Tyler Durden on 09/09/2015
(French President Francois Hollande called Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, ” an impediment to peace, in the country,” while calling for bombing runs there.)
“I’ve asked the minister of defense to begin reconnaissance flights over Syria from tomorrow that would allow for strikes against the Islamic State,” Hollande said at a press conference in Paris on Monday. …
Western Europe is set to join the US and Turkey (and soon Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Qatar) in conducting bombing raids in Syria. Here’s WSJ:
Faced with a burgeoning refugee crisis in Europe sparked by global extremism, U.S. and European officials said Tuesday there is a growing consensus that the multinational military campaign against Islamic State must focus more on targeting the group’s nerve centers in Syria.
With thousands of people flowing into Europe every day, France and England are both poised to set aside long-standing reservations and join Washington in carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria. … also known as ISIS or ISIL, which has established its de facto capital in the city of Raqqa, Syria.
… Even WSJ is starting to pick up on the fact that the timing here looks rather convenient, as the UK and France are now set to throw their respective air forces into the mix just as Russia moves to provide Assad with badly needed reinforcements at Latakia. Here’s WSJ again:
As Europe deepens its involvement, Russia appears to be increasing its military role in Syria (sending) in new planes, personnel and equipment in what appears to be an effort to set up a new air hub on the Syrian coast.
American officials are concerned the Russian buildup is an attempt by Moscow to provide more air support for embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but Moscow’s intentions aren’t yet clear. The moves by Moscow could increase the risk that members of the U.S.-led coalition could face off against Russian jets in the skies above Syria.
… From Reuters:
Russia has sent two tank landing ships and additional aircraft to Syria in the past day or so and has deployed a small number of forces there, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, in the latest signs of a military buildup that has put Washington on edge. …
U.S. officials have not ruled out the possibility that Moscow may be laying the groundwork for an air combat role in Syria’s conflict to bolster Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Finally, Germany has now “warned” Moscow to tread lightly in its support of Assad:
Germany’s foreign minister warned Russia on Wednesday against increased military intervention in Syria …
ISIS – the reason everyone involved cites when asked to explain their interest in intervening militarily in Syria – tends to get lost in the shuffle. (That is because what really matters to both sides is) whether a post-civil war Syria is still governed by Assad. In short, ISIS has played its role. The Assad regime is destabilized and Damascus is up for grabs. From here on out, it’s all about whether a coalition comprised of the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Qatar ends up in a direct military conflict with Russia and the Assad regime. …
(This is certainly the beginning of the end-game over Syria. It may also be the beginning of the end-times end-game if a military campaign between the major powers really heats up and evolves into a successful invasion of Israel.