Russia uses Iran, Iraq air space for military transport flights to Syria, ignores U.S. warnings

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A photo released by official Syrian news agency Sana shows a Russian cargo plane in Latakia, Syria. /AFP

 

Russia is flying military assets and personnel into Syria via Iranian and Iraqi air space and ignoring warnings from the United States in the process.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen as determined to rescue the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and is openly defying American efforts to block the military shipments, increasing tensions with Washington. Continue reading

US leaves ‘unreliable’ British out in the cold

The British apparently didn’t get the subtle hint of what the future relations with America would be like with Obama running the country when he shipped back a historical bust of Winston Churchill, for unknown reasons. For followers of Bible prophecy, this is likely fulfilling the prophesied split between both America and Britain (part of the “House of Israel”) leading into the end times.

British military chiefs are being ejected from US meetings about Syria in the first direct consequence of David Cameron’s refusal to join military action. Continue reading

Syria’s Assad holding most of his military assets in reserve

The regime of President Bashar Assad, despite nearly a year
of fighting, has been using only a fraction of its military might against
the Sunni rebel movement.

Regime sources said Assad, despite the massive assault on Homs, has
reserved most of his military assets. They said the president did not want a
bloodbath while Army commanders feared the breakup of their units.

“The assessment is that Assad and his advisers have prepared for a long
haul, and they would rather tire out the rebels than risk a rupture in the
military through massive assaults,” the regime source said.

Full article: Syria’s Assad holding most of his military assets in reserve (World Tribune)

U.S. military beginning review of Syria options

“I think it is very important for us to try to resolve this without recourse to outside military intervention, and I think that’s possible,” Obama said in an interview with NBC News that aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday.

But the military is beginning to look at what can be done.  One of the senior U.S. officials called the effort a “scoping exercise” to see what capabilities are available given other U.S. military commitments in the region.

Both officials pointed out that this type of planning exercise is typical for the Pentagon, which would not want to be in the position of not having options for the president, if and when they are asked for.

It would be Gen. James Mattis, head of U.S. Central Command, who would provide details on what U.S. military assets are available, what missions they could perform if asked, and what risks U.S. forces might face.

“The Pentagon is closely monitoring developments in Syria.  It wouldn’t be doing its job if it didn’t put some ideas on the table,” one of the senior U.S. officials told CNN. “But absolutely no decisions have been made on military support for Syria.”

Full article: U.S. military beginning review of Syria options (CNN)