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‘Steps everyone will notice’ – Syria to get powerful Russian S-300 system

New defense systems are expected to be in Syria within two weeks, suggesting that the Russians seriously mean what they say.

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On September 22, Robert Bridge wrote about how an Israeli incursion into Syria that ended with the downing of a Russian IL-20 plane and fifteen crewmen was an incident that the Russian Federation’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said: “The actions of the Israeli military were not in keeping with the spirit of the Russian-Israeli partnership, so we reserve the right to respond.”

And the Israelis are concerned, as they should be. After what they did, and their subsequent blame game, trying to pin the responsibility for this incident on the Syrian forces (which are backed by Russia), now the payback has arrived.

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TASS reported September 24th that Russia decided to install advanced S-300 anti-missile and anti-aircraft batteries in Syria. The older S-200 systems could not differentiate between friendly and unfriendly targets, which was how the Israeli fighters managed to not get shot down. They “framed” an IL-20, and the missiles intended to stop the incursion instead took out a Russian plane.

TASS writes:

Within two weeks, the Syrian army will get from Russia S-300 air-defense missiles to strengthen its combat capabilities following the downing of a Russian Ilyushin Il-20 aircraft in Syria, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday.

“A modern S-300 air defense missile system will be supplied to the Syrian Armed Forces within two weeks. It is capable of intercepting air assault weapons at a distance of more than 250 kilometers and hit simultaneously several air targets,” the minister said.

Shoigu said S-300 missiles will strongly strengthen combat capabilities of the Syrian air defense due to their jamming invulnerability and firing speed.

“I will underscore – at the request of the Israeli side, in 2013 we suspended the delivery of S-300 systems that were ready for the dispatch, while the Syrian military had undergone training. Now the situation has changed, and we are not to blame,” the defense minister said.

Command posts of the Syrian air defense will also be equipped with Russian automated systems, which guarantee the identification of Russian aircraft, the defense chief stated.

“The command posts of Syrian air defense forces and units will be equipped with automated control systems only supplied to the Russian armed forces. This will facilitate centralized control over all forces and resources of the Syrian air defense, monitor the situation in the air, and ensure operative issuance of orders. Most importantly, we will guarantee the identification of all Russian aircraft by the Syrian air defense systems,” Shoigu said.

A Russian electronic surveillance Il-20 plane was downed over the Mediterranean Sea late on September 17 when it was flying back to the Russian airbase at Syria’s Hmeymim. According to the Russian defense ministry, the plane was shot down by a missile from a Syrian S-200 air defense complex when it was firing at four Israeli F-16 aircraft attacking targets in the Latakia Governorate. The Israeli pilots actually used the Russian aircraft as a cover, exposing it to Syrian missiles, the ministry stressed.

Looking at a map of military forces and theatres of conflict in Syria is all but incomprehensible at first glance. The nation is strategically located and is the stress point of at least two major powers – Russia and the United States / NATO. The Israelis showed their rather characteristic propensity to mislead and what is surprising is the rather gutsy way they appear to have tried to do this with the Russians. Again, Israel took upon itself the “right” to conduct raids in Syria. The only major power with internationally accepted authority to be there is Russia.

With ISIS effectively defeated, the real nature of the Syrian conflict as a proxy war becomes more evident. President Putin’s handling was masterful, but one can probably expect the level of tension in this region to be especially high now.

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Cheryl Brandon
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Cheryl Brandon

Thank you very much Russia; Time Syria have the best weapons for self defense; after being attacked by Israhelli regime 207 times without UN saying BOO”; RIP UN/ICC/all Humanitarian organizations and Free Speech.

A.F.
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A.F.

More Russian planes downed, gaga

Kaput
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maybe………… everything that goes up must come down………. right ?? even Napoleon Bonaparte did……. but surely you never heard of him……. too much glifosato in your veg garden. lol

Cicero
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Cicero

Only in your delusions

Poodle Putin
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Poodle Putin

these were supposed to have been delivered back in 2007-9 already. Now SEVEN yrs into the foreign Arab Spring Invasion??? Any Russian junk the Syrians presently possess were code-disabled by Russia. Syria deserves billion $ refund

mick
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mick

If you actually knew what you were talking about you would know Russia didn’t deliver the S300 systems because Israel begged them not to. Putin listened to Israels begging and withheld the S300’s… but Israel couldn’t keep its end of the deal.
Israeli planes will be picked up by the S300 system AS THEY TAKE OFF IN ISRAEL! Israel has just shot itself in the head!

