“It’s noteworthy because it’s the first time Russia has deployed that type of system outside their own country…”
Remember when Obama first got into our White House and one of the first things he did was to dump the promised anti-missile system for our friends and allies in Eastern Europe because it pissed off Russia and Putin?
(FOX News EXCLUSIVE): Russia has deployed an advanced anti-missile system to Syria for the first time, three US officials tell Fox News, the latest indication that Moscow continues to ramp up its military operations in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad.
It comes after Russia’s actions led to the collapse of a cease-fire and the cut-off of direct talks with the U.S.
While Moscow’s motives are not certain, officials say the new weapon system could potentially counter any American cruise missile attack in Syria.
Components of the SA-23 Gladiator anti-missile and anti-aircraft system, which has a range of roughly 150 miles, arrived over the weekend “on the docks” of a Russian naval base along Syria’s Mediterranean coastal city of Tartus, two US officials said.
It is the first time Russia has deployed the SA-23 system outside its borders, according to one Western official citing a recent intelligence assessment. The missiles and associated components are still in their crates and are not yet operational, according to the officials.
The U.S. intelligence community has been observing the shipment of the SA-23 inside Russia in recent weeks, according to one official.
While the purpose is not clear, one US official asked sarcastically, “Nusra doesn’t have an air force do they?” speaking about the Al Qaeda-linked group in Syria. The Islamic State also does not fly any manned aircraft or possess cruise missiles, in a sign that Russia is directing its actions to protect itself against any potential attack from the United States or its allies.
The SA-23 can fire two different types of missiles. A smaller missile is used against aircraft and cruise missiles and is known by NATO as Gladiator. The larger missile is used against intermediate-range ballistic missiles and jamming aircraft and is known as Giant. Both missiles use the same type of warhead containing over 300 pounds of explosives, according to military-today.com.
Three years ago, President Obama weighed military action against the Assad regime’s chemical weapons facilities as well as airbases housing the regime’s attack helicopters and jets. US Navy ships in the eastern Mediterranean were prepared to launch Tomahawk cruise missiles in a limited strike to cripple the regime.
Russia deployed a separate air defense system, the S-400, to Syria after a Russian jet was shot down by a Turkish warplane last November. Since the S-400 deployment, the U.S. military has been careful about flying manned aircraft inside the range of the system, despite repeated pledges by the US military that its airstrikes in Syria are focused on ISIS, not the Assad regime.
Monday, the Pentagon announced it conducted an airstrike potentially killing a “prominent” al-Qaeda linked operative in Syria. Officials said they were still assessing the strike and have not released the name of their target.
Hours after the State Department announced it was cutting off talks with Moscow, President Vladimir Putin said he had suspended a Russia-U.S. deal on the disposal of weapons-grade plutonium. Putin’s decree released by the Kremlin cited Washington’s “unfriendly actions.”
Communism always finds the easiest path through the hole left behind by cowards.
Nice re-set you got there, Hillary. ‘You got it wrong’..
Barack Obama is leaving (hopefully leaving) office having completely squandered the US standing in the world, and setting up a 21st century Cold War with Russia. And between the various know-it-all players in his administration over these last eight years a Middle East in near total collapse.
Hillary put herself out there with her ridiculously gaudy “re-set” with Russia before her Secretary of State chair was even warmed by her backside. This situation, and obvious others, in the Middle East are very legitimate issues and points for Donald Trump to attack her on, and damn well he should/better!
Speaking of Syria: Isis prepares for ‘apocalyptic’ battle to defend the village at the heart of its propaganda operation: Turkey-backed Syrian rebels say they are less than 48 hours away from launching an attack on the town of Dabiq, held by Isis since 2014
You know, when Putin took Russia into Syria to help al Assad with ISIS I really thought he was serious about defeating them, as his record of dealing with terrorists is very harsh. However, as the months and even a year or so have passed I strongly believe Putin and al Assad are not helping ISIS but using them tactically to deal with the Syrian “rebels” who are also fighting a civil war with the dictator in Syria. The more ISIS tears through rebel cities and villages the less Syria and Russia have to spend on dealing with them.