Russian forces take over America’s N. Syria bases, E. Syrian airspace, and concern for Kurds

President Vladimir Putin hosts his Turkish guest Recep Erdogan at Sochi on Tuesday, Oct. 22 as master of northern Syria after his special forces began moving into evacuated US positions including the big Tabqa air base. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that the 1,000 American troops withdrawing from Syria would go to western Iraq. He did not rule out counter-terrorism operations against ISIS from Iraq into Syria, “after the details are worked out.”

Esper made no reference to negative Turkish or Syrian military steps or the situation of the Kurds. Washington has evidently shunted those problems over to the new reigning power in eastern Syria, i.e. Moscow.

The Putin-Erdogan meeting takes place at the end of the five-day ceasefire negotiated between the US and Turkey for Kurdish forces to retreat from an agreed security zone along the Syrian-Turkish border.
DEBKAfile’s military sources report that Tabqa air base, taken over by Russian forces on the heels of the Syrian army, is large enough to accommodate Russian bombers and air cargoes. Located near the largest Syrian dam on the River Euphrates and 40km from Raqqa, it offers Moscow complete control of eastern Syria including the Kurdish regions of the northeast and the Syrian-Iraqi border, excepting only the large US garrison at al Tanf which sits athwart the intersection of the Syrian, Iraqi and Jordanian borders.

The radical realignment of strength in these regions was almost certainly coordinated between Washington and Moscow, like the other military steps emanating from the Turkish incursion of Syria against the Kurds.

Having appealed to Moscow and Damascus to halt the Turkish intrusion into their lands, Syria’s Kurdish leaders understand that responsibility for their fate has passed from Washington to Moscow. Their bitter complaints of betrayal and abandonment by America, and appeals for aid from Israel, are therefore aimed at raising popular sympathy in the West, knowing that Moscow is their only realistic address for claiming support.

Putin therefore finds himself in a similar situation to that of President Donald Trump at the outset of the Turkish operation (on Oct. 9). He must evade the charges leveled against the Trump administration of abandoning the Kurds of Syria to a genocidal Turkish army, after their gallant fight against the Islamist State, an enemy shared by the US and Russia.

The Russian leader will therefore need to confront Erdogan’s demand to occupy a “security zone” in northern Syria, to which Washington acceded, and lean hard on the Turkish president to start pulling all his troops out of the Syria and ending his military venture there. Kurdish forces have meanwhile complied with the US-Turkish truce stipulation and begun withdrawing from the besieged border town of Ras al-Ayn with their wounded civilians and fighters. This as a signal of their willingness for compromise, so long as one of the two big powers offers them military protection.
Moscow’s expanded military and air force control over northern and eastern Syria, following the US pullback, calls for an extension of the Israeli-Russian military cooperation deal that limits Israel’s air strikes against Iran to the north and the west. Addenda to these understandings will need to be negotiated. Therefore it may be assumed that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will soon be flying to Sochi discuss coordinating with Putin and his defense chiefs in which parts of eastern Syria the Israeli Air Force is allowed to hammer Iranian and its allied forces and which are barred.

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49 thoughts on “Russian forces take over America’s N. Syria bases, E. Syrian airspace, and concern for Kurds

  • Oct 21, 2019 @ 10:50 at 10:50

    Tommy, davai, davai, vomit something, must justify your pay after all.

    • Oct 21, 2019 @ 11:45 at 11:45

      “Tommy, davai, davai, vomit something, must justify your pay after all.”


      In view of current and developing events, certain fundamentalist posters will soon be regurgitating everything they learned in Sunday school here on Debka.

      • Oct 21, 2019 @ 13:14 at 13:14

        Hmmm, the return of Jesus the Christ is still at least many decades into the future. Careful reading and studying of the word of God reveals much. Peace.

        • Oct 21, 2019 @ 18:00 at 18:00

          DaveTex… When he returns Elijah with Bin Joseph & Bin David Will Let You Know?

        • Oct 21, 2019 @ 21:04 at 21:04

          Many year before a His Coming? …..I don’t think so. Jesus said when Israel is reestablished as a nation the generation that sees that happen will not die off before He comes back. ❤️?

    • Oct 21, 2019 @ 16:45 at 16:45

      Well since you asked so nicely I’ve posted two little thought provoking gifts for you.

  • Oct 21, 2019 @ 12:08 at 12:08

    /Trump fukced them over….typical

    • Oct 21, 2019 @ 12:25 at 12:25

      It’s even funnier considering that that idiot Bibi had a hand in Trump election.

      • Oct 21, 2019 @ 17:46 at 17:46

        Yesus… And In 2020!

      • Oct 22, 2019 @ 19:58 at 19:58

        Idiot comment…. Exit strategy? If Trump did it any other way then what? Three months notice, six months? You’d have every party involved positioning themselves for advantage likely resulting in much more chaos, violence and death.

