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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Xena fobe's picture

Because we are being dragged into WWIII and we do care about that.  Syria, no.  We have no buslness there.

Manipuflation's picture

The war we need to fight is at home.

krage_man's picture

I am surprised no one calls for de escalation yet..

Are the leaders so stupid that they don't believe Russia will use nuclear weapons?!

This is the scenario of world war 3:

- US launches attack on Syrian forces
- Russian retaliates
- US retaliates with conventional or nuclear weapons
- Russia uses strategic nuclear weapons
- exchange of missiles, all big cities in the usa and russia destroyed

az_patriot's picture

Putin has the need to put on a display of force -- mostly rhetorical.  He will NOT use nuclear weapons. 

JimmyRainbow's picture

yes and no.

once the escalation starts everyone will see. might be a slow escalation or a fast escalation.

but looks as if the trump side is pushing harder

krage_man's picture

This is the grave mistake to think so. 

The worry is that Trump advisors (likely not experienced as Obama ones) also think so.

Russian military doctrine allows usage of nuclear weapons when any state with nuclear weapons attacks Russian troops.

At the moment, Russian troops in Syria are given the permission to engage at will in case of danger.

Once started, it will escalate easily and at some point Russia will use nuclear weapons as it is weaker than NATO/USA in conventional weapons.

Putin will not surrended under threats and will hit with nuclear weapons if pressed...

This is how WW3 is to start - with silly people in power not able to forsee the consequences.

DuneCreature's picture

Oh, yes he will.

Ass Wipes Inc are counting on it.

They have bunkers and a new world capital all set up for when the dust settles. (It will not be near as bad as most anti-nuclear war proponents claim)

I just hope Putin cuts inside their OODA loop and catches most of them above ground.

If you want to see the 'New World Capital' see the second half of this video. ... Look for the Phoenix bird.

Live Hard, Hello Kitty Isn't Here To Sell Magazines Door To Door, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

directaction's picture

Quick Poll:
<--- Trump is an insane war monster. He must be put in a cage in a zoo.
<--- I am a sick, Trump-loving bastard. I desperately want a nuclear war.  

hotrod's picture

I am sure Pence and Trump are in Church this morning to maintain their mask.

Snaffew's picture

yeah, and then it's off to some "Eyes Wide Shut" party later on today to grind off their frustrations---

IranContra's picture

The Great Con Game Part 2: Why?

We live under contagious maximum deception (war is peace), and only Divine intuition can open our eyes to reality behind deceptive appearances. Why is God doing that?

It is because the human mind is a terrible thing to waste, literally. If you waste your mind, you go to Hell. In fact, if you don't use your mind properly, you are already in Hell on Earth, and on your way to eternal Hell.

Satan doesn't want oil, money, and power. No, he wants your mind, and he can only get it if you waste it. How do you waste your mind? You accept lies because the truth is uncomfortable.

The truth is always uncomfortable. You can tell that it is the truth because it is uncomfortable. Your enemies give you the best clues. Dump your pride and take them. It will save your mind.

"Jesus loves you." Yea, right, so what's the Sermon on the Mount for?

No, you need to take one hard stand after another until you meet the Almighty, until you die, and then, hopefully, you will be fine. If you think that you don't have to worry about your future because you joined the right club, think again.

Satan's con games are everywhere, looking for recruits, anybody who wants to be comfortable with "reality," they've got the most soothing lies for you. Take the bait, and you're lost.

I'd rather stay in the Fighting Club, and die from too many concussions, with a peaceful mind.

shimmy's picture

Here's hoping Russia fucks up the U.S once and for all as I am sick of that country going around and bullying the world. Obviously, the moron Americans will never hold the war mongering leaders truly accountable (they're too busy either focusing on trivial shit or fighting between themselves over politicians of what's clearly a one party system) so better to rid the virus now before it spreads even more.

johnwburns's picture

Meanwhile, the brave freedom fighters aka refugees are on extended vacation in Europe getting a full boat subsidy to screw Swedish and German broads and we're supposed to send the Iowa and Alabama boys back there to make sure that their vacation plans aren't interrupted. The Jewish end game plans need to be obstructed as in go fight your own fucking war. 

Omega_Man's picture

don't allow mericans to build up, go on the offensive now

herbivore's picture

That's just great. ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, they are all just one more false flag chemical attack from actually winning the whole shooting match. Step (1) Have chemical weapons at the ready next time Syria drops bombs on them; Step (2) have plenty of children and beautiful little babies on stand-by; Step (3) Immediately after the bombs drop, release the gases near the beautiful babies; Step (4) Have videographers record the dead and dying beautiful babies; Step (5) Hand videos over to media;

At that point, the dummies in the White House launch an attack on Syria; Russia responds by sinking a few American ships; U.S. responds by destroying the Russian ships, and voila, we're off to the races, AKA WW3; millions upon millions of beautiful little babies up in radioactive smoke, the U.S. gets incinerated, all non-Islam countries destroyed as well, and the Sunnis (and maybe the Chinese) inherit the Earth. What I don't understand is what makes the Sunnis think they can live on the surface of a planet drenched in radionuclides, never mind the ensuing global winter. Are they as stupid as American leaders? Apparently so.

