Is Putin Planning a November Surprise in Aleppo? Coinciding with US Elections?

On October 18, Putin halted Russian aerial operations against eastern Aleppo terrorists – while continuing to provide Syrian forces with intelligence and logistical support.

– Stephen Lendman

After several days of fierce fighting, terrorists failed to break through government forces encircling them. They remain trapped under siege, able to leave safely through Russian established humanitarian corridors if they cease fighting.

So far they refuse, holding thousands of area residents hostage as human shields – perhaps mobilizing for another offensive.

Syrian forces strengthened their ranks. Elite Tiger troops, Liwa Suqour al-Sahra Special Forces and Desert Hawks commandos are involved, aided by attack helicopters, missile systems, and sophisticated Russian-made T90 tanks – in place to repel further terrorist attacks.

A Russian naval battle group led by the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, carrying Su-33 warplanes and Ka-31 attack helicopters, will arrive near Syria’s coast by Friday. Three Russian submarines armed with cruise missiles reportedly are accompanying it. …

Russian nuclear submarines armed with cruise missiles set off to Syria

Three Russian submarines armed with cruise missiles joined a group of Russian warships led by the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier. The submarines are heading to Syria, The Sunday Times wrote with references to naval sources.

– Pravda

According to the publication, the UK Royal Navy detected two “Akula” (“Shark”) class nuclear submarines and a “Kilo” class diesel-electric submarine as the subs were entering the North Atlantic from the direction of Russian naval bases in the Murmansk region.

The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier and its support group reportedly remain in the “standby mode” off the coast of North Africa, the newspaper said. NATO military officials fear that the “Caliber” cruise missiles that the submarines carry may strike targets in Syria. …

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