Obama Stalls on Syrian Strike as Putin sends Anti-Submarine Ship & Missile Cruiser to Med
MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani agreed that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable and signaled their shared opposition to military intervention in Syria war, the Kremlin said after the leaders spoke by phone.
Report: Russia to send anti-submarine ship and missile cruiser to Mediterranean, source in armed forces says
Confirmed: Russia to send anti-submarine ship and missile cruiser to the Mediterranean
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Russia will send anti-submarine ship and missile cruiser to the Mediterranean, Interfax quotes sources in armed forces
‘Kamikaze pilots to be used’
Meanwhile, a Syrian officer told The Guardian newspaper, in an interview published Wednesday, that at least 8,000 suicide “martyrs” are ready to foil U.S. warplanes hand-in-hand with two Syrian allies, Hezbollah and Iran.
The Assad loyalist officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said 13 pilots had signed a pledge this week saying they would form “a crew of suicide martyrs to foil the U.S. warplanes.”
The officer, who is serving with the Syrian army’s air defense section near the capital, said: “If the U.S. and British armies launch a single rocket we will launch three or four, and if their warplanes raid our skies they will face hell fire.
“If we are unable to shoot down their warplanes with artillery, we have military pilots who are ready to attack these foreign warplanes by their own warplanes and blow them up in the air.”
The officer in his 30s, who has previously provided reliable information to The Guardian, claimed: “We have more than 8,000 suicide martyrs within the Syrian army, ready to carry out martyrdom operations at any moment to stop the Americans and the British. I myself am ready to blow myself up against U.S. aircraft carriers to stop them attacking Syria and its people.
SKY NEWS: Russia is to reportedly deploy war ships to the Mediterranean as President Obama warns of sending Syria a “pretty strong signal”.
Russia sending warships to the Mediterranean: report
Russia will “over the next few days” be sending an anti-submarine ship and a missile cruiser to the Mediterranean as the West prepares for possible strikes against Syria, the Interfax news agency said on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — US officials say the Navy is beefing up its presence in the Persian Gulf region, increasing the number of aircraft carriers from one to two.
The USS Harry S. Truman has arrived in the Arabian Sea and was scheduled to take the place of the USS Nimitz, which was supposed to head home. The Navy has ordered the Nimitz, which is in the Indian Ocean, to stay for now.
USS Nimitz (CVN 68) – 5th Fleet
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) – 5th Fleet
USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 73) – Western Atlantic
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) – Western Atlantic
Defiant Syrian PM: We will attack foreign aggressors like in Yom Kippur War
Wael al-Halqi warns of “graveyard of invaders” if West strikes.
Russian Missiles in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian air defense missile system Buk-M2 is on display at the opening of the MAKS Air Show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Russia has supplied similar missiles to Syria.
Syria’s Supersonic Yakhont Missiles Deterring US Naval Attack
TEHRAN (FNA)- Military experts believe that Syria’s supersonic and anti-ship missiles, including its Yakhont, Iskandar and Scud missiles which can neither be intercepted nor diverted by the US Navy’s giant warships are working as a deterrent to a US naval attack on Syria.
Iran’s state TV has reported that President Hassan Rouhani has said Iran will apply all efforts to prevent military action against the Tehran-backed regime of Syrian President Bashar al- Assad.
The Thursday report says the remarks came late Wednesday during a phone conversation between Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
Rouhani was quoted as saying “military action will have a big amount of costs for the region” and “it is necessary to apply all efforts to prevent it.”
Russia will send two ships to the east Mediterranean to strengthen its naval presence because of the “well-known situation” there, Interfax news agency said on Thursday referring to the Syria crisis.
Obama stalls for deal with Putin on softened strike
Washington and Moscow sources disclose Obama has applied the brakes on the momentum for its implemention to buy time for US Secretary of State John Kerry to wind up secret negotiations with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and strike a deal: The US would soften its military action against the Assad regime and his army and reduce it to a token blow, after which the American and Russian presidents would announce the convening of Geneva-2 to hammer out a solution of the Syrian crisis and end the civil war.
The Kerry-Lavrov back channel has not yet achieved results and so, Thursday, the fate of the US strike on Syria was still highly fluid and its timeline changeable.