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Syria: David Cameron considered ordering special forces to seize Russian ship

Posted By admin On June 21, 2012 @ 3:39 am In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

Robert Winnett, Adrian Blomfield and Mark Hughes
London Telegraph [1]
June 21, 2012

Cobra, the Government’s emergency security committee, met several times as the MV Alaed approached British waters.

With the United States placing pressure on Britain to halt the vessel, the prime minister was regularly briefed on the situation. It is understood that he was presented with several options including a military seizure of the ship.

Avoiding a confrontation that could have damaged already strained ties with Russia, the government instead took action to ensure that the Alaed’s insurance cover was withdrawn.

The ship, which Western officials said was carrying a military cargo including Hind-D Mi-25 helicopter gunships and anti-aircraft defence systems, changed course about 50 miles off the north coast of Scotland. It is now showing that its next port of call is Murmansk, according to the UK National Maritime Information Centre.
The ship’s owners, the Russian operator Femco, denied it was ferrying arms to Syria.

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[2] Russian ship with helicopters for Syrian regime sets sail again: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russian-ship-with-helicopters-for-syrian-regime-sets-sail-again.html

[3] Britain could intervene in Syria as David Cameron considers no-fly zone: http://www.prisonplanet.com/britain-could-intervene-in-syria-as-david-cameron-considers-no-fly-zone.html

[4] Report: German ship carrying Iranian weapons to Syria stopped at sea: http://www.prisonplanet.com/report-german-ship-carrying-iranian-weapons-to-syria-stopped-at-sea.html

[5] Big powers move in on Syria: Russian troops for Tartus. US forces ready to go: http://www.prisonplanet.com/big-powers-move-in-on-syria-russian-troops-for-tartus-us-forces-ready-to-go.html

[6] Russia Renegs on Pledge to Stop Arming Syria: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-renegs-on-pledge-to-stop-arming-syria.html

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