Massive shipments of weapons and materials.
To all those who thought Assad would fall the way of Gaddafi, guess again. I have maintained from the very beginning that the Syrian situation would not be as the Libyan one. Gaddafi hadn’t any significant military backing, hence the rush to divest itself of nuke technology after the allied invasion of Iraq.
Putin sends warships to boost Syria
RUSSIA has sent a flotilla of warships to its naval base in a key Syrian port in an apparent show of support for President Bashar al-Assad in what would be the largest display of Russian military power in the region since the Syrian conflict began almost 17 months ago.
Two destroyers and three amphibious landing vessels carrying marines set sail from Russian bases in the Arctic and the Black Sea, according to Russian military sources.
The development appeared intended to underline Russia’s effort to position itself as an increasingly decisive broker in resolving the anti-government uprising in Syria, Russia’s last ally in the Middle East and where Russia has its only foreign military base outside the former Soviet Union.
The move follows Russia’s announcement earlier this week that it was halting new shipments of weapons to the Syrian military until the conflict settled down