June 15th, 2012
06:42 PM ET

US believes Russia has ship with weapons, troops en route to Syria

By Barbara Starr, with reporting from Jill Dougherty

The United States says it is tracking a Russian military cargo ship as it makes its way to Syria carrying weapons, ammunition and a small number of Russian troops.

U.S. intelligence believes the Russians are sending the ship to help fortify its naval base in Syria as the situation in country continues to spiral out of control, Pentagon officials told CNN Friday.

The presence of the ship was first reporting by NBC News.

Classified U.S. imagery shows the ship, called the Nikolay Filchenkov, began loading in the port of Sevastapol on the Black Sea on June 7 and is headed for the Syrian port of Tartus, where the Russians have a naval facility. The port is vital for Russian naval access to the entire Middle East.

Under maritime rules, Russia should declare what the ship is carrying when it enters the Mediterranean, U.S. officials said.

The sources could not say how many troops are on board, though it is not believed to be a large number. In addition, the officials said, it is not clear if the troops are only to help secure and transport the weapons and equipment or if they will stay in Syria.

For now, the United States believes Russia's intention is to defend its naval base. But it is not clear how much of a threat the Russians really are facing from Syrian opposition forces. There have been no reports of significant fighting in the area lately.

U.S. officials are worried there could be other plans for the troops and military gear should the Russians offload the ship in Tartus.

The Nikolay Filchenkov is a large landing ship capable of carrying up 1,700 tons and 300 troops, according to Human Rights Watch, which monitors ship activity in relation to Syria.

Russia has already been in a fierce back-and-forth with the United States, after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Russians were shipping attack helicopters to Syria. The Russian government has said the helicopters are not new, but rather were refurbished under an existing contract with Syria.

"As we said before, there are no new combat helicopters supplies to Syria. Our military and technical cooperation with Syria is limited to delivery of defensive arms. As for helicopters, earlier we did a planned maintenance of equipment that had been supplied to Syria many years ago," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on its website Friday.

A former Russian presidential adviser tells CNN that it does not make sense for Moscow to send troops to offload at the port.

Andranik Migranyan, director of the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation in New York, a Kremlin-backed non-governmental organization, said Russia has opposed introducing any outside troops into Syria because, Russian officials argue, it would create more problems in the violence-torn country.

"I don't see any logic in it," Migranyan told CNN, referring to the reports of troops on their way. "If Russia did that it would invite other countries to send forces to Syria."

soundoff (645 Responses)
  1. SeniorMoment

    As long as the Russian weapons and soldier remain inside the Russian naval base in Syria, the U. S. has no right to object, since the U. S. would do the same thing to protect an important overseas military base.

    June 16, 2012 at 9:02 am | Reply
  2. siroos

    The KGB agents and the mullah cyber army and the Ass-sadist have this disillusion that its The CNN readers that make American policy, the Syrian people want their freedom and if that blood sucker KGB puppet wont give it to them they will take it and Syria is not Chechnia that you can simply roll your tanks over the will of the people you will get your behind kicked, Just like you got your football fans got their behind kicked in poland

    June 16, 2012 at 8:50 am | Reply
  3. Kalashnikoff

    According classified source Russia just sent 200 000 Chechen warriors
    and 150 MI-66 copters armed with nuklear warheads on board Nickolay Filchenkov en rote to its base in Tartus
    -----------------------------
    That is more reliable source than CNN

    Anyway, even if to suppose that new fresh LIE is TRUE – so what?
    Russia can send anything anytime to its own base.

    June 16, 2012 at 8:48 am | Reply
    • treasure123

      did u take your pill? Russia is so weak and trying whatever it can to show that it is still strong. Especially after the russians are trying to get rid of putin. The way he alternated positions with his comrade mededev to get back to office is pathetic

      June 16, 2012 at 10:17 am | Reply
  4. OJMARIEA

    i said it before and am saying it now that the returning of Putin in power is DEF CON 5 obama should ask united nations to ask Russia to explain their intentions with a military cargo ship laden with military hard ware heading to save a dieing regime who suck the blood of its citizens

    June 16, 2012 at 8:08 am | Reply
    • Lee

      Who cares?

      June 16, 2012 at 8:25 am | Reply
    • Waterfall

      ha ha ha

      June 16, 2012 at 8:33 am | Reply
    • Lee

      We cannot take care of our own homelands, we the Usa should stop trying to play global police.

      June 16, 2012 at 8:41 am | Reply
      • heroicslugtest

        Yeah, lets just let the world collapse.

        That'll be good for us.

        June 16, 2012 at 8:43 am |
      • Lee

        So you actually beleive, we can stop muslims from killing muslims. So how far to we go into debt playing global police? What is the magic number we stop at, or do we just wait until we collapse completely?

        June 16, 2012 at 8:53 am |
    • the rest of the world

      GOD WILLING to stop the United States from destroying the world. God bless Russia if they have the will and power to defend the legitimate Syrian regime Assad from American terror, or should I say American hubris? Look at the over tweased upper lip of that abhorrent CNN reptile. Her eyes are sunken in like a vampire. Her teeth are spaced like too much coffee has weakened her gums. Her lips...gawd her lips are soooo over-tweased it's become all wrinkled. She oozes of hate, I bet she burns her children. 911 was an inside job. Burn the USA.

      June 16, 2012 at 8:48 am | Reply
      • Jeremy

        Lol. I'm so glad you have put your insanity on display.

        June 16, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • bob

      ojmariea, you sound like a complete fool and a US Government brainwashed lackey... Right now, the USA, the world's largest manufacturer and seller of weapons, has 100's of cargo ships around the globe distributing weapons to the highest bidder, and yet you're concerned about one russian cargo ship? Pull your head out of the sand!

      June 16, 2012 at 8:53 am | Reply
    • Jeremy

      First of all, tard, DEFCON 5 is the lowest level. DEFCON 1 is the highest. Second, learn to spell and use a little grammar. Maybe people will pay attention to you.

      June 16, 2012 at 9:02 am | Reply
  5. Al

    As a tax payer I don't care what the Russians are sending to Syria. Syria needs to have this civil war it will in the end bring balance to their country. Look what happened when there was the civil war inside the borders of this country, it liberated the country from taxation without proper representation. Perhaps it's time for another civil war in this country for we the tax payers don't feel our money is used correctly. Let them do as they want over there, it does not affect us and really the US going there is what Iran wants, they want the US there so that they can complete their claim about the United States.

    June 16, 2012 at 8:01 am | Reply
    • Rich

      You are aware that the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War, we're two separate wars, yes?... You right-wingers sure are wonderful with your history, and facts, and such! Lol.

      June 16, 2012 at 8:17 am | Reply
      • George Patton

        You're right, Rich. If these right-wing fanatics knew anything about history, then they wouldn't be right-wing at all! What the Russians do on the high seas or who they do business with is absolutely none of our business!!!

        June 16, 2012 at 8:27 am |
      • Richard

        Rich, you are aware that the Revolutionary war WAS a civil war, right? Not what is referred to as THE Civil War, but certainly A civil war.

        June 16, 2012 at 8:34 am |
      • bob

        hey rich, you're the one that needs to read up on his history. I'm a lifelong democrat and al didn't even mention left or right wing, only you. Rich, you're nothing but an internet troll, name caller, left wing extremist, and an embarressment to our democratic party! go away!

        June 16, 2012 at 8:57 am |
  6. heroicslugtest

    "The presence of the ship was first reporting by NBC News."

    That's "reported", sport. My College newspaper had better proofreading practices.

    Try to live up to that reputation.

    June 16, 2012 at 7:54 am | Reply
    • bob

      wow, i'm impressed, you corrected the spelling of a word. now, move on and go troll somewhere else...

