Friday, October 9, 2015

ISIS "Big Win/Advance" in Aleppo? - Rebel Burgers!

Got wind of this news item earlier today-
Did ISIS advance in Aleppo? / Was it a big win? No. And No
Why do I say “no”?
 Because in a nutshell, this is yet another sleight of hand:  A way of deceiving people requiring some skill

I’ve talked about the varying ‘brands’ of rebels on a number of occasions

The concept of brand is familiar to all?  For this post let’s compare rebels to hamburgers? Think about a hamburger?  Consider all the brands affiliated with that food product?
McDonalds, Harvey’s, Wendy’s, A &W, Burger King etc.,
All brands selling their version of  a hamburger which is simply a beef patty in a bun!
The Syrian rebels, all of them, including the Kurds, are equivalent to a hamburger, sold under a bunch of varying brand names.  Therefore there is no real advance just because someone changed the name of the hamburgers holding the villages

First let’s read the reports-
”Islamic State militants seized a string of villages from rival insurgents north of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Friday in a surprise attack that came despite intensive Russian airstrikes that Moscow insists are targeting the extremist group, activists said.
“Daesh has exploited the Russian airstrikes and the preoccupation of the Free Syrian Army in its battles in Hama, and advanced in Aleppo,” one rebel commander with fighters in the region told Reuters.

Brand rebel ISIS is alleged to have taken villages from brand rebel FSA. A name change is not a real change. Behind both brands is the global military terror corporation of NATO.

NYT’s takes there nonsense a bit further with this:
“The Islamic State advance is threatening a strategic area north of Aleppo on the way to crossing points into Turkey that was to be part of a proposed ISIS-free buffer zone under a plan the United States announced over the summer with Turkey; that plan now seems to have stalled”

This zone was never going to happen- I expressed that clearly to readers here some time ago.
Turkey wanted this zone to block a continuous Kurdish zone and the US wanted nothing to do with it. Turkey wanted to pour the refugees back into this area to impede the Kurds. So, NATO emptied the refugee camps shipped  all refugees off to Europe-

I mentioned that previously here:

*A brief word about Turkey releasing the camp inhabitants- That was a NATO operation 100 percent- Who transported them? Who put them on trains? Who gave them smart phones and provided them connectivity to upload their travels to social media- The same persons who provided this very same equipment/opportunity to the jihadis/ nato's irregulars or as the US like to call them the moderate rebels. Turkey is NATO occupied territory. That was an intentional plan to weaken and bring discord to the European nations.

 That was the other reason for the refugee race to Europe. There would be no need for a safe place in Syria for refugees.-  Therefore no need for an ISIS free zone. All to assist in the creation of Kurdistan aka greater Israel.

 And finally-

Here is where we may get into a bit of a problem if Russia and Syria don't move quickly- Whenever ISIS comes to town- the Kurds inevitably follow- You know the Kurds come to 'fight' ISIS and ISIS just melts away??? As if they were rained on like the wicked witch in Oz. Taking this area will make their zone complete. What will happen next?

From Earlier:



Syria: An Intense 24 Hours According to All Reports- Obama Says..

Russian Sorties- 67 in 24 hours
 Attack aircraft from the Russian air group deployed in Syria carried out record 67 combat missions in the past 24 hours hitting a total of 60 Islamic State targets, the Russian General Staff said Friday.

"In the past 24 hours, the Russian combat aircraft carried out 67 missions. The Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-24SM planes destroyed 60 terrorist targets," Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Lt. Gen. Igor Makushev told reporters in Moscow.

Russia’s Sukhoi Su-25, Su-24M and Su-34 attack aircraft, with the support of Su-30 jets, commenced precision airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria on September 30, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, since the beginning of the air campaign Russian air forces have carried out about 140 strikes against terrorist positions, including command centers, training camps and ammunition depots. Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired 26 cruise missiles on ISIL targets on Wednesday.
 Russia says kills 300 militants in Syria in most intense raids yet
Russia's air force hit 60 Islamic State targets in Syria over the past 24 hours and killed around 300 militants, the Defence Ministry said on Friday, in Moscow's most intense raids yet since it first launched strikes on Syria 10 days ago.

The increased pace of attacks was aimed at preventing militants from re-grouping and dispersing in populated areas, the ministry said. In the previous updates, the Moscow had been reporting hitting about 10 targets daily.

