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At the most basic level, the support provided by Washington, Riyadh, and Doha for the various Sunni extremist groups battling for control of Syria has created a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions. Hundreds of thousands of people are dead and millions are displaced. As tragic as the situation already is, the conditions are ripe for it to get even worse if the move by Brussels to force recalcitrant EU countries into accepting a migrant quota system they are opposed to ends up triggering a dangerous bout of xenophobia in the Balkans.
Washington’s move to train and arm the Syrian opposition has of course also led directly to the creation of a group of black flag-waving jihadists that have taken the term “extremists” to a whole new level on the way to producing a series of slickly-produced videos depicting the murder of Westerners. This same group is now stomping around between Syria and Iraq wreaking havoc on civilians and committing acts so heinous that even al-Qaeda has condemned them.
Of course the outright chaos the West has managed to create in Syria has now come full circle, providing Iran and Russia with a unique opportunity to tip the scales and seize power in the Mid-East.
What's important to understand here, is that this isn’t confined to Syria.
That is, Iran isn't content to preserve its supply line with Hezbollah and Russia isn't content to play spoiler to the US by propping up Assad. There's something far more meaningful going on here and it can be readily observed in Iraq.
For years, Iran exercised its influence in Iraq via various Shiite militias controlled by Quds commander Qasem Soleimani. Now, it looks as though the deal struck between Tehran and Moscow in July included a power play designed to gradually muscle the US out of the way in Baghdad. The first concrete evidence of this came late last month when Iraq announced an intelligence sharing agreement with Russia and Syria but the story goes far deeper than that. Consider the following from The Washington Institute:
In short, what's happened here is that once Tehran secured the support of the Russian air force juggernaut, the IRGC diverted its Iraqi militias to Syria, where they will now join Hezbollah and ensure that Putin's airstrikes are bolstered when needed by effective ground support.
The announcement this week by Baghdad that Iraq would welcome Russian airstrikes against ISIS indicates that once Moscow and Tehran have restored Assad and stabilized Syria, the joint air and ground campaign will move to Iraq, a strategic shift that will complete what we have characterized as an outright Mid-East coup.
If this thesis materializes, it will mean that the West's attempt to destabilize the Assad regime has not only failed, but has in fact opened the door for Iran to seize control of the Mid-East and for Russia to reestablish itself as a global superpower capable of bringing its influence to bear on any nation at any time.
It's your move Washington, and the stakes couldn't possibly be higher...
originally posted by: ressiv
Russia was invited by the syrian gov. for help ......!
only idiots would think that Russia is helping the US to tear douwn the syrian Gov.
ohhh... the western supported rebels/terrorist are hit by the russians ?? bad luck for them...
bet they are most welcom in the western countries who supported them when they are whiped out...
at least syria is not ending up like Irak /Libia/jemen/afghanistan ect ect.... ....organised by western politics.. a reply to: ManBehindTheMask
originally posted by: ressiv
do'nt worry now the russians are in ISIS is past...!
as you would tell us that the coalition troops were hitting ISIS aswell... wat an joke..
the turkisch made it crystal clear.... hitting only the Koer's who are in an big battle with ISIS
and the western forces only hitting assad's troops......a reply to: ManBehindTheMask
originally posted by: ManBehindTheMask
The whole intent with what Russia is doing is to do just that, and unseat the US as the leading global power....
Russia isnt in it to kill ISIS , thats just a good excuse.......
If you look closesly youll see securing this section gives then a direct oil pipeline and seaport access......
We all know Russia has been having petrol issues.......
Looks like the problems solved, and all with the blessing the ignorant masses believing they are doing something about ISIS