By Walid Shoebat
The Iranian-Russian alliance, which wants total control of Iraq and Syria will push Russian hegemony over the Middle East as Russia sent military forces now to Iraq. “They are popping up everywhere” says one senior U.S. official describing the arrival of Russian military personnel in Baghdad, Iraq.
The situation is heating up as Russia is now getting militarily involved not jut in Syria, but also in Iraq.
Undetected by radar, the Russians were able to move 24 attack jets (12 Sukhoi Su-25 “Frogfoot” and a dozen Sukhoi Su-24 “Fencer” attack aircraft) in “tight formations” under the “steady stream” of the large Russian An-124 cargo planes that have been ferrying supplies from bases in Russia through Iran before traveling into Iraq.
Russian President Vladimir Putin did his move just prior to the planned meeting between him and President Obama in New York Monday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. Obama administration has voiced concern regarding Russia’s involvement, at least in Syria.
Putin as it seems has President Obama in check since he is thwarting Obama’s plans as the United States has publicly expressed alarm since Russia-supported Syrian loyalists could clash with U.S.-backed rebel groups. Direct Russian intervention in Syria will help break Russia out of isolation and will force Washington to begin direct military-to-military talks with the Russians on Syria.
Putin as it seems is challenging President Obama and has fostered ties with the governments in both Syria and Iraq and now has moved his chips in both nations sending a message to Obama that Putin is boss. The situation sends a blow to President Obama’s plan since four years after President Barack Obama’s August 2011 ultimatum that the Syrian president must go, now Russia’s involvement and world leaders descending on New York for the United Nations General Assembly will send the message that Assad can stay.
But the situation is not only an alarm bell to the U.S., besides challenging the U.S., the interference of Russia in Syria and Iraq what is now a recognized fighting force will provoke the Muslim world, and bring back memories of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
To understand more on Russia’s involvement read Are Gog And Magog Marching On Israel As We See Russia Deploying Its Military Might In Syria?