Russian Commandos ´to Escort Assad Out of Syria´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 06/18/12)
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Ships carrying Russian commandos may soon sail to Syria to escort
strongman Bashar Assad to safety from the country where a rebellion
against him is growing fiercer.
Reports to this effect were cited by Voice of Israel radio´s
veteran "listener" Miki Gurdus, who specializes in listening to radio
broadcasts on various frequencies worldwide.
The Interfax news agency said Monday that two Russian navy ships are
to sail to Syria to protect Russian citizens and its naval base
there. This would be the first time since the current rebellion in
Syria began that Russia is sending extra troops to its base in Syria.
Cited by the Associated Press, Interfax quoted an unidentified
Russian navy official as saying that the Nikolai Filchenkov and
Caesar Kunikov amphibious assault vessels will be heading to the
Syrian port of Tartus. The ships appear not to have left their home
port in Sevastopol on the Black Sea yet.
The Russian official mentioned nothing about evacuating Assad, but
said the ships will carry an unspecified number of marines to protect
Russians in Syria and evacuate materials from Tartus if necessary.
Russia has shielded Damascus from international sanctions over its
bloody crackdown on the rebellion against the minority Alawite
regime. Russia also continued to provide the regime with arms.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/18/12)
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