Does President Trump Plan To Deal With Russia Over Syria In Helsinki, Finland?

FSA Dera’a
A demonstration in Dera’a (Daara) on March 18, 2016, commemorating five years since the start of the Syrian revolution. (Associated Press)

It is my opinion only that the republican President Donald Trump is up to no good as he plans his 16th of July 2018 tete-a-tete with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. It is my opinion that President Trump should not be permitted to carry on a one-to-one discussion with President Putin without a reliable competent US witness or without a recording machine in the room.

I am speculating that President Trump plans on negotiating a similar type deal like he did with Saudi Arabia against Qatar and with his supposed peace agreement with N Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, that two US secretary of sates have had to clean up. Only this time he will be selling out the Syrian rebels in Syria to Russia.

The GOP in the US Congress can now call themselves, the Grand Old Putin Party.

Map of Daraa Governorate, Syria
Daraa/ Dera’a

Here is the rest of the report…

As per the 6/29/18 VOX report by Alex Ward, “President Donald Trump is desperate to remove thousands of US troops from Syria — and may be willing to make a big concession to Russia in order to do so.”

“During a Monday (6/25/18) meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Trump reiterated his long-held desire to bring home roughly 2,000 US troops in Syria, according to CNN.”

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King Abdullah & Queen Rania of Jordan met with President Donald Trump & First Lady Melania Trump

“But what’s alarming is that Trump’s plan to do so could involve exchanging favors with Russian President Vladimir Putin.”

“Consider what Trump reportedly plans to ask the Russian leader when they meet for a July 16 summit in Helsinki: He wants Russia to promise to not attack the small contingent of US-backed fighters in southwest Syria near its border with Jordan, even though pro-regime forces have been bombing the area known as (Dera’a) Daraa province for the past week, displacing about 45,000 people. If Russia stopped pro-Assad fighters from attacking, though, it would give Trump space to withdraw American troops that ostensibly support anti-government forces.”

“Trump, in return, wouldn’t impede Russia’s efforts to help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as he gains further control of southwest Syria. That would permit the Syrian dictator to consolidate even more power, bringing him a step closer to winning his country’s seven-year-long civil war.”

Donald Trump and Bashar al-Assad
PHOTO: Donald Trump’s uncensored tweeting has started another war of words with Bashar al-Assad. (AP: Andrew Harnik/Reuters)

“But that’s not all: Trump wants Russia to ensure that no more fighting happens in southwest Syria and that Iranian proxies, like Hezbollah, cannot enter the region.”

“Trump’s reported plan has a few problems, however.”

“First, Russia has previously backed out of several Syria peace deals with the United States. It’s very hard to trust Moscow’s word that it will help de-escalate violence in Syria, since the Kremlin continues to support Assad — even as he kills his civilians with chemical weapons. Russia also wreaks havoc of its own and has dropped bombs near US troop positions.”

Link to report: Trump wants US troops out of Syria. Putin might use that to his ./Vox

Illustrative: Billowing smoke, following a reported air strike on a rebel-held area in the southern Syrian city of Daraa. (Mohamad Abazeed/ AFP)
Illustrative: Billowing smoke, following a reported air strike on a rebel-held area in the southern Syrian city of Daraa. (Mohamad Abazeed/ AFP)

As per the September 20, 2017 Nation’s report by Khalid al Zubi, “Syria’s southern provinces are unique among opposition-held areas in having limited the expansion of Islamist extremist groups. The Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL), Ahrar al-Sham, and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), successor to the Al Qaeda–linked Jabhat al-Nusra, maintain only a modest foothold at best in the region, compared with the much larger, more influential “Southern Front” coalition, made up of moderate Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions that support democracy.”

“The Assad regime nonetheless continues to label many factions of the Southern Front as “terrorists” and to violate a cease-fire brokered in July by the United States, Russia, and Jordan.”

“Dera’a (Daara)—In July, in one of President Trump’s first foreign-policy advances, the United States, Russia, and Jordan brokered a cease-fire between the Syrian regime and opposition forces in the country’s southern provinces along the Jordanian border. The deal raised many people’s hopes that a new era had begun, one that would rein in Bashar al-Assad’s military operations against his own people. That’s not the way it worked out.”

Link to entire report: Report From Dera’a, Cradle of the Syrian Revolution | The Nation

See: Partial ceasefire deal reached in Syria, in Trump’s first peace effort/ Reuters

April 8, 2018 (AFP)

On 30th of June 2018, Al Jazeera published the following report, “Talks with Russia over Deraa (Daraa) peace deal collapse: Syrian rebels”

Excerpts:

“Opposition figures in southern Syria have said talks with Russian officers for a peace deal with the government have failed after they rejected Moscow’s demands to surrender, rebel negotiators said.”

