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  • At least 30 killed, 126 injured in bomb blasts at peace rally in Turkish capital

    10/10/2015 5:36:20 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 10, 2015 | Associated Press
    ANKARA, Turkey – Two bomb explosions targeting a peace rally in Turkey's capital Ankara on Saturday killed at least 30 people and injured 126 others, Turkey's Interior Ministry said. The explosions occurred minutes apart near Ankara's main train station as people were gathering for the rally, organized by the country's public sector workers' trade union and other civic society groups. The rally aimed to call for an end to the renewed violence between Kurdish rebels and Turkish security forces. ·
  • Checkmate: Obama's Syrian Disaster

    10/10/2015 11:39:17 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 7 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 10 Oct 15 | Joseph V. Micallef
    The Syrian Civil War is entering a third and potentially very dangerous phase in its continuing evolution. It began as a purely domestic crisis, became steadily internationalized as other countries intervened, and it now risks becoming a full blown Russian-American cold war proxy conflict. This is a conflict that could turn hot very quickly given the proximity of American and Russian military forces in the same theater of operations. The civil war started as an Arab Spring sparked revolt by elements in the Syrian military, under the banner of the Free Syrian Army, against the Assad government. There has been...
  • Russian jet 'shot down by Turkish forces after planes violated country's airspace'

    10/10/2015 11:01:28 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/10/15 | Sam Tonkin
    Turkish forces are said to have shot down a Russian jet after it flew into the country's airspace, according to unconfirmed reports on social media. It has been claimed by eyewitnesses that there was a large explosion in Huraytan, northern Syria, while three fighter planes were seen overhead. Rumours of a jet being shot out of the sky come amid heightening tensions between Russian president Vladimir Putin and the West.
  • Juncker: We can’t let EU relations with Russia be dictated by US

    10/10/2015 9:10:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 09 Oct 2015 - 07:06 | ( with agencies)
    Europe must improve its relationship with Russia, and should not let this be something decided by Washington, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Thursday (8 October). […] Last week, US President Barack Obama accused Putin of acting out of a position of weakness to defend a crumbling, authoritarian ally in the Syrian leader. But Juncker signaled that Europe should take a different approach. “Russia must be treated decently,” he said. “We can’t let our relationship with Russia be dictated by Washington.” “I know from my conversations with (Russian President Vladimir) Putin that he (does not accept) phrases like when...
  • China Joining Russia In Syria Brings Risks Of World War

    10/10/2015 6:23:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    IBD ^ | 10/10/2015
    American Decline: Chinese forces head to Syria to join with Russia in filling Obama's power vacuum and purportedly fight the Islamic State. A false move involving NATO member Turkey could mean world war. Russian and Chinese military sources now confirm that Chinese warships are en route to the Middle East to get in on some of the action of humiliating the U.S. In just a week and a half, Moscow has upended the dynamics of power in the Mideast by taking on the role that President Obama relinquished: acting like a superpower in a regional conflict that has implications extending...
  • Obama Is Paralyzed in Syria

    10/10/2015 1:37:13 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 24 replies
    Commentary ^ | 9 Oct 15 | Max Boot
    There is a lot of news and commentary regarding Syria to take note of today. At the Washington Post, Condoleezza Rice and Bob Gates have a biting op-ed that shreds the president’s arguments for inaction in the face of Russia’s intervention in Syria. They note all of the wrongheaded reactions emanating from the White House for the Russian intervention: Sometimes the reaction is derision: This is a sign of weakness. Or smugness: He will regret the decision to intervene. Russia cannot possibly succeed. Or alarm: This will make an already bad situation worse. And, finally, resignation: Perhaps the Russians can...
  • As Russia steps up Syria bombardment, Isis gains ground

