Friday, February 23, 2018

Tweets For Today






The Political Commissars Are Returning To The Russian Military

Sergey Shoigu and Valery Gerasimov (Source: RIA Novosti)

Aleksandr Golts, RCD: The Return of the Commissars

The Russian Army is planning to recreate the Main Political Directorate that existed in the Soviet Army (GlavPUR), according to the Deputy Chairman of the Public Council at the Russian Ministry of Defense, Alexander Kanshin. “The role of the moral and political unity of the army and society is increasing immensely at the time of global informational and psychological confrontation. Therefore, it is necessary to fundamentally reform and significantly strengthen the armed force’s entire [political] structure, which will organize, conduct and be responsible for the moral and ideological aspect of the Russian Army,” Kanshin said (Interfax, February 5).

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WNU Editor: This is my take on this development .... !?@#$%#$&$

Picture Of The Day

Exit Prep
Emerson Kovalanchik, a member of the South Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team, prepares to exit a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during joint rescue hoist training with soldiers during Patriot South 2018 at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Miss., Feb. 15, 2018. Patriot South is a domestic training exercise sponsored by the National Guard that focuses on increasing the understanding of coordination, policies and procedures required to conduct a joint inter-agency domestic response. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Michelle Y. Alvarez-Rea

WNU Editor: The above picture is from the following photo-gallery .... Guardsmen Conduct Helicopter Hoist Training During Patriot South (US Department of Defense).

The Pizza MRE Is Back!

Soldiers with the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado, try the pizza MRE in 2014. After more recent modifications, now it's ready to be packaged into MREs. (David Kamm/U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center)

Army Times: It's official: The pizza MRE is back!

The Holy Grail of downrange eating is becoming a reality after last year’s news that the pizza MRE was facing an indefinite delay.

The Meal, Ready-to-Eat was slated for MRE No. 38, which is set to roll out this year.

Nearly a year ago, in March 2017, the Combat Feeding Directorate at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center said there was a problem with mass production.

Meals, Ready-to-Eat must have a shelf life of at least three years when stored at 80 degrees or below, but during testing, the pizza MRE had turned brown.

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WNU Editor: A small confession. I love cold pizza in the morning.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Russia's Su-57 Fighter Jets Are Not Combat Ready, But They Have Been Spotted In Syria

(L) Su-57 multirole figher jet © Sputnik / A still from a video by Syrian Military Capabilities/Facebook

Business Insider: Russia appears to have deployed its most advanced fighter jet to Syria.

* An expert told Business Insider that it could be used to spy on the US's F-22 stealth fighter.
* Russia often uses Syria as a showroom for new hardware, and it most likely wants to market the Su-57, which is still a prototype, as having been combat-tested.
* But the Su-57 isn't ready for combat, and Russia has only 12 of the jets on order as it seeks funding to expand the program.

Videos on social media appear to show Russia's Su-57, a prototype of a new, fifth-generation fighter jet, operating in Syria — and it could be a direct threat to US stealth aircraft like the F-22.

Justin Bronk, a combat aircraft expert at the Royal United Services Institute, told Business Insider that initial attempts to geolocate Su-57s shown in the video indicated the deployment may be authentic.

He also said any deployment could be a cynical move to boost Russia's military sales while gaining valuable intelligence on the F-22.

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More News On Reports That Russia's Su-57 Fighter Jets Are Now In Syria

Russia Just Sent Its Best Fighter Plane to Syria -- Popular Mechanics
Pentagon Won't Confirm Russia's Su-57 Stealth Jet Arrival in Syria -- Military.com
Russia sends new stealth fighters for combat trials in Syria as Putin uses civil war to test latest military technology -- Daily Mail
Russia tests new stealth fighter over war-weary Syrian skies -- Washington Times
New Russian stealth fighter spotted in Syria -- The Guardian
Russia's Su-57 Stealth Fighter in Syria: “This Is Testing in Actual War" -- The National Interest Online
Russia is flaunting its fancy new stealth fighter jets -- VICE News
Russia's Newest, Mysterious Fighter Jet Just Showed Up In Syria -- Task & Purpose

Head Of Russia's Parliamentary Defense Committee: Russia Tested ‘Over 200 New Weapons’ In Syria

© Sputnik/ Michael Klimentyev

Times of Israel: Russia tested ‘over 200 new weapons’ in Syria: MP

Ex-commander of country's air force boasts that many countries now seeking to purchase its arms, as Moscow accused of participating in Assad assault in Ghouta.

