Trump-Putin understanding on Syria on eve of US national security speech

In a new bilateral deal, the US and Russian presidents are teaming up to fight ISIS in E. Syria and aligning on Iranian and Turkish roles.

 US President Donald Trump has scheduled a keynote speech to unveil his national security strategy for later Monday, Dec. 18. It will cover thorny issues such as US relations with China, the North Korean nuclear threat, Iranian expansionism and Middle East stability. DEBKAfile’s sources report that the president will speak against the background of an easing of ties with President Vladimir Putin. This improved atmosphere was reflected in their recent phone calls and, most of all, through intensified US-Russian military intelligence cooperation for fighting the Islamic State and the Syrian conflict as a whole.
Putin took advantage of his end-of-the year press briefing on Thursday, Dec. 14, to hand out kudos for Trump’s economic achievements and his efforts to give the American people better living standards. In their two phone conversations our sources report they agreed on two subjects.

  1. How to work together to obliterate ISIS’ fighting capacity in eastern Syria, and
  2. Aligning their positions with regard to the activities of third parties in Syria, including Iran and Turkey.

On the first, they concurred that US forces deployed in northern Syria and Russian forces operating in the eastern and western sectors will henceforth coordinate operations. For the first time, the Russian air force will be allowed by the US to strike targets east of the Euphrates River. This was barred under a previous deal between the two powers.
Putin reciprocated with a pledge to hold back Syrian, Iranian and Hizballah forces fighting in the east from attacking US-backed military groups, especially the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Kurdish YPG.
On the subject of Iranian and Turkish intervention in the Syria war, our forces reveal that Putin promised Trump that the Russians would act to prevent Iran and its proxies, as well Turkey, from opening new war fronts. Specifically, he undertook to contain Iranian military operations in Syria.
The White House confirmed Sunday that President Putin had called the US president to thank him for the CIA tip that averted a major ISIS terror attack at the main cathedral of St. Petersburg over the last weekend. Just in time, the Russian police were able to round up seven members of an ISIS cell in the city, along with a supply of automatic weapons and explosives.

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23 thoughts on “Trump-Putin understanding on Syria on eve of US national security speech

  • Dec 18, 2017 @ 13:26 at 13:26
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    They didn’t mention Israel? With reverence??? Fucking anti-semites!!! Isaiah must have written something about how Jah will punish them! Let me check………….

    • Dec 18, 2017 @ 16:07 at 16:07
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      Jah will punish them…and rightfully so.

    • Dec 18, 2017 @ 16:26 at 16:26
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      idk about Isaiah but I know that for 2000 years a lot of mainly Christian fanatics delight in saying awful things about the Jews and not to mention the problems of these religions, the real antisemitism, ancient idiocy that it all is, is tragic for all parties. In fairness to the antisemites Israel has a PM, visibly secular, who proudly stands before the mainly Christian nations of the world and urges them to read their bible. He should urge them not to.

      • Dec 18, 2017 @ 20:27 at 20:27
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        Dom, your speak one stuff you don’t know about.
        First off, there are no more Christian nations left with the exception of America.
        And the leftist here are fighting very hard and effectively (unfortunately) at ending our label as a Judeo, Christian nation.
        And as far as evangelical Christians in the US is concerned (and I know because I am one) we are pro Israel to a extreme over here. I can’t speak for other Christian group’s or nations.

        So as far as your PM goes, he knows that and is smart to align with us. We would give our lives for Israel and the Jewish people who love Israel.

        When you write things like you wrote grouping is in with liberals who call themselves Christians but don’t follow the morals that Bible and CHRIST teaches, it could not be further then the truth.

        You’ll never find anyone who has the back of GODS People more then, a fundamental, Bible believing conservative evangelical Christian from the United States of America. Even though we don’t share views on JESUS, or you don’t consider me your brother as I do you (if your a Israeli Jew) at least show us the respect that your PM does.

        GOD Bless

        • Dec 18, 2017 @ 21:56 at 21:56
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          To clarify, I’m British, not Israeli. I am not on the side of anybody 2000 years ago. I am not on the side of an antisemite. I am not on the side of an evangelist. I am not on the side of advancing any religious belief or prophecy. A really devoutly good person sees through the literature and wants peace and compassion for all in the world, not per Jesus, just real peace and compassion now. If you are one of those Christians who believe Jesus was that, why not ditch all other politics and be that? You don’t need to belong to a religion or talk about God to want nothing more than that, and that is better than anything else you might want. I don’t care what you think about an afterlife, because if religious belief was a standard of truth I would also care about everyone else’s superstitions which clearly MAKES NO SENSE. I maintain religious people know this really, because nobody is too stupid to get that. However people are conflicted and greedy in ways they do not see, so you will find people claiming wisdom and seeking to take advantage in God’s name, and that is obviously very sinful. Claiming to be Godly or to understand God is very sinful, even absent God. Just look.

          Good Christians, Good Jews, Good Muslims, are not good because of their faith. I know this because of the immense litany of misdeeds of bad Christians, Jews and Muslims (etc.). Good ones are just good ones, and the same applies to all members of any group. Group affinity is no moral pass.

          Anyway thanks for your outlook, it all adds to a better picture of what goes on, what is the truth and what are the prospects for peace. I do think that a religious devotion to another country is not a good thing, even if it can work in Israel’s favour in some respects. I do think I know the history of Christianity extremely well, and it parallels opposition to Jews ever since the Romans.

