Jan 19

Daesh Terrorists Destroy Myth of Germany’s Indestructible Leopard 2 Tank:

Daesh has identified a weak spot in Germany’s legendary Leopard 2 battle tanks, and has destroyed ten of the machines used by the Turkish Army in northern Syria, the German newspaper Die Welt reported.

Battles in Afghanistan, Kosovo and elsewhere have earned Germany’s Leopard 2 battle tank a reputation for being indestructible. In one case, Canadian forces managed to drive a Leopard through a massive Taliban bomb blast and survive.

However, Turkish troops fighting the terrorist group Daesh in northern Syria have had a different experience. According to reports, Daesh fighters in the city of Al Bab have destroyed ten Leopard 2A4 battle tanks. Continue reading »

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Jan 19

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Jan 18

The F-35 Amazingly Has Even More Problems Than We Thought:

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive military program in the world with a total cost of more than $US1 trillion ($1.3 trillion). Now, a new Pentagon report suggests that the futuristic fighter jet still has hundreds of deficiencies and won’t be ready for full combat testing until 2019.

The Pentagon’s latest brutal assessment of this high-priced aircraft was part of an annual report from the Pentagon’s director of operational test and evaluation Michael Gilmore. The dossier includes a five-page evaluation of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the results of which are damning — emphasis ours: Continue reading »

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Jan 18

US F-16 Photographed In Mock Dogfight With Russian Su-27 Above Area 51

USA Buys Russia’s Su-27 Jets From Ukraine to Find Out Why F-15 Is So Bad

H/t reader squodgy.

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Jan 18

Filipino Defense Minister Changes Course, Takes Harder Line on China:

Manila — On Monday, a Philippines’ foreign minister announced his country had filed an official complaint against China — a move, as Anti-Mediareported, that actually demonstrates a strengthening diplomatic bond between the two countries rather than a weakening one. On Tuesday, the Filipino defense minister took a harder line on the issue of China’s installation of military hardware on artificial islands in the South China Sea.

“The actions of China militarizing those disputed features are very troubling,” Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement. “They do not square with the Chinese government’s rhetoric that its purpose is peaceful and friendly.”

On Monday, Filipino Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay toldCNN Philippines that “when we take action in engaging China in this dispute, we do not want to take such aggressive, proactive action that will not solve the problem.” Yasay said the filing of the official complaint, as the diplomatic process dictates, was to ensure “the interests and rights of the Philippines are properly protected.” Continue reading »

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Jan 18

The Best Armed Forces On The Planet? – Opinion:

Written by The Saker; Originally appeared at his blog

In my recent article “Risks and Opportunities for 2017” [This article also provoked a wide discussion at southfront.org] I made a statement which shocked many readers. I wrote:

Russia is now the most powerful country on the planet. (…) the Russian armed forces are probably the most powerful and capable ones on earth (albeit not the largest ones) (…) Russia is the most powerful country on earth because of two things: Russia openly rejects and denounces the worldwide political, economic and ideological system the USA has imposed upon our planet since WWII and because Vladimir Putin enjoys the rock-solid support of about 80%+ of the Russian population. The biggest strength of Russia in 2017 is a moral and a political one, it is the strength of a civilization which refuses to play by the rules which the West has successfully imposed on the rest of mankind. And now that Russia has successfully “pushed back” others will inevitably follow (again, especially in Asia).

While some dismissed this as rather ridiculous hyperbole, others have asked me to explain who I can to that conclusion. I have to admit that this paragraph is somewhat ambiguous: first I make a specific claim about the capabilities of the Russian military, and then the “evidence” that I present are of a moral and political nature! No wonder that some expressed reservations about this. Continue reading »

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Jan 18

McCain Proposes Massive $5 Trillion, 5-Year Defense Budget; Blames “Flawed Obama Defense Strategy”

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Jan 18

US Marines Land In Norway For The First Time Since World War II, Angering Russia:

Just one week after thousands of US troops arrived in Poland to “support NATO’s Anti-Russian buildup”, 300 U.S. Marines from Camp Lejeune landed in Norway on Monday for a six-month deployment, marking the first time since World War II that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there.

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Jan 14

US Deploys Third Carrier Group In Asia To Boost “Naval Air Forces” In Disputed South China Sea:

The US Navy will deploy a third Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Strike Group in Asia to add to the fleet of two carriers already patrolling the South China Sea. This new deployment is part of US Navy’s attempt to boost its naval air forces in this part of Asian region.

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Jan 13

Gen. Mattis: “Russia Is The Principal Threat To US Security”:

The cold war is officially back.

