Exclusive: US air force thwarts another Syrian push across the Euphrates

US fighter jets Friday night struck a Syrian force that attempted to reach the US-controlled eastern bank of the Euphrates, accompanied by Russian mercenaries,” DEBKAfile’s exclusive military sources report. It is not known whether there were Russian casualties. This was a second Syrian attempt to cross the river and it was mounted from near the same location as the first, outside the town of Deir ez-Zour on Feb. 7. In that episode, US marines repelled the crossing, causing some 200 casualties among the Russian “mercenaries” who were assisting the Syrian troops. Thursday night, the US military warned the Russian command against a repetition: “Russian private military contractors remain in the area and are using local pro-regime troops to scout coalition positions,” the US spokesman said, adding: “If it comes down to it we will defend ourselves.”
Read the top story on this page for an account of rising US-Russian military tensions in Syria amid Moscow’s expectations of an imminent US attack on Damascus and the Syrian regime.

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24 thoughts on “Exclusive: US air force thwarts another Syrian push across the Euphrates

  • Mar 24, 2018 @ 22:36 at 22:36
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    This is how the Iranians operate. They try and fail and retry harder and fail and keep retrying until they can win. This means that unless they are all destroyed, they will come back stronger to fight another day after losing and learning from their mistakes. Thus, they must be totally eliminated.

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    • Mar 26, 2018 @ 2:33 at 2:33
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      the iranians are really like Sadams conscrips unwilling unloyal ill trained and brainwashed. using 40 year old soviet tanks and f14 tomcats that are half grounded they will surrender by the hundreds of thousands they are poor uneducated masses that want freedom from the religious freaks that enslave them .

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  • Mar 24, 2018 @ 22:50 at 22:50
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    Yo Vlad,
    You want to send your boys in to the meat grinder?
    See what happens.
    May be next time we’ll send in the “A” team.
    Ha Ha.

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    • Mar 25, 2018 @ 0:36 at 0:36
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      Yo Trumpy, just wait for it….you’ll stop laughing very soon 😉

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  • Mar 24, 2018 @ 23:22 at 23:22
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    incitement libel or offensive language. Ha Ha Ha. Here we have murder and death on a grand scale and you want nothing offensive on this page demonizing the participants these act. Who is insane? There is nothing that is not offensive in this whole subject. Syria is so offensive it is hard to talk about it. Death. death death take us all. There is no end to this until Syria is a bone yard with no living this moving.

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  • Mar 25, 2018 @ 6:30 at 6:30
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    This was actually a third attempt. The first was on January 7 but the Americans opened up the dam and flooded out the first bridge. We are heading for a war with Iran,Syria and their assistance of the Russians. It will culminate with a large scale attack on Iran and its bomb program.

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  • Mar 25, 2018 @ 7:13 at 7:13
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    A war has to happen between USA,Israel vs Russia,Iran,China,Nk once and for all. winner takes all and finish this standoff

    one thing id like to point out though

    Global Defense Budget :

    United States 580 b$
    China 161 b$
    Saudi Arabia 56 b$
    India 51 b$
    United Kingdom 45 b$
    Russia 44 b$

    lol @ russia

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    • Mar 25, 2018 @ 7:25 at 7:25
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      >Unable to find second source conformation.

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  • Mar 25, 2018 @ 8:47 at 8:47
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    Funny old world.

    The US troops are in Syria Illegally. They have no rights being in Syria.

    In fact, their Oath of joining the US Military say they should disobey the Illegal orders for them to go there.

    That means that the US troops are no more than Paid Mercenaries.

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    • Mar 25, 2018 @ 10:52 at 10:52
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      what rubbish – assad is a DICTATOR – so under these terms anyone else who has a better military is actually running the show, At the moment, that’s Russia and the USA.. unless he can force them out..Too stupid for words.., This is how is works, mate… All this crap about being “invited” pretty stupid. Iran is “invited” to set up military positions to attack Israel, same with hizbollocks – armed to the teeth with UN “help” also “invited”. There’s a couple of invitations that have been left off the list.. US and Israel. They are coming anyway.

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      • Mar 25, 2018 @ 12:33 at 12:33
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        The Kurds invited the U.S. to help them deal with ISIS. The 3.5 million Syrian refugees in Turkey invited Turkey to deal with ISIS in Syria. Assad is not the only one who can invite anyone into Syria.

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  • Mar 25, 2018 @ 10:17 at 10:17
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    ANOTHER violation of international law by the US Empire of death.

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    • Mar 25, 2018 @ 10:55 at 10:55
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      What “international law”??? hahaa! Its a bit late for that Ros. You want a REAL tyranny? Russia, China and co will help you with that.

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  • Mar 25, 2018 @ 11:58 at 11:58
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    Yes Scott China might be communistic but the deep state is lucifarian!!

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  • Mar 25, 2018 @ 15:39 at 15:39
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    Exclusive my ass the rest of the world has know since Thursday when it happens i even mentioned it here in a comment yesterday,its even been in the US and UK papers like last time there is nothing exclusive about your reporting Debka ,Russia keeps getting its ass kicked

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    • Mar 25, 2018 @ 17:52 at 17:52
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      Please name a second source for the story.

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      • Mar 26, 2018 @ 1:07 at 1:07
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        My source was direct,however read the us press from the end of the week,Or offer to pay for my services which are way above your budget ,

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        • Mar 26, 2018 @ 8:20 at 8:20
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          You remind me of one guy who once abandoned his position to take a piss without permission. When he came back, the team leader told him he must tell somebody whenever he needs to go. The guy replied, that he told. The leader asked, whom did you tell? The guy replied, “somebody”…

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  • Mar 25, 2018 @ 17:29 at 17:29
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    Russia is avoiding the death of billikns of people by not confronting the US u prick!!!

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  • Mar 25, 2018 @ 22:26 at 22:26
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    LOL and again s400 what ?? was it turned off again ??

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  • Mar 26, 2018 @ 12:52 at 12:52
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    why is US in Syria in the first place,i know Syria ia a soveregn nation…in this case ,Russia have the right to invade Romania,Poland,the baltic states,Hungary or whatever country they want…then what?huh?

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  • Mar 26, 2018 @ 13:00 at 13:00
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    USA a real tiger , RUSSIA a tiger paper . one of days russia will be crushed and humilated badly in syria it is a matter of time

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    • Mar 26, 2018 @ 21:47 at 21:47
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      Sounds arrogant like Goliath…

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