Battle Against ISIL: Russia Exposes US Lies in Syria

The successful Russian air strikes against ISIL in Syria have exposed the hypocrisy of the United States, an American writer and political analyst said.

Mark Glenn, a writer and co-founder of the Crescent and Cross Solidarity Movement, spoke in a phone interview with Press TV on Saturday.

“What we have to remember here is that Russia was able to achieve in two weeks’ time what America did not achieve in two years’ time, meaning that the Russians were in and engaged these terrorists in the way the Americans were pretending to engage with these terrorists,” Glenn said.

Pilot by a Russian MI-8AMShT cargo and attack helicopter at the Hmeimim air base in Syria.

He further said, “So, what in fact was taking place is that the Russians have exposed the Americans for being the outright liars that they are. It was never America’s intention from the beginning to deal with these terrorists.”

He explained that the US officials hoped that the presence of these terrorists on the ground would allow the US or NATO to invade Syria and remove Bashar al-Assad.

On September 30, Russia began airstrikes against ISIL terrorists in Syria at the request of the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Since then, Moscow has carried out dozens of airstrikes against terrorists in Syria, killing hundreds of militants, Press TV reported.

On Friday, a senior Russian general said there has been growing restlessness among ISIL militants with their command in Syria as they are getting ‘demoralized’ and are abandoning their locations and fleeing for their lives.

 

Iraqi Forces Add Russian Guns to US Tanks for ISIL Fight

TEL AVIV, Israel — Earlier this month, Shia militiamen in Iraq dropped off an American-supplied Abrams tank at a US-supported repair facility where workers were surprised to find an attached Russian machine gun plus Iranian ammo, Defense News has learned.

The MIA1 main battle tank — one of 146 frontline tanks the US sold to Baghdad — was transported through the Green Zone to a US-supported Iraqi service facility at al-Muthanna that was established as part of the Pentagon’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.

The tank was equipped with a Russian .50-caliber machine gun and Iranian-stamped 12.75-mm ammunition, according to a source at the facility.

“They brought it in through Iraqi checkpoints, back-rolled it off the trailer and then drove away,” recounted the source.

“Once all the ammo was removed, as per procedure, by Iraqi personnel, we noticed Iranian markings on the back of the shell casings. Seems they put a Russian machine gun with Iranian ammunition on an Abrams tank.”

As Washington scrambles to adapt to the myriad, Iranian-backed Shiite militias fighting alongside its US-trained and -supplied partners in Iraq, new manifestations of shifting alliances may threaten the relevance of US end-use monitoring in that war-torn country.

After US-led coalition airstrikes were forced to destroy about 10 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs) seized from the Iraqi Army by the Islamic State group, often called ISIL or ISIS, Washington is now grappling with the phenomenon of their voluntary transfer to Shiite forces battling in concert with Baghdad against the fanatical Sunni Caliphate.

Foreign Military Sales violation?

The US-Russian tank hybrid could constitute twin violations of Iraq’s FMS agreements with Washington, due to unauthorized use by Shiite militias and the unsanctioned addition of the Russian gun and Iranian ammo, Pentagon officials say.

“Any time you do a foreign military sale, there’s a requirement that you do end-use monitoring, and it’s a violation if you do alterations,” Vice Adm. Joseph Rixey, director of the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) told Defense News.

The presence of hybrid M1 Abrams tanks was confirmed to Defense News by Dr. Wathaq al-Hashimi, director of the Iraqi Group for Strategic Studies. “Iraq has been dependent on a number of different weapons suppliers, therefore they have integrated these weapons onto different platforms to achieve effectiveness.”

Al-Hashimi said this isn’t the first time Iraqi forces — looking for more firepower to battle ISIL — have integrated Russian weapons systems onto American platforms.

“Russian systems were placed on American M1 Abrams tanks specially with armor-piercing rocket systems to be used against ISIL explosive cars used in their attacks,” he said. “In Beiji [in Northern Iraq], there were 28 explosive cars used in one day and in Ramadi 15 cars were blown on another day.”

Iraqi forces need to integrate different systems as they receive weapons from American, Russian, Iranian and European sources, al-Hashimi said.

“This integration may very well lead to a problem between the US and Iraq due to the purchase agreements,” he said. “However, there was a real problem and threat from the ISIS-armored explosive cars which led the prime minister to travel to Moscow with the minister of defense to acquire these rocket systems which were placed on the tanks.”

Iraq has a long history and experience in weapons and hybridization, al-Hashimi said, noting that Iraqi military experts may have acquired assistance from some of the estimated 5,000 to 6,000 international consultants present in the country from many countries including Russia, the US, Iran and France.

With Thursday being a national holiday, Iraq’s Ministry of Defense could not be reached for comment.

‘This Is Not What We’re Going to Do’

Interviewed in Washington this week at the annual Association of the US Army conference, neither Rixey, the Pentagon’s FMS chief, nor Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald, chief of the US Army Security Assistance Command, had knowledge of the event recounted to Defense News. However, both men suggested that their Iraqi customers had an obligation to report such occurrences in a timely and accurate manner.

“If they brought it into the maintenance facility, then that should be reported to our US folks there, and then we can have a discussion about how, ‘This is not what we’re going to do,’” McDonald said.

McDonald was deputy commander at the time the Iraqi tank deal was concluded, and noted that the FMS contract includes a maintenance package that covers the facility in question. “We eventually got them to buy the maintenance and training package, so I do know there is an ongoing maintenance effort going on over there under our FMS contract, with a US company doing the maintenance.”

