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01-31-2014, 01:17 PM
Coup in Western Ukraine: the Arab Spring unleashed in Europe
by*Andrew KorybkoVOLTAIRE NETWORK*| 27 JANUARY 2014*
Rioters have seized the administration building in Lvov and forced the governor to resign. It is not known who is currently in power in this region, but a puppet government formed by ‘opposition forces’ may soon be set up. Demands for ‘autonomy’, or quite possibly, explicit separatist flirtations, may give Klitschko and his thugs added bargaining power to use against the democratically elected government during ‘negotiations’. It is likely that even more extremist activity will occur, led by Klischko, as he proclaimed on 22 January that, “If I have to go (on to the streets) under bullets, I shall go there under bullets.” Batkivshchyna Party leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk seconded this provocative threat to delve Ukraine into de-facto civil warfare, as he similarly stated on 22 January that “Tomorrow [23 January] we will go forward together. And if it’s a bullet in the forehead, then it’s a bullet in the forehead, but in an honest, fair and brave way.”
Saakashvili: Ukraine is 'first geopolitical revolution of the 21st century' (+video)
Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia and antagonist of Vladimir Putin, told the Monitor that the streets of Kiev are a battleground between East and West.
President Vladimir Putin raised the pressure on Ukraine on Wednesday, saying Russia would wait until it forms a new government before fully implementing a $15 billion bailout deal that Kiev urgently needs. Putin repeated a promise to honor the lifeline agreement with Ukraine in full, but left open the timing of the next aid installment as Kiev struggles to calm more than two months of turmoil since President Viktor Yanukovich walked away from a treaty with the European Union. A day after Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned on Tuesday, hoping to appease the opposition and street protesters, Russia tightened border checks on imports from Ukraine in what looked like a reminder to Yanukovich not to install a government that tilts policy back towards the West.
01-31-2014, 05:33 PM
FRIDAY*24 JANUARY 2014Ukraine
Ukraine: far-right extremists at core of 'democracy' protest
As violent scenes play out on the streets of Kiev, we look at the major role extremist right-wing movements have played in Ukraine's "pro-democracy" movement.
Ukraine's*far-right is gaining support and confidence through its role in the street protests, with the Svoboda party assuming a leading role in the movement and paramilitary groups leading the street fighting.In December US senator*John McCain travelled to Ukraine*to offer his support to the opposition, appearing on stage with leaders of the three opposition parties leading the protests - including the far-right Svoboda party.Svoboda is currently Ukraine's fourth biggest party and holds 36 seats in parliament. It is also part of the Alliance of European National Movements, along with the BNP and Hungary's Jobbik.Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok is one of the faces of the protests, appearing regularly along with opposition leader and former boxer Vitali Klitschko*(see picture right)*voicing opposition to Putin's influence over the region.However, Tyahnybok has provoked controversy in the past with his anti-Semitic claims that a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" controls Ukraine.
Ukrainians upset at Jews
02-07-2014, 10:59 AM
Victoria Jane Nuland (born 1961) is the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State.
Nuland is the daughter of Yale bioethics and medicine professor Sherwin B. Nuland, the family's original surname being Nudelman. She graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall in 1979 and has a B.A. from Brown University. Nuland is married to historian Robert Kagan, with whom she has two children. Nuland speaks Russian, French, and some Chinese.
Nuland has had a long career in the Foreign Service and has worked for both Democratic and Republican administrations. During the Bill Clinton administration, Nuland was chief of staff to Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott before moving on to serve as deputy director for former Soviet Union affairs. During the George W. Bush administration, she served as the principal deputy foreign policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney and then as U.S. ambassador to NATO. During the Barack Obama administration, she was special envoy for Conventional Armed Forces in Europe before assuming the position of State Department spokesperson in summer 2011, which she held until February 2013.
She was nominated to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs in May 2013 and sworn in to fill that role in September 2013.
2014 Ukraine/EU conversation
On 6 February 2014[nb 1] Nuland became part of a diplomatic scandal, when one of her January 2014 conversations with the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey R. Pyatt, was apparently intercepted and uploaded to YouTube.[nb 2] In discussion about how to handle crises in Ukraine, Nuland remarked, "Fuck the E.U." and Pyatt responded, "Oh, exactly,...".[nb 3][nb 4] A spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton stated (the same day) that the EU would not comment on a "leaked alleged" conversation.[nb 5] The next day a spokeswoman, Christiane Wirtz, stated that German Chancellor Angela Merkel termed Nuland's remark "absolutely unacceptable."
State Department Spokesman Jen Psaki
Jennifer Rene "Jen" Psaki (pronounced /sɑːkiː/) (born 1978) is the spokesperson for the United States Department of State and a former spokesperson for U.S. President Barack Obama
Born in Stamford, Connecticut, Psaki graduated from Greenwich High School in 1996 and the College of William & Mary in 2000 and is a member of the Chi Omega sorority. At William & Mary, Psaki was a backstroke swimmer for the William & Mary Tribe for two years.
Psaki began her career in 2001 with the re-election campaigns of Iowa Democrats Tom Harkin and Tom Vilsack. Psaki then became deputy press secretary for John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. From 2005 to 2006, Psaki served as communications director to U.S. Representative Joseph Crowley and regional press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Barack Obama, Psaki served as traveling press secretary. After Obama won the election, Psaki followed Obama to the White House as Deputy Press Secretary and was promoted to Deputy Communications Director on December 19, 2009. Psaki left that position on September 22, 2011 to become senior vice president and managing director at the Washington, D. C. office of public relations firm Global Strategy Group.
In 2012, Psaki returned to political communications as press secretary for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. On February 11, 2013, Psaki became spokesperson for the United States Department of State. Her hiring at the Department of State has fueled speculation that she is likely to replace White House Press Secretary Jay Carney when he leaves the White House.
US embarrassed by apparent hacked phone call dismissing EU on Ukraine
What appears to be a hacked phone conversation between top US officials about Ukraine, in which the EU is dismissed in crude terms, has been posted on the Internet.
The comments are attributed to the US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland – who met President Yanukovych and opposition leaders separately in Kyiv on Thursday.
The date and precise context of the recording are not known.
In the video, posted on YouTube, Nuland and the US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt discuss which of the country’s opposition leaders they would like to see in government – and refer to getting the UN involved in the process to resolve the political crisis.
In the recording the conversation is then as follows:
Victoria Nuland: “So that would be great, I think, to help glue this thing and have the UN help glue it and you know…” At this point she uses a swear word to dismiss the EU.
Geoffrey Pyatt: “Exactly. And I think we’ve got to do something to make it stick together because you can be pretty sure that if it does start to gain altitude, the Russians will be working behind the scenes to try to torpedo it.”
The video, entitled “Maidan’s Puppets” in Russian, also has a transcript in Russian.
The US State Department said it did not know where the recording came from. But it criticised Moscow for publicising it – while being suitably contrite towards the European Union.
“We work incredibly closely with the EU and with representatives of the EU and Assistant Secretary Nuland certainly does as it relates to Ukraine. And she’s been in close contact with EU High Representative Ashton. Also let me convey that she has been in contact with her EU counterparts and of course has apologised,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
A spokeswoman for the EU foreign policy chief told euronews that Brussels would not comment on a “leaked alleged phone conversation”.
The video clearly aims to embarrass the US, echoing Moscow’s accusations that the West is meddling in Ukraine.
02-18-2014, 06:08 PM
Fresh riots in Kiev, violent clashes, tires burn downtown (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Published time: February 18, 2014 10:26*Edited time: February 18, 2014 19:49
Ukrainian rioters are reigniting street clashes with police in the capital Kiev, with opposition MPs attempting to paralyze the work of the parliament. Protesters are stoning police, with law enforcement responding with tear gas and stun grenades.Follow RT’s*LIVE UPDATESSecurity forces have started an anti-terrorist operation at Independence Square in Kiev. The Berkut police forces and three water cannon have gathered at the scene, while armored troop carriers have reportedly surrounded the square. Protesters are calling for women and children to leave the area immediately, while stun grenades are exploding at the scene.Three police officers have been killed in the clashes on Tuesday, according to the Interior Ministry. One died from a gunshot wound to the neck while being transported in an ambulance, the other died from a gunshot wound later in hospital.At least 157 police officers have have sought medical help, the ministry added in a statement on its website.Five soldiers from internal security troops have been shot in central Kiev. A pistol bullet was extracted from one soldier’s wound.Seven civilians died in the unrest on Tuesday, said the police, including one who died in the office of the Party of Regions, three in the House of the Officers, one from a gunshot wound on Mazepa street, two died of heart attacks at Institutskaya street, according to Interfax.One hundred and eighty five protesters have asked for medial help, Kiev’s health department estimated at 8 p.m. local time.
02-21-2014, 12:05 PM
Three Ukrainian lessons for the United States
***Posted by*edgeofthesandbox ***Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 8:51am
1. The United States is not Ukraine, so, I hope, we don’t find ourselves living in interesting times.1.**Somewhat educated young people with no opportunities are a revolutionary class.* Between 1990 and 2006, as Ukraine’s population declined, the number of students entering colleges shot up an unbelievable*60%.* According to another source, ” The number of students enrolled in Ukrainian universities grew from 1.5 million in 2001, to*2.5 million in 2009-2011.”* Towards the end of this period the student population consisted primarily of those born in the 1990′s when fertility went through the*floor.At the same time, the quality of education continued to decline.* Ukrainian universities are not highly ranked, and that grades and diplomas are bought and sold is an*open secret.* In 2006, 32% of recent college graduates were unemployed.* Overall youth unemployment (ages 15-24) is18.6%.* That the students and young people in general and are very active in protests is not surprising, but it helps to know their circumstances.
2. Bilingual nations are inherently unstable.* From its inception in 1991, Ukraine has been bilingual.* Roughly speaking, those in the south and east of the country speak Russian and cherish cultural continuity and economic ties with their eastern neighbor.* They pride themselves on being Slavic people who heroically fought Nazism in World War II.* The west speaks Ukrainian and is fiercely nationalistic.* They remember Holodomor and the three Western-most regions, historically called eastern Galicia, build monuments toNazi*collaborationist*Stepan*Bandera.The South-east, with its agriculture, industry, mining and ports is the economic engine of the country — such as it is.* The west struggles with unemployment; with radical politics now resurgent in Galicia.* In the 2012 elections, chauvinistic Svoboda (“Freedom”) party received over 30% of votes in these three regions.
The west rebelled in response to the pro-Russian policies of Yanukovich who was elected by a slim majority.* That the restive west and the center toppled corrupt local governments is just as important as the demonstrations in Kyiv.* Activists are attempting to spread the revolution to the south-east, but the locals are prone to see them as invaders.* The English-speaking public got the impression that Maidan is a popular uprising, but*half of the country doesn’t support it.* The South-east is generally passive, but a modest amount of political activity is registered there, too. *In the southern port city of Odessa, Russian nationalists took credit for running Ukrainian nationalists*out of town, cars with western license plates are torched in Kyiv and the east and maidan offices are*bombed*in Kharkiv.While the western press marveled at the “stunning” fireworks of molotov cocktails in Kyiv, I heard a different sentiment from eastern Ukraine.* They see boys from Lviv who, once infected with revolutionary fever, refuse to go home to their miserly jobs.* Sample this comment from a Kharkiv portal of the Russian social site Odnoklassniki, where pictures of babies and animals doing things are increasingly frequently sprinkled with Soviet nostalgia videos and political talk:They bombed out downtown Kiev like fascists.* Shcherbitsky [Soviet-era Premier of Ukrainian * SSR -- ed.], god bless his memory, truly loved Kiev and after the war raised that city out of ruins. *Today neo-fascists are destroying, annihilating the city. I don’t understand, why can’t they stage “maidan” in the west? If they want destruction, let them destroy Lvov, Rovno, Ternopol.* Go at it.* Why do they need to go elsewhere? *Go to a city square BAZAR — and burn tires, no need to board a train. Kiev — it’s Kievan RUS.* Kiev was never a capital of Western Ukraine.* Don’t like it, for god’s sake, demand separation.* But they don’t like that solution because pensions and subsidies come from the east, from people who work instead of striking and pay taxes that are equally distributed between the regions. We break our backs, but* these scumbacks kill innocent Berkut boys who with their bodies protect ordinary people in Kiev. [...]* Berkut guys are set on fire, but they are forbidden from using arms because it will displease America that will bomb us like Yugoslavia, Syria, Lebanon and so forth and will install “Democracy” here.* We have to stomp out fascism in embryo, otherwise it will be 1933 all over again.Others weighed in with comments like “Where is Stalin when you need him?” or “I know Russia is not perfect, but I prefer it to what’s going on here.” or “I’d rather to live next to monument to grandpa Lenin than fascist Bandera.”* 1933, you say?Right now Putin is dormant, his hands are tied with the Olympics.* A reliable, conservative way to peel away the eastern part of the country is to create a*Ukrainian federation.3.*It’s easier to lose freedom than to gain it.* Prior to the 1775 destruction of Zaporozhian Sich, Cossacks had an autonomous, republican government.* Today Ukraine is a post-colony ruled by wave after wave of crooks.* In 2004, Ukraine went through a stage of mass delusion when citizens believed that a glorious future awaits them if only they support their honestly elected Yushchenko.* Today they are disappointed and apolitical.* Another lady on Odnoclassniki opined:There are masochists out there aching to go onward, to Maidan, for those craving money and * power!According to one poll, only 51% of Ukrainians say that they want democracy, 20.5% prefer an authoritarian form of government, and the later number is significantly*higher in the east.* This is now, but what kind of results can we expect if the protests linger?I’m not convinced of the democratic tendencies of the west either.**Svoboda, for instance, proposes ban on anti-Ukrainian sentiment* and return of the Soviet practice of including ethnic origin in passports. Its economic program is approved by*The Nation.* Svoboda is only the dominant party in three western regions of the country, but in as much as it provides much of the cannon fodder for*Maidan*(along with Fatherland volunteers, including the ultra-nationalistPravyy Sektor), it wields outsize influence.* They, too, will probably like the idea of federalizing Ukraine.Ukrainians say that they want transparency, but they are kind of cheating at their own revolution.* Yes, many protesters are sincere, but Russian channel 24 filmed a short documentary exposing*mercenary protestersorganized in groups of 5 and paid by the day. This fact is a common knowledge among Russians and Ukrainians, including the Maidan supporters.Russian-speaking pro-regime politicians are a little slow on the uptake, but they organized their own mercenary protests.* According to our friends in Kharkiv, such events were part Soviet-style, with government-employees rounded up for the occasion, part new model, with students and pensioners paid for attendance.* Plus, the authorities bused in people from Donetsk.* Our friend joked that in the morning the out-of-towners attended the anti-Maidan meeting, but in the evening cashed in on the pro-Maidan one.* Or maybe she was serious.The United States has a long and proud tradition of self-rule and free market economy.* We didn’t fight we didn’t live through Stalinism and Nazi occupation.* But we are pumping money into dubious college degrees and are on the verge of passing amnesty.* Our bureaucracy is expanding and crony capitalism is on the march.* We might find ourselves living in interesting times.A bonus lesson for Russian liberals: Don’t ally yourselves with Nazis.* Moderate pro-EU Fatherland and Udar parties entered alliance with Svoboda when two years ago it showed that it was able to turn out 10% of the population.* They allowed Svoboda and their Banderista signage in their protests, which antagonized half the country.* Likewise Russia’s liberals are allied with the radical nationalists, and it’s probably not going to end well.* Easy for me to dispense this advise, sitting here in the US.
02-26-2014, 02:08 PM
Rival groups clash in Ukraine's Crimea, 20 injuredFebruary 26, 2014, 05:00 AM The*Associated PressSIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Fistfights broke out between pro- and anti-Russian demonstrators in Ukraine's strategic Crimea region on Wednesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered major military exercises just across the border.The tests of military readiness involve most of the units in central and western Russia, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a televised statement. He said the exercise would "check the troops' readiness for action in crisis situations that threaten the nation's military security."In Kiev, opposition leaders who took charge after pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych fled were working on forming a new government to chart a path forward for the country and its ailing economy. Parliament has delayed the announcement of the new administration, which was originally set for Tuesday, reflecting the political divisions among the various factions of the opposition.When announcing Russia's military exercises, Shoigu didn't specifically mention the turmoil in Ukraine, which is bitterly divided between pro-European western regions and pro-Russian areas in the east and south.Three months of protests forced Yanukovych to go into hiding over the weekend as his foes set up an interim government following violent clashes between protesters and police that left more than 80 people dead.In Crimea's regional capital of Simferopol, about 20,000 Muslim Tatars who rallied in support of the interim government clashed with a smaller pro-Russian rally. One health official said at least 20 people were injured, while the local health ministry said one person died from an apparent heart attack.The protesters shouted and attacked each other with stones, bottles and punches, as police and leaders of both rallies struggled to keep the two groups apart.They started to disperse after the speaker of the regional legislature announced it would postpone a crisis session, which many Tatars feared would have taken steps toward seceding from Ukraine."The threat of separatism has been eliminated," Refat Chubarov, the leader of the Tatar community in Crimea, told the crowd.Crimean Tatars are a Turkic Muslim ethnic group who have lived in Crimea for centuries. They were brutally deported in 1944 by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, but returned after Ukraine's independence.The tensions in Crimea — a peninsula in southern Ukraine that is home to Russia's Black Sea Fleet — highlight the divisions that run through this country of 46 million, and underscore fears the country's mainly Russian-speaking east and south won't recognize the interim authorities' legitimacy."Only Russia can defend us from fascists in Kiev and from Islamic radicals in Crimea," said Anton Lyakhov, a 52-year-old pro-Russian protester.According to the Russian defense minister, the military will be on high alert for two days as some troops deploy to shooting ranges. The actual maneuvers will start Friday and will last four days, he said. The exercise will involve ships of the Baltic and the Northern Fleets, and the air force.The order came a day after a Russian lawmaker visiting Crimea said Moscow would protect the region's Russian-speaking residents, raising concerns that Russia might make a military move into Ukraine."We take it for granted that all nations respect the sovereignty and independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and this is a message that we have also conveyed to whom it may concern," NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.On Wednesday, Yanukovych's three predecessors as president issued a statement accusing Russia of "direct interference in the political life of Crimea."Russian officials denied any plans to move militarily on Ukraine."That scenario is impossible," said Valentina Matvienko, speaker of the upper chamber of Russia's parliament, known as the Federation Council. She is a close Putin ally and was born in western Ukraine."Russia has been stating and reiterating its stance that we have no right and cannot interfere in domestic affairs of a sovereign state," she said. "We are for Ukraine as a united state, and there should be no basis for separatist sentiments."In Kiev, the capital, protesters who have demanded that the new government be close to the people, cut down a fence surrounding the Parliament building.Ukraine's acting interior minister ordered the disbandment of a feared riot police force known as Berkut, which protesters blamed for violent attacks against peaceful demonstrators.The force, whose name means "golden eagle," consisted of about 5,000 officers. It was unclear Wednesday whether its members would be dismissed or reassigned to other units.Protesters took to the streets after Yanukovych's decision in November to reject an agreement that would strengthen ties with the EU and instead seek closer cooperation with Moscow.Anti-Yanukovych protesters set up a camp on Kiev's Independence Square, known as the Maidan, demonstrating against corruption and human rights abuses and calling for the president's resignation.Under an EU-mediated plan, Yanukovych and protest leaders agreed to form a new government and hold an early election, but Parliament later voted to remove him from the presidency. The protesters took control of Kiev and seized the president's office as Yanukovych fled the capital. His whereabouts are unknown.In Lviv, a major city in the European-leaning west of Ukraine, leading cultural figures tried to defuse the tensions between the Russian-speaking east and the Ukrainian-speaking west, calling on residents to speak only Russian on Wednesday in a symbolic show of solidarity.The call appeared to have had some effect."You can really hear a lot of Russian spoken on the streets of Lviv today," said Konstantin Beglov, one of the campaign's promoters, "although it often leads to funny situations because Lviv residents hardly ever speak Russian."
02-27-2014, 12:41 PM
Russia Grants Asylum to Ex-Ukraine President, Amasses Forces at Border
Russia scrambled fighter jets to patrol its border and reportedly gave shelter to Ukraine's fugitive president as pro-Russian gunmen stormed offices of Ukraine's strategic region, deepening the crisis for the new Ukrainian government even as it was being formed.The moves pose an immediate challenge to Ukraine's new authorities as they seek to set up an interim government for the country, whose population is divided in loyalties between Russia and the West. Ukraine's new prime minister said the country's future lies in the European Union but with friendly relations with Russia. Moscow, meanwhile, has launched a massive military exercise involving 150,000 troops and put fighter jets on patrol along the border.A respected Russian news organization reported that President Viktor Yanukovych, who was driven out of Kiev by a three-month protest movement, was staying in a Kremlin sanatorium just outside Moscow."I have to ask Russia to ensure my personal safety from extremists," Yanukovych said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies on Thursday. He said he still considers himself president and sees the new Ukrainian authorities as illegitimate.Shortly after, the same three Russian news agencies quoted an unnamed Russian official saying that Yanukovych's request for protection "was satisfied on the territory of Russia."Oleksandr Turchynov, who stepped in as acting president after Yanukovych's flight, condemned the takeover of government buildings in Crimea as a "crime against the government of Ukraine." He warned that any move by Russian troops off of their base in Crimea "will be considered a military aggression.""Unidentified people with automatic weapons, explosives and grenades have taken over the governmental buildings and the Parliament building in the autonomous region of Crimea," he said. "I have given orders to the military to use all methods necessary to protect the citizens, punish the criminals, and to free the buildings."In Kiev, lawmakers chose Arseniy Yatsenyuk as the new prime minister. He will face the hugely complicated task of restoring stability in a country that is not only deeply divided politically but on the verge of financial collapse. The 39-year-old served as economy minister, foreign minister and parliamentary speaker before Yanukovych took office in 2010, and is widely viewed as a technocratic reformer who enjoys the support of the U.S.Shortly before the lawmakers chose him as the leader of the new Cabinet, Yatsenyuk said Ukraine doesn't want a fight with Russia, but insisted the country wouldn't accept the secession of the southern Crimea region.He said Crimea "has been and will be a part of Ukraine."Yanukovych fled after riot police attacked protesters in Kiev's central square, killing more than 80 people, and European and Russian officials intervened. He has not been seen publicly since Saturday, when he said he remained the legitimately elected president — a position that has been backed by Russia.Russia's respected RBK news organization reported Wednesday evening that Yanukovych was staying at the Barvikha sanatorium, which is run by the presidential administration's property department. The spokesman for this department, Viktor Khrekov, told The Associated Press on Thursday that he has no information about this.The RBK report was impossible to confirm, but security at the Ukraina Hotel was unusually heavy late Wednesday, with police watching from parked vehicles outside and guards posted throughout the lobby. Some of Yanukovych's allies, also reported to have been at the hotel, may have still been there.Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman also said he had no information about Yanukovych's reported arrival in Moscow.In a clear warning to Ukraine, Putin on Wednesday ordered massive military exercises involving most of the military units in western Russia. On Thursday, as part of the exercises, fighter jets were put on combat alert and were patrolling the border, Russia's Defense Ministry said in a statement. It didn't specify the areas where patrol missions were being conducted. The military also announced measures to tighten security at the headquarters of Russia's Black Sea Fleet on the Crimean peninsula in southeastern Ukraine.The military maneuvers prompted a sharp rebuke from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who warned Russia that any military intervention in Ukraine would be a "grave mistake."The Russian Foreign Ministry voiced concern Thursday about the Russian-speaking population in Ukraine and vowed to protect their interests. State-owned ITAR-Tass news agency quoted a statement read at a session of the ministry's board on Thursday, saying that Russia "will have a firm and uncompromising response to violations of the rights of compatriots by foreign states."Russia has accused Ukraine's interim leaders of failing to control radicals who threaten the Russia-speaking population in Ukraine's east and south, which includes the Crimean Peninsula.Witnesses said the gunmen in Simferopol, the Crimean regional capital, wore unmarked camouflage uniforms and carried rocket-propelled grenades, sniper rifles and other weapons. They raised the Russian flag over the local parliament building.The men did not immediately voice any demands and threw a flash grenade in response to a journalist's questions. They wore black and orange ribbons, a Russian symbol of the victory in World War II, and put up a sign reading "Crimea is Russia."Maxim, a pro-Russian activist who refused to give his last name, said he and other activists had camped overnight outside the local parliament in Simferopol when 50-60 heavily armed men wearing flak jackets and carrying rocket-propelled grenade launchers and sniper rifles took over the building."Our activists were sitting there all night calmly, building the barricades," he said. "At 5 o'clock unknown men turned up and went to the building. They got into the courtyard and put everyone on the ground."They were asking who we were. When we said we stand for the Russian language and Russia, they said: 'Don't be afraid. We're with you.' Then they began to storm the building bringing down the doors," he said. "They didn't look like volunteers or amateurs; they were professionals. This was clearly a well-organized operation.""Who are they?" he added. "Nobody knows."A convoy of seven armored personnel carriers was seen on a road near the village of Ukromnoye, about 10 kilometers (some 6 miles) away from the city of Simferopol. In Moscow, Russia's Foreign Ministry said that Russia was abiding by an agreement with Ukraine that sharply restricts troops movements, but acknowledged some unspecified troops movements, claiming they didn't violate the deal, the Interfax news agency reported.In a statement, the local government said Crimean Prime Minister Anatoly Mogilyev had tried to negotiate with the gunmen but was told "they were not authorized to negotiate and present demands."Ukraine's acting interior minister, Arsen Avakov, said on his Facebook page that police were sealing off the area."Measures have been taken to counter extremist actions and not allow the situation to escalate into an armed confrontation in the center of the city," he said.Phone calls to the Crimean legislature rang unanswered, and its website was down.Meanwhile, Ukraine's currency, the hryvnia, dropped further to a new record low of 11.25 to the U.S. dollar, a sign of the country's financial distress.One of the new government's first tasks will be to seek rescue loans from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. The finance ministry has pegged the country's needs at $35 billion dollars for this year and next to pay salaries and debts and cover the large budget deficit.- See more at: http://thecontributor.com/russian-forces-escalate-already-tense-situation-ukraine#sthash.ZNaIo7B0.dpuf
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03-07-2014, 08:00 AM
Central Bankster appointed as Prime Minister of Ukraine
Newly appointed Prime Minister of Ukraine and former central banker*Arseniy Yatsenyuk
A reshuffled Ukrainian Parliament installed following a coup last week has voted to appoint Arseniy Yatsenyuk as the new prime minister of the country. Yats, as*Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. State Department, called him, is a natural choice. He is a millionaire former banker who served as economy minister, foreign minister and parliamentary speaker before Yanukovych took office in 2010. He is a member of Yulie Tymoshenko’s Fatherland Party. Prior to the revolution cooked up by the State Department and executed by ultra-nationalist street thugs, Tymoshenko was incarcerated for embezzlement and other crimes against the people of Ukraine. Now she will be part of the installed government, same as she was after the last orchestrated coup, the Orange Revolution.
