Russia, Iran Warn U.S. They Will "Respond With Force" If Syria "Red Lines" Crossed Again

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A statement issued on Sunday by a joint command centre consisting of forces of Russian, Iran and allied militia alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar al Assad said that Friday's US strike on the Syrian air base crossed “red lines” and it would "respond with force" to any new aggression while increasing their level of support to their ally.

In the statement published by the group on media outlet Ilam al Harbi, the pro-Assad alliances says that “what America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well."

Earlier on Sunday the UK's Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, demanded Russia rein in Mr Assad (by which he really meant be willing to accept a new Syrian regime with a pro-western puppet leader, and one who is willing to allow the Qatar gas pipeline to cross the country on its way to Europe.

Fallon also claimed that Moscow is "responsible for every civilian death" in the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhun and said Putin was responsible for the brutal killings “by proxy”, because it was the Syrian president’s “principal backer." The defense minister said the attack had happened "on their watch" and that Vladimir Putin must now live up to previous promises that Mr Assad’s chemical weapons had been destroyed.  His comments came after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson pulled out of a Moscow visit hours before he was due to fly.
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Finally, for those who are unclear about the core geopolitical tensions that are at the base of the long-running Syrian proxy war, the answer is - as so often tends to be - commodities and specifically natural gas, as we first explained in 2013, and as summarized in the following October 2016 article courtesy of Eric Zuesse (see also "Competing Gas Pipelines Are Fueling The Syrian War & Migrant Crisis")

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

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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rockstone's picture



LMFAO...!!!!! and Jimmy Stewart. Go get em!

leavelawbehind's picture

Why can't the Qatari and Saudi pipelines go through the Menditerranean instead of through Syria? Still scratching my head.......

dcohen's picture

Exactly, right on
It is a red herring
This is all about Israel's goal to destroy Iran, and for that they must first destroy Syria and Hezbollah

Bigern's picture

The King of the North will trample Jerusalem for 42 months. It is foretold. It will happen. No army or forces they control will be able to stop it. This means two things. The US will either be part of the coalition attacking Isreal, or will be rendered inert, unable to offer aid.

BobEore's picture

Pepe... like all too many once upstanding journalists, simply started hearing voices - and like raving loon Jim "SIllie" Willie, has started giving them mysterious names ... all that's left is to set up a newsletter like Jimbo, and charge folks to hear what the multiple personalities think of next. Limited franchise opportunties.

And just like Pepe's more modern pieces invariably do... this "op-ed" manages to mention every player in the region - except the one that matters most! How you can keep churning out article after article on geopolitics in the muddled east and never mention Srael is beyond me. I guess it just 'takes a village'... or more probably, a village idiot. Sitting with an absolutely massive amount of unexploited offshore Mediterranean gas on it's hands, the pirate state in the s e Med is getting ready to make it's foray into European markets... in the usual manner of 'free market capitalists' who only play if the game is called "Monopoly." -

As in an energy cartel which can shove competitors out, and keep 'customers' loyal - at point of a gun. A whirlwind of shuttle diplomacy in Moscow's direction last year induced that major player to agree to a tactical alliance which will see Russo-Sraeli energy streams move into Europe thru their jointly managed puppet Turkey. Cyprus no longer matters to either, and likewise, all these fancy diagrams and supposed plots in pipelinestan are old n discarded fishnchips wrappings which will just keep gettin older from here on in. Iran... once suitably chastened & brought to 'see the light,' will agree to join in the program as junior partner and can carrier - in exchange for being allowed some freedom from sanctions and a diminishment of bellicose threats from tel aviv... it will agree to move it's oil&gas into the two man players distribution network through eastern Turkey...

joining the growing amount of Iraqi product being pumped now by Genel - a consortium which none of these nitwit "energy analysts" and news aggregators ever gets around to talking about - that just happens to be a play of Natty Rothschilds, the disgraced former BP chairman, some token Turkics, and the usual suspects from Piratestan. Forcing out players like Stat Oil, taking over properties abandoned by others who faced mysterious difficulties in getting their payments from the Barzani Turo-Sraeli puppet state KRG, this soon to be behemoth-like energy giant will play a big role in the coming energy stranglehold over Europe.