The in-country source noted that it was the first time he had encountered the hybridization of the Abrams to accommodate the Russian gun and Iranian ammo.

“It could be an isolated event or it could mark the beginning of something worrisome. It’s too early to tell … but given the strange bedfellows over there in the Amber Zone, you never know.”

He was referring to the area adjacent to Baghdad’s US-dominated Green Zone, where, since the Iraqi Army’s stinging string of defeats at the hands of ISIL, sovereign Iraqi forces are cooperating — and often interoperating — with Iranian-backed Shiite militias against their common enemy.

The area designated as Amber Zone is now home to two regiments of Iraq’s 9th Armored Divison, each with 35 Abrams MBTs, a contingent from the Iranian Quds Force, Hezbollah, the Asa’ib al-Haq (AAH) and at least one other Shia militia loosely organized under the so-called Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), which is ostensibly under the command and control of the government in Baghdad.

US and Israeli intelligence sources note that Iran has flooded the Iraqi theater with billions of dollars worth of weaponry and ammunition since the Baghdad-sanctioned formation of the PMF in June 2014.

Washington also continues to send US State Department-approved and congressionally notified weaponry to Iraq on condition that US materiel remains under the strict command and control of Iraqi Security Forces (ISF).

But a video posted in January, in which a convoy of US vehicles, including an Abrams MBT, was shown flying the Hezbollah flag as they passed through the Iraqi desert offered circumstantial evidence that Iranian-controlled forces under the PMF umbrella have gained access to US-origin hardware.

At the time, Iraqi officials sought to assure their US counterparts that the convoy in the video was still under ISF control, and that the Hezbollah banner was simply displayed in solidarity for the Shiite militia sacrificing on their behalf.

Similarly, when told about the latest development, a source in Washington speculated that the hybrid tank could have been delivered to the facility by militiamen acting as drivers or subcontractors to the ISF. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that the tank was in direct control of the militias. We simply don’t know,” he said.

Yet another source suggested that the overabundance of Iranian ammunition and the preference many Iraqi soldiers still have for Russian-origin machine guns may have triggered an ad hoc rigging of the US tank for purposes of convenience.

US Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Florida, declined comment on the reported hybrid Abrams MBT or on the constitution of forces in the Amber Zone, referring all queries to the Combined Joint Task Force at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.

There, US Sgt. Vanessa Kilmer referred Defense News to CJTF’s Media Ops Center, where, after 24 hours, detailed questions submitted to Sgt. First Class Eric Rodriguez were returned with “no additional information on this subject” and a recommendation to contact the Iraqi Ministry of Defense.

A US State Department official said he would need more information to determine whether Iraq could or should be held accountable for any end-use violations.

“We have made clear that the coalition will only support Iraqi efforts against ISIL that are under clear ISF command and control. We have received assurances from the government of Iraq and the Iraqi Security Forces that they will use US equipment in accordance with US law and our bilateral agreements,” the official said.

Section 40A of the US Arms Export Control Act mandates two forms of end use monitoring (EUM): the Blue Lantern program managed by the State Department and the Golden Sentry program delegated to the Pentagon’s Defense Security and Cooperation Agency.

The former focuses on pre-checks before an export license is granted and post-checks to determine that the designated materiel has reached intended end users. The latter, managed by primarily by the Pentagon’s in-country security assistance officers aims to ensure that recipients are using the equipment properly as stipulated in various government-to-government agreements.

“Our mandate to conduct assessments in-country and to visit military installations is agreed upon by the Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA), which have notes and provisos that commit the recipients to proper end-use assurances,” a Pentagon official told Defense News in an interview two years ago.

At the time, the Pentagon official said DSCA works in concert with the State Department “in order to try to bring a united front from a US government perspective.”

Retired Israel Air Force Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, a former head of Israeli military intelligence, said he would not be surprised if Hezbollah forces in Iraq or even Syria had access to frontline American MBTs. “It’s not surprising, because the Iraqi Army and the Shia militias and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force and some American Special Forces are now fighting against the same enemy,” Yadlin said.

When asked if Abrams tanks in the hands of Hezbollah or other Iranian-controlled militias posed a concern to Israel, the former fighter pilot replied: “The dream of every Israeli helicopter pilot is to see this kind of vehicle against the background of the bare desert.”

CLASS ACT! Vladimir Putin says there’s only one reason the U.S. has failed to destroy ISIS: Obama is using them as a proxy army against Assad

830441b9069abbf9c7b7cb61037642-viRussia has struck over 110 ISIS targets in Syria in just two weeks. Over 40% of the Islamic State’s infrastructure has reportedly been destroyed already. The U.S. allegedly has been bombing ISIS targets in Syria for more than a year, yet failed to weaken ISIS at all. Military experts report that most U.S. bombers that went out on missions in Syria came back with their arsenals intact….as ordered by the Commander-in-Chief. In short, the airstrikes were all for show.

Truthstream Media It was recently noted by Putin that, by the time Russia showed up and started systematically destroying ISIS in short order, there were already 11 other countries bombing Syria.  In fact, it has been over a year since America started an airstrike campaign over there which accomplished virtually nothing.

It hardly needs to be pointed out how blatantly obvious it is that, regardless of how many billions the American people were told just had to be spent “fighting the terrorists” over there, this was never for one hot second about the West actually stopping ISIS.

