US Warns Of "Unprecedented" Russian Military Buildup In Syria: "It's Starting To Look Like Crimea"

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On Wednesday, we brought you an in-depth look at the latest from Syria where Russia is apparently in a mad dash to send reinforcements to Assad and his depleted army at Latakia (or at least that’s the narrative being pushed rather hard by Western media). 

Meanwhile, France and Britain have apparently decided that the best way to stem the flow of refugees to Western Europe is to bomb the country from which the refugees are fleeing, which means that in relatively short order, the skies above Syria will be filled with French, British, American, Turkish, and Russian jets, a situation which quite clearly has the potential to cause an “accident.”

With the war drums now beating loudly, the media is keen on documenting anything that even sounds like it might be incremental which, in combination with the fact that situation on the ground truly is rather fluid, means we get more color on the situation with each passing hour. Case in point, from Reuters:

Russian forces have begun participating in military operations in Syria in support of government troops, three Lebanese sources familiar with the political and military situation there said on Wednesday.


The sources, speaking to Reuters on condition they not be identified, gave the most forthright account yet from the region of what the United States fears is a deepening Russian military role in Syria's civil war, though one of the Lebanese sources said the number of Russians involved so far was small.

And here's more from the Kremlin, where spokeswoman Maria Zakharova offered a damning (not to mention amusingly accurate) indictment of how Washington has sought to characterize Moscow's relationship with Damascus:

Russia has decried the U.S. pressure over the flights as "international boorishness" and dismissed reports of a build-up in Syria in general terms.


But Russian officials have repeatedly dodged questions over whether there has been a recent increase in military assistance to Assad and Moscow has not unequivocally denied any build-up of its forces in Syria.


"First we were accused of providing arms to the so-called 'bloody regime that was persecuting democratic activists'," said Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry.


"Now it's a new edition - we are supposedly harming the fight against terrorism. That is complete rubbish." 

All of that comes on the heels of reports out on Wednesday which suggested that Moscow had sent tank landing ships and additional cargo planes to the country prompting Washington to remind the Kremlin that any efforts to prop up the Assad regime are absolutely unacceptable: 

"We would welcome constructive Russian contributions to the counter-ISIL effort, but we've been clear that it would be unconscionable for any party, including the Russians, to provide any support to the Assad regime," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

Reuters’ unnamed Lebanese sources also suggested that Russia has moved to establish an inland forward operating base, a move they say “indicates the Russians have decided to join the war against terrorism", a war which, as discussed here on Wednesday, no foreign military seems very interested in fighting as evidenced by the fact that rebels battling Islamic State near Marea told WSJ they are “fighting ISIS by themselves.” 

And speaking of ISIS, the group is apparently close to taking one of Assad's last strongholds in the east (via Reuters):

Dozens of Syrian government troops and Islamic State fighters have been killed in fighting around a government-held air base in eastern Syria in a region that is a stronghold for the jihadists, a monitoring group said on Thursday,


Islamic State used at least two car bombs in its latest assault on the air base near the city of Deir al-Zor, where government troops are holed up, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


It said at least 18 soldiers and 23 Islamic State fighters had been killed. The base is one of President Bashar al-Assad's last footholds in eastern Syria. There was no mention of the attack on state media.

So while all of the multifarious rebels, “freedom fighters”, “moderate” jihadists, “radical” jihadists, and makeshift contingents do exactly what they were intended to do from the start (i.e. destabilize the Assad regime) both the West and Russia are busy preparing for the possibility that realizing their respective visions for Syria’s political future may ultimately mean open warfare and make no mistake, warhawks in Washington are happy to perpetuate the narrative as is the GOP's media mouthpiece. Here's Fox News:

U.S. officials are expressing growing concern about Russia's military build-up in Assad-controlled Syria, calling it "unprecedented."

"It's beginning to look like Crimyria [sic]," the official told Fox News. 

Yes, it's starting to look like "Crimyria" and by that we assume Fox means "Crimea", and if they're right, the Kremlin may be on the verge of taking the "proxy" out of the Syrian proxy war.

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Chupacabra-322's picture

We're at the "Sticks & Stones" phase.

Perimetr's picture

The US and Israel are both bombing the forces of the Syrian government . . .

How dare Russia interfere!!!


Freddie's picture

They are scared shitless that Russia, Syrian Army and Hezbollah are going to wipe out their ISIS shitbags.

I hope they do.  ISIS is so horrible and mean but don't you even think about fighting Rita Katz's green screen ISIS "terrorists."

Funny how they started talking about Al Qeada again. Lies lies and more lies.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

I'd love to see the Russian Airforce use ISIS as target practice.  I've been saying this for years.  Shit, this might be a great way to deal with some of their 30 year old bombs.  

I mean, dropping 30 year old bombs on people stuck in the 12th Century still seems like a compliment ... right?!  

Manthong's picture

“It's Starting To Look Like Crimea"

Wow.. you don’t say ??

Yeah,   like they were already there and have an important strategic security interest.

You “officials” at State must be rocket scientists or something.


chunga's picture

We should probably expect a commercial airliner full of tourists will get shot down any day now by a Russian missile.

