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From DEBKAfile some latest info on that delivery of MiG-31 Foxhound as was the topic of an earlier blog entry:
1. "Six Russian MiG-31 interceptor aircraft land in Damascus to rescue Assad regime"
"Six Russian MiG-31 Foxhound interceptor aircraft from Moscow landed Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Mezze Airbase in Damascus international airport, DEBKAfile discloses. They were followed shortly after by giant An-124 Condor transports carrying 1,000 Kornet-9M133 third-generation anti-tank guided missiles. This airlift to Damascus betokened Moscow's continued support for the Syrian ruler against peace plans currently afloat which all entail his removal. It was also intended to block any US-Turkish plans for a no-fly zone over Syria or other direct intervention in the conflict. The Russians sent exactly six MiG interceptors to match the six F-16 fighters the US deployed at the Turkish Incerlik air base on Aug. 9."
Those MiG-31 delivered as per contract from 2007 and only NOW received. Apparently a tit-for-tat response to the American deployment of F-16 to Turkey?? Now we know the rest of the story!
Further as reported by DEBKAfile Russian weapons shipments to the despot Assad continues:
2. "Russian arms lift to Syria continues after MiG landings"
"DEBKAfile's military sources report that the Russian arms lift to Damascus continued Wednesday with a delivery by An-124 transports of heavy Russian M-46 MM1954 130 [mm] towed field guns with range of up to 27 km"
FROM FORTY YEARS AGO THAT 130 MM GUN AN INTEGRAL AND EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE PART OF THE NORTH VIETNAMESE ARTILLERY AS EMPLOYED DURING THAT FINAL ADVANCE ON SAIGON!