US, Russian army chiefs staging face-off in Syria to thwart Trump-Putin summit

Defense and military chiefs in both Washington and Moscow are heaping obstacles in the path of Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin holding a one-on-one meeting.  Defense Secretary Mike Mattis and top US soldier, Gen. Joseph Dunford, are spearheading the anti-summit campaign in Washington and Defense Minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu in Moscow.  Our sources reveal that the generals are using US-Russian military confrontation in Syria to stage those obstacles. Working to bring a Trump-Putin summit to fruition in the face of this powerful campaign is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, following on his success with the North Korean leader. Pompeo is playing ball with his opposite number in Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Most of the military operations taking place in Syria these days are clandestine and so the Russian-US contest going forward there is mostly hidden from public scrutiny.
The coming issue of DEBKA Weekly 806 out on Friday June 22, opens an exclusive window on the moves in this contest and how Israel and Iran are involved.
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