Oil smuggling: Americans deliberately expose themselves to the attacks of the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria


The United States has put the Russian military in Syria in a difficult position. To ensure the safety of convoys of gasoline tankers illegally exporting Syrian oil to neighboring Iraq, the US military took them under their direct protection. The local news agency Sana reports. A natural question arises, how the Russian Aerospace Forces should now act, given that Moscow considers the presence of the United States and its allies in the SAR illegal, and the trade in "black gold" - smuggling?


At first glance, the simplest solution in such a situation would be to simply bombard convoys consisting of tens and hundreds of fuel tankers moving from the oil fields of Deyz ez-Zor towards the Iraqi border, and whoever did not hide, we not guilty. Why not? After all, the Russian OTRK "Iskander-M" from the Khmeimim airbase in Latakia are beating the "logistics centers" of terrorists in Idlib, destroying tank trucks loaded with oil and oil products intended for the Turks and pro-Turkish militants. But, unfortunately, everything is much more complicated than we would like.

On the one hand, Syria and Russia, as its ally, have every right to do so. The American military is on the territory of the SAR without the consent of official Damascus, that is, they are invaders. The United States occupied the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor, rich in oil fields, and took it under its control, in other words, they are also occupiers. At the same time, they also directly support the illegal armed groups of the Syrian Kurds, as they would say in Ukraine, the “separatists”, for pressure simultaneously on the government of Bashar al-Assad, and at the same time on neighboring Turkey. It's ironic, isn't it? Policy double standards of Washington in all its "glory".

At the same time, the Pentagon purposefully captured and retains exactly what is of real value in Syria, destroyed by a long-term war, its oil. Instead of going for export through official channels, giving revenues to the state budget of the SAR, "black gold" flows through various illegal channels to Turkey and Iraq, where it is later resold. Allegedly, the United States transfers part of the income from oil sales to its Kurdish "proxy", where the rest goes is a question. Why do Americans consider it possible to behave this way? In 2019, President Donald Trump commented on this as follows:

We have the oil, and we can do with it what we want.

Well, you understand, by right of the strong. The comments of various domestic and foreign liberal Americanophiles, who refer to the fact that it is, they say, Kurdish oil, and the Kurds do not want to obey the regime of Bashar al-Assad, are kind of “touching”, so they do whatever they want with their oil. Then let us all be consistent, and Ukraine will forget about its claims to the Crimean assets it lost, okay? In general, both the Syrian military and the Russian, who are in the SAR at the official invitation of Damascus, have every right to stop the illegal export of natural resources from the country by the invaders and invaders.

On the other hand, it will be problematic to do this directly for the RF Ministry of Defense. Yes, US troops are in Syria illegally and without the consent of the country's official government. However, Washington “justified” its aggression against a sovereign state with a plausible pretext for combating international terrorism, and at the same time “covered up” dozens of other countries in this matter. In 2014, the so-called Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was formed in Brussels, an international coalition of 60 countries, created without the consent of Damascus and the UN sanction. Its goal was to fight against the terrorist groups "Islamic State" and "Front al-Nusra" banned in Russia. The Central Command of the US Armed Forces has assumed the honorable responsibility of leading this structure.

Thus, having “covered up” several dozen other states in military intervention, Washington elegantly “substantiated” its presence in Syria. The coalition really fought with terrorist groups, but at the same time it was building up armed Kurdish groups in opposition to the official authorities of the SAR and Iran with its "proxy". And at the same time, the oil was also "cut off", having stolen from the official Damascus the source of financing necessary for the restoration of the country.

For Moscow, the difficulty lies in the fact that the American military cannot be bombed so easily, even if they are escorting a convoy with stolen oil. The former head of the Pentagon, Mike Esper, has bluntly stated that the United States will protect the oil fields of Deir ez-Zor by force. And I must say that in 2018 they have already demonstrated the seriousness of their intentions by extremely harshly defeating a detachment of "Wagnerians" who were trying to recapture the refinery near Hisham. Since these were not the Russian military, but mercenaries through an unofficial PMC, the RF Ministry of Defense did not react accordingly. But could it at all?

