WW4/Middle East Files: Bashar al-Assad hosts Russian Dep. PM Dmitry Rogozin at Hmeimim air base, Kremlin’s military HQ in support of regime forces, Syrian dictator brands US-backed Kurdish forces along Turkish border “traitors”; Russia to rebuild energy facilities destroyed during more than six years of civil war, Rogozin takes jab at USA: “President Assad said today that Syria has no desire to work with companies from countries which betrayed Syria . . .”; follows Vladimir Putin’s unexpected stopover at same air base on Dec. 11, announcement of withdrawal of “significant portion” of Russian troops, as many as 4,300 Russian servicemen and 3,000 mercs in Syria; Russia to transform 46-year-old naval logistics base in Tartus into fully fledged base with capacity for 11 warships, secures 74-year renewal agreement with Damascus, 50-year lease for Hmeimim air base, Russian military to operate outside Syrian jurisdiction; Russian dictator flies on to Cairo for visit with Egyptian Pres. Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, both leaders criticize U.S. decision to move embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; Moscow and Cairo to “increase scope” of mil-mil coop and “strengthen capabilities” of Egyptian army in fighting Islamic militants, Rosatom to build US$21 billion nuke plant in Egypt

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3 responses to “WW4/Middle East Files: Bashar al-Assad hosts Russian Dep. PM Dmitry Rogozin at Hmeimim air base, Kremlin’s military HQ in support of regime forces, Syrian dictator brands US-backed Kurdish forces along Turkish border “traitors”; Russia to rebuild energy facilities destroyed during more than six years of civil war, Rogozin takes jab at USA: “President Assad said today that Syria has no desire to work with companies from countries which betrayed Syria . . .”; follows Vladimir Putin’s unexpected stopover at same air base on Dec. 11, announcement of withdrawal of “significant portion” of Russian troops, as many as 4,300 Russian servicemen and 3,000 mercs in Syria; Russia to transform 46-year-old naval logistics base in Tartus into fully fledged base with capacity for 11 warships, secures 74-year renewal agreement with Damascus, 50-year lease for Hmeimim air base, Russian military to operate outside Syrian jurisdiction; Russian dictator flies on to Cairo for visit with Egyptian Pres. Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, both leaders criticize U.S. decision to move embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; Moscow and Cairo to “increase scope” of mil-mil coop and “strengthen capabilities” of Egyptian army in fighting Islamic militants, Rosatom to build US$21 billion nuke plant in Egypt

  1. mah29001 December 20, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Interesting, Assad is basically siding with Erdogan on terms of going after Kurdish forces in the region, whether or not they’re backed by the US or not.

  2. mah29001 December 20, 2017 at 11:52 am

    The Russians are likely fueling the Muslim countries against Israel, no doubt in the hopes of repeating another Six Day War or Yom Kippur style war….

  3. mah29001 December 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    And if things couldn’t get more heated, aside from the Saudis opening a front against Israel over Jerusalem they’re facing rocket attacks from Iranian backed rebels in Yemen…

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42421289

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