      June 16, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply
  7. joe

    The Communist News Network (This, is CNN) No one takes this rag seriously anymore. It isn't even good entertainment anymore. Through their own lies, CNN (The Communist News Network) has relegated itself to tabloid level or even lower.

    June 16, 2012 at 7:45 am | Reply
    • Rich

      You're right... Now Faux News, that there is good journalism! Lol. Who are you kidding, moron? Go back to your double-wide.

      June 16, 2012 at 8:19 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      Quite the contrary, joe. CNN is decidedly right-wing like all the other right-wing media these days. Fox News Network just happens to be a liitle more right-wing than the rest.

      June 16, 2012 at 8:30 am | Reply
      • Richard

        Wow, George – you almost sound like you believe that garbage.

        June 16, 2012 at 8:36 am |
      • Engineer

        haha now that is just not true. CNN has it liberal opinions far more than any conservative ones.

        June 16, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • Mitch

      Hahaha yeah you are so right, CNN is communist after all FOX NEWS is the way to go.. FOX NEWS is world class journalism and I mean Fareed Zakaria and Sanjay Gupta are uneducated people while Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly are top world class journalists and very smart people. After all who put the moon there right?? Now we all hold hands and dance happy around the trailer park 😀

      June 16, 2012 at 8:43 am | Reply
    • jim

      then why are you here?

      June 16, 2012 at 9:29 am | Reply
  8. Jt_flyer

    Who's Russian fooling?

    June 16, 2012 at 7:35 am | Reply
    • DrZhibago

      Where is Ronald Regan when you need him?
      The Russian fear when he called then by their real name " The evil Empire".
      Regan defeated the USSR with out firing on bullet.
      Obama kissing up to Putin is getting no results.
      And our Madam Secretary of State is running around with a red button.
      What a joke!

      June 16, 2012 at 8:10 am | Reply
      • Engineer

        Reagan was able to "beat" the USSR by out spending them. Are you suggesting that we dont listen to the GOP and not cut any spending and actually increase it? As an engineer I am all for getting the Star Wars program up and running again.

        June 16, 2012 at 8:48 am |
      • theazcowboy

        Yup, 'Ol 666 murdered some 350,000 people in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemal, El Salvador. Oh, you 666 'worshippers' don't keep 'Ol 666's crimes agianst humanity batting average handy, huh? Do you want to move on to Iran/Contra and the cocaine smullgling to America bu Colonel North and General Secord – ot the Great Satans sale of poisonous gasses to Sadam? There's a world of history out there for you '666" woershippers. Need some help? IDidntVote4TheBassTerd@msn.com is where I 'hang out.'

        June 29, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
  9. eddie2010

    Let me guess – this ship is full of Russian helicopters.

    June 16, 2012 at 6:53 am | Reply
    • Dave

      Load up a US ship with STINGER missiles.......that will balance out everything......

      June 16, 2012 at 6:59 am | Reply
    • KEVIN

      NO, it is full of US drones that crashed in Russia.

      June 16, 2012 at 7:08 am | Reply
    • Kalashnikoff

      Yes. It is full with new copters. And 800 000 tons of WMD are on board too. And damascus activist along with damascus girl are aon board either.

      June 16, 2012 at 7:25 am | Reply
  10. Kalashnikoff

    Dear Americans!
    CONGRATULATIONS! You was lied by CNN AGAIN.
    ------------–
    Russian general staff command just confirmed this ship is moving at Mediterranean sea but not FROM Sevastopol – opposite, TO Sevastopol. from Italian port. All other ships are at Sevastopol. neither one absent.

    Source in russian

    http://lenta.RU/news/2012/06/15/unconfirm/

    So, you first was lied about Iraq WMD – turned to be deliberate blatant lie for a purpose
    Than was lied about "no flight zone" at Libya – turned to be deliberate blatant lie for a purpose
    Than you was lied about "damascus lesbians"- turned to be deliberate blatant lie for a purpose
    Than you was lied about "damascus activists"- turned to be deliberate blatant lie for a purpose
    Than you was lied about "children killed by assad troops"- turned to be deliberate blatant lie for a purpose
    Than you was lied about that "Russian helicopters"- turned to be deliberate blatant lie for a purpose
    Now you was lied about "Russian military Ship"- turned to be deliberate blatant lie for a purpose!

    My sincere condolences........to all brainwashed public.

    June 16, 2012 at 5:55 am | Reply
    • SPQR

      What are you counter intelligence ?

      June 16, 2012 at 6:06 am | Reply
    • Jon

      CNN lies all the time, what seems to be the problem?

      June 16, 2012 at 6:07 am | Reply
    • Zoglet

      Americans simply dont care.
      There is no other explanation.
      Patriotism blinds the country from objectivity. There is no ability to self scrutinise and the government is seemingly above responsibility. Heavens help the rest of the world.

      June 16, 2012 at 6:48 am | Reply
      • Dave

        Zoglet
        Americans simply dont care.
        There is no other explanation.
        Patriotism blinds the country from objectivity.

        zoggy....do you call it "objectivity" when innocent women and children are being slaughtered ?

        June 16, 2012 at 6:58 am |
      • Duh!

        Muslims killing Muslims, what's new here? And just who are the Muslims not fighting and killing?

        June 16, 2012 at 7:04 am |
    • Dave

      Russias government and existence is all based on lies......so when they tell you that something is a lie....it is actually the truth........

      June 16, 2012 at 6:55 am | Reply
      • kjswartz

        PsyOps at work. Tread with care.

        June 16, 2012 at 7:11 am |
    • sinbad

      CNN is a US Government propaganda organisation, it's designed to feed disinformation to the American sheeple.
      if you want the real news go elsewhere, Reuters is pretty factual.

      June 16, 2012 at 6:55 am | Reply
      • albert

        Don't be so ignorant. ALL news media is used for government propaganda.

        June 16, 2012 at 7:09 am |
    • KEVIN

      Kal, you mean that you do not trust the US media and our political leader's statements?? Niether do I and I have the freedom to challenge and state such as a US citizen (freedom of speech).

      June 16, 2012 at 7:04 am | Reply
    • albert

      Because everyone knows the Russians don't lie either.

      June 16, 2012 at 7:07 am | Reply
    • heroicslugtest

      Obvious counterintel is obvious.

      June 16, 2012 at 7:57 am | Reply
  11. KEVIN

    Tihs is for Craig. I like Putin. Putin is a man's man. Putin is truly a bad ass and men like this. Putin was a secret agent in the KGB for years. During the most prior Presidency of Med., Russia was stagnent in geo-political activity. Obama and Biden truly do like him

    June 16, 2012 at 5:53 am | Reply
    • siroos

      Listen KGB man Nobody likes you or Assad the baby killer, or Stalin the mass murderer, or Puttin the zar thief automaton, or the blood sucker mullahs in Iran, after the wall fell not even one eastern European country stayed with you, why? because You have nothing to offer and that's why the only way you can secure your stay is force,
      So save your commi prop no one in their right mind would want to live in a dictatorship like your beloved russia

      June 16, 2012 at 8:42 am | Reply
      • the rest of the world

        It's all America's fault. Chill out dude.. Assad is a god!

        June 16, 2012 at 8:52 am |
  12. SPQR

    Russian troops on the ground complicate things. One dead Russian will open the gates for more to come.

    June 16, 2012 at 5:47 am | Reply
    • the rest of the world

      In this case I think nuking washington for the 911 inside job would be a good first step. Cheers to WWIII.

      June 16, 2012 at 8:53 am | Reply
  13. welloiled

    SO the big news is that the Russian are sending troops to Syria. I suspect they are just copying other countries i.e. USA, UK France....the list is endless, protecting their own interests. At least they aren't openly supplying weapons to 3rd parties in the hope of a coup d'état.

