Talk:Kalibr strike on command center in Darat Izza
Kalibrs could be fired, but target unknown. Western casualties, and their nationalities, may be rumors for internal consumption spread to cheer up folks at home. Deconfliction agreements have been in place, and still are, with the Western coalition, and Israel. --Resup (talk) 06:25, 5 October 2016 (UTC)
See my earlier comment on deconfliction and the use of cruise missiles:
- WHY DOES RUSSIA USE CRUISE MISSILES IN SYRIA?
- I learnt something new today! Evidently Kalibr missiles are used to target NATO assets. The #deconfliction rules agreed with the US mean that Russian airplanes cannot strike any target where they even suspect Americans are present. If they did, the U.S. would be forced to start shooting down Russian planes. The same applies to U.S. planes, they are not allowed to target Russians or Syrians, not even by mistake.
- The deconfliction rules do not prevent Russia from striking US assets with cruise missiles that are launched from outside Syria. Shooting down Russian planes "in revenge" would be an escalation and forbidden. It would serve no purpose of self-defense, as the Russian planes are not threatening the Americans.
- One can naturally ask why do Americans not use cruise missiles to hit Russians and Syrians? They already did on August 31, 2013, but were stopped at the last moment by the Russian Navy. Today Russia has even firmer control over the eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The Persian Gulf is also excluded as a launch site, as U.S. ships attacking Syria would be targeted by Iranian land-based anti-ship missiles.