The Oil-Gas War Over Syria (In 4 Maps)

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Submitted by Eric Zuesse via Strategic Culture Foundation

Turkey’s Anadolu News Agency, though government-run, is providing remarkably clear and reliable diagrammatic descriptions of the current status of the U.S - and - fundamentalist - Sunni, versus Russia - and - Shia - and - NON - fundamentalist - Sunni, sides, in the current oil-and-gas war in the Middle East, for control over territory in Syria, for construction of oil-and-gas pipelines through Syria supplying fuel into the world’s largest energy-market: Europe. Russia is now the dominant supplier of both oil and gas, but its ally Iran is a Shiite gas-powerhouse that wants to share the market there, and Russia has no objection.

Qatar is a Sunni gas-powerhouse and wants to become the main supplier of gas there, and Saudi Arabia is a Sunni oil-powerhouse, which wants to become the major supplier of oil, but Saudi oil and Qatari gas would be pipelined through secular-controlled (Assad's) Syria, and this is why the U.S. and its fundamentalist-Sunni allies, the Sauds, and Qataris, are using Al Qaeda and other jihadists to conquer enough of a strip through Syria so that U.S. companies such as Halliburton will be able safely to place pipelines there, to be marketed in Europe by U.S. firms such as Exxon. Iran also wants to pipeline its gas through Syria, and this is one reason why Iran is defending Syria’s government, against the U.S.-Saudi-Qatari-jihadist invasion, which is trying to overthrow and replace Assad.

Here are the most-informative of Anadolu’s war-maps:

The first presents the effort by many countries to eliminate ISIS control over the large Iraqi city of Mosul. A remarkably frank remark made in this map is "An escape corridor into Syria will be left for Daesh [ISIS] so they can vacate Mosul" - an admission that the U.S. - Saudi - Qatari team want the ISIS jihadists who are in Mosul to relocate into Syria to assist the U.S. - Saudi - Qatari effort there to overthrow and replace the Assad government: 



The second is about the Egyptian government's trying to assist the Syrian government's defense against the Saudi - U.S. - Qatari invasion of Syria, at Aleppo, where Syria's Al Qaeda branch is trying to retain its current control over part of that large city. The Saud family are punishing the Egyptian government for that:



Here is Russia's proposed gas-pipeline, which would enable Russia to reduce its dependence upon Ukraine (through which Russia currently pipes its gas into Europe). Obama conquered and took over Ukraine in February 2014 via his coup that overthrew the democratically elected neutralist Ukrainian President there:



In addition, there is the following map from



That map shows the competing Shiia (Russia-backed) and Sunni (U.S.-backed) gas-pipelines into Europe — the central issue in the invasion and defense of Syria.

On 21 September 2016, Gareth Porter headlined "The War Against the Assad Regime Is Not a ‘Pipeline War’", and he pointed out some errors in Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s account that had been published under the headline "Syria: Another Pipeline War". Porter argued: "It's easy to understand why that explanation would be accepted by many anti-war activists: it is in line with the widely accepted theory that all the US wars in the Middle East have been ‘oil wars’ — about getting control of the petroleum resources of the region and denying them to America's enemies."

But the ‘pipeline war’ theory is based on false history and it represents a distraction from the real problem of US policy in the Middle East — the US war state's determination to hold onto its military posture in the region. Porter ignored the key question there, as to why the US war state has a determination to hold onto its military posture in the region. Opening and protecting potential oil-gas-pipeline routes are important reasons why. Clearly, Kennedy’s documentation that the CIA was trying as early as 1949 to overthrow Syria’s secular government so as to allow to the Sauds a means of cheaply transporting their oil through Syria into Europe, remains unaffected by any of the objections that Porter raised to Kennedy’s article. The recent portion of Kennedy’s timeline is affected, but not his basic argument.

Furthermore, any military strategist knows that the US war state is intimately connected to the U.S. oil-and-gas industries, including pipelines (oilfield services) as well as marketing (Exxon etc.). And Porter got entirely wrong what that connection (which he ignored) actually consists of: it consists of U.S. government taxpayer-funded killers for those U.S. international corporations. Here is how Barack Obama put it, when addressing graduating cadets at West Point, America’s premier military-training institution:

Russia’s aggression toward former Soviet states unnerves capitals in Europe, while China’s economic rise and military reach worries its neighbors. From Brazil to India, rising middle classes compete with us, and governments seek a greater say in global forums. And even as developing nations embrace democracy and market economies, 24-hour news and social media makes it impossible to ignore the continuation of sectarian conflicts and failing states and popular uprisings that might have received only passing notice a generation ago.


