A National Intelligence Council measurement of the situation in Iraq, prepared in July 2004, points to some very serious problems developing in that country. The overall tone of the report is pessimistic at best, and the US should brace for getting caught in the middle of a civil war by 2005. It should be noted that the conclusions of this lastest report were reached before the present worsening of the rise of violence and death in Iraq.
Russia has delivered three divisions of anti-aircraft missile systems S-300PM-2 to Syria. These systems differ from the classic S-300