Omega_Man's picture

you are getting zios hard with that post...

Deep Snorkeler's picture

Silly American Taxpayers

Our military is in dozens of foreign countries

to harvest wealth from defeated enemies.

Hold on! The big pay off is coming soon for all Americans.

Able Ape's picture

Putin Vs. Trumpo, the Ass Clown - basically it has come down to this...Guess who is who...


mabuhay1's picture

Congratulations for being a mouthpiece for Russia.....  The only news sites reporting this are directly connected to Russian Intelligence and/or just plain dupes...

This site has degenerated to the level of Weekly World News with a Russian bias.

Snaffew's picture

the US is never around to "help" when Western Multinational interests---oil and gas primarily, strong Western Corporate  controlled natural resources--(mining) are absent from a region.  The US always intervenes when the direct western benefits of monetization are at stake.  It is quite clear cut why the US is in Syria as this article illustrated.  The US would never disseminate this type of information because it makes their agenda clearly visible.

Hannibal's picture

Israel Wants World War III—Now

Donald Trump is obviously acting like a fool and a complete idiot who hasn’t realized that his previous statements have been recorded.

If you haven’t realized that the Israeli regime and its puppets in the United States want to start World War III, then you need to wake up from your dogmatic slumber. The Neocons and flaming Zionists are already gloating because Trump is currently doing their bidding.

mastersnark's picture

Is everyone forgetting the #GasBabies that made Trump sad? The (((media))) didn't say anything about gas pipelines. 

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Explain to me one more time exactly why there are Russian special forces in Syria?

Stinkytofu's picture

ummm....they, were, like.....invited?


now explain to me one more time why exactly the cia is providing chemical

weapons precursors to jihadists?

mog's picture

They were invited by the legal internationally recognised government of Syria.

Caleb Abell's picture

To help defend SYria from US aggression.

HalEPeno's picture

Now we'll see who has the biggest johnson...Putin or Ivanka?

35 Whelen's picture

Wonderful, Zero Hedge comments are back.... Back to a steady diet of conspiracy, joooooo hate, Putin worship, doom and gloom, fed by hilarious pieces like the one above that are great for getting the losers spitting tacs. Note the comments section for proof; sure morons, Putin will use nukes.... Fucking children. 

Farqued Up's picture

The "and America knows we have the capability to fuck them good with Dr Strangelove's Doomsday Machine", praphrasing of course, sounds confidently ominous to me. Uh, I hope they concentrate first on the underground complexes and tunnels that the privately owned Banksters, NASA, Federal Reserve, etc. 0.01% (the owners) will be hiding.

I just hope I live for instant replays of my toasting the death of Rockefeller a few more times before I croak. My list isn't that long, only about 8-10 more upperlings to go. I now understand the logic of the coup leaders executing the whole bloodlines once the obvious PTB's have been "neutralized". I may not condone it but I certainly understand the logic, after the dogs are called in from the hunt it's customary to piss on the fire. Eliminate any Phoenix's down the road. Besides, the boards of Big Pharma are killing over 80,000 per year in the US alone with their sanctioned poisons.

No sympathy here, thin the diseased herd.


zeroboris's picture

Time to dig a personal bunker.

Berspankme's picture

Bill Kristol jizzed his pants on fox. Jared kushner is the most powerful man in white house he said. He was panting and jizzed all over. Lindsey got a boner

Posa's picture

Bibi Net is in a cosmic orgasm too... he slep in Jared's bed (literally true!) when Bibi stayed at the Kushner home years ago.

Caleb Abell's picture

And to this day, Jarad never washed the sheets.

logicalman's picture

If the Yahoo had slept in my bed, I'd burn it as well as the bedding, along with any towels he'd used.

Plates and cutlery into the garbage, soaked in bleach.


ebear's picture

You'd probably want to hire a Russian hooker to pee on it as well... just to be sure.

johnwburns's picture

Queue a shot of a new dead refugee baby washed up on some beach so Jared and Invanka can demand that Nikki Haley start WWIII.

Snaffew's picture

oooooh---perhaps they make it an American dead baby washed up on shore swaddled in a bloody American flag---that would really get the press churning

johnwburns's picture

Nah, white kids don't give them the feels. 

Berspankme's picture

Just the arrogance of the US saying Assad must go is vomit inducing. Syria is a sovereign nation. The Syrians should decide not the pedophiles in US government

Snaffew's picture

the last three letters in Assad is "Sad"---one of Mr T's fave words---

LKG's picture

Those in the US have a diseased mind worst than mad cow. They groupthink and most cower and repeat the chorus jsut to pay their mortgages.

Volaille de Bresse's picture

GLD wil jump tomorrow morning... Gong!

Omega_Man's picture

I wonder what actions Ivanka and Jared will take next?

Caleb Abell's picture

Whatever actions that Bibi tells them to take.

Sandmann's picture

Bibi is the third wheel on the Ivanka-Jared waggon

Matteo S.'s picture

In other words, next time a US ship commits agression against Syria, It will receive a Kalibr cruise missile as answer.