MOSCOW — Russia has tested over 200 new types of arms in Syria during its campaign in support of President Bashar al-Assad, a senior lawmaker said Thursday, as Moscow was accused of taking part in airstrikes against rebel-held Eastern Ghouta.

“As we helped the brotherly Syrian people, we tested over 200 new types of weapons,” said Vladimir Shamanov, a former commander of Russia’s airborne troops who now serves as head of the Russian Duma’s defense committee.

“It’s not an accident that today they are coming to us from many directions to purchase our weapons, including countries that are not our allies,” he said.

“Today our military-industrial complex made our army look in a way we can be proud of,” he said.

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WNU Editor: The person who is making this claim is head of the Russian Duma’s defense committee ....but 200 new weapons?!?!?!

Hat tip to Fred for this link.

Are Russia-Linked Internet Bots Making The World An Angrier Place?

ABC News Online: Russia-linked internet bots trying to make the world an angrier place

When a big contentious story breaks, chances are hundreds of Russia-linked bots and trolls will soon be tweeting about it.

Moscow denies meddling in the 2016 US presidential election that brought Donald Trump to power, despite fresh claims from American intelligence agencies continuing to build a case that they did.

But there's also an increasing body of evidence to suggest Russian agents don't need a US election to keep themselves busy stirring the pot in other parts of the world.

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WNU Editor: I feel very angry right now. :)

This Is Why Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau Is Being Snubbed In India



Krishnadev Calamur, The Atlantic: Why Justin Trudeau Is Being Snubbed in India

The Canadian prime minister’s trip could nonetheless help him with a voting bloc he covets.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hasn’t hidden his fondness for foreign leaders. He has embraced them, tweeted at them, and sent them birthday wishes—all in an effort to make India a global player in international affairs. So when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he of the perfect coiffure, high-voltage smile, and beautiful family arrived in New Delhi this week for a state visit, it should have been a perfect photo-op. Instead, neither Modi nor any of his senior ministers showed up to receive the Trudeaus.

Trudeau has smiled his way through India, however, meeting with business executives, signing billions of dollars worth of business deals, posing for photographs with Bollywood actors, and donning Indian attire befitting his own Indian wedding reception. The Indians, for their part, have denied the Canadian prime minister is being snubbed (one unnamed official went as far as to call it “protocol”). But a snub it is—and the diplomatic brush-off has its roots in an Indian separatist movement from the 1980s and present-day Canadian domestic politics.

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WNU editor: For those who follow Canadian politics .... could not have said it any better.

Update: I would not call his trip a disaster .... but this week has definitely not been one his better weeks .... Trudeau's India trip is a total disaster — and he has himself to blame (Barkha Dutt, Washington Post).

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 22, 2018



DW: What foreign powers want from the Syrian war

The Syrian opposition and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are not the only groups fighting in the conflict. Other countries have also intervened to pursue their own interests.

Iran

What it's done: Tehran has been one of Assad's strongest advocates, supporting loyalist forces with money, weapons and intelligence. Iran has also sent military advisors from its Revolutionary Guard to Syria and directed fighters from Hezbollah, a Lebanon-based militant group backed by Iran, which is also involved in the conflict.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 22, 2018

Foreign Powers Compete for a Slice of Syria -- Christoph Reuter, Spiegel Online

The danger from ISIS and al Qaeda is still present -- Thomas Joscelyn, Weekly Standard

What Iraq’s Reconstruction Conference Revealed About Its New Friends and Partners -- Ellen Laipson, WPR

South Korea's Olympic gambit traps both Kim and Trump -- Peter Apps, Reuters

At Olympics, U.S. and Korean leaders revive familiar roles -- James Dobbins, Reuters

China Is Tightening the Screws on Taiwan. Will Trump Act? -- The Cipher Brief

Duterte to China: ‘if you want, just make us a province’ -- Richard Javad Heydarian, Asia Times

