Flashpoint: White House Confirms Russian Presence In Syria, Warns It Is "Destabilizing"

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Two days ago we reported something which we had anticipated for a long time but nonetheless did not expect to take shape so swiftly: namely, that with Assad's regime close to collapse and fighting a war on three different fronts (one of which is directly supported by US air and "advisor" forces), Putin would have no choice but to finally intervene in the most anticipated showdown in recent history as "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."

This was indirectly confirmed the very next day when an al-Nusra linked Twitter account posted pictures of a Russian drone and a Su-34 fighter jet - the kind which is not flown by the Syrian air force - flying over the Nusra-controlled western idlib province.

 

Another twitter account said to have captured Russian soldiers in Zabadani "while fighting for Assad"

 

Also, one day after our report, the Telegraph reported that "Syrian state TV reportedly broadcasts footage of Russian soldiers and armoured vehicle fighting alongside pro-Assad troops." According to the article, "the video footage claimed to show troops and a Russian armoured vehicle fighting Syrian rebels alongside President Bashar al-Assad's troops in Latakia. It is reportedly possible to hear Russian being spoken by the troops in the footage."

It added that "a Russian naval vessel was photographed heading south through the Bosphorus strait carrying large amounts of military equipment, according to social media and a shipping blog" while "an unnamed activist with the Syrian rebel group the Free Syrian Army told The Times: “The Russians have been there a long time."

"There are more Russian officials who came to Slunfeh in recent weeks. We don’t know how many but I can assure you there has been Russian reinforcement.” "

Then earlier today we got the closest thing to a confirmation from the White House itself which confirmed that "it was closely monitoring reports that Russia is carrying out military operations in Syria, warning such actions, if confirmed, would be "destabilising and counter-productive."

Obama spokesman Joshn Earnest essentially confirmed Russia was already operating in Syria when he said that "we are aware of reports that Russia may have deployed military personnel and aircraft to Syria, and we are monitoring those reports quite closely."

"Any military support to the Assad regime for any purpose, whether it's in the form of military personnel, aircraft supplies, weapons, or funding, is both destabilising and counterproductive."

And another confirmation: "a US official confirmed that "Russia has asked for clearances for military flight to Syria," but added "we don't know what their goals are."

"Evidence has been inconclusive so far as to what this activity is."

Other reports have suggested Russia has targeted Islamic State group militants, who have attacked forces loyal to Russian-backed Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

Both the White House and the Pentagon refused to say whether they had intelligence suggesting the reports were accurate.

Of course, what is left unsaid is that since Russia is there under the humanitarian pretext of fighting the evil ISIS, the same pretext that the US, Turkey, and the Saudis are all also there for, when in reality everyone is fighting for land rights to the most important gas pipeline in decades, the US is limited in its diplomatic recoil.

Indeed as we sarcastically said last week: "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!"

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Which now effectively ends the second "foreplay" phase of the Syrian proxy war (the first one took place in the summer of 2013 when in a repeat situation, Russia was supporting Assad only the escalations took place in the naval theater with both Russian and US cruisers within kilometers of each other off the Syrian coast), which means the violent escalation phase is next. It also means that Assad was within days of losing control fighting a multi-front war with enemies supported by the US, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and Putin had no choice but to intervene or else risk losing Gazprom's influence over Europe to the infamous Qatari gas pipeline which is what this whole 3 years war is all about.

Finally, it means that the European refugee crisis, which is a direct consequence of the ISIS-facilitated destabilization of the Syrian state (as a reminder, ISIS is a US creation meant to depose of the Syrian president as leaked Pentagon documents have definitively revealed) is about to get much worse as 2013's fabricated "chemical gas" YouTube clip will be this years "Refugee crisis." It will be, and already has been, blamed on Syria's president Assad in order to drum up media support for what is now an inevitable western intervention in Syria.

The problem, however, has emerged: Russia is already on the ground, and will hardly bend over to any invading force.