    • Oct 21, 2019 @ 12:27 at 12:27

      Yes, very well said, the corridor available for the Iranian infiltration closes more and more, their dream of expansion is very much fukced.

      • Oct 21, 2019 @ 13:38 at 13:38

        Aladdin, Iranians were never players from the beginning, just prones, where are the good “chess inventers”;now in all this?…. I keep reminding that they could not defeat even isis in Syria until the Russians showed up just
        Loud mouth braggarts,

        • Oct 21, 2019 @ 22:04 at 22:04

          “mahdaviat” isn’t about winning, it’s about losing.

      • Oct 21, 2019 @ 17:49 at 17:49

        Cuts Off Iran Making More Moves & Sins Of Sanctions Stalemate Continues Sent to Russia With Love?

  • Oct 21, 2019 @ 12:10 at 12:10

    Trump loves wealth and money……he sold Syria to comrade Putin, turkey complain can be addressed by Russian military police, they will be told to back off,…. the Rush of syian army to kobani tells you their thinking
    Am disappointed with Gantzv and liberman, they say Netanyau did not get majority as if they did , this is this is no time to be squabbling.

    • Oct 21, 2019 @ 12:38 at 12:38

      Quite contrary, he sold Russia to the Muslims, and they are happy for now.
      Slow thinking and short view, in this case is for their good.

      • Oct 21, 2019 @ 18:04 at 18:04

        Aladdin… Selling Broken Real Estate To Russians While Keeping Oil Revenues Hurts Russia’s Expenses!

  • Oct 21, 2019 @ 12:14 at 12:14

    We better discuss the nationalization of West Bank, because same as Egypt did with the Suez Chanel, one state may forfeit foreign powers rights to keep a hold in his country.

  • Oct 21, 2019 @ 13:25 at 13:25

    ‘genocidal Turkish army’…?

    • Oct 21, 2019 @ 18:08 at 18:08

      Mister… Turkish Military History is known for doing Genocide & to More than One Nation?

  • Oct 21, 2019 @ 15:15 at 15:15

    Trump is just doing what he said during the election, that is to pull America out of these foolish wars. The real question is why now. Something i am looking forward to seeing is this evidence that Iran says it has linking Israel to the Iranian tanker attack. I have to wonder if the aim of the attack was to get Iran to respond aggressively against Saudi and potentially American forces and once the Trumpster was briefed on Israel involvement and the ATTEMPT to cause a war he decided that some tough love was required. Hence the Zionist gnashing of teeth because their breakup of Syria is not going to schedule. What this failed Balkanization has rather done is to build far closer relationships between the Muslim Nations. So i wonder if this failed Syrian regime change plan could end up laying the seeds for a 2.0 Ottoman Empire or Persian Empire or possibly even a hybrid of both in a new Muslim super State. Definitely interesting times but rapid end of the war can only be a good thing for this people who have been through so much pain.

    • Oct 21, 2019 @ 20:36 at 20:36

      A Muslim super State would change everything in the Middle East. The West has been able to bully and control small weak states but a state that stretches through Turkey to Iran possibly even to Pakistan would be a very different especiallyif it armed with nuclear weapons?. No more ability to make easy war, a stong united people would forever end the ?Oded Yinon Plan and would change the balance of power with Israel no longer able to attack at will. It is possible that we could see this within our lifetime. If this is a moderate secular state then this should be very positive, but if its a Wahhabi ?state then this is going to be a real problem.

    • Oct 22, 2019 @ 16:17 at 16:17

      Tommy boy: You don’t know anything about anything.

    • Oct 21, 2019 @ 18:17 at 18:17

      Historical Empires Egypt, Persia, Greece, Rome, Mongols, Ottoman, Russia, & EU Come & Go?

    • Oct 21, 2019 @ 18:41 at 18:41

      Before Trump, Russia had nothing in the Middle East and now we own it. We hear it constantly on Russian media that Trump is our man. We groomed him and we put him there. He’s doing a fine job for Mother Russia. Putin is the mastermind.

  • Oct 21, 2019 @ 16:41 at 16:41

    A good article that talks about how the ✡fake✡ are now destroying their invisible Empire. Reader discretion is advised so if you are easily triggered DONT READ THIS. So call it karma, global awakening or just cognitive dissonance or just prophecy but it certainly feels like this is underway ???
    In the words of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, “It is long been clear that the pro-Israel, ultra-Zionist network have absolute control over the United States. The idea that our leaders are pursuing America’s vital national interests abroad…is a myth.”

    • Oct 21, 2019 @ 18:20 at 18:20

      Very interesting article, this was a clever diplomatic move by Trump, the carrot and the stick and make sure that Turkey will withdraw from Syria. Another WIN for the Trumpster??