‘Enforcer’ Wang could be let loose on US to quell trade dispute -- Gordon Watts, Asia Times

China scare spreads to New Zealand -- Alan Boyd, Asia Times

'Global Britain' on the Line in the South China Sea -- S. Joshi & E. Graham, The Interpreter

Ethiopia’s Unrest Invites Global Competition -- Allison Fedirka, Geopolitical Futures

Is Russia Europe’s Biggest Threat? -- Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

Italy's Election Could Change Everything -- Scott B. MacDonald, National Interest

Italian election’s biggest winner is Europe -- Jacopo Barigazz, Politico.eu

A Latvian Test for the European Central Bank -- Bloomberg Editorial

'Low-Yield' Nukes Are a Very High Threat -- James Stavridis, Bloomberg

World News Briefs -- February 22, 2018 (Evening Edition)



CNN: US accuses Russia of blocking efforts to halt Eastern Ghouta bloodshed

The United States has accused Russia of blocking efforts to halt bloodshed in Eastern Ghouta as the Syrian regime continues to pound the rebel-held enclave outside Damascus.

Deputy US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelley Currie told the UN Security Council on Thursday that the US was ready to vote on a resolution for a ceasefire in the besieged region "right here and right now."

A draft resolution put forward by Sweden and Kuwait on Wednesday called for a 30-day halt in the fighting to allow for critical aid deliveries and medical evacuations.

But the UN appeared deadlocked over calling for the temporary ceasefire, and it was unclear whether the resolution would be put to a vote.

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MIDDLE EAST

World leaders urge Syria cease-fire as fighting escalates.

Air strikes again hit Syria's Ghouta, U.N. considers ceasefire resolution.

Crisis in Syria's eastern Ghouta has 'intensified dramatically'.

Kurdish YPG militia says Syrian army must come help stop Turkey.

Protest in Istanbul against bloodshed in Syria's E.Ghouta.

Russia calls on Jordan to help stabilize Syrian 'safe' zones.

Fear of war looms over Syria neighbours, Iran says.

Russia opposes U.S. bid to condemn Iran over supply of Yemeni arms.

Iran says may withdraw from nuclear deal if banks continue to stay away.

Thousands of Gazans rush to border as Egypt opens crossing.

ASIA

Seychelles swaps debt for groundbreaking marine protection.

North Korea says U.N. chief 'picking a quarrel' with sanctions remarks.

North Korean closing Olympics delegation includes man blamed for deadly sinking.

At least 10 dead after insurgent attack, roadside blast in Afghanistan.

China probes report of possible North Korea sanctions breach at sea.

Cambodian PM Hun Sen threatens to 'beat up' protesters outside ASEAN-Australia Summit. Cambodian PM vows to 'shame' Australia if pressured over politics.

Scenarios abound for Japan getting dragged into a US-China conflict: expert.

Pakistan Supreme Court bans ex-PM from leading his party.

Pakistan tight-lipped on Saudi Arabia troop mission.

AFRICA

Congolese refugees killed in rations protest: Rwandan police.

Sub-Saharan Africa 'most corrupt in the world'.

Anger in Nigerian village as girls still missing after Boko Haram attack.

Nigeria rescues 76 schoolgirls after Boko Haram attack, others missing. 'Some rescued' after attack on girls' school in Nigeria.

Boko Haram jihadists kill 7 in Cameroon, Chad.

Ethiopia reveals details of 6-month state of emergency.

African refugees on hunger strike in Israel.

Africa's 'lion economies' growth exceeds forecasts.

Cape Town's 'Day Zero' pushed to July.

EUROPE

Dutch parliament recognizes 1915 Armenian massacre as genocide.

Turkey says won’t allow ‘one-sided’ gas search off Cyprus.

Italian far-left protesters scuffle with police as election tensions rise.

Man dies in grenade attack on US embassy in Montenegro. Grenade thrown at US Embassy in Montenegro, attacker blows himself up.

Angela Merkel: New German coalition deal will be good for EU.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny detained in Moscow.

Basque group ETA to end their 'role' in Spain soon.

Latvia scrambles to limit bank scandal fallout.

Cyprus accuses Turkey of obstructing gas exploration.