You can put away all your maps now.

as the shreds of the Ottoman Empire still rot and decay across the map of the middle east, their embodied 'vestiges' - countries such as Libya, Syria, Iraq and now Turkey have all entered that state of 'hyperreality' Baudrillard so presciently announced. "Models" of a real without origin or reality - these bombings, invasions, rebellions and programmatic state terror - are all staged, unreal manifestations of a post-reality age which we live in are imprisoned in.

As their jihadi proxy Daesh scarciifies the ground of those failed states to make sure nothing of goodness can ever grow from them again, the master hand of talmudist control moves like a huge shadow over the region... taking charge of the map... the media... and all messages  which get spewed out from the mouths of phony oppositionalists employed to further muddy our understanding of an area aready unrecognizable from what it was even short while back...

the only map that matters is the one which shows the dark hand of talmudist terror reaching out to gather in  governments both east and west.

BobEore's picture

hey! Ya did it... in the 38 seconds it took me to go back and edit a typo - ya got your lil "stinger" in! Beat the old record. Sundays are the best!

As the Great one was wont to say... 

'is that all you got George?' Sting like a butterfly.... float like a bee

Internet-is-Beast's picture

Great rant, why are you being down voted is anybody's guess.

JohninMK's picture

Don't know either but the computer just awarded Bob 2 down votes to go with my single up vote.

brianshell's picture

All this distress can be solved with Thorium TMSR power. Get it running quickly and watch the fossil fuel competition wain.

As for Zion,

1. Ban dual nationals in government.

2. Issue debt free United States Notes.

3. Revoke the Zion Fed charter.

4. Require all banks maintain 100% reserves.

The Zionists control the US because they control the money.

Knob Creek's picture

I agree 100%. Too bad it'll never happen 

earleflorida's picture

i'm not in disagreement with you sir.

on the contrary you bring up a myriad of actionable scenarios.

my problem is... its to complicated.

when dealing specifically with geo-politics/geo-economics, you can't get to far ahead of yourself without outsmarting ones`self?

perhaps two-three movements-- mind`you on the chessboard of fantasia,... but in the real world, dynamic and spontaneous impulsive reactions, ?sometimes?, if not always rule the next set`match-move? 

note that the clock never stops, methodically swinging like a dual hybrid metrodomic  pendulum incapsulated in a gyroscopic matrixs --- marking out tyme in what is a natural evolutionary process of a undeniable self-destruction human psyche.

lets face it, were to violent a creature with such hatred for socialism, whereas both capitalism and socialism could have been married when man first crawled from the sea. one ideology cannot live without the other-- and yet... mankind knows not moderation!?!

now back to pepe not mentioning israel?

simply put, israel isn't a factor!

please try to realize that the ME was never a saudi arabia messpot! it was a vibrant multicultural, and homogeneous home to the very cradle of civilization,... in which ironically we ourselves are trying to bring about its very extinction. our very roots for existence.

again, pepe doesn't mention israel here for its not a factor but used as a red-herring?!?


emersonreturn's picture

genie oil & noble energy are not a factor?? really?

Rubicon727's picture

I like your admirable, more existential understanding in how "time" and how mankind operates within the frame.

However, on the subject of Israel, let's put it this way, the Israeli govt. and powerful Jewish forces in banking, US military, etc. know for a fact that IF America withdrew ALL of its heavy support for Israel, (both in America and in the Middle East),

the State of Israel would cease to exist in about 10 days once the Arab nations aimed their militaries at Israel. Such is the intense hatred and vitriol Israel & the US neo-cons have perpetrated against these nations.

I would suggest you read about "The New American Century Project." Like all fanatics - Hitler and these US neo-cons are always compelled to publish their goals. It portrays "America" as the only nation capable of becoming a "world hegemony" by destroying any/all adversaries including China, Russia, Iran, etc. etc. Can you guess who would be the chief recipient of that "hegemony?" We can.

Read a little about these fanatics:

William Kristol

Robert Kagan (husband of Victoria Nuland)

Richard Perle, Rumsfeld, John Bolton (often seen on Fox News) and a host of others.


earleflorida's picture

there is a monumental chasm going on as i write regarding Zionist v. Judaism.

jerusalem and israel are whole, regarding all faiths of the ME.

