Chinese military joins Russia in Syria

“The board is set . . . the pieces are moving.” -Gandalf, Lord the Rings: The Return of the King

According to The New York Times and FT, in addition to nine T-90 tanks and more than 500 marines for possible ground attacks, Russia is building up its air base near the port city of Latakia in Syria with some of its most advanced ground attack planes and fighter jets, and 2,000 troops as the “first phase” of its mission to shore up the Assad government. The planes are protected by at least two or possibly three SA-22 surface-to-air, antiaircraft systems, and unarmed Predator-like surveillance drones are being used to fly reconnaissance missions.

Russian air base near Latakia, Syria

Now, China is entering the fray.

The pro-Assad Al-Masdar (The Arab Source) reports on Sept. 23, 2015:

[T]he Russians appear to have a contingency that involves another world power that was absent from the U.S. led Anti-ISIS Coalition: China.

On Tuesday morning, a Chinese naval vessel reportedly traveled through Egypt’s Suez Canal to enter the Mediterranean Sea; its destination was not confirmed.

However, according to a senior officer in the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) that is stationed inside the Syrian coastal city of Latakia, Chinese military personnel and aerial assets are scheduled to arrive in the coming weeks (6 weeks) to the port-city of Tartous – he could not provide anymore detail.

Russia has made it abundantly clear that they are taking an active role in this conflict, but the news of the Chinese military to Syria provides more insight into their contingency.

It appears that Russia is not going to combat ISIS alone: the plan is similar to the U.S.’ idea of a “coalition” of air forces, but far more involved on the ground; this is something the U.S. and their allies have avoided since the inception of their war against ISIS.

Despite all of this, Russia and the U.S. appear to be at it again; however, this is no space or arms race, they are actively flexing their muscles through their proxies (U.S.: rebels and Russia: Syrian Army).

Map of Syria - Latakia and Tartus

ZeroHedge reminds us that it is not as if China had not given sufficient warning: “This comes two years after China warned that turmoil in Syria could have negative implications for the global economy and 18 months after Beijing, along with Moscow, used their security council vetoes to undercut a UN resolution calling for the crisis in Syria to be referred to the Hague.”

Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reports on Sept. 21 that “Russia and Iran have stepped up coordination inside Syria as they move to safeguard President Bashar al-Assad’s control over his coastal stronghold, according to officials in the U.S. and Middle East, creating a new complication for Washington’s diplomatic goals.”



24 responses to “Chinese military joins Russia in Syria

  1. obama is training Al Qaeda, does anyone see through this charade?

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  2. Developments in Syria are taking on ominous features–reminiscent of the crisis that afflicted Republican Spain in the mid-1930s. Spain became an arena in which the enemies of the Second World War might pretest their military platforms, and in the case of the Italians, their ground forces. The British, the French, and the Soviets provided combat troops, weapon systems, and platforms. It prefigured the Second World War. The evolving situation in Syria is equally portentous. Washington’s strategy has been to exacerbate the circumstances. For years, Washington has relentlessly moved NATO eastward–into nations that border on post-Soviet Russia. Most recently NATO has toyed with the prospect of allowing Georgia to become a fully accredited member. Moscow has regularly warned that NATO has become increasingly threatening–leaving Russia no security in depth–with NATO forces on its borders. The result has been Moscow’s scramble to reconstruct its forward defenses in Ukraine and Crimea. Russia’s prospective defense of Assad in Syria is part of that same reconstruction. With Iran’s collaboration, Moscow anticipates a more stable Middle East–friendly to Russia–with diminished occasion for the United States to move forces into the region that is within mid-range missile distance from the Russian heartland. The Chinese, having their own interests, are prepared to collaborate with the Russians. China shares one of the world’s longest–and contested– borders with Russia. It is anxious to keep Russia friendly (“keep you friends close and your enemies closer”). Washington could have avoided almost all of this by early-on negotiation with Moscow over Assad. At their own cost, the Russians are prepared to defeat the Islamic State. Moscow could than separate itself from Beijing–and maintain its freedom of action elsewhere. We have refused every Russian overture. Our efforts to defeat the Islamic State have bordered on the catastrophic–and created the migration crisis that has undermined the integrity of the Middle East and the economic and political viability of Europe. All of this threatens the future of the West–and much of the responsibility rests at the door of the present administration.

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  3. Reblogged this on Fellowship of the Minds and commented:
    Meanwhile, Obama’s ISIS policy — never much of a policy to begin with — is falling apart. His hand-picked ISIS/Islamic State “czar” – retired Gen. John Allen – is resigning, come November. ( And Putin is calling Obama’s bluff on the latter’s “war” against Islamic State, saying Russia will go alone in fighting IS if Obama rejects his proposal to fight IS jointly. (

    Way to go, Obama! Everything you touch turns to crap. And yet Rasmussen Reports says you still have 50% approval rating from “likely U.S. voters.” Go figure.

