Cold War II? Russia Steps Up Presence in Syria

Cold War II? Russia Steps Up Presence in Syria

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Pentagon officials revealed this week that Russia is stepping up its supply of armaments to the Assad regime in Syria despite admonition from the White House.

Bulgaria closed its airspace to Russian flights last week at the request of the U.S. government, but Iraq refused to follow suit which has allowed for a route through Iran for Russian transport planes to continue delivering tanks, APCs, and personnel to an airbase near the Syrian capital.

The tense situation puts Iraq between a geopolitical rock and hard place in that the government, already under international scrutiny for its failure to quash ISIS, is attempting to balance its respective relationships with the U.S., Russia and Iran, the latter of which is also giving military aid for the fight with ISIS.

The movements by Russia presages a build-up of the nation’s influence in the Middle East ahead of what is expected to be an outline of global strategy delivered by President Vladimir Putin to the UN General Assembly later this month.



  1. Of course Washington objects – they obey the Israeli Lobby in everything, knowing that the Lobby has the Zionist media owners’ full backing. Israeli officials have even said they want Islamists, al-Nusra (al-Qaeda) or ISIS to take control of Syria. Why? Because these Islamists are not like Usama bin Laden, who was motivated by the Palestinian genocide and by the starvation sanctions that killed half a million Iraqi children, which finally made him take to arms. These Islamists are simply Iraqi Sunnis who are mad at Iraqi Shias for winning the elections. Their only goal is to kill Shias, which Israel likes, since Iran – though Shia – objects to the killing of Sunni and Christian Palestinians, and the taking of their last 22 percent of land. They even attack Palestinian neighborhoods in Damascus since the Palestinians refuse to support the Islamists. That is all that matters to the Lobby. And that is what directs Washington’s foreign policy. They don’t care that Christians in Syria would be slaughtered if the Islamists won, and to the Lobby that might even be a bonus.

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