Russian special forces land in S. Syria. US Raptors “deter” Syrian, Iranian, Russian combat aircraft

Unfolding Russian, US and Israeli military steps are raising the big power stakes in Syria on the eve of a Trump-Putin summit, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. Russian special forces have arrived and been attached to the Syrian military command in the southern Al-Safa region east of the Druze town of Sweida – officially as “advisers” to the Syrian offensive against ISIS, and markers of Islamist targets for Russian air strikes. Russia pulled those units out in June after helping Bashar Assad’s army capture rebel-held territory on Israel’s Golan and Jordan’s borders. Now, the Russians are attached to the Syrian Army’s elite 42nd Brigade-Ghiath Forces of the 4th Division.
DEBKAfile: The insertion of Russian units into this flashpoint border area stokes military tensions which are already rising in anticipation of the resumption of Israel’s air operations over Syria after a six-week pause. This became more likely after President Donald Trump’s special envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey, said: “Russia has been permissive, in consultation with the Israelis, about Israeli strikes against Iranian targets inside Syria, We certainly hope that that permissive approach will continue” after the deployment of new Russian S-300 air defense systems in Syria.
Jeffrey addressed this message to Moscow on Monday, Nov. 7, just one day after the Pentagon disclosed that US Air Force  F-22 Raptors had recently completed their first “combat surge” in operations over Syria and, in doing so, “deterred 587 enemy” Syrian, Iranian and Russian combat aircraft in the crowded skies there. “The F-22s flew deep into Syrian territory,” said the Pentagon communique, “facing both enemy fighters and surface-to-air missiles systems.”

The US overflights therefore took place in the face of the Russian S-300s emplaced in Syria. It was the first time that the US Defense Department had described the mission of US stealth aircraft operations in Syria as deterrence against combined Syrian, Russian and Iranian forces. Until now it was defined as a counter-terror operation against ISIS.
While the F-22s’ “combat surge” over Syria was said to have been “maximized over a three-day period,” no date was offered; nor was the area covered disclosed. In the light of the Pentagon’s disclosure, James Jeffrey’s appeal to Moscow to remain “permissive” in the face of Israel air strikes in Syria takes on the aspect of a warning that US Raptors will henceforth cover Israeli’s aerial operations over Syria.

DEBKAfile’s military sources add: This week, Russia boosted its eastern Mediterranean fleet opposite the Syrian coast. On Thursday, the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s Admiral Makarov frigate with long-range Kalibr cruise missiles and Admiral Grigorovich passed through the Bosporus. They are to join the Admiral Essen and Pytlivy frigates, the landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov and the Vishny Volochek missile corvette, which were already in place.

The Syrian scene is clearly heating up and all the parties are maneuvering for advantageous positions just two days before Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are scheduled to meet in Paris on the sidelines of events marking the World War 1 armistice centenary.

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45 thoughts on “Russian special forces land in S. Syria. US Raptors “deter” Syrian, Iranian, Russian combat aircraft

  • Nov 9, 2018 @ 17:35 at 17:35

    ‘ US Raptors “deter” Syrian, Iranian, Russian combat aircraft’ Yes US propaganda enters the Age of Idiots officially. A boy with a catapult could deter ‘Iranian combat aircraft’. Every one ,even some US readers, know the Iranian air force is a flying junk pile.The big story in Syria is the flood of modern Russian missiles that have arrived in Syria. Hilariously the official US government position is the hope that the Russkies will see their way clear to letting Israel continue to bomb Syria. How does the US government like its Nyets one lump or two.

    • Nov 10, 2018 @ 17:16 at 17:16

      I thought that samson killed a thousand philistines with the jaw bone of an ass ?

