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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Wulfkind's picture

Well....over the bombing of an airbase with just some dilapidated buidlings and with full knowledge AND APRROVAL by Vlad particularly if given assurances from Trump that he won't be doing this again on a large scale and Trump won't be standing in the way of his gas pipeline.....yeah....Vlad is just bloviating.

BUT.....if Trump agitates for a complete obstruction of Putin's gas pipeline and power in the region....then yeah....Vlad is NOT just talking.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Exactly....Pooty Poot is mouthing off like a Russian version of Donald Tramp.  It's all for show for the Russain people back home.

That is not how the Russians operate. You haven't been paying attention.

king leon's picture

Putin has done enough by doing nothing He doesn't have to show his hand and he Won't until he is Ready but I noticed that no other NATO country took part in thee attack maybe they didn't fancy the risk of a direct run in with Russia I also notice that Belgium has pulled out of the conflict due to the no collision agreement being scrapped or maybe they are shit scared of meeting up with those bad ass SU 34s and who knows, next time it could be 36 F18s that get dropped that's about half a flat top full.

hotrod's picture

Where is Dick Cheney

miketv's picture

In the Golan Heights pumping oil.

Truther's picture

Dicked up the Chimney

Bill of Rights's picture

So your a cunt democratic agent aren't u ? Easy to tell...

Truther's picture

I am so hard right up your ass now, I can see my dick head out of your throat.


83_vf_1100_c's picture

No hetero male would say that. Barry called, you are late for your bath house appt. Just a fuck you woul work.

Truther's picture

Really? Think so?

More like a conservative, right up your ass with a load of truth cum, bitch.

You can go back back to your corner and diaper up now. Boogie man is here

Giant Meteor's picture

In the crypt, salivating ..

Wulfkind's picture

Or on the Deathstar bowing down to a holographic projection of Dark Lord Soros.

IridiumRebel's picture

Please hold off on WWIII until 8/1. Where we are moving is much more fallout friendly.

Monkeymitts's picture

As a European consumer could we not just have both pipelines to prevent price gouging by one corporation or another?

Monkeymitts's picture

Why is no one representing Europe's interests in this?

TheLastTrump's picture

The EU's interests are clearly to depose Assad to obtain pipeline rights by force, and to generate yet more millions? of rapefugees to join the army of them that is poised at the heart of Europe waiting to strike upon orders. The EU is suicidal.

Grumbleduke's picture

no one in the EU except for bankers and oligarchs want to go to war against Russia, or some other neighbor for that matter. What to do, what to do?

Here's an idea - what about we import an army, sick 'em first on the natives for training, then send them to the "Ostfront" against Russia. 

Grumbleduke's picture

there won't be much consumers left in Europe, if this shit keeps up. The "migrants" aren't that industrious.

logicalman's picture

You seem to have missed something.

Gouging is the way the elites work.


bigkahuna's picture

Well - it is safe to say that trump was egregiously full of shit with what he said on the campaign trail.

TheLastTrump's picture

It's safe to say you don't know what that was or even care, you're just here to say something Trump negative. A pox on your house.

bigkahuna's picture

Oh yes, I voted for trump because I wanted a hot shooting war with Russia/China or whoever else. The pox is on you. Pull your head out.

techengineer's picture

Thank You President Putin for standing up to these degenerate evil International Marxist maggots reigning in the US. May justice and truth prevail. 


Trump you  have fucked up.. You should have advised Ivanka to marry a non maggot. 


You have now destroyed our entire Party and any hope of ever putting America 1st again without all out War.. But that's ok I"m ready for it. We understand that you have stabbed us in the back because the Internationalists brought all that Pressure upon you through their Media and you do like to look Good... You should have listened to Bannon and kept up the fight instead of surrounding yourself w/ former GS execs and Internationalists. 


We now know exactly who you put 1st. 

Bill of Rights's picture

Should get gold and silver down large on this news ...

TheLastTrump's picture

I hit it just right Friday, sold JNUG then went right into JDST & sold that later as well ++. Or maybe I dreamed that, it's possible. :)

Able Ape's picture

Amazon just received an order from the Whitehouse for boxes of DEPENDS....

Rjh's picture

Oh no, not Iran and Russia. I'm trembling!

me or you's picture

Easy way to finish this is by nuking SA and Qatar turn them into radioactive waste lands. 

cherry picker's picture

It says on the dollar "In God we Trust"

I have a feeling God may not be happy with the USA and the games Trump is playing and maybe, just maybe God may favor the other side.

Then what is the USA going to do?

The smartest thing would be to pull out and mind your own business, the same with N Korea and Asia.

