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Syraq SITREP 19: #RussianNavy Launches More #Kalibr Cruise Missiles at #ISIS

One week after a U.S. Navy F/18E shot down a Syrian Air Force SU-22 bomber, leading Moscow to declare that American-led Coalition aircraft could be tracked as hostiles via air or surface to air missile radars, the Russians struck Islamic State terrorists with a barrage of Kalibr missiles. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, six low flying cruise missiles were fired from the Admiral Essen and Admiral Grigorovich frigates in the eastern Mediterranean.

The missile strikes came one day after rumors circulated online that a U.S. RQ4 Global Hawk long range drone, which was reported crashed in northern California, was actually shot down over the Mediterranean by Russian air defense systems based in the Latakia coastal region of Syria.

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Remember @NATOPress/#NATO, #Russia Also Says #NeverAgain

The Jews and Armenians are not the only ones who say ‘never again’. So do the Russians, NATO friends.

Shortly after 4 a.m. local time on 22 June 1941, Nazi Germany and a coalition of what it called a ‘united Europe against Bolshevism’  invaded Soviet Russia, with an army of 3.5 million men. As a reminder to those eagerly building up the largest military force seen on Russia’s western borders since that time: nothing is forgotten, no one is forgotten…

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Syraq SITREP 18 BREAKING: U.S. Shoots Down #SyAF Jet, #Iran Fires Ballistic Missiles at #ISIS

Father’s Day in the U.S. marked two escalations in the Syria war, with the Americans shooting down a Syrian Air Force jet they claimed bombed Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces Sunday evening, while Iran fired at least two medium-range ballistic missiles from its territory at ISIS in eastern Syria. The Iranian missile strike was the first launch of a ballistic rocket in combat by Tehran since the 1980s Iran-Iraq War, and the Persian rockets transited Iraqi air space en route to their targets.

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#MemeWars: The Wrath of #KEK and the @JordanBPeterson Experience

Pepe is a humorous frog, who became a meme. Then he became — sometime after Hillary Clinton gave her ‘Putin is the global godfather of the AltRight’ speech in August 2016 to the trolling cry of PEPE! — a legend. And as every child who’s watched a superhero movie like The Dark Knight Rises knows, a legend never dies — even when Pepe’s creator cartoonist Matt Furie tries to kill him off, to the froggy lolz of the Internet’s sh-tlords.

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MOAR U.S. Sanctions Will Accelerate Moscow’s Embrace of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain

The Russian Analyst was surprised to learn this week that our nearly 60 year old mother-in-law, a former M.D. who works in medical HR, knows what bitcoin is. Moreover, she also knows that one bitcoin is now valued more in U.S. dollars than the spot price for an ounce of gold, and that BTC is a highly volatile asset. While our mother-in- law is not by herself a reliable barometer of what mostly apolitical Muscovites or millions of Russians who watch the same channels she does believe, she does demonstrate that Russians are curious about digital currencies in a low-trust society that mostly still prefers cash to plastic. 

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Countercoup, Part 5: After Comey, Sessions Hearings the #TrumpRussia Con is Failing

James Comey’s testimony, long on accusations and insinuations against President Donald J. Trump but short on proof that POTUS obstructed justice, turned out to be a major disappointment for the legacy media that promoted it. So too did this week’s testimony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions fail to achieve anything for the Democrats and their deep state backers, other than preach to the already paranoid choir of ‘woke’ #TrumpRussia conspira-trolls.

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Syraq SITREP 17: SAA Links Up With Iraqis, as U.S. Backs Off Amid Saudi-Qatar Standoff

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its Iraqi PMU partners achieved a major victory last week, capping off a month of anti-ISIS operations that have reclaimed a Lebanon-sized chunk of territory from the terrorists on both sides of the Syraq border.

The linkup of Syrian Army troops and pro-Damascus militias with friendly Iraqi Shi’a forces came after weeks of U.S. bombing attacks designed to harass and intimidate the Syrians from accomplishing this strategic objective. The Syrians, backed by the Russian air force and advisers, were undeterred from moving ahead and daring the Americans to use their own troops to stop them. Not surprisingly, the Trump Administration backed down.

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Philippines’ Duterte Seeks Friendship with China and Russia, Then ISIS Attacks Mindanao

It was another one of those stories that shows why alternative or new media exists: legacy media reported it, if barely, but skipped over the geopolitical implications. In late May Rodrigo Duterte, the strongman president of the Philippines who has been widely lambasted for human rights abuses both real and alleged from a brutal counter narcotics campaign, visited Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin. The characteristically blunt Filipino leader could not have been more plain: his country was under attack by ISIS terrorists, and therefore he would have to cut his visit to Moscow short, but speaking to RT last year, Duterte boasted: “I have a new friend with lots of weapons” — Russia.

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Ru-coin? As Moscow Moves to Regulate Crypto Transactions, Russian Central Bank Plans to Build Its Own Cryptocurrency

Numerous announcements came out of this week’s St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, where ex-Fox News presenter Megyn Kelly interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin alongside Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (about which the Russian Analyst will be posting soon).

One of the most important state declarations: that of Deputy Russian Central Bank Governor Olga Skorobogatova. She stated that the Federation is prepared to issue its own national e-currency within the next three years. This came after Deputy Finance Minister Aleksey Moiseev’s call in April for Russian legislation to regulate trading in crypto-currencies and promote transparency in crypto-transactions by 2018.

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Syraq SITREP 16: Victory Over ISIS Prologue to the Next Mideast War?