  • Nov 9, 2018 @ 17:42 at 17:42

    Total nonsense. Raptors f-22 , are proven to be useless in that arena or desert type environment ; Actually USA lost 2 of them somewhere around Jordan border , and by the time their units came to pick up leftovers it was totally pillaged ; The fly over Syria for them is equivalent to flying into a mountain . Not only that they are totally blind , they could be seen on personal computers; Continue like that and soon it will all be guided by kids from the ground. Their radar system and oxygen equilibrium units that work throughout the aircraft systems are defective, and cannot stand the hot basis or diluted oxygen of ME . Soon their goal will be , not to kill their own pilots . Just ask Israelis how many pilots they already lost in the training . The strangest thing is that aircraft could be shot down with gun or semi automatic weapon , even without hitting it –actually by missing it . The rest of the article is totally wrong –there is no summit of any kind , and whatever happens on the ground in Syria , is not really anyones business.

    • Nov 9, 2018 @ 21:11 at 21:11

      fake news from russia solomeo=troll

    • Nov 9, 2018 @ 23:34 at 23:34

      Another military cowboy who spends too much time gamming…..

    • Nov 10, 2018 @ 0:02 at 0:02

      How’s it goin’, Ivan? I would lighten up on the vodka if I were you. Fat, drunk, stupid and Russian is probably the worst way to go through life.

    • Nov 10, 2018 @ 0:24 at 0:24

      What would YOU know? Seriously, YOU know NOTHING. stop being an idiot.

    • Nov 10, 2018 @ 9:32 at 9:32

      F-22 Raptors talk, Russian trolls walk. If American F-22 is not to be feared, send up some of your Russian junk fighters and let’s see what is really what.

      • Nov 11, 2018 @ 1:38 at 1:38

        Already did .. shot down the “Super power” junk U2, F117 .. supposed to be an invisible “Super power” plane. Yes, with junk Soviet misile. ??? Waiting for F35, or F22.. S 300 are waiting. Bit, for some reason, “super ged hamburger” NATO losers can’t agree to let shizrael to test S300. ??? It would be a fiasco.. Just like fiasco in every way the fat will billy go.. 6 years “Super power” topples Bashar AL Asad.. And?? Nothing!!!! Like I said – a “super power” on CNN, Fox jews.

    • Nov 10, 2018 @ 10:59 at 10:59

      “diluted oxygen of ME”

      There is no oxygen dilution or depletion in the Middle East. I think you need to go back to school and study Graham’s Law of Effusion (Diffusion) of Gases. Graham’s law is most accurate for molecular effusion which involves the movement of one gas at a time through a hole. But it gives a good approximate for diffusion of one gas in another or in air, as these processes involve the movement of more than one gas.

    • Nov 10, 2018 @ 16:58 at 16:58

      You are obvious a Iranian nut

    • Nov 10, 2018 @ 18:08 at 18:08

      Your on drugs commie troll,worse patience has run out and soon you will as always run away

    • Nov 11, 2018 @ 16:14 at 16:14

      Still wonder how you can shot down the aircraft by simply shooting at it from the ground, with a gun or semi automating, …..even by missing the target!!! Excuse my ignorance…..

    • Nov 11, 2018 @ 16:21 at 16:21

      Forgive my ignorance…how they shoot down aircraft with a gun or semi automatic, by even missing the target…?

    • Nov 11, 2018 @ 16:23 at 16:23

      Forgive my ignorance…how they shoot down aircraft with a gun or semi automatic, by even missing the target…?

  • Nov 9, 2018 @ 17:50 at 17:50

    Russian trolls read debka too? How nice!

    • Nov 9, 2018 @ 17:55 at 17:55

      not Russian –Alien trolls.

      • Nov 9, 2018 @ 18:30 at 18:30

        the ‘aliens’ told me, ‘this planet is doomed’.

  • Nov 9, 2018 @ 18:12 at 18:12

    The facts are that Russians and acolytes, not even see the F22 Raptor, could hear them when they disarticulate the S300 and later, if they dared to collimate some Israeli plane ..

  • Nov 9, 2018 @ 20:16 at 20:16

    Would highly recommend that the S300s remain in search mode only and launch keys be held locked up away from the trigger happy Iranian proxies. In tracking mode missile sites could be targeted.

