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Alert: Syria, Russia Empty Strategic Bases in Preparation for US Strikes [Report]

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Russia and Syria are reportedly removing military personnel and equipment from key bases in the region in anticipation of possible air strikes by the United States.

The U.S. military action would come in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack carried out by Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s military last week.

Satellite photo images obtained by Fox News show 11 Russian warships based in the Syrian port town of Tartus have apparently put out to sea in the last 24 hours.

Additionally, Syria is moving military aircraft and personnel to Russian bases in the country to protect them from the United States, according to i24 News.

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Russia is believed to have approximately 3,000 military personnel deployed in Syria.

Both its Khmeimim air base in northern Syria and its Tartus naval facility are protected by surface-to-air anti-missile systems, Russian Television reported.

The U.S. missile strikes against Syria’s Sharyat airfield in April 2017 succeeded in destroying 20 percent of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad’s air force, based on Pentagon estimates.

The Moscow Times reported that the Russian Navy planned to conduct firing drills off the coast of Syria on Wednesday, in an apparent show of force to try to deter American action.

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“Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon said the Russian military would shoot down U.S. missiles and target launch sites if the U.S. attacked Syria,’ according to The Times.

The warning prompted Trump to tweet, “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’ You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”

On Thursday, the president appeared to take step back regarding the imminence of an attack on Syria. “It could be soon or not so soon at all,” he tweeted.

During a meeting at the White House Thursday morning, Trump said he and his national security team are “looking very, very seriously, very closely at that whole situation, and we’ll see what happens.”

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Trump said the decision on retaliation against Syria would be made “fairly soon.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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