Russia’s Military Build-Up in Syria Could Be a Game-Changer for Israel (summaries of 2 articles from Daily Alert, with links)

Sept. 7, 2015

  • U.S. Concerned over Russian Moves in Syria
    Secretary of State John Kerry expressed U.S. concern over reports of Russia’s enhanced military build-up in Syria in a telephone call on Saturday with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. A U.S. security source said there are signs of a Russian move to intervene beyond its robust support of the last few years. The New York Times reported Russia has dispatched a military advance team to Syria and has sent prefabricated housing units to a Syrian airfield near Latakia. U.S. officials said Russia could deploy up to 1,000 advisers or other military personnel to the airfield. (Reuters)
  • See also Russia’s Military Build-Up in Syria Could Be a Game-Changer for Israel – Amos Harel
    According to foreign media reports, every few months the Israel Air Force attacks arms convoys carrying Syrian war materiel to Hizbullah in Lebanon, to prevent the terror group from acquiring advanced weapons systems. The attacks rarely provoke a response, given the weakness of Syria’s air force and the relatively limited capabilities of its air defense systems. However, if Russia is dispatching jet fighters and establishing a new military base in Syria, this may change the rules of this game. (Ha’aretz)

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