The Middle East Wars
It’s been an eventful two weeks without doubt.
By now we all know that France has been attacked by Islamic State fighters, a mixture of EU citizens and refugees. The toll has been somewhat significant, claiming the lives of 130 and injuring over 300. Bombs went off and gunmen went on a carnage through the streets of Paris, taking hostages along the way.
The aftermath and manhunt of those that got away and those that supported the attack were just as dramatic, with sieges, female suicide bomber (which turned out not to be a suicide bomber) and tangent intelligence/special operations in Brussels and Germany. [Source]
There seems to be a false-flag component to the attacks. Primarily due to the proximity to the Vienna talks about the Syrian war, the G20 summit, and the ongoing debate over Syrian refugees in the United States. Other theories also include a Mossad false flag as punishment for France recognizing Palestine, a French deep-state operation to mobilize the nation into permanent war, or a Zionist plot to stir up tension in the EU with the Muslim population and thus distracting the EU from world events with domestic problems.
Interestingly enough there is some very shady connections of the entire event being planned in advance. A Wikipedia article about the incident quickly sprang up and a tweet has been mentioned dating 2 days prior to the November 13 attacks. Other so called hallmark evidence is the drills that took place on the same day as the attacks. [Source][Source][Source]
The end result is that France now will work closely with Russia to strike the Islamic State. Although the decision for the carrier Charles de Gaulle to return to conduct operations in the area was taken on November 5th, 2015, the media is slowly trying to shift history indicating that the carrier was dispatched after the November 13 attacks. Charles de Gaulle has been conducting strikes on the Islamic State alongside the US since February of 2015 and France itself has had aerial assets throughout the region that were assisting in the air strikes much earlier than that. France was the first nation to join the US in its anti-ISIL operations.
• The liberation of Kweires air base near Aleppo by the Syrian Arab Army. A great morale boost and a tangible operational victory. The siege has been ongoing for nearly two years. Although there is still intermittent fighting and a large counterattack by ISIL is expected the fact it has been liberated shows clearly that the Syrian Arab Army are gaining significant victories against Daesh. [Source][Source]
• It is too early to initiate air operations out of the base considering its proximity to Islamic State units but it allows the SAA to begin securing the nearby neighborhoods and eventually spring-boarding attacks into Islamic State territory as reinforcements arrive. Supplies by helicopter (Iranian detachment) would allow the airbase to be a forward logistical point at the minimum.
• Once again Syria will undergo elections, this time in 18 months. How elections will be enforced in Islamic State territory escapes me. Maybe if the EU is REALLY friendly the Islamic State will let them set up polling booths. [Source]
• Putin, being wise and decisive, has warned his military to “catch up” but not commit an arms race with the US. The Chinese understand that starting an arms race with the US is what the United States want. The US will ALWAYS win in an arms race. [Source][Source]
• Russia seems to be suffering a series of international political attacks, specifically a doping scandal over its athletes. Full-Spectrum Dominance at work no less. [Source]
• 25 long-range bombers will be deployed from Russia to be used on targets in Syria. An additional 37 fixed-wing aircraft will be augmenting the forces already deployed in Syria.
• The deployment of the Tu-160 is overkill. Being strategic weapons they were tasked with delivering accurate payloads against European NATO nuclear weapon sites in the early minutes of a war breaking out. They are fast and large jet-powered aircraft capable of firing tactical nuclear stand-off cruise missiles (and painted anti-flash white to reflect thermal radiation from nuclear explosions; unlike US jets painted dark-grey to reduce visibility). [Source]
• These long-range bombers were used in tangent with naval cruise missiles from the Mediterranean and Caspian to unleash maximum carnage on Islamic State assets, including the destruction of oil truck convoys. [Source][Source]
• It’s claimed that an estimated 400 Syrian civilians have been killed in the past 7 weeks from Russian bombings. That number cannot be confirmed by independent sources. Though 400 is a bit high, to say that no civilian causalities have occurred would be US-levels of arrogance.
