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  • US Should Attempt To Disarm Russians In Syria: Brzezinski

    10/06/2015 8:16:46 AM PDT · by Fennie · 83 replies
    Press TV ^ | October 6, 2015
    US foreign policy expert Zbigniew Brzezinski says the United States should retaliate if Russia does not stop bombing its assets in Syria. Brzezinski, the national security advisor for former President Jimmy Carter, advised President Barack Obama to attempt to disarm the Russians if they keep attacking the CIA-trained militants in Syria. "The Russian naval and air presences in Syria are vulnerable, isolated geographically from their homeland," Brzezinski wrote in an article published by the Financial Times on Sunday. "They could be 'disarmed' if they persist in provoking the US."
  • Ankara Furious As Russian Jets Violate Turkish Airspace

    10/05/2015 4:53:50 AM PDT · by Fennie · 24 replies
    UT ^ | October 5, 2015
    Turkey opposes Russia's military intervention in Syria. Turkey scrambles fighter jets to intercept Russian warplanes that Ankara says violated its airspace. The Russians were allegedly making their way to Syria to carry out bombings to support Syria's Assad regime. Turkey opposes Russia's intervention in wartorn Syria and officials have warned that any further violations may be responded to more harshly.
  • US Senator John McCain: Arm Syrian Rebels To Shoot Down Russian Planes

    10/02/2015 9:20:07 AM PDT · by Fennie · 145 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 2, 2015
    McCain reacted to Russia's announcement that it had begun launching air strikes targeting ISIS militants in Syria by calling on the White House to arm Syrian rebels with weapons to shoot down Russian planes. McCain initially responded to Fox News host Neil Cavuto's question about whether he would shoot down Russian planes by saying no, but then went on to assert that he would arm Syrian rebels to carry out that very same task. "I might do what we did in Afghanistan many years ago, to give those guys the ability to shoot down those planes, that equipment is available,"...
  • Hajj Pilgrimage: 717 Dead In Crush Near Mecca

    09/24/2015 7:00:08 AM PDT · by Fennie · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 24, 2015 | Emma Graham-Harrison
    The death toll in a stampede outside Mecca has risen to 717, with at least 800 injured, the deadliest disaster on the annual hajj pilgrimage in over a quarter of a century. The crush happened in the Mina valley, a few miles outside Mecca, where a sprawling camp of 160,000 tents fills with millions of visitors for a few days each year. Tragedy hit when two large groups of pilgrims who were preparing for one of the last major rites of their trip met on an intersection of two roads, Saudi authorities said.
  • British Army General 'Threatens Mutiny' If Jeremy Corbyn Becomes PM

    09/23/2015 5:08:31 AM PDT · by Fennie · 12 replies
    The Journal ^ | September 20, 2015
    A BRITISH GENERAL has warned that newly-elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn could face "a direct challenge" from the army if he becomes prime minister, it has been reported. The unidentified general said Corbyn, who opposes Britain's Trident programme and supports withdrawal from Nato, would face "direct action" if he tries to downgrade the army, according to today's Sunday Times. The general told the paper that there were be "mass resignations" and "the very real prospect of an event which would effectively be a mutiny" if Corbyn were to "jeopardise the security of this country".
  • Lock And Load: NATO Deploys Fully Armed Eurofighters To Russian Borders

    09/21/2015 6:00:12 AM PDT · by Fennie · 20 replies
    Sputnik ^ | September 20, 2015
    NATO continues its military buildup in close vicinity to Russia: for the first time since the inception of the Ukrainian crisis, German Eurofighters are set to patrol the Baltic Airspace with full ammunition. The NATO Baltic air-policing mission has been carried out by its member states since 2004, when Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania acceded to the military bloc. In contrast with September - December 2014, the aircraft will carry enough ammo for a real fight: a gun, infrared short-range missiles, radar-guided medium-range missiles and an electronic defense system with decoys that are ejected at a threat.
  • One Million Yemeni Fighters Prepare To Invade Saudi Arabia

