A Russian company was reportedly shipping advanced defensive missile systems to Syria that could be used to shoot down airplanes or sink ships if the United States or other nations try to impose no-fly zone to halt the country’s spiral of violence, New York Times reported on Friday.
Throughout the Syrian crisis, Russia has insisted that all its arms sales to Syria have been defensive in nature, and that the weapons were not to being used in the Syrian internal crisis, but the latest arms shipment could also be interpreted as a warning to the West against undertaking military action of the sort that ousted Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi from power in Libya, said Mr. Anatoly P. Isaykin, the general director of the company called Rosoboronexport, who admitted his company was shipping the advanced defensive missile systems to Damascus consisting of the Pantsyr-S1, a radar-guided missile and artillery system capable of hitting warplanes at altitudes well above those typically flown during bombing sorties, and up to 12 miles away; Buk-M2 antiaircraft missiles, capable of striking airplanes at even higher altitudes, up to 82,000 feet, and at longer ranges; and land-based Bastion antiship missiles that can fire at targets 180 miles from the coast.
This news came amid reports of a “small contingent” of Russian warships heading for the Russian base in Syrian port of Tartus. The Russian fleet, according to DEBKAFile includes Ropucha-toad or Project 775 class landing-craft carrying Russian marines. Each craft can carry 250 marine personnel and 500-ton armored vehicles.
Meanwhile, the head of the United Nations team of observers in Syria, Major General Robert Mood, has announced that the mission has suspended operations because of escalating violence.
Will the 1968 Prophecy be fulfilled soon? A 90 year old Woman in Norway prophecised in 1968 that “the Third World War will begin in a way no one would have anticipated – and from an unexpected place.” The much publicized military crisis in the Strait of Hormuz is somewhat quiet down at the moment.
Better yet, is the Damascus prophecy of Isiah 17 close? Time will tell.