Russian Military Forces Arrive In Syria, Set Forward Operating Base Near Damascus

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While military direct intervention by US, Turkish, and Gulf forces over Syrian soil escalates with every passing day, even as Islamic State forces capture increasingly more sovereign territory, in the central part of the country, the Nusra Front dominant in the northwestern region province of Idlib and the official "rebel" forces in close proximity to Damascus, the biggest question on everyone's lips has been one: would Putin abandon his protege, Syria's president Assad, to western "liberators" in the process ceding control over Syrian territory which for years had been a Russian national interest as it prevented the passage of regional pipelines from Qatar and Saudi Arabia into Europe, in the process eliminating Gazprom's - and Russia's - influence over the continent.

As recently as a month ago, the surprising answer appeared to be an unexpected "yes", as we described in detail in "The End Draws Near For Syria's Assad As Putin's Patience "Wears Thin." Which would make no sense: why would Putin abdicate a carefully cultivated relationship, one which served both sides (Russia exported weapons, provides military support, and in exchange got a right of first and only refusal on any traversing pipelines through Syria) for years, just to take a gamble on an unknown future when the only aggressor was a jihadist spinoff which had been created as byproduct of US intervention in the region with the specific intention of achieving precisely this outcome: overthrowing Assad (see "Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's President Assad").

As it turns out, it may all have been just a ruse. Because as Ynet reports, not only has Putin not turned his back on Assad, or Syria, but the Russian reinforcements are well on their way. Reinforcements for what? Why to fight the evil Islamic jihadists from ISIS of course, the same artificially created group of bogeyman that the US, Turkey, and Saudis are all all fighting. In fact, this may be the first world war in which everyone is "fighting" an opponent that everyone knows is a proxy for something else.

According to Ynet, Russian fighter pilots are expected to begin arriving in Syria in the coming days, and will fly their Russian air force fighter jets and attack helicopters against ISIS and rebel-aligned targets within the failing state.

And just like the US and Turkish air forces are supposedly in the region to "eradicate the ISIS threat", there can't be any possible complaints that Russia has also decided to take its fight to the jihadists - even if it is doing so from the territory of what the real goal of US and Turkish intervention is - Syria. After all, it is a free for all against ISIS, right?

From Ynet:

According to Western diplomats, a Russian expeditionary force has already arrived in Syria and set up camp in an Assad-controlled airbase. The base is said to be in area surrounding Damascus, and will serve, for all intents and purposes, as a Russian forward operating base.


In the coming weeks thousands of Russian military personnel are set to touch down in Syria, including advisors, instructors, logistics personnel, technical personnel, members of the aerial protection division, and the pilots who will operate the aircraft.

The Israeli outlet needless adds that while the current makeup of the Russian expeditionary force is still unknown, "there is no doubt that Russian pilots flying combat missions in Syrian skies will definitely change the existing dynamics in the Middle East."

Why certainly: because in one move Putin, who until this moment had been curiously non-commital over Syria's various internal and exteranl wars, just made the one move the puts everyone else in check: with Russian forces in Damascus implicitly supporting and guarding Assad, the western plan instantly falls apart.

It gets better: if what Ynet reports is accurate, Iran's brief tenure as Obama's BFF in the middle east is about to expire:

Western diplomatic sources recently reported that a series of negotiations had been held between the Russians and the Iranians, mainly focusing on ISIS and the threat it poses to the Assad regime. The infamous Iranian Quds Force commander Major General Qasem Soleimani recently visited Moscow in the framework of these talks. As a result the Russians and the Iranians reached a strategic decision: Make any effort necessary to preserve Assad's seat of power, so that Syria may act as a barrier, and prevent the spread of ISIS and Islamist backed militias into the former Soviet Islamic republics.

See: the red herring that is ISIS can be used just as effectively for defensive purposes as for offensive ones. And since the US can't possibly admit the whole situation is one made up farce, it is quite possible that the world will witness its first regional war when everyone is fighting a dummy, proxy enemy which doesn't really exist, when in reality everyone is fighting everyone else!

That said, we look forward to Obama explaining the American people how the US is collaborating with the one mid-east entity that is supporting not only Syria, but now is explicitly backing Putin as well.

