SITREPs

June 20th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

19th June: Obama dithers and delays in his decision to bomb anti regime forces in Iraq. The BBCs John Simpson: “President Obama’s statement wasn’t the lifeline the Iraqi government hoped for. They wanted immediate airstrikes to stop ISIS in its tracks.” 19th June: The Iraqi Army claims to have taken back full control of towns in the province of Diyala and claims to be gaining ground in the neighboring Salahuddin

Ukraine SITREP June 20th, 13:30 UTC/Zulu: Slaviansk encircled

Combat SITREP by Juan: I can not tell all details of our operations in Novorossiya. Operation security is practiced. Our situation is not desperate but is very difficult and fluid. We will win, then we will rebuild what Ukraine has destroyed. We are paying the price of freedom with the blood of our soldiers and civilians. The price is heavy. 1. Strong fighting areas of Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, Donetsk City outer

June 19th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

18th June: A tweet purported to belong to Saudi National Abdullah Al Turki: Getting rid of Kafir Shia in Syria and Iraq is more important than getting rid of Zionist We will dig up the grave of Ali ibn Abi Talib inshallah and bring out the Mahdi from the underground and kill him. This is not a threat but a uprise. It’s a wish to dig up the grave of

June 18th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

I would like to thank the Saker for permitting me to post these updates. They are mostly open source. I just compile them. There were a few commentators (appreciate all your support) who had asked about Daash and the future of Iraq. I am no expert here. However, please refer to this link:   http://m.policymic.com/articles/91127/to-understand-the-crisis-in-Iraq-follow-the-pipelines   It shows how Daash is establishing control and earning revenue through oil. This oil

June 17th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

16th June: Iraqi Airforce hits Daash targets in Tal Afar 16th June: All heavy military equipment is shifted by Daash from Mosul. They have taken most heavy equipment to Syria. 16th June: The Bathist governor of Mosul, Colonel Hashem al-Jammas, is ensuring twenty hours of power supply to Mosul residents as opposed to two hours being provided previously. 16th June: Saudi Arabia has blamed the current government for the ongoing

June 13th Combat SITREP by Juan

1. Fighting central Mariupol near Novorossiya command post. Increasing intensity 06:15 13 June. 2. Minimum 3 main battle tanks Nats Army outside Lugansk captured by Army Novorossiya and are in use by new owners.  3. White Phosphor artillery shells used to bombard several villages around Slavyansk and Slavyansk City late evening and night. Fires in one village and Slavyansk City. 4. Unconfirmed but deemed reliable sources indicate chemical weapons and/or biological

Ukraine SITREP June 11th, 16:28 UTC/Zulu: is something changing?

Combat SITREP by Juan 1. Nats Army offer of civilian evacuation corridors rejected. Corridors led only west in to national guard/right sector unit areas and demanded self defense units disarm and surrender. 2. Continuing heavy bombardment of Slavyansk and outlying areas. Confirmed 4 children under age 10 killed last 3 days. Living areas and industry areas targeted including 15.2 cm howitzers and Grad. 3. краснолиманскому area confirmed 2 Grad units

June 8th combat SITREP by “Juan”

1. Confirmed view live stream Grad missile battery firing salvos outskirts Slavyansk early morning 08.08.2014 2. Reports of Russian armored columns crossing in the Novorossiya at sunup 08.06.2014 are false. 3. Strong bombardment of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk still. Ukraine tanks firing in to living areas both cities as part of bombard. 4. Civilian casualties reported from on going artillery attack Slavyansk, 15.2 cm howitzer and 12.2 cm mortar in use

June 7th combat SITREP by “Juan”

Question by The Saker: Did the Border Control Headquarters really fall to Donbas Army? Juan’s reply: Yes, done deal since yesterday morning. Lots of vids showing Donbas Army allowing the prisoners to leave after they changed in to civilian clothes and some vids showing Donbas Army going through the building and armories. Found was a got a ton of weapons and ammo including RPG’s and MG’s, at least two BTR’s in

June 6th combat SITREP update by “Juan”

1. Commo around Slavyansk is busy with reports of much movement of Nats forces. 2. Semenovka is under continuous bombardment since 07:00 06.06.2014. Vast areas are destroyed. Grad missiles are used but not in salvo. 15.2 cm howitzers and 12.2 cm mortars plus heavy field guns and tank cannon. 3. Lugansk City proper is under air attack 18:05 06.06.2014. At least 2 Su25 aircraft attacked living areas. Casualties unknown. 4.