Shaun Ramewe
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Shaun Ramewe

Great move by anti-terrorist pro-democracy Russia and Syria. Iran will be laughing too – and rightfully so.

Sally Snyder
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Sally Snyder

As shown in this article, a Washington-based anti-Assad Syrian group has strongly suggested one solution to controlling Syria:

https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2018/09/the-next-steps-in-syria-establishing-no.html

Given that approval of the United Nations Security Council is required to take actions in a sovereign nation, it is becoming increasingly clear that Washington ise doing whatever it wants in Syria.

mick
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mick

Written by an Israeli.

Cicero
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Cicero

This will make Bibi cry for sure – Israel will no doubt continue to test Syria air defences even with the S300 but it should make them very wary.

Kaput
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I hope they do………….indeed , a “civil war ” in ishrell is not imposssible….. at all…….. guess nhau will seek asylum in amiriki.

Richard Steven Hack
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Richard Steven Hack

More importantly, the Russian announcement says that they will jam any and all aircraft or missiles attacking Syria over a wide section of Syria and the Mediterranean. They have done so covertly before during the US cruise missile attacks. But now they have made it official. The new automated system will give both Russia and Syria the ability to decide who gets shot down – which is directly a threat against Israel. As I said before, count on Israeli jets being shot down from now on when they attack Syria. Israel is counting on the US to protect them if… Read more »

Ray Joseph Cormier
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Again, Putin shows how his Patience pays off. This is the best response to Israel’s aggressive actions. We are living in Interesting Times!

Joe
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Joe

Yeah yeah yeah bla bla bla …..the Untouchables are already screaming and will probably get what they want…another Putin backtrack. Why doesn’t the whole world just roll over and kiss their asses a little me. The taboo people….the victums

A.F.
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A.F.

Yes, when Putin ordered the downing of flight MH17 , all the Russians smiled.

Kaput
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sorry to seriously say, are you derranged or a learning how to type ?????? you make me smile though ……… keep on the good work , i love it.

joris
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joris

You and your criminal friends have a term for MH17: collateral damage, bombing schools funerals hospitals weddings etc. what all the fuss is about.

7.62x54R
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7.62x54R

The serial numbers of the missile parts found at the crash site of the Boeing plane came from UKR military inventory. Stop your moronic statements.

A.F.
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A.F.

No, troll, from Russia as reported.

David Bowlas
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David Bowlas

@ AF. Fu£ing grow up you sound like a little girl.

mick
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mick

You are not very clever, are you? Good to see you can use a computer at least.

A.F.
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A.F.

He invaded Ukraine, killed 22.000 Ukrainians in Donbass, occupied Crimea…………..

Tjoe
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Tjoe

Is your wet dream over? We saw the daylight on those issues and you are a liar. Crawl back under your bridge.

Cicero
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Cicero

Ukraine was never invaded, Crimea chose to return to Russia & who can blame them with a western backed fascist coup government in Kiev

A.F.
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A.F.

Invaded in 2014 by Russia. Tell the 5200 relatives of killed Russian soldiers in Donbass. Crimea was invaded too. Crimea is Ukraine.

joris
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joris

how is your role model the former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk doing? who declared the people in the East to be subhuman and sent his Bandera Nazi battalions towards eastern Ukraine.

A.F.
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A.F.

After the Russian Army invaded and started to kill the locals…………

joris
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joris

more babbling btw when the 21 trillion Orwellian debt state collapses Kiev will return to Russia

David Bowlas
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David Bowlas

AF. You really need to see a doctor. You are not only delusional but deranged as well. Seriously you must be spitting bile all over your undies.

mick
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mick

You never seem to let the truth interfere with your narrative.
Are you a paid Israeli agent or a kid in his mum’s basement?