It gets better: Ynet adds that "Western diplomatic sources have emphasized that the Obama administration is fully aware of the Russian intent to intervene directly in Syria, but has yet to issue any reaction... The Iranians and the Russians- with the US well aware- have begun the struggle to reequip the Syrian army, which has been left in tatters by the civil war. They intend not only to train Assad's army, but to also equip it. During the entire duration of the civil war, the Russians have consistently sent a weapons supply ship to the Russian held port of Tartus in Syria on a weekly basis. The ships would bring missiles, replacement parts, and different types of ammunition for the Syrian army."

Finally, it appears not only the US military-industrial complex is set to profit from the upcoming war: Russian dockbuilders will also be rewarded:

Arab media outlets have recently published reports that Syria and Russia were looking for an additional port on the Syrian coast, which will serve the Russians in their mission to hasten the pace of the Syrian rearmament.

If all of the above is correct, the situation in the middle-east is set to escalate very rapidly over the next few months, and is likely set to return to the face-off last seen in the summer of 2013 when the US and Russian navies were within earshot of each other, just off the coast of Syria, and only a last minute bungled intervention by Kerry avoided the escalation into all out war. Let's hope Kerry has it in him to make the same mistake twice.

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Son of Captain Nemo's picture

This moment has arrived!  Go get'm Benji...

No fuckin excuses this time my Zionist friend

Can't wait for the next Blood Moon anymore!!!


JoeSexPack's picture

Putin dares you to knock this jet off his shoulder...


& Obama won't.

ACP's picture

Does this mean the days of John McCain's ISIS Division are numbered?

Keyser's picture

It's on like Donkey Kong... Now where is that line in the sand Barry? 

BC6's picture

Putin -> Rook to Queen Bishop 4

Obama -> King ME!





Ohhhh. And DOGPILE on ISIS!!!!

NoDebt's picture

Middle Eastren conflicts looking slightly less proxy-ish.

And, by the way, what happened to all those bullshit pundits who said Vlad was ready to give up Assad?  <crickets>

AlaricBalth's picture

Excuse me Bashar. Could you please pass the Cyclosarin?

(This pic never gets old!! The Kerrys and Assads dining together)

Oh regional Indian's picture

Pictures like that one and Ole "we lost 2.3 trillion" Rummy shaking it with Saddam....never get OALD...

Just goes to show (and I've seen this first hand having served with a governor here in India for a couple) of years...

Rich, witch people make the strangest bedfellows.

And given how OIL is at the heart of all/most of this conflict, whiel sending SUCH conflicting price signals....


Publicus's picture

Chinese ground troops will arrive next along with demolition of entire ISIS cities.

Manthong's picture

Obama’s refrain:


Sometimes I think it's a sin
When I feel like I'm winnin' when I'm losin' again

Divine Wind's picture





You get a big thumbs up on this summary of the situation.

This is what happens when liberal dindu community activists with no real experience except shaking down the system and buggering other men are put in charge, then surround themselves with the most anti-American talent this country has to offer. Similar results can be seen in major cities across the United States.

Remember: Liberalism is a disease that needs to be eradicated.

Get vaccinated in 2016.   Vote TRUMP.

UnpatrioticHoarder's picture

The US has had months to push ISIS back but instead, keeps accidentally dropping weapons to them.

Let's see if Putin can wipe out ISIS in a matter of weeks.

Can't wait to see the looks on the faces of the craven Western elite.

The pity is Putin didn't act months ago, before the refugee crisis in Europe, but I guess he had to let the EU stew for a while.

Also Putin could have saved the ancient monument at Palmyra. A great shame.



Haus-Targaryen's picture

This is excellent.  I look forward to watching ISIS get sent back to the 8th Century where they belong.  

Four chan's picture

putin is going to fuck up some muslim ass russian style, his troops are going to kill their way back to home.


barry will be smoking a joint on air force one on our dime, sucking a cock, and renaming a mountain, while shaking fist at sky in protest of warmth.

HowdyDoody's picture

I'll tell you one thing. The Russian aren't going to dress up like ISIS in order to kill them.

Those brave SAS boys 'fighting' ISIS may be on the wrong end of real hardware unless the Zionist stooge Cameron pulls them out.

nmewn's picture

That's exactly what's about to happen.