    09/18/2015 5:38:41 AM PDT · by Fennie · 33 replies
    MEM ^ | September 17, 2015
    A million Yemeni tribal fighters are gathering near the border with Saudi Arabia in preparation to invade the Kingdom, Iran's Kayhan newspaper has reported. The newspaper quoted what it described as "informed sources" in Sanaa as saying that "the political forces and the tribes of Yemen announced a general alarm to mobilise one million Yemeni fighters near the border with Saudi Arabia to invade its territory and curb its aggression on Yemen." The paper quoted a spokesman for the Yemeni army, Brigadier General Sharaf Ghalib Luqman, as claiming that his army has captured Saudi, Emirati, Bahraini and Qatari fighters in...
  • White House On Security Lockdown, Obama Not On Grounds

    09/16/2015 12:29:03 PM PDT · by Fennie · 81 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 16, 2015
    The White House was placed on lockdown on Wednesday afternoon shortly after President Barack Obama left the grounds. Reuters witnesses said. No reason for the lockdown was immediately given.
  • Russia Is Building A Massive Military Base On Ukrainian Border

    09/11/2015 8:03:57 AM PDT · by Fennie · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 10, 2015 | Reuters
    Russia is building a military base along the Ukrainian border, signaling its preparing for long-term support of the pro-Russian separatists fighting for Ukraine. The massive base - scheduled for completion in April - will house ammunition depots and barracks for several thousand soldiers, and will be used to train soldiers, reported Reuters. The Reuters reporter investigating the new base was temporarily detained and accused of being a Ukrainian spy. Russian officials didn't respond to Reuters questions about the purpose of the base and whether it's connected to the fight for Ukraine. The base will include a communications node, massive dining...
  • Greek Foreign Ministry Confirms Received U.S. Request To Deny Russia Use Of Greek Airspace

    09/07/2015 6:10:06 AM PDT · by Fennie · 85 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 7, 2015
  • U.S. Shadowing Russian Ship In Atlantic Near Nuclear Submarine Areas

    09/03/2015 7:17:36 AM PDT · by Fennie · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 3, 2015 | By Bill Gertz
    U.S. intelligence ships, aircraft, and satellites are closely watching a Russian military vessel in the Atlantic that has been sailing near a U.S. nuclear missile submarine base and underwater transit routes, according to Pentagon officials. The Russian research ship Yantar has been tracked from the northern Atlantic near Canada since late August as it makes its way south toward Cuba. Defense officials familiar with reports on the Russian ship say the Yantar is believed to be gathering intelligence on underwater sensors and other equipment used by U.S. nuclear submarines based at Kings Bay, Georgia. The submarines, their transit lanes, and...
  • ISIS Threatens Again To Destroy Holy Kaaba

    09/01/2015 5:59:02 AM PDT · by Fennie · 36 replies
    Albawaba News ^ | September 1, 2015
    The ISIS Takfiri group has threatened to destroy the holy Kaaba in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. A member of the terrorist group posted a message on Twitter, saying that people worship a stone building instead of God and so it should be demolished. The message said if Daesh manages to conquer Makkah, it would raze the Kaaba to the ground on the order of the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, al-Bawaba news reported. This is not the first time the Takfiri group talks of demolishing the holy place in Makkah.
  • Former CIA Chief: Give Israel Bunker-Buster Bombs

    08/27/2015 5:02:16 AM PDT · by Fennie · 30 replies
    INN ^ | August 27, 2015 | By Yaakov Levi
    In an op-ed in the Washington Post, two former Obama administration officials urged for Israel to be provided with bunker-buster bombs, in order to be able to make a credible threat against Iran if that country gets too close to developing a nuclear device. Dennis Ross, a former Middle East envoy, and David Petraeus, who directed the CIA after commanding US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, wrote that the bunker-busters would be an effective "firewall" against Iranian nuclear development, especially in 15 years, when the agreement between Tehran and Western powers expires. "Now is the time for the Iranians and...
  • US Drawing Plan For 'Comprehensive Attack' On Iran: Report

    08/25/2015 4:51:26 AM PDT · by Fennie · 42 replies
    Press TV ^ | August 24, 2015
    The US military is drawing plans for a potential "comprehensive attack" against Iran as President Barack Obama has threatened to "act militarily" if Tehran violates the recent nuclear agreement, says a report. A possible military action would involve a wave of attacks spearheaded by the 30,000-pound bunker buster known as the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, according to two senior US military officers familiar with the planning, who spoke to USA Today on condition of anonymity. The attack would be aimed at targeting Iran's "air defenses" and its "deeply buried nuclear facilities," one officer said.
  • Here's How Israel Could Use US Bombers To Strike Iranian Nukes

