Russia Sends Three Warships To Syria Carrying Hundreds Of Marines

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There have been various rumors floating around over the past 2 weeks that Russia would do everything in its power to establish its foothold in Syria once and for all, with the local regime closer to the edge with every passing day. There have also been rumors, however silly, that Russia is willing to give up its naval basis in the Syrian port city of Tartus, since denied. Today, we finally get the full story, courtesy of the BBC, which is that that "three large Russian landing ships carrying hundreds of marines will soon visit the port of Tartus in war-torn Syria, the Russian military says." And who can blame them: this is only logical following the surge buildup of US naval assets in the region as we reported last week and the recently 'leaked' 'secret' data that Obama was actively supporting Syrian rebels. End result: WTI soaring, and well over $90 at last check.

From BBC:

The ships, each with up to 120 marines on board, will spend a few days in the port, the general staff source said. They will take on fresh supplies of food and water. Russia has a small naval maintenance facility at Tartus.


It is not clear whether some marines will stay in Tartus. Russia supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


The source did not give details of their military equipment - a sensitive issue, because Mr Assad relies on Russian military hardware for his armed forces.


Russian officials have dismissed speculation that their military could intervene in the conflict to bolster Mr Assad's regime.


Heavy fighting is raging in the city of Aleppo, where Syrian government forces are trying to oust Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels.


The three Russian amphibious assault ships are in the Mediterranean now. After calling in at Tartus they will head for the Bosphorus and the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, the unnamed source told reporters on Friday.


The ships, part of Russia's Northern Fleet, are the Alexander Otrakovsky, the Georgy Pobedonosets and the Kondopoga.


The source, quoted by Interfax news agency, said one would anchor off Tartus and the other two would use a floating dock, because the port facilities were limited.


There is speculation that Russia may begin evacuating its nationals from Syria and deploy marines to protect personnel and equipment, as the violence intensifies.

As a reminder from last week:

Some may be surprised that this particular US naval action has a reaction. Others aren't.

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Fri, 08/03/2012 - 10:03 | 2675614 HelluvaEngineer
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WWIII = Bullish

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 10:07 | 2675622 aint no fortuna...
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That should get the VIX down into the low 15's

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 10:15 | 2675654 BaBaBouy
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Ben Shalom better Start Shorting MORE Paper GOLD Fast ... Keep "Things" In Line...

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 10:32 | 2675730 Arius
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evacuating their civilians .... it sounds to me like they are cutting their losses ... no where to hide ...

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 11:24 | 2675919 Divine Wind
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AlertsUSA just flashed out an alert to subscriber cell phones that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is calling on loan wolf jihadists to strike in their home countries.

This is the same group that Anwar al-Awlaki was heading up until he died of a Hellfire infection.

The group also had close ties to Hassan Nidal, the Fort Hood shooter,  Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Christmas Day, 2010 underwear bomber and more.

Nothing is a coincidence.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 11:41 | 2675967 fightthepower
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Al Qaeda = the boogy man

Who knows, maybe there will be a fales flag though. 

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 11:50 | 2675971 One World Mafia
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I agree no coincidence:

FBI Admits Pentagon Dinner Guest al-Awlaki Worked for Them"

"Anwar al-Awlaki was allegedly killed in October of 2011 by a CIA Predator drone in Yemen. The following year, he supposedly called for biological attacks on America from the grave."

Anwar Awlaki killed by U.S. drone in Yemen

Since alternative media unearthed the dinner guest story in 2010 the Pentagon has been claiming they let Awlaki dine there as part of an outreach to the Muslim community in the immediate aftermath of the attacks. They even had him giving presentations. Small world lol. After the story broke the White House tried to build a cover of ineptness by letting some odd ball dinner guests get close to the prez - see we're just all so inept.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 14:14 | 2676376 ali-ali-al-qomfri
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did they say anything about Eman-Yuellghols-Teen?

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 21:26 | 2677351 Self Trader
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Loan wolves ?  Credit's long dead !  Forget about loans unless you are one of the "chosenites".

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 12:19 | 2676090 kralizec
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With a few hundred Rooskie marines?


Fri, 08/03/2012 - 10:04 | 2675615 Mercury
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Your move Barry.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 10:15 | 2675626 hedgeless_horseman
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Marines?  War ships?  Pfffttt.  This is 2012...drop your dicks and grab your (joy) stix, boyz and girlz, the Nobel Peace Price Winner is in da White House.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 10:16 | 2675658 Mercury
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Yeah, planes with actual, on-board human pilots are for ferrying Michelle's BFFs to fancy vacation spots.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 10:33 | 2675736 BaBaBouy
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hedgeless_horseman ...

