Japan has once again scrambled fighter-interceptors in response to a flight by Chinese fighters and bombers through a strategic passage into the Pacific Ocean between Okinawa and Mikyako Island.
Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force scrambled fighters to intercept a pair of Chinese Su-30 fighters and H-6 bombers, Stars and Stripesreported. The Defense Ministry added that the Chinese planes were intercepted Friday, and the flight did not infringe into Japanese territorial airspace. That said, the flight took place through a politically sensitive area. Continue reading »
— VeteransTodayNetwork (@veteranstoday) December 3, 2016
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Continuing the debate over a massive expansion of the Selective Service, the White House today announced that President Obama is in favor of expanding registration for the military draft to include all women when they turn 18. Continue reading »
Despite ongoing evidence of colossal economic waste and manifest ineptitude by the Pentagon’s network of defense contractors, it isn’t stopping their commitment to spending many more billions of taxpayer money. Moreover, their plans are becoming even more long-range, saddling future generations with even more debt to service.
Their latest brainchild, according to a report in the Washington Post is an undersea network of drones and drone launch “pods” that will cover the 7 seas with patrol and defense capabilities.
Some of this was put on display during the recent military exercise among many of the allied nations known as “Unmanned Warrior 2016” that took place off the Scottish coast. A wide range of autonomous systems were tested, as well as a test of an overall web of communication between land, air, and sea vehicles.
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H/t reader squodgy:
from Defense Industry Daily (DID)
Plans by Ukraine to test fire missiles near Crimea have been met with protest from Russia. Having annexed the peninsula in 2014, Moscow is regarding the planned tests as violating “Russia’s sovereign air space,” summoning the Ukrainian defense attache to hand over a protest note ahead of the December 1 & 2 launches. Meanwhile, Russian military buildup in Crimea continues.
The US State Department has cleared the potential sale external link of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles – Extended Range (JASSM-ER) to Poland. Estimated at $200 million, if passed Warsaw will receive 70 AGM-158B JASSM-ER missiles, 2 AGM-158B Flight Test Vehicles, 2 AGM-158 Mass Simulant vehicles, and 1 Captive Carry variant of the AGM-158B Flight Test Vehicle. F-16 C & D upgrades, along with training services, and additional supporting equipment are also included in the deal.
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H/t reader squodgy:
“As we all know by now, the US may claim “innocence or ignorance’ with the air raid that ‘mistakenly’ killed 68 Syrian top notch troops, but there is far more likelihood it was a deliberate and co-ordinated act of war against that stubborn sworn enemy Bashar al Assad………………….
He was, of course their friend before he chose the Russo-Iranian supplied route for the EU gas pipeline through Syria over the Qatari supply favoured by the Rockefellers/Rothschild Esso/BP/Shell cabal.”
A counter-terrorism analyst says the September airstrikes in Syria by the United States which killed at least 90 Syrian soldiers were “coordinated” and should be addressed as “war crime.”
On September 17, two F-16 and two A-10 jets entered Syrian air space from Iraq and carried out four attacks. Reports said the air raids were conducted by American, Australian, Danish and British warplanes.
The Pentagon said Tuesday the airstrikes were an “unintentional error,” adding that the US-led coalition had launched the air raids based on wrong intelligence. Continue reading »
“The press has been routinely creating fake news reports to start a war,” exclaims Armstrong Economics’ Martin Armstrong, pointing to a recent report exposing The BBC allegedly faking news over chemical attacks in Syria…
What follows is shocking evidence that crisis actors, green screens, CGI, and paid propagandists are being used to fake worldwide events in order to scare people into giving up liberties and sending us into war. To say this was shocking would be to put it lightly.
From video proof showing “dead soldiers” killed by “chemical weapons” walking around after they thought the videos stopped recording, to digitally altering sounds to add in “explosions” that never happened, this segment demonstrates some of the most damming evidence against the media ever shown on television.
As I’ve mentioned before, there are several seers who foresaw the war between Russia and Turkey (a long time ago and also more recently).
And Turkey will be destroyed by Russia.
More information HERE.
Having stated in the past that the only reason Turkish forces are on Syrian soil is to combat Islamic State terrorists, today Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a dramatic diplomatic reversal and said that the Turkish Army has entered Syria to end the rule of President Bashar Assad, whom he accused of terrorism and causing the deaths of thousands.
“We entered [Syria] to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn’t enter] for any other reason,” the Turkish president was quoted by Huyrriyet as saying at the first Inter-Parliamentary Jerusalem Platform Symposium in Istanbul. Erdogan said that Turkey has no territorial claims in Syria, but instead wants to hand over power to the Syrian population, adding that Ankara is seeking to restore “justice.”
“Why did we enter? We do not have an eye on Syrian soil. The issue is to provide lands to their real owners. That is to say we are there for the establishment of justice,” he said, taking a page out of the US playbook, which however in recent weeks has been muted following substantial advances by Syrian and Russian forces which as reported last night, have made material gains in the fight against Syrian rebels in east Aleppo. Continue reading »
An article published in The New York Times this past Sunday perfectly demonstrates how out of control and unconstitutional America’s foreign policy has become. It highlights the latest war being perpetrated by the Obama administration, which is expanding with very little scrutiny from the press or the government branch supposedly in charge of waging war, the U.S. Congress.
