TEHRAN (FNA)- US claimed its spy agencies identified Russian ships taking "weapons" to Syria, including the S-300 anti-air defense system, expressing fears the move would threaten "future air strikes" against the nation by US, Israeli and NATO aircraft.
Citing an unnamed Pentagon official, US-based CNN reported Monday that "although it's not confirmed" the ships are believed to carry "some components" of the S-300 defense system as well as "other weapons" for the Syrian government.
It further reiterates that Washington believes the S-300 system would provide Syria with "a much greater ability to target US, Israeli, NATO or other aircraft that may try to strike targets on the ground in the future".
The American criticism of arms shipment to the sovereign Syrian government came amid reports of Washington's persisting support for massive arms shipment by its regional allies to anti-Damascus and mostly al-Qaeda-linked insurgents in Syria and its repeated threats of direct military intervention against the key Arab nation.
The report also noted the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower as well as a Patriot missile battery and F-16 jetfighters will be deployed to the region within the next two weeks in order to take part in military drills with Jordanian troops.
The Jordanians, meanwhile, have asked the US to keep the Patriot missile system in the country after their joint military maneuvers conclude at the end of the month.