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  • Norway to build fence on border with Russia to curb refugee inflow

    08/29/2016 2:04:23 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    RT (Russia Today) ^ | 24 August 2016
    Norway is planning to build a steel fence at its only border crossing point with Russia, citing the necessity to deter refugees, after thousands for asylum seekers entered the Nordic country through the “Arctic route.” The new fence will be 200 meters long and 3.5 meters high and will stretch from the Storskog-Borisoglebsk border crossing that will also be equipped with new gates, Reuters reports, citing sources in the Norwegian government. The construction of the fence will be finished in the coming weeks before winter frosts set in to make it harder for illegal migrants to cross into Norway via...
  • Russia Calls Up Civilian Reserves

    08/29/2016 2:06:51 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 16 replies
    These combat readiness exercises are being conducted between August 25th and August 31st and include such items as reserve call-up and the functioning of civilian authorities on war footing. Civilian reserves will be called up as part of the drill and briefed on a new system of reserve call-up to be implemented immediately after the end of the review process.
  • Trump's instincts are correct on Russia

    08/29/2016 10:09:43 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 17 replies
    Scary. Dangerous. Insane. Those are the words critics, including some key conservatives, use to describe Donald Trump's informal courtship of Russian President Vladimir Putin. For the vast majority of America's establishment, Trump's remarks are simply unthinkable. But what if Trump is on the right track? What if the experts are missing what's truly at stake for long-term U.S. national security? The recent announcement that Beijing and Moscow plan to hold joint naval exercises in the South China Sea next month is alarming given growing tensions in the region. While analysts doubt the detente will result in a formal alliance between...
  • Is German diplomacy getting too chummy with Russia?

    08/29/2016 8:44:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 29 Aug 2016 17:04 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Critics have been questioning the German Foreign Minister’s recent series of comments about working closer with Russia, with some labeling the diplomat a “Russia sympathizer”. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier continued to push his ideas for détente towards Russia on Monday, arguing for better relations between the two countries at a conference in Berlin. “We cannot simply wish away a Russia that has become immensely more difficult,” he said, calling for Germany and Russia to go from “a phase of confrontation and growing tensions, back to a reliable understanding of common security”. His comments followed an opinion piece he wrote...
  • Iran Deploys Long-Range Missiles at Nuclear Facility

    08/29/2016 6:43:36 AM PDT · by Lera · 37 replies
    Iran has deployed Russian-made S-300 long-range missiles in its Fordow nuclear facility, Tehran Times and other Iranian state-run media reported Sunday. State TV showed the missiles and other counter-strike weapons being transported to Fordow. The Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant (FFEP) is a uranium enrichment facility located 20 miles northeast of the city of Qom. The site is the second Iranian uranium enrichment facility, the other one is in Natanz. In January 2012 the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced that Iran had started producing uranium enriched up to 20%. Earlier on Sunday, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a...
  • FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems

    08/29/2016 7:42:23 AM PDT · by maggief · 91 replies
    YAHOO News ^ | August 29, 2016 | Michael Isikoff
    The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials. The FBI warning, contained in a “flash” alert from the FBI’s Cyber Division, a copy of which was obtained by Yahoo News, comes amid heightened concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about the possibility of cyberintrusions, potentially by Russian state-sponsored hackers, aimed at disrupting the November elections. Those concerns prompted Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson...
  • Saudis Revealed as Possible Secret Buyer of Ukraine's 'Grom' Missile System

    08/29/2016 2:33:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 28.08.2016
    Earlier this month, Ukrainian media reported that significant progress had been made on the development of a Grom-2, a new tactical ballistic missile system meant to compete with Russia's Iskander SRBM. Now, new information has become available regarding the weapons system, including its secretive financier. At the beginning of the month, speaking to local media, Pavlograd Chemical Plant director Leonid Schiemann revealed that after receiving financing of about one billion hryvnia ($40 million) from an unnamed investor, engineers at enterprises under the umbrella of the Ukrainian State Space Agency had made significant progress in the development of the Grom-2, an...
  • In Defense of Trump

