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  • Re: Regional geopolitics

    Originally posted by armnuke View Post
    I like your way of thinking
    Should be the water of Beirut. They should not even use the word "unsettled" on the Eastern front when 9/10 of our territories on the Western front are unsettled.


    • Re: Regional geopolitics


      10:53, 12 February, 2016

      YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 12, ARMENPRESS. Northwestern Syrian town of Kessab,
      which borders Turkey, received humanitarian aid from Russia and Syria
      .2 Russian Il-76 planes have delivered some 50 metric tons of Russian
      humanitarian aid for residents of conflict-torn Syria, "Armenpress"
      reports citing Spuntiknews website.

      The cargo includes food, medicine, clothing, school supplies, as
      well as toys and treats for children. It will be distributed among
      residents of cities blocked by militants from terrorist organizations,
      such as Islamic State (ISIL, also known as Daesh).

      Earlier, a new batch of humanitarian aid prepared jointly by Russia
      and Syria was delivered to the Syrian city of Deir el-Zour (ez-Zor),
      besieged by Daesh militants.

      Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011, with government forces
      loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting a number of opposition
      factions and extremist groups, such as Daesh, which is banned in a
      range of countries, including Russia.

      According to Siege Watch, a joint initiative of the Netherlands-based
      aid group PAX and the Washington-based Syria Institute, there are well
      over 1,000,000 Syrians under siege in various locations in the country.

      Russia has been launching airstrikes against Daesh targets in Syria at
      the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad since late September 2015.

      Hayastan or Bust.


      • Re: Regional geopolitics

        Confirmed: Saudi has sent/to send F-15E jets to Incirlik in Turkey


        • Re: Regional geopolitics

          AFP: BREAKING Ankara says Turkey and Saudi Arabia could launch anti-IS ground operation in Syria


          • Re: Regional geopolitics

            Some photos of relief reaching Kessab.
            Hayastan or Bust.


            • Re: Regional geopolitics

              ISIS attack on Jabal Thardeh in Deir Ezzor fails to yield any gains

              News | 12.02.2016 | 18:46

              almasdarnews - The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) was busy on Thursday, launching several attacks that targeted the Syrian Arab Army’s defensive positions at the military airport and Jabal Thardeh inside the Deir Ezzor Governorate.

              ISIS was repelled by the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division at the Deir Ezzor Military Airport during the afternoon hours on Thursday; this forced the terrorist group to shift their attention to Jabal Thardeh in the province’s western countryside near the Damascus-Baghdad International Highway.

              Undeterred by their first failed assault on Jabal Thardeh, ISIS launched their second wave of their attack in the late afternoon hours on Thursday, resulting in a intense series of firefights near the strategic hilltop of Tal Kroum and the 137th Brigade’s headquarters.

              Unable to bypass the Syrian Arab Army’s stiff defenses near Tal Kroum, ISIS was forced to retreat once again after sustaining 22 casualties at the western perimeter of Jabal Thardeh. According to a military source at the Deir Ezzor Military Airport, ISIS frantically retreated after Russian fighter jets began to bombard their reinforcement convoys that were attempting to back up their comrades battling the government forces.

              All-in-all, the ISIS offensive in the Deir Ezzor Governorate on Thursday ended in disaster, as an estimated 50+ terrorists were killed during their battles with the government forces.
              Hayastan or Bust.


              • Re: Regional geopolitics

                13.02.2016 Author: Jim Dean

                Ceasefire Showdown Time in Syria

                Column: Featured

                kurds“People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.” – Otto von Bismark, the Iron Chancellor

                Neither the guns nor the diplomatic barbs have grown silent as the Syrian talks in Munich continue their roller coaster ups and downs. Diplomatic history is being made in terms of statements being made that can be forgotten the next day; while civilian atrocities are widely reported without a shred of evidence to substantiate them, yet only the framed party seems to care.

                John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov reaffirmed in a joint press conference that UNSC resolution 2254 on the formula for the Syrian-Syrian dialogue “does not allow for preconditions.” A day later, we have Mr. Kerry demanding what? … an immediate ceasefire for “humanitarian” reasons, that I will delve into more below.

                But suffice to say he and the US coalition partners are desperate to save their dwindling negotiation cards from collapsing under the current Syrian-Arab army offense to free northern Syria and to protect its Turkish borders from continued infiltration.

                Turkey and Saudis lose in Munich – no unconditional ceasefire or prisoner release

                The Munich talks survived the first day of charges and counter charges to produce the tentative outline of a potential “cessation of hostilities”, “within a week”. This has a strong smell of a wish and a prayer to it, as no one has the slightest idea whether all of these disparate groups will abide by an agreement that has with no real enforcement mechanism. The term literally means a temporary halt in the violence, freezing positions on the battlefield, but is non-binding; and hopefully would be a prelude to putting a ceasefire together.

                We had a recent “agreed upon” evacuation of non-combatants attempted this week in an insurgent-held town in the Damascus suburbs where the buses were shot up and several persons severely wounded; it was all captured on dash cameras. Jihadis have held Syrian towns and areas hostage as human shields, sex slaves and a labor pool with no calls for humanitarian intervention. Instead we got “Assad must go”.