Yats will deliver Ukraine to the international bankers. “Ukraine is on the brink of bankruptcy and needs to be saved from collapse — Yatsenyuk has a strong economic background,”*Ariel Cohen, senior fellow at the Washington-based Heritage Foundation, told Bloomberg on Wednesday. “Ukraine faces difficult reforms but without them there won’t be a successful future.”Discussion with the IMF is crucial, US Treasury Secretary*Jacob Lew*said earlier this week. In order to cinch the deal, the U.S. government will sweeten the pot. Lew talked with the IMF boss, Christine Lagarde, about Ukraine as he headed back from a globalist confab, the G-20 meeting in Sydney, Australia.“Secretary Lew informed Managing Director Lagarde that he had spoken earlier in the day with Ukrainian leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk and advised him of the broad support for an international assistance package centered on the IMF, as soon as the transitional Ukrainian government is fully established by the Parliament,”*MNI News*reported on Monday. “Secretary Lew also noted that he had communicated to Mr. Yatsenyuk the need to quickly begin implementing economic reforms and enter discussions with the IMF following the establishment of the transitional government.”Ukraine’s story is right out of the IMF playbook. The nation’s corrupt leaders past and present – most notably Tymoshenko, who went to prison for corruption and wholesale thievery – have enriched themselves at the expensive of ordinary Ukrainians.“Ukraine at the dawn of independence was among the ten most developed countries, and now it drags out a miserable existence,” Communist Party leader*Petro Symonenko*said last year. The nation’s leaders “signed a memorandum with the International Monetary Fund to meet the requirements of the oligarchs, but on the other hand — to timely pay the interest on the IMF loans and to raise the prices for gas and electricity,” Symonenko said.The Orange Revolution – initiated by NED, IRI, Soros and the CIA – installed a rogue’s gallery of self-seeking sociopaths who further bankrupted a country already seriously debilitated by corruption.For the IMF and the financial elite, Ukraine is nothing less than a tantalizing bounty. “Its fertile black soil generated more than one-fourth of Soviet agricultural output, and its farms provided substantial quantities of meat, milk, grain, and vegetables to other republics,” notes*ABO, a website covering energy resources. “Likewise, its diversified heavy industry supplied the unique equipment (for example, large diameter pipes) and raw materials to industrial and mining sites (vertical drilling apparatus) in other regions of the former USSR.”After breaking away from the Soviet Union and declaring independence, it was thought the country would “liberalize” its industry and resources, in other words open them up for privatization by transnational corporations and international banks, but this did not happen quickly enough for the financiers and the corporatists.
The drop in steel prices and Ukraine’s exposure to the global financial crisis due to aggressive foreign borrowing lowered growth in 2008 and the economy contracted more than 15 percent in 2009, among the worst economic performances in the world,” ABO explains. “In August 2010, Ukraine, under the Yanukovych Administration, reached a new agreement with the IMF for a $15.1 billion Stand-By Agreement. Economic growth resumed in 2010 and 2011, buoyed by exports. After initial disbursements, the IMF program stalled in early 2011 due to the Ukrainian Government’s lack of progress in implementing key gas sector reforms, namely gas tariff increases. Economic growth slowed in the second half of 2012 with Ukraine finishing the year in technical recession following two consecutive quarters of negative growth.”Now that Yanukovych is out of the picture, the banker minion Yats is lording over the Parliament, and thuggish fascists control the streets and guard against a counter revolution that my threaten Wall Street’s coup, the coast is clear for the IMF to pick up where it left off. Ukraine, now one of the poorest countries in Europe thanks to a kleptocracy supported by Washington and Wall Street, is wide open for further looting.
American Conquest by Subversion: Victoria Nuland’s Admits Washington Has Spent $5 Billion to “Subvert Ukraine”
By*Global Research NewsGlobal Research, February 07, 2014
“After three visits to Ukraine in five weeks, Victoria Nuland explains that in the past two decades, the United States has spent five Billion dollars ($5,000,000,000) to subvert Ukraine, and assures her listeners that there are prominent businessmen and government officials who support the US project to tear Ukraine away from its historic relationship with Russia and into the US sphere of interest (via “Europe”).Victoria Nuland is the wife of Robert Kagan, leader of the younger generation of “neo-cons”.* After serving as Hillary Clinton’s spokesperson, she is now undersecretary of state for Europe and Eurasia.”**Diana Johnstone*Hear Victoria Nuland’s very concise, almost victorious speech:****
Russia Starts Massive Air Defense Drills Amid Crimea Standoff
MOSCOW, March 6 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Western Military District has begun large-scale air defense drills at its southern testing range of Kapustin Yar on the backdrop of further escalation of tensions with the West over Ukraine.Kapustin Yar, located some 450 kilometers (280 miles) east of the Ukrainian border, will host about 3,500 troops and over 1,000 units of military hardware for about a month. The exercise will culminate with live-firing drills, involving S-300, Buk-M1 and other air defense systems.“It is for the first time that all air defense units from the district, including coastal defenses of the Northern Fleet, have gathered in one place,” said the district’s spokesman, Col. Oleg Kochetkov.“It is the largest-ever exercise held by air defense units of the Western Military District,” Kochetkov said, adding that the drills were part of a regular combat training cycle.The exercise, however, coincides with further escalation of a political crisis in Ukraine that has led to the current standoff between Russia and the West over the fate of Crimea, an autonomous Ukrainian region with a majority ethnic Russian population.Crimean authorities have refused to recognize as legitimate the new central government in Kiev, which ousted President Viktor Yanukovych late last month, and on Thursday they announced a decision to become part of Russia.A popular vote to approve the decision will be held in Crimea on March 16.Russia’s parliament has recently approved military intervention in Ukraine, while thousands of “local militia” allegedly under Russian command have taken control over Ukrainian military bases across Crimea in the past week.Following these developments, the West showered Moscow with accusations of aggression and threats of sanctions while cutting off military exchanges with Russia and scrambling to bolster military cooperation within NATO.The Pentagon announced plans on Wednesday to expand combat pilot training in Poland and to send six additional F-15C fighter jets to a NATO mission carrying out air patrols over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.Patrols have been carried out on a three- to four-month rotation basis by 14 NATO states from Lithuania’s air base in Zokniai, near the northern city of Siauliai, since 2004 when the ex-Soviet republics joined the alliance.The Estonian military said Thursday that the six US fighter jets as well as two KC-135 aerial refueling tankers landed at Zokniai, joining four US F-15s deployed there since January.
03-07-2014, 11:28 AM
FEBRUARY 17, 2013
The orders for the Russian-made S-400 air defence missile system is full until 2020 to 2021
Countries interested to purchase the Russian-made air defense missile system*S-400*are ready to wait for delivery until 2021, announced Wednesday, 13 February, 2013, in Moscow, the CEO of the Russian State Agency of arms export, Rosoboronexport, Anatoly Issaïkine."The queue of countries wishing to acquire systems*S-400*extends until 2020 to 2021," he sai to the reporters.Mr. Issaïkine indicated also that Russia was conducting negotiations with ten countries over the delivery of combat training aircraft*Yak-130."Negotiations are also underway with six countries for the delivery of submarine equipped with air independent propulsion (AIP)," said the head of Rosoboronexport.According to him, many countries want to buy Russian helicopters, including the Ka-52 Alligator, Mi-35 and Mi-28N nicknamed "night hunters".The*S-400 Triumph*(NATO code SA-21 Growler) is a long range surface-to-air missile systems produced by Almaz-Antey. The S-400 Trumph is intended to engage, ECM, radar-picket, director area, reconnaissance, strategic and tactical aircraft, tactical and theatre ballistic missiles, medium-range ballistic missiles and other current and future air attack assets at a maximum range of 400 km, and a altitude of up to 30 km.*The*S-400*air defense missile system can simultaneously engage 36 targets.
03-07-2014, 12:00 PM
Lakenheath fighters headed to Baltics to beef up air space patrolling as Ukraine crisis continues
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Six F-15C Eagles and more than 60 U.S. airmen from RAF Lakenheath, England, were en route Thursday to Lithuania to bolster NATO’s air policing mission over the Baltics region amid the crisis in nearby Ukraine.The Associated Press later reported that the fighter jets had arrived at Siauliai air base, Lithuania.U.S. Air Force officials with the 48th Fighter Wing at Lakenheath, and at U.S. Air Forces in Europe headquarters at Ramstein Air Base said Thursday morning that the additional fighter jets and military personnel were on their way to Siauliai. The Pentagon announced late Wednesday that the U.S. military planned to augment its current Baltics air policing mission.The action “comes at the request of our Baltic allies,” said USAFE spokeswoman Capt. Reba Good. “We’re committed to our NATO allies. We’ll continue to support them.”Lacking the capabilities to police their airspace, the Baltic nations have relied on their NATO allies, which send fighter jets and crews on a rotational basis to perform the mission. For the past 10 years, the United States has shared the task of protecting Baltic airspace with several other NATO countries, including Great Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Spain.The 48th Air Expeditionary Group out of Lakenheath has been deployed to Lithuania in support of the mission since early January, when it replaced a Belgian unit. That mission is still scheduled to end as planned in early May, Good said. The Polish military will assume the next rotation.The contingent includes pilots, engineers, medical personnel, support groups and communications personnel. The Air Force declined to provide the number of servicemembers because of security reasons.Though the beefed-up U.S. contingent headed to the Baltics more than doubles the number of U.S. warplanes currently patrolling the skies over the former Soviet republics of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, a senior NATO diplomat said Thursday, “this is essentially a symbolic action.”“It’s a demonstration meant to reassure those allies of the American presence and commitment,” said the envoy, who spoke on usual condition of anonymity.On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress that the United States would, separately, boost U.S. training flights with the Polish military.The U.S. Air Force in November 2012 stood up a small aviation detachment, marking the first enduring presence of U.S. military members on Polish soil. Unaccompanied Air Force personnel are assigned to the unit, which hosts periodic rotations of U.S. F-16 fighter jets and C-130 cargo and personnel transport aircraft that deploy to Poland for joint training.Good said there are currently 10 airmen working at the aviation detachment. No U.S. aircraft are deployed there at the moment, she said.Next up in the rotation are three C-130s and about 100 personnel from Ramstein, scheduled to arrive in early April, Good said, but given Hagel’s remarks, this could change. They will be located at Powidz air base in Poland.“I think it’s clear ... that the events of the past week underscore the need for America’s continued global engagement and leadership,” Hagel said in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.Although Air Force officials in Europe wouldn’t draw a connection between the Ukraine crisis and the extra jets sent to the Baltics, Lithuanian’s defense minister said the move was in response to Russia’s “aggression in Ukraine and its amplified military activity in the Kaliningrad region,” *the Baltic News Service reported.Meanwhile Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite warned Thursday, during a meeting in Brussels of the European Council, that Russia was trying to redraw its post-Cold War map and borders. “So, first it’s Ukraine, Moldova will be next and, finally, it can reach the Baltic states,” she told journalists in Brussels, according to the Baltic News Service.Stars and Stripes’ Slobodan Lekic contributed to this email@example.com@stripes .com
03-07-2014, 12:03 PM
03-07-2014, 04:10 PM
Ukraine standoff intensifies, Russia says sanctions will 'boomerang'
By Steve Gutterman and Andrew OsbornMOSCOW/SEVASTOPOL, UKRAINE*|*Fri Mar 7, 2014 5:04pm EST
By Steve Gutterman and Andrew OsbornMOSCOW/SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Russia said any U.S. sanctions imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine will boomerang back on the United States and that Crimea has the right to self-determination as armed men tried to seize another Ukrainian military base on the peninsula.In a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned against "hasty and reckless steps" that could harm Russian-American relations, the foreign ministry said on Friday."Sanctions...would inevitably hit the United States like a boomerang," it added.It was the second tense, high-level exchange between the former Cold War foes in 24 hours over the pro-Russian takeover of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.Russian President Vladimir Putin said after an hour-long call with U.S. President Barack Obama that their positions on the former Soviet republic were still far apart. Obama announced the first sanctions against Russia on Thursday.Putin, who later opened the Paralympic Games in Sochi which have been boycotted by a string of Western dignitaries, said Ukraine's new, pro-Western authorities had acted illegitimately over the eastern, southeastern and Crimea regions."Russia cannot ignore calls for help and it acts accordingly, in full compliance with international law," he said.Serhiy Astakhov, an aide to the Ukrainian border guards' commander, said 30,000 Russian soldiers were now in Crimea, compared to the 11,000 permanently based with the Russian Black Sea fleet in the port of Sevastopol before the crisis.On Friday evening armed men drove a truck into a Ukrainian missile defense post in Sevastopol, according to a Reuters reporter at the scene. But no shots were fired and Crimea's pro-Russian premier said later the standoff was over.Putin denies the forces with no national insignia that are surrounding Ukrainian troops in their bases are under Moscow's command, although their vehicles have Russian military plates. The West has ridiculed his assertion.The most serious East-West confrontation since the end of the Cold War - resulting from the overthrow last month of President Viktor Yanukovich after protests in Kiev that led to violence - escalated on Thursday when Crimea's parliament, dominated by ethnic Russians, voted to join Russia.The region's government set a referendum for March 16 - in just nine days' time.JETS, DESTROYERTurkey scrambled jets after a Russian surveillance plane flew along its Black Sea coast and a U.S. warship passed through Turkey's Bosphorus straits on its way to the Black Sea, although the U.S. military said it was a routine deployment.European Union leaders and Obama said the referendum plan was illegitimate and would violate Ukraine's constitution.The head of Russia's upper house of parliament said after meeting visiting Crimean lawmakers on Friday that Crimea had a right to self-determination, and ruled out any risk of war between "the two brotherly nations".Obama ordered visa bans and asset freezes on Thursday against so far unidentified people deemed responsible for threatening Ukraine's sovereignty. Earlier in the week, a Kremlin aide said Moscow might refuse to pay off any loans to U.S. banks, the top four of which have around $24 billion in exposure to Russia.Japan endorsed the Western position that the actions of Russia constitute "a threat to international peace and security", after Obama spoke to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.China, often a Russian ally in blocking Western moves in the U.N. Security Council, was more cautious, saying economic sanctions were not the best way to solve the crisis and avoiding comment on the Crimean referendum.The EU, Russia's biggest economic partner and energy customer, adopted a three-stage plan to try to force a negotiated solution but stopped short of immediate sanctions.The Russian Foreign Ministry responded angrily on Friday, calling the EU decision to freeze talks on visa-free travel and on a broad new pact governing Russia-EU ties "extremely unconstructive". It pledged to retaliate."GUERRILLA WAR?"Senior Ukrainian opposition politician Yulia Tymoshenko, freed from prison after Yanukovich's overthrow, met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Dublin and appealed for immediate EU sanctions against Russia, warning that Crimea might otherwise slide into a guerrilla war.Brussels and Washington rushed to strengthen the new authorities in economically shattered Ukraine, announcing both political and financial assistance. The regional director of the International Monetary Fund said talks with Kiev on a loan agreement were going well and praised the new government's openness to economic reform and transparency.The European Commission has said Ukraine could receive up to 11 billion euros ($15 billion) in the next couple of years provided it reaches agreement with the IMF, which requires painful economic reforms like ending gas subsidies.Promises of billions of dollars in Western aid for the Kiev government, and the perception that Russian troops are not likely to go beyond Crimea into other parts of Ukraine, have helped reverse a rout in the local hryvnia currency.In the past two days it has traded above 9.0 to the dollar for the first time since the Crimea crisis began last week. Local dealers said emergency currency restrictions imposed last week were also supporting the hryvnia.Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said Ukraine had not paid its $440 million gas bill for February, bringing its arrears to $1.89 billion and hinted it could turn off the taps as it did in 2009, when a halt in Russian deliveries to Ukraine reduced supplies to Europe during a cold snap.In Moscow, a huge crowd gathered near the Kremlin at a government-sanctioned rally and concert billed as being "in support of the Crimean people". Pop stars took to the stage and demonstrators held signs with slogans such as "Crimea is Russian land", and "We believe in Putin".IMPORTANT DIFFERENCESUkrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said no one in the civilized world would recognize the result of the "so-called referendum" in Crimea.He repeated Kiev's willingness to negotiate with Russia if Moscow pulls its additional troops out of Crimea and said he had requested a telephone call with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.But Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov ridiculed calls for Russia to join an international "contact group" with Ukraine proposed by the West, saying they "make us smile".Demonstrators encamped in Kiev's central Independence Square to defend the revolution that ousted Yanukovich said they did not believe Crimea would be allowed to secede.Alexander Zaporozhets, 40, from central Ukraine's Kirovograd region, put his faith in international pressure."I don't think the Russians will be allowed to take Crimea from us: you can't behave like that to an independent state. We have the support of the whole world. But I think we are losing time. While the Russians are preparing, we are just talking."Unarmed military observers from the pan-European Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe were blocked from entering Crimea for a second day in a row on Friday, the OSCE said on Twitter.The United Nations said it had sent its assistant secretary-general for human rights, Ivan Simonovic, to Kiev to conduct a preliminary humans rights assessment.Ukrainian television has been replaced with Russian state channels in Crimea and the streets largely belong to people who support Moscow's rule, some of whom have harassed journalists and occasional pro-Kiev protesters.Part of the Crimea's 2 million population opposes Moscow's rule, including members of the region's ethnic Russian majority. The last time Crimeans were asked, in 1991, they voted narrowly for independence along with the rest of Ukraine."With all these soldiers here, it is like we are living in a zoo," Tatyana, 41, an ethnic Russian. "Everyone fully understands this is an occupation."(Additional reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel in Simferopol, Lidia Kelly in Moscow, Luke Baker and Martin Santa in Brussels, Steve Holland and Jeff Mason in Washington, Lina Kushch in Donetsk and Pavel Polityuk in Kiev, Writing by Paul Taylor and Philippa Fletcher; Editing by Angus MacSwan)
03-08-2014, 11:51 AM
Crisis in Crimea? Ukraine situation doesn't deter Obama from family vacation in Florida Keys
Mar 7, 2014
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated PressKEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — The crisis in Crimea won't keep President Barack Obama from forging ahead with a weekend getaway with his wife and daughters in the Florida Keys.But it's more than the Oval Office that will be dark as Russia's incursion into Ukraine reaches its one week mark. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife are vacationing in the Virgin Islands. And national security adviser Susan Rice is traveling in the Middle East for meetings with her counterparts.White House spokesman Josh Earnest said "there's always a chance" Obama could cut a trip short and return to Washington, but this weekend's vacation appeared solid."The fact of the matter is what the president is doing this weekend in Florida is essentially what the president would be doing if he stayed back at the White House," Earnest told reporters traveling with Obama. The president, he said, was looking forward to "getting a little bit of downtime in the warm weather with his wife and daughters."Obama's vacation at a private club on one of the islands off Florida's southern tip was tacked onto an afternoon visit by the president and his wife, Michelle, to a Miami high school to announce new Education Department initiatives to help more students complete the paperwork needed to qualify for federal financial aid or student loans.Every president gets criticized for the amount of time he spends away from the White House, and Obama is no different.Paul C. Light, who teaches public service at New York University, said Obama would have been wise to remain in Washington. Being in Florida with a still-fluid situation in Ukraine "makes the president look less interested in the issue than he clearly is," Light said. "It's just very bad optics."Obama departed the White House one day after moving to levy financial sanctions and travel bans against those the U.S. accuses of threatening Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial borders. Officials in Crimea, a pro-Russian area of Ukraine, plan to hold a referendum March 16 to decide whether to become part of Russia.Obama and Biden's decision to continue with their weekend vacation plans appeared to be an indication that the White House did not expect any quick resolution to the dispute.The Obama family vacation comes just a few weeks after the president's long weekend at the Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, Calif.Obama had gone to Sunnylands to meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan. He stayed behind with a gaggle of childhood friends to play golf on the desert property's 9-hole course and on a private, 19-hole course elsewhere in the city that is owned by supporter Larry Ellison, co-founder of the Oracle software company and one of the richest men in America.Obama will have plenty of opportunities to play golf this weekend, too.He checked his family into the Ocean Reef Club, a private, by-invitation-only membership club that is more of a gated, self-contained community sprawled across 2,500 acres on the northern edge of Key Largo. The property has two championship golf courses. There's also a swimming lagoon, tennis courts, a spa and fitness center, shopping and more than a dozen restaurants among the club's varied offerings.Obama flew by helicopter from Miami over the sun-kissed, blue waters of Florida Bay to arrive at the club's private airport. Scores of people apparently had driven their golf carts over to witness the arrival.The Republican National Committee used Obama's vacation to draw a contrast with Americans still grappling with a sluggish economy."While President Obama vacations in the Florida Keys and Vice President Biden is spending his weekend in the Virgin Islands, millions of middle-class Americans are hurting from their failed economic policies," RNC chairman Reince Priebus said.The vacation is Obama's third of the year.
03-10-2014, 10:29 AM
The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun
March 6, 2014*|*Categories:*Articles & Columns*|*Tags:*EU,*European Union,*Russia,*Ukraine,*|**Print This ArticleThe Looting Of Ukraine Has BegunPaul Craig Roberts
According to a report in Kommersant-Ukraine, the finance ministry of Washington’s stooges in Kiev who are pretending to be a government has prepared an economic austerity plan that will cut Ukrainian pensions from $160 to $80 so that Western bankers who lent money to Ukraine can be repaid at the expense of Ukraine’s poor.http://www.kommersant.ua/doc/2424454*It is Greece all over again.Before anything approaching stability and legitimacy has been obtained for the puppet government put in power by the Washington orchestrated coup against the legitimate, elected Ukraine government, the Western looters are already at work. Naive protesters who believed the propaganda that EU membership offered a better life are due to lose half of their pension by April. But this is only the beginning.The corrupt Western media describes loans as “aid.” However, the 11 billion euros that*the EU is offering Kiev is not aid. It is a loan. Moreover, it comes with many strings, including Kiev’s acceptance of an IMF austerity plan.Remember now, gullible Ukrainians participated in the protests that were used to overthrow their elected government, because they believed the lies told to them by Washington-financed NGOs that once they joined the EU they would have streets paved with gold. Instead they are getting cuts in their pensions and an IMF austerity plan.The austerity plan will cut social services, funds for education, layoff government workers, devalue the currency, thus raising the prices of imports which include Russian gas, thus electricity, and open Ukrainian assets to takeover by Western corporations.Ukraine’s agriculture lands will pass into the hands of American agribusiness.One part of the Washington/EU plan for Ukraine, or that part of Ukraine that doesn’t defect to Russia, has succeeded. What remains of the country will be thoroughly looted by the West.The other part hasn’t worked as well. Washington’s Ukrainian stooges lost control of the protests to organized and armed ultra-nationalists. These groups, whose roots go back to those who fought for Hitler during World War 2, engaged in words and deeds that sent southern and eastern Ukraine clamoring to be returned to Russia where they resided prior to the 1950s when the Soviet communist party stuck them into Ukraine.At this time of writing it looks like Crimea has seceded from Ukraine. Washington and its NATO puppets can do nothing but bluster and threaten sanctions. The White House Fool has demonstrated the impotence of the “US sole superpower” by issuing sanctions against unknown persons, whoever they are, responsible for returning Crimea to Russia, where it existed for about 200 years before, according to Solzhenitsyn, a drunk Khrushchev of Ukrainian ethnicity moved southern and eastern Russian provinces into Ukraine. Having observed the events in western Ukraine, those Russian provinces want to go back home where they belong, just as South Ossetia wanted nothing to do with Georgia.Washington’s stooges in Kiev can do nothing about Crimea except bluster. Under the Russian-Ukraine agreement, Russia is permitted 25,000 troops in Crimea. The US/EU media’s deploring of a “Russian invasion of 16,000 troops” is either total ignorance or complicity in Washington’s lies. Obviously, the US/EU media is corrupt. Only a fool would rely on their reports. Any media that would believe anything Washington says after George W. Bush and Dick Cheney sent Secretary of State Colin Powell to the UN to peddle the regime’s lies about “Iraqi weapons of mass destruction,” which the weapons inspectors had told the White House did not exist, is clearly a collection of bought-and-paid for whores.In the former Russian provinces of eastern Ukraine, Putin’s low-key approach to the strategic threat that Washington has brought to Russia has given Washington a chance to hold on to a major industrial complex that serves the Russian economy and military. The people themselves in eastern Ukraine are in the streets demanding separation from the unelected government that Washington’s coup has imposed in Kiev. Washington, realizing that its incompetence has lost Crimea, had its Kiev stooges appoint Ukrainian oligarchs, against whom the Maiden protests were partly directed, to governing positions in eastern Ukraine cities. These oligarchs have their own private militias in addition to the police and any Ukrainian military units that are still functioning. The leaders of the protesting Russians are being arrested and disappeared. Washington and its EU puppets, who proclaim their support for self-determination, are only for self-determination when it can be orchestrated in their favor. Therefore, Washington is busy at work suppressing self-determination in eastern Ukraine.This is a dilemma for Putin. His low-key approach has allowed Washington to seize the initiative in eastern Ukraine. The oligarchs Taruta and Kolomoyskiy have been put in power in Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk, and are carrying out arrests of Russians and committing unspeakable crimes, but you will never hear of it from the US presstitutes. Washington’s strategy is to arrest and deep-six the leaders of the secessionists so that there no authorities to request Putin’s intervention.If Putin has drones, he has the option of taking out Taruta and Kolomoyskiy. If Putin lets Washington retain the Russian provinces of eastern Ukraine, he will have demonstrated a weakness that Washington will exploit. Washington will exploit the weakness to the point that Washington forces Putin to war.The war will be nuclear.
John McCain: "It's tragic there's no military option in Ukraine"Reply
This psycho can't expend American lives quick enough.Daniel McAdamsIf the US/EU backed overthrow of the Ukrainian government last month had a face, that face would be Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). McCain is the "Energizer Bunny" of US interventionism: wherever there is a government to subvert, a regime to change, chaos to foment, there you will find McCain in its midst.He snuck into Syria to highlight the dominance of moderates that the US should support. But the world is now interconnected and soon it was known that McCain's moderates in Syria were in fact radicals and kidnappers. He snuck into Libya to receive an award from the military the same day Sharia law was approved.But these are small potatoes. Russia has always been the prize for McCain. His International Republican Institute (IRI), a Cold War relic funded by US taxpayers, routinely funded subversive NGOs in Russia to undermine the political system.From the early days of the protests in Ukraine, McCain was there, in Maidan square, meeting with and encouraging those whose intent was a violent overthrow of a democratically elected government. The ends justifies the means, and McCain supped with a number of unsavory characters to supercharge his plans.Now that the US-sponsored regime change is complete in Ukraine, McCain has his biggest thrill: unlike the small and weak other countries that his IRI had picked on, Russia has not rolled over.A nuclear armed Russia facing off with a nuclear armed US would lead most normal people to search for alternatives to possible total annihilation. Not McCain. He wants a military option.Asked by MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell about options for a US attack on Russia, McCain said, "I'd love to tell you that there is Andrea, but frankly I do not see it. I wish that there were. … I do not see a military option and it's tragic."These are America's leaders in perhaps the most dangerous period in a half century. Do you feel safe?