    08/26/2016 11:00:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Aug. 27, 2016 | John C. Goodman
    Almost everything I read about Donald Trump these days is negative. Writers on the right have been almost as critical as writers on the left. Is there nothing that can be said about Trump that is positive? I think there is. Since his nomination by the Republican Party, Donald Trump has made a number of serious policy speeches. In each case he is saying things that no other Republican presidential candidate has said. What he is saying is worth listening to. On foreign policy, he has basically noted that our entire approach, from NATO to military bases, is based on...
  • A Thousand Balls of Flame (Russia's threat on possible US vs Russia conflict)

    08/28/2016 9:55:48 PM PDT · by Tours · 16 replies
    Club Orlov ^ | Tuesday, August 23, 2016 | Dmitry Orlov
    A whiff of World War III hangs in the air. In the US, Cold War 2.0 is on, and the anti-Russian rhetoric emanating from the Clinton campaign, echoed by the mass media, hearkens back to McCarthyism and the red scare. In response, many people are starting to think that Armageddon might be nigh—an all-out nuclear exchange, followed by nuclear winter and human extinction. It seems that many people in the US like to think that way. Goodness gracious! ...........Russia will not resort to military measures against the US unless sorely provoked. Time and patience are on Russia’s side. With each...
  • RAF Typhoons hunt for Russian 'bandits' as Nato protects Baltic skies

    08/28/2016 10:19:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Telegraph, U.K. ^ | 27 AUGUST 2016 | David Blair
    When the siren sounded, the RAF pilots dashed for the cockpits of their Typhoons. Within minutes, two jet fighters were streaking across a summer sky, their wings laden with air-to-air missiles, searching for unidentified intruders they know as “bandits”. Over the next half hour, Wing Commander Roger Elliott and his wingman would make three separate interceptions of Russian military aircraft. “You do have adrenalin pumping and when you launch, you don’t know what’s out there,” said Wg Cdr Elliott. “But it also makes you feel very satisfied because that is what we’re here to do.” These pilots from II Squadron...
  • Russian meddling in U.S. election backfiring on Putin, hurting Trump

    08/28/2016 4:00:50 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 57 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 23, 2016 | James Hohmann
    Eight years ago this month, Barack Obama’s high command became very worried after Russia invaded Georgia. The first-term senator, then 47, had no meaningful national security experience, a liability Hillary Clinton had highlighted throughout the Democratic primaries. And he happened to be vacationing in Hawaii. Campaigning in Pennsylvania, John McCain recounted a phone call he had just had with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. "Today, we are all Georgians,” the hawkish war hero said, drawing cheers from the crowd of several thousand. The Obama team was worried about losing voters of Eastern European descent as a result of McCain's hard-line rhetoric...
  • Russia's Best Military Aircraft: Not Armed With the Best Aircraft-Killer Missiles

    08/27/2016 3:59:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The National Interest ^ | August 26, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    While Russia has deployed advanced warplanes to Syria including the Sukhoi Su-30SM, Su-34 and Su-35S, those jets are seldom seen carrying Moscow’s latest air-to-air weapons. More often than not, the Su-30SM Flanker-H and Su-34 Fullback are spotted armed with Soviet-era R-27 semi-active radar and infrared-guided medium range air-to-air missiles. It is only on occasion that Su-35S Flanker-E fighters are spotted with active-radar guided R-77 RVV-SD missiles—which are roughly the equivalent of the American-made Raytheon AIM-120 AMRAAM. The reason Russian fighters are seldom spotted with advanced air-to-air weaponry are two-fold, explains researcher Mikhail Barabanov, editor-in-chief of the Moscow Defense Brief, which...
  • An Alt-Right Response To Pickles Clinton and Her Russian Planetary Conspiracy Theorem

    08/26/2016 11:21:03 AM PDT · by detective · 53 replies
    Paul Joseph Watson presents a rather funny response to the alarmingly weird conspiratorial speech outlined yesterday by candidate Pickles:
  • Russia’s 'Super Hunter' Helicopter Gunship to Become Immune to Enemy Fire