• More Iranian officers are dying. Again this could be indicative of accurate Israeli intelligence being handed to ISIL (Israeli intelligence was able to kill Iranian scientists all the inside Iran) or it could be the creed of the IRGC for officers to lead from the front. [Source][Source]
• Hezbollah is steadfast in the face of Islamic State bombings inside Beirut which killed 43 and vows new fronts against ISIL in response to the attacks in Paris. I should mention that France was a major broker in establishing a ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah during the 2006 war and is a somewhat ‘trusted’ broker between Israel and Hezbollah. [Source]
Syrian Democratic Front and YPG (Kurds), Al-Nusra, Army of Conquest, and other actors (Anonymous):
• Kurds alongside the newly crafted Syrian Democratic Front have pushed onto Islamic State lines near the city of Al-Hasakah. [Source]
• Al-Nusra has claimed it shot down not one, but two Russian drones. What truth it holds is still questionable. Syrian forces have had both Iranian and Russian drones on-hand for a while. It could also be the typical propaganda piece, igniting the wreckage of yesteryear and shooting videos of it. [Source]
• The so called hacktivist group ‘Anonymous’ have released information claiming that attacks by the Islamic State are to occur in France, US, Italy, Indonesia, and Lebanon [Source]
• Anonymous has also ousted ISIL recruiters online and shutdown pro-ISIL media accounts and websites ever since the Paris attacks.
• Older British Chieftain tanks are being reactivated in the Iraqi Army. Considering the Iranians once had Chieftains they are probably providing the ammunitions for it. [Source]
• It seems that ethnic tensions between Sunnis and non-Sunnis is still high, specifically in Sinjar where looting has been reported. It seems the fires to continuously feed ISIL will never be stamped out. [Source]
• Some of these attacks seem to be committed by Peshmerga forces in Iraq against even Turkmen Shias. [Source]
• Kurdish fighters have previously joined the Islamic State at one point, highlighting the diverse Kurdish population in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Iran. [Source]
• The Kurds have managed to cut the main highway to Mosul alongside an operation to recapture Sinja. The loss of Sinjar would cut off Mosul from easy resupply [Source]
• An Iraqi Army Russian-made Mi-28N has been used to engage Islamic State forces, a very advanced helicopter gunship [Source]
• As usual the majority of ground fighting is done primarily by militias with the Iraqi army providing fire-support and Special Forces [Source]
• The majority of these militias are directly supported proxies of Iran [Source][Source]
• Baiji is firmly in Iraqi army hands, the Islamic State has been crippled when it comes to oil revenue. [Source]
GCC (Saudi Arabia, Qatar) and other Arab nations:
• Qatar suffers its first causality in the Yemen conflict. I am truly astonished how easily GCC countries will help each other kill Arabs but not once in recent history will they send soldiers to assist Palestine or Syria or…. [Source]
• The UAE and Bahrain have already suffered a slew of causalities [Source]
• Saudi Arabia continues to unsuccessfully fight the Houthi Yemenis who are surprisingly achieving tactical victories across the board. Firing SCUD missiles into Saudi Arabia, capturing a Saudi town, capturing Saudi soldiers and even sinking a Saudi naval vessel (with some claims saying it was two). [Source][Source]
• The Saudis have traded economic favors for foreign soldiers to fight against the Houthis (from Sudan, Senegal, and Mauritania). Al-Qaeda is also fighting the Houthis for the KSA and Qatar [Source] [Source] [Source]
• Saudi Arabia’s military may consist of high-end weaponry purchased from the West but like all GCC militaries what they truly lack is competent and trained manpower to man these advanced systems.
• This has been a serious issue in Arab militaries, especially those modelled after Western-style doctrines. For example when the US wrote an Arabic manual for the M1 Abrams tank to hand out to Egyptian tank men, Egyptian officers went around and collected them. After all the officers were the only ones who had specialized information about the tanks functions, which gave them a level of prestige over their lower-ranked members. Losing this monopoly of information would directly correlate to losing prestige [Source]
• Soviet-style militaries (such as Syria and Saddam’s Iraq) were completely different however. Their only shortcomings were the export versions that were handed down to them by the Soviet Union (which continuously gave Israel and the US, the two main actors in the region, a technological edge; longer-range weaponry, more accurate fire-control, etc.). The Syrian and Iraq (Saddam) militaries were disciplined, experienced and had a high level of technical training (as seen by the competence of the core of Islamic State fighters and its ability to man weapon systems across the board; including Western weapon systems captured in Mosul thanks to the US training provided for the restructured Iraqi military).
• The UAE solution was to hire outsiders (mercenaries, private military contractors) to man weapon systems of which few domestic specialists are trained to handle.
