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Russian military man Syrian air defenses

Russian military presence in Syria poses challenge to US-led intervention

Advisers deployed with surface-to-air systems bolster President Assad's defences and complicate outcome of any future strikes








Syria crisis – an
Assad regime military vehicle destroyed by rebels during clashes in
Bayada neighborhood, Homs province. Photograph: Associated Press



Russian military advisers are manning some of Syria's more sophisticated air defences – something that would complicate any future US-led intervention, the Guardian has learned.

The
advisers have been deployed with new surface-to-air systems and
upgrades of old systems, which Moscow has supplied to the Assad regime
since the Syrian revolution broke out 21 months ago.The depth and
complexity of Syria's anti-aircraft


Added: Dec-24-2012 Occurred On: Dec-23-2012
By: Rockardgb
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Tags: Russia, Syria, Military, Air Defense
Location: Syria (load item map)
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  • The whole report of the bread-queue 'massacre' is made-up - The targets were military age males and there are videos of mujahadeen planting bread on the bodies to make up the lie.

    Then inexplicably the same incident turns into a Sarin gas attack with lots of 'victims' in a makeshift field hospital - despite the symptoms being totally wrong.

    Why should we believe anything in this report? All from the same source of 'activists' and 'Syrian Observatory for Human Rights' - which is actually one gu More..

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  • Here we go again. Looks like the next Iraq. Blow it all up, rebuild it all later, and let the American tax payer pay the money bill while the US marines and soldiers pay the lives bill. Great. Why not let them fight it out by themselves? Why does the US have to get involved in everyone else's business?

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  • idk what is goin on with russia and syria.

    i do know that i wish my comrades from my adopted motherland roll
    into syria and smash it like second rate grapes

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  • Just looking at recent history for something militarily similar: both China and Russia were involved with supporting the coordinated Serbian air defenses during the Kosovo conflict... and it didn't take very long for NATO to achieve air supremacy and only lost 2 piloted aircraft in the process. Nor were the air defenses much of a deterrent in preventing the conflict in the first place... Just don't think the conclusions the author came to match up to reality.

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  • hmmm... wonder what toppling assad would do to Russia's oil supply? hmmmm....

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    • @texaspsycho
      Russia oil supply???

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    • @dacian correction, Russia petroleum industry.. if I am not mistaken Russia reached an agreement with Syria earlier this year? I'm beginning to believe that a lot of conflicts revolves around oil -which leads me to believe why Russia is getting involved in the first place... oil

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    • @texaspsycho
      A lot of wars are for resources, but oil is needed more by western countries. Russia have other interests in Syria: geopolitical, strategical.

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