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    • moss says:

      Couple planeloads of Russian relief have officially landed in Syria. Apart from American assumptions of covert aid to Assad. So, it’s now OK for official CIA deliveries to various opposition tribes in the civil war. Apart from our own covert aid, relief, whatever. Cold War mentality. Cold War code names. 1970’s comic strips redux.

      • MAAG says:

        According to Russian news agencies, Foreign Minister Sergi Lavrov stated on Sunday that Russia will continue its military support of Syria, including sending personnel to the embattled country. “There were military supplies, they are ongoing and they will continue. They are inevitably accompanied by Russian specialists, who help to adjust the equipment, to train Syrian personnel how to use these weaponry,” Lavrov said on Sunday. Moscow has also said its military assistance to the Syrian army is in line with international law, and that Russian servicemen, including military experts, have been present inside Syria for many years, including before the start of the war. On Friday the International Business Times reported that “Russia, in recent days, has expedited efforts to reinforce its base in Jablah. As part of its military aid to Syria, Russia will be deploying advanced S-300 air defense missile systems in the base, where combatant units from Russian Marine Brigades 810 and 336 will also be housed. A Russian MiG-31 interceptor craft also has bee put on standby at the Mezza airbase at Damascus airport to offer air support to the combined Russian-Iranian forces. A Russian nuclear submarine, Dmitri Donskoy TK-20, is also in Syria as part of the effort to stop Syrian rebels and Islamic State (Isis) from gaining ground in northern Syria.”

  1. Ante up says:

    Russia positioning tanks and artillery at Syria airfield according to US officials http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/14/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-idUSKCN0RE1LH20150914 Reuters has previously reported that Russia had deployed about 200 naval infantry soldiers to the airfield, as well as temporary housing units, a portable air traffic control station and components for an air defense system. So far, Russia has not sent combat aircraft or helicopter gunships to the airfield, the Pentagon said.

  2. HAR says:

    “Weapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia intended for Syrian rebels have been systematically stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, according to American and Jordanian officials.
    Some of the stolen weapons were used in a shooting in November that killed two Americans and three others at a police training facility in Amman, F.B.I. officials believe after months of investigating the attack, according to people familiar with the investigation.
    The existence of the weapons theft, which ended only months ago after complaints by the American and Saudi governments, is being reported for the first time after a joint investigation by The New York Times and Al Jazeera. The theft, involving millions of dollars of weapons, highlights the messy, unplanned consequences of programs to arm and train rebels — the kind of program the C.I.A. and Pentagon have conducted for decades — even after the Obama administration had hoped to keep the training program in Jordan under tight control.” http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/27/world/middleeast/cia-arms-for-syrian-rebels-supplied-black-market-officials-say.html

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