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  • Julian Assange: 'A lot more material' coming on US elections

    (CNN)Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said Tuesday his whistleblowing website might release "a lot more material" relevant to the US electoral campaign. Assange was speaking in a CNN interview following the release of nearly 20,000 emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee by suspected Russian hackers. However, Assange refused to confirm or deny a Russian origin for the mass email leak, saying Wikileaks tries to create ambiguity to protect all its sources. "Perhaps one day the source or sources will step forward and that might be an interesting moment some people may have egg on their faces. But to exclude certain...
  • Russia doping in Sochi was state-dictated with secret service backing, WADA report finds

    07/19/2016 12:40:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    ABC ^ | 07/18/2016
    The Moscow laboratory operated a scheme for the false reporting of positive samples which Richard McClaren called the Disappearing Positive Methodology The Ministry of Sport, the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) and the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), the main heir to the Soviet-era KGB, were all involved Russia's Deputy Minister of Sport Yuri Nagornykh was advised of every positive test from 2011 onwards and decided "who would benefit from a cover-up and who would not be protected" Mr Nagornykh used the code word "save" when he wanted an athlete who had tested positive to be protected and "quarantine" for the...
  • VIDEO=> Russian Guard Tackles US Diplomat Spy Outside US Embassy in Moscow

    07/07/2016 2:17:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/7/16 | Jim Hoft
    In March 2009 Hillary Clinton announced that the Obama Adminstration was going to push the reset button with the Russians. Unfortunately, the administration bungled their delivery and spelled out “overcharge” rather than “restart” on their prop. An assistant shows the mock ‘reset’ button that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva in 2009. (AP Photo) Now this… A Russian guard was filmed this week tackling a US diplomat outside the US Embassy in Moscow.
  • Istanbul airport attackers 'Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz'

    06/30/2016 6:58:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    An unnamed Turkish official confirmed for Reuters news agency the attackers' countries of origin after Turkish media reports. Some agencies named one of the men as Osman Vadinov, said to have crossed into Turkey from the IS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria in 2015. Reports that he was a Chechen have been denied by an unnamed police source in the North Caucasus, Russia's Interfax news agency reports. IS has long recruited members from mainly Muslim parts of the former USSR, with at least 2,200 believed to have come from Russia alone, according to a report last year. ... Yildirim said...
  • U.S. and Russian Jets Clash Over Syria

    06/19/2016 7:33:05 PM PDT · by traumer · 189 replies
    American and Russian fighter jets had a tense showdown in the skies above Syria as the Russians dropped bombs on U.S.-backed rebels. U.S. and Russian fighter jets bloodlessly tangled in the air over Syria on June 16 as the American pilots tried and failed to stop the Russians from bombing U.S.-backed rebels in southern Syria near the border with Jordan. The aerial close encounter underscores just how chaotic Syria’s skies have become as Russia and the U.S.-led coalition work at cross-purposes, each dropping bombs in support of separate factions in the five-year-old civil war. The near-clash also highlights the escalating...
  • Obama Warned Against Enabling Enhanced Russian Spying

    06/17/2016 10:02:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    free beacon ^ | 6/17/16 | Morgan Chalfant
    Leading Republicans appealed to President Obama this week to reject Russia’s request to fly surveillance planes with high-powered digital cameras during overflights, warning that the new technology would enable the Kremlin to collect intelligence more effectively. Russia’s failure to comply with some provisions of the Open Skies Treaty, which allows member countries to conduct unarmed aerial observation flights over one another, should preclude Vladimir Putin from using planes with high-tech sensors for the overflights, Reps. Ed Royce (Calif.), Mac Thornberry (Texas), and Devin Nunes (Calif.), all of whom are committee chairs, wrote in a letter to the president. “Given the...
  • Man 'arrested in France for planning attack on tourists'

    06/16/2016 7:42:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 16 Jun 2016 17:59 GMT+02:00
    A 22-year-old radicalized convert to Islam has been arrested in France over suspicions he was planning to attack American and Russian tourists, legal sources said Thursday. The suspect had gone to the southwestern city of Carcassone “with a view to carrying out a violent act, in particular targeting Americans and Russians,” a judicial source said. A source close to the investigation said the suspect was arrested in possession of a knife and a small mallet. …
  • Russia Quietly Strips Emigres of Dual Citizenship