03-18-2014, 04:30 PM
Address by the President of the Russian Federation
PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Federation Council members, State Duma deputies, good afternoon.* Representatives of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol are here among us, citizens of Russia, residents of Crimea and Sevastopol!Dear friends, we have gathered here today in connection with an issue that is of vital, historic significance to all of us. A referendum was held in Crimea on March 16 in full compliance with democratic procedures and international norms.More than 82 percent of the electorate took part in the vote. Over 96 percent of them spoke out in favour of reuniting with Russia. These numbers speak for themselves.To understand the reason behind such a choice it is enough to know the history of Crimea and what Russia and Crimea have always meant for each other.
Everything in Crimea speaks of our shared history and pride. This is the location of ancient Khersones, where Prince Vladimir was baptised. His spiritual feat of adopting Orthodoxy predetermined the overall basis of the culture, civilisation and human values that unite the peoples of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. The graves of Russian soldiers whose bravery brought Crimea into the Russian empire are also in Crimea. This is also Sevastopol - a legendary city with an outstanding history, a fortress that serves as the birthplace of Russia's Black Sea Fleet. Crimea is Balaklava and Kerch, Malakhov Kurgan and Sapun Ridge. Each one of these places is dear to our hearts, symbolising Russian military glory and outstanding valour.Crimea is a unique blend of different peoples' cultures and traditions. This makes it similar to Russia as a whole, where not a single ethnic group has been lost over the centuries. Russians and Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars and people of other ethnic groups have lived side by side in Crimea, retaining their own identity, traditions, languages and faith.
Incidentally, the total population of the Crimean Peninsula today is 2.2 million people, of whom almost 1.5 million are Russians, 350,000 are Ukrainians who predominantly consider Russian their native language, and about 290,000-300,000 are Crimean Tatars, who, as the referendum has shown, also lean towards Russia.True, there was a time when Crimean Tatars were treated unfairly, just as a number of other peoples in the USSR. There is only one thing I can say here: millions of people of various ethnicities suffered during those repressions, and primarily Russians.Crimean Tatars returned to their homeland. I believe we should make all the necessary political and legislative decisions to finalise the rehabilitation of Crimean Tatars, restore them in their rights and clear their good name.
We have great respect for people of all the ethnic groups living in Crimea. This is their common home, their motherland, and it would be right - I know the local population supports this - for Crimea to have three equal national languages: Russian, Ukrainian and Tatar.Colleagues,In people's hearts and minds, Crimea has always been an inseparable part of Russia. This firm conviction is based on truth and justice and was passed from generation to generation, over time, under any circumstances, despite all the dramatic changes our country went through during the entire 20th*century.After the revolution, the Bolsheviks, for a number of reasons - may God judge them - added large sections of the historical South of Russia to the Republic of Ukraine. This was done with no consideration for the ethnic make-up of the population, and today these areas form the southeast of Ukraine. Then, in 1954, a decision was made to transfer Crimean Region to Ukraine, along with Sevastopol, despite the fact that it was a city of union subordination. This was the personal initiative of the Communist Party head Nikita Khrushchev. What stood behind this decision of his - a desire to*win*the support of the Ukrainian political establishment or to atone for the mass repressions of the 1930's in Ukraine - is for historians to figure out.What matters now is that this decision was made in clear violation of the constitutional norms that were in place even then. The decision was made behind the scenes. Naturally, in a totalitarian state nobody bothered to ask the citizens of Crimea and Sevastopol. They were faced with the fact. People, of course, wondered why all of a sudden Crimea became part of Ukraine. But on the whole - and we must state this clearly, we all know it - this decision was treated as a formality of sorts because the territory was transferred within the boundaries of a single state. Back then, it was impossible to imagine that Ukraine and Russia may split up and become two separate states. However, this has happened.Unfortunately, what seemed impossible became a reality. The USSR fell apart. Things developed so swiftly that few people realised how truly dramatic those events and their consequences would be. Many people both in Russia and in Ukraine, as well as in other republics hoped that the Commonwealth of Independent States that was created at the time would become the new common form of statehood. They were told that there would be a single currency, a single economic space, joint armed forces; however, all this remained empty promises, while the big country was gone. It was only when Crimea ended up as part of a different country that Russia realised that it was not simply robbed, it was plundered.At the same time, we have to admit that by launching the sovereignty parade Russia itself aided in the collapse of the Soviet Union. And as this collapse was legalised, everyone forgot about Crimea and Sevastopol *- the main base of the Black Sea Fleet. Millions of people went to bed in one country and awoke in different ones, overnight becoming ethnic minorities in former Union republics, while the Russian nation became one of the biggest, if not the biggest ethnic group in the world to be divided by borders.Now, many years later, I heard residents of Crimea say that back in 1991 they were handed over like a sack of potatoes. This is hard to disagree with. And what about the Russian state? What about Russia? It humbly accepted the situation. This country was going through such hard times then that realistically it was incapable of protecting its interests. However, the people could not reconcile themselves to this outrageous historical injustice. All these years, citizens and many public figures came back to this issue, saying that Crimea is historically Russian land and Sevastopol is a Russian city. Yes, we all knew this in our hearts and minds, but we had to proceed from the existing reality and build our good-neighbourly relations with independent Ukraine on a new basis. Meanwhile, our relations with Ukraine, with the fraternal Ukrainian people have always been and will remain of foremost importance for us.*(Applause)
Today we can speak about it openly, and I would like to share with you some details of the negotiations that took place in the early 2000s. The then President of Ukraine Mr Kuchma asked me to expedite the process of delimiting the Russian-Ukrainian border. At that time, the process was practically at a standstill.* Russia seemed to have recognised Crimea as part of Ukraine, but there were no negotiations on delimiting the borders. Despite the complexity of the situation, I immediately issued instructions to Russian government agencies to speed up their work to document the borders, so that everyone had a clear understanding that by agreeing to delimit the border we admitted de facto and de jure that Crimea was Ukrainian territory, thereby closing the issue.We accommodated Ukraine not only regarding Crimea, but also on such a complicated matter as the maritime boundary in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. What we proceeded from back then was that good relations with Ukraine matter most for us and they should not fall hostage to deadlock territorial disputes. However, we expected Ukraine to remain our good neighbour, we hoped that Russian citizens and Russian speakers in Ukraine, especially its southeast and Crimea, would live in a friendly, democratic and civilised state that would protect their rights in line with the norms of international law.
However, this is not how the situation developed. Time and time again attempts were made to deprive Russians of their historical memory, even of their language and to subject them to forced assimilation. Moreover, Russians, just as other citizens of Ukraine are suffering from the constant political and state crisis that has been rocking the country for over 20 years.I understand why Ukrainian people wanted change. They have had enough of the authorities in power during the years of Ukraine's independence. Presidents, prime ministers and parliamentarians changed, but their attitude to the country and its people remained the same. They milked the country, fought among themselves for power, assets and cash flows and did not care much about the ordinary people. They did not wonder why it was that millions of Ukrainian citizens saw no prospects at home and went to other countries to work as day labourers. I would like to stress this: it was not some Silicon Valley they fled to, but to become day labourers. Last year alone almost 3 million people found such*jobs*in Russia. According to some sources, in 2013 their earnings in Russia totalled over $20 billion, which is about 12% of Ukraine's GDP.I would like to reiterate that I understand those who came out on Maidan with peaceful slogans against corruption, inefficient state management and poverty. The right to peaceful protest, democratic procedures and elections exist for the sole purpose of replacing the authorities that do not satisfy the people. However, those who stood behind the latest events in Ukraine had a different agenda: they were preparing yet another government takeover; they wanted to seize power and would stop short of nothing. They resorted to terror, murder and riots. Nationalists, neo-Nazis, Russophobes and anti-Semites executed this coup. They continue to set the tone in Ukraine to this day.
The new so-called authorities began by introducing a draft law to revise the language policy, which was a direct infringement on the rights of ethnic minorities. However, they were immediately 'disciplined' by the foreign sponsors of these so-called politicians. One has to admit that the mentors of these current authorities are smart and know well what such attempts to build a purely Ukrainian state may lead to. The draft law was set aside, but clearly reserved for the future. Hardly any mention is made of this attempt now, probably on the presumption that people have a short memory. Nevertheless, we can all clearly see the intentions of these ideological heirs of Bandera, Hitler's accomplice during World War II.It is also obvious that there is no legitimate executive authority in Ukraine now, nobody to talk to. Many government agencies have been taken over by the impostors, but they do not have any control in the country, while they themselves - and I would like to stress this - are often controlled by radicals. In some cases, you need a special permit from the militants on Maidan to meet with certain ministers of the current government. This is not a joke - this is reality.Those who opposed the coup were immediately threatened with repression. Naturally, the first in line here was Crimea, the Russian-speaking Crimea. In view of this, the residents of Crimea and Sevastopol turned to Russia for help in defending their rights and lives, in preventing the events that were unfolding and are still underway in Kiev, Donetsk, Kharkov and other Ukrainian cities.Naturally, we could not leave this plea unheeded; we could not abandon Crimea and its residents in distress. This would have been betrayal on our part.First, we had to help create conditions so that the residents of Crimea for the first time in history were able to peacefully express their*free*will regarding their own future. However, what do we hear from our colleagues in Western Europe and North America? They say we are violating norms of international law.* Firstly, it's a good thing that they at least remember that there exists such a thing as international law - better late than never.
Secondly, and most importantly - what exactly are we violating? True, the President of the Russian Federation received permission from the Upper House of Parliament to use the Armed Forces in Ukraine.* However, strictly speaking, nobody has acted on this permission yet.* Russia's Armed Forces never entered Crimea; they were there already in line with an international agreement.* True, we did enhance our forces there; however - this is something I would like everyone to hear and know - we did not exceed the personnel limit of our Armed Forces in Crimea, which is set at 25,000, because there was no need to do so.Next. As it declared independence and decided to hold a referendum, the Supreme Council of Crimea referred to the United Nations Charter, which speaks of the right of nations to self-determination. Incidentally, I would like to remind you that when Ukraine seceded from the USSR it did exactly the same thing, almost word for word. Ukraine used this right, yet the residents of Crimea are denied it.* Why is that?Moreover, the Crimean authorities referred to the well-known Kosovo precedent - a precedent our western colleagues created with their own hands in a very similar situation, when they agreed that the unilateral separation of Kosovo from Serbia, exactly what Crimea is doing now, was legitimate and did not require any permission from the country's central authorities. Pursuant to Article 2, Chapter 1 of the United Nations Charter, the UN International Court agreed with this approach and made the following comment in its ruling of July 22, 2010, and I quote: "No general prohibition may be inferred from the practice of the Security Council with regard to declarations of independence," and "General international law contains no prohibition on declarations of independence." Crystal clear, as they say.I do not like to resort to quotes, but in this case, I cannot help it. Here is a quote from another official document: the Written Statement of the United States America of April 17, 2009, submitted to the same UN International Court in connection with the hearings on Kosovo. Again, I quote: "Declarations of independence may, and often do, violate domestic legislation. However, this does not make them violations of international law." End of quote.* They wrote this, disseminated it all over the world, had everyone agree and now they are outraged. Over what? The actions of Crimean people completely fit in with these instructions, as it were. For some reason, things that Kosovo Albanians (and we have full respect for them) were permitted to do, Russians, Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars in Crimea are not allowed. Again, one wonders why.
We keep hearing from the United States and Western Europe that Kosovo is some special case. What makes it so special in the eyes of our colleagues? It turns out that it is the fact that the conflict in Kosovo resulted in so many human casualties.* Is this a legal argument? The ruling of the International Court says nothing about this. This is not even double standards; this is amazing, primitive, blunt cynicism. One should not try so crudely to make everything suit their interests, calling the same thing white today and black tomorrow. According to this logic, we have to make sure every conflict leads to human losses.I will state clearly - if the Crimean local self-defence units had not taken the situation under control, there could have been casualties as well. Fortunately this did not happen. There was not a single armed confrontation in Crimea and no casualties. Why do you think this was so? The answer is simple: because it is very difficult, practically impossible to fight against the will of the people. Here I would like to thank the Ukrainian military - and this is 22,000 fully armed servicemen. I would like to thank those Ukrainian service members who refrained from bloodshed and did not smear their uniforms in blood.Other thoughts come to mind in this connection. They keep talking of some Russian intervention in Crimea, some sort of aggression. This is strange to hear. I cannot recall a single case in history of an intervention without a single shot being fired and with no human casualties.To be continued.http://eng.kremlin.ru/news/6889
03-18-2014, 05:27 PM
Putin: Crimea similar to Kosovo, West is rewriting its own rule book
Published time: March 18, 2014 11:08*Edited time: March 18, 2014 21:29
Crimea’s secession from Ukraine was just like Kosovo’s secession from Serbia, and any arguments otherwise are just attempts to bend the West-advocated rules that were applied to the Kosovo case, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.The statements came as Putin was addressing the Russian parliament to convince lawmakers to ratify a treaty, which would make Crimea part of the Russian Federation.In the speech he challenged Washington’s position, which says that Kosovo was a unique case and could not justify any other move towards independence in the world.“Our western partners created the Kosovo precedent with their own hands. In a situation absolutely the same as the one in Crimea they recognized Kosovo’s secession from Serbia legitimate while arguing that no permission from a country’s central authority for a unilateral declaration of independence is necessary,”*Putin reminded, adding that the UN International Court of Justice agreed to those arguments.“That’s what they wrote, that what they trumpeted all over the world, coerced everyone into it – and now they are complaining. Why is that?”he asked.
Putin dismissed the argument that Kosovo was unique due to the large number of victims during the Balkan wars and the dissolution of Yugoslavia.“It’s beyond double standards,”Putin said.*“It’s a kind of baffling, primitive and blatant cynicism. One can’t just twist things to fit his interests, to call something white on one day and black on the next one.”The president dismissed the allegations that Russia is violating international law with its actions in Ukraine.“Well’ it’s good that they at least recalled that there is international law. Thank you very much. Better late than never,”*Putin said adding that in fact nothing of this kind happened.
‘In Ukraine the West crossed the red line’
In fact, it was Russia that defended international law and its institutions, while western countries have been diminishing them. The situation in Crimea is just a reflection of this broader process, which has been happening for decades now.“In the practical application of policies, our western partners – the United States first and foremost – prefer to be guided not by international law, but by the right of strength. They believe in their exceptionalism, that they are allowed to decide on the fate of the world, that they are always right,”Putin charged.This disregard to rule of law was evident in Yugoslavia in 1999, when NATO bombed the country without a UN Security Council mandate, the Russian president said. There was Afghanistan, Iraq and the perversion of the UNSC resolution on Libya, when instead of imposing a no-fly zone NATO bombed the country into submission.There were also orchestrated “colored revolutions” in Europe and the Arab World, which cynically used the feelings of people tired with corruption and poverty. The latest Ukrainian events are just the latest of such actions, and Russia’s willingness to seek dialogue and compromise was stonewalled again, Putin said.
“They were cheating us once more, took decisions behind our back, presented us with a fait accompli,”he said, adding that the patter is identical to that which accompanied NATO’s expansion to the east, the deployment of an anti-ballistic missile system, visa restrictions and numerous other issues.“They are constantly trying to corner us in retaliation for our having an independent position, for defending it, for calling things by their names and not being hypocritical,”*Putin accused.“Everything has its limits, and in Ukraine our western partners crossed the red line. They acted brutally, irresponsibly and unprofessionally.”Putin said the West must stop being hysterical, restrain from the Cold War rhetoric and admit the obvious:“Russia is an independent and active participant of international relations. Just like any nation it has national interests that must be taken into consideration and respected.”As for the Ukrainian red line, the coup-imposed authorities in Kiev voiced their desire to join NATO, and such a move would pose an imminent threat to Russia, Putin said.“We stand against having a military organization meddling in our backyard, next to our homeland or in the territories that are historically ours. I just cannot imagine visiting NATO sailors in Sevastopol,”*he stressed.*“Most of them are fine lads, by the way. But rather let them visit us in Sevastopol than the other way around.”At the end of his speech, Putinannounced*the submission to parliament of a draft federal law which would incorporate Crimea and the City of Sevastopol into Russian territory, as well as a request to ratify an international treaty with the government of Crimea to make this happen. He said he was sure of the legislature’s support for both documents.
West Is Ruled 'By The Gun,' Putin Says As He Annexes Crimea
by*MARK MEMMOTTMarch 18, 2014*6:45 AM
Wasting no time and showing no sign that he's concerned about Western objections or economic sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea on Tuesday.Making the case that Russia is responding to the will of the Crimean people, Putin argued that it is the U.S. and its Western allies who seek to rule by the will of "the gun." His military forces in Crimea, Putin argued, are there only to create "peaceful conditions" as that region's ethnic-Russian majority exercises its right to self-determination.As NPR's Michele Kelemen notes, Putin said cities in Crimea are sacred to many Russians and are symbols of his nation's past military glory. When the Soviet Union collapsed, he said, millions of Russians went to bed as citizens of one country and ended up in another. Those included many ethnic Russians in Crimea.President Obama and leaders from the European Union vehemently disagree with Putin. They say Russia has violated international law by interfering in Ukraine's affairs. In response, the U.S. and EU have slapped economic and travel sanctions on some Russian officials.After Putin's address, the White House announced that Obama will meet with other leaders next week in the Netherlands to discuss the next steps they'll take. British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday that "Russia will face more serious consequences and I will push European leaders to agree further EU measures." (Update at 11 a.m. ET.)
We began this post just before 7 a.m. ET with word that Putin had "notified Russia's parliament of his intention to make Crimea a part of the Russian Federation, defying the United States and Europe just hours after they imposed their first financial sanctions against Moscow since the crisis in Ukraine began," The New York Times writes.Then we monitored the news from Putin's speech and updated with highlights.
Kremlin says Crimea is now officially part of Russia after treaty signing, Putin speech
MOSCOW — Invoking the suffering of the Russian people and a narrative of constant betrayals by the West, President Vladimir Putin declared Tuesday that Russia was within its rights to reclaim Crimea, then signed a treaty that did just that.Putin, defiant in the face of U.S. and European pressure, dispensed with legal deliberation and announced a swift annexation of Crimea, as if to put Europe’s most serious crisis in decades beyond the point where the results could be turned back.In a speech to a joint session of the Russian parliament, he compared the move to the independence declaration of Kosovo in 2008 and the reunification of Germany in 1990 — but, in reality, this is the first time that one European nation has seized territory from another since the end of World War II.
Russian Deputy PM Laughs at Obama Sanctions
Kirit Radia (@kiritradia)Mar 17, 2014, 3:09 PMMOSCOW - Russia's deputy prime minister laughed off President Obama's sanction against him today asking "Comrade @BarackObama" if "some prankster" came up with the list.
The Obama administration hit 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials with sanctions today as punishment for Russia's support of Crimea's referendum. Among them: aides to President Vladimir Putin, a top government official, senior lawmakers, Crimean officials, the ousted president of Ukraine, and a Ukrainian politician and businessman allegedly tied to violence against protesters in Kiev.It remains to be seen whether the sanctions will dissuade Russia from annexing Crimea, but one an early clue that they will not be effective came just hours later when President Putin signed a decree recognizing Crimea as an independent state, perhaps an early step towards annexation.U.S. official have warned of additional sanctions for Russian action, hoping it will deter Russia from any further aggression towards Ukraine, but it didn't appear to upset the often outspoke Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.
Rogozin, a friend of actor Steven Seagal, took to Twitter to tweak Obama, tweeting he thinks "some prankster" came up with the sanctions listIn a later tweet addressed to "Comrade @BarackObama," he asked, "what should do those who have neither accounts nor property abroad? Or U didn't think about it?"Another Russian on the sanctions list, Vladislav Surkov, also seemed unconcerned.Surkov, a top Putin ideologue often called the Kremlin's grey cardinal, reportedly told a Russian newspaper, "It's a big honor for me. I don't have accounts abroad. The only things that interest me in the U.S. are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg, and Jackson Pollock. I don't need a visa to access their work. I lose nothing."Here's who gets hit with the sanctions:U.S. officials said that, among the sanctioned individuals were the "key ideologists and architects" of Russia's Ukraine policy, while adding that some of the Russian officials were included in the list for their role in curbing "human rights and liberties" in Russia.The sanctions freeze any assets under American jurisdiction and prevent American banks from doing business with the named individual, essentially freezing them out of the international banking system. The sanctions also impose a ban on their travel to the United States. Separately, but in coordination with the White House, the European Union announced sanctions today on 21 individuals that it plans to name later. U.S. officials told reporters that the American and European lists "overlapped" in some area, but declined to say how.While some of the sanctioned officials are bold faced names, the White House move is unlikely to affect Russia's decision making with regard to Crimea's bid to join the Russian Federation. Russia's stock market actually improved on the news that so few officials were included on the list. U.S. officials warned that, if Russia does go ahead with annexation of Crimea, additional penalties will follow, with more, harsher measures to come if Russia attempts to enter eastern Ukraine.
Kremlin aidesVladislav Surkov*- An aide to President Vladimir Putin, he was once considered one of Russia's most powerful men. He has been called the Kremlin's "gray cardinal" for his role as a power broker behind the scenes. He's also credited the architect of Russia's political system, with power concentrated in the presidency. In the past he was credited with shaping the ideology of the ruling United Russia party. He has also written rock music lyrics and is rumored to have authored a book.
Sergei Glazyev*- An economic aide to Putin who oversaw relations with Ukraine. He frequently blasted the protest movement in Kiev and was outspoken in his criticism of American and European support for the protests.
Top government officialDmitry Rogozin*- An outspoken, hawkish Deputy Prime Minister, he's known to have a close friendship with Hollywood actor Steven Seagal. As a member of Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev's government, Rogozin is responsible for the armed forces and arms industry.
Russian lawmakers Elena Mizulina*- A senior lawmaker, she is considered one of the Kremlin's morality enforcers in the parliament. She is perhaps best known as the co-author of last year's homosexual "propaganda" law which sparked outrage overseas. She also proposed a measure to give Ukrainians Russian passports.
Leonid Slutsky*- A lawmaker in the lower house of Parliament. He is the chair of the Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration, and Relations with Compatriots. He was one of the Russian observers attending Sunday's referendum in Crimea.
Andrei Klishas*- A member of the upper house of Parliament, the Federation Council, who proposed retaliatory action in case of Western sanctions on Russia. He is chairman of the Federation Council Committee of Constitutional Law, Judicial, and Legal Affairs, and the Development of Civil Society.
Valentina Matviyenko*- The head of the Federation Council, she is the most senior lawmaker on the sanctions list.
Sergey Aksyonov*- Once an obscure pro-Russian politician in Crimea, he has now been declared the prime minister.
Vladimir Konstantinov*- The newly declared speaker of Crimea's parliament.
Ukrainian officialsViktor Medvedchuk*- A pro-Russian politician, he is being sanctioned for having "materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support" to impeached President Viktor Yanukovich. Ukraine's opposition has accused him of orchestrating or aiding a crackdown on protesters and opposition.
Viktor Yanukovich*- The ousted president of Ukraine. He was elected in 2010 but was chased from office by protests last month.
Putin says U.S. guided by "the rule of the gun" in foreign policy
MOSCOW, MARCH 18*|*Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:42am EDT
MOSCOW, March 18 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Monday of being guided in its foreign policy not by international law but by the "rule of the gun.""Our Western partners headed by the United States prefer not to be guided by international law in their practical policies, but by the rule of the gun," he told a joint session of parliament."They have come to believe in their exceptionalism and their sense of being the chosen ones. That they can decide the destinies of the world, that it is only them who can be right."
05-02-2014, 09:06 AM
The Matrix of Gog
America/Israel-The Whore of Babylon!
“And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:”—
Finally, there is a prophetic book revealing the mystery of Bible prophecy in regard to Gog and Magog. Its title is*The Matrix of Gog, and*Power of Prophecy, through our imprint, RiverCrest Publishing, is proud to be publisher.
For hundreds of years this great mystery of mysteries, the identification of Gog, from Magog, has been kept from Bible students. Who is this “Gog,” the great and wicked prince destined to plunge humanity into a horrible, last days battle of Armagedddon?
And where will this Gog come from? That is, which nation or country does the Bible refer to when it warns of “Magog?”
Gog Shall Expand to Rule the World
We know from the Bible (Ezekiel 38*and*39) that Gog will start with a small group of people. From that small nucleus, he will build up and strengthen Magog until, finally, he and Magog are able to conquer the entire world.
Gog will first hasten to invade the*“land of unwalled villages.”*Then, emboldened, according to the prophecies of Daniel, he will use “craft” (witchcraft) and “dark sentences” (lies) to deceive more and more countries and lands. His empire will eventually encompass the globe.
Gog will possess a human being—the Antichrist—who will require all to take either a mark, or his name, or the number of his name (666) in their forehead or hand.
Gog, of Magog, will cause all the earth, except faithful Christians, to worship the Beast and his image. He will*“make war against the saints” (Revelation 13)*and overcome them. But in the end, the fury of God will burst forth. Heaven’s doors shall be opened, and Gog and his supposedly invincible army will be destroyed by a blast of fire and light.
Prophecy experts and theologians have long wondered about Gog and Magog. Some believed “Magog” was Russia. The monstrous communists under Lenin and Stalin gave this speculation increased authority. Of course, communism collapsed in the 1980s, but today we have the restoration of an imperial Russia under Vladimir Putin. Could Putin be “Gog?”
The answer is,*no!*Putin is not Gog, and Russia is not Magog. The author of*The Matrix of Gog, Daniel Patrick, tells us exactly who Gog and Magog are. He correctly uses history, geography, and ethnicity.You will be shocked to discover what he has found out.
Gog Spreads its Tentacles to Encompass the Mighty U.S.A.
Gog is a demon. He will inhabit the body of the leader of the superpower that will rule the world in the last days. That would be the United States of America. The U.S. is incomparable in its power and authority. Only a handful of rogue nations now withstand the United States. Its military is stationed abroad in over 150 nations, and its Navy and Air Force encircle the globe. NSA and the CIA, its spying apparatus, keeps its all-seeing eye watching every nation and keeping track of virtually every human being.
Gog’s United States is also the protector and defender of Israel, the Khazar Jew State in the Middle East. Gog, in turn, cooperates fully with the billionaire Khazar Jews—the Rothschilds, Bronfmans,*et al—who run Israel. These wicked rulers control the United States. They rule over its government, its economy, and its media and entertainment spheres.