    10/10/2015 1:03:03 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 7 replies
    FT ^ | 9 Oct 15 | Sam Jones in London, Noam Raydan in Beirut and Kathrin Hille in Moscow
    High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email to buy additional rights. Isis has wrested control of new territory in the strategically vital north of Syria, as Russia ramps up air strikes that detractors say are helping rather than hindering the jihadi terror group. In one of their biggest breakthroughs in the region for months, Isis fighters over-ran a string of townships on Thursday around the northern belt of Aleppo, the country’s largest...
  • Russia just handed ISIS a 'big win' in Syria's largest city

    10/10/2015 12:54:31 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 11 replies
    BI ^ | 9 Oct 15 | Pamela Engel
    The terror group ISIS made gains near Syria's largest city in the last 24 hours, indirectly aided by Russian airstrikes that drove other groups out. ISIS militants seized five villages on the northern edge of Aleppo, putting them within 1 mile of territory held by the Syrian regime, Reuters reports.
  • U.S. will not directly confront Russia in Syria, Obama says

    10/10/2015 12:44:48 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2 Oct 15 | Karen DeYoung, Juliet Eilperin and Greg Miller
    President Obama has decided not to directly confront Russia over its new air offensive in Syria, believing that President Vladi­mir Putin will soon find himself in a Syrian “quagmire,” but he has approved a new escalation of U.S. efforts against the Islamic State. Obama laid out the U.S. response to Russia’s actions during a meeting with senior aides Thursday evening. Details were firmed up in a meeting Friday morning among national security principals at the White House, senior administration officials said. At the same time, the president also approved proposals, made prior to this week’s Russian actions, to strengthen the...
  • Despite signs of Russia’s Syria buildup, U.S. seemed to be caught flat-footed

    10/10/2015 12:40:56 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9 Oct 15 | Greg Miller and Karen DeYoung
    Among the first clues that Russia was mobilizing for a military offensive in Syria were requests Moscow began making in ­mid-August for permission to cross other countries’ territory with more and larger aircraft. “We were getting the word the Russians were asking for inordinate overflights,” a senior Obama administration official said, referring to reports from U.S. allies receiving the requests. Russia was seeking clearance for not only cargo planes but also “fighter aircraft and bombers” that Syrian pilots had never been trained to fly, the official said. “It was clear that something pretty big was up.” But despite that early...
  • Russian fighter jet shot down in Syria – report

    10/09/2015 10:46:24 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Trend ^ | 5 October 2015, 18:11 (GMT+05:00) | Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend
    A Russian fighter jet, carrying out operations against the terrorist organization “Islamic State”, was shot down in Syria, Turkish newspaper Haber7 reported citing sources in the Syrian opposition. Reportedly, the Russian fighter jet was shot down in the Ghouta region of the Syrian capital of Damascus.
  • Leaked documents show Russia ordered Syria to shoot down Turkish jet

    10/09/2015 10:29:36 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    Ekurd Daily ^ | 1.10.2012 | Yifa Yaakov and Times of Israel staff, The Associated Press contributed to this report.
    Russia told Assad to shoot down Turkish plane, murder captured pilots, ‘leaked Syrian documents’ show. Devastating intelligence papers purport to prove jet was downed on Moscow’s orders, pilots captured alive by intelligence unit and then killed; Damascus had claimed June incident was an accident October 1, 2012 DAMASCUS,— Contrary to previous reports, the two pilots of a Turkish F-4 Phantom which was shot down by Syria in June were not killed in the crash, but were murdered by the Assad regime on Russian orders, according to a devastating series of alleged Syrian intelligence documents leaked to and published by Al-Arabiya...
  • US starts to pull Patriot missiles from Turkey at critical time

    10/09/2015 9:47:20 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 64 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Friday,October 9 2015 | HATAY - Doğan News Agency
    The U.S. has started to pull its Patriot missiles stationed in Turkey, despite a recent appeal from Ankara to its NATO allies to keep the air and missile defense units at a delicate time on the border with Syria. Patriot missiles were initially deployed at the Gaziantep 5th Armored Brigade Command in southeastern Turkey after the country appealed to its NATO allies to guard against rockets from Syria.
  • Russian jet SHOT DOWN by Turkey after it flew into their airspace, according to reports

