US and Russia hold Syria talks as Moscow hints at combat role against ISIS.

 

An Airbus Defence and Space satellite image courtesy of Stratfor, a geopolitical intelligence and advisory firm in Austin, Texas, shows the air base at Latakia, Syria on September 15, 2015. U.S. officials said on Wednesday the United States had identified a small number of Russian helicopters at a Syrian airfield, the latest addition to what Washington believes is a significant Russian military buildup in the country. Russia has been sending about two military cargo flights a day to an air base at Latakia on the government-controlled Syrian coast, U.S. officials say. REUTERS/www.Stratfor.com/Airbus Defense and Space/Handout

A satellite image shows the air base at Latakia where the US had identified a small number of Russian helicopters

US secretary of state John Kerry said on Saturday that the US was prepared to negotiate the timing and conditions for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to step down from power.

Speaking in London, Mr Kerry repeated the US position that Mr Assad needed to step down as part of any effort to bring the country’s civil war to an end, but he indicated greater US flexibility about the way that the Syrian leader might leave office.

Mr Kerry also called on Iran and Russia, which has significantly stepped up its military presence in Syria in recent weeks, to push Mr Assad to the negotiating table.

“We’ve said for some period of time that it doesn’t have to be on day one or month one or whatever,” he said. “We’re not being doctrinaire about the specific date or time. But right now, Assad has refused to have a serious discussion.”

He added: “Is Assad prepared to negotiate? Really negotiate? Is Russia prepared to bring him to the table and actually find the solution to this violence?”
His comments came after Ashton Carter, US secretary of defence, held direct talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu on Friday to discuss the war in Syria, amid mounting concern in the west over Russia’s growing military support for the Assad regime.
The talks started as Moscow indicated it could send combat troops to Syria to support the Syrian military.
The flurry of communications and diplomatic messaging follows a sharp build-up of Russian military presence in Syria in recent weeks that has put the Obama administration on the back foot at a time when its own strategy in Syria is coming under renewed criticism.
However, amid the uncertainty over Russia’s plans in Syria there is also the possibility that Moscow’s increased intervention could also open space for an international effort at finding a political settlement to the four year-old civil war.

The Friday phone call with Mr Shoigu was the first time Mr Carter had spoken to the Russian defence minister since he assumed office in March and ended a long period of almost no communication between the two militaries as the result of the conflict in Ukraine.

The Pentagon said the two ministers talked about ways to “deconflict” their respective operations in Syria, including the risk that planes from both countries could be flying in close proximity, and that both nations were focused on defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the jihadi group known as Isis.

Coalition frets over lack of progress in fight against Isis

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters pose fo...Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters pose for a photo next to a military vehicle bearing the Kurdish flag after they reportedly captured several villages from Islamic State (IS) group jihadistst in the district of Daquq, south of the northern city of Kirkuk on September 11, 2015. An Iraqi officer said that the operation was launched in the morning with support from international coalition aircraft, and has succeeded in retaking ten villages from IS. AFP PHOTO / MARWAN IBRAHIMMARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images

Slow progress raises doubts about the timeframe of what the US said would be a ‘multiyear’ campaign

The Kremlin said on Friday that Russia was prepared to consider supporting the Assad regime with troops in combat if the Syrian government asked for that, in the clearest indication so far that it is prepared to step up its military involvement in the Syrian conflict.

“If such a request comes, then it will, in the framework of our bilateral contacts and our bilateral dialogue, naturally be discussed and looked at,” said Dmitry Peskov, spokesman of President Vladimir Putin.

He was commenting on remarks by Syria’s foreign minister, Walid Muallem, that Damascus would request Russian troops to fight alongside the Syrian army if the need arose.

In an interview with Syrian television on Thursday, Mr Muallem said there were no Russian combat troops in Syria at the moment but confirmed that Russia had “escalated the pace of supplies to our army with weapons and ammunition”.
According to US military officials, however, Russia has significantly ramped up its presence of both support and combat troops in Syria in the past few days. The Pentagon estimates Russia to have troop numbers in the “high hundreds” or “low thousands” in the country. Analysts say they appear to be deployed primarily for defensive purposes so far.

