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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me or you's picture

Maybe the only way to drain the swamp is going to war and then surrender. 

Yars Revenge's picture

Where's the voice of reason coming from western governments that says unequivocally that an oil and gas pipeline through Syria isn't worth starting WWIII over?

The western super elite are drunk with power and aren't thinking in a rational manner.

If they were they would pull out of Syria immediately.

lakecity55's picture

Where is a common-sense approach to allow BOTH pipelines to be built, then let the two parties compete for the best prices?

This is not rocket science. A deal could be made to allow both pipelines. It is an important issue, but the real conflict is being waged by the Zionists behind the scenes to topple any threat to their countryand allow for Lebenstraum.

The Zionist/Bankster Plan is the real reason here: more banking control, and fewer Arab governments to be able to ally against a future power base the Israeli Zionits want to create in the region. Right now, their main 'enemy' is Iran. They do not want Iran to continue to develop as a regional power; they have reserved that for themselves.

Until the American people see through the Zionist propaganda and realize they are using our blood and treasure as a puppet-state, nothing will change.

Brazen Heist's picture

The West has fallen if war is the only solution they can think of.

These reptiles are a disgrace to Western civilisation.

TheLastTrump's picture

Where's the voice of reason coming from leftist /Russian paid shills?? I see a lot of lying, obfuscation, false assumptions, unsubtantiated allegations....but not a whole lot of reason.


Whose fault is all that? Why, from the looks of it, it's the Jews fault. Of course.



DingleBarryObummer's picture

Where's the voice of reason coming from leftist /Russian paid shills?? I see a lot of lying, obfuscation, false assumptions, unsubtantiated allegations....but not a whole lot of reason.

Pot, meet kettle.

roadhazard's picture

Pootin lost 'face' when the US told them to move their ass or lose it.  Mad Dog smiles.

LKG's picture

Are you part of the groupthink from DC that believes the lies they concoct. 

roadhazard's picture

Sez teh Pootin lover.

Invinciblehandaxe's picture

your retarded father shoulve pissed you in the toilet instead to the bitch that puke such a piece of shit like you out. bet you were born through her asshole.

rejected's picture

This is silly,,, they could just run the pipelines through Jordan and Israel, or Iraq and Turkey.

Rjh's picture

Yup, it's like all the sudden they can go through the mediterranean as soon as they get throug Syria. Why not before? The pipeline theory doesn't make any sense.

Herodotus's picture

The Israelis would take too big of a cut.  They are trying to avoid that.

Ms No's picture

When they are talking about Quatar, Saudi and the US they are essentially saying Israel and their vassals.

johnnycanuck's picture

In a word geography.  See maps above.

LKG's picture

Would you trust israel?Good luck!

Ms No's picture

Iraq looks like the most obvious direction to go.  We already kicked their ass so they wont get too out of hand.  The pipelines might be important but there is something much bigger going on here, the greater Isreal plan for starters, which is probably nothing more than consolidating power via monopolizing all the oil stores of the ME which will help to complete the globalist plan.  They mention this plan constantly it is definitely a factor. 

hotrod's picture

Trump sure turned out to be a Chameleon.  I think even Putin bought off on Trumps campaign rhetoric.  If Trump continues down this road he will be more FOS than Barry.

Looks like he is just following in Barry's Globalist footsteps.

LKG's picture

He's worst. Al least Barry held off the neo-cons. Trump lacks the fortitude and the critical thinking to do so. He's a worm in a suit. Wants to be loved more than anything. Which makes him easy to manipulate.

TheLastTrump's picture




Omega_Man's picture

sink the merican ships

silverer's picture

Although in many ways that would be a tragedy, it would keep the US out of trouble for awhile, wouldn't it?

The Conger's picture

When Russia hits back hard and I mean fucking the maggots climb back in their holes....


Anarchyteez's picture

We've all seen this 100 times with CONgressmen, now a president.

They get to D.C. and their brains get puree'd in the MIC blender.