    Given the current turmoil in Europe, who knows, maybe the focus should be much closer to home. There are millions of very unhappy people in Europe, conditions just right for overthrowing governments...... It's how Hitler came to power.

    June 16, 2012 at 5:28 am | Reply
  14. Jon

    Well! looks like the rebels are going to get their a**es kicked by Putin. Let's see how Obama/Hillary team handle this civil war. 😉

    June 16, 2012 at 5:10 am | Reply
  15. Jim Carry

    US stupid govern spent these billions of dollars to democratized middle east when the official number of poor in the United States in 2011 is about 49.1 million! One more intervention and we will see fall of Greatest America !

    June 16, 2012 at 4:26 am | Reply
    • John

      Comrade Jim, you're either Russian trying to write in English and ignorantly towing your government's line, or you're just some other illiterate foreigner who has little grasp of the English language and just spewing more obvious and envious hate. Either way, please go away and focus on your own pathetic country's affairs.

      June 16, 2012 at 4:41 am | Reply
      • KEVIN

        John, thank God we are gettihg opinions from others outside the US. It helps us to understand and can only increase our global perspective.

        June 16, 2012 at 4:51 am |
    • BigGuy

      The very last thing that the U.S. would ever want is total unity in the Middle East. As long as there is chaos and arguing the U.S. can profit. If the Middle East were to actually come together as one unified group it would be a total disaster for the oil the U.S wants and needs to keep it going.

      June 16, 2012 at 7:10 am | Reply
      • Richard

        THIS.

        June 16, 2012 at 8:41 am |
  16. Dastreagus

    If saving your life as a Syrian was your focus you have had time to find a safer place to be than escalating your protests in the streets.

    At this point I think it is a battle between two willing fighting forces, and not unarmed civilians being butchered.

    I know this because I have feet, and have had to avoid threats to my person my whole life. ie tornado, gun violence on the street, edge of a cliff etc etc

    June 16, 2012 at 4:25 am | Reply
  17. Dastreagus

    I knew this Syria mess was bad news. I think Russia has it right; protect what is yours and don't let their chaos in the streets pull you into their madness.

    June 16, 2012 at 4:19 am | Reply
    • KEVIN

      Das, Bingo! You are most correct

      June 16, 2012 at 4:45 am | Reply
    • treasure123

      Russia's policy failed in Lybia, and now they are trying there best not to lose syria...They always lose, and syria case is no exception..

      June 16, 2012 at 10:10 am | Reply
  18. Tammy lambert chandler az

    Who is even left in Syria? Seriously...since this started last year Im suprised anyone is still alive. It sounds like the president has killed everone. Russia has no reason to send military supplies there...unless the President has found some more of his villages to blow up and the Russians need the money .

    June 16, 2012 at 4:11 am | Reply
    • KEVIN

      Tammy, Russia just wants to secure its navy base during this Syrian civil war.

      June 16, 2012 at 4:43 am | Reply
  19. OneRussian

    It is Ok for Americans to organize, train, undirectly arm, supply and even pay salaries to ISLAMIC MERCENARIES at Syria – to overflow LEGAL government according "regime change" plans.
    But it is not Ok to send ship to own military base according legal contracts with legal government?
    I got it right?

    June 16, 2012 at 3:59 am | Reply
    • KEVIN

      One, thank you. You are most correct in the US using behind the scene military support to the "rebels". The US would love to control Syria. Syria is in a very valuable geographic location (borders Iraq, Israel and Turkey). China and Russia know what we are doing. Israel has much political pull here and they are most desperate for us to control Syria. But our Joint Cheifs of Staff do not want to get involved in Syria (and off the record niether does Obama, Biden and Clinton)

      June 16, 2012 at 4:32 am | Reply
  20. gazza

    If Russia has the permission of the Syrian government then it's perfectly legal. It's no business of the US and if that spokesman is saying that it justifies other countries sending troops to Syria ie invading Syria then he needs a straight-jacket.

    June 16, 2012 at 3:54 am | Reply
    • KEVIN

      gazza, you are correct. But Syria is in a very political valuable geographic location (borders Turkey, Iraq and Israel). The US would love to control it (and China and Russia knows this).

      June 16, 2012 at 4:05 am | Reply
  21. Paul

    Russia said last week, it would not allow a regime change in Syria. Russia must now act boldly to make it,s presence known. Then Russia must find a measured peace that the west will tolerate.

    June 16, 2012 at 3:04 am | Reply
    • rocklandt

      u have no idea what's really going on on the ground in Syria. These entire campaign is phony – paid by CIA. Those "rebels" are simple Al-Kayeda mercs.

      June 16, 2012 at 3:22 am | Reply
      • KEVIN

        rock, having our CIA involved is SOP and we use them throghout the globe

        June 16, 2012 at 3:58 am |
    • KEVIN

      Paul, Putin and Obama get along very well. They will work something out. Niether of us want to get militarily involved in Syria.

      June 16, 2012 at 3:34 am | Reply
      • Craig

        There only one problem with your comment. Putin hasn't been in charge in Russia since President Obama took office. Yes, he's likely been the power behind the throne, but he wasn't occupying the throne. The President has met with Medvedev, who, until the most recent election, was the Russian President. I wouldn't call them close, but they managed to at least talk about things. Putin, on the other hand, is an old-time, hard core Russian Big Guy, officially elected but more or less another in the line of Stalin and Khrushchev. He longs for the day when the Soviet Union was feared and respected, and his sole goal is to return to that "glory."

        As for Syria? The only reasons the Russians won't want intervention are simple. First, it's the last place in the neighborhood they have any influence, and they fear becoming irrelevant (see Putin above). Second, like China, they fear that if the UN establishes a habit of intervention when governments turn on their own people, they just might want to intervene in Russia...because the difference between Russia and some of the others is small. Think of Chechnya.

        June 16, 2012 at 4:21 am |
  22. KEVIN

    Russia is definately going there just to defend its port. They don't want to get miliarily involved in Syria

    June 16, 2012 at 2:53 am | Reply
    • 1a2rd2

      ["As we said before, there are no new combat helicopters supplies to Syria.] That's 'cuz they have no "new" military hardware to sell. You've heard of Janes Magazine"?, Well I'm "Arts' know it all", and old stuff for sale is S.O.P. !

      June 16, 2012 at 3:09 am | Reply
    • San Diego

      Kevin, you sure seem to think that you've got your finger on the pulse of all things government... Have you spoken with the leaders of the U.S., Russia, China or Syria??? Since I'm sure that you haven't, and you likely are not a government operative, I would say you don't know squat! This is all nothing more than a load of ignorant speculation...!

      June 16, 2012 at 6:09 am | Reply
    • treasure123

      u have no clue of what is going on. Why would the russians have a military base there if they don't have agenda!

      June 16, 2012 at 10:08 am | Reply
  23. Steve

    The Russians are closer to Syria than we are to Afghanistan. What is the big deal?

    June 16, 2012 at 2:50 am | Reply
    • KEVIN

      Steve, it really isn't that big of a deal. But the US needs to put out some political spin to use as leaverage prior to Obama and Putin's meeting next week.

      June 16, 2012 at 3:07 am | Reply
      • 1a2rd2

        I think obama did enough for am entire 20 years political back-pedaling!

        June 16, 2012 at 3:12 am |
  24. Tom

    Some of the comments listed here are obviously those of nincompoops. So, if you're a nincompoop, please don't make a comment.

    June 16, 2012 at 2:34 am | Reply
  25. Thor

    The Free Syrian Army is a terror group, filled with official traitors against their legitimate government.

    http://www.icrc.org/ihl.nsf/full/380

    June 16, 2012 at 2:34 am | Reply
    • KEVIN

      Thor, nobody knows who these "rebels" are and if they are even organized enouph (yet) to run a country.