Gog, puppeteer for the United States, insures that its puppet nation does whatever the Khazars in America and Israel want. Thus, the U.S. first founded Israel as a nation in 1948. It enabled the conquest of Palestine,*“the land of unwalled villages,”*beginning that year and went on to boost a “Greater Israel” by invading and conquering the Middle East. One nation after another—Yemen, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, has fallen. The U.S. also worked to destabilize others, including Egypt, Iran, and Pakistan.
The U.S.A. and Israel are joined at the hip. The neocon Jews in the U.S. are its hidden rulers. All are Khazars, and they work hand-in-glove with Israel’s Khazar Jews. As former Prime Minister Mayatir of Malaysia remarked,*“The United States is Israel’s proxy.”
Khazaria, Home of the “Jews”
So Gog is head of both the United States and Israel. His people are the Khazar Jews, also known as “Ashkenazi Jews.” The Khazars are Jews who originally came from Khazaria, a country in the Caucasus, south of Russia. As I explain in my revealing book,*DNA Science and the Jewish Bloodline, the Khazars are a European people who converted from paganism to Judaism beginning in the eighth century.
By the tenth century, Khazaria was conquered by the Russian czars. Many defeated Khazars fled west to Poland and surrounding nations. There they thrived in separated Jewish communities until, finally, following World War II, these Jews took over Poland and eastern Europe. They were communists, affiliated with Stalin and Russia.
In 1948, these communist Jews saw their opportunity in Palestine, and they left Poland and other countries where they resided and headed to Palestine,*“the land of unwalled villages.”
Yes, Gog and his people, the Khazar Jews, with U.S. support, descended in hordes on Palestine. They had come to conquer and possess, as the Bible says,*“to take a prey and a spoil.”
Now get this: Khazaria, as I explained in my book, had historically been called*“Magog,”*and its king or ruler was known as*“Gog.”*Arthur Koestler, the noted author, in his*The Thirteenth Tribe, told us of these amazing facts.
The Khazars are, in truth, from Magog, and their “King” is Gog. Further, we now know from DNA scientific research that the Khazars became the “Jews” of today. In other words, the Khazars, having no blood relationship to Abraham or his descendants, are not really Jews. They are turks and mongols who converted to Judaism in the eighth century and identified themselves from that point on as “Jews.”
Gog, From Magog, Demon King of Khazaria and Its “Jews”
In*The Matrix of Gog, author Daniel Patrick explains all this and much more. You will read of Gog, from the land of Magog, and see the historical and biblical evidence that this refers to the monarch who once led Khazaria, the land called Magog.
The Khazar people, who lie and call themselves “Jews,” are actually the Synagogue of Satan (Revelation 2:9*and*3:9). With the hellish oversight and support of Gog, they now control the U.S. A. and Israel and are vying for the whole world. That is their ultimate goal—the New World Order—and they are on the very brink of achieving it.
The inhabitants of this planet must be awakened to the danger these satanically led Khazars from the land of Magog present. The New World Order will move to take away all rights and liberties. Millions will be led away in captivity. Concentration camps and gulags will be filled to capacity. Penalty for dissent will be beheading. Freedom lovers beware!
Christians who wake up will wage war against Gog*(Revelation 13), but will, for a time, be overthrown. They will no doubt huddle together, across the globe, sharing a horrible existence under the cruel Gog and his evil band of thugs and miscreants. Only then, when the*“camp of saints,”*the universal Church, is encompassed round by these Khazarian devils, will relief come*(Revelation 20).
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Ukraine Strikes at East; 2 Helicopters Shot Down
By PETER LEONARD Associated PressMay 1, 2014, 9:20 AM
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine —*Two Ukrainian helicopters were shot down Friday as Ukraine launched its first major offensive against the pro-Russia forces that have seized government buildings in the east. The Kremlin said Kiev's move against the insurgents "destroyed" hopes for peace in the region.
Fighting broke out around dawn near Slovyansk, a city 160 kilometers (100 miles) from the Russian border that has become the focus of the armed insurgency against Ukraine's interim government.
Two helicopter crew were killed in the crashes, both sides said, and a pro-Russia militiaman was reported killed.
One of the helicopters was hit by a surface-to-air missile, the Ukrainian Security Service said, adding that the sophisticated weapon undercut Russia's claims the city was simply under the control of armed locals. The agency said its forces were fighting "highly skilled foreign military men" in Slovyansk.Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said the offensive "effectively destroyed the last hope for the implementation of the Geneva agreements" that aimed to defuse the crisis. A day earlier Putin warned Ukraine not to move against the insurgents and said it should withdraw its military from eastern and southern regions.
Ukraine, a nation of 46 million, is deeply divided between those in the west who favor closer ties with Europe and many Russian-speakers in the east who look toward Moscow.
Ukraine has accused Russia of backing the insurgents who have seized government buildings in 10 eastern cities and fears that Moscow is seeking a pretext to invade; Russia has already stationed tens of thousands of troops in areas near the Ukrainian border.
Russian troops backed separatists in Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula of Crimea in March, then annexed the region after a referendum called for secession.A deal in Geneva last month aimed to get those who had seized government buildings in Ukraine to leave and calm down the tensions that have prompted the United States and the European Union to slap Russia with sanctions for its actions in Ukraine.
Ukraine's acting president Oleksandr Turchynov admitted earlier this week that the central government had lost control of the east, and said some government troops and police there were "either helping or cooperating with terrorist organizations." He said efforts should be focused on preventing the instability from spreading to other parts of the country.
Russia's foreign ministry on Friday accused Ukraine's fledging government of using "terrorists" from ultranationalist organizations for the military operation. It also claimed that Kiev deployed tanks and helicopters that were "conducting missile strikes on protesters," something that neither side in Ukraine reported. An Associated Press crew also saw no evidence of missile strikes in Slovyansk
The foreign ministry also cited insurgents in Ukraine as saying that some of the government attackers spoke English.
Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin had sent envoy Vladimir Lukin to Ukraine's southeast to negotiate the release of seven foreign military observers who were being held hostage by pro-Russia militia in Slovyansk.
Ukrainian troops met fierce resistance Friday but managed to take control of nine checkpoints on the roads around Slovyansk, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in a statement. He called on the insurgents to lay down the arms and release the hostages they have taken.
By afternoon, Ukrainian Security Service said half of Slovyansk was already under control of the Ukrainian army — a claim that could not be immediately verified.
"We are ready to negotiate with protesters and their representatives," Avakov said. "But for terrorists and armed separatists there is only punishment."
The city center appeared quiet but empty and tense Friday morning. On the road leading into Slovyansk from the south, an Associated Press reporter saw six parked Ukrainian armored vehicles Friday morning and an AP cameraman saw black plumes of smoke on the edge of the city, where an emergency siren had sounded at dawn.
The spokesman for the military wing of the pro-Russia forces, who would give only his first name, Vladislav, said fighting had broken out at several points around the city. He claimed that Ukrainian troops had made incursions into the city itself.
That claim could not be independently confirmed.Hours after Putin said Thursday that Ukraine pull back its military from eastern and southern regions, Turchynov ordered that the military draft be renewed, citing "threats of encroachment on the nation's territorial integrity" and interference by Russia in its internal affairs.
Kiev's interim government came to power after President Viktor Yanukovych fled to Russia in February, drummed out by months of anti-government protests. Ukraine plans to hold a new presidential election on May 25.
——Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow and Maria Danilova in Kiev contributed to this report.
Russia seeks diplomacy, While Neo Con infested U.S. seeks war!
Russia to call up UNSC meeting if Kiev continues military crackdown
Published time: April 25, 2014 01:02
The Ukraine Crisis - What You're Not Being Told
The European and American public are being systematically lied to about the Ukraine crisis.
The Ukraine Crisis - What You're Not Being Told
12.Mar.2014*|*SCG *In this video we're going to provide you with compelling evidence that the crimes against humanity committed in Kiev earlier this year were in fact committed by the new coalition government and that officials in the E.U. and the United States knew full well who committed these crimes and that they are protecting and financially supporting the real criminals.
Putin-Protector of the People of Russia
US Plans Sanctions on Putin's Inner Circle, Russia's Third Largest Lender, and Gazprom
Mike Shedlock*|*Apr 28, 2014
oday the US announced more sanctions on individuals, businesses, banks and Gazprom. The one person not targeted is Putin, the alleged perpetrator of the crisis.
Bloomberg reports*U.S. Plans to Hit Putin Inner Circle With Sanctions.
Deputy White House National Security Adviser Tony Blinken pledged “news for Monday” on sanctions as the focus on the ground in Ukraine turned to a team of international observers seized by pro-Russian separatists. Among those that may be hit are Russia’s third-largest lender, OAO Gazprombank, development lender Vnesheconombank, and Igor Sechin, the chief executive officer of OAO Rosneft (ROSN), according to people familiar with developments. Sechin is a confidant of the Russian president.*
“We will be looking to designate people who are in his inner circle, who have a significant impact on the Russian economy,” Blinken said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program today. “We’ll be looking to designate companies that they and other inner-circle people control. We’ll be looking at taking steps as well with regard to high-technology exports to their defense industry. All of this together is going to have an impact.
”Representatives of the 28 European Union nations will also meet tomorrow to widen a list of people subject to asset freezes and travel bans, an official from the bloc said yesterday. The sanctions will target 15 Russians in positions of power, another diplomat said. Both asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.
*“What we will hear about in the coming days is an expansion of existing sanctions, measures against individuals or entities in Russia,” U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague told Sky News television today. “Already we have seen more than $60 billion of capital flight out of Russia so far this year, and serious falls in the Russian stock market. So no one should underestimate the impact on Russia and Russia’s own interests of continued escalation of this crisis.
”In the wake of those capital outflows and a credit-rating downgrade by Standard & Poor’s, Russia’s central bank unexpectedly raised its key interest rate to 7.5 percent on April 25. The ruble has lost almost 9 percent this year against the dollar, the second-worst performance among 24 emerging currencies tracked by Bloomberg after Argentina’s peso.
Sechin may be among those facing travel bans and asset freezes tomorrow, according to a U.S. official familiar with the situation. Executives at Gazprombank are preparing for possible sanctions, two people with knowledge of the deliberations said last week, while Vnesheconombank is taking precautionary measures, according to a person familiar with talks at the lender.U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, called on President Barack Obama’s administration to impose sanctions on four of Russia’s largest banks and OAO Gazprom (OGZD), the country’s gas-export monopoly.
“It’s going to be more effective if everybody signs on and everybody’s committed,” Obama told a news conference today in Putrajaya, Malaysia. “We’re going to be in a stronger position to deter Mr. Putin when he sees that the world is unified and the United States and Europe is unified, rather than this is just a U.S.-Russia conflict.”The planned EU moves are not set to include broader trade, financial and economic measures against Russia, known as “stage three” sanctions. Hague said work on those is continuing.
U.S. sanctions target Putin's 'inner circle'By Josh Levs and Elise Labott, CNN
CNN) -*The United States expanded its sanctions against Russia on Monday, targeting members of President Vladimir Putin's "inner circle" and technology that could be useful to Russia's military.
President Barack Obama said the "targeted" sanctions are in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine."The United States has taken further action today in response to Russia's continued illegal intervention in Ukraine and provocative acts that undermine Ukraine's democracy and threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity," the White House said in a statement.
Since a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 17, Russia "has done nothing" to meet its commitments "and in fact has further escalated the crisis,"*the White House said in a statement.
The Department of the Treasury is imposing sanctions on seven Russian government officials, including two members of President Putin's inner circle, who will be subject to an asset freeze and a U.S. visa ban, and 17 companies linked to Putin's inner circle, which will be subject to an asset freeze.
"In addition, the Department of Commerce has imposed additional restrictions on 13 of those companies by imposing a license requirement with a presumption of denial for the export, re-export or other foreign transfer of U.S.-origin items to the companies.
"Also, the departments of Commerce and State are tightening their "policy to deny export license applications for any high-technology items that could contribute to Russia's military capabilities. Those Departments also will revoke any existing export licenses that meet these conditions," the White House said.
Russia: The U.S. won't 'impress its cronies'
Sergey Ryabkov, Russia's deputy minister for foreign relations, called the sanctions "meaningless, shameful, and disgusting."
"It will only intensify all the processes in Ukraine which it intends to change or stop," Ryabkov told CNN, speaking English. "It is yet another sign of a reckless behavior of the U.S. administration. No lessons are learned from the past. The U.S. does literally nothing to impress its cronies and clients in Kiev on whom there is full responsibility for constant deterioration of the situation in Ukraine. This is what needs to be changed and not the policy of Russia.
"A response of Moscow will follow, and it will be painfully felt in Washington D.C."
A senior Ukrainian government official called the new sanctions "a very good step, but we hope it's not the final step. Sector sanctions would be the really painful measure."
The sanctioned include a Putin 'trusted ally'The seven officials named are:
--Oleg Belavantsev, Russia's envoy to Crimea.
-- Sergei Chemezov, who oversees Russia's high-tech sector as head of state-owned corporation Rostec and is "a trusted ally of Putin," according to the White House.
-- Dmitry Kozak, deputy prime minister.
-- Evgeniy Murov, director of Russia's Federal Protective Service.
-- Aleksei Pushkov, deputy of the State Duma.
-- Igor Sechin, president of Russia's leading petroleum company, Rosneft.
-- Vyacheslav Volodin, Putin's first deputy chief of staff, one of the advisers who encouraged Putin to move into Crimea, according to the White House.
White House confirms CIA director visited Ukraine over weekend
Published time: April 14, 2014 17:26*Edited time: April 15, 2014 11:31Get short*
White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed that CIA Director John Brennan visited Ukrainian capital Kiev over the weekend and met with high-ranked Ukrainian officials.
Previously, deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovichaccused*Brennan of ordering a crackdown on pro-Russian activists in the east of the country.
The CIA had already dismissed these accusations as"completely false", but did not disclose whether its chief had actually been to Kiev - until now.
"We don't normally comment on the CIA director's travel but given the extraordinary circumstances in this case and the false claims being leveled by the Russians at the CIA we can confirm that the director was in Kiev as part of a trip to Europe,"White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.
07-17-2014, 12:28 PM
Another 9/11 in store for America
A country that sponsors terrorist training inevitably becomes a victim of terrorists. The U.S. persistently continues running short-sighted policies, jeopardizing its own population.
After Iraq, where Islamists threaten to remove U.S. puppet Maliki, it is now Right Sector militants in Ukraine, who will soon be fighting against puppet Poroshenko and their "parent number 2" - the Poles.
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina warned on Sunday that the next large-scale terrorist attack, similar to 9/11 attacks in 2001, can be organized by the Jihadi group that terrorizes Baghdad today - the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL). The senator proposed to immediately conduct air strikes on militants' positions to prevent such a development. "We need air power immediately to stop the advance toward Baghdad," said Graham on "Face the Nation." According to him, he proceeds from the information obtained from CIA sources. "I think it's inevitable. The seeds of 9/11 are being planted all over Iraq and Syria. You don't have to believe me, this is what they're telling you they're gonna do. They're not hiding their agenda. They want an Islamic caliphate," Graham said. "They plan to drive us out of the Mideast by attacking us here at home.
"The ISIL 8,000-strong army, which the Americans help to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, is sponsored by the money of their allies - the Gulf countries: Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. This is evidenced by the report made by the Brookings Institution. "Over the last two and a half years, Kuwait has emerged as a financing and organizational hub for charities and individuals supporting Syria's myriad rebel groups. These donors have taken advantage of Kuwait's unique freedom of association and its relatively weak financial rules to channel money to some of the estimated 1,000 rebel brigades now fighting against Syrian president Bashar al-Asad," the report says.
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NSA Doc Reveals ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi is U.S., British and Israeli Intelligence Asset
Kurt NimmoPrison Planet.comJuly 19, 2014
The NSA document reveals the United States, Israel, and Britain are responsible for the creation of ISIS.
Earlier this month*Nabil Na’eem, the founder of the Islamic Democratic Jihad Party and former top al-Qaeda commander, told the Beirut-based pan-Arab TV station al-Maydeen all current al-Qaeda affiliates, including ISIS, work for the CIA.
ISIS is a well-armed and trained terrorist group now in control of large areas of Iraq and Syria.The NSA document states the group was established by U.S., British and Israeli intelligence as part of a strategy dubbed “the hornet’s nest” to draw Islamic militants from around the world to Syria.
Governments from Around the World – Including Western, Islamic, Asian and African Nations – ADMIT They Use False Flag Terror
Submitted by*George Washington*on 07/08/2014 11:12 -0400
Governments from around the world admit they carry out false flag terror:
A major with the Nazi SS*admitted*at the Nuremberg trials that – under orders from the chief of the Gestapo – he and some other Nazi operatives faked attacks on their own people and resources which they blamed on the Poles, to justify the invasion of Poland. Nazi general Franz Halder also testified at the Nuremberg trials that Nazi leader Hermann Goeringadmitted*to setting fire to the German parliament building, and then falsely blaming the communists for the arson
Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev*admitted*in writing that the Soviet Union’s Red Army shelled the Russian village of Mainila in 1939, and declared that the fire originated from Finland as a basis launching the Winter War four days later
Israel*admits*that an Israeli terrorist cell operating in Egypt planted bombs in several buildings, including U.S. diplomatic facilities, then left behind “evidence” implicating the Arabs as the culprits (one of the bombs detonated prematurely, allowing the Egyptians to identify the bombers, and several of the Israelis later confessed) (and see*this*and*this)
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295 PEOPLE KILLED AS PASSENGER PLANE CRASHES IN EAST UKRAINE; GOVERNMENT SAYS IT WAS SHOT DOWN
MICHAEL B KELLEYJUL. 17, 2014, 11:13 AM
An armed pro-Russian separatist stands at a site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014.
A Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines passenger plane from Amsterdam to*Kuala Lumpur*crashed*in eastern Ukraine about 10:00 EDT.
"Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam," the Malaysia Airlines*tweeted. "The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace."
There were reportedly*295 people on board (280 passengers and 15 crew) when it*crashed*in Torez, about 25 miles from the Russian border in the region of Donetsk. There were*23 Americans*on the flight. There were no survivors.
"Locals say everything exploded in the air, fell in pieces, both bodies and plane itself," Journalist Noah Sneider*tweeted*from the area. "[People]*thought they were being bombed."
An adviser to the Ukraine Interior Minister*says*pro-Russia separatists shot down the passenger plane*with a Russian-made*BUK*ground-to-air missile system. The rebels have*shot down*multiple aircraft in the past month but deny involvement in the Malaysia Airlines incident.
"Spoke to Ukraine separatist leader [Oleh] Tsarev," Time correspondent Simon Shuster*tweeted. "Says they don't have the weapons to take down*#MH17.
Hung up when asked about their BUK missiles.
"Crucially, the separatists in the area*reportedly*commandeered a set*of this system as of last month.
Further,*The Interpreter reports*the Ukrainian journalist Roman Bochkala and an AP journalist have seen separatists with the BUK system.*
World Wide NWO ZIONIST TERROR - against all humanity!
Note how events are 'progressing'since tougher sanctions were imposed on Russia on Wednesday the 16th of July. "A Pattern" is developing .....???
WW3- and Total Economic Collapse to cover up MASSIVE U.S. GOVERNMENT CRIMINALITY!
CRIMINAL GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE TRASHES RUSSIAN EMBASSY-WORLD SILENT???
Ukrainian FM chants 'Putin - f**ker' at vandalized Russian embassy in Kiev
Published time: June 15, 2014 08:15*Edited time: June 16, 2014 11:45Get short URL
In an incident that may be a first in diplomatic history, Kiev’s top diplomat publicly ‘effed’ the head of another state. Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchitsa chanted “Putin’s a f**ker” with a cheering crowd that earlier vandalized the Russian embassy.
Deshchitsa arrived at the scene of the*heated protest*- which involved overturning cars belonging to embassy staff, the desecration of a Russian flag and pelting the building with firecrackers and paint - in an apparent attempt to defuse the crowd.
Ukraine rebels: We did not shoot down plane
Associated Press*By*PETER LEONARD*2 hours ago
Kiev Ukraine (AP) — Separatist rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have denied that they are responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane.
Andrei Purgin, deputy prime minister for the rebels, told The Associated Press the plane must have been shot down by Ukrainian government troops.
He gave no proof for his statement, and Ukraine earlier denied shooting at any airborne targets.
777 Shot Down Over Ukraine
Getting past the Lies.(Veterans Today Preliminary Investigation)
By Gordon Duff with Jim W. Dean
We have people on the scene now (1:45PM EST) who have found a bag of passports and medical equipment.* We will keep you updated.
Initial stories, traced back to Israeli intelligence, that a Russian jet is responsible for downing the Malaysian Airlines 777 with all aboard, are being disseminated to anyone stupid enough to listen.* Showing their hand this early is a monumental blunder.
Here is what we have so far, unconfirmed.* An American built F 15 fighter took off from an airfield in Azerbaijan.* Back in 2010, Azerbaijan claimed that this and one other airfield was taken over by Armenian militants.* However, these two facilities were home to Israeli aircraft that relocated there as while participating in training exercises with the Turkish*Air Force.* Turkey allowed Israel to train pilots in strategic bombing*in areas selected because they closely resembled potential Israeli targets in Iran.
US Escalating Economic Sanctions Against Russia
By JULIE PACE and MATTHEW LEE -Associated Press Jul 16, 2014, 4:18 PM
WASHINGTON —*The United States imposed new sanctions Wednesday on lucrative Russian energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, as the Obama administration struggles for a way to quell an insurgency in eastern Ukraine widely believed to be backed by Moscow.
The penalties significantly expand on previous U.S. sanctions, which hit Russian individuals and companies with travel bans and asset freezes. But the new sanctions stop short of fully cutting off key Russian economic sectors, a step U.S. officials said they were continuing to hold in reserve in case Moscow launches a full-scale invasion of Ukraine or takes similarly provocative actions.
Obama was expected to speak about the sanctions from the White House Wednesday afternoon.
The Treasury Department sanctions target two major Russian energy firms, Novatek and Rosneft, and a pair of leading Russian financial institutions, Gazprombank and VEB. The sanctions restrict the entities' ability to access U.S. capital markets, officials said.
Eight Russian arms firms responsible for the production of small arms, mortar shells and tanks were also hit with sanctions.
The U.S. announcement came as European leaders met into the night in Brussels to discuss taking their own measures aimed at helping ease tensions along Russia's border with Ukraine. EU diplomats were also looking at penalties that would go beyond the current travel bans and asset freezes against individuals, though it was unclear whether their sanctions would go as far the U.S.
Some European leaders have been wary of deepening penalties on Moscow out of fear that their own economies could suffer, given the deep trade ties with Russia. In recent days, Obama administration officials have been pressuring their European counterparts to press forward and warning that they could take unilateral action if the EU continued to hesitate.
Officials met with EU diplomats in Washington Monday and Obama has made a series of calls to leaders from Britain, France and Germany.
Steven Pifer, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, said the American sanctions will add uncertainty to the Russia economy.
"These are serious sanctions. They target major Russian energy companies and financial institutions," said Pifer, who currently works as an analyst at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington.
The U.S. has preferred to levy penalties in conjunction with Europe, both to present a united Western front against Russia and to avoid putting U.S. companies at a disadvantage by limiting their access to Russian markets while European counterparts continue to operate without restrictions.
For months, the West has been seeking to punish Russia for annexing the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine and allegedly backing pro-Russian rebels that have occupied buildings in eastern Ukraine. While those rebels have lost ground in recent weeks, many have begun to group.
The Pentagon also said Wednesday that Russian combat troops are again building up along the border with Ukraine. U.S. officials said they also believe Moscow may be sending heavy weapons into the country to aid the separatists.
Ukraine and the West have accused Russia of fomenting the insurgency by sending troops and weapons, including tanks and rocket launchers, something Moscow denies.
Also included on Wednesday's sanctions list were four individuals:
Putin adviser Igor Shchegolev,
Russian State Duma Deputy Speaker Sergei Neverov,
Ukrainian separatist leader Aleksandr Borodai
and Sergey Beseda, an official with Russia's Federal Security Service, the intelligence agency that replaced the KGB after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Associated Press writers Nedra Pickler and Deb Riechmann contributed to this report.
Zionist NWO MEDIA LIES ABOUT MALAYSIAN AIRLINER SHOT DOWN BY RUSSIAN Separatist!
Impossible to shoot down a aircraft flying over 30,000 feet altitude with shoulder launched portable missle systems!
Man-portable air-defense systems
The missiles are about 1.5 to 1.8*m (5 to 6*ft) in length and weigh about 17 to 18*kg (37 to 40*lb), depending on the model. Shoulder-fired SAMs generally have a target detection range of about 10*km (6*mi) and an engagement range of about 6*km (4*mi), so aircraft flying at 6,100 metres (20,000*ft) (3.8 miles) or higher are relatively safe.*The acronym MANPADS is commonly mistaken to have a singular form of "MANPAD"—this is incorrect, as even a singular unit is still a system and would have the final S in the acronym.
Russia slams sanctions 'blackmail'
AFP*By*Anna Malpas with Max Delany in Kiev3 hours ago
Moscow (AFP) - The US and EU bolstered sanctions against Russia over its alleged support of separatists in Ukraine, drawing an angry rebuke on Thursday from Moscow which said the measures amounted to "blackmail".
President Barack Obama in sanctions imposed Wednesday took his first direct swipes at the Russian economy's finance, military and energy sectors, further escalating the worst standoff between the Kremlin and the West since the Cold War.
Washington had warned last week that Moscow had to demonstrate a clean break from separatists or face the tougher sanctions.
But Kiev laid new allegations against Russia Thursday, saying a Russian fighter jet on Wednesday shot down a Ukrainian warplane over its territory.
The Russian foreign ministry reacted to sanctions in a furious statement: "We do not intend to tolerate blackmail and reserve the right to take retaliatory measures" against the US.
Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier warned that sanctions would inflict "very serious damage" on the already tattered US-Russia relationship.
"Without any doubt in this case (sanctions) are driving Russian-US relations towards a dead-end, (and) are inflicting very serious damage on them," Putin said while on a visit to Brasilia.
"And I am convinced that this will harm the national long-term interests of the American state, the American people," Putin told reporters.
US sanctions like the ones imposed "have never put anyone on their knees," added Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, predicting a "rise of anti-American attitudes".
Moscow gave a milder response to EU sanctions, with the foreign ministry saying it had "submitted to blackmail from the American administration" and should have "its own voice".
Ukraine hailed the tougher sanctions, with Western-backed President Petro Poroshenko saying he welcomed the EU moves that involve the European Investment Bank and European Bank of Reconstruction and Development halting finance for projects in Russia."
The European Council has taken an important step to support the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine," Poroshenko said on his Facebook page.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk praised the measures from Washington for showing "the unity of the US and EU in their dedication to the values of democracy and promotion of peace and support for Ukraine".
