Having realized that they lost in Syria the US has shifted to “Plan B” to maintain control over the oil-rich regions of the country. About it said military analyst “The Saker”. The Russo-Syrian advance in Deir ez-Zor has endangered the US plan, prompting the Pentagon to target the Syrian Arab Army and Russian military personnel on the ground. Now Americans have opted for a different strategy, which envisages the partition of Syria.
The US is trying to maintain control “of at least some areas in the northeast of the country in order to keep US military forces illegally present in Syria, keep control of the oil fields east of the Euphrates River and continue to destabilize and subvert the liberated regions of Syria,” the military analyst said.
That is why the US military has shifted to dubious operations against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian military personnel as a last resort, the analyst assumed.
The first sign of this emerged in early September when a military and diplomatic source informed that amid the SAA advance US Air Force helicopters had evacuated ISIS field commanders from Deir ez-Zor to northern Syria.
While the reported incident left more questions than answers, new developments on the ground have added to the controversy.
On September 20, the Russian General Staff reported about the attack against Syrian government troops carried out by al-Nusra Front terrorists who used artillery, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
More interestingly, the militants’ offensive was initiated by US secret services to stop the successful advance of the government troops to the east of Deir ez-Zor.
On September 24, the Russian Ministry of Defense released satellite images showing that American Special Ops and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were smoothly advancing along the left shore of the Euphrates towards Deir ez-Zor through ISIS formations facing no resistance from the terrorists.
The same day the ministry reported about the death of Russia’s Lt. Gen. Asapov, who helped Syrian forces during the operation to lift the blockade of Deir ez-Zor. It was reported that he died after sustaining a fatal injury in the sudden ISIS mortar shelling. A preliminary investigation into the case indicated a leak of information on his location to the side that carried out the attack.
Commenting on the issue, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the death of the Russian general is the price that Russia paid for the duplicity of the US policy in Syria.