Trump Putin Syria Deal


Trump Putin Syria DealSyria stands on the threshold of dramatic changes that will directly impact on the strategic and military situation along the Syrian borders with Israel and Jordan.   They derive from a deal struck this week by US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to establish US, Russian and Turkish security zones in Syria. This scheme will transfer military control of the country to those three powers. Each of them will be responsible for a zone whose borders will be defined and agreed upon by Washington, Moscow and Ankara.

As part of this arrangement, all forces from the Iranian military, the pro-Iranian Shiite militias and Hizballah will be required to leave Syria.
The US military is to have two security zones – one covering the entire area east of the Euphrates River up to the Iraqi border including Kurdish areas (see attached map). This arrangement will partly resurrect the accord reached in late 2015 by US President Barack Obama and Putin, for the division of Syria into areas of influence. All territory east of the Euphrates was allocated to the US, with Russia taking responsibility for all areas west of the river until the Mediterranean coast. .

Under the new deal, the Turkish area is to stretch about 650 kilometers along the entire Syria-Turkey border and extend between 35 and 50 kilometers into Syrian territory up to Al-Bab, the town where the Turkish military is engaged in its third straight month of fighting for its capture from ISIS.

DEBKA file’s military and intelligence sources report that the overriding change on the ground will be the establishment of a second US security zone adjacent to Syria’s borders with Israel and Jordan. It means that the approximately 7,500 US special operations forces troops currently in Jordan will be shifted northward into southern Syria.

Russia had originally planned to deploy Syrian military, pro-Iranian Shiite militia and Hizballah forces in battles for the capture of land around the cities of Derra and Quneitra on the Syrian side of the Golan. That plan has been dropped and will be superseded by the deployment in southern Syria of US troops accompanied by Jordanian special forces and Syrian rebels, trained by American instructors in Jordanian military camps.

Israelis will breathe a sigh of relief over the removal of the threat of Iranian and Hizballah forces being deployed along their northern border with Syria.



  • LM

    If true and executed, this looks good. Syria is a failed state and occupation by sectors might keep the peace and give the people a chance to have a nation. The three powers and Syria must keep out any other outsiders. Hard to believe that Russia can get their Iran pals to agree to hands off Syria.

    Assad probably has no choice but to accept because the Russians own him. What about the other failed state next door, Iraq. I bet something is cooking there. Russia gets their Med port at Tarus (connects to Black Sea… Crimea which they took from Ukraine) and Army and Air Force base at Latakia.

    As NATO ally with Turkey, U.S. is secure in its bases at Incirlik. Turkey gets to occupy a border buffer zone where they can control that part of the Kurdish rebels against Turkey. And Hezbollah in S. Lebanon? Syria is their support but the U.S. Zone is to put a wet blanket on them. Israel happy. LM

  • Looks like IRAQ II to me. The only way the U.S. can enforce these borders is with a massive amount of troops on the ground with air support. While Trump objected to the last two administrations actions in Iraq, he conspired with Putin to provide safe zones and split the U.S. contribution into two separate geographic areas.

    The main benefit that I can see besides killing ISIS thugs is that possibly a safe zone will stifle the flow of terrorists to the United States in the form of bleeding heart LibTards wanting to smother our country with un vetted immigrants.-PT