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  • As Russia's Tactical Jets Leave Syria, Its Most Advanced Attack Helicopters Arrive

    03/17/2016 10:26:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | March 17, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    KA-52 via Fedor Leukhin/Wikicommons Russia says that its pullout from its air base in Syria will be complete in just two or three more days, but it is leaving behind a more potent attack helicopter force than what was ever there before. Both the Mi-28 and the KA-52 attack helicopters have been spotted around the base within the last 24 hours. Here’s why the Kremlin is upping its combat helicopter capability just as it is pulling its fixed wing fighter and attack aircraft. Mi-28s in action. Photo credit Yevgeny Volkov/wikicommons Throughout Russia’s military involvement in the Syrian conflict it has...
  • As Russia's Tactical Jets Leave Syria, Its Most Advanced Attack Helicopters Arrive

    03/17/2016 12:00:42 PM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | March 16, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Russia says that its pullout from its air base in Syria will be complete in just two or three more days, but it is leaving behind a more potent attack helicopter force than what was ever there before. Both the Mi-28 and the KA-52 attack helicopters have been spotted around the base within the last 24 hours. Here’s why the Kremlin is upping its combat helicopter capability just as it is pulling its fixed wing fighter and attack aircraft.
  • Kremlin complains Donald Trump ad demonises Russia

    03/17/2016 5:33:04 AM PDT · by McGruff · 30 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 17, 2016
    The Kremlin has hit out at a video promoting the US presidential hopeful Donald Trump, complaining it demonises Russia’s image. “I saw this clip. I do not know for sure if Vladimir Putin saw it. [But] our attitude is negative,” the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. The video posted to Trump’s Instagram account attempts to cast doubt over the Democratic party frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s ability to deal with Putin and the US’s opponents in general, showing the Russian leader easily throwing an opponent in a judo bout.
  • Why — and how — Russia won in Syria

    03/16/2016 8:27:17 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 22 replies
    reuters.com ^ | March 15, 2016 | Josh Cohen
    Why — and how — Russia won in Syria By Josh Cohen March 15, 2016 Here’s what Russia achieved — and why it was so successful. First — and most importantly — Russian bombing turned the tide of the war in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s favor. Second, Putin recently achieved an important diplomatic objective by forcing the United States to acknowledge that Russia plays a key role in determining Syria’s future. Third, Putin responded to Turkey’s shoot down of a Russian jet by humiliating Ankara, an emerging rival in the Middle East and Central Asia. Putin also grievously wounded Turkey’s...
  • What Quagmire? Even in Withdrawal (from Syria), Russia Stays a Step Ahead (Screw you Obama)

    03/15/2016 8:48:28 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 35 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | MARCH 15, 2016 | MARK LANDLER
    What Quagmire? Even in Withdrawal, Russia Stays a Step Ahead By MARK LANDLERMARCH 15, 2016 WASHINGTON — For five years, President Obama has steadfastly rejected the argument that the United States could intervene in Syria, alter the equation on the battlefield and avoid being sucked into a quagmire. Now, it appears that President Vladimir V. Putin has done exactly that.
  • The Rationale Behind Russia’s Withdrawal From Syria

    03/17/2016 9:35:48 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 7 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 17-03-2016 | Berk`
    As reported around the world, Russia’s decision to greatly reduce its military presence in Syria, coming as it did with little warning, has left the world struggling for explanations. After having rescued the Syrian Government’s position in Syria from certain defeat and securing a partial truce along with the onset of an imminent peace conference, the partial withdrawal is seen by many as a message to the Assad government to not take Russia’s military aid for granted, and to be more flexible in the upcoming peace negotiations. If we assume that all wars are essentially trade wars grown large, and...
  • Did Putin once again outfox Obama?

