With it already verified by numerous media sources world-wide that Russian Naval Infantry is already ashore in Syria, it’s now being reported that the Chinese have a mini-armada already dropping anchor in a Syrian port. And as being reported, Beijing is far from done beefing up its presence in the Mediterranean Sea, formerly known in naval circles as an American Lake.
As reported by Johnlee Varghese of the International Business Times – India edition (IBD) on Sept. 27, 2015, and also by the staff of the Israel-based new media portal DEBKAfile.com on Sept. 26, 2015, the hundreds of Russian Naval Infantry (Marines) and at least 1,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards are already setting up shop in the war-torn West Asian nation of Syria. Widely understood that the Russians and Iranians are in-country to prop-up embattled President Bashir al-Assad, the two anti-American powers are already joined by yet a third nation who doesn’t exactly look upon the United States as their BFF.
While Barack Obama was welcoming Chinese President Xi Jinping to the White House on Friday, Sept. 25, and spoke of the deep friendship between the two countries, the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning-CV-16 docked at the Russian naval station at the Syrian port of Tartus, accompanied by a yet to be identified guided missile cruiser. And in the vernacular of infomercial gadget pitchmen, but wait… there’s more.
As noted by IBD’s Varghese, a Syrian National Army officer was quoted by the Lebanese new media English language website al-Masdar al-‘Arabi (The Arab Source) verifying a Chinese naval vessel carrying dozens of “military advisers” is on its way to Syria. Upon arrival, the Chinese troops will then join with the “hundreds” of Russian troops stationed in the government controlled northwest of the nation. While not disclosing any specifics, the Syrian officer flatly stated the Chinese military personnel were expected to arrive at the Russian base in Tartus within the next six weeks.
Meanwhile, the staff from Israel’s DEBKAfile is citing that the Chinese aircraft carrier docked at Tartus without its aircraft contingent. Reportedly, “the warplanes and helicopters should be in place on its decks by mid-November – flying in directly from China via Iran or transported by giant Russian transports from China through Iranian and Iraqi airspace.” Not done yet, it’s also reported that the Chinese will be sending to Syria “a squadron of J-15 Flying Shark fighters, some for takeoff positions on the carrier’s decks, the rest to be stationed at the Russian airbase near Latakia. The Chinese will also deploy Z-18F anti-submarine helicopters and Z-18J airborne early warning helicopters. In addition, Beijing will consign at least 1,000 Marines to fight alongside their counterparts from Russia and Iran against terrorist groups, including ISIS.”