Ashkanazi jews are european and western christians being of the same makeup. all have fragmented! why?

that's all i've got to say.


Half_Irish's picture

Oh, hell yeah Israel is a BIG factor.  Who're you trying to kid? 

Israel's Plans for Oil in Syria's Golan Heights.

Rubicon727's picture

**WHO** is Mr. X and did Pepe refer to him in a recent article?

SixIsNinE's picture

speaking of Pepe,

anyone else immediately think of Kek at that first, top map of Mosul? could be an omen

Mighty Kek, give Trumpus guidance today !

y3maxx's picture

Holy Trinity...

-Syrian Pipeline wars (Shia vs Sunni)

-War on Ukraine Democracy(Christian vs Russian Orthodox)

-War on American dollar(Dollar vs Gold)

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"media outlet Ilam al Harbi""

this sounds like one of thesenew names for al kaeda"

 I dont know arabic , but in Turkish "harbi" is "of war"

FreeShitter's picture

American's are the most chemically lobotomized retarded group of debt slaves on earth.....this is what they "voted" for. BTW hillary and donald are the same, one has bigger hands and perhaps a bigger a dick. Kushner is the man now.

chunga's picture

How long before we see a video of tRump, wobbling around like a catatonic vegetable, being dumped in a van by Kushner, Cohn and Koskinen missing a shoe as a result of...influenza?

new game's picture

money rules, billionaires club kill, zionest psychopaths, MIC profits for club kill, and your words(and votes) are but utter nothing to us because we will use you to go get the job done(patriotism). we will use the two party tyranny system with the aid of fed print to kill peoples and destroy countries for the corporate elite(econ hitmen-perkins) aiming for the ultimate prize, one world zionest control. never forget the system we are ruled under-two party tyranny. nothing changes til total revolution and this dark state rule is over thrown. simple shit maynard.

proud to say i didn't vote...


Tiwin's picture

What you says rings true

Just dont condemn the next BLMer who takes out some enforcers.

Or you are cheering for the State.

Gladi8tor's picture

Kushner runs me ragged...some body help me out!


Normalcy Bias's picture

Did they drop a folder full of pictures from Epstein's island on Trump's desk or something?

He sure has changed in a hurry...

HungryPorkChop's picture

Yeah I'm starting to agree.  There was always the chatter he had mob ties not to mention having his hands in everything from beauty pagents to reality TV (Hollyweird).  Now he has Russia ready to take the gloves off.  Brilliant!!  Just F'ng Brilliant!!


Giant Meteor's picture

Well Don Lemmon and Fareed Zacharia seem to think so ..

On the other hand anyone that believed that this Trump thing was going to be anything more than reality TV on steroids, was likely self deceived ... and this from a guy that voted for the schmuck. My motive of course wasn't to make America great again, but to expose the shitshow once and for all, as a shitshow.

And truth be told, that was going to happen no matter what. But my God, the SPEED of the "unmasking", why it's been absolutely breathtaking.

Edit; Ok downvoter, let's think about this a minute.

Make America Great Again, Stronger Together, Hope and Change ..

Are you fucking kidding me?

We are watching in real time, the death of an EMPIRE, I would say the death of a constitutional REPUBLIC but that died some time ago. The reasons why this is so, have been well elaborated, documented and enumerated .. you know, for posterity.

Every fucking time, people fall for cheap Madison Avenue slogans, to make Bernay's wince and roll over in his grave. I mean who knew it was that easy!?

The don, shillary are cut from the same bolt of cloth, Soros et el.


Tugg McFancy's picture

You don't have to justify it, it's like that old Bill Hicks routine.

