Russia Puts Strategic Bombers On Combat Alert For Imminent Strikes On Syrian Targets

Tyler Durden's picture

While America is busy pointing fingers at who exactly failed to predict the Trump presidency, Putin is taking advantage of the chaos and the immediate political power vacuum left in the aftermath of the stunning transition from the Democratic president to a Republican sweep.

First, as we reported last night, NATO promptly freaked out after Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov urged President-elect Donald Trump to begin rebuilding the U.S.-Kremlin relationship "by urging NATO to withdraw forces from the Russian border." Peskov told the Associated Press that such a move  "would lead to a kind of detente in Europe."

Second, fast forward to this morning when Russian Tass news agency reported that the crews of Russian strategic bombers Tu-160 and Tu-95 located at the "Engels" airbase, have been put on combat readiness, in preparation for imminent strikes on targets in Syria. Tass adds that the Russian strategic bombers have been armed with cruise missiles.

The Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic, strategic bomber

The Engels Air Force Base is a strategic military airbase in Russia located 14 kilometres east of Saratov.

According to a Tass sources, the "engineering staff at the base is loading the aircraft with cruise missiles and preparing them for combat use" adding that the "air strike group at the base is preparing to perform tasks with combat launches of cruise missiles."

Tass also notes that the Russian air force has been used for pinpoint strikes on important objects (command centers, ammunition depots, plants for the production of weapons and ammunition) of ISIS militants targeted by Russia.

The news follows a report that aircraft stationed on the decks of Russia’s aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, which recently arrived near Syria’s shores as part of a Russian battle group, have begun carrying out flights aimed at working out interaction with a coastal airfield, the ship’s captain reported.

“The flights are performed from the deck of the aircraft-carrying heavy cruiser. Interaction with a coastal airfield is being worked out,” Sergey Artamonov, Admiral Kuznetsov's captain, told the ‘Vesti v Subbotu’ program on Rossiya TV channel. According to the him, the flights have been carried out on a daily basis over the last four days.

The Russian Northern fleet battle group, consisting of Admiral Kuznetsov, the Pyotr Velikiy battle cruiser, two large anti-submarine ships Severomorsk and Vice-Admiral Kulakov as well as support vessels, arrived in the Mediterranean in early November.

Pyotr Velikiy's commander, Vladislav Malakhovsky, said that the Russian vessels aren’t being bothered by aircraft of other nations. “Nobody is flying above us. Everybody is afraid of approaching us closer than 50 kilometers, understanding the might of the cruisers (Pyotr Velikiy and Admiral Kuznetsov),” Malakhovsky said.

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J S Bach's picture

The Russian bear is aroused.  What will Ziombie America do?

American Psycho's picture

Hey Cankles, how is that "no fly" zone working for you now?

Truther's picture

Putin:"Hey Hussein, check mate bitch."

Hussein:"WTF!!! He cheated me again."

tmosley's picture

I hope he discussed this with Trump beforehand. Need a unified game plan here.

HowdyDoody's picture

The Syrian Arab Army has given the terrorists 24 hours to leave Aleppo. Once that expires, expect attacks from RuAF/SAAF land based aircraft, RuAF aircraft from the Kuznetsov, long range aircraft from Russia, and Kalibrs from the subs and frigates in the Mediterranean.

The local civilians living in east Aleppo have been feeding information about the location of the remaining terrorists to the SAA military intelligence, so their locations are well known to Syria and its allies.

Aleppo may be totally liberated in a very short time now the US presidential election is out of the way and the US regime seems more concerned with internal opponents than external ones.

Once the heavy lifting is done, a few US aircaft will attack fleeing terrorists and claim they have been fighting them all along and the US won the war yet again. The US has started covering its tracks over supporting the teroruists. The US Treasury OFAC has declared the 'al Nusra' brand to be on its hit list (3-4 years too late).



Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) HowdyDoody Nov 13, 2016 12:28 PM

No [Benghazi] soup for you!

Freddie's picture

The Russians, Putin, Syrian military and others who helped Syria (Hezbollah) are real heroes who I respect. 

The people behind this Syrian and Libyan genocide plus the Ukraine need to be tried for war crimes.  Hillary, Kerry, Obola, Nudelman, the whole State Dept, The Pentagram, etc.

I respect the Russians and Syrians.  American white males are by and large pathetic goobers wh love their NFL, NBA and NCAA Trayvon rapists and thugs plus Hollywood and TV's zio shit.   The white college ball fans are the most pathetic.

back to basics's picture

Well said, Freddie. I wish I could up vote you a thousand times.

CuttingEdge's picture

He forgot Soros, who is the real nigger in the woodpile of world politics.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Obama only has two months to get a big war started. He'd better work fast.

horseguards's picture

You've got to respect those young Kurdish girl fighters. Fuck, that takes guts - a lot more than I've got.

francis scott falseflag's picture


Don't forget yesterday's news that Trump is thinking about defunding the rebels.

That should get them on the Greyhound to Raqqa, to the Pentagon's rage.

Matteo S.'s picture

Putin does not even need to discuss the syrian matter. Trump publicly stated that the US should let Russia settle the Syria case.

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) J S Bach Nov 13, 2016 11:37 AM

In Ziombie Amerika, last I checked, the snowflakes were crying, having gay pride marches, & hurrying up to get their gay weddings finalized (& Obama, who is still President, wasn't doing anything to stop them, or Putin).

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) Bay of Pigs Nov 13, 2016 11:45 AM

Supposedly Inauguration Day in DC is going to be a Snowflake Free-For-All

sleigher's picture

Maybe we need a new Deplorable Security Force to attend the inauguration and keep the peace.

