Syria Daily: US Concedes Deir ez-Zor City to Pro-Assad Forces

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Pro-Assad forces near Deir ez-Zor city in eastern Syria, September 2017

In a further sign of an agreement involving the US and the Assad regime, the American military has indicated its acceptance of pro-Assad forces reclaiming Deir ez-Zor city in eastern Syria.

In a summer offensive, the regime’s military and foreign allies such as Hezbollah have entered Deir ez-Zor Province, most of which has been held by the Islamic State since 2014. They have broken ISIS’s siege of Deir ez-Zor city and the nearby military airport, and are now in western parts of the city.

The US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces entered Deir ez-Zor Province from the north last week, advancing to the north of Deir ez-Zor city and capturing the industrial district to the east. The advance raised the possibility of a clash between the pro-Assad units and the SDF, currently separated by about 15 km (10 miles).

The spokesman for the US-led coalition fighting ISIS, Colonel Ryan Dillon, said on Friday, “I’ll just tell you that the plan is not to go into Deir ez-Zor city but there [are] plenty of ISIS fighters and resources and leaders that continue to have holdouts throughout the middle Euphrates River valley.”

The US is backing the SDF in other major operations against a retreating ISIS throughout northern Syria, notably the offensive to retake Raqqa city, which had been the center of the Islamic State’s territory in the country.

Backed by American airstrikes that have also killed hundreds of civilians, the SDF has a majority of the city and is slowly taking significant positions amid sustained ISIS resistance.

The political status of the Syrian Kurdish territory in and after the conflict is unsettled. Bashar al-Assad has said that he will not accept Kurdish autonomy, a position supported by his key ally Iran and also by Turkey, which considers the leading Syrian Kurdish group PYD to be part of the Turkish Kurdish insurgency PKK.

However, Assad’s other essential ally Russia has been careful to avoid any declaration about Syrian Kurdish autonomy.

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  1. “US concedes deir ez-zour to Assad”??? What kind of title is that????? As far as I know this city is part of syrian national terrority and no country has the right to “concede” a territorial integral part of a another sovereign state! Just a case of a sovereign and independent country recovering a part of it’s own territory!

    • But Syria was never a sovereign state. It was run by a one-family dictatorship and Syrians were always vassals of this state with little or none sovereignty. So your objection is fundamentally rubbish, and is a rightwing argument that sovereignty belongs to the ruler and his acolytes.

          • The idea of soverign, implying no one can challenge their decisions , comes from feudalism. It has nothing to do with real democracy where only the population collectively in sovereign. Therefore sovereignty is simply a convenience for modern states, an excuse for illegitimate governments to protect each other from rebellious populations.

              • Yes, my country USA, is a fake democracy. Real democracy is not just about voting but about control from the bottom up. The right to recall (remove) those you have elected by the same methods used to elect for any reason at any time. “sovereignty’ in a real democratic country is with the population not with a government.

              • Evenchick, yes, that was my point to Andre that sovereignty belongs to the people, not this abstract thing called a country that is feted by nationalists and national socialists. But for you to ask that people can vote someone out of office before the term expires — first off, the US presidential system allows for impeachment. Second off, do you have any idea how destructive that would be if politicians could only take popular decisions, and not rational and logical decisions that are unpopular, if they could be recalled on the whim of a cat? That would certainly be a recipe for populism and the rise of a leftwing demagogic fuhrer like Sanders that would put Stalin and Hitler to shame.

              • Evenchick, yes, that was my point to Andre that sovereignty belongs to the people, not this abstract thing called a country that is feted by nationalists and national socialists.

                Nothing about feting anything. You two are just trying to make up some vague definition to suit your argument and malign Syria. I doubt Kazemi rejects the US is a sovereign state.

                Second off, do you have any idea how destructive that would be if politicians could only take popular decisions, and not rational and logical decisions that are unpopular, if they could be recalled on the whim of a cat?

                You mean like taking the country to war based on lies about WMD?

              • Your lack of historical education is profound, Andre. US is sovereign not because Trump is the president. US is sovereign because its people are sovereign – the people decides democratically who the government is. In Syria, one man and his acolytes decide everything. Please learn something.

