[Marxism] US and Russian bombers coordinate through mutual friend in Tel-Aviv

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Tue Oct 20 07:19:04 MDT 2015

Axis of Resistance moves from strength to strength

US Coordinates Syria Bombing With Russia Through Israeli Hot Line - 

© Sputnik/ Dmitriy Vinogradov
Middle East
00:48 20.10.2015(updated 08:50 20.10.2015) Get short URL
Despite officially denying any cooperation, Russia and the US secretly 
coordinate their air campaigns in Syria through Tel-Aviv to avoid 
collisions of aircraft, according to intelligence sources speaking to 
Israeli media.
Last Thursday, Russia’s Ministry of Defense announced the creation of a 
"hot line" between the Russian and Israeli militaries. That channel 
provides both parties with a direct link in order to avoid incidents 
between aircraft over Syria.
"The first stage of training was conducted yesterday [Oct. 14] on 
cooperation between Russian air forces and the Israeli air force to 
avoid dangerous incidents in the sky above the Syrian Arab Republic," a 
statement from the ministry read.
On Sunday, personnel from both militaries continued that coordination, 
practicing the procedures necessary for avoiding accidental collisions.
According to military and intelligence sources speaking to Debka File, 
Arab-speaking flight controllers will likely stand ready on Russia’s end 
of the hotline at Al-Hmeineem air base near Latakia. Russian-speaking 
officers will man Israel’s end, and according to Israeli media, Western 
air controllers will use that hotline to coordinate their own aircraft, 
rather than establish their own direct channels with Moscow.
Communication is vital in the increasingly crowded skies over Syria. 
Russia’s anti-terror campaign began on September 30, and has since 
carried out hundreds of sorties against the self-proclaimed Islamic 
State terrorist group.
The US-led coalition has continued its own bombing campaign, though 
without the authority of the legitimate government of Syrian President 
Bashar al-Assad. While no collisions have yet taken place, there have 
been close calls.
But despite air traffic concerns, Washington has refused Moscow’s offers 
to establish a similar hotline.
"We’re not interested in doing that, as long as Russia is not willing to 
make a constructive contribution to our counter-ISIL effort. Russia has 
its own agenda right now that they’re pursuing on their own," White 
House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.
"So it’s not particularly surprising to me that President Putin would 
resort, in some desperation, to try to…convince us to join them. But the 
fact is that is a request that’s fallen on deaf ears."
In reality, however, the US is coordinating actions of its aircraft with 
Russia, but is doing so through Israel instead of establishing its own 
direct "hot line" with Moscow, according to Israeli intelligence and 
military sources speaking to Debka File. Due to political reasons, 
however, the US can't admit it, insisting that the two nations continue 
to endanger their pilots by not informing each other about their 
military flights.
On Sunday, the US and Israel also began a massive military exercise 
known as Blue Flag. Including US, Israeli, Greek and Italian air units, 
those drills will last for two weeks, adding even more air traffic to 
already overcrowded airspace
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