Novartis case: Greek MPs to probe alleged bribery.

AMERICAS

New charges brought against ex-Trump campaign associates.

Trump considers pulling ICE out of California to let the state learn.

Trump says arming some teachers would stop shootings 'instantly'.

Trump hears emotional pleas from school shooting survivors, families.

US doing little to combat Russia meddling in next elections.

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro calls for snap election amid possible opposition boycott.

How Venezuelans stave off hunger amidst a food crisis (Video).

Canada rescinds invitation to Sikh militant to dine with Trudeau.

Justin Trudeau's 'Bollywood' wardrobe amuses Indians.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

US military says another drone strike in Somalia kills 4 extremists.

US says 3 militants killed in Somalia strike.

ISIS calls on fanatics to 'burn America', attack London and target Russian political and religious leaders in propaganda showing a militant in front of Big Ben and Putin in crosshairs.

Boko Haram: Profile of a jihadist threat.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Industrials companies drive US stock indexes mostly higher.

Ford executive leaves over inappropriate behaviour.

Conservative Twitter users lose thousands of followers, mass purge of bots suspected [updated].

Saudi Arabia to invest $64bn in entertainment.

Tehran Warns It May Withdraw From The Nuclear Deal If International Banks Continue To Shun Doing Business With Iran

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi speaking at the Chatham House think tank in London, Britain February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Bozorgmehr Sharafedin

Reuters: Iran says may withdraw from nuclear deal if banks continue to stay away

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran will withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal if there is no economic benefit and major banks continue to shun the Islamic Republic, its deputy foreign minister said on Thursday.

Under the deal with Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, Iran agreed to restrict its nuclear program in return for the removal of sanctions that have crippled its economy.

Despite that, big banks have continued to stay away for fear of falling foul of remaining U.S. sanctions - something that has hampered Iran’s efforts to rebuild foreign trade and lure investment.

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Update: Iran Might Ditch Nuclear Deal Before Trump if It Fails to Pay Off (Newsweek)

WNU Editor: The problem is that Iran openly supports groups that have been designated as terrorist organizations .... Hezbollah and Hamas to name a few. No bank will want to position themselves to be liable in the event that one of these groups conduct a terror attack .... and an Iranian banking-link to them is found. The penalties will be severe.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister: U.S.-Russia Ties Will Be Difficult To Repair

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov (file photo)

Radio Free Europe: Moscow: U.S.-Russia Ties Will Be Difficult To Repair

Russia says it would be "very difficult" to improve relations with the United States, which have plummeted to levels not seen since the Cold War amid crises in Syria and Ukraine, and accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on February 21 accused Washington of trying to meddle in Russia's internal affairs ahead of its presidential election next month after the United States indicted 13 Russians for an alleged covert efforts to interfere in the U.S. polls.

"Paradoxically, the Americans are taking steps towards meddling in our internal affairs and exacerbating tensions in bilateral relations ahead of the presidential election" in Russia on March 18, Ryabkov told the news agency Interfax.

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WNU Editor: U.S. - Russian relations will work on some common national security issues .... and ignore the rest. We are now in a mini-Cold War

Will Resumption Of U.S.-South Korea Joint Military Exercises Mark The End Of The Current Diplomatic Outreach To North Korea?

South Korean President Moon Jae-in talks with president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Young Nam as Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, looks on.

Brian Padden, VOA: US, S. Korea Military Exercises Could End Outreach to Nuclear North

SEOUL — The resumption of U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises, which were postponed until after the PyeongChang Olympics and Paralympics end in late March, could also mark the end of the current diplomatic outreach to North Korea.

The annual joint exercises include the Key Resolve strategic simulation drill, where U.S. and South Korean troops and military assets are deployed to respond to potential North Korean threats, and field exercises called Foal Eagle. Past drills involved nearly 20,000 American troops, 300,000 South Korean forces, and an array of bomber aircrafts, fighter jets and warships.

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WNU Editor: North Korea wants to get rid of sanctions. They may walk away .... but doing so will alienate China and Russia who are supporting these talks, and it will not solve the problem of sanctions.

Who Snubbed Who In Korea? South Korea Is Blaming The U.S.

