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Russia Sends Over 75 Armored Trucks To Syria

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While the US is debating which set of Al Qaeda "rebels" in Syria is the best local partner for the State Department to provide military support to, once Qatar's demands for a trans-Syria pipeline return some time in 2014, Vladimir Putin - fresh from his diplomatic oup in the Ukraine - is reinforcing his other major victory in 2013: the preservation of the Assad state, this time however with more than words. As Reuters reports, Russia has sent 25 armored trucks and 50 other vehicles to Syria to help transport toxins that are to be destroyed under an international agreement to rid the nation of its chemical arsenal, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday. Or in other words, Russia just sent Syria more than 75 military vehicles.

From Reuters:

In a report to President Vladimir Putin, Shoigu said Russian aircraft delivered 50 Kamaz trucks and 25 Ural armored trucks to the Syrian port city of Latakia on December 18-20 along with other equipment, state-run news agency RIA reported.


"The Defence Ministry has very swiftly implemented actions to deliver to Syria equipment and materiel to provide for the removal of Syrian chemical weapons and their destruction," Shoigu was quoted as saying.

Unlike Obamacare's scheduling issues, Syria is expected to honor its commitment to transfer its chemcial weapons to external control by the deadline.

Damascus agreed to transport the "most critical" chemicals, including around 20 tons of mustard nerve agent, out of the northern port of Latakia by December 31 to be safely destroyed abroad away from the war zone.


"The Defence Ministry has very swiftly implemented actions to deliver to Syria equipment and materiel to provide for the removal of Syrian chemical weapons and their destruction," Shoigu was quoted as saying.

And while the west may have bungled both the Syrian escalation and the more recent return of the Ukraine to the Russian sphere of influence, they were at least smart enough to realize that Russia adding more weapons in Syria will hardly allow the EU to benefit from Qatari gas in the near future.

Western powers has baulked at Syria's request for military transport equipment to transport chemical weapons material to Latakia because of concerns it could be used to fight Assad's opponents in the conflict or kill civilians.


Russia has been a major seller of conventional weapons to Syria and has given Assad crucial support during the conflict, blocking attempts to punish with sanctions and saying his exit must not be a precondition for a peace process.


Syrian government forces took control of a key highway connecting Damascus to the coast earlier this month, but the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has voiced concern the deadline could be missed.

But for all intents and purposes, Syria and the Middle East may be yesterday's news. The one "asset" that Putin is certainly focued on next, as is China, as is the US, is Africa: it is here that the geopolitical hotspots of 2014 are far more likely to generate significant headaches for the superpowers (unless of course Israel decides it needs the GDP boost and launches the Iranian attack on its own).


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Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:08 | Link to Comment Captain Benny
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I trust Putin more than anyone in the Obama administration to make decisions with good outcomes...

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:10 | Link to Comment 90's Child
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America fucked the Middle East and gave birth to a demon.

Shame really.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:34 | Link to Comment roadhazard
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You would have thought all the Patriots in the US would have stopped it. oh wait, they will buy any bill of goods if it means going and kicking some countries ass .  911 ! 911 ! USA, USA !



Mon, 12/23/2013 - 13:11 | Link to Comment Four chan
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maybe putin knows how to deal with muslims the right way, ruthlessly.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 13:21 | Link to Comment Ms. Erable
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He does. Ask the Chechens.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 15:59 | Link to Comment kashey
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not really. chechens are the most priviledged both region and people in russia, they are most heavilly subsidized from central  federal budget, they are immune to police for any crimes committed in native russian regions, most rebels are police officers now - just to keep chechnya quiet. russians' dream right now is to separate from chechnya. it may sound strange to you but american perspective on russia has always been peculiar and far from reality

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 13:33 | Link to Comment Uncle Remus
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Plenty o' ruthless to go around. Then again, ruthless begets ruthless.

Gawd, this is gonna be fun.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 14:08 | Link to Comment Canadian Dirtlump
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syria is mostly sunnis, then shia, then a mosaic of other religions.