The Islamic State, whose so-called Caliphate ran wild across the Syraqi deserts from 2014-15 as the Obama Administration did little to oppose its advance, is collapsing on all fronts. In Mosul, Iraqi security forces mop up pockets of Daesh resistance; around Raqqa the U.S. has started B52, Apache gunship and long range surface to surface rocket strikes in support of special forces advancing into the northern outskirts alongside SDF Kurds. Most dramatically, in the Syrian deserts, the Daeshbags are in full retreat while being pummeled by Russian airpower and Syrian artillery.

As footage released by the Russian Ministry of Defense made clear, the Obama era of large Daesh convoys moving unimpeded from Raqqa to attack ‘the Syrian regime’ (as they did at Palmyra as recently as December 2015) is over. For the fake Caliphate, a Hitler in the Berlin bunker-style downfall looms.

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Memorial Day в Афганистане

On Friday May 26, Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski, one of the architects of the U.S. ‘bear trap’ strategy to bait the Soviets into Afghanistan and then bleed the mighty USSR via support for insurgents in that country, died at a northern Virginia hospital. He was 89 years old.

Ironically, the author of The Grand Chessboard passed away just weeks after the Pentagon accused the Russian Federation of aiding Taliban elements against the Americans, who are the sons or grandsons of the anti-Soviet mujaheddin. The Russians denied the allegations of arming anti-American guerrillas in Afghanistan.

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Syraq SITREP 15: Russian Flags Fluttering in the Syraqi Border Breeze?

On May 18 U.S. jets attacked a convoy of Syrian military National Defense Forces and Shi’a Hezbollah/Iraqi allies west of the al-Tanf border crossing, which has been seized by American and British special forces. The air strike killed six pro-Syrian government combatants, and was claimed by the Americans to have targeted Iranian backed Shi’a militia rather than the Syrian Arab Army. However, the next time U.S. jets based in Jordan try to bomb Syrian forces in the area, they may spot the distinct profile of Sukhoi 30s on the horizon or hear the growl warning of Pantsir SAM radars in their headsets…

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While Trump Visits Saudi Arabia, Houthis Continue Attacks on Saudi Forces

On Sunday President Donald J. Trump gave a historic speech in front of his Saudi and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) hosts, declaring that the U.S. was not against Islam nor seeking to impose the American values on other nations, while calling on Muslims to unite against the scourge of terrorism. While the legacy media focused on Trump, first lady Melania’s demure non-form fitting black pantsuit or lack of a headscarve, or the massive arms and infrastructure deals announced with the pomp and ceremony of a bigly visit to Riyadh, numerous issues lurked behind the scenes. Including questions of persistent low oil prices drastically curtailing the Saudis ambitions to reinvent their country’s hydrocarbon based economy and the obsession with rival Iran fueling a military quagmire in Yemen.

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Washington Post’s #TrumpRussia Hysteria, as Seth Rich-Wikileaks Connection Confirmed

Just when the Russia Analyst thought we could turn to writing about Vladimir Putin’s piano playing at the One Belt One Road summit in China, along comes more manufactured #TrumpRussia ns! hysteria, courtesy of CIA’s old/new favorite mouthpiece, the Jeff Bezos blog known as The Washington Post.

Conveniently enough for the Democratic wing of the dirty deep state, this #fakenews story coincided with a report that would’ve been buried, were it not for a Trump ally and suspected informal counselor in the guise of the Internet’s headlines aggregator in chief Matt Drudge: confirmation from a private investigator and former DCPD detective hired by Seth Rich’s family, that the DNC staffer was in touch with Wikileaks before he was murdered.

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Amidst Comey Firing Furor, Trump Hosts Lavrov

One day after he fired FBI director James Comey for incompetence and covering for the Clinton crime family, President Trump hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the White House. For the NeverTrumpers, and the #TrumpRussia ns conspiratrolls both paid and unpaid, and neolibcon Beltway bandits ranging from the Democrat Chuck Schumers to the GOP McInsanes, it was like boosting one upraised middle digit from POTUS to the Deep State Swamp with another.

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Atlantic Council & MSM Smear RM Guest Posobiec for Reporting #MacronLeaks

Back on April 29, Rogue Money published an interview with TheRebel.media’s Washington D.C. correspondent Jack Posobiec. The topic was antifas thuggery, which had resulted in Mr. Posobiec recently being assaulted while filming on the street and his assailant being arrested.
Little did we know then that days later the legacy media, with a helpful nudge from the (foreign government-funded) (G)NGO the Atlantic Council and a small army of #TrumpRussia Twitter trolls, would soon be attacking a RM guest as an alleged Russian propaganda asset…because Odnoklassniki profile. Drunk on their own Russians! koolaid, the globalist shills are determined to conflate reading 4Chan/pol and reporting on the contents of the allegedly hacked files of French presidential candidate Emanuel Macron with taking orders from the Kremlin.

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No Illusions: The Latest Trump Putin Call

On Tuesday President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin at 12:30 p.m. Eastern/7:30 p.m. Moscow time. Notwithstanding the initial optimism greeting Trump’s election in the Russian Federation, following the difficult meeting after the American strike on Syria’s al-Shayrat air base between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov joined by Putin in mid-April, neither side can enter negotiations with illusions as to any dramatic breakthroughs being possible.

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Dina Powell, H.R. McMaster and the Neocon/Saudi Lobby Co-opting Team Trump

TeamRM’s BanksterSlayer has shined a spotlight on newly appointed Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Habib Powell’s history with the Bush 43 Administration and Goldman Sachs. Now Mike Cernovich, the independent journalist, author and film maker who broke the story of then Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s unmasking the identities of Trump advisers whose communications were ‘incidentally’ caught up in NSA wiretaps, has a new scoop.

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