Russia evacuates Tartus, also military, diplomatic personnel from Syria. High war alert in Israel

US and Israeli intelligence watchers see the Syrian crisis entering seven ominous phases:


2.  Neither side has enough manpower or game-changing weaponry for winning the war outright.

That is, unless Presidents Obama or Putin steps in to retilt the balance.

3. The US and Russia are poised for more military intervention in the conflict up until a point just short of a military clash on Syrian soil – or elsewhere in the Middle East. US intelligence analysts have judged Putin ready to go all the way on Syria against the US – no holds barred.


4.  Iran, Hizballah and Iraq will likewise ratchet up their battlefield presence.

7.  So long as the diplomatic remains stuck in the mud, the prospects of a regional war spreading out of the Syrian conflict are rising. Iran, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon may be dragged in at any moment – if they have not already, like Lebanon.

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A small mistake by one of the Syrian warring parties in Syria could, for example, touch off Israeli retaliation and a wholesale spillover of violence.

Russia evacuates Tartus, also military, diplomatic personnel from Syria. High war alert in Israel

If Syria, Iran and Hezbollah are turning this thing around, then why is Russia fleeing? Does that make any kind of sense? No, unless Russia knows something that we don’t know. Could Syria, Iran and Hezbollah be planning a little surprise for someone (Israel) and perhaps things could get ugly? The Russians are getting out before everything blows up. Stay tuned.