• As a side trivia: The UAE also created a non-Muslim private-military force (Western veterans) separate from the national army in the event the military attempts to overthrow the government (or step aside like they did in Egypt). It was a subtle sign to reassure investors during the turbulent days of the Arab Spring that the UAE will not succumb to regime change. [Source]
• The Saudis seem to have expended the majority of their munitions and are ordering thousands of bombs from the United States. War is good business. [Source]
• Egypt seems to be doing its part for Israel as it kills refuges attempting to enter Israel from the Sinai. The collaboration seen between Sisi and Israel is much greater than that witnessed between Mubarak. [Source]
• The Shia-Sunni conflict is a recent event which is only be used for those in power to advance their agenda. It is NOT an age-old conflict the West would like others to believe. In the 70s Saudi Arabia did fear that the Islamic revolution would spread into Arab lands and persuaded Saddam to fight Iran. Even so it was only after the US occupation of Iraq did a Shia-Sunni divide ever emerge. One can link it to the Hutu and Tutsi divide seen by Belgium colonists which later spawned the Rwanda genocides (divide and conquer) [Source]
• Turkey has stepped up its campaign against the Kurds, specifically the PKK. Curfews are placed and lifted in every town in which operations are commencing. [Source][Source]
• Turkey is not only committing air strikes but ground operations against the PKK [Source]
• Turkey alongside the US are in a continuous operation to lockdown the entire Turkish-Syrian border [Source]
• To Scott: We really need a Turkish expert, this is not my area.
• The US tested an inert test ‘nuclear’ gravity bomb. The test was primarily around the new Mod 12 block which will add guidance features and allow the tactical nuclear bombs to be placed onboard F-35s (only the B2 was capable of deploying B61 nuclear bomb). The device is capable of multiple yields and caps at 50 kilotons. The tail section of the munition was the primary focus of the test. [Source]
• With very little evidence it may appear that Israel may have joined the US in its coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria. Both Syrian and Israeli media noted an Israeli aircraft striking targets at the outskirts of Damascus airport. If the strike was a legitimate Israeli strike [Source] [Source]
• Netanyahu approached Obama in regards to fully recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli. A complete annexation will most likely see a military operation extend its dominion over the region. The chances of Israel fully annexing the Golan Heights are low for now as it would involve selling the idea to the Israeli people who right now are more worried about Palestinians with knives than conquering new lands. [Source]
• Israel seems to be stirring issues again (probably due to the pressure from their extremists right-wing population) to deny Palestinians access to the Al-Aqsa mosque (why, exactly, is not quite known) [Source]
• The EU, in another overly publicized yet ineffective gesture, is now asking products made in illegally occupied Palestine to be labelled accordingly [Source]
• Of course this gesture is useless because it doesn’t stop settler companies from selling their goods. It’s just forcing them to label their origin. In today’s age it’s not hard to falsify where something has been produced.
• Israel tactics of punishing the families of those that resist continues. The inability for Israel to understand its disproportionate responses and the connection to future Palestinian attacks indicates that escalation is purposeful. [Source]
• Israelis sure love burning people. The barbarity resembles the Islamic State. [Source]
• The US has been more vocal about “boots on the ground” in Syria. It seems the US media is slowly trying to feel out how well the people will respond if the US deployed larger numbers into Syria. [Source]
• The Pentagon has relaxed restrictions on Islamic State targets. Thus probably ending the funneling strategy (into Syria). [Source]
• Astonishingly 65% of Americans approve of boots on the ground, perhaps for the kids of today’s generation the Syrian war will be their Iraq war. [Source]
• For those Canadian out there a fallen brother comes home after fighting with the YPG against the Islamic State [Source]
• Two suicide bombers from the Islamic State attacked a southern neighborhood of Beirut (predominately Shia area).
• Islamic State is also claiming responsibility of the terrorist attack in Paris
• It has been officially declared that a bomb did down Russian flight A321 in Sinai [Source]
• With the Russians increasing their volume in bombings, the US removing restrictions on ISIL targets, and the introduction of France (which will be a drop in the bucket) the Islamic State is beginning to suffer masses of airstrikes.
• The only means for the Islamic State to retaliate is to continue to attempt attacks such as those seen in Beirut and France but all over the West.
