Thursday, February 21, 2013

Russian Anti-Terror Troops Arrive in Syria: Really?

Last post for the day! Promise.
 I am unsure what to make of this  ABC article.
Admittedly, I don't like how the piece is written. It reads like a gossip piece.
So, why even promote or use it?
Propaganda to demonize Russia?
Fact?
A message from one party to another via the media?
Perception management?
Be sure to share a thought or two....

A Russian military unit has arrived in Syria, according to Russian news reports, a development that a United Nations Security Council source told ABC News was "a bomb" certain to have serious repercussions.

Russia, one of President Bashar al-Assad's strongest allies despite international condemnation of the government's violent crackdown on the country's uprising, has repeatedly blocked the United Nations Security Council's attempts to halt the violence, accusing the U.S. and its allies of trying to start another war.

Now the Russian Black Sea fleet's Iman tanker has arrived in the Syrian port of Tartus on the Mediterranean Sea with an anti-terror squad from the Russian Marines aboard according to the Interfax news agency. The Assad government has insisted it is fighting a terrorist insurgency. The Russian news reports did not elaborate on the Russian troops' mission in Syria or if they are expected to leave the port.
 The presence of Russian troops in Syria could be a "pretty obvious" show of support to the regime, according to Russian security expert Mark Galeotti.
The Iman replaced another Russian ship "which had been sent to Syria for demonstrating (sic) the Russian presence in the turbulent region and possible evacuation of Russian citizens," the Black Sea Fleet told Interfax.
RIA Novosti, a news outlet with strong ties to the Kremlin,(??) trumpeted the news in a banner headline that appeared only on its Arabic language website. The Russian embassy to the U.S. and to the U.N. had no comment, saying they have "no particular information on" the arrival of a Russian anti-terrorism squad to Syria.
Moscow has long enjoyed a cozy relationship with the Assad regime, to which it sells billions of dollars of weapons. In return Russia has maintained a Navy base at Tartus, which gives it access to the Mediterranean.

Last week Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia had no plans to send troops to Syria.

"As for the question whether I consider it necessary to confront the United States in Syria and ensure our military presence there… in order to take part in military actions -- no. I believe this would be against Russia's national interests," Lavrov told lawmakers, according to RIA Novosti.

Russia's Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov denied reports that Russian special forces were operating inside Syria. He did say, however, that there are Russian military and technical advisors in the country.

U.S. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said the U.S. government had not heard of the reports of Russian troops in Syria and declined to comment.

And there you have it.

10 comments:

  1. If I were in charge of a Russian ship currently docking in Syria I might think it prudent to have such a team on board too.

    So, why even promote or use it?

    Perhaps it's propaganda to demonize Russia.

    But more likely it's a sort of trial balloon projection:

    It sets the stage for a territory in which such forces can be dispatched. Look for NATO or some other type of special forces to be caught in Syria, that's where this leads.

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  2. "It sets the stage for a territory in which such forces can be dispatched. Look for NATO or some other type of special forces to be caught in Syria, that's where this leads.'

    thanks for that one Atheo.

    I do think this story is out there for some reason....

    So, your suggesting that the story is possibly a plant to justify or prep for some type of special forces movement on Syria?

    Interesting?

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  3. It's complete BS. One can see this using elementary logic.

    Didn't Russia just conduct the largest joint exercises in it's post Soviet history, outside of Russia? Just last month? And didn't this occur off the coast of Syria? Why in the world would Russia send a message using a single crappy tanker and not when it sent the entire fleet?

    And remember that Russia conducted joint exercises with the Israeli military in 2011 but has never done so with the Syrian military.

    Clearly these leaks are meant to sucker anti-war people into thinking Russia is sincerely interested in saving Syria when they are really complicit. Lavrov says right there in the story Russia isn't going to help defend Syria and Russia has breached its most important military contracts with Syria.

    Furthermore, Russia is threatening Syria's sovereignty by negotiating a transition government and meeting with terrorists.

    Lastly, there have been so many false stories like this that there is a concerted effort in this regard. The attackers of Syria are not only controlling the media they are trying to control the opposition as well. Russia's role is to make the Western conquest of Syria a bit easier.

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    1. So you think the purpose of the story is to "sucker" anti-war people in?

      I don't know I think I like Aletho's concept of trial balloon.
      As a justification for moving specials ops into Syria

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    2. Keep in mind we know nothing really of what is at Tartous.
      And ABC is not going to tell us what is? Or is not?
      The tanker angle could be completely fabricated

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  4. reading this:'Russia, one of President Bashar al-Assad's strongest allies despite international condemnation of the government's violent crackdown on the country's uprising, has repeatedly blocked the United Nations Security Council's attempts to halt the violence, accusing the U.S. and its allies of trying to start another war.'

    youd think the ABC was a supporter of islamic terrorism
    1. theres no 'uprising'
    2. the country is under attack by mostly foreign terrorists
    3. these terrorists are the foreign legion of the US and its allies/servants
    4. every govt under international law has the right to take action against 'uprisings' aka terrorist attacks.
    5. UNSC helped forge the violence of NATO when it was allowed by UNSC to attack Libya. UNSC is not in the business of stopping violence

    that sort of thing by the ABC or BBC or CBC is why i avoid the MSM

    the one honest line :'accusing the U.S. and its allies of trying to start another war'

    they are...but ABC is not interested in that.

    'Moscow has long enjoyed a cozy relationship with the Assad regime, to which it sells billions of dollars of weapons. '

    the syrian people also enjoy a cozy relationship with Assad....note the word 'regime' . WHY does ABC use that word?


    US forces are inside Syria...theses being the jihadis

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  5. 'Perhaps it's propaganda to demonize Russia.'

    no,,really?! the ABC wouldnt!

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  6. more on syria:

    1. Suicide bomber arrested: After bombings in Damascus today this man was found wounded. People...http://fb.me/1Vq3waBaZ

    2.Further evidence US supports terrorism and uses it as a tool of regime change

    News About Syria - English · 3,328 like this.
    3 hours ago ·
    On Thursday the U.S. blocked a Russian draft statement in the UN Security Council which condemed the terrorist attack in Damascus and offered condolences to the victims and victims' families.

    "Unfortunately, the U.S. delegation, has yet again, blocked the necessary response to a terrorist attack and linked it to other issues. We consider it unacceptable to search for excuses for terrorists," said a press release issued by the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations.

    The draft statement prepared by Russia includes the confirmation of the postulate that: "terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes a serious threat to international peace and security and has no excuses."

    Voice of Russia, TASS

    M.D
    https://www.facebook.com/News.About.Syria/posts/473056502743902

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  7. U.S. Diplomat: Most #Syrians Stand Behind Bashar #Assad http://www.moonofalabama.org/2013/02/us-diplomat-majority-of-syrians-stand-behind-bashar-assad.html #realsyria

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  8. As long Syria has Iran's full support Syria will survive. Russia is a two face hydra, it has a lot of Zionist within it's main establishment. The Russian Orthodox church is what is keeping Russia on Syria side.

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