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Russia Sends More Advanced Missiles to Aid Assad in Syria
New York Times ^

Posted on 05/16/2013 9:35:54 PM PDT by Seizethecarp

Russia has shipped an advanced antiship cruise missile to Syria, a move that illustrates the depth of its support for the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad, American officials said on Thursday.

Russia has previously provided Yakhont missiles, as the weapon is known, to Syria. But the missiles that were recently delivered are outfitted with an advanced radar that makes them far more accurate, according to American officials who are familiar with classified intelligence reports.

The new missile “contributes to Syria’s overall military capabilities, but specifically it would tend to push Western or allied naval activity further off the coast,” said Jeffrey White, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a former senior American intelligence official. He said the delivery was “a signal of the Russian commitment to the Syrian government.”

Unlike Syria’s arsenal of Scud and other longer-range surface-to-surface missiles that the Assad government has fired against opposition forces, the Yakhont anti-ship missile system gives the Syrian military a formidable weapon to counter international forces seeking to reinforce Syrian opposition fighters by imposing a naval embargo, establishing a no-fly zone or carrying out limited airstrikes.

“It enables the regime to deter foreign forces looking to supply the opposition from the sea, or from undertaking a more active role if a no-fly zone or shipping embargo were to be declared at some point,” said Nick Brown, editor in chief of IHS Jane’s International Defense Review. “It’s a real ship killer.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: antishipmissile; cruisemissile; iran; israel; jordan; lebanon; missiles; russia; s300; syria; turkey; waronterror; yakhont

1 posted on 05/16/2013 9:35:54 PM PDT by Seizethecarp
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To: Seizethecarp

Article by MICHAEL R. GORDON and ERIC SCHMITT


2 posted on 05/16/2013 9:36:44 PM PDT by Seizethecarp ((Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks: www.runwaykillzone.com)
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To: Seizethecarp

Hrmmmm... Well played Putin.


3 posted on 05/16/2013 9:38:41 PM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: Jet Jaguar

Ping.


4 posted on 05/16/2013 9:40:13 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Seizethecarp
Thanks for the post. Puttie is having a ball over how things are shaping up.
No response required. Only one that follows all these things as they develop.
5 posted on 05/16/2013 9:41:57 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Galt level is not far away......)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

ping


6 posted on 05/16/2013 9:42:31 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Galt level is not far away......)
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To: Army Air Corps

bump


7 posted on 05/16/2013 10:00:28 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Marine_Uncle

how is that reset coming along
maybe 53% don’t realize what a moron we have in the wh
but putin certainly does


8 posted on 05/16/2013 10:02:40 PM PDT by genghis
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To: genghis

Your statement surely gets a thumbs up from me Freeper. Do have a great upcoming day. I’m ready to log out.


9 posted on 05/16/2013 10:08:39 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Galt level is not far away......)
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To: Seizethecarp

Curious. Seems to me Assad really needs is more help on the ground with the rebels. No naval forces are attacking him, right? Surely he can’t be feeling threatened from hussein?


10 posted on 05/16/2013 10:20:20 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: haffast

All part of it, I suppose ...


11 posted on 05/16/2013 10:20:37 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: ThunderSleeps

“No naval forces are attacking him, right? Surely he can’t be feeling threatened from hussein?”

He’s concerned about Israel if the thing gets going. Remember the Israeli frigate or corvette (I think it was) hit by an anti-ship missile off of Lebanon?


12 posted on 05/16/2013 10:22:05 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: ThunderSleeps

There might be a problem with antiship cruise missiles being passed from Syria to Hezbollah...which nailed an Israeli ship in 2006, IIRC.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-ship_missile

“In 2006, Lebanese Hezbollah fighters fired an AShM at the Israeli corvette INS Hanit, inflicting battle damage, but this warship managed to return to Israel in one piece and under its own power. A second missile in this same salvo struck and sank an Egyptian merchant ship.”


13 posted on 05/16/2013 10:43:22 PM PDT by Seizethecarp ((Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks: www.runwaykillzone.com)
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To: Marine_Uncle
So if they go to Syria,...why not also Iran?

I think the slaughter House will continue.

14 posted on 05/16/2013 11:15:52 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: F15Eagle

No, he’s protecting the navy base at Tartus. He doesn’t really cares who wins as long as everyone understands the Russians will defend their new naval base. There’s no way he would give Assad anti-ship missiles if he was’t pretty confident that even if Assad loses, the winners wouldn’t use them against the Russians.


15 posted on 05/16/2013 11:16:12 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: VanShuyten

Who does Putin think is going to take that base? Obama? NATO?

I have a hard time Putin fears them but I agree that Putin intends to keep Tartus, one way or another.


16 posted on 05/16/2013 11:19:14 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Seizethecarp

Assad or the Muslim Brotherhood/AlQaeda? Assad the better alternative.


17 posted on 05/17/2013 4:45:59 AM PDT by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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To: Seizethecarp

good job Putin — let’s hope that this sinks a Saudi or Qatari ship


18 posted on 05/17/2013 7:37:46 AM PDT by Cronos (Latin presbuteros->Late Latin presbyter->Old English pruos->Middle Engl prest->priest)
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To: Seizethecarp

No Wag the Dog for You, Barack.


19 posted on 05/17/2013 7:38:29 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"So if they go to Syria,...why not also Iran?"
Fair question, which I do not have an answer to.
"I think the slaughter House will continue."
I agree.
20 posted on 05/17/2013 8:42:18 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Galt level is not far away......)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Seizethecarp.


21 posted on 05/18/2013 1:11:46 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: F15Eagle

Interesting footage.....Destructive remains of suburb of Damascus taken from camera mounted on a Syrian tank, by Russian journalists,.....looks like you’re in a video game from the tank.

Once a community..now destroyed.....If this keeps up they’ll level Damascus without anyone else helping them to do so...Prophecy that Damascus would be no more, may come at their own hand.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=W9ZP-_dgVdc&feature=endscreen


22 posted on 05/18/2013 1:57:29 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

Thanks - I’ll check it out on another computer later


23 posted on 05/18/2013 2:00:43 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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