Thursday, June 21, 2018

Putin - Trump Summit Plans Move Ahead

After failing miserably to sabotage Trump-Kim Singapore meeting, CNN fake news now apoplectic over U.S.-Russia Summit possibility for success    

By Peter Korzun

A Trump-Putin summit to take place in July is obviously in the works. US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman is busy to prepare the third in-person meet-up between Trump and Putin. Austria has already offered to host the attention-grabbing event. 

Last year, the leaders had two brief face-to-face encounters on the sidelines of G20 and APEC top-level meetings. In March, Donald Trump made a phone call to congratulate Vladimir Putin on winning the presidential election. During the June 8-9 G7 summit in Canada, the US president said he supported the idea of Russia returning to the group, making it the G8 once again. Next month, President Trump will be in Europe for the July 11-12 NATO summit. 

The House intelligence panel ended its probe in March to find nothing to support the suspicions of President Trump’s collusion with Moscow. 

The Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has so far failed to produce anything to tarnish the president’s image. 

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Today, Donald Trump can rely on the Republican base as the party appears to be completely taken over by him. His ratings have gone up recently up to 45 percent, to the levels at the time of his inauguration in January. He enjoys a 90 percent Republican support. 42 percent of those who support neither party are behind him. Donald Trump is in a strong position. He can stand up to critics and do his own thing.

A group of Republican senators, including Richard Shelby (Alabama), John Neely Kennedy (Louisiana) and John Hoeven (North Dakota) is expected to visit Russia in early July on what is largely believed to be a “reconnaissance mission”. These lawmakers are far from being friends of Russia but they are the right politicians to exchange views with and send signals to.

The Russian and US military chiefs of staff held a phone conversation on June 14, a week after their meeting in Finland. They are applying efforts to ease tensions and prevent incidents in Europe as well as coordinate activities in Syria, among other things.

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This is good news. The arms control is on the brink of erosion and the West-Russia tensions have gone too far to leave the problem unaddressed. The two leaders have a huge pile of issues to tackle urgently. Take the draft National Defense Authorization Act for 2019 approved by Senate on June 18. It says Washington is legally entitled to suspend the operation of the INF Treaty in whole or in part for so long as Russia continues to be “in material breach."

The Open Skies Treaty is in trouble and the controversy over ballistic missile defense (BMD) has become a stumbling block to obstruct any attempts to get ahead. There are problems with the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which is to mark its 50th anniversary since its signing on July 1. These and a lot more issues should be addressed without delay to prevent arms control and non-proliferation regime erosion.

The bilateral relations just cannot be allowed to worsen further. The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act has codified punitive measures against Moscow. A trade war is being waged. On June 19, Russia announced the imposition of import tariffs on certain American goods in response to duties imposed by Washington on steel and aluminum imports. The sanctions-countersanctions fight continues.

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The two powers have conflicting views on the crises in Ukraine and Syria. The relationship is at the nadir but personal chemistry has always played an immensely important role if one takes a look at the development of bilateral ties after WWII.

Some things could be done right now. The Incidents at Sea Agreement (INCSEA) and the Agreement on Preventing Dangerous Military Activities could be revitalized. Bilateral military contacts and informal meetings between experts on arms control and military matters could be launched in addition to the contacts between the chiefs of staff. Cyber security could be addressed. In view of the recent developments, the situation in Libya is the issue the two nations could cooperate on. The time is right for two presidents to exchange views on Syria to prevent any chance of incidents and confrontation.

Even without breakthroughs to take breath away, maintaining dialogue at different levels is much better than the abnormal situation we have been witnessing recently with a gap dividing the two leading nuclear powers getting wider. Turning the tide could become a big feather in President Trump’s cap before the November midterm election. Easing tensions with Moscow could boost his chances for the second term.

“Putin is very important,” said Donald Trump explaining his decision to meet the Russian president at the last year’s APEC meeting. He is resolute to do it despite all the snags in the way. The tensions running high do not benefit Moscow in any way. Everyone will gain if the relations normalize.

The very last image CNN fake news and their CIA/Globalist masters want to see: A successful summit leading to a lasting peace between Russia and the U.S.