      June 16, 2012 at 3:53 am | Reply
      • treasure123

        Anyone can run the country better than the syrian regime. Do you really think that a person like assad who came to power like the North Korean style can run a town

        June 16, 2012 at 9:51 am |
    • treasure123

      First know how assad got to be a president then please let us know how do you see him as legitimate.

      June 16, 2012 at 9:52 am | Reply
  26. Jack

    Only a matter of time before the US takes it upon itself to deal with Russia and China. The sooner the better. Both of these countries have lived under a state of intense paranoia for decades and are incapable of surviving in the free world for they do not know what freedom is. One does not have to look far to relaize how they demoralize, manipulate, and hold their own populations down to control them. Both countries are facing internal threats as a result which could bring about futher unrest and rebellion.

    June 16, 2012 at 2:33 am | Reply
    • Thor

      China would eat the US.

      June 16, 2012 at 2:35 am | Reply
      • 1a2rd2

        ONLY THE RIFF RAFF (If....u know what that means, which I seriously doubt)

        June 16, 2012 at 3:14 am |
      • KEVIN

        Thor, unfortunately you are quite correct. Thank God China does not like to get involved in geo military-political control (like we do)

        June 16, 2012 at 3:49 am |
      • treasure123

        When did the chinese ever won a war in their entire history?

        June 16, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • Zooni

      China would eat the US. Something tells me trillions spent by the US on technologies would zero China extremely fast.

      June 16, 2012 at 3:06 am | Reply
      • Thor

        You would be wrong.

        June 16, 2012 at 3:37 am |
    • KEVIN

      Jack, Russia and China are not only learning how freedom can empower them, they are learning and exceeding us in the practice of capitalism.

      June 16, 2012 at 6:53 am | Reply
  27. Dust_It_Off_It_still_works

    "Believes" being the key word and none of our – US – business?

    June 16, 2012 at 2:30 am | Reply
  28. Thor

    Ok everybody, calm down and read the Geneva Conventions.

    Assad has a majority of his peoples support. It is not for the Free Syrian Army (defined as a terror group under the GC), to decide the fate of that majority.

    June 16, 2012 at 2:29 am | Reply
  29. Olf Art

    Obvously most posters and CNN are simply tools of the Freemasons in their quest for a New World Order. Obama was secretly made a "Bonesman" and is part of the conspiracy. Russia was secretly annexed to the USA by Truman and Stalin after "The Great Patriotic Wars". Join the conspiracy or be assimalated. Hurry before December 2012, time is running out. Sign up at the Las Vegas airport at the secret Area 51 Terminal. Be there or be square.
    I'm sure this post makes perfect sense to most of you.

    June 16, 2012 at 2:17 am | Reply
    • Mathew

      Yep!

      June 16, 2012 at 3:20 am | Reply
  30. john

    U S A should blow that russ ship right out of the water fast and usa super should lod boms on jes and blow the ship right out of the water fast befor it hit shore to dock –sink the ship fast now –they are not help any body but kill the child over again –do it fast and now - johnny

    June 16, 2012 at 2:17 am | Reply
    • Thor

      Dumb

      June 16, 2012 at 2:32 am | Reply
      • treasure123

        You are fool to believe that russia is that powerful. Few years ago one of their submarine sank and they couldn't rescue anyone of its crew. The submarine name is Kursk and the event happened n 12 August 2000. All 118 sailors and officers aboard Kursk perished.

        June 16, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • John

      What?

      June 16, 2012 at 2:38 am | Reply
      • Thor

        Yea

        June 16, 2012 at 2:56 am |
  31. gamersliverfang

    Looks like More Propaganda by CNN not surprised first the rape claims and now this, Notice everyone how CNN is ignoring Libya's Chaos?

    June 16, 2012 at 2:11 am | Reply
  32. Premal D.Shah

    The truth is very easy to find out. Send a ship load of ammunition to the Syrian rebels and see what Russia does. If Russia had a contract with the Syrian government to supply ammunition, US can always say that it was only protecting the Syrians from those same helicopters!

    June 16, 2012 at 1:59 am | Reply
    • Thor

      Except Assad is attacking armed terrorists, not civillians.

      See ...civillians don't shoot you..

      June 16, 2012 at 2:26 am | Reply
      • treasure123

        He is attacking his own people. Let's suppose that he is fighting who you think, after more than one year he couldn't bring stability to the country. Then shouldn't he step down because he failed to protect civilians. The power of people who want freedom is undefeatable

        June 16, 2012 at 10:02 am |
  33. Bezboz

    The Islamists should start counting their last days in Syria!

    June 16, 2012 at 1:56 am | Reply
    • treasure123

      It is about syrian people who want freedom. Ghadafi tried to tell the west that he was fighting terrorists to gain sympathy from the west. He failed and so will assad.

      June 16, 2012 at 1:59 am | Reply
      • Thor

        Assad rules with majority support.

        Read the Geneva Conventions with that in mind.

        June 16, 2012 at 2:25 am |
      • treasure123

        Thor, dictators don't really care about treaties or human lives. Syria is ruled by groups of gangs and thugs. No one dared to face the regime and say no. The fear is gone and the voice of people is getting higher

        June 16, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  34. midas

    Wow just like we armed the afgans with arms against russia. Wish we would care about people not the power of their government.

    June 16, 2012 at 1:41 am | Reply
    • treasure123

      Assad is not even a legitimate president. The only reason he is in power because his brother Bassel died in a car accident in 1995. Assad regime has american blood on his hands when he supported terrorists in iraq who fought the US army.

      June 16, 2012 at 1:45 am | Reply
      • rocklandt

        lol. prooflink?

        June 16, 2012 at 1:46 am |
      • treasure123

        google "Bassel Assad"....

        June 16, 2012 at 1:48 am |
      • treasure123

        From a young age, Bassel was groomed to fill the role of President by his father, Hafez al-Assad. He was chief of presidential security while running a highly publicized anti-corruption campaign within the regime, and frequently appeared in full military uniform at official receptions, signaling the regime's commitment to the armed forces. He also had a reputation for being an aficionado of fast cars. In January 1994, driving his own Mercedes at high speed through fog to Damascus International Airport in the early hours of the morning, Bassel is said to have collided with a motorway roundabout, and he died instantly. Bassel's death led to his lesser-known brother Bashar al-Assad, then undertaking sub-speciality training in ophthalmology in London, assuming the mantle of President-in-waiting. Bashar became President following the death of Hafez on June 10, 2000.

        June 16, 2012 at 1:51 am |
    • Jon

      Against the USSR, Russia was one of 15 republics in the USSR.

      June 16, 2012 at 1:52 am | Reply
  35. rocklandt

    DON'T BUY THIS WAR CAMPAIGN. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    infowars.com/wests-syrian-narrative-based-on-guy-in-british-apartment/

    June 16, 2012 at 1:37 am | Reply
    • treasure123

      Assad is going down (like Ghadadi). When that happens, then it is enough when justice is served.

      June 16, 2012 at 1:42 am | Reply
      • gamersliverfang

        Apparently you believe the Propaganda

        June 16, 2012 at 2:09 am |
  36. DrZhibago

    The Russian have a talent for being in the wrong side of history. They can not help themselves. I personally observe then in Cuba and they are unkind with a superiority complex have not grace to engage women and try force. The only thing they were good in Cuba was to drink our Rum and bathe in our beautiful beaches for free.

    June 16, 2012 at 1:33 am | Reply
    • The Russian

      Do you understand your own comment?