• A state of war is what the Islamic State thrives on. Peace will force the Islamic State to take on more governmental roles. Already the Islamic State faces an insurgency in Mosul from anti-ISIL locals dissatisfied with the Islamic States level of governing competence. [Source]
• The Islamic State suicide attacks will be continuous pressure on the Western population and in hopes right-wing parties will win elections and launch ground operations inside Syraq.
• These attacks will probably increase in intensity as election season comes closer in the US as well.
• It’s unknown the exact number of fighters that have entered the EU but these attacks seem to be the initial wave (exposing themselves drastically in Paris).
• Even now operations continue to hunt down Islamic State sympathizers and root out potential terrorist attacks. [Source]
• I would like to note how possible a Sarin gas attacks in a first world nation can be by highlighting the relative success of the 1995 Aum operation in Japan. This is why even minor threats are taken seriously such as the shutting down of underground transportation in the UK and of placing soldiers on the streets of Brussels. [Source]
• The Islamic State has always escalated action whenever counter-action is taken up against it.
• If I understand this strategy correctly (if the Islamic State isn’t being handed down its death sentence and in turn removing any evidence of Western intelligence support) the Islamic State will continue to attack Western targets in first-tier cities. Failing that second and third tier targets will be hit (smaller communities, infrastructure for townships instead of cities).
• The point of this is pressure on the population to either step out of the Middle East (which won’t happen) or to send military units to directly fight the Islamic State, that’s what the military is for.
• This is very similar to the Al-Qaeda strategy by Osama Bin Laden, although OBL had envisioned that an Arab Spring-style movement would occur as Western forces descended on Iraq. [Source]
• For the Islamic State to have a chance in creating some sort of change in the status-quo ISIL needs to lure these Western militaries everywhere in the Middle East, in Libya, in Syraq, in Afghanistan, in Yemen, and if they’re lucky even in Somalia and Nigeria.
• There has been a component of (Western) intelligence support for the Islamic State, not only does the Islamic State benefit from attacks in the West but so does the intelligence community which expands their budgets and gives them growing powers.
• But as Putin once remarked “who is playing who?”; I assume he gets reports across his desk proving the intelligence connection between the West, NATO, Israel, Turkey, KSA and the Islamic State.
• As the Saker has mentioned, right now it’s attempting to find the breaking point of the Islamic State. If the Islamic State has the same fervor as the NVA of Vietnam this fight will drag on for decades. If it is merely a mirage, a corps of a thousand fighters augmented by various tribes and militias, then the breaking point will be much faster culminating in a couple of months at best.
• The Islamic State may be physically destroyed but there is no guarantee intelligence agencies won’t keep the myth alive.
• In more tactical news an advanced unit of the Islamic State is about to join the forces in Kweires airbase and attempt to retake the field or as a blocking force for future SAA operations.
• Russia has proven to the Islamic State that it can escalate its attacks exponentially. First with air strikes, then air strikes with cruise missiles and now air strikes, cruise missiles, and bombing runs. What I don’t understand is why Russia didn’t do this all in the beginning, one initial shock attack on oil convoys, command centers, training facilities, etc. etc. etc. Does it take 7 weeks to collect intelligence on truck convoys moving in the desert?
• The fact that the Islamic State is creating a problem for a Russian ally and is engaging against IRGC forces means that inside some intelligence agencies the destruction of the Islamic State would be counterproductive to their goal of destabilizing Russia or Iran. For Israel the Islamic State bleeding the IRGC and destroying Syria is excellent geo-strategy. For NATO/US for the chance the Islamic State spreads into Russia and potential the Chinese Islamic heartland would continue its Full Spectrum Dominance doctrine.
• The Islamic State still has a significant arsenal in Iraq, including drones and even its own armor brigades [Source] [Source]
• It seems that the Islamic State lacks anti-air weaponry of any real significance.
• The Islamic State still has streams of revenue outside of oil that come from organ trading (through Turkey and Israel), drug trafficking, plunder, sex-slave trading, and donations from entities inside Qatar. [Source] [Source] [Source] [Source] [Source] [Source]
I wouldn’t call the labelling of goods from the occupied Palestine territories ineffective.
It enables local pro-Palestinian organizations in the EU to organize boycotts. Those boycotts are not only effective because of their direct economic effect but also as a propaganda tool (you can bet that any supermarket chain selling goods from those territories will have a PR problem).