June 5th combat SITREP update by “Juan”

Красный Лиман Krasni Liman was taken by Ukraine Army and national guard 04 June 2014. Replacement Mi24 attack helicopters have arrived in Ukraine as replacements for the Ukraine Army losses in Donbas. Confirmed. Strong bombardments Slavyansk City and outlying towns and villages commenced 05:00 local time 05.06.2014. Civilian casualties unknown. National guard/right sector entered Railroad Hospital Krasni Liman and shot dead 37 wounded Donbas Army soldiers and civilians and at

June 3rd combat SITREP update by “Juan”

No sleep from 05:00 02.06. Please excuse spelling mistakes. During a protest near Lviv in west Ukraine by women demanding the return of their conscripted sons and husbands the women were beaten by Tyagnibok’s Svoboda Party operatives. Two women are in hospital. Artillery fire commenced against the town of Severodonetsk 04:20 local time. Slavyansk and Kramatorsk heavy fighting resumed dawn today. 3 enemy BTR’s destroyed before dawn 03 June 2014

Ukraine SITREP May 31st, 21:13 UTC/Zulu: why can’t the junta take Slaviansk?

Combats SITREP from “Juan” Igla-S man protable anti aircraft missiles were found ‘abandoned’ beside a country road’ by Donbas Army, confirmed. Quantity unknown.  A video of a Ukrainian Sukhoi ground attack plane being shot down 30 May is extant. No verification of the incident by witness account from a crash sight. The pilot ejecting is visible on the video.  Ternopol: Some government buildings have been taken by the people, one

May 30th combat SITREP update by “Juan”

Seemyovka, Slavyansk, Kromatorsk and Donetsk City are under heavy artillery bombardment and aircraft  bombing attacks for 2 hours and continuing. Civilian areas targeted. Civilian casualties are mounting, Donbas Army casualties unknown.  Data provided 25 Brigade located on Karachun Mountain overlooking Slavyansk has been order to fire Grad systems early morning 31 May 2014 in full salvo. 3 launchers in place. Commander refused the order and was removed. Systems have been

May 30th combat SITREP by “Juan”

1. Sporadic and heavy at times fighting around Slavyansk and the outlying villages on 29 May with no notable successes for the Nats Army and national guard units. Some losses reported for the national guard units. 2. A half battery of Grad missile launchers, BM-21, is in position within range of Mariupol. As of this morning that unit has not fired. Range of Grad missile is up to 35 kilometers.

Ukraine SITREP May 29th, 16:06 UTC/Zulu: Poroshenko’s weird war

Introduction: the broader background to the Ukrainian crisis Before looking at the latest developments in the Ukraine, I think that it is important to at least mention two major developments involving Russia.  First, Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus have signed the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and they will soon be joined by Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.  Second, China has officially called for a new security alliance with Russia and Iran thereby proving

May 28th combat SITREP update by “Juan”

Residential areas of Slavyansk shelled by mortars and artillery starting at 11:00 local time. School #13 in Slavyansk was hit by a 12.2 cm mortar shell. School is also used as a kindergarten. 9 civilians injured including a 4 year old boy. Unknown if the casualties were at the school or in other areas under bombardment. Very strong fighting commenced approximately 15:30 local time in the area of Donetsk Airport

May 28th combat SITREP by “Juan”

Heavy bombardment at night and early morning in Rubezhnoye in Lugansk Oblast. Civilian casualties unknown. More scattered fighting and probes around Slavyansk last night and this morning. Donetsk residents are actively assisting the Fed units in building barricades on city streets and setting up fighting positions. Reports of more fighting in the Donetsk Airport area last night and dawn this morning. Terminal at Donetsk Airport heavily damaged in the fighting

Clarifications about certain issues mentioned in today’s SITREP

As is often the case, my previous SITREP has touched superficially on a number of issues which have raised some eyebrows and, since I have the time, I feel that it might be a good thing to clarify my position on some of them.A “limited” Russian military optionFirst, this is clearly a possibility whose main quality is that is falls short of a full-scale ground operation.  However, those who advocate

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