The recent arrival of the Russian Marines and Air Force to the Syrian port-city of Tartous has generated a significant amount of interest around the world, as the possibility of Russia’s direct military intervention becomes the focal point of the war on ISIS. To add to Russia piling up its military strength in Syria, on tuesday morning, a Chinese naval vesseltraveled through Egypt’s Suez Canal to enter the Mediterranean Sea scheduled to arrive in the coming weeks (6 weeks) to the port-city of Tartous in Syria that will join the Russian presence in Syria. And to add more salt to Obama’s injury, Russia is now getting militarily involved not jut in Syria, but also in Iraq as it moved without radar detection, 24 attack jets from bases in Russia through Iran before traveling into Iraq.
Putin to show he means business the air strikes on ISIS began earlier this week which were also accompanied by ground attacks near the Kweiris air base in the east of Aleppo province, where government troops have long been surrounded by ISIS, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Vladimir Putin’s explicit promise to go ahead with airstrikes against terrorist targets in Syria with or without the help of the US effectively marks the end of Washington’s years-old effort to destabilize and ultimately remove the Assad regime.
To send the clear message to Washington, Putin appears to have a contingency that involves another world power that was absent from the U.S. led Anti-ISIS Coalition: China.