US On The Ropes: China To Join Russian Military In Syria While Iraq Strikes Intel Deal With Moscow, Tehran

Tyler Durden's picture

Last Thursday, we asked if China was set to join Russia and Iran in support of the Assad regime in Syria. 

Our interest was piqued when the pro-Assad Al-Masdar (citing an unnamed SAA “senior officer”), said Chinese “personnel and aerial assets” are set to arrive within weeks. To the uninitiated, this may seem to have come out of left field, so to speak. However, anyone who has followed the conflict and who knows a bit about the global balance of power is aware that Beijing has for some time expressed its support for Damascus, most notably by voting with Russia to veto a Security Council resolution that would have seen the conflict in Syria referred to the Hague. Here’s what China had to say at the May 22, 2014 meeting: 

For some time now, the Security Council has maintained unity and coordination on the question of Syria, thanks to efforts by Council members, including China, to accommodate the major concerns of all parties. At a time when seriously diverging views exist among the parties concerning the draft resolution, we believe that the Council should continue holding consultations, rather than forcing a vote on the draft resolution, in order to avoid undermining Council unity or obstructing coordination and cooperation on questions such as Syria and other major serious issues. Regrettably, China’s approach has not been taken on board; China therefore voted against the draft resolution.

In other words, China could see the writing on the wall and it, like Russia, was not pleased with where things seemed to be headed. A little more than a year later and Moscow has effectively called time on the strategy of using Sunni extremist groups to destabilize Assad and given what we know about Beijing’s efforts to project China’s growing military might, it wouldn’t exactly be surprising to see the PLA turn up at Latakia as well. 

Sure enough, Russian media now says that according to Russian Senator Igor Morozov, Beijing has decided to join the fight. Here’s Pravda (translated): 

According to the Russian Senator Igor Morozov, Beijing has taken decision to take part in combating IS and sent its vessels to the Syrian coast.


Igor Morozov, member of the Russian Federation Committee on International Affairs claimed about the beginning of the military operation by China against the IS terrorists. "It is known, that China has joined our military operation in Syria, the Chinese cruiser has already entered the Mediterranean, aircraft carrier follows it," Morozov said.


According to him, Iran may soon join the operation carried out by Russia against the IS terrorists, via Hezbollah. Thus, the Russian coalition in the region gains ground, and most reasonable step of the US would be to join it. Although the stance of Moscow and Washington on the ways of settlement of the Syrian conflict differs, nonetheless, low efficiency of the US coalition acts against terrorists is obvious. Islamists have just strengthened their positions.


As Leonid Krutakov told Pravda.Ru in an interview, the most serious conflict is currently taking place namely between China and the US. Moscow may support any party, the expert believes, and that is what will change the world order for many years.

Clearly, one has to consider the source here, but as noted above, if Beijing is indeed set to enter the fray, it would be entirely consistent with China's position on Syria and also with the PLA's desire to take a more assertive role in international affairs. 

Meanwhile, it now looks as though the very same Russian-Iran "nexus" that's playing spoiler in Syria is also set to take over the fight against ISIS in Iraq, as Baghdad has now struck a deal to officially share intelligence with Moscow and Tehran. Here's CNN:

Iraq says it has reached a deal to share intelligence with Russia, Iran and Syria in the fight against ISIS militants.


The announcement on Saturday from the Iraqi military cited "the increasing concern from Russia about thousands of Russian terrorists committing criminal acts within ISIS."


The news comes amid U.S. concerns about Russia's recent military buildup in Syria and would appear to confirm American suspicions of some kind of cooperation between Baghdad and Moscow.

We'd be remiss if we failed to note the significance here. The entire narrative is falling apart for the US, as Russia and Iran are now moving to transform the half-hearted Western effort to contain ISIS into a very serious effort to eradicate the group. Recall that just a little over a week ago, Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani essentially accused the US of intentionally keeping Islamic State around so that the group can continue to advance Washington's geopolitical agenda by serving as a destabilizing element in Syria. According to the Pentagon, Soleimani's visit to Russia (which, you're reminded, violated a UN travel ban and infuriated opponents of the Iran nuclear deal) was "very important" in terms of accelerating the timetable on Russia's inevitable involvement in Syria. It is of course Soleimani who commands the Shiite militias battling ISIS in Iraq. Now, it appears that in addition to the cooperation in Syria, he has managed to secure a Russian-Iran partnership for Tehran's Iraqi operations as well. Here's GOP mouthpiece Fox News:

Russian, Syrian and Iranian military commanders have set up a coordination cell in Baghdad in recent days to try to begin working with Iranian-backed Shia militias fighting the Islamic State, Fox News has learned. 