The only way that lie works is if the Western coalition is the most inept terror rescue team ever invented in the history of time. Further, instead of applauding Putin’s timely and efficient intervention in Syria, the West is protesting Russia’s involvement and bombing of terrorists.

 

Russian airstrikes kill 2 ISIS commanders, 300 militants – Defense Ministry Says. 

Russian air forces carried out 67 sorties, striking 60 separate targets in northern Syria in the past 24 hours, the Defense Ministry has reported. Two senior Islamic State field commanders are reportedly among some 300 militants killed in the strikes.

“Among the targets are the communication hubs, command posts, fuel stores and terrorist training bases located located in Raqqa, Latakia, Idlip, Aleppo and Hama,” said deputy chief of staff Lieutenant-General Igor Makushev, in a Moscow media briefing.

Makushev said that drone footage verified that a precision hit destroyed the headquarters of Liwa-al-Haqq, an Islamist group, which has been fighting the government of Bashar Assad since 2012. Russia said that a radio intercept confirmed the deaths of 200 fighters, and two commanders, who Makushev said belonged to Islamic State.

Another 100 Islamists were killed in an airstrike near Aleppo, in which Russian Sukhoi jets destroyed a base and armaments store housed in a former prison.

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In total the airstrikes destroyed six communication hubs, six armories, 17 training bases and 17 armored vehicles, the Russian official said.

“The militants are sustaining significant losses from the airstrikes, and are having to adjust their tactics, spreading out over a wider area, concealing themselves more thoroughly, or hiding in urban settlements,” Makushev said.

“In these conditions, the Russian air forces are continuing and intensifying their airstrikes.”

Russian air forces have carried out airstrikes from a specially-built base outside the government-controlled stronghold of Latakia since September 30, at the behest of Bashar Assad. About 2,000 Russian personnel have been deployed in the country, but Moscow says it has no plans to use ground forces in the fight against militants.

 

Russian Air Force destroys 29 ISIS camps in Syria in 24 hours 

Russian warplanes in Syria have bombed 29 terrorist field camps and other facilities of the militant group Islamic State in the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.

Our aviation group over the past day has destroyed two militant command centers, 29 field camps, 23 fortified facilities and several troop positions with military hardware,” ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Saturday.

The Russian Air Force conducted 64 sorties and hit a total of 55 targets, he said.

He added that the Russian effort has “considerably degraded” the strength of the terrorist forces in Syria.

During the initial phase of the operation, our warplanes have destroyed the biggest and most important supply hubs of ISIL,” Konashenkov said, calling Islamic State by its former name. This resulted in the “mobility and offensive capability” of the jihadists being reduced, he said.

The general said signal intelligence reports indicate that the militants are suffering from a shortage of fuel and ammunition after the Russian bombings. “Some of them are demoralized and are actively leaving the battle zone, moving in eastern and northeastern directions,” he said.

Konashenkov said that the increasing number of combat missions conducted by Russia in Syria is explained by the large number of potential targets identified and confirmed as viable by space and aerial reconnaissance.

Russia started its bombing campaign in Syria last week with a goal to provide air support to the government troops fighting against various terrorist groups, primarily Islamic State. This allowed Damascus to go on the offensive in Hama province on Friday.

Russia has also reported killing 2 ISIS commanders, and three hundred militants.

 

Putin’s Jets in Syria Are a Threat to the U.S. 

On Sept. 30, Russian lawmakers unanimously approved Pres. Vladimir Putin’s plan to begin combat operations in Syria — and hours later Moscow’s warplanes in the region began attacking ISIS militants.

Right before the bombs rained down, a Russian general arrived in Baghdad warned the U.S. military planners to keep America’s own warplanes out of the way. U.S. officials said they would not alter their flight plans.

This is the beginning of a dangerous new phase of the international intervention in the Syrian civil war. Not only has Russia tried to order U.S. forces to step aside, it actually has the firepower to back up its demands. Some of the 35 warplanes Russia has deployed to Syria are specifically designed for fighting foes like the United States, not ISIS.

Seemingly out of nowhere on Sept. 21, they appeared at an air base in Latakia, a regime stronghold in western Syria—28 of the Russian air force’s best warplanes, including four Su-30 fighters and a number of Su-25 attack planes and Su-24 bombers.

Soon six more Su-34 bombers and at least one Il-20 spy plane followed, part of a contingent of Russia forces reportedly including some 500 troops plus armored vehicles and SA-15 and SA-22 surface-to-air missiles.

For U.S. and allied officials observing the deployment, there has been plenty of cause for confusion…and alarm. It’s not just that, more than four years into Syria’s bloody civil war, Russia has decided to jump in and make things more complicated.

No, it’s what kinds of weapons—planes and missiles, especially—Moscow decided to send, and what those weapons say about the Kremlin’s ultimate plan in Syria. Many of them don’t seem to be well-suited to fighting ISIS. They’re built to battle adversaries like the United States.

To be clear, 35 warplanes and a few surface-to-air missiles aren’t a lot in the grand scheme of things. There’s no shortage of military aircraft flying over Syria five years into the country’s bloody civil war.

Every day some of Syria’s aging Soviet-made planes —from the 300 or so that have survived four years of combat—take off from regime airfields to bomb ISIS militants and secular rebels slowly advancing on Syria’s main population centers.

Meanwhile hundreds of jets from the American-led international coalition have been waging, since the fall of 2014, an intensive air campaign against ISIS and al Qaeda targeting just the militants.