Of course there will be efforts to evade the boycott by labelling the products as Israeli. But mislabeled products can also be another effective target for activists.
And of course this is a very effective way to say that we do not recognize the Palestinian areas as Israeli territory: Israeli radicals would like create that as a de facto assumption.
TEHRAN (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Monday Russian air strikes in Syria would last as long as was necessary to punish those guilty of blowing up a Russian airliner over Egypt last month, an incident in which 224 people were killed.
Translation: Until they are all dead.
“What I don’t understand is why Russia didn’t do this all in the beginning, one initial shock attack on oil convoys, command centers, training facilities, etc. etc. etc. Does it take 7 weeks to collect intelligence on truck convoys moving in the desert?”
It appears that intelligence gathering and documentation to present at the G20 by Putin may have been the timing issue in this. Since the G20 the immediate attack began on oil convoys and financing from the supporting ISIS actors is taking place and I would suspect more behind the scene as well.
One possibility that is coming together or unfolding:
Putin out maneuvers creators and supporters of ISIS, declares war under UN international rights to strike ISIS and supporters anywhere anytime. Check mate in the making indeed!
Putin, “We must do this without any statute of limitations and we must find out all their names,” while invoking Russia’s right to self-defense under the United Nations charter.
“Anyone who tries to help the criminals should know that the consequences for trying to shelter them will lie completely on their shoulders.”
Thousands of ISIS fighters including hundreds flown out of Syria to Yemen are going to be the recipient of hell, fire and brimstone soon bringing control of the sea of Adan, Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, the entrance to the Red Sea as well as the Arabian Sea under control of the Russian coalition. Did I forget to mention the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Caspian Sea already under lock down.
President Erdogan are you paying attention here?
Russian boots on the ground in Syria
For the first time a Russian infantry backed by T-90 tanks and Russian Air Force SU-25M stormed the Syrian Takfeery opposition between Latakia and Idlib countryside’s, capturing a strategic hill after five hours of fierce battle resulting in no casualties among the attacking forces.
A high ranking source said ” the Russian live manoeuver required the use of 130mm artillery battalion backed by a heavy air bombardment to the hill before the advance of the infantry as a test of the troops’ readiness and to raise the efficiency of engagement of the Russian forces in further battles on the Syrian soil against terrorists. Russia is also showing the real evolution and strength of its troops that did not participate in real battle for many years. The Syrian forces and allies provided only logistic support without participating to the battle as requested by the Russian officers. Many terrorists were killed and left behind in the battlefield.”
How reliable is this source? If it is, it’s a big escalation of the conflict in Syria.
The one sentence of four words sums up the state we’re in: “War is good business.”
Who among us is not in the war business?
I certainly am although I hate it and try to get out of it. I was terrorized right from birth by the patrix and have been a basket case ever since.
I depend on this vineyard and so indirectly give energy to the war business. I depend on social security retirement which no doubt is connected to the war business.
Our whole way of life is sustained by war, mainly by all the shareholders whose livelihood depends on war. Then there’s the psychological co-dependence. The roots go deep and wide.
That’s on the negative side. On the positive I’ve developed a different dynamic which I call The Love Government and its public party: thelovegovernment.com.
Thus I have two arms, two legs, two eyes etc. Dualism at its finest. Sometimes I’m up and sometimes I’m down. Sometimes I have a heart and often I’m torn apart.
I have communities for support: this vineyard, the dozen or so people I rent with on three acres and the live-in landlord, my blood family and numerous progeny, my own son and ex-wife and The Love Government which consists of me physically and lovers across space and time meta-physically.
I can sometimes pull this off and sometime I just have a breakdown into guilt, shame and immobility. When I’m in my basket-case mode I am reduced to a blubbering idiot.
When I read a report like this I see myself expanded through the lens of war. Yet in the interstices there are the positive acts of love, heroism, courage, truth, sacrifice and holy deaths of martyrs and mothers (may the saints preserve them, including our dear Saker’s).
Thanks for the information. It’s often less painful than karmic lessons of cause and effect. If only I could make better use of what’s provided.
“We turn around and go up and down; a smiling clown with an angry frown. We hang in the balance between this double valence; we are subject to chance when the cards advance.
