The Unz Review - Mobile

The Unz Review: An Alternative Media Selection

A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media
 The Saker Archive
So What Are the Russians Really Doing in Syria?

Email This Page to Someone


 Remember My Information



=>

I think that a week after Ynet broke the story about a Russian military intervention in Syria we can confidently say that that this was a typical AngloZionist PSYOP aimed at inhibiting the Russian involvement in the Empire’s war against Syria and that it had no basis in reality.

Or did it?

It turns out that there was a small kernel of truth to these stories. No, Russia was not sending “MiG-31s to bomb Daesh”, nor is Russian going to send an SSNB (submarine armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles) to the Syrian coast. All these rumors are utter nonsense. But there are increasing signs that Russia is doing two thing:

1) increasing her diplomatic involvement in the Syrian conflict

2) delivering some unspecified but important military gear to Syria

The second item is the one which is most interesting. Needless to say, as is typical in these cases, the actual contents of the cargo Russia is sending by air and sea is not made public, but we can speculate. First, we know that Syria needs a lot of spare parts and equipment repairs. This war has been going on for 4 years now and the Syrians have made intensive use of their equipment. Second, the Syrians lack some battlefield systems which could greatly help them. Examples of that include counter-battery radars (radars which spot where the enemy’s artillery is shooting from) and electronic warfare systems. Furthermore, Russian sources are saying that Syria needs more armored personnnel carriers.

We know that Russia and Syria have long standing military contracts and we know that Russia is now delivering her heavy equipment by sea and the lighter systems by air. Does all that indicate some kind of game changer?

Saker-Syria No. At least not at this point in time.

So why the AngloZionist panic?

My feeling is that one thing which makes them so nervous is that the Russian apparently have chosen the city of Latakia as their “delivery point”. Unlike Damascus, Latakia is an ideal location: it is safe but not too far away from the frontlines, and it is relatively near the Russian base in Tartus. The airport and naval port are also reportedly easy to protect and isolate. There are already reports that the Russians have lengthened the runways and improved the infrastructure at the Latakia airport and that heavy AN-124s have been observed landing there. As for the Russian Navy – it has been sending ships to the Latakia airport.

In other words, instead of limiting themselves to Tartus or going into the very exposed Damascus, the Russians appear to have created a new bridgehead in the north of the country which could be used to deliver equipment, and even forces, to the combat area in the north of the country.

This, by the way, would also explain the panicked rumors about the Russians sending in their Naval Infantry units from Crimea to Syria: Naval Infantry forces are ideal to protect such a base and considering that the front lines are not that far, it would make perfect sense for the Russians to secure their bridgehead with these units.

Furthermore, while heavy equipment is typically sent by the sea, the Russians can deliver their air defense systems by air: The AN-124 is more than capable of transporing S-300s. That fact alone would explain the AngloZionist panic.

What appears to be happening is this: the Russians are, apparently, sending some limited but important gear to provide immediate assistance to the Syrian forces. In doing so, they have also created the conditions to keep their options open. So while there is not massive Russian intervention taking place, something has definitely shifted in the Syrian conflict.

I would like to add here that while the government forces have recently lost the Idlib air base in the north of the country (and not too far from Latakia), all my sources confirm to me that the Syrian forces are in a much better position than Daesh and that the war is going very badly for the Takfiris. The Syrians have recently freed the city of Zabadan and they are on the offensive in most locations and while it is true that Daesh still controls a lot of land, most of that is desert.

To summarize the above I would say this: the AngloZionists are freaking out because their war against Syria has failed; while Daesh has created havoc and terror in several countries, there are many signs that the local countries are gradually becoming determined to do something. The US has also failed to get rid of Assad, the massive refugee crisis has triggered a major political crisis in Europe, and now the Europeans are looking at Assad in a dramatically different light than before. Russia has clearly decide to get politically involved with all the regional powers, effectively displacing the USA, and there are pretty good indications that the Russians are keeping their options open. And while there are absolutely no reasons to suspect that Russia is planning a major military intervention in the conflict in terms of quantity, there are signs that the Russian support has risen to a new qualitative level.

Two things need to be stressed here:

First, on a political level, it is still exceedingly unlikely that Russia would take any major unilateral action in this war. While Syria is a sovereign country and while a Syrian-Russian agreement is enough to legally justify any military move agreed to by both parties, Russia will try hard not to act alone. This explains why Foreign Ministery Lavrov is trying so hard to create some kind of coalition.

Second, on a military level, the country to look at is not Russia but Iran. The Iranians have a safe and secure land-line to Syria (via northern Iraq) and they have the kind of combat forces which could be successfully engage against Daesh. The same goes for Hezbollah which has, and will in the future, send its elite forces to support the Syrians in strategically vital areas. Should there be a need for a major ground operation in support of the Syrian forces, these are the forces we should expect to intervene, not the Russians.

In conclusion I would say that what we see taking place it “typical Putin”: while western leaders typically prefer high visibility actions which bring immediate (but short term) results, Putin prefers to let his opponent inflict the maximal amount of damage upon himself before intervening in gradual, slow steps. The unleashing of Daesh by the AngloZionists was a kind of a “political shock and awe” which did almost overthrow the Syrian government. When that initial “fast-acting” but short term strategy failed, Assad was still there, but Daesh had turned into a Golem monster which threatened everybody and which nobody could control. As for Assad, he was gradually downgraded from being a “new Hitler” gassing his own people into somebody who will clearly be a part of the solution (whatever “solution” will eventually emerge).

