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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Anarchyteez's picture

This American libertarian agrees with you.

I'd close every base that is not within our boarders, cut MIC spending by 85%, blow up the unFed, then this country by itself would MAGA.

MEFOBILLS's picture

It's libertarian ideology that got us into this mess.

Quote from article.

taxpayer - funded military and other foreign-affairs operations is to serve the stockholders of U.S. international corporations

Did you not read the article?

The governments of various countries are captured by business interests.  All wars start out due to pressure from private interests.  Government regulators are revolving doors for private interests.  The money power is private, and on and on.

Libertarians have it exactly backward.

Here is a youtube video of PCR schooling Stephan Molyneux

 Note how Stephan squirms, his ideology is under relentess logical attack, and he has no answer. Libertarians are simply wrong, and it is difficult to let go of a belief system. 

Neochrome's picture

Yeah, pictures of dead children and flattened cities seem like a good PR for that Qatar pipeline. It doesn't even matter if Assad is there or not, mere perception of orchestrating a war and devastation in Syria for the purpose of building a pipeline is sure to cause outrage world wide and feed dissent in Arab world against their rulers. Kiss that pipeline goodbye.

arby63's picture

Dissent and outrage is all they know. They could rule the world and end up killing themselves. It's ridiculous. Do we even know what's going on in Syria? Doubtful.

CTG_Sweden's picture



It would be easy to build a pipeline to the Mediterranean Sea (through Israel or the Sinai desert) and then on the sea floor to Turkey (like Nordstream in the Balt Sea). So Syria is not about a pipeline.


Furthermore, I think that the Russians should have been more anxious about controlling the border area to Iraq if this had been about a pipeline. But they have done nothing to secure Eastern Syria. Also remember that ISIS re-conquered Palmyra in central Syria and held it for a while. The Russians didn´t even bother about securing central Syria.




MEFOBILLS's picture

So Syria is not about a pipeline.

Usually there are multiple factors to any conflict.  WW1 and WW2 are good examples, where there were converging interests.

Syria is about Sunni vs Shia.  It is about Pan-Arabism.  It is about Secularism vs religious control.  It is about pipelines.  It is about Oded Yinon.  It is about water.

Zion is private "international" banking. The ((international)) won in WW2.  Private international banking has captured the U.S. as a golem.

 The petrodollar undergirds Zion.  Saudi-Kissinger agreement of 1973 perfectly encapsulates this, as oil (and gas) priced in dollars is the main objective of western international financial interests.

Everything falls apart for our illuminist masters if they cannot control finance, and they need to control the spice.

newmacroman's picture

Best synopsis yet.

MEFOBILLS gets it and should take a bow.

finametrics's picture

do u have a blog? if not, why dont u write for ZH? your observations are incredible and i for one would love to read more of what you have to write.

X- x3's picture


The EU & Israel agreed to a pipeline THIS WEEK, April 3rd 2017 !!!!!


EU, Israel agree to develop Eastern Mediterranean gas pipeline

"Three Mediterranean EU countries and Israel agreed on Monday to continue pursuing the development of a gas pipeline ... EU countries and Israel ... April 3, 2017 ..."

king leon's picture

Who will Israel steal the gas from?.

nathan1234's picture

Trump now needs to ensure his Rump does not cross the red line.


Deep Snorkeler's picture

I'm chewing gum and watching TV,

I got a tattoo above the Knee.

Old Trump is My Man,

He helps Israel and Japan.

I'm not dumb, but not too Smart,

We trusty taxpayers will do our Part.

smacker's picture

British Defence Secretary "Sir" Michael Fallon is a warmongering idiot and will get Britain dragged into war unless he is told to shut-the-f*ck-up by Theresa May.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (BoJo) is a blustering buffon and should have stayed as London Mayor instead of delving into geo-politics matters he knows very little about.


Theresa May is little better. None of them seem capable of understanding that with Brexit on the horizon, Russia is a country for Britain to do business. The mutual economic and closer ties opportunities are enormous.