The ministry said in a statement that air force jets used KAB-500 precision guided bombs to destroy a headquarters of the Liwa al-Haqq militant group in Syria's Raqqa province.

The ministry, citing intercepted radio communications, said the raid killed two senior Islamic State field commanders and some 200 militants there.

Liwa al-Haqq is not connected to Islamic State, so it was not clear what the two field commanders were doing at the group's base.
Liwa al Haqq is not connected to ISIS ?????
So it was not clear what the two field commanders were doing at the group's base???
Oh really? 

 The ministry also said it destroyed an Islamic State base and munitions storage set up in a former prison near Aleppo, killing another 100 militants.
 Isn't it amazing that Russia has struck ISIS &  struck them hard, while the NATO allies bombed & bombed. Then bombed some more!  And still, ISIS managed to expand territory and increase ranks. So curious... 

Obama says... 

 When I came into office...Syria was Russia's only ally in the region," Obama said in the interview, the complete version of which will air this Sunday.
"And today, rather than being able to count on their support and maintain the base they had in Syria, which they've had for a long time. Mr. Putin now is devoting - his own troops, his own military, just to barely hold together by a thread his sole ally," he said.
When the journalist conducting the interview said that Russia is "challenging your leadership, Mr. President," and is "bombing the people - that we are supporting," Obama questioned whether that was any indication of leadership at all.
"If you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in, in order to prop up your only ally is leadership, then we've got a different definition of leadership," he said.
 With a straight face undoubtedly.

From earlier cause I'm playing catch up myself!

Iran: No to missiles impacting- Syrian Rebel Training Program Overhauled- Not ended

Iran: No to missiles impacting- Syrian Rebel Training Program Overhauled- Not ended

Iran- NO confirmation of US LIE regarding Russian missile crash in Iran

Notice a named individuals refused to confirm the claims of an "unnamed US official?
Tehran: Iran on Friday declined to confirm a claim by a US official that Russian missiles targeting rebels in Syria crashed in its territory this week.

"We don't confirm" this information, foreign ministry spokeswoman Afkham Marzieh said when asked about the claim.

The US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, had said the missiles crashed in Iran on Wednesday, but did not provide details about where they might have come down or whether they caused any damage.

Russia's defence ministry has flatly denied the claim.

"Any professional knows that during these operations we always fix the target before and after impact. All our cruise missiles hit their target," said ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov.
Obama to overhaul U.S. program to support Syria rebels - Carter

Overhaul does not imply giving up or throwing in the towel. Overhaul indicates, striving for improvement in order to get the job done.
LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is set to overhaul Washington's approach to supporting Syrian rebel forces following this year's deeply troubled launch of a U.S. military training program, and will speak on the matter within hours, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday.

"I think you'll be hearing very shortly from him in that regard about the proposals that he has approved and that we are going to go forward with," Carter told a news briefing in London
Pentagon- US to CHANGE Syrian rebel aka terrorist training program

The U.S. will overhaul the failed Syrian rebel training program, working more closely with capable Kurdish and other forces in Syria, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday.
I personally have zero doubt the US has already been working with the Kurdish forces. That cooperation has been covered on multiple occasions here- Kurds calling in bombing information. The US bombing Arab Syrian villages to allow the advance of Kurdish militias. The obvious symbiosis between NATO backed ISIS and NATO backed Kurds. The cooperation is clear!

 U.S. officials have said the new effort would focus more on embedding recruits with established Kurdish and Arab units, rather than sending them directly into front-line combat. Last week, a commander of one of the U.S.-trained rebel units turned over a half-dozen U.S. vehicles to extremist militants.
 He called it a “more strategic approach” than what the U.S. has been doing from the beginning. “We have been looking for now several weeks at ways to improve that program,” Carter said. “I wasn’t satisfied with the early efforts in that regard.”
 Clearly the program has not ended- And it very likely hasn't changed all that much either.
Judging by this last paragraph

 Instead of fighting IS in small units, the U.S.-trained rebels would be attached to larger existing Kurdish and Arab forces. They would be equipped with U.S. communications gear and trained to provide intelligence and to designate IS targets for airstrikes in coordination with U.S. troops outside of Syria, the officials said.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Breaking! 4 Russian Warships Launch Strikes against ISIS from Caspian Sea


Looking for input here readers, please.
Four Russian Navy warships have fired a total of 26 missiles at the position of the terrorist group Islamic State in Syria, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced. The missiles were fired from the Caspian Sea. 
“Four missile ships launched 26 cruise missiles at 11 targets. According to objective control data, all the targets were destroyed. No civilian objects sustained damage,” Shoigu said.
The missiles flew some 1,500 km before reaching their targets, prob(v)ing their efficiency.