      June 16, 2012 at 1:48 am | Reply
      • treasure123

        I understand his comment. He is right. I take it that you don't like his comment and you are just playing stupid.

        June 16, 2012 at 1:54 am |
      • Thor

        You understand nothing, to be sure.

        June 16, 2012 at 2:30 am |
      • treasure123

        Thor, actually I do understand. I hope your english is good enough to help you understand the posting.

        June 16, 2012 at 10:06 am |
  37. Bobby

    Why is it surprise 😕 " Ship headed for the Syrian port of Tartus, where the Russians have a naval facility. " The stupid thing would be not to reinforce the military weapons base in the country at war.. Make sense CNN – or at least consult with military officers.

    June 16, 2012 at 1:29 am | Reply
    • treasure123

      Yeah! Especially if the load of the ship are weapons designed somehow not to kill civilians (per the russian president Putin).

      June 16, 2012 at 1:30 am | Reply
      • rocklandt

        200000 CIVILIANS KILLED IN IRAQ ALONE BY US FORCES – SO US SHOULD JUST STFU

        June 16, 2012 at 1:33 am |
      • treasure123

        To rocklandt, does that mean any dictator has the right to kill 200000 of his people. R u serious? The US wars were against Nazies, Communists and dictatorships. Can you imagine the world if one of these guys managed to prevail!

        June 16, 2012 at 1:40 am |
      • Nate

        The U.S. invasion of Iraq gave way to sectarian violence, but the wrongdoing of the U.S. only goes that far. Your statement is so outrageous as to deserve no merit whatsoever.

        June 16, 2012 at 1:48 am |
  38. treasure123

    Here is a list of countries supporting assad: Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. Can anybody guess what is common among these countries and why such countries support assad?

    June 16, 2012 at 1:21 am | Reply
    • sharpndpensel

      They don't support Assad. They just think it's none of our business to get involved. And they're right.

      We as Americans think we're the greatest people in the world when it comes to freedom and human rights. Yet we're the ones who have killed thousands of civilians with our drone strikes all over the middle east, and most recently Yemen. We torture those who are even suspected of terrorism. In many cases, people we torture are civilians.

      People need to wake up and stop judging other countries for what they do, because to a very large part of the world, we are the terrorists.

      June 16, 2012 at 1:29 am | Reply
      • treasure123

        Tell me one foreign affair issue these countries got it right before for God's sake!

        June 16, 2012 at 1:31 am |
    • rocklandt

      Ever heard of BRICS block, or Shanghai Cooperation Organisation?

      ENTIRE WORLD IS WITH SYRIA.

      June 16, 2012 at 1:30 am | Reply
      • treasure123

        I understood from you before that the US is not supporting assad. Also for your knowledge Europe and Canada don't as well. Are these countries not part of the entire world?

        June 16, 2012 at 1:34 am |
    • Samson

      Yes, they are not US puppets.

      June 16, 2012 at 1:57 am | Reply
      • treasure123

        Wrong answer. They are dictatorships.

        June 16, 2012 at 2:01 am |
      • Thor

        Nope, established governments.

        Pure and simple.

        June 16, 2012 at 2:31 am |
  39. rocklandt

    PEOPLE – DON'T BE FOOLED BY THIS MEDIA CAMPAIGN.

    THERE HAVE BEEN MULTIPLE REPORTS OF CIA AND BACKWATER BACKING THESE SO CALLED REBELS. WHOM OFTEN AREN'T EVEN FROM SYRIA – THESE ARE TRAINED MERCS FROM LEBANON, LYBIA AND SAUDI ARABIA. DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN PLANNED YEARS AGO:

    In an interview with Amy Goodman on March 2, 2007, U.S. General Wesley Clark (Ret.), explains that the Bush Administration planned to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Lybia, Somalia, Sudan, Iran

    June 16, 2012 at 1:14 am | Reply
    • treasure123

      Those are syrian people who want freedom. Why do syrian regime supporters use caps in their postings?

      June 16, 2012 at 1:18 am | Reply
      • rocklandt

        Bullsh1t. THESE ARE CIA-PAID MERCS.

        June 16, 2012 at 1:20 am |
      • treasure123

        to rocklandt: It is none of my business but r u a communist dude?

        June 16, 2012 at 1:24 am |
      • rocklandt

        @treasure123

        SORRY – NONE OF MY BUSINESS – BUT R U A CIA SH1LL?

        June 16, 2012 at 1:34 am |
      • treasure123

        No I am not a CIA agent. I am admired by the strength the syrian people showed to get their freedom against such a brutal regime. I hope I answered your question.

        June 16, 2012 at 1:36 am |
      • rocklandt

        c

        June 16, 2012 at 1:42 am |
      • Jon

        No, they do not want freedom, they just want to install their own dictator.

        June 16, 2012 at 1:54 am |
  40. wfe

    RUSSIA is sending a SHIP to its NAVAL base in Syria the only one it has in the area.....
    OMG BREAKING NEWS!

    June 16, 2012 at 1:13 am | Reply
    • treasure123

      Maybe in the future they will send such thing to some base in south america, then latin america...then.....

      June 16, 2012 at 1:15 am | Reply
      • rocklandt

        GOSH – I FRIGGIN HOPE WORLD WILL BECOME MULTI-POLAR AGAIN!

        June 16, 2012 at 1:17 am |
      • treasure123

        to rocklandt: I hope you live in Florida, you might like to live the excitement of russian rockets in Cuba (Just like the sixties)

        June 16, 2012 at 1:23 am |
      • rocklandt

        @treasure123

        THESE ROCKETS WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE IF WE WOULDN'T HAVE PLACED OUR NUKES IN TURKEY AND ITALY IN THE FIRST PLACE.

        June 16, 2012 at 1:35 am |
  41. AlFe

    QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA SEND THOUSANDS OF ARMS TO REBELS IN SYRIA, BUT CNN AND THE US GOVERNMENT KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT!
    QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA SEND THOUSANDS OF ARMS TO REBELS IN SYRIA, BUT CNN AND THE US GOVERNMENT KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT!
    QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA SEND THOUSANDS OF ARMS TO REBELS IN SYRIA, BUT CNN AND THE US GOVERNMENT KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT!
    QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA SEND THOUSANDS OF ARMS TO REBELS IN SYRIA, BUT CNN AND THE US GOVERNMENT KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT!
    QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA SEND THOUSANDS OF ARMS TO REBELS IN SYRIA, BUT CNN AND THE US GOVERNMENT KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT!
    QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA SEND THOUSANDS OF ARMS TO REBELS IN SYRIA, BUT CNN AND THE US GOVERNMENT KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT!
    QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA SEND THOUSANDS OF ARMS TO REBELS IN SYRIA, BUT CNN AND THE US GOVERNMENT KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT!
    QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA SEND THOUSANDS OF ARMS TO REBELS IN SYRIA, BUT CNN AND THE US GOVERNMENT KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT!
    QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA SEND THOUSANDS OF ARMS TO REBELS IN SYRIA, BUT CNN AND THE US GOVERNMENT KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT!
    QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA SEND THOUSANDS OF ARMS TO REBELS IN SYRIA, BUT CNN AND THE US GOVERNMENT KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT!
    QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA SEND THOUSANDS OF ARMS TO REBELS IN SYRIA, BUT CNN AND THE US GOVERNMENT KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT!
    QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA SEND THOUSANDS OF ARMS TO REBELS IN SYRIA, BUT CNN AND THE US GOVERNMENT KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT!
    QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA SEND THOUSANDS OF ARMS TO REBELS IN SYRIA, BUT CNN AND THE US GOVERNMENT KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT!
    QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA SEND THOUSANDS OF ARMS TO REBELS IN SYRIA, BUT CNN AND THE US GOVERNMENT KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT!
    QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA SEND THOUSANDS OF ARMS TO REBELS IN SYRIA, BUT CNN AND THE US GOVERNMENT KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT!

