WW4/Middle East Files: Western intel: Russian, Syrian, Iranian mil cmdrs set up coordination cell in Baghdad to direct Shia militias fighting ISIS throughout region, Quds Force cmdr Soleimani spotted in Iraqi capital on Sept 22., probably met Russians, unclear whether Iraqi government involved; US official: Russian pilots flew fighter jets to Syria in “tight formation” with An-124 strategic airlifters, switched off transponders, used jamming pods, Sukhois appeared as “big blip” with Condors, refueled at Hamadan, Iran; same source confirms Russian destroyers positioned off Syrian coast, awaiting Moskva missile cruiser; Israel, Russia form joint cmte to avoid confrontation over Moscow’s mil ops in Syria, deputy chiefs of staff to coordinate countries’ naval, aerial activities, EW, Netanyahu: “This is very important for Israel’s security, and this is the first, clear outcome of this conversation [with Putin in Moscow]”; Syrians oblivious to Kremlin denials, thrilled Russian servicemen in country: “Every morning, between 6 and 7, I see several Russian planes flying, and I really feel better,” “For me, it’s the best thing that can happen because the Russians will keep the extremists from advancing”; Syrian mil expert: “All of the ultra-sophisticated equipment is operated by the Russians, like flying the drones. They’re the ones who train the Syrian pilots, and they’re in command”

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