Western intelligence sources say the coordination cell includes low-level Russian generals. U.S. officials say it is not clear whether the Iraqi government is involved at the moment. 


Describing the arrival of Russian military personnel in Baghdad, one senior U.S. official said, "They are popping up everywhere." 


While the U.S. also is fighting the Islamic State, the Obama administration has voiced concern that Russia's involvement, at least in Syria, could have a destabilizing effect. 


Moscow, though, has fostered ties with the governments in both Syria and Iraq. In May, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi flew to Moscow for an official visit to discuss potential Russian arms transfers and shared intelligence capability, as well as the enhancement of security and military capabilities, according to a statement by the Iraqi prime minister's office at the time. 


Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani also was spotted in Baghdad on Sept 22. He met with Shia militias backed by Iran; intelligence officials believe he met with Russians as well. 

And here is ISW:

What appears to have happened here is this: Vladimir Putin has exploited both the fight against ISIS and Iran's need to preserve the regional balance of power on the way to enhancing Russia's influence over Mid-East affairs which in turn helps to ensure that Gazprom's interests are protected going forward. 

 Thanks to the awkward position the US has gotten itself in by covertly allying itself with various Sunni extremist groups, Washington is for all intents and purposes powerless to stop Putin lest the public should sudddenly get wise to the fact that combatting Russia's resurrgence and preventing Iran from expanding its interests are more imporant than fighting terror.

In short, Washington gambled on a dangerous game of geopolitical chess, lost, and now faces two rather terrifyingly disastrous outcomes: 1) China establishing a presence in the Mid-East in concert with Russia and Iran, and 2) seeing Iraq effectively ceded to the Quds Force and ultimately, to the Russian army.

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johngaltfla's picture

And Russia and Iran plan to push ISIS into Turkey and Kuwait/Saudi Arabia to destabilize the Western Arab allies and push the US out of the region permanently.

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Latina Lover's picture

Here comes the USSA false flag, targeting Russia, China, Iran etc.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Meh.  Everybody's spec ops guys need real practice sometimes.    Its a target rich environment.   

Manthong's picture

Ethnic diversity and equal opportunity in Syria.

What’s not to like about that?

two hoots's picture

Despots of the world unite to stop the US from removing despots from the world.

Divine Wind's picture




Leave it to the HNIC to screw something up this bad.

Bumpo's picture

Not that I'm going to bother, but I'd love to see Libtard Sunday Morning Programs deal with this one.

weburke's picture

israel is going to just sit there and wattch itself die?
with old man netanyahoos son running israel?
I am betting israel attacks during the next 48 hours. why would they wait?

FreeSlave's picture

if they attack, they will have to fight Russia and China... Russians will not allow zionists to destroy russian economy even more by taking control over Syria, and building a NGas pipeline to europe... Russia will loose europe as a NGas buyer... This is now or never moment for Russia...

Chain Gun Smoke's picture

Over the last few days some guy kept telling us that China was going to Syria and was getting downvoted to hell because he didn't quote a source. To whoever it was, sorry. I didn't down vote you, but I agreed with the hive mind that you were wrong.

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38BWD22's picture



It will be of great interest to watch Russia/China/Iran deal with the extremists in Syria.  I particular, to see if they handle ISIS better than Obama has.

It is time for the USA to stay out of the Middle East.  Let them fight their own damn wars.

But, it still be very interesting to see how the New Axis deals with Sunni extremism.

turtle's picture

"And Russia and Iran plan to push ISIS into Turkey and Kuwait/Saudi Arabia" ... back to where they came from!

Manthong's picture

King Hussein, the Dipweeds at State and the Pentagram er.. Pentagon have walked right into it with eyes wide shut.

But then, that’s probably what their masters have really wanted all along.

Now listen for the wholly owned Congress to clamor for an aggressive U.S. stance.

 (A strong, wide stance.. kind of like ex-Senator Larry Craig)

Funny Money's picture

Let me get this straight.  Russia and China got sucked into that mess and somehow it's a US failure?

Teh Finn's picture
Teh Finn (not verified) Funny Money Sep 27, 2015 3:54 PM

R+C are there to rape the land for its resources.  That's it.  War for oil, and the like.

Oracle 911's picture

I disagree, Russia have more then enough resources. And China is more oriented on business then the US. While the US is about rape and pillaging.


Basically you are saying the Russians wants not another Ukraine on their borders, but at least a half dozen (look at the map of that region).

Occident Mortal's picture

Lets not forget a few things here...