                Kerry would not use the term, so I am going to. It appears to be an “honor system” ceasefire. I think all of you can calculate what the chances of success are. Even Kerry realistically described it as “what we have here are words on paper, and what we need to see in the next few days are actions on the ground.”

                But it does include an “understanding” for getting emergency supplies into the areas under siege, with the Syrians and Russians reportedly being tasked to do this initially with air drops. Someone did not trust the US coalition to do it, due to its record of dropping guns and ammo to its proxy forces.

                A UN task force is supposed to “ensure” that humanitarian access is granted to all sides. I can’t imagine how they can do that, but I salute the brave UN people willing to go in harm’s way, and we will see how much of the aid gets stolen to be resold by Jihadis desperate to have some running away money.

                Irresponsible false claims become routine

                During two days of trying to write this moving target article I had a mountain of material come over my desk. It was hard to believe what I was seeing, such as this morning starting off with the usual claim of the Russians bombing hospitals in Aleppo, when the past reports of them, even by the French doctors’ NGO, had been discredited. Western media seemed too lazy to dream up new lies. Even some of the remarks by diplomats were what you would expect to see at a cage fight event.

                In my many years of covering evolving war fiascos, the word “panic” climbs to the top of the pile to describe the level of discourse seen here. The anti-Assad backers of the Syrian opposition and terrorist brigades were simply beside themselves, not only about the success of the Russian air campaign, but the Damascus amnesty program that has witnessed thousands of opposition fighters surrender and even join the Syrian army offensive.

                Shifting Alliances of the Anti-Assad Fighters

                The myriad of anti-Assad groups has always been a musical chairs event, as they take turns fighting each other and then forming new coalitions for better pay and better territory to loot. I will share one gem of an example about the YPG Kurdish fighters and allies that took the Mannagh air base Friday morning, north of Aleppo, just south of Azaz, in heaving fighting.

                Not only can supplies be flown into this key location, landing and taking off over Kurdish held territory to the west, but two artillery batteries could command all the roads to Turkey and support an eastern advance with the help of tactical drones. The news was a crushing blow to the insurgents. Their back door is closed, even for evacuating wounded.

                The victorious group is called the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), formed this past October in the Kurdish northeastern region, and made up of a dozen or more factions. But it gets better, as the fighters are mostly from the YPG units AND the Free Syrian Army. Their fighters include Christians, Arabs and about 500 foreign fighters and already are having groups in Aleppo and Idlib pledging allegiance to them. Welcome to the shifting alliances in the insurgent world.

                And why, might you ask, would a mixed group like this band together? For many of them it was because they wanted to join the Syrian coalition so they can now pass along the location coordinates of anti-Damascus groups and bring the Russian bombers down on those heads and not their own.

                This is what we call a major clue of the anti-Assad forces breaking up, and it’s every man (or group) for themselves at this point, with many not wanting to be on the losing side. The history of irregular warfare is filled with such events, especially when the tide turns against a particular side and the survival instinct kicks in hard. We are seeing stories of ISIL in Iraq executing groups of their own for desertion, or for planning to desert or to overthrow a local leader. They are not called bands of cutthroats for nothing.

                After the US charged Russia with bombing the sick and wounded, old people and babies in Aleppo the Russians claimed they had no sorties there at all and then reported that two A-10 warthogs crossed over from Turkey and attacked targets in Aleppo. While the US gave no proof of their claim, the Russians have the exact time of the border crossing, a strong hint that they have the radar track recorded

                Erdogan is in over his head

                Over the past two days, Erdogan was nutting out on the American support for the Syrian Kurds. The news of Damascus flying in weapons and ammo to the eastern Kurds seemed to put him over the edge because the US Special Forces are also there, and training young soldiers how to use notepads to call in artillery rounds on ISIL infiltrators.

                We had the Saudis claiming that not only was their plan to put troops into Syria a guaranteed event, but that they were also going to hold joint military exercises with Turkey. I wonder if they are going to hire mercenaries to do that, like they have been using in Yemen, as regular Saudi troops, especially infantry, have demonstrated no ability for real combat; the Saudi army is what many view as an expensive palace guard.

                We will pray that all those Syrians suffering in the damp and cold winter will get some respite from the hell they have been through. We hope that some wise men appear on the scene to replace the pretenders who have contributed to this tragic war in Syria, with the US coming at the top of the list, seeming to have no shame in destroying yet another country that demonstrated no threat to the American people whatsoever.

                A pox be upon all the war makers and life takers who do their evil deeds for profit and power. May they all enjoy the fate they deserve, so others may be spared.

                Jim W. Dean, managing editor for Veterans Today, producer/host of Heritage TV Atlanta, specially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

                Hayastan or Bust.


                • Re: Regional geopolitics

                  Confirmed: 20 Saudi F-15s in Incirlik


                  • Re: Regional geopolitics

                    Originally posted by armnuke View Post
                    Confirmed: 20 Saudi F-15s in Incirlik
                    Interesting how Western powers are intentionally shifting the conflict at the turkish border when all the IS apes are concentrated on the other side of the country. By pushing the Saudis by proxy into the conflict against the Russians, the US will seal their exclusivity with the Sunni Arabs. The West wants to start WWIII without their involvement. What would Russia's proxy move would be? Yemen, Egypt or kurds?


                    • Re: Regional geopolitics

                      Reports of turkish shelling on Kurdish and Syrian goverment troops troops.