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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Victor999's picture

You don't know much about Russians, do you!  They never bluff.  When they say there will be consequences, there will be consequences.  This is not bluff.  The US is the one that needs to decide now if all its threats are worth a world war.

Caloot's picture

Hey fkhead,  what if they don't.   Hey fkhd, what if our moron and chief follows through.   Your obviously a fking Boomer, so it's not your 15 year old they send to towel head land.  Fk this.   Fk neocons, and fk trump

SamEyeAm's picture

And to think, the Barackster just gave Iran $150 BILLION !!


Oh, the gratitude... and the irony.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


And to think

I don't believe you do.

the Barackster just gave Iran $150 BILLION !!

Wrong in so many ways. Let's just focus on the verb and the amount. Obama gave Iran no money. He returned some money which belongs to Iran, which had been frozen for decades due to sanctions. The amount returned, $3 billion (without capital letters and exclamation points), is but a small fraction of the Iranian money still being withheld from them.

Yes, I know that a faithful believer of the MSM, like yourself, will not read the above article. I posted the link so that others can laugh at how wrong you are.

JimmyRainbow's picture

simply wonderfull. and trump is the hard guy pushing...

make murica great again

Lea's picture

Anybody who swallows the pipeline crap is a moron. It only takes looking at the map to see that Qatari pipeline could go just as well though Iraq -- and there is not much the Iraqis could say against that, given their opinion is not required by the USA -- up to Turkey and from there, to Europe.

Like every US war since WW2, the point of the war in Syria is for the MIC to sell masses of weapons to the Pentagon and/or assorted "rebels". That, and nothing else. War is a prime US business.

johnnycanuck's picture

Could you imagine what security for pipeline through Iraq would cost, especially if it were forced on the Iraqi gov't? 

The billions in bribes paid to the Sunni tribes for their cooperation for Patraeus's great surge would pale by comparison

Victor999's picture

And you think the Syrians would let that Qatari pipeline in peace?  I think not - it would be sabotaged daily.

Kaeako's picture

Security of Israel is the number one priority. Should Israel go to war against Hezbollah again to destroy any threat to its regional hegemony, it's absolutely necessary to make it as difficult as possible for Iran to resupply them. The jackpot obviously is to install a Sunni government in Syria that is not only hostile to Hezbollah and Iran, but vengeful for the humiliation of living decades under minority sect rule.

Brazen Heist's picture

Fuck the USSA and Israel firsters. They wanted this war.



VW Nerd's picture

Too many have no appreciation of how much power can be wielded from the CONTROL of oil.  Oil is the lifeblood of all economies.  The ability to shut off oil to any country or regime affords that controlling entity tememndous power.  When countries have other options, that entity loses tremendous power.  Russia, China, Iran and a growing number of countries are sick of a small cabal (monopolar) having a banking and oil pipeline monopoly being used to exploit countries around the world.  They are intent on providing an alternative.  What is being witnessed in the ME is all about that.  Sickening that 99.9% of the US population still have no idea what the real reason for their country's involvement in the ME (and around the world) is all about.

Miss Expectations's picture

I'm starting to understand why the first Mrs. Trump, Ivana, looks like this....

Omega_Man's picture

China needs to get on board- release golden yuan

silverer's picture

Patience. It's on the way.

ebear's picture

An ocean based war on two fronts against dual adversaries, both technically sophisticated, both well armed and trained, both in possession of vast hinterlands in which to retreat.  

What could possibly go wrong?

Rocco May's picture

The control over West Syria for Russia is important to prevent pro-Western pipelines.

This also includes the pipeline originally leading from the Israeli Golan Heights via Damascus to Turkey.

If the government were to overthrow Damascus, Israel could rise to become a gas supplier.

And that is the reason for the war in Syria.

mog's picture

Since when have the Golan Heights been Israeli.
They are Syrian territory and there is an UN resolution telling the Israelis to get the hell out of them.

Rocco May's picture

A pro-Western government in Damascus and

the Golan Heights are no longer Syrian territory.