RT: flight path of missiles

 The missile attacks came from Russia’s fleet in the Caspian Sea, which borders Russia, Iran and three other littoral countries. The precision weapons hit all intended targets. The attacks apparently required cooperation from Iran and Iraq, as the missiles had to travel through their airspace to reach Syria.

The countries of Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran border the sea.


Russia has launched rocket strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria from its warships in the Caspian Sea, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu says.
Mr Shoigu was quoted by Russian media as saying four warships launched 26 sea-based cruise missiles on 11 targets, destroying them.

UPDATE # 2- (flight path of missiles being #1)


Interesting to note that the article is lacking in spin/perception management- however, that will come. Oh yes, that will come.
Sharply escalating its role in Syria, the Russian military launched on Wednesday medium-range missiles from nearly 1,000 miles away.
 The new Russian airstrikes came amid reports of an expanding ground offensive by pro-government forces in Syria, which is taking place in coordination with Russian warplanes operating from an airfield in western Syria. That offensive will include the Syrian Army, Hezbollah forces on the ground and Russia in the air — all coordinated with Iran, according to an official with that alliance.
The targets were about 930 miles, or about 1,500 kilometers, from the Russian flotilla of four warships that launched the missiles, Mr. Shoigu said. No civilians were harmed in the strike, he said.
Mr. Putin praised the work of the military in the missile strike and in the air operations in Syria that already showed a flexing of Russia’s military muscle in the Middle East.
“That we fired from the territory of the Caspian Sea, at a range greater than 1,500 kilometers, and hit targets precisely, this shows high qualifications,” Mr. Putin said, referring to naval crew members.
In Moscow, Russian authorities would not confirm that a ground offensive had begun. But a spokeswoman for the foreign ministry, Maria V. Zakharova, said on Wednesday that Russia had never made a secret of its policy of aiding the Syrian military.
“I can say coordination is taking place with the Syrian Army, that is unequivocal,” Ms. Zakharova said. “And we call on everybody else to do the same. Without a collective effort, all these activities in the air are useless.”


H/T james

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Link originally found at Fort Rus

Update #4

A good article from Russia Insider on the firing of Russian cruise missiles and why they were fired from the Caspian Sea-
An excellent read- Concise! Thanks James :)
Russia Insider- How and Why Russia launched it's cruise missiles from the Caspian against ISIS

The Russian Defence Ministry has just confirmed that Islamic State positions in Syria have been attacked with 26 long range cruise missiles launched by four Russian warships in the Caspian Sea.
The missiles would have been the long range subsonic land attack version of the Klub cruise missile family.

The Klub family is a modular family of different cruise missiles tasked for different roles depending on their motors and guidance systems.
Some members of this family of missiles are used for attacking surface warships, and others for attacking submarines.  Those that are used to attack surface warships typically skim close to the sea, but have a supersonic terminal phase.  Those used to attack submarines are short range, sometimes supersonic, and launch a light anti-submarine torpedo into the sea near the point where the submarine has been spotted.
The land attack version of the Klub used in this attack uses a combination of inertial and satellite guidance and in order to achieve a longer range (up to 2,500 km is claimed) uses a turbojet as opposed to a rocket engine to fly subsonically at Mach 0.8.
It is exactly analogous to the subsonic long range cruise missiles the US has regularly used in conflicts starting with the 1990 Gulf war.
The Russians have not identified the warships that were used to launch the missiles.
The key point about the Klub missile family is however that it is modular.  This means that different versions of the missile can be launched from the same launcher.
Russia’s Caspian Sea Flotilla is known to possess two Gepard class frigates and six Buyan class missile corvettes, all of which would be capable of launching these missiles.