    06/14/2016 7:08:13 PM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 35 replies
    Forward ^ | June 12, 2016 | Julie Masis
    Tens of thousands of Russian dual nationals are being effectively stripped of their Russian citizenship via a quiet policy of Russian consulates worldwide refusing to renew their passports. Under new regulations the consulates are enforcing, anyone seeking to renew a passport who was not registered as living in Russia on February 6, 1992, will be rejected, even if his or her passport had been renewed on previous occasions. It is unclear just how many people this new policy will affect. But it will certainly apply to thousands of Jews who emigrated from Russia after July 1, 1991 — the date...
  • Obama Admin Considers Permitting Advanced Russian Arms Sales to Iran

    05/26/2016 4:28:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/26/16 | Adam Kredo
    The Obama administration has the power to sanction key Russian arms sales to Iran, but has so far abstained from exercising this right under U.S. law, prompting some in Congress to question whether the administration is “acquiescing” to the arms sales in order to appease Iran, according to conversations with sources and recent congressional correspondence to the White House exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. President Barack Obama has the authority under U.S. law to designate as illegal Russia’s contested sale to Iran of the S-300 missile system, an advanced long-range weapon that would boost the Islamic Republic’s regional...
  • Russian subs poised to cut U.S. underwater cables for all comms

    04/20/2016 1:22:50 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 32 replies
    October 27, 2015
    http://www.studentnewsdaily.com/daily-news-article/russian-subs-near-undersea-cables-concerns-u-s/
  • Russia jets make 'simulated attack' passes near U.S. destroyer: U.S.

    04/13/2016 12:57:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 13, 2016 | By Phil Stewart
    Two Russian warplanes with no visible weaponry flew simulated attack passes near a U.S. guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, a U.S. official said, describing it as one of the most aggressive interactions in recent memory. The repeated flights by the Sukhoi SU-24 warplanes, which also flew near the ship a day earlier, were so close they created wake in the water, with 11 passes, the official said. A Russian KA-27 Helix helicopter also made seven passes around the USS Donald Cook, taking pictures. The nearest Russian territory was about 70 nautical miles away in its enclave...
  • US gears up to fight Russian ‘disinformation’ with… disinformation

    03/27/2016 7:18:00 AM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 4 replies
    RT ^ | 3/27/16 | RT
    Two US senators are proposing legislation to counter, what they consider to be “disinformation” spread by certain foreign media. What better way to kick-start their campaign than by basing their bill on spurious nonsense? Republican Senator Rob Portman and his Democratic colleague Chris Murphy are deeply concerned about foreign “propaganda.” They demand that Uncle Sam throws even more money at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which is already given around $768 million annually. Not content with the EU’s Stratcom East and NATO’s Riga-based communications centre, Portman and Murphy want a new center for Information Analysis and Response to analyze...
  • Russian troops put on high alert as part of massive drills

    02/08/2016 11:30:34 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    cns ^ | 02/08/2016 | ap
    Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that military units were put on combat alert early Monday, marking the launch of the exercise that involves troops of the Southern Military District. The district includes troops stationed in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, as well as forces in the North Caucasus and southwestern regions near the border with Ukraine. ... According to Shoigu, who spoke at a meeting with the top military brass, the war games would include redeployment of air force units to advance air bases and bombing runs at shooting ranges. The maneuvers will...
  • US admiral: Russia's Submarine Activity In The North Atlantic Is At Cold War Levels, Why?

    02/05/2016 2:31:52 PM PST · by blam · 34 replies
    BI ^ | 2-5-2016 | Armin Rosen
    Armin Rosen Febuary 5, 2016Russia's submarine fleet is more active than it's been in decades in a strategically vital body of water — and US military planners can't seem to figure out why. US Navy Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone, also head of NATO's maritime command, told IHS Jane's that the US has seen "more activity from Russian submarines than we've seen since the days of the Cold War" in the North Atlantic. While Johnstone didn't specify which parts of the North Atlantic have seen this uptick, nearly the entirety of the area between North America, the Western European coastline, and...
  • Inquiry into Royal Family Killing to Continue as Long as Necessary - Patriarch Kirill