  • Nov 9, 2018 @ 20:51 at 20:51

    Stealth is useless against satellites. It is so easy to track and detect an F22 via satelite. And relay information, trajectory, coordinates, altitude etc to a missile that is synchronised with realtime satelite information. The F22 is a flying neon sign to a satellite.

    • Nov 10, 2018 @ 0:30 at 0:30

      May be yes, may be no. We simply dont know what these guys have got and what they can do. You can be sure that US or Israeli losses (trophies) wont be able to be hidden.

  • Nov 9, 2018 @ 21:00 at 21:00

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  • Nov 9, 2018 @ 22:02 at 22:02

    I think the Aliens were flying the Raptors and the Russians wet them selves when they saw the little green men in the cockpits and shut down their air force for 6 weeks. That’s jsut a theory.

  • Nov 9, 2018 @ 23:14 at 23:14


  • Nov 9, 2018 @ 23:51 at 23:51

    Russia wants a war. but why? maybe as the Russians like to periodically persecute Jews.

    maybe Israel will attack Hezbollah in Beirut in Lebanon. because Russia has let Iran turn Lebanon into a missile factory to attack Israel .

    then Russia from the north with Iran invades the Golan the excuse being to get it back to Syria .


    Greedy Russia wants Jewish oil under the Golan . and Jewish natural gas fields off the coast of Haifa. always follow the money. and there you will find the devious greedy violent Russian bear .

    • Nov 10, 2018 @ 1:49 at 1:49

      Russia wants war not only because its been an Antisemitic state thru its Czar and Communist periods as the rest of Europe was and still is but also because Russia can’t sustain itself economically without a reduction in social benefits to its population. The creativity of the Russian businesses is stymied by the corrupt local governments that are the mainstay of the Kremlin. On the other hand the Russians don’t want a repeat of the anarchy of 1990s when local criminals took over the local elected offices. A war against “imperialist America’s puppet” Jewish Israel can justify the sacrifices of social programs in Russia. Russians are angry at the US anti-Russian economic sanctions, at the non-ethnic Russians (including several Jewish billionaires) presumably plundering Russian natural resources and exploiting Russian workers. To put it simply, the Russians don’t know how to run a successful capitalist economy but they know that they almost always win wars.

      • Nov 10, 2018 @ 1:58 at 1:58

        Good historical stuff, Anon, but about the Russians wars? They are very good at handling enemies that invade Russia, not so sure about the record on attacking other (big) nations. Picking of small enclaves here and there, like Afghanistan, Crimea, maybe the eastern provinces of Ukraine has not seemed to be so successful. Time will tell.

      • Nov 10, 2018 @ 18:13 at 18:13

        Name a war the Russians have won because i cant think of a single one,Incompetent to the end

        • Nov 11, 2018 @ 2:31 at 2:31

          Does WW I, WW 2 ring a bell?

          • Nov 11, 2018 @ 15:19 at 15:19

            Without allies, russia would have been speaking german.

    • Nov 10, 2018 @ 1:53 at 1:53

      Biblical, yes. Ezekiel 38 and 39. Right on, Rafael on the rest of your comment too.

    • Nov 10, 2018 @ 14:30 at 14:30

      What the ….. . Jewish oil under the Golan . Is against UN chapter use resources on occupied lands .
      Is clear how you think . Whole world is yours , besause your god .

  • Nov 10, 2018 @ 4:50 at 4:50

    Man, all of you are duped. Sure there are tensions between Russia and the United States.
    The problem I see is a bunch of pawns who shout hate comments back and forth to the delight
    of the elite. It would be nice if hardworking Americans, and hardworking Russians, united and
    and told the power loving and heartless leaders-we’re not going along with your agenda. Most
    of these posts look staged. Staged as in a government official or payed citizen just stirring the pot.
    Contention just for protecting a cloth with a design on it-BFD. You’re playing into the hands
    of evil- contention is of the devil

  • Nov 10, 2018 @ 9:27 at 9:27

    Debka should give more importance to what’s going on in Brazil.
    It’s the biggest commodities supplier in the World.
    A true GIANT
    Continental size nation with more than 200 Million citizens.
    It hás elected a very very pro Israel government.
    It’s an extremely important and positive development .