The lesson for all those who resist the Empire is obvious: the hardest thing is to remain standing after the first “blow” delivered by the imperial forces. If you can survive it (as the Donbass and Syria have done), then time is on your side and the position of the Empire will begin to weaken slowly but surely because of its own internal contradictions. When that process being, you must not fall into the trap of over-committment, but gradually occupy each position (political or other) given up by the Empire in the process of the disintegration while securing your own each step of the way.

It is way too early for any triumphalism – Daesh is still here, and so are the Ukronazis in Kiev, and the Empire has not given up on them quite yet. The good news is that the tide has now visibly turned and while there is still a long struggle ahead, the eventual defeat of the Takfiris and Nazis appears to be inevitable.

 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Russia, Syria

67 Comments to "So What Are the Russians Really Doing in Syria?"

Commenters to Ignore
Agrees/Disagrees/LOLs Only
[Filtered by Reply Thread]
  1. the sacker furiously rocks his hobby-horse…”On Anglo-Zionists, dance and prance and show us your tricks.” Show us the map of the world, only in your hands only.

    Joe Webb

    • Replies: , , , , ,
    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  2. much too sanguine a vision by the Saker. Putin has allowed the ZionistGlobalisti far too much leeway in Syria and the Ukraine, and both bloodbaths have gone on far too long. The longer they go on, the more dangerous they become. It’s time for Putin to stop pussyfooting

    • Replies:
    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  3. What ? You are incoherent. What map ? You really have a problem with the concept of “anglo-zionists”? Where have you BEEN ?
    Incidently, is “sacker” a mistake or some kind of pathetic insult ?

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  4. The Saker writes: “As for Assad, he was gradually downgraded from being a “new Hitler” gassing his own people into somebody who will clearly be a part of the solution.”

    I think the term should be ‘upgraded.’ :-)

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  5. The Iranians have a safe and secure land-line to Syria (via northern Iraq) and they have the kind of combat forces which could be successfully engage against Daesh.

    I agree with the second part of the statement, but not the first. I have read that ISIS and the other jihadist gangs are still in control of Syria’s northwest border with Turkey, so I don’t think there is any direct “land-line” between Iran and Syria at the moment.

    When that initial “fast-acting” but short term strategy failed, Assad was still there, but Daesh had turned into a Golem monster which threatened everybody and which nobody could control.

    Call me a conspiracy theorist, by I don’t see that the jihadis in Syria have escaped the control of their Anglo-Zionist patrons up till now. Except for a bomb or two in Saudi Arabia attributed to ISIS, it seems that all of their attacks have been against Iraq and Syria, with the occasional (and always unsuccessful) foray into Lebanon. So 99% of their attacks are still against the Axis of Resistance; so far none of the jihadis have attacked Jordan, Turkey or–perish the thought!–Israel.

    When that process being, you must not fall into the trap of over-committment, but gradually occupy each position (political or other) given up by the Empire in the process of the disintegration while securing your own each step of the way.

    This is what the hard-line critics of Putin don’t understand: by ‘underreacting’ in places like Ukraine and Syria, he has successfully avoided the type of trap that Brezhnev fell into in Afghanistan, while still safeguarding Russia’s fundamental, strategic interests. That’s why Washington hates Putin so: he is too smart for their usual tricks.

    • Agree: Marian
    • Replies:
    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  6. I for one would indeed posit that Iran is key.

    If one views the situation from Teheran, several things spring to mind:

    1: While Russian and Iranian interests coincide considerably, they are somewhat uneasy allies. Iran has credible reasons to worry that Russia, while of course supporting a greater Iranian intervention against Daesh, could very well hang the Iranians out to dry. It is far from inconceivable that Iran, before increasing their own involvement further, wanted palpable and real assurances from Russia that Russia will meet increased Iranian comittment against Daesh with increased comittment of her own. Both Iran and Russia have to carefully husband their respective forces, and both would have considerable reasons to “pass the buck” of confronting Daesh on the other, especially given that Russia is occupied elsewhere to an extent.

    2: While Iran likely appreciates Russian moves to first “get the Saudis distracted in Yemen” and then “make them a good offer”, both moves being designed to weaken the Saudi-US alliance, from Irans pov. both of these actions are pretty suspicious. Again, Iran would be looking for some palpable reassurance that the Russians are still on “their” side.

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  7. What in the world are the Russians doing? It shouldn’t take a genius to see they are taking steps to ensure that the Assad regime does not fall or at least retains control over Tartus and the Northern parts of Syria if they can’t regain the territory lost to ISIS. I don’t believe we will see the Russians rush headlong into this a la Afghanistan but expect their presence, expertise and military equipment to become a force multiplier in the fight against ISIS And Al Nusra.

    Of course, I wouldn’t put it past us bonehead Americans to start funding ISIS since we seem to believe that the Russians are the embodiment of pure evil.

    • Replies:
    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  8. Hasbara alert!

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  9. Russia owes money to the same banks the west does. Makes you wonder how much of this is each man/nation looking out for its own interests and how much is theatre? The zionists Saker writes about do – after all – own it all.

    That being said – being from the west – I’d like to see the Russian political psychopaths wipe out the ISIS psychopaths and tell our political psychopaths to stay the hell out of their way while they do it. No doubt political theatre/hilarity would ensue. Sites like this and ZH would explode with political commentary and theory the likes of which we haven’t seen since 2008.