    02/03/2016 5:08:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/2/16
    Moscow, Fabruary 2, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has said the inquiry into the killing of the family of Nicholas II will be completed once the truth is found. "I have received highest-level reassurances that there will be no hurry and no tying down of the end of the inquiry to any particular date. The inquiry will last as long as is necessary in order establish the truth," the patriarch said at the current Bishops' Council in Moscow on Tuesday. Unlike the situation in the 1990s, the state has given representatives of the Church - archbishops,...
  • Russia sparks diplomatic incident with Germany over 'cover-up' of teen raped by Arabic man

    01/26/2016 10:42:41 AM PST · by RummyChick · 23 replies
    Express ^ | 1/26 | hall
    The Kremlin accused Germany of "covering up reality in a politically correct manner for the sake of domestic politics" the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl identified only as Lisa. The student from Berlin-Marzahn was reported missing on January 11. She resurfaced 30 hours later and filed a police report claiming to have been abducted by three men at a railway station in eastern Berlin, Russian government officials claim. Lisa, the child of Russian immigrants in Berlin, says she was taken to an apartment where she was "beaten and sexually assaulted" by men speaking "broken German". Russian Foreign Minister Sergei...
  • Holy New Martyrs of Optina

    11/24/2015 5:54:55 PM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Death to the World ^ | 2013 | John Valadez
      Holy New Martyrs of Optina 2 years ago John Valadez ArticlesHoly FathersLives 2 From Issue 19 In 1917, the Russian Revolution and the rise of communism resulted in the deaths of millions of believers and destroyed countless churches and monasteries. Optina monastery, once the center of true spirituality for the entire region, was initially spared… but not for long. In 1938 the last Abbot was executed by the communists and the Monastery was shut down. It’s lands were taken by peasant farmers and it’s beautiful cathedral turned into a state museum. It stood silently decaying, awaiting it’s own resurrection....
  • Russia jet SHOT DOWN: Turkey to face 'consequences' as Putin calls act 'stab in back'

    11/24/2015 5:51:38 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 120 replies
    Express ^ | UPDATED: 13:34, Tue, Nov 24, 2015 | Alix Culbertson
    TURKISH warplanes have shot down a Russian jet which they claim flew into the country's airspace. The aircraft was shot down after it was warned 10 times in five minutes to leave Turkish airspace, a Turkish military official has said. It was just over the Syrian border in Turkey when it was downed by F16 Fighting Falcon jets belonging to Turkey, the official added. But Russian President Vladimir Putin said the plane was 4km into Syria and had not violated Turkey's airspace as it flew at an altitude of 6,000 metres - and claimed it was shot down from the...
  • Report: Russia has begun to place infantry tanks in northern Syria

    11/24/2015 5:07:08 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 11/24/15 | Roi Kais
    Russian tanks armored against anti-tank missiles and ground forces began to enter northern Syria via a military airfield in Aleppo, Lebanese newspaper "As-Safir" affiliated with Hezbollah reported . The newspaper estimated that the airport will be the third in which Russian Air Force aircraft will be deployed.
  • Turkey 'down Russian warplane on Syria border'

    11/24/2015 1:05:58 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 minutes ago, 2015-11-24 | BBC
    Turkish warplanes have reportedly shot down a Russian military aircraft on the border with Syria. Russia's Interfax news agency cited the Russian defence ministry as saying that a Su-24 had crashed in northern Syria, and that its two pilots had ejected.
  • Obama on ISIS: My soft drink strategy is working! (Satire)

    11/19/2015 9:28:59 AM PST · by Frankusa · 1 replies
    (Satire) - President Obama on Thursday cited the latest revelation from ISIS that the downing of a Russian plane over Egypt last month was the result of an explosive device planted inside a can of Schweppes Gold soft drink as proof positive that his counter-terrorism strategy, consisting of an all out war against soft drink consumption, is working and keeping Americans safe from ISIS attacks. Mr. Obama added that the downing of the Russian airliner could have been averted had the Russian government adopted his soft drink strategy. "My administration has taken a leading role in reducing soft drink consumption...
  • Further 'proof' Russian soldiers are now on the ground in Syria

    11/08/2015 2:24:40 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | November 8, 2015 | By JENNY STANTON
    Serving or former Russian soldiers have been geolocated in Syria, bloggers have said today, suggesting the Kremlin's operation stretches well beyond it's air campaign. The Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), a group of Russian investigative bloggers, used social media to locate serving or ex-soldiers in the country. CIT's investigation seems to provide further proof of a Russian ground presence after images from social media accounts appearing to show military personnel in locations across Syria were revealed in September.
  • Egypt flights on hold as UK says bomb may have caused Russian crash