"Russia will pay for starting a war against Ukraine," Yatsenyuk said at a government meeting.
Western leaders say the punitive measures are designed to pressure Moscow into forcing the rebels to end their three-month insurgency that has claimed more than 600 lives.
Russian markets down -
But the immediate pain was felt in Moscow with the two Russian market indices falling by 2.7% and 4.05% Thursday and the ruble plunging against the euro and dollar to 47.1 and 34.8, respectively.
Shares in two giant oil firms now barred from US capital markets under the new sanctions fell steeply with Rosneft dropping 4.74 percent and OAO Novatek shares plummeting 7.88 percent on MICEX stock exchange at around 0900 GMT.
The ruble fell sharply to 34.92 against the dollar and 47.25 against the euro by around 0930 GMT.
The United States has also targeted major Russian financial institutions, Gazprombank and VEB, as well as eight Russian arms firms to try to punish Moscow for failing to halt the alleged flow of weapons across the border.
Jet 'shot by Russia'-
On the ground in eastern Ukraine fierce fighting between government forces and pro-Moscow rebels has intensified in recent days with some 55 civilians killed since the weekend alone.
Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council on Thursday accused a Russian air force plane of downing its jet over Ukrainian territory the day before with a rocket strike.
The fighting even forced a group of more than a dozen Ukrainian border guards to flee into Russia seeking medical help for their injuries, the Russian authorities said.
Germany and France have been spearheading a push to revive talks between Kiev and the rebels over a potential ceasefire deal but attempts by mediators to hold a Skype videoconference with the insurgents fell through Tuesday.
Senior separatist leaders have said they are committed to holding the Internet consultations but gave conflicting information on whether they would take place Thursday or Friday.
Ukrainian forces made a string of major gains after Poroshenko tore up an unsuccessful ceasefire earlier this month, but progress has slowed since rebels retreated into two major regional centres where they have pledged to fight to the end.
Putin: US Sanctions Hurt Bilateral Ties, US Firms
By NATALIYA VASILYEVA Associated PressJul 17, 2014, 1:37 AM
MOSCOW —*President Vladimir Putin on Thursday lamented the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia, saying they will stalemate bilateral relations and hurt not only Russian but also American businesses.
Russia's benchmark MICEX was down 2.9 percent in late afternoon trading Thursday upon news of the sanctions while Russia's biggest oil company, Rosneft, was nearly 5 percent down and second-largest oil producer was trading 9 percent lower.
Putin's comments came hours after President Barack Obama announced broader sanctions against Russia, targeting two major energy firms including Rosneft, a pair of powerful financial institutions, eight weapons firms and four individuals. The increased U.S. economic pressure is designed to end the insurgency in eastern Ukraine that is widely believed to be backed by the Kremlin.
Israel Launches 'Ground Phase' in Gaza Battle
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip —*Israeli forces have launched a "ground phase" in its effort to halt rockets being fired at Israel from*Gaza,*the Israeli military said today.
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Smoking gun proof of “Israeli teen kidnapping” false flag
Published on June 16th, 2014Written by: Kevin Barrett
Mossad Chief predicted “three teens will be kidnapped” one week before it happened
Report-State Department stockpiles massive quantities of Explosives: "C4, Liquid Explosives, Blasting Caps, and Detonating Cords".
Meet the Americans who put together the coup in Kiev
By Steve Weissman, Reader Supported News25 March 14
On Planet McGovern – or my personal take on it – realpolitik rules. The State Department controls the prime funding sources for non-military intervention, including the controversial*National Endowment for Democracy*(NED), which Washington created to fund covert and clandestine action after Ramparts magazine and others exposed how the CIA channeled money through private foundations, including the Ford Foundation.
State also controls the far-better-funded Agency for International Development (USAID), along with a growing network of front groups, cut-outs, and private contractors. State coordinates with like-minded governments and their parallel institutions, mostly in Canada and Western Europe.
State's "democracy bureaucracy" oversees nominally private but largely government funded groups like Freedom House. And through Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland, State had Geoff Pyatt coordinate the coup in Kiev.
The CIA, NSA, and Pentagon likely provided their specialized services, while some of the private contractors exhibited shadowy skill sets. But if McGovern knows the score, as he should, diplomats ran the campaign to destabilize Ukraine and did the hands-on dirty work.
07-17-2014, 08:56 PM
Why Kuala Lumpur???
Mossad in Malaysia
On April 4, 2010 – Malaysia’s internationally known politician,*Anwar Ibrahim*(born 1947), country’s former Deputy Prime Minister (1993-98)and Finance Minister (1991-98) and currently the Opposition leader – claimed*that Israeli intelligence agents (Mossad) have infiltrated into Malaysia’s Bukit Aman (Federal Police headquarter in Kuala Lumpur). The espionage link to Israel is the company named Asiasoft Global Pte Ltd. (Singapore), which has worked as a sub-contractor to upgrade the telecommunication systems for the police. Two of the directors of the firm, Izhak David Nakar and Ido Schechter, are reportedly Israeli citizen.
However, this is not the first time the ‘Israeli connection’ is raised. In 2008, then Malasian Home Minister had told the Parliament: “Then between November and December, a police report was lodged by the responsible police officers and investigated by one ASP Sairah. Then Sairah was transferred to Taiping and there was no news after that,” The Malaysian Insider.
How reliable is Anwar Ibrahim? Well, he is known for his good connections with the Jewish Lobby in the US through personal friendship and links to CIA-funded think tanks. In 2000, Malaysian politician Lim Kit Siang had asked former prime minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to declare the outcome of a three year police investigation to whether Anwar Ibrahim is a CIA operative. Anwar Ibrahim has been a good friend of former US Secretary of Defense*under Bill Clinton administration, William S. Cohen (1997-2001), son of a Russian Jewish immigrant Reuben Cohen.
Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal on Palestine: Judicial Biasness
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MH17 Crash-Article Archive from Malaysian News Source -The Star Online
MH17 crash: Unofficial list of nationalities on board
PETALING JAYA: The unofficial list of the MH17 flight manifest states that 20 Malaysians and two infants were on board the plane that was reportedly shot down by insurgents near the Russian-Ukrainian border.
The highest number of passengers are from Netherlands with 143 passengers. Australia comes in second with 27 passengers.
There were 11 Indonesian passengers and one infant on-board the ill-fated flight. Britain has six passengers, France and Germany have four each, Belgium have three and Canada one.
Nationalities of the other 58 passengers were not stated in the list. 15 MAS crew members were on the plane.
MH17 was brought down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels in which Russia and the West back opposing sides.
The scale of the disaster affecting scores of foreigners could prove a turning point for international pressure to resolve a crisis that has claimed hundreds of lives in Ukraine since pro-Western protests toppled the Moscow-backed president in Kiev in February and Russia annexed Crimea a month later.
Despite the shooting down of several Ukrainian military aircraft in the area in recent months, including two this week, and renewed accusations from Kiev that Russian forces were taking a direct part, international air lanes had remained open.
MAS said air traffic controllers lost contact with flight MH-17 at 1415 GMT as it flew over eastern Ukraine towards the Russian border, bound for Asia with 280 passengers and 15 crew aboard.
Flight tracking data indicated it was at its cruising altitude of 10,000 metres when it disappeared.
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The Weirdest Conspiracy Theories Surrounding the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17
Ever since 9/11, it seems no tragedy or act of mass violence can go without a litany of Internet tin foil-types flapping their yaps about it on the Internet.
It didn’t take long after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed in the Ukraine for the conspiracy theories to begin surfacing. No, it didn’t take long at all.
A roundup of the early theories:
1.- Whatever brought down the plane was actually intended to bring down Putin:
Russia Today*cites*a report from the Interfax News Agency quoting unnamed sources who claim the doomed flight had a similar path as a plane carrying Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“I can say that Putin’s plane and the Malaysian Boeing intersected at the same point and the same echelon,” the source reportedly said on the condition of anonymity. “That was close to Warsaw on 330-m echelon at the height of 10,100 meters.
The presidential jet was there at 16:21 Moscow time and the Malaysian aircraft—15:44 Moscow time.”The report caused some, uh, speculation on Twitter:
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“At the same time,” the Russia Today report later corrected, “there have been reports contradicting Interfax’s report,” with sources telling other news outlets that Putin has not flown over the conflict-stricken country in some time.
Video: Pretty much everyone expressing dismay over White House response to world falling apart
Mary Katharine Ham, 2 hours ago
Was the Bear loose today? If Valerie Jarrett wanted to get a hashtag going for the president, #smh might have worked. Shep wasn’t the only one baffled by the White House’s insistence on pretending today was a day for the normal shake run and spin.
Via the*Free Beacon, first*ABC notes that the president seemed blindsided by Israel’s starting ground operations in Gaza today. Jonathan Karl cites the President’s and State Department’s optimism just hours earlier that a ceasefire would happen.
07-18-2014, 08:48 AM
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Crash: What We Know
By Bill Chappell
July 18, 2014*5:46 AM ET
One day after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, investigators are working to learn more about the crash — and who might be responsible. The passenger jet had nearly 300 people on board; none survived.
The plane had not sent a distress signal. It reportedly came apart at a cruising altitude of 33,000 feet, with its wreckage landing in territory held by pro-Russian insurgents who have been fighting the central government in Kiev.
The flight plan filed by the plane's pilots had requested an altitude of 35,000 feet during their passage over Ukraine, but air traffic control in Ukraine instructed them to fly at 33,000 feet,*Malaysia Airlines says.
President Obama will discuss the situation in Ukraine in a White House event that's scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. ET. We'll update this post as necessary.
U.S. intelligence experts suspect a surface-to-air missile hit the airliner, a Boeing 777.
"They have not determined where the missile was fired from," NPR's Jackie Northam reports for*Morning Edition. "What complicates the issue is that this type of missile, known in Russian as Buk, is mobile — it's meant to move around a battlefield. That makes it more difficult to determine the point of origin. Ukraine and Russia have this type of missile system, and there's speculation that the rebels also possess it, as well."
As they try to piece together how Flight MH17 was brought down, U.S. experts are analyzing a recording*released by Ukraine's governmentthat it says is a string of intercepted phone calls in which separatist rebels acknowledge that they shot down the airliner.
As NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports, U.S. intelligence has not yet publicly authenticated the recording.
"Privately, U.S. officials say they suspect separatist rebels were behind the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17," Dina reports.The tape includes a man stating, "We have just shot down a plane," and then referring to the area of the crash. Ukraine's transcription shows confusion over whether the plane in question was a military or civilian craft.
"U.S. officials say they are still analyzing the audio," Dina reports. "They are also using algorithms and mathematics to pinpoint where the missile was fired from.
"The separatists say they've recovered the black boxes from the plane's wreckage, according to multiple news reports. Some reports have stated that the flight recorders might be sent to Russia, but Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Moscow has "no plans to seize the flight recorders," according to state-owned*news agency RT.
Reporter Noah Sneider is in the Donetsk region; he says he has seen separatists near the wreckage.
"They have taken control of the crash site, because they're in control of this region," Sneider tells NPR's Newscast unit. "The Ukrainian forces have a position not too far from here, but for the most part, this stretch of road is controlled by the rebels.
"They were the first ones on the scene," he adds, "and they're the ones who are now guarding the entrances to it."
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Kiev deployed powerful anti-air systems to E. Ukraine ahead of the Malaysian plane crash
Published time: July 17, 2014 18:35*Edited time: July 18, 2014 01:20Ge
The Ukrainian military has several batteries of Buk surface-to-air missile systems with at least 27 launchers, capable of bringing down high-flying jets, in the Donetsk region where the Malaysian passenger plane crashed, Russian Defense Ministry said.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry information, units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine located in the crash-site are equipped with anti-aircraft missile systems of "Buk-M1” ... These complexes in their tactical and technical characteristics are capable of detecting air targets at ranges of up to 160 kilometers and hit them at full altitude range at a distance of over 30 kilometers,”*the ministry’s statement reads as cited by Ria.
Earlier, Itar-Tass and Interfax news agencies were citing a source familiar with the issue, who said that another battery of Buk systems is currently being prepared for shipment to Donetsk region from the Ukrainian city of Kharkov.
The Donetsk region remains the scene of heavy fighting between government troops and the forces of the opposition, which refused to recognize the regime change in Kiev and demand federalization.
A Malaysian Airlines aircraft en route from Amsterdam to Malaysia crashed in Eastern Ukraine – not far from the Russian border – on Thursday.
UKRAINE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER SUGGESTS KIEV MILITARY SHOT DOWN PASSENGER PLANE
Not known where the order to shoot down the plane originated from
Russian radars record active operation of Ukrainian air defense
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Does this look like a weapon system Russia would allow "Separatist Militants" to use?
Russia has more advanced missle defence systems, Ukraine has alot of these. Ukraine downed the plane (false flag) to blame the separatist, in order to sway public opinion against Russia. The NWO media will blame Russia no matter what evidence is recovered.
Also, would'nt a missle defence weapon like this have radar to show what type of aircraft your targetting?
If it turns out Russia did indeed give this system to 'rebel separatist', then they truly are stupid. But wait, what about all of those sophisticated TRILLION DOLLAR (10,000 Strong)SPY/MILITARY SATELLITES circling the earth, I'm sure Uncle Sam will share the "untouched data"???
The Soviet-built BUK surface-to-air missile launcher believed to have brought down Malaysian Airline flight MH17 at 33,000ft
The BUK, developed by the Soviet Union in 1979, has remained widely in use throughout the former Soviet states, including Ukraine.
Until then it was assumed the only surface-to-air missiles in rebel hands were shoulder-held launchers with a maximum engagement range of 10,000 feet.
In a statement Donetsk separatist leader Andrei Purgin said that he was certain that Ukrainian troops had shot it down but gave no explanation for that statement.
Purgin said he was not aware of whether rebel forces owned BUK missile launchers, but even if they did, there had no fighters capable of operating it.*
Malaysian 777 Shot Down Over Ukraine Updated
From Jeffrey Silverman, VT Bureau Chief Tbilisi
3) As to the “Buk”: in theory, for the system’s successful work, a minimum of 4 out of 5 vehicles within the complex is necessary: the commandment car, the target locator car, the targeting car and the firing point with the missiles.* One can do without the charging car, which transports additional missiles, in case the missiles have been set up on the firing point in advance.* 15-17 highly-qualified military specialists are needed to service these military specialists.
4) The principle of action of “Buk” air-defence system: – under close supervision of the commander, the locator determines the target and the coordinates; – the operator of the firing system launches the missile in the given direction; – the targeting car lights up the target with radio waves; – this reflected signal is captured by the self-targeting system of the missiles and its computer corrects the course; – the missile explodes several metres before reaching the plane, sending metal rods flying everywhere that damage the fuselage, the engines, the electric system etc.
5) “Buk’s” range is 40-50 kilometres horizontally and 20-25 vertically. It is a general military weapon (covers the soldiers from air attack directly on the battlefield), and not an air-defence forces weapon.
6) The air-defence system’s locators show three kinds of targets (as radio signals):* – missile (one leading engine); – destroyer, storm jet or a similar small military jet (the turbine of the engine creates a recognisable radio signal); – strategic bombarder or transportation jet (a big plane with many engines). The latter category could include a passenger vessel, as the radio image is identical.
7) If it is a “Buk,” then:* – it could have come from Russian territory. The caterpillar track can take the vehicles even through fields; – it could have been part of the captured Ukrainian Armed Forces division (if they indeed had all the parts of the complex). However military specialists for such accordant work were clearly imported, the reserve army is insufficient in this case; – it could have even worked from Russian territory, somewhere around Kuybyshevo. However, the Boeing was moving with its cruising speed (about 900 km/hr) and during the fall its parts continued falling to the east because of inertia.
8) This could have been not a “Buk,” but a different air-defence system.
9) Additional materials regarding “Buk” –*http://rbase.new-factoria.ru/missile/wobb/buk-2m/buk-2m.shtml
FINAL – Part I: Emerging Evidence Points to #MH17 Being a Ukrainian False Flag
This is what/where Putin was doing before the incident.
According to this report, Putin was in flight*during his call*to Obamareturning to Moscow*aboard hispresidential aircraft*from*Brazil*when he was notified that there were a number of*“critical radar anomalies”occurring over*EUROCONTROL*zones inCentral Europe.
Putin putting together a New Fair and Just Economic Order. BRICS
July 20th, 2014 Update
UK seeks more punishment to Russia despite
NO INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION WHAT-SO EVER HAVING BEEN STARTED.NOTE-(seems the true Criminals don't want a honest investigation???)
13:33 GMT:Britain will on Tuesday seek to persuade other European leaders to impose further sanctions on Russia over the downing of a Malaysian jet carrying 298 passengers, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday.“We will ... seek to get our European partners to agree to go further in terms of sanctions if Russia hasn't radically changed its position by then,” Hammond told the BBC ahead of a meeting of the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council on Tuesday. (Reuters)
02-29-2016, 08:48 AM
The Arab Spring in Turkey! Part 1...
Wednesday, Jan 06 2016*•*10 a.m. (ET)Saudi Arabia, Iran And The U.S.
The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have been close allies for decades, weathering their differences along the way. But that bond has come under increasing strain as the U.S. moves toward better relations with Iran.
A feud between Saudi Arabia’s Sunni rulers and Iran erupted over the weekend when the Saudi kingdom executed a prominent Shiite cleric. In response, protesters in Iran set fire to the Saudi embassy.
Middle east analysts say the feud threatens stability in the region as well as upcoming peace talks on Syria – and it places the U.S. in a difficult position.
Diane and her guests discuss Saudi Arabia and Iran – and the future of U.S. relations with the two nations.
GuestsVali Nasr*dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a former senior Obama administration adviser
David Sanger*national security correspondent, The New York Times; author, "Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power
"Hisham Melhem*columnist, Al Arabiya News Channel; correspondent for Lebanon's Annahar daily newspaper
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Syria: At the Gateway of Greater War
February 17, 2016 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Syrian forces backed by Russian airpower have made major advances across the battlefield along multiple fronts.
Around Aleppo, Syrian forces have cut supply lines from Turkey that were for years, supplying terrorists operating inside the country. Just east of a growing encirclement of the city of Aleppo, a secondary encirclement of so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS) forces is forming as the offensive to relieve Kuweris Airbase has evolved into a northern advance toward Al Bab - a critical logistical hub used by US-NATO-GCC backed terrorists during the initial invasion of Aleppo in 2012 and onward.
Deeper within the interior of Syria, Syrian forces have advanced eastward into the Al Raqqa Governorate, approaching the Tabaqa Airbase. The airbase is a crucial waypoint toward seizing back the city of Al Raqqa itself, which has become the defacto capital of ISIS.
Advances Against ISIS in East Only Possible After Cutting NATO-Fed Supply Lines in North
This second operation aimed at ISIS in Al Raqqah has only been made possible because of successes amid the first operation around Aleppo and along the Turkish-Syrian border. It is now demonstrably clear that the source of ISIS' fighting capacity originated almost exclusively from NATO-member Turkey's territory and more specifically, from between the Afrin-Jarabulus corridor.
So far, NATO has been unable to account for this obvious fact, or explain why it has been unable to secure the Turkish border from the Turkish side, particularly when nations including the United States and United Kingdom have for years been conducting military and intelligence operations precisely in the same locations ISIS supplies have been crossing over into Syria from.
As Syrian and Kurdish forces backed by Russian airpower close one logistical corridor after another along the border, the fighting capacity of ISIS has withered to the verge of collapsing.
As ISIS Folds US-NATO-GCC Mount Rescue
For several days now, Turkey has been firing across the border at the pivotal Syrian city of Azaz. The city is on the verge of being overrun by Kurdish fighters who will for all intents and purposes shut down one of ISIS' last remaining logistical hubs supplying their fighters in Syria from Turkey.
Turkey has vowed not to allow the city to fall and has implied that it is willing to go as far as invade Syria to ensure that it doesn't.
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Ankara Blast: Catastrophe of Convenience
February 19, 2016 (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - The fireball from this week's blast in Ankara had barely begun to fade before the world begun bracing itself for the predictable accusation that Syria's Kurdish YPG (People's Protection Units) were behind the blast. This is because Turkey has developed a transparently cynical strategy of staging blasts throughout its territory and behind to stoke fears, justify condemnation and retaliation and demonize not only it own enemies, but those of its partners in NATO and particularly, those of the United States.
Syria's YPG was the obvious target of this blast and the barrage of accusations and threats that quickly followed because it is the YPG together with Syrian and Russian forces that now threaten to finally foil the US-NATO-GCC proxy by closing the Afrin-Jarabulus corridor, and specifically, the pivotal city of Azaz, located in Syria right along the Syrian-Turkish border.
For years Azaz has served as a nexus for foreign-backed militant operations not only in northern Syria, but as a logistical hub supplying terrorist operations all throughout the country. Its seizure by either Syria's Kurdish YPG or the SAA (Syrian Arab Army) would effectively hobble US-NATO-GCC's proxy war, at least in the north.
Tripping in a Tangled Web of Treachery
Over the past week, Turkey has been shelling Syrian territory, concentrating its firepower on a southwest road leading to the city of Azaz. Kurdish YPG forces have been advancing up the road, lined on both sides by small farmers and accompanying civilian houses in a bid to liberate the city long-held by both IS (Islamic State) and Al Qaeda affiliates including Jabhat al Nusra (a US State Department listed foreign terrorist organization).
Despite the bombardment, the fate of US-NATO-GCC backed terrorists held up there is inevitably doomed. Just after the blast and amid threats by Ankara to retaliate not only against the YPG, but he Syrian government itself, some 500 terrorists described as "Islamists" by the London Guardian crossed over the Turkish border and headed to Azaz as reinforcements.
Keen readers will notice the term "Islamist" is often used as a somewhat more ambiguous label to avoid accurately describing the fighters as either Al Qaeda affiliates or IS itself. Together with continued artillery fire from Turkey, what the world now sees is NATO openly fighting a combined arms battle against Syria alongside Al Qaeda shock troops.
Ankara's threats against the YPG and the Syrian government is particularly ironic. The Washington Post in its report "Turkey accuses a Syrian Kurd of bombing Ankara and vows to retaliate," claims:
[Turkish Prime Minister] Davutoglu said he also held embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responsible because Assad and his government have acknowledged on a number of occasions that they provide arms to the YPG.
However, this logic quickly breaks down when one considers the United States has also acknowledged on a number of occasions that it provided not only arms to the YPG, but also aircover.
Perhaps the United States and their junior partners in Ankara believe the public has forgotten such headlines as that in the Wall Street Journal, "U.S. Airdrops Weapons and Supplies to Besieged Syrian Kurds in Kobani," which reported:
The U.S. dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Syrian Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the embattled city of Kobani, U.S. officials said Sunday. Three U.S. C-130 cargo planes began dropping the weapons and supplies, provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq, on Sunday, the officials said. Over several hours, the U.S. dropped 27 bundles of small arms, ammunition and supplies.
The London Guardian's "US-led air strikes hit key Isis targets amid battle with Kurdish forces," points out that:
US-led coalition jets struck Islamic State positions in north-east Syria for the second day in a row on Saturday, in an area where the militants are battling Kurdish forces, a Kurdish official and a group monitoring the war said.
Despite the "logic" underpinning Ankara's accusations and threats against both the YPG and Damascus, none should expect similar threats or retaliations to materialize against the United States, who has maintained a military presence for decades inside Turkey, itself a NATO member since the conclusion of the Second World War.
Instead, what we see is the total breakdown in the US-NATO-GCC narrative used to carry this conflict onward since 2011. The battle along Syria's border is clearly not about any threat the YPG or the Syrian government pose to Turkey or any other NATO or GGC member. Instead, the battle along the border is clearly about the imminent strangulation of US-NATO-GCC supply lines that have fed what is now clearly appearing to be a foreign invasion, not a "civil war."
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EU warns of possible Turkey-Russia ‘hot war’ over Syria
February 24, 2016
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The European Union (EU) foreign policy chief has cautioned against the risk of a war with active military hostilities between Turkey and Russia over Syria, where regional powers have sided with warring sides to the conflict gripping the Arab country, APA reports media.
Federica Mogherini issued the warning during a debate at the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee in the Belgian capital city of Brussels on Tuesday.
"We are always referring to Syria as a proxy war among regional actors, Mogherini said, adding, however, that the current situation in Syria risks becoming something bigger.
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Will Turkey risk military confrontation with Russia?
Tensions between Russia and Turkey continue to escalate*following the downing in November of a*Russian Su-24 fighter*jet that strayed into Turkish airspace.
Questions are being raised now whether the two countries are heading for*a military confrontation. A leading Turkish military expert told Al-Monitor that such a Russian move could spell disaster for Turkey.
Turkey*accused Russia of violating its airspace again last week*and summoned Russia’s ambassador in Ankara to lodge a formal protest. President*Recep Tayyip Erdogan*and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also warned Moscow that it was playing with fire and would have to face the consequences.
Tellingly, however, the Russian Su-34 fighter jet was not shot down this time. Despite Ankara’s dire warnings to Moscow, the protest lodged with the Russian ambassador shows that Davutoglu's*government, despite its apparent tough stance, is treading more cautiously to avoid another head-on military incident with Russia.
In its statement Jan. 30,*the Turkish*Ministry of Foreign Affairs*said an Su-34-type Russian aircraft*violated Turkish airspace*Jan. 29.
“Before the violation actually took place, the Russian plane was warned numerous times by Turkish air radar units both in English and Russian,” it said, adding that this new violation was “another example of Russian escalatory behavior.”
NATO warns Turkey it can't count on support in a conflict with Russia as tensions escalate
European diplomats warned that Ankara cannot invoke Article 5
•Germany says that NATO cannot 'pay the price for a war started by Turks'
•Turkey has called for international ground operation in Syria
•Russia called Security Council meeting to halt Turkey's shelling of Kurds
•See more news from Russia at www.dailymail.co.uk/russia
By Gianluca Mezzofiore For Mailonline
Published: 08:06 EST, 20 February 2016 | Updated: 15:00 EST, 20 February 2016
European diplomats have warned the Turkish government that it cannot count on the NATO support should the conflict with Russia escalate into an armed conflict, according to German media.
Ankara has called for a joint ground operation in Syria with its international allies, insisting it is the only way to stop the country's five-year war. Saudi Arabia has said it would be ready to take part in an international force to be deployed in Syria.
WW3: Is Saudi Arabia About to Invade Syria?
Middle East set to explode
Paul Joseph Watson
February 17, 2016
Saudi Arabia is massing hundreds of thousands of troops while conducting its biggest ever wargames.
Is this preparation for an invasion of Syria or just one huge bluff? Russia’s Prime Minister recently warned that such a move could spark a new world war.
We talk to Syrian Girl to find out.
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Secret US mission in Libya revealed after air force posted pictures
Facebook post, accompanied by four pictures, said 20 armed soldiers arrived wearing bulletproof jackets
Chris Stephen in Tunis
Thursday 17 December 2015 18.21 EST
A secret US commando mission to Libya has been revealed after photographs of a special forces unit were posted on the Facebook page of the country’s air force.