Omega_Man's picture

fight against terrorism = fight against Jew SA, Saudi, Israel

Danedog's picture

Donald murdered 9 Syrian soldiers and 9 civilians including 4 children in his Tomahawk attack. Nitwittenyahoo must have been added to the National Security Council.  I am so disappointed and feel so betrayed.  He is a monster.  I did not vote for this.  I suspect Pence and Ryan would be the same.  WE have been lied to.

mog's picture

So Ivanka cries over dead children.
These four children are dead partly directly because of her.
Blood dripping from the sordid baggages hands.
Make sure she gets a photo of the four she helped slaughter.

sheikurbootie's picture

Dude!  Don't fucking lie. 

You did not vote for Trump.

It's obvious you're a fucking snowflake.  Go now to your safe space and whimper in the corner.

logicalman's picture

I find it truly amazing when someone posts a line like 'We have been lied to'.

The real question is 'When was the last time government told the truth?'

Voting?? You can't be serious.

You even 'suspect' Pence & Ryan would be the same! Do you 'suspect' that water's wet, that it's dark at night?

All governments are the same. Those involved are in it for themselves and use any technique they can to get people to vote for them so they can claim that everything they do has the backing of the populace. In a world of complexity, a one-bit attempt at communication is neither use, nor ornament. How much information can one bit carry? Is the light on or off? All or nothing.Not even a dimmer switch is allowed.

Tiwin's picture

this is what to expect from Republicans.

It is also what to expect from democrats.

A democrat or republican has been in 'charge' for well over 100 years now, hows that working out?

jet20's picture

The UK regime lost all legitimacy to criticize Russia or Syria, for that matter, by their participation in the illegal 2003 Iraq invasion and the subsequent slaughter of more than 200,000 innocent Iraqi civilians. The amount of blood directly sticking to the hands of little Englanders (and American neocons, for that matter) is several magnitudes bigger than what Russia is accused to be doing "by proxy" in Syria (or Ukraine)! So to whoever this "UK defense secretary" thinks to be, I tell him - shut up and withdraw in shame!

SpanishGoop's picture

UK first piss off the EU, then piss off Russia, whos next the US ?

They really want to do it alone from now on i think.



sirsmokum's picture

How trump made his money. Conned people into giving it to him then if they can't afford to sue him as much as he can defend then he gets to keep it. Of course the richer you become the easier this is.

Trump = Babyboomer.


exartizo's picture

No doubt.

Energy War is coming.

But hey, haven't we been saying that for years?

Reaper's picture

The Exceptionally Stupid are now instructed to follow their masters.  

JailBanksters's picture

It's 2 and a Half minutes to Midnight

I think it's going to be 30 seconds closer in the coming month(s)


Winston Churchill's picture


The bell just struck 12 o'clock.

Worrying about a market crash is the least of our problems right now, but

I will advise anyone to SELL it all at the market open and buy food and phyz PM's.

Beat the crowd.

KrazyMax's picture

To Whom It May Concern, with all due respect...

To whomever is responsible for monitoring this blog (for the POTUS), I urge you to read the following article, and stress to Mr. DJT, that he is (IMO) in very grave danger of losing his base, if he continues ignoring the constitution!

In addition, please let him know, that I (and I assume, millions of other Veterans) have been following his performance very closely, and (like myself) have most likely supported his actions, up until he launched the attack against the airfield in Syria.

Having studied the constitution extensively, it's obviously quite evident, that he (in fact) exceeded his authority, when he acted without the consent of Congress.

Please also let Mr. DJT know - that this Bronze Star receipient, VietNam Vet - does not take lightly to him ignoring the constitution, and would remind him that what he did is (in fact) an impeachable offense.


Manipuflation's picture

I won't read it because I don't need to.  Here is my foreign policy...bring them all home.  Quit fucking around. 

cherry picker's picture

From your posts, I learned you are a biker, married to a Russian..

You see things differently than many couch potatos who believe whatever that gorgeous looking ex porn star says on Tee Vee about what is happening in this world.

Guys like you give me some hope that America has enough sane individuals to make this thing go away.