Bu that is not likely to happen as it makes sense.

mog's picture

Unfortunately the Americans and Brits have gone over to Allah and support for islamic terror.
Wrong God!
Time to be honest and put the black flag of ISIS on all their military hardware and uniforms.
Afterall its who they are fighting for - why be coy?.

logicalman's picture

It's fairly straight forward.

If the rich will get richer due to some event, it will very likely happen.

Sense is never a consideration after that.


kuz's picture
The U.S aggression on Syria has gone beyond aggression against the sovereignty of the people and the state Quote: The supporter of terrorism and the aggressor has no right to present himself as an ''advocate of humanity'' Quote: We will respond strongly to any aggression and violation of red lines by America. Quote: Russia and Iran won't allow U.S to dominate the world and impose a one-pole system by continuing direct aggression Quote: We, allies of Syria, will increase our support for Syrian Arab Army and the brotherly Syrian people in various ways.
NoWayJose's picture

All Russia has to do is assemble a strike force team of Spetsnaz and go capture a couple of US 'advisors' to the rebels, along with a handful of rebels. Then ask them for their Visas. Then be real nice to them and let them call their families. Then tell them the price of freedom.

arby63's picture

That's right Jose, just really simple isn't it? What a clueless concept. Might there not be a few fellas totin' some rifles who might disagree? 

TheLastTrump's picture

Support your local Russian troll.

The Ram's picture

We can only hope that Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah will respond in some measure.  The neocons have had a free ride for well over a decade now.  The neocons have not been resisted with force nor have they been called out until relatively recently.  Since Trump seems to be headed toward full membership in Club Neocon, the Chinese, Russians, Iranians and North Koreans must now decide to fight or have their butts kicked one country at a time.  You see, the neocons have relied on fear and disunity more than anything else.  They are not really ready to go toe to toe in a full military conflict.  That would expose their weakness.  They cannot have mass US casualties and also expose their alliances like NATO are a farce.  For example, Germany is not going to commit large numbers of ground troops to fight in a US led expedition.  Even the chumps in North Korea could cause quite a chink in the neocon armor if they chose to destroy the northern parts of South Korea and fight as a guerrila force much like the Vietcong.  I don't have any love for NK dear leader, but we know the saying, 'The enemy of my enemy.....'.  The plot thickens.  Let's see who is talking shit and who acts with conviction.

Thom Paine's picture

So they have been at Syria for decades.

FYI Russia already sides with Iran. It is Iran, Syria and Russia that are 'really' fighting the terrorists and rebells (terrorists).

If North Korea already has around 20 nukes I would assume Iran will have nukes, or will soon have a number of nukes.

I think Trump's about turn has informed China and Rusia that it is going to relentlessly persue a global hegemony strategy with the intention of subduing China/Russia global influence.  

This is a Pivotal moment in the ME and for Russia/China. Russia will undoubtedly have to make Iran a too big to attack nulear power and beefed up air defense, and China now has to make a decision about joining Russia in Syria with real people and hardware.

And it appears to now be the case that Russia/Syria will shoot down hostile/univited planes. Which means an increase in defence systems and other military hardware, including missiles capable of hitting Israel and Saudis.

Russia needs to make it 'real' for the USA/Saudi/Israel/ISIS coalition.

yogibear's picture

All the neocons are looking forward to WWIII. They can hardly wait.

Robert Kagan and Victoria Nuke-land have already gone out and celebrated Trumps turn to total worldwide destruction and a world war.

Omega_Man's picture

so why do you allow them?

Amun's picture

"USA/Saudi/Israel/ISIS coalition"

That is not a coalition - it is one and one only chameleon under different colours

Invinciblehandaxe's picture

russia could send a couple of satan missles to iran

neocon trump the swamp would piss his pants via his asshole

Omega_Man's picture

Mericans think they can roll up on other nations and start shooting... well the days of drive bys are over!! Time for consequences to your shitty actions suckers

arby63's picture

Then man-up and bring it. 

Giant Meteor's picture

Would be well deserved too ..

So much bullshit, so little time, but as usual the regular, non sociopath folks will pay the greatest price ..


Rjh's picture

Yeah, every other country in the world is so pure and blameless. What type of boyscout world do you live in?

Rjh's picture

Where are you from, snowflake? Probably somewhere like Canada which hides behind the United States.

spyware-free's picture

The Hillary bots have been replaced by Neo-con MIC bots. Which "think" tank do you work for sweetheart?

Rjh's picture

"The Hillary bots have been replaced by Neo-con MIC bots."

The fact you think there's a difference between those two is unbelievably hilarious.