Syria hands unexploded US cruise missiles to Russia

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…from Press TV, Tehran

It appears that Syria used older and updated air defense assets and a Russian integrated command structure

[ Editor’s Note: These unexploded missiles would not be in good shape if they were intercepted, so I would suspect an engine or electronics component failure brought these down.

And there is always the possibility that when the missiles are closing the target and switch over to internal navigation, that they could be taken over.

The Iranians demonstrated this in spades when they captured the US drone in their skies – an huge Intel coup – as Iran was able to reverse engineer within about a year.

I doubt we will be seeing any photos of these recovered missiles, but you can rest assured it will be a major item for discussion in the final Pentagon classified version of the attack.

Our other two allies (or partners in crime) had technical problems with their launches, also, which surprisingly made the news quickly, when such things are usually hidden from the public, you know, for national security purposes.

The Russians know they will always be in a numerically inferior military situation with the West. If we were to add in China’s growing power, and if Russia began to closely integrate with Peking, there would be more balance, especially when it comes to defense.

Neither of them wants to divert the massive funding needed to create an offensive military force, as that would sacrifice non-military development, which both are betting on being more important in the long run. We shall see, if we live long enoughJim W. Dean ]

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– First published … April 20, 2018

Syria has handed over to Russia two unexploded cruise missiles it discovered in the aftermath of the recent attack by the United States, Britain and France, Syrian sources say.

“Two cruise missiles that did not detonate during the US missile strike on Syria overnight on April 14 were found by the Syrian military. Both are in rather good condition. These missiles were handed over to Russian officer the day before yesterday (April 17),” a source in the Syrian Defense Ministry told Russia’s TASS news agency on Thursday.

The Syrian military sent the missiles over on board a plane on Wednesday, the source added. The Russian Defense Ministry had yet to confirm the report.

On April 14, US President Donald Trump along with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, and British Prime Minister Theresa May authorized a joint missile attack against alleged chemical weapons manufacturing sites inside Syria.

The attack, carried out in response to what the US and its allies insisted was a chemical attack by the Syrian government, saw 105 cruise missiles being fired at targets in Damascus and Homs.

It was not clear whether the discovered missiles were American Tomahawks or Scalp/Storm Shadow, codenames for a cruise missile jointly developed by France and the UK.

However, there is a good chance that the missiles were fired by the US military as the UK and France only fired 20 missiles collectively.

Days before the attack, Trump had warned Russia, a key supporter of Damascus in the war against foreign-backed militants, that it should get ready to shoot down “nice and new and smart” US missiles over Syria.

Despite claims by the US military that all missiles hit their targets, the Russian defense ministry said after the attack that 71 missiles were intercepted by Syria’s air defense, which relies on Russian equipment.

This is while none of the missiles landed in Tartus and Hmeymim, where Russian missile defense systems, namely the advanced S-400 system, were deployed to protect Russian bases. Russia did not use its own systems to intercept the missiles.

Trump pressed ahead with his plans to attack despite a decision by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to send a fact-finding mission to the alleged chemical attack in Syria’s Douma upon requests from Moscow and Damascus.

The Russian center for the reconciliation of conflicting parties examined Douma on April 9, two days before the purported gas attack, to find no traces of chemical weapons.

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    • Prepare you wallet Andrew, the Democratic National Committee filing a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the organization was the victim of a conspiracy by russians to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential run and seeks compensation… Hillary want your money Andrew !!!! 🙂

    • Adrian, I saw that but wasn’t sure if it was true. Are the dems trying to sue? I saw an article about it on Fakebook and I made the following comment, “This is the most ridiculous $h!t I’ve ever heard! I’m no Trump fan, but according to the Democrat’s logic the following countries should be suing the United States for interfering with their governments. Are you ready?

      * China 1949 to early 1960s
      * Albania 1949-53
      * Germany 1950s
      * Iran 1953
      * Guatemala 1954
      * Costa Rica mid-1950s
      * Syria 1956-7
      * Egypt 1957
      * Indonesia 1957-8
      * British Guiana 1953-64
      * Iraq 1963
      * North Vietnam 1945-73
      * Cambodia 1955-70
      * Laos 1958, 1959, 1960
      * Ecuador 1960-63
      * Congo 1960
      * France 1965
      * Brazil 1962-64
      * Dominican Republic 1963
      * Cuba 1959 to present
      * Bolivia 1964
      * Indonesia 1965
      * Ghana 1966
      * Chile 1964-73
      * Greece 1967
      * Costa Rica 1970-71
      * Bolivia 1971
      * Australia 1973-75
      * Angola 1975, 1980s
      * Zaire 1975
      * Portugal 1974-76
      * Jamaica 1976-80
      * Seychelles 1979-81
      * Chad 1981-82
      * Grenada 1983
      * South Yemen 1982-84
      * Suriname 1982-84
      * Fiji 1987
      * Libya 1980s
      * Nicaragua 1981-90
      * Panama 1989
      * Bulgaria 1990
      * Albania 1991
      * Iraq 1991
      * Afghanistan 1980s
      * Somalia 1993
      * Yugoslavia 1999-2000
      * Ecuador 2000
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      * Iraq 2003
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      * Somalia 2007 to present
      * Honduras 2009
      * Libya 2011
      * Syria 2012 to present
      * Ukraine 2014

    • Continued: “With regards to the ‘leaking’ of the DNC emails which was ultimately blamed on Russian hackers, a technical analysis of the data in question showed an estimated transfer speed of 23 MB/s, indicating that the individual who copied the data which was later published by a persona named Guccifer 2, had direct physical access to the computer where the data was stored, or the data was copied over a high speed Local Area Network.

      This technical analysis further confirmed the suspicions of many inside the US intel community, that the DNC emails were ‘leaked’ from the inside, not ‘hacked’ from the outside. Those with technical experience ranging from designing the world’s first security software for PC (John Mcafee); to those who wrote the code for the data mining programs used by the NSA to this day (William Binney); to Pulitzer Prize winning journalists (Seymour Hersh); to the man who wrote the book on counter-terrorism for the state department and served under five different presidential administrations (Steve Pieczenik); a multitude of experts with decades of technical experience knew from the beginning that the DNC emails were leaked from the inside, not hacked by any foreign nation state.

      Not to mention, after hundreds of hours conducting interviews resulting in thousands of pages of transcripts, not one shred of real evidence has been provided to the public that proves Russia intervened in US elections. There’s not even a clear motive for Russia to favor Trump, as nothing the Trump administration has done can be considered even remotely favorable for Russia! Nothing.

      If anyone really cares about foreign countries interfering in US elections, they should be looking at Israel, not Russia. Anyone who doubts this, provide me with a list of people connected to Russia that helped put Trump in the White House and I’ll provide a list of people with ties to Israel that helped put Trump in the White House. We’ll see which list is longer.”

      Nobody has responded, thus far…

  1. According version circulating says maybe russians have more than 2 missiles in your hands and likely at leasr one new Block IV Tomahawk’s and a new AGM-158 JASSM put in service 2010 in USAF…

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