    10/09/2015 8:27:32 PM PDT · by revivaljoe · 207 replies
    express ^ | Sat, Oct 10, 2015 | SCOTT CAMPBELL
    Russian jet SHOT DOWN by Turkey after it flew into their airspace, according to reports A RUSSIAN jet has been shot down by Turkish forces after it flew into the country's airspace, according to as yet unconfirmed reports circulating on social media.
  • NATO to deploy troops in Turkey, Turkey to break gas contract with Russia

    10/09/2015 5:49:42 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies ^ | 08.10.2015
    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance was ready to deploy troops in Turkey. Meanwhile, Ankara threatened to terminate the natural gas contract with Russia. According to Stoltenberg, the NATO army may appear in Turkey to protect the country from threats coming from the south. The statement was made against the background of reports of violation of Turkish airspace by Russian fighter jets. According to Stoltenberg, NATO is ready to protect all of its allies, including Turkey, from any threats. He added that the Russian operation in Syria was a "cause for concern," Pravda.Ru reports. Turkey has accused...
  • Russia trashes CNN for reports about Russian missiles falling in Iran

    10/09/2015 5:47:10 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 29 replies ^ | 09.10.2015
    Tehran has not confirmed the rumors of Russian cruise missiles that supposedly fell on the territory of Iran after they were launched on October 8 by the Caspian flotilla. Iran's FARS news agency reported with reference to source at the Ministry of Defense of Iran that there was no information about the alleged inaccuracy in the launch of Russian cruise missiles. It was also said that the appearance of such reports in Western media was fact of psychological pressure. Spokespeople for the Russian Defense Ministry also denied the information. Maria Zakharova, a representative of the Foreign Ministry of Russia, said...
  • Russia's Threat

    10/09/2015 12:44:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | October 9, 2015 | Linda Chavez
    When Barack Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, he predicted that the occasion would be remembered as "the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth." Some seven years later, America is weaker, and the world is a far more dangerous place. President Obama did not end the war in Iraq. His precipitous withdrawal of American troops allowed the Islamic State group to take control of major cities and Iran to become the puppet master in Iraq. His decision to announce when the U.S. would...
  • Israel's Hushed Military Ties With Russia Now Paying Off

    10/09/2015 12:34:13 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 48 replies ^ | Oct 09, 2015 1:43 AM | Anshel Pfeffer
    Israel's Hushed Military Ties With Russia Now Paying Off While U.S. gives Russia the cold shoulder in Syria, Kremlin's ties with Israel grow warm. Anshel Pfeffer Oct 09, 2015 1:43 AM The Pentagon announced on Wednesday that it was refusing to hold “de-confliction” talks with the Russian Defense Ministry to coordinate the two nations’ air-operations over Syria and would make do with just “technical details.” At the same time, de-confliction talks, of the kind the Americans rejected, between the Israel Defense Forces and their Russian counterparts, led by the deputy chiefs of staff of both militaries, were already wrapping up...
  • Boone Pickens: Russia 'new sheriff' in Mideast

    10/09/2015 12:25:01 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 4 replies ^ | Thursday, 8 Oct 2015 | 11:23 AM ET | Matthew J. Belvedere
    Boone Pickens: Russia 'new sheriff' in Mideast Matthew J. Belvedere | @Matt_Belvedere Thursday, 8 Oct 2015 | 11:23 AM ET The new military involvement by Russia in Syria could force OPEC's largest oil member to finally capitulate on production cuts, energy entrepreneur Boone Pickens said Thursday. Such a move could rescue battered crude prices, which have lost half their value in the past year. The Mideast has a "new sheriff in town," Pickens told CNBC's "Squawk Box," with Russia making its most significant move back into the region since being kicked out in 1973, when then-Egyptian President Anwar Sadat broke...
  • Arab Video Encourages Murder of Jews in Old city