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Syria crisis

An increasingly complicated armed conflict is pitting rebel groups not only against the regime and its allies, but also against each other

Russia has long co-operated militarily with the Assad regime, supplying arms and experts who help with installation and training. It also has a radio-electronic listening post to gather intelligence on the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean. The Kremlin insists that Russian soldiers now in Syria continue to be advisers linked to arms supplies.

But satellite pictures, Syrian battle footage and Russian social media posts as well as US intelligence suggest that Moscow has been drastically stepping up those supplies since late August and could be preparing for more.
In the latest sign of increased Russian involvement, a US official said, Russian fighter jets had been observed in recent days at the airfield in western Syria near Latakia where the Pentagon believes Moscow is developing a forward-operating air base.
Dmitri Trenin, head of the Moscow Carnegie Center, said that while Russia had no intention of deploying ground combat forces to Syria, it might consider sending pilots and flying air attacks.

The Russian government presents its increased military involvement as part of an effort to build a broad coalition against Isis. Despite its denials of combat forces on the ground, the Kremlin has been much less secretive about Syria than its involvement in the Ukraine war.
But as the US launches air attacks as part of its own coalition against Isis, military experts fear a separate Russian involvement could lead to dangerous incidents, especially as western governments doubt whether Moscow, in a potential air campaign, might target opposition forces other than Isis which are also fighting Mr Assad’s army.
On Friday, two Russian news outlets reported that contract soldiers from the eastern military district were being sent to Syria on secret missions, and some were refusing to go after finding out about their destination.

Mr Peskov said the Kremlin was not aware of this. The military district command denied that some of its servicemen were being sent to Syria.

Drone strike. Oops Missed! More dead Muslims Daily. And is Russia on Board? 

‘We need to abandon double standards to combat ISIS’ – Putin

Pentagon drone strikes killing more civilians, missing ISIS strongholds in Yemen!!! @more dead muslims

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Russia’s military build-up in Syria has grown to include the shipment of a half-dozen highly sophisticated battle tanks — and more troops — a defense official told Fox News, in what the source called the “first clear sign of offensive weapons arriving in Syria.”

The Pentagon has now tracked a total of 15 Russian Antonov-124 Condor flights into Syria, reflecting a steady stream of military cargo into Syria. According to the latest intelligence, this also includes the arrival of two more Russian cargo ships, containing the tanks.

Up to this point, the official said, the Russian cargo and weapons that have been delivered to Syria could be viewed as defensive in nature. The arrival of tanks cannot be viewed this way.

The official said that Russian offensive operations could launch from Bassel Al-Assad International Airport “very soon.” Source: Fox News

DAWN OF WAR: Russian Tanks, Artillery Massing Near Syrian Airfield

USA to drown Russia in sea of fire for supporting Assad

US threatens to expand the international isolation of the Russian Federation for the support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. According to White House spokesman Josh Earnest, if Russia does not join the US-led international coalition that conducts a counter-terrorist operation in Iraq and Syria and will support Assad instead, the move with isolate Moscow from the international community even more.

Josh Earnest also accused the Syrian leader of the humanitarian tragedy, having obviously disregarded the humanitarian catastrophes that the United States has been causing in many countries of the world.
The Kremlin believes that interfering into internal affairs of Syria is unacceptable. As President Vladimir Putin believes, it is up to Syrians to determine their own future. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said there is still no clear understanding of what could be an alternative to the incumbent legitimate government of Syria in ensuring security in the country.

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23 members of different terrorist groups were killed by the Syrian army and popular forces in the Central province of Hama on Monday.

Terrorist organizations acknowledged on their social media pages the death of 23 of their members in the province.

Units of the army and the armed forces on Monday continued to tighten the noose around Takfiri terrorist organizations across the country through launching wide-scale military operations against them in different areas, destroying their dens and weapons and killing scores of their members.

