1. ARMS & ARMOR

    Dealer: Russia Sends Syria Weapons

    FILE - In this June 30, 2010 file photo, a Russian Buk-M2 air defense system is displayed at a military show at the international forum "Technologies in machine building 2010" in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow. Russia is reported to have recently shipped Buk-M2 missiles to Syria. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel, file)

    Mikhail Metzel, File / AP Photo

    They’re a "warning." That’s what Russia’s head arms trader on Friday called the high-tech killing gear that Russia is shipping to Syria to prevent other countries from getting involved as the situation continues to deteriorate. “I would like to say these mechanisms are really a good means of defense,” said Anatoly P. Isaykin, who runs the company Rosoboronexport. “This is not a threat, but whoever is planning an attack should think about this.” Fears over possible Russian military involvement in the region grew earlier this week after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Russia was sending attack helicopters to aid President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

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