          Hopefully you won’t be offended. Best wishes to Boise from the UK.

      • Dec 19, 2017 @ 1:00 at 1:00
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        I have read the bible and for sure did Yeshua tell he came to fullfill the Thora! G-d bless Israel!

      • Dec 19, 2017 @ 3:29 at 3:29
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        cuz Hitler, Lenin/Stalin/Mao/Pol Pot weren’t religious and look how great things turned out for them! Over 40 million killed…

        • Dec 19, 2017 @ 4:15 at 4:15
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          It pertained to the comments citing Isaiah so this is a tangent, but political extremists with populist fantasies are not dissimilar to religious fanatics citing a common belief, free to hate anyone not of the same mind, and tending to create battle-lines. The group mentality, lack of self-criticism and the frustrations that become hatreds are of the same all-too-human syndrome.

          If you aren’t into people, look to other genuine urgent concerns such as the sustainability of earth, a problem for beautiful souls to attend right away. Ugly souls can keep fomenting hatred among peoples.

          I am curious to know if you do have any serious critiques of your religion and its wars, and if so, why, as a person striving for good, you bothered writing that.

    • Dec 18, 2017 @ 22:28 at 22:28
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      haShem doesn’t recognise Israel, the idolatrous colonial project in Palestine, only the people and the land.

      Michah – Chapter 2

      Show Rashi’s Commentary

      1. Woe to those who plot iniquity and work evil in their beds; when the morning becomes light they perform it, for their hand has the power.

      2. And they covet fields, and they rob; and houses, and they take; and they oppress a man and his house, and a man and his heritage.

      3. Therefore, so said the Lord: Behold! I plot evil against[ this family, from which you shall not remove your necks, nor shall you walk erect, for it is a time of evil.

      4. On that day he shall take up a parable against you, and he shall lament, “A lamentation has come about”; and he shall say, “They have robbed us! He changes the portion of my people! How will He turn to me to return our fields, which he divides?”

      ichabod!

      • Dec 18, 2017 @ 22:32 at 22:32
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        RC – Boise,

        idk your capacity for rationale but because I am respecting your intellect: see this ridiculous comment by iVaN and you see the problems of claiming to advance anything positive using religious texts, whereas a rational discussion is needed that could cause warring parties to bring peace. Anything but reason costs lives.

        • Dec 18, 2017 @ 22:51 at 22:51
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          Not as ridiculous as those advancing the idea that the idolatrous Zionist atomic state entity, in Palestine is what is referred to by the disparate references to an ‘Israel’ in the TaNaKH. So, apart from an off the cuff ad hominem, anything of substance to offer?

          • Dec 18, 2017 @ 23:07 at 23:07
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            Only the more extensive comment earlier. Your reply just now is sheer straw, since clearly I don’t talk like that. Comment forums across the internet are visited by of Russians who either do not understand honest dialogue or seek to do evil, and since your comment wasn’t proper but sought to score a point for your group philosophy but actually did not attend to the preceding points made in good faith, I do suspect you of belonging to a bad group. I hold you can still choose to be a good person. You can believe in God or not believe in God or think you do or think you don’t and quite regardless, be a good person or a bad person on your own merits. Don’t be hateful.

  • Dec 18, 2017 @ 13:55 at 13:55
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    Encouraging news. Let’s recall what Sedat said “No more bloodshed”

  • Dec 18, 2017 @ 14:42 at 14:42
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    I have never, ever found even one of Debka’s predictions coming true……

    • Dec 18, 2017 @ 17:47 at 17:47
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      Such as what?

      • Dec 18, 2017 @ 22:05 at 22:05
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        such as the months of claiming saddam wmd moving to syria..latakia… bekaa valley… take your pick.

        • Dec 18, 2017 @ 22:14 at 22:14
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          Maybe, and thanks. There was fighting in those places so I don’t know how resolved those examples all are – and still I’m not refuting you, feel free to point to them with links for me. Debka was pushing a lot of Saddam theories for sure.

          I do recall that Debka was early talking about Sharon exiting Gaza, was on the money a long time back with specific intel on an attack in Africa, and its insights about Israel’s foreign relations do bear out a great deal. That has been the case with the Saudi rapprochement, and if it goes belly up I couldn’t say it was Debka telling any untruths. Debka has also been early reporting developments in Lebanon and the PA that were only subsequently picked up and confirmed elsewhere.

          Still I’m sure even Debka has to take some of its intel with a pinch of salt. I do, but it is still often illuminating and not like salacious news outlets. Debka has biases, for sure, but so long as we’re clear, I think the OP was possibly over the top.

    • Dec 18, 2017 @ 19:57 at 19:57
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      Agreed, another leftist garbage paper boasting to have intel sources around the flat plane we live on

  • Dec 18, 2017 @ 22:19 at 22:19
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  • Dec 18, 2017 @ 23:43 at 23:43
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    Dom: You make some good points and your comments are very sensible. Thank you for your contributions.

    • Dec 19, 2017 @ 0:49 at 0:49
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      Thank you Susan, to know I was read and appreciated has cheered me!

  • Dec 19, 2017 @ 3:31 at 3:31
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    Cooperate? You mean divide Syria? Hope not.

  • Dec 19, 2017 @ 12:33 at 12:33
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    thank to Debka Files, it’s work now, there is no Camel play around on comments section more.

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