    June 16, 2012 at 1:06 am | Reply
    • runner305

      You have the maturity of a 3 year old.

      June 16, 2012 at 1:07 am | Reply
      • theazcowboy

        And he wastes computer (ink) like a 'pendejo,' huh?

        June 29, 2012 at 11:32 pm |
    • treasure123

      The weapons that the rebels are using are the weapons taken from the syrian army and the weapons that defectors managed to take with them to defend civilians from assad regime. No need to yell....

      June 16, 2012 at 1:09 am | Reply
    • treasure123

      The weapons that the rebels are using are the weapons taken from the syrian army and the weapons that defectors managed to take with them to defend civilians from assad regime.

      June 16, 2012 at 1:10 am | Reply
    • wfe

      Sunni's for SUnni's wah wah

      June 16, 2012 at 1:12 am | Reply
    • rocklandt

      + 100000000.

      HITLARY IS FULL OF IT.

      June 16, 2012 at 1:15 am | Reply
    • theazcowboy

      Amen Bro. But then. the Great Satan is no longer the 'good guy.' Ask the 'freedom fighters' of the Taliban – They are currently being sued for peace by the United Snakes (US/NATO) the butt (((kicking))) has been so hilacheous!

      June 29, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Reply
    • theazcowboy

      Duplicate comment your butt!

      June 29, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Reply
    • theazcowboy

      Jewish CNN is famous for obscuring the truths that puts the Great Satan in a bad (((light))). – That's why.

      June 29, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Reply
  42. treasure123

    The US must support the rebels. They can finish assad. If the syrian regime falls the iranian regime will follow. There will be no need to waste time with iran about their nukes or going to war against iran. American soldiers lives will be saved.

    June 16, 2012 at 1:05 am | Reply
    • theazcowboy

      I guess you don't have access to Putins (((flaming))) emails to the Great Satan and its Jewish hemmorhoid, huh Bubba?

      June 29, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  43. treasure123

    And the russian president said that russia is sending weapons that can't be used against civilians. Realu Putin!!!!

    June 16, 2012 at 1:03 am | Reply
    • Thor

      Not civillians, armed terrorists.

      Read the Geneva Conventions.

      June 16, 2012 at 1:04 am | Reply
      • treasure123

        There are no terrorists in syria but assad's thugs (AlShabiha). You know that. Syrian people want their freedom from a assad dictatorship.

        June 16, 2012 at 1:06 am |
      • Thor

        Assad has the majority support.

        You know that.

        June 16, 2012 at 2:23 am |
  44. Rick Springfield

    Russia got its collective ass kicked and head handed to it on a paper plate when the Taliban defeated them in Afghanistan. So they have a bad taste for middle east food and they just want to make it look like they are in control in Syria. The truth si that they are about as in control in Syria as Odumbo is in control in D.C.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:52 am | Reply
    • Bomb tel aviv soon

      I think the Russians should bomb israel back into the stone age. The world would be a better place if the Russians did it.

      June 16, 2012 at 1:00 am | Reply
      • treasure123

        You are retarded.

        June 16, 2012 at 1:01 am |
      • Tanker

        Israel should bomb your house. Russians won't dare mess with israel.. Israel is bad ass with an even bigger stick behind them.. The U.S.

        June 16, 2012 at 1:10 am |
      • Roscoe Chait

        Have you lost your little mind?

        June 16, 2012 at 1:10 am |
      • jim

        Pretty soon they will - Ezekiel 38 and 39

        June 16, 2012 at 9:32 am |
    • runner305

      When a poster like yourself uses an insulting name like "Odumbo",you only succeed in showing the rest of us how obtuse and childish YOU are. Congratulations!

      June 16, 2012 at 1:03 am | Reply
      • theazcowboy

        Yup, your right. But, trouble is that CNN allows GED drop-outs to post here. LOL!

        June 29, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
    • wfe

      The Taliban did not exist when russia invaded Afghanistan. and the CIA was helping the mujhadeen

      June 16, 2012 at 1:14 am | Reply
    • Lee S

      pakistan created the taliban after the russians left to keep indian influence out of afghanistan.

      June 16, 2012 at 1:25 am | Reply
      • theazcowboy

        Sorry to correct you Pilgrim. But, the United Snakes (US/Israel) organized and funded both the Taliban and Hezbollah.

        June 29, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
    • Jon

      Russia was one of 15 republics in the USSR. Saying Russia got their rear kicks is like saying California got their rear kicked in Vietnam.

      June 16, 2012 at 1:56 am | Reply
    • theazcowboy

      Jajajaja, but hey Pilgrim. You forgot to mention the United Snakes (as we speak) are suing the Taliban for peace. You read the news on a daily basis, si? You seem kinda 'malformed' – Ops, I mean misinformed, LOL!

      June 29, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  45. Thor

    America is blatantly attempting to deny the Russians access to the ME, by supporting the opposition.

    Who, under the Geneva Conventions, are classified as armed terrorists.

    It's a chess game, with people as pawns.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:52 am | Reply
    • theazcowboy

      And Russian S-55h nuclear tipped cruise missiles pointed at the west from outside of Armenia. Me thinks the United Snakes (US/Israel/NATO) had better read Napoleons 'Waterloo.' They seem to be headed for the 'last round-up.' jajajaja.

      June 29, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Reply
  46. Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

    SO WHAT? We did the SAME thing in Libya and we are constantly sending troops and weapons to Israel! We are no different....only in our own minds are we different!

    June 16, 2012 at 12:49 am | Reply
    • wfe

      FYI Russia has a NAVAL BASE there... so wah wah Russian is sending a ship to its only NAVAL BASE in the area....

      June 16, 2012 at 1:16 am | Reply
  47. We would do the same

    The Russians are sending weapons and man power to fortify their naval base in Syria. This is nothing that we would not do ourselves. We have bases in many countries and if uprisings were to potentially threaten one of those we would fortify and shore up the same way. We need to stop being so adversarial with Russia. One day they may be needed in a big way if China were to implode and a militaristic wing takes over.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:49 am | Reply
  48. Jon

    What is the big deal about Syria anyway? As if the US would not open fire on a full revolt against the US government.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:46 am | Reply
    • Andrew

      I'm more worried about the 50,000 dead in our neighbor Mexico. Its closer

      June 16, 2012 at 12:56 am | Reply
  49. AlexShch

    Did everybody notice that one of the cargo ship is clearly named OSAMA if the video is paused at 00:00:50 ?

    This is supposedly in port of Tartus, Syria.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:45 am | Reply
  50. Jon

    Russia sending troops to Syria, and the US sends troops to a hundred other countries.

    Russia sending troops to protect its base and assets? No way! As if the US does not send in Marines to add to embassy security during a crisis, or beef up security at their bases during heightened security threats. heck, i was stationed at a base in Europe that received extra USAF security personnel because of heightened threatcon levels when the Iraq War started.

    The military industrial complex just needs enemies.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:42 am | Reply
    • Daimoth

      Military industrial complex? Lol. Sounds like a Ron Paul cultist for sure.

      June 16, 2012 at 1:32 am | Reply
      • Jon

        Eisenhower actually started this phrase and warning, you know, the commanding general of Allied forces in Europe during WW2.

        June 16, 2012 at 1:52 am |
  51. steven

    And yes, as was said, Russia is sending attack helicopters to Syria. I am sure there is a big difference between new and refurbished.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:35 am | Reply
    • rocklandt

      These are repaired helos coming back to Damascus. US ships repaired and not weapons all over the world.

