Puppet Masters


Russian MP burns US coalition: Americans spent a year bombing Syrian desert, not ISIL

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The United States spent a whole year bombing the desert instead of hitting terrorist targets in Syria, the head of the Russian parliament's international affairs committee wrote on Friday.

"[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: Obviously, the U.S. was not serious about defeating ISIS. And that raises a whole lot of damning questions. What other possible conclusion can there be?

Star of David

Fears of new intifada remain after Israel launches Palestinian clampdown

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:

Airplane Paper

Russian jets blast 10 terrorist targets in last 24 hrs (VIDEOS)

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9 out of 10 jihadi nutjobs agree: Russian jets are a lot scarier than American ones!
Russian fighter jets have attacked 10 Islamic State targets in Syria in their latest airstrikes, destroying arms depots, training centers and infrastructure, Defense Ministry says. In the last 24 hours, Russian military aircraft have performed 20 sorties.

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

Bizarro Earth

The US is getting licked in the information war

As Russia continues its extensive bombing campaign in Syria, the war has quickly developed into two separate fronts. One is being fought with soldiers and airstrikes, and the other front is a pure propaganda blitz.

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.

Comment: See also:

Light Sabers

Russia will arm Lebanon against ISIS and other extremist groups

Russia continues expanding its role in the Middle East by equipping the Lebanese army

Russia is strengthening her alliance in the Middle East and equipping the Lebanese army. The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that this support for Lebanon came with no strings attached.

Let's bring in some heavy hardware...

Comment: Russia is making good on its promise to support legitimate governments. Lebanon has also suffered from the scourge of ISIS, though not as directly as Syria has.


Russia destroys over 50 ISIS targets in 3 days, crippling terrorists' combat capabilities

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The Russian Air Force has conducted more than 60 flights and bombed over 50 Islamic State targets in three days, according to Russia's top armed forces official. He added the strikes have significantly reduced the terrorists' combat capabilities.

"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.

Light Saber

NATO's Baltic Piranha 'assurance drills' begin in Lithuania as the West seeks confrontation with Russia

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US paratroopers take part in NATO's Baltic Pirana war drills in Rukla, Lithuania. (Please tell that American soldier the moving foliage is a dead giveaway.)
Nearly 1,000 soldiers and around 100 pieces of military equipment have been deployed in Lithuania as part of the month-long Baltic Piranha military exercise taking place in the framework of NATO's "assurance measures," launched in response to perceived "challenges" posed by Russia.

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

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President Bashar Assad said Sunday successful cooperation between Syria, Russia, Iran and Iraq would save the region from destruction.

Snakes in Suits

Erdogan: Russia making 'grave mistake' in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemnded Russia's bombing campaign in Syria
Moscow's bombing campaign in Syria is "unacceptable", Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday, warning that Russia was making a "grave mistake".

"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.)
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.
Did Obama agree to all three of these demands before Erdogan agreed to let the USAF use Incirlik?

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.


Russia does more damage to ISIS in one day than the US did in an entire year

Russian planes did more in the fight against ISIL than the aviation of American coalition did in a year.

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.