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Report: Missiles Unlikely to Reach Syria for Months

A Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system is on display in an undisclosed location in Russia.
A Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system is on display in an undisclosed location in Russia.
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Russian media is reporting that an arms industry source says Russia has not yet delivered anti-aircraft missiles to Syria and may not do so for several months.

The source told the Russian news agency Interfax any delivery of the advanced S-300 air defense system missiles would be made no earlier than September.  

On Thursday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hinted he had received new weapons from Russia and threatened retaliation against Israel if it carries out future airstrikes on his country.

Russia had vowed to proceed with the transfer of anti-aircraft missiles, saying it will help deter foreign involvement in Syria's civil war.

In an interview with Lebanon's Al-Manar television, Assad was vague on whether the new weapons include the S-300 air defense system.

"All we have agreed on with Russia will be implemented and some of it has been implemented recently.  And we and the Russians continue to implement these contracts," he said.

Israel has threatened to use force to stop the the transfer.  That country's main civilian airport would be within range of the S-300.  Earlier this month, Israel attacked a suspected weapons supply in Damascus it says was headed for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

Meanwhile, Syrian troops and their Hezbollah allies have come closer to capturing the town of Qusair, which controls supply routes vital to the army and rebels, and provides access between Damascus and the Mediterranean.

Local media reported troops have cut off the supply routes of rebel forces in the Arjun district in northern Qusair. Pro-Assad forces have been surrounding Qusair in recent days.

Also, a U.S. citizen was killed in Syria while fighting for opposition forces.  Syrian state media reported the woman, Nicole Mansfield, died in fighting in the town of Idlib.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed the death to Mansfield's family.

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by: david lulasa from: tambua,gimarakwa,hamisi,v
May 31, 2013 9:01 AM
which syrian is even capable of using any russian machinery if its not just the russians who have been fighting for assad?russia has just shown how selfish they are,not the best people to divide and share something between two people in equal measure inparticular..ansd its now dragging china government through that path.

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by: Michael from: USA
May 31, 2013 6:55 AM
Syrian airspace is becoming the new battlefront. It concerns strategic aptitude in the country vulnerable to its world predicament. Israel sees this as a force of darkness, but the ant-aircraft weapon will be ineffective if it itself becomes another target

by: Igor from: Russia
May 31, 2013 5:59 AM
Mr.Bashar al-Assad has every right to protect Syria air base and territory against any foreign invaders. If israel does not try to attack Syria, then it will have nothing to worry about.
Israel will have no peace if it does not try to create hatred by attacking its neibours and killing their civilians first.
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by: Anonymous
May 31, 2013 9:38 AM
I think you may be wrong about that... I don't really believe anyone is exempt from killing their own people. How many tens of thousands of civilians did Bashar kill with his airplanes, helicopters and missiles? Israel isn't after Syrian people at all.

I think Israel already did the right thing, and should of went further to show it means serious business. Bashar seems to think he can systematically kill anyone in Syria in the name of "Terrorists", even though Bashar labels anyone in the opposition a Terrorist. Many of the people in the opposition are everyday people from Syria.

Bashar will never get off the hook, and not be served justice for his crimes. The New Syrian judicial system would gladly serve Bashar his long awaited consequences for his crimes.

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