Russian warships depart Tartus ahead of strikes on Syria

Satellite images reveal almost all of Moscow's vessels are gone from Tartus port, in likely preparation for potential military confrontation
11:27, 12 April 2018

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Most of the Russian Naval forces disappeared from Tartus Port in Syria, satellite imaging and intelligence firm Image Satellite Internacional reported that in their Twitter.

Newly released satellite imagery appears shows that almost all warships at the Russian naval base in Tartus, Syria have put to sea in advance of a preannounced U.S. strike on Syrian positions. Russia holds a 74-year lease on the base under a defense agreement with the Syrian government. 

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Photos and analysis provided by satellite imaging and intelligence firm ISI showed that on Wednesday, most of the Russian vessels ordinarily present at Tartus were gone, with just one kilo-class submarine left at the pier. On an ordinary day, ISI said, about one dozen Russian naval and merchant vessels could be found at the base. 

Earlier, the U.S. President Donald Trump announced a coming missile attack in Syria. The U.S. President Donald Trump promised a ‘quick response’ to the chemical attack in Douma (Syria). As a result of this attack at least 70 people died. The decision concerning the responsive measures will be made within the next 24-48 hours.

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Theresa May has cleared the way for Britain to join a US-led military attack on Syria within days after national security advisers presented new evidence blaming President Assad for the “barbaric” gas attack in Douma.

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