WW4/Middle East Files: Syrian pro-rebel website reveals Russian officers (Spetsnaz?) running Damascus International Airport, All4Syria’s says “It is Russian officers who are directing air operations and issuing instructions”; meanwhile Russia expands air campaign to national capital region for first time, Oct. 6 raids reportedly destroyed ISIS command center, comm hub in mountainous area of Damascus province; UK tabloid reports Putin deploys Spetsnaz to guard Russian air base at Latakia, lead Syrian-Russian-Iranian-Hezbollah offensive against regime opponents, appears to confirm Sept. 8 report in NYT: “There have also been unconfirmed sightings of Russian Spetsnaz special forces at the Syrian Naval Academy”; Russia’s Federation Council speaker Matviyenko on airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq: “In case of an official address from Iraq to the Russian Federation, [we] . . . would study the political and military expediency of our Air Force’s participation in an air operation. Presently we have not received such an address”; Iranian missile commander: All US bases in ME within range of arsenal; Russia begins deliveries of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Tehran
October 6, 2015
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Some successful Spetsnaz actions took place during the invasions of Czechoslovakia in 1968 (Operation Danube) and Afghanistan in 1979 (Operation Storm 333). In both cases, Soviet special forces targeted the leader of the country: Alexander Dubcek was kidnapped to Moscow, while Hafizullah Amin was poisoned in Kabul.
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