By Nahed al Husaini, VT Damascus
– A large-scale F-35B take-off and landing exercise was conducted for three days until today in the Mediterranean Sea near 25 NM west of Latakia, Syria.
– This exercise was conducted as part of NATO’s naval operations, but it was conducted by the US Marines and the Navy using three amphibious assault ships led by the US military.
– And NATO considers these F-35Bs to be a very important exercise in that more than 30 F-35Bs were assembled in the Mediterranean with most of the US Navy’s 5th Fleet operating in the Mediterranean and Indian Oceans.
– In particular, in that the exercise was carried out on the route of the Russian fleet entering Syria, it clearly means that the operational goal was “interruption of the Russian navy”.
– In addition, NATO considers this exercise to be a very unusual operation in that the latest air force of the US Marine Corps gathered and operated near Syria.
Nahed is VT Damascus Bureau Chief. She is a member of the American Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies (USA) and serves as Assistant Director of the Arab-American and Muslim Congress (Detroit, USA). She has a Diploma in English Literature from Damascus University (1987).
She’s also been a reporter for Turkish newspaper Aydinlik, Special Coordinator for Arab-Armenian International Law Assembly, Correspondent for Qatari News Agency, Al Ayam news Paper in Bahrain, Al Liwaa in Lebanon, Correspondent for Petra News Agency in Jordan, correspondent for the Associated Press in USA, and worked as a freelance journalist for CBS, ABS and CNN in Syria. She is fluent in both English and Arabic.