U.S. Vice President Pence and Kim Yo Jong

Donald Kirk, Daily Beast: Who Snubbed Who in Korea? Was it Pence’s Truculence, or Little Sister Kim’s Reticence?

The Trump administration, finally reacting to the diplomatic snafu at the Winter Olympics, blames the North Koreans. The South Koreans are saying, ‘Not so fast.’

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—Days after the snub seen round the world, when U.S. Vice President Mike Pence appeared ossified, staring ahead in stony silence at the Winter Olympics rather than glance at the sister of North Korea’s leader, who was standing behind him, the Trump administration has let it be known that, really, the other side balked.

Pence’s trip was widely derided, even by advocates of a hard line toward the North Korean regime, as a major diplomatic fumble. (He also managed to offend his hosts by declining to stand when North and South Korean teams marched under a single flag at the opening ceremony.)

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Update: White House: North Korea Cancelled A Meeting With Vice President Pence At The Last Minute (February 21, 2018).

WNU Editor: The number one priority for the administration of South Korean President Moon Jae-in since his election win last year has been to position himself so that he can engage into talks with North Korea. But the problem has always been the same .... the North Koreans regard his government as a puppet of the U.S.. The above Daily Beast article even recognizes this  .... President Moon is still making U.S.-North Korean negotiations a top priority, almost a prerequisite, before he can accept Kim Jong Un’s invitation, delivered to him personally by Yo Jong, to meet in Pyongyang. What is my  take .... President Moon is in a bind. The U.S. is not going to get into a general conversation with the North Korea leadership just to make President Moon feel that this  process will lead to something. The U.S. will only engage when it knows what the outcome will be .... in short .... the diplomats will find common ground that the leadership can agree with .... and then build from there so that the leaders and/or senior officials can meet. But it is not going to happen .... because the problem has always been the same. The #1 goal of  the North Korean leadership has  been the to unify the peninsula under their leadership, and nuclear weapons has always been viewed as an important ingredient for them to achieve that goal. They are not going to bargain that away. It is only when that mindset changes .... that things may change .... and giving the visiting North Korean officials expensive meals is not going to achieve that .... It cost US$260 per meal to feed North Korean special guests, including Kim Jong-un’s sister during Olympics visit (SCMP).

North Korea Sends Controversial General To Attend The Closing Olympic Ceremonies

Heading south. (Reuters/Jung Yeon-je/Pool)

Qaurtz: North Korea is sending the suspected mastermind of deadly attacks on the South to the Olympics

Having already dispatched leader Kim Jong-un’s sister to the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, North Korea is sending another big gun to mark the closing of the games.

South Korean officials said today (Feb. 22) that 72-year-old general Kim Yong-chol, a vice chairman of the central committee of North Korea’s Workers’ Party of Korea, will lead an eight-member delegation to Pyeongchang for a three-day visit on Sunday (Feb. 25).

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WNU Editor: This is a message to South Korea. For the South Korean families who have lost loved ones because of this man .... a bitter moment.

More News On North Korea Sending Its Controversial General To Attend The Closing Olympic Ceremonies

North Korean closing Olympics delegation includes man blamed for deadly sinking -- North Korea
Former Spymaster to Lead North Korea's Olympic Ceremony Delegation -- New York Times
Winter Olympics 2018: North Korea's General Kim Yong-chol to attend -- BBC
North Korean General Blamed for Sony Hack Could Meet Ivanka Trump at Olympic Closing Ceremony -- Newsweek
North Korea to send high-level delegation to Olympics closing ceremony -- ABC News
North Korea hardline general to attend Olympics closing ceremony -- Financial Times

Turkey Wants Talks To Avoid Clashes With The Syrian Army



Middle East Monitor: Stakes rise in Turkey’s Afrin assault as pro-Assad militia arrive

Turkey warned on Wednesday that pro-Damascus forces would face “serious consequences” for entering Syria’s Afrin region to help Kurdish fighters repel a Turkish offensive, Reuters reports.

Their arrival raises the spectre of wider escalation on Syria’s northern battlefront, which includes the Syrian army, allied Iran-linked militias, Kurdish forces, rebels, Turkish troops, and Russian and American forces.