Finally, while we have no way of knowing how the upcoming armed conflict will progress, now may be a safe time to take profits on that oil short we recommended back in October, as the geopolitical chess game just shifted dramatically, and with most hedge funds aggressively short, any realization that the middle east is suddenly a far more violent powderkeg - one which may promptly include the Saudis in any confrontation - could result in an epic short squeeze.

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SSRI Junkie's picture

Kremlin: White House has a presence in Syria....so what

DaVinci's picture

 

 

Seriously. The truth is they don't want Russia there in the first place because of the conflict they've created in Ukraine. Here's The truth about the conflict with Russia, about who's behind it, and why they say it's destabalizing >> https://goo.gl/nKJndT

 

 

 

Fahque Imuhnutjahb's picture

Russia is a destabilizing presence

TungstenBars's picture

Fuck off.

 

ZATO is a monster, Russia needs to squash it. 

I hope the Russians send every last one of the SAS or special ops or mercs dressed up as ISIS to hell. 

Fahque Imuhnutjahb's picture

You fuck off shit head.  I was trying to edit my post when you replied, thus keeping me from finishing my post.

TungstenBars's picture

I hope you were editing to make it more obviously sarcastic. Otherwise fuck you and everyone who supports ZATO, hope you enjoy the Russians running a train through you.

Fahque Imuhnutjahb's picture

What I was trying to post and the link are below.  I'm not a fan of the MIC or the Neo/Zio Cons

 

knukles's picture

The EU has said more needs to be done to help the Syrian refugees, especially the children.
Swimming lessons might be a start.

SMG's picture

So the Globalists are trying to start WWIII to depopulate the earth.  Here's their plan:

http://www.worldaffairsbrief.com/keytopics/threats.html

Maybe somebody can stop this madness, otherwise, bunker down and build a better non-Satanic world after it's over.

 

Fish Gone Bad's picture

A tactical nuke from the Russians will pretty much put all the fighting on hold.  Let's see is Putin was just talkin' about his use of first strike nukes.

Publicus's picture

Rmeember China cutting 300,000 from it's military yesterday? They are going to the Middle East as civilian volunteers.

strannick's picture

America/CIA creates regime change around the world, to support the corrupt petro dollar, then accuses other nations of destabilizing nations?

America ruins the world to rule it.

McMolotov's picture

The goal of United States foreign policy is to destabilize the rest of the world. As a dying empire, this is the only way it can hope to maintain some semblence of stability at home while desperately trying to hold onto the diminishing amount of control it exercises over other nations.

Order out of chaos is the plan. So yes, in this case Russia is a destabilizing force when it comes to Uncle Sam's plan to make the rest of the world burn.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Some Presidents just want to watch the world burn.  

Motasaurus's picture

It is refreshing to see that the U.S. talking heads have just given up all pretense at being in Syria to "fight ISIS".

So you find Russia's requested presence in the territory of an ally to help fight against a foreign invader is destabilising? 

Only if your goal is to collapse the country.   

Liberal's picture

As a staunch liberal, I strongly believe that we should send all of our armed forces to the region and get rid of every country that pose a threat to our best friend Israel. Great Democrats like Chuck Schumer and Diane Feinstein would want nothing less.

Reichstag Fire Dept.'s picture

You wanna rule somebody, first you bring them down to your level!

weburke's picture

israel has another reason to attack iran now.
israel has been put at the door of death and they know it.
you may not, but a few ways they are doomed if they dont act.
israel will choose to live, and that means the world is going to change, really truly change.

giovanni_f's picture

You mean, the world must change because Israel wants some total war? From the point of view of an extremist rabbi one  might undererstand that, but apart from that, your post is accomplished bullshit.

weburke's picture

the stage has been set, and israel men know they are in real mortal danger those people have made great effort to build a community and they are not goiing to allow the threats to continue.

silverman's picture

Israel is experiencing the blowback from its 68 years of regional destabilization and terror in the furtherance of its goal of eratz israel. They shall eventually reap what they have sown and the payback gonna be a bitch.