The army air force destroyed hideouts and vehicles of the terrorist organizations in the surroundings of Douma city in the Eastern Ghota, Damascus countryside, a military source said on Monday.

The army air force also staged a number of airstrikes against concentration centers and positions of terrorists from the so-called ‘Jaish al-Islam’ in the surroundings of Douma City in the Eastern Ghota, Damascus Countryside.

A number of terrorists were killed in the strikes and others were injured and their dens were destroyed, in addition to destroying a number of their machinegun-equipped vehicles.

Meanwhile, the so-called ‘Jaish al-Islam’ admitted on its pages on the social networking websites that a number of its members were killed including terrorist ‘Zuhair al-Salahi’.

Also in the past 24 hours, units of the army, in cooperation with the Lebanese Resistance, continued to carry out military operations against the remaining dens of the Takfiri terrorist organizations in al-Zabadani city, 45 km to the West of Damascus.

A military source said that a unit of the army, in cooperation with the Lebanese Resistance, on Monday morning destroyed a 500 meter-long tunnel belonging to the terrorist organizations that extends between Madaya town and Madaya plain.

The source added that the tunnel had been equipped with lights and ventilation, and it is linked to a building near the highway to the West of Madaya town.

The tunnel was used by terrorists as a supply route for transporting arms, ammunition and food materials.

Also in Lattakia, the army units, in cooperation with popular defense groups, targeted terrorist organizations’ den in al-Rawda village in the Northern countryside of Lattakia province, killing at least 7 terrorists, including five Chechen terrorists.

According to sources, the army operations resulted in destroying two cars, one of them equipped with a machinegun and the other loaded with ammunition.

Terrorist organizations admitted on their social media pages of suffering losses of a number of their members.

Also on Monday, the army units clashed with the ISIL terrorists while they were attempting to infiltrate into the vicinity of a number of military checkpoints in al-Maqaleh area, 10 km to the west of Palmyra city in Homs province.

The aforementioned clashes resulted in killing and injuring 15 terrorists and destroying their vehicles.

The army’s operation made scores of terrorists to escape towards the depth of the Syrian Badiya (desert).

Army units targeted with concentrated strikes the dens of ‘Jabhat al-Nusra’ in Jabal al-Kin and the area surrounding Jisr Kafrnan in al-Rastan to the North of Homs city.

A number of terrorists were killed and their weapons and ammunition destroyed in the strikes.

The Army also killed a number of ‘Jabhat al-Nusra’ terrorists, injured many others and destroyed many of their hideouts in Beit Hajo in Talbisa in the Northern countryside of Homs.

Also in the past 24 hours, units of the army and armed forces carried precise operations against hotbeds of Jabhat al-Nusra and other Takfiri organizations in the neighborhoods of Daraa al-Balad and Daraa al-Mahata neighborhoods in the southern city of Daraa.

A unit of the army killed scores of the terrorist organizations’ members and destroyed three of their cars in strikes conducted on Monday morning against their positions to the north of Bilal al- Habashi Mosque, in the surroundings of the Technical Institute, and to the South of the MTN building in Daraa al-Balad neighborhood.

A number of terrorists were killed and others were injured in an operation carried out by an army unit against dens and hotbeds of Takfiri organizations in the surroundings of Abdul-Aziz Abazaid Mosque, Zenobia School, al-Commandos building, al-Rawda, and the Electricity Company in Dara al-Mahata neighborhood.

Also in Aleppo, the army units targeted gatherings and hideouts of the ISIL terrorists in the vicinity of the Air Force Academy, Jeb Al-Safa village in Kueiress, killing a number of the terrorists and destroying their vehicles.

A number of Jabhat al-Nusra and the so called ‘al-Jabha al-Shamia’ terrorists were killed and their bulldozer was destroyed in intensive army operations against their gatherings and movements’ axis in the surrounding of Bashkoi village, North of Aleppo city.

