Russian Troops Sent to Syria


Reports have emerged from Russian news sources†that the country has sent ‘anti-terror’ troops into Syria.

The marines are reported by RIA Novosti, a Kremlin-tied news service, to have landed at the Russian base in the Mediterranean port city of Tartus. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said last week that Russia did not plan to send troops and although Russia’s Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov has admitted that military ‘advisers’ are in the country yesterday a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said that “no warship is on a mission in Syria.”

A United Nations Security Council source told ABC News that the development was ‘a bomb’ certain to have serious repercussions.

The Syrian regime’s supporters have claimed that foreign special forces are present in the country, but this has never been backed up with evidence. Syria’s state-run SANA news agency quoted a military source as denouncing the reports of Russian troops as part of a “campaign of lies” against Syria.

Russia has now backed Red Cross calls for daily humanitarian ceasefires in Syria. It also appears to be moving towards endorsing former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan’s plan for settling the Syrian crisis.

Annan has met with the Syrian president. His peace proposals have not been made public but media reports are that they include an end to violence, humanitarian access to violence-hit areas, the release of opposition detainees and a withdrawal of security forces from the major cities of anti-regime protests.

Attempts in the United Nations Security Council to pass resolutions on Syria have been repeatedly blocked by Russia which has accused America of trying to start another war. Russia is Syria’s biggest ally and has said it will continue to sell Syria millions of dollars worth of weapons.

In other news from Syria, opposition activists from the eastern city of Deir Ezzor have posted video which purports to show Syrian soldiers throwing dead and injured civilians from rooftops.

The fiercest battles yet in the capital have occurred in the El Mezze district of Damascus. Al Jazeera has obtained hundreds of documents on the regime’s strategy which show a desperation to stop protests and opposition attacks in the capital. They also show repeated attempts to get Syria’s diplomats to defect. The documents were leaked by a defector and could form part of a war crimes prosecution of the president.

Human Rights Watch has accused the opposition of serious human rights abuses. Sarah Leah Whitson, the organisation’s Middle East director said:

Opposition leaders should make it clear to their followers that they must not torture, kidnap, or execute under any circumstances.

Syrian first lady, Asma al-Assad, is to be reportedly added to the EU sanctions list following email leaks which showed her luxury spending on items such as $5,000 Christian Louboutin stilettos.

And The Syrian Foreign Ministry has told a British newspaper that the opposition needs a ‘Nelson Mandela-type’, a person willing to say:

I’ve suffered. I’ve been in prison but I’m willing to talk.


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Debbie L.
Debbie Lim3 years ago


Ira Herson
Ira Herson3 years ago

Well it looks like Russia is sending advisers to Syria like the US did for Viet Nam. We all saw how that went.

If in fact Russia is sending troops it shows that the Syrian regular army is not supporting Assad sufficiently and that the will of the people is not with the government. Naturally this does not mean that the majority of Syrians support the rebels either.

American history shows that only 1/3rd of the American colonialists supported the revoluton against England.

Assad's government is not really democratically elected. The current constitution calls for Assad's party to always receive a minimum of 2/3rds majority. So elections are simply for show. The Syrians have gotten fed up.

The latest UN report by Kofi Anan says that at least 8,000 have been killed and over 250,000 are homeless. No matter what anyone says about the causes etc, no government should use the army against it's own people or use foreign soldiers ether.

Virginia B.
Virginia B.3 years ago

The US doesn't need to expend any more of our national budget or send any more of our resources (even planes or military equipment) into the morass, which is the Middle East!! Despite the "buck-passing" by the Republicans on all of Bush's disastrous military engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan, the fact remains, that surplus left the US Government by Clinton was spent on actions we should have never undertaken. Syria and Iran fall into this same category. Enough is enough! They don't want us there, and we shouldn't be there!

Hannah Short
Hannah Short3 years ago

is everyone sending their troops out now. people need to stay in their own country and work on problems there and leave others alone. If they dont ask for help dont give it. If this pattern keeps up we are going to end up in world war three. and i do not want to see that happen

Art C.
Art Cardinal3 years ago

Assad, you're a really big ASSHOLE!

Michael C.
Michael C.3 years ago

Duane B. Exactly who are the people you cite? I have a question for you. Why should the 1% prevail? Recently the Syrian army chased the "rebels" to Homs, where they hid out in a sector of that city.

You yourself a question. What would Obummer do if you and a 1% were causing acts of violence. Of course, he would put it down.

Duane B.
.3 years ago

May the will of the Syrian people prevail.

John Mansky
John Mansky3 years ago

Thank you for the article...

Ernie Miller
william Miller3 years ago

looks like another case of the rich gettng richer. exactly what does Syria have to trade to get Russsa involved in this war?

Christine C.
Christine C.3 years ago

Thank you