The Syrian Civil War

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  1. Admin

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    Russia intensifying Syria airstrikes

    (CNN)Russia is intensifying its airstrikes in Syria, which it says have "considerably reduced" the combat potential of militants.

    The Russian air force began strikes in Syria on Wednesday. In the past 24 hours, it has carried out 20 flights targeting 10 ISIS positions in Idlib province, the Russian Defense Ministry announced in a statement Sunday.

    Since 2011, Syria has been torn apart by a brutal civil warthat has seen the rise of extremist groups including ISIS. Moscow supports the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and says it is targeting ISIS, al Nusra and "other terrorist groups."

    But the U.S-backed coalition against ISIS -- comprising the United States, Britain, Turkey, France, Germany, Qatar and Saudi Arabia -- accuses Russia of attacking civilians and Syrian groups opposing al-Assad.


    Criticism mounts over Russia's air campaign in Syria 02:10

    British Prime Minister David Cameron, in an interview with the BBC on Sunday, said most of the strikes appeared to have targeted areas not under ISIS control.

    "What is happening is that they are backing the butcher Assad, which is a terrible mistake for them and for the world. It's going to make the region more unstable, it will lead to further radicalization and increase terrorism," he said.

    Al-Assad told Iranian television station Khabar TV he was optimistic that a coalition of Iran, Russia, Iraq and Syria would be successful, according to a transcript carried by Syrian state news agency SANA.

    "It must succeed; otherwise the whole region, not only one or two countries, will be destroyed," he said.

    "When these countries unite against terrorism and fight it militarily and in the areas of security and information, in addition to other aspects, this coalition will, no doubt, achieve real results on the ground, particularly that it enjoys international support from countries which do not have a direct role in these crises and in this region," al-Assad said.

    Militants are panicking, Russian general says[/paste:font]

    In a speech Saturday, Russian Col. Gen. Andrei Kartapolov announced that Russia was intensifying its strikes. He said that before Russia began air operations, "American experts informed us that there was nobody but terrorists in the district."


    Russian intelligence suggested militants had begun fleeing the strikes, which had targeted ISIS command centers, ammunition depots and training camps, Kartapolov said, according to Russia's Ministry of Defense.

    "Panic and desertion has started among them. About 600 mercenaries have left their positions and are trying to flee to Europe. Thus, the Russian airstrikes will not only be continued; their intensiveness will be increased," he said.

    On Saturday, Russia said its soldiers had bombed nine ISIS positions in Raqqa, the group's de facto capital. Tactical bombers destroyed various militant targets, including ammunition and oil depots, and all-terrain vehicles, it said in a statement.

    Opposition groups alleged at least 11 people had been killed in a double strike by Russia on the village of Ehsim in Idlib province. CNN could not independently verify it was a Russian strike.

    Syria and the U.S.-backed coalition against ISIS also have continued strikes.

    CNN's Margot Haddad and Radina Gigova contributed to this report.

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/04/middleeast/syria-russia-airstrikes/
     
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    Russian warships launched missiles into Syria from the Caspian Sea on Wednesday as Russian-backed government troops launched a ground offensive to crush forces opposing the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    The missiles mark a major escalation of Russian involvement in the region and a growing crisis for U.S. policy in Syria.

    Russia says its attacks are targeting the Islamic State and other extremist groups, but the U.S. says they have been mostly aimed at bolstering Assad's regime, which Washington opposes.

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin in televised remarks that four warships carried out 26 missile strikes from the Caspian Sea, destroying 11 targets more than 900 miles away, Russia's TASS news agency reported. He said no civilian facilities were hit.

    "Intensive work of different intelligence services over the last two days has made it possible to detect a large number of various (Islamic State) facilities — command posts, ammunition depots, military equipment depots, training camps of militants,” Shoigu said, according to TASS.

    He said 112 Islamic State targets have been hit since Sept. 30, when Russian warplanes began airstrikes in Syria. The U.S. military has challenged the Russian claims, saying at least 50% of the strikes have targeted moderate opposition forces fighting Assad.

    Signs of a new Syrian government ground offensive in central Syria on Wednesday places Russia and the United States at even greater odds. The ground offensive, backed by Russian strikes, could crush moderate opposition forces and strengthen Assad's regime.

    U.S. policy has been aimed at attacking the Islamic State and searching for a political solution to remove Assad, since his regime has fueled a civil war for more than four years and allowed extremism to grow.

    The new Russian escalation threatens to further undermine an already faltering U.S. strategy in Syria and Iraq. U.S. efforts to build a ground force in Syria, for example, have stumbled.

    One group of U.S.-trained fighters was mostly routed by al-Qaeda linked forces, and another turned over equipment and ammunition to the same organization.

    Meanwhile, there has been no significant diplomatic progress to replace Assad.

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Wednesday said the U.S.-led coalition, which is conducting its own bombing campaign, has not agreed to cooperate with Russia in the fight against the Islamic State and that no collaboration is possible as long as Moscow continues to strike other targets, AP reported.

    Speaking at a news conference in Rome, Carter said the U.S. will conduct basic, technical talks with Russia about efforts to ensure that flights over Syria are conducted safely and “that’s it.” He said the U.S. is not prepared to cooperate with a Russian strategy that's “tragically flawed,” the AP reported. “They continue to hit targets that are not ISIL. We believe that is a fundamental mistake,” he added.

    Russian warplanes began bombing in Syria a week ago, in strikes authorities said were targeting the Islamic State and al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate following a request from Assad.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/10/07/russia-syria-airstrikes/73500872/
     
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    The cruise missiles launched by Russia from the Caspian have never been revealed to the public before, moreover these strikes were not necessary as Russian air assets in Syria could have been used. In my modest opinion Russia is flexing its muscles and showing regional and international players that it has advanced strike capabilities and that it poses weapons that we in the west may not be aware about or have much information on.

    I expect the Patriots to be back in Turkey soon, from what I recall they can be deployed to Turkey in roughly 1 weeks time.
     
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    I was just about to ask what type of missile is this, and which ships were these fired from. With what's happened in Ukraine and now Syria, US intelligence should gain a wealth of information on Russian capabilities.
     
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    Found a nice article online

    "The Kalibr cruise missile is a relatively new addition to Russia’s arsenal, and according to IHS Jane’s analyst Jeremy Binnie, Wednesday’s launch was the first time the missile’s 900-plus-mile range had been made public.
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    Binnie went on to say that the cruise missile strikes were probably a show of Russian military force and technology, noting that the ships that fired the missiles — mostly small missile corvettes — were intended to demonstrate that even the small ships in the Russian navy are stronger than they look.

    According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the smaller ships that participated in the strikes are approximately 230 feet long and their primary weapon is the Kalibr cruise missile. The flagship of the strike group, the Dagestan, is 650 feet long and displaces 2,000 tons.

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...-cruise-missiles-russia-just-sent-into-syria/

    Some additional info:

    Scroll down the page and it will list the ships they in their caspian fleet.

    http://russianships.info/eng/today/
     
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