Sochi 2014 was Russia's attempt at moving up to the top table, opening the whole country to business and seeking to attract global investment. Russia spent $51 billion on Sochi, most of it spent on building the insfrastructure for a global business centre.


Long before the 2014 Olympics begun, Putin knew his plan was in trouble as the international business community didn't invest in Sochi, the foreign investment never came.

Worse still, Russia's $51billion investment spent to showcase the country for foreign investment was totally overshadowed by a US sponsored Coup in Ukraine.


The fact that the Coup in Ukraine happened during the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olypmics isn't remembered by Westerners. Here in the west our record of history is completely blurred and carefully selected by our media.


Yet I'm sure everyone will recall how there was even some uncertainty as to whether Putin would be able to attend the opening Ceremony of Russia's $50bn Winter Olympics all because of the events happening in Ukraine in real time. At the time it was presented as a coincidence but in hindsight it looks like it must have been meticulously planned.



Well Cold War 2.0 started before the Sochi games, Putin returned to the presidency in 2012 and announced his plan for a Eurasian Economic Union.


In December 2012, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. would seek to counter Russian proposals for creating a Eurasian Economic Union of former Soviet states:

"It's not going to be called Soviet Union. It's going to be called customs union, it will be called the Eurasian Union and all of that, but let's make no mistake about it. We know what the goal is and we are trying to figure out effective ways to slow down or prevent it". 


On September 12, 2013, in the context on Barack Obama's comment about American exceptionalism during his September 10, 2013, talk to the American people while considering military action on Syria, Putin criticized Obama saying that

"It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation."


In October 2014, Putin delivered his Valdai club speech, which sharply criticized the Western powers' foreign policy and actions, especially those of the United States, who, in his opinion, "having declared itself the winner of the Cold War", had taken steps that threw the system of global and regional security as established after World War II "into sharp and deep imbalance":

"The Cold War ended, but it did not end with the signing of a peace treaty. This created the impression that the so-called ‘victors’ in the Cold War had decided to pressure events and reshape the world to suit their own needs and interests. If the existing system of international relations, international law and the checks and balances in place got in the way of these aims, this system was declared worthless, outdated and in need of immediate demolition."

johngaltfla's picture

@Oracle,  you're not paying attention. By driving the ISIS/AQ forces into Saudi Arabia, it's an almost iron clad guarantee to foment rebellion and shut down oil production. That instability will create a failure to deliver on existing contracts to Europe, etc. and push prices higher. Apparently reading is not fundamental.

ThirteenthFloor's picture

@johngalta. Iran and its shipping company NICT is now shipping 43 tankers of oil to Western entities. Oil is not going up in price or scarcity any time soon. Saudi royals are in trouble.

Paveway IV's picture

Things just got 1000X worse. The Saudis just went full-retard and deployed The Giant Claw.

SWRichmond's picture

Time to put the motherfucker architects of all of this mess, Wolfowitz and Krystol, in jail.


venturen's picture

I guess you didn't study history....there are winners and losers. Blaming everything on the US is a fools game. Obama is a complete moron and makes the world more dangerous by the day. According to the people on this site somehow the US causued WWII and it wasn't that the Nazis were bad people. The muslims of the middle east are very bad people. Obama surrenders to them frequently. Study what happened when the muslims took over the med in the middle ages. There isn't anything preventing that now. Obama and his political crowd are like Wilson pre WWI....where they ignored very real peril! We should have stayed in IRAQ and controled the destruction of the terrorists their. Instead Obama assists them to over throw strong men across the ME. Eygpt, Iraq, Syria, Libya... Russia and China don't have a good record of not killing millions!

Socratic Dog's picture

The muzzies of the ME may or may not be very bad people, but the motherfuckers who pulled off 9/11 are most certainly very bad people.  I refer to the US government and the israeli government.

And I suggest you revisit your studies of history.  The false flag of 9/11 gave us an excuse to destroy a stable country in the ME, Iraq, and to carry on  from there to other stable countries in the ME.  Syria is the current example.  To think this is the "terrorists", with Obama's incompetence enabling them, is stupidity in the extreme.  This is and was planned from the get go, well before 9/11, and Obama is doing the bidding of his zio masters.  "Empire of Chaos" is a well-chosen epithet.

Paveway IV's picture

"...Study what happened when the muslims took over the med in the middle ages..."

Arithmetic? Architecture? Medicine? Poetry? Romance?

Those savage BASTARDS!

ThirteenthFloor's picture

vent'. Your history is not up to snuff. Few elite boys in the US funded Hitler, and FDR clearly knew WW2 was coming before it did.

new game's picture

moar lies will not change the lies all along...

