We are witnessing ‘the most significant new Russian military foothold in the Middle East in decades’ 

Russia is taking a more active role in propping up the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, expanding its physical footprint in the Middle East.

As Reported By Business Insider:

American officials admitted to The New York Times that Russia is now using an air corridor over Iran and Iraq to transport military equipment and personnel to Syria despite US attempts to guard this airspace.

And Russian advisers have taken over the main airport near the capital, positioning tanks and directing flights.

Russia is reportedly transporting marines, pre-fabricated housing for at least 1,000 people, a portable air traffic control system, and other items that could be used to create an air base for air combat operations to northwest Syria, according to CBS News.

This constitutes “the most significant new Russian military foothold in the Middle East in decades,” American officials told the Times. Continued Russian military buildup in Syria could “greatly enhance [Russia’s] ability to project power in Syria and neighboring states,” according to the Times.

“This is the most important Russian power projection in the region in decades and it will enhance Russia’s influence throughout the Levant,” Stephen Blank, a Russian military expert at the American Foreign Policy Council, told the Times.

Michael Morell, the former deputy director of the CIA, told CBS News last week that flying over Iran and Iraq was Russia’s last viable option for transporting the material and personnel to Russia after Turkey and Bulgaria refused to let Russia use its airspace for flights to Syria.

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  • psychenudity

    It may be for naught that I mention this because I first read about it 4 years ago, but that may be why it came to my attention again: there was one of those “stories” floating around internet land years ago about how Communist Russia had so infiltrated American govt. and politics , that by the mid 80’s they already knew they would have their own “Manchurian Candidate” and that he would be black (preying /playing on America’s long history of racial tension & guilt) and that that “president” would help to implement the policies little by little which would allow Communism to get a foothold . This was supposedly mentioned at a State dinner via a Russian emmissary to an American dept. head . Makes you wonder……

    • mspatdev

      I agree with you as I have heard the same thing. Remember the handshake that Putin and obama had before the last elections? obama’s mike was on and he told Putin that he could do more after the elections. Well, he has and with Russia. That is his partner in crime. Russia is a communist country and so is obama’s main people in the w/h and his government.

      • Dorrie

        Umm sorry, but Obama said that to Russia’s president Dmitry Medvedev, not Putin.

        • mspatdev

          No, he said it to Putin. obama was smirking as he always does thinking he could pull the wool over the American people. He could have said it another time about Medvedev. The rare time that the main media made a joke out of it. I watch a lot of T.V., because I have a lot of back problems and I am in a lot of pain. I usually have my T.V. on as I am so alergic to pain medications. I usually don’t watch this much T.V. until the last few years.

          • usmadgirl

            Dorrie is right. O’Dumbo’s microphone was on but he shook hands with Medvedev not Putin. Here’s the exchange:

            As he was leaning toward Medvedev in Seoul, Obama was overheard asking for time – “particularly with missile defense” – until he is in a better position politically to resolve such issues.

            “I understand your message about space,” replied Medvedev, who will hand over the presidency to Putin in May.

            “This is my last election … After my election I have more flexibility,” Obama said, expressing confidence that he would win a second term.

            “I will transmit this information to Vladimir,” said Medvedev, Putin’s protégé and long considered number two in Moscow’s power structure.

          • Dorrie

            Thanks, usmadgirl. 🙂

          • usmadgirl

            You’re very welcome! I could also post the video if they still don’t believe us! LOL!

          • Gorni
          • usmadgirl

            Thank you! The “reuters” link you posted is where I got the O’Dumbo / Medvedev exchange in my comment below!

          • Dorrie

            No he didn’t. I saw the clip several times. He said it to Medvedev.

      • psychenudity

        Yes, it’s clear Obama has a warm & chummy relationship with the Reds – all the perceived “animosity” is merely staged. Let’s not forget that Russia has had it’s tentacles in US govt. for a long, long time : FBI agent turned Communist spy, Robert Hanssen : he spied for Russia for 15+ years. If you dig deep enough, you will see that the 1968 Democratic Convention riots were instigated by KGB inbeds in the student protest movt., The Chicago 8 , Weather Underground (research WHO Bill Ayers’ father was/is) , you can even go back to the 50’s in Hollywood and McCarthy’s accusations of Communist ties in Hollywood – turns out it was true & he was right. Eisenhower tried to warn America, though I don’t think he fully knew the extent of Commie infiltration. Defend the 2nd A .

  • mercury

    Old news…it’s been in the Bible for centuries. Read the Book of Revelation.

  • Dorrie

    Hillary sold nuclear material to Russia, who in turn sold it to Iran. What we know is that Hillary committed TREASON, yet nothing is being talked about in that regard!

    • mspatdev

      Yes…The media is owned by obama and his minions. They pay millions of dollars to CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC and the rag media. This is why you hardly know anything about D.C. and what is going on.

      • Dorrie

        I DO know things about D.C. and what is going on, in SPITE of the enemedia.

        • mspatdev

          I agree with you. D.C. people thinks the American people are stupid. We are not.

          • Dorrie

            They know SOME are, that’s how Obama got elected and those same low-information voters would vote for Hillary – or some other Socialist/Communist.

  • usmadgirl

    Romney told O’Dumbo in the 2012 debate that Russia was our biggest threat & O’Dumbo tried to make him look like an idiot! Who looks like the idiot now?!!!