I have this feeling man, ’cause you know, it’s just a handful of people who run everything, you know … that’s true, it’s provable. It’s not … I’m not a fucking conspiracy nut, it’s provable. A handful, a very small elite, run and own these corporations, which include the mainstream media. I have this feeling that whoever is elected president, like Clinton was, no matter what you promise on the campaign trail — blah, blah, blah — when you win, you go into this smoke-filled room with the twelve industrialist capitalist scum-fucks who got you in there. And you’re in this smoky room, and this little film screen comes down … and a big guy with a cigar goes, “Roll the film.” And it’s a shot of the Kennedy assassination from an angle you’ve never seen before … that looks suspiciously like it’s from the grassy knoll. And then the screen goes up and the lights come up, and they go to the new president, “Any questions?” “Er, just what my agenda is.” “First we bomb Baghdad.” “You got it …

unsafe-space-time's picture

Psychopaths are excellent  actors. Not too smart though.

Freddie's picture

Jared Kushner and his family do business with Soros.  Jared and Ivanka are friends with Chelsea.

Bannon was the only hope and he will be pushed out or eliminated like Seth Rich,.

Truther's picture

Since the CIA was also invloved with it, they will never prosecute. The petro $$ is at stake here.

tuetenueggel's picture

US always had big mouth but small brains

TheLastTrump's picture

German user, looks like America had to come over twice last century to save the UK/France bloc from Germans. We, the USA, kicked German ass ALL OVER THE PLACE and won 2 for 2.


So, you want to rethink that comment of yours? Because it sure looks like Americans routinely out think Germans.


Knowing the facts of the case, wouldn't you agree?

CuttingEdge's picture

Not sure what planet the history books you read are published on, but it was the Russians who did for Hitler.

You must possess the same geo-political deficit gene Trump does - but don't worry, plenty of your countrymen have the same affliction.


land_of_the_few's picture

80% of Nazi losses were due to the Soviet Union forces. Not just Russia. I.e. Ukrainians, Armenians, Georgians, Belarusians, Kazakhs ... the Poles did a great job on them too. Particularly as the retreating Nazis had intentionally demolished Warsaw by hand-placed explosives.


OverTheHedge's picture

And for accuracy, we ought to point out that America's contribution in the First World War was mainly as war profiteer - being involved in the fighting for the last nine months or so hardly seems to be "kicking ass":

I tried to paste a table from this page:, but the formatting made it unreadable. For those that enjoy football scores, it makes interesting reading.

Rjh's picture

United States = Back to Back World War Champs

kochevnik's picture

World war chimps and genocidal opportunists

Rjh's picture

I wish we'd follow through with the genocide a little more these days.

logicalman's picture

WW1 - America enters the war to enrich bankers and industrialists

WW2 - America enters the war to enrich bankers and industrialists. A lot of American companies helped & funded Hitler: Ford, Coca Cola, IBM......

This may help YOU with some facts.

Justin Case's picture

All waors are bankers woars. Germany came out of the depression b/c Hitler forbid the banks to print money. It became the Gov'ts operation to regulate the money supply and interest rates. The bankers had to get rid of Hitler. Chirchill egged on the Polish Gov't by telling them GB will support them. Hitler tried many times to come to a resolution to avoid woar. He spoke with Chirchill many times, but the plan was already made to start WWII.

Victory_Garden's picture

Cuckhill was just another satanic/luciferic rothschild ziopuppet.

king leon's picture

After WW1 the US fast tracked Germany into a Superpower to take on and defeat the Russians and hand over the spoils of war to the US while also creating a phony war Germany v UK. The Us was on a nice little number supplying arms and oil for the British war effort for 6 yrs The British paid off the accumulated debt over 20yrs.

Russia didn't read the script and turned things around and so America had to enter the war and throw Germany under the bus to stop Russia reaching Calais but luckily the US only had to fight the dregs of the German army that were left because Russia killed all of their elite forces. The Russian's were in poor shape to fight WW2 but they look well tooled up for the next one.    

Aaronson.Jones.Rutherford's picture

Great point. To go back even further; Bank of England takeover post-waterloo; the debt/ control created by the US civil war. Wars are not about team A & team B, that's for the proles (from where you clearly hail Mr Last Trump), it's about control of everything. those at the top did extremely well out of WW I & II & would have done regardless of the victor. War Is A Racket!

golden kafir's picture

People seem to forget that Germans settled in the US and are the largest group of claimed ethnic origin in the US. I will mention the official language of the US was almost german as well. put that in your pipe and smoke it.