    07/17/2015 4:44:10 AM PDT · by Fennie · 45 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | July 17, 2015 | By: Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    Israel needs U.S. B-52 bombers that can carry "bunker buster" bombs in order to attack Iran if is about to developed a nuclear weapon under the camouflage of the ObamaDeal, according to an Israeli strategic expert now living in the United States. Dr. Ehud Eilam, a former private contractor for the Defense Ministry and who has written a book on the "next war: between Israel and Egypt, wrote in Israel Defense that the United States should either attack Iran or give the green light to Israel to do so if Iran cheats on the agreement. He maintains that Israel's F-16...
  • Russians Training 50,000-Strong Militant Army In Donbas - Ukraine's Presidential Spokesman

    05/02/2015 4:12:16 AM PDT · by Fennie · 2 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | May 1, 2015
    The remarks were made by Deputy Head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration Andriy Taranov. Russian army specialists are training a militant army of 50,000 men in the parts of Ukraine's Donbas territories where the government has lost control, Deputy Head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration Andriy Taranov said on Friday, Radio Liberty reports. "According to information we have, on the uncontrolled territories of almost 50,000 armed men, which is being formed into military units and trained by Russian specialists," Taranov said.
  • Pyatt: Russian Military Deploys Additional Air Defense Systems In Eastern Ukraine

    04/23/2015 4:46:43 AM PDT · by Fennie · 8 replies
    UNIAN ^ | April 23, 2015
    Russia is currently building up forces near the Ukrainian border, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt wrote on Twitter on Thursday. "Russia has continued to ship heavy weapons into eastern Ukraine since the 'Minsk 2' ceasefire took effect on February 15," Pyatt tweeted. "These forces will give Russia its largest presence on the border since Oct. 2014. It has redeployed elements near Belgorod, opposite Kharkiv." According to Pyatt, the Russian military deployed additional air defense systems in eastern Ukraine and set up several of them closer to the front line. "This is the highest amount of Russian air defense equipment...
  • Escalation 101: USA To Deploy 150 Tanks Near Russian Border

    11/26/2014 8:03:01 AM PST · by Fennie · 172 replies
    MINA ^ | November 26, 2014
    The US Army plans to deploy about 150 tanks and armoured vehicles to NATO countries next year and some of the heavy armour may be stationed in Eastern Europe, a top American general said on Tuesday. The move is part of a US effort dubbed Operaton Atlantic Resolve in the Baltic states and Poland to reassure allies anxious about a 'resurgent Russia', with American troops deploying for several months at a time to conduct joint exercises. Nearly 50 armoured vehicles are already in place and another 100 M1 Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles will be "pre-positioned" in Germany and...
  • Serheyev: Russia Deployed 200 Tanks And 190 Aircraft On Border With Ukraine

    11/13/2014 6:57:38 AM PST · by Fennie · 44 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | November 13, 2014
    Russia has deployed 200 tanks, 1,600 vehicles, 640 artillery units, 191 aircraft and 121 combat helicopters on the border with Ukraine. Ukraine's envoy to the UN Yuriy Serheyev said this at an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council, ukr. media reported.
  • Noah's Ark Found In Turkey

    11/05/2014 8:25:23 AM PST · by Fennie · 46 replies
    The remains of Noah's Ark have been found 12,000ft up a Turkish mountain, it was claimed today. A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers say carbon testing on remains found on Mount Ararat show they are 4,800 years old, around the time when the ark was said to be afloat. But the group left themselves open to a critical backlash after they failed to reveal the location of their find or produce photographs of the exterior of the site.
  • Washington Has Information That Russia Has Prepared Additional Tanks To Be Sent To Ukraine

    06/20/2014 8:14:41 AM PDT · by Fennie · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 20, 2014
    Washington has information that Russia has prepared additional tanks to be sent to Ukraine: official
  • Russian Troops 'Returning To Ukraine Border Areas' (...)