The latest growing battlefield is in Somalia, and it threatens to spiral out of control just like so many other undeclared war zones before it. From the NY Times: Continue reading »
The battle for one of the most contested Syrian cities in the nation’s long-running civil war, Aleppo, is approaching its climax. According to Reuters, the Syrian army and its allies announced the capture of a large swath of eastern Aleppo from rebels on Monday – by some estimates as much as 40% of the militant held part – in an accelerating attack that threatens to crush the opposition in its most important urban stronghold.
In a major breakthrough in the government’s push to retake the whole city, regime forces captured six rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo over the weekend, including Masaken Hanano, the biggest of those. On Sunday, the 13th day of the operation, they also took control of the adjacent neighborhoods of Jabal Badra and Baadeeen and captured three others. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“Putin won’t stop putting his borders where NATO (The US War Machine) puts its missiles.”
… which proves conclusively that the Russians want war!
How close is too close for NATO to spread Eastwards, and how far will they test the boundaries? Talks of Ukraine joining the military alliance were on the agenda the 2000s, but ceased after Russia’s swift response to the Georgian aggression in Tskhinvali in 2008. Currently, the Ukraine is unable to join NATO due to internal conflict – the absence of which is a prerequisite for new members.
It would seem then that stopping the US-initiated war in Eastern Ukraine would be beneficial to US interests – or, are they fully aware, that this most certainly will not be allowed to happen as a direct threat to Russia’s security?
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H/t reader squodgy:
“I wonder what the game is here?
France was forced by USA to stop delivery of these following Crimea’s 96% Russia allegiance referendum result which basically authorised Russia’s annexation of The Crimea again.
The guts & weapons systems were Russian & have been removed.
So these two elephants are empty hulks which have now been dumped on Egypt at low price.
Egypt now orders loads of Carrier based Kamov 52 Helicopters from Russia….which is coincidentally what the Russians were going to equip them with.
Egypt has no real need for these carriers, the bullshit claims of needing them to combat terrorism is a smokescreen.
Is it too cynical to think something is going on & these just might end up in the hands of the original buyer?”
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H/t reader squodgy:
“Why not use it as a shore based missile?”
CHINA has test fired a hypersonic missile capable of hitting target 300 miles away in the air, it has been claimed.
One the country’s J-16 strike fighters fired the giant missile earlier this month.
Experts at Popular Science magazine analysed pictures of the event an estimated the missile measured 19 feet long and was 13 inches wide.
One of the experts, Jeffrey Lin, said the launch of the missile was a “big deal”.
He said: “This missile would easily outrange any American – or other NATO – air-to-air missile.” Continue reading »
The Bastion missile system has been installed on Etorofu Island and the Bal system on Kunashiri Island, according to the report.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in March his country would deploy the surface-to-surface missiles systems on the islands before the end of the year. Continue reading »
From the article:
“Once the trains are deployed, Russia will be in possession of 36 megatons of mobile and ready-to-fire nuclear missiles.”
Russia has conducted successful intercontinental ballistic missile tests intended for its Barguzin “nuclear-train” program.
The tests for Russia’s “railway-based combat rocket system” took place on Plesetsk cosmodrone two weeks ago, Interfax reports and were “fully successful” according to a military source, which would “pave the way for further flight tests.” The tests were held to test the missiles’ launch readiness, Russian press added.
The mobile weapons platform, made up of several train carriages designed to conceal the launchers of six Yars or Yars-M thermonuclear ICBMs and their command units, are expected to enter service between 2018 and 2020.
The US Navy’s newest warship is designed to carry two huge guns that can hit targets 80 miles away – but although that may sound impressive, the Navy has now decided that the necessary ammunition is too expensive.
The Long Range Land-Attack Projectile (LRLAP) is a guided munition capable of hitting targets in “urban canyons of coastal cities with minimal collateral damage,” manufacturer Lockheed Martin said.
It is the only round designed for the Advanced Gun System (AGS) of the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class land-attack destroyer.
But although the LRLAP may look good on paper, the Navy moved to cancel the projectiles, citing excessive costs of $800,000 or more per round.
H/t kevin a.
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The European Union hopes to ratify plans for a combined, continent-wide army on Tuesday night, which could lumber the UK with an annual bill worth hundreds of millions of pounds, despite Britain’s intention to leave the bloc.
EU politicians met in Brussels on Tuesday morning to thrash out details of the proposed force and will later vote on establishing an “EU-wide system for the coordination of rapid movement of defense forces personnel.” Continue reading »
The decline of Britain’s naval power in a handy table. Some of her current ships are ageing and may not even be replaced. It may get worse. pic.twitter.com/nw9ZG1x7EJ
— Alois Irlmaier (@AloisIrlmaier) November 21, 2016
Royal Navy warships will be left without anti-ship missiles and be forced to rely on naval guns because of cost-cutting, the Ministry of Defence has admitted.
