Russians Coming - US Leaving
By Micah Halpern
Monday December 24, 2012
I've Been Thinking:
A few weeks ago I reported that the US 5th fleet was stationed off the coast of Syria. Well, it has just pulled back and is now on its way back to Bahrain.
The 5th fleet is composed of dozens of ship and tens of fighter jets and a fighting force of 4,000. The aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower is the focal point of the fleet.
Why is the fleet leaving?
Probably because the Russians are coming back to Syria. No one wants a conflict in Syria between Russia and the United States.
After the US gave Syria's neighbors Turkey and Jordan patriot missiles, Russia countered by giving Syria five sets of the modern and extremely effective hypersonic rocket system called the Iskander. It has a range of 280 miles and can fly 1.3 miles per second with a 1,500 lb. warhead.
The Russians have already trained the Syrians on how to use the rocket system. This system has yet to be beaten. The Iskander gives Syrian forces a major advantage over all encroaching forces.
It is a defensive weapon and no foreign attacking rocket or aircraft is safe when the Iskander is in the area.
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