You twist and turn and put me through a wringer; I thirst and burn to be a consciousness singer; you take her away and then you bring her; you’re gone for days and then you linger.”
-card 49, the seven of sound, G positive and negative.
The enemy is at home! Karl Leibknecht
Rambo and I have a clear difference of opinion.
He views “The Islamic State” as an autonomous (with outside help and nurturing), but autonomous political, social, all but national entity.
“For the Islamic State to have a chance in creating some sort of change in the status-quo ISIL needs to lure these Western militaries everywhere in the Middle East, in Libya, in Syraq, in Afghanistan, in Yemen, and if they’re lucky even in Somalia and Nigeria.”
Clearly, for Rambo, “The Islamic State” is a “state” – that is a National entity, whose government is separate from that of America, Israel, and even, Monaco.
Rambo covers his analysis with “A state of war is what the Islamic State thrives on. Peace will force the Islamic State to take on more governmental roles. Already the Islamic State faces an insurgency in Mosul from anti-ISIL locals dissatisfied with the Islamic States level of governing competence.”
Clearly: This National State entity “thrives” on war, (just like other imperialist governments).
And: “The Islamic State suicide attacks will be continuous pressure on the Western population and in hopes right-wing parties will win elections and launch ground operations inside Syraq.” This “Islamic State” has a Foreign Policy of triggering “Western” nations to launch military “ground operations” inside Syria and Iraq, (which Rambo implies they have not already done with the fictional “Islamic State”), – *which is The very [Flesh and Blood] of the leading Western imperialist nations – *my point – PJA.
** The Key point is:
“The Enemy is at Home,” (Karl Leibknecht) and not floating in some gravityless sphere filled with bad guys, almost as bad, and often a little bit worse, than the real enemy, Russian Communism-er-Any thing Russian, -er anything that impedes the creation of the Uni Polar Zionist World Financial Empire.
You have, on one side, the elite and their $capital, their Yachts, fast autos on crowded highways, their Riviera, their Paris, Wall Street, a touch of fondeu in Switzerland on Skis, the Caribbean in season, some Skull & Bones with depravity, worship of the Golden Calf; they admire above all, Control, Power, Disdain, Contempt; they pretend Democracy, and accomplish, all too real, Totalitarianism. ” in the other corner,” the rest—-
We the plebs:
Without us, they would have less fun. Who would produce their fancy foods and homes, and procreate their beautiful girls and boys? Oh! Wait! All’s Well! The ‘humanist’ liberals will tell them that.
Or, We, as with that Russian Air Corps, and their courageous Allies, can Resist.!
Who is the enemy? “after all It was you and me” – Rolling Stones
Where is the enemy?????
For the Democratic Republics!
Anyone expecting anything but propaganda from the vassal BBC wil be sorely disappointed regarding reporting on any of the Hegemon’s conflict zones (especially Syria).
For example, count the lies and distortions in this tabloid piece on Crimea:
Crimea hit by power blackout and Ukraine trade boycott
Don’t you just love the irony with this line:
“since a pro-Moscow government was installed in Crimea”
I posted under ukraine news just now that it is all under control by emergency committees….check there for detailed info..yes some rolling power cuts but Crimea was all prepared.cos they realise they are dealing with loony mejlis and right sector……..schools have day off to check all backup works ok.
The BBC is the biggest Propaganda outfit in existence today- bar none!!!.
Though it tries to pass itself off as objective, and impartial, nothing could be furthest from the truth. It faithfully takes it queue from the British Foreign Office and will never do anything to upset the status quo that favors the Empire. How they’ve managed to fool so many for so long is beyond me.
The good thing, is that,folks like myself, who use to tune in to consume their daily dose of misinformation and half-truths have started to wise up because of the like of: RT and Press TV etc.
And the stinking Frenchies are off!….
helping to do gawd’s work.
BOARD THE CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRCRAFT CARRER — Warplanes took off Monday from France’s Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, newly deployed to the eastern Mediterranean, for operations over areas held by the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, military sources said.
Rafale jets loaded with bombs were catapulted from the carrier’s flight deck Monday morning, an AFP reporter saw.
“hopes right-wing parties will win elections and launch ground operations inside Syraq.”