    08/26/2016 4:46:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 26.08.2016
    The latest, upgraded, version of Russia’s Mi-28H “Night Hunter” helicopter gunship will be virtually invulnerable to enemy fire, Zvezda TV reported. Even though it looks much like its predecessor, the Mi-28NM “Super Hunter” boasts the latest and most innovative materials available and is armed with the most advanced active defense systems money can buy. The “Super Hunter” is also equipped with circular-view radar previously installed on export models only. However, according to the makers of “Super Hunter”, the NO25E radar offers a notable improvement over even the export-oriented unit. Another thing making the souped-up Mi-28NM so special is its unique...
  • Politicians renew call to bring Snowden to Germany

    08/25/2016 8:20:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 Aug 2016 15:59 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Green and Die Linke (Left Party) politicians are asking that NSA surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden be allowed into Germany for an ongoing investigation. The Green and Die Linke politicians wrote a letter to the Federal Court of Justice, asking that Snowden be allowed to be questioned in Germany for an ongoing inquiry into NSA surveillance. According to DPA sources, they want to break a blockade by the coalition government against having Snowden come for questioning about surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA). …
  • Next Gen Kh-32 ant-ship cruise missile tests drawing to a close in Russia

    08/24/2016 10:43:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 24 August 2016
    Russia is finalizing the trials of a sophisticated cruise missile designated as Kh-32 and intended to equip the Tupolev Tu-22M3 supersonic long-range bomber fleet, according to the Izvestia daily. The cutting-edge missile is virtually invulnerable to ground-based air defenses and interceptors of a potential adversary. Once launched, the product of the Raduga Design Bureau climbs to an altitude of 40 km, to the stratosphere, to dive on the target at a steep angle. Picture by Mikhail Polyakov, http://russianplanes.net A source in Russia’s defense industry has confirmed that the Kh-32 missile’s tests were in final stages, and the weapon itself was...
  • Memo undercuts Hillary story on controversial Russian uranium deal, Clinton foundation

    08/24/2016 5:30:56 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 21 replies
    State Department officials in fall 2009 - a year before the U.S. approved the deal - had obtained an internal strategy document from Russia's main nuclear energy firm, Rosatom, that provided a warning about Moscow's intentions as it "flexes muscles" in uranium markets. In one cable sent to Clinton, U.S. officials in Brussels warned Russia was about to strongarm U.S. ally Ukraine into a deal for "long-term supply of nuclear fuel" that could "shut" the U.S. company Westinghouse out of the market and extend Moscow's influence over Europe.
  • Danish MP: EU a bigger threat than Russia

    08/24/2016 4:16:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 23 Aug 2016 14:06 GMT+02:00
    Danish People’s Party MP Marie Krarup is under fire for saying that the EU is “without a doubt” a bigger threat to Denmark than Russia. In an interview with Mandag Morgen, Krarup said that the EU is an existential threat to Denmark and is a much bigger problem than Russia. “For Denmark? Yes, without a doubt. Just Schengen alone is a catastrophe. It’s something that will make Denmark disappear from the world map if we don’t pull ourselves together. That national borders have been disbanded is a threat against Denmark’s existence,” she told the magazine. …
  • Commissioner for Human Rights: Russia protects and will protect Christians and combat [TR]

    08/24/2016 9:18:31 AM PDT · by NRx · 11 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 08-24-2016 | Pravoslavie
    Full title: Commissioner for Human Rights: Russia protects and will protect Christians and combat Christianophobia Moscow, August 24, 2016      Russia protects and will protect Christians and combat Christianophobia in all international arenas, including the UN. Commissioner for Human Rights of the Russian Foreign Ministry Constantine Dolgov gave this assurance today, reports Tsargrad.tv. According to him, Russia is counting on support from dozens of countries, and not only those with a predominantly Christian population. Specifying the “categorical impermissibility” of double standards in this question, Dolgov spoke on the need to “decisively thwart” the oppression and genocide of Christians. He called...
  • First on CNN: FBI investigating Russian hack of New York Times reporters, others