The problem is Saudi based Wahhabism, and salafism. Not islam. The ironic thing is we support and fund the problems.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 15:09 | Link to Comment Uncle Remus
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Correct. It's called oil.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 15:15 | Link to Comment tony wilson
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four chan fuck you!

by the way are you jew ish?

just askin.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 13:40 | Link to Comment mvsjcl
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Good for who is what you have to keep an eye out for. Most often they are certainly good for Putin. Most often, as long as they are bad for the Rothschild cabal I'm good with it.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:13 | Link to Comment malikai
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Truly a scary thought.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:18 | Link to Comment hookah
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When Americans realize they cant trust their crazy leader, then they just trust another crazy leader.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:32 | Link to Comment Van Halen
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It's sad, isn't it? Because those of us who pay attention don't trust anyone in leadership any more. But I'd feel better with Putin over me than Obama because at least Putin is the devil I know.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 20:16 | Link to Comment layman_please
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i'm not american, but as far as i understood your constitution, you were not supposed to trust anyone in leadership anyhow. and now when your constitution is in shreds, you want to put your trust in putin? i thought i was reading zh. believe me, you wouldn't feel better under him, you don't know him, and you don't want to know him. when america fails as a military superpower, putin nor anybody else for that matter, won't be there to enforce freedom and liberty on the soil of the united states.

and if any of you feels like i'm here to indulge your current leaders or status quo, then i can only add that i choose to trust and yield to no entity with more power than me, period.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 14:59 | Link to Comment Canadian Dirtlump
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Dr. Assad and Putin have done more to prosecute the war on terror than all nato countries combined by several orders of magnitude. Sadly, the larger anti depressant addled masses don't realize that Al Quaeda serves 2 purposes. A domestic boogey man to provide cover for a police state, and an international irregular army with which to keep allies in line and try to destroy those with the backbone to resist the imperial horsecock.


God bless both Dr. Assad and Putin.


p.s. I am always stricken by putin's composure and eloquence when he speaks. It is in stark contrast to say the polished neuro linguistic programming laced doublespeak of Obama, or of the lunatic ravings of our head nerd on point Harper, or the invective venom laced hysteria of the collective Graeae ( 3 witches who share an eye ) Hitlery Clinton, Samatha Power and Susan Rice.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:37 | Link to Comment Tall Tom
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Captain Benny wrote, "I trust Putin more than anyone in the Obama administration to make decisions with good outcomes..."


Really??? You do not understand, do you. Just like the Republicans and Democrats  are on the same page, working towards the same goals, so are the World leaders. They are working toward the goal of a One World Government.


Putin and Obama are working together and it will not surprise me in the least that the US Government PAID FOR THOSE TRUCKS with Black Ops money from the CIA.


Hell I predicted this when Al Qaeda took out the Free Syrian Army a few weeks ago. Both sides need to be armed, and fighting, so that turmoil is continued so that Europe is directly dependent upon Moscow for Natural Gas.


There is a lot more going on than meets the eye.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 13:00 | Link to Comment Canadian Dirtlump
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I'll preface my comment by stating that although it is of minimal relevance, I'm pleased your latest hysterical outburst isn't directly aimed at me.


That being the case, wading into beautiful mind level conspiracy is always dangerous - and responses like yours are a gold star reason why most people equate "conspiracy theory" with "lunacy."


To posit that Putin and Barrack Hussein Obama aka abu-gaylord-bin-hawaii are 2 arms of the same body - that being the reptilian illuminati handlers broadcasting from the darkside of the moon is a couple of bridges too far.


The west is far more invested in serving their allies in the gulf, and israel, the former having the goals of specifically limiting Russia's influence. In the same manner the West is doing everything they can to wrest the Ukraine from Russia, again to limit Russia's influence.


I'm all for conspiracy, but when it get's too nebulous and complex it's best left to the funny pages. This is far more 2 criminal syndicates vying for control than it is anything else, and thankfully, in my view, the good guys are winning.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:07 | Link to Comment curbyourrisk
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Syria is ridding itself of the chemcials, and conveniently being aided by Russia. I am sure they are gladly to help in the removal...and (wink wink) destruction of such chemicals...



Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:45 | Link to Comment Canadian Dirtlump
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What strategic advantage would russia gain by stockpiling a comparatively crude weapons stash when they have everything on the menu already, especially in such an overt way?


Syria only had them to offset the rogue nuclear threat from a certain neighbor. If there is an international body overseeing this I would be shocked ( given the west's general wish for war ) if Russia would risk derailing this to get something that is of little value to them.


such talk is right up there with the romantic notion that ed snowden is enjoying the largesse of some imperial palace in russia while their intelligence people sift through his ill gotten information. It comes from the same emotionally arrested place of insecurity that the war on terror itself does. The idea that everyone is out to get the west. They just want them to fuck off, that is all.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:05 | Link to Comment ParkAveFlasher
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Dear MIC, 

Merry Xoxoxmas!!!



Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:44 | Link to Comment Tall Tom
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Dear Vlad,


We are happy that you got the Monetary Gift we wired you. You have a Merry Xoxoxmas too.


Send our regards to Assad. Tell him John Kerry said hello and is looking forward to another luncheon in a more discrete time. He did not like those photographers.


We will keep our end of the bargain. Keep yours.


With our love,


The CIA.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:08 | Link to Comment Max Damage
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With Obama in charge the USA is screwed

Us Europeans are already totally screwed, by dickheads who voted the left wing into their powermad EU white Elephant. Europe is a communist dictatorhip already

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 13:08 | Link to Comment Ignatius
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"With Obama in charge..."

Keep believing the Red Team/Blue Team bullshit.  They love it.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:06 | Link to Comment firstdivision
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Well we know how Assad is moving his gold out.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 13:03 | Link to Comment Winston Churchill
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Those trucks would'nt be dual use SAM launchers would they ?

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:12 | Link to Comment malikai
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This post is a joke right? You can take out a Kamaz with an RPG, which probably every "rebel" can get in a few minutes.

As for the armored Urals, LOL. I'm sure it's good for crowd control.

Try harder.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:48 | Link to Comment Overfed
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Taking out a Kamaz would be a great way to encourage a direct Russian intervention. Perhaps that's what Assad and Putin have in mind? A fine way to push Al-CIAduh out of Syria once and for all.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:09 | Link to Comment 0b1knob
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Ever watch the news?  Every weapon the Assad regime has is Russsian made.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:13 | Link to Comment the not so migh...
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i wonder whats on the trucks

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:56 | Link to Comment Overfed
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Mon, 12/23/2013 - 15:13 | Link to Comment Uncle Remus
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Boris' "relatives in the old country".

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:21 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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Barack: Thanks for the Christmas Card you sent me Vladimir

Vladimir: I didn't send you a Christmas Card Barack

Barack: Don't you know sarcasm when you hear it?

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 15:14 | Link to Comment Uncle Remus
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Vlad: I don't listen to your speeches.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:28 | Link to Comment Chupacabra-322
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Go get them Putin. Smash the CIA into a thousand pieces.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:37 | Link to Comment Winston of Oceania
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Be careful of what you wish for, you may just get it.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:32 | Link to Comment Van Halen
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This move by Russia doesn't mean anything sinister. They're just doing the same thing our government is doing: providing armored vehicles to local police forces to make the lives of the citizenry better and safer. Because you can never be too safe.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:30 | Link to Comment Van Halen
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Where's Boris to comment on this?

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:38 | Link to Comment Winston of Oceania
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He is off with Natasha chasing some moose and squirrel...

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:32 | Link to Comment martens50
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Let's encourage all parties involved to put "COEXIST" bumper stickers on their vehicles and invite them to sign a treaty that a new committee can develop...

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:37 | Link to Comment Van Halen
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Should my COEXIST bumper sticker be bigger if I'm putting it on the back of a tank?

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 15:18 | Link to Comment Uncle Remus
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In that case, make it a scratch'n'sniff with tear gas. And why does your fuzzy dice have handle and a pin?

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:34 | Link to Comment martens50
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Let's encourage all parties involved to put "COEXIST" bumper stickers on their vehicles and invite them to sign a treaty that a new committee can develop...

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:37 | Link to Comment Colonel Klink
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Putin is playing chess while Obama is playing checkers.  "The ONE" thinks he's been "kinged" without realizing he's being crowned!  All the while costing the US of idiots millions for his 17 day vacation in Hawaii.

I love my country but fear and loath my corrupt government.  As much as it pains me to say it....GO Putin!

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:38 | Link to Comment Van Halen
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Putin frees Pussy Riot and Obama frees up time for himself to play 17 days of golf...

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:55 | Link to Comment worbsid
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Well, at least this time they didn't have to have AF-1 go back and get the dogs. 

