Russian Warship Steaming Toward U.S Destroyers Off Syria Coast
7 March, 2017
Early this morning we reported that as part of its response to the Syrian attack, in addition to suspending communication with U.S. forces designed to stop planes colliding over Syria, the Russian frigate Admiral Grigorovich would be deployed to the Tartus naval base in Syria. The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s frigate The Admiral Grigorovich, currently on a routine voyage, would enter the Mediterranean later on Friday, a military-diplomatic source in Moscow told TASS, adding that the ship would make a stop at the logistics base in Syria’s port of Tartus.
BREAKING:Russia Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate armed w/ cruise missiles about to enter the Mediterranean heading to naval base in Tartus
Just hours after unleashing a missile strike on Syria, Steven Mnuchin announced that the US will announce sanctions “in the near future” against the Assad regime.
Joined by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a briefing at Mar-a-Lago estate, the Treasury Secretary said the U.S. would impose sanctions on Syria “to stop this type of activity," according to a pool report and multiple media reports. It wasn't clear what sanctions are under consideration: last time we checked the local Four Seasons had seen better days, as for the war-ravaged economy we very much doubt it relies on trade with the US, or has substantial cash deposits in US banks, although those regions of Syria still under ISIS control are surely regular beneficiaries of having their banks hooked up to SWIFT.
Mnuchin’s announcement was the latest sign that the Trump administration continues to escalate efforts against the Syrian President one week after Rex Tillerson said Assad's fate would be in the hands of Syria's people
Just when you thought this day could not get any more bizarre, here comes Reuters with a headline, citing the infamous Syrian Observatory For Human Rights, that Syrian warplanes have taken off from air base hit by U.S., carry out strikes in Homs countryside..
JUST IN: Syrian warplanes take off from air base hit by U.S., carry out strikes in Homs countryside - Syrian observatory for human rights
The governor of Homs said that at least five people had been killed in the strike, three of whom were Syrian soldiers. He also stated that at least seven people had been wounded. Meanwhile, Syria's SANA news agency has reported nine civilian deaths, including four children.
The Russian Ministry of Defense also said that six MiG-23 fighter jets had been destroyed, but added that much of the runway remained intact, describing the operation's efficiency as “quite poor."
‘Low efficiency’: Only 23 Tomahawk missiles out of 59 reached Syrian airfield, Russian MoD says
Российские военные были на авиабазе во время удара США — подробности
This morning, the U.S. Navy produced more than 50 cruise missiles "Tomahawk" at the air base of al-Sirat in the Syrian province of HOMS, causing significant losses, the exact amount of which is still unknown.
At the moment it is known that American missiles struck the airfield base, aircraft hangars and fuel tankers, reports Arab Agency AMN.
The rocket hit the tankers with the fuel caused a series of explosions and a large fire, which is still not resolved.
At least 15 jet fighters were damaged or completely destroyed.
One fighter pilot was killed, several others injured.
Soldiers from the base of al-Sirat reported that at the time of the missile attack of the USA on the basis there were a large number of soldiers armed forces.
According to preliminary data, anybody from them has not suffered, since the major attacks occurred on the flight fields, tankers with fuel and the hangars.
СРОЧНО: США угрожают новыми ударами по инфраструктуре Сирии
The US has threatened new strikes against the military infrastructure of Syria.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, supported the US missile strikes against the Shayrat airbase, saying they show that alleged chemical and conventional attacks targeting civilians won’t “go unpunished.”
A no-fly zone and safe zones must be established and enforced without delay, the spokesman said. The Turkish Foreign Ministry has stated that safe zones are now “more important than ever.”
“Steps that will ensure similar crimes do not go unpunished and accountability is established will have the full support of Turkey,” the ministry said in a written statement cited by Reuters.
The ministry also spoke out in support of removing Syrian President Bashar Assad and his government, while calling for the establishment of a transitional government.
“It is necessary to oust this regime as soon as possible from the leadership of Syria,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglusaid told reporters, also calling for “necessary steps” to be taken in case Assad “doesn't want to go.”
US warships in the eastern Mediterranean fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Syrian Shayrat airfield on Friday. Previously, Washington had accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons against civilians in Idlib province. The Pentagon claims that the targeted airfield was used for Tuesday’s attack, which reportedly left up to 86 people dead, including 26 children.
Damascus has denied all the allegations, saying that Syrian jets targeted an arms depot where chemical weapons were stockpiled by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Al-Nusra Front militants.
Russia has condemned America's attack on the Syrian airfield. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said “the Syrian Army doesn’t possess chemical weapons,” adding that the fact had been confirmed by the UN chemical weapons watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.