Thats a Good PIC of the US Physical GOLD Delivery System...

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 11:35 | 2675945 Divine Wind
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You mean in the nose cone of that missile that looks like a can of Red Bull, yes?


Fri, 08/03/2012 - 12:14 | 2676074 francis_sawyer
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If they wanted to fit her ass into the image, they need a Lockheed C-5 Galaxy...

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 10:16 | 2675660 LawsofPhysics
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It's a beautiful thing HH.  A good friend of mine is a retired F16 pilot.  He is only 43, but when given the choice between sitting in a bunker and polishing a chair with his ass or full retirement (he has been in 20+ already), he took the latter.  He races moto with me for fun (we are both adrenaline junkies as a result of our service) and he is in better shape than most of the new recruits.  Strange days indeed.  Personally, I think it is a dangerous thing for our "leaders" to so quickly dismiss the expertise of men such as him and turn the reigns over to a bunch of fat nerds who have a knack for video games (which is essentially what this "warfare" has become).  from an economic perspective there is a lot of very skiiled and experienced labor being kicked to the curb.  Not good.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 10:29 | 2675716 Mercury
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One of my Dad's Vietnam era fighter pilot buddies was bitching recently that some of these cubical-jockey pilots are filing for...and getting PTSD disability!

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 11:55 | 2676009 Jack Burton
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I heard the same thing, the stress of killing is what gets them. On the other hand my son in law has PTSD from 14 months of convoy escort in Iraq during the height of the fighting. His first few months there every convoy they escorted was attacked in one fashion or the other.

He came home for christmas a day after seeing a Marine blown to bits on the road just in front of him looking for IED's, he found one!

Having his vehicle blown up twice resulted in brain injury and the stress of 14 months on the roads of Iraq have made him a wreck at 28.

Vietnam could make a wreck of a man in the first week.

So the jy stick boys get zero sympathy from me. Put 'em in combat, they will beg to go back to their bunker and fly drones. No PTSD them!

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 12:08 | 2676050 Chupacabra-322
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I am disgusted by this story. To all Drone Operators and commanders: You are cowards with no skin in the ‘game’. You have no honor for yourself, your country, your oath, nor your God. No matter how much PR spin your chosen occupation receives, you will always be seen as such by true patriotic Americans. As a citizen of this once great nation I remind you that your duty is not in defense of me or my way of life. It is in defense of a tyrannical nation building complex. You deserve no mercy at your trails.

These creatures have no honor. They deserve no respect, no simpathy, no hero status. The fact that they are refered to as “combat pilots” is an insult to the real combat pilots. I think they should have a new designation as A.M.’s Armchair Murderers.

When Nuremberg II happens, people like you will be brought to justice.

Decades from now, you people will be remembered about as fondly as present-day Germans remember Nazi concentration camp guards today.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 13:56 | 2676343 Jack Burton
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It is true that they kill a target, if the target is at home with the family they kill the whole lot of them. Many targets are picked on a hunch, and yes, these people are in their home country. Tell me Americans, will you accept a foreign army of nation builders in your home town?

Hell NO, so WHY do you expect others to accept your armies of occupation? It stands to reason, people always fight occupations.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 10:29 | 2675721 Nobody For President
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Fat nerds? Recon drones maybe, but armed drones are still being flown by current flying status fighter pilots. As an ex-Infantry type, I strongly suspect the grunts on the ground don't give a diddly damn about who is flying what overhead, as long as it does the job - and drones can stay overhead a lot longer than a manned aircraft.

And a lot of experienced labor has been kicked to the curb over the last 10 years - most of it civilian. Your friend at least has a decent retirement income (and earned it, as far as I am concerned).

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 10:44 | 2675789 otto skorzeny
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its a pussy way to fight a war. I saw some grunt in Afghan bitching that "IEDs were a cowards way to fight a war"-as if goat herders taking on the strongest military in the history of man were cowards. what would he have to say if it were his country being occupied by a "force for democracy"

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 10:55 | 2675830 imaginalis
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I bet guys who fought with swords must have been really pissed when the first archers appeared

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 11:03 | 2675848 TIMBEEER
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Didn't they say that the Colt brought democracy to the old West? That was  when even the less athletic or tall man was able to stand up against heavy-weight *holes looking for trouble.