Thom Paine's picture

One day, when global nuclear war happens, people will marvel of how simply and easily it happened.

For those not in the firing line, and able to keep tabs, it will be like watching a simple old style 1980s video game.

Moscow, Paris, London, Washington, NYC, Kiev, Berlin, Beijing, Israel, Riyadh, Seatlle, Dallas, Tokyo..... in a day.

Last one to fire loses.

logicalman's picture

One day, when nuclear war happens, the few left standing will be too busy dropping dead from radiation sickness and starvation, sitting in the cold and dark waiting for the merciful release known as death.

I doubt it will 'look like a simple old style 1980s video game'.


Omega_Man's picture

Kim can come in handy in holding down the Japs and South Koreans while the others pile on the bully merica

LKG's picture

I'm glad republicans will be to blame for WWIII. 

DingleBarryObummer's picture

It's hard to be glad when you are dead.

TheLastTrump's picture

It's hard not to be a bummer when you're a dingleberry.

DingleBarryObummer's picture

Clogging up threads will your bold-text widely spaced ad hominem attacks just makes you look like an asshole. 

TheLastTrump's picture

Save the drama for your mama.

silverer's picture

There is no left or right. Only liberty or tyranny.

Tiwin's picture

This is the Truth right here.

Partisan leftists or rightists do not have the capacity to grasp this simple concept.

Sports sprctators all rooting for their team, while Tyranny marches on.

CHoward's picture

I'm pretty sure American bomb factories aRE working 'round the clock right now.  This shit is getting real AND FOR FUCKING WHAT?  WHAT?!?!?

Omega_Man's picture

ask your neocons.... it's those zio assholes doing it... remove them

tbone10's picture

Your dead you fucking potato eaters! Trump will vaporize you and your shithole countries!!! Fuck you Putin!! Prepare for annihilation!!!

LKG's picture

Keep believing your own hype. 

TheLastTrump's picture

This lame asshole TBONE PICKENS is a leftist shill.


He just started posting as a parody conservative/ neocon a couple days back when he realised that all of his buddies and their other brother Darrell were here & he no longer stood out & got as much attention as he craves.

az_patriot's picture

Nothing of the sort will happen.  We're seeing international political theatrics, not the beginnings of thermonuclear war.  No one will push the button.  No one.  This isn't a computer game.

ebear's picture

"No one will push the button."

Russia might!  They're crazy fuckers, didn't you know?

check it out:

Besides, it looks to me like they've already accepted their fate.

silverer's picture

Did you mean "'Everyone' prepare for annihilation"?

zeroboris's picture

How many psychopaths like you in your country?

Omega_Man's picture

Trump is worse than the neocons... he's fucking crazy.. Alec Baldwin would make a better president

silverer's picture

Trump obviously getting very shrewdly prepared bad advice. He needs to learn to trust nobody in D.C. Draining the D.C. swamp properly means firing anyone on the government payroll that has spend more than one hour in Washington in the last 40 years, then hiring US citizens by randomly picking social security numbers of people presently holding a job. Everyone would be better off. "Experienced" people in Washington will get everybody killed.

az_patriot's picture

This will all pass in a few days.  Outfits like Russia and Iran need to publicly spew rhetoric and flex their muscles -- a little bit of huffing and puffing -- before they find a way to back down.

JimmyRainbow's picture

it is a clear statement, another aggression against syria and the syrian alliance will retaliate with force.

and trump already said to continue pushing syria.

what could go wrong?

for nothing, for one picture of a dead baby.

shit, man

az_patriot's picture

The definition of "retaliate with force" is always squishy.  Give this kubuki dance a few days and it will mostly go away. 

johnnycanuck's picture

Like when Putin sent his military into Syria you mean?  Huffing and puffing is America's specialty, Putin acts first, talks later.

az_patriot's picture

Putin did what he did because Obama consistently displayed weakness.  Things are different now and Putin is much less likely to take the US presence so lightly.  With the strong man mentality he has, however, Putin needs to put on a public display for a little while.