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  4. Obama, Hillary, Kerry and their colleagues are responsible for this mess. Might I add Paul Bremmer’s policy in Iraq as well?
    Putin will at least protect Christians unlike Obama who accepts Muslim refugees and deports Christians. Unfortunately, the Pope offered sympathy to the Muslims who were killed by the crane collapse in Mecca (2900 more to make it even) but failed miserably in defending his own faith.

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  5. How could this possibly happen when Obama is the Messiah?

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  7. The Would-Be Masters of the Universe are likely strategists of this, Kissinger would not let Obama do this on his own unless he and his peers and superiors would enjoy the sight of the results of his failures.
    Paul Bremer was once and maybe still is under HK’s direction, as are Obama, Hillary, and Kerry.
    Henry, double up on the Prevagen.

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  11. The latest news over on The Aviationist ( is that the number of Russian combat aircraft in Syria is up to at least 34:
    4 x Su-30 (multi-role fighter, similar to an F-15E)
    6 x Su-34 (long-range ground attack, like an F-111)
    12 x Su-24 (ground attack, like a sort of F-111 lite)
    12 x Su-25 (ground attack, similar to an A-10)

    Since I’d say it’s safe to say they will only be used in a manner that supports Assad’s government, this represents a very significant increase in the attack capability of the Syrian Air Force–obviously against IS forces, but certainly also potentially against any other anti-Assad forces. I would assume it’s only a matter of days before the Russians think they have all their logistic and political/diplomatic ducks in a row, and begin air operations against IS… at first.

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  12. I’ve noticed that some commentary about the Russian build-up tries to use the location of the Russia force as evidence that it is aimed at least as much at anti-Assad rebels as it is at IS. While I don’t disagree with that in spirit, I downplay an attempt at drawing so much significance from its location. Comments I’ve seen include statements about how there is no appreciable amount of IS presence in the provinces around the base. So what? Syria is not a very big country. It’s only 100 to 200 miles to get to Halab, al-Raqqah, Hims, and Dimashq provinces where there is plenty of fighting with IS, and 300 to get to the furthest provinces of al-Hasakah and Dayr al-Zawr. All the jets at Bassel al Assad airbase in Latakia could fly those missions, and those are actually relatively short ranges for the Su-30, Su-34, and Su-24. It actually makes perfect sense for the Russians to set up their air operations there, as that is the very heart of Assad’s area of influence and control, as well as being readily accessible to resupply by sea for prolonged combat operations.

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  13. the 3 russian bases are located in the alawite homeland – there’s tactical, logistical and political reasons for being there

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  14. Latakia is the only port in the Mediterranean where Russian warships can refit and resupply. The Russian naval base there dates back to the Cold War days. It is a logical logistics base for any Russian naval, air or ground forces operating in the Middle East.

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  15. Well, reportedly the Russians have started conducting air operations today–and the bombs they dropped apparently were *not* on IS targets. The intended target group(s) may have included al Nusra, which of course are terrorist al qaeda-affiliated but recently appear to have gained some sort of “they may be terrorists, but they’re *our* terrorists” not-so-bad-guy intermediate status with The Obamination and the rest of the warhawks running American Middle-East “diplomacy.”

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  16. Its Armageddon! Armageddon is gearing up from this.


  17. What a disaster the Obama administration has created for the next president. The American people have to take responsibility for electing to office twice, someone vastly unqualified to do this important job. These are just some of the consequences that must be paid. Other consequences will show up long after he leaves office. Next election cycle, the American people will likely elect another democrat and compound the problem. The U.S will take a severe whipping there. The Muslims (allowing all these refugees into the nation) will once again make another act of war on U.S soil with devastating effects. There was no point to assassinating leaders in Libya and Lebanon. This made things worse. Obama is a Muslim intent upon destroying America? I forgot, Obama is your typical liberal democrat which is pretty much the same.

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  18. What does China want? Why is China the world largest military there?


  19. China wants control of all of Asia, the outlying islands, Japan, Korea, Okinawa, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. It’s not complicated.

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    • Just a question: was not that part of the brilliant (sarc.) David Rockefeller-Henry Kissinger plan when their servant Richard Nixon was directed to open the doors of our country for Red China, a country against which RMN was vehemently opposed but a short time before? And then, the Bush alliance began the destruction of our strength through presenting international trade deals suiting the UN/NWO.
      DR also lauded Mao for his success with communism, for it gave a good social purpose for mankind regardless of its great cost in human life.


      • The question was, “What does China want?” The answer is, of course, “Whatever it can get without risking destruction.” This was not the point at which to begin reviewing US/China relationships over the past 70 years.


        • I agree with your point, but the disease that brought present difficulties still exists and is at work. It must be identified and the sickness reversed. Ongoing destruction of our country will not help.


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