    • Replies:
    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  10. And you want Putin to do what exactly?

    • Replies:
    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  11. “the sacker furiously rocks his hobby-horse…”On Anglo-Zionists, dance and prance and show us your tricks.” Show us the map of the world, only in your hands only.”

    Joe Webb is clearly NOT a native english speaker. I wonder where he hails from?

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  12. Russia has relatively little debt.

    • Disagree: geokat62
    • Replies: ,
    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  13. Ukronazi alert.

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  14. Islamic State seems to be doing very well in overrunning Assad’s military installations capturing another air base this week complete with fighter bombers and helicopters. “Syria” has become little more than a puppet regime of Tehran with Ghasem Soleimani the real power propping up what is left of the Syrian forces.

    Putin seems to sense that Syria is lost and that only a rump Alawite State can be salvaged from the wreckage. Latakia and Tartus happen to be part of this historical Alawite state. One would have to be a fool to believe Islamic State and al Nusra are not already planning suicide bombing attacks on Russian installations. How much stomach Putin, or really, the Russian people have for a suicide bombing campaign of Russian forces in Syria if not attacks in Russia itself will likely be the story here.

    It is also the case that a Alawite rump state will become little more than a giant refugee camp as the remnants of Assad’s regime crowd into it to avoid the bloodbath Daesh will unleash.

    • Replies: ,
    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  15. So, what are the Russians really doing in Syria?
    Who really cares as for sure it’s really none of our business. And besides what could we really do if we really objected besides basically nothing?? The criminal neocons actually think they could do something about this? Ya, really and reality – something Washington DC’s neocons never think of…

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  16. “..the jihadis in Syria have escaped the control of their Anglo-Zionist patrons up till now. Except for a bomb or two in Saudi Arabia attributed to ISIS, it seems that all of their attacks have been against Iraq and Syria, with the occasional (and always unsuccessful) foray into Lebanon. So 99% of their attacks are still against the Axis of Resistance; so far none of the jihadis have attacked Jordan, Turkey or–perish the thought!–Israel.”
    Excellent observation!

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  17. So What Are the Russians Really Doing in Syria? | The Vineyard of the Saker
    says:
    • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment

    […] (Note: this column was written for the Unz Review http://www.unz.com/tsaker/so-what-are-the-russians-really-doing-in-syria/) […]

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  18. You are correct. By taking sides, Russians have opened themselves to obvious hazards. By the way, the jihadists are already in Ukraine, fighting ethnic Russians on a side of Kiev regime (laced with neo-nazis). However, there is something that is not possible to avoid noticing anymore: “so far none of the jihadis have attacked Jordan, Turkey or–perish the thought!–Israel.” The empire’s puppet musters have been gradually revealing themselves – most likely, the nakedness is unintentional.

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  19. ISIS is successful because our military is going out of it’s way not to strike critical parts of the ISIS logistical and command sites. We studiously avoid targeting all training sites, communication hubs and rallying points, etc.

    Lets not forget all that state of the art equipment we gave them in Iraq either. some 2000 armored Humvees, massive weapon caches, MRAP’s, tanks, uniforms. body armor, etc. We gave them enough to equip a division.

    No terrorist organization has even been so well equipped, all thanks to the American military.

    Turkey is doing it’s fair share by providing weapons, recruits and supplies to ISIS and providing hospital care for wound ISIS fighters.

    Lastly no matter what the Russians do, the U.S. is gunning for a military showdown with Russia after the election. If Jeb or Hillary gets in, I believe a hot war is inevitable. If you watch FoxNews, the demonization of Russia is ongoing the same way it was against Iraq prior to it being invaded.

    • Replies: ,
    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  20. BBC was showing Syrian regions that are still not destroyed by ISIS as part of a coverage on the effects of the war on Europe . Here Geremy Bowen was doing the voice over .
    The sea ,the beach the street are filled with young,,with women , with children . The scene could have been from South of Spain or even France .
    West is destroying this Syria where women feel free to ride on bike ,wear bikini,and swim in the water in the midst of men .

    Then their interlocutors in west use the lack of freedom for women , restriction on movement and separation of genders as the basis to denounce Islamic countries .
    Actually one of the reasons offered by Bush in support of Iraq and Afghanistan war was the issue of the woman’s rights .

    But the coverage was an admission in a backhanded way of what this article is addressing more broadly that is -

    Europe is coming to its sense . It got clobbered . It has been offering free ride to fame and chest thumping exercise for its vainglorious leaders . The Russian help in the back have bolstered Syria and the western help has prolonged the war which has screwed Europe where it hurts most.

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  21. It is the same map- map of Yoded Yinon.

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  22. Joe Webb is probably one of netanyahu’s boobs.

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  23. the U.S. is gunning for a military showdown with Russia after the election.

    Sure, the crater in the place of Chicago or D.C. will look really picturesque. Gunning for and facing the real war–are two very different things. I do, however, agree–US neocons have a small dick complex of inferiority but even these morons know that, unlike Iraq, their precious families and children can get some really impressive TNT equivalent delivered precisely to the places of their play and leisure.