Instead of that, we see all of them attacking Russia/Putin with Fallon now blaming the Syrian chem attack on Putin. What garbage he talks.

What a mess.

mog's picture

Sharia May is an islamic loving Bit*h.
Bringing Sharia into British law - hence her name and telling us its great for Britain.
She is ISIS through and through.
Allowing islamics to pour into Britain - we have millions of them here occupying swathes of Britain.
Look at these links - you will see the truth of this islamic supporter writ large.
Fat Boris no better - he is part Turk and wants Turks to have free access to Europe.

smacker's picture

She screwed up immigration as Home Secretary and then advocated Snoopers Charter II. The only good thing she's ever done is to invoke Article 50 to quit the European Quagmire, but we'll have to watch her very closely on that to ensure she doesn't sell us down the river.

arby63's picture

This should be fun. We have it too easy anyway. Some good war might be the remedy. Bring it.

Giant Meteor's picture

I don't believe they are bluffing ...

Best to think this through a bit more  ..


Gold Banit's picture

Trump made a deal with the Devil(Democrats)...Sad

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Message to the Russian Federation.


Give me an "all over" permanent sun tan in North America that will stretch from my driveway in Northern Virginia all the way to the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. -EVERY-SINGLE-PARTICLE OF "ME"!!!

Because you and I both know the delusional pieces of worthless shit that live here with me won't change their own government and GOT WHAT IS COMING TO THEM!

arby63's picture

You type a good game but you're probably very unwilling to commit to anything.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

'You type a good game but you're probably very unwilling to commit to anything."


You may be right about that. But at least I've been to 26 anti-war and civil rights protests since 2003 and been to every 9/11 Anniversary since 2008... Shook hands with the "scum of all scum" in the Halls of the Rayburn building in Washington to beg them for an investigation we never got on those event(s) that gave us endless wars... and begging them again in 2012 and 2013 to stop a bombing campaign on Libya and Syria that I knew would wind up getting us into conflict with the Russians...

The only thing I haven't done is bring my shot gun and AR-15 to the Nation's Crapital yet. But you have to admit if you are going to commit suicide you want to do it with like minded people that are at least as devoted to that level of sacrifice to "change" as you are -on that one I "up arrowed you"!

nachochan's picture

This has been a game of posturing for at least 6 years in Syria now.  The US and its desire to control the energy market or Petrodollar system has made it clear that Assad must go for a long time but was only willing to fight via proxy (that changed with Trumps direct strike of Assad forces).  The Chinese and Russians have also made it clear in no uncertain terms that they aren't happy with only having two nations they can trade with now (Iran/Syria) and that if the US moves to topple those regimes they will fight back.  This is the roadmap to escalated conflict folks. Putin can't afford to look weak on this given his election is right around the corner in 2018 and to allow a nation to get toppled by the US that he has a mutual defense agreement with well that is embarassing.  At this point were lucky if it just turns out to be another major proxy war fight like Korea in the 50's or Vietnam in the 60's because the worst case scenario is unfathomable.  

arby63's picture

Then we fight. So be it. 

rejected's picture

LOL,,, coming from those that will likely be cowering behind a rock.

Warmongers are always willing to spend all treasure and blood so long as it's not theirs.

logicalman's picture

If it starts raining nukes, I think you will be behind the nearest handy rock as well.


Invinciblehandaxe's picture

oooh another joo internet warrior

you will shit your pants the moment a russian gives you a bad look only

you deepshit

Griffin's picture

What i would like to see would be a cooperation by US and Russia to stabilise Syria, socially and economically and restore it to its former condition as a sovereign country, and without the Syrian people being bound to those powers in any way in the long term.

It would be better for everyone if there are no other external players involved, like Iran or others who think they have some interests in the area.

Syria belongs to Syrians. All her resources and every square inch of her land.

No one has any valid claim on Syrian land or property, and since both Russia and the west have been active players in the destruction that has taken place, where Syrians themselves have been key players, they should contribute something substantial towards repairing the damage.