    10/09/2015 11:22:55 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | October 7th, 2015 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    A video uploaded to YouTube* by a Hamas account on Oct. 6 glorifies and encourages murdering Jews in the Old City of Jerusalem. The video shows what purports to be a Palestinian Arab man in his twenties. The Arab is shown wearing a Fatah-style kefiyah. He is sitting in an alleyway of what looks like the Old City of Jerusalem, and he is watching a video on his cellphone. Young Arab boys play ball in the alley. Arab in alleyway After a few seconds, two men dressed up as religious Jews appear in the alleyway. One is wearing a black...
  • US scraps its $500million programme to train 'moderate' Syrian rebels ...

    10/09/2015 8:46:03 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 30 replies
    FULL TITLE: US scraps its $500million programme to train 'moderate' Syrian rebels after producing fewer than 80 soldiers, most of whom were either shot or ran away The U.S. has scrapped its $500 million program to train moderate rebels after it produced fewer than 80 fighters, most of whom had been killed or fled. U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter said Washington would instead work more closely with capable Kurdish and other forces in Syria. No details were immediately available, but the programme to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State group is widely considered a failure....
  • Abbas Must Be Stopped

    10/09/2015 10:10:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | October 9, 2015 | Caroline Glick
    All the Palestinian terrorist attacks that have been carried out in recent weeks share one common feature. All the terrorists believe that by attacking Jews they are protecting the Temple Mount from destruction. And why shouldn’t they believe this obscenity? Everywhere they go, every time they turn on their televisions, read the paper, go to school or the mosque they are told that the Jews are destroying al-Aksa Mosque. Al-Aksa, they are told, is in danger. They must take up arms to defend it from the Jews, whatever the cost. One man stands at the center of this blood libel....
  • #Chinese military vehicles BAW Yongshi made it to the shores of #Syria.

    10/09/2015 11:40:16 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 31 replies ^ | 10/09/2015 |
    Sergey Bobkov ‏@sbobkov 2h2 hours ago #Chinese military vehicles BAW Yongshi made it to the shores of #Syria.
  • Islamic State claims gains in Aleppo province during chaotic fight

    10/09/2015 10:52:02 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | October 9, 2015 | By Thomas Joscelyn
    The Islamic State has issued a statement claiming that its fighters have seized key several towns north of the city of Aleppo. In addition, the group’s propaganda arm has released a series of photos documenting its newly-gained territory. Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s organization made few gains in the Aleppo province over the preceding months, as a complex multi-sided fight had prevented the “caliphate” from claiming any definitive victories. But Russia’s intervention has changed the balance of power, even if only temporarily. It remains to be seen if the Islamic State’s surge in the province results in long-lasting territorial gains. However,...
  • Obama Weighs "Syria Retreat" As White House Ends Training Of Moderate Rebels

    10/09/2015 10:53:13 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/9/2015 | Submitted by Tyler Durden
    This past weekend we called Obama's latest failed attempt to replace Syria's president (after a comparable attempt in 2013 also ended in failure) for what it is: "Make no mistake, this is shaping up to be the most spectacular US foreign policy debacle since Vietnam - and we don't think that's an exaggeration." Some of our high level observations: The US, in conjunction with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, attempted to train and support Sunni extremists to overthrow the Assad regime. Some of those Sunni extremists ended up going crazy and declaring a Medeival caliphate putting the Pentagon and Langley in...
  • Trey Gowdy's 13 page Letter to Elijah Cummings (Benghazi)

    10/08/2015 10:24:40 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 80 replies
    Benghazi ^ | Oct. 7, 2015 | Trey Gowdy
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  • Trey Gowdy: Democrats thwarting Benghazi investigation

