A series of mysterious attacks against the main Russian military base in Syria, including one conducted by a swarm of armed miniature drones, has exposed Russia's continued vulnerability in the country despite recent claims of victory by President Vladimir Putin. The attacks also raise questions about the sustainability of Russia's gains in Syria, said Jennifer Cafarella of the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War. In December, Putin visited the Hmeimim base and said Russia would start to wind its presence down because the war in Syria is essentially over.
The events of recent days are a demonstration "that whoever conducted these attacks can still penetrate regime areas and impose costs on the Russians," she said. "The gains the regime has made are not secure and are at high risk of being temporary."
Perhaps the biggest question of all, however, is who was responsible. What makes the attacks especially unusual is that there has been no claim, triggering a frenzy of speculation in the Russian and Syrian news media over who may have carried them out.
Russia's Defense Ministry on Tuesday appeared to accuse the United States of supplying the technology for the drone attack, saying the assault required a higher level of expertise than any armed group in Syria is known to possess. Compounding the suspicions, the ministry said in a statement on its Facebook page that a U.S. Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft was in the skies above the area for four hours during the drone assault.
Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said the allegation was "absolutely false."
I occasionally get blitzed on the weekends.
Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-10 03:36 PM | Reply
I used to. Not anymore though.
You can be such a downer, Laura.
#8 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-10 07:24 PM | Reply | Flag
Well I spend more of my time at history museums antique stores or researching old ways of living.
And, BTW, I support them and so should the USA. Assad is a butcher and his support from Russia just makes Russia and Putin complicit with his butchery. Russia, like it or not, is an evil force in the world. The U.S. has make very bad decisions but we have not stolen territory from other sovereign nations. Putin is one of the most evil men in the world.
"#13 So why were we so flexible with Putin over the terms of the previous administration?"
We put in place heavy sanctions against Russia that apparently were serious enough to cause Putin to interfere into our elections and help Trump get elected President. Obama weriously punished Russia for the Crimean invasion, Trump would love to forgive but is held up because his love affair with Putin would then be too obvious.
#15 So the reason Romney was mocked claiming Russia was dangerous?
The promised flexibility after the 2012 election?
The red line in Syria and allowing Russia to come alongside Assad?
The Uranium deals to Russia who we know are giving it to other bad actors in the area?
It apparently didn't seem to Russia that the previous administration was hitting them with difficult sanctions - I wouldn't call uranium deals the sign of tough sanctions. The last thing you give a despotic regime is extra uranium to play with.
"The Uranium deals to Russia who we know are giving it to other bad actors in the area? "
Your entire post was destroyed by that stupid talking point. You're clearly an idiot who is reliant of Fox News for info.
"It apparently didn't seem to Russia that the previous administration was hitting them with difficult sanctions - I wouldn't call uranium deals the sign of tough sanctions. The last thing you give a despotic regime is extra uranium to play with."
"Not only would Russia's wealthiest come under unprecedented American scrutiny but the same would happen to their family members, and anyone doing business with them in the west. As such, the scope of the bill goes much further than anything undertaken to date against members of Putin's entourage. As sanctions go, and depending on the bill's implementation, this has the potential to destabilise the regime, not just create unpleasantness for a few Putin insiders."
"And, BTW, I support them and so should the USA. Assad is a butcher and his support from Russia just makes Russia and Putin complicit with his butchery."
We did support them...where do you think ISIS came from?
Oh, and Saddam was a butcher too. And so was Khaddafi. And so was Mullah Omar. Sounds like you're a fan of all the "liberating" we've done in the past 17 years...let's keep it up.
"The U.S. has make very bad decisions but we have not stolen territory from other sovereign nations. Putin is one of the most evil men in the world."
You do know that most of the US was "stolen" from some other country, right?
#17 If you think giving uranium to one of the worst regimes that exist today when they are supposed to be sanctioned is not a big deal... you might have bigger problems than being afraid of an entertainment "news" network.
There are files, documents, government information on the deal with the Russian uranium company. It is known. If Russia is so bad, you don't put extra uranium anywhere near them. Pretty simple there.
And no, all other points don't get thrown out just because you don't like one point. Deal with it, we did some stupid things under the last administration while trying to but on a guise that we were being hard on Russia.
Now to pretend that they were always viewed as the bad guy by that administration is ridiculous.
Calling people idiots is not tolerant, progressive, or love trumping hate.
US backed rebels, obviously. If the regime will not back us, we fund the insurgency. We've basically done it a hundred times since WWII.
"Calling people idiots is not tolerant, progressive, or love trumping hate." - #21 | Posted by HeuristicGratis at 2018-01-11 10:26 AM
Truth is an absolute defense.
"...you don't put extra uranium anywhere near them." - #21 | Posted by HeuristicGratis at 2018-01-11 10:26 AM
That is not the so-called Uranium One deal.
Uranium One deal is possibly the biggest nothing burger every presented as a talking point by the right.
"The Facts on Uranium One"
The more I read about it the bigger its "nothing burger" status grows.
My money is on Norway. What else would they be using those "F-52s" Trump said we sold to them for? (Note to Trump: fictional airplanes from Call of Duty do not exist, and therefore cannot be sold to a foreign country.)
All the Clinton and Obama political coverup angles are not what I am concerned about here. Don't give me a rambling article protecting the last administration and Hillary Clinton on aspects I am not concerned with in this thread.
It is a simple proposition that it is foolish to give more uranium to a nation you have placed strict sanctions on than you were given them before you were allegedly getting tough on them. Especially when you know they are helping nations like Iran with their nuclear ambitions and support horrible nations like Syria.
Simple as that. To give Russia another ounce of uranium during an alleged heavy sanction period is dumb.
#24 Really? Giving a Russian company more stake in a uranium mining operation the United States has the power to limit is not putting more uranium near them?
Interesting. I guess the Russians don't have as terrible a grip on their people as Danni insinuates? They don't have a habit of taking over industry advantageous to their interests?
Yes, giving them more access to uranium in any fashion is putting more uranium near them.
Antifa has been in theater for quite some time. Not sure about the mini drones...probably says made in chinA tho.
Fact check is like snopes...ran be people....and people never lie.
Mutate, don't stagnate.
Besides trump dumped the whole box of phish food so there is that!
Not me. I was nowhere near Syria when this happened.
#2 | Posted by rcade
If you are not going to take credit then I will.
I cannot tell a lie.
I did it with my little drone army and my cool drone swarm that I ordered from Amazon.com.
As such, the scope of the bill goes much further than anything undertaken to date against members of Putin's entourage.
Putin is reported to be the richest man in the world. Half the networth of Russian oligarchs is thought to belong to Putin. Putin's claim on that money can only be enforced as long as he maintains control of the Russian military. As a result, he will never willingly relinquish control of Russia.
Also, if Putin's wealth is held in trust by Russian oligarchs, sanctions placed on those oligarchs are also sanctions on Putin personally.
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