Jack Hamilton
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Jack Hamilton

My advice to Russia, as well as any other nation (understanding that the US, which is Israel’s BITCH, and will continue aiding and abetting the TERROR state of Israel, no matter what), is to do the EXACT opposite of whatever Israel asks or wants! The S300 should have been delivered to Syria long ago and certainly, as soon as Israel requested Russia not to deliver it to Syria! Had this been done, the Israeli, premeditated use of Russian aircraft to veil the IDF fighters (along with its breach of notice requirements and lying as to the flight path of the… Read more »

Normski
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Normski

In a couple of weeks, Syrian airspace will be effectively closed to all but friendly aircraft and not before time. I wonder how those poor little yanks who are now unlawfully occupying Syrian territory will enter and exit Syria – it looks like they’ll be stuck there for quite some time!.

Kaput
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plenty of space available in Turkish dungeons lol ……. one way street.

JPH
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JPH

Israel up to now tends to launch missiles from Lebanese or international air space above the Mediterranean with impunity. That will change with the S300 because IDF aircraft returning to Israel can be engaged even up to close to landing. That kind of retribution is probably legal too as a response to being attacked and it requires only one demonstration quite visible to the Israeli public to clarify that its impunity has come to an end.

john vieira
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Keep probing until WW 111 answers!!!

John Nolan
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John Nolan

Unfortunately, John, the answer is yes, welcome to World War 111. There is now no turning back for Amazia, a nation which has lost it’s mind, has become nothing more than the armed forces of the Fatican, as she races toward her short lived One World Church. It is humourous how Amazia, invaded by Europeans fleeing the Fatican, has now finished up being the not so great whore’s hit team. Being a Christian, we see how clearly what is now coming to pass is absolutely Scriptural, as God is tired of the way we have perverted, polluted His world and… Read more »

Peter Milne
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Peter Milne

They arrived yesterday via 7 cargo Planes – from what I heard

Shahna
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Shahna

Source?

voza0db
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voza0db

TWO weeks its a very long time! Bibi will try to fuck it up…

George Hartwell
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Russia is now fully justified in arming Syria with the S300 and this upgrade to Syria’s air defense does not go away. Israel has to live with being outed for betraying the spirit of their agreement with Russia and outed for attacking Syria and have lost their chance to play games in the Middle East. Checkmate. Game over.

Jets
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Jets

Welll said!

Two thumbs up.

voza0db
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voza0db

Nothing to do with missiles and other sort of fun… But I wonder if this Russian woman still wants to live in USofT after this adventure!

“Administrative segregation lifted for US-jailed Russian citizen Butina — embassy
World September 22
Butina is now permitted to take open air walks, use the gym and communicate with people around her”

Mike
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Mike

So a 30 years old system is called new in Russia?

Shahna
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Shahna

How come the Syrians fired only ONE missile at FOUR Israeli jets?

Shaun Ramewe
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Shaun Ramewe

Terrorist-abetting global-traitor Zio-F-UK-US war criminals will be seething and spewing all over their shrunken depraved selves now!!

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US-China trade war heats up as surplus hits record $34 Billion (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 136.

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According to a report by the AFP, China’s trade surplus with the United States ballooned to a record $34.1 billion in September, despite a raft of US tariffs, official data showed Friday, adding fuel to the fire of a worsening trade war.

Relations between the world’s two largest economies have soured sharply this year, with US President Donald Trump vowing on Thursday to inflict economic pain on China if it does not blink.
The two countries imposed new tariffs on a massive amount of each other’s goods mid-September, with the US targeting $200 billion in Chinese imports and Beijing firing back at $60 billion worth of US goods.

“China-US trade friction has caused trouble and pounded our foreign trade development,” customs spokesman Li Kuiwen told reporters Friday.

But China’s trade surplus with the US grew 10 percent in September from a record $31 billion in August, according to China’s customs administration. It was a 22 percent jump from the same month last year.

China’s exports to the US rose to $46.7 billion while imports slumped to $12.6 billion.

China’s overall trade — what it buys and sells with all countries including the US — logged a $31.7 billion surplus, as exports rose faster than imports.

Exports jumped 14.5 percent for September on-year, beating forecasts from analysts polled by Bloomberg News, while imports rose 14.3 percent on-year.

While the data showed China’s trade remained strong for the month, analysts forecast the trade war will start to hurt in coming months.