“A government’s offensive this month in southwest Syria has taken much of the eastern part of Deraa (Daraa) province from rebels, backed by a bombardment that the United Nations says has pushed 160,000 people out of their homes.”

A Syrian rebel fighter stands behind a window in a

“The meeting on Saturday in the town of Bosra al-Sham was aimed to try to agree a deal for all of Deraa province to come back under government sovereignty, but without the army or police entering the area.”

“The talks collapsed, however, as the fighters rejected Russia’s proposed terms for their surrender, a rebel spokesman said.”

“The meeting ended in failure. The Russians were not ready to listen to our demands. They offered one option, to accept their humiliating demand to surrender, which was rejected,” Ibrahim Jabawi, spokesman for the Free Syrian Army, was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.”

“Negotiations over fate of Deraa province’s rebel-held parts fail as state media says several towns accept state rule.”

“Russian figures in southern Syria have said talks with Russian officers for a peace deal with the government have failed after they rejected Moscow’s demands to surrender, rebel negotiators said.”

“A government’s offensive this month in southwest Syria has taken much of the eastern part of Deraa province from rebels, backed by a bombardment that the United Nations says has pushed 160,000 people out of their homes.”

The meeting on Saturday in the town of Bosra al-Sham was aimed to try to agree a deal for all of Deraa province to come back under government sovereignty, but without the army or police entering the area.

“The talks collapsed, however, as the fighters rejected Russia’s proposed terms for their surrender, a rebel spokesman said.”

“The meeting ended in failure. The Russians were not ready to listen to our demands. They offered one option, to accept their humiliating demand to surrender, which was rejected,” Ibrahim Jabawi, spokesman for the Free Syrian Army, was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.”

‘Syrian army enters towns’

“Jordan has been facilitating talks between rebel factions and Moscow over a deal that would end the violence in exchange for the return of state rule in Deraa province on its border.”

“Russian negotiators demanded rebels accept terms like those agreed for eastern Ghouta, where fighters either left for opposition territory in the northwest along with their families or accepted the return of state rule, Jabawi had said earlier.”

“The southwest rebels did not accept this, and were instead proposing the return of civilian state institutions in the opposition areas and the entry of Russian military police rather than Syrian government forces.”

However, the army has already captured large parts of the eastern zone of rebel-held territory in Deraa province in less than two weeks of fighting, and several more towns still held by the insurgents have reportedly agreed to settle with Assad.

On Saturday, state television said the town of al-Ghariya al-Sharqiya had accepted a “reconciliation” agreement with the government, and the national flag had been raised there.

It said on Friday that four other towns nearby had agreed to surrender their arms and accept state rule. The army had gained control over the towns of al-Harak, Ibta and Rakham, it said, and a rebel said opposition lines in one area had collapsed.”

FSA FIGHTERS

‘Tired and exhausted’

The UN said on Friday that the surge in fighting over the past few days had led to the displacement of an estimated 160,000 people – more than three times as previously reported.

Link to entire article: Talks with Russia over Deraa peace deal collapse: Syrian rebels

See: Syrian rebels lose string of southwest towns | Reuters

5 comments

  1. Hi Gronda, here’s a balanced article from the Atlantic, regarding the end of American support for Syrian rebels and Trump’s role in all of this:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/07/trump-syria-assad-rebels-putin-cia/534540/

    This week, the Trump administration reportedly cancelled a long-running covert program to support vetted Syrian rebels in the war against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. While this move has provoked a small outcry among Assad’s opponents, the development itself is far from surprising. Furthermore, it is incorrect, as some have insisted, to view the cancellation as a gratuitous concession to Russia—a decision like this, which aligns with years of deliberate U.S. strategy and Trump’s own stated goals, cannot be considered a concession. It is almost certainly true that Trump hopes this decision will make Russia more cooperative on ceasefires between the regime and the insurgency. But if that does not happen or if it fails to pacify Syria—a likely outcome—this would not alter an already-dismal strategic situation for the Syrian opposition, one that may well be acceptable to the United States.

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    • Dear Doggedly Yours,

      I’m certain that President Trump is rooting for Russia. But a little but great country like Uruguay took them down. Three South American countries are in top 5 teams. It’s too bad President Trump doesn’t believe in immigration.

      Hugs, Gronda

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