The Israeli intelligence source DEBKAfile claims China is preparing to join Russia in airstrikes against the CIA’s jihadist forces in Syria.
According to DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources, China sent word to Moscow on Friday that J-15 fighter bombers would shortly join the Russian air campaign that was launched Wednesday.
The Chinese warplanes will take off from the Chinese Liaoning-CV-16 aircraft carrier, which reached Syrian shores last Saturday.
This will be a landmark event for Beijing, as it is its first military operation in the Middle East as well as the carrier’s first taste of action in conditions of real combat.
Thursday night at a UN Security Council session in New York, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi, said in regards to the Syrian crisis, “The world cannot afford to stand by and look on with folded arms, but must also not arbitrarily interfere (in the crisis).”
He added, “The Syrian crisis has been going on for five years now. The international community cannot look on without lifting a finger, but also ought not to interfere arbitrarily.”
Baghdad has also offered Moscow an air base for targeting the Islamic State now occupying large swathes of Iraqi territory.
Speaking to the US PBS NewsHour, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he would welcome a deployment of Russian troops to Iraq to fight ISIS targets in his country as well. As an added incentive, he noted that this would also give Moscow the chance to deal with the 2,500 Chechen Muslims whom, he said, are fighting with ISIS in Iraq.
According to Reuters, a Russian official said on Wednesday his country has established a military coordination center in Baghdad. However, the Russian Defense Ministry said the center would be used to coordinate airstrikes in Syria. He did not mention strikes against ISIS inside Iraq.
On Thursday, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said his country has been coordinating with Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State in Iraq and has sent arms to them through the central government in Baghdad, according to Rudaw, a Kurdish media network.
“Military representatives from Iraq, Iran, Syria and Russia and the Kurdish government are with this information center which we established in Baghdad,” Lavrov said.
As noted before, the real purpose behind Russia’s decision to enter Syria may be an attempt to take the “world superpower” title from the U.S.
It has been speculated for years that China’s century-old dream has been to become the world’s no. 1, which could be the reason behind their decision to aid Russia in the fight against ISIS.