China’s export jump for the month suggests exporters were shipping goods early to beat the latest tariffs, said ANZ’s China economist Betty Wang, citing the bounce in electrical machinery exports, much of which faced the looming duties.

“We will watch for downside risks to China’s exports” in the fourth quarter, Wang said.

Analysts say a sharp depreciation of the yuan has also helped China weather the tariffs by making its exports cheaper.

“The big picture is the Chinese exports have so far held up well in the face of escalating trade tensions and cooling global growth, most likely thanks to the competitiveness boost provided by a weaker renminbi (yuan),” said Julian Evans-Pritchard, China economist at Capital Economics.

“With global growth likely to cool further in the coming quarters and US tariffs set to become more punishing, the recent resilience of exports is unlikely to be sustained,” he said.

According to Bloomberg US President Donald Trump’s new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement isn’t that different from the North American Free Trade Agreement that it replaced. But hidden in the bowels of the new trade deal is a clause, Article 32.10, that could have a far-reaching impact. The new agreement requires member states to get approval from the other members if they initiate trade negotiations with a so-called non-market economy. In practice, “non-market” almost certainly means China. If, for example, Canada begins trade talks with China, it has to show the full text of the proposed agreement to the U.S. and Mexico — and if either the U.S. or Mexico doesn’t like what it sees, it can unilaterally kick Canada out of the USMCA.

Although it seems unlikely that the clause would be invoked, it will almost certainly exert a chilling effect on Canada and Mexico’s trade relations with China. Forced to choose between a gargantuan economy across the Pacific and another one next door, both of the U.S.’s neighbors are almost certain to pick the latter.

This is just another part of Trump’s general trade waragainst China. It’s a good sign that Trump realizes that unilateral U.S. efforts alone won’t be enough to force China to make concessions on issues like currency valuation, intellectual-property protection and industrial subsidies. China’s export markets are much too diverse:

If Trump cuts the U.S. off from trade with China, the likeliest outcome is that China simply steps up its exports to other markets. That would bind the rest of the world more closely to China and weaken the global influence of the U.S. China’s economy would take a small but temporary hit, while the U.S. would see its position as the economic center of the world slip into memory.

Instead, to take on China, Trump needs a gang. And that gang has to be much bigger than just North America. But most countries in Europe and East Asia probably can’t be bullied into choosing between the U.S. and China. — their ties to the U.S. are not as strong as those of Mexico and Canada. Countries such as South Korea, Germany, India and Japan will need carrots as well as sticks if they’re going to join a U.S.-led united trade front against China.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the escalating trade war between the United States and China, and the record trade surplus that positions China with a bit more leverage than Trump anticipated.

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Via Zerohedge Trump Threatens China With More Tariffs, Does Not Seek Economic “Depression”

US equity futures dipped in the red after President Trump threatened to impose a third round of tariffs on China and warned that Chinese meddling in U.S. politics was a “bigger problem” than Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

During the same interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes”, in which Trump threatened to impose sanctions against Saudi Arabia if the Saudis are found to have killed WaPo reported Khashoggi, and which sent Saudi stock plunging, Trump said he “might,” impose a new round of tariffs on China, adding that while he has “great chemistry” with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and noting that Xi “wants to negotiate”, he doesn’t “know that that’s necessarily going to continue.” Asked if American products have become more expensive due to tariffs on China, Trump said that “so far, that hasn’t turned out to be the case.”

“They can retaliate, but they can’t, they don’t have enough ammunition to retaliate,” Trump says, “We do $100 billion with them. They do $531 billion with us.”

Trump was also asked if he wants to push China’s economy into a depression to which the US president said “no” before comparing the country’s stock-market losses since the tariffs first launched to those in 1929, the start of the Great Depression in the U.S.

“I want them to negotiate a fair deal with us. I want them to open their markets like our markets are open,” Trump said in the interview that aired Sunday. So far, the U.S. has imposed three rounds of tariffs on Chinese imports totaling $250 billion, prompting China to retaliate against U.S. products. The president previously has threatened to hit virtually all Chinese imports with duties.

Asked about his relationship with Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin’s alleged efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, Trump quickly turned back to China. “They meddled,” he said of Russia, “but I think China meddled too.”