Heffer's picture

these neocon assholes are going to get all of us killed.

pine_marten's picture

Putin has given fair warning. Let's not lose any of our servicemen trying to line the pockets of the criminal oligarchs. Bring our boys home and start working on our infrastructure.

jamesmmu's picture
New Theory On Syrian Chemical Attack – Trying To Find The Truth.

rejected's picture

Note they're all 'theories' and thus not acceptable.

What is needed s a bullet proof investigation from a non-participant.

And even then the US will call it a theory and ignore it as it would IMO point to their incessant war mongering.

Noting that half the US population that voted,,, voted for Hillary which means they are pro empire thus pro war. 

It was the same in 1939 Germany. The attitude didn't start changing until the bombs started falling on Germany.

It will be the same for the US except those bombs will likely be nuclear. At that point any narrative, truth or not, won't matter.

The end of this worlds civilization and likely most life is nigh.

logicalman's picture

NGA admits it can see a stick of butter from orbit, so you can be guaranteed they can see even more than that.

Based on that, all the theories out there are distractions.

I imagine the Russians have some fairly decent tech in that regard, too.

Theories are there to confuse the little people.

Winston Churchill's picture

I'm sure they would not  exaggerate to get funding would they ?

Having been raised in the foggiest place in europe, most winters we couldn't see a barn at ten feet.

With the many variables in atmospheric distortions, we are being lied to again.Never did believe the tag

reading from space line either, and even that were true, the massive data overload would be indecipherable

even to a supercomputer.

stant's picture

3 front war, what could possibly go wrong?

cherry picker's picture

It will be more than 3 fronts.  I don't think Canada or Mexico is going to buy into this bullshit.

logicalman's picture

True Dough will likely go along, based on everything that's happened with him so far.

Like all politicians, he only represents his own interests and those of his cronies.


Winston Churchill's picture

Canada sits under the polar orbit the nukes will fly, tough shit of the shotdowns.The warheads

will have been armed long before then just after apogee..

cherry picker's picture

And the USA Congress is full of non thinking phony patriots who follow whatever is dictated to them.

How can anyone who is an American patriot get involved in these so called wars and so many of them, encourage domestic spying and control and knowing it is the taxpayers they represent who are paying their fucking wages and fantastic life styles.

Congress reminds me of those people surrounding Hitler with their arms in the air, saluting their leader into Hell.

Spectre's picture

This is exactly where Greed and Religion will get you every time.....

johnnycanuck's picture

Religion is a tool for the Bilderburgers and their allied entities.

Griffin's picture

God and religion are to seperate entities. Sometimes worlds apart.

TheLastTrump's picture

Always apart.


Religion is mans set of rules on how to become good enough to stand before GOD and say I DID IT.



logicalman's picture

If god didn't exist, man would invent him.

Too useful a control mechanism to miss.


LKG's picture

I'm not a super genius but I know danger when I see it. We played our cards too ealrly in Syria and pomped our chest on CNN like babooms. This showed the world that we are ready to lead it. Now the world is on a war footing against us. It will take one more of these things for us all to live with the remants of nuclear weapons in the air we all breath. No exceptions. That same air is everywhere and blows everywhere

johnnycanuck's picture

This article misses a major part of US and allies motivation which could be summarized in one word: Israel. Everything being done in Syria is intertwined with Israel's interests, it's 'security',  ambitions, long term planning, alliances and economic interests.

To not even mention any of that in the whole article kind of defeats the purpose of trying to explain the situation and it's root causes.

johnnycanuck's picture

I see there is some small mention of it in that 'linked' article, but even that doesn't explore the issue in any depth.

"Wikieaks released leaked US State Department cables from 2006 revealing US plans to overthrow the Syrian government through instigating civil strife, and receiving these very orders straight from Tel Aviv."

TheLastTrump's picture

It's a shock to people like you that others aren't fully enwrapt in your psychoses?