    06/17/2014 7:47:26 AM PDT · by Fennie · 87 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 17, 2014 | Will Stewart
    The move - certain to worry the West - comes amid fresh tension on the frontier with both sides accusing the other of tank incursions between the two ex-Soviet states, and NATO alleging Moscow has provided military equipment to separatists.
  • Parubiy: 20,000 Militants Operating In Donbas, Half Of Them Russians

    06/17/2014 1:14:47 AM PDT · by Fennie · 2 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | June 16, 2014
    KYIV, June 16/Ukrinform/. Around 15,000-20,000 armed militants are currently operating in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and more than half of them arrived from Russia. Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Andriy Parubiy said this at a briefing at Ukrinform on Monday. "According to our current data, between 15,000 and 20,000 militants are in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Nearly half of them are people who arrived in Ukraine from the Russian Federation," he said. According to Parubiy, there are natives of the Caucasus and special units of the Russian Armed Forces are among the militants.
  • U.S. Air Force Sends B-2 Stealth Bombers To Europe For First Time Amid Ukraine Crisis

    06/10/2014 9:43:47 AM PDT · by Fennie · 18 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 10, 2014 | By Alberto Riva
    The U.S. Air Force has sent its most advanced bomber to Europe for the first time, amid the still-festering Ukraine crisis. Two B-2 Spirit stealth bombers, the most sophisticated warplanes ever employed in combat by the U.S., will be based for a "short-term deployment" at Fairford, a Royal Air Force base in England 90 miles (150 km) west of London -- just three hours flight away from the Russian border.
  • Russian Bank Chiefs Take Aim At US Dollar

    06/10/2014 6:28:01 AM PDT · by Fennie · 2 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | June 9, 2014 | By Michael Pizzi
    Russian companies will make bypassing the U.S. dollar in international transactions a top priority, the heads of three Russian banks said this week, in the latest sign that Russia is turning its back on the West and moving toward Asia. Sanctions imposed by the U.S. and European Union after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in March have spurred Western banks to drastically reduce their lending activity in Russia in recent months. Concerned the Russian economy was too reliant on the U.S. dollar and therefore vulnerable to Western political opprobrium, Russian politicians have called for a "de-dollarization" of their economy, underpinning...
  • Ukraine Accuses Kremlin Of Sending 'Terrorists' Over Border

    05/27/2014 7:50:21 AM PDT · by Fennie · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 27, 2014
    The Ukrainian government accused Russia of sending "terrorists" across its border on Tuesday after border guards clashed with armed men in the east of the country overnight. The foreign ministry in Kiev said it was protesting over Moscow's failure to take action against a concentration of up to 40 truckloads of armed men. The border guard service said it believed some of these had succeeding in crossing the frontier near Astakhovo, in Luhansk region, about 150 km from Donetsk. "There are grounds to believe that Russian terrorists are being sent onto Ukrainian territory, organised and financed under the direct control...
  • Poroshenko Pledges To Step Up Anti-Terrorism Operation, Bring Success Within 'Hours,' Not Months

    05/26/2014 5:53:27 AM PDT · by Fennie · 24 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 26, 2014
    With most votes counted, presumptive President-elect Petro Porshenko gave his first post-election press conference on May 26 - with Kyiv Mayor-elect Vitali Klitschko at his side - and talked about the need to intensify Ukraine's anti-terrorist operation against seperatists in the east while talking peace with Russia at the same time. The billionaire oligarch who has taken all political sides since Ukraine's independence outlined two priorities: restoring peace after months of Kremlin-backed war and restoring economic growth after months of recession. Despite expressing a willingness to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin and seek a peaceful resolution to the Kremlin-instigated...
  • Chinese Military Said To Be Massing Near The Vietnam Border

    05/19/2014 7:02:08 AM PDT · by Fennie · 112 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | May 18, 2014 | By Joshua Philipp
    Troops, tanks, trucks, artillery, and armored personnel carriers of China's military were seen heading to the Vietnamese border on May 16 and 17, according to photographs taken by by residents near the border. Chinese netizens have been posting photographs of the large movement of the People's Liberation Army, many of them showing Chinese troops in full combat gear heading to the local train station in Chongzuo, along with military vehicles. One netizen said the Chinese military was taking the train from the Chongzuo station to Pingxiang City, which shares a 60-mile border with Vietnam. The netizen said that the Huu...
  • Can China's New Destroyer Find U.S. Stealth Fighters?

