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Assad digs in as Russia sends military force to Syria

Assad digs in as Russia sends military force to Syria

As the situation in Syria continues to devolve, Russia is sending military resources to the region to protect its assets, among other things.

Via The Times of Israel:

A flotilla of five Russian warships laden with hundreds of troops, which is headed toward Syria, is a show of force meant to deter Western armies from intervening in the war-torn nation, the London-based Sunday Times reported….

However, a Russian intelligence source was quoted on Sunday as saying that the presence of over 300 marines on the ships was meant as a deterrent to keep countries hostile to the Bashar Assad regime — a key ally of the Kremlin — from landing special forces in the country….

The British newspaper on Sunday quoted an Israeli source who said that it was conceivable that a Russian ground force would step in “to defend the Alawite corridor stretched between the Lebanese border in the south and the Turkish border in the north.” …

There has also been increasing indication that Israel and the US are mulling a military move in Syria to secure the country’s sizable stockpile of chemical weapons, which decision-makers fear could be turned against Israel, as well as on Syrian rebels, should Assad come to the conclusion that his days are numbered.

Meanwhile, Assad appears to be digging in:

The Syrian president used an hour-long speech in Damascus on Sunday to propose what he called a comprehensive plan that included an “expanded government”. But there was no sign he was prepared to step down as the first stage of a political transition – a demand of all opposition groups. “I will go one day, but the country remains,” he said.

The Syrian leader referred repeatedly to plots against his country and the role of al-Qaida, long-portrayed as the leading element in what began as a popular uprising in March 2011. Syria was not facing a revolution but a “gang of criminals”, he said.




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Now, barry gets to show his “flexible” stuff. Isn’t that what you said to Medvedev, barry?

The United States does not have any form of alliance with Syria. That country is know to harbor Muslim Terrorist Criminals.

Thus, we should stay the hell out of the whole mess.

    Fluffy Foo Foo in reply to SeniorD. | January 6, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    What if the Salafists start to genocide Syrian Christians though? Syrian Christians are supporting Assad.

    It is some kind of complicated mess, but I doubt the POTUS does nothing if Christians start getting exterminated.

ZeroHedge has a pretty good article on this

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-01-06/russian-ships-park-syrian-coast-nato-deploys-patriot-missiles-turkey

Not a fan of Assad, but who are these “rebels”?? many people who come on Fox, say many of these so called rebels are now Al-queda. Maybe the rebels were made of good people at the beginning of this whole thing, who wanted real democracy etc, but it seems now that al-queda may be making up most of the rebels, do we really want these terrorists running rampant in Syria, as bad as Assad is, the alternative? especially if the stories of al-queda being that prevalent in the rebel ranks, may be much much worse.

I’ve read on Reuters the christian community in Syria is now wanting to make sure Assad stays in place, they are frightened that the “rebels”, made of these Islamists, will annihilate them.

BannedbytheGuardian | January 6, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Erdogan is at this very moment stripped down to his speedos about to swim out & stop them as they pass through the strait.

BannedbytheGuardian | January 6, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Breaking news.

It is in fact , Atilla Ugur Erdogan who is in the water .This is entirely appreciate because PM Erdogan cannot swim & Atilla is the nation’s best backstroker [ junior champ 2010].

Mrs Ermine Erdogan is following as a mini mini flotilla .Ermine is seated goddess

I read that Tony Rexco is Syrian and the same Alawi tribe as Baby Assad. Just saying. Maybe things in Assad-land are closer than we think to The USA.
Remeber hisfather went hafte insurgents in the eighties or so.

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