The Navy’s Harpoon missiles will retire from the fleet’s frigates and destroyers in 2018 without a replacement, while there will also be a two year gap without helicopter-launched anti-shipping missiles.
Naval sources said the decision was “like Nelson deciding to get rid of his cannons and go back to muskets” and one senior former officer said warships would “no longer be able to go toe-to-toe with the Chinese or Russians”. Continue reading »
Shortly after Russia admitted that it was moving nuclear-capable rockets to the exclave of Kaliningrad in explicit retaliation for NATO encroachment on its borders, something it had not done until today, another old hotzone has flared up again when moments ago the Russian military reported that Ukranian security operatives have abducted two Russian servicemen in Crimea, and are attempting to press criminal charges against them, the Russian military is reporting.
Moscow considers the kidnapping a “flagrant provocation,” and is demanding the immediate release and return of Maksim Odintsov and Aleksander Baranov to Russia, according to Sputnik. Continue reading »
While the detente between Russia and US president-elect Donald Trump could not have come at a more tense time, the Kremlin appears to be accelerating its head-on collision course with NATO, and as a highly placed defense official said on Monday, Moscow will deploy S-400 surface-to-air missiles and nuclear-capable Iskander systems in the exclave of Kaliningrad in retaliation for NATO deployments, confirming previous media reports of Russian intentions to once again blanket central Europe with potential nuclear ICBM coverage.
While Russia has previously said it periodically sends Iskanders to Kaliningrad, until now it has always said these were routine drills. Moscow has not linked the moves explicitly with what it says is a NATO military build-up on Russia’s western borders. Continue reading »
5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters news staff.
Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.
WikiLeaks’ Collateral Murder: U.S. Soldier Ethan McCord’s Eyewitness Story
The military did not reveal how the Reuters staff were killed, and stated that they did not know how the children were injured.
After demands by Reuters, the incident was investigated and the U.S. military concluded that the actions of the soldiers were in accordance with the law of armed conflict and its own “Rules of Engagement”.
Consequently, WikiLeaks has released the classified Rules of Engagement for 2006, 2007 and 2008, revealing these rules before, during, and after the killings.
H/t reader squodgy:
“You just cannot get further from the sea to carry out naval ops than Denver.
I recall driving through Nebraska and saw U.S. Navy weapons stores, all in dozens of 100 yard long by 20ft high grassed camouflaged bunkers, again as strategically far from potential attack as you could get.
But this is for a different kind of war, one with little concern for the likes of us.”
Over Denver, the future capital of the U.S. …
It seems that the U.S. military is geared up for a permanent cyber war with the people and various governments of this globe.
Though tensions with Russia may have been temporarily alleviated with the election of Donald Trump – who has signaled for peace with Putin – the long game is much more complicated.
With new powers in Washington taking shape in the next administration, one faction in government was quietly, subtly parading its power. Continue reading »
Ammo for the coming WW3 (((and for the ISIS terrorist migrants and the coming civil war all over Europe))).
Handle with care: US ships over 600+ containers of ammo to Germany amid ongoing European buildup https://t.co/xqf2hpJpRD
— RT (@RT_com) November 10, 2016
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This article was written by Kurt Nimmo and originally published at his Another Day in the Empire site.
Editor’s Comment: At this point, Americans should be getting awfully tired of the false promises and empty dreams that are continually sold, and which so regularly ring hollow. Despite a campaign based around opposing the establishment, normalizing relations with Russia and pulling back from the failing empire, Donald Trump’s rumored pick for Secretary of State – John Bolton, who served as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. under George W. Bush – is advocating for a neocon platform of expanding war, and taking on the major powers.
If put into action, this disastrous policy would lead to only one thing: world war. Trump must be persuaded to cut ties with this crowd and fulfill the promise of draining the swamp, but it remains to be seen if this will possible.
John Bolton: Trump Needs to Confront Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and Embrace Forever War
by Kurt Nimmo
Because Donald Trump has zero foreign policy chops, he will delegate that job to his new secretary of state. With every passing day, it appears the person to fill that job will be John Bolton, a diehard neocon.
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) November 10, 2016
On Saturday Bolton spelled out what he considers to be the foreign policy priorities of the new administration. Continue reading »
On November 4, Jordanian troops shot and killed three US special forces soldiers who were described as “military trainers” at the time. The troops were killed at a checkpoint at the al-Jafr Air Base, and Jordanian officials said they didn’t stop like they were supposed to.
The situation is looking a lot more complicated now, with officials conceding that the US troops killed in the incident were actually working with the CIA in a program to train “moderate” rebels. Jordan is still insisting it was a simple checkpoint shootout gone wrong, one of those things that just happens at checkpoints. Instead of claiming the US troops didn’t stop, they’re now claiming one of their guns went off by mistake, and the Jordanian troops killed them because of heightened security. Continue reading »