Lore's picture

Re: "It will be of great interest to watch Russia/China/Iran deal with the extremists in Syria.  I particular, to see if they handle ISIS better than Obama has."

It would be a mistake to attribute this simplistically to the latest mouthpiece-in-chief, as it predates him by many years. Al Qaeda/ISIL is a manifestation of PNAC (Project for a New American Century), the biggest boondoggle in modern American history, arranged for the purpose of undermining and subverting international law in international affairs. Various "proxy groups" are recruited, funded, trained, armed and manipulated for the express purpose of regional destabilization, essentially creating a Wild East to prepare the way for installation of puppet regimes along preferred routes for prospective energy pipeline corridors, and enforce continued acceptance of dollar-based debt. 

The arrogance of those guys interviewed on Faux News at the JohnGaltFla link (above) is stunning.  You'd think they were picking team members for a game of dodgeball...

J S Bach's picture

Supermoon, Bloodmoon, Copper eclipse... it's the end of the world!  Now is the time to launch those missiles against the Russkies and Red Chinese.

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The Indelicate Genius (not verified) J S Bach Sep 27, 2015 3:35 PM

End of the world? What Blood Moon prophets NOW say will happen after 'apocalyptic' eclipse

"Most of us in astronomy had not heard the term Blood Moon to describe a lunar tetrad until a few years ago, but now the term has gained widespread use in the media. The origin of the term is religious, at least according to Christian pastor John Hagee, who wrote a 2013 book about Blood Moons. We at EarthSky don’t have any special knowledge about the Blood Moons of Biblical prophesy. But, since they’re moons and since people are asking us, we wanted to provide some info. Follow the links below to learn more about Blood Moons."

Why a totally eclipsed moon looks red

Hagee will likely live-tweet the eclipse.

May the gods strike him by Samhain

TheObsoleteMan's picture

To Hell with John Hagee, Zionist piece of shit.

Freddie's picture

Well loved by many Johnathan Pollard conservatives/evangelicals over at Free Republic.

Many of these Hagee loving morons would machine gun American (Christian) sailors of the USS Liberty all over again if Bibi and Hagee told them to do it.  

Yeah - sell out other Christians in Syria and Iraq because the ZioCons want to murder them.

Carpenter1's picture

Russia and China, the "enemies" of USA who are part of the same globalist institutions like the G20, UN, IMF, etc, and seem like bestest friends with their US counterparts while attending these swank affairs. Yes, there are no enemies among world leaders, why in the world would they want that? They live like kings!


No, this is all for show, to cull the herd now and again through war, while making obscene profits all the while.

Fahque Imuhnutjahb's picture



"Last night, during our discussions, I mentioned to President Xi that as powerful as the United States is, the nature of the biggest challenges we face -- things like climate change, or terrorism, or pandemic, or refugees -- those are not issues that any one nation alone can solve.  And we recognize, because of our strength and the size of our economy and the excellence of our military, that we can play a special role and carry a larger burden, but we can’t do it alone.  China, despite its size, still has development challenges of its own, so it can’t solve these problems alone.  We’ve got to work together.  We’ve got to cooperate."

exerpt from speech given by Obama and Xi on 9-25

Obama and Xi meeting,  Putin and Netanyahu meeting.  Maybe they're just hashing out how to carve up MENA.  or... maybe not.

new game's picture

hmmm, sociopathic leaders all getting giddy and agreeing how to fuck each other.

best deal is when both parties think they screwed the other party.

buuuuuut, the truth is no matter what outcome the majority are indeed screwed.

beeeeeeeeeeeeecause, you and i aint inda cluuuuuuuuuuub...

maxwellsdemon's picture



The high water mark passed for Israel last year following Operation Protective Edge, when over 2000 Palestiians were killed by Israeli advanced weaponry.  Since the financial crisis of 2008 began, Israeli has only further alienated itself from the ordiany western citizen who is struggling to make ends meet while Israel sucks up billions of dollars of tax money and gets plenty of pandering by western leaders who are ignoring the plight of the average joe and jane. 


There is also a growing western awareness that 911 was an inside job involving the Mossad and the US deep state.  Only 3 Israeli's died in 911 and hundreds had been moved out just 1 week before 911. 

1) Odigo early warning sent in Hebrew 2 hours before 911 warning of that an attack on the WTC was imminent


2) Zim shipping company (an Israeli company with ties to the Mossad) breaking it's lease in order to move hundreds of Israeli employees out of the WTC a week before the attack:  (employees in the WTC contacted the FBI right after the attack to tell them about tjheir suspicions regarding Zim's departure because of the large penalty that Zim had to pay to leave--it's in the FBI documents taken just hours after the attack)


3) Five dancing Israeli, hundreds of Mossad agents living near the hijackers,..etc.