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  24. It is not just Turkey that provides local support to ISIS; Israel has admitted that it has been helping ISIS as well.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/israeli-military-admits-to-supporting-al-qaeda-and-isis-in-syria/5464484

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/04/08/united-nations-israel-is-helping-syrian-jihadists-including-isis/

    • Replies:
    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  25. If to believe Mr. Lavrov (and he usually tells the truth), Israel is just a small piece of the puzzle. Evidently, US covers up for IS. When THIS comes from this level, I guess something is really wrong, not that we didn’t suspect (wink, wink):

    http://vz.ru/news/2015/9/13/766615.html

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  26. Disregard the “Disagree” it was inadvertent.

    NB: A suggestion to UR webmaster. I have been inadvertently hitting the “Agree” or “Diagree” buttons, repeatedly. Is it possible to trigger a pop up message that asks if it’s ok to proceed?

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  27. “Of course, I wouldn’t put it past us bonehead Americans to start funding ISIS since we seem to believe that the Russians are the embodiment of pure evil.”

    Start?

    • Replies:
    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  28. The most incorrect thing the Saker believes is that this terrorist proxy army for the West has been a defeat. It’s quite the opposite. It’s been a smashing success…for the evil empire.

    So how can the Wests and mid east tyrannies whose proxies in ISIL and Al Qaeda – who have killed about 50% of Assad’s army, without the West loosing not one of their soldiers – be considered anything but a success.

    But now since Syria’s army has lost most of its territory, they have to retreat to defensive positions, and that will be harder for the jihadis to break down that military entrenchment.
    As well as jihadis soon moving into more so Shia/Alawite/Christian and Druze populations in towns and cities, which will give much less support then would be the case more so in the more Sunni areas of Syria.
    That is exactly why the US empire and it’s war crime minions want to finish off the job themselves. They see the entrenchment and population problem ( as they see it), and, want to build on the SUCCESS of it’s terrorists.

    And, the planned outcome totally depends on what plan the empire has for it’s jihadis. Do they want immediate control over Syria after their regime change bombing campaign, which would mean they would have to bomb their proxies as well as the Syrian regime – or does the West want murderous lawless chaos – Libya style – till they get their own Syrian dictator puppets organised ? Which if successful in Syria, they would want to send them against Hezbollah, and even further into Iraq and even Iran. Well, thats the long term despicable plan I’m sure.

    Another point;
    Just for example in Kobane, we saw how successful US air power in combination with the Kurds on the ground, was able to defeat ISIL in Kobane. And that is exactly why the Russian Air force in combination with Hezbollah and Syrian ground forces are the most capable of Defeating the Wests terrorist proxies. An Air force is something Hezbollah doesn’t have ( a few drones don’t really count), the Syrain Air force hasn’t been doing a good job so far, and the Iranians ( I don’t think, but I don’t know well enough ) can’t be good enough as the Russians.

    For myself, I despise Putin, but much less so then the evil empire and it’s minions. And I am only talking about strategy and outlook.

    • Replies:
    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  29. Looking at the comments I begin to wonder if I am reading the right website.

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  30. The US ( and allied air forces) have far more aircraft than anything Russia could hope to operate from a single airfield. Over Kobane, the US had B-1 bombers able to loiter and deliver bomb loads
    on call. Having air power 20 minutes a way doesn’t mean a lot when you are dealing with Daesh. The US and its allies have conducted thousands of sorties but using an F-18 with a $50k plus missile to take out a Toyota pick up truck isn’t very cost effective and Daesh doesn’t mass its forces like at Kobane anymore.

    • Replies:
    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  31. So when attacking a two-bit Kurdish village, IS gathered myriads of troops together like Xerxes in Herodotus, but when storming Syrian military bases, they’re as hard to find as Fantomas? Pull the other one.

    • Replies: ,
    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  32. somewhere safe to live - Occurrences
    says:
    • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment

    […] “So What Are the Russians Really Doing in Syria?”  So far, it is a public assertion of support for Assad, important, as the Jew-controlled media is obsessed with telling us that Putin has given up on Assad, and an increase of unknown degree in material support and military advisers. […]

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  33. Zer0′s admin is nothing if not stupid. I don’t know that Zer0 and his associated idiots haven’t been funding ISIS, they certainly did train and equip some people they thought were legit rebels who then went directly over to ISIS.

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  34. True – but their debt needs to be serviced and with commodities in the tank and at least two wars/proxy wars in the works their revenue will decrease and they will borrow more. Which means if not being told what to do already they will soon be brought to heal if not the case.

    • Replies:
    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  35. anonymous
    says:
         Show CommentNext New Comment

    The Syrian government hasn’t crumbled to date which probably has come as an unwanted surprise to those who’ve instigated this war. Although a minority government it apparently has enough of an internal coalition of support to have been as resilient as it has. It’s lost territory to the insurgents and whether it’s regained or not remains to be seen. I don’t suppose the Russians would be upping their assistance if they considered it to be a lost cause apart from the general need to demonstrate to everyone that alliance with them has value. Four years on and the fighting still rages.
    Regarding the crumbling of states when will it be Jordan’s turn with it’s own minority-run government of Abdullah and his Bedouins?

    • Replies: ,
    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  36. The Kremlin’s propagandists favorite argument: “And what is Putin supposed to do?”

    Poor Putin! He just can’t do anything. Well, if he can’t, stop pretending he can play with the big boys, then.

    The U.S. has been sanctioning and humiliating Russia for two years and for two years the Kremlin has been barking: “Better watch out or else… better watch out or else… Better watch out or else” and on and on and on. All talk and no show.

    Then the Kremlin propagandists will ask you: “Well, do you want Putin to start WWIII?”

