region.

Meanwhile, thousands of civilians in the region are reportedly fleeing toward the Jordanian and Israeli borders as clashes in the northern part of Daraa province have begun. 

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Notably ISIS has long maintained a stronghold along the Israeli occupied Golan Heights and Jordanian border  something which Israeli leadership and media are all too aware of and appear to have turned a blind eye to.

Western media has increasingly acknowledged Israel's "not so secret" quiet support to jihadists along the Golan border, with even the Wall Street Journal confirming weapons transfers and medical aid given to al-Qaeda insurgents.  

Israel, the US, and Jordan have made "countering Iran" in Syria and the region their top priority, and not ISIS. Israeli media has claimed to be in possession of on the ground footage of ISIS terror training camps just across the Israeli border. 

PM Netanyahu and Israel's military leadership have long been on record as advancing a policy of "let the Sunni evil prevail" in reference to seeing ISIS and al-Qaeda [Sunni] terrorism as the "lesser evil" when compared to Shia Iran and Hezbollah. 

Map of the current military situation in southwest Syria, including ISIS positions along the Jordanian border and Israeli occupied Golan:

Footage showing overnight clashes in south Syria:

Comments

JohninMK GunnyG Fri, 06/22/2018 - 18:47 Permalink

Very sensible move by Jordan.

If the nasties are going to come over the border they can leave their heavy gear behind. Just like the Syrian Government does when it 'reconciles' with them and moves them to another area, usually Idlib.

The Syrians have moved a major part of their now pretty battle hardened army into this corner of the country and when they squeeze the pips are going to start coming out.

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strannick JohninMK Fri, 06/22/2018 - 18:54 Permalink

"warnings issued to the Syrian government from the US not to extend its military campaign to the country's south, where the conflict first began with fierce anti-Assad protests in 2011"

-America Isreal commandinding Syria not to move its military in its own borders.

Listen how the weasel journalist characterizes Syria as out of line in this article

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. . . _ _ _ . . . strannick Fri, 06/22/2018 - 18:57 Permalink

"...to the country's south, where the conflict first began with fierce anti-Assad protests in 2011 which quickly spiraled into violence."

...fierce anti-Assad mercenary forces trained by Israel from Turkey and financed by Saud in 2011...

"Protest" means "anti-Assad mercenary forces". Freedom fighters.
But that's the joke.

Get it?

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el buitre Bud Dry Sat, 06/23/2018 - 10:59 Permalink

A "blind eye" as in supplying their proxy army ISIS with arms and medivac help?  Interesting that the Israeli occupation forces in the Golan have had no problem with the fiercely Salafist ISIS mercs on their border.  Isn't that strange?

Assad has absolutely no intention of crossing the Jordanian border now or in the future, and no intention of retaking the Golan and its oil riches until his country has eliminated all uninvited guest killers in other areas, particularly the US "Special" forces which may be returning to Dover AFB later this year in black plastic bags.  Hopefully the Jordanian puppet king has no intension of crossing the Syria border for less than $300B in foreign aid.

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LaugherNYC strannick Fri, 06/22/2018 - 19:47 Permalink

It seems like by your way of thinking the “leader” of a country is legitimate and “right” in whatever he does in his country, no matter how he took or maintains power, or what he does with it.

When someone gets REALLY bad, in the west there is a tradition of internal uprising and revolution to replace him/them. In the ME there seems to be a tendency to just lie down and let it happen. When the Syrians got started, after it just got unbearable, Vlad showed up to make sure he stuck around, so Vlad got what he wanted. The Syrian people had a chance at overthrowing that monstrous piece of shit himself, but they can’t win against the Russian slaughter machine.

Vlad taking a page from the old US playbook.

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matermaker LaugherNYC Fri, 06/22/2018 - 20:04 Permalink

   If that were true, there would have been a coup quickly as in so many other nations.  The fact is it isn't true.  Look through history at how many Caliphates had revolutions before the year 1000. The amount of loyalist to Assad, more so to a sovereign Syria, show this.  There was and has been far more suffering of the population in Jordan, under a monarchy, than has been in Syria.  You can talk all day long about how horrible a leader is, but the measure is always going to be how well the population at large lives, day to day.  In Syria, up until not too long ago, it was quite well.  Follow the money, honey.   Look where the conflict started.  The very corner where it's now ending.  At the edge of the Golan Heights which have been occupied since 1948.

