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originally posted by: all2human
a reply to: Zaphod58
Syria has every right to protect itself as does any sovereign nation
The country is under air bombardment by nations that openly seek the downfall of its government.
Russia has surface to air missiles deployed to Syria? ISIS does not have an air force or any aircraft so what are these missiles for? They are primarily used in shooting down aircraft.
originally posted by: JIMC5499
a reply to: Zaphod58
Come on Zap! You should know by now, US bad, Russia good. Russian super weapons will wipe out the US with ease.
Sarcasm meter pegged.
I wonder how many of these clowns realize that the Russians and the old Soviet Union have been keeping the Middle East in turmoil since the 1950's.
originally posted by: DeathSlayer
London: Russia's military build-up in Syria includes surface-to-air missiles as well as combat aircraft with air-to-air capability, deployments that raise "serious questions" about Moscow's role in the region, US Secretary of State John Kerry says. Russian officials have said that the purpose of the build-up at a base near Latakia, Syria, is to combat Islamic State. The deployment of air defence systems and fighter aircraft weapons that can be used against a conventionally armed foe but have little utility against extremist fighters has spurred concerns that Moscow's goal is to establish a military outpost in the Middle East. It has also added to the Pentagon's worries about the risk of an inadvertent confrontation between Russia's military and the US-led coalition that is carrying out air strikes in Syria against Islamic State.
While Mr Kerry did not provide details, a US official, who requested anonymity, said a Russian SA-22 air defence system was in place in Latakia. The US observed elements of the system at the base in the last week and now the launcher and the missiles were there, too, the official said.
The US official added that the four Su-27 aircraft Russia flew to the base were armed with air-to-air missiles.
"What's the air-to-air threat there for them?" asked the official, who called the development "troubling". However, other US officials suggested the deployment might simply reflect the Russian military's standard defensive precautions as it established an air hub in a foreign country.
The prefabricated building that Russia has erected at the base can house 2000 military advisers and personnel. Ferrying weapons and equipment to the base has involved more than 20 flights by Russian Condor transport planes: almost all have flown to Syria by passing over Iran and Iraq.
Syria – and the migrant crisis it has spawned – has been a focus of Mr Kerry's trip to Europe.
After a meeting on Saturday with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Mr Kerry said it was vital to pursue a diplomatic solution to the crisis but Moscow was not putting enough pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to make him negotiate seriously. Both Mr Hammond and Mr Kerry emphasised that Mr Assad could not remain in power if there was to be a durable solution to the conflict, but they said the timing of his departure during a political transition in Syria would be a matter of negotiation. "It doesn't have to be on day one or month one," Mr Kerry said. "There is a process by which all the parties have to come together and reach an understanding of how this can best be achieved. "I just know that the people of Syria have already spoken with their feet," he said. "They're leaving Syria." Despite his concerns about Russia's military build-up in Syria, Mr Kerry said the Obama administration welcomed a role for Russian forces if it was focused on combating Islamic State and not on propping up Mr Assad. "IS is plotting attacks today against the West," Mr Kerry said. "So to the degree that Russia wants to focus its efforts against IS, we welcome that."
So Russia has surface to air missiles deployed to Syria? ISIS does not have an air force or any aircraft so what are these missiles for? They are primarily used in shooting down aircraft.
Last week Putin stated he would not take any responsibility for any incidents between the U.S armed forces flying various missions in Syria. These next few weeks in Syria will be very interesting. I foresee a U.S. airplane or two being shot down and what will Obama do? All talk and no walk. Obama is the weakest U.S. president we have had during any time of war.
Personally I don't understand why the U.S. is even involved in the Middle East? Anyone who has EVER believed the lie..... that due to the U.S. presence in the Middle East this has made the U.S. safer has bought into this lie. The same with the terrorist threat.... what threat? One, two radicals making a small move against the U.S.?
Please don't tell me that terrorist flew those planes into the World Trade Center..... no one is buying that either except those who took the red pill.