The question is extremely controversial. If the Russian Aerospace Forces are bombed directly at the American military, then the "response" will follow immediately. The Russian contingent in Syria is relatively small, its supply is carried out either by air or by sea through the Turkish straits. The United States has an entire network of military bases in the Middle East, stationed on the territory of numerous allies. In the event of an armed conflict with the United States, the Russians will find themselves in a blockade and an extremely unenviable position. In order not to provoke the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation to use nuclear weapons, the Pentagon will probably act in response to the bombing in a harsh but pointed manner, making it clear that it can do more.

A direct war between the two nuclear powers is disadvantageous to both Washington and Moscow. Since the days of the Cold War, both sides have learned how to effectively operate through a "proxy". The Americans have taken a rather clever step by taking the Syrian "oil business" under their direct protection. A reasonable response would be to support the local forces more actively with weapons against the invaders. "Partisans" can set up ambushes, fire at convoys with fuel tankers from cannon and rocket artillery. The SAR government army could strike them with “Dots”. And Russia could help the Syrians with the supply of appropriate weapons. After all, this is their country.
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  1. orange Offline orange
    orange (ororpore) 25 March 2021 13: 18
    +2
    After Bidon's remarks, a "guerrilla" war in Syria could become a reality.
    1. Samovar Offline Samovar
      Samovar (Goga) 29 March 2021 07: 37
      0
      Call it a pot, but the status shows who is stronger in Syria
  2. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 25 March 2021 13: 30
    +9
    These oil columns can be fired not only by the Syrian partisans, but also by the Iranian Shiites, who are taking revenge on the Americans for their beloved general, meanly killed on the sly.
    1. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 25 March 2021 16: 13
      0
      Inspired by the 80s, I work in the MWT, the Turkish company ENKA is applying to open a representative office. A nice young guy comes with documents, a Syrian passport, a Kurd, excellent French (he studied in Lyon). Everything was settled, they drank beer in Birshtube at the WTC, and more than once.
      Syria, France, Turkey, Kurd, Moscow - and all in one bottle!
      There is infa, now a millionaire, all the boutiques on Stoleshnikov are his ...
      Good luck to everyone in business and happiness in your personal life ...
  3. Kofesan Offline Kofesan
    Kofesan (Valery) 25 March 2021 18: 29
    +3
    Yes, if objectively it is not an easy task. On the one hand, the Americans have achieved a decisive superiority in forces over the Russian forces in Syria. On the other hand, their position is a typical gop-stop, which means that the bandits will continue to rob and kill incrementally if they are not rebuffed.

    This requires will. First of all, Russian. For example, by providing Assad and the Syrian units that hate the most amers with automatic coastal and tactical defense weapons. Rockets. The newest. Even without tractors. On the principle of one button "Pressed and scatter". And you can bring it to the goal from Khmeimim. Let them try to invent a response when their frigate sinks in the Suez Canal ... After all, nobody forgot the Stingers in Afghanistan ...
    1. beeper Offline beeper
      beeper 25 March 2021 20: 56
      +2
      And after all not only "Stingers" in Afghanistan!
      We always remember!
    2. Binder Offline Binder
      Binder (Miron) 25 March 2021 22: 53
      -7
      Quote: Kofesan
      providing Assad and the Syrian units that hate the most amers with automatic coastal and tactical defense weapons. Rockets. The newest. Even without tractors. On the principle of one button "Pressed and scatter". And you can bring it to the goal from Khmeimim.

      Dear, don't you understand that after such actions, Khmeimim will have a couple of minutes to exist? The Russian Defense Ministry and the General Staff understand this and therefore do not think about this scenario, because as a result of the attack on the Russian base there will be not only dead and wounded Russians from the base contingent, not only destroyed equipment and weapons, but also loss of face, humiliation of the Russian Federation before the eyes of the whole world. The author of the publication, Mr. Marzhetsky, seems to understand this:

      Quote: Kofesan
      If the Russian Aerospace Forces are bombed directly at the American military, then the "response" will follow immediately. The Russian contingent in Syria is relatively small, its supply is carried out either by air or by sea through the Turkish straits. The United States has an entire network of military bases in the Middle East, stationed on the territory of numerous allies. In the event of an armed conflict with the United States, the Russians will find themselves in a blockade and an extremely unenviable position. In order not to provoke the RF Ministry of Defense to use nuclear weapons, the Pentagon will probably act in response to

      So there is no need to shaggy grandmother, as the late M. Zadornov said ...
      1. Kofesan Offline Kofesan
        Kofesan (Valery) 26 March 2021 18: 06
        +4
        No Bindyuzhnik. If you read your post with a feeling of superiority over your way of thinking, and this, sorry muah, is not difficult and yes, it is ... then it becomes clear that you clearly want to wishful thinking. I see! As for specific operations, then maybe you are right ... We need to start with Israel. As the weakest link ... So write, maybe someone from the MO will lead your opuses to a good idea!
        1. Binder Offline Binder
          Binder (Miron) 26 March 2021 19: 23
          -5
          Quote: Kofesan
          We must start with Israel. As the weakest link ...