What’s weird and alarming about the Russian contingent is that it’s not really optimal for attacking lightly armed insurgent fighters. Surface-to-air missiles are only good for destroying enemy aircraft, which Syrian rebels do not possess. And the Su-30s are best suited for tangling with other high-tech forces.

Who in region possesses these high-tech forces? The United States, for one. Israel, too. Why, the United States, of course. Russia’s warplanes and missiles in Syria could pose a threat to America’s own aircraft flying over the country—all in order to carve out and preserve a portion of Syria that the United States can’t touch.

Russia’s warplanes and missiles in Syria could pose a threat to America’s own aircraft flying over the country—all in order to carve out and preserve a portion of Syria that the United States can’t touch.

Officially, Russia has deployed its forces to Syria to reinforce embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and help defeat the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

“There is no other way to settle the Syrian conflict other than by strengthening the existing legitimate government agencies, support them in their fight against terrorism,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with American news networks ahead of his Sept. 28 meeting with President Obama at the United Nations in New York City.

“There are more than 2,000 militants in Syria from the former Soviet Union,” Putin said. “Instead of waiting for them to return home we should help President al-Assad fight them there, in Syria.”

Endgame: Putin Plans To Strike ISIS With Or Without The U.S. | Zero Hedge

On Sunday, we noted that Washington’s strategy in Syria has now officially unravelled.

John Kerry, speaking from London following talks with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, essentially admitted over the weekend that Russia’s move to bolster the Assad regime at Latakia effectively means that the timing of Assad’s exit is now completely indeterminate. Here’s how we summed up the situation:

Moscow, realizing that instead of undertaking an earnest effort to fight terror in Syria, the US had simply adopted a containment strategy for ISIS while holding the group up to the public as the boogeyman par excellence, publicly invited Washington to join Russia in a once-and-for-all push to wipe Islamic State from the face of the earth. Of course The Kremlin knew the US wanted no such thing until Assad was gone, but by extending the invitation, Putin had literally called Washington’s bluff, forcing The White House to either admit that this isn’t about ISIS at all, or else join Russia in fighting them. The genius of that move is that if Washington does indeed coordinate its efforts to fight ISIS with Moscow, the US will be fighting to stabilize the very regime it sought to oust. 

Revelations (which surprised no one but the Pentagon apparently) that Moscow is coordinating its efforts in Syria with Tehran only serve to reinforce the contention that Assad isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and the US will either be forced to aid in the effort to destroy the very same Sunni extremists that it in some cases worked very hard to support, or else admit that countering Russia and supporting Washington’s regional allies in their efforts to remove Assad takes precedence over eliminating ISIS. Because the latter option is untenable for obvious reasons, Washington has a very real problem on its hands – and Vladimir Putin just made it worse.

As Bloomberg reports, The Kremlin is prepared to launch unilateral strikes against ISIS targets if the US is unwilling to cooperate. Here’s more:

President Vladimir Putin, determined to strengthen Russia’s only military outpost in the Middle East, is preparing to launch unilateral airstrikes against Islamic State from inside Syria if the U.S. rejects his proposal to join forces, two people familiar with the matter said.

Putin’s preferred course of action, though, is for America and its allies to agree to coordinate their campaign against the terrorist group with Russia, Iran and the Syrian army, which the Obama administration has so far resisted, according to a person close to the Kremlin and an adviser to the Defense Ministry in Moscow.

Russian diplomacy has shifted into overdrive as Putin seeks to avoid the collapse of the embattled regime of Bashar al-Assad, a longtime ally who’s fighting both a 4 1/2 year civil war and Sunni extremists under the banner of Islamic State. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Moscow for talks with Putin on Monday, followed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday.

Putin’s proposal, which Russia has communicated to the U.S., calls for a “parallel track” of joint military action accompanied by a political transition away from Assad, a key U.S. demand, according to a third person. The initiative will be the centerpiece of Putin’s one-day trip to New York for the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 28, which may include talks with President Barack Obama.

“Russia is hoping common sense will prevail and Obama takes Putin’s outstretched hand,” said Elena Suponina, a senior Middle East analyst at the Institute of Strategic Studies, which advises the Kremlin. “But Putin will act anyway if this doesn’t happen.”

And that, as they say, it that. Checkmate.

The four-year effort to oust Assad by first supporting and then tolerating the rise of Sunni extremists (presaged in a leaked diplomatic cable) has failed and the Kremlin has officially served a burn notice on a former CIA “strategic asset.”

There are two things to note here.

First, Russia of course is fully aware that the US has never had any intention of eradicating ISIS completely. As recently as last week, Moscow’s allies in Tehran specifically accused Washington of pursuing nothing more than a containment policy as it relates to ISIS, as allowing the group to continue to operate in Syria ensures that the Assad regime remains under pressure.

Second, even if Russia does agree to some manner of managed transition away from Assad,you can be absolutely sure that Moscow is not going to risk the lives of its soldiers (not to mention its international reputation) only to have the US dictate what Syria’s new government looks like and indeed, Tehran will have absolutely nothing of a regime that doesn’t perpetuate the existing Mid-East balance of power which depends upon Syria not falling to the West. Additionally – and this is also critical – Russia will of course be keen on ensuring that whoever comes after Assad looks after Russia’s interests at its naval base at Tartus. This means that even if the US, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar are forced to publicly support a managed transition, Washington, Riyadh, and Doha will privately be extremely disappointed with the outcome which begs the following question: what will be the next strategy to oust Assad and will it be accompanied by something even worse than a four-year-old bloody civil war and the creation of a band of black flag-waving militants bent on re-establishing a medieval caliphate?

