The Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning-CV-16 has reportedly docked at the Syrian port of Tartus, according to DEBKAfile, an Israeli military intelligence website based in Jerusalem.

Much of DEBKAfile’s reportage is based on unidentified sources and cannot be independently verified.

The aircraft carrier was said to be accompanied by a guided missile cruiser.

Al-Masdar Al-‘Arabi, The Arab Source, claimed on Tuesday a Chinese naval vessel passed through the Suez Canal.

“Our military sources find evidence that the Chinese forces are digging in for a prolonged stay in Syria. The carrier put into Tartus minus its aircraft contingent. 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,” the unidentified sources told DEBKAfile.

A squadron of J-15 Flying Shark fighters will be stationed on the aircraft carrier and at the Russian base outside of Latakia.

According to the sources, the Chinese will also deploy Z-18F anti-submarine helicopters and Z-18J airborne early warning helicopters.

Additionally, according to the report, the Chinese will send 1,000 marines to assist the Russians in their effort to rollback the gains of the Islamic State and other jihadist groups attempting to defeat the Syrian army and depose Bashar al-Assad.

DEDABKfile claims marines will be instructed to single out rebel militias with recruits from Chechnya and the Caucasus and the Chinese marines will find and destroy Uighur fighters from the northern predominantly Muslim Chinese province of Xinjiang.

In August reported Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s remarks on ISIS and its advanced battlefield tactics due to the involvement of well-trained Chechens.

As noted by researcher Wayne Madsen last year, the U.S. has financed Chechen groups through a number of civil society groups, a fact “gleaned from the tranche of a quarter million leaked classified State Department cables,” writes Madsen.

According to Madsen the CIA, various establishment NGOs, USAID, the Soros foundations and the United Nations have worked together to underwrite Chechen terror. The Bush neocons also figure prominently in the Chechen connection.

There is ample evidence of the neocon connection to Chechen rebels, including information provided by former FBI agent Coleen Rowley.

Earlier this week reported on Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar, aka Muhajireen Brigade, joining al-Nusra, the jihadi terror organization linked to the Islamic State.

Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar is comprised primarily of Chechen and other Russian-speaking foreign fighters. It was led by an ethnic Chechen, Abu Omar al-Shishani, aka Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili.

Batirashvili and other Chechen figures, including Doku Umarov have connections to the US State Department and the National Endowment for Democracy.

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