      “Pence elaborated that Turkey would pause its offensive for 120 hours in order to allow the Kurdish Protection Units to pull 30km back from the Turkey-Syria border. Once the withdrawal is complete, “Operation Peace Spring” will be halted entirely. He added that Washington will impose no further sanctions on Turkey once the ceasefire is implemented and it would also withdraw existing sanctions once the Turkish military operation is completed”

    • Oct 21, 2019 @ 18:26 at 18:26

      Mideast Tigers Come At Night As Lighting Before Thunder But Their Dreams Cannot Be & Storms They Cannot Weather.

    • Oct 21, 2019 @ 18:27 at 18:27

      Yes exactly the Deep State Swamp needs to go, they are creating the problems. But the article seems to be saying that Donald is fooling us…

      “In America, CIA, FBI and Department of Homeland Security which are working as “states within a state” or “shadow Governments” or “Deep state means,” are also clandestinely working against one another. They do not respond to the civilian political leadership-the President and the Congressmen which are also fighting a war of nerves against each other. So, domestic extremism in the US may result into a civil war in the country”

      • Oct 21, 2019 @ 18:56 at 18:56

        DON2020… DON’t Be Fooled, We Are All In it Together & Donald Too!

    • Oct 21, 2019 @ 18:46 at 18:46

      The fact that you quote Cynthia says all we need to know about you.

      • Oct 21, 2019 @ 19:44 at 19:44

        To be fair Tulsi Gabbard who i like and many other politicians have said or implied the same thing over the years. APAC is s disease and populism is the cure, censorship is the fuse that will take use back to 1930 solutions.

        Thats why populist awareness to solve the problem organically is what i want and not laws like Germany chose to implement to solve the problem.

    • Oct 21, 2019 @ 22:13 at 22:13

      “khazars” shows that you are a conspiracy-theory wingnut, with a tenuous grasp of reality. go seek professional help. now.

  • Oct 21, 2019 @ 16:48 at 16:48

    Erdogan’s Jihadist Militia, supported by Israel, CIA, Pentagon now attacking traitorous Kurds.
    The irony.

  • Oct 21, 2019 @ 18:12 at 18:12

    @Tommy… It Is A Mideast Dumpsters Of Fires That No One Can Put Out & No One Can Stop!

  • Oct 21, 2019 @ 18:39 at 18:39

    V.V. Putin – a Russian proverb says: “Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas.” (Plus bed-bugs, mites, more…)

  • Oct 21, 2019 @ 18:41 at 18:41

    The Middle East is changing quickly. The smart thing for Israel to do here is to solidify our political relationship with the new reality. We should be investigating in the rebuilding of Syria and offering the Palestinians a opportunity to be a part of this by working in Syria and potentially setting there. The best way to reduce the Iranian influence is investment which will allow us in time to have greater influence in Syria than the Iranians. Syria is tied of war and will be no threat for the next generation so we need to utilize this window of opportunity.

    • Oct 21, 2019 @ 18:52 at 18:52

      Ari… Israel, America & Arabia Talk Every Day, Bahrain Invited Israel With Poland As Well. Everything is Fine!

  • Oct 21, 2019 @ 19:17 at 19:17

    No more bombing/drone raids in Syria,Iraq ??O yeah Bibi must talk again with Putin……

    • Oct 21, 2019 @ 20:08 at 20:08

      Bibi is a putz and should have intervened in Syria years ago. Now we have the Iranian, Russians and filthy Turks close to our borders. If we going to do something we need to be invading with ground forces. A few bombs are not enough we need to hit the Iranians now and capture territory to push them back. Its no good to rely on others, if we want to be safe we need to do things ourselves.

      • Oct 21, 2019 @ 20:58 at 20:58

        Ruth… Timing is everything, Bibi No Government Yet? Trump Re-Election 2020! Persian Kurds Protests in 2021 Need To Uprise To Begin The Shiia Regime Change, Proxies Then Die On The Vine!

  • Oct 21, 2019 @ 20:26 at 20:26

    At least I know where the paranoia is coming from,….. Christians will not believe you a dot, all happenings in Israel was said before, including the present, academia will not buy that stuff, the cooking is open and visible,…. describing the rest of the world as brainless zombies,
    Are you saying that other humanity has no fatal mistakes throughout history,….so shallow…….
    Take time and listen to evangelicals describe Islam, then you’ll not blame Jews for islamophobia…… like stone worship of kabaa, which to them is a meteroid…..shada was a pagan goddess….etc

  • Oct 21, 2019 @ 21:01 at 21:01

    A Russia-Syria-Turkey Agreement is Better Without Iran & America, Arabia & Israel Alliances Far Superior!

  • Oct 22, 2019 @ 4:34 at 4:34

    another sign of the USAs retreat this opens the door as said for Russia Turkey and eventually Iran and dont forget who really controls Iraq not the USA a hint

  • Oct 22, 2019 @ 11:35 at 11:35

    Don’t trust Ruskies a mm, remember the Foxbats over Dimona?

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