While most in the American media have essentially turned a blind eye to the Russians flexing their military muscle in Syria, even the handful that have acknowledged the Russian build-up as little more that the expansion of a fairly obscure airstrip on the Syrian coast.
And with that expansion comes a handful of Russian Marines for base security and a handful of air defense missiles.
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Yet the latest from the Middle East is that the Russians have hit the ground with the most offensive weapons since morning breath and body odor.
As reported by Lucas Tomlinson of Fox News on Sept. 14, 2015, the Pentagon has verified that a total of 15 Russian Antonov-124 Condor flights into Syria, reflecting a steady stream of military cargo into the rapidly expanding Russian airbase at the coastal town of Jableh. And while the word has already been on the streets of Russian ships unloading mysterious “military equipment” days ago, now the public knows what that cargo is, albeit from an anonymous source.
Citing an unnamed source within the Department of Defense, Tomlinson was informed of a half-dozen third-generation T-90 main battle tanks; 15 fresh artillery pieces; 35 armored personnel carriers, similar to the U.S. Army’s Bradley fighting vehicles; and an yet to be released number of additional Russian Marines. Citing the same anonymous defense official, Russian offensive operations could launch from Jableh “very soon.” Officially, the Pentagon’s spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis displayed a flair for the obvious when he told reporters that the Russian activities “suggest the establishment of a forward air operating base.”
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