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Russia Moves 11 Navy Ships Out of Syrian Port

Russian Tartus port in Syria.

  • Russia Moves 11 Navy Ships Out of Syrian Port
    by ART MOORE,
    Moscow heeds Trump warning to ‘get ready’ for strike
    Russia has moved at least 11 navy ships deployed in Syria out to sea in the event of a U.S. military strike, which appears to be imminent in the wake of an exchange of threats between President Trump and Russian officials.

    Trump replied early Wednesday to a Russian threat to shoot down any U.S. missiles in Syria with a tweet: “Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’”

    The threatened military strike is a response to an alleged chemical attack last week on civilians blamed on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Israel-based commercial organization ImageSat International provided satellite images to Fox News showing 11 Russian naval craft in the port of Tartus have departed, leaving only a single submarine.

    The Syrian army also is evacuating military bases and transferring aircraft to bases with strong Russian support. Meanwhile, a U.S. guided missile destroyer, the U.S.S. Donald Cook, already is in position off the coast of Syria with 75 Tomahawk missiles on board. The ship also has 20 surface-to-air missiles ready in the case of any confrontation with Russian war planes.

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April 12, 2018 - Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , ,

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