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LIVE UPDATES IN PROGRESS:   The United States appears to be preparing a very large strike upon Syria.  U.S. Navy Guided Missile Cruisers and Destroyers have been formed into strike groups in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, in the Red Sea and in the Persian Gulf.

Worse: Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) reports US forces have trained terrorists in Syria’s southern de-escalation zone to use chemical weapons and are preparing a false flag attack, 20 tons of chlorine has been delivered to them.

RUSSIAN FM SERGEY LAVROV: THE US, THE UK AND FRANCE ARE NOT FIGHTING SYRIA BY PROXY. US, BRITISH, AND FRENCH SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES ARE ON THE GROUND IN SYRIA DIRECTLY ENGAGING THE SYRIAN ARMY

 Editor's Note: This has "DISASTER" written all over it.

More details as they become available. Please check back. . .

 

UPDATE 12:04 PM EDT --

France's foreign ministry tells reporters to stop all travel to Syria

 

DANGER:  Russia has now said that unlike the last time, they will respond with military force and not only shoot down the missiles, but destroy whatever shot them.

That right there will change everything in an instant if that happens. WWIII WILL kick off, no going back once Russian forces directly attack U.S. forces.

When that happens, it will be on like Donkey Kong.

Satellite images show the USS Theodore Roosevelt strike group in the Persian Gulf 

 

UPDATE 12:35 PM EDT --

Moments ago Russia air defense systems at Khmemeim Air Base  in Latakia, Syria intercepted an unidentified object/s over the sea. 
2 missiles were launched.

 

UPDATE 12:55 PM EST --

This is getting serious: Russian Army Chief of Staff says US been preparing sabotage groups at Al Tanf to stage chemical attacks to serve as pretext to attack SYRIA. According to Moscow, some of the subversive groups already transferred to Free Syrian Army (FSA)  positions.

MoD claims some chemicals, dozens of detonating fuses disguised as packs of cigarettes been delivered to town of Dariya. More staged attacks being planned in towns of Al Ghabid, Qalb Loze 25 km NW of Idlib to where 20 containers of chlorine been delivered.

 

UPDATE 1:13 PM EDT --

Whatever the "object" was which was engaged by Russian Missiles fired from Syria, the object was downed successfully.  Russia says it was flying from the northwest.

 

UPDATE 1:16 PM EDT --

Gen. Gerasimov, head of the Russian Army General Staff, said Russian military would "target any missiles and launchers involved in such an attack" including UScarriers, destroyers. 

Some Russian military vessels now en route to Syria.

Moscow makes it clear it is not backing down.

 

UPDATE 1:19 PM EDT --

Russia directs strong representation to U.S. via diplomatic, military channels due to U.S. threats of strikes at Damascus - Lavrov
via Interfax News Service

 ALSO: Astronomical twilight (the last phase) has given way to night in all of Syria, and is sweeping over Cyprus now.

 

 UPDATE 1:36 PM EDT --

France confirms they have made a request to the USA and NATO allies about joint strikes on Syria in relation to alleged chlorine attacks by Assad. Thus, it appears that whatever is being set-up,  its likely in response to French requests.

 

UPDATE 1:45 PM EDT --

I can now confirm USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT aircraft carrier, along with its strike group taken battle positions in the Persian Gulf.

In the Mediterranean Sea, the US 6th Fleet has deployed surface ships and submarine units.

4 US ships:  USS Oak Hill, Iwo Jima, USS New York, USNS William Mclean

 

UPDATE 1:50 PM EDT --

Andy Blumenthal has just tweeted and pretty much given the whole thing away:

Blumenthal is Deputy Chief Operating Officer at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Previously, served progressively as Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of State, Global Information Services; Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; and Chief Enterprise Architect, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Coast Guard and Secret Service.

 Here is what Bloomenthal says, in it's entirety:

 

 

If any of you could not figure out from the details above that the U.S. will attack Syria IMMINENTLY, this info from a guy inside the US government should remove all doubt.

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UPDATE 2:05 PM EDT --

A 30 character EAM was just broadcast on 8992.0     "EAM" means "Emergency Action Message" sent by the United States to certain military assets worldwide.  An EAM is a "drop whatever you're doing and do this first" type of message transmitted over the Global High Frequency Radio Network.

 

UPDATE 2:48 PM EDT -- 

The vessels mentioned above in the Update at 1:45 PM EDT, are all amphibious assault ships or their support ships. Meaning the potential of thousands of Marines are awaiting landing on Syria's coastline along with their tanks APCs artillery and all the hell that comes with Marines right after the potential air attacks from the Red Sea and Persian Gulf.

