Russia and Syria: Bad for the United States

Russia, Iran, and China are cooperating in supposedly supporting Assad and ousting ISIS from Syria as the United States sits on the sidelines. Many U.S. media pundits are happy to see, what they perceive, as other countries eliminating ISIS from the other side of the world. This, however, may prove downright disastrous for the United States.

Why is Russia so interested in moving its own tanks, troops, aircraft, and missiles into Syria in order to prevent the fall of Assad, and why are they willing to do this so brazenly?

ARMS

Russia has a business history with Syria, one that goes back to the 1960’s. The former Soviet Union was the major supplier of military arms to Syria and helped give rise to the Ba’athists. A whopping 90% of exported Soviet arms were sent to the Middle East nation during the last 20 years of the USSR. After erasing close to $10 billion of Syrian debt, Russia reestablished itself as Syria’s main arms supplier in 2006.

TARTUS NAVAL BASE

Tartus was built in 1971 by the Soviet Navy. The debt and arms arrangement in the 2000’s may have sparked an agreement for Russia to be allowed to expand Tartus to accommodate Russian nuclear armed vessels. Since 2009, Russia has been dredging the port to support larger warships and is also revamping the base. Tartus is Russia’s only naval presence in the Mediterranean. It’s importance as a replenishment and repair port is vital to Russian warships traveling to naval bases in the Black Sea.

OSNAZ GRU ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE FACILITIES

The Russians have maintained listening posts in Latakia, Al-Harra, and other areas of Syria. The Al-Harra surveillance facility near Golan Heights was abandoned and captured by U.S. backed Syrian rebels in 2014.

TADMUR (PALMYRA) AIRBASE

This airbase is near a vital area of Syria’s road system, gas supply system, and ammunition depots.

USSR GLORYDAYS

Let’s not forget that Vladimir Putin is an ex KGB agent. He is extremely popular in Russia, and it feeds his fire to bring Russia back to it’s USSR glory days. In 2005, Putin proclaimed to fellow Russians that ‘The breakup of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century’.

In 2012, the United States made a huge mistake. Russia proposed to have Assad cede his power as part of a peace deal. U.S., British, and French leadership were convinced that Assad was close to falling. They let the Russian proposal fall on deaf ears. The ignorance of President Obama and his crew have resulted with thousands of deaths in Syria, as well as the refugee crises that, most likely, has delivered a jihadist Trojan Horse to Europe. Not only that, it’s allowing an excuse for Russia and Iran to eliminate all rebels and not necessarily eliminate all of ISIS.

Russia and Iran’s relationship dates back to the 1500’s. Though off and on with each other throughout the years, the two countries have complimented each other as they each garner a policy of Western russia Ukraine war obstructionism. With the West’s sanctions on Iran, Russia stepped in and became strategic allies and trading partners with Iran. This allows Iran to sell oil to Russia and Russia to sell arms to Iran.

Iran has been Syria’s closest ally since the Iran-Iraq War. With hatred for the United States and Israel, they work in consort to smuggle arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Iran, being a Shia muslim country, has been training and supporting Iraqi Shia militias fighting ISIS. Even though Syria is majority Sunni, Bashar al-Assad is Alawite (a sect of Shia Islam). In recent days, Iraq has agreed to provide intelligence for Russia, Iran, and Syria.

 

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