    10/08/2015 10:10:28 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 8, 2015
    Rather than cooperate, Democrats from the start have tried to thwart the Benghazi probe from within, Chairman Trey Gowdy said in a letter released Thursday that accused Democrats of bad faith and also announced the release of emails that call into question the relationship between former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her associate Sidney Blumenthal. Mr. Gowdy said it was Democrats, not Republicans, who “selectively leaked information” to try to set the political narrative about the probe. Mr. Gowdy said Democrats have been more interested in that than in actually participating in the investigation, and he accused the...
  • Benghazi committee, under fire, releases more Clinton emails

    10/09/2015 9:24:20 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 30 replies
    Yahoo Political News ^ | 10/9 | Michael Isikoff
    Hillary Clinton used her private email account to pass along the identity of one of the CIA’s top Libyan intelligence sources, raising new questions about her handling of classified information, according to excerpts from previously undisclosed emails released Thursday by Rep. Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. On March 18, 2011, Sidney Blumenthal — Clinton’s longtime friend and political adviser — sent the then secretary of state an email to her private account that contained apparently highly sensitive information he had received from Tyler Drumheller, a former top CIA official with whom Blumenthal at...
  • Brutal: Trey Gowdy Pens Scathing Letter to Top Benghazi Committee Democrat

    10/09/2015 9:06:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies ^ | October 9, 2015 | Guy Benson
    This story was more or less lost in the noise of yesterday's palace intrigue, but it's too important to simply let lie.  Do yourself a favor and click through to Gowdy's letter before proceeding any further. Read the entire thing. It's extraordinary, on several levels: First, Gowdy summons his prosecutorial vigor to absolutely demolish the ranking Democrat on the House Select Committee on Benghazi.  Democrats have seized upon erstwhile Speaker-in-waiting Kevin McCarthy's ill-advised comments to try to shut down the panel's probe -- a continuation of their ongoing, partisan efforts to dismiss its focus as a "phony scandal" and to portray the investigation as a political witch hunt.  Gowdy...
  • Ted Cruz: How U.S. must push back Putin in Syria (Cruz-Op Ed- CNN)

    10/09/2015 9:49:11 AM PDT · by VinL · 101 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/9/15 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    Over the last week, the world has once again looked on aghast as President Vladimir Putin has taken violent advantage of regional instability to re-establish Russia's influence, this time in the Middle East. Despite promises to join the United States in a counterterrorism effort against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Putin is on a mission to protect Russian assets in the Mediterranean by propping up his client, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Ted Cruz Ted Cruz Meanwhile, the Obama administration has been caught flat-footed as Putin's actions threaten to inflame and destabilize an already acute crisis. Enough already. We don't need...
  • China Threatens The U.S., Says Will "Not Tolerate Violations Of Its Territorial Waters"

    10/09/2015 9:33:37 AM PDT · by amorphous · 32 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9 Oct 2015 | Tyler Durden
    While the geopolitical posturing between the US and China over the South China Seas is nothing new, the latest and most dramatic installment started just one month ago, when as part of its celebration to commemorate the successful victory over Japan in World War II, China sailed five warships to the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska, just as Obama was quite literally taking selfies of himself a few hundred miles away. ... China's response was quick, clear and unequivocal: "We will never allow any country to violate China's territorial waters and airspace in the Spratly Islands, in the...
  • Obama administration linked to House-speakership blowup?

    10/08/2015 8:16:35 PM PDT · by amorphous · 36 replies
    WND ^ | 8 Oct 2015
    The reason Rep. Kevin McCarthy abruptly pulled his name from the running for the job as House speaker Thursday may be exactly as he explained – his untoward comments attributing a political purpose to a House committee investigating Benghazi. Or it may have been something else – as speculation swirled on Thursday about an alleged affair with another member of Congress. And if that was the case, one report is suggesting people look to the Obama administration for a level of involvement. Because the trail could link back to the administration’s Department of Homeland Security.
  • Obama claims Putin's war in Syria is sign of weakness - as US abandons training rebels..