Syrian regime air strikes kill 38 IS fighters: monitor – 8 Hours Ago

Beirut (AFP) – At least 38 Islamic State group fighters were killed in airstrikes by the Damascus regime against three jihadist-held towns in central Syria, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.

Monday’s strikes hit Palmyra and two other towns in Homs province, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

The Syrian air force has been increasing its strikes against IS in recent days as it received reinforcements from Russia, he said.

“The number of raids is growing and the strikes are more precise after the Syrian air force received arms and more efficient planes from Moscow,” said Abdel Rahman, whose group relies on broad network of civilian, military and medical sources inside Syria.

Experts close to the regime have told AFP that Russia has sent advisers to train Syrian troops in the new weapons, in particular short-range air defence systems and tanks.

US military officials told AFP on Monday that Russia had deployed 28 combat planes in Syria, in the latest move in Moscow’s increasing military presence in the war-torn country.

Washington in recent weeks has expressed growing concern over Russia’s moves to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and warned that military backing for his regime risks further hampering efforts at bringing peace.

Moscow has been on a diplomatic push to get the coalition of Western and regional powers fighting IS in Syria to join forces with Assad against the jihadists.

Su-25 Frogfoots And Su-24 Fencers Arrive At Russia’s Burgeoning Syrian Base- Videos

Su-25 Frogfoots And Su-24 Fencers Arrive At Russia's Burgeoning Syrian Base

New satellite imagery shows that Russia’s air combat power in Syria has exploded over the last 48 hours, with 12 Su-25 Frogtfoots adding to the four Su-30SM Flankers and about a dozen or so combat helicopters already stationed at Latakia Air Base in Syria. A dozen Russian Su-24 Fencers are also said to be on the ground there now as well.

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This brings Russia’s air combat element in the war torn country up to around 40 or so aircraft. This is a very formidable force with capabilities ranging from troop transport, deep strike, reconnaissance, counter-air and especially close air support capabilities, of which the Su-25 is very roughly equivalent to Russia’s A-10 Warthog. In addition to the fighter, attack, and vertical lift aviation assets, the Russians also are said to be launching Predator sized drones out of the base.

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Su-24s supposedly spotted into tow of an Il-76 tanker-transport yesterday

In addition, Latakia Air Base, the growing Russian outpost where all this air power is housed, is said to be guarded by Panstir-S1 point air defense surface-to-air missile and cannon systems. Ground forces have also increased to about 500 soldiers, backed by dozens of armored personnel carriers, nine T-90 main battle tanks and assorted artillery.

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‘Doomsday Plane’ Would Save President and Joint Chiefs in Apocalypse Scenario – Is that Apocalypse now?

The world is in Chaos. The Last time the Doomsday Plane flew was on 9/11. As I sit and watch the current events taking place I wonder if it is Fling now?

In the event of nuclear war, a powerful meteor strike or even a zombie apocalypse, the thoroughly protected doomsday plane is ready to keep the president, secretary of defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff and other key personnel in the air and out of danger. It may not deflect a Twitter photo scandal, but it can outrun a nuclear explosion and stay in the air for days without refueling.

The flight team for the E-4B, its military codename, sleeps nearby and is ready to scramble in five minutes. It was mobilized in the tumultuous hours after planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and southern Pennsylvania on 9/11.

“If the command centers that are on the ground in the United States have a failure of some sort, or attack, we immediately get airborne. We’re on alert 24/7, 365,” Captain W. Scott “Easy” Ryder, Commander, NAOC, told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer as she traveled to Afghanistanwith Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on the apocalypse-proof plane. “Constantly there’s at least one alert airplane waiting to get airborne.”

Watch “World News” tonight on ABC to learn more about the Air Force’s last line of defense.

All E-4B aircraft are assigned to the 55th Wing, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. The modified 747s can travel at speeds up to 620 miles per hour, 40 miles per hour faster than their commercial counterparts.

The $223 million aircraft is outfitted with an electromagnetic pulse shield to protect its 165,000 pounds of advanced electronics. Thermo-radiation shields also protect the plane in the event of a nuclear strike.

A highly-trained security team travels with the plane.

“The first people off of the airplane are these guys, they’ll position themselves appropriately around the airplane,” Ryder said to ABC News. “The secretary also has his own small security staff that does similar things. So these guys are predominately designed to protect our airplane, and the secretary’s staff protects him, as an individual.”

Even though it carries VIPs, their staff and security personnel, the plane is highly fuel efficient. The plane can stay in-flight for days without refueling, a necessity if circumstances demanded the plane’s use by the nation’s top officials.

A precision tech team mans the sensitive electronic technology found on the plan. There is so much powerful electrical equipment onboard a specially upgraded air-conditioning system is necessary to keep it cool and functional.

“Give us the phone number of anybody, anytime, anyplace, anywhere on earth, we can get a hold of them,” Master Sgt. Joe Stuart, US Air Force, told Diane Sawyer.

It can even communicate with submerged submarines by dropping a five-mile-long cable out the back of the plane. “[We] drop is down and [it] transmits coded message traffic to US submarines,” Ryder told ABC News.

Although the extreme amount of survival technology on the plane more than makes up for it, the plane lacks the amenities found in bases on the ground.

“It’s like being Fedexed,” Gates told Sawyer. “It’s fairly Spartan, with no windows or anything.”

Even the Secretary of Defense only gets a tiny bathroom with a sink, but no shower. A small trade-off for being able to board this plane as the rest of us dive for cover in a worst-case scenario.

