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    (Reuters) - Russia sent warships to the Mediterranean to prepare a potential evacuation of its citizens from Syria, a Russian news agency said on Tuesday, a sign President Bashar al-Assad's key ally is worried about rebel advances now threatening even the capital.

    Moscow acted a day after insurgents waging a 21-month-old uprising obtained a possible springboard for a thrust into Damascus by seizing the Yarmouk Palestinian camp, an urban zone just 2 miles from the heart of the city, activists said.

    The Syrian opposition has scored significant military and diplomatic gains in recent weeks, capturing several army installations across Syria and securing formal recognition from Western and Arab states for its new coalition.

    Despite those rebel successes, bloodshed has been rising with more than 40,000 killed in a movement that began as peaceful street protests but has transformed into civil war.

    Assad's pivotal allies have largely stood behind him and Iran, believed to be his main bankroller in the conflict, said there were no signs of Assad was on the verge of being toppled.
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    ...a movement that began as peaceful street protests but has transformed into civil war.



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    Nuke Damascus .



    That would kick things off good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcosmar View Post
    Nuke Damascus .
    That'd be a shame, looks like a fairly nice city (as far as cities go anyway)

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    Why would the russians need to send warships to evacuate people? Can't they get on planes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by devil21 View Post
    Why would the russians need to send warships to evacuate people? Can't they get on planes?
    Depends on how many need to leave, planes don't hold many at a time and can only leave so often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClydeCoulter View Post
    Depends on how many need to leave, planes don't hold many at a time and can only leave so often.
    Ya, hulls are huge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClydeCoulter View Post
    Depends on how many need to leave, planes don't hold many at a time and can only leave so often.
    I guess that could be the case but the evacuation story seems like a cover to me. I don't think Russia wants to just give up it's only mediterranean naval base (if full scale war in Syria is near) so putting ships in port kinda ensures nothing happens there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bxm042 View Post
    That'd be a shame, looks like a fairly nice city (as far as cities go anyway)
    It is, and yes, it will be a shame.
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