They're going to level Raqqa Grozny-style and no amount of HuffPo hand wringing, Monday morning quarterback pontifications about parachuting in the 101st Airborne to hand out candy bars and flowers to the starving cheeelrin is going to stop it.

Putin is not going to let Assad fall. Period. End of story. And with O'Barry beginning his official memoir "My Red Line: How I Fundamentally Changed America" Erdogan would be wise to keep a bug-out bag packed.

Tarshatha's picture

Wake the fuck up, this isn't Putin vs Obama, it's Putin vs Bibi.

Shit's about to get real for the ZWO, with Putin openly talking about dumping the USD and Russia and China showing a presence in the ME. Also, the timing appears to be perfect, with the US economy, the Fed, ECB and all other Zio controlled entities going down the toilet simutaneosly Americans will have no appitite to contiue this endless war in the ME for Bibi.

No matter how many 911's the Mossad and US pull off, if America is broke and without credit in the world their war machine grinds to a halt. Check mate, there's a new boss in town.



dontgoforit's picture

Once the shooting starts: let the end begin.

Iwanttoknow's picture

FC, let me fix it. putin is going to fuck uo"Our muslims ass".Bashir is an alawite muslim.

Stumpy4516's picture

Reported today on RT, from their source attached to the Russian Military:

No Russian jets were deployed to Syria in order to launch attacks against Islamic State militants (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) and Syrian rebels, a military source told RT, dismissing reports in Israeli media.

So much for scary Putin if this story from RT is accurate.  NO  PLANES, NO TROOPS, NO EXPEDITION FORCES AT ALL, NOTHING

Motasaurus's picture

And yet LiveLeak has videos purporting to be of Russian flagged tanks currently undergoing operations in Syria.

Like the U.S. "moderate rebels", I feel like perhaps Russia is playing the propaganda game. 

HowdyDoody's picture

They should be sent back to the US where they belong.

Zwelgje's picture

ISIS is a Western asset.

The US never fought it.

SWRichmond's picture

Look at your maps; who sits on the border between North Africa and the path to Europe?

Turkey.  Georgia. Iran.  Azerbaijan.

Do these names sounds familiar?

Putin will continue to do everything he can to stabilize his border.  At some point the chaos strategy will backfire and be used against the aging Empire.  It seems to me this may already have begun.

ThroxxOfVron's picture

It would apprear that Russia simply has no interest in being overrun by 'economic migrants' and 'asylum seekers' as the Europeans and (to a lesser(?) extent) the US are.

In fact: intensifying the turnoil and pushing/routing more of the displaced hordes into Europe will make Europe weaker -and make Russia's position stronger.


Cochore's picture

Russia has already absorbed over 1 million refugees and draft-evaders from Ukraine since the coup last year.

Refuse-Resist's picture

I'm sure that's no easy thing, but I think many Americans or Euro people would prefer Ukranians to Somalis, Yemenis, Nigerians, Salvadorans, et al.

Ukrainians =/= third world migrants

Ace006's picture

U.S. planes would frequently come back with ordnance unexpended.  Where oh where were the ISIS forces?

fiftybagger's picture

"craven Western elite"

Wes Craven just died

rubiconsolutions's picture

"Let's see if Putin can wipe out ISIS in a matter of weeks."


Sure, just like the Russians, er, Soviet empire wiped out those pesky folks in Afghanistan a generation ago. Or the US and how it spent a few trillion dollars and thousands of lives to win the hearts and minds of Iraqi's and Afghani's. That worked out well didn't it? The ME is an entirely different place when it comes to war making and Putin will find himself mired in Syria for years just like his predecessors were mired in Afghanistan.

fleur de lis's picture

At that time the USSR--a Western creation in itself--was being weakened by a government still beholden to its Western central banker slave masters.

While the Soviets were in Afghanistan, Brzhzhenz-whatever saw an opportunity to wipe them out, so he funneled weapons to the Taliban tribesmen via his CIA buddy Tim Osman, better known as Osama bin Ladin. 

Brezh seems to have been expelled from the club, hence his current yammering/snitching as regards the NWO. He was just fine with the warmongers while he was in the middle but now he's out and getting even. 