The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said Turkish planes bombed a town in Afrin and fighting raged on the ground on Wednesday. Turkey launched its assault last month to drive out the YPG, which it deems a menace along its border.

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WNU Editor: Can anyone say "quagmire"?

More News On Turkey's Military Offensive In Syria's Afrin Region

Turkey's 'Legitimate Target'? Over 400 Syrian Fighters Reportedly in Afrin -- Sputnik
Kurdish YPG militia says Syrian army must come help stop Turkey -- Reuters
Turkey Ready for Talks to Avoid Clash With Syria -- Bloomberg
Turkey Mulls Talks to Avoid War As Russia and U.S. Allies Chant 'One Syria' -- Newsweek
Turkey ready for talks to avoid clash with Assad's regime -- Independent.ie
Failure risk in plans behind Ankara's anger at pro-Damascus forces' entry into Afrin: analysts -- New China
Syria's Afrin is a multi-national powderkeg -- The Australian
Afrin explained: a multi-sided conflict where enemies are allies and allies are enemies -- Mina Aldroubi, The National
Turkey’s Afrin assault bears little fruit -- Sami Moubayed, Special to Gulf News

Searching For Dead Russian Mercenaries In Syria



DW: The search for dead Russian mercenaries in Syria

For two weeks now, families of the Russian mercenaries killed in Syria have been waiting for their loved ones' remains to be brought back to Russia. Where are the bodies and why are relatives keeping quiet?

t is unclear how many mercenaries from the Russian paramilitary organization, Wagner Group, were killed on February 7 in Deir al-Zour, Syria, in an attack led by the international anti-IS coalition. According to the Russian newspaper Vedomosti, 50 mercenaries were killed and around 70 injured. The names of at least nine of the dead are known. The Russian Foreign Office initially confirmed there had been five deaths. Later, a statement said that "several dozen" from Russia and CIS states — a group of former Soviet states — had been wounded and killed. They were allegedly in Syria "voluntarily and with different intentions." The anti-IS coalition claimed that it had attacked President Bashar al-Assad's troops in self-defense.

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WNU Editor:  In Russia this news story has been buried because of the Russian Presidential election that will be held on March 18. But in social media and on independent media websites .... this story is very predominant.

Has Russia Just Deployed It's Advance Su-57 Stealth Fighters To Syria?


The Warzone/The Drive: Did Russia Just Send Su-57 Stealth Fighters to Syria?

Even if these reports turn out to be false, it's still likely only a matter of time before these aircraft make an appearance in the conflict.

Unverified pictures and video footage has begun to circulate on social media purporting to show a pair of Russian Su-57 fighters, also known as the PAK FA and T-50, touching down at the country's Khmeimim air base in Syria's Latakia province. The Kremlin has already used the Syrian conflict as an excuse to demonstrate new and advanced weaponry and even if this video turns out to not show operations in Syria, it is likely only a matter of time before the aircraft touch down in the country.

In one of the video clips, which first emerged online on Feb. 21, 2018, an Su-35 Flanker-E fighter jet, which the Russians have already deployed to Syria, is also seen flying nearby. Additional unconfirmed reports said that the Su-57s were part a larger group of Russian aircraft arriving in the country, including four additional Su-35s, four Su-25 Frogfoot ground attack aircraft, and an A-50U Mainstay airborne early warning aircraft, all types the Russians have previously deployed to the country. Still, this would be a major deployment for Russia, coming after Putin claimed total victory over terrorists in the country during a December 2017 visit where he also announced his country would begin drawing down its military presence in Syria.

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WNU Editor: It is hard to tell from the above video, but it does have a resemblance to the Su-57.

More News On Reports That Russia Has Deployed It's Advance Su-57 Stealth Fighters To Syria

Su-57’s debut? Video claims to show Russia’s 5th-gen jets in action over Syria -- RT
Alleged PHOTO, VIDEO of Russian Su-57 Fifth Gen Jet in Syria Released on Twitter -- Sputnik
Russia sends new stealth fighters for combat trials in Syria as Putin uses civil war to test latest military technology -- Daily Mail
Russia appears to have deployed its next-generation fighter jet to Syria — and it's a major problem for the F-22 -- Business Insider