Great news: Russia now offloading main battle tanks in Syria

Great news: Russia now offloading main battle tanks in Syria
Gnarly Russian brass visit troops launching military exercise near St. Petersburg, Mar 2015. (Image: AP/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

[Ed. – Hey, but we have those 60 or so 4 Million-Dollar Men trained for ground operations.  Well, the ones who haven’t been captured by jihadi terrorists already.]

The massive Condor flights carrying all kinds of supplies now arrive twice a day through Iran and Iraq into Bassel Al-Assad International Airport outside the port city of Latakia. The cargo is for Russian soldiers, not Syrian government forces, but is seen as a build-up to aid Bashar Assad’s embattled regime.

The defense official, briefed on the latest satellite photos of the Syrian coastline, said: “This is the largest deployment of Russian forces outside the former Soviet Union since the collapse of the USSR.”

The two additional Russian ships arrived over the weekend in Tartus, a Syrian port used by the Russian Navy since the ’70s. The ships offloaded additional troops and armor and, for the first time, a half-dozen third-generation T-90 main battle tanks.

Accompanying the tanks were 15 fresh artillery pieces.

While not publicly confirming the arrival of Russian tanks into Syria, Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters on Monday that the activities “suggest the establishment of a forward air operating base.”

In addition to the influx of tanks and artillery, 35 armored personnel carriers, similar to the U.S. Army’s Bradley fighting vehicles, have come ashore in Syria on top of dozens that arrived last week.

There are no signs of additional surface-to-air missiles, but as Fox News confirmed Friday, components for the SA-22 surface-to-air missile system have been seen assembled in Syria recently.

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