    08/23/2016 11:07:47 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | August 23, 2016 | Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz
    Hackers thought to be working for Russian intelligence have carried out a series of cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other US news organizations, according to US officials briefed on the matter. The intrusions, detected in recent months, are under investigation by the FBI and other US security agencies. Investigators so far believe that Russian intelligence is likely behind the attacks and that Russian hackers are targeting news organizations as part of a broader series of hacks that also have focused on Democratic Party organizations, the officials said.
  • Nooscope mystery: The strange device of Putin's new man Anton Vaino

    08/23/2016 7:39:17 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 08/19/2016 | Olga Ivshina
    In 2012 an article appeared in a specialist journal called Economics and Law written by an "AE Vaino" - widely believed to be one and the same person as Mr Putin's new chief of staff. ... Written in a dense academic prose ... and accompanied by even more complex charts and diagrams, the article outlines new ways of organising and understanding society. Mr Vaino argues that the economy and society in general have become too complex to manage by traditional means. Governments need to seek new ways of regulating and controlling them. The article describes a new device called a...
  • April 2006 Message from Dan (a long war between Islam and the West)

    08/22/2016 7:36:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    DanSimmons.com ^ | April 2006 | Dan Simmons
    Greetings Readers, Friends, and Other Visitors: The Time Traveler appeared suddenly in my study on New Year’s Eve, 2004. He was a stolid, grizzled man in a gray tunic and looked to be in his late-sixties or older. He also appeared to be the veteran of wars or of some terrible accident since he had livid scars on his face and neck and hands, some even visible in his scalp beneath a fuzz of gray hair cropped short in a military cut. One eye was covered by a black eyepatch. Before I could finish dialing 911 he announced in a...
  • Lithuania signs major German arms deal over Russia fears

    08/22/2016 7:59:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Aug 2016 11:31 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    Lithuania on Monday signed its biggest ever arms deal for German-made armored vehicles, as it seeks to allay concerns of a military resurgence of Russia on its doorstep. In its biggest-ever arms purchase, the Baltic NATO member will buy 88 Boxer armored fighting vehicles for €386 million. Produced by the German-Dutch ARTEC consortium, the vehicles are fitted with Israeli-made turrets. […] The largest of the three Baltic states that broke free from the crumbling Soviet Union in 1991, Lithuania has increased its defense budget by about a third each year since 2014, when Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine....
  • 25 years after coup, Russia wallows in Soviet nostalgia

    08/22/2016 4:01:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | AUGUST 21 2016
    Communists waving Marxist pamphlets and Twitter storms praising the Soviet Union are probably not what the thousands of Russians who rallied in 1991 against a coup by hardliners expected to see 25 years later. And yet as Russia marks the symbolic anniversary of the August 1991 putsch this week, pro-Kremlin media have concentrated on nostalgia for the Soviet era, while officials have barred a rally by those who manned the barricades. On August 19, 1991, a group of security chiefs and Communist bosses who opposed Mikhail Gorbachev’s reforms declared themselves in charge, ushering in three days of turbulence. Calling themselves...
  • Promised prosperity never arrived in Russian-held Crimea, locals say

    08/21/2016 1:42:07 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    reuters.com ^ | August 21, 2016 | Maria Tsvetkova
    More than two years after Russia annexed Crimea and promised its 2 million people a better life, residents say prices have soared, wages and pensions have stagnated and tourists have fled. The sunny and mountainous Black Sea peninsula is back in the news, with Russian President Vladimir Putin accusing Kiev of sending infiltrators across the border to wreck its industry. But locals say the damage has already been done by Moscow's neglect. "We joined Russia and they stopped giving a damn about us," Yevgeny, a worker at a titanium plant in the town of Armyansk told Reuters.
  • Top US commander warns Russia, Syria

