ABC Reports Russian Troops Have Arrived In Syria, Russia Denies

Tyler Durden's picture

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.

ITAR-TASS denied as well.

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.

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nope-1004's picture

The US needs oil.  Russia and China need oil and, at the same time, are dumping UST's.  Petro "reserve dollar" at risk.

The rest is all smoke and mirriors - probably labeled soon as "humanitarian".

Spanish Lizard's picture

last chart I saw on Chinese treasuries sales it looked like they were trying to dump all UST's within 14 months.  It was actually a story here on ZH.  Maybe they know of a time frame that we dont?

economics9698's picture

There is only four ways the world can go;

1.  Inflation-collapse.

2.  Deflation-collapse.

3.  Austerity-eating rats for decades.

4.  War.

exi1ed0ne's picture

I'm going with all of the above.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Just four years ago I was facinated to learn that the Russian phrase for, "to distract from invasion," is, "ZUMME3R OLYMPIKZ."

Who will pay attention to Syria during the excitement and pagentry of London 2012

BLOTTO's picture



Queen's Jubilee, (Royals everyday in the news. Last week Harry - this week Kate.)

American Presidential elections...


LARGE $ still to be made and heavy dose of symbolism

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Let the Russkies have their fun playing around in the hot sand...

...come summer, America's representatives will once again be focused on  American assets.


CompassionateFascist's picture

That appears to be a bottle of water. As for the Empire's effort to break the Shia Crescent by overthrowing Assad - and thus cut off Hezbollah from Iran - it's not going well at all, Russian Marines or no. And failure in Syria predicts to the eventual outcome of the upcoming Isramerican attack on Iran as well: a devastating defeat, leading to the collapse of the Zionist entity in Palestine, a global run on the dollar, DollarCollapse, debt-Ponzi collapse, and Civil War in America. No Worries. These things happen from time to time.

Cathartes Aura's picture

psshh, vodka + energy drink, all the kool kids do it.

TruthInSunshine's picture

From The New York Times, the proud sponsor, vis-a-vis double agent posing as journalistic enabler Judith Miller, of the Iraq War catastrophe, so take it for what you will:

By and

Published: March 19, 2012

WASHINGTON — A classified war simulation held this month to assess the repercussions of an Israeli attack on Iran forecasts that the strike would lead to a wider regional war, which could draw in the United States...

US War Game Sees Perils of Israeli Strike on Iran

goldfish1's picture

oh, that's Presidential material alright...

azzhatter's picture

George has a little pup tent going in his khakis

CrashisOptimistic's picture

George is in good shape.  Probably weighs less than 85% of ZH comment posters and can bicycle 25 miles in less time than 90%.

moondog's picture

...and still a piece of neo-con garbage.

Altavoz-de-Verdad's picture

....and a fugitive war criminal.

NeoRandian's picture

Pretty sure London 2012 will be the perfect opportunity to launch a false flag to lure UK?America into a another few wars for Israel.

Bicycle Repairman's picture

No one mixes politics with the Olympics.  /s

palmereldritch's picture

Don't worry the all-seeing eye kid-friendly London 2012 Illuminati inspired Olympic surveillance mascots will be on the case.

(It appears that they may also be gay as well.)

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Since the Olympics are being held in London, they should make Gatso burning a competitive event.


Cathartes Aura's picture

someone else posted a link to an interesting promo vid of the 2012 Olympics, a few days ago here, but I don't remember who/where. . . still, the logo is pretty. . . um. . . controversial? ^^'s picture
Fire and Ice


Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Robert Frost
Fukushima Sam's picture

I'm pretty sure if Frost were alive today he would either be writing greeting cards or selling derivatives.

The Big Ching-aso's picture



I hope Syrians like drunks, vodka, and guys in knee-high boots jumping around dance floors.

Orly's picture

In case you haven't noticed, the Russian Marines ain't no "Royal Guard," holmes.

Get a frikkin' grip, willya?  They'd choke you just looking at you.

The Big Ching-aso's picture



"They'd choke you just looking at you."

And you're just talking about the women.

The Big Ching-aso's picture



Not yet.   But no doubt NSA does.

Jendrzejczyk's picture

Yeah, they showed them to my wife already. At least it was a bear I was dancing with, and not another woman.

Red Heeler's picture

He'd be farming, which ain't a bad thing to be doing right now.

Optimusprime's picture

A truly idiotic comment.  Quality, not quantity.  Frost very clear on this.

Clashfan's picture

Frost is a bit dark for greeting cards.

algol_dog's picture

War is the most efficient means to correction, and consequentially, resumption of normality ...

Always put your money on war ~

longdong silver's picture;s been a while since anything interesting on cnn.

it shall be war.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

From TFA:

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

ABC, like the rest of the corporate owned news media (CONmedia), is not engaged in reporting. What they are doing is repeating. They're given a script to read, and they read it.


vast-dom's picture

at least when unleaded crosses $5 at the pump Obummer can use all of this as yet another one of his innumerable bullshit excuses. oh oil....

Randall Cabot's picture

The jew supremacists at ABC should be thrown in jail for incitement of war for israel's benefit.

bobola's picture


Last week you ran a thread on the new NSA building in Utah - operation 'Stellar Wind.'

Have you heard of this new exec order;

"...On March 16th, President Obama signed a new Executive Order which expands upon a prior order issued in 1950 for Disaster Preparedness, and gives the office of the President complete control over all the resources in the United States in times of war or emergency.

The National Defense Resources Preparedness order gives the Executive Branch the power to control and allocate energy, production, transportation, food, and even water resources by decree under the auspices of national defense and national security.  The order is not limited to wartime implementation, as one of the order's functions includes the command and control of resources in peacetime determinations..."

NPR's Fresh Air ran a piece a few days ago on drones in the USA whereby Obama recently signed an aviation bill requiring the Federal Aviation Administration to make plans to integrate drones into American airspace.

Time to clean the Y2K bunker and restock it..?? Anyone else hear of similar stuff..??

SilverRhino's picture

Static defenses are an invitation to defeat.  Stay prepped, stay MOBILE.

Dave Thomas's picture

Hey Mac,

Turn that frown upside down, field a drone of your very own!

Dugald's picture

News Flash........Whitehouse under constant attack by explosive carrying private drones.

President baffled by level of public dissasisfaction, calls for enquiry..

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

For some strange reason, I think dropping bags of dog shit on the front steps would be more appropriate. I mean, that's just funny. Could you imagine official government mouthpieces trying to frame it as a serious terrist threat? Paper bags full of dog crap?



Clashfan's picture

Yes, it's all over PP.

vast-dom's picture

yeah and don't forget that every time you use Google you are using Jew tech, amongst innumerable other examples. The racism here of late is really low-grade lame.

vast-dom's picture

it's especially shitty racism of late by especially inane posters....high-grade would be subtler but thankfully we haven't had much of that so I guess lame is good in this context :)