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Putin, Obama face off over Syria; rebels get Saudi missiles
Reuters ^ | Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:22am EDT | By Andrew Osborn and Amena Bakr

Posted on 06/18/2013 12:40:47 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

(Reuters) - Rebels fought to halt an advance by President Bashar al-Assad's forces into northern Syria on Monday while U.S. President Barack Obama faced a showdown with Russia's Vladimir Putin over Obama's decision last week to arm the insurgents.

New evidence emerged of escalating foreign support for the rebels, with a Gulf source telling Reuters that Saudi Arabia had equipped fighters for the first time with shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, their most urgent request. Rebels said Riyadh had also sent them anti-tank missiles.

European nations backing the rebels would "pay the price" if they joined those sending weapons to Syria, President Bashar al-Assad told a German newspaper.

The Saudi weapons deal was disclosed as rebel fighters confront government troops and hundreds of militants from the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia seeking to retake the northern city of Aleppo, where heavy fighting resumed on Monday.

After months of indecision, the Obama administration announced last week that it would arm the rebels because Assad's forces had crossed a "red line" by using nerve gas. That has put Washington on the opposite side of the two-year-old civil war from its Cold War foe Moscow, which supplies weapons to Assad.

The United Nations has urged all sides to stop sending arms to a conflict that has killed at least 93,000 and shows no sign of abating. But those calls have been ignored, with regional and global powers doubling down on support for either side.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: israel; russia; saudiarabia; syria; waronterror

1 posted on 06/18/2013 12:40:47 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I hope the Saudis have kept the supplies low. These may be traveling back across the Saudi border some day.


2 posted on 06/18/2013 12:45:08 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Speaker John Boehner (R) no (D) no (R)... has more waffles than IHOP.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The Saudis love the rebels so much, and identify with their goals so intimately that they —the Saudis— are sending ZERO troops.

Right? Do I have that right?

And we —bankrupt on the other side of planet Earth— are sending 5,000 farms boys over there to FIGHT.

On behalf of muslim people who LIKE Al Qaeda.

Right?


3 posted on 06/18/2013 12:45:57 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Marine_Uncle; TigersEye; justa-hairyape; onyx; MestaMachine; Travis McGee

And just where did the Saudi’s get shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles,....?


4 posted on 06/18/2013 12:46:44 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: gaijin

McCain is all for it!


5 posted on 06/18/2013 12:48:53 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: DoughtyOne

See #4.


6 posted on 06/18/2013 12:49:48 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: gaijin

NOT RIGHT!

But CORRECT!


7 posted on 06/18/2013 12:50:21 PM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

8 posted on 06/18/2013 12:51:10 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

Good one...


9 posted on 06/18/2013 12:54:51 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Speaker John Boehner (R) no (D) no (R)... has more waffles than IHOP.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Saudi’s better pray that one of those missiles don’t take out a Russian airliner coming in or out of Damascus. Doubt the Russians will be amused or end up invading Iraq in retaliation.


10 posted on 06/18/2013 12:54:56 PM PDT by allendale
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Yeah, I wonder.


11 posted on 06/18/2013 12:55:06 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Speaker John Boehner (R) no (D) no (R)... has more waffles than IHOP.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Putin told Obama that if Obama created a “no fly zone”, that Russian military transports would ignore it and fly supplies to Syria anyway. He dared Obama to do anything about it.


12 posted on 06/18/2013 12:55:08 PM PDT by swamprebel (a Constitution once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.)
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To: gaijin

As difficult as it is to conjure up - you nailed it.


13 posted on 06/18/2013 1:00:13 PM PDT by mcshot (God bless the USA! THE GUN DEBATE WAS SETTLED IN 1791!!!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Obama vs Pooty Poot is like a ball lost in tall grass.


14 posted on 06/18/2013 1:01:06 PM PDT by llevrok (Joe Biden is the Fredo Corleone of the Obama crime family.)
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To: dead

The world has taken its measure of Obama, and found him to be weak.

15 posted on 06/18/2013 1:01:06 PM PDT by CASchack
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ahh yes the Syrian rebels who behead and murder christians—this is who The Bam supports. Not that pencil neck Assad is 99.44% pure like Ivory Snow but the US should stay out of it. Whoever wins in Syria is not our friend no matter what. Scrooge them all.


16 posted on 06/18/2013 1:01:08 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

a-rabs killing a-rabs

i`ll get back to ya with a peace plan, let me work out the details. get back to me next year.


17 posted on 06/18/2013 1:07:21 PM PDT by Einherjar
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Putin and Bush had a sense of rapport...

Based on the nonverbals, Putin merely tolerates Boy Zer0.


18 posted on 06/18/2013 1:09:17 PM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: swamprebel
Putin told Obama that if Obama created a “no fly zone”, that Russian military transports would ignore it and fly supplies to Syria anyway. He dared Obama to do anything about it.

This is why executive experience is vital when electing a president. Obama thinks he can simply act without engaging his main counterpart. Now.. once again.. his words are going to make us look like weakdi*ks because we don't back up our words.

19 posted on 06/18/2013 1:13:53 PM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Isn’t it interesting, and really quite sad, that not only is he 100% right, but that Putin is the one who makes perfect sense here and that WE are getting lectured on morals, by him.

I loathe Obama.


20 posted on 06/18/2013 1:15:13 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: All

Back later.


21 posted on 06/18/2013 1:16:34 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It seems that the foreign-policy dream team (Obama, Biden, Kerry, (HR)Clinton) have managed to re-ignite the Cold War. Furthermore, they did this in order to further the cause of Islamists, who hate the entire western world. It’s so insane that it has to be a work of genius, not stupidity.


22 posted on 06/18/2013 1:16:39 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
So, when did the Saudis start building missiles? Shouldn't that headline read say that US, French, German, British, Chinese, or Russian, missiles are going to the rebels?

What are the odds they're giving US equipment to the rebels that King Barry will then quietly replace the next time he bows to the Saudi king?

23 posted on 06/18/2013 1:39:59 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: ScottinVA

Putin respected Bush.


24 posted on 06/18/2013 2:12:44 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
RE: "And just where did the Saudi’s get shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles,....?"

Courtesy of Hillary and Barrack.
25 posted on 06/18/2013 2:40:45 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Galt level is not far away......)
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