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U.S.: Russian gunships to Syria likely old
The Russian attack helicopers that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Moscow of sending to Syria's government are probably not new armaments, as Clinton suggested, but old aircraft being returned to Bashar al-Assad's regime after routine maintenance, U.S. officials say. The refurbished gunships are still being used to kill civilians in Syria's escalating civil war, a senior Pentagon official tells The New York Times. Clinton just "put a little spin on it to put the Russians in a difficult position."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the World Food Prize ceremony held in Washington on June 12: Clinton says that Russia is supplying the Syrian regime with attack helicopters and other arms, but Russia denies the claim.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the World Food Prize ceremony held in Washington on June 12: Clinton says that Russia is supplying the Syrian regime with attack helicopters and other arms, but Russia denies the claim.
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he Russian attack helicopers that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Moscow of sending to Syria's government are probably not new armaments, as Clinton suggested, but old aircraft being returned to Bashar al-Assad's regime after routine maintenance, U.S. officials say. The refurbished gunships are still being used to kill civilians in Syria's escalating civil war, a senior Pentagon official tells The New York Times. Clinton just "put a little spin on it to put the Russians in a difficult position."

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