The army, also, targeted terrorists’ gatherings and hotbeds in the villages of Jaboul, Qaseir al-Ward, Ein Sabel and Reman in the Southeastern countryside of Aleppo province, killing a number of terrorists and destroying their vehicles, some of them equipped with machineguns.

Army units destroyed ammunition, arms depot and a number of vehicles for Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations in al-Mansoura, Daret Ezza, Kafr Hamra city, West of Aleppo city.

In Aleppo city, many terrorists were killed and others were injured in the army operations in the neighborhoods of al-Rashedeen4, al-Lairamoun, Bani Zaid, Karm Meyaser, al-Sukkari and Qadi Askar.

The Army continued military operations in Tal al-Na’am, the area surrounding it, Tal al-Sabiha and Tal al-Faori to the East of Aleppo city, killing many terrorists, injuring many others and destroying their vehicles, some of them equipped with heavy machineguns.

Army units destroyed terrorists’ dens and eliminated a number of them in Tal Riman, Joad farm, Feedstuff institution, Tridm, al-Qarotia and al-Nasiria in Aleppo countryside.

Also on Monday, the army’s artillery destroyed gatherings of ISIL terrorist organization in al- Meilbiyeh village and the cotton collecting center in the village, 15 km South of Hasaka, killing numbers of terrorists and injuring others.

A number of ISIL terrorists were killed and injured and their machinegun-equipped vehicle was destroyed in the artillery army operation on their gatherings in the villages of Soda and Abed , 15 km South West of Hasaka city.

Also in Hama, the army air force raided terrorists’ hideouts in al-Ziara, Tal Wassit, al-Hamidia, al-Qahira, al-Dukmak and al-Hawija in the Northwest countryside of the city, inflicting heavy losses on terrorists.

The army’s airstrikes also targeted terrorists’ gatherings in al-Latamina town and in Skik and Atshan villages, killing many terrorists, injuring many others and destroying their vehicles.

Terrorist organizations acknowledged on their pages on social media sites the death of 23 terrorists in the province.

Also in the past 24 hours, the army’s air force launched airstrikes against terrorists’ gatherings in Abu al-Dohour and al-Boidr in Saraqeb area in the Southeast countryside of Idlib, killing many terrorists and destroying their vehicles.

The army’s airstrikes also destroyed mortar launcher and artillery in Shalakh village and Taftanaz to the Northeast of Idlib.

The airstrikes also caused the death of many terrorists, injuring many others and destroying their ammunition and weapons in Mhambal and Farika in Jisr al-Shughour in the southwest countryside of Idlib.

The raids on terrorists’ gatherings in Ma’arat al-Nu’man to the south of Idlib city left many terrorists killed and their weapons and ammo destroyed.

AND EVEN MORE DEAD MUSLIMS!!!

The ISIL Takfiri terrorist group executed at least 30 of its own members due to their plan to carry out an operation against the group’s leadership in the rebel-held city of Mosul, a local official said.

”The ISIL executed 30 members of its own by firing squad in the old prison in Mosul,” said media official of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Mosul Saeed Mamouzini.

“The executed ISIL members were accused of planning operations against the group,” He further added.

“The ISIL has executed more than 120 of its armed men on charges of planning a coup against ISIL leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the last few days,” Manouzini went on to say.

Gruesome violence has plagued the Northern and Western parts of Iraq ever since ISIL Takfiri terrorists launched an offensive in June 2014, and took control of portions of Iraqi territory.

The militants have been committing vicious crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in Iraq, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and others.

Units of army soldiers joined by volunteer fighters are seeking to win back militant-held regions in joint operations.

The replacement of al-Nusra Front-affiliated terrorist group, Ahrar al-Sham’s top commander is a plot hatched by Turkey to pave the ground for creating a buffer zone in Syria, an informed source said.

Mohaned al-Masri Aka Abu Yehia al-Hamawi was appointed as Ahrar al-Sham’s new leader last week to replace Hashim al-Sheikh Aka Abu Jaber.