    05/15/2014 7:56:35 AM PDT · by Fennie · 36 replies
    USNI ^ | May 14, 2014 | By: Dave Majumdar
    Can China's new Type 052D Luyang III destroyers successfully see through the stealth of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter? Maybe. U.K., Chinese and Russian media report the radar on China's new destroyer could track and engage the F-35; however it is not clear if such claims have any validity. Konstantin Sivkov, director of the Russian Academy for Geopolitical Issues, asserted that the destroyer's active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar system can detect, track and launch weapons against the F-35 at a range of 350 kilometers or about 189 nautical miles, according to a Voice of Russia...
  • Donetsk Gives Ukraine Troops 24 Hours To Retreat, Threatening Force

    05/15/2014 6:27:53 AM PDT · by Fennie · 34 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | May 15, 2014
    The Donetsk People's Republic has giving the Kiev government until 9 p.m. local time on Thursday to remove Ukrainian troops from the Donbass region, a spokesman said, threatening to oust them by force if the ultimatum expires. The leaders of the Donetsk militia on Wednesday night gave authorities 24 hours, until 6 p.m. GMT, to vacate roadblocks in the region, news agency Interfax reported Thursday. "Reconnaissance groups and sabotage groups are ready to go and some are already in position," militia deputy commander Sergei Zrilyuk said Thursday, RIA Novosti reported. The group has enough resources to ensure "everything will be...
  • Iran Threatens To Mobilize 130,000 Troops In Syria

    05/14/2014 12:23:33 PM PDT · by Fennie · 9 replies
    INN ^ | May 13, 2014
    A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander reportedly made a revealing remark last week, saying Syrian President Bashar Assad is "fighting this war (in Syria) as our deputy." The comment, made by Brig. Gen. Hossein Hamedani, clearly implies that Iran is orchestrating what happens in Syria. Hamedani further said 130,000 Iranian fighters are "ready to be deployed" in Syria if the war rages on. Hamedani's statements were reported by the Iranian state-controlled Fars News last Sunday, but were quickly removed from the website. Naame Shaam, an independent news site opposing Assad's regime, revealed the deleted report last Thursday.
  • Iranian Submarine Lost While Practicing To Sink U.S. Aircraft Carrier

    05/12/2014 7:36:39 AM PDT · by Fennie · 62 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | May 11, 2014
    In the Persian Gulf there are rumors that one of Iran's Ghadir mini-subs sank while practicing tactics for attacking an American Nimitz class carrier. It was believed that a recently built two-thirds replica of an American Nimitz class aircraft carrier would be towed out so the Ghadir could get some experience in how to approach such a large ship and launch torpedoes at it. The rumored loss of a Ghadir was accompanied by talk of some new stealth technology on the Ghadir. That is probably just rumor as the small size of the Ghadir already confers a substantial amount of...
  • Saudi Arabia Relocating Takfiri Fighters From Syria To Ukraine

    05/05/2014 3:52:40 AM PDT · by Fennie · 95 replies
    FARS News Agency ^ | May 4, 2014
    TEHRAN (FNA) - Saudi Arabia has sent a large number of Takfiri fighters in Syria to Ukraine to fight the pro-Russian protesters in the European country. "A large number of terrorist Takfiri fighters in Syria, who bear Saudi and Chechnian nationalities and receive financial and military backup from the Saudi intelligence agency, have been transferred to the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on several planes to help the Ukrainian army in its fight against the pro-Russian population," an Arab security official told FNA on Sunday on the condition of anonymity due to the secrecy of the issue. "The forces have been immediately...
  • Russia Accuses NATO Of 'Provocative' Actions

    04/29/2014 9:49:14 AM PDT · by Fennie · 8 replies
    VOA ^ | April 29, 2014
    LONDON -- Russia has accused the United States and NATO of what it called "provocative" statements as the crisis in Ukraine unfolds alongside a NATO military build-up in eastern Europe. Meanwhile, diplomatic efforts are continuing to seek the release of seven observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, who are being held by pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine. Transport planes brought about 130 U.S. Army paratroopers to Estonia on Monday, part of a NATO show of force in eastern Europe. Several NATO members have sent warplanes and ships to the region. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said...
  • Satellite Images Reveal Massing Of 15,000 Ukraine Troops, Hundreds Of Tanks Around Slavyansk