    10/09/2015 8:25:16 AM PDT · by maggief · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 9, 2015 | J. TAYLOR RUSHING
    President tells CBS's Steve Kroft in interview previewed on-air Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin's moves into Syria are out of weakness, not strength US has abandoned $500 million to train and arm rebels fighting to remove Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad from power (snip) 'He's moved troops into Syria, for one. He's got people on the ground,' Kroft said. 'Two, the Russians are conducting military operations in the Middle East for the first time since World War II... Bombing the people we are supporting.' 'He's challenging your leadership, Mr. President. He's challenging your leadership.' Obama replied, 'So that's leading, Steve?'...
  • Israel to provide Russia with intelligence about Syrian opposition

    10/09/2015 8:17:57 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 48 replies
    Israel will provide Russia with intelligence information about opposition sites in Syria to facilitate Moscow’s military operations, Channel 2TV has reported. The Israeli network said that a senior delegation of Russian army officials will arrive in Israel on Tuesday to coordinate the military cooperation. The delegation will be led by First Deputy Chief of General Staff General Nikolai Bogdanovsky, who will meet his Israeli counterpart, Major-General Yair Golan as well as senior officials in Israeli military intelligence, the air force and the Mossad. Channel 2 noted that the visit follows the meeting between Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian...
  • The moment Russians targeted a mosque in al-Rastan Homs during Friday prayer

    10/09/2015 7:21:43 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 26 replies ^ | 10/09/2015 | Stork ‏@NorthernStork
    The moment RuAF targeted a mosque in al-Rastan #Homs during Friday prayer.
  • Obama pulls in his horns: Russia can have Syria

    10/09/2015 7:21:28 AM PDT · by Hombre Malevo · 16 replies
    RT ^ | 10/09/2015 | RT
    The Obama administration is set to overhaul the Defense Department's $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels, according to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. The US president is expected to speak on the matter later on Friday. Carter said during a Friday news conference in London that Washington has been "looking for several weeks at ways to improve" the program.
  • As Russia Bombs Syria, U.S. Pulls Aircraft Carrier Out of Persian Gulf

    10/09/2015 6:22:11 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 26 replies ^ | Oct 9 2015, 2:03 am ET | Courtney Kube and Erik Ortiz
    As Russian warships rain down cruise missiles as part of its military strike in Syria, there's now a glaring absence in the region: For the first time since 2007, the U.S. Navy has no aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. Military officials said Thursday that they've pulled the USS Theodore Roosevelt, which is home to about 5,000 service members and 65 combat planes, so that it can undergo maintenance. The ship officially exited the gulf around 11 p.m. ET. The temporary measure is also the result of mandatory budget cuts.
  • Obama Administration Ends Pentagon Program to Train Syrian Rebels

    10/09/2015 6:16:21 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/09/2015 | HELENE COOPER and ERIC SCHMITT
    The Obama administration has ended the Pentagon’s $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels, administration officials said on Friday, in an acknowledgment that the beleaguered program had failed to produce any kind of ground combat forces capable of taking on the Islamic State in Syria. [...] [The Defense Secretary] Mr. Carter added, “I think you’ll be hearing from President Obama very shortly” on the program." [...] A senior Defense Department official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that a much smaller training center would be set up in Turkey instead, where a small group of “enablers”...
  • Polish Air Force Acquires Missiles for the MiG-29; Ukrainian Contractors May Place Their Offers Too

    10/09/2015 5:27:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki Poland ^ | Oct 09, 2015
    Poland’s Armament Inspectorate announced that it has begun a procedure to acquire radar guided R-27R1 missiles, used as the main armament of the Polish MiG-29 fighters. Ukrainian manufacturers are allowed to submit offers as well. The procedure concerns procurement of 40 R-27R1 missiles. This type of weaponry is the basic armament of the MiG-29 fighters used by the Polish Air Force. The missile is a semi-active radar-guided weapon used against airborne targets at close and medium ranges, in any weather conditions, by day and night, in any direction. This type of missiles requires the launch aircraft to continuously track the...
  • ISIL Instructors Training Russia-Born Militants in Afghanistan

