Fri, 02 Oct 2015 16:05 UTC
"[Senator John] McCain accused us of striking out at US-trained insurgents... However, since they have either run away or joined al-Qaeda, hitting them is a mission impossible," Alexei Pushkov wrote on his Twitter account.
In an interview with France's Europe 1 Radio Pushkov said that the Russian aerial campaign in Syria would take three to four months.
"The US-led coalition spent a whole year pretending they were striking ISIL targets but where are the results of these strikes?" Pushkov wondered.
The White House had earlier said that the Russian air forces was targeting areas in Syria where ISIL militants were nowhere in sight.
Besides, John McCain, chairman of the Senate's Armed Services Committee, said that he could "absolutely confirm" that Russian air strikes had hit Free Syrian Army recruits who had been armed and trained by the US, a claim that was later denied by the Pentagon.
Comment: The curtain is falling, the mask is slipping -- all thanks to Putin's Russia:
- Russia destroys over 50 ISIS targets in 3 days, crippling terrorists' combat capabilities
- Russia does more damage to ISIS in one day than the US did in an entire year
- Armed Syrian militants surrender in droves to Daraa Governorate near Jordan border
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 14:43 UTC
Israel is under pressure to take action after two people were killed and two others, including a two-year-old toddler, were wounded in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday evening. A few hours later a 15-year-old Israeli was stabbed near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem.
RT's Paula Slier reported that the Israeli military is already carrying out retaliatory measures against Palestinians in the West Bank.
At least a dozen Palestinians were arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning following a raid by the Israeli Defense Forces in Nablus, which is one of the largest cities in the Palestinian West Bank, she said.
Comment: This unrest has been festering for several weeks now. Something is brewing in Jerusalem:
- Palestinian President Abbas warned of another intifada
- Israeli occupation forces arrest dozens of Palestinians following clashes over al-Aqsa Mosque
- Unrest in Jerusalem: 'Palestinians' open fire and hurl firebombs on Israel policemen
- Police state Israel: Govt approves sniper fire against Palestinians who throw rocks
- Psychopath Netanyahu vows to stop Palestinian rock-throwers "by all means necessary"
- 3 arrests in fresh clashes in East Jerusalem's holy Al-Aqsa mosque compound
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 14:25 UTC
Armored Sukhoi Su-25 ground-support fighter jets have attacked a jihadist training center in Idlib province, also destroying a workshop producing suicide belts, according to the newly-released Defense Ministry report.
Three depots with munitions, arms and material assets have been eliminated with pinpoint strikes. As a result of direct hits from KAB-500 air bombs, installations and munitions have been taken out.
Comment: One wonders, of course, how long before a raft of ISIL terrorists surrender and start blowing the whistle on Obama and the gang? After just 3 days of airstrikes, ISIL is already on the run: Russia destroys over 50 ISIS targets in 3 days, crippling terrorists' combat capabilities
The Daily Sheeple
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 14:09 UTC
The Daily Sheeple
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 14:09 UTC
Not only are both sides fighting to win Syria, but they are fighting to convince the world that their actions are just. As part of this conflict, both sides are waging an information war that began in earnest as soon as the first Russian bomb reached its target. The Russians claimed that they had bombed ISIS strongholds, while the US government was adamant that they had just blown up moderate rebels. President Obama has even gone so far as to say that Russia's air campaign is strengthening ISIS. The first shots of the information war had been fired.
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 00:00 UTC
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 13:33 UTC
"The airstrikes were being conducted night and day from the Khmeimim airbase and throughout the whole of Syria. In three days we managed to undermine the terrorists' material-technical base and significantly reduce their combat potential,"Lieutenant General Andrey Kartapolov, head of the Main Operation Directorate of the General Staff of Russia's armed forces, told reporters on Saturday.
He added that according to Russian intelligence the militants are fleeing the area that was in their control.
"There is panic and defection among them. About 600 mercenaries have left their positions and are trying to reach Europe," he said.
Washington has notified the Russian Defense Ministry that there were only militants in the areas of Russia's military operation against IS in Syria, he added. "The Americans informed us during contacts that there was no one except terrorists in this region," he said.
"Over the past 24 hours, Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-24M fighter jets have performed 20 sorties and hit nine Islamic State installations," Igor Konashenkov, Russia's Defense Ministry spokesman, reported.
Comment: So much for the so called "Long War on Terror". Russia takes out the ISIS power structure within days, something the United States refused to do for years.