    Of course not. But what about sanctioning some of America’s big corporations? Huh? Why hasn’t the Kremlin sanctioned any of those? Isn’t that strange, to say the least? In other words, what is truly going on here?

    Finally — this guy, Saker, has been wrong on just about everything in the last two years. I remember when he was fawning over Tsipras…

    What a joke!

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  37. Boy, are you in for a surprise when the shit hits the fan in this country.

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  38. Exactly. If you are taking or holding fixed points, then you are massing forces. If ISIS responds to the presence of Russian air power (if there is any such air power) by refusing to mass forces, then ISIS gets to lose every population center and must content itself with taking pot shots at helicopters and supply trains and carrying out the odd suicide bombing.

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  39. Let me understand this.

    Putin refuses to openly use the Russian military to protect ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine. Every time a young Russian child is killed in Donbass, Putin babbles about the Minsk agreement and the need to subsidize the economy of his Ukrainian “partners.” Donbass militiamen, Russian volunteers, and “vacationing” Russian soldiers are forced to fight with antiquated equipment, denied air support, and forced to retreat from victory after victory to protect the interests of Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs. Now, he has abandoned Donbass to the fascists.

    As the ethnic Russians continue to be driven out of the Caucuses, Tuva, and other non-Slavic areas of Russia, Putin babbles about “multicultural Russia” and the need to prosecute Russian nationalists so as to avoid creating “tension.” The same FSB which publicly supplicates themselves before Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov sees nothing wrong with throwing ethnic Russians in prison camps for years on end. Why? Because Putin, the FSB, and the military lack the stomach stand up to Chechen bandits, let alone pacify the region as Stalin did. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Lentil_%28Caucasus%29

    Now, Putin is deploying a massive combat force to Syria to fight for the Assad regime. Not only is there no popular support for this, he has failed to secure the constitutionally required authorization from the Federation Council. (Under the Russian constitution, he cannot deploy combat troops outside of Russia without the approval of the Federation Council (the upper house of Russia’s parliament). In 2014, he secured permission to deploy troops to Ukraine and then asked the Council to revoke it so as to appease oligarchs concerned about their assets in the West.) Even Soviet leaders would have gone through the formalities of gaining consent from the Politburo and Central Committee and tried to explain their actions on state media.

    How many young Slavs will die so Putin and the Russian elites can fight a meaningless war in the Middle East? If NATO wants to intervene in Syria, let them: as with the Iraq War, the West will become so bogged down they will forget about Russia (and Ukraine) as NATO’s expenses and casualties dominate the news. Russia should stay out of Syria and focus on itself and its near abroad.

    There is a term that describes anyone who would send troops into Syria while neglecting Donbass: ” враг народа (“vrag naroda”)- — “enemy of the people.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enemy_of_workers

    • Replies: , ,
    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  40. Critics point to evidence that the apartment bombings (1999)were carried out by Russia’s Federal Security Bureau, or at least with F.S.B. involvement.
    Less than a week after the fourth bombing, a fifth bomb was uncovered in the basement of a building in another Russian city. It was disarmed before it could explode, and the bombers were arrested and identified. They turned out to be not Chechen terrorists but F.S.B. agents. Mr. Putin, himself a former head of the F.S.B., dismissed the notion that the bombings were a state-sponsored plot.

    Yet suspicions that Moscow manipulates terrorism for its own purposes have re-emerged. In July, Novaya Gazeta, one of Russia’s few remaining independent newspapers, reported that the F.S.B. had been controlling the flow of jihadists from the North Caucasus to Syria, where many joined the Islamic State. The newspaper’s investigation found that the F.S.B. had established a “green corridor” allowing Islamist radicals to travel via Turkey, since Moscow would rather have these jihadists fighting in Syria than in Russia.

    If a new rapprochement on Syria goes ahead, Ukraine would be conveniently forgotten. This would risk undermining the West’s Ukraine-related sanctions, and provide Mr. Putin with tacit recognition of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and Moscow’s dominance of eastern Ukraine.

    Russia would thus have triumphed over the world order imposed by the West after the end of the Cold War. America’s enemies, from China to Iran, would see this as an invitation to redefine their relationships with Washington.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/14/opinion/dont-trust-putin-on-syria.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

    • Replies:
    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  41. Daesh reportedly used a sandstorm as cover when they overran a Syrian air base a few days ago. Don’t know how common those are in the area but I doubt they are rare. I recall years ago that Pakistan used to conceal its nuclear test site activity from recon satellites by simply driving trucks around the site to create clouds of dust. It also works in reverse where attacking forces lose the element of surprise when dust clouds kicked by horses or vehicles alert defenders an attack is coming.

    Daesh has obviously learned how to operate in an environment where the enemy has total air supremacy having survived thousands of US and allied airstrikes and are still not only in the field but advancing against Assad’s forces.

    • Replies: ,
    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  42. >> Regarding the crumbling of states when will it be Jordan’s turn with it’s own minority-run government of Abdullah and his Bedouins?

    When May Golan becomes Prime Minister, and starts expelling Florentine’s wetback Sudanese across the river to Amman?

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  43. It was NOT Daesh that overran the small Syrian Abu Dhuhur AB in Idlib, but rather a joint TIP(Turkistan Islamic Party), Nusra(al-CIADA in Syria) and Jund al Aqsa(another takfiri group) op.
    Even Robert Fisk, no friend of the Syrian government, has had to admit that the Syrian military, including the officer corps, is made up predominantly by SUNNIS.
    Fisky added that they were dedicated and liked to fight. You are flat out lying and repeating tired old propaganda about an Alawite army and “regime”. If that were the case, Assad would have fallen long ago.

