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Syria crisis: warplanes spotted in Cyprus as tensions rise in Damascus
Guardian ^ | 8/26/2013 | Martin Chulov in Beirut, Mona Mahmood and Julian Borger

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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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; Russia; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: assad; benghazi; chemicalweapons; christiangenocide; cyprus; israel; lebanon; randsconcerntrolls; russia; syria; syriachemicalweapons; syriainvasion; threatmatrix; turkey; unitedkingdom; waronterror
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Sounds like more than a few cruise missiles.
1 posted on 08/26/2013 1:21:28 PM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

We seemed to have given up the element of surprise.


2 posted on 08/26/2013 1:23:55 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: mojito
Resources are moving into the area.

The big question: Is Russia re-allocating resources into the area? Because that would be bad.

3 posted on 08/26/2013 1:24:00 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: mojito

Warmonger Obama is going to mass murder people, again.


4 posted on 08/26/2013 1:24:13 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: ClearCase_guy

Russia has a base in Syria. Is an ally and supplies their arms. Russia told us a dozen times to stay out of this.


5 posted on 08/26/2013 1:25:26 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: mojito

Jarret’s War.


6 posted on 08/26/2013 1:26:58 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Producing Talk Show Prep since 1998.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Absolutely. But the question is: Has Russia begun beefing up their position?


7 posted on 08/26/2013 1:27:05 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: mojito
Apparently, a coalition is forming, too. Like most Americans, I wish we were not on the verge of this. If it's started, the Turks and friendly Arabs need to do the boots on the ground piece.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/coalition-in-making-for-syria-intervention.aspx?pageID=238&nID=53233&NewsCatID=338

8 posted on 08/26/2013 1:27:55 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Obama's policy towards Morsi and the Moslem Brotherhood came from his heart.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi
We seemed to have given up the element of surprise.

Seriously. If tomorrow were the day of the Normandy Invasion it would be all over Twitter by now.


9 posted on 08/26/2013 1:29:33 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Maybe Zero gets another Peace Prize for this.


10 posted on 08/26/2013 1:31:01 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: ClearCase_guy

AFAIK, the closest Russian forces other than Tartus are near Sevestapol on the Black Sea. Russia really doesn’t have much to build up.


11 posted on 08/26/2013 1:31:59 PM PDT by meatloaf
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To: Zuben Elgenubi
We seemed to have given up the element of surprise.

Rushing to get set up for the cover of darkness.(no moon)

12 posted on 08/26/2013 1:34:04 PM PDT by Lera (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: ClearCase_guy

“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.


13 posted on 08/26/2013 1:34:46 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

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.


14 posted on 08/26/2013 1:34:47 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: mojito

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?


15 posted on 08/26/2013 1:41:58 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Sacajaweau
Russia told us a dozen times to stay out of this.

Any other time I would suggest we tell Putin to GFH, now I don't know what to think.

16 posted on 08/26/2013 1:42:10 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi
Maybe Zero gets another Peace Prize for this.

A lot of buzz that Bradley (Chelsea) Manning is in line for it.


17 posted on 08/26/2013 1:46:09 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Garden variety Nobel peace prize laureate... Doncha Know?


18 posted on 08/26/2013 1:47:06 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

If ‘Cousin Itt’ Manning gets it that would just be so predictable...


19 posted on 08/26/2013 1:49:08 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: mojito

Wag the dog???


20 posted on 08/26/2013 1:51:09 PM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
A lot of buzz that Bradley (Chelsea) Manning is in line for it.

Oh yeah, he'll be in line for "it" all right.

21 posted on 08/26/2013 1:53:49 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

And if I recall, Syria has some fairly robust air defenses, so announcing yourself in advance has some drawbacks.


22 posted on 08/26/2013 1:56:26 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: mojito

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??


23 posted on 08/26/2013 1:59:05 PM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

For them. See USAF, IDF, RAF. Ivan is smart enough to keep em on the ground.


24 posted on 08/26/2013 1:59:50 PM PDT by epluribus_2
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To: Buckeye McFrog

What zero had better get is impeached.

I forgot, he doesn’t recognize the War Powers Act.


25 posted on 08/26/2013 2:01:17 PM PDT by SusaninOhio
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To: mojito

Did not help stop the rubbleification of their nuclear facility a couple odd years ago.


26 posted on 08/26/2013 2:02:51 PM PDT by epluribus_2
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To: mojito
And if I recall, Syria has some fairly robust air defenses

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.

