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Big powers move in on Syria: Russian troops for Tartus. US forces ready to go
DEBKA File ^ | June 15, 2012

Posted on 06/15/2012 11:25:00 AM PDT by Errant

A contingent of Russian special forces is on its way to Syria to guard the Russian navy’s deep-water port at the Syria’s Mediterranean coastal town of Tartus, Pentagon officials informed US NBC TV Friday, June 15. They are coming by ship. According to debkafile’s sources, the contingent is made up of naval marines and is due to land in Syria in the coming hours.

In a separate and earlier announcement, US Defense Department sources in Washington reported that the US military had completed its own planning for a variety of US operations against Syria, or for assisting neighboring countries in the event action was ordered – a reference, according to our sources, to Turkey, Jordan and Israel.

The Syrian civil war is now moving into a new phase of major power military intervention, say debkafile’s military sources. Moscow, by sending troops to Syria without UN Security Council approval, has set up a precedent for the United States, the European Union and Arab governments to follow. They all held back from sending troops to Syria because all motions to apply force for halting the bloodshed in Syria was blocked in the UN body.

According to US military sources, in recent weeks, the Pentagon has finalized its assessment of what types of units would be needed and how many troops. The military planning includes a scenario for a no-fly zone as well as protecting chemical and biological sites. The U.S. Navy is maintaining a presence of three surface combatants and a submarine in the eastern Mediterranean to conduct electronic surveillance and reconnaissance on the Syrian regime, a senior Pentagon official said.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: israel; middleeast; russia; russian; syria; troops; waronterror
Yeah, I know IT'S the DEBKAfile.
1 posted on 06/15/2012 11:25:18 AM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

Holy DEBKA!!! This is HUGH and SERIES!!!! A moose once bit Assad’s sister!!!!!1


2 posted on 06/15/2012 11:35:16 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Errant

DEBKA, the National Enquirer and Globe of affairs between nations.


3 posted on 06/15/2012 11:37:05 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: Anti-Bubba182; FreeAtlanta

:D


4 posted on 06/15/2012 11:48:22 AM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

Whew, it’s Debka. I was afraid it was MSM, which is only slightly more credible than Debka.

OTOH, between Sheriff Joe and the Cold Case Posse, his huge economic gaffe with “the private sector is just fine”, etc. Bammy might need a June-July-August-September-or-October Surprise.

Though I find it hard to believe he’d challenge the Russkies in Syria. Especially after relaying to Comrade Putin “he’d have more flexibility after the election”.


5 posted on 06/15/2012 11:50:57 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Errant
Different source
6 posted on 06/15/2012 11:59:19 AM PDT by SC DOC
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To: Errant
There is nothing here that adds up to "US forces ready to go."
7 posted on 06/15/2012 12:04:30 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Errant

Your don’t send Special Forces to guard a port...


8 posted on 06/15/2012 12:08:44 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Errant

Obama trying to engineer a non-confrontation with his Russian buddies to boost his polls??


9 posted on 06/15/2012 12:08:49 PM PDT by ZULU (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd)
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To: F15Eagle
Though I find it hard to believe he’d challenge the Russkies in Syria.

I firmly believe that he'll do what he is told. It's why he's where he is...

10 posted on 06/15/2012 12:18:28 PM PDT by Errant
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To: SC DOC

Muchas gracias!


11 posted on 06/15/2012 12:19:50 PM PDT by Errant
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To: ZULU

Could it be he has a war on standby, depending...


12 posted on 06/15/2012 12:21:23 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

I htink so. But based on his whispered comments to Medvedev, I think it would be a minor type of skirmish just to up his polls - a few bodies on both sides and he looks tough.

I simply don’t trust him and feel he would do ANYTHING to get re-elected.


13 posted on 06/15/2012 12:25:50 PM PDT by ZULU (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd)
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To: ZULU
I simply don’t trust him and feel he would do ANYTHING to get re-elected.

Completely agree, but I'm also certain those who are the real power, have contingency plans.

14 posted on 06/15/2012 12:38:45 PM PDT by Errant
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To: 2banana

“You don’t send Special Forces to guard a port...”

True. You send them to guard the anti-aircraft missiles that you’re going to emplace at the port. NATO really needs to keep out of Syria and let those people sort out their own affairs and we really do not need to start up another cold war with Russia by attacking their last ME ally. The Russians are still pissed that we hit Serbia and are still occupying Kosovo in favor of the Muslims.


15 posted on 06/15/2012 1:06:07 PM PDT by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: F15Eagle

“he’d have more flexibility after the election” I’m sure he’ll have a lot more flexibiliy after he’s unelected. He can play golf every day.


16 posted on 06/15/2012 1:28:54 PM PDT by meatloaf (Support Senate S 1863 & House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: MeganC

“NATO really needs to keep out of Syria and let those people sort out their own affairs and we really do not need to start up another cold war with Russia by attacking their last ME ally.”

As long as Mulsims are just killing other Muslims, we should sit back, smile, and applaude.


17 posted on 06/15/2012 1:35:39 PM PDT by ZULU (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd)
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To: Errant
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"The best way to avoid the MK-48 torpedo is to run your ship aground, for the crew to disembark, put on civilian clothes and try to blend in with the locals. This will force the MK-48 to hunt you down individually, which can take weeks." -- A witty, former boomer guy

18 posted on 06/15/2012 2:16:04 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: 2banana

Just like I said: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/16/world/europe/russia-sending-air-and-sea-defenses-to-syria.html

“Russia’s chief arms exporter said Friday that his company was shipping advanced defensive missile systems to Syria that could be used to shoot down airplanes or sink ships if the United States or other nations try to intervene to halt the country’s spiral of violence.”


19 posted on 06/15/2012 3:25:04 PM PDT by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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Thanks Errant.
20 posted on 06/15/2012 3:43:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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