    03/15/2016 11:35:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | March 14, 2016 | Michael Crowley and Nahal Toosi
    Vladimir Putin’s announcement on Monday that Russia will begin pulling out of Syria appeared to take the White House by surprise, and revived concerns that the Russian leader is outmaneuvering Barack Obama. Just six months after he threw international relations into a tailspin by launching airstrikes in Syria, Putin on Monday declared that "the tasks put before the defense ministry have been completed over all,” adding that he had ordered that "the main part" of Russian forces in Syria would be withdrawn.
  • Vladimir Putin orders Russian forces to begin withdrawal from Syria

    03/14/2016 11:03:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 123 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | March 14, 2016 | Patrick Wintour
    The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has declared that he is withdrawing the majority of Russian troops from Syria, saying the intervention had largely achieved its objective. The news, relayed to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, personally, followed a meeting in the Kremlin with Putin’s defence and foreign ministers. He said the pullout, reducing an intervention that began at the end of September, is due to start from Tuesday.
  • Michelle Obama Celebrates Women Going to War: ‘They’ll Soon Be Welcome in Every Combat Unit’

    03/03/2016 10:59:24 AM PST · by PROCON · 100 replies
    cnsnews ^ | March 3, 2016 | CNSNews.com Staff
    (CNSNews.com) - In a speech marking Women’s History Month, which was delivered at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the decision taken by her husband’s administration to put young women in all combat roles in the U.S. military. “Thanks to brilliant, fearless women like General Vaught, today, more than 200,000 women are serving our country in just about every role and rank,” said Mrs. Obama. “They’re flying fighter jets, training new recruits; they’re graduating Army Ranger School--and I met those graduates. They are awesome. Fierce! And as you’ve already heard, they will soon be welcome in...
  • Abbas’s Fatah Threatens Israel: ‘Prepare the Body Bags’

    07/08/2014 2:10:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 7/8/2014, 7:53 AM | Ari Yashar
    Not to be outdone by the Hamas terrorists in Gaza who have been showering rockets on southern Israel, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction has stepped up its threatening rhetoric against Israel. Fatah threatened death against Israelis by telling them to “prepare body bags,” writing on its official Facebook page Monday, “Sons of Zion, this is an oath to the Lord of the Heavens: Prepare all the bags you can for your body parts.” The statement, translated by Palestinian Media Watch, is just the latest in a recent string of calls to terrorism by Abbas’s party. On Saturday,...
  • Shocking Warning Professor Allegedly Gave Students Who Happen to Be ‘Ted Cruz-Supporting Teabaggers’

    05/07/2014 12:00:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 6, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    A UC Santa Barbara student alleges her black studies professor warned any “Ted Cruz-supporting ‘tea baggers’ to get the hell out of his classroom before he sent them home to their mother in a body bag.” This was reportedly on the very first day of class last fall. The course, offered by Professor Otis Madison, was titled “The Obama Phenomenon.” The student, identified as Alice Gilbert by the College Fix, says the quote is from memory but argued “there were other students with me in the class who can attest to them.” “When Professor Madison made his comments in the...
  • U.S.: Syria used chemical weapons, crossing "red line" (Obama Wants War)

    06/13/2013 4:28:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    CBS ^ | June 13, 2013 | STEVE CHAGGARIS, STEPHANIE CONDON
    The Obama administration has concluded that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government used chemical weapons against the rebels seeking to overthrow him and, in a major policy shift, President Obama has decided to supply military support to the rebels, the White House announced Thursday. "The president has made a decision about providing more support to the opposition that will involve providing direct support to the [Supreme Military Council]. That includes military support," Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communication Ben Rhodes told reporters. Focus on political resolution in Syria, says Sen. Reed President Obama has repeatedly said that the use of...
  • Canadian Aboriginals receive body bags for flu

    09/17/2009 4:58:58 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 23 replies · 1,156+ views
    lasvegassun ^ | Sept. 17, 2009
    Health officials ordered an investigation Thursday into why the Canadian government sent body bags to an Aboriginal reserve in Manitoba after community leaders requested assistance to deal with an expected outbreak of swine flu.
  • Taliban Now Winning (U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Warns of Rising Casualties/ Quagmire)