          Is Israel the "weak link"? laughing laughing laughing You, young man, apparently did not go for an injection today - there is a clear aggravation ... lol
      2. Volder Offline Volder
        Volder 31 March 2021 21: 26
        -1
        Quote: Bindyuzhnik
        as a result of an attack on a Russian base, there will be not only dead and wounded Russians from the base contingent, not only destroyed equipment and weapons

        And what will they attack? The Americans in Syria have no means to attack. If destroyers are brought into the Mediterranean Sea, then their Tomahawks will not reach their target again, as in 2017. How will the attack on the Russian bases be carried out? Unclear. Israel will definitely not be harnessed.
        1. Binder Offline Binder
          Binder (Miron) 31 March 2021 23: 15
          -3
          Quote: Volder
          And what will they attack? The Americans in Syria have no means to attack.

          Yes, everything is specifically launched ... Google the US bases in the region - illusions will disappear instantly. Well, remember how the Americans destroyed at least that convoy with the Wagnerites in 2018. And about the under-flown Tomahawks - the same blizzard as about the wet diapers of the crew of the destroyer "Donald Cook" or about the fact that the Syrian air defenses shoot down most of the Israeli missiles during attacks on Iranian targets.
          1. Volder Offline Volder
            Volder April 2 2021 22: 53
            +1
            Quote: Bindyuzhnik
            Google US bases in the region - illusions will disappear instantly.

            Do you have an answer to my question? What weapons are in the US bases?

            Well, remember how the Americans destroyed at least that convoy with the Wagnerites in 2018.

            Artillery from American bases will not reach Russian bases - the range of the shells will not be enough. American bombers and UAVs will be attacked by Russian S-300, S-400 air defense systems, as well as by Russian fighters. While the Yankees are working on our bases in Tartus and Khmeimim, Russian strategic bombers that have taken off from the territory of the Russian Federation will take over the US bases in Syria. In other words, in a direct clash, there is a high probability of unleashing a world nuclear war. But the United States is not a country that fights to the very end, to the last soldier. With unacceptable damage, the Americans will stop. Russia is the only country in the world capable of destroying the United States. Therefore, your fantasies about an attack on Russian bases by the Americans are just fantasies, nothing more.

            And about the under-flown "Tomahawks" - the same blizzard

            What kind of blizzard is this if the Syrian airbase Al-Shayrat, at which 2 destroyers were aiming, remained almost intact, and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation showed the world the remains of downed missiles? A show of 60 running Tomahawks is a big bunch!

            Syrian air defenses shoot down most of Israeli missiles during attacks on Iranian targets

            If Iranian targets are being attacked, then why harness them to defend the Syrian air defense? The calculations of the Syrian air defense are simply practicing, working out real goals in a real combat situation, improving their skills. And yes, some Israeli missiles are going down. Why not? Although anti-aircraft missiles need to be economized.
            1. Binder Offline Binder
              Binder (Miron) April 2 2021 23: 01
              -3
              I told you - everything is so neglected ...
  4. kapitan92 Offline kapitan92
    kapitan92 (Vyacheslav) 25 March 2021 23: 59
    +2
    Quote: Bindyuzhnik
    Dear, don't you understand that after such actions, Khmeimim will have a couple of minutes to exist?

    Miron !!! Shalom! Again you, and I thought ....... left for Odessa again.

    And how long will Israel last after that?
    Even your "colleagues" in Russia will not save you. laughing

    Quote: Bindyuzhnik
    In the Russian Ministry of Defense and General Staff they understand this and therefore do not think about such an option.

