As reported yesterday Russian anti terror combat troops were said to be entering the country to assist Assad. After some research come to find out that this was a bit of a propaganda ploy by Russia to boost the leaders morale. The story that ABC news had reported was only broadcast from Russia and seen only on Arabic stations in that area. When confronted with the story Russian diplomats quickly dismissed the report or were at best elusive. The real story only came out today when on further investigation it turns out that the Russians have an anti piracy team of marines on the tanker to escort and fight piracy in the Aden Sea. Their arrival in Syria where they have a port at Tartus was a troop rotation. It was the perfect opportunity to use a routine procedure as propaganda. A rough translation of the original Russian response below:
"No Russian warships, performing tasks from the shores of Syria, no. In the Syrian port of Tartus 10 days of the ship auxiliary fleet tanker" Iman "which performs the tasks logistics - the replenishment of fuel and food - of the Black Sea and Northern Fleets, which provides security shipping in the Gulf of Aden anti-piracy ", - told RIA Novosti representative of management information and the Defense Ministry.
So nothing to see here continue on about your day.