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    Smoke rises from buildings in the area of Tal Sharba following government air strikes on the outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on December 27, 2015, as government forces seized the area from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists

    Jordan Establishes Joint War Room With Russia to Combat Daesh

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    Jordan has set up a joint war room with Russia to carry out coordinated anti-Daesh (ISIL) military operations in Syria, indicating a turn by the country from its US, Saudi Arabia and Israeli allies, in the face of the increasing volatility of the entire Middle East region.

    The move by Jordanian King Abdullah II to establish a shared war room with Russian forces will radically change how political decisions are made and how intelligence is shared in the region, Israeli military and intelligence sources told military intelligence commentary website Debka.

    Previously, Jordan fought the Syrian President Bashar Assad from a command center shared with the US, Saudi Arabia and Israel, located north of the country’s capital of Amman.

    Although Jordanian authorities present the new cooperation with Russia as a simple logistical move to coordinate all parties involved in combating Daesh, major military and intelligence efforts will be directed to the new center, military sources claimed.

    According to Debka, citing anonymous sources in Washington and Moscow, the new war room was set up shortly after the presidents of Russia and the US held phone talks on the issue on January 13.

    Jordan will stop providing so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels with their main pipeline, experts noted, adding that opposition groups will also be deprived of funding and other types of assistance from the US, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

    This news may also upset Israel, in light of its long support for the rebels, who had seized large parts in the south of the war-torn country. To the potential discontent of the Israelis, the establishment of the new command center will likely enable the legitimate Syrian army to defeat the rebels in the country.

    Since the launch of the Russian air operation in Syria last September, Syrian government forces have recaptured large areas previously lost to various militant groups.

    Last week the Syrian army regained control of Salma, a town in the coastal Latakia province considered to be a major rebel stronghold since 2012. Troops also advanced in the south of central Hama province and east in Homs, and are currently on the offensive in the southern Daraa province.

    “The situation has stabilized, the [Syrian] government is no longer threatened with collapse,” the Jordan Times reported citing Vasily Kashin, an expert for Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies.


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      This is very important! For the first time in weeks this piece of information is a major breakthrough. There will be no "regrouping" as one of the journalists quoted on Sputnik said. There is a clear shift in the politics. Obama and Putin did not have a midnight chit-chat over the weather conditions.
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      Best news since Russia entered the war.
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      Jordan is not a strong and stable enough of a country to play both Russia and Israel/US simultaniously. It has got to either switch side or is playing a game with Russia with full coordination with US/Israel. I doubt US/Israel let Jordan just freely flirt with Russia.

      DebkFile is a Mossad outlet, not a "military intelligence commentary website". Any one quoting them MUST know more than what DebkaFile knows. If you don't, then its very dangerous to quote or listen to them.
    • Mikhas
      King Playstation is suddenly engaged in something constructive and useful, that´s rich.

      After thousands of wahhabi apes,standing armies in fact, being trained and equipped by US and the Zionazi´s and a veritable Saudi Barbarian War-room in Jordan, until recently led by "Prince" Bandar himself, directing these Orc´s into Syria, Quineitra and Damascus suburbs, then suddenly this change of heart.

      It will certainly come as a relief to the Syrians but not entirely as a surprise, since waves of ISIS reinforcements from that direction has been vaporised on spot with Russian assistance and impotent areas reclaimed and secured.
    • Dyke Davis
      teddy j, Your absolutely correct in your observations, yet I think the Russians know alot more about the US/NATO involvement in the creation of ISIS and Jordon was once a principle training ground for these irregular forces that nobody really knows to a absolute certainty who they really are and what their real creation was all about, but they seem to lay siege to the oil and gas and use every means of profiteering just like a corporation.
      Just maybe Jordon now knows that it was itself lied to and the Frankenstein it allowed on its territory was not to join an legitimate armed Syrian opposition against a dictatorship, but a tool to destroy the whole region of Syria and Iraq!
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      "Jordan will stop providing so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels with their main pipeline, experts noted, adding that opposition groups will also be deprived of funding and other types of assistance from the US, Saudi Arabia and the UAE...This news may also upset Israel, in light of its long support for the rebels..."

      THIS is some of the best news I have heard since Putin's speech at the UN in which he castigated the US in his famous words, "Do you realize what you have done?" speech. Few may remember that Putin wrote his own speech for that event. And who of us was not caught by surprise of Russia entering the air space over Syria? We should not have if we recalled that it was the Russian Navy Fleet that caused this same coalition to back down from a gun fight in the Mediterranean in 2013. It was the first time that a crack showed in the Middle East between the US and Israel even. The wrenching away of the putrid Jordanians from anything other than resembling a puppet dynasty to the US-Israel mystique is, in itself, earth shattering. The fact that it will no longer be one of Israel's whipping boys is telltale that Israel, because of Gaza, will be more and more isolated. There will come a day, too, when the US Marines will not land to support what will soon be a shell of what was Israel. More and more you will see Israel turn to Russia for its existence. And although Netanayhu may hve called Obama "chicken shit", it will be Obama who gets the last laugh in the next year before leaving office. And Bibi? He gets to look at himself in the mirror for the next 8 years wondering "What in the hell is happening??" Four words for Bibi: "It's the end times."
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      ivanwa88, Don't forget to click "ADD COMMENT" every time you are finished and want it posted. Believe me! you are not the first to lose an inspiration!
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      teddy j, yes, they cannot be trusted for a LONG time to come....they must do penance first and show humility. THEN only will they be accepted in the affairs of the world.
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      teddy j,
      +absolutely true...
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      jerstefin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
      Just to quote part of your text:
      More and more you will see Israel turn to Russia for its existence.
      Everything would be fine except for the likes of these snakes:
      Whene these snakes return billions upon billions os $$ to the rightful
      owner then and only then Russia should help Israhell.
      The rest of what you wrote i agree 100%

      Read more: sputniknews.com/middleeast/20160116/1033229615/jordan-russia-war-room.html#ixzz3xP6YvBlC
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