In order to strike Islamic State targets in Syria, the Russians will have needed to obtain permission from Iran and Iraq through whose airspace the missiles would have had to fly.
The missile strike therefore confirms two things (1) that the Russians again have demonstrated a capability that previously only the US had demonstrated; and (2) that the coalition they have created with Syria, Iran and Iraq is a fully operating reality, that is able to confer and agree on missile strikes.
Missile strikes have certain advantages over air attacks. They limit the risk of casualties, making it easier to attack fixed targets that are more likely to have strong anti-aircraft defences. 
The Islamic State is known to possess man portable short range surface to air missiles including Russian made Strela and Igla missiles.  They are also known to have anti-aircraft cannon. 
Whilst their air defence systems are unlikely to be very strong or sophisticated, and the Russians have well developed methods to protect their aircraft from such systems, there is no reason why the Russians should risk their aircraft and pilots when an entirely safe alternative exists.
In addition, supplementing the aircraft strike force with long range missiles greatly increases tactical flexibility, enabling a greater number of targets to be attacked.  For obvious reasons, cruise missiles are suitable for attacking fixed targets, such as weapons depots or headquarters. Using them to do so frees the aircraft to attack mobile targets, such as artillery or tanks.
Subsonic cruise missiles are exceptionally difficult to observe and track - and shoot down - so the element of surprise is increased.  The Islamic State now knows it can be attacked anywhere and at any time - day or night - without warning.
Lastly, it is significant that the Russians have chosen to launch their missiles from the Caspian Sea rather than the Mediterranean (land based versions of long range cruise missiles are prohibited by the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces (“INF”) Treaty).
The choice of the Caspian Sea is dictated by the political situation.  The US has very powerful fleet and intelligence assets in the Mediterranean - as do US allies such as Israel.  Launching their missiles from the Caspian Sea enables the Russians to do so without outside observation or interference.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Brzezinski- Obama Should Retaliate if Russia Does Not Stop Attacking US Assets

From Politico excerpted from Financial Times

If anyone, anyone at all has access to the Financial Times site, please share the article here.
Not the link, just the information in the article. I can't access the FT's piece. :(

The United States should threaten to retaliate if Russia does not stop attacking U.S. assets in Syria, former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote in a Financial Times op-ed published Sunday, urging "strategic boldness," with American credibility in the Middle East and the region itself at stake.
Moscow's apparent decision to strike non-Islamic State targets and those of Syrian rebels backed by the Central Intelligence Agency "at best" reflects "Russian military incompetence," and worst, "evidence of a dangerous desire to highlight American political impotence,"

And if Russia continues to pursue non-ISIL targets, the U.S. should retaliate, he added.
"In these rapidly unfolding circumstances the U.S. has only one real option if it is to protect its wider stakes in the region: to convey to Moscow the demand that it cease and desist from military actions that directly affect American assets," he said.
"The Russian naval and air presences in Syria are vulnerable, isolated geographically from their homeland," Brzezinski noted. "They could be 'disarmed' if they persist in provoking the US."
"But, better still, Russia might be persuaded to act with the U.S. in seeking a wider accommodation to a regional problem that transcends the interests of a single state," he added.
Instead of what he calls a "new form of neocolonial domination," the United States, along with China and Russia, must act in concert to protect their mutual interests, he warned.
"China would doubtless prefer to stay on the sidelines. It might calculate that it will then be in a better position to pick up the pieces. But the regional chaos could easily spread northeastward, eventually engulfing central and northeastern Asia. Both Russia and then China could be adversely affected. But American interests and America’s friends — not to mention regional stability — would also suffer. It is time, therefore, for strategic boldness," he concluded.

Also: Russians make closest contact to date with U.S. war planes over Syria

Keeping in mind the Russian are invited and the US planes are not invited.

Russian Fighter Jet Shot Down in Syria? Unverified first report

Don't know what to make of this first report?


Image accompanying article?
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
A Russian fighter jet, involved in military operation against the terrorist organization “Islamic State”, was shot down in Syria, Haber7 reported citing sources in the Syrian opposition.
Further details are yet to be reported
 Follow the author on Twitter: @rhafizoglu

 Following hot on the heels of this news- Turkish Defense Radar Locked on Russian Fighter in Syria ?? UPDATED

I admit this feels contrived for perception management purposes. I don't know what this is actually an image of?  Keeping an eye on the narrative as it unfolds- Share some thoughts, please


Wow- the NATO media machine is working overtime!

Clearly the Russian strikes are having a massive affect on NATO's destabilizing force 

And Update #2

The story of the Russian jet shootdown  on Trends and Twitter is a total ruse. It did seem to be but thanks to an anonymous commenter we have the proof of disinfo in action- Check it out for yourselves.
Here is the original story.