    10/09/2015 5:00:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 08.10.2015
    ISIL Instructors Training Russia-Born Militants in Afghanistan Asia & Pacific 13:35 08.10.2015(updated 15:08 08.10.2015) Get short URL Russian is the working language in the ISIL camp in Afghanistan, a top Russian diplomat said Thursday. The Islamic State is training Russia-born militants in Afghanistan, some of its instructors possessing US and UK passports, a top Russian diplomat said Thursday at a security conference in Moscow. "A number of ISIL training bases recruit militants in Central Asia and some Russian regions. Russian is the working language in this so-called camp", Zamir Kabulov, director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Second Department said. He...
  • Russia’s Giving ISIS An Air Force

    10/09/2015 4:23:45 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 85 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10.08.15 | Michael Weiss
    Putin’s air campaign in Syria is not only supporting Assad, it’s giving cover to fighters from the so-called Islamic State. Last June, the U.S. embassy in Damascus accused Bashar al-Assad’s air force of clearing a path for an ISIS advance on Syrian rebels in the Aleppo town of Azaz. “Reports indicate that the regime is making air strikes in support of [ISIS’s] advance on Aleppo, aiding extremists against Syrian population,” the embassy account tweeted, following up with a broader accusation: “We have long seen that the regime avoids [ISIS] lines, in complete contradiction to the regime’s claims to be fighting...
  • Russia’s New Mega-Missile Stuns the Globe

    10/08/2015 10:28:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 49 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10.09.15 | DAVID AXE
    On Oct. 7, Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired 26 high-tech cruise missiles at rebel targets in Syria—a staggering 1,000 miles away. The missiles in question, which the Pentagon calls SS-N-30s, were mostly unknown to the outside world before the Oct. 7 raid. Even close watchers of the Russian military were surprised to see them. The missile attack was also highly visible. In many ways, it was an announcement to the world, and America in particular, that the once-dilapidated Russian navy is back in action—and that Putin’s missileers are now among the planet’s most advanced. Planning for the missile...
  • Surprise, surprise, Russia is a world power again

    10/08/2015 6:47:42 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 28, 2015 | Jonathan Adelman
    In a world full of surprises--the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, the weakness in the Chinese economy, the battles within the European Union, the making of the Iran deal, the slide in the American stock market--the greatest surprise of all has been the sudden rebirth of Russian power under Vladimir Putin.
  • Will China join Russia's intervention in Syria?

    10/08/2015 6:32:18 PM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Al Araby ^ | 2 October, 2015 | Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff
    Will China join Russia's intervention in Syria? By: Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff Date of publication: 2 October, 2015 Multiple reports and sources allege that Beijing will deploy military resources to bolster Moscow's efforts in Syria. Russian Senator Igor Morozov has appeared to confirm rumours that China was set to enter the Syrian conflict. "It is known that China has joined our military operation in Syria; the Chinese cruiser has already entered the Mediterranean, [and an] aircraft carrier follows it," he said. Lebanese political sources close to the Syrian regime and Hezbollah also told al-Araby al-Jadeed that Chinese fighters would "take part...
  • Russia targeting North Caucasus jihadis linked to ISIS (Expert disputes U.S. claim)

    10/08/2015 6:28:18 PM PDT · by amorphous · 40 replies
    WMD ^ | 8 Oct 2015 | F. Michael Maloof
    WASHINGTON – While the United States insists that Russian airstrikes in Syria are targeting “moderate” opposition forces and not ISIS fighters, a Middle East expert claims the targets are jihadists from Russia itself, many of whom have joined various Sunni jihadi groups, including ISIS, according to a new report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. Middle East expert Mairbek Vatchagaev told G2 Bulletin the concern for the Russian government is North Caucasus fighters in Syria returning home to continue waging jihad. “It is unclear why Russia sat back for so long and allowed the militants in Syria to consolidate,” said Vatchagaev,...
  • CRUZ: We Have No Business Getting in the Middle of the Syrian Civil War; Goal Should be to Defeat...