It will be your generation’s task to respond to this new world. The question we face, the question each of you will face, is not whether America will lead, but how we will lead - not just to secure our peace and prosperity, but also extend peace and prosperity around the globe.

He was saying there that America’s military is in service to U.S.-based international corporations in their competition against those of Russia, Brazil, China, India, and anywhere else in which "rising middle classes compete with us". Those places are what Gareth Porter referred to as "America's enemies".

Economic competitors are "enemies". Obama thinks that way, and even a progressive journalist such as Porter doesn’t place into a skeptical single - quotation - mark - surround, the phrase ‘America’s enemies’ when that phrase is used in this equational context. On both the right (Obama) and the left (Porter), the equation of a government and of the international corporations that headquarter in its nation — the treatment of the military as being an enforcement-arm for the nation’s international corporations — is simply taken for granted, not questioned, not challenged.

RFK Jr. was correct, notwithstanding some recent timeline-errors. Syria is "Another Pipeline War", and Obama is merely intensifying it. (On 9 November 2015, I offered a different account than RFK Jr. provided of the recent history — the Obama portion — of the longstanding U.S. aggression against Syria; and it links back to Jonathan Marshall’s excellent articles on that, and to other well-sourced articles, in addition to primary sources, none of which contradict RFK Jr.’s basic view, "Syria: Another Pipeline War").

Another portion of Porter’s commentary is, however, quite accurate: America’s ‘Defense’ (or mass-killing-abroad) industries (such as Lockheed Martin) are not merely servants of the U.S. government, but are also served by the U.S. government: "the US war state's determination to hold onto its military posture in the region" is protection of the major market — the Middle Eastern market — for U.S. ‘Defense’ products and services. It’s not only America’s firms in the oil, gas, and pipelines, industries, which benefit from America’s military; it is also America’s firms in the mass-killing industries, that do.

To the extent that the public (here including Barack Obama and Gareth Porter) do not condemn the presumption that "the business of America is business", or that a valid function of U.S. - taxpayer - funded military and other foreign-affairs operations is to serve the stockholders of U.S. international corporations, the hell (such as in Syria) will continue. Gareth Porter got lost among the trees because he failed to see (and to point to) that forest.

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philipat's picture

Smart of the US to back the Sunnis when all the oil is in areas controlled by Shia (Including in Saudi Arabia). DUUUUUUUH..............

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) philipat Oct 25, 2016 1:16 AM

Outside of DoD, almost nobody understands the Shia/Sunni thing. Not this author, and not the administration, that is sure. It is not that important in the context of this article, though.

Motasaurus's picture

So are pipelines easier to build on sand or on glass? I imagine that if we glassed the Saudis we'd get to find out. 

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Russia is keep Assad alliance to prevent building of Asia Minor pipeline from Kuwait so that can maintain chokehold on Europe gas supply from Kazakhstan while USSA is attempt to displace Assad so to build Kuwait pipeline to break chokehold. Which is right? Ask little girl in Aleppo who no more parent, kindred, or shelter.

BennyBoy's picture


Why not build ALL the pipeliines and stop fighting?!

Oh right, peace is bad for banks, lower oil prices are bad for oil companies.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Please, how are you possible to maintain false scarcity of commodity if you are build multiple pipeline for greater access?

Joe Davola's picture

Heck with "advisors", let's send Susan Sarandon and the protestors to stand on the Ruskie backed route. Best case...

eforce's picture

So in a Iran-Saudi war, Iran wouldn't have to advance far in order to cut it off, that's if the flip-flop army doesn't take Riyadh first.

yippee kiyay's picture
yippee kiyay (not verified) eforce Oct 25, 2016 1:11 PM

ALL BS. Was the war in Libya about pipeline too? Lebanon? Palestine? Coup d'etat in Egypt? Iran is an ally of Syria, so how come they can't get their pipeline through? ALL BS.

The TRUTH about what's really going on in the Middle East NO ONE dares to reveal.

philipat's picture

Hey yippee kiyay, previously mofio then santafe then Aristotle of Greece then Gargoyle then bleu then oops then lance-a-lot then Loftie then toro. You are a serial spammer and a serial pain in the ass. Might I politely suggest that you go fuck yourself? And get a life.

