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Pentagon: Russian air defense grounds US warplanes in Syria

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Russian S400 anti-aircraft missiles arriving in Syria in late November 2015.

 

Press TV reports:

Russia’s deployment of sophisticated air defense systems in Syria, as part of Moscow’s aerial campaign against Daesh (ISIL) terrorists there, has forced the US to halt manned flights in some parts of the country, says a Pentagon official.

Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman admitted that advanced Russian air defense systems have complicated the situation for the US-led coalition over the skies in Syria, BloombergView reported on Thursday.

Russia deployed its S-400 air defense missile system to the Syrian city of Latakia in the wake of Turkey’s shooting down of its warplane over the Arab country last month.

The S-400 has a range of about 400 kilometers and can destroy tactical and strategic aircraft as well as ballistic and cruise missiles.

The move has ignited a debate in Washington on how to respond, said another administration official, the report added.

The US government could decide to resume flights in support of what it calls “moderate” militants, but that could risk a deadly incident with the Russian military, the official added.

The administration official noted that Russians are aiming to keep American-manned flights out of the skies over certain parts of Syria and Washington seems to have agreed “to their rules of the game.”

Shortly after the system’s deployment to Syria in November, an unnamed US official expressed concern over the move, saying, “It is a capable weapons system that poses a significant threat to anyone.”

Russia has been conducting airstrikes on Daesh at the request of the Syrian government since September 30.

US warplanes have also been conducting airstrikes against purported ISIL positions in Syria since last year.

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  1. John says

    Is this why the UNSC has announced a deal on Syria today?
    Does this affect zionist war planes too?

  2. Reblogged this on wgrovedotnet and commented:

    “US warplanes have also been conducting airstrikes against purported ISIL positions in Syria since last year.”
    Purported being the operative word since the latest news to come out of Iraq shows that 10 Iraqi soldiers were killed whilst fighting IS by US air strikes. Either the US intel is really really good and the Iraqi soldiers are dead by design or it’s totally crap in which case what the hell are the US doing blowing people up if they don’t know who they are killing. You can’t have it both ways Obama.
    That also means that the UK, who is dependant on US intel are also probably blowing up still more Syrian Arab Army as they did last week. So does Cameron know whether US intel is really, really good and the Syrian’s army base was destroyed deliberately, or was he relying on crap intel from the US and “made an error” costing the lives of innocent soldiers protecting civilians?
    Clinton would have the world believe the US intel is second to none. So why did the US score an own goal and kill British soldiers in Desert Storm? She really does have her head up her arse, when she talks all we hear is shit.

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