“I think China meddled also. And I think, frankly, China … is a bigger problem,” Trump said, as interviewer Lesley Stahl interrupted him for “diverting” from a discussion of Russia.

Shortly before an audacious speech by Mike Pence last weekend, in which the US vice president effectively declared a new cold war on Beijing (see “Russell Napier: Mike Pence Announces Cold War II”), Trump made similar accusations during a speech at the United Nations last month, which his aides substantiated by pointing to long-term Chinese influence campaigns and an advertising section in the Des Moines Register warning farmers about the potential effects of Trump’s tariffs.

Meanwhile, in a rare U.S. television appearance, China’s ambassador to the U.S. said Beijing has no choice but to respond to what he described as a trade war started by the U.S.

“We never wanted a trade war, but if somebody started a trade war against us, we have to respond and defend our own interests,” said China’s Ambassador Cui Tiankai.

Cui also dismissed as “groundless” the abovementioned suggestion by Vice President Mike Pence that China has orchestrated an effort to meddle in U.S. domestic affairs. Pence escalated the rhetoric in a speech Oct. 4, saying Beijing has created a “a whole-of-government approach” to sway American public opinion, including spies, tariffs, coercive measures and a propaganda campaign.

Pence’s comments were some of the most critical about China by a high-ranking U.S. official in recent memory. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo got a lecture when he visited Beijing days later, about U.S. actions that were termed “completely out of line.” The tough words followed months of increases tit-for-tat tariffs imposed by Washington and Beijing that have ballooned to cover hundreds of billions of dollars in bilateral trade.

During a recent interview with National Public Radio, Cui said the U.S. has “not sufficiently” dealt in good faith with the Chinese on trade matters, saying “the U.S. position keeps changing all the time so we don’t know exactly what the U.S. would want as priorities.”

Meanwhile, White House economic director Larry Kudlow said on “Fox News Sunday” that President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will “probably meet” at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires in late November. “There’s plans and discussions and agendas” being discussed, he said. So far, talks with China on trade have been “unsatisfactory,” Kudlow said. “We’ve made our asks” on allegations of intellectual property theft and forced technology transfers, he added. “We have to have reciprocity.”

Addressing the upcoming meeting, Cui said he was present at two previous meetings of Xi and Trump, and that top-level communication “played a key role, an irreplaceable role, in guiding the relationship forward.” Despite current tensions the two have a “good working relationship,” he said.

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BREAKING: Explosion in Crimea, Russia kills many, injuring dozens, terrorism suspected

According to preliminary information, the incident was caused by a gas explosion at a college facility in Kerch, Crimea.

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“We are clarifying the information at the moment. Preliminary figures are 50 injured and 10 dead. Eight ambulance crews are working at the site and air medical services are involved,” the press-service for the Crimean Ministry of Health stated.

Medics announced that at least 50 people were injured in the explosion in Kerch and 25 have already been taken to local hospital with moderate wounds, according to Sputnik.

Local news outlets reported that earlier in the day, students at the college heard a blast and windows of the building were shattered.

Putin Orders that Assistance Be Provided to Victims of Blast in Kerch – Kremlin Spokesman

“The president has instructed the Ministry of Health and the rescue services to take emergency measures to assist victims of this explosion, if necessary, to ensure the urgent transportation of seriously wounded patients to leading medical institutions of Russia, whether in Moscow or other cities,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov said.

The president also expressed his condolences to all those affected by the tragic incident.

Manhunt Underway in Kerch as FSB Specialists Investigate Site of Explosion – National Anti-Terrorist Committee

The site of the blast that rocked a city college in Kerch is being examined by FSB bomb disposal experts and law enforcement agencies are searching for clues that might lead to the arrest of the perpetrators, the National Anti Terrorism Committee said in a statement.

“Acting on orders from the head of the NAC’s local headquarters, FSB, Interior Ministry, Russian Guards and Emergency Ministry units have arrived at the site. The territory around the college has been cordoned off and the people inside the building evacuated… Mine-disposal experts are working at the site and law enforcement specialists are investigating,” the statement said.