      • Hahahaha! How many countries have broken diplomatic ties with the syrian government? Has Syria been kicked-out from world bodies??? You’re deluding yourself!
        Assad and his government still hold legitimacy among most of world nations and are recognised as the legitimate representatives of the syrian people , fully entitled to speak on their behalf!

        • Heh – to be recognized as a rule of a country is not recognizing that it is a democracy and that it is sovereign. Do you understand the vast difference between a democracy and a dictatorship?

          • I understand that the majority of syrians support Assad and not the myriad of foreign backed domestic or foreign islamic terrorists mascarading as “freedom fighters”…It’s you who has problems comprehending that!

            • There is no evidence that a majority support Assad. The only way you are allowed to say this is if the UN implements and runs a fair and open election,or if the country is genuinely democratic and human rights are sacrosanct. Barring this it is a mockery to claim Assad has any kind of support beyond the 10% that he sold the rights to exploit and abuse the masses.

    • From Commentary Magazine:

      “This cynical vision of the free society (as a conspiracy against the dispossessed) was a mainstay of Cold War–era debates about the relative merits of Western democracy and Communism.

      That line (of argument) worked for a time, until the scale of Soviet tyranny became
      impossible to justify by anyone but its most abject apologists. It became
      obvious that “bourgeois justice,” however imperfect, was infinitely preferable
      to the Marxist alternative. With the Communist experiment discredited, and
      Western workers uninterested in staging world revolution, the illiberal left
      began shifting instead to questions of identity. In race-gender-sexuality theory
      and the identitarian “subaltern,” it found potent substitutes for dialectical
      materialism and the proletariat. We are still living with the consequences of
      this shift.”

  2. Meanwhile, on the NATO-Disintegration Front:

    1. Tayyip says big “F U, NATO!” by ordering Russian S-400 air defence missile batteries:
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-president-erdogan-vows-to-give-new-weapons-to-military.aspx?pageID=238&nID=117910&NewsCatID=510

    2. EuroJelly sot Junker retaliates with “Turkish EU accession off the table for foreseeable future”:
    https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Jg_Zg_WYsngJ:https://news.vice.com/story/eu-finally-admitting-turkeys-membership-isnt-happening

    3. Timmy Teabag [Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, CHP], the amazing Turkish ‘opposition’ non-leader who bravely paved every step of the way towards Tayyip’s Caliphate, to be rewarded with a permanent sinecure [until execution for traitors is reintroduced] as Camp Kapo in the Gulag of Atatürkian Numbskulls any day now, since his personal lawyer just got FETÖ’ed and, under the right sort of ‘encouragement’, can be expected to grass ‘im up in short order:
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/main-opposition-chp-lawyer-detained-over-alleged-gulen-links.aspx?pageID=238&nID=117995&NewsCatID=338

    This reaction comes a day after Timmy finally started, about 10 years too late, to run his mouth against Lord Tayyip:
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/chp-leader-rejects-presidents-terrorism-accusation.aspx?pageID=238&nID=117983&NewsCatID=338

    Timmy will doubtless be led away crying, “Shome mishtake, shurely, there are still Kurds to kill first, Tayyip, Buddy, you promised I’d be last on the list!”

    To which the Sultan shall loftily reply, “You are a Kurd to me now, Timmy. Adieu but not farewell.”

    • Re. #1: In foam-flecked reaction, the Yanki Dullards hunker down and tense up to shit more sanctions at the situation, isolating themselves further:
      https://sputniknews.com/military/201709151057426446-cardin-russia-turkey-s400-us/

      However, Tayyip needs the non-‘interoperable’, i.e. NOT back-doored with NATO kill-switch, S-400 to shoot down any Yanki transporters which might try to fly in and steal his B-61 nukes from İncirlik — as far as he’s concerned that’s the rent which has now come due for the 65 years of Yanki free-loading and coups perpetrated on his land.

      It’s a fair cop!