Fri, 08/03/2012 - 11:06 | 2675861 pop goes the weasel
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Bows and arrows have been around far longer than swords

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 12:14 | 2676069 AnAnonymous
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Who cares? Poisons existed before too.

Efficient ways of killing people.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 12:37 | 2676140 akak
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But none more efficient, nor more deadly, than the insidious poison of Chinese Citizenism, whose roadside shitting, time-traveling, algebraic coconuttery, blobbing-up nature is eternal.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 11:47 | 2675980 AnAnonymous
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its a pussy way to fight a war.


But it is an effective way to murder.

You know, wars can be fought for existential reasons. An enemy is threatening your existence and war is the way to go.

Wars can be fought for the taste of war. It is like a sport.

War can be fought for the fun of murdering. The enemy is easy, it is ducks release and fun shooting.

US citizens fight wars for the third reason.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 11:53 | 2676001 DosZap
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US citizens fight wars for the third reason.


US citizens get to die in these wars, they do not get to CHOOSE where they are sent.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 12:13 | 2676035 hedgeless_horseman
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Nevertheless, in an all-volunteer military, one does get to choose IF they are sent.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 12:12 | 2676065 AnAnonymous
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US citizens get to die in these wars, they do not get to CHOOSE where they are sent.

US citizen elite is pressured in finding easy wars to suit the US citizen tastes.

Would the wars not being a fun park, shooting lame ducks, the desertion rate would be higher.

US citizen work is very good at the moment, killing ratio is very good, you can enlist with good hopes of killing easy while risking little.

It has to be reminded that for some time, the enemy was also less dangerous than friendly troops and a large share of the US casualties was self inflicted.

Dont blame US citizen elite too much, they do their best to offer to US citizen middle class with secure opportunities to kill people.

But accidents do happen.

As Georges Bush (the son) said "wars are dangerous places"

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 12:20 | 2676097 akak
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Would the wars not being a fun park, shooting lame ducks, the desertion rate would be higher.

AnAnonymousAsshole, not understanding basic metaphors of the Engrish language, has no idea that he is suggesting that US soldiers are actually shooting still sitting but voted-from-office congressmen.  But that is only part and package of his whirligig dance of insanitation and monolizing of the speeching means.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 12:23 | 2676108 TheFourthStooge-ing
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AnAnonymous, like the trained poop-hurling monkey that he is, said:

Would the wars not being a fun park, shooting lame ducks, the desertion rate would be higher.

Of course, as is usually the case, reality turns out to be the exact opposite of your moronic buttholiness.

If the wars were actually a "fun park", the suicide rate would be lower.

Perhaps your idea of a fun park is one in which people such as yourself scurry about like rodents, pooping on every convenient clear spot. You and your kind, existing only to consume, poop, and hate, are the reason for signs like the one below which must explicitly state that pooping on the ground is not permitted in the park:

Your comments, like paralyzed pandas, are easier to shoot than lame ducks.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 12:35 | 2676132 AnAnonymous
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If the wars were actually a "fun park", the suicide rate would be lower.


Why? It is like claiming that people should not vomit while riding a roller coaster.

People might picture themselves as they are not.
They think they are made for a situation and they are not.

It has little to do with fun. Suicide exist among communauties of models who live the party life all the time. They think they are made for that style of life, which is fun and they are wrong. They finally suicide.

As a US citizen, you should stick to human beings provided by the US citizen government wars. They are far easier targets than my comments, which rely on the nature of US citizenism.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 12:42 | 2676149 akak
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Suicide exist among communauties of models who live the party life all the time

That is only because they are constantly being nautie.

Make me laugh!

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 13:30 | 2676279 TheFourthStooge-ing
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AnAnonymous sharted:

People might picture themselves as they are not.

That is certainly true in your case, little feller.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 12:06 | 2676045 JimBowie1958
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And you whore out your mother and daughters just for the cash.

See how easy it is to make unwarranted and slanderous assertions, dickhead?

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 16:49 | 2676816 Henry Hub
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Hay, avatar stealing is a grave offense around here. Please cease and desist!

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 19:46 | 2677212 JimBowie1958
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Lol, that isnt your avatar. Its a commie version and closer up.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 12:02 | 2676027 JimBowie1958
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its a pussy way to fight a war.

That is one of the stupidest comments I think I have seen in a while.  The people that win wars in the modern era apply every available advantage to pound his enemy into a helpless, spineless, broken mass of fleshy jello. War is about winning and surviving, fuck some archaic notion that the comabatants have to be on equal ground.

'Pussy' has got nothing to do with it and I pray that our enemies might think that way, dumbfuck.

