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MIDDLE EAST ON FIRE: Assad Starts Using Advanced Russian Weapons

Syrian official reveals new weapons now being deployed, US exposes Russian helicopters in rapidly expanding military buildup.

A Syrian military source revealed on Thursday that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has in recent weeks begun using advanced air and ground weapons from Russia, in a worrying sign of Moscow’s growing role in the bloody Syrian civil war.

The source told Reuters that the new weapons feature high efficiency and accuracy, and that Assad’s army trained on them for several months before their recent deployment on the battlefield.

“New weapons are being delivered, and new types of weapons. The Syrian army is being trained in the use of these weapons. In fact, the army has started using some of these (weapon) types,” revealed the source.

“The weapons are highly effective and very accurate, and hit targets precisely. We can say they are all types of weapons – be it air or ground.”

The revelation corroborates numerous reports of escalated Russian military support and even direct intervention on behalf of the Assad regime. It also adds greater weight and urgency to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to Russia next week where he will meet with President Vladimir Putin.


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