    08/21/2016 1:37:11 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 33 replies
    cnn.com ^ | August 21, 2016 | Barbara Starr
    In the most direct public warning to Moscow and Damascus to date, the new US commander of American troops in Iraq and Syria is vowing to defend US special operations forces in northern Syria if regime warplanes and artillery again attack in areas where troops are located.
  • Yemen Offers Russia Use Of Its Airports And Ports In "Fight Against Terrorism"

    08/21/2016 12:37:52 PM PDT · by amorphous · 12 replies
    ZeroHedge.Com ^ | 21 August 2016 | Tyler Durden
    While Obama was golfing in the midst of another Louisiana natural disaster, and is set to end his vacation so he can do what is truly important, support Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, Putin has been busy making new friends: first he did the seemingly impossible, having rekindled relations with Turkey to the point where Ankara itself is warning it may quit NATO to seek "military cooperation" with Russia, followed quickly by strengthening relations with Iran to the point where Russia is now using an Iranian airbase to strike ISIS, much to the angry dismay of the US and...
  • Marketing U.S. Citizenship and Childbirth Services at Meadowlands Hospital[NJ]

    08/19/2016 10:28:01 PM PDT · by Theoria · 5 replies
    NJ Spotlight ^ | 10 Aug 2016 | Lilo H. Stainton
    A New Jersey hospital advertises its services to pregnant Russian women who want to give birth in the U.S., enabling their children to qualify for dual citizenship This is the first in a series of articles investigating Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center. In this story we take a look at the facility’s AmeriMama birth-tourism program. Our second story details the hospital’s questionable business practices; the third, its ties to powerful NJ politicians.. A company based in the Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center has been advertising online to Russian citizens, encouraging pregnant women to come to the Secaucus facility to give birth —...
  • Su-34 Bomber Named After Russian Pilot Killed in Syria

    08/19/2016 8:57:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 19.08.2016
    © Sputnik/ Uliana Solovyova A Sukhoi Su-34 bomber has been named after Lieutenant-Colonel Oleg Peshkov, the Russian pilot who was killed by militants in Syria after his aircraft was shot down by a Turkish fighter jet in November 2015, RIA Novosti reported citing the Lipetsk city administration’s internet portal. “I see this as a sign of respect for a real man, a patriot who loved his Motherland and honestly fulfilled his duty as a military man and a citizen,” said Oleg Peshkov’s onetime commander Colonel Yuri Gritsaenko, who will be piloting the newly dedicated Su-34. On Thursday Oleg Peshkov’s widow...
  • Ukrainian MP offers more details on alleged payments to Trump campaign chief

    08/19/2016 8:55:53 PM PDT · by Mariner · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 19th, 2016 | By Pavel Polityuk | KIEV
    <p>A Ukrainian lawmaker on Friday divulged more details of what he said were payments made to Donald Trump's campaign chief in the U.S. presidential race by the political party of the Kremlin-backed former Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovich.</p>
  • Kremlin presses Turkey for access to US airbase

    08/19/2016 7:48:04 PM PDT · by amorphous · 28 replies
    The Times UK ^ | 19 August 2016 | Hannah Lucinda Smith, Istanbul | Marc Bennetts, Moscow |Michael Evans
    Russia is pressing Turkey for access to a key airbase used by the US as it tries to extend its influence in the Middle East. The American-built Incirlik base, about 65 miles from the Syrian border, is used by Nato and has about 50 US nuclear warheads stored on site. A senior Russian politician said that allowing Russian jets and bombers to use it would be a logical continuation of President Erdogan’s efforts to rebuild Turkey’s relations with the Kremlin. “It just remains to come to an agreement with Erdogan that we get the Nato base Incirlik as [our] primary…
  • No, the U.S. Is Not Moving Its Nukes From Turkey to Romania

    08/19/2016 5:37:34 PM PDT · by Truth29 · 21 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | August 19, 2016 | Dan De Luce
    An obscure website published a vague report Thursday making the dramatic claim that relations between Washington and Ankara had deteriorated so badly that the United States had begun moving nuclear weapons from Turkey to Romania. The problem is that there doesn’t seem to be any basis at all for the report, which alleged B61 nuclear weapons were on their way to Romania’s Deveselu base. Romania’s defense ministry promptly denied it and experts dismissed the idea as illogical for technical and other reasons.
  • Putin Flies Into Crimea As Ukraine "Prepares For An Invasion"

