Russian military unit in Syria

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    If true I can't say I'm really surprised the U.N. and the rest of the world has been unwilling to get involved in Syria for various reasons so it shouldn't be a real shock Russia would try to aid Bashar I doubt they see any real blow back from it.
     
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    Syrian military armed to the teeth...
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    Study: Huge increase in Syria's weapons purchases in recent years
    March 19th, 2012 - Syria's imports of weapons increased nearly sixfold between 2007 and 2011 compared to the previous five-year period, a new study found.
     
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    Here's an interesting take on Syria. Like most people I find Assad a fuckwit - him and his regime are nothing but repressive and totalitarian.

    However, I was speaking to a cab driver recently here in Sydney, who is Syrian and moved here due to the Assad regime. I said to him that he must be glad that the Assad family might be ousted.

    Surprisingly he said no. he hoped he stayed on. While he hated the regime, he said there was an even deeper fear that a Muslim fundamentalist regime might take over. He said that is what most of the pro-Assad military are fighting for - not Assad himself, but against what might replace him...
     
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    Kofi havin' a confab with the Russkies...
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    Peace Envoy Annan Presses Russia on Syria
    March 25, 2012 - International peace envoy Kofi Annan is trying to garner support from Russia to help stop bloodshed in Syria during the crackdown on an anti-government uprising.
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    US, Allies Considering 'Non-Lethal' Aid for Syrian Rebels
    March 25, 2012 - The White House says President Barack Obama is considering providing Syrian rebels with "non-lethal" aid in their year-long uprising against the country's autocratic leader Bashar al-Assad.

     
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    That is probably true in the other Arab and ME countries where democracy and Arab Spring is breaking out all over. One thing about the dictators friendly to the free world (Saddam included) being in charge is the peace and stability they provided. Now that they are being toppled, the replacements could be many times worse.
     
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    When Putin started his first term, he had the task of rebuilding the economy, military, infrastructure and many other things. This required cooperation with the West which made him appear to be a moderate if not just downright sweet. As conditions continued to improve for Russia with Medvedev (?sp) "in charge" while Putin pulled his strings, the writing on the wall started to look like old school USSR. Now Putin is back and is about to go old school KGB on the world.
     
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    Sounds like Russia losin' sympathy for Assad...
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    Russia: Annan may be Syria's 'last chance'
    March 25 (UPI) -- Russia is encouraging U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Kofi Annan in his attempt to broker peace between the Syrian government and opposition forces, officials say.
     
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    Annan urges Syrian regime to lay down arms first...
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    Syria clashes erupt as Annan urges cease-fire
    March 30, 2012 -- Clashes and protests broke out across many parts of Syria Friday, further complicating a peace mission by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan who urged the government to lay down its weapons first to immediately end the country's yearlong crisis.
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    Splits in 'Friends of Syria' group may help embattled leader Assad
    March 30, 2012 | There was a moment at the State Department's daily briefing Wednesday when spokeswoman Victoria Nuland referred to the "Friends of Syria" group as "Friends of the Syrian People." Asked why, she said the organizers of the group's summit April 1 in Istanbul, Turkey, preferred the new name.
     
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    What's the big deal? Russia and Syria are allies or are friendly with each other. We have NO business in Syria.
     

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