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Russia is sending armed troops to Syria amid escalating violence there, United States military officials told NBC News Friday, in a move certain to frustrate Western efforts to put pressure on the regime of President Bashir Assad.
Moscow has sent a ship carrying a small contingent of combat forces to guard Russia’s deep-water port and military base at the Syrian city of Tartus, the US officials said.
A Russian ship carrying small arms and ammunition and possibly a small contingent of troops is on its way out of the Black Sea and into the Mediterranean bound for Syria, CBS News correspondent David Martin reports. U.S. intelligence believes the weapons are intended to re-supply or beef up the defenses at Russia's naval base in Syria.
The move, while not necessarily an indication of new military support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, comes amid increasingly tense U.S.-Russia relations regarding the Syria crisis.
Originally posted by cavalryscout
This stuff is better than any movie that has been released lately.
It's a little bit action a little bit drama and a whole lot of suspense.
I just hope it doesn't turn into some cheap horror flick or one of those end of the world deals.
On a serious note I agree this is really going to complicate things for the U.S.
Can you imagine what would happen if we took out a few Russians even if it was accidental.
edit on 15-6-2012 by cavalryscout because: (no reason given)
Thursday when the State Department acknowledged the helicopters she accused Moscow of sending were actually refurbished ones already owned by the Assad regime.
Originally posted by Ben81
Russia Sending Air and Sea Defenses to Syria, Exporter Says