Russian tanks in Syria

T-90 tank

T-90 tank

James Dunn reports for the Daily Mail, Sept. 14, 2015, that according to Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis, seven Russian T-90 tanks and heavy artillery have been spotted on an airfield near the town of Latakia, a stronghold of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

map of Syria with Latakia

Davis said, “We have seen movement of people and things that would indicate that they plan to use that base there, south of Latakia, as a forward air operating base.

It’s previously been reported that Russia had deployed about 200 naval infantry forces to the airfield. Moscow has also been sending about two cargo flights a day to the airfield over the past week, US officials say.

Moscow has come under increased international pressure in recent days to explain what Washington and Gulf states say is a significant Russian military build-up in Syria, where the Kremlin has been supporting Assad in a four-and-a-half-year war. Russia has said it will continue with military supplies to Syria and that its assistance to the Syrian army is in line with international law.

The military presence of Russia adds complications to the situation for the United States, which is using Syrian air space to lead a campaign of air-strikes against Islamic State.

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9 responses to “Russian tanks in Syria

  1. The way things are going we may need Russian tanks to protect us in the USA from terrorist infiltrators among the refugees as our military leadership has been gutted.

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  2. Reblogged this on Fellowship of the Minds and commented:
    Someone has to put a stop to what Obama is doing in Syria — a direct cause of Europe’s “refugee crisis”. So what will the POS do? Start WW3 over Syria?


  3. John, I agree, We the People may need Russia’s help to save us from our own leaders, who are now mostly muslim/islamist/terrorist, including the prez.

    Dr. E. I also agree with you. The prez will probably not take Putin’s military build up in Syria without doing something totally assinine.

    Of course if our prez was not such a good puppet to the NWO crowd, he would have been helping Assad, the Kurds, etc. defeating ISIS/ISIL instead of helping them. May the Lord have mercy!

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  4. While seven tanks is hardly a significant amount of support, the fact that Moscow as put it’s forces there at all is. All that need happen is even an “accidental” bombing of one of them, and “sparks” are certain to fly. Something we do NOT need, especially with Obama in office. Of course, this is probably WHY Moscow has been so aggressive the last decade. In one night, America went from being the strongest Nation on the planet, to, at best, a “middle of group” world power. Obama’s lack of leadership, and lack of skill in diplomacy, and extreme lack of skill at negotiations, has cost the USA 100 years of work easily.

    It just makes me sick to my stomach.

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  5. The Russian troops in Syria appear, at the moment, to be a light force intended to provide security for the Russian port and air facilities at Latakia which has been used as a Russian/Soviet base for decades. I would expect further aid shipments to Assad through the same port and airfield. Where I would be concerned is if Russian aircraft carry out tactical air strikes in support of the Syrian Army. This could lead to errors in the air and possible combat between Russian air and US air or ground forces. Obama’s response to this would, of course, be immediate US withdrawal from the region, which is probably Putin’s objective.

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  6. This is another predictable move by Putin to restore a credible defense perimeter around Russia– that would provide a measure of insulation from military threats originating in the Mediterranean. Latakia, on the coast of Syria, has long been part of the Russian defense perimeter. With its mismanagement of the politics of the Middle East, Washington has destabilized the entire region and exposed Russia to potential threat from the South. Washington’s insistence on ridding Syria of el-Assad because of his dictatorial policies and human rights record has contributed to the measure of threat and brought us the Islamic State jihadists (just as our insistence on ridding Egypt of Hosni Mubarak brought us the Muslim Brotherhood, and ridding Libya of Gaddafi brought us jihadist terrorism). Just as Abdel Fattah el-Sisi salvaged our bacon in Egypt, it looks as though Putin, together with Assad, is destined to play the same role in Syria. The question is whether the present occupant in the White House is really prepared to secure the interests of the United States or prefers to continue with his undergraduate strategies in the Middle East. We really do not have the moral high ground on this issue. Like Putin, we have worked very hard to provide ourselves with a credible defense perimeter. We have effectively constructed one that extends as far as Eastern Europe on the one hand and to Japan, the Philippines, and Australia, on the other. Putin seeks to extend Russia’s security zone to include Syria–while eliminating the mass murderers of the Islamic State. Is all that really Intolerable aggression on Putin’s part?

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  7. The “moral high ground” can quickly turn into the proverbial “slippery slope.”
    Colin Powell once remarked that the high level national security discussions in the Clinton White House resembled a “college bull session.” I shudder to think of what he would say about similar discussions in the Obama administration. Latakia gives Russia a warm-water port outside the Dardanelles. The Russians will defend it whether Assad continues in power or not, just as the British hold onto Gibraltar and we hold onto the Panama Canal. People who base real-world operational decisions on high-minded moral theories (like Woodrow Wilson) are doomed to failure in the real world. Reality sucks sometimes, but it’s all we’ve got.

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