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 13:05 | Link to Comment ThisIsBob
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Thats totally unfair.  Obama pardoned 8 crack dealers last Thursday.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 14:26 | Link to Comment KickIce
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When did Obama learn to play checkers?  Must have been a proud moment for Michele.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 17:24 | Link to Comment Colonel Klink
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He still can't.  He's stuck on the getting jumped part, when he's not playing penisknucle with Reggie in the "switchuation" room.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:41 | Link to Comment NoWayJose
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Network news is focusing on the Syrian refugee camps and how difficult it is in winter.  Of course, they fail to mention that these 'refugees' once had nice warm homes, jobs, food, etc even under the Assad regime -- before the US armed the Al Qaeda rebels...

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 13:26 | Link to Comment malikai
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No, they were going to starve anyway.

There's been a 6+ year drought in that country and large swathes of once arable land is now desert.

But I wonder if the rest of your premise is true, as a hungry country is indeed a vulnerable country.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:44 | Link to Comment Moe Hamhead
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Dear Vlad-

Hi, I'm off to the islands with the old ball and chain, ha,ha !

Merry Christmas, (I know, Jan 6 in your neck-o-the-woods!)

and Happy New Year! 


Mon, 12/23/2013 - 15:10 | Link to Comment Uncle Remus
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Rifle designer Mikhail Kalashnikov dead at 94

'Kalashnikov often said he felt personally untroubled by his contribution to bloodshed.

"I sleep well. It's the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to an agreement and resorting to violence," he said in 2007.'

EDIT: Beat the Tylers by a couple of minutes.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 13:29 | Link to Comment SmittyinLA
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You send armored trucks for gold, not toxins.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 15:06 | Link to Comment Zwelgje
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"The preservation of the Assad state."

What kind of wording is that Tyler? Shall we also say 'Obama state'? 'Merkel state'? Etc.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 15:10 | Link to Comment Uncle Remus
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Regime works.

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 16:18 | Link to Comment Jack Burton
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This is really not big news. Putin wants Syria to meet all obligations to disarm his chemical weapons. It was needed to supply armored vehicles for transport, as America's Al-Qaeda forces in Syria have vowed to disrupt the disarmament process. Obama has a large force of allied Sunni Jihadists on the CIA payroll and he is usning them to further the advance of radical sunni Suadi plans.

Putin is not rolling over for Obama's threats, or NATO threats. He is now looking at America's slowing rotting economy, every day America sinks in economic power, and in the end, a loss of a base economy will HAVE to be reflected in a loss of military prowess. Granted America spend more and more each year, but we get less and less real return on the billions poured into the corrupt greed machine known as the military industrial complex. America has more air force generals than aircraft, the Navy has a couple admirals for every Navy vessel. All collect big pay and huge early pensions, this costs mount each year. We are locked into massive spending just for the costs of our professional armed forces people going into retirement. These numbers mount each day. As a small example, my son-in-law was wounded twice in the Iraq war, he is judged unfit for service at age 27 and is now getting a partical pension for life and free life time health care. Thousands if his fellow Iraq vets are in the same position. As the years go by, America has more and bigger obligations to meet, this means less money for active troops and material. We grow weaker.

The Syrian war was averted by a quick acting Putin. Thanks to Mr. Putin alone, we Americans did not have to pay for a war on Syria, Obama the neo-con warmonger was all ready to launch. Why? He was under orders from Israel, the corporate contractors, the neo-con establishment and the financiers of wall-street. All hoped to gain more wealth from a murderous war. Putin stopped it, we owe him our graitude. It is time Americans learn that there is no communism in Russia, the cold war is over. Russia is ready to fight the muslim jihadists to the end, that means some of us have more in common with Russia than we do with the American, Israeli, Saudi Jihadist armies. Obama has been told he can destroy Russia by using Muslim Jihadists against Russia. That makes Obama a terrorist and makes Washington and congress agents of foreoign muslim powers. Why do we not aks why?

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 19:04 | Link to Comment shinobi-7
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I am no fan of the criminal Assad regime but I get great pleasure in seeing the US humiliated by Putin in Syria. Even more so thinking about the alternative: A "victory" of the rebels. If Libya is any guide, let's hope the Al Qaeda crowd is kept praying for victory far away in the sand of the desert for as long as possible! The dangerous folks are not in Damas but in Riyadh.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 23:04 | Link to Comment flyingcaveman
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Rescue Vehicles!  They're called rescue vehicles now.

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