Mr. Universe's picture

And not one of TPTB or their minions will lift a finger to stop or even discourage it. Instead Georgie Sorgie will load up the buses full of paid rioters and unleash them on the festivities. That will show 'em to better not piss off the elites

Sylvan's picture

Those soros paid 'protesters' will soon learn, that sorgie is not paying them enough to suffer or even ... die for nothing ...

MalteseFalcon's picture

Break from tradition and move the ceremonies out of D.C.

Then subsequently, move the capital out of D.C.

markar's picture

The only snowflakes in DC on a cold Jan. day will be the ones falling from the sky

Freddie's picture

The dumb American white ones cheering on NFL, NBA and NCAA Trayvon thugs and rapists are the most pathetic.  They love their Trayvons.

freewolf7's picture

If you mention Turkey, zombies and snowflakes will think you're talking about Thanksgiving.

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) J S Bach Nov 13, 2016 11:40 AM

Rock the Casbah

Consuelo's picture



Shareef won't like it...

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) Consuelo Nov 13, 2016 12:27 PM

This is not kosher!

Raffie's picture

They need to do a stray flight to Europe and kill George 'Sorry Ass' Soros.

A 2,000lb Thermobaric right on his head.

An they can write on the side of the bomb "To George, from Russia with love"

navy62802's picture

Eh, get him some plutonium at his next Spirit Cookout. Tell him it's sperm, and he'll drink it right up.

oncemore's picture

why europe?

the bastard is us citizen and lives in USA.

Sylvan's picture

Hey, there are a lot of decent people here in europe - why don't hit just georgie

horseguards's picture

"From the US (and the UK)with love" should also be included I believe.

DosZap's picture

Hopefully Syria remains in Assad's control, which it will.Otherwise the M.E really gets a LOT worse.He's BAD to the bone, but like all the others THE NEOCONS unleashed(under the guise of nation building),the replacements would be far worse for the world.

Leave the Russian Bear alone, and I think Trump will do the smart thing and do just that,unless Putin REALLY does something egregious,and forces his hand.

RevIdahoSpud3's picture

Why exactly is Assad "bad to the bone"? In his nation Christians, Jews and Muslims lived together peacefully. Sounds like you have the neo con talking points memorized.

Mr. Universe's picture

Reading comprehension, George Thorogood edition. It's an idiom meaning he is one tough dude who you don't want to mess with. And yes you mentioned one reason he IS bad to the bone. Nothing too do with neocon talking points.

Now for the musical explaination...

Publicus's picture

Soro's operatives will be vaporized.

Pigeon's picture

You mean those plane will be targeting the DNC, MSM and Chappaqua? Hooray!

Normalcy Bias's picture

As always, Putin is the superior chess player.

caconhma's picture

Putin is a zio-puppet and POS.

Trump will get into a major confrontation with Putin in the next few months! Just look who are Trump's advisers.



IS ZH posters on Putin's payroll? This is how "Russia" mass media operates.

Quantum Bunk's picture

Trump will indeed get swallowed up by the Bush family deep state.


But that does not mean at all that Putin is a zio you fucking moron. Putins right hand man is Alex Dugin. Do some reseach on Dugin if you actually beleive the nonsesne you type about Putin

Quantum Bunk's picture

And just for believing this bullshit about a so called Putin troll army, you should be taken out back and shot.

A "paid troll army" would not get all of the cultural slang and spelling and structure so right. If there were a paid troll army, you would be able to see it in the spelling anf the slang. You fucktard

UnschooledAustrianEconomist's picture

And as the Russian fifth troll column is supposed to be everywhere, it needed all of St. Petersburg to be trolls.

crossroaddemon's picture

You have to wonder which side Putin is playing sometimes. How many times now has he denied his supposed allies promised support at critical moments? It's one of two things: either he's working both sides of the street, or he doesn't have the ballsack to risk a head-on confrontation with the west.

Invinciblehandaxe's picture

putin and we the people of europe would rather cooperate than attack each other

great izrahell and neocons can go fuck them selves and u2

crossroaddemon's picture

I'm not sure why the downvotes... anyone want me to draw up a list of specific examples? They are numerous. When it's put up or shut up time, Putin has a history of backing down... frequently leaving allies to whom he promised support in a VERY bad position. Is it such an insult to the Official Zerohedge Hive Mind to want to explore the reasons for this?

wildbad's picture

Putin is the hope of the free world.  Hard to believe i'm saying that, but i believe it.

BabaLooey's picture

Do so.

"Draw up" these examples.

Let's see your list, followed by bonafide web links from RELIABLE sources.

<tapping foot>


Embrey's picture

For some historical perspective I suggest you study the Revolutionary War. General George Washington employed the strategy of retreat, regroup, re-assess and attack over and over again until his forces were presented with a situation which the revolutionaries could deal a decisive, crippling blow upon their enemy.

You imply that since Putin retreats that he is a pussy and therefore will lose to the forces that he faces. Your 'analysis' is shallow propaganda. The true pussy is the commander who threatens, gets his bluff called and does nothing. It is disparaging upon the troops he commands, the country he 'leads' and all his allies who placed their unearned confidence in him.

horseguards's picture

Napoleon fought as per your first paragraph as well as the Red Army in WWII. It could be argued that the main failure of the Nazis in WWII was the lack of freedom to operate in this way, especially during the Battle of Kursk, thanks to Hitler's incompotence and single-mindedness. The communist forces in Viet Nam also used these tactics.

horseguards's picture

Specific examples, not vague generalisations.