Skip to comments.Syria crisis: warplanes spotted in Cyprus as tensions rise in Damascus
Posted on 08/26/2013 1:21:28 PM PDT by mojito
Warplanes and military transporters have begun arriving at Britain's Akrotiri airbase on Cyprus, less than 100 miles from the Syrian coast, in a sign of increasing preparations for a military strike against the Assad regime in Syria.
Two commercial pilots who regularly fly from Larnaca on Monday told the Guardian that they had seen C-130 transport planes from their cockpit windows as well as small formations of fighter jets on their radar screens, which they believe had flown from Europe.
Residents near the British airfield, a sovereign base since 1960, also say activity there has been much higher than normal over the past 48 hours.
If an order to attack targets in Syria is given, Cyprus is likely to be a hub of the air campaign.
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We seemed to have given up the element of surprise.
The big question: Is Russia re-allocating resources into the area? Because that would be bad.
Warmonger Obama is going to mass murder people, again.
Russia has a base in Syria. Is an ally and supplies their arms. Russia told us a dozen times to stay out of this.
Absolutely. But the question is: Has Russia begun beefing up their position?
Maybe Zero gets another Peace Prize for this.
AFAIK, the closest Russian forces other than Tartus are near Sevestapol on the Black Sea. Russia really doesn’t have much to build up.
Rushing to get set up for the cover of darkness.(no moon)
“But the question is: Has Russia begun beefing up their position?”
They’ve moved several ships and attack aircraft. Also, Syria’s air defenses are being controlled (or were) by three Russian radar ships. I’ve read they’ve moved marines (their equivalent) into the area to “protect Russian civilians.”
The danger here is that somebody spoofs an attack from either Russia or the USA on the other.
No room for pretenses these days,, Syria is the Normandy of its day, fake C130s or not..
History is a cruel taskmaster.
Sadly, those in control seemed hell-bent to take it to a new level.
Maybe President Cruz or Palin can hand over obama to the world court for war crimes. How’s that nobel prize committee these days. Are you happy with your communist kenyan?
Any other time I would suggest we tell Putin to GFH, now I don't know what to think.
Garden variety Nobel peace prize laureate... Doncha Know?
If ‘Cousin Itt’ Manning gets it that would just be so predictable...
Wag the dog???
Oh yeah, he'll be in line for "it" all right.
And if I recall, Syria has some fairly robust air defenses, so announcing yourself in advance has some drawbacks.
Yeah, I was wondering about their capabilities...they are supplied by the Ruskies. Their air defenses are capable from what I gather as they were upgraded after Israel embarrassed them severely.
What are their defense capabilities like against ships and the like??
For them. See USAF, IDF, RAF. Ivan is smart enough to keep em on the ground.
What zero had better get is impeached.
I forgot, he doesn’t recognize the War Powers Act.
Did not help stop the rubbleification of their nuclear facility a couple odd years ago.
Didn't Saddam have the same air defenses? Perhaps the Syrian defenses were upgraded with newer Russian designs.
This is going to put Putin on the spot. The exercise will be an endorsement for:
1. Russian air defenses, or
2. U.S. aviation technology.
3. Perhaps Chinese Silkworm anti ship weaponry.
The Serbs shot down about 3 of our planes in ‘99. The Syrians can take down dozens if we are stupid enough to put them in range of their air defenses.
The Guardian journalists strike again! Do they ever do any research? The Eurofigher Typhoons are the training squadron from RAF Coningsby in the UK. This is 29 (Reserve) Squadron deploying for three weeks on their Summer Camp.
The admin. likes playing cards. Hoping a bluff will do the trick. No statesmen-like leaders anywhere on the scene on the U.S./Great Britain side of the equation. Certainly no Doc Holidays or even Bush the elder or younger.
I would advise everyone get and read Alas Babylon NOW.
obama is insane and so is mccain, and anyone else who wants the US to attack Syria is seriously brainfried.
This is not going to end well...
I am posting this here to refresh everyone’s memory. It needs wider circulation.
Carney said today in WH presser that they basically knew that Syrian regime was responsible for WMD attack because they had maintained control of WMD stocks at all times...yet.....after Benghazi..out of the blue..Panetta said this:
“Today, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced that the US no longer had knowledge of the whereabouts of some Syrian chemical weapons, and admitted that those weapons may have been funneled to rebels or Iranian proxies. There has been intelligence that there have been some moves that have taken place, said Panetta. Where exactly thats taken place, we dont know.
Now they want everyone to forget they said this after Benghazi...but DON’T!!
This isn’t going to end as the cruise missiles into the deserted aspirin factory did, back in Bubba Jeffy Klintoon’s corrupt admin.
Pooty-Poot has some serious assets in Syria, and they’re not going to just stand by and watch their Syrian ally take the hits. TSHTF.
Yep, Obama is way out of his league.
I don't know why but I keep seeing a Zimmerman vs Treyvon juxtaposition here.....hush my mouth.
I agree, this isn't going to end well.
They shot down a Turkish F-4 last year.
Brainfried or JPE (Just Plain Evil).
Does that mean we’ve got another VJ Day coming up?
Cross-linking threads with live Kerry-presser thread:
Why not Malia and Sasha Obama along with the sons and daughters of Democrat politicians who are itching to launch WWIII for the Muslim Brotherhood?
The children of the politicians who wish to jump into the fray should be the first boots on the ground. Not our children.
Let’s be real...They don’t have to beef up their position. They live next door.
B-2s out of Missouri will be used. But what are the C-130s doing there? Transporting troops or missiles or both?
...because there aren't resources already there. Remember when the 6th fleet was in the Med? It wasn't there when Benghazi kicked up, and it isn't there now.
I would expect a knock-out of Air Defense systems plus a sea blockade, ....and possibly a no-fly zone.
Anything more than that is really nutzo.
Yeah, the Russian card here is something to worry about, and Putin seems psychologically inclined to enjoy taking things right to the edge......if not over the edge.
Russia’s best air defense systems aren’t in Syria.
... "Where were you in '62?" (and I don't mean American Grafitti... )
... sounds like a potential 1962 Crisis... What could ever go wrong?
... sounds like a potential 1962 Crisis... What could ever go wrong?
AMAZING how quiet the Anti-War liberal left is on yet another pending undeclared war by the Peace Prize President Obama, isn't it??
LBJ went from being a so called great president with the liberals with his war on poverty, which is still being lost, to one of the worse presidents ever after he deepened the Nam War.
Now, Obozoliar appears to be following in the footsteps of LBJ with his lies about Assad and Syria, while covering for the Muslim Brotherhood Thugs and al Queda in Syria.
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