Manipuflation's picture

Thanks cherry.  I am a complete asshole with a big heart.  I hate the .gov.  Regulations and such.  I have three bikes now but I sure as hell want one of those Heritage Softail Classics.   

cherry picker's picture

It is time to take the keys of the Whitehouse away from Trump and his son in law, whatever his name is, by force or impeachment, now!

Russia and Iran are right, this world doesn't need a one country self annointed 'super' power dictating to the world.   Adolf tried that and it didn't work all that well.

If the flag is ever to be respected, it has to be backed by wise individuals who make peace their biggest priority, not someone who is sending missiles at who knows what after murdering a bunch of civilians in a drone attack a few weeks ago, but that is OK as it was only collateral damage./sarc

See it for what it is and the urge to vomit is overwhelming.

Xena fobe's picture

Who can impeach him now that the globalists support him?  Once he drags us into war, it's too late. 

Tiwin's picture

Impeach away-the entire chain of succession is Jewish or Zionist.

Not a goddmaned thing would change.

Grumbleduke's picture

so, that bronze star receipient had no problems with Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush. Now allofasudden ignoring the constitution is very very serious.

Give me a break; that's blowing smoke out of an ass.

Thinkpad's picture

No one ignored the constitution the VVet wasn't correct. Maybe it's time for him to hang up the spurs and hit the garden.

Thinkpad's picture

I think Trump has his hand's full at the moment and temporarily had to suuspend his outreach program

Trump did let Congress know of his plans to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles Thursday evening, targeting the air base from which Syrian President Bashar Assad launched a chemical weapons attack earlier this week against his own people, killing more than 80 men, women and children. A White House official said more than two dozen members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, were briefed Thursday by White House and Cabinet officials. House Speaker Paul Ryan, the No. 3 U.S. official, said he was among those informed.

The War Powers Resolution, enacted in 1973, long after American troops began fighting in Vietnam, required the president to consult with Congress before sending U.S. armed forces into combat unless there already had been a declaration of war. The troops could not stay more than 90 days unless lawmakers backed the decision. The law also sought to give the president "leeway to respond to attacks or other emergencies," according to the Council on Foreign Relations.

Rest assured Trump has the playbook and has dozens of legal experts at his fingertips I'm sure he does appreciate your concern what he did not do was what you have erroneously pointed out. 


Thinkpad's picture

Spend less time on the constitution and more on getting the facts before accusing the President who by the way already has a raft of advisors. I'm pretty sure they have it under control despite appearances. Did you voice your concern to Obama the last 8 years?

U.S. military forces have been at war for all eight years of Obama’s tenure, the first two-term president with that distinction. He launched airstrikes or military raids in at least seven countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan.

perkunas's picture

I'm sure they are always right, did they find those weapons of mass destruction yet?.

Thinkpad's picture

IstANBUL — The poison used in the deadly chemical bomb attack in a rebel-held part of northern Syria this week was the banned nerve agent sarin, the Turkish Health Ministry said in a statement on Thursday

The Turkish statement said the sarin conclusion had been based on autopsies on three victims performed at Turkey’s Adana Forensic Medicine Institution with the participation of representatives from the World Health Organization and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a group based in The Hague that monitors compliance with the global treaty that bans such munitions.

Did you not read the memo from April 6? I doubt Trump needs your input either

perkunas's picture

 it wasn’t even saran gas, if it was, you couldn’t touch the clothes. In fact they were choking that says it was something else, chlorine or mustard, that can be made by anyone. The government was winning the war and had no reason to do this, its not Assad or Putin that lied. Trump is garbage, lied to us, bombed the only one fighting ISIS, and is demanding regime change so America can build their oil piplines. What will it be like for the Christians or Jews after ASAD is gone. Do you think Russia will let America to build these pipelines and cut off Putin only source of $$

Thinkpad's picture

What's wrong with this story? You claim to be a Vietnam vet a conflict that was never declared a war leading to the resolution formed in 1973. How come you don't know this in light of it directly relating to your own personal narrative? key word in your link pundits/talking heads don't know their ass from their elbow

Manipuflation's picture

And why should I care about Syria?  I don't care about Syria nor what goes on there.  Not my business.

Raul44's picture

So why are you reading this and commenting here? Not your business.