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  • World View: Russia Accuses Turkey Of 'Industrial Scale' Oil Purchases From ISIS

    11/27/2015 7:13:23 AM PST · by Fennie · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 27, 2015 | John J. Xenakis
    On Tuesday, after the Russian warplane was shot down by Turkey, Russia's president Vladimir Putin said: ISIS has big money, hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars, from selling oil. In addition they are protected by the military of an entire nation [i.e.,Turkey]. One can understand why they are acting so boldly and blatantly. Why they kill people in such atrocious ways. Why they commit terrorist acts across the world, including in the heart of Europe. Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev alleged on Wednesday that Turkish officials were benefiting from ISIS oil sales, while Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov...
  • Obama: Turkey Has The Right To Defend Itself And Its Airspace

    11/24/2015 10:57:13 AM PST · by Fennie · 60 replies
    CNN ^ | November 24, 2015 | By Kevin Liptak
    Washington (CNN) - Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter plane shouldn't lead to futher wartime escalation in the region, President Barack Obama insisted at a press conference Tuesday. But he maintained Turkey had a right to defend its airspace and charged that Russian air activity near the Turkey-Syria border has been been an "ongoing problem."
  • Putin: Downing Of Russian Jet Over Syria Stab In The Back By Terrorist Accomplices

    11/24/2015 5:41:03 AM PST · by Fennie · 57 replies
    Russia Today, Moscow ^ | November 24, 2015
    Turkey backstabbed Russia by downing the Russian warplane and acted as accomplices of the terrorists, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. The plane was hit by a Turkish warplane as it was traveling 1 km away from the Turkish border, Putin said. The plane posed no threat to Turkish national security, he stressed. Putin said the plane was targeting terrorist targets in the Latakia province of Syria, many of whom came from Russia. Russia noticed of the flow of oil from Syrian territory under the control of terrorists to Turkey, Putin said. Apparently, IS now not only receives revenue from the...
  • Russia Deploys Missile System Able To Hit Tel Aviv Planes

    11/13/2015 3:19:49 AM PST · by Fennie · 13 replies
    INN ^ | November 13, 2015
    Moscow places S-400 'Growlers' in Syria's Latakia base, in an escalation that places Ben-Gurion Airport within range. Russia has revealed in photographs that it has deployed a highly advanced anti-missile system in western Syria, that is capable of downing planes taking off in Tel Aviv. The S-400 anti-missile system, known to NATO as the SA-21 "Growler," was shown to be stationed in the Latakia Airbase on the Syrian coast of the Mediterranean Sea in photographs released by the Russian military, reports the Daily Mail on Thursday. In the past there have been Arab media reports of Israeli airstrikes in Latakia...
  • ISIS Threatens To Attack Russia Very Soon

    11/12/2015 8:15:25 AM PST · by Fennie · 86 replies
    ABNA ^ | November 12, 2015
    The ISIS terrorist group has released a video threatening to carry out attacks in Russia "very soon." The five-minute clip, published by ISIL's Al-Hayat Media Center, contains graphic images of previous attacks, accompanied by a chant in Russian. The group vows to "take back Caucasus and stop it from being ruled by dark forces," as well as to seize the Kremlin, and impose Sharia in Tatarstan.
  • 'ISIS Plot To Kidnap British Diplomats' Is Busted: Four Men Arrested In England Are Among 13 Held

    11/12/2015 6:33:13 AM PST · by Fennie · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 12, 2015 | By Katie Louise Davies
    Four men have been arrested in raids across England over fears an ISIS-supporting terror cell were plotting on the dark web to kidnap British diplomats in an attempt to get their leader freed from a Norwegian jail. The North East Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) detained the men after Italian officers swooped on a European jihadist network. Investigators said the network was trying to free Norway-based fundamentalist preacher Najmuddin Ahmad Faraj - also known as Mullah Krekar - who is listed as a terrorist by the United States and United Nations. Italian anti-terrorism chief Giuseppe Governale told a news conference in...
  • [Sputnik]Syrian Army Commander:If approaching our coasts-French nuclear aircraft carrier will be dir

