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ABC Reports Russian Troops Have Arrived In Syria, Russia Denies
Zero Hedge ^ | 3/19/12

Posted on 03/19/2012 1:01:59 PM PDT by Wilderness Conservative

Earlier today, Al Arabiya made waves in the energy market following reports that a Russian ship carrying special forces had arrived in the Syrian port of Tartus, previously demonstrated here to be a key strategic asset in the Mediterranean. This news was promptly denied by RIA, which said that "there were no Russian military ships off Syria coast" and that the Iman ship is a tanker which is merely conducting resource support functions. Furthermore, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the crew of Iman consists solely of "civilian personnel, which is being guarded." That may or may not be the case, but has not stopped ABC from blasting, minutes ago, a headline that "Russian anti-terror troops arrive in Syria" a development that a "United Nations Security Council source told ABC News was "a bomb" certain to have serious repercussions." Which begs the question: is everyone now dead set on having war in Syria, and by proxy, Iran?

From ABC:

Russia, one of President Bashar al-Assad's strongest allies despite international condemnation of the government's violent crackdown on the country's uprising, has repeatedly blocked the United Nations Security Council's attempts to halt the violence, accusing the U.S. and its allies of trying to start another war.

Now the Russian Black Sea fleet's Iman tanker has arrived in the Syrian port of Tartus on the Mediterranean Sea with an anti-terror squad from the Russian Marines aboard according to the Interfax news agency. The Assad government has insisted it is fighting a terrorist insurgency.

The Iman replaced another Russian ship "which had been sent to Syria for demonstrating (sic) the Russian presence in the turbulent region and possible evacuation of Russian citizens," the Black Sea Fleet told Interfax.

Here is where ABC's report gets a little screwy:

RIA Novosti, a news outlet with strong ties to the Kremlin, trumpeted the news in a banner headline that appeared only on its Arabic language website. The Russian embassy to the U.S. and to the U.N. had no comment, saying they have "no particular information on" the arrival of a Russian anti-terrorism squad to Syria.

Actually no, here is what RIA did say about the development, google translated: (original can be found here)

Defense Ministry denied the information circulated a number of media that the coast of Syria are ostensibly Russian warships.

"No Russian warships, performing tasks from the shores of Syria, no. In the Syrian port of Tartus 10 days of the ship auxiliary fleet tanker" Iman "which performs the tasks logistics - the replenishment of fuel and food - of the Black Sea and Northern Fleets, which provides security shipping in the Gulf of Aden anti-piracy ", - told RIA Novosti representative of management information and the Defense Ministry.

Previously, some Russian and foreign media reported that the Black Sea Fleet tanker "Iman" on board which is a group of Marines, ostensibly to perform combat missions off the coast of Syria.

Which is rather odd - one would imagine that when reporting on such potential warmongering scenarios fact-checking would be rather important. It appears not.

Either way, ABC continues:

Last week Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia had no plans to send troops to Syria.

"As for the question whether I consider it necessary to confront the United States in Syria and ensure our military presence there… in order to take part in military actions -- no. I believe this would be against Russia's national interests," Lavrov told lawmakers, according to RIA Novosti.

So... Buy crude or yes? Because it has been a whopping 48 hours since we heard anything from Israel ever since its security council proceeded to give the go ahead in a 8-6 vote to attack Iran.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: bhorussia; condorlegion; legioncondor; russia; russiantroops; syria
This would make the situation rather complicated for those calling for NATO to get involved.
1 posted on 03/19/2012 1:02:00 PM PDT by Wilderness Conservative
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To: Wilderness Conservative
RIA, a news outlet with strong ties to the Kremlin

Sheesh. Who do you believe in this?

The RIA, or ABC, a news outlet with strong ties to the White House?

2 posted on 03/19/2012 1:05:52 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Wilderness Conservative
This was telegraphed a few weeks ago. Good to see Vald is back in charge playing chess while OBUMMER and Hiltary are playing checkers.
3 posted on 03/19/2012 1:05:58 PM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: Wilderness Conservative

Good news. Keeps Obama from launching a Syrian war for political reasons. Iran is still open, though.


4 posted on 03/19/2012 1:08:31 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: crosslink

Is Putin for or against Assad?


5 posted on 03/19/2012 1:10:44 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: Wilderness Conservative

Israel ever since its security council proceeded to give the go ahead in a 8-6 vote to attack Iran.

Gee, you’d of thought THAT would have made the news
somewhere.


6 posted on 03/19/2012 1:11:01 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: cornfedcowboy
"Is Putin for or against Assad?"

Russian military sales to the Syrian government and a long term lease of a Mediterranean base for Russian ships.

7 posted on 03/19/2012 1:16:32 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: cornfedcowboy

Is Putin for or against Assad?

Putin is for screwing with the west, he could care less about Assad. He is a pawn to make people squirm and respect the mighty bear.He will extract something from the west and then throw Assad under bus.


