Georgia Shoots Down 2 Russian Aircraft

I stepped out this morning for a couple of hours of shopping and no sooner I step through the front door I am confronted with the news that Russian tanks are going into Georgia! Apparently this is in retaliation  for Georgia shooting down two Russian aircraft. There are already numerous sites across the net reporting on this story. Here are the various links:

Georgia Shoots Down 2 Russian Aircraft
Putin Warns Of Retaliation

POSTED: 9:09 am EDT August 8, 2008
UPDATED: 9:19 am EDT August 8, 2008
Georgia — A Georgian official said Georgian forces have shot down two Russian aircraft.
Russian television reported that Russian troops are moving into South Ossetia.

Georgia says Russian aircraft bombed its air bases

DZHAVA, Georgia – Russia sent columns of tanks and reportedly bombed Georgian air bases Friday after Georgia launched a major military offensive Friday to retake the breakaway province of South Ossetia, threatening to ignite a broader conflict.

Georgian, Russian Troops Clash in South Ossetia

Putin Vows to Protect S. Ossetians, Says Conflict Will Lead to ‘Retaliatory Actions’

By Peter Finn Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, August 8, 2008; 11:32 AM
MOSCOW, Aug. 8 — Russian and Georgian military forces clashed in the separatist province of South Ossetia on Friday, with Russian tanks and troops pushing in after a Georgian assault on the disputed area.


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