Marco's picture

Peace is their only option, it might seem impossible but the alternative is even more impossible.

If they chose to keep the ME at perpetual war with itself there will come a point where even the Samson option won't protect them.

OzViking's picture

that analysis of Russian intentions is totally bogus.  Russia is governed by Nationalists who are interested in 1/ Rebuilding the economy and 2/ keeping NWO financial parasites OUT.

The Kremlin is well aware that the USSR/Bolshevism was started by western financial parasites in 1917 as an investment to produce war and global governance.

Islam now has replaced the USSR as a barbaric ideology that will unite the non-muslim world to fight its spread. Dont want to fight Islam in some foreign hell hole?

No problem, the NWO will import Islam into every western nation so people will have no choice but to take action, politically or otherwise.

BarkingCat's picture

They cannot fully be aware. If they were Soros would be pushing up daisies.

RSDallas's picture

You are evil! Rest assure, the lord will make this right.

NuckingFuts's picture

Let me see if I have this correct... Someone is evil, and the lord will fix things. Is that it? That's been working really great so far? The MAKER is not intervening in this, he hasn't for a long time. Why start now?

TheReplacement's picture

I think he means the day of judgement.  Until then, life is gonna be hard.

Gavrikon's picture

Stayng the fuck in Turkey might be even better.

qomolangma's picture

Damned and doomed EU for lending some hands in destroying the lives in Syria, Libya, and elsewhere in the MENA!

NOW You Reap What You Sow, EU! May you shelter and feed all the refugees in the old continent!

That's called Blowback. The Asian culture calls it KARMA!!

BarkingCat's picture

Problem is that the asshole elites that caused this do not care. They are segregated from the peasants.

qomolangma's picture

Yeah, The City of London is great enclave to host these refugees, as well as Brussels!

Antifaschistische's picture

trust me, I'm an expert...that is DEFINITELY a Syrian sky behind those planes.

StychoKiller's picture

I was thinking the same thing!  Get back to us when ya got footage of a Russian jet landing in Syria, and Assad going to the cockpit to shake the pilot's hand!

klayton biggs bee's picture

Hey fukinnutjob!      You failed....fight club bitch get used to it!!!

Fahque Imuhnutjahb's picture

No problem, I've been around long enough to wear my big boy pants.  So Fah Que pally.

Insurrexion's picture

Faqumee.

Some of us don't need to wear fucking pants.

Let the freak flag fly!

Crash Overide's picture

"...it was closely monitoring reports that Russia is carrying out military operations in Syria, warning such actions, if confirmed, would be "destabilising and counter-productive."

^^^ This is pretty damm funny, it's only destabilising and counter-productive because it messes up their ongoing CIA/MIC Op's.

Freddie's picture

I hope Russia has good enough satellites to watch for white Toyota pickups in real time and send a Su-25 Frogfoot (their A-10) or an Mi-35 Hind helicopter to chew the shit up on those Toyotas.

Hopefully, the Syrian Army, Russians, Kurds in the north and Hezbollah can send this ISIS and other shit back to Turkey and Jordan.

I wish Paveway IV would update us.  I know Iraq has been buying Russian stuff.  Hopefully the Iraqis and Putin will throw McCain/Kerry out of Iraq ASAP.

 

q99x2's picture

I hope WWIII starts and I don't have to take my final exam next week.

LongMarch's picture

Well I was going to pay off my mortage with my recent lottory win, but FUCK IT give me the hookers and gin.

cynicalskeptic's picture

Hope you're not in Illinois.... they're giving out IOU's to Lottery winnners.......

thamnosma's picture

I'm calling JG Wentworth

JustTheTTIP's picture

Anyone know who controls the spare parts channels for those Toyotas?