27 posted on 08/26/2013 2:03:40 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: mojito

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.


28 posted on 08/26/2013 2:04:36 PM PDT by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: mojito

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.

http://www.raf.mod.uk/rafconingsby/newsweather/index.cfm?storyid=E93DBC12-5056-A318-A8BA4F4F3542554D


29 posted on 08/26/2013 2:14:28 PM PDT by Tommyjo
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

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.


30 posted on 08/26/2013 2:14:55 PM PDT by varina davis (A real American patriot -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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To: mojito; annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; ...

obama is insane and so is mccain, and anyone else who wants the US to attack Syria is seriously brainfried.


31 posted on 08/26/2013 2:16:17 PM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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To: Las Vegas Ron
As with most leftists, Obama comes across as real know-it-all, busybody Poindexter. Putin really is the neighborhood tough guy.

This is not going to end well...

32 posted on 08/26/2013 2:20:20 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (De IRS be my massa, sho' nuff.... / Repeal the Sixteenth!)
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To: Tommyjo
Your research skills are obviously superior to the journolists at the Guardian.
33 posted on 08/26/2013 2:22:26 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: MestaMachine

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 that’s taken place, we don’t know.”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/09/28/Panetta-lost-track-Syrian-WMDs

http://e-ring.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/09/28/panetta_we_ve_lost_track_of_syrian_chemical_weapons

Now they want everyone to forget they said this after Benghazi...but DON’T!!


34 posted on 08/26/2013 2:25:09 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: mojito

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.


35 posted on 08/26/2013 2:25:49 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Aevery_Freeman
Putin really is the neighborhood tough guy.

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.

36 posted on 08/26/2013 2:26:22 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

They shot down a Turkish F-4 last year.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9349777/Syria-shoots-down-Turkish-fighter-jet.html


37 posted on 08/26/2013 2:34:30 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: MestaMachine

Brainfried or JPE (Just Plain Evil).


38 posted on 08/26/2013 2:35:32 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: VRW Conspirator

Does that mean we’ve got another VJ Day coming up?


39 posted on 08/26/2013 2:36:35 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: MestaMachine

Cross-linking threads with live Kerry-presser thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058978/posts


40 posted on 08/26/2013 2:37:26 PM PDT by thouworm (A lawless oligarchy has replaced our Constitution-based govt. Their motto: Catch us if you can.)
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To: elhombrelibre
If it's started, the Turks and friendly Arabs need to do the boots on the ground piece.

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.

41 posted on 08/26/2013 2:58:52 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: ClearCase_guy

Let’s be real...They don’t have to beef up their position. They live next door.


42 posted on 08/26/2013 3:01:49 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

B-2s out of Missouri will be used. But what are the C-130s doing there? Transporting troops or missiles or both?


43 posted on 08/26/2013 3:03:31 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (When you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
"Resources are moving into the area."

...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.

.....what happened?

44 posted on 08/26/2013 3:22:46 PM PDT by cookcounty (IRS = Internal Revenge Service.)
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To: mojito

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.


45 posted on 08/26/2013 3:27:08 PM PDT by cookcounty (IRS = Internal Revenge Service.)
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To: carriage_hill
"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. "

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.

46 posted on 08/26/2013 3:32:22 PM PDT by cookcounty (IRS = Internal Revenge Service.)
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To: mojito
Wow...I'll bet the muslim brotherhood is in big trouble now..!! er....what..???
47 posted on 08/26/2013 3:34:53 PM PDT by unread (Ecc. 10:2)
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To: cookcounty

Russia’s best air defense systems aren’t in Syria.


48 posted on 08/26/2013 3:40:51 PM PDT by sunrise_sunset
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To: cookcounty
Let's see. No fly zone, sea blockade of a coastline with a Russian base, Russian fleet not too far away (Black Sea), American fleets near by (6th Fleet - Med Sea, 7th fleet - Gulf)...

... "Where were you in '62?" (and I don't mean American Grafitti... )

... sounds like a potential 1962 Crisis... What could ever go wrong?

49 posted on 08/26/2013 3:47:14 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian
"Where were you in '62?" (and I don't mean American Grafitti... )

... 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.


50 posted on 08/26/2013 5:07:51 PM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Obozoliar and his thugs in his outhouse lie 24/7/365. They are unable to tell the truth.)
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