    08/10/2009 10:02:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies · 2,121+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | AUGUST 10, 2009
    The Taliban have gained the upper hand in Afghanistan, the top American commander there said, forcing the U.S. to change its strategy in the eight-year-old conflict by increasing the number of troops in heavily populated areas like the volatile southern city of Kandahar, the insurgency's spiritual home. Gen. Stanley McChrystal warned that means U.S. casualties, already running at record levels, will remain high for months to come. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the commander offered a preview of the strategic assessment he is to deliver to Washington later this month, saying the troop shifts are designed to...
  • Breaking : SHOOTOUTS IN MUMBAI [A lot of people killed and injured]

    11/26/2008 9:39:53 AM PST · by Indian_Fighter_Kite · 2,960 replies · 102,348+ views
    CNN IBN ^ | Wed, Nov 26, 2008
    Mumbai: At least 15 people have been injured in gunfights between two groups in at least three places in Mumbai on Thursday night. Details are sketchy but it is believed that two gangs fired at each other at outside CST Railway Terminus, Hotel Oberoi and the popular Café Leopold restaurant in Mumbai. The first shooting took place near the CST police station
  • Three Million Body Bags May Be Stockpiled In Disaster Plans (UK)

    11/05/2006 5:52:19 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 835+ views
    Three million body bags may be stockpiled in disaster plans Last Updated: 1:17am GMT 06/11/2006 Secret plans to stockpile millions of body bags to be used in the event of a flu pandemic, terrorist attack or other disaster are being considered by the Government and health experts, according to a senior minister. The proposals reflect mounting concern at the lack of space to store bodies in morgues and bury them in the event of mass deaths. A senior member of the Government involved in policy planning for a flu pandemic told The Daily Telegraph that "various scenarios" involving hundreds of...
  • New Orleans' growing danger (Oct. 8, '04 "10,000 body bags stockpiled"

    08/31/2005 11:57:07 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 17 replies · 1,051+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer (Google Cache) ^ | October 8th, 2004 | Paul Nussbaum
    New Orleans' growing danger   Wetlands loss leaves city a hurricane hit away from disaster.   By Paul Nussbaum   Inquirer Staff Writer   NEW ORLEANS - From a helicopter above the Gulf of Mexico, Col. Peter Rowan could see that his first line of defense had been breached.   Where Breton and the Chandeleur Islands had been, only pale green water now sparkled in the sun. Hurricane Ivan had pummeled the sand and grass barriers two weeks earlier, washing away much of them - and the hurricane protection they provide for New Orleans.   "It looks like it's pretty...
  • Growing GOP Dissent on Iraq

    04/08/2004 1:41:59 AM PDT · by DayTripper · 32 replies · 446+ views
    cbsnews.com ^ | April 7, 2004 | David Paul Kuhn
    President Bush is facing increasing dissent among leading conservative politicians and pundits in the face of mounting U.S. casualties in Iraq. The war has become the long slog that some Republicans feared. Since Sunday, 32 Americans have been killed in fighting across Iraq. American body bags are on the front page of major U.S. newspapers. The Washington Post and The New York Times brandished images of charred U.S. civilian remains last week. The networks are leading their nightly news broadcasts with stories of dead Americans. "If we have two or three more weeks of this you are going to start...
  • More body-bag bait?

    01/20/2004 9:56:44 AM PST · by joesnuffy · 17 replies · 232+ views
    WND ^ | January 20, 2004 | David H. Hackworth
    More body-bag bait? Posted: January 20, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 David H. Hackworth The 81st Brigade is rated as a combat-ready fighting outfit. But when it came time for this federally activated Washington state National Guard unit to ship out to Iraq, the high brass ruled that it was nowhere near ready to rock 'n' roll down where the bullets fly and people die. The brigade's foxholes, in one of the most vicious contemporary killing fields in the world, were filled instead by regular units from the combat-worn 82nd Airborne. Wait a minute! Isn't the 81st one of...