US Scrambles Jets As Tensions Threaten To Explode In Syria, Ukraine, S. China Sea

An F/A-18 Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as the ship conducts flight operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is currently deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the 5th Fleet AOR. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex King/Released)

By  James Holbrooks at


Hasaka, Syria — While Russian airstrikes pound rebel-controlled parts of Aleppo in northwestern Syria, last Thursday saw U.S. jets scrambled to “protect coalition forces” from Syrian fighter jets in the northeastern village of Hasaka, according to state broadcasting service Voice of America.

“A city in northeastern Syria has become a flashpoint in the country’s civil war as Syrian warplanes attack Kurdish forces Thursday,” reports VOA, “and the United States responded by sending in its own aircraft to protect U.S. coalition forces in the area.”

A Pentagon spokesman said Russia claims it had no part in the Hasaka strikes and that, regarding Russia, “we made clear that coalition aircraft would defend its troops on the ground if threatened.”

Eyes have been on Russia of late, after it was revealed that Russia was using an Iranian air base to launch strikes in Aleppo, highlighting a cooperative military relationship between the two countries. The move prompted TIMEto declare a new “axis of evil” of Russian, Syrian, and Iranian forces had arrived. Russia claims to have since stopped using that base.

As the story broke about U.S. jets scrambling in northeast Syria, Japan announced it was seeking a massive upgrade to its F-15 fighters that would double their payload capacity. China, which sees Japan’s arming up as taking an offensive posture, issued a warning to Japan weeks back.

Japan and China are contesting claims over an island chain in the East China Sea, the Senkaku Islands. And on Sunday, it was reported that a Chinese ambassador, back in June, warned Japan that it would be crossing a “red line” if it took part in “joint military action with US forces that is aimed at excluding China in the South China Sea.”

And as Russian-backed China and U.S.-backed Japan’s posturing intensifies in the East China Sea, China has recently announced its intent to strengthen military ties with Bashar al-Assad in Syria — just as its ally Russia has done.

Which puts the three global superpowers on the ground in Syria.

Meanwhile, Russia is accusing the Ukrainian government — led by the U.S.-supported Petro Poroshenko — of plotting terror attacks in Crimea, which elicited a direct response from President Putin himself:

“But I would like to turn to our American and European partners,” he said during a broadcast on state television. “I think it is clear now that today’s Kiev government is not looking for ways to solve problems, but is resorting to terror. This is a very worrying thing.”

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  1. Why do you guys think this is so surprising? War between the US an China is inevidible. This war was written long before the US was even thought about.

    • to be honest its russia we dont wanna piss off they have tsar bomba they drop one of thos bgad boys on us and say bye bye to the entire us

      • I think you mean the Satan 2 middle which houses twelve nuclear warheads with independent targeting Russia has greater rocket technology than the u.s. after they were the first to arm a missile with a nuclear warhead not being unamerican that’s just known common knowledge.

  2. Yeah, china and russia shoud wipe out usa, i think everyone is sick and enough to those usa global interventions and introducing democracy with bombs!


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