Libya’s air force said 20 US soldiers arrived at Libya’s Wattiya airbase on Monday, but left soon after local commanders asked them to go because they had no permission to be at the base. It was unclear if another branch of the Libyan military had authorized the mission.
Pentagon sources confirmed to US media that the special forces unit was part of a mission sent this week, but it was unclear if the soldiers had left the country.
The Facebook post that revealed the unit’s presence said the 20 soldiers had disembarked “in combat readiness wearing bullet proof jackets, advanced weapons”.
The photographs show the Americans – three with assault rifles slung over their shoulders – posing in the sunshine with Libyan soldiers. Other photographs show the US troops boarding a blue and white-striped passenger plane and driving a yellow dune buggy.
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America Invaded Libya To Prevent Pan-African Currency
January 19, 2016 Enemies Foreign and Domestic 1 Comment
A declassified email sent on April 2, 2011 to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reveals the invasion of Libya was launched to prevent Muammar Gaddafi from establishing a pan-African currency based on Libya’s gold Dinar.
According to the document posted on the US State Department website advisors to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the second son of Muammar Gaddafi, told sources the Libyan government held 143 tons of gold and a similar amount in silver valued at more than $7 billion. The gold and silver was to be used to establish an alternative currency to the French franc for African Francophone countries.
A large numbers of Western Africa nations are former French colonies and many continue to hold French as the official language. Madagascar in East Africa is also a Francophone country.
“French intelligence officers discovered this plan shortly after the current rebellion began,” the email states, “and this was one of the factors that influenced President Nicolas Sarkozy’s decision to commit France to the attack on Libya.”
In addition to preventing Libya from breaking away from French monetary domination, Sarkozy wanted to “gain a greater share of Libya oil production,” increase French influence in North Africa and dash Gaddafi’s “long term plans to supplant France as the dominant power in Francophone Africa.”
During the invasion of Libya analysts argued Gaddafi planned to stop selling oil in US dollars and demand instead it be traded in gold dinars. Prior to the invasion Gaddafi urged other African and Middle Eastern nations to follow suit.
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24.02.2016 Author: Viktor Mikhin
Saudi Arabia: On the Brink of Disintegration
The chaos, which its diabolical authors have brought to a number of Arab countries cynically calling it “the Arab Spring”, demonstrates that the process has not been completed and yet some other Middle East countries will fall under its bloody millstone. Arising quite suddenly in Tunisia (that more or less successfully escaped the spring winds), the chaos, backed up by the Western armed forces, moved to the formerly prospering Libya, which, currently, has ceased to exist as a whole state having fallen apart into three separate regions – Tripoli, Cyrenaica and Fezzan. The latest news reported by the global media evidence that the terrorist organisation, the Islamic State (IS), is planning to turn the Libyan territory in its own “jumping board” for penetrating and attacking European countries. In the north of Africa, only Egypt has held its ground; due to the enormous political experience of the Egyptian people and the determination of its army, it managed to remedy the situation in the very heart of the Arab world.
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Rand Paul Fires Back at Obama “Lapdogs” Lindsey Graham, John McCain
Republican Senators characterize Paul as dangerous libertarian isolationist
April 22, 2015
Kentucky Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul has fired back at harsh criticism leveled against him by two neocon senators, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
Paul characterized McCain and Graham as lapdogs for Obama’s foreign policy.
“They supported Hillary Clinton’s war in Libya; they supported President Obama’s bombing of Assad; they also support President Obama’s foreign aid to countries that hate us. So if there is anyone who is most opposed to President Obama’s foreign policy, it’s me. People who call loudest to criticize me are great proponents of President Obama’s foreign policy — they just want to do it ten times over,” he said.
On Monday McCain said Paul “just doesn’t understand” the foreign policy agenda of the United States. “He has displayed this kind of naiveté since he came to the Senate.”
In September, however, McCain said he would support Paul if he won the Republican nomination.
“I know that, if he were president or a nominee, I could influence him, particularly some of his views and positions on national security. He trusts me particularly on the military side of things, so I could easily work with him. It wouldn’t be a problem,” he told The New Yorker.
29.02.2016 Author: Tony Cartalucci
Refugee Crisis: EU Cites Missing Libyan Navy It Destroyed in 2011
News agencies are reporting on a Wikileaks report detailing the EU’s “Operation Sophia,” an allegedly covert military operation aimed at stemming the flow of refugees into Europe.
The International Business Times in their report, “WikiLeaks leak ‘classified report’ indicating EU Operation could move into Libyan territory,” would report that:
WikiLeaks has released a “classified report” about the first six months of Operation Sophia, the EU military intervention against refugee boats in Libya and Mediterranean.
the leaked report is dated 29 January 2016 and written by the operation commander, Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino of the Italian Navy. It allegedly provides statistics on refugee flows and outlines the phases of Operation Sophia, including future strategies of the operation. The report has been published for the European Union Military Committee and the Political and Security Committee of the EU.
Perhaps the most ironic aspect of “Operation Sophia” is the EU’s ultimate exit strategy, creating a functioning Libyan navy capable of policing its own shores. The Times would report:
Increasing Radio Traffic On Military Frequencies
A high amount of unusual radio traffic has been transmitted on military channels in recent days, according to operators who monitor these frequencies. Though most of the chatter is cryptic in nature, the extreme amount of broadcasts indicate far more military movements than usual.
In addition, call signs which are included in each broadcast and often disclose the identifying station, have been replaced by handles that haven’t been used since the tail end of the last cold war.
Many of these messages are Emergency Action Messages (EAM’s) that transmit special instructions to US military forces around the world. During the Ukraine conflict last year, the amount of broadcasts heard were increased by a substantial amount, mostly comprising of Skyking and Mainsail messages.
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U.S. Spent Nearly $100 Billion On Foreigners To Fight Terrorists
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 10/08/2015 13:01 -0400
Authored by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, originally posted at Vocativ.com,
To combat Islamic militants the White House says threaten national interests, the U.S. has spent nearly $100 billion to arm and train foreign militaries across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, an analysis by Vocativ shows. And nearly all of them are reeling from setbacks that threaten to undermine what’s become a core component of American foreign policy in these regions.
U.S. programs funding foreign fighters began flourishing in the years after 9/11 and were later bolstered by President Obama, who prefers doing this instead of deploying American troops into troubled areas. Now central to how the White House combats insurgencies in these regions, this strategy appears to be on the verge of unraveling. The Taliban toppled American-trained forces in Afghanistan last week to capture Kunduz, the country’s fifth-largest city. The fight to control it continues. U.S.-funded fighters in Iraq and Syria appear unable or unwilling to take on ISIS. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists are virtually unchallenged in places like Yemen, Somalia and northwest Africa.
“Our track record at building security forces over the past 15 years is miserable,” said Karl W. Eikenberry, a former military commander and United States ambassador in Afghanistan, recently told the New York Times.
Here’s a snapshot of that record...
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U.S. delivers 50 tons of ammunition to Syria rebel groups
By*Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
Updated 2331 GMT (0631 HKT) October 12, 2015
CNN)U.S. military cargo planes gave 50 tons of ammunition to rebel groups overnight in northern Syria, using an air drop of 112 pallets as the first step in the Obama Administration's urgent effort to find new ways to support those groups.
Details of the air mission over Syria were confirmed by a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly because the details have not yet been formally announced.
C-17s, accompanied by fighter escort aircraft, dropped small arms ammunition and other items like hand grenades in Hasakah province in northern Syria to a coalition of rebels groups vetted by the US, known as the Syrian Arab Coalition.
All pallets successfully were recovered by friendly forces, a U.S. official said.
Meet the 77th Battalion – The British Army is Mobilizing 1,500 “Facebook Warriors” to Spread Disinformation
Michael Krieger | Posted Monday Feb 2, 2015 at 3:42 pm
The British Army will revive one of the most contentious special forces units of the second world war, the Chindits, as a new generation of “Facebook” warriors who will wage complex and covert information and subversion campaigns.
– From the recent FT article: Army Revives Chindits as ‘Facebook Warriors’ for Smart Battle
Get ready, social media is about to get far more treacherous than it already is. Be extra careful jumping to conclusions, always think for yourself and use your best judgement. Government psy ops are about to go into overdrive.
A new group of soldiers, referred to as “Facebook Warriors” will ” wage complex and covert information and subversion campaigns,” according to the Financial Times. This unit will be named the 77th battalion, whose number also has a historical significance. FT says:
The original Chindits [77th battalion] were a guerrilla unit led by the swashbuckling British commander Major General Orde Wingate, one of the pioneers of modern unconventional warfare. They operated deep behind Japanese lines in Burma between 1942 and 1945 and their missions were often of questionable success.
These Facebook warriors will be using similar atypical tactics, through non-violent means, to fight their adversary. This will mainly be achieved through “reflexive control,” an old Soviet tactic of spreading specifically curated information in order to get your opponent to react in the exact way you want them to. It’s a pretty tricky trick, and the British army will be doing just that with 1,500-person (or more) troop using Twitter and Facebook as a means to spread disinformation, real war truths, and “false flag” incidents as well as just general intelligence gathering. The 77th battalion will reportedly begin operations in April.
November 5, 2015
Total War Command Is Given To Government 'Cyber Warriors' - Propaganda 'Troll' Attacks Go Hypersonic Against Alternative Media
"Military's 'sock puppet' software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda" - The Guardian, 2011
By Susan Duclos - All News PipeLine
Ever wonder if the people on the other end of the keyboard that you are having a spirited debate with is actually a paid government troll or shill?
First off not everyone that disagrees with a topic, article, opinion, post on social media or at a chat forum, is a troll, paid by the government or not. We at ANP have witnessed multiple discussions and debates where people disagree on certain points while agreeing with others, and as one of our regular readers likes to say, he learns something new from those discussions almost every day.
TOTAL WAR COMMAND IS GIVEN TO GOVERNMENT CYBER WARRIORS - TROLL ATTACKS GO HYPERSONIC
With world events going critical from war talk to cyber attacks, the economy to chemtrail talk, where Alternative Media outlets are garnering so much attention and highlighting issues Washington would prefer remain under the radar, and practically forcing the mainstream media to address those topics, the attacks against Independent Journalism have increased exponentially.
We have noted it here at ANP, our readers have noted it from across the Internet in comment sections, social media platforms and forums and after touching base with a couple sources, we see that other site owners are also noting the increase in trolling activity on their sites.
In response to my questions of whether they are noticing this increase, and being in communication with other web site owners are they hearing about it more, the response was "Yes, they are on a war footing (against us) and have gone hypersonic with guv cyber warriors having been given the total war command against us."
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Tue Dec 22, 2015 | 5:43 PM EST
Identities revealed for all six U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan attack
NEW YORK*(Reuters) - A female officer in the Air Force, who was one of the first openly gay service members to get married, was identified on Tuesday as being among six U.S. troops killed by a suicide bomber near Bagram air base in Afghanistan.
Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen is the first openly gay woman to be killed in action, the Daily Beast news website reported, citing a Department of Defense official.
Six American troops, including Vorderbruggen, were killed Monday when a suicide bomber on a motorbike struck their patrol in the deadliest attack on U.S. forces this year.
Facebook postings on Tuesday by Vorderbruggen's loved ones mourned her death on Monday and sent condolences to her wife Heather and son Jacob. The family lives near Washington, D.C., where the couple was married in June 2012, the year after the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays was repealed.
"We do find comfort in knowing that Heather and Jacob are no longer in the shadows and will be extended the rights and protections due any American military family as they move through this incredibly difficult period in their lives," said the posting from Military Partners and Families Coalition.
Bagram, around 40 km (25 miles) north of Kabul, is one of the main bases for the remaining 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, after international troops ended combat operations last year.
The victims included New York City Detective Joseph Lemm, a 15-year veteran of the NYPD who also volunteered in the U.S. Air National Guard and was on his third deployment to war zones.
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02-29-2016, 01:03 PM
The Arab Spring in Turkey-Part 2...
Vladimir Putin’s address following adoption of a joint statement by Russia and US on Syria
Voltaire Network | Moscow (Russia) | 22 February 2016
I just had a telephone conversation with President of the United States of America Barack Obama. The phone call was initiated by the Russian side, but the interest was certainly mutual.
During our conversation, we approved joint statements of Russia and the US, as co-chairs of the ISSG, on the cessation of hostilities in Syria. Adoption of the statement was preceded by intensive work by Russian and American experts. We also made use of the positive experience we accumulated over the course of cooperation in eliminating chemical weapons in Syria.
Our negotiators held several rounds of closed consultations. As a result, we were able to reach an important, specific result. It was agreed that the cessation of hostilities in Syria commences at 00:00 (Damascus time) on February 27, 2016 on terms and conditions that are a part of the Russian-American statement.
The essence of these conditions is as follows: by 12:00 pm on February 26, 2016, all parties warring in Syria must indicate to the Russian Federation or our American partners their commitment to the cessation of hostilities. Russian and American troops will jointly delineate the territories where these groups are active. No military action will be taken against them by the Armed Forces of the Syrian Arab Republic, Russian Armed Forces and the US-led coalition. In turn, the opposition will cease all military action against the Armed Forces of the Syrian Arab Republic and other groups supporting them.
ISIS, Jabhat Al-Nursa, and other terrorist organisations designated by the United Nations Security Council, are excluded from the cessation of hostilities. Strikes against them will continue.
It is fundamentally important that Russia and the US, as co-chairs of the ISSG, are prepared to launch effective mechanisms to promote and monitor compliance with the ceasefire by both the Syrian Government and the armed opposition groups.
To achieve this goal, we will establish a communication hotline and, if necessary, a working group to exchange relevant information. Russia will conduct the necessary work with Damascus and the legitimate Syrian leadership. We expect that the United States will do the same with regard to their allies and the groups they support.
I am sure that the joint actions agreed upon with the American side will be enough to radically reverse the crisis situation in Syria. We are finally seeing a real chance to bring an end to the long-standing bloodshed and violence. As a result, humanitarian access to all Syrian citizens in need should be made easier.
Most important is the creation of conditions for launching a long-term political process through a broad inter-Syrian dialogue in Geneva, under the auspices of the UN.
Unfortunately, recent history has many examples where one-sided actions not sanctioned by the UN, which favour short-term political or opportunistic interests, have led to dramatic results. These examples are on everyone’s lips: Somalia, Iraq, Libya, Yemen.
Against this background, Russian-American agreements on the cessation of hostilities in Syria, and their joint implementation in coordination with all nations participating in the International Syria Support Group, can become an example of responsible actions the global community takes against the threat of terrorism, which are based on international law and UN principles.
I would like to hope that the Syrian leadership and all our partners in the region and beyond will support the set of actions chosen by representatives of Russia and the US.
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Turkey and Saudi Arabia plan war against Russia and Syria
Turkey continues building up its military presence on the border with the Syrian Arab Republic, as evidenced by photographs from reconnaissance drones.
A source at the Syrian Armed Forces said that more than 20 Turkish tanks, more than 20 self-propelled guns and 30 field artillery guns of various calibers appeared near the border on Syria during February 7-10.
Turkey secretly deploys military hardware on the territory of Turkish military facilities. Turkey has also been taking efforts to increase the presence of its troops on the border with Syria. Up to 5,000 Turkish military personnel have been deployed in the region in the first two weeks of February. To quarter them along the border, Turkey creates army camps masked as refugee townships.
For example, in the area of Bab-es-Salam, up to 2,000 military men were quartered in a tent township immediately behind the border line. A field hospital was also erected in the location. According to experts, Turkey will be ready for an attack on Syria by the end of February.
Saudi Arabia awaits US permission to start ground operation
Noteworthy, Advisor to the Defence Minister of Saudi Arabia, Ahmad Asiri, stated that Saudi Arabia would launch a ground operation in Syria as soon as the US-led international coalition makes such a decision.
Earlier, the head of the Saudi Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, announced a possibility to send Saudi special forces to Syria as part of the US-led coalition to fight the Islamic State terrorist group.
According to Politonline, even though November 24 became the day, when the relations between Russia and Turkey were ruined, they could hardly be referred to as friendly relations during five years of the Syrian conflict.
Russia became a potential enemy when the country joined the Syrian conflict on the side of Damascus and President Assad. Having blocked the possibility to deliver any cargo through its airspace and waters in the beginning of the civil war in Syria, Turkey, in fact, forced Russia to start an operation called the "Syrian Express" in 2012.
It was Russia that supported Damascus in most critical moments of the civil war. The Syrian government has thus been able to retain control of important cities and push militants out from the territories near the Syrian capital.
What was Turkey's role in the conflict? Turkish citizens have been taking part in the Syrian conflict since the very beginning of the Syrian civil war. Turkey itself has been showing significant influence on the conflict in the Arab Republic. Therefore, one may conclude that Turkey has committed acts of foreign intervention into internal affairs of Syria. In Turkey, Islamist terrorists could receive medical aid and Internet access (via private Turkish providers) to upload their propagandist videos on extremist sites.
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Russia deploys doomsday aircraft in Syria
17.02.2016 | Source: Pravda.Ru
Russia has sent its state-of-the-art complex reconnaissance Tu-214R aircraft to Hmeymim airbase in Syria, Pravda.Ru reports.
According to Flightradar24, the aircraft took off from the airfield in Kazan, flew above international waters of the Caspian Sea, above the territories of Iran and Iraq, before it landed in Hmeymim on Monday evening.
The Russian air group in Syria currently consists of Su-27, Su-30, Su-34, Su-24 and Su-25 aircraft, as well as Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters. Strategic missile carriers Tu-22M3, Tu-160 and Tu-95MS are also involved in the operation in Syria, officials with the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation said in November.
Tu-214R is electronic and opto-electronic reconnaissance aircraft. The Tu-214R made its maiden flight in December 2009. There were only two of such aircraft built. The aircraft is capable of tracking down Turkey's military activities at distances of hundreds of kilometers.
Did Russia Just Threaten Turkey With Nuclear Weapons?
Reports say a source close to Putin claims Russia warned Erdogan of readiness to use tactical nuclear weapons to defend Russian strike force in Syria from Turkish attack
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The US investigative journalist Robert Parry has made an astonishing claim - and one that has gone completely unnoticed.
He is reporting that the Russian government has warned Erdogan that Russia is prepared to use tactical nuclear weapons to defend its Syrian strike force from Turkish attack.
Parry’s exact words are as follows:
“A source close to Russian President
Vladimir Putin told me that the Russians have warned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Moscow is prepared to use tactical nuclear weapons if necessary to save their troops in the face of a Turkish-Saudi onslaught.
Since Turkey is a member of NATO, any such conflict could quickly escalate into a full-scale nuclear confrontation.”
Generally I would be skeptical of such a story from an anonymous source. However Parry is a journalist of the highest reliability and integrity so there can be no doubt he actually has been told this by a real source.
Of course it is possible the source is making the story up, or that he is not as close to Putin as Parry believes.
However on 11th February 2016 Russia’s Security Council held a meeting the public report of which is unusually terse, whilst on the same day the Russian military reported to Putin about a series of military exercises arranged at short notice in their southern military district, which look like they were intended to prepare the Russian military for rapid action at short notice against Turkey should the need arise.
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Obama’s Russian Rationale for $1 Trillion Nuke Plan Signals New Arms Race
The Obama administration has historically insisted that its massive $1 trillion nuclear weapons modernization program does not represent a return to Cold War-era nuclear rivalry between Russia and the United States.
The hugely expensive undertaking, which calls for a slew of new cruise missiles, ICBMs, nuclear submarines, and long-range bombers over the next three decades, has been widely panned by critics as “wasteful,” “unsustainable,” “unaffordable,” and “a fantasy.”
The administration has pointed toaging missile silos,*1950s-era bombers, and other*outdated technology*to justify the spending, describing the steps as intended to maintain present capabilities going forward — not bulking up to prepare for a future confrontation.
Last year, speaking to NATO allies, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter insisted that “the Cold War playbook … is not suitable for the 21st*century.”
But President Obama’s*defense budgetrequest for 2017 includes language that makes it clear that nuclear “modernization” really is about Russia after all.
The budget request explicitly*citesRussian aggression, saying, “We are countering Russia’s aggressive policies through investments in a broad range of capabilities … [including] our nuclear arsenal.”
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Russia wants to fly more spy planes over the U.S., and the Pentagon can’t stop it
Russia*filed a request Monday*to fly a spy plane carrying advanced digital cameras over the United States. The move presents the United States with a dilemma: How does Washington respond at a time when Moscow and Washington are at odds over Syria and Ukraine and*senior U.S. defense officials have identified Russia as the No. 1 existential threat*to America?
It would be complicated for the United States to block Russia’s request. The*Treaty on Open Skies, which was first approved in 1992 and went into effect in 2002, allows signatories to fly unarmed aircraft carrying video and still cameras, infrared scanning devices and certain forms of radar over the territory of other treaty members. Inspections are carried out to make sure the cameras used meet the terms of treaty and are not too powerful
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World | Tue Jan 26, 2016 11:11am EST
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Putin's top security adviser says U.S. is after Russia's minerals
The head of Russia's Security Council said in a newspaper interview published on Tuesday that the United States wanted a weakened Russia so as to gain access to its vast mineral resources.
The attack on the United States by Nikolai Patrushev came against a background of anti-Western rhetoric by Moscow following imposition of sanctions by Washington and the European Union over Moscow's role in Ukraine's crisis.
In an interview with BBC Panorama aired on Monday night, Adam Szubin, acting U.S. Treasury secretary for terrorism and financial crimes, accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of amassing secret wealth by corrupt practices over "many, many years".
"The United States' leadership has set a goal of global dominance," Patrushev, a former head of Russia's FSB state security service and a long-standing ally of Putin, told the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper in an interview on its website.
"They don't need a strong Russia. On the contrary, they need to weaken our country as much as possible. To achieve this goal, the Russian Federation's disintegration is not ruled out as well," Patrushev said.
New Russian beachhead in Syria
By Bill Gertz - The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 3, 2016
U.S. intelligence agencies are closely watching what appears to be a buildup of Russian military forces in northeastern Syria, very close to the Turkish border.
The buildup has been underway for the past several weeks, and defense officials say there are concerns Moscow is creating a new military air base and outpost similar to the current base near Latakia, on Syria’s Mediterranean coast
Putin Accuses US Of ISIS Oil Coverup
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 12/06/2015 14:00 -0400
Last Wednesday, the Russian MoD delivered a lengthy presentation which contained compelling visual evidence of a connection between Islamic State’s illegal and highly profitable trade in stolen Iraqi and Syrian crude and Turkey. Here are some highlights:
After loading up with oil, a truck convoy in east Syria heads toward Turkey in direction Al-Qamishli:
The slide show, hosted by Deputy Minister of Defence Anatoly Antonov, featured photos of oil trucks, videos of airstrikes and maps detailing the trafficking of stolen oil. It was the latest PR snafu for Erdogan who is struggling to convince Turkey’s allies that The Kremlin’s accusations are unfounded and that Ankara isn’t set to put NATO in an awkward position by effectively instigating a shooting war with Russia.
Washington came to Erdogan’s defense in the aftermath of Moscow’s claims as State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the US is confident that Ankara “is not complicit in Islamic State oil smuggling.” Russia seemed to take that denial in stride, but after US special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs, Amos Hochstein, said on Friday that the amount of oil smuggled into Turkey from Syria is "of no significance from a volume perspective", Moscow appears to have had enough.
On Saturday, Russia accused the US of participating in a cover-up. “Our colleagues from the State Department and the Pentagon have confirmed that the photo-proof, which we presented at a briefing [on December 2], of the origin and destination of the stolen oil, coming from the areas controlled by the terrorists, is authentic. However, the US claim that they ‘don’t see the border crossings with tanker trucks crossing the border,’ raises a smile, if only, because the photos are still images,” Major General Igor Konashenkov, a Defense Ministry spokesman said. “We advise the American side to have a look at how the tanker trucks not only drive through checkpoints at the Turkish border, but pass through them without even stopping.”
As RT notes, an unnamed US State Department official confirmed to Reuters on Friday that the Russian photos of thousands of oil tanker trucks in Syria were authentic [but] stressed that he hasn’t seen “the imagery of the border crossing with trucks crossing the border, and that’s because [the US doesn't] believe it exists.”
Well, here it is:
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4.08.2015 Author: F. William Engdahl
Erdogan’s Dirty Dangerous ISIS Games
Turkey is a beautiful land, rich in resources, with many highly intelligent and warm people. It also happens to have a President who seems intent on destroying his once-proud nation. More and more details are coming to light revealing that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, variously known as ISIS, IS or Daesh, is being fed and kept alive by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish President and by his Turkish intelligence service, including MIT, the Turkish CIA. Turkey, as a result of Erdoğan’s pursuit of what some call a Neo-Ottoman Empire fantasies that stretch all the way to China, Syria and Iraq, threatens not only to destroy Turkey but much of the Middle East if he continues on his present path.
In October 2014 US Vice President Joe Biden told a Harvard gathering that Erdoğan’s regime was backing ISIS with “hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons…” Biden later apologized clearly for tactical reasons to get Erdoğan’s permission to use Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base for airstrikes against ISIS in Syria, but the dimensions of Erdoğan’s backing for ISIS since revealed is far, far more than Biden hinted.
ISIS militants were trained by US, Israeli and now it emerges, by Turkish special forces at secret bases in Konya Province inside the Turkish border to Syria, over the past three years. Erdoğan’s involvement in ISIS goes much deeper. At a time when Washington, Saudi Arabia and even Qatar appear to have cut off their support for ISIS, they remaining amazingly durable. The reason appears to be the scale of the backing from Erdoğan and his fellow neo-Ottoman Sunni Islam Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu.
Israel the Main Buyer of ISIS Oil — Report
Multiple reports claim that Israel is the top purchaser of smuggled ISIS oil
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Citing multiple sources, the Israeli business press are now reporting that Israel is the main recipient of ISIS oil:
Kurdish and Turkish smugglers are transporting oil from ISIS controlled territory in Syria and Iraq and selling it to Israel, according to several reports in the Arab and Russian media. An estimated 20,000-40,000 barrels of oil are produced daily in ISIS controlled territory generating $1-1.5 million daily profit for the terrorist organization.
The oil is extracted from Dir A-Zur in Syria and two fields in Iraq and transported to the Kurdish city of Zakhu in a triangle of land near the borders of Syria, Iraq and Turkey. Israeli and Turkish mediators come to the city and when prices are agreed, the oil is smuggled to the Turkish city of Silop marked as originating from Kurdish regions of Iraq and sold for $15-18 per barrel (WTI and Brent Crude currently sell for $41 and $45 per barrel) to the Israeli mediator, a man in his 50s with dual Greek-Israeli citizenship known as Dr. Farid. He transports the oil via several Turkish ports and then onto other ports, with Israel among the main destinations.
