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Sunday, January 06, 2013

Russian ships gathering off Syrian coast to prevent ground op, Assad to speak

According to a report in the Times of London, Russia has deployed five loaded warships off the coast of Syria in order to discourage the West from taking action to depose Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
According to the report, the ships are carrying military vehicles and hundreds of Russian marines, and are being accompanied by combat vessels.
While officially Russia has claimed the ships have been deployed to partake in an exercise to "improve the management, maintenance and testing of the interaction of naval forces,” the Times quoted the diplomat as saying the marines were meant to deter the West from deploying ground forces in the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad.
“Russia should be prepared for any developments, as it believes the situation in Syria might reach its peak before Easter,” the Times quoted the diplomatic source as saying.
The report came as Assad was set to make his first public speech on the uprising against his rule in months.
The Russians aren't the only ones preparing for the possibility of Western intervention.
The United States military said US troops and equipment had begun arriving in Turkey on Friday to oversee the deployment of US and European Patriot surface-to-air missile batteries to the Turkish-Syrian border.
Turkey and NATO say the missiles are a safeguard to protect southern Turkey from possible Syrian missile strikes. Syria and allies Russia and Iran say the deployments could spark an eventual military action by the Western alliance.
I guess the Russian don't under 'reset' in quite the same way that the Obama administration understands it. What a shock.... 

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At 3:52 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

This is actually good news. Assad's little Vietnam needs to grind on for decades. The longer it consumes all the players involved the better it is for all of us.


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