Closer to present day, Western Asia is a similar tangle of treaties and mutual defense pacts in which a single amateurish diplomatic decision or military misstep could conceivably result in a much, much wider war.
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Reported by the Associated Press reporter Sarah El-Deeb on Sept. 13, 2015 (via KBMT-TV of Beaumont, Texas), the Russian airbase in the coastal town of Jableh isn’t just under control of the boys from Mother Russia, they’re also expanding it.
As things turn out, the small contingency of Russian Naval Infantry (Marines) may soon earn their pay. As El-Deeb notes, the base has already come under artillery and mortar fire from Islamic jihadist forces to the immediate east.
Also reported by Johnlee Varghese of the International Business Times (India edition) on Sept. 11, 2015, a mixed force of approximately 1,000 Iranian Marines and members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps are within a figurative stone’s throw from the roughly 100 Russian Naval Infantry (Marines) who recently touched down in the war-torn nation. As Varghese reported, the Iranian are to join forces with the Russians in combat operations with Assad’s Syrian National Army against the numerous Islamic jihad groups occupying huge swaths of the nation.
Russian forces will reportedly be deploying advanced S-300 air defense missile systems at the Jablah base. Follow-on troops from the Russian Marine Brigades 810 and 336 will also be assigned to the Jableh airbase. And much like 1914 Europe, the slew of mutual defense pacts between the region’s nations could spiral out of control rather quickly…
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