Ace006's picture

Putin doesn't give a rat's a$$ about winning the hearts and minds of anybody.  Only American leaders concern themselves with that idiocy.  COIN is a waste of time and merely delays the inevitable.

r0mulus's picture

It'll be a great global, public embarassment when Russia cleans ISIS out of Syria, something the US and it's coalition couldn't find a way to do... I look forward to the agog look on Rachel Maddow/Sean Hannity's face. Oh wait, actually, those moments won't be televised...

Tarshatha's picture

Idiot, Obama's not in charge of American foreign policy, Bibi is.

ISEEIT's picture

You lost me at "Vote Trump".


Trump is a PSYOP.


Don't vote.

McCormick No. 9's picture

Trump's real poll numbers or just Obama's lovers upticking?

MrBoompi's picture

Hey Divine Wind, are you calling the entire military industrial complex, the government that does its bidding, and the US media that covers all of this up liberals?  What the fuck is wrong with you?  Real men, which I assume to you would be Republican conservatives only, would declare a war on Syria and put boots on the ground, and not hide behind some phony islamic mercenary force.  Republicans control Congress.  What's preventing them from acting like men?  Are they scared of upsetting the dreaded liberals?  What a fucking joke.

Grumbleduke's picture

whiny piece of american.


caconhma's picture

The situation with Putin is quite peculiar. Putin is a great friend of Israel. Many of his friend oligarchs are Jew. But:

  • Stalin created the state of Israel. But Zionist has crossed Stalin and he almost has done to them what Hitler was never even dreaming about. But Jews, Zionist, and Israel were very lucky, Stalin has died or was killed just months before declaring all out war against them.
  • It appears that Putin finds himself in a similar situation.
  • Furthermore, Putin cannot fight alone in the Middle East. He desperately needs Iran and Iran needs Russia creating a very explosive situation in the Middle East region.
  • There are also China who was siting on a fence for too long.

WE are about to become witnesses of a very interesting drama. 

Tarshatha's picture

China's in the game, it's just not covered in the west.


China 'negotiates military base' in Djibouti


A Naval Base on the Horn of Africa for China?

According to Djibouti’s president, China is looking to set up its first overseas naval base in his country.


China to take over strategic US military base in Djibouti


U.S. Vs China in Djibouti

FreedomGuy's picture

Obama and his idiot Sec. of State are like chess players that can see only one move in advance. Putin is several moves ahead.

I despise Putin but he is no fool. He is KGB and he knows where thousands of bodies are. When we send complete morons like Kerry and Clinton to deal with them bringing "Reset" buttons, I feel like we are sending kids into an adult boxing match. 

Russians can probably role back ISIS in no time depending on their level of commitment. 

At worst they just played a block on our moves...which are fairly to completely unintelligble anyway. 

Perimetr's picture

ISIS . . . IS the US.  Who do you think they get their supplies and backing from, Russia?  Supplies are coming from the US/NATO via Turkey.

The war is not about ISIS . . . it is about RUSSIA.

farflungstar's picture

Why do you despise Putin? Because he doesn't defer to faggots and niggers and beaners the way AmeriKa does?

The West no longer produces actual men as leaders, only poor copies. Men like Putin and Trump (non-cucked, white, heterosexual males) threaten the careful Marxist fake fag narrative of "us all being the same". So we get leaders like Hollande, Cameron, Obama, Abbott and Merkel, not to mention the simps and male twats on the local levels in the USSA.

Even Netanyahu could fit into the former group, if he wasn't such a despicable mass murderer with typical jew delusions.



Luc X. Ifer's picture

Yup, there it goes Vietnam 2.0 the saviour of America's economy!

Refuse-Resist's picture



This time though, they take our guns and give us fake butter (margarine).

Tarshatha's picture

"Chinese ground troops will arrive next along with demolition of entire ISIS cities."


Yes you're right, with the Chinese in Djibouti and Russia showing an increased presence in Syria it's about to get fucking real for Israel and the US's proxy army ISIS. Oh ya, and don't forget Iran to the east of the caldron.


"China's Naval Plans for Djibouti: A Road, a Belt, or a String of Pearls?

As China looks to Djibouti, it may be apparent that Beijing’s “peaceful rise” is showing its claws."

Publicus's picture

Wait till Assad cede ISIS Syrian land to China. Shit will be hilarious. A million Chinese in the Middle East bringing stability with them.

natty light's picture

Ray Gun hosting the Tally Ban at the White House.