NATO's Baltic Piranha 'assurance drills' begin in Lithuania as the West seeks confrontation with Russia
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:16 UTC
The war games, which will last until October 28, will see 500 Lithuanian soldiers join forces with Belgian, American and Luxembourgian troops. Some 280 soldiers from Belgium and 45 from Luxembourg have brought with them their own hardware to test it in action as part of the NATO Rapid Reaction Force. Belgians have arrived on board armored Piranha infantry vehicles, while Luxembourg's soldiers delivered Dingo II reconnaissance vehicles.
The joint Belgian and Luxembourg company will train to provide support for the US Army's 12th Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers. Currently around 200 US troops are stationed in the country on rotation.
Comment: Sounds reminiscent of Jade Helm - moving within populated areas, involving locals...pumping up the propaganda, pushing civilian fear/safety buttons. Predatory dependency works both ways between NATO and the US and practice makes perfect - well sort of, one would think. Will the Russian military strategy keep a lid on the West as it cleans up the ISIS mess and NATO/US troops have this huffa-puffa distraction? What are the chances?
Assad interview: Russia, Syria, Iran, Iraq will save region or it will be destroyed, willing to step down
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 13:28 UTC
"The steps Russia is taking and the bombing campaign in Syria is unacceptable in any way for Turkey... Unfortunately, Russia is making a grave mistake," Erdogan told a news conference at Istanbul airport before leaving for a visit to France.
Comment: These statements from Recep Tayyip Erdogan should come to no surprise to anyone. He, after all, has a lot invested in seeing that Assad's government be toppled. From this article we learn that:
The real reason the no-fly zone issue has resurfaced is because it was one of the concessions Obama made to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the use of Incirlik airbase.
Turkey had three demands:1 - Safe zones in north Syria (which means that Turkey would basically annex a good portion of Syrian sovereign territory.)Did Obama agree to all three of these demands before Erdogan agreed to let the USAF use Incirlik?
2 - A no-fly zone (which would allow either Turkish troops, US Special Forces or US-backed jihadi militants to conduct their military operations with the support of US air cover.)
3 - A commitment from the US that it will help Turkey remove Assad.
Yes, at least I think he did, which is why I think we are at the beginning of Phase 2 of the US aggression against Syria. Incirlik changes everything. US bombers, drones and fighters can enter Syrian airspace in just 15 minutes instead of 3 to 4 hours from Bahrain. That means more sorties, more surveillance drones, and more air-cover for US-backed militias and Special Forces on the ground. It means the US can impose a de facto no-fly zone over most of Syria that will expose and weaken Syrian forces tipping the odds decisively in favor of Obama's jihadi army. Incirlik is a game-changer, the cornerstone of US policy in Syria. With access to Incirlik, victory is within Washington's reach. That's how important Incirlik is.
And that's why the normally-cautious Putin decided to deploy his warplanes, troops and weaponry so soon after the Incirlik deal was signed. He could see the handwriting on the wall. He knew he had to either act fast and turn the tide or accept the fact that the US and Turkey were going to topple Assad sometime after Turkey's snap elections on November 1. That was his timeline for action. So he did the right thing and joined the fighting.
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 12:56 UTC
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 12:56 UTC
In a day the Russian army managed to destroy FIVE strongholds of ISIS
Today, the ambassador of Syria in Moscow thanked Russia for the decision to launch operations against ISIL. The coalition, according to the diplomat, achieved no significant results in the fight against terrorists.
The Syrian ambassador also said that Russia is attacking only the radical group "Islamic state". Today the Russian Foreign Ministry pointed out that many countries and media outlets are providing false information about Syria. For example, yesterday it was reported that as a result of the strikes civilians were killed, but it turned out that the information about their death appeared before the Russian planes even took off.
Note that the Russian aviation in one day destroyed five strongholds of the"Islamic State". In the end, Russian aircraft in a day managed to do more against ISIL than American aviation coalition was able to do in a year.
Translated by Kristina Rus at Fort Russ
Comment: How is it that Russia is able to do such damage to the Islamic State in one day, while the world's most powerful military force has accomplished so little? It might have something to do with the reports that the US has avoided targeting ISIS positions, has essentially armed the Islamic State, allows it's financing to continue, and uses terrorism as a means of accomplishing it's geopolitical goals. This presents another perspective: ISIS and other terrorist groups are the Unites States' true military force.