U.S. forces moved out of Al-Tanf near Syria’s border with Jordan and Iraq, and a pro-Iranian force moved in, according to a new report.
The independent security and intelligence journalists at DEBKA are reporting:
Washington was winding up discussions with Moscow on terms for US special forces to evacuate the Al Tanf post they were holding in the Syrian-Iraqi-Jordanian triangle and hand it over to the Syrian army ... US-backed Syrian rebel units are also about to leave their posts in the southern town of Daraa, having completed negotiations for a deal with the Russian officers manning this de-escalation zone and Hezbollah officers. They have agreed to hand in their weapons and either join up with Syrian government units or disperse …
Units of Tehran’s Iraqi surrogate, the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), Thursday night began crossing the border and taking up positions in southeastern Syria. The PMU, although formally integrated in the Iraqi national army, takes its orders from Iran’s supreme Middle East commander, the Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
Friday, Syria issued a warning to the U.S. and the Kurdish forces fighting to free Raqqa. It states:
The Syrian Army High Command views the liberation of the Deir Ez-Zour border city of Abu Kamal as an imperative military endeavor that cannot be dictated by the US Coalition and their allies.
In other words, U.S. and Kurdish forces won’t be allowed to advance beyond Raqqa to Abu Kamal. If pro-Iranian forces capture Abu Kamal, they will control all 375 miles of the Iraq-Syria border.
Israel, which has already demonstrated it’s ability to conduct airstrikes without incurring fire from the Russian S-400 missile systems in Syria, isn’t taking the news sitting down. Thursday night, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said his country will not allow a “the formation of a Shiite corridor from Iran to Lebanon.”
Maj. Gen. Hertzi Levy, the head of Israeli military intelligence, later added:
We are dealing resolutely with the threats against us.
DEBKA, however, reports that on-the-ground realities aren’t matching up with Israel’s statements. The carving up of Syria is now underway.