In August, the "Financial Times" reported that Israel obtained 75% of its oil supplies from Iraqi Kurdistan. More than a third of such exports go through the port of Ceyhan, which the FT describe as a “potential gateway for ISIS-smuggled crude."
It's been well-established that Turkey is a major transportation hub for ISIS oil smuggling operations. But where is the oil sent? Someone has to buy it. The answer, apparently, is: Israel.
Al-Araby published an extensive investigation which lays out in detail how oil is transported from ISIS-controlled wells to Israel via Turkey.
Russia Just Exposed Obama’s MASSIVE Secret About ISIS… He NEVER Thought This Would Get Out
Russia Just Exposed Obama’s MASSIVE Secret About ISIS… He NEVER Thought This Would Get Out-GLOBAL INSECURITY
(Top Right News) – Alexei Pushkov, the head of the Russian parliament’s international affairs committee, created a firestorm today when he took to Twitter and said Barack Obama*is*not*bombing ISIS.
“McCain accused us of striking out at US-trained insurgents… However, since they have either run away or joined al-Qaeda, hitting them is a mission impossible,” Pushkov wrote on his Twitter account.
“The US-led coalition spent a whole year pretending they were striking ISIL targets but where are the results of these strikes?”*Pushkov asked during and interview with*France’s Europe 1 Radio.
Max Boot, of*the*Council on Foreign Relations,*admits the U.S. bombing campaign against ISIS is primarily smoke and mirrors.
“Obama’s strategy in Syria and Iraq is not working… (because) the U.S. bombing campaign against ISIS has been remarkably restrained,” Boot wrote for*Newsweek*in February.
“Going After” the Islamic State. Guess Who is Behind the Caliphate Project?
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, November 17, 2015
ISIS To Israel: Palestine Will Become Your Grave
Matt Vespa | Dec 26, 2015
In the first audio statement in several months, the Islamic State’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, threatened Israel and taunted the United States. I know–what else is new? Al-Baghdadi promised that Palestine will become Israel’s grave, and that the United States refuses to fight on the ground because we "were defeated in Iraq and Afghanistan." We’ve heard similar rhetoric over the years from radical islamic leader, and bashing Israel is a must within these circles.
In all, ISIS wants to bury Israel–and feels that Americans are cowards because we don’t fight them with ground troops. So, Happy New Year, everyone! (Via the Hill):
Baghdadi said the U.S. and its allies have "learned from" recent lengthy wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"Crusaders and Jews don't dare to come on the ground because they were defeated in Iraq and Afghanistan," he said.
He also threatened ISIS attacks in Israel, saying the terror network would attempt to establish a stronghold there as well.
"Jews, soon you shall hear from us in Palestine, which will become your grave," Baghdadi reportedly said.
"The Jews thought we forgot Palestine and that they had distracted us from it," he added. "Not at all, Jews. We did not forget Palestine for a moment. With the help of Allah, we will not forget it."
The message said that a U.S.-led coalition military campaign and Russian air strikes have failed to weaken ISIS.
"Be confident that God will grant victory to those who worship him, and hear the good news that our state is doing well. The more intense the war against it, the purer it becomes and the tougher it gets," the leader said.
Verse (27:82) - English Translation Word by Word Quran
Welcome to the*Quranic Arabic Corpus, an annotated linguistic resource for the Holy Quran. This page shows seven parallel translations in English for the 82nd verse of chapter 27 (sūrat l-naml). Click on the Arabic text to below to see word by word details of the verse's morphology.
Chapter (27) sūrat l-naml (The Ants)
Sahih International: And when the word befalls them, We will bring forth for them a creature from the earth speaking to them, [saying] that the people were, of Our verses, not certain [in faith].
Pickthall: And when the word is fulfilled concerning them, We shall bring forth a beast of the earth to speak unto them because mankind had not faith in Our revelations.
Yusuf Ali: And when the Word is fulfilled against them (the unjust), we shall produce from the earth a beast to (face) them: He will speak to them, for that mankind did not believe with assurance in Our Signs.
Shakir: And when the word shall come to pass against them, We shall bring forth for them a creature from the earth that shall i wound them, because people did not believe in Our communications.
Muhammad Sarwar: When the word about them comes true We shall make a creature appear to them on earth who will tell them that people had no faith in Our revelations.
Mohsin Khan: And when the Word (of torment) is fulfilled against them, We shall bring out from the earth a beast to them, which will speak to them because mankind believed not with certainty in Our Ayat (Verses of the Quran and Prophet Muhammad SAW).
Arberry: When the Word falls on them, We shall bring forth for them out of the earth a beast that shall speak unto them: 'Mankind had no faith in Our signs.'
Shocking: ISIS Attacks On Libyan Oil Facilities Visible from Space
By Charles Kennedy
Posted on Fri, 08 January 2016 20:03 |
ISIS militants in Libya continue to attack key oil infrastructure in the country.
The two large oil export terminals at Es Sider and Ras Lanuf came under ISIS attacks on January 4-6. Some oil storage tanks exploded after suffering damage from machine gun fire.
NASA just published some shocking photos that clearly show the smoke plumes from the oil storage tanks are visible by satellite. The smoke blew east and northeast, blanketing Libya’s Mediterranean Coast. News reports suggest that at least five oil storage tanks are burning, each thought to have the capacity to hold 420,000 to 460,000 barrels of oil. Four of them are located at Es Sider and one at Ras Lanuf.
A spokesperson for the National Oil Company in Libya said that seven storage tanks were burning.
Navy ships and submarines to carry new anti-ship Tomahawk missile, report says
By Thomas Gibbons-Neff February 18 Follow @Tmgneff
In the next decade, U.S. ships and submarines capable of firing Tomahawk cruise missiles will likely be fitted with a variant specifically designed to hit enemy ships up to 1,000 miles away, according to a report published in the U.S. Naval Institute News.
Vice Adm. Joseph Mulloy, deputy chief of naval operations for integration of capabilities and resources told USNI News Wednesday that surface ships would receive the upgraded missiles first, followed by submarines. The move follows the Navy’s upcoming $434 million budget request that would modify a portion of the current stock of Tomahawks with the ability to strike maritime targets.
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US Special Operators Say No to Women in Special Operations Jobs
Associated Press | Dec 11, 2015 | by Lolita C. Baldor
WASHINGTON -- The men in the U.S. military's most dangerous jobs care little about political correctness or gender equality. And they have a message for their political leadership.
When they are fighting in the shadows or bleeding on the battlefield, women have no place on their teams.
In blunt and, at times, profanity-laced answers to a voluntary survey conducted by the Rand Corp., more than 7,600 of America's special operations forces spoke with nearly one voice. Allowing women to serve in Navy SEAL, Army Delta or other commando units could hurt their effectiveness and lower the standards, and it may drive men away from the dangerous posts.
An overwhelming majority of those who agreed to respond to the RAND survey said they believe women don't have the physical strength or mental toughness to do the grueling jobs.
Some of the broader conclusions of the survey, taken from May through July 2014, were disclosed by The Associated Press earlier this year, but the detailed results and comments written by respondents had not been released.
The Pentagon released the summer survey and other documents when Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced last week that he was opening all combat jobs to women. That decision was based on recommendations by the military service secretaries and the leaders of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations Command. Only the Marine Corps asked to exempt women from certain infantry and frontline positions, but Carter denied that request.
Half the men who got the 46-question survey responded to it, and Rand did not identify any of them. In some cases, people who feel most strongly about an issue are more inclined to answer surveys.
Some 85 percent of the respondents said they oppose opening the special operations jobs to women, and 70 percent oppose having women in their individual units. More than 80 percent said women aren't strong enough and can't handle the demands of the job. And 64 percent said they aren't mentally tough enough.
"I could list hundreds of reasons why women cannot do the job that a Green Beret is required to do, but as I only have 1,000 characters, I will choose the one that I think is the most important," said one respondent. "I weigh 225 pounds, and 280 pounds in full kit, as did most of the members of my ODA (a 12-man Army Green Beret unit). I expect every person on my team to be able to drag any member of my team out of a firefight. A 130 pound female could not do it, I don't care how much time she spends in the gym. Do we expect wounded men to bleed out because a female soldier could not drag him to cover?"
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WATCH: U.S. Navy’s New Zumwalt Destroyer in Portland Harbor
January 6, 2016 by gCaptain
Video from Maine Imaging Photography showing the U.S. Navy’s Zumwalt (DDG-1000) entering Portland Harbor following sea trials in December. The Zumwalt is the first of three planned Zumwalt-class stealth destroyers being built for the Navy by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Maine.
Maine Imaging notes that it obtained permission to fly in such close proximity to the ship, which “was an honor”.
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US aircraft carriers are no longer the ultimate deterrent because China, Iran and Russia can easily attack them with new technology
•The Center for a New American Security says the US relies on old tactics
•Those tactics make heavy use of aircraft carriers, which can be taken down with a combo of new weapons, tech and tactics deigned to trap carriers
•These 'area denial' systems force carriers to choose between fighting at a distance, where they are less effective, or closing in and risking attack
•'Such an attack would be difficult - if not impossible - to defend against,' report warns
•China is 'the pacing threat' because of its technological developments
By James Wilkinson For Daily Mail Online
Published: 19:42 EST, 22 February 2016 | Updated: 07:26 EST, 23 February 2016
An obsession with aircraft carriers may end the the United States' naval dominance if military leaders don't change their ways, a report warned today. It says China, Russia and other countries have 'increasingly lethal and precise' weapons and tactics that can destroy carriers, breaking the backbone of the Navy.
Aircraft carriers are at the core of the Navy's arsenal. Not only are the fearsome juggernauts incredibly powerful and difficult to take down, there are also many of them: ten in active service. That's the exact same number of active carriers that every other country in the world has, combined.
But reliance on the behemoths has made the navy complacent, and in serious danger of being taken down by new weapons and tactics displayed by other countries, according to Red Alert: The Growing Threat to U.S. Aircraft Carriers, a report released by bipartisan think-tank Center for a New American Security.
Red Alert: The Growing Threat to U.S. Aircraft Carriers
February 22, 2016
As China deploys surface-to-air missile (SAM) launchers to the Woody Islands in the South China Sea, CNAS Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler has written a new report, “Red Alert: The Growing Threat to U.S. Aircraft Carriers.” The report examines the short-, medium-, and long-range threats to the carrier – including SAMs and other anti-access/area denial capabilities, in which China is investing heavily – and concludes that U.S. carriers will not be able to act with impunity in the event of future conflict.
Russian Frigate Admiral Gorshkov Tested in the White Sea
The leading frigate of the project 22350 built for the Russian Navy, Admiral Gorshkov, has undertaken 130mm gun artillery firing at sea targets in the White Sea as part of state trials.
In the near future the frigate will continue the final stage of the state tests of technical means and armament. Following results of these tests, a decision will be made concerning the readiness of the ship to form part of the Russian Navy. In addition to crew members, the frigate will be boarded by industry representatives to keep track of the test progress.
On September 30, the ship arrived in Severodvinsk from Baltiysk and temporarily formed part of the Belomorskaya military naval base of the Northern Fleet. In the course of the cruise, the ship conducted testing of navigational, communication and radar systems.
The project 22350 ships are designed for combat operations. With a displacement of 4,500 tons, overall length of 130 m, the vessel has a cruising range which exceeds 4,000 nautical miles. The weapon set of the ship includes strike anti-ship and anti-submarine missiles, anti-air weapons, 130mm universal gun-mount and an anti-submarine helicopter.
Air Force Secretary Unveils B-21 Bomber
Dayton Daily News | Feb 27, 2016 | by Barrie Barber
The Air Force has revealed an artist's rendition of the B-21, a highly secretive, next-generation stealth bomber to replace an aging fleet of older planes flying missions around the world.
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James unveiled the illustration -- which bears a strong resemblance to the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber -- for the first time on Feb. 26 at an Air Force Association convention in Orlando, Fla.
"We have an image, we have a designation, but here's what we don't have," she told the audience. "We don't yet have a name."
James called on airmen and others to suggest names for the stealthy aircraft under development -- until now known simply as the Long Range Strike-Bomber, or LRS-B.
"The main reason for releasing this picture is to make the program real for legislators who up to now have seen it as kind of an abstraction or concept rather than a concrete item," said Loren B. Thompson, a senior defense analyst with the Virginia-based Lexington Institute and a defense industry consultant.
The Air Force could buy between 80 to 100 of the Northrop Grumman bombers. Costs are not finalized but the program could reach up to $80 billion by one estimate when research and development and procurement are factored in.
Designated as the first "21st-century bomber," the B-21 eventually would replace the workhorse B-52 Stratofortress, first flown in the 1950s, and the swing-wing B-1 Lancer, launched in the 1980s. The new bomber jet would join the fleet in the mid-2020s.
Congressional legislators will scrutinize the secretive bomber because the Air Force cannot afford all the new weapons programs targeted in future years, Thompson said.
"The Air Force is trying to bolster the case for its new bomber in a Washington political culture that is suspicious of anything secret," he said. "Sen. John McCain's statement this week that he would oppose open-ended funding of the bomber's development underscores the political challenge the Air Force faces."
McCain, R-Ariz., is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
The new design corrects issues with the B-2 that rendered it more detectable in some situations, Thompson added.
"The only thing an adversary can learn from looking at this picture (of the B-21) is that most of their existing radars are going to be useless in being able to detect it," he said.
The B-21 design was chosen over a rival Boeing and Lockheed Martin team to build the next generation jet. Boeing filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office last year over losing the contract, but the GAO this month upheld the Air Force selection of Northrop Grumman.
The Air Force also bypassed the Fighters and Bombers Directorate headquartered at Wright-Patterson and gave oversight of the secretive plane's research and development to the Rapid Capabilities Office in Washington, D.C.
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Nato dispatches Awacs planes and troops to protect Turkish airspace over Russia spat
December 27, 2015 07:49 GMT
Nato is moving Airborne Early Warning and Control System (Awacs) surveillance planes to Turkey to protect the country's airspace amid growing friction with Russia. The alliance is deploying the Boeing E-3 Sentry system as part of its defence package to Ankara over the simmering Syrian crisis.
Germany has dispatched several surveillance aircraft to the*Turkish city of Konya, the ministry of foreign affairs and the ministry of defence told the parliament. However, the number of troops and aircraft to be deployed was not revealed.
At least 300 killed in Islamic State 'massacre' in Syrian city, state media says
Published January 17, 2016
Islamic State militants killed 300 people in an “appalling massacre” in eastern Syria, the government said on Sunday.
The state-run SANA news agency said that most of those killed in day-long attacks on Deir el-Zour Saturday were elderly people, women and children. The killings are some of the worst carried out by the extremist group, which controls a large portion of Syria and Iraq.
The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, a British-based group which monitors the violence on all sides of the Syrian conflict, confirmed the killings. Activists for the group said at least 135 were killed in the assault, at least 80 of them were soldiers and pro-government militiamen and the rest were civilians.
The group said that most of them were either shot dead or beheaded. The Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen TV said ISIS took at least 400 civilians hostage.
A Syrian source told Reuters the terror group “committed a massacre among the civilians.” He said the pro-government army killed a large number of militants.
“They sent six suicide bombers first and they tried to break into military positions but failed,” the source told Reuters.
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How Turkey supports the jihadists
by Thierry Meyssan
Russia questioned the future of Turkey when it delivered to the Security Council an intelligence report concerning Turkey’s activities in support of jihadists. The document includes about ten revelations which implicate the activities of the MIT. The problem is that each of the operations listed refers back to operations in which the same actors worked with the United States or their allies against Russia. This information adds to that which is already available concerning the personal connections between President Erdoğan and the Al-Qaïda banker, and the information about Erdoğan’s son and the illegal use of the oil stolen by Daesh.
Voltaire Network | Damascus (Syria) | 22 February 2016
ussia delivered to the members of the UN Security Council an intelligence report concerning the activities of Turkey which support the jihadists operating in Syria . The document lists about ten facts, each one of which violates one or several Council Resolutions.
By doing so, Russia puts the Council, and, by extension, several other inter-governmental organisations, face to face with their responsibilities. By law, the Council should ask for corresponding proof of these assertions and pressure Turkey for explanations. In the event that Turkey should be found guilty, the Council would have to decide which sanctions should be adopted under chapter VII of the Charter, in other words, by resorting to force. From their side, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation would have to exclude this gangster-state from their ranks, while the European Union would have to halt Turkey’s negotiations for membership.
However, a close examination of the Russian intelligence report reveals that the alleged infringements are susceptible to open a number of other case files implicating other powers. Consequently it is unlikely that this report will be discussed publicly, but that the future of Turkey will be negotiated behind closed doors.
The case of Mahdi Al-Harati
Born in Libya in 1973, Mahdi al-Harati emigrated to Ireland and founded a family there.
In May 2010, he was aboard the Mavi Marmara, the flagship for the « Freedom Flotilla », organised by the Turkish non-governmental organisation IHH to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza. The ships were attacked on the high seas by the Israëli army, provoking an international scandal. The passengers were kidnapped by Tsahal, imprisoned in Israël, and then finally liberated . Then Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, paid a visit to a hospital to comfort the wounded militants. His cabinet issued a photograph showing one of the militants kissing him as if Erdoğan was his father. He was described as being Turko-Irish, and named El Mehdi El Hamid El Hamdi – but in reality, he was the Libyo-Irish Mahdi al-Harati.
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Northern Thunder military exercises begin in Saudi Arabia
War games in Saudi Arabia will be the largest to be conducted in the region
Manama: Troops from Oman, Egypt and Kuwait and several other countries have arrived in Saudi Arabia to take part in the largest military exercise in the region, in terms of participating countries and equipment.
At least 20 countries from Arab and Islamic countries are scheduled to participate in the North Thunder war games in the northern region of the kingdom, Saudi reports said on Monday.
The participating countries are Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, Senegal, Sudan, Maldives, Morocco, Pakistan, Chad, Tunisia, Comoro Islands, Djibouti, Malaysia, Egypt, Mauritania, and Mauritius.
The equipment that reflects the quantitative and qualitative weapons the forces will be using will include fighter jets of different models, a wide range of artillery, tanks, infantry, air defence systems, and naval forces.
The official Twitter account for North Thunder said the exercises were being held at King Khalid Military City in Hafr Al Batin from February 14 until March 10.
“A military exercise will be commanded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the participation of 20 countries and the Peninsula Shield force as well,” the account said. “The main objective is to demonstrate the high combat readiness of the participating armed forces and their readiness and ability to function successfully in joint operations,” the account said.
SAS sniper kills THREE ISIS suicide bombers by firing shots through 10inch WALL 1km away
A CRACK SAS marksman took out three key ISIS bombers by blasting armour-piercing bullets THROUGH A WALL from a kilometre away.
By Oli Smith
PUBLISHED: 08:11, Mon, Jan 4, 2016 | UPDATED: 15:15, Mon, Jan 4, 2016
One jihadi was instantly decapitated by the high calibre rounds and his accomplices left in pieces – one had been cut in half by the ultra-powerful rifle bullets.
The British SAS shooter who took out the barbaric bombers is considered one of the best in the special forces and used the world’s most powerful rifle to eliminate the threat in a jaw-dropping fashion.
In an operation described as "out of the box", the daring SAS shooter helped push ISIS back and save 20 innocent civilians.
He fired 30 armour-piercing rounds from his Barrett Light .50 calibre rifle into a two-storey command post in the city of Ramadi in Iraq.
Islamic State militants were using the command post to launch suicide attacks against the Iraqi army, who were closing in on the terrorists.
ISIS Oil Plot Thickens: Turkish MP Has Evidence Erdogan's Son-In-Law Involved In Illegal Crude Trade
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 12/03/2015 22:00 -0400
On Thursday, Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu said the following about Russia’s allegations that Turkey and more specifically, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an and his family, are involved in the trafficking of illegal ISIS crude:
"In the Cold War period there was a Soviet propaganda machine. Every day it created different lies. Firstly they would believe them and then expect the world to believe them. These were remembered as Pravda lies and nonsense. This was an old tradition but it has suddenly reared its head again. Nobody attaches any value to the lies of this Soviet-style propaganda machine.”
As we went on to note, Davutoglu’s assessment isn’t exactly correct. Quite a few people “attach value” to Moscow’s allegations, not the least of which are the authorities in Baghdad, from whom Turkey is effectively stealing not only by facilitating the trafficking of ISIS oil, but also by piping over 600,000 b/d from Kurdistan to Ceyhan.
In fact, Iraq is so agitated that they’re set to ask the Security Council to investigate the situation and brand anyone found to be involved “criminals.”
Of course the thing about being an autocrat - and that’s most certainly what Erdogan is despite the West’s ridiculous contention that Turkey is a democracy - is that you make a whole lot enemies in your own country and while you can suppress dissent with force, eventually it all catches up to you and between Russia’s accusations and opposition political parties still stinging from AKP’s move to nullify June’s election outcome by starting a civil war and calling for snap elections, Erdogan may be in trouble.
Underscoring that contention is CHP lawmaker Eren Erdem who says he, like Moscow, will soon provide proof of Erdogan’s role in the smuggling of Islamic State oil. "I have been able to establish that there is a very high probability that Berat Albayrak is linked to the supply of oil by the Daesh terrorists,” Erdem said at a press conference on Thursday (see more from Sputnik).
Berat Albayrak is Erodan’s son-in-law and is Turkey’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources.
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Cruise Missile Strikes in Syria: Russia's Big Ad Campaign?
October 8, 2015
The Russian navy’s Caspian Sea flotilla launched a barrage of some twenty-six long-range cruise missiles against eleven targets more than 950 miles away in Syria yesterday. While it’s well known that Russia possesses long-range cruise missiles, the fact that the missiles were launched from relatively diminutive corvettes that caught some by surprise.
While the roughly 1,900-ton displacement Project 1166.1 Gepard-class frigate Dagestan led the Russian cruise missile strike, the rest of Moscow’s fleet consisted of tiny 950-ton Project 2163.1 Buyan-M-class corvettes. Three of these vessels, Grad Sviyazhsk, Uglich and Veliky Ustyug took part in the attack using long-range Novator 3M-14T Kalibr NK land attack cruise missiles.
Turkish Special Forces
The Special Forces Command (Turkish: Özel Kuvvetler Komutanlığı), nicknamed Maroon Berets (Turkish: Bordo Bereliler) because of their distinctive service headgear, are a highly trained elite special operations unit of the Turkish Armed Forces made up of volunteer Turkish Army officers after graduating a roughly 4-year training period. The Special Forces Command is not aligned to any of the three Turkish branches of TAF, receiving its orders directly from the General Staff of the Republic of Turkey. Its forerunner was the Special Warfare Department (Turkish: Özel Harp Dairesi)
Although the Special Forces Command is considered a division-level formation, this includes non-combatant units and administrative duties personnel as well.
Main mission:For possible case of war, train and organizeing of the public
Volunteers initially face a pass/fail written exam as well as physical and psychological tests. Those who pass the exams become special forces candidates. Adequate linguistic skills in at least one foreign language is a plus for admission. The candidates then have to complete a challenging training period which lasts around 3.5-5 years. Many drop out during this intense training period. Training encompasses fitness, obstacle, Martial Arts, close quarters combat (CQC), biological/chemical/nuclear warfare, parachuting, diving, sniping, demolition, counter-terrorism, search and rescue, stealth seek and destroy, reconnaissance and survival. Learning foreign languages is a part of the training. During the training, candidates are pushed by their instructors to their limits, both physically and mentally. Training schedule includes all aspects of a modern-day regular and psychological warfare. 100 kilometer terrain-walking with a 40 kg. load is an example of what the candidates have to go through during training.
The Trust Shot (in Turkish "Gūven Atışı") is a part of the MB's training program. It is exercised on the last month of the training and is to ensure that the soldiers can trust each other with their lives. The Trust Shot consists of two members of a squad standing next to paper target boards, while another member fires on the targets with a handgun while walking towards them from 15 meters (49 feet) away. During the exercise the men standing next to the targets are not allowed to move or wear body armor. They are one of the few special operations teams in the world to perform the trust shot.
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Gendarmerie Special Operations Command
Gendarmerie Special Operations Command (Turkish: Jandarma Özel Harekat Komutanlığı) or shortly as JÖH, is the special operations unit of the Turkish Jandarma (Gendarmerie). It has several missions which includes search and destroy, infiltration and reconnaissance actions. Members of the unit receive extensive training at the Jandarma School at Foça and also from selected Army instructors. All three companies work under the direction of the army regions to which they are assigned, but can also receive tasking from their headquarters in Ankara. The unit is said to have a lot of Counter terrorism experience from its ongoing operations against PKK.
Special Ops Commander Demands Pentagon Stop Exposing Operations
Gen. Joseph Votel: Publicity makes it harder for forces to do their jobs
BY:*Morgan Chalfant *
January 27, 2016 5:16 pm
President Obama’s nominee to head*U.S. Central Command recently penned a memo to Defense Secretary Ash Carter demanding that the Pentagon stop discussing the operations of elite American*troops.
Foreign Policy,*which obtained an excerpt of the memo, reported that*Gen. Joseph Votel, currently the chief of U.S. Special Operations Command, wrote the December 8 memo to express concern about the Obama administration’s exposure of special operations forces’ activities.
“I am concerned with increased public exposure of SOF activities and operations, and I assess that it is time to get our forces back into the shadows,” Votel wrote to Carter.
While it remains unclear to what public comments Votel was referring, the memo was sent just days after the White House*revealed*that it was sending approximately*200 special operations forces to Iraq to combat ISIS.
According to the defense official who provided the excerpt of the memo, Votel further wrote that publicizing*the operations makes it more difficult for U.S. forces to conduct them. He also “requested the department support him with an approach to avoid public discussion of SOF activities,” the defense official said.
At the start of December, Carter told lawmakers that the U.S. would deploy a*“specialized expeditionary targeting force” to Iraq to fight ISIS. It followed an October*announcement*from the White House that*a small number of special operations forces–less than 50–would be deployed to Syria to fight the terror group there.
An anonymous defense official questioned about the memo told*Foreign Policy*that Carter “shares*Gen. Votel’s concerns about the public disclosure of SOF operations, especially any reporting that could expose our personnel to additional risk and undermine their chances for success.”
He further stated, however, that*the Pentagon is obligated to keep the public informed.
IS militants are Israeli soldiers: Saudi grand mufti
Published: December 28, 2015
Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz has claimed that the Islamic State (Daesh) militants are Israeli soldiers and the Saudi-led 34-nation military alliance of Islamic countries will defeat it.
The statement came after Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the secretive leader of the terror group, called for an uprising in Saudi Arabia and pledged to attack Israel, in an audio recording released Saturday and attributed to him, AFP reported.
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Obama is of Shi'ite origin: Dubai former police chief
US President Barack Obama is of Shi'ite origin, according to former Dubai police chief and current head of the General Security for the Emirate of Dubai, Dahi Khalfan, who is known for his controversial tweets.