TeamDepends's picture

Or a Blackwater/Craft merc will fire the first shot, which will be blamed, by MSM, on the Russians and we're off to the races.

chunga's picture

Nudelman's pointy nose is up to no good in this I'm sure.

Mister Ponzi's picture

Look like Crimea? Did I miss something? Did the Syrian population vote to join Russia?

TongueStun's picture
TongueStun (not verified) Mister Ponzi Sep 10, 2015 10:30 AM

THE SPICE MUST FLOW.....from Qatar, not from Russia

Oh regional Indian's picture

Pot meet kettle

Tinder meet flame

Butterfly landmines

Leave everybody lame...


Secret Treaties's picture
Secret Treaties (not verified) Oh regional Indian Sep 10, 2015 10:39 AM

U.S. officials are expressing growing concern about Russia's military build-up in Assad-controlled Syria, calling it "unprecedented."


"It's beginning to look like Crimyria [sic]," the official told Fox News. 



LOL!  A liar speaking to a group of propagandists in the service of oligarchs to spread misinformation to idiots.

froze25's picture

It really doens't make any sense not to support Assad, at least his record of not killing Christians is pretty darn good.  The House of Saudi needs to go.

Divided States of America's picture

Something BIG is about to happen in Syria...with all those migrants leaving the country and now supposedly Russia aiding Assad....looks like its time for Zio-owned MSM to label Putin as Public Enemy #1 again.

Handful of Dust's picture

Some non-usa media interviewed refugees and asked them about assad; they all said they were living in peace until foreign interference. This group was Christian and they said he never bothered them...let them all live and work in peace. Quite tragic for them. It's no surprise countries want nukes or otherwise some foreign nation will invade you.

Manthong's picture

If you think of the effects of the sanctions on Russia and US MENA “policy”, it not only hurts the target countries, it whacks a competitor (the EU) with financial and refugee hardships.

And I hear that there a couple of cheap helicopter carriers on the market now .. I wouldn’t mind having one out on Lake Michigan.. it would make a cool party boat.. with big indoor and outdoor dance floors..


Rubbish's picture

I love it when you use my identity in the title.


Gold Bitchez.....I pick up pennies

Flagit's picture


My buddie wanted to buy a B-52, put tables and chairs on the wings, seating on the inside, and turn it into a bar called The Cockpit.

HowdyDoody's picture

Russia has a veto over the sale. It wants the buyer to also buy the Ka25 helicopters developed specifically for the Mistral. The Russians are also stripping out their military-specific mods to the Mistrals.

giovanni_f's picture

"Some non-usa media interviewed refugees and asked them about assad; they all said they were living in peace until foreign interference. This group was Christian..."

They aren't white anglsaxon protestants, WASPS. That's why they are free to be slaughtered. I also like this passage:

"Reuters’ unnamed Lebanese sources also suggested"

Flagit's picture


I hate joining threads after 200 comments. It seems your chances of being acknowledged becomes increasingly unlikely.


With that, I remember reading some fiction/prediction that the big build-up to a confrontation is all you get. There will be no big war. Russia and China will continue to do, what they are already doing, which is branch out, making deals, never firing a shot or dropping a bomb. The USA will threaten, stomp it's feet, and continue to appeal to it's populous for support....but that will be all.

Threatening headlines, speeches, red-lines, and it all falls apart when the sanctions coalition is broken. After a few more months of screaming for war, McStain and Co just quietly fade away.


Illinios is already starting to pay lottery winners in IOU's. How long before SS switches to a complete "voucher" system, apart from the currency system? Not really fair to throw hypothetical into the mix, but the well is going dry.

chunga's picture

If anything super mental happens I predict USSA will be the one to raise it up a notch. They'e the ones having to protect the petro-dollar and world reserve currency. It's a CONfidence game and confidence is waning already. If the military got it's butt kicked even a little, CONfidence would wane even moar.


aura of US MIC invincibility is critical, perceived chinks in armor embolden others to challenge

SMG's picture

The Globalists are planning a big globally depopulating war, and these events are the run up to it. Just go look at the first "commandment" on the Georgia Guidestones.   2020-2025 time period is when it is planned for.  What a time to be alive, but at least you were warned and can prepare.   I hope after all this is over people don't let the Satanists run things anymore.

You can read more about it here.



Son of Loki's picture

"Monkey see, Monkey do."


We were there first!  Why don't the Russkies invade some other tiny country instead of copying us?! Why do they stick their borscht nose into our global invasions and occupations and expansions?


It's not fair!

TBT or not TBT's picture

It's like a Crimea with 90% Arabs instead of 90% Russian speaking Russians, transposed into an utterly different geographic location.  

new game's picture

unprecedented buildup, oh sure, yea fucking right! maybe the russians don't provoke war and meddle in everybodies shit, huh? cause mericas presence is a 17 year precedented buildup. going back to nam try 50 fucking years of destabilazation world wide. huh, in your face neocon bastards...

Haus-Targaryen's picture

lol wouldn't that be a game changer?  