“Abu Yahia has close relations with Turkey’s intelligence agency due to Ahrar Al-Sham Mufti Abol Abbas Shami’s ties with the agency since the 1990s,” an informed source told the Lebanese al-Safir newspaper on Tuesday.

“Turkey needed a trustworthy partner to create a buffer zone in Northern Syria and Abu Jaber was not able to settle the internal differences of Ahrar al-Sham and had a negative stance on the creation of a buffer zone,” he added.

According to the report, before Abu Jaber, two other religious leaders of Ahrar al-Sham, including Abu Shuaib al-Misri and Abu Mohammad al-Sadiq, had left the group for their opposition to Turkey’s buffer zone plan.

Ahrar Al-Sham is affiliated to the Al-Nusra Front, the al-Qaeda’s official branch in Syria. The 2 groups are members of Jaish al-Fath coalition, which is backed by Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and aims to seize Idlib.

Certain media reports had claimed in August that the Turkish forces were ready for military intervention in Syria under the pretext of creating a buffer zone to protect the Turkish borders against the threat of the terrorist groups.

In October, Syria’s Foreign Ministry rejected foreign powers’ talk about imposing a buffer zone on Syrian soil.

“The Turkish attempts to establish a buffer zone on the Syrian soil is a flagrant violation to the charters of the UN and international law,” the ministry said in a statement.

It added that “Syria totally rejects the establishment of a buffer zone on any part of its terrain under any pretext and also rejects the foreign military intervention on its soil”.

The ministry stressed that the Syrian government would take all necessary measures to protect its national sovereignty and the unity of its territories after consulting with other countries.

The statement came as Turkey had been floating the idea of setting up a buffer zone on the Syrian side of the borders under many pretexts, mainly to solve the issue of the Syrian refugees on Turkish soil.

Thats a lot of Dead Muslims.

Who would win in a war between Russia and the U.S.?

And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall. “Quotation from Revelations”

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Towers have been falling, Russia warns U.S.A. Israel to be Split, Iran deal, Britton that was Great is bowing down. All Nations are in conflict. Ha! Listen to me, I’m not even a Religious Zealot.  Here is what It may look like using modern pictures.

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The Russian nuclear forces are dependent upon her ICBM’s.  Her boomer subs and air force wouldn’t get much launched (her bombers wouldn’t make it to American airspace and her max of two deployed nuke boomers are trailed at all times by at least one American and one other NATO attack sub — they’d never make it to launch depth).  But that doesn’t matter.  Even if only the two modern MIRV equipped ICBMs work (the very advanced, RS-24 Yars; and the reasonably advanced RT-2UTTKh Topol-M), that would be a total of about 125 ICBM’s.  (trust that the aging RT-2pms, UR-100Ns and R-36 still have some bite).

All things considered, that means that the minimal (stress on the “minimal”) strike would look something like this:

  • There are approximately 40-50 RS ICBMs. Each has between 4-8 warheads, with between 100-300kt explosive blast each warhead.  Assume the average — 6 MIRVs at 150kt blast each (7x Nagasaki), would mean 270 strikes.
  • There are approximately 80 RT-2UTTKh ICBMs.  Each has only one warhead, but at a devastating 800kt. (40x Nagasaki), total of 80 strikes.

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The total number of warhead blasts in the US would be no less than 350 nuclear strikes (that’s NO LESS than, but highly likely much higher when older warheads are added in).  Even if only 350 nuclear strikes occurred, and only 100 highly important targets were selected (doubling or trippling up on important locations), easily the top 80 largest cities (every major metro area) + the 20 most important military targets were struck, the US would be wiped off the face of the map.  The entire nation would end.  Most people would be dead in six months due to disease and starvation.   If ONLY the Russians struck (with no retaliation from the US), humanity might survive such an attack.
===Total yield: 3,500 times Nagasaki (this excludes many other older nukes that, if they worked appropriately, would push this number way beyond 10,000 times Nagasaki).