Some more details on the general characteristics of the plane, according to the official U.S. Air Force website:

Russia decries shelling of its embassy in Syria – Al Jazeera English

Russia decries shelling of its embassy in Syria

Russian foreign ministry calls for “concrete action” in the wake of Sunday’s attack on its embassy compound.

21 Sep 2015 21:31 GMT |

The Russian foreign ministry has blamed an attack on its Damascus embassy compound on ‘anti-government gunmen’ [Associated Press]

Russia has said that a shell landed on the grounds of its embassy compound in Damascus, without inflicting any casualties.

The mortar landed on the embassy’s territory around 9am on Sunday morning and caused no damage or injuries, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.

“A large labelled fragment of the shell was later extracted from the earth by Syrian mine clearance specialists,” the ministry’s statement added. “Efforts are now being taken to find out how this shell came across to militants.”

The ministry blamed the “criminal attack” on “anti-government gunmen” who it claims fired the shell from Jobar, a district of the Syrian capital.

‘Clear position’

The ministry called for “concrete action,” adding: “We expect a clear position over this terrorist attack from all members of the international community, including regional parties.”

The attack comes at a time when Russia has been criticised for increased military involvement in Syria, where it is a staunch ally of embattled President Bashar al-Assad.

The Russian government has admitted to having military advisers on the ground in Syria and delivering surface-to-air missiles and combat aircrafts to Syrian government forces, as well as refortifying a government-controlled military base near the coastal city of Latakia.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin reiterated his country’s support for Assad’s forces on Sunday. Speaking on Russian television, Putin said the Syrian government “is trying to maintain its own statehood”.

Foreign involvement

The Russian foreign ministry’s statement claimed the groups behind the attack were acting at the behest of “foreign sponsors”, although it did not clarify which countries. No groups have claimed credit for the shelling at this time.

Rebels have denounced the ongoing Russian military buildup in Syria. Speaking to Reuters, one group, Jaish al-Islam, claimed to have carried out a missile attack on a military base in Latakia being used by Russian soldiers.

Abu Ghaith al-Shami, spokesperson for the Free Syrian Army-aligned Alwiyat Seif al-Sham militia, told Reuters that rebels’ regional backers may also increase their involvement.

“As for the states that support us, … I think there will be a change in their attitude towards us, via support, or perhaps a political shift,” the spokesperson said.

Russia to Start Bombing in Syria ASAP 

Russia to Start Bombing in Syria ASAP: Stop! Our 500 Million Dollar 5 Militants are in there!!! Probably be the first to go.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the MAKS-2015, the International Aviation and Space Show, in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on August 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV        (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
The Kremlin’s jets have landed in Syria. The drones are flying. And now, Russian combat forces are on the cusp of fighting to save what’s left of the Damascus regime from ISIS.
Russian combat operations on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are likely to begin “soon,” three U.S. officials told The Daily Beast. And Russian drone flights to spot targets for potential airstrikes are already underway.That concession by U.S. officials of growing Russian influence marks a shift from previous statements by officials who said they weren’t sure whether Russia intended to use force in Syria and enter into the country’s long and brutal civil war. There already are early signs that Russia plans to target moderate forces that threaten the Assad regime, not the self-proclaimed Islamic State, which has been the focus of a year-long U.S.-led air campaign.

And yet, the recent Russian moves, which threaten to undermine U.S.-led efforts over the last year, were met with hardly a shrug in some circles in Washington.

“There are not discussions happening here about what this means for U.S. influence on the war against ISIS,” one defense official told The Daily Beast.

That’s despite the fact that some unverified online videos indicate that the opening phases of such operations may have already begun.

A video posted September 15 to YouTube appears to show Russian military forces in tanks alongside Syrian forces in the Lattakia region, a traditional Assad stronghold that has come under threat from anti-regime forces.

Since last Friday, Moscow has sent two dozen additional fighter jets to Syria, bringing the total number in the country to 28. The same day, Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke by phone to his Russian counterpart about what the Pentagon called “mechanisms for deconfliction,” a strong indication that Russia intended to conduct airstrikes in the same areas that U.S. forces and their coalition partners are now operating against ISIS.

After more than a year of U.S.-led airstrikes, the political and military situation in Syria appears to have reached a critical turning point, American officials and experts said. The U.S. campaign is effectively at a stalemate, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said. In recent weeks, as Assad lost ground and the Obama administration’s Syria policy came under withering criticism for failing to train and equip any significant rebel force, the Russians began moving military equipment, supplies, and troops into Syria.

The massing of Russian force would seem to add a new and potentially volatile element to the chaotic war, with the U.S. struggling to find allies on the ground or blunt the spread of ISIS, and U.S. military analysts accusing their senior officers of distorting intelligence to paint a rosier picture of the military situation.

U.S. officials said publicly they were concerned and keeping a channel of communication open to Moscow.

But privately, many seemed to welcome a Russian intervention if it alleviated the burden on the U.S. for fighting ISIS, even if that meant diminished American influence over how the war ends. Intervening on behalf of an ally bring its own challenges, they note.

The Russians “are going to inherit Assad’s mess,” a second defense official said. “I don’t know if they have looked at it from all possible angles.”

“Watching the Russians take the initiative is the most clear example yet of the complete abdication of U.S. leadership and responsibility in the region,” Christopher Harmer, a naval analyst at the Washington D.C.-based Institute for the Study of War, told The Daily Beast.