    04/26/2014 6:00:34 PM PDT · by Fennie · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | April 26, 2014
    Russian RIA Novosti reports that it has received satellite photos, "which clearly show the accumulation of a large number of Ukrainian military equipment and weapons on the border with the Russian Federation and in the vicinity of Slavyansk." RIA cites a source in the Russian Defense Ministry, who commented that the pictures show a military formation designed "to wipe out the city and all its inhabitants from the face of the earth." According to source, the group has more than 15,000 troops from the Ukraine army and national guard, about 160 tanks, 230 infantry fighting vehicles and APCs, and as...
  • Israel Is 'Destroying' Al-Aqsa Mosque For 'Alleged' Temple

    04/23/2014 10:12:27 AM PDT · by Fennie · 73 replies
    INN ^ | April 22, 2014
    The Palestinian Authority (PA) has been stepping up its libel that Israel is "destroying" the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the temple mount in Jerusalem, in order to build the "alleged" Temple. The highest PA religious authority, Mufti Muhammad Hussein, asserted in late March that Israel was making an "attempt... at laying hands on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque... and in addition to the threat of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque to establish the alleged Temple on its ruins."
  • Putin Asserts Right To Use Force In Eastern Ukraine

    04/17/2014 6:23:59 AM PDT · by Fennie · 62 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 17, 2014 | By David M. Herszenhorn
    MOSCOW -- President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia emphasized on Thursday that the upper chamber of the Russian Parliament had authorized him to use military force if necessary in eastern Ukraine, and also stressed Russia's historical claim to the territory, repeatedly referring to it as "new Russia" and saying that only "God knows" why it became part of Ukraine. Speaking in a televised question-and-answer show, Mr. Putin also admitted for the first time that Russian armed forces had been deployed in Crimea, the disputed peninsula that Russia annexed last month immediately after a large majority of the population voted in...
  • Ukraine Rejects Gas Price Rise Set By Russia

    04/05/2014 6:56:40 AM PDT · by Fennie · 124 replies
    AGI ^ | April 5, 2014
    (AGI) Kiev, April 5 - Ukraine has declared that they will not pay the price of almost 500 dollars per cubic metre for Russian gas, announced recently by the Russian gas consortium Gazprom. Kiev has also accused Moscow of conducting 'economic' aggression'. "Political presure will prove useless, we are not accepting the price of 500 dollars", Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenuk said during a cabinet meeting. He added: "Russia has not succeeded in conquering Ukraine with military aggression, so now they are opting for an economic aggression."
  • Russia Could Achieve Ukraine Incursion In 3 To 5 Days, NATO General Says

    04/02/2014 4:40:39 AM PDT · by Fennie · 22 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | April 2, 2014 | Reuters
    Russia has massed all the forces it needs on Ukraine's border if it were to decide to carry out an "incursion" into the country and it could achieve its objective in three to five days, NATO's top military commander said on Wednesday. Calling the situation "incredibly concerning", NATO's supreme allied commander in Europe, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, said NATO had spotted signs of movement by a very small part of the Russian force overnight but had no indication that it was returning to barracks. Russia's seizure and annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region has caused the deepest crisis in...
  • Syrian Rocket Hits Turkish Mosque

    03/31/2014 7:43:56 AM PDT · by Fennie · 24 replies
    Hurriyet ^ | March 31, 2014
    A rocket hit a mosque near Turkey's border with Syria on March 31, injuring a Syrian woman, Dogan News Agency has reported. The incident took place at around 2 p.m. in the Yayladagi district of Hatay, a Turkish province on the border with Syria, when clashes between Syrian regime forces and the Free Syrian Army had intensified.
  • Russian Troops Unload In Crimea As Russian Minister Rules Out Dialogue

    03/08/2014 12:05:27 PM PST · by Fennie · 122 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | March 8, 2014
    SEVASTOPOL, UKRAINE - Dozens of military trucks transporting heavily armed soldiers rumbled over Crimea's rutted roads Saturday as Russia reinforced its armed presence on the disputed peninsula in the Black Sea. Moscow's foreign minister ruled out any dialogue with Ukraine's new authorities, whom he dismissed as the puppets of extremists. The Russians have denied their armed forces are active in Crimea, but an Associated Press reporter trailed one military convoy Saturday afternoon from 40 kilometres west of Feodosia to a military airfield at Gvardeiskoe north of Simferopol, over which a Russian flag flew. Some of the army green vehicles had...
  • Russia Gives Ukrainian Forces In Crimea Ultimatum To Surrender - Interfax

