Putin has dispatched the giant Dmitri Donskoy TK-20 nuclear submarine and it is currently on its way to Syrian waters. The TK-20 is a ballistic missile submarine and it’s the largest submarine in the world. This particular sub can carry 20 Bulava ICBM’s with 200 nuclear warheads. I guess the Dmitri could be used to launch cruise missiles against rebel and terrorist targets, but using this sub for that purpose would be a little overkill.
In addition to the Donskoy, Russia is sending a squadron of five Russian naval ships equipped with guided missiles and they are set to conduct military maneuvers off the Syrian coast. On Friday, the Russians called for military-to-military cooperation with the United States to avert "unintended incidents" as it stages navy exercises off the coast of Syria.
President Obama once again warned Putin against doubling down on his support for the Assad regime and once again Putin ignored our weak president’s demands. The Russian SA-22 Pantsir-S1 anti-air missiles are also reportedly on their way to Syria as well. The SA-22 is a combined short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system. And again, this is not the type of weapons system that would make much sense against terrorist or rebel forces.
These weapons systems are meant to deter American and/or Israeli military forces and they are intended to send a message to our Commander-in-Chief. President Obama is a weak leader and Putin and the other despots of the world know it. The Russians will continue to build up their forces in the region and the Iranians and Hezbollah will join forces with the Russian Marines in short order.
According to Fox News: Russia's military build-up in Syria has grown to include the shipment of a half-dozen highly sophisticated battle tanks -- and more troops -- a defense official told Fox News, in what the source called the "first clear sign of offensive weapons arriving in Syria."
The Pentagon has now tracked a total of 15 Russian Antonov-124 Condor flights into Syria, reflecting a steady stream of military cargo into Syria. According to the latest intelligence, this also includes the arrival of two more Russian cargo ships, containing the tanks.
Up to this point, the official said, the Russian cargo and weapons that have been delivered to Syria could be viewed as defensive in nature. The arrival of tanks cannot be viewed this way.
The official said that Russian offensive operations could launch from Bassel Al-Assad International Airport "very soon."
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