    11/04/2015 9:49:27 AM PST · by McGruff · 26 replies
    The Guardian ^ | November 4, 2015 | Rowena Mason
    The British government has suspended all flights to the UK from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh after declaring it believes the Russian plane that crashed over Sinai may have been brought down by an explosive device. It is the first statement by any country that it believes a bomb or other device could have downed the flight, as Russian and Egyptian authorities investigate.
  • Religious pilgrims world over venture deep into Alaska forest to honor Russian Orthodox saint

    11/03/2015 12:52:49 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 79 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Thursday 22 October 2015 08.19 EDT | Ryan Schuessler
    'It's a whole other world': religious pilgrims venture deep into Alaska forest Pilgrims from as far as Russia descend up the small town of Kodiak to honor a Russian Orthodox saint who lived and died in the archipelago centuries ago Celeste Englehardt has traveled all over the world to pray. A Russian Orthodox Christian from Washington, DC’s Virginia suburbs, Englehardt’s faith has taken her to Jerusalem, Ukraine, Moldova – even to the ruins of ancient Orthodox monasteries in Ireland. And now an island in Alaska’s Kodiak Archipelago is among the holy sites she has visited. “Sometimes you can’t describe things,”...
  • World's Ugliest Vehicle Unveiled

    11/03/2015 9:29:26 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 90 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 03 October 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    From where else- Russia While the Russians are quickly running out of money -and still can't make a decent toaster- the sky's the limit for the Kremlin when it comes to military stuff. Somehow tho there never seems to be much budget left for styling- instead, they appear to have let their video-game obsessed kids design the thing (while the dog helped). Yet the ZIL (maker of trucks and Soviet limos) KAT is itself a microcosm of Putin's Russia... overbearing/hyper-macho, in-your-face, brutish, unpolished... not a lot of it makes sense to outsiders, yet they absolutely do not care what you think...
  • What a Putin Propaganda Bonanza if ISIS Took That Plane Down with American Weaponry...

    11/03/2015 4:03:32 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 107 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 03 October 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Interesting how they're now saying 'US satellite detects heat flash suggesting a bomb' -if you look at the video you can see the flash at 00:14 with your own eyes... sure looks like it to me, seems to be blowing-out the top of the fuselage: [video] All 224 on-board were soon dead, scattered over 7 sq miles of desert less than 30 minutes after takeoff from Sharm-el-Shiekh. Most had been sucked-out of their seats at 31K feet. Odd sounds were heard in the cockpit, but no distress signal was ever sent. Internal technical problems and pilot error have been ruled out...
  • Russian airliner missing over Sinai

    10/31/2015 12:32:22 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/31/2015 | BBC
    Russian airliner carrying more than 200 passengers missing on flight over Egypt's Sinai peninsula.....
  • All-female Russian crew starts Moon mission test

    10/28/2015 3:07:38 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 43 replies
    AFP ^ | 10/28/15 | Anna Malpas
    MOSCOW (AFP) - Six Russian women on Wednesday clambered into a mock spaceship to begin a unique experiment testing how an all-female crew would interact on a trip to the Moon and back. For eight days, the female volunteers will live inside a wood-panelled suite of rooms at Moscow's Institute of Biomedical Problems, renowned for its wacky research into the psychological and physical effects of space travel. The institute in 2010 locked six male international volunteers in an isolation experiment lasting 520 days, to simulate a flight to Mars and back. "Such a crew is taking part for the first...
  • Iran to be invited to next round of talks on Syria: U.S. official

    10/27/2015 6:13:09 PM PDT · by amorphous · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 27 Oct 2015
    Iran will be invited to participate in talks in Vienna on Friday to discuss ending the conflict in Syria, a dialogue aimed at finding a framework for political transition in Damascus, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday. An official in the region, however, told Reuters that Iran had already been invited by the United States and Russia, and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian would attend the talks, while the presence of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was still under discussion. Zarif and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held a phone call earlier on Tuesday to discuss ways...
  • Here's the Russian jet that's terrorizing Syria's anti-Assad rebels (Similar to A-10 Warthog)

    10/15/2015 8:22:03 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 33 replies
    Business Insider via Yahoo News ^ | October 15, 2015 | Jeremy Bender
    Russian Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot ground-attack planes perform during the Aviadarts military aviation competition at the Dubrovichi range near Ryazan, Russia, August 2, 2015. As the Syrian military begins its push to take back opposition-held areas in northwestern Syria, Russia has provided backing through an intensifying aerial campaign. Among the planes Moscow has used to back the Syrian military's attempted advance is a Russian combat aircraft that some have compared to the US's venerated A-10 Warthog. The Russian Su-25 Frogfoot is a low-flying tank-like plane that specializes in providing aerial cover and attacking ground targets. The Frogfoot is a sturdy plane,...
  • Moscow Demands Britain Explain "Green Light To Shoot Down Russian Jets"

    10/11/2015 11:13:16 AM PDT · by amorphous · 129 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11 Oct 2015 | Tyler Durden
    The chances of escalation from a proxy war to outright war just went to 11 on the Spinal Tap amplifier of sabre-rattling. A day after British and NATO pilots were reportedly given the green light to take drastic action against Russian fighter jets if they come under threat during missions over Iraq, Interfax reports that the Russian Defense Ministry has demanded clarification. Senior defence sources say it is just a matter of time before our fighters are involved in a deadly confrontation with Russian jets. The Chinese, it appears, are wholeheartedly behind Putin's efforts, judging by the following puff-piece from...
  • Russian jet 'shot down by Turkish forces after planes violated country's airspace'

    10/10/2015 11:01:28 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 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.
  • Was Sa’ad Bin Laden Managing Al-Qaeda from Iran? (Osama's son more than just a "low-level" target)

    07/29/2009 10:02:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 322+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 7/29/2009 | Annie Jacobsen
    When Osama bin Laden was banished from Sudan in 1996, he left the country in a rented Soviet jet — an aged and antique Tupolev flown by a Russian pilot he did not trust. With him were a few bodyguards, his military commander, Saif al-Adel, and two sons named Sa’ad and Omar — both young men in their late teens. Although it was the corrupt Islamic government of Sudan that had robbed Osama bin Laden of much of his vast personal wealth, he blamed America for his misfortunes, according to Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright. “He held America responsible for the...
  • Russia launches airstrikes in northern Syria, senior military official says (The Bear Strikes)

    09/30/2015 5:44:57 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/30/15
    Russian warplanes have begun bombarding Syrian opposition targets in the war torn nation's north, working on behalf of dictator Bashar al Assad, according to a senior military official. The official said airstrikes targeted fighters in the vicinity of Homs, located roughly 60 miles east of a Russian naval facility in Tartus, and were carried out by a "couple" of Russian bombers. It was not clear if the strikes targeted ISIS, Al Qaeda or other forces opposed to Assad, who Moscow is aiding. According to a Twitter handle belonging to the Syrian government, the Russian strikes were initiated at the request...
  • ALERT Arabic Speaking Ukrainian Woman tells what the “migrants” are really saying 3 VIDEOs

    Watch this video. A European woman who speaks Arabic translates what the Muslim migrants were saying when they thought she didn’t understand their language. (thanks to Armaros) And this is the translated speech of the Hungarian Prime Minister addressing all the issues from NO Go Zones to terrorists, to EU incompetence and corruption - See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2015/09/watch-arabic-speaking-ukrainian-woman-tells-what-the-migrants-are-really-saying-about-infidels.html/#sthash.4MSfmBNe.dpuf
  • Japan protests after 'Russian' plane enters airspace

    09/16/2015 3:07:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 56 minutes ago 2015-09-16 | AFP
    Tokyo (AFP) - Japan has lodged a protest with Russia after scrambling four jet fighters to intercept a foreign aircraft -- believed to be Russian -- which briefly violated its airspace, officials said Wednesday. The foreign ministry made the protest shortly after the plane entered Japanese airspace off the northernmost main island of Hokkaido, near a disputed island chain, on Tuesday afternoon.
  • This Russian Tank-Mounted Rocket Launcher Can Incinerate 8 City Blocks

    09/14/2015 11:28:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | September 14, 2015 | Jake Swearingen
    When the Soviets were thinking about landwar in the late 1970s, they struck upon idea: How about strapping as many rockets as possible to a T-72 tank chassis, and using it on the battlefield? Thus, the TOS-1 Heavy Flamethrower System was conceived. If you're confused by the "flamethrower" bit in that designation, it's understandable. The TOS-1 (and its more modern variant, the TOS-1A) look nothing like traditional flamethrowers, either handheld or tank-mounted, used in World War II and other conflicts. Instead, the TOS-1 is designated a flamethrower because, in addition to traditional incendiary rockets, it can also fire thermobaric rockets.
  • In Major Humiliation For Obama, Iran Sends Soldiers To Support Russian Troops In Syria

    09/10/2015 9:17:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 9/10/15 | tyler durden
    When Zero Hedge first reported ten days ago that Russian troops, in their bid to support the Assad regime in its ongoing confrontation with various ISIS, Al Nusra, and other US-supported groups in what has become the proxy war of 2015 (one which even comes with thousands of refugees for dramatic media impact) had been quietly massing in Syria and have set up a forward operating base near Damascus, there were those who were openly skeptical. Then, just a few hours ago, Bloomberg finally confirmed that "top officials were scheduled to meet at the National Security Council Deputies Committee level...
  • U.S. Moves to Block Russian Military Buildup in Syria

    09/09/2015 5:26:52 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | 09/08/15 | MICHAEL R. GORDON and ERIC SCHMITT
    The United States on Tuesday moved to head off preparations for a suspected Russian military buildup in Syria as Bulgaria agreed to an appeal from the Obama administration to shut its airspace to Russian transport planes. The planes’ destination was the Syrian port city of Latakia. The administration has also asked Greece to close its airspace to the Russian flights, Greek and American officials said, but Greece has not publicly responded to the request. Over the weekend, two giant Russian Condor transport planes ferried more supplies and equipment from an air base in southern Russia across Iran and Iraq to...
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    09/07/2015 6:33:07 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 38 replies
    I've seen some bike tricks, but not like this. Although the music needs to change. It's depressing.
  • DEBKA File : Russian submarine with 20 ICBMs and 200 nuclear warheads is sailing to Syria

    09/07/2015 6:09:03 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 65 replies
    DEBKA File ^ | September 7, 2015, 4:08 PM (IDT)
    The world’s largest submarine, the Dmitri Donskoy (TK-208), Nato-coded Typhoon, has set sail for the Mediterranean and is destined for the Syrian coast, debkafile reports exclusively from its military and intelligence sources. Aboard the sub are 20 Bulava (NATO-code SS-N-30) intercontinental ballistic missiles with an estimated up to 200 nuclear warheads. Each missile, with a reported range of 10,000km, carries 6-10 MIRV nuclear warheads. The Russian sub set sail from its North Sea base on Sept. 4, escorted by two anti-sub warfare ships. Their arrival at destination in 10 days time will top up the new Russian military deployment in...
  • Russian jets in Syrian skies

    08/31/2015 12:36:11 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 80 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 08/31/15 | Alex Fishman
    Russia has begun its military intervention in Syria, deploying an aerial contingent to a permanent Syrian base, in order to launch attacks against ISIS and Islamist rebels; US stays silent. Russian fighter pilots are expected to begin arriving in Syria in the coming days, and will fly their Russian air force fighter jets and attack helicopters against ISIS and rebel-aligned targets within the failing state. According to Western diplomats, a Russian expeditionary force has already arrived in Syria and set up camp in an Assad-controlled airbase. The base is said to be in area surrounding Damascus, and will serve, for...
  • Iranian, Russian Warships Hold Joint 'War Games'

    08/11/2015 10:19:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    inn ^ | 8/11/15 | Ari Yashar
    Iranian and Russian warships took part in joint "war games" training exercises on Tuesday in Iranian waters, giving clear expression to the military cooperation between the two states. Commander of Iran's fleet in the Northern Gilan province Admiral Ahmad Reza Baqeri told Fars News Agency ahead of the war games that the Iranian destroyer Damavand and missile ships Joshan and Peikan took part in the drills, manned by 200 Iranian naval forces members. From the Russian side, the warships Volgodonsk and Makhachkala which docked in Anzali Port near the Caspian Sea on Sunday took part in the drills. After the...
  • White House Blocks Pentagon Report on Russian Treaty Breach