      • Lol, nuclear weapons have very complex locks that even the Russians cannot reverse engineer. So how can a semi-literate country like Turkey, run by a bunch of neanderthals be able to unlock a nuclear weapon? Besides, nuclear weapon have a fixed life, and they expire after a while. And it is very easy for the US to disable the weapons or even remove the fission material. Why would the US want dud missiles that are obsolete back anyways? Best way to dispose of the radioactive material is to let it rot in Incirlik.

        • It’s the principle of the thing, to demonstrate that taking nukes from senile Uncle Sam is like swiping candy from a baby which must be commensurately punished for the attempted coup against Tayyip.

          Anyway, at a pinch the firing circuits can be replaced with Iranian designs, perhaps with some input from DPRK experts. Rest assured, one way or another all that delicious plutonium will not be allowed to go to waste.

        • Lol, nuclear weapons have very complex locks that even the Russians cannot reverse engineer.

          And you know that based on what? Unless those “locks” are based boobie trapped, the things can indeed be disassembled.

          Besides, nuclear weapon have a fixed life, and they expire after a while.

          Huh? What on earth are you talking about? The fissile component is metal alloy. They don’t have used by dates.

          And it is very easy for the US to disable the weapons or even remove the fission material.

          Easy how?

          Why would the US want dud missiles that are obsolete back anyways?

          Because they can still wreak havoc.

          Best way to dispose of the radioactive material is to let it rot in Incirlik.

          It’s not organic dude. It’s not going to rot.

          • A nuclear weapon is a complex device that contains materials such as semiconductors or various organics, and some of that deliberate, for that to expire after a period of time. If there is a chance that a weapon shall fall in the hands of unfriendlies, complex locks, expiration and self-destruct timers, specialized batteries with a fixed lifetime, etc. will be installed. The guidance mechanism receives commands from satellites which can easily tell it to self-destruct or fall in the sea.

            The best bet is to dismantle them and take the fissile material and build a bomb from scratch. Iranians are too stupid, and I know them, to be able to do this. DPRK is struggling and will not spend its tiny manpower on trying to recycle a few fissile wearheads that they have no idea how they work. If Turkey steals the weapons, the whole world will sanction them and their economy will collapse as it is fully integrated with Europe. Too high a price for even the extreme Islamic to pay.

            • There are no “organics” to speak of in nuclear weapons. Nothing rots. Any locks can be circumvented, and as for self-destruct timers, they too can be circumvented by jamming any radio or gps signal. Just look at how cleverly the Iranians were able to land a top secret US drone by hacking into it’s GPS signal.

              Iranians are the most educated people in the region.

              Dismantling the bomb and re purposing it’s components would be well within their capabilities. Apart from the fissile material, the implosion mechanism would be reusable along with the triggers and firing mechanism. If The world cannot afford to sanction Turkey. It would lead to an economic collapse in Europe not to mention destroying NATO.

              • Lol — the nukes at Incirlik have already been decommissioned. Either they have removed the fissile material, or have erased the software in the microcontrollers. There is no way to replace the software. Then the batteries (which contain organics) have a fixed lifetime, and other materials degrade or get contaminated. Everything has a lifetime. Sorry, but you lefties have no idea how complex these machinery are and how easily they can be dismantled. Again, the only danger is for Erdo’an to steal the plutonium or uranium. And if he does that, his country and his rule would be toast.

              • The software can easily be erased or even the electronics self-destruct by remote wireless coded commands to the missile. Do this experiment. Hand over a 747 to the aboriginal tribes of the Amazon. I bet you that they will not be able to make it fly. Lefties have no idea how things are produced and how difficult the engineering is. Some environmentalists even believe that autos and TVs grow on trees.

            • “Iranians were able to land a top secret US drone by hacking into it’s GPS signal.” — just shows how naive and gullible you are. You believe a mendacious state of Islamic Republic of Iran, but you don’t believe the logical explanation given by the US that the thing malfunctioned and crashed? Do you have any idea how difficult it would be to spoof GPS signals? Even giving you the benefit of the doubt, how come Iran and its allies such as Syria are not regularly bringing down US and Israeli drone by “hacking the GPS signal”?