    03/03/2014 8:06:14 AM PST · by Fennie · 184 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 3, 2014
    Russia's Black Sea Fleet has told Ukrainian forces in Crimea to surrender by (0300 GMT) on Tuesday or face a military assault, Interfax news agency quoted a source in the Ukrainian Defence Ministry as saying. The ultimatum, Interfax said, was issued by Alexander Vitko, the fleet's commander.
  • BBC TV Reporting That Russian Troops Are Digging Trenches At The Land Border

    03/02/2014 2:57:14 AM PST · by Fennie · 50 replies
    Twitter ^ | March 2, 2014
    BBC TV reporting that Russian troops are digging trenches at the land border between Crimea and rest of Ukraine.
  • Iran Threatens Military Invasion In Pakistan

    02/17/2014 7:01:37 AM PST · by Fennie · 87 replies
    The News Tribe ^ | February 17, 2014
    TEHRAN: Iran's interior minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli warned Pakistan that if it does not take action to recover Iranian border guards, Iranian military forces will enter Pakistan.
  • Report: Russia To Supply S-300 Anti-Aircraft Missiles To Iran

    09/11/2013 5:14:02 AM PDT · by Fennie · 9 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | September 11, 2013
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the transfer of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran, according to the prestigious Russian daily newspaper Kommersant. The newspaper reported on Wednesday that the Russian government will revive the transfer three years after it canceled the original transaction. According to Kommersant, the Kremlin agreed to Tehran's request to complete the transaction, which will net the Russian treasury $800 million.
  • Report: Russia Transferred S-300 Missiles Into Syria

    09/10/2013 5:33:26 AM PDT · by Fennie · 45 replies
    INN ^ | September 10, 2013
    Russia has transferred several S-300 missile batteries into Syria, Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai reported Tuesday. The transfers took place despite statements by Russian officials, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, that Russia would not provide Syria with the advanced anti-aircraft system. Al Rai claimed that Syria has accelerated the rate at which it ships arms into Syria since the current crisis between Russia and the US began, when chemical weapons were allegedly used to kill over 1,000 civilians, on August 21. The information was picked up by Voice of Israel public radio, which added that Russian ships are due to offload...
  • Satellite Images Show Five New Stealth F-22s On US Base Near Iran

    05/24/2013 3:53:46 AM PDT · by Fennie · 61 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 21, 2013
    Even if we have often reported the presence of the F-22 Raptors at Al Dhafra, satellite imagery showing five radar evading planes parked at the main airbase in the UAE has been made publicly available for the first time recently. The aircraft, parked next to an F-15E Strike Eagle, are five of the six F-22 that had (more or less secretely) deployed in South East Asia from Holloman New Mexico, via Moron, Spain, on Apr. 20, 2012. The image is not only interesting because it shows the main U.S. Air Force plane about 100 miles from Iran, but also because...
  • Congressional Report: U.S. Power Grid Vulnerable To Attack By Iran

    05/23/2013 5:10:15 AM PDT · by Fennie · 7 replies
    Newsmax ^ | May 23, 2013
    Several major U.S. utilities are under "constant" cyberattack and haven't taken precautions to protect critical systems from Iran, North Korea and other adversaries, according to a congressional survey of more than 100 companies accounting for much of the nation's power system. The survey shows the nation's electrical grid remains "highly vulnerable" to attack after four years of failed efforts to pass major cyber-security legislation, according to an accompanying report. Industry trade groups, including the Edison Electric Institute, joined by Republicans in the Senate, opposed the bill, arguing minimum cyber-security standards would be out-of-date by the time they were implemented. "Our...
  • Defense Minister: Iran's New Mobile Air Defense System "Impenetrable"

    05/22/2013 7:54:49 AM PDT · by Fennie · 26 replies
    FNA ^ | May 22, 2013
    TEHRAN (FNA) - Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi described Iran's newly unveiled Herz air-defense shield as a very sophisticated system immune from enemy's jamming. The Iranian Defense Ministry on Monday started mass-production of a highly mobile home-made air-defense system.
  • Agency: Syrian Army Destroys Israeli Armoured Vehicle Violating Country's Border

    05/21/2013 4:46:51 AM PDT · by Fennie · 26 replies
    Trend ^ | May 21, 2013
    The Syrian army destroyed an Israeli armoured vehicle that violated the country's border, Syrian agency SANA reported on Tuesday with reference to the Armed Forces Command.