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Battle for Syraq SITREP 3: Russia Bombing ISIS from Iran, China Sending Military Aid to Syria UPDATED

NOTE: This post was updated at 01:30 Eastern time Sunday, August 21, 2016 to better reflect the broader context of Russia, China and Iran’s closely coordinated military moves in the Mideast.

The Eurasian axis continued to broaden the cooperation among its members this week as Russia began operating out of an Iranian air base to bomb ISIS and other jihadist targets in Syria. The deployment of the Tu-22M-3s “Backfire” bombers to Nojeh Air Base outside Hamadan, Iran significantly reduces fuel costs and flight time for the crews and increases the bomb loads they can carry. It also increases the tempo of ‘carpet bombing’ strikes the Russian Air Force can carry out whenever ISIS masses to attack supply lines to Palmyra or Aleppo.

Most importantly for the Middle East and global geopolitics, Moscow and Tehran are again affirming to Washington, Riyadh and Tel Aviv that their alliance is real and enduring in Syria, as well as in other flashpoints like Yemen.

As Russian Navy Engages in Joint Exercises with Beijing’s Fleet in the South China Sea, Chinese State Media Uses Term “Alliance”

For every action by a weakening hegemon trying to hang on to the illusion of ‘full spectrum dominance’, there is an equal and opposite set of reactions. Jeff J. Brown, a Francophone American expat living in Shenzhen from Oklahoma, has taken note of the upgrading in Chinese state media from describing Beijing’s relationship with Moscow as a “close partnership” to “semi-alliance”.

As the Russian and Chinese navies perform joint exercises in the South China Sea, where a U.S-backed Dutch court has ruled China has no legitimate claims to the rocks and reefs Beijing sees as strategic to its defense and historically Chinese dating to the 5th century B.C., this shift in China’s stance takes on a new meaning. Those in Washington who believe that all they need to do to restore the unipolarity of a U.S.-led globalist empire is elect Hillary Clinton president had better think again.

Hillary Clinton: The War with Russia (and China?) Candidate

The Russia Analyst watched Hillary Clinton’s nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Committee, or at least tried to, before leaving the room in disgust around the time Ms. Clinton vowed to in an applause line (targeting Donald Trump’s criticism of the Atlanticist Pact) to defend America’s NATO allies from an aggressive Russia. As IF the Russians have nothing better to do than risk thermonuclear annihilation to lord over a few million pissed off Balts or Poles! 

My disgust over Clinton, a warmonger who pushed for illegal and aggressive wars against the peoples of Serbia, Iraq and Libya portraying herself as the candidate of international stability and peace is only exceeded by my loathing of fellow members of the fourth estate who relentlessly kiss her wrinkly rear end on the same topic, while portraying Trump as some sort of lunatic who will nuke or bomb a country over a tweet as opposed to falsified pretenses like ‘ethnic cleansing’, ‘imminent genocide’ or ‘WMDs’.

Dugin: U.S. Hegemony is Wounded, Neocons and Democrats Are Using My Words Against Trump

Alexander Dugin, the controversial Eurasianist ideologue, has lately shown a knack for being in important places at ‘coincidentally’ interesting times. According to his Dugin’s Guideline YouTube video published by the Katehon think tank he leads, Dugin was speaking live to Tsargrad TV from Ankara on Friday July 15, just hours before the coup d’etat began against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Dugin also mentioned in his video published five days ago that he met with Ankara Mayor Melih Gökçek, a friend and political ally of Erdogan’s, just hours before coup plotters moved against the presidential palace and parliament.

After Turkey’s Failed Putsch, Is Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed the Next in Line to Get Coup’d Over the Disastrous War in Yemen?

Even if we set aside Washington’s ongoing pants-ing at the hands of the despotic neo-Ottoman Sultan who accuses the Americans of being behind Friday’s coup, or ignore the fact that D.C.’s ‘moderate rebel’ proxies are being crushed in east Aleppo, there’s another turd in the Mideast hummus bowl as the Guerrilla Economist would say: Yemen. Namely, Saudi Arabia’s losing war against Saleh loyalist and Houthi tribesmen that has gone beyond a mere debacle to become a potentially existential threat to the continued reign if not survival of certain haughty princes, led by the 31-year-old Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud.

Former U.S. Amb. Chas Freeman and Helga Zepp-LaRouche on New Silk Road/One Belt One Road at the Schiller Institute Berlin Conference June 26-28, 2016

Whatever else one could say about Chas Freeman, when he speaks he brings decades of distinguished foreign service and diplomacy to support his opinions. Therefore it’s not surprising that Freeman was one of the keynote speakers for the Schiller Institute’s “Creating a Common Future for Mankind and Rennaissance of Classical Culture” conference held in Berlin from June 25 to 26. The highlight of which was Freeman and Schiller Institute founder Helga-Zepp LaRouche‘s addresses on the subject that has been on many minds across Eurasia, even if the (post)Western media has been slow on the uptake: China’s One Belt, One Road/New Silk Road initiatives, also known as the largest construction project in the history of mankind. – JWS

Rule by Ponzi

We’ll miss scenes like the one this week when UKIP’s Gerard Batten squared off against George Soros and informed the world’s favorite globalist that Democracy had triumphed! All the while, the City of London has been calmly placing its eggs into another basket, one made in China.

The U.S. is becoming the biggest hurdle for economic growth for Western economies

Almost 100 years after President Calvin Coolidge declared, ‘the business of America is business’, the Obama administration has established a new label for the empire which says, ‘the business of America is the stifling of business’.  Because sure enough, it has been the domestic and foreign polices of the U.S. which have not only brought about Western economic decline, but they have also helped the East rise to the top and stand on the precipice of seizing control over the global financial system.

You Can’t Stump the Trump, Volume 26 (America First) — That’s Not Exactly What Putin Said, But Wouldn’t It Be Nice if We Got Along with Russia Anyway?

My favorite part starts at 5:50, “How dare you call me a genius Vladimir! (Actually Putin called Trump an exceptionally ‘bright’ or ‘colorful’ personality — not all a bad thing, but Vladimir Vladimirovich was quick to add the American people would decide this November. National sovereignty and minding your own damn business — what a concept for all the European and paid NATO/Kiev trolls we see attacking AMERICAN Trump voters on Twitter every day.  – JWS