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The American strike would be more thorough both for Russia and possibly for humanity.  The US’s nuclear triad (ICBMs, Air Force and Navy) would have more successful launches due to the larger nature of the American forces and the more modern equipment.   The Ballistic Missile Submarines (boomers) would do the trick, 14 total with nukes, seven deployed at any given time.  They’re beyond deadly.  Their nuclear payloads capable of being launched in under 30 minutes.

  • Each Ohio Class boomer has 24 Trident II SLBM that are MIRV’ed with between 6-8 W76 110kt nuclear warhead (5.5 times Nagasaki).  Even if we went with the average (7 warheads), that’s 1,176 nuclear strikes from the Ohio Class nuclear payload.
  • The US also operates 450 Minuteman III ICBMs that are MIRV’ed with 3 nuclear warheads (in the process if not concluded, the downgrade to 1 MIRV each).  The exact type of warhead is classified, but the warheads are either the W78 or W87, with no less than 300kt of explosive yield (15x Nagasaki).  That’s a total maximum of 1,350 nuclear warheads, minimum of 450.

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The total number of blasts would be insane, no less than 2,526.  We haven’t even counted any Air Force method, presuming that the Russians could/would destroy them in flight.  Nevertheless, even if strikes were doubled and/or tripled up on cities, it would mean that no less than 1,000 locations would be wiped out by more than one (some with three or four) nuclear blasts.  The destruction would be absolute.
===Total yield: no less than 30,000 times Nagasaki

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Russia warns US of ‘unintended incidents’ over Syria. Armageddon has arrived!!! 

The growing rift between the United States and Russia over concerns that Moscow is employing its military to protect Syria’s embattled president appeared to widen Friday when a Russian official called for military cooperation with Washington in order to avoid “unintended incidents.”

The comments were made after Western intelligence sources told Fox News that Russia escalated its presence in the Middle East country days after a secret Moscow meeting in late July between Iran’s Quds Force commander — their chief exporter of terror — and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Officials who have monitored the build-up say they’ve seen more than 1,000 Russian combatants — some of them from the same plainclothes Special Forces units who were sent to Crimea and Ukraine. Some of these Russian troops are logistical specialists and needed for security at the expanding Russian bases.

President Obama warned Russia on Friday against “doubling down” on sending support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, calling the pursuit a “mistake.”

“But we are going to be engaging Russia to let them know that you can’t continue to double-down on a strategy that is doomed to failure,” Obama said at a Maryland event.

Russia denies allegations that it is helping to build Assad’s military. Moscow claimed its increased military presence is part of an international effort to help defeat the Islamic State. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called on world powers to join Russia in that pursuit, arguing that Syria’s army is the most efficient force to fight extremists in the Middle East.

“You cannot defeat Islamic State with air strikes only,” Lavrov said, a clear dig at the White House’s strategy. “It’s necessary to cooperate with ground troops and the Syrian army is the most efficient and powerful ground force to fight the IS.”

Reuters reported that Russia also called for military-to-military cooperation with the U.S. to avert “unintended incidents.”

Moscow’s recent support of Assad has dampened U.S. hopes that Moscow was tiring of the Syrian president. Syria has been gripped by civil war for more than four years, a conflict that has claimed more than 250,000 lives and created a vacuum for extremism to thrive.

U.S. officials have been gauging Russia’s willingness to help restart a political process to remove Assad from power.

Secretary of State John Kerry has lashed out at Russia’s presence in Syria, warning the recent buildup could lead to an escalation of the bloody conflict.

Despite the warnings from the U.S., Lavrov said Russia would continue to supply Assad with weapons that he said will help defeat Islamic State fighters.

“I can only say, once again, that our servicemen and military experts are there to service Russian military hardware, to assist the Syrian army in using this hardware,” he said at a news conference in Moscow. “And we will continue to supply it to the Syrian government in order to ensure its proper combat readiness in its fight against terrorism.”