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Russian military denies plan to send warships
Irish Times ^ | Saturday, August 4, 2012 | (with Reuters)

Posted on 08/03/2012 4:32:33 PM PDT by Olog-hai

There were conficting claims yesterday that Russia was to dispatch three warships to the Syrian port of Tartus in an apparent show of support for the regime of president Bashar al-Assad.

A Russian military source was quoted as saying Moscow was sending three ships and up to 360 marines, but a defense ministry spokesman later maintained there were no such plans.

Three Russian news agencies had quoted a source in the Russian general staff as saying the vessels, already in the Mediterranean, would arrive in Tartus this week or early next week with supplies for Russia’s only permanent warm-water port outside the former Soviet Union. …

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Russia

1 posted on 08/03/2012 4:32:36 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Given that the Russians haven’t sent over a tripwire force already, I suspect they’re either (1) not fully invested in Assad’s survival or (2) don’t see his regime falling to the rebels. My bet is on (2). As long as his Russian and Chinese backers can ward off a NATO intervention, Assad will prevail over the rebels.

2 posted on 08/03/2012 5:21:58 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Assad will prevail over the rebels.

His dad took out 30,000 Palestinians, so he has a good grounding in the fundamentals.

3 posted on 08/03/2012 6:33:10 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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