    Syria is also still in control in total or in part, of 12 out of 14 governorate capitals. They are far from falling, despite the US led(but zionist inspired) coallition of the killing providing the various takfiri wahaabi outfits with safe havens, planning, weaponry, logistical support, intel and medical care. Syria is almost completely surrounded, there are more than 50 fronts open and fighters from more than 100 countries fighting to overthrow the government.

    Your beloved Daesh/isis/whatever have so far only been able to take Al-Raqqah, in terms of governorate capitals. Their numerous attempts at Dei-Ezzor and Hasakah have all been defeated and they suffered massive casualties in the process.

    Also, it’s not Iran nor Russia dictating anything on Syria, this is more BS from you.
    There are of course, iranian and russian military advisers and possibly a few in combat roles, but minuscule. The only non-syrian contingents actually fighting in any numbers are the lebanese Hezbollah and some iraqi shia volunteers. But they represent only a small fraction of the forces fighting on the government side, vast majority of whom, are syrians.
    On the side of your takfiri heroes though, there is huge foreign presence, many units are almost completely made up of foreingners. For instance, the Turkistan Islamic Party which participated in the ops to take the A.B is made up of people from central asia, even many ethnic uighurs.

    The US and its allies, facing much weaker forces in Afghanistan with incomparably superior means, had lost control in part or in total, of half the country by 2008, as per MSM media.

    You are a sad little liar, lad. Not only are u a pathetic propagandist but you don’t even know what you are talking about.

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  44. Although i have no personal links whatsoever to Syria(or the middle east), my heart goes out to the heroes of the Syrian armed forces and paramilitaries who are facing the brunt of yet another massive war crime, which is this imposed proxy war on their country. An absolute disgrace.

    To the heroes, living and the fallen, a tribute;

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHC4LKn6Jhg

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  45. Neither the US, nor the UK, nor France, nor Turkey, nor the Gulf states actually want to damage IS. If the will is lacking, running up thousands of ineffective bombings is not that hard.

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  46. You are just one face of the propaganda war against Russia. Homos and pussy rioters are the other.

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  47. More misleading balderdash from the Faker about these mythical ‘AngloZionists’. To read the names of the exact individuals whom the Faker fingers as ‘AngloZionist’ is ALWAYS to read Ashkenazi Jewish names. Names like Yatseniuk, Turchynov, Netanyahu, Chertoff, Nudelman (Nuland), Adelman, Foxman, Kagan, Perle, Wolfowitz, Kissinger, Podhoretz, Abrams, Dershowtiz, Kristol, Cohen, etc. Not a single Smith, or Brown, or Wilson, or Harris, or any other Anglo-Saxon surname amongst the people whom the Faker explicitly calls ‘AngloZionist’. (No Scottish or Welsh surnames, either. Not a single Jones, Campbell or Murray.)

    In reality, the Faker’s ‘AngloZionists’ are entirely descended from 19th and 20th Century emigrants from Jewish communities in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, and the Baltics. So, if anything, it is much more accurate to say that these villains are ‘Russo’ or ‘Euro’ than ‘Anglo’. Calling them ‘Anglo’ is as accurate as calling them ‘African’. It is errant nonsense, to the point where it looks like a deliberate bit of misdirection and propaganda, deflecting the blame onto innocent people. (Interestingly, the Faker has admitted on his own blog, several times now, that he is a retired intelligence officer. As he himself has acknowledged, he is no stranger to propaganda and deception.)

    Neither are these Ashkenazi Jews ‘Zionist’. Racist and exclusionary as Zionism is, at least it confines its doctrine to maintaining Jewish superiority in only one nation, Israel. The orthodox Zionist doctrine and theory spouted by Hertzog and his successors is, if anything, isolationist and segregationist. It is obnoxious, and it is supremacist, but it does not seek to dominate every other nation on earth. The Faker’s ‘enemies list’ doesn’t contain ‘Zionists’ – it contains the Ashkenazi Jewish elite that wants to run everything, everywhere, period.

    Ask yourself why the Faker misdirects you about all of this. You owe it to yourself.

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  48. “If a new rapprochement on Syria goes ahead, Ukraine would be conveniently forgotten. This would risk undermining the West’s Ukraine-related sanctions, and provide Mr. Putin with tacit recognition of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and Moscow’s dominance of eastern Ukraine.”

    You mean that the western Ukraine (dominated by the old hatred of everything Russian by the former Nazi collaborators) is afraid that the US would not be able to pressure the EU countries to continue staying on a track that has been obviously detrimental to western Europeans? Another curious aspect of your post is your supposed unfamiliarity with the causes of the US/RF conflict in Ukraine.
    You present yourself as a defender of both truth and humanness and you denounce the bad deeds of the RF secret police. Then you try to connect these misdeeds to the situation in Syria. Well. Wikipedia: “American led intervention in Syria” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American-led_intervention_in_Syria
    Why the US intervention in Syria? – Learn about PNAC:
    http://journal-neo.org/2014/10/09/the-neoconservative-hit-list-iraq-libya-and-now-syria-a-plan-for-global-u-s-military-supremacy/ http://www.examiner.com/article/pnac-moving-to-syria
    And as a side comment, Crimeans are happy to avoid the ravages of civil war. Are not the EU and US always claim their allegiance to democracy? “One Year After Russia Annexed Crimea, Locals Prefer Moscow To Kiev: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2015/03/20/one-year-after-russia-annexed-crimea-locals-prefer-moscow-to-kiev/

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  49. Regarding the crumbling of states when will it be Jordan’s turn with it’s own minority-run government of Abdullah and his Bedouins?