Problem with this is Russians have large naval army and air assets at several bases Kmeimin and Tartus on the coast. If these air attacks take place and the Russians shoot them down. That's it -- there is no going back.

This will accelerate at break neck speed into chaos.

 

UPDATE 3:53 PM EDT --

From Greek News Service (Translated via Google)

‘While the maps depicting cruise missile routes of an American attack on Syria from the Mediterranean-Red-Persian Gulf (central photo) have already been released, Russia has already received the first attack on the Khmeimim air base. Russian air raids have broken one or more unknown objects, probably drone, which recorded the Russian movements’

US forces sent naval and air forces to control the region in the Mediterranean Sea, Jordan, Turkey, Cyprus and Iraq.
The situation around Syria continues to "boil" very dangerously.
The media do not officially give all the information related to the confrontation between Russia and the United States ... obviously not to cause panic.

 

 

UPDATE  5:43 PM EDT  *** BREAKING **** URGENT ***  (NOTE: 9:06 AM EDT Sunday, this report is DISPUTED)

The Russian Chief of Staff has been officially informed by the United States of America that it would conduct military operations in Damascus within 48 hours.

Russia has informed Iran of this and Iran is moving anti-ship missile batteries to the mouth of the Persian Gulf.  The USS Theodore Roosevelt and its strike group may not get out of the Persian Gulf alive.

The information directly above in this update is DISPUTED.  The U.S. "usually" provides only ONE hour advance notice of military action in Syria.

 

VIDEO: RUSSIA TELLS U.S. NO MORE ATTACKS OR FACE MILITARY RESPONSE FROM RUSSIA

From the video:  "Syrian Army won, they absolutely have no reason to use chemical weapons. They didn't use when they needed it the most (before Russian help came) and was almost losing the war. Why should they use when they are winning hard and doing mop up operations in some non important parts of the country?

 Russia basically saying US to not do this -but US doesn't listen and will strike anyway. This time Russia will answer by using military means.

 

UPDATE

Here's a map of what is located where in terms of U.S. and NATO naval deployments. (Click image to enlarge)

 Look at all the guided-missile destroyers sit off the coast.

And, USS John Warner (SSN-785):


From wiki:
"This ship is the second of the Block III subs, which will have a revised bow and some technology from Ohio-class cruise missile submarines.[6] The vessel supports 40 weapons, special operations forces, unmanned undersea vehicles, Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS)."

 

UPDATE 6:30 PM EDT --

Multiple reports of B2 Stealth Aircraft taking off from Whiteman AFB

 

 UPDATE 7:00 PM EDT --

 UN officials have been advised to leave Damascus urgently.

 

SUNDAY 18 MARCH 2018 :9:06 AM EDT --

firstly it is CONFIRMED that France is requesting journalists to leave Syria. It is also CONFIRMED that the UN have been asked to move from Damascus.

France CONFIRMED they HAVE asked to form a coalition to strike the Assad regime in response to chlorine attacks.

It is DISPUTED that the US have informed Russia of any strikes in Syria at this time. Normal procedure is to give the Russian's about 1 hour warning. There has been no warning yet.

The carrier group in the region is on usual station; it is supposed to be there. That said, it is CONFIRMED that cruise missile equipped ships are indeed positioning in various places.

It is also CONFIRMED there has been some deployment of bomber aircraft out of the USA.

In sum, there is certainly some prep work going on but I don't think the go signal has been given yet. That said, plenty of pieces moving on the board.

 

UPDATE SUN. 18 MARCH 3:57 PM EDT --

Below is map showing the previous deployment of forces in the eastern Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Syria in 2013.  I am told that the PRESENT deployment is larger and that "this is an explosion waiting to happen . . ."

 A total of five Russian warships, frigates and corvettes, two refueling ships, an electronic escort ship and three submarines equipped with cruise missiles (conventional propulsion but two of the new Kilo II class) are currently east of Crete.

 

UPDATE Sunday 18 March 9:02 PM EDT --

Three NATO Naval Exercises Completing; Will add 13 Ships and six Subs off Syria Coast Monday

 

UPDATE MONDAY 19 MARCH @ 6:47 PM EDT --

RUSSIA ISSUES ULTIMATUM: IF U.S. ATTACKS DAMASCUS "IT WILL BE THE LAST THING YOU DO"

 

 

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