Privately, many seemed to welcome a Russian intervention in Syria. “There are some here who think the Russians could find themselves in another Afghanistan,” one U.S. official said.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, asked by reporters if the U.S. had any insights into Moscow’s endgame, replied, “To be blunt about it, no.”

State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters Monday that the U.S. “concerns remain in place” about growing Russian moves in Syria.

Carter has not said a word about what many are calling an “inflection point” in Syria. On Monday afternoon, he held a Lean In event at the Pentagon with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, encouraging women in the military to support each other through small groups. Over the weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry repeated the Obama administration’s position that Assad must step down in order to forge a political settlement, but he remained open to postponing that departure to some unspecified date. Kerry has spoken with his Russian counterpart three times in the past week.

‘Change is possible’: Thousands join Moscow opposition protest 

‘Change is possible’: Thousands join Moscow opposition protest

Russia’s opposition supporters hold flags during a rally in Lyublino, a suburb of Moscow on September 20, 2015 (AFP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)

Moscow (AFP) – Thousands of people poured onto Moscow’s streets Sunday for the first authorised opposition protest in a year-and-a-half, with Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny telling the crowds: “Change is possible.”

While authorised by Moscow officials, the demonstration was restricted to a southeastern suburb 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) from the city centre, under a heavy security presence.

Russian police, cited by news agency Ria Novosti, said 4,000 had joined the protest, while organisers reached by AFP put the number at 7,000.

Waving Russian flags, the protesters carried placards that read: “Who killed Nemtsov?”, a reference to Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov who was assassinated just steps from the Kremlin in February.

“Stop lying, stop stealing,” read other placards.

“The people who are here are those who believe in something better,” opposition leader Navalny told the crowds.

“We are not fighting against Putin, but against people who do not believe that it is possible to change anything,” said Navalny, a prominent blogger. “Change is possible, and we will get there.”

Ivan Petrov, a 44-year-old maths professor who came to protest, told AFP: “I’m sick of this vertical power. They are all incompetent because there is no political competition, and smart people are leaving the country in droves.”

The protest comes a week after regional elections confirmed the dominance of pro-Kremlin party United Russia. Many opposition candidates were banned from standing and opposition parties have blasted the vote as fraudulent.

CHANGE IS POSSIBLE EVEN IN AMERICA: We The People no longer need to be oppressed by our Government forcing it’s greedy will down our throats. America can and will be Great again!  In God We Trust.

Lock and Load: NATO Deploys Fully Armed Eurofighters to Russian Borders | Veterans Today

NATO is unambiguously sending a belligerent signal to Russia

First published  …  September 20, 2015,  Sputnik NewsSputnik

NATO continues its military buildup in close vicinity to Russia: for the first time since the inception of the Ukrainian crisis, German Eurofighters are set to patrol the Baltic Airspace with full ammunition.

U.S soldiers walk next to a Patriot missile defence battery during joint exercises at the military grounds in Sochaczew, near Warsaw.

The NATO Baltic air-policing mission has been carried out by its member states since 2004, when Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania acceded to the military bloc.

In contrast with September – December 2014, the aircraft will carry enough ammo for a real fight: a gun, infrared short-range missiles, radar-guided medium-range missiles and an electronic defense system with decoys that are ejected at a threat.

Why did NATO decide to deploy fully armed military planes to the area? Commenting on the jets’ increased combat capabilities, German Air Force inspector Karl Müllner told Deutsche Presse Agentur:

“This is not a tool for escalation. It is just a tool to be on par [with a potential enemy]. And this is a tool to motivate the soldiers engaged in the activity [of air policing]”.

However, there is no need for a rocket scientist to read between the lines: NATO is unambiguously sending a belligerent signal to Russia.

NATO

It is another, albeit minor, step in expanding the alliance’s military presence in Eastern Europe. For years, NATO has been creeping towards Russia citing all kinds of phantom reasons: the Iran nuclear threat, Crimea’s referendum, the Ukrainian conflict etc.

In addition to that, the three “vulnerable” Baltic States have been restlessly and hysterically exploiting the myth of an “evil Russia,” setting a convenient pretext for NATO to boost its military in the region.

Earlier in August, German journalists obtained a document that instructed the German Army to accumulate weapons, as “deterrence may become important again” in view of – guess what – the imaginary “Russian threat”, of course.

However, the Germans might be a little too late with their desire to show how committed they are to the idea of countering Russia. The Syrian crisis and a common enemy in the form of ISIL may bring Washington and Moscow together and help alleviate tensions – meaning Berlin will have to back down.

But the bloc’s long-term strategy is unlikely to change despite the promising Moscow-Washington thaw: the Ukrainian crisis, the latest meteorite crash, the extinction of the dinosaurs and other pretexts will still be used to accuse Russia of threatening the global security and stigmatize it as the arch enemy.

The Arch enemy is not Russia. It is by far the Islamic Cult. Muslims, Islam, Islamic State, Isil, Daesh, Isis, Call it whatever you want. What it boils down to are the Muslims and their inability to live in peace with anybody. Even their own families! At some point the World must choose what evil they want and what evil must go. I don’t see ant Nazi’s running around. I would say together we ended their parade. It’s time the Islamic parade of Rape, Massacre, Arrogance, Ignorance, and Torture is put to rest. Forever! – ISLAMACIDE

US airstrikes ineffective, genuinely committed anti-terrorist coalition required – Syrian FM to RT

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US airstrikes in Syria are ineffective as long as Washington fails to coordinate its actions with those battling terrorists on the ground, Syrian FM Walid Muallem told RT, adding that Damascus fully supports the idea of a coalition genuinely committed to the cause.