    King Abdullah of Jordan is half-white (his mother was 100% British).
    So his Kingdom is secure, the bloodlines are important.

    He also does things the plebeians love like dress up as a poor beggar and go to state-run hospitals to see if they are operating well or push cars out of snow:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2524681/King-Abdullah-II-bin-Al-Hussein-Jordan-helps-family-push-car-stuck-snow-storm.html

    The man once pardoned a criminal because the criminals’ mother was pleading on a radio station to let him out for his petty theft crime; he called the station and said he would issue his pardon. Stuff like that resonates well with the plebs. They don’t see the King as bad. During the Arab spring he ordered his police officers to give out juice and water to protesters instead of deploying American/Israeli crowd control tactics. Completely diffused the situation in a week.

    I guess it does help having a little bit of Western-ism in your blood.

    • Replies: ,
    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  50. He must be doing something right. Except for Morocco, Jordan is the last non-Gulf (and non-oil) monarchy left in the middle east.

    • Replies:
    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  51. So What Are the Russians Really Doing in Syria? | CentralTRUTH
    says:
    • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment

    […] Source […]

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  52. It’s my understanding that Chechen fighters make up the largest group of foreign fighters in Syria. Why not fight them in Syria, or support the Syrians in fighting them? Whatever the Russian goal is, seeing Chechen radicals die in Syria has to be a plus.

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  53. Yes
    Neocons see conspiracy theory everywhere whenever the neocons are rebutted and challenged.
    But then their on thunk tank create same conspiracy theory and also get paranoid if someone shoed goodwill to them

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/14/opinion/dont-trust-putin-on-syria.html?ref=opinion&_r=1

    “Yet suspicions that Moscow manipulates terrorism for its own purposes have re-emerged. In July, Novaya Gazeta, one of Russia’s few remaining independent newspapers, reported that the F.S.B. had been controlling the flow of jihadists” and “The Kremlin saw the West’s enthusiasm for cooperation as weakness. It led Mr. Putin to believe that he could act however he liked ..”

    Neocons whispered to deaf and dumbBush’s ears asking him to say – You are with us or against us.
    Neocons now write its American weakness to accept those who want to be with us.

    Aren’t they really some screwed up bunch of thugs looking for next victim? How do they get featured in the OpEd? No one has ever seen an article from the the terrorist group ever making it to to NYT. For balance ,at least bring the real opposite views please . All we hear the disagreements among the one set of mafia quarreling among themselves whether to bomb now or yesterday .

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  54. Joe the Plumber has many faces-religious,economic,emotional,and being a face of the recipient of royal favor. Right in time they show up to bolster some sinking ship .

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  55. I also forgot to add his most important act: he also played an extra on an episode of Star Trek Voyager.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Investigations_%28Star_Trek:_Voyager%29#Royal_cameo

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  56. Netanyahu to Tell Putin in Russia: Military Aid to Syria Threatens Israel

    Netanyahu traveling to Moscow next week to present the threats against Israel that arise as a result of the increased flow of advanced weapons into the Syrian arena.
    Barak Ravid
    Sep 16, 2015 1:20 PM

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.676140

    ———–

    Now the real reason is more than transparently out there. It is glaringly flashing red hot about to explode but one wont her in MSM that touts the shared values between Israel and US.

    . Killing ISIS or threatening ISIS by Syrian forces is same as threatening Israel.

    Reply More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  57. Is ‘The Saker’ competent? I don’t think so. We’ll see where this goes:

    http://www.trust.org/item/20150918093214-gmns8/

    The Kremlin just practically invited Syria to ask for Russian troops

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  58. So What Are the Russians Really Doing in Syria? | Counter Information
    says:
    • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment

    […] The Saker Global Research, September 18, 2015 The Unz Review 13 September […]

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  59. I’m kind of hoping that the Russians will come and liberate Europe.

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  60. And now Russian tactical fighter jets are confirmed arrived:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/kerry-russian-fighter-jets-in-syria-raise-serious-questions/2015/09/19/5b50aa22-5ec9-11e5-8475-781cc9851652_story.html

    The Saker is just so (absolutely not) spot on! In fact things are playing out pretty closely to the Zero Hedge article he’d blasted .. remember that one?

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  61. Washington Has Now Lost the Middle East | New Eastern Outlook
    says:
    • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment

    […] The respected blogger, Saker, citing Russian sources, believes that Russia is also sending the Syrian Army battlefield systems which could greatly help them, including counter-battery radars (radars which spot where the enemy’s artillery is shooting from) and electronic warfare systems. Saker points out that from a military strategy point, the real potential game-changer Russia has added in recent days is selection of the port of Latakia. He notes, “the Russians apparently have chosen the city of Latakia as their delivery point. Unlike Damascus, Latakia is an ideal location: it is safe but not too far away from the frontlines, and it is relatively near the Russian base in Tartus. The airport and naval port are also reportedly easy to protect and isolate. There are already reports that the Russians have lengthened the runways and improved the infrastructure at the Latakia airport and that heavy AN-124s have been observed landing there. As for the Russian Navy – it has been sending ships to the Latakia airport.” […]