    08/19/2016 1:38:30 PM PDT · by amorphous · 118 replies
    ZeroHedge.Com ^ | 19 August 2016 | Tyler Durden
    At the same time that Russia is condicting its latest massive military drill on the border with Ukraine, and one day after the latest stark warning by Ukraine' president Poroshenko that the simmering conflict with Russia may be set to explode again when he said on national TV that “the probability of escalation and conflict remains very significant" adding that "we don’t rule out full-scale Russian invasion", Russian president Putin made a not so subtle point that Crimea will not be relinquished when he flew into contested territory on Friday, one day after staging war games there, and said he...
  • Why Would Russians Hack Democrats?

    08/19/2016 8:28:46 AM PDT · by detective · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 19, 2016 | Anthony J. Ciani
    The series of unflattering and damning E-mails released just before the 2016 Democratic National Convention, were hacked from a Democratic National Committee (DNC) server. A few weeks later, a hack of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) was released, containing personal contact information. Both incidents were widely blamed on hacking by Russians, particularly alluding to Russian intelligence. Considering the reasons for such hacking and the proclivities of Democrats, it makes little sense for the Russian government to engage in or sponsor these hacking incidents. So who hacked and why, and why the attempt to blame it on Russians? There are...
  • Air Force Begins Massive High-Tech F-15 Upgrade to Stay in Front of Chinese J-10

    08/18/2016 11:38:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | Aug 18, 2016 | KRIS OSBORN
    The US Air Force is vigorously upgrading the 1980s-era F-15 fighter by giving new weapons and sensors in the hope of maintaining air-to-air superiority over the Chinese J-10 equivalent. The multi-pronged effort includes the current addition of electronic warfare technology, super-fast high-speed computers, infrared search and track enemy targeting systems, increased networking ability and upgraded weapons-firing capability, Air Force and Boeing officials said. “The Air Force plans to keep the F-15 fleet in service until the mid-2040’s. Many of the F-15 systems date back to the 1970’s and must be upgraded if the aircraft is to remain operationally effective. Various...
  • THREAT OF WAR Fears of all-out conflict in Ukraine as sabre-rattling Vladimir Putin places 40,000 tr

    08/18/2016 6:00:34 PM PDT · by Mariner · 95 replies
    The Sun ^ | 18th August 2016, 10:43 am | By COREY CHARLTON
    The manoeuvres are part of what the Russian strongman sees as the fortification of a new front line with NATO By COREY CHARLTON 18th August 2016, 10:43 am 40,000 Russian troops are massing on the country’s border with Ukraine – prompting fears of a new military invasion. The Pentagon has identified eight staging areas dotted along the border, suggesting Russian strongman Vladimir Putin is preparing for new incursions. Fears are growing that Russia is planning new excursions into neighbouring Ukraine Among the units deployed to the area are armoured vehicles, tanks and fighter jets. Navy Captain Danny Hernandez told the...
  • Jihadists who attacked Russian police appear in Islamic State video

    08/18/2016 5:21:31 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 3 replies
    The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has released a video purportedly showing the two young men who assaulted Russian policemen yesterday in Balashikha, which is east of Moscow. The jihadists are identified as Uthman Mardalov and Salim Israilov. As in the past, the two attackers swear allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the “Emir ul-Mu’minin” (“Emir of the Faithful”), in the video. Citing Russian authorities, Reuters reports that the two were armed with a “firearm and two axes” when they “attacked a traffic police post outside Moscow.” Both of the assailants were shot dead. One policeman was reportedly seriously wounded...
  • As Turkey "Considers Military Cooperation" With Russia, US Said To Move Nukes Out Of Turkey