A light aircraft was struck by lightning in Indonesia (lush vegetation fits) on 19 January 2014.
And thanks to the commenter, whoever you are :)

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Turkish Defense Radar Locked on Russian Fighter in Syria ?? UPDATED

The first casualty of war is truth.
A Russian warplane on a bombing run in Syria flew within five miles of the Turkish border and may have crossed into Turkey’s air space, Turkish and U.S. officials said Sunday.
Within 5 miles of the border? May have crossed into Turkey's airspace? Said unnamed officials?
The incident raises new concerns that Russia’s armed intervention in Syria could spill over to neighboring countries, lead to an unintended military confrontation and trigger an even bigger regional conflict.
Russia's intervention could spill over into neighouring countries? Whaaaat?!

Turkish "official" 
A Turkish security official said Turkish radar locked onto the Russian aircraft as it was bombing early Friday in al Yamdiyyah, a Syrian village directly on the Turkish border. He said Turkish fighter jets would have attacked had it crossed into Turkish airspace.

Unnamed Turkish 'official' said Russia was bombing in a Syrian village on the border.
Telling us the bombing could have taken place miles from the border

He said Turkish fighter jets would have attacked had it crossed into Turkish airspace.
Telling us all that the Russian plane did not cross into Turkish airspace?

American "official"
"U.S. military official suggested the incident had come close to sparking an armed confrontation. Reading from a report, he said the Russian aircraft had violated Turkish air space by five miles and that Turkish jets had scrambled, but that the Russian aircraft had returned to Syrian airspace before they could respond"
US official "sparking an armed confrontation" - 
Russian aircraft violated Turkish airspace by five miles? 
Turkish "official" already informed us that Russian planes did not cross into airspace because fighter jets did not attack, but would've if the planes crossed into Turkish airspace

Punch and Judy officials together?

The Turkish security official said he could not confirm that account. (The American account) Both officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the news media.
 Do you believe that this incident, as reported by McClatchy,  actually occurred?

A NATO spokesman referred all questions to the Turkish government, which had no immediate comment. The U.S. Central command, which oversees military operations in Syria, said it was working on a response to questions from McClatchy.
NATO was passing  up such a good PR opportunity? Not chomping at the bit to address such timely and heinous incident? Really?!

The Turkish government had no comment? And US centcom was 'working on a response'? 
Never let a good opportunity go to waste...... that's the saying in the disinfo business. 
Yet, Turkey and the US appear to be doing just that? Or will these "officials" run with this news all week? Perhaps Centcom can "work on a response" to turn this into an international incident that can spill out globally tomorrow. Talk shows. Outraged politicos. Charlies Rose can interview someone. Oh the possibilities....But did this incident actually take place? I have some serious doubts, myself.
How about you? 

UPDATE: It appears the officials took the never let a good opportunity go to waste route!
Even if one has to fabricate the 'opportunity'?  I still cannot verify, to my satisfaction,  if this actually took place.  But there are multiple Turkish/US hence NATO reports. Linking a few below..

Important- This incident  allegedly took place October 03/2015. I picked up on the reporting October 04/2015

 'Russian aircraft violated Turkish airspace near Syria'

A Russian Violation of Turkish Airspace


“I call on Russia to fully respect NATO airspace and to avoid escalating tensions with the alliance,” Stoltenberg said in a statement. “I urge Russia to take the necessary steps to align its efforts with those of the international community in the fight against” Islamic State militants"
Odd that NATO wants Russia to align it's efforts with the 'international community' when Russia had been trying to do exactly that but the 'international community' rejected the cooperation
The news of this failure to cooperate and communicate on the part of the "international community" aka NATO has been covered here previously, but, still I'll include a news item for your reading pleasure- Russia offered and is still offering  U.S. direct military contacts over Syria
The incident occurred on Saturday, south of the Turkish border province of Hatay, which in recent years also has been a regular transit route into Syria for Islamic militants fighting across Syria and Iraq.

Russia is targeting IS militants- what is NATO's problem? ;)

 In addition to deploying aircraft to Syria, U.S. military officials also say Moscow has established sophisticated anti-aircraft weaponry in the country. U.S. European Command chief and NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Gen. Philip Breedlove, warned those moves could function as an anti-access/area denial zone.

We talked about this Russian strategy last week in two posts. Recall?
It appears that the spin is largely coming through via Turkish, US/Canadian media sources
such as Washington Post, CNN, CTV etc., Nothing forthcoming in the way of Russian acknowledgement or denial