Would appreciate regular ZH contributors please take a moment to help me in my campaign against this idiot and report yippee kiyay to

PS. You might have noticed that my attempt to expose you for what you are is always the same. That’s because your Spam is always the same (Using fake links to your BS site which has no connection to your comments; which are deliberately dramatic to mislead people into responding or clicking on the fake link) so it seems only fair that my exposure of your crap should also always be the same. An eye for an eye.

Took Red Pill's picture

RFK jr. better be careful! You know what happens to people who rock the boat,especially Kennedys.

Erek's picture

It may be called a "pipeline war", but it could quickly heat-up in a nuclear kind of way.

FireBrander's picture

STUPIDIST fucking idea ever: "Let's build an above ground oil pipeline through a region that has been at war for 1500 years".

Let the fucking Saudi's build it; oil will never flow through it anyway.

new game's picture

fire nails the plans as bunk bullshit. author is dumb as a barrel of oil. this conflict is quasi religious, fascist anarchous war that has gone on for ever. and when britian drew lines they got it all started up to the ramp of human stupidity we see today. til the oil and gas is depleted, this will be a hot spot, but fundamentaly this is about religion and power of handfull of clerics using oil revenues to fund their islamic beliefs...

HowdyDoody's picture

Yet again, no mention of the elephant in the room. AKA, how will anyone construct any pipeline through Syria when it has been totally destroyed with jihadist crazies running everywhere? Answer: There is no planned pipeline through Syria, but there is one planned in the eatern Mediterranean.

magnetosphere's picture

i wonder what happens when an atgm hits a gas pipeline. would that blow up whole countries? or at least between compressor stations?

HardAssets's picture

Banksters love wars. Its great for their business.

Reichstag Fire Dept.'s picture

Exctly right, Boris.

I would take tghe chance of saying Syria/Russia are "right". They have agreed that banding together is mutually beneficial and did so, at the outset, by non-violent means.

The Americans have made Russia the number one oil producer in the world now, ahead of the Saudis, by becoming a major oil producer at home. This has affected the oil price. ALL the over supply of oil in the world is American produced oil. Who caused this to happen? Barack Obama and his "Energy Independence Plan".

Whiskey Badger's picture

I'll take a stab at it.  Sunni/Shia difference is equivalent to the distinction between ISIS/moderate rebels.  Did I pass?

DontGive's picture

Close, but not really comparable. More like Jew vs Christian.

Doing a pipeline like this is very risky. Look at places like Nigeria or Mexico (tiny example), with very high theft.

Better guard those assets, like the poppy fields.

The Navigator's picture

Cui Bono

It's always about WHO benenfits, who gets the money.

Follow the money, always.

N0TME's picture

LOL, incorrect! Shia are Hezbollah who are fighting ISIS as an example. Huge distinction there. So no you didn't pass.


And Assad said in a recent interview that the whole pipeline controversy started AFTER the conflict started, not before. 



Il Dottore's picture
Il Dottore (not verified) N0TME Oct 25, 2016 7:43 AM

Thanks buddy for rising that Flag, we are gonna win this battle

Omen IV's picture

"AFTER" is meaningless - US policy towards Russia was there before the Syrian Terrorists were enabled by CIA - step transaction - Romney said Russia was #1 in 12' before Obama was......... told

HowdyDoody's picture

Nowhere close - it is Saudi-Arabian Wahabbist versus Sunni/Shia/everyone else.

Urban Redneck's picture

This author apparently thinks Rex Tillerson and David Lesar would be amenable to building a pipeline through an ISIS/"Moderate Rebel" controlled "slice" of Syria (aka a war zone) with their shareholders' money.

Eric Zeus isn't even the twelfth man on the deal team. The only thing he has going for him is that he isn't quite as brain dead as RFK Jr, who has been trying to one up his father on that measure since 1968.

cowdiddly's picture

He said Obama Conquered Ukraine right off. Were you expecting an intellegent conversation after that? The only thing King Putz ever conquered was a tippy cup.

And besides, this war quit being about pipelines about 3-4 years ago. All the different countries money that have been poured into this thing for 5.5 years it could only possibly be a money and energy net-negative proposition at this point with no end in sight.

From the looks of the smokestack, just the Admiral Kutzenov heading there alone looks to be about 2 months worth of hydrocarbon volume transit flow through any pipe. Ha

wizteknet's picture

He who controls LNG to europe for winter duh

cowdiddly's picture

Yea whatever. The Sauds alone are draining 100 years worth of energy weath and they only wish they could go back to breakeven at this point.

