Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press Updated 5:20 am CDT, Monday, September 24, 2018 FILE- In this file photo taken on Saturday, March 4, 2017, The Russian Il-20 electronic intelligence plane of the Russian air force with the registration number RF 93610, which was accidentally downed by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli air strike flies near Kubinka airport, outside Moscow, Russia. The Russian Defense Ministry on Sunday Sept. 23, 2018, has renewed its accusations against Israel for causing the downing of a Russian military plane over Syria. less FILE- In this file photo taken on Saturday, March 4, 2017, The Russian Il-20 electronic intelligence plane of the Russian air force with the registration number RF 93610, which was accidentally downed by Syrian ... more Photo: Marina Lystseva, AP Photo: Marina Lystseva, AP Image 1 of … [Read more...] about Russia to send newer, S-300 missile defense systems to Syria
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Zeina Karam, Associated Press Updated 1:06 am CDT, Thursday, September 13, 2018 This photo released on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows smoke rising from a Syrian government airstrike, in Hobeit village, near Idlib, Syria. High-level diplomats from Iran, Russia and Turkey were meeting Tuesday with the U.N. envoy for Syria about creating a committee to revise the war-battered country's constitution. Tuesday's talks in Geneva under U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura come amid concerns he and other U.N. officials have expressed about a looming battle for Idlib. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP) less This photo released on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows smoke rising from a Syrian government airstrike, in Hobeit village, near Idlib, Syria. ... more Photo: AP In this Tuesday Sept. 11, 2018 … [Read more...] about Q&A: Idlib battle a climactic end to Syria rebellion?
Alex Lockie, provided by Published 3:13 pm, Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Reuters Russia said Wednesday it would send the S-300 advanced missile defense systems to Syria in an effort to bolster defenses after repeated US missile strikes. Russia says the S-300 can stop US missile attacks, but its own military deployments seem to indicate it's not true. In reality, nothing would stop the US from striking Syria if it needed to, and an expert tells Business Insider the missile defenses won't change much at all. Russia said on Wednesday that it would give the S-300 advanced missile defense systems to Syria in an effort to bolster defenses as the US continues to pressure the country to stop using chemical weapons. Recommended Video: Now Playing: The new weapons announced by Russia are so advanced that the money U.S. taxpayers have spent on missile defenses "has been thrown out into the wind," President Vladimir Putin told NBC News on Thursday . The remarks came after Putin … [Read more...] about Russia says missile defenses it’s sending to Syria can stop the US — here’s who would win
BEIRUT -- The international chemical weapons watchdog said Tuesday it will send a fact-finding mission to the Syrian town of Douma where a suspected gas attack took place over the weekend, after receiving a request from the Syrian government and its Russian backers to investigate the allegations. In a statement, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said a fact-finding team is "preparing to deploy to Syria shortly." It was not immediately clear whether the announcement would avert U.S. military action against Syria. President Trump has vowed to respond "forcefully" to Saturday's attack on civilians in Douma, in the eastern Ghouta suburbs, and warned that Russia -- or any other nation found to share responsibility -- will "pay a price." Mr. Trump on Tuesday cancelled plans to travel to South America later this week, choosing to stay in the United States to manage the response to the events in Syria. Because the U.S. and Russia draft resolutions are … [Read more...] about Chemical weapons watchdog to send inspectors to Syria after suspected gas attack
After a Cabinet meeting Monday, the president promised a quick response. But regardless of any military action taken, we hope the president pulls the economic and diplomatic levers that are also within reach to enable him to do three things.Use a coalition to oppose any use of WMD. The United States is capable of acting along, and there are times for unilateral action. But this is a time that calls for rallying other nations to send an enduring signal that the use of WMD will never be tolerated no matter where it occurs. Pressure Russia. Russia owns this problem, too. Whether it played a role in authorizing the attack, its alliance with Syria has been the single biggest guarantor of the regime's survival. So Russia can't shrug and move on. It needs to lead the initiative to stop the use of chemical weapons or feel pressure for enabling Assad.Develop a broader strategy on Syria. Last week, Trump said he wanted the 2,000 American troops now fighting ISIS in Syria to come home soon, … [Read more...] about Trump is right to draw a line on chemical weapons, now other nations need to join with the U.S.