-If that is what they are hoping for they are all wrong, all “right-wing” parties, by which I assume means nationalist/conservative none-PC parties are anti-war, anti-EU, anti-NATO, by fueling support for nationalist/conservatives in Europe, ISIS is actually decreasing the chance of an invasion and conflict, all of these parties also happens to vary from very pro-Russian to neutral, none are anti-Russian… The best hope for ISIS it for the PC-fascist that are loyal to USA,NATO and EU to remain in power.
I stand corrected.
I assumed right-wing parties in Europe would be very pro-military (being nationalistic) and military needs work to get funding boosts and there is no better work than war. Especially with the increase in foreign attacks (such as ISIL attacks).
But I also imagine that must EU governments are like the United States, in which the deep-state is too strong to change policy already committed regardless of what party is voted in power.
I imagine at least some of them quietly are just like that, whatever they tell the marks right now. The hard right is as prone as the centre-left to pulling bait-and-switch on their faithful.
Honestly, it depends on the party. Marine Le Pen’s Front National in France is exactly as the post you were replying to states, and there are parties across Europe similar to it. But at the same time, there are also many more hawkish right wing parties. The truth is its not just one or the other.
Notice with such impeccable timing the way Iran announced yesterday the are now only the 6th country anywhere to have a precision long-range (3000+ km) radar tracking system, all homegrown & built.
They couldn’t wait, say, just 2 more days to announce that, something that’s been years coming along?
This was a jab in the ribs reminder to Putin about how he stabbed them in the back years ago over that S-300 order. They haven’t forgot that.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in the Iranian capital, Tehran, to meet with senior Iranian officials and participate in the third summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF).
Putin met with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei shortly after arrival in Tehran.
He is also scheduled to meet with President Hassan Rouhani later on Monday.
Arthur Senko an independant Ukrainian journalist has been threatened and attacked by Pravy Sektor and the police do nothing.
The SBU supplied all names and addresses of his family members and his flat location.
chilling…….time to move to the Donbass ??
The reason why Russia has only gradually escalated her anti-Daesh campaign is because Russia’s enemies (NATO-GCC) are following a policy of gradual escalation against Russia themselves. For this reason, Russia must be saving ammo for further “escalatory” steps ahead.
Russia is also combining her military steps with the diplomatic ones. One of Russia’s main tactics in the current stand-off with NATO over Syria is to present NATO with gradually worsening conditions of negotiations every time a serious meeting takes place.
The story with the oil trucks is a textbook case of Russian methods. A tremendous crime perpetrated by NATO powers is scandalously allowed to persist for years on end while NATO countries pretend to be fighting ISIS, they are in fact directly working with ISIS in stealing oil from Syraq. Then, even after Russia’s arrival on the scene, NATO cannot stomach to bomb their terrorist proxies who steal oil for them.
Russia allows them for almost another 2 months to go on with their oil-smuggling, then Putin mentions it at the G-20 summit, and once NATO stages their first false-flag attack since the Russian intervention in Syria, then KABOOM! This is done so as to demonstrate to NATO that things for them will only be getting worse from now on.
In my opinion, the attack on Crimea’s electricity supply is probably a retaliatory move from NATO against Russia, for Russia’s annihilation of oil smuggling.
I tend to agree, wasn’t erdogans son profiting from the oil smuggling? The sheer proliferation of terrorist acts against (and with help of) the backdrop the refugees, encourages connected thinking. The pace of events is frightening. Brussels in lockdown for 3 days now is the EU centre.If there is a vague steering mechanism at work then pandoras box has been opened. True to form the Ukrainians act in exactly the same way they did when the airliner was shot down, sensing a good moment. Thats my gut feeling. Dangerous unpredictable times.
Cameron gets what he wanted on Syria (the UN SC resolution R 2249)
“To be sure, the flood gates have opened for massive foreign intervention in Syria, thanks to the ambiguous wording of R 2249, which can be freely interpreted by any power with the intent to wade into the Syrian conflict but so far lacked the fig-leaf of legitimacy to do so under international law.”
Well Alexander Mercouris begs to differ:
I believe that the initial plan for the deployment was to the Persian Gulf but now it is operating in the Eastern Mediterrean where Russia has a significant naval prescence of course
This allows it to enter action far more quickly – not being a fly on the wall I don’t know but you might suspect that this change of theatre can at VVPs suggestion
Win win if so
Wikileaks: Hillary Clinton Claims Saudi Arabia is the Largest Donor to “Sunni Terrorists” Worldwide
By Leith Fadel on November 23, 2015 World News
Wikileaks has struck again; this time, they have revealed a U.S. government cable sent from the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to the U.S. Treasury office that specifically alluded to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s substantial financial donations to international terrorist groups fighting the U.S. Armed Forces.