"Temporary Annexation until Syria's borders are reestablish and the security of the state assured."  

If the US bombs Assad -- they actually just bombed Russia.  O_o 

Manthong's picture

We stole Hawaii for strategic reasons..

Why shouldn't they steal Syria?

Assad can always open up an eye clinic.

Sandmann's picture

US stole Gitmo with forced perpetual lease of $2000 pa. Maybe Cuba will get it back ?

NoVa's picture

with Oblamo in office for another 17 months, return of Gitmo is not a maybe but more a LIKELY.


Urban Roman's picture

I think it means less shooting. And more tourists from Slavic countries...

fallout11's picture

Its warm in Syria, nice beaches too. What's not to like?

Sages wife's picture

How on Earth is the MSM not asking how "ISIS" is still on the offensive when:

-they're supposedly fighting Syria, Turkey, U.S., Israel, and Canada among others.

-they have no air force, or nowhere to hide; no home base.

-they are perpetually supplied with no obvious benefactor.

-they are supposedly selling oil to finance their atrocities; to whom and how?

-their propaganda is apparently exempt from internet censorship.

-they have no documented origin. (Other than maybe Hitlery's private server)

These points are only the tip of the iceberg. Could it be more obvious that this "enemy" is at least a surrogate, if not a complete MIC-rooted geopolitical media fantasy?

Mr. Bones's picture

How is the MSM not asking

Simple, they don't want to know. Even more than that, they don't want you to know.

Carpenter1's picture

All the kicked cans, head fakes, and "almost" wars are going to come together at once. We are about to witness more events in a few months than the world has seen in centuries

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

They must be using their gold hoard, the damn terrurists

froze25's picture

Stop applying logic and reason to propaganda you will just get a headache.

fritskrach's picture

They sell ancient art.

After they blew the B.C. temples.

No kidding, this is on TV in Europe.

Barnaby's picture

Europe: where you're one button press away from football, Shakira videos or stuff that makes The History Channel look sensible.

Flagit's picture


No shit! Who is their ISP? I can't download a movie or a music file without a SWAT team showing up, but they can upload beheading till their fingers bleed(pardon the pun).

I also wanna know where they get that anti-satelite camo, that makes them a bigger mystery than Austin Powers.

king leon's picture

A US official from the Pentagon voiced his concern about Russian involvement in Syria .He said " Russia would be best served, joining the 35 NATO alliance  countries to defeat ISIS" The US alone have already flown 2.600+ sorties  against ISIS. So 35 countries can't defeat ISIS, then what chance does Russia have/sarc. If we didn't know the real truth, how embarrassing would that statement be? I suggest the stupid fucking Pentagon official engages brain before opening mouth.

Utah_Get_Me_2's picture

Anyone else curious who the unnamed 'economist' on Al-Quada's hitlist is? My money is on Krugman.

Mrmojorisin515's picture

I find it curious that suddenly Al-Quida is paroting views that are expressed on zerohedge all the time.  Testing the waters to send domestic insurgents to internment camps?  I mean come on, they will take you off of their list if you remove your money from large banks and outside american soil?

Utah_Get_Me_2's picture

I thought the same thing. If instead it were a list of individuals that need to be charged with crimes against humanity created by say.. Anarcho-Capitalists/Libertarians/'Conspiracy Theorists'.. the names on the list would be the same.

It appears the globalists may be going forward with the absurd narrative that Conservatives/Gunowners/Christians/Veterans/Anacaps/Liberatarians are allying and conspiring with jihadis to commit terror attacks within the CONUS and overthrow the US government. 

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Split America into 6 distinct nations (at least).  Forget the current incarnation.

We are still in the Information War stage.

thamnosma's picture

Some Russian general was predicting that some years ago.  I figure he was simply ahead of his time.

Freddie's picture

God - I hope they do not hurt Gartman.

Send all your ISIS and Al Qeada fan mail to:

ISIS and Al Qeada

P.O. Box 101

Langley, VA 22101

Pazuzu's picture

Let me know when they start passing the hat on that one. You know, liquidation liquidity.

sandhillexit's picture

I met a British U.N. official in Jerusalem a few years ago.  He told me he was Autralian but I actually know the accents and he was not Aussie.  He had nothing but contempt for the training and competence of Americans.  He said most of the Americans he sees in Israel/Palestine are fairly clueless and very young, often Christian, trying to do "peace work" without any real understanding of the history or the politics.  He commented that the Russians are able to build influence in the region....."just by telling the truth."    I love when someone says something interesting; years later, and still thinking about it.  

And then there was Gore Vidal, who observed that the fact that the Russians are "white" might turn out to be one of the most important facts of the 21st century.  Since he wrote that Putin has add "Christian" back into the mix.


Icelandicsaga...............................................'s picture

Have you seen this today: More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military's Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, The Daily Beast has learned.


The complaints spurred the Pentagon’s inspector general to open an investigation into the alleged manipulation of intelligence. The fact that so many people complained suggests there are deep-rooted, systemic problems in how the U.S. military command charged with the war against the self-proclaimed Islamic State assesses intelligence.