    08/18/2016 1:45:50 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 10 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | August 18, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Over the past month, ever since the "failed" Turkish coup, there has been a dramatic, and surprising, deterioration in the of Turkey with various European states, most notably Austria and Germany, as well as with the US, and NATO in general. This was confirmed once again earlier today when Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu lashed out at NATO, in an interview with Russian Sputnik, saying the alliance is not fully cooperating with Ankara. More importantly, he hinted that Turkey would consider military cooperation with Russia. In the interview, Cavusoglu said that Ankara has become alarmed at the lack of willingness...
  • Turkey considering military ties with Russia as NATO shows unwillingness to cooperate – Ankara

    08/18/2016 11:45:40 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 41 replies
    RT ^ | August 18, 2016 | Staff
    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has lashed out at NATO, saying the alliance is not fully cooperating with Ankara. In an interview with Sputnik, he hinted that Turkey would consider military cooperation with Russia. Cavusoglu says that Ankara has become alarmed at the lack of willingness shown by NATO to cooperate with Turkey, which is a member of the alliance. "It seems to us that NATO members behave in an evasive fashion on issues such as the exchange of technology and joint investments. Turkey intends to develop its own defense industry and strengthen its defense system,” he said in an...
  • US moves nuclear weapons from Turkey to Romania

    08/18/2016 7:38:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 76 replies
    Euractiv ^ | 08/18/16 | Georgi Gotev, Joel Schalit
    EXCLUSIVE/ Two independent sources told EurActiv.com that the US has started transferring nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to Romania, against the background of worsening relations between Washington and Ankara . According to one of the sources, the transfer has been very challenging in technical and political terms. “It’s not easy to move 20+ nukes,” said the source, on conditions of anonymity. According to a recent report by the Simson Center, since the Cold War, some 50 US tactical nuclear weapons have been stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik air base, approximately 100 kilometres from the Syrian border. During the failed coup in...
  • America is no longer guaranteed military victory. These weapons could change that.

    08/17/2016 5:36:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 16, 2016 | David Ignatius
    The fight against the Islamic State may get the headlines. But it’s the military threats from Russia and China that most worry top Pentagon officials — and are driving a new arms race to deter these great-power rivals. This question of how to deal with Russian and Chinese military advances has gotten almost no attention in the 2016 presidential campaign. But it deserves a careful look. The programs begun in the waning days of the Obama administration could potentially change the face of warfare, in the United States’ favor, but they would require political support and new spending by the...
  • Russian Defense Minister - The Americans Cannot Specify the Terrorist Positions in Syria (Video)

    08/17/2016 1:04:09 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 5 replies
    MEMRI ^ | Aug 13, 2016
    In a TV interview, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that the so-called "moderate opposition" in Syria uses booby-trapped APCs in order to carry out suicide bombings, while the Americans cannot inform the Russian side of the exact locations of the moderate opposition or of the ISIS and Jabhat Al-Nusra terrorists. The interview aired on the Russia 1 state TV on August 13,2016. (Click link for video)
  • Modernized Russian bombers will be able to fly in the stratosphere

    08/16/2016 6:09:33 PM PDT · by Mariner · 34 replies
    UPI ^ | August 16th, 2016 | By Nikolai Litovkin
    At the end of 2016, the Russian Defense Ministry will receive the first delivery of the renewed NK-32 engines for the Tu-160M2 strategic missile-carrying bombers. According to the developers, the new engine will help the plane fly up to the stratosphere at an altitude of 60,000 feet. "The new NK-32 version can work not only as a reactive plane engine but also as a rocket engine. Thanks to this, the Tu-160M2 will be able to cruise at a height where no enemy anti-aircraft system can strike it," a source in the Russian defense industry said. The modernized plane's first flight...
  • Military first for Iran as Russian bombers based on its territory launch air strikes on Syria

    08/16/2016 7:24:31 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08/16/16 | Roland Oliphant
    Russian bombers flying from an Iranian airbase have struck targets in Syria, in the first time the Islamic republic has allowed a foreign power to conduct military operations from its territory since the 1979 revolution. Tu-22 long range bombers and SU-34 strike fighters flying from Hamadan airbase in Western Iran struck targets near Aleppo, Deir Ezzor and Idlib on Tuesday morning, the Russian ministry of defence said in a statement. “Flying with full bomb loads from Iran’s Hamadan airbase, the aircraft carried out group attacks on Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra positions,” the ministry said. Jabhat al-Nusra is the former...
  • Egypt-Ordered Mig-29 Fighter Jets to Carry Cutting-Edge IRST, EW System