According to an introductory cable that discussed Saudi Arabia’s background:
Gee, I can’t imagine why he’d even say this.
Russia’s Putin Vows Not to Stab Iran in the Back
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian President Vladimir Putin in a landmark meeting with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in Tehran on Monday described Tehran as “a trustworthy and reliable ally in the region and the world”, and vowed not to betray his partnership with Iran under any condition.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is an independent and solid strong country with very good prospects, and we see you as a trustworthy and reliable ally in the region and the world,” the Russian president said at the meeting with Ayatollah Khamenei today.
“Unlike certain parties, we are committed to never stab our partners in
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Published on Nov 23, 2015
It is happening, slowly but surely – Russia’s economy is expected to return to growth some time next year. How has this recession changed the country, and is there a strategy to end the boom or bust cycle?
CrossTalking with Jim Rogers, Yaroslav Lissovolik, and Eric Kraus.
Looks like T90’s in Aleppo manned by? They need these tanks because of the large number of TOW missiles in the hands of terrorists. Not just the T90’s but active defenses on them as well. Unless the Syrians were trained on their use which takes 3-6 months it is manned by Russian’s or e.ukranian volunteers hired recently as a big recruitment was done to get people trained in using advanced weapons.. Also T72’s with explosive reactive armor which are not sold usually.. India uses Israeli’s armor and most others have no bricks on them to defeat Tandum missiles..
Russia bombed IS near the Turkish border so IS runs off and erdo’s terrorists captured those vacant positions before the SAA took over them, Now erdo is threatening Putin with dire consequences if his terrorists are bombed..
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Another photos of Russian T-90A in Aleppo
Reporter, #Syrian Soldiers and T-72 inside #Mahin after pushing #ISIS terrorists out.
Syria Russian T-90A with Shtora active protection system allegedly in Aleppo front.
The reason Russia did not go after the oil tankers, storage tanks and refining or whatever ISIS holds initially:
1. First objective was to create a safe zone around Russia bases. The airfield and the international airport and naval base had to have force protection. 1000 marines, 2-3000 troops, volunteers and contractors from Russia.
2. Second, was the primary mission to save Assad’s Syrian Army. Thus, they blasted the US stooges, AQ and whoever the hell was attacking the government forces. This happened in close.
3. When the Syrian Army was ready to advance (a careful offensive because of the TOW anti-tank missiles sent by US and allies that ripped up Syrian tanks and armor), the Russians flew close air support (Helo gunships) and bombed the key defenses.
4. Once momentum was on the side of Syrian Army in strategic locales, the Russians starting hitting ISIS also.
5. After sufficient suppression and attrition of ISIS capacity, the oil sector assets were hit.
So the Russian have been methodical, purposeful and smart.
Now, Putin is doing additional things on the battlefield, some of which we will learn of shortly and other things we will learn of later, near the end.
Putin has always had the strategic goal of killing them all. It requires ground forces. Those are pieced together right now and will not include Russian ground troops, but will be assisted by Special Forces and contractors. This final battle against ISIS will require Sunni forces and those come from Syrians, and maybe Egyptian and Jordanian.
As refugees come back, and the tide is turned and ISIS is on its back foot, more Syrians will join in the final battles.
In Syria, it will be a triumph of Syrians against ISIS. Kurds cannot and will not finish the war. All they want is land, but they have Turkey to fight, also.
The Russian committee looking into war crimes in Ukraine has declared that a whole list of Ukrainian officials should face war crimes charges.And that Yatsenyuk is among them.Also that Russia under international law has the right to try individuals for war crimes.Also Ukraine has now cut all traffic in goods between Crimea and Ukraine.I think its time to end this mess.So far Ukraine is trying to commit genocide in Donbass.Has put a violent fascist aligned junta in power.Has endangered parts of the RF.And has now been exposed in league with ISIS.That is more than enough to justify under international law the liberation of Ukraine from the criminal regime in power there.
Russian fighter jet shot down by the Turks – pilot managed to eject: