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  • Greenfield: It's a Mad, Mad War

    10/27/2016 4:47:11 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 8 replies
    The Sultan Knish blog ^ | Thursday, October 27, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Thursday, October 27, 2016 It's a Mad, Mad War Posted by Daniel Greenfield Russia and the West are fighting to decide whether Syria will be run by Sunni Islamists backed by Saudi Arabia or Shiite Islamists backed by Iran. This insane civil war has burned up countless lives, not to mention plenty of dollars, rubles, euros and pounds. The only certain winners of this war, once the dust has settled, will chant “Allahu Akbar” and call for the death of the infidels. Sadly this is nothing new. Russia got the PLO started before Bill Clinton decided to become its sugar...
  • 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...
  • Did Mossad hijack Russian ship to stop Iran arms shipment? (actual title JP)

    08/23/2009 8:59:25 AM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 31 replies · 1,758+ views
    ... mystery surrounding the hijacking of a Russian freighter in July has taken a new twist with reports claiming the pirates were acting in league with the Israeli Mossad secret service in order to halt a shipment of modern weapon systems hidden on board and destined for Iran. ...The Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported over the weekend that the vessel Arctic Sea had been carrying x-55 cruise missiles and S300 anti-aircraft rockets hidden in secret compartments among its cargo of timber and sawdust.
  • Did Mossad Hijack Russian Ship To Stop Iran Arms Shipment?

    08/23/2009 7:34:28 AM PDT · by Fennie · 10 replies · 1,822+ views
    The Media Line ^ | August 23, 2009 | By Arieh O'Sullivan
    Was Israel's secret service behind the mysterious hijacking of a Russian freighter to foil a secret attempt to ship cruise missiles to Iran? The mystery surrounding the hijacking of a Russian freighter in July has taken a new twist with reports claiming the pirates were acting in league with the Israeli Mossad secret service in order to halt a shipment of modern weapon systems hidden on board and destined for Iran. While Israeli and Russian officials dismissed the reports, accounts published in the Russian media sounded more like a spy thriller than a commercial hijacking.
  • Mossad behind "Artic Sea" hijacking says Russian press

    08/22/2009 3:37:02 PM PDT · by drzz · 54 replies · 5,610+ views
    Indian press agency ^ | 08 23 2009 | drzz
    Moscow, Aug 21 (DPA) A Russian newspaper claimed Friday that suspected pirates who boarded the freighter Arctic Sea were actually agents of the Israeli secret service trying to stop it from smuggling arms into Iran. According to Russian media, the Arctic Sea may have been carrying illegal X-55 cruise missiles destined for Iran hidden among its cargo of lumber. Men acting on behalf of the Israeli Mossad secret service commandeered the ship to divert the weapons away from Israel's regional enemy, the daily Novaya Gazeta said. Citing Moscow publicist Yulia Latynina, the daily pointed to the surprise visit of Israeli...
  • Hunt on for 'hijacked cargo ship'

    08/12/2009 2:14:01 AM PDT · by Jonny foreigner · 33 replies · 2,276+ views
    A search is under way for a cargo ship which may have travelled through the English Channel after apparently being hijacked by pirates. Coastguards fear the Maltese-flagged Arctic Sea, carrying 15 Russian crew, was hijacked in the Baltic sea. UK authorities made contact before it entered the Strait of Dover but the Russian navy told the Itar-Tass agency it was now looking for the ship. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the situation was "bizarre". Spokesman Mark Clark said: "Who would think that a hijacked ship could pass through one of the most policed and concentrated waters in the world?...
  • Hijacking Suspects Arrive in Moscow

    08/20/2009 1:56:12 PM PDT · by Shermy · 7 replies · 1,012+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | August 20, 2009
    The military airlifted the suspected hijackers of the Arctic Sea and most of its Russian crew from Cape Verde to Moscow on Thursday, after the lumber freighter mysteriously vanished and reappeared in the Atlantic. Eleven of the 15 crew members arrived in Moscow, while the captain and three sailors remained on the ship, which was adrift about 200 nautical miles from the West African island nation of Cape Verde. Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said the freighter was sailing to the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk. The sailors and their suspected captors arrived in two separate Il-76 cargo jets at the...
  • Russia says it tracked hijacked Arctic Sea all along, but questions grow over cargo(NK twist)

    08/26/2009 10:35:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 1,019+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 08/26/09 | Tony Halpin
    Russia says it tracked hijacked Arctic Sea all along, but questions grow over cargo Tony Halpin in Moscow Russia’s top general hinted today that the ship allegedly hijacked by pirates earlier this month may have been carrying a secret cargo, as it emerged that the country’s Navy tracked the vessel throughout its journey. President Medvedev sent the Russian Navy to find the Arctic Sea after it apparently disappeared while passing through the English Channel en route to Algeria from Finland. However, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow now says that Russian and international agencies had monitored the ship throughout its strange...
  • Is Russia setting the stage for a nuclear apocalypse?

    08/26/2009 7:16:32 PM PDT · by Irisshlass · 53 replies · 1,981+ views
    Canadian Free Press ^ | Monday, August 24, 2009 | By Doug Hagmann and Sean Osborne
    can’t say anything about the roots of this story and I don’t plan to dig further… I need to think about my own skin too. Understand that as you will.” —Mikhail Voitenko, editor of the Russian maritime Bulletin Sovfrakht., speaking about the “hijacking” of the Arctic Sea While it might seem like an unusual morphing of the movies Inside Man and The Hunt for Red October, the account of the cargo ship Arctic Sea is far stranger than either fictional account. Based on information developed through our extensive investigation, we can authoritatively state, without hyperbole, that the mysteries surrounding the...
  • Mystery ship 'could have been carrying arms, nukes'

    08/20/2009 4:07:52 AM PDT · by decimon · 30 replies · 1,231+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug 20, 2009 | Unknown
    The hijackers of a cargo ship that disappeared off the coast of France threatened to blow it up if their ransom demands were not met, Russian news agencies said.Russia has arrested eight people on suspicion of hijacking the Arctic Sea off the Swedish coast and sailing it to the Atlantic Ocean, ending weeks of silence about the fate of a ship which has intrigued European maritime authorities. Limited information from Russian officials has failed to satisfy sceptics who voiced doubts about whether the piracy actually took place or was a convenient cover story to conceal a possible secret cargo of...
  • Russian Military Says to Check Arctic Sea Cargo

    08/27/2009 12:02:14 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 652+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 26, 2009 4:12 a.m. ET | Dmitry Solovyov
    ULAN BATOR (Reuters) - Russia's top general said on Wednesday the military would search the Arctic Sea merchant ship for a possible secret cargo when it returns to Russia from a maritime odyssey that has made headlines around the world.Russia says the Maltese-registered Arctic Sea, officially carrying timber from Finland to Algeria, was hijacked by eight men off the coast of Sweden on July 24. This month Russian warships intercepted the vessel off the coast of Cape Verde."We do not know yet what it is carrying, we only know it is timber. But what else it is actually transporting. It...
  • Crew of Arctic Sea released after nearly two weeks

    08/31/2009 2:36:39 PM PDT · by Shermy · 4 replies · 262+ views
    HELSINGIN SANOMAT ^ | August 31, 2009
    The Russian security service released the crew of the Arctic Sea in Moscow on Sunday. The 11 members of the crew of the hijacked ship were flown from Cape Verde to Russia nearly two weeks ago. The Russian news agency Interfax reports that the men returned to their home town of Archangelsk, where they were met by their families. On Sunday, Russian authorities gave conflicting accounts of whether or not all of the crew would be released. The online portal life.ru reported that only nine members of the crew had been released. Rabbe von Hertzen of the Finnish National Bureau...
  • Was Russia's 'Hijacked' Ship Carrying Missiles to the Mideast?

    09/01/2009 8:51:14 AM PDT · by Mat_Helm · 20 replies · 1,635+ views
    Time ^ | Monday August 31, 2009 | Simon Shuster / Moscow
    In July, the Russian-manned cargo ship the Arctic Sea disappeared on its way to take timber from Finland to Algeria, sparking reports of the first incident of piracy in European waters since the days of the buccaneers. Experts and observers weighed in with their theories: the ship had been snatched in a commercial dispute; it was being used to run drugs; it was carrying something more precious — or dangerous — than timber. Since then, the Russian navy has found the ship, and the alleged hijackers who boarded it on July 24 have been charged with kidnapping and piracy. The...
  • Report: Russia hijacked its own ship (Arctic Sea carrying S-300 X-500?)

    09/03/2009 10:59:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 919+ views
    Ynetnews (Israel) ^ | 09/02/09 | Ron Ben-Yishai
    Report: Russia hijacked its own ship Ynet probe reveals Russian intel used secret agents to arrest the Arctic Sea vessel, thought to have been hijacked by Israel, after getting tip it was violating international accord by carrying 'destabilizing' arms to Syria or Iran Ron Ben-Yishai Published: 09.02.09, 19:03 / Israel News A Ynet investigation revealed Wednesday that the hijacking of the Russian vessel 'Arctic Sea' was ordered by the Russian government. News agencies around the world published reports tying Israel to the hijacking, as the vessel was said to have been carrying arms to the Middle East, and possibly Iran....
  • Arctic Sea Captain Phones Boss After Weeks of Silence

    09/04/2009 3:27:02 PM PDT · by Shermy · 3 replies · 583+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | September 4, 2009 | Alexandra Odynova
    The captain of the Arctic Sea freighter contacted the ship’s operating company Thursday for the first time since the ship mysteriously disappeared in July. The captain made a brief call to Solchart Arkhangelsk Ltd.’s office on his cell phone, a company spokesman said. “He said the rest of the crew on the ship is all fine,” the spokesman told Interfax. Eleven of the 15-member crew have returned to their families in Arkhangelsk, while the other four are on the ship sailing to Novorossiisk. The 11 were not allowed to contact their families for more than a week after they flew...
  • Russia starts S-300 missile systems deliveries to Iran

    04/11/2016 7:36:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 11, 2016 4:48 PM EDT
    A senior Russian official says Moscow has started delivering S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who spoke on Monday on Ekho Moskvy radio, wouldn’t say how many systems have been delivered or provide any other specifics. […] The S-300 deal has long worried the U.S. and Israel, which see it as destabilizing. …
  • The next COLD WAR? Russia and the US in chilling STAND OFF over Iran fighter jet deal

    02/18/2016 9:59:32 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    EXPRESS, U.K. ^ | Feb 19, 2016 | VINCENT WOOD
    Iran's defence minister General Hossein Dehghan confirmed he would sign a contract with Russia to buy the Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jets as sanctions set up in the wake of the nation’s nuclear deal with the West start to loosen. But US officials have said they will raise the matter with Russia, sparking yet another potential dead-lock between the two international superpowers. The Obama administration issued an official statement to remind Russia that, after the Iran nuclear deal, Moscow are forbidden from selling the fighter jets to the Shiite Muslim nation as it fights proxy wars in the powder keg of...
  • Russia denies S-300 delivery to Iran is scheduled this week

    02/18/2016 10:40:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 2/18/2016, 5:15 AM | Ben Ariel
    The ongoing back and forth surrounding Russia's sale of advanced S-300 missile systems to Iran continued on Wednesday, as the Defense Ministry in Moscow denied reports that the system would be delivered later this week. Earlier this week Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hossein Jaberi Ansari claimed that a shipment of the S-300 missile defense systems is currently on its way to Iran. In addition, the Russian TASS news agency cited reports from other media outlets claiming that the first batch of the S-300 systems would be dispatched to Iran on Thursday. ...
  • Iran Will Receive Russian S-300 Missile System By Year-End: Dehqan

    11/10/2015 12:01:42 PM PST · by Strategy · 14 replies
    Iran Daily ^ | November 10, 2015
    Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the country will take delivery of Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system by the end of the year. Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Tuesday, the Iranian minister added that the "executive stage" of the agreement for the delivery of the missile system is over, adding that Iran will receive a "major part" of the shipment in less than two months. "We have concluded a contract with the Russian side and it has also been signed," Dehqan said in response to a question about an earlier report on an agreement between Tehran...
  • Russia S300 Deal Confirms Iran On Road To Nukes

    08/20/2015 10:05:24 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 20, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Confirmation of Iran’s intention to develop nuclear weapons comes in the form of the announcement that the sale of Russia’s sophisticated and state-of-the-art S300 air and missile defense missile system has now reached the delivery stage. One does not need such weaponry to defend reactors generating nothing but electricity. In touting his deal with Iran over its nuclear program, which at best merely kicks the can past the end of his presidency so others can be blamed when it fails, President Obama has said that if Iran breaks the agreement we will know it. That sale and delivery of the...