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Russia, Syria deny war games with China, Iran ^ | 6/19/12 | Joanna Paraszczuk

Posted on 06/19/2012 1:39:11 PM PDT by Nachum

Russian and Syrian officials dismissed as provocation on Tuesday Iranian media reports that Iran, Russia, China and Syria are to conduct joint military exercises in Syria next month. Iran's semi-official Fars News outlet, which has ties to the Iranian government, cited "certain unofficial sources" had confirmed the war games but did not say where those sources were from. (Snip) The Iranian and Arabic reports said the war-games were scheduled for less than a month's time.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: deny; russia; syria; war
That was fast. Whom to believe?
1 posted on 06/19/2012 1:39:23 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Perhaps they are just denying that they are games...

2 posted on 06/19/2012 1:41:22 PM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: Nachum

Anyone who believed the initial reports were dumb as a box of rocks to begin with.

Criteria for believing news needs to be based on the credibility of the source, not whether the news is exciting, or fulfills End Times fantasies.

3 posted on 06/19/2012 1:42:51 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Strategerist

So you’re saying older people can’t have fantasies? Never-mind.

I try to take these reports with a grain of salt. These days, you never know.

I wonder what Russia is telling the Iranians through back channels right now. I wouldn’t be too happy with them if I were the Ruskies.

Course with Putin, who knows what tweaks he might enjoy seeing aired.

4 posted on 06/19/2012 2:29:57 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Republicanism: Y1 Rant Y2 Rant Y3 Rant Y4, Oh nevermind, vote for him anyway. Rinse & Repeat!)
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To: Nachum
If I were the Prime-minister of Isreal I'd be keeping my eyes open for a possible sneak attack during these so called exercises.

Seems I remember the last time there were exercises between Egypt and Syria.

The Israeli’s almost bought the farm because of that stunt.

5 posted on 06/19/2012 3:44:22 PM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: DoughtyOne
I wonder what Russia is telling the Iranians through back channels right now. I wouldn’t be too happy with them if I were the Ruskies. Course with Putin, who knows what tweaks he might enjoy seeing aired.

Putin, being a KGB man, probably engineered this disinformation himself. Mind games are financially cheap, but they can manipulate the foe just as well as a small army. Now the West doesn't know what is truth and what isn't; all achieved by ten journalists publishing ten contradicting reports the sum of which is exactly zero. Often you know less after reading those reports.

6 posted on 06/19/2012 3:59:45 PM PDT by Greysard
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Training exercises

7 posted on 06/19/2012 4:44:15 PM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: Greysard

You’re making a lot of sense there IMO.

I agree.

8 posted on 06/19/2012 5:32:43 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Republicanism: Y1 Rant Y2 Rant Y3 Rant Y4, Oh nevermind, vote for him anyway. Rinse & Repeat!)
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To: Nachum
Russia should remember what happened in Soviet-era Afghanistan. A Russian military force in Syria will be a magnet for every Sunni psycho in the world.
9 posted on 06/20/2012 4:42:29 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Nachum
China and Russia Launch Military Exercises
April 22nd, 2012

China and Russia launched joint naval exercises Sunday in the Yellow Sea between the east coast of mainland China and the Korean peninsula.

Sixteen Chinese surface vessels and two submarines as well as four Russian warships will take part in the six days of drills. ...

China and Russia have conducted four bilateral and multilateral military exercises since 2005.

Russia, China hold "Peace Mission" 2009 joint exercise

The exercise involves about 3,000 Russian and Chinese servicemen, nearly 300 units of army military equipment and over 40 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. Photo: BMP-86A infantry fighting vehicles of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China.

[2009] Russia, China plan new joint military exercises

By MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst
Published: March 26, 2009

WASHINGTON, March 26 (UPI) -- The continuing tensions over Russia's refusal to sell its state-of-the-art land warfare advanced weapons systems to China hasn't interrupted the rhythm of major joint military exercises between the two major land powers on the Eurasian landmass. The latest in the regular, biennial series of exercises between the two nations has been confirmed for this summer.

The next in the now well-established series of exercises called Peace Mission 2009 will be carried out in northeastern China, the Russian Defense Ministry announced March 18, according to a report carried by the RIA Novosti news agency.

The first bilateral Peace Mission maneuvers -- described at the time as counter-terrorism exercises -- were held in Russia and the eastern Chinese province of Shandong in August 2005. As we reported at that time, they were a lot bigger than mere counter-terrorism exercises. Warships, squadrons of combat aircraft and more than 10,000 troops were involved carrying out landings against hypothetically hostile shores. The maneuvers also involved large-scale paratroops drops. The scale and nature of those exercises suggested a trial run for a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan with Russian support. ..."

Russia, China flex muscles in joint war games
August 17, 2007

CHEBARKUL, Russia (Reuters) - Russia and China staged their biggest joint exercises on Friday but denied this show of military prowess could lead to the formation of a counterweight to NATO.

"Today's exercises are another step towards strengthening the relations between our countries, a step towards strengthening international peace and security, and first and foremost, the security of our peoples," Putin said.

Fighter jets swooped overhead, commandos jumped from helicopters on to rooftops and the boom of artillery shells shook the firing range in Russia's Ural mountains as two of the largest armies in the world were put through their paces.

The exercises take place against a backdrop of mounting rivalry between the West, and Russia and China for influence over Central Asia, a strategic region that has huge oil, gas and mineral resources.

Russia's growing assertiveness is also causing jitters in the West. Putin announced at the firing range that Russia was resuming Soviet-era sorties by its strategic bomber aircraft near NATO airspace.

War Games: Russia, China Grow Alliance
September 23, 2005

In foreign policy it’s critical to “know thine enemy.” So American policymakers should be aware that Russia and China are inching closer to identifying a common enemy — the United States.

The two would-be superpowers held unprecedented joint military exercises Aug. 18-25. Soothingly named “Peace Mission 2005,” the drills took place on the Shandong peninsula on the Yellow Sea, and included nearly 10,000 troops. Russian long-range bombers, the army, navy, air force, marine, airborne and logistics units from both countries were also involved.

Moscow and Beijing claim the maneuvers were aimed at combating terrorism, extremism and separatism (the last a veiled reference to Taiwan), but it’s clear they were an attempt to counter-balance American military might.

Joint war games are a logical outcome of the Sino-Russian Friendship and Cooperation Treaty signed in 2001, and reflect the shared worldview and growing economic ties between the two Eastern Hemisphere giants."

"Peace Mission 2010

Looks like the military exercise between Shanghai Cooperation Organization is becoming an annual occurrence instead of bi-annual [ie, 2005, 2007, 2009].

According to rian, the next one will be this September [2010]. ..."

10 posted on 06/20/2012 8:41:43 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page:
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