    Yes, they have been thinking for a long time, and not only in the Russian Ministry of Defense and General Staff!
    The main thing is that there is water in the tap. laughing

    Quote: Bindyuzhnik
    not only destroyed equipment and weapons, but also loss of face, humiliation of the Russian Federation in front of the whole world.

    In this version of your fantasies, you and your colleagues will not see anything. The dead can't see! hi
    1. Binder Offline Binder
      Binder (Miron) 31 March 2021 23: 26
      -2
      Quote: kapitan92
      and I thought ....... they left for Odessa again.

      I haven’t been to Odessa since 1990, I’ve had a chance to visit five continents in different places since then, but I didn’t have to visit Odessa ...

      Quote: kapitan92
      And how long will Israel last after that?

      How much the Almighty has determined for him.

      Quote: kapitan92
      The main thing is that there is water in the tap.

      Well, it's clear - not like in the annexed Crimea.

      Quote: kapitan92
      The dead can't see!

      I agree with that. The Romans spread rot on the Jews - and where are those Romans? Hitler destroyed them - where is that Hitler? The USSR fought against the Zionists all the time - it also glued the flippers thirty years ago.
      And here you are trying to threaten me - ridiculous! laughing laughing laughing
      1. kapitan92 Offline kapitan92
        kapitan92 (Vyacheslav) April 1 2021 00: 08
        0
        Quote: Bindyuzhnik
        Quote: kapitan92
        The main thing is that there is water in the tap.

        Well, it's clear - not like in the annexed Crimea.

        It's easier with the annexed Golan! 30% drinking water, however. fellow
        The main thing is that no one shouted that she was not in the tap. ... Oh, how your brother is "loved" everywhere.

        Quote: Bindyuzhnik
        And here you are trying to threaten me - ridiculous!

        Are you threatened? laughing
        And the dead really do not see!
        For 30 years you have been living on the Promised One, and still breathing unevenly towards the USSR and Russia! laughing
        1. Binder Offline Binder
          Binder (Miron) April 1 2021 13: 39
          -3
          Quote: kapitan92
          It's easier with the annexed Golan! 30% drinking water, however.

          You have outdated data - after the commissioning of desalination plants, Israel uses the sources of the Golan exclusively for water supply to the local settlements.

          Quote: kapitan92
          Oh, how your brother is "loved" everywhere.

          Oh, how do we put on this ...

          Quote: kapitan92
          For 30 years you have been living on the Promised One, and still breathing unevenly towards the USSR and Russia!

          I'm not complaining about memory, but there is something to remember.
  5. Indifferent Offline Indifferent
    Indifferent 26 March 2021 00: 41
    +5
    First of all, the Syrians themselves should fight the oil tankers. They are being robbed insolently! We can't get into this with our hands. But to help the Syrians is one or two, and international opinion will not be in favor of the United States. Invaders in one word. The USSR has always done so. The locals "gave the enemies a light", and the matches were ours.
    1. Kofesan Offline Kofesan
      Kofesan (Valery) 26 March 2021 18: 36
      +2
      There would be a desire, but there are "matches" ...
  6. Vasil K. Offline Vasil K.
    Vasil K. (Vasil K.) 27 March 2021 20: 00
    +1
    Thanks! The liberal's position is understandable. It is unclear why Assad does not have striking means to defend his sovereignty?
  7. zzdimk Offline zzdimk
    zzdimk 29 March 2021 14: 54
    0
    Only it seems to me, or does Helios-Prime really not have enough strength for the entire planet? Maybe it's time to force them, representatives of the granddaughters of the highest race, to swallow dust and gnaw on the corpses of their sons?
    Will Russia refuse to supply zinc to the United States?
  8. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 31 March 2021 19: 12
    0
    Strange logic in the article: the US is pretending to be fighters against terrorists, so how can you touch them? And we will keep silent about the fact that they have their patrons and sponsors, otherwise they will be offended.
  9. margo Offline margo
    margo (margo) April 2 2021 16: 41
    0
    Moscow considers the presence of the United States and its allies in the SAR illegal

    - Moscow can count as you like, they think the opposite, so you just have to watch, you can get outraged and probably that's all. They have a strong argument - they are defending the English-speaking population in Syria.
  10. al2145133 Offline al2145133
    al2145133 (Alexey Gribalev) 20 May 2021 18: 22
    0
    What kind of Wagnerians? Show me at least one photo.