    11/11/2015 9:27:29 PM PST · by Fennie · 38 replies
    "If approaching our coasts, the French nuclear aircraft carrier 'Charles de Gaulle' will be directly targeted" (Syrian General) The Syrian General Mohammad Issa, one of the top commanders of the Syrian army has threatened to target France's aircraft carrier directly if he dares to approach the Syrian coast. Interviewed by the Russian agency Sputnik, the Syrian General said: "The announcement made by France to involve the nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, in military operations in Syria will force the country's army to directly target the aircraft carriers". Focusing on French air strikes in Syria, Issa said: "These strikes target...
  • Turkey Ready To Dispatch 10,700 Soldiers To Syria

    11/11/2015 1:08:58 PM PST · by Fennie · 39 replies
    AGI ^ | November 11, 2015
    (AGI) Ankara, Nov 11 - The Turkish government is preparing to send 10,700 soldiers to Syria in mid-December to fight ISIS and create safe areas for displaced people in the north of the country, reported pro-government daily Yeni Safak. The newspaper said that Ankara will present a document analysing the situation in Syria and will include a request for funds to the great powers at the G20 summit in Antalya over the weekend. Ankara's aim would be to reverse the course of the military campaign against the jihadists and the migrant crisis. The plan provides for the entry of troops...
  • US Responsible For Russian Airbus A321 Crash: American Researcher

    11/06/2015 4:26:18 AM PST · by Fennie · 48 replies
    Press TV ^ | November 3, 2015
    An American researcher says it is highly likely that the United States is responsible for the crash of a Russian passenger plane over Egypt this week. On Saturday, the Airbus A321-200 broke up in midair and crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing 224 people on board. An investigation is underway to find out how the disaster happened; however, the airline has said that technical faults or human errors could not have caused the tragic crash. "New information from sources with contacts in the CIA are reporting that the US recently sold ships to Egypt in return for a drone base...
  • Leak: 81 Per Cent Of Migrants To Germany Are Unskilled

    10/30/2015 10:17:48 AM PDT · by Fennie · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 28, 2015 | Oliver Lane
    Germany will import 1.2 million completely unskilled migrants this year, many of whom will go straight onto unemployment benefits, according to a leaked government document. The federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur fur Arbeit, BA) October migration estimates document outlined a number of key statistics previously not in the public domain. Among the revelations is that fact over 80 per cent of migrants have no qualifications, the majority are under the age of 45, and the agency expects 400,000 new benefit claimants next year to be migrants.
  • Saudi Prince Arrested On Private Plane With 2 Tons Of Drugs - Reports

    10/26/2015 10:05:42 AM PDT · by Fennie · 81 replies
    RT ^ | October 26, 2015
    Lebanese security forces are interrogating a Saudi prince on charges of carrying drugs on his private plane after they allegedly retrieved 2 tons of narcotics from the aircraft, local media reported. Abd al-Muhsen bin Walid bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud was detained on Monday in Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport. The prince was about to conduct a flight on his private plane to Saudi Arabia. Lebanese TV station Al Mayadeen also said that 40 packages of drugs, weighing 2 tons in total, were confiscated. The prince was arrested and taken in for questioning along with four other people.
  • China Calls For New Global Reserve Currency To Replace Dollar

    10/22/2015 7:30:31 AM PDT · by Fennie · 17 replies
    ABC ^ | October 20, 2015 | By Samuel Bryan
    In yet another sign of its growing prominence on the global financial stage, China called for a new world reserve currency to replace the dominant dollar. An ABC news report said China is showing "growing assertiveness" on revamping the world economy: The surprise proposal by Beijing's central bank governor reflects unease about its vast holdings of U.S. government bonds and adds to Chinese pressure to overhaul a global financial system dominated by the dollar and Western governments.
  • GERMANY Registered 409,000 Refugees In Just 40 Days

    10/16/2015 9:51:21 AM PDT · by Fennie · 44 replies
    SPIEGEL ^ | October 16, 2015
    Around 10,000 refugees have been recorded by information obtained by SPIEGEL last day in Germany. The administrative courts are overwhelmed in the face of many asylum procedures. The rush to Germany continues unabated. According to information obtained by SPIEGEL, registered the provinces between September 5 and October 15 409,000 new migrants, approximately 10,000 per day. This emerges from figures from the Federal Interior Ministry.
  • 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...