"Obama, who has a Shi'ite origin, was elected to converge between the points of views of Iran and the US to stop the Iranian nuclear military project. The plan succeeded," Khalfan wrote in a series of tweets on his account Tuesday.
He added: "The US elections are led by undercover hands that achieve Israel's security in the first place. Bravo sons of Zion!"
"In Anthroposophy, people study how to ward off danger, and this is what the sons of Zion did after studying the nature of Iranians. They brought them someone of a Shi'ite Kenyan origin. Bravo!"
Khalfan continued: "Will Obama visit Iran before leaving presidency?" "(Hassan) Rouhani could invite Obama to visit Iran".
Video: U.S. Apache Attack Helicopter Follows Behind ISIS Convoy … Doesn’t Fire a Single Shot
Posted on*November 9, 2015*by*WashingtonsBlog
This video from LiveLeak purports to be an Apache attack helicopter following a huge ISIS convoy ofwhite pickup trucks*crossing from Iraq to Syria … and – instead of attacking – more or less “escorting” it across the border:
Sun Feb 21, 2016 3:1
Source: US Military Chopper Transfers ISIL Leaders from Fallujah to Unknown Location
Tehran(F N A)- Informed sources disclosed that a US-made helicopter has taken several senior ISIL leaders out of Anbar province in Western Iraq to an unknown location.
"A US chopper landed in a farm near the main road linking al-Saqlaviyeh to Fallujah in Anbar province and took off* after one hour with ISIL leaders on board," the Arabic-language Sama Baghdad news website quoted informed Iraqi sources in Fallujah city as saying on Sunday.
The sources noted that several ISIL leaders had gathered in Fallujah farm as if they had been informed of the helicopter's imminent landing in the farm.
In a relevant development on February 13, senior Iraqi security sources lashed out at the US and its regional allies for supporting Takfiri terrorists in Iraq, and said that Washington is the main cause of ISIL's survival in his country
03-03-2016, 01:56 PM
Libyan ISIS chiefs living in fear of ‘mystery sniper’ after three of the terror group’s top men are assassinated by long-range marksman*
By Flora Drury For Mailonline19:31 29 Jan 2016, updated 13:02 30 Jan 2016
Marksmen is said to have started the killing spree in Sirte on January 13
In the 10 days since, mystery gunman has picked two more*ISIS*leaders off
Militants now sweeping city for the killer, dubbed 'Daesh hunter' by locals
*ISIS is said to have 3,000 fighters in Sirte, a coastal city it took last year
See full news coverage on ISIS atwww.dailymail.co.uk/isis*
ISIS*chiefs are living in fear of a mystery sniper after it was rumoured three of the evil terror group's leaders had been assassinated within 10 days of each other by a long-range marksman.
The leaders are said to have been picked off one-by-one in Sirte, the Libyan coastal city where Muammar Gaddaffi was born, which the militants took control of last year.
According to unconfirmed social media reports, ISIS fighters are now sweeping the city for the man ordinary Libyans are said to be dubbing 'Daesh hunter
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SAS Weapons - L96A1 Sniper Rifle
The British-made Accuracy International (AI) family of rifles are regarded by many as the best sniper rifles in the world. Several variants have been employed by UK forces:
The 'Precision Marksman' (PM) was the first variant in use with the British Military. A small number of PMs were first adopted by the Special Boat Service (SBS) in 1985, then in larger numbers by the SAS.*The PM was chambered in 308 Winchester, a commerical cartridge from which 7.62mmx51 NATO was derived. The PM was fitted with a Schmidt and Bender 6 x 42 telescopic sight.
When the Ministry Of Defence (MoD) began looking for a replacement for their ageing fleet of Lee-Enfield L42A1 rifles - a model that had not performed optimally during the Falklands Conflict - they approached Accuracy International to make a military version of their 7.62x51mm NATO target rifle and enter into a procurement competition they planned to run. The resulting design was heavily-based on the PM, with new elements such as a a folding bipod at the forward end and lightweight polymer stock featuring an adjustable cheekpad, monopod stabiliser. The rifle is fed from a 10-round box magazine.
The L96A1 bested designs from renowned rifle manufactures that included Parker Hale, SIG Sauer, Remington and Hekcler and Koch to win the MoD contract. The L96A1 was subsequently brought into widespread UK military service.
The L96A1 design was later improved in the Arctic Warfare (AW) version, which features a 10x42 hensoldt telescopic sight and is hardened against arctic conditions. The L118A1 was fitted with a Schmidt�& Bender MK II 3-12�50mm scope.
UK forces eventually adopted the AW variant, technically known as the L118A1, although many official sources still refer to it as the L96, probably to avoid confusion with the L118 light artillery gun.
The Arctic Warfare Magnum (AWM), known in the UK military as the L115A1, was chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum. 22 SAS reportedly used the L115A1 to neutralize insurgents during*Operation Marlborough, Baghdad, 2005. Scopes for the L115A1 included the Schmidt�& Bender MK II 5-25�50mm.
L115A3 Long Range Rifle
An updated L115A1, chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum, the L115A3 entered service with U.K. forces in 2008. The A3 features a detachable sound supressor, all-weather day sights with improved magnification, as well as the provision for mounting night sights. The L115A3 has been fielded by Parachute Regiment and Royal Marines snipers in Afghanistan since 2008.
more info :*L115A3 Long Range Rifle
AW Covert (AWC)
A version with integrated suppressor and folding stock, the AWC, is available for use in covert scenarios. The AWC breaks down into components for carry in a special suitcase and is reportedly in use by the US Special Operations Unit, 'Delta Force', as well as the British SAS. The AWC is designed for use with sub-sonic ammunition.
L115A3 Long Range Rifle
The L115A3 long range rifle is a bolt-action sniper rifle that is chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum. The L115A3 was introduced as part of the Sniper System Improvement Programme (SSIP), with the first weapons being fielded by 16 Air Assault Brigade in Helmand in 2008. It largely replaces the*L96 and L115A1 sniper rifles*previously fielded by UK forces.
The L115A3 is manufactured by Accuracy International. Among its features are:
chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum (8.59mm) with an effective range of +1,100 metersstainless steel, fluted, 686mm barrelSchmidt & Bender 5-25x56 PM II day scope with 25x magnification.Sniper Thermal Imaging Capability (STIC) night scope mounted forward of the day scope allows for target acquisition at night / low-light conditionsThe weapon can be fitted with a suppressor in order to reduce muzzle flash and noise signature.The stock folds which makes the weapon easier to carry in a backpack.Adjustable cheek-pieces, a stabilizing monopod and an adjustable bipod for improved shooting ergonomics5-round box magazine
In 2009, a British army sniper used a L115A3 to score the longest sniper shot in history when he took out 2 Taliban machine gunners from a distance of over 2400 meters.
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The British Are Coming: Heralding the Rise of Accuracy International’s L115A3 Sniper Rifle
4/29/11| by*John Elliott
There are a great many outstanding long-range weapons systems being used by military and police snipers from all corners of the Earth, but, while my personal preferences obviously should be something with the “Made in the U.S.A.” label attached to it someplace, I have to confess that my favorite sniper rifle is manufactured in the United Kingdom. I thought I was in love with*McMillan, and then I had an affair with*Barrett, but my true love is now*Accuracy International. And I could have had my pick of German or Swiss weapons systems, or even a Spanish rifle, but, no, for me it will now always be the Accuracy International L115A3 long-range sniper rifle. In my simple view, it is beyond superb.
03-05-2016, 12:35 PM
U.S. SUPPLIES ISIS THROUGH TURKEY
Published: March 5, 2016
On Friday, March 4th, the leading opposition newspaper in Turkey, Zaman, was*taken over by the Government; and, today, March 5th, one of the other opposition newspapers, Cumhuriyet, reported that Zaman’s separate news-service to other news-media, Cihan News Agency, has now also been disabled on the Internet. (Anyone who goes to the site obtains*an error-message.)
The Turkish Government is trying to prevent the Turkish public from knowing that Turkey has been serving as the transit-route by which the U.S. government and its allied Arab oil monarchies (especially Saudi Arabia and Qatar) have been supplying foreign jihadists and weapons (largely U.S. but paid for with Saudi funds) into Syria to oust Bashar al-Assad from power.
Zaman’s editor has been imprisoned for publishing such prohibited truths, but somehow his newspaper continued reporting on a court case in which Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdoğan is accused of breaking Turkish law by aiding terrorists. That continued resistance by the newspaper might be a reason why the Turkish Government has now (as of Friday March 4th) shut it down.
On March 1st, Cumhuriyet, headlined,*“Former Justice Minister of Turkey: Erdoğan Will Stand Trial,”*and reported that, "Former Justice Minister Hikmet Sami Turk, said that*Erdoğan's actions 'do not comply with the decision of*the Constitutional Court.’ He criticized [Erdoğan] by saying … 'One day this matter must be settled by*the judiciary’.”*
Russian Television had first reported on the case, in English, back on 26 November 2015, headlining,*"Turkish newspaper*editor in court for*'espionage' after*revealing weapon*convoy to Syrian*militants.”*This news-report said that:
In May, the outlet [Cumhuriyet] published photos of weapons it*said were then transferred to Syria by Turkey’s*intelligence agency. … The articles, published on Cumhuriyet's front*page in May, claimed that Turkey’s National*Intelligence Organization (MİT) is smuggling*weapons in trucks into Syria and was caught*doing so twice in 2014. The trucks were*allegedly stopped and searched by police, with*photos and videos of their contents obtained by*Cumhuriyet.
According to the paper, the trucks were carrying*six steel containers, with 1,000 artillery shells,*50,000 machine gun rounds, 30,000 heavy*machine gun rounds and 1,000 mortar shells.*The arms were reportedly delivered to extremist*groups fighting against the Syrian government*of President Bashar Assad, whom Ankara*wants ousted from power.
The Erdoğan government alleged the weapons were "aid to Syrian ethnic Turkmen tribespeople and*labeled their interception by local police an act of*‘treason'*and ‘espionage’.”
Turkey is a NATO member, and the famous investigative reporter*Seymour Hersh had revealed in the 6 April 2014*London Review of Books, that on 20 June 2013 — just a few months prior to the sarin gas attack that Obama blamed on Assad and used as his excuse to invade Syria — the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency reported that America’s allies in overthrowing Bashar al-Assad were engaged in “the most advanced sarin plot since al-Qaida’s pre-9/11 effort,” but the U.S. Director of National Intelligence denied that it was true. One U.S. ally there was Al Qaeda in Syria, known in Syria as Al Nusra, (Nusra and Erdoğan wanted this gas-attack*to provide the excuse that Obama had set as his “red line” to overthrow Assad — a chemical-weapons attack in Syria.) However, Hersh reported, "Last May, more than ten members of the al-Nusra Front were arrested in southern*Turkey with what local police told the press*were two kilograms of sarin.” All of that had occurred prior to the 21 August 2013 sarin gas attack.
Hersh went on:
The officer ultimately responsible for the planning*and execution of the attack [U.S. bombing of Syria] was General Martin*Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs. From the*beginning of the crisis, the former intelligence*official said, the joint chiefs had been sceptical of*the administration’s argument that it had the facts*to back up its belief in Assad’s guilt. They pressed*the DIA and other agencies for more substantial*evidence. ‘There was no way they thought Syria*would use nerve gas at that stage, because Assad*was winning the war,’ the former intelligence*official said. Dempsey had irritated many in the*Obama administration by repeatedly warning*Congress over the summer of the danger of*American military involvement in Syria.
Hersh subsequently reported that, rather than go ahead with an operation that the Joint Chiefs considered fraudulent, they sabotaged Obama’s policy. On 2 January 2016, Hersh headlined in the London Review of Books,*“Military to Military,”*and he explained how and why they had done this:
The Joint Chiefs felt that a direct challenge to Obama’s policy would have ‘had a zero chance of success.’ So in the autumn of 2013 they decided to take steps against the extremists without going through political channels, by providing US intelligence to the militaries of other nations, on the understanding that it would be passed on to the Syrian army and used against the common enemy, Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State. … General Dempsey and his colleagues on the Joint Chiefs of Staff kept their dissent out of bureaucratic channels, and survived in office. General Michael Flynn did not. ‘Flynn incurred the wrath of the White House by insisting on telling the truth about Syria,’ said Patrick Lang, a retired army colonel who served for nearly a decade as the chief Middle East civilian intelligence officer for the DIA. ‘He thought truth was the best thing and they shoved him out. He wouldn’t shut up.’*
Obama couldn’t be swayed that the enemy were Al Qaeda and other jihadists instead of Assad — that overthrowing him was his top priority. However, Hersh said in his 6 April 2014 article, that Obama had to backtrack at the last moment anyway, because British intelligence reported to David Cameron that the sarin used in the attack didn’t come from Syria — that it had been imported; this implied that it was a set-up job in order to ‘justify’ invading. Cameron didn’t want to be just another Tony Blair. Obama couldn’t get his necessary-for-appearances’-sake public cover for an invasion, Britain, as his predecessor had done regarding Iraq. Hersh went on, in that 2014 article:
Obama’s move for congressional approval quickly*became a dead end. ‘Congress was not going to let*this go by,’ the former intelligence official said.*‘Congress made it known that, unlike the*authorisation for the Iraq war, there would be*substantive hearings.’ At this point, there was a*sense of desperation in the White House, the*former intelligence official said.
Obama, in other words, was now trapped. He couldn’t fire all of his Joint Chiefs — at least not right away; it would be embarrassing, how could he explain it? And the Republicans were eager to expose his Administration’s disarray on the matter. So: the story was passed around that Secretary of State John Kerry got Russia to get Assad to eliminate his sarin stocks. Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin was happy to help Obama avoid invading his Syrian ally. That was how the ‘news’ organizations reported the backtrack — as a rare instance of U.S.-Russian cooperation: good news for everybody. But for Obama, it was actually the way out of a desperately embarrassing situation. And he never gave up his goal of switching Syria from the secular Assad to a failed state whose crucial oil-pipeline routes would be in ‘friendly’ (to Saudi Arabia and Qatar) jihadist Sunni-ruled areas of Syria, so that ‘our’ Arab ‘allies’ (the*jihadist-financiing nations, as even Kerry’s predecessor Hillary Clinton had*known them to be) can grab the world’s largest energy-market, Europe, away from Russia.*
Hersh, in his 2014 article, continued:
The full*extent of US co-operation with Turkey,*Saudi Arabia and Qatar in assisting the rebel*opposition in Syria has yet to come to light. The*Obama administration has never publicly admitted*to its role in creating what the CIA calls a ‘rat line’,*a back channel highway into Syria. The rat line,*authorised in early 2012, was used to funnel*weapons and ammunition from Libya via southern*Turkey and across the Syrian border to the*opposition. Many of those in Syria who ultimately*received the weapons were jihadists, some of them*affiliated with al-Qaida. (The DNI spokesperson*said: ‘The idea that the United States was providing*weapons from Libya to anyone is false.’)
Barring a major change in policy by Obama,*Turkey’s meddling in the Syrian civil war is likely*to go on. ‘I asked my colleagues if there was any*way to stop Erdoğan’s continued support for the*rebels, especially now that it’s going so wrong,’ the*former intelligence official told me. ‘The answer*was: “We’re screwed.” We could go public if it was*somebody other than Erdoğan, but Turkey is a*special case. They’re a Nato ally.’*
There is simply*too much evidence proving that Erdoğan is supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria. This is the reality of NATO: conquering Russia, first by switching its allies (such as Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine, etc.), is the assignment, regardless of the public’s safety. Even if the U.S. weren’t backing jihadists directly (which we are), we’re backing them by having jihadist governments such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia and Qatar as allies — instead of as enemies. ‘Our’ oil companies and mega-banks are in bed with them, and their top stockholders and executives, and their lobbyists, control the people who control the U.S. Government. The U.S. Constitution’s “We, the People …” has become only* those “People.” The rest are now just for extras in crowd-scenes, at political campaign events — and their mass-mind-control is done by their media, ‘our’ ‘free press’ (who don’t report this reality), in ‘our’*‘democracy’.
Erdoğan is profoundly angry at the unsteady support he has been receiving from the U.S. government in their joint efforts to eliminate Bashar al-Assad. However, apparently, Obama doesn’t feel that the U.S. is yet ready for a nuclear war to be sparked between NATO and Russia — Obama thinks that doing it now would be premature. ‘Color revolutions’ and ‘Arab Spring’ and ‘Maidan demonstrations’, and other populist covers for coups (taking advantage of the local political opposition, which exists in any country), are a far safer way to gradually strip Russia of its allies and turn them into yet-more enemies of Russia — and, only then, can the rip-cord finally be pulled, and Russia be forced to either submit or else die (even if the rest of the world might die also). The U.S. has been doing this boil-the-frog-slowly routine ever since*U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush laid the foundation for it in 1990.
As John Kerry recently said, when responding to aid workers at a donor conference for anti-Assad forces,*“What do you want me to do? Go to war with Russia? Is that what you want?”*Clearly, Erdoğan is lots more eager for that than Obama is. Perhaps Erdoğan thinks that Putin would just back down. American Presidents, however, aren’t so desperate that they feel they need to do it during their own Administration; they can afford to wait until the time is right, even if the plaudits will then go to some future President. Their paymasters will be duly appreciative of the contributions that each one of them has made toward the final ‘U.S.’ victory. (Victory for the paymasters, of course.)
So, the American government’s*charade*goes on. But already an MIT analysis — the*Lloyd-Postal report*— on the sarin attack that occurred 21 August 2013, stated unequivocally that the Obama Administration was lying through its teeth about the matter. They provided excruciating detail showing why “the US Government’s interpretation of the technical intelligence it gathered prior to and after the*August 21*attack CANNOT POSSIBLY BE CORRECT.” (That’s a tactful, yet passionate, way of saying: “Obama and his Administration were trying to lie this country into invading Syria.”) Yet, Western news-media still simply ignore the evidence (they can do that in this dictatorship), and report that Assad’s forces were behind the sarin attack. It’s still*the official reason why* we’re at war against Assad. Was even George W. Bush worse than this?
Seymour Hersh had tried to get his news-reports on these matters published by what had been his regular publisher, the New Yorker, which turned them down; and he tried other U.S. outlets as well, but wasn’t successful in finding any that would pay his regular charges — and he had already spent much in order to research these matters. Finally, he obtained a suitable outlet, in the LRB. This is why his recent reports are being published abroad.
Anyone who wishes to know more about what motivates the U.S. government regarding Syria should read the astoundingly brilliant article by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., published on an obscure environmental website, February 25th,*“Syria: Another Pipeline War.”*He tells so much suppressed history there, it’s flabbergasting to see it all brought together into one flowing historical narrative — and my checking of the few sources that I hadn’t previously known of indicates that his standards for quality-of-evidence that he builds his narrative on are as rigorous and high as mine are — which is rare. I very much respect that. Every high school student should read his article in order to understand how corrupt the U.S. is at its highest levels. The article is a masterpiece of historical writing. But even a masterpiece can have a flaw: his article plays down the role that leading Democrats after Reagan have been playing in GHW Bush’s long war to conquer Russia. We’re still in the post-Reagan era, just as, between FDR and Reagan, we had been in the post-FDR era. Obama is as rabid a Russia-hater as practically anyone except John McCain would be. If a piece of historical writing is going to be partisan (as almost all are), at least this one is partisan on the less-unacceptable side.
I might write RFK Jr.’s name onto the Presidential line of my ballot in November. There’s someone with favorable name-recognition, who clearly has the integrity and depth, and knowledge, to deal with the rot that has overtaken America, if anyone does. Maybe he could win by acclamation, if he wouldn’t be knocked-off first. But if the idea of writing in his name goes around like wildfire in the weeks before the*November 8th*general election, then who knows what would happen? Certainly, if Hillary is on the ballot as the ‘Democratic’ nominee, I won’t vote for her, though I’m a lifelong Democrat. And I don’t want to be forced to vote for Trump (since he’s almost totally unpredictable — which still isn’t as bad as Hillary). (Besides: Hillary should be in prison for her destruction of crucial public records — State Department emails — to hide her crimes; and The Donald should be in prison for his fake Trump ‘University’ commercial fraud. But the corrupt Obama won’t allow any such prosecutions.) And there’s such beautiful irony here:*“Trump: If Elected, I’ll Prosecute Hillary.”*It’s so much like Ukraine! (Cast Hillary as Tymoshenko, and Trump as Yanukovych — and I’d vote then for Trump, so as to avoid the*near-certainty of disaster.)
But no intelligent American can be justified in simply not voting for President. That would be outrageously irresponsible. I won’t ever do that. Every intelligent and caring person must vote for President — not leave that responsibility to others (which would be unpatriotic — plus wrong and callous — for any well-informed voter). The “anyone but ___” non-voters are mere fools and frauds. They simply don’t care enough about the country to do their most-basic civic duty, which is to become informed and then to vote for someone on that basis (though never as a ‘protest vote’ — the nation is too important for any mere ‘protest’ — but only as a real* vote, for someone who has an authentic chance of winning* the election). Any mere throw-away ‘vote’ is like a non-vote.*
That article by Kennedy should be linked to by all of his supporters: it tells more about the man than any number of campaign speeches possibly could. It proves that he’s fit for the job, if anyone is. That’s one person who doesn’t need to campaign for the job. He’s an outsider whose knowledge and understanding of the subject is probably among the best there is, and whose heart is unquestionably in the right place — which would be a refreshing and radical change, a change that’s of a kind needed now more than ever in the U.S.
But anyway: RFK Jr.’s article is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the horrendous war in Syria. My article here is just a warm-up to it — and, I hope, a totally non-partisan one.
Army's Delta Force begins to target ISIS in Iraq
By*Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
Updated 5:27 PM ET, Mon February 29, 2016
Washington (CNN)The U.S. Army's elite Delta Force operations to target, capture or kill top*ISIS*operatives have begun in Iraq, after several weeks of covert preparation, an administration official with direct knowledge of the force's activities told CNN.
The official said the group has spent the last several weeks preparing, including setting up safe houses, establishing informant networks and coordinating operations with Iraqi and Peshmerga units. It's the same strategy that Special Operations forces have used in previous deployments to combat zones.
Several Pentagon and military officials declined to discuss specifics of the so-called Expeditionary Targeting Force with CNN.
But Defense Secretary Ash Carter seemed to confirm in comments made at the Pentagon on Monday that the Special Operations forces had begun missions.
"The only thing I'll say is the (Expeditionary Targeting Force) is in position, it is having an effect and operating, and I expect it to be a very effective part of our acceleration campaign," he said during a press conference.
Why Putin has pulled Russia out of Syria
March 15, 2016 1.36pm EDT
Back in September 30 2015, when Vladimir Putin unexpectedly announced the deployment of the Russian air force in Syria, the consensus was that this would prove to be a costly mistake. Critics argued that airstrikes alone would not make any tangible difference to the facts on the ground.
The seemingly endless US-led air campaign against Islamic State (IS) was often cited as proof of this fact – US president, Barack Obama, reiterated this belief in a recent interview The Atlantic, when he said that Russia had “overextended … They’re bleeding. And their economy has contracted for three years in a row, drastically”.
No doubt America’s traumatic experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan were weighing heavily on Obama’s mind when he made this assessment.
Yet, as if to prove his critics wrong, on March 14, Putin abruptly announced his decision to withdraw the main military force from Syria, claiming to have achieved his main objectives there.
From the start, the Kremlin had a minimal set of aims and a maximum one. Minimal objectives were to stabilise the Assad regime which was losing badly at the time. The Kremlin also angled to be recognised as a pivotal player in the Middle East and a global power equal to the US.
Putin’s maximum objective was, however, to transform Russia’s relations with the West after they had been destroyed by the Ukraine crisis. The Kremlin hoped that the common danger from IS would prompt the West to overcome its scruples at dealing with the invader of Ukraine and form a new anti-IS alliance. This was the subject of Putin’s speech to the United Nations on the eve of the opening of Russia’s air campaign in Syria in which he drew a parallel with the anti-Nazi coalition during World War II.
Militarily, Russia closely coordinated its air campaign with the Syrian Army and its allies – including Iran and Hezbollah. The decades-long links between the Russian and Syrian militaries helped – up to 10,000 Syrian officers had trained at Russian and even Soviet-era military academies.
Military progress was at first slow, but the Russians settled on the longer-term objective of disrupting supply routes, storage depots and other rebel infrastructure.
After several months of intense bombing this bore results. Even the weakened and undermanned Syrian Army, along with its Iranian allies and Hezbollah, was able to take advantage and launch a series of successful offensives. In February 2016 they cut off Aleppo rebels from direct supplies in Turkey. They enjoyed similar successes around Homs, in the south towards Darrea (where the anti-Assad rebellion started in 2011) and in Latakia, where the Russians established an air base.
Russian intervention to date has stabilised the Syrian regime militarily and entrenched its position over the core populated areas in western Syria. Its intervention there also dispelled any illusions among opposition groups in Syria and the watching foreign powers that the Assad regime could be removed by military means.
At the same time, a diplomatic process was restarted, aimed at splitting the opposition into two large camps – those admitted to the negotiation table, and those (including IS and al-Qaeda) who weren’t.
A great deal of preliminary negotiation with the US was devoted to drawing up a list of opposition groups and their locations. When the cessation of hostilities was finally announced, both Russians and Americans had a clear idea of who was covered by the ceasefire and where they were.
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Russia's "Mission Accomplished" Moment in Syria
But unlike America's in Iraq, Russia actually has accomplished its mission.
March 17, 2016 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - In what appears to be another carefully planned masterstroke vis-a-vis the US, NATO, and its Persian Gulf allies upon and around the Syrian battlefield, Russia has announced that it is withdrawing its forces after its 5 month long intervention on behalf of the Syrian government in Damascus.
The BBC reported in its article, "Syria conflict: Russia's Putin orders 'main part' of forces out," that:
In a surprise move, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his military to start withdrawing the "main part" of its forces in Syria from Tuesday.
He said the Russian intervention had largely achieved its objectives.
The comments come amid fresh peace talks in Geneva aimed at resolving the five-year Syrian conflict.
In a hamfisted attempt to mitigate the impact of Russia's statement, US analysts and commentators among many prominent Western news outlets have attempted to frame the announcement as a 'cut and run' move made by Moscow after decimating US-backed "moderate rebels," and leaving the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS) mainly intact.
Andrew Peek, a former strategic adviser to the top NATO commander in Afghanistan, admitted in his NY Daily News op-ed titled, "Why Putin's pulling out of Syria: He got what he wanted — which is not what he said he wanted," that ISIS has lost some 25% of its territory during the Russian intervention.
It should be noted that Russia's intervention had begun and ended in a fraction of the time the US has been "fighting" ISIS. The US intervention - a much more lengthy military campaign - had overseen not a reduction in ISIS territory, but the vast and otherwise inexplicable expansion of the terrorist organization before Russia's arrival in Syria.
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