I saw some grunt in Afghan bitching that "IEDs were a cowards way to fight a war"-as if goat herders taking on the strongest military in the history of man were cowards. what would he have to say if it were his country being occupied by a "force for democracy"

The Taliban are not goat herders ass-hat. They are a highly resilient and resourceful opponent who is using every advantage that they can bring to bear in this conflict and they are doing amazingly well. Were it not for the hubris among American civilian and military top level leadership, we could have beaten the Taliban years ago. But no, we had to hang around and try to make them live under a form of government prefered in the Western democracies and entirely alien to their own culture and place a criminal like Karzai in charge. Infuckingcredibly stupid.

Determination, belief in ones cause, a perception that the enemy is giving you no way out, and a faith in an after life are more powerful than guided missils, tanks and jet aircraft when it comes to a long fight. The latter are expensive to buy, costly to project into a theater of battle, and have flaws some of which we are being taught by our enemies, your so-called goat herders.

We will lose in Afghanistan because we are full of hubris, rely on advanced weaponry in place of a corpse of determined and well trained warriors, and because we have no respect for the local populations who make our fight almost impossible to win and maintain. This gives me no joy, only a sad grim realiztion that our future is going to be Byzantinely complex and difficult while we are led by the current corrupt and foolish crew at the top that we now have.

But mostly we will lose because we DONT BELONG THERE AS ALL THE VETERANS KNOW AND WHO SUPPORTED RON PAUL for since he promised to get us out and stop playing geopolitical casino with American families and the lives of their loved ones. The fools leading our country are destroying it slowly, a little every day because what makes them wealthy saps the soul out of our military and impoverishes our citizenry.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 12:19 | 2676091 AnAnonymous
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War is about winning and surviving, fuck some archaic notion that the comabatants have to be on equal ground.


Thumping admission. Honour is not part of 'Americanism' Often, US citizens would like to picture themselves as people of honour. But it is just a masquerade.

US citizens are neither honourable nor dishonourable. They simply ignore honour.

This said, big correction here: US citizens do not fight wars to win them or survive.

Afghanistan is no threat to the survival of the US, the Afghans are simply not strong enough to pose an existential threat to the US.

And the wars are won before being fought. Afghanistan's odds of winning the war are extremely low.

No, no, US citizens do not fight wars to win them or to survive them, they fight wars to murder people.

Murdering people and resources, those are the two great drivers of US citizen action.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 12:43 | 2676134 akak
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Thumping admission. Hygiene is not part of Chinese Citizenism. Often, Chinese citizens would like to picture themselves as people of hygiene. But it is just a masquerade, as ubiquitous Chinese roadside shitting proves.

Chinese citizens are neither hygenic nor dishygenic. They simply ignore the toilet.

This said, big correction here: Chinese citizens do not fight wars to win them or survive.

Tibet was, and Taiwan is, no threat to the survival of the Chinese Communist Party, the Tibetans were, and the Taiwanese are, simply not strong enough to pose an existential threat to China.

And the wars are won before being fought. Tibet's and Taiwan's odds of winning the war were extremely low.

No, no, Chinse citizens do not fight wars to win them or to survive them, they fight wars to murder people --- especially their own, in such monuments to central-planning insanity as "The Great Leap Forward (Into Starvation)" and the so-called Cultural Revolution.

Murdering people and blobbing-up world resources, those are the two great drivers of Chinese citizen action.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:10 | 2676539 Think for yourself
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Do you ever reread your posts against AnAnonymous?

The one you replied to was pertinent to the discussion at hand and actually well stated. Making a good point.

Then you just fall into your sophisms and attack the messenger with no consideration to his point.

Why don't you stop being a mechanical chatbot that blurts out anti-Chinese Citizenism inanities as soon as you identify a post by AnAnon? Maybe you could actually think before replying, your schticks are getting very tiresome.

Of course, if you feel I'm being unfair, please explain how your point is relevant to parent's argument. 

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:52 | 2676655 Mad Cow
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Even a broken cuckoo clock is right twice a day. The rest of the time AnAnidiot plops his turds with regularity. Keep it up Akak. Makes me laugh.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 18:18 | 2677011 CompassionateFascist
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This is correct: anonymouse earned a few greens during this exchange. With each passing day, Red-Fascist mainland China and ZOG-ruled Amerikwa do look more and more alike.  

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 19:50 | 2677219 JimBowie1958
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And more and more like you fevered assinine fantasy of fascist rule.

Please go back to the ash heap of history you crawled from.

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