WW4/Middle East Files: Russian troops, firepower keep pouring into Syria over weekend, prop up Ba’athist regime as Assad’s hold on country reduced to Damascus, limits of historic French mandate known as the Alawite State; NYT cites senior US official, reports Russia’s makeshift air base at Latakia, main city in Alawite heartland, now hosts fleet of 28 fighter planes, including 12 Su-24 Fencers, 12 Su-25 Frogfoots, previously reported 4 Su-30SM Flanker-Cs, total of 15 Mi-24 Hind, Mi-17 Hip helos; Russian air base at Bassel Al-Assad IA protected by at least 9 post-Soviet T-90 main battle tanks, 2 or 3 Pantsir-S1 SAM/antiaircraft artillery systems; NYT source: “The equipment and personnel just keep flowing in. They were very busy over the weekend”; Moscow finds pretext to openly strike all anti-Assad forces after rebel shell hits embassy in Damascus, urges “action”; Putin to Netanyahu during Monday’s Moscow meeting: “All actions taken by Russia in the region have always been and will be very responsible”; Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps deploys advisers, soldiers to Latakia to defend failing Ba’athist regime, Hezbollah guerrillas announce withdrawal after helping Assad recapture town near Damascus; Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council condemns Russian mil escalation in Syria
September 22, 2015
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Will Syria become Putin’s “Afghanistan,” just as Afghanistan became Gorbachev’s “Vietnam”? For Bible prophecy enthusiasts (i.e., Ezekiel 38-39), Russia’s military involvement in the Syrian civil war looms large, probably warranting an “End Times File” post.
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Alawite State (1920-1936)