    08/11/2015 10:34:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/11/15 | Bill Gertz
    The White House is blocking the release of a Pentagon risk assessment of Russia’s violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, according to a senior House leader. Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, disclosed the existence of the Pentagon assessment last month and said the report is needed for Congress’ efforts to address the problem in legislation. “As we look to the near-term future, we need to consider how we’re going to respond to Russia’s INF violations,” Rogers said in an Air Force Association breakfast July 8. “Congress will not continue to tolerate
  • ROC Seek Return of St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg

    07/28/2015 11:45:21 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie RU ^ | July 26, 2015 | Paul Gilbert
    The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) have confirmed that they have filed a petition to local politicians in St Petersburg to discuss the return of St. Isaac's Cathedral, which is currently an historical monument and a museum. Russian media sources report that the news of the proposal has generated heated discussion in Russian society. Maxim Reznik, the deputy of the St. Petersburg legislative, and who also chairs the legislature’s commission for culture, confirmed on Thursday that he had received information on a petition filed by Metropolitan Barsanuphius, the ruling hierarch of the diocese for the return of the city’s landmark cathedral....
  • Russian Submarine Wreck Found in Sweden’s Territorial Waters

    A wrecked mini-submarine was found last week in waters off of Sweden’s eastern coast, media in Sweden reported on July 27. Authorities believe it is a Russian model, primarily because of Cyrillic letters on the hull. They have not disclosed the exact location of the wreckage, but say it is around 1.5 nautical miles from the Swedish coast. “We are 110 percent sure that it is within Swedish waters” said Dennis Ĺsberg, a member of Ocean X Team which made the discovery. Reports say the sub is some 60 feet long and 10 feet wide, and holds a crew of...
  • Russian Bombers Flew Within 40 Miles of N. California Coast

    07/22/2015 5:53:49 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 38 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 07/22/15 | Bill Gertz
    Tu-95 Bear bombers intercepted off Mendocino on day Putin calls Obama Two Russian nuclear bombers flew within 40 miles of the California coast and one of the pilots relayed a veiled threat during the Fourth of July aerial incident, defense officials said. “Good morning American pilots, we are here to greet you on your Fourth of July Independence Day,” a Russian Tu-95 Bear bomber crew member stated over the emergency aircraft channel. Defense officials and the Colorado-based U.S. Northern Command said this week that two U.S. F-15 jets intercepted the Russian bombers on July 4 as they flew as close...
  • Search for extraterrestrial intelligence gets a $100-million boost

    07/20/2015 3:24:26 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies
    Nature ^ | 7/20/15 | Zeeya Merali
    Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announces most comprehensive hunt for alien life.You could say that the silence has been deafening. Since its beginnings more than half a century ago, the dedicated search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) has failed to detect the presence of alien civilizations. But at London’s Royal Society today (20 July), Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announced a shot in the arm for SETI: a US$100-million decadal project to provide the most comprehensive hunt for alien communications so far. The initiative, called Breakthrough Listen, will see radio telescopes at Green Bank in West Virginia, the Parkes Observatory in Australia, and...
  • Russian (Su-24) bomber crashes in Pacific region, both pilots killed

    07/06/2015 11:00:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/6/15 | Associated Press
    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian military aircraft crashed Monday while taking off on a nighttime training flight and both pilots were killed, the Defense Ministry said. It was the fifth accident involving a Russian military aircraft in the past month, but the first with fatalities. The Su-24 bomber crashed while taking off from an airfield in the Khabarovsk region in Russia's Far East at 9:35 p.m. local time, the ministry said in a statement. Shortly after leaving the runway, the plane banked sharply to the left and struck the ground, the ministry said.
  • Putin: Russian pipeline project to help Greece pay its debt

    06/20/2015 5:29:04 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 6-20-2015 | SANDY MACINTYRE and NATALIYA VASILYEVA
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said after Friday's talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that a prospective Russian natural gas pipeline should help Greece service its debt, but the Kremlin said the question of direct Russian financial aid to Greece was not discussed. Speaking of the pipeline deal at a meeting with top executives of global news agencies, including The Associated Press, which began nearly three hours behind schedule at around midnight, Putin said he saw no support for the Greeks from the EU. "If EU wants Greece to pay its debts it should be...