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silverer matermaker Sat, 06/23/2018 - 07:42 Permalink

LaugherNYC most likely has not been to Syria. Assad has been filmed numerous times freely walking amongst the people with maybe three official people accompanying him. Often his wife joins him.

Ask yourself why the US bombs secular and diverse Syria and not Saudi Arabia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV4S2_IA1NQ

Or Assad's visit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6m19pIMkdo

Oh, I get it. Unapproved Christianity. Can't have that, can we?

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silverer LaugherNYC Sat, 06/23/2018 - 07:53 Permalink

"It seems like by your way of thinking the “leader” of a country is legitimate and “right” in whatever he does in his country, no matter how he took or maintains power, or what he does with it."

Sounds like you're talking about non-US citizen Obama, or the candidate Hillary Clinton that usurped Bernie Sanders. I hope you take a pause and ask yourself if you are in denial.

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matermaker strannick Fri, 06/22/2018 - 19:57 Permalink

   I think everyone has realized that the monsters that were created have outlived their usefulness.  The jews if anything are aware that they will mass into the Golan and cause havoc.  If you look on the interactive map, Assad is attacking on the eastern half of the southwestern corner.  This will push the fight towards the Heights. Jordan is wisely putting up a line to keep them moving, eastward, towards Israel.  Not even another 'chemical weapon attack' is going to stop this, at this point.   Also note how many sorties are being launched out of Latakia, which is basically Russian.   There is no way to avoid the outcome unless the West has the stomach to launch a full out war on Syria, Russia and Iran... and probably Iraq.    I don't see that happening.  We are way too overloaded on the plight of Central American children, over here.

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matermaker Balance-Sheet Fri, 06/22/2018 - 20:35 Permalink

   If the US suddenly pivots to the "horror' of little children getting gassed in Syria, I think even the collectively dumb public will start to smell something.  I think this is getting handed off to the Jews and Russians.  And I don't see the jews having the balls to send in ground forces.

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BorraChoom strannick Fri, 06/22/2018 - 20:54 Permalink

"It seems obvious that the U.S. is using ISIS, U.S. trained "Maghawhir al-Thawra" rebels, and its air power in another attempt to cut the land route between Syria and Iraq. It wants to use the upcoming Syrian campaign against al-Qaeda and ISIS in the southwest around Daraa to make a new move in the east.

But Syria and its allies will not allow that. They are building up their own forces in the east. As Elijah Magnier reported yesterday:

[D]uring my visit to the city of Palmyra and its surroundings, the presence of thousands of Russian troops is striking, indicating that Moscow is sending new infantry and special forces in very large numbers. This large presence has not been announced.

The Syrian army is also sending additional forces into the area and more Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units have arrived in the Al-Qaim/Albu-Kamal area.

Syria and its allies obviously decided to counter the U.S. move. Their operations at the Syrian-Iraqi border are coordinated by the common operation room in Baghdad.

 

Last night Syria, Iraq, Iran and Russia again discussed the situation in the east and made their decision:

SURA @AlSuraEnglish - 23:47 UTC - 21 Jun 2018

#BREAKING - #Iraq, #Syria, #Russia and #Iran confirm new mission to secure the #Iraqi-#Syrian border from all terrorist groups. The mission was devised in the operations room in Iraq's capital, #Baghdad.

 via Sura - Iraqi, Syrian, Iranian and Russian officers in the operations room Baghdad - bigger

"All terrorist groups" include the Maghawhir al-Thawra "rebels" and their U.S. protectors at al-Tanf.": MOA

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/06/syria-damascus-and-its-allies-prep…

Things are going to heat-up rapidly.