They will NEVER recover enough profits through any pipe to pay for what they have already blown especially through a hostile area. Qatar ditto.

Blackfox's picture

I no longer think this is about the pipeline, this just a cover for the Yinon plan. Go look at the map again of the red/blue pipes. Now why can Iran run the red pipe through the Med and yet the blue pipe cannot? Just run the pipe through Jordan & Israel and bingo you win - This story falls apart as soon as you look at the map. But yeah - keep drinking the Koolaid.

onthesquare's picture

The refineries will be built in Yogoslavia.  It was destroyed 25 years ago just for that reason.  The USSA supplied both Croatia and Serbia with arms at a strategic rate just so they could destroy each other and reduce the population.  The devils work.

Vageling's picture

It never is just about one thing. The pipeline is just one of the many reason.

As for why not to Israel? That's funny. The jews hate the arabs and the arabs hate the jews. It's in the surah: Kill the greedy jews.

How to explain the pipeline to jew land to muslims? The jews betrayed Allah as far as muslims care. Great plan... Not.

Israel wants to destabilize te region. That's part of this whole thing too.

Cloud9.5's picture

Run it through Israel and you give the Israelis control of European oil and natural gas.

HowdyDoody's picture

This what it is all about:

Now just imagine what would happen is Syria was destroyed by the Anglo-Zionist-controlled jihadists. Hezbollah in Lebonan would no longer receive support from Ira, leaving Lebanon open to selective destruction/annexation by Israel. Guess who controls the jihadists in South Syria? Israel. So there would then be no problem with Israel gaining control of the Syrian coastline. Et voila, Israel just happens to have de facto control of the oil/gas deosits in most of Leviathan.

Qatar, schmatar.



GUS100CORRINA's picture



Israel is sitting on massive oil reserves that will change the entire political and economic landscape in the middleast.

Motasaurus's picture

Yes. Israel is sitting on stolen oil reserves in the Golan Heights. Just one more reason for Israel to want Syria chopped up and destroyed.

Main_Sequence's picture
Main_Sequence (not verified) Motasaurus Oct 25, 2016 2:19 AM

Don't forget about the Israeli Leviathan offshore gas field they need to get to the European market.

Erek's picture

But doesn't that gas belong to the Palistinians?

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

No, Israel aims to steal gas from Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine while preventing Iran from selling its gas to Europe.

But you are right - no Qatari pipeline was ever going to go across a Balkanized, destroyed Syria to compete with 'Israeli' gas...

As for what 'God' has decreed, you won't learn that by reading the 'Bible.'

You'd be better off studying the stars.

Diatom's picture

God destroyed Fukushima so that the Pacific could be sterilized...

Now humans  are going to get serously fucked! We are not going to be missed...

We are just the worst shit that ever walked the planet...

The great reset has started...


Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) Oct 25, 2016 1:14 AM

Old news, but news that most of the plebes are still unaware of.

The last honest war this country has fought was in 1812 to keep the Banksters out.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

So Israel, directly and through its influence on DC and London has nothing to do with the destruction of Syria, which Likudnik Zionists have been calling for for decades... Is that right?

And the US government wants to diminish the value of Israel's Leviathan gas field, too?


Except... Bullshit. The Saudis have nothing like the power Israel does in Vichy DC. Think Congress would override a veto to let people sue *Israel* for its obvious role in 9/11?


This isn't to say there aren't generally multiple motives with this many actors, but as to why the US government is supporting ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria, it is glaring omission to leave out a major and probably predominant influence: Zionist Israel and its Lobby.

Pardon... Lobbies:

NEOCON1's picture

Nice to see that the Wal Mart sale on Reynolds wrap is having a nice effect on all the rabid anti-Semite Nazis. Your necks are SO much better without all that weight from the tin foil hats. This could be the start of something beautiful!

AmandaFawndel's picture

SEVEN JEWS MEDIA GOOGLE, sniveling coward?


WHY no diversity for the lying 'NAZI Jews who claim die-versity is so wonderful?

Grumbleduke's picture

What good is a pipeline to a place incinerated by a nuclear holocaust? Will the dead need oil and gas? And the surving radiation victims, will they still trade for the newest samsung tv?

StychoKiller's picture

Hmm, depends on what's on at 6pm... :>D

Youri Carma's picture

According to current U.S. military doctrine the rest of the world is an enemy. Heck even the American people are an enemy, veterans, truthers, real patriots.

Wahooo's picture

So true. They've gamed it to the point of reality.