Chuckyman left this link. Syria has denied the usage of gunboats.
At this time, I am in the camp that gunboats are not being used.
Before I get to the reason why, I want everyone to think for a moment about the fact that nothing, absolutely nothing posted or stated by the "activists" can be confirmed or backed up with substance in any way shape or form.
There is no way of knowing when or where their so called footage has been taken or created?
It is all unverifiable. If one reads through the numerous reports made by the "activists" you will not that the msm always mentions this. Of course, this is a means of covering their own backsides when this ruse comes apart. And it will.
We do know that the US patrols the Mediterranean.
As do the Navies of the numerous Mediterranean nations.
Knowing that, we would expect that reports of gunboats being used would be easily verifiable by the US or other nations. So why is the US State Department reporting this??
The U.S. State Department said on Monday that it was unable to confirm published reports that the Syrian navy has shelled the port city of Latakia.
"We have been unable to confirm, actually, the use of naval assets," U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters at her daily briefing, saying she was referring to reports of shelling of the port city of Latakia.
"We have seen reporting of this. We have not seen this firing ourselves," Nuland added, saying the jury was still out on the issue. "However, we are able to confirm that there is armor in the city and that there is firing on innocents again in the pattern of carnage that you have seen in other places."
Therefore the US confirms there are no gunboats firing on the city of Latakia
Interestingly in the third paragraph the State department "able to confirm there is armor in the city" of Latakia?
How are they able to do so?
Are they sitting in a ship somewhere in the Mediterranean?
Are they flying over? How are they confirming armor in the city?
If they can confirm armor in the city but cannot confirm gunboats it means there are no gunboats!
This line is pure spin "there is firing on innocents"
How does the US judge "innocents" from guilty from where ever it is they have themselves positioned to spy
There hasn't been anything innocent about the terror their armed "activists" have wrought on Syria and it's people.
Spin and perception management. Theatre, all theatre.