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    Russian Troops Come to Aid of al-Assad in Syria


    Russian  anti-terror troops have reportedly rolled into Syria to prop up the  regime of Bashar al-Assad. The US, Europe and the Arab League have  condemned al-Assad's actions againts rebels and insurgents who have  mounted their own "Arab Spring" to get rid of the dictator.

    Russia  recently vetoed a United Nations Security Council referendum that  sought to curtail the Syrian violence. But now Russia has placed boots  on the ground to fight along side government troops.

    A  Russian military unit has arrived in Syria, according to Russian news  reports, a development that a United Nations Security Council source  told ABC News was "a bomb" certain to have serious repercussions.

    Russia,  one of President Bashar al-Assad's strongest allies despite  international condemnation of the government's violent crackdown on the  country's uprising, has repeatedly blocked the United Nations Security  Council's attempts to halt the violence, accusing the U.S. and its  allies of trying to start another war.

    Now the Russian Black Sea  fleet's Iman tanker has arrived in the Syrian port of Tartus on the  Mediterranean Sea with an anti-terror squad from the Russian Marines  aboard according to the Interfax news agency. The Assad government has  insisted it is fighting a terrorist insurgency.

    The Iman replaced  another Russian ship "which had been sent to Syria for demonstrating  (sic) the Russian presence in the turbulent region and possible  evaluation of Russian citizens," the Black Sea Fleet told Interfax.

    RIA  Novosti, a news outlet with strong ties to the Kremlin, trumpeted the  news in a banner headline that appeared only on its Arabic language  website. The Russian embassy to the US and to the UN had no comment,  saying they have "no particular information on" the arrival of a Russian  anti-terrorism squad to Syria.

    Moscow has long enjoyed a cozy  relationship with the Assad regime, to which it sells billions of  dollars of weapons. In return Russia has maintained a Navy base at  Tartus, which gives it access to the Mediterranean.

    Last week Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia had no plans to send troops to Syria.

    "As  for the question whether I consider it necessary to confront the United  States in Syria and ensure our military presence there… in order to  take part in military actions -- no. I believe this would be against  Russia's national interests," Lavrov told lawmakers, according to RIA  Novosti.

    Russia's Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov denied  reports that Russian special forces were operating inside Syria. He did  say, however, that there are Russian military and technical advisors in  the country.


    From  the Cornfield, as if the tension in the Middle East could not get any  more severe, now the Russians are making known their support of this  brutal regime.

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