  3. From Commentary Magazine: “In one sense, though, the identitarians went further. The old Marxists still claimed to stand on objectively accessible truth. Not so their successors. Following intellectual lodestars such as the gender theorist Judith Butler, the identity left came to reject objective truth—and with it, biological sex differences, aesthetic standards in art, the possibility of universal moral precepts, and much else of the kind. All of these things, the left identitarians said, were products of repressive institutions, hierarchies, and power.

    Today’s “social-justice warriors” are heirs to this sordid intellectual legacy. They claim to seek justice. But, unmoored from any moral foundations, SJW justice operates like mob justice and revolutionary terror, usually carried out online. SJWs claim to protect individual autonomy, but the obsession with group identity and power dynamics means that SJW autonomy claims must destroy the autonomy of others. Self-righteousness married to total relativism is a terrifying thing.”

    In other words, we went from an era where evidence and logic tied with moral precepts was how you arrived at the truth, while now truth is found through emotions, rationalization, subjectivity, purification and enraged conscience.

      • US never tried to earnestly back the rebellion. So it will not be “walking away”. Issue is not so much Russia winning this war, but as I have mentioned, but how the regressive left with the help of rightwingers managed to convince the US not to back the rebellion.

        • US never tried to earnestly back the rebellion.

          The US did all it could to back the jihadists but short of going to war with Russia, there is little else it could do. The British are walking away. They realize it was a failed strategy all along. Assad simply had too much credibility and strength. Syrians didn’t want to turn Syria into the KSA mini me

              • Susan Rice never has her heart in a NFZ or a Nato aerial intervention. So again, you have been proven wrong. And I don’t think the Libyan intervention, as it happened, received Security Council approval. So what is your point, that the Obama government was all gong ho to take down Assad? Then you must have been reading only counterpunch and global research and Sputnik in the past 6 years.

              • Susan Rice never has her heart in a NFZ or a Nato aerial intervention.

                She did, the US simply couldn’t pull the same stunt twice at the UNSC, even after she promised the US would behave itself the next time. :)

                And I don’t think the Libyan intervention, as it happened, received Security Council approval.

                It didn’t but the NFZ did. The US was given an inch and took a mile and used it for intervention.

      • So you believe that the Marxist left with the help of Putin won Syria, and this has nothing to do with the regressive cultural left? Are you confusing Assad or Putin for a Marxist?

  4. US-led Coalition: Iraqi Kurds put us in touch with Kurdish fighters in Kobani
    http://aranews.net/2017/08/us-led-coalition-iraqi-kurds-put-us-touch-kurdish-fighters-kobani/ 8/7/2017

    For all the #Twitterkurds and metal fans, check out Cyaxares: a Mesopotamian death metalband from Sulaymaniya https://t.co/1n5TfK4qvN
    https://twitter.com/wammezz/status/895722756054110208 8/10/2017

    Nelson Mandela’s lawyer Essa Moussa visiting Kurdish fighters of HPG & YJA Star in Kirkuk. #TwitterKurds https://t.co/qim8DdWuez
    https://twitter.com/Hevallo/status/756824074349842432 7/23/2016

  5. PUK Spox: Removal of Kirkuk Governor from office is unacceptable
    https://anfenglish.com/news/puk-spox-removal-of-kirkuk-governor-from-office-is-unacceptable-22118 9/14/2017

    #Efrin Defense Minister Abdo Ibrahim ; “We as YPG-YPJ -are ready to protect kirkuk and all kurdistan with Pêsmerge and Guerilla https://t.co/X6gfuTeeoH
    https://twitter.com/AcarLawinda/status/908370748674322434 9/14/2017

    Yekîtî – Pêşmerge û gêrilla
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnydjY3y4yY 11/25/2012

  6. #Southern Syria: In case any doubts the efficacy/effectiveness of raiding regime positions “FSA seized a water truck heading to Rukban camp loaded w/ ammo incl. mortars, SPG-9 & 2 (white) #Fagot #ATGMs + launcher.” – QalaatAlMudiq

  7. SDF managed to capture all of old city Raqqa and is gradually pushing ISIS out of the city to the northern suburbs where they shall be slaughtered, before Putin and Assad can ship them to Paris and London. My condolences Andre …

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