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  62. Washington Has Now Lost the Middle East | The International Reporter
    says:
    • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment

    […] The respected blogger, Saker, citing Russian sources, believes that Russia is also sending the Syrian Army battlefield systems which could greatly help them, including counter-battery radars (radars which spot where the enemy’s artillery is shooting from) and electronic warfare systems. Saker points out that from a military strategy point, the real potential game-changer Russia has added in recent days is selection of the port of Latakia. He notes, “the Russians apparently have chosen the city of Latakia as their delivery point. Unlike Damascus, Latakia is an ideal location: it is safe but not too far away from the frontlines, and it is relatively near the Russian base in Tartus. The airport and naval port are also reportedly easy to protect and isolate. There are already reports that the Russians have lengthened the runways and improved the infrastructure at the Latakia airport and that heavy AN-124s have been observed landing there. As for the Russian Navy – it has been sending ships to the Latakia airport.” […]

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  63. Washington hat den Nahen und Mittleren Osten verloren | ThemenMix
    says:
    • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment

    […] auf russische Quellen glaubt der angesehene Blogger Saker, dass Russland der syrischen Armee auch Systeme für den Bodenkampf liefert, darunter […]

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  64. Washington Has Now Lost the Middle East - The True News
    says:
    • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment

    […] The respected blogger, Saker, citing Russian sources, believes that Russia is also sending the Syrian Army battlefield systems which could greatly help them, including counter-battery radars (radars which spot where the enemy’s artillery is shooting from) and electronic warfare systems. Saker points out that from a military strategy point, the real potential game-changer Russia has added in recent days is selection of the port of Latakia. He notes, “the Russians apparently have chosen the city of Latakia as their delivery point. Unlike Damascus, Latakia is an ideal location: it is safe but not too far away from the frontlines, and it is relatively near the Russian base in Tartus. The airport and naval port are also reportedly easy to protect and isolate. There are already reports that the Russians have lengthened the runways and improved the infrastructure at the Latakia airport and that heavy AN-124s have been observed landing there. As for the Russian Navy – it has been sending ships to the Latakia airport.” […]

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  65. No mention of the forces fighting Assad apart from ISIS., even though in June the US has accused Assad of helping attack the Free Syrian Army.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/02/syria-isis-advance-on-aleppo-aided-by-assad-regime-air-strikes-us-says

    Moreover

    http://www.ibtimes.co.in/russian-marines-fight-isis-along-hezbollah-syria-says-report-648048

    ‘Kweiris airbase is believed to be controlled by the Isis fighters from ChechnyaThe Russians are attacking ISIS positions in around Aleppo, but these are actually Chechens. The best of Syrian ISIS fighters were withdrawn long ago http://www.wsj.com/articles/islamic-states-gains-reveal-new-prowess-on-battlefield-1432592298

    What the Russians are doing is attacking ISIS where ISIS is no threat, clearing the ground to allow heave weapons to be brought in and crush the remnants of the free Syrian army who were the original rebels who took on Assad with home de weapons and one in the early days, and who got crushed because they were not supposed. No Syrian is going to join anything but ISIS now. So Russia , China and soon the US will will have been slowly but surely co-opted by Assad. That is a good trick to get the world on your side despite the fact that most of the people in you country hate you. Assad was up against a mass movement and he destroyed in by heavy weapons, now only ISIS is left, and all the superpowers are lining up to take out ISIS. But it is just storing up trouble for the west in future because Syria is fundamentally unstable as long as it is being led by Assad. Arabs are going to take note of this imposition of a government Syrians don’t want.

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  66. Imperdível!! Washington já perdeu o Oriente Médio | NavalBrasil.com
    says:
    • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment

    […] já foram vistos pousando lá. Quanto à Marinha Russa, também enviou navios para o aeroporto de Latakia” [traduzido em Blog do […]

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  67. Вашингтон остался без Ближнего Востока - inosmi.by
    says:
    • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment

    […] Он заключает: «Другими словами, вместо того, чтобы ограничиваться пределами Тартуса или направиться в крайне опасный Дамаск, русские, судя по всему, создали новый плацдарм на севере страны, который может использоваться для поставки снаряжения и даже военных сил в зоны боевых действий на севере… Это, кстати, также объясняет панические слухи о том, что Россия посылает подразделения морской пехоты из Крыма в Сирию: морская пехота идеально подходит для защиты подобной базы, и учитывая, что линия фронта не так уж далеко, русские смогут защищать свой плацдарм силами этих подразделений». […]

    Reply More... This Commenter Display All Comments
Current Commenter
says:

Leave a Reply - Comments on articles more than two weeks old will be judged much more strictly on quality and tone



 
Remember
My Information
Why?

 Email Replies to my Comment

Submitted comments become the property of The Unz Review and may be republished elsewhere at the sole discretion of the latter

Subscribe to This Comment Thread via RSS Subscribe to All The Saker Comments via RSS
Past
Classics
The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam.
What Was John McCain's True Wartime Record in Vietnam?
Hundreds of POWs may have been left to die in Vietnam, abandoned by their government—and our media.
The unspoken statistical reality of urban crime over the last quarter century.
Talk TV sensationalists and axe-grinding ideologues have fallen for a myth of immigrant lawlessness.
Confederate Flag Day, State Capitol, Raleigh, N.C. -- March 3, 2007