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Are There or Arenít there Russian Troops in Syria?
Defense Tech ^ | 3/20/2012 | Defense Tech

Posted on 03/20/2012 9:19:04 PM PDT by U-238

Well, things in Syria are getting a bit more complicated. Weeks after the news that special operators from NATO countries may be inside Syria advising the rebels, comes the news that Russia has dispatched counterterrorism troops to the embattled nation.

Now, some news reports say the Russian’s claim they’ve just sent a Navy tanker to support anti-piracy operations in Middle Eastern waters and that any troops aboard that ship are simply there to protect the tanker’s civilian crew and that there are no Russian counterterror troop in Syria. Now, the ship is docked in the Syrian port of Tartus on the Mediterranean Sea. That’s a very long way from the Gulf of Aden in the Indian Sea — the site of most anti-piracy ops. Hey, it could just be making a brief port call. Oh wait, other reports say the ship, and its complement of Russian marines, is in Tartus “to demonstrate Kremlin concern over Syria’s stability, and to assist in case of a possible evacuation of Russian civilians from the region”

While Moscow says it’s officially neutral in the conflict between the Syrian government and its people, Russia continues to sell arms to the Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s regime.

Needless to say, if these Russian troops come ashore in Syria, it will make any intervention by the West a bit more difficult

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: assad; counterterrorism; damascus; israel; kremlin; proxywar; russia; syria; tartus; waronterror

1 posted on 03/20/2012 9:19:09 PM PDT by U-238
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To: nuconvert; txhurl

Ping.


2 posted on 03/20/2012 9:35:21 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: U-238
Needless to say, if these Russian troops come ashore in Syria, it will make any intervention by the West a bit more difficult

Most importantly, the troops can land in Syria in what, 30 seconds after being given the order?

Of course they aren't likely to make any difference in fighting. Syrian army is much better suited for that, since Syrians at least know who is who in the urban combat. It is much easier for Russia to send 100 tons of arms and ammo than one soldier. But as a token they will do just fine, and it costs nothing to have them on the ship.

3 posted on 03/20/2012 9:52:02 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: U-238

Relax. They are just there to protect the 50 Pantsyr-1 batteries manned by other Russian expert radar technicians, as well as the protecting the Russian manned tracking radar complexes near the Golan and along the coast ... mostly totally harmless ...


4 posted on 03/21/2012 3:31:43 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: U-238

What is Defense Tech?

What are its credentials?

Why is Slate, MSNBC and Salon praising Defense Tech?


5 posted on 03/21/2012 6:14:35 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: U-238
The conspiracy crowd are reading far too much into this. The vessel in question is the Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet tanker Iman. I have been tracking this vessel since it left Sevastopol and headed for the Mediterranean. It sends Morse Code weather and sea state reports every six hours. If the vessel had such a mission to put troops into Syria then why would it be transmitting positional information every six hours? Even the Amur Class Repair ship PM-56 that was previously in Tartus, Syria had marines on board to protect it.

The following is the Morse Code weather transmission from the tanker Iman from 12 GMT today.

12464 Khz

RCV DE RMGB QSA ? QTC K @1204Z

RMGB 193 19 21 1600 193 BT SML FOR RJH45 RJE73 BT

21121 99349 10358 41998 03502 10190 40200 53001 70200 80000 22200 00190 20000 88000 80000 21015 BT AR

RMGB K

From the second and third groups 99349 10358

This breaks to

34.9N 35.8E (Tartus, Syria)

From the 11th group the vessel is indicating 00 which means hove to / at anchor / stopped.

It has been transmitting its position and weather data ever since it left the Black Sea.

RCV = Call sign of Head quarters Black Sea Fleet, Sevastopol

RMGB = Call sign of tanker Iman

Image of tanker Iman

6 posted on 03/21/2012 2:17:57 PM PDT by Tommyjo
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To: U-238

Who cares?
I’m hoping Assad wins, but only after wiping out most of Syria. I hope he gets plenty of help.


7 posted on 03/21/2012 2:25:24 PM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: sergeantdave

Defense Tech is used quite often by posters who use this site.


8 posted on 03/21/2012 4:00:58 PM PDT by U-238
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To: sergeantdave

If you doubt my veracity do a search on the site of the people who use the site. If was not kosher, “the management” would have this site blocked.


9 posted on 03/21/2012 4:03:19 PM PDT by U-238
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To: sergeantdave

Lastly, Defense Tech is an offshoot of Military.com


10 posted on 03/21/2012 4:13:29 PM PDT by U-238
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To: Tommyjo

I have been oil cargo from Venezuela to Syria.


11 posted on 03/21/2012 4:44:12 PM PDT by U-238
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To: Tommyjo

Rather I should say, tracking oil shipments.


12 posted on 03/21/2012 4:45:34 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

“Lastly, Defense Tech is an offshoot of Military.com”

I get that, U-238. I’ve traced Tech’s pedigree.

Here’s the question:

Why is Slate, MSNBC and Salon praising Defense Tech? These are all hard-core commie, left wing sites.

Maybe you don’t know the sources you’re posting. It would be good and proper etiquette to inform FR members that Defense Tech is loved by MSNBC and other rat traitors.

I’m willing to work with you.


13 posted on 03/21/2012 6:16:22 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: sergeantdave

There are others before me who have used the site. So they should inform me,right?

I am willing to work with you


14 posted on 03/21/2012 7:21:55 PM PDT by U-238
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To: sergeantdave
Why is Slate, MSNBC and Salon praising Defense Tech? These are all hard-core commie, left wing sites

Ask the web master of the website. They make the editorial decisons
15 posted on 03/21/2012 7:26:11 PM PDT by U-238
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To: sergeantdave

Did Chinese Espionage Lead to F-35 Delays?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2843399/posts

An example of another poster using the same site


16 posted on 03/21/2012 7:37:50 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

“Ask the web master of the website.”

Oh, bullshit.

I’m asking you why you’re posting crap propaganda from a leftist site without informing Freepers of that site’s leftist leanings. One of the troll writers at Defense Tech is a Politico propagandist and operative.


17 posted on 03/21/2012 7:54:56 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: sergeantdave; Admin Moderator

I do like the passion.I do want to fight with you. Save it for someone else.


18 posted on 03/21/2012 7:59:36 PM PDT by U-238
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To: sergeantdave; Admin Moderator
I am very sorry but my computer is slow, so there might be typing eerrors.I admire your passion.I just gave you my personal opinion. I do not want to fight with you. Save your battles with someone else, please.
19 posted on 03/21/2012 8:04:22 PM PDT by U-238
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks U-238.


20 posted on 03/21/2012 8:18:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: SunkenCiv

No Problem


21 posted on 03/21/2012 10:52:23 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

Russian Navy Tanker Iman has over the last couple of days moved from Tartus, Syria and is now located off Eastern Cyprus according to the Morse Code weather transmissions. It has been hove to off the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.


22 posted on 04/17/2012 8:41:01 AM PDT by Tommyjo
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