But there is a big group of influential people in Washington who’ll do their best to prevent the right thing from happening. Those who raise their voices against Moscow’s participation in the G8 cannot be happy with the prospect of a Russia-US separate summit. They may try to prevent it.

The easiest way to thwart the meeting is to exacerbate tensions in Syria. Last year, President Trump gave military commanders more freedom of action, especially in that country. The chemical provocations Russia has warned about are a possibility. The events in Daraa are worrisome. Escalation of combat activities is expected any time. There may be other ways to prevent the summit. It can happen but common sense has always prevailed to keep the two nations away from the worst.

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Let’s take a look at history. The Cuban crisis was followed by the 1963 "Memorandum of Understanding Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Regarding the Establishment of a Direct Communications Link," or a hotline agreement. The same year, the Limited Test Ban Treaty (LTBT), the first real arms control agreement was signed. In 1969, the parties launched the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT). 

In May, 1972, President Richard Nixon came to Moscow to sign the SALT I Treaty, the AMB Treaty and the Incidents at Sea Agreement. This result was achieved in the heat of the Cold War. The balancing on the brink of hot conflict was over to give place to d├ętente. It was possible those days. It is possible now. The hope for better relations has never faded away.

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Syrian Military Captures Several Positions In Eastern Al-Suwayda From ISIS

CIA/ISIS hangs on in Syria with assist from CNN/BBC fake news warmongers  


On June 20, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies continued their military operation against the remaining fighters of ISIS in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside.

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the SAA captured the areas of Tell Elin, Tell Umm Jinibris, Tell Daras, Tell Khayl, Tell Layh, Tell Muearaeir, Tell Dahaya, Tell Daab, Qabr Umm Murzah, Hibariyah and Hibariyah Hill.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that SAA artillery guns and rocket launchers shelled the remaining positions of ISIS in the in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside.

From its side, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq has not released any report regarding the situation in the eastern al-Suwayda countryside yet. This indicates that the terrorist group defenses there are collapsing. Local sources confirmed this and revealed that the remaining fighters of ISIS had withdrawn towards the mountainous areas in a last attempt to survive the SAA attack.

According to Syrian pro-government activists, hundreds of ISIS fighters are still hiding in eastern al-Suwayda. The SAA operation is aimed at capturing or killing these fighters before they manage to reorganize their units and to start launching new attacks.

The SAA also advanced in the southern and southwestern Deir Ezzor countryside securing 1,200km2 between the areas of Faydat ibn Muiny’a, the T-2 station, M’aizliyah and Dahrat Wadi al-Miyah, according to the SANA.

A week earlier, the SAA launched a similar military operation during which its forces secured 2,000km2 in the western Deir Ezzor countryside, including Faydat ibn Muiny’a.

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These limited operations are aimed at countering the threat of ISIS, which is currently planning to launch a large scale attack on the city of al-Bukamal near the Syrian-Iraqi border, according to a report of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

The SAA and its allies will likely launch a larger military operation to eliminate the remaining fighters of ISIS in the Homs desert, between the governorates of Homs and Deir Ezzor, after securing southern Syria.

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Units of the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army and the National Defense Forces are developing their limited operation against militants in the province of Daraa.

On June 19, government forces attacked militants’ positions west of the government-held villages of Duweiri and Harran north east of the city of Daraa. However, no real progress was achieved in the area. Additionally, an SAA battle tank was damaged or even destroyed near the village of Musaykah on the same day, according to pro-militant sources.

On June 20, government troops continued their advance and established control of the villages of Musaykah and al-Dallafa cutting off the militants’ supply line to the district of al-Lajat, north of the villages.

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This advance is a first step en route to fully divide the miltiant-held area northeast of Daraa into two separate parts. The operation is ongoing.

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New Dimension Of The Conflict In Yemen

War crimes so common now most go unreported

By Petr Lvov

For more than a week, the forces of the so-called Saudi-led Arab coalition have been assaulting Hodeida, a city with a population of well over 600,00 people located on the Red Sea coast of Yemen. 

Hodeida is also the location of a large port. So far, the Houthi insurgence, led by the Ansar Allah movement have been able to repel these attacks. 

The above mentioned port is a supply hub that plays an integral part in providing the entire northern part of the country with food, fuel, and medicines. Should this supply hub be destroyed, even the Yemeni capital – Sana’a may soon be starved into submission. 

The Saudi-led coalition made the decision to launch an attack on Hodeida, while still not having a direct response from Washington on the appeal to provide Riyadh and Abu Dhabi with military assistance in this operation. 

Although some sources still argue that the Pentagon chose to actually provide intelligence and logistical support to Saudi Arabia, with US warships patrolling just off the coast of Hodeida intensifying. Others say that American reconnaissance drones have been making sorties from bases in Yemen’s Aden and Saudi Arabia’s Najran to facilitate the targeting for the aircraft of the Arab coalition.

Apparently, the Houthis are fully aware of the fact that this time the Saudi-led assault can actually reach the streets of Hodeida, transforming fighting into a bitter urban warfare. It is no coincidence that the head of the Ansar Allah movement, Abdel Malik El Husi has recently sent a message to the Secretary General of the Lebanese Shia military organization known as Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah demanding urgent assistance. Apparently, the Hezbollah has a number of experts pretty well versed in urban warfare, so the Houthis want them to train and support the detachments that are presently stationed in Hodeida. 

In addition, should the defense of the city actually fall, their experience will come in handy in the battle for Sana’a, which will inevitably become the next target of Saudi-led coalition forces. According to a number of sources in Beirut, this request has been received positively with Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps preparing to form the first group of “advisers” together with Hezbollah’s experts. It’s believed that a total of 80 experts have already arrived in Sana’a, ordering the construction of underground tunnels in both Sana’a and Hodeida, while training Houthi field commanders, who had previously received special training at Hezbollah bases in the southern suburbs of Beirut.

So far, members of the Saudi-led Arab coalition and the United States have no agreement regarding the political future of Yemen, since they have no idea what forces may be capable of leading the country should the Houthis choose to abandon Sana’a after a prolonged assault. The son of the now deceased ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh and former ambassador of Yemen to the UAE Ahmed Saleh plans to visit Riyadh for a meeting with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, to take steps towards the facilitation of the departure of the so-called “lawful president” of the country, Mansour Hadi. His fate has already been decided, since no force believe he can play a part in the political life of Yemen in the future. For months he has been kept under house arrest in Riyadh and is no longer involved in any decision making. In addition, he has been removed from all negotiations over the country’s post-war structure. 

Guards walk on the wreckage of a building destroyed by air strikes in Sanaa, Yemen, on June 6, 2018. (Reuters / Khaled Abdullah)

Abu Dhabi’s position on the future of Yemen is clearly beginning to prevail. Ahmed Saleh, and his cousin, the former commander of the Republican Guard, Tareq Saleh, who is leading the offensive of the Arab coalition forces against Hodeida, have enjoyed the support of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who seeks to see the son of the deceased ex-president become Yemen’s next leader. Washington seems to also be content with this, since it has been working closely with Tareq Saleh while funding and training the Yemeni Republican Guards units.

Against this background, there’s a visible intensification of diplomatic interactions in Yemeni-related circles carried out by one of the main regional allies of the UAE – Egypt. The director of the General Intelligence Service of Egypt, Abbas Kamel held a number of meetings in Cairo with representatives of various political forces of Yemen, including heads of a number powerful Yemeni tribes. Cairo is clearly preparing the grounds for a truce through a new round of talks between the Houthis and clan members who supported the former president, talks which may be prompted by the capture of Hodeida by the forces of the Saudi-led coalition.

The much discussed offensive against Hodeida is not going smooth, to say the least. The high command of the Emirates armed forces reported deaths of a number of UAE soldiers in Yemen. They were killed during an unsuccessful attempt to launch a naval landing operation, which was designed as a distraction for a large push aimed at the seizure of the airport, during which the Houthis destroyed a total of 11 armored vehicles. Immediately after the offensive began, the Houthis declared that they managed to sink a Saudi-led coalition ship. As of today the harbor and airport are still under the control of the Houthi government of Yemen.

In any case, the siege of Hodeida will be difficult for the Arab coalition. The determining factor in this struggle is time, which works in favor of the Houthis, if one has to take into account the ever growing international frustration over the unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Yemen. This will force the UAE and Saudi Arabia to stage a hasty offensive and in turn, lead to many mistakes. Moreover, for both countries, Yemen is just another front in a much larger regional struggle with Iran, on top of Syria (the main front of armed struggle against Tehran for Riyadh), and Iraq. And it is too expensive for Riyadh to carry on this fight on three fronts.

Saudi, UAE coalition enters airport compound of Yemen's Hudaida

The war in Yemen has its own unique characteristics. If one is to ignore the propaganda, the Yemeni conflict, which triggered in 2011 by the so-called Arab Spring movement, was a demonstration of force against the dictatorship of the permanent president Ali Abdullah Saleh, but then quickly evolved into a purely Yemeni conflict between South and North, aggravated by new factors like Iran, Al-Qaeda, along with evolving tribal interests. After all, Yemen is perhaps the only Arab country today, in which the factor of tribalism remains one of the leading aspects of internal political life. 

The now deceased ex-president managed to control this phenomenon with various degrees of success, but until this very day the Yemeni army detachments are nothing but highly-trained tribal militia groups carrying out the orders of tribal leaders that choose to obey or disobey the orders of commanders and the commander-in-chief of the national government. In this sense, it is very difficult to talk about the Yemeni army as a full-fledged and unified actor in this war as it follows the considerations of situational alliances of various tribes that have delegated their representatives to the armed forces.

Houthi fighters in Sanaa

Nevertheless, the basis of the conflict is the confrontation between the South and the North of the country. The forces that remain loyal to the exiled Mansur Hadi are weak, so they are forced to maneuver between the interests of various clans and groups of the South of Yemen and the interests of external sponsors, primarily the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Contrary to popular belief, Saudi Arabia is playing a rather limited part in this war, It mainly sends its aircraft to fly close air support for pro-Saudi forces and defending its southern territories from the Shia insurgence. 

At the same time, the Saudis are extremely jealous of the UAE, which bears the heavy load of the actual ground war. The Emirates are in dire need to establish control over some major port of Yemen to strengthen their positions on a very important oil supply route from the Persian Gulf through the Arabian and Red Seas to Europe. The Saudis managed to take Aden right from under the nose of the Emirates, and now the UAE is rushing for Hodeida. On one hand, the capture of Hodeida, the most important port of Yemen on the Red Sea, will put the Saudi-led coalition a step closer to the end of the war. 

Yemeni soldiers 

Without supplies, the Ansar Allah movement will be forced to retreat to the northern mountainous areas, after which the question of its encirclement and complete destruction will become a matter of time, since the resources available for the Arab coalition and the Houthis are not comparable. The Ansar Allah situation is further aggravated by the fact that after the murder of Saleh, a significant part of its troops, which supported the former president, refused to carry on fighting for the Houthis.

On the other hand, Riyadh can under no circumstances allow Hodeida to fall in the hands of the UAE or its proxy forces of the Southern Resistance group, which, in essence, is one and the same. Accordingly, Saudi Arabia seeks to create significant problems. As a result, the war is extremely complicated, where the Houthis are not only benefiting from their valor and courage but also from the infighting between their opponents.

From a purely militarily standpoint, the operation against Hodeida aimed at capturing the port by advancing limited forces closer to the city, exposes their supply lines. This affords the Houthis a variety of targets and has seen their fighters wreaking havoc among enemy communication lines for days. This results in massive losses among Sudanese mercenaries, who participate in the offensive, however nobody seems to be concerned about such losses – they are, in a sense, an analog of the Iranian proxy forces in Syria. But, unlike Syria, Iran has little hopes in Yemen. 

The Houthis enjoy serious local support, but it remains extremely local: mainly in the area of residence of the Shia community in the north of the country. As for local forces elsewhere, they are forced to strike deals when necessary, which means that in case of a major defeat or a series of local defeats such allies will change their allegiance, and is a process that is gradually taking place already. As for the fall of Hodeida and Sana’a – it seems to be a matter of time. But we’re not speaking weeks or months here, the most likely scenario is years of continuous warfare.

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