  • Nov 10, 2018 @ 11:08 at 11:08

    Is it true that Russian Special Forces ride the short yellow bus to war and that their mama’s dress them funny?

    • Nov 10, 2018 @ 20:21 at 20:21

      they dress themselves with red lips and in yellow dresses only in weekends when there is free drinking in the mess hall, but are not allowed to leave the barracks like that.

  • Nov 10, 2018 @ 16:05 at 16:05

    Why is Russia so intent on running interference for the Syrian dictator and Iranian Mullahs? Does Putin really need anything more than a port – which Russia already has – in the region? Does Russia really want to challenge Israel as a proxy of America to prove itself? Does Russia really think they have a right to claim more land outside of Russian territory which is the largest landmass of any country in the world? How greedy they are and how stupid! They cannot even manage the land and resources they have and yet they are venturing out to help Islamists claim the Middle East in hope of gaining super-power status and rich contracts. They will fail and leave their country backwards and unemployed while they deliver gifts and support to Islamic fascists.

    • Nov 10, 2018 @ 20:17 at 20:17

      You really are an idiot. Russia helping islamists?!? Wtf?!? They are juat about the only ones fighting isis. On the other hand, Israel Saudis, Qatar and Turkey, and oh yes, the good ol’ Usa are helping, funding and equiping issis, supplying them with Intel from satelites and other arrays.

      Russia claiming land?!? Wtf?!? Russia has 2 army bases outside their country, Usa has more than 800 army bases outside Usa.

      Russia manages their eesources quite well, you might want to read up on that.

      And please stay away from articles that use big words, you are waaaay out of your league here.

      • Nov 10, 2018 @ 22:57 at 22:57

        So Iran and Hezbollah are not Islamists in your estimation? Then what are they? Angels?

  • Nov 10, 2018 @ 20:13 at 20:13

    Dear Muslim peoples, very dear Muslim Rich Countries, and dear Muslim countries with less money but with well placed territories ready to lend for minimum 75 years to the Great Russian Army!

    On this coming 23 November (Black Friday) there will be a huge S-300 sale, and for all Muslims there will be great rebates.

    Get the S-300 and win the peace of mind and advisors, with the absolute promise of no openly drinking vodka on the streets.

  • Nov 10, 2018 @ 21:05 at 21:05


  • Nov 11, 2018 @ 2:43 at 2:43

    Russia under putin (yes, without capital letters) is a crminal entity.

    They will protect Israel from its enemies in exchange for technology ( what else?) it does not matter to them that the Russians sell the arms that Israel’s enemies use.

    Tipical criminal behavior. This will end bad for everyone involved. One can only hope the Russians get burned and China takes sdvantage an invades Russia’s eastern lands.

  • Nov 11, 2018 @ 10:50 at 10:50

    But Israelis and Americans are the biggest big mouth small action Talk. They make good news articles and documentaries threatening people with weapons that have only fought useless Jihadis. Where were these superior weapons in the Georgian war 2008. Why have u failed to topple Assad in more than 7 years if your superior ( with Russia participation minimal). Made noise about Crimea n Donetsk with no action.
    Fake guys . Shizrael & Americancer

  • Nov 11, 2018 @ 17:50 at 17:50

    Why can’t we get true news? Have anyone ever seen or heard of Iranian jets performing any operations over Syria?? This story i think is full of lies, propaganda and is mixing up old news with the new. That pentagon report is not a “recent” accurance, and the so-called 500 ad ditterances supposibly happened over a very long period. The US and Russia mainly, are not targeting each other.

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