4)  Chesed Gomel where in October 2000 in a cemetary in NJ, three Israelis' were overhead by an ex-IDF soilder to talking in Hebrew of a plan to crash planes into the WTC (the FBI refuses to release the transcripts of the interview taken on this case)


Also the Palestinian flag raising ceremony in 3 days at the UN and Putin's upcoming speech next week where he will finger the US as the biggerst supporter of terrorism in the Middle East.

Israeli IS going to sit there because it HAS to it there; in game theory it now occupies the unfortunate for it (but  fortunate for us) position such that any strategy it tries will only result in its coming under attack even more.    The big game changer is the physical link now between 5 groups: the Russians, Iranians, Iraqi's, Syrians, and Hezbollah.  This link up will will allow the movement of weapons to Syria and Hezbollah from the other 3.   Israel wants to be able to attack any of it's neighbors with impunity but Hezbollah will now be able to obtain equipment by which to defend itself.    Any attack by Israel on the interests of one of the 5, will be met by a counterattack by the others on Israel directly but more likely on any ally of Israel (vassal state in reality) such as Saudi Arabia, the US, or France resulting in even more outcry in the countires agaisnt supporting the nutty apartheid state.

The Saudis will be chased out of Yemen in the next 6 months and then Iran will expand there along with China.and Russia.   The Sunni monarchies of the gulf will come under attack by Iran and Russia indirectly who will now foment Orange revolutions of their own.  The game is over, or soon will be in Yemeny.  Pakistan will have to withdraw it's mercenary forces to the Gulf states because it is risking it's relationsip with China.  Pakistan knows that when push comes to shove, China will ally with Russia and drop Pakistan, leaving Pakistan alone to face India if it (Pakistan) continues to support aggression against the Yemenese allies of the Iranians.


What's the fun of doing Aliyah and moving to Israel if once there, you can't act superior?  But Israel can no longer act superior by being a big bully now.  The Chosen ones only can feel chosen if they can act like they are Chosen;  they can only act like they are Chosen if they can kill or dictate with impunity to their neighbors AND to the Palestinians.  But now with this recent move by Russia, there will be no ability by Israel to attack Syria or Hezbollah, and thus the whole 'chosen one' myth will become deflated; 'bout time.

new game's picture

even my wife now believes that the was involved in killing its' own citizens.

she aint no dumb cookie, ha. masters degreed in common sense...

Secret Weapon's picture

Thank you for a well reasoned poost. 

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) maxwellsdemon Sep 27, 2015 5:46 PM

It's why Jews need to censor the internet. Even that won't do it, too many know and too many will ask why their beloved facebook is gone.

Rhett72's picture

Superb post Maxwell.  Only one point I have to quibble with.  Pakistan has not suported the Gulf atack on Yemen to my knowledge.  They refused to send troops to join the Saudi invasion, so I'm guessing the Pakistanis already knew which way the wind was blowing a few months ago.

Macon Richardson's picture

Israel is already dead. Always was. It just hasn't finished its death throes.

Israel is the original and ultimate golem.

mkkby's picture

The chess game gets REALLY INTERESTING if this Russia/China/Iran coalition moves to protect the Palestinians.

Let's see how it goes in Syria.  If it works, this could be a game changer all over the world.  Where ever the US disrupts local gov's.

MeBizarro's picture

no one has or will ever give a shit about the Palestinians in the middle east on either side.  they are just a convenient talking point. 

maxwellsdemon's picture

Perhaps not now, but the Christian, Muslim, and now Buddhist world will soon be looking quite closely at the Palestinians due to the projected next move of Nuttyaho.   Nuttyahoo is furious with the Russians and Chinese and he will therefore turn his fury onto the Palestinians,  Thus the Palestinians will soon become the next square on the chessboard to come into play. 

We alll know that 911 was an inside job done by Mossad/US job for two reasons; first because the US needed an excuse to takeover the ME and secondly as an excuse for Israel to eliminate the Palestinians issue by forcing them to leave Israel.  But the US failed to complete it's mission due to it's own incompetence and due to Putins intransigence and now Russia and China are entering Syria on Israel's northern border.  

Nuttyahoo is an absolute monster and he will now try to force Palestinians into exile following the Syrians because his goal is a mythical pure racial/ethnic/tribal state of the Jews.  At this point he's thinking, what's another 2 or 3 million refugees flooding into Europe? 

That's the next play.   We live in interesting times.