    08/16/2016 7:12:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    TASS-Defense ^ | Aug 15, 2016
    MOSCOW --- The Mikoyan MiG-29 (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum) fighter jets to be exported to Egypt will be fitted out with advanced infrared search-and-track (IRST) stations and electronic warfare (EW) pods, according to the Izvestia daily. According to representatives of the defense contractors taking part in executing the contract, Egypt’s MiG-29s will feature the latest OLS-UE IRST capable of not only detecting enemy aircraft by their infrared signature, but also acquiring surface threats, getting their coordinates and showing the imagery on a display in the cockpit. In addition to the IRST, the MiG-29s ordered by Egypt will be equipped with...
  • Russian Tu-22M3 Backfire Bombers Deploy To Western Iran: Report

    08/16/2016 4:12:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | AUGUST 15, 2016 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    A group of Russian Tu-22M3 Backfire bombers have supposedly arrived at Hamedan Air Base in western Iran. Photos (below) show them accompanied by at least one IL-76 tanker-transport. The Backfires have supposedly been deployed there for air strikes again ISIS. If these reports prove true, the deployment would be an unprecedented sign of Iranian-Russian military cooperation, and another indicator that Russia is far from finished with its use of fixed-wing air power in the region. Tu-22M3s have been suddenly active once again over Syria, flying long-range missions originating from within Russia’s borders and accompanied by forward-deployed Flanker derivatives once entering...
  • Russia Building New Underground Nuclear Command Posts

    08/15/2016 1:55:16 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 45 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 08/15/16 | Bill Gertz
    U.S. intelligence detects dozens of hardened bunkers for leaders Russia is building large numbers of underground nuclear command bunkers in the latest sign Moscow is moving ahead with a major strategic forces modernization program. U.S. intelligence officials said construction has been underway for several years on “dozens” of underground bunkers in Moscow and around the country. Disclosure of the underground command bunkers comes as Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. European Command, warned recently that Russia has adopted a nuclear use doctrine he called “alarming.” “It is clear that Russia is modernizing its strategic forces,” Scaparrotti told a conference...
  • Biden says of Donald Trump - "He would have loved Stalin"

    08/15/2016 12:00:30 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 101 replies
    CBS News ^ | Aug 15, 2016 2:19 PM EDT
    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is getting some assistance from Joe Biden in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Monday. Hillary Clinton praised the vice president at the beginning of the rally, for being a consistent "fighter for families" and for his belief that "our economy should work for everyone, not just those at the top." She also said she'll continue his Cancer Moonshot initiative and ask him to keep doing what he's doing on it. Clinton also criticized Donald Trump on several fronts, including his child care proposal. She said it would provide little or no help families who...
  • Report: Ukraine officials designated millions in cash for Manafort

    08/15/2016 5:07:50 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 55 replies
    Hillary Clinton's campaign slammed Donald Trump for "troubling connections" to Russia after The New York Times published a report late Sunday alleging that millions in cash payments were designated for Paul Manafort by Ukrainian leaders during his time as a political consultant there.
  • Still Report #1118 – "The Most Corrupt Enterprise in the History of the U.S.

    08/14/2016 8:47:05 PM PDT · by GilGil · 38 replies
    Good evening, I’m still reporting on the Clintons. Pat Caddell is a Democratic pollster. Tonight, he was on the Fox News show, Political Insiders with Democrat Doug Schoen and Republican consultant Ed Rollins. Rollins lays the groundwork that the Clintons have made $200 million dollars by violating their promise to not mix Clinton Foundation business with Hillary’s duties as Secretary of State. Then Caddell lays the truth out for the American people. [insert] Can we hear this one more time for the benefit of those who were not listening? I’m going to replay this over and over until the election....