Terrorist Act Considered as Possible Cause of Blast in Kerch – Kremlin Spokesman

“The tragic news that comes from Kerch. Explosion. The president was informed … The data on those killed and the number of injured is constantly updated,” Peskov told reporters.

“[The version of a terrorist attack] is being considered,” he said.

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10 percent of American F-22 fighter jets damaged by Hurricane Michael

Part of the reason the F-22’s were left in the path of the storm is that they were broken and too expensive to fix or fly.

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Note to the wise: When a hurricane comes, move your planes out of the way. Especially your really expensive F-22 fighter planes. After all, those babies are $339 mil apiece. Got the message?

Apparently the US Air Force didn’t get this message. Or, did they find themselves unable to follow the message?

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The Washington Times reported Tuesday that between 17 and 20 of these top-of-the-line fighter jets were damaged, some beyond the point of repair, when Hurricane Michael slammed ashore on Mexico Beach, Florida, not far from the Tyndall Air Force Base in the same state. The Times reports that more than a dozen of the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets were damaged after being left in the path of the extremely fierce storm:

President Trump’s tour Monday of devastation wrought by Hurricane Michael took him close to Florida’s Tyndall Air Force Base, where more than a dozen F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets were damaged after being left in the path of the powerful storm.

The pricey fighter jets — some possibly damaged beyond repair — were caught in the widespread destruction that took at least 18 lives, flattened homes, downed trees and buckled roads from Florida to Virginia.

The decision to leave roughly $7.5 billion in aircraft in the path of a hurricane raised eyebrows, including among defense analysts who say the Pentagon’s entire high-tech strategy continues to make its fighter jets vulnerable to weather and other mishaps when they are grounded for repairs.

“This becomes sort of a self-defeating cycle where we have $400 million aircraft that can’t fly precisely because they are $400 million aircraft,” said Dan Grazier, a defense fellow at Project on Government Oversight. “If we were buying simpler aircraft then it would be a whole lot easier for the base commander to get these aircraft up and in working order, at least more of them.”

This is quite a statement. The F-22 is held to be the tip of the American air defense sword. A superb airplane (when it works), it can do things no other plane in the world can do. It boasts a radar profile the size of a marble, making it virtually undetectable by enemy radars. It is highly maneuverable with thrust-vectoring built into its engines.

However, to see a report like this is simply stunning. After all, one would expect that the best military equipment ought to be the most reliable as well. 

It appears that Hurricane Michael figuratively and physically blew the lid off any efforts to conceal a problem with these planes, and indeed with the hyper-technological basis for the US air fighting forcesThe Times continues:

Reports on the number of aircraft damaged ranged from 17 to 22 or about 10 percent of the Air Force’s F-22 fleet of 187.

The Air Force stopped buying F-22s, considered the world’s most advanced fighter jets, in 2012. The aircraft is being replaced by the F-35, another high-tech but slightly less-expensive aircraft.

Later in the tour, at an emergency command center in Georgia, Mr. Trump said the damage to the F-22s couldn’t be avoided because the aircraft were grounded and the storm moved quickly.

“We’re going to have a full report. There was some damage, not nearly as bad as we first heard,” he said when asked about the F-22s, which cost about $339 million each.

“I’m always concerned about cost. I don’t like it,” Mr. Trump said.

Still, the president remains a fan of the high-tech fighter jet.

“The F-22 is one of my all-time favorites. It is the most beautiful fighter jet in the world. One of the best,” he said.

The Air Force managed to fly 33 of the F-22s to safety, but maintenance and repair issues kept 22 of the notoriously finicky aircraft on the ground when the powerful storm hit the base.

About 49 percent of the F-22s are out of action at any given time, according to an Air Force report this year.

This is a stunning statistic. This means that of the 187 planes in existence, 90 of them are not working. At their cost, that means that over thirty billion dollars worth of military equipment is sitting around, broken, just in airplanes alone.

As a point of comparison, the entire Russian military budget for 2017 was $61 billion, with that budget producing hypersonic missiles, superb fighter aircraft and tanks. Russian fighter planes are known for being able to take harsh landing and take-off conditions that would cripple the most modern American flying machines.

It would seem that Hurricane Michael exposed a serious problem with the state of readiness of American armed forces. Thankfully that problem did not arise in combat, but it is no less serious.

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