      The only reason Hitlery brought it up – she's trying to incite war hysteria in gullible amercian public – and they – what do u know – it's working.

      June 16, 2012 at 1:14 am | Reply
      • tony

        calling bullshi# on that... if they where repairs why would they send them Allll the way to Russia instead of fixing it on the base that Russia has..

        June 16, 2012 at 6:59 am |
  52. Chan

    ..Are you guys sure!? I mean u did say they were sending choppers..and boy that sure was wrong... Id prefer if u just come back home and not suicide our country into fallout...

    June 16, 2012 at 12:33 am | Reply
    • Chan

      to add...im not liking this whole treating Russians like enemies things...I thought we were all pass that. Were the ones expanding...

      June 16, 2012 at 12:35 am | Reply
  53. alexsanalysis

    Reblogged this on alexsanalysis.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:28 am | Reply
  54. WDinDallas

    So what....not enough troops or weapons to break up an LA rave party.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:21 am | Reply
  55. Republican grandma

    Well at least this Kansas boy won't start WWIII!

    June 16, 2012 at 12:10 am | Reply
  56. pete

    gay 0bama the anti-Christ and gay Bush the False Prophet.

    Times up gay 0bama July 2012..

    "The Beast"-->gay 0bama....

    "Men worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast [see Emperor], and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?" And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months; it opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming His Name and His dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and tongue and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it, every one whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that was slain." (Revelation 13:4-8 RSV)

    (Revelation 13:4-8 RSV)

    42 months-->Times up in July 2012

    June 16, 2012 at 12:06 am | Reply
    • ML

      ....um, what??

      June 16, 2012 at 12:12 am | Reply
      • Oh Noes

        Oh please... don't ask for an explanation. He might try to put something logical in there, and the odds of that creating a black hole in the internet and thus causing life as we know it to end are... well, no worse than his initial attempt at making sense.

        June 16, 2012 at 12:57 am |
    • jay

      are you mentally disabled?

      June 16, 2012 at 12:21 am | Reply
    • Chan

      ..to bad Obama doesn't pull the strings.

      June 16, 2012 at 12:34 am | Reply
    • wfe

      man quoting some book written by man for wacko men.

      June 16, 2012 at 1:18 am | Reply
  57. Sheldon

    Oh please don't start!!! Did anyons see the BBC docudrama Threads??

    June 16, 2012 at 12:06 am | Reply
  58. ejktexas

    So now Russia wants to be world police? I say we get out of their way and let them have a go at it.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:04 am | Reply
  59. Bacon nutzz

    We need men like Al Assad. Camps that train fanatics to smash 737's into buildings aren't allowed in countries with strong dictators. Before the Arab Spring, terrorists had to leave Egypt to learn how to blow themselves up. These animals NEED dictatorship.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:03 am | Reply
    • treasure123

      You mean Assad who supported terrorists in iraq that fought the united states army and killed american soldiers thanks to his training for them? Assad has american blood on his hands. Distatorships are bad for their countries and the world.

      June 16, 2012 at 12:53 am | Reply
  60. Julian

    After the "Russia sending attack helicopters to Syria" which really was not true (those were just two choppers that had been repaired in Russia and were to be sent back) now we have this new squeal of hysterics.

    Ridiculous.

    June 16, 2012 at 12:01 am | Reply
    • steven

      So sending back refurbished attack helicopters is not "sending attack helipcoters to Syria"?

      June 16, 2012 at 12:38 am | Reply
    • theazcowboy

      And Hillary's PMS has returned and MIDOL is so hard to get in the Middle East, jajajja.

      June 29, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Reply
  61. jim

    Magog ..

    June 15, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Reply
    • Dakota

      Agreed. Ezekiel 38 and 39. The time is near.

      June 16, 2012 at 12:13 am | Reply
  62. burrundanga

    The story is being repeated. Remember what happened before when Russia bullied the US into timidity by intercepting US ships at high "see", to prevent the US from stopping Fidel Castro in Cuba? By the way misspelling sea was deliberate. The Russians are as brutal as the Syrians. Now, my question is why are the other Arab countries allowing Syria to slaughter its own people? Can they not come together and stop Assad or kill him?

    June 15, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Reply
  63. benji

    I laugh at all the Righties who whine about Obama not doing anything. If they only knew what is REALLY going on they would keep their little whiny mouths shut. Believe it or not, the US Govt is great at covering up all kinds of stuff it does. It has being doing so for years and Americans are none the wiser.

    June 15, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Reply
  64. sloop1

    Common, America! We have enough probs right here. Bring our troops home. Just bring them home.

    June 15, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Reply
  65. OrionStyles

    Ooh... they are playing the proxy war card

    Let's see what the next move is....
    I bet it is to heavily arm Syrian opposition forces indirectly.

    It's kind of funny to see Russia playing this game again.... because... umm.... East Germany? Afghanistan? Iraq? Bosnia? Egypt? Libya? There is no way they can hold it now.

    June 15, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Reply
    • treasure123

      When did russians got it right in their foreign affairs anyway!

      June 16, 2012 at 12:54 am | Reply
  66. Andrew

    It could be legit. We'd shore up our facilities if we were in their shoes. It just depends what else is on that ship. Syrian Army running out of 155mm shells, bullets? Some of that going to be offloaded from the ship to replenish their stocks, keep the Syrian military leaders looking at Assad and saying, "yeah, he's doing what we need, getting the beans and bullets, we'll keep following orders." Military folks get a liiiitttle nervous when they start running out of ammo before they run out of 10year old targets.

    June 15, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  67. Snooky4sale

    Why is this an issue? Russia has a military base there in Syria and they are concerned about their troops so they are sending in reinforcements to protect their compound. So where's the issue? Are you telling me we wouldn't send multiple Battalions and some Aircraft Carriers if it were our base? Come on

    June 15, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Reply
    • Bayousara

      Time for our weakling American boys to stand up to the Russians (like my father's generation did) and stop the carnage in Syria. I don't think American boys have what it takes to be men.

      June 15, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Reply
      • OrionStyles

        They don't need to be men, they need to have good video game skills....

        Best drone drivers imaginable. 🙂

        June 15, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
      • SSG W

        Well I can see at least your father had balls, but you must have your moms puss. By the way.... Your welcome for your freedom of speech payed for by myself and the men that fought before me. If you can't stand by hind us get in front of us. Key board gangster

        June 16, 2012 at 12:10 am |
      • mariner I

        What would be really great, since the russians are so great at misinformation, is for their ship to somehow get knocked over and see how things develop after the accident. Maybe we could offer to rescue them or something, provide some assistance to help them get back home. We know they wouldn't do anything to jeopardize their interest with the US don't we?

        June 16, 2012 at 12:24 am |
  68. Peace101

    How hypocritical it is to complain about Russia. Has the US done anything different in Yemen? No. Those who talk about freedom of people or democracy actually mean selective freedom and democracy. The US supported, and is still supporting, the Gov't in Yemen which was killing its own people just a few months ago. So, those who are criticizing Russia should look in the mirror, first. Russians are no worse than Americans. Russians have interests in Syria, just like the US has interests in Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia were the so called defenders of democracy has been remaining selectively silent. Of course the western media is not interested in what has been going on in the countries mentioned above. By the way, does anybody know or wonder where the rebels in Syria get their weapons from? Anybody?

    June 15, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Reply
    • mariner I

      Yea......russia! But there is a major difference here..........its called "WAR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY" and russia is helping a lunatic in the slaughter. That's the difference!