8 posted on 03/19/2012 1:16:32 PM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: cornfedcowboy

For Assad. Russia & China are always pro tyrant.


9 posted on 03/19/2012 1:20:24 PM PDT by demkicker (My passion for freedom is stronger than that of Democrats whose obsession is to enslave me.)
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To: Lazamataz

I candidly would not mind a bit if the Russians took over Syria. It’d be an improvement.


10 posted on 03/19/2012 1:27:06 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Wilderness Conservative

NATO is not going to get involved now that Russia has entered the Syrian conflict.

NATO does not like to fight a real enemy especially when he lives right next door. Remember how it pussyfooted with Qaddafi? And Putin ain’t no Qaddafi.


11 posted on 03/19/2012 1:30:02 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Wilderness Conservative
Which begs the question: is everyone now dead set on having war in Syria, and by proxy, Iran?

This is about getting the USA to go up against Russia and China....Syria/Iran are just the bait.

12 posted on 03/19/2012 1:33:22 PM PDT by caww
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To: Lazamataz

I’m with ya Laz. If it takes China, Russia, or whoever to put the brakes on Fearless Reader’s foreign policy/Pro Islam stupidity, so be it.

I’d rather Asad stays than another Muslim Brotherhood takeover occur. Far safer for Christians there as well. Scary thought that, but true regardless.


13 posted on 03/19/2012 1:37:12 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: crosslink
Putin is for screwing with the west, he could care less about Assad. He is a pawn to make people squirm and respect the mighty bear

Oh yea! Putin desires Russia to be at the helm and he has the backing to reach as far and wide as it takes to get him where he wants to go.

I like Putin's style when it comes to doing what he wants regardless if the Internationally community likes it or not. We had that once in our leadership.....I miss having a strong leader in our country....instead we get this traitor who is taking down our country so he can rise to International Notoriety.

14 posted on 03/19/2012 1:39:25 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww
The USA is not going to go to war against Russia or China, especially over Syria, and especially not China.

I live in a state where the Governor worked hard to get the Chinese to invest billions in our state and to set up long-term ties. He wouldn't have done that if he viewed China as our enemy.

15 posted on 03/19/2012 1:41:52 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Wilderness Conservative

Russia has spent $$ improving the Port of Tartus. Dredging. Roads to/from. Housing areas. Ok, barracks. It will serve their needs in the Med. Sea. Power projection and all that.


16 posted on 03/19/2012 1:58:26 PM PDT by donozark (We're ALL Greeks now...)
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To: cornfedcowboy

Putin is for whoever wins and buys Russian hardware.


17 posted on 03/19/2012 3:49:43 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: Norm Lenhart
I’d rather Asad stays than another Muslim Brotherhood takeover occur.

That is exactly why Israel would like to deal with Assad. That's also why JPost today published an article titled "Russia fuels Syrian arms increase of 580%" which, by carefully selective quoting from a larger report, only slams arms sales to states other than Syria. Israel does not need a new Chechnya across the border; Lebanon and PA are more than enough, thank you very much.

Russia has good working relations with Israel, so I'm sure that everything that happens in Syria is happening with Israel's awareness, if not approval. The unavoidable fact is that Assad's troops that are fighting the AQ-fueled insurrection act as a proxy army for Israel. If Assad disappears in a puff of smoke then it will be up to Israel to do this job - and to take large losses.

And with regard to Assad being a dictator... they are probably better off under Assad. The alternative is worse - a Muslim mob that takes over and establishes another Islamic theocracy, as if we don't have enough of them on this planet already. The chances of democracy there are about zero. For democracy to succeed, all players on the political arena must voluntarily renounce violence - even when they know that this costs them the power.

18 posted on 03/19/2012 4:34:22 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: caww

You are right, except for one thing. You say “he could care less”-—It’s “he couldn’t care less” meaning he don’t give a rats a$$!!!!


19 posted on 03/19/2012 6:10:17 PM PDT by Gertie
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To: Norm Lenhart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYTfbD4Jezw&has_verified=1

Russian national sport - hunting for bearded apes (jihadis).

No gun is too big to bring into a fight.


20 posted on 03/19/2012 11:03:56 PM PDT by cunning_fish
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br>Thanks Wilderness Conservative, additional: thanks U-238: sidebars, thanks sukhoi-30mki:
21 posted on 03/20/2012 7:26:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: Wilderness Conservative
I've been tracking the Russian Navy Tanker for weeks now from Morse Code. The story is pretty lame. Why on earth would a ship carrying troops for a mission in Syria send positional data every six hours using Morse Code? Even the previous auxiliary vessels that were in Syria were using transmitting weather and sea states in Morse Code. The Russians also reported a routine protection force on those vessels. Standard procedure for any vessel visiting and especially when the auxiliaries are crewed mainly by civilians.

See my post #6

Link to Freepers thread

22 posted on 03/21/2012 2:36:30 PM PDT by Tommyjo
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