The international community could have prevented much of the bloodshed in Syria by moving beyond empty declarations and sincerely respecting the obligations to fight terrorism, Walid Muallem told RT Arabic in an exclusive interview.

“We want to ask the international community…what have you done to fulfill the UN Security Council resolutions adopted in accordance with Chapter 7 [of the UN Charter]?” Muallem said. “Did neighboring countries implement the Security Council resolutions on fighting terrorism? Not a single one.”

Russia has long insisted on the creation of an international anti-terrorist coalition that would coordinate its efforts with the Syrian army battling the radical Islamist forces on the ground. Muallem says Damascus fully supports such an initiative.

“We declare that we are ready to coordinate our actions with any country in the world, which sincerely wished to fight terrorism in practice,” Muallem stated, adding that scrapping any support to terrorist groups would be essential proof of sincerity.

Muallem also commented on the information campaigns presenting the ongoing Russian-Syrian cooperation as some kind of growing threat or something illegal.

“Moscow is acting within the framework of international law, respecting the sovereignty of our country and in coordination with Syria,” he said. “We do not hide anything under the table … We regard Russia as our friend and strategic ally which is honest in its actions.”

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.

In depth

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.

Syria carries out rare attacks on ISIS capital? Surprising Hell maybe Russia will kill some ISIS scum!

BEIRUT — Syrian warplanes carried out a wave of airstrikes in the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa, activists said, in rare attacks that coincided with a visit by a UN envoy to Damascus on Thursday.

In the country’s south, helicopters dropped barrel bombs that struck a busy market place, killing at least 17 people. An activist in the rebel-held Bosra Sham said the explosives were dropped as the market was packed with shoppers and people buying necessities for children who go back to school this week.

Speaking on condition of anonymity for security reasons, he said around 24 people were killed and many others wounded, with many of them in critical condition. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 17. Such discrepancies are common in the aftermath of large bombings.

Two Syria-based groups as well as the Observatory said earlier Thursday that warplanes carried out at least 12 airstrikes across the ISIS-held city of Raqqa in northern Syria. They reported casualties but had no specific figures. It was not immediately clear what was hit.

Syrian President Bashar al-AssadPhoto: AP

The city is the self-declared capital of the Islamic State group’s self-styled caliphate, which includes large parts of Syria and Iraq. The region is often targeted by a US-led coalition fighting ISIS from the air. The Syrians have occasionally targeted the city as well, but Syrian government airstrikes typically concentrate on opposition-held areas of the country.

Syrian President Bashar Assad reiterated in an interview with Russian media aired Wednesday that the US refuses to coordinate with his government in the fight against ISIS.

For the US officials, “if they cooperate with the Syrian army, this is like recognition of our effectiveness in fighting ISIS,” Assad said. He also said that his priority is “defeating terrorism” in Syria.

Russia is trying to convince the West of the need to work with Syria in the fight against ISIS.

Thursday’s airstrikes on Raqqa coincided with a visit by the UN envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, to Damascus. De Mistura met with Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, who repeated to him that fighting terrorism was the Syrian government’s priority, according to the state-run news agency SANA.

More than 250,000 people have been killed in Syria’s civil war, according to UN officials. Thats a lot of Dead Muslims!

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

Assad Speaks Truth to Power: Stop Supporting Terrorists!

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.

What is the situation year after the beginning of the airstrikes against IS group?

Syria – Latakia – Syrian Arab Army launches offensive in the Mountains – September 14, 2015

Syria – Latakia -the FSA try to stop the offensive of the Syrian Army – September 14, 2015

Syria: SAA/Hezbollah Operations in Zabadani: Tracking

Syria, Damascus, Syrian Arab Army Recapture تل ” أبو زيد” “Abu Zeid” Hill.

Report from frontline: Female Kurd fighters and Syrian army fight ISIS

Iraq HD – Ramadi – Iraqi forces still fighting the Islamic State – September 14, 2015

Chris Hedges: US’ ongoing assault on Iraq coughed up groups like ISIS

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.

NATO vows to continue fight against terrorism 

NATO vows to continue fight against terrorism

 

 Istanbul: NATO top commanders vowed to continue their fight against terrorism of any kind as they wrapped up a close-door meeting here on Saturday.

“Terrorism poses direct threats to NATO and international stability. It will remain the threats in the foreseeable future,” NATO military committee chairman Petr Pavel said.

Turkish chief of general staff Hulusi Akar said: “these new risks force us to be decisive as never before. We brought our airbases into service, we are battling with any kind of terrorism with strong determination.”

However, both generals withheld any detail information of military actions against the Islamic State (IS), Xinhua news agency reported.

Petr Pavel said NATO’s 28 member states are against any kind of threats and will respond to challenges in both eastern and southern flanks, keeping all countries safe.

The meeting came at a time when tension between NATO and Russia over the Ukrainian crisis is mounting with an alliance decision to increase its deterrence in the Black Sea, Baltic Sea and Eastern Europe.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday that it is sending humanitarian assistance, military supplies and advisers to Syria and will send additional aid if asked, thus raising the US concerns it will escalate the civil war and send even more migrants to Europe.

Russia’s move comes after Bulgaria and Ukraine this week closed their airspace to Russian flights to Syria to stop any Russian military buildup there.

Boy I feel safer already!

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