      June 16, 2012 at 12:26 am | Reply
      • Peace101

        How many war crimes have the US not committed? Thousands of civilians killed with drones in their homes and streets in Afghanistan, Pakistan etc...not to mention Iraq. Of course, only a person with selective amnesia can overlook these facts. Moreover, Syrian rebels are armed by the US directly or indirectly through its allies (NATO, Saudi Arabia). The US whine only when weapons are going the other way...Do you know how many people are killed as well by rebels but of course CNN and western media ignore that. Everywhere where leaders have been replaced, hardliners and islamists have taken over. Look at Libya, Egypt, Tunisia. Who are the rebels the US want in power? Islamists that deny basic rights to christians and women...Good job USA! By the way, if you are open minded look at Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Bahrain. Atrocities have been committed since last year. Where is your selective outcry...YOU ARE ALWAYS WHINING BUT YOU DON'T DO ANY BETTER THAN OTHERS!

        June 16, 2012 at 12:54 am |
      • Peace101

        What you IGNORE as well is that women and people have had more rights in Syria than Saudi Arabia and Barhain for a long time. However, the US has never complained about it despite the unreported atrocities by Western media and ignorant people like you. Why? Because Saudi Arabia is an ally. So don't give any lessons to anybody regarding WAR CRIMES, DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS.

        June 16, 2012 at 1:02 am |
  69. Snooky4sale

    So it's "Classified Surveillance" photos? If they're classified why are we seeing them? Are there any Secrets left or is Obama having an open house at the CIA next? Might as well invite Putin to area 51 and give him the complete tour. Why not this administration is giving just about all of our little secrets away just to make Obama look important. Unreal

    June 15, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Reply
    • Andrew

      Will there be cake at this open house???

      June 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Reply
    • glennrobert

      The best use for secrets is to hide political mistakes. Bring it all out! You want to know what Bush did for 8 years it is all secret!

      June 15, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Reply
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    June 15, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Reply
  71. WhackyWaco

    Russia has done a one-up-you on Obama.

    June 15, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Reply
    • glennrobert

      Only if you get excited!

      June 15, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Reply
  72. Josh P.

    Well if we have the Ballllsss,why don,t we board those ships.

    June 15, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Reply
  73. Josh P.

    Under martime rules, Russia should declare what the ship is carrying when it enters the Mediterranean, U.S. officials said.

    Too bad there is nothing we can do about it.

    June 15, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Reply
    • glennrobert

      What would you like to do if it is legal? Remember Russia is the only country in the world that can destroy this country in less than two hours! MADD!

      June 15, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Reply
  74. Hasai

    Um, you know, I spent enough time in the military to earn a pension, and never once in all that time did I ever encounter a 'defensive armament.'

    Is that something along the lines of Santa Claus, or the Easter Bunny?

    June 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Reply
  75. Cam

    I say let them go and take care of Syria. Let them spend their money and lives in that hole. If they have bases there and want to protect them I certainly see the point. I'm tired of the US always having to be the one to "save the world".

    June 15, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Reply
  76. Matt

    What is the difference it is the same after 91 when Saddam was allowed to use his rotary assets after he was pushed out of Kuwait on the uprising.

    June 15, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  77. Bob arnuckle

    Werent they the ones telling the US to stay out of it? Lying commies. Former commies but still liars.

    June 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
    • Hasai

      Imperial Russia. They were Imperial Russia before the October Revolution, they were Imperial Russia when the Communists ostensibly ran the show, and now the Reds are gone, it's still Imperial Russia.

      Some things never change.

      June 15, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Reply
      • glennrobert

        Good point! Russia seems to need the strong man.

        June 15, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
  78. kafantaris2

    Why do we expect Russia to act differently than it has on Syria? Can we not see that Syria is somewhat of a microcosm of Russia? For decades strong rulers have governed both countries - effectively denying their citizens a say so in their government. If Russia helps fix things in Syria, it will need to fix them next at home.
    Why then would Putin help us with a regime change in Syria, which has even become an opportunity for him at home to showcase Russia's strength in the world? Better to stick with the old script and raid the offices of political opponents or drum up bogus charges against businessmen.
    Forget Russia then. When the ground starts to shake under their feet, these boys stick with their friends.
    But nothing will stop the steamroller of the Information Age that is barreling down on the Putins, the al-Assads and the Ayatollahs of this world. And they are too drunk with power to get out of the way.

    June 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  79. AlexShch

    Obviously yet another portion of maid-up news.

    The alleged classified image of "Nikolai Filchenkov" landing ship is taken from web suite

    http://flot.sevastopol.info/eng/photos/photo_amphibious/nikolay_filchenkov_05.htm

    and cropped a little bit.

    The blurry image of another Russian landing ship of different kind appearing in the middle of the video is that of "Caesar Kunikov", which is indeed in Mediterranean right now. Last week this ship was visiting Italian port of Messina for the commemoration ceremony of opening monument to Russian Sailors who escued locals of Messina during the earthquake in 1908.

    June 15, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
    • Anonymous Coward

      We should all know where the image came from. CNN superimposed the source over the image.

      And how can reporting on US administration statements and leaks be "made up"? I mean, I'm sure it can. But for what aim?

      Notice that the truth and accuracy of the administration's statements, and the truth and accuracy of CNNs reporting of those statements, are two completely different issues.

      June 15, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Reply
      • AlexShch

        What are the ultimate goals and whose initiative is a long story.

        Let me point to a very simple technical fact:

        CNN takes a static photograph from a web suite, puts it into the video, and applies time-changing cropping in such a way that the ship visually appears to be moving, or like the video is taken from a flying plane or helicopter. At the same time the voice of narrator talks about the classified imagery and alleges that this ship is going to Syria. This is definitely made on purpose to create a sense of urgency. Would you agree with this?

        In fact, this particular photo was taken for he steep cliff right at the bay entry of Sebastopol bay, not far from the monument to Defenders of Sebastopol. Anybody who ever been in the place will immediately recognize the spot from which the photo was shot. And even if you never been in Sebastopol, you can always do googleearth and go to the particular spot and click on the photograph - there are plenty of them, and you will get a clear impression about how the vicinity of the area looks like.

        In fact, if you notice, there are many other photographs of different ships made from exactly the same spot available on the Internet.

        This is definitely manufactured news.

        June 15, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
    • EatYouAlive

      It's not manufactured. The news is factual, the problem is that people need movement and action in their news stories or their attention span wanders. There is no conspiracy here, just the lousy state of affairs of reporting in general.

      June 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Reply
      • AlexShch

        I think I am able to recognize the the context of the blurred fragments of the video showing landing ship of "Caesar Kunikov" class (the specific ship is impossible to identify because the pennant number is to blurry; it appears when the video is still, as well as a 10-second fragment in the middle of the video).

        The place is the entrance into the city of Baltiisk on the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad region. Most likely the video is shot by someone during a naval day parade.

        The following video from Youtube is not exactly the what you see in the blurred portion, but the area is recognizable, especially if you look to the detailed on landscape at the very end,

        June 16, 2012 at 12:16 am |
      • AlexShch

        CNN has tendency to block posts containing web addresses. Lets try again

        http www youtube com watch?v=t_SroLEzA0k

        Obviously this has nothing to do with Syria

        June 16, 2012 at 12:21 am |
  80. Thor

    America is blatantly attempting to deny the Russians access to the ME, by supporting the opposition.

    Who, under the Geneva Conventions, are classified as armed terrorists.

    June 15, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Reply
    • EatYouAlive

      No one is denying the Russians ANYTHING.

      June 15, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Reply
    • bigbird3121@yahoo.com

      Just about every Government supports Terrorist even the USA and Russia

      June 15, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Reply
    • steven

      Reading comprehension. Learn it. Your entire entry is wrong.

      June 16, 2012 at 12:34 am | Reply
      • Thor

        Not really.

        June 16, 2012 at 12:51 am |
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