    10/08/2015 3:02:26 PM PDT · by Isara · 31 replies ^ | 10/08/15
    ICYMI: CRUZ: We Have No Business Getting in the Middle of the Syrian Civil War; Goal Should be to Defeat ISIS Speaks with WRKO’s Jeff KuhnerHOUSTON, Texas – Today U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke with The Kuhner Report regarding the Obama administration’s disastrous foreign policy, the 2016 presidential race and the President’s decision to politicize the tragedy in Oregon.Below is an excerpt. Listen to the full interview here:Ted Cruz on the Kuhner Report (Audio)“I think it would be a mistake to get involved in the Syrian civil war. There have been voices in Washington eager for us to send...
  • Russia says it’s bombing ISIS in Syria. This map shows it’s lying.

    10/08/2015 10:05:57 AM PDT · by Sam's Army · 60 replies
    Vox ^ | October 7, 2015 | Zack Beauchamp
    When Russia started bombing in Syria last week, it said it was targeting ISIS — a claim it's stuck to pretty consistently in the past week. But this map of Russian airstrikes in Syria so far, put together by the Levantine Group, tells a very different story. The Levantine Group's analysts used a proprietary network of sources, cross-checked with open-source media and information released by the Russian Ministry of Defense, to determine the locations hit by Russian planes. This map shows those strikes overlaid on territory controlled by Bashar al-Assad's regime, by anti-Assad rebels, by ISIS, and by Kurdish forces....
  • How to Roll Back Russia

    10/08/2015 1:22:17 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 108 replies
    Commentary ^ | 7 Oct 15 | Max Boot
    28 Shares A Every day seems to bring an escalation of the Russian military involvement in Syria. First it was airstrikes from more than 30 warplanes that Russia has positioned in Syria. Now it’s cruise missile strikes from warships in the Caspian Sea. Soon, if hints from Moscow are to be believed, Russian “volunteers” — a.k.a. “Little Green Men” — will be showing up in Syria to engage in ground combat alongside Iranian and Assad forces. President Obama can pretend that this is no big deal and that Russia is getting sucked into a quagmire, but this is a serious...
  • Muslim refugee riots ignored in U.S. media blackout

    10/08/2015 3:17:38 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies
    WND ^ | Leo Hohmann
    Sweden, seen by many American progressives as the model of multiculturalism and tolerance, has erupted into an orgy of violence as gangs of rioting immigrants took to the streets for a fifth consecutive night Tuesday in Stockholm. The latest reports indicate the riots are now spreading to the country’s two other major cities – Gothenburg and Malmo. Sweden, along with Germany, make up Europe’s two most generous welfare states. They are also the most welcoming of Islamic immigrants, more than a million of which have flooded into the continent this year from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and North Africa. The...
  • Obama Admin’s Iran Point Man Promotes Anti-Israel Conspiracy Theories

    10/08/2015 3:11:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 10/8/15 | Adam Kredo
    A State Department official closely involved in the Obama administration’s Iran push has been promoting publications from anti-Semitic conspiracy sites and other radical websites that demonize American Jewish groups and Israel, according to sources and documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.Alan Eyre, the State Department’s Persian-language spokesman and a member of the negotiating delegation that struck a nuclear deal with Iran earlier this year, has in recent months disseminated articles that linked American-Jewish skeptics of the deal to shadowy financial networks, sought to soften the image of Iranian terrorists with American blood on their hands, and linked deal criticism...