With each day bringing geopolitical rivals, the United States and Russia, closer to the brink of an open military engagement in Syria and beyond, an eye-opening and accurate summary of the entire ordeal has finally come. Storm Clouds Gathering has released a short video that breaks down numerous indisputable facts which the corporate mainstream media have essentially attempted to keep hidden from the American public.

Russia has changed the geopolitical equation with the recent moves in Syria. They have been targeting and militarily striking the numerous factions fighting against the government of Bashar al-Assad, including CIA backed insurgent groups. The calculating and strategic moves by Putin reveal an intricate knowledge of U.S. geopolitical strategy in the region and beyond, and are are meant as a blockade against U.S. hegemony within Russia’s sphere of influence.

According to the report by Storm Clouds Gathering:

On September 30th, 2015 Russia began airstrikes against ISIS and its affiliates in Syria. These strikes were conducted at the request of the Syrian government. Iran followed announcing that they were preparing to send in ground troops.

These developments completely change the geopolitical equation, and not just in Syria.

Western politicians and their corporate media lapdogs are obviously not happy about where this is headed, and they have taken to the airwaves in force to voice their condemnation. First they claimed that Russia was hitting “moderate”, U.S. backed rebels rather than exclusively focusing on ISIS.

Wait, on September 16th General Lloyd Austin of the US Central Command testified that there were only 4 or 5 U.S. trained fighters in all of Syria, and now these fighters are supposedly in control of an entire region?

This assertion would be absurd enough on its own, but the reality of the matter is that the area in question has been controlled by Al-Nusra, for at least two years. And just so we’re clear here, Al-Nusra is Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, and they have direct alliances with ISIS.

Not that this distinction between Al-Nusra and the FSA would really change the equation. The FSA has publicly acknowledged on several occasions that they are cooperating Al-Nusra, and the FSA command itself has been dominated by Islamic extremists since at least 2012.

In this strategic geopolitical game, the U.S.’s so-called “moderate rebels” are simply the name given to the U.S. backed insurgents who fight side by side with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, with the common goal of Syrian regime change.

The U.S. attempts to pretend there are “moderate rebels,” a claim that is refuted by the U.S.’s own former point man in Syria, “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) Col. Abdel Jabbar al-Okaidi. In the video below he was open about his daily communication and collaboration with extremist jihadists from the “Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham” (ISIS) and al-Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra.

He refers to their fighters as brothers. In video footage after the rebel capture of Menagh military airbase, he even appeared standing next to an Egyptian jihadist from ISIS, Abu Jandal, while thanking him and his group for their contributions. The U.S. is known to have funneled military aid to al-Okaidi and others in the FSA throughout the last couple of years.

This begs the question; if the FSA and al-Nusra work together, and al-Nusra is working with ISIS, then why haven’t those funding and arming the FSA been charged with providing material support to terrorists? Oh wait… that would mean the CIA and U.S. government would then need to be prosecuted, as they are the ones providing this support.

With reports that ISIS suffered more damage from the sustained Russian assault, which included attack choppers, special forces commandos and bombers with precision guided munitions, in the first 72 hours of the attack than they had in the past 12 months at the hands of the U.S., it’s no surprise the Americans stepped up their disinformation/propaganda war against the Russians.

Make no mistake that the centers of America power are strategizing their next moves, which will almost certainly draw the world closer to a World War III scenario. This past Sunday former U.S. national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski published an article in the Financial Times urging the U.S. to show “strategic boldness” in confronting Russia in Syria, forwarding the prospect of threatening military retaliation against Russia if Putin continued bombing CIA-backed Syrian rebels. He suggested that an American counter-attack should be to “disarm” the “Russian naval and air presence,” an almost surefire recipe to create the perfect conditions for a broader conflict.

Additionally, after a Russian aircraft ventured into Turkish airspace, there has been discussion among NATO members about moving to place 40,000 troops into Turkey.

According to a report by Pepe Escobar for RT:

So a Su-30 enters a few hundred meters into Turkish airspace for only two minutes over Hatay province, and returns to Syrian airspace after being warned by a couple of Turkish F-16s.

Then all hell breaks loose as if this was the ultimate pretext for a NATO-Russia war.

NATO, predictably, went out all rhetorical guns blazing. Russia is causing “extreme danger” and should immediately stop bombing those cute “moderate rebels” the coalition of the dodgy opportunists refuses to bomb.

But wait; NATO is actually too busy to go to war. The priority, until at least November, is the epic Trident Juncture 2015; 36,000 troops from 30 states, more than 60 warships, around 200 aircraft, all are seriously practicing how to defend from the proverbial “The Russians are Coming!”

The Russian’s heavy assault on forces opposed to the Assad government was a calculated risk meant to stabilize strategic geopolitical interests in the region, while challenging U.S. imperialist designs for regime change in Syria. The effects of these actions will consequently reverberate through the international system.

The U.S. has no legitimate standing under international law to be militarily assisting an armed revolution against a state’s elected leader. The arming of so-called “moderate rebel” groups, which are fighting against the sovereign government of Syria, reveals an imperialistic drive by the U.S., which has the potential to spiral into a large scale global conflict.

A dangerous game is being played in Syria. Please share this important information!

Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has been published on Ben Swann’s Truth in Media, Truth-Out, AlterNet, InfoWars, MintPressNews and maany other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu

Jay Syrmopoulos is a geopolitical analyst, freethinker, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs and holds a BA in International Relations. Jay's writing has been featured on both mainstream and independent media - and has been viewed tens of millions of times. You can follow him on Twitter @SirMetropolis and on Facebook at SirMetropolis.