WW4/Middle East Files: Russia threatens to impose blockade along Syrian coast in support of Assad, head of Duma Defense Cmte, former cmdr of Black Sea Fleet says: “Regarding the large-scale use of the Black Sea Fleet in . . . a coastal blockade, I think that it’s quite [possible]. The delivery of artillery strikes hasn’t been excluded; the ships are ready for this . . .”; Baltic Fleet sends spy ship Vasily Tatishchev to support Russian naval group near Syria, task force already consists of missile cruiser Moskva, destroyer Smetlivy, landing ship Saratov, second landing ship Casear Kunikov spotted sailing through Bosphorus, en route to E. Med.; Russian warplane bombing Syrian rebels strays into Turkish airspace, Ankara scrambles air force to repel intruder, Moscow insists violation “navigational mistake,” Turkish Foreign Ministry warns against repeat incidents, NATO Sec. Gen. Stoltenberg: “I call on Russia to fully respect NATO airspace and to avoid escalating tensions with the Alliance”; Russian Defense Ministry reports 9 ISIS targets hit in Hama, Homs, Idlib, Latakia provinces over Sept. 4-5, Kremlin media says Russian Air Force using “smart weapons” for “surgical strikes” (i.e., KAB-250/500 laser-guided bombs), not only “dumb bombs” as alleged by W. media; Russian FM Lavrov labels US-backed Free Syrian Army “phantom group,” “No one has told us where the Free Syrian Army operates or where and how the other units of the moderate opposition act”

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One response to “WW4/Middle East Files: Russia threatens to impose blockade along Syrian coast in support of Assad, head of Duma Defense Cmte, former cmdr of Black Sea Fleet says: “Regarding the large-scale use of the Black Sea Fleet in . . . a coastal blockade, I think that it’s quite [possible]. The delivery of artillery strikes hasn’t been excluded; the ships are ready for this . . .”; Baltic Fleet sends spy ship Vasily Tatishchev to support Russian naval group near Syria, task force already consists of missile cruiser Moskva, destroyer Smetlivy, landing ship Saratov, second landing ship Casear Kunikov spotted sailing through Bosphorus, en route to E. Med.; Russian warplane bombing Syrian rebels strays into Turkish airspace, Ankara scrambles air force to repel intruder, Moscow insists violation “navigational mistake,” Turkish Foreign Ministry warns against repeat incidents, NATO Sec. Gen. Stoltenberg: “I call on Russia to fully respect NATO airspace and to avoid escalating tensions with the Alliance”; Russian Defense Ministry reports 9 ISIS targets hit in Hama, Homs, Idlib, Latakia provinces over Sept. 4-5, Kremlin media says Russian Air Force using “smart weapons” for “surgical strikes” (i.e., KAB-250/500 laser-guided bombs), not only “dumb bombs” as alleged by W. media; Russian FM Lavrov labels US-backed Free Syrian Army “phantom group,” “No one has told us where the Free Syrian Army operates or where and how the other units of the moderate opposition act”

  1. mah29001 October 6, 2015 at 4:19 am

    You’d think the Kremlin would try to seek out who are members of the Syrian Free Army, after all they’re only “former” members of the Assad regime now arming Sunni Islamic fanatic groups, ISIS included.

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