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not dead yet brianshell Sat, 06/23/2018 - 00:03 Permalink

Never gonna happen. Trump wants to meet with Putin and has recommended Russia be put back into the G6 +1 but after Singapore he told Russia to get out of Syria and Ukraine. Coming on top of his flip flop over troops in Syria, and sending more in, it says a lot. Or his about face on cash for the white helmets. With Assad, and Russia, being demonized in the western press as mega butchers of innocent people, and intentional wholesale bombing of hospitals and schools, any meeting with Assad will cost Trump supporters and votes in the upcoming elections. That the Dems and neocons are pushing the "giving Syria to the Russians" mantra in the compliant media also hurts any chances of a Trump Assad meet. If you think Americans are waking up to the fact that Trump is not in the pay of the Russians and the whole Russiagate thing was political theater to get Trump you need to smoke a better grade of dope.

Unless Trump hits the airwaves and claims ISIS has been destroyed and the troops are leaving Syria posthaste the neocons and the US military will not go quietly into the night. Their stated goal is to overthrow Assad and partner with Israel to destroy Hezbollah and Iran and they will stay at it until it happens and the vast majority of Americans will support it as the government and media propaganda has them them thoroughly brainwashed into believing it's necessary. Jordan may be sending tanks and troops to the border to protect themselves or they got their marching orders, and pallets of cash for their failing economy, and will invade southern Syria in "self defense" and will protect ISIS and their pals. Over the last few months the US has poured shiploads of tanks and other military equipment into Jordan for "joint exercises." More like gearing up for a major war and the Syrians and Russians will be powerless to stop the overwhelming firepower that will be unleashed on them. Hopefully I'm wrong but except for a few flag waving trolls all of us here know the US cannot be trusted to do the right thing and will escalate to save face and will have mountains of propaganda from a compliant media to get Americans to support the upcoming butchery.

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not dead yet not dead yet Sat, 06/23/2018 - 00:20 Permalink

Assad rightly negotiated with ISIS and others to help end the war and prevent more death and destruction. Problem is they are still alive and it's is extremely doubtful their attitude has changed. They are now located all together in their redoubt and most likely have been resupplied by the US and readied for battle. Assad's humanitarian efforts with these people may be his undoing as the US does it's usual treachery and unleashes their ISIS pals. ISIS has recently made surprise attacks in many areas, in some cases moving considerable distances undetected, that could have only been pulled off with aerial and satellite intelligence supplied by the US.

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JohninMK not dead yet Sat, 06/23/2018 - 07:14 Permalink

The US has not poured shitloads of tanks into Syria, ever. Armoured trucks etc yes but tanks and artillery no.

It appears that there is some kind of agreement between the US and Turkey that the US will not supply any weapon with a barrel size larger than 80mm or so. No doubt so that the SDF, who are primarily Kurds, are not tempted to transfer them to the PKK to fight the Turks in Turkey.

Any artillery supplied by the US that is in Syria is in US units.

 

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EuroPox JohninMK Fri, 06/22/2018 - 19:00 Permalink

It is too late for playing with words anyway - it's looking pretty real already:

"Maghawir al-Thowra fighters and Coalition advisors within the de-escalation zone near al-Tanf were engaged by an unidentified hostile force located just outside the de-escalation zone in the early evening of June 21." 

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Consuelo EuroPox Fri, 06/22/2018 - 19:44 Permalink

I agree.

 

However, it must never be forgotten that arguably one of the most brilliant (and highly successful) marketing campaigns in history, was a turn of the phrase 'Palestinian' to describe what are still to this day, predominantly Jordanian Arabs.   Yasser Arafat was a mastermind in this sense.

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I Am Jack's Ma… EuroPox Fri, 06/22/2018 - 19:13 Permalink

I suspect Syria told the US that replies to attacks will be on Israel itself.  

 

There comes a point when you get tired of being slapped around and being afraid, and you’d rather get your licks in and be destroyed fighting than be slapped around everyday and slowly bleeding to death.

Good hunting to the SAA, Hezbollah Freedom Fighters, and the ISIS-and-Al Qaeda smashing Iranians.

 

Now is the time for Putin to stand by his ally or in the end, he’ll lose that navy base too.

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