Russia Tells Obama To Stop All Military Flights Over Syria

Is this “leading from behind”?

(Fox News) Russian officials have demanded that American warplanes exit Syrian airspace immediately, a senior U.S. official told Fox News early Wendesday.

The official told Fox News that Russian diplomats sent an official demarche ordering U.S. planes out of Syria, adding that Russian fighter jets were now flying over Syrian territory. U.S. military sources told Fox News that U.S. planes would not comply with the Russian demand.

“There is nothing to indicate that we are changing operations over Syria,” a senior defense official said.

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Well, at least we’ve said “no”. For the moment.

The move by Moscow marks a major escalation in ongoing tensions between the two countries over military action in the war-torn country and comes moments after Russian lawmakers formally approved a request from the country’s president, Vladimir Putin, to authorize the use of troops in Syria.

On the bright side, at least it will be Russians dying, rather than US troops. On the down side, this could mean even more Russian influence in the region. It certainly means Syrian leader Assad is going nowhere. Thanks to Obama’s fecklessness, American credibility and leadership in the Middle East has waned. Remember his “red lines”?

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