The Senate Armed Services Committee is currently hearing the testimony of retired Marine General James Mattis, picked by Donald Trump to take over the Department of Defense.

Mattis retired from the US Marine Corps in 2013 after serving as the 11th commander of US Central Command, replacing General David Petraeus as the overseer of US operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan. His appointment requires a congressional waiver because federal law states that service members must wait seven years after retiring from active duty before they can hold senior civilian defense positions. Continue reading »

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Jan 13

Thousands of US Troops Head for Russian Border:

Having arrived in Germany a few days ago, a mass of over 3,000 US ground troops backed by a large column of American tanks began advancing eastward toward the Russian border yesterday, heading across Poland as part of a major NATO operation called Atlantic Resolve.

Unlike a lot of more specific war-games simulating explicit wars on certain fronts, Atlantic Resolve was initially launched just to spite Russia over the civil war in Eastern Ukraine, and seems to be designed more or less to simply antagonize Russia militarily.

And it’s doing it’s job, in that event, as Russian officials expressed serious concern over the matter, saying they believe the advance of a large number of US troops heading toward Russia is a threat to national security. They also added that they don’t appreciate having a large number of troops massed on their European border by a nation that isn’t even European. Continue reading »

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Jan 12

Flashback:

Putin Again Warns Netanyahu Hands Off Syria

Putin: Russia Will Not Tolerate Another Israeli Attack On Syria And Would Respond

Putin: ‘Will We Help Syria? We Will’ – ‘I Do Not Want To Think That Any Other Country Will Be Subjected To Any External Aggression’

Waiting for the response.


Israeli Jets Bomb Damascus Military Airport; Syria Vows It Will Respond To “Flagrant Attack”:

Just as the Syrian proxy war showed some hopeful signs of finally dying down, the Syrian army command said on Friday that Israeli jets have bombed the Mezzeh military airport west of Damascus, accusing Tel Aviv of supporting terrorism, and warned Tel Aviv of repercussions of what it called a “flagrant” attack. Syrian state TV quoted the army as saying several rockets were fired from an area near Lake Tiberias in northern Israel just after midnight which landed in the compound of the airport, a major facility for elite Republican Guards and special forces. The airport was rocked by multiple explosions, some of which were captured by social media.

“Syrian army command and armed forces warn Israel of the repercussions of the flagrant attack and stresses its continued fight against (this) terrorism and amputate the arms of the perpetrators,” the army command said in a statement.

The statement did not disclose if there were any casualties, but said the rockets caused a fire. Earlier, state television said several major explosions hit Mezzeh military airport compound near Damascus and ambulances were rushed to the area, without giving details. Continue reading »

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Jan 12


Up to 14,000 foreign troops will call rural central Queensland home by 2021

Singapore’s military could force fourth generation farmers to flee Queensland:

BY 2021, rural towns lining the Bruce Highway in central Queensland will look nothing like they do now.

Quiet plains home to fourth generation farmers and thousands of head of livestock will be cleared and transformed into military battlegrounds where tanks roam rather than cattle.

Thousands — estimates suggest as many as 14,000 — foreign troops will drive armoured vehicles, fly helicopters and jet aircraft and fire live rounds. It won’t be suitable for civilians. Continue reading »

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Jan 11


The U.S. Dropped an Average of 3 Bombs per Hour Last Year:

According to an estimate recently released by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), in 2016 alone, the Obama administration dropped at least 26,171 bombs in seven different countries.

As even the most pro-administration publications have noted, that amounts to 72 bombs per day – three bombs per hour – every day for the entire year. Unfortunately, this didn’t classify as “violence” worthy of criticism by Meryl Streep and her colleagues in Hollywood.

As noted by the CFR estimate, however, the figures are relatively conservative, meaning the number of bombs dropped by the Obama administration in 2016 may be much higher: Continue reading »

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Jan 10

US tank brigade arrives in Germany for eastern deployment:

Three years ago the US withdrew their last tank from European soil. But on Friday a tank brigade will start being unloaded in Bremerhaven on its way to NATO’s eastern frontier.

The arrival of three US military cargo ships at the north German port signals a step up in a military stand-off between NATO and Russia, after Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

On Wednesday the cargo ship Resolve docked at Bremerhaven. By Saturday, Freedom and Endurance will have followed in its wake. Continue reading »

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Jan 09

Related info:

The Prophecies Of Alois Irlmaier – The Roadmap To WW3 – The 3 Days Of Darkness (Worse Than WW3):

“Everything calls peace, Schalom! Then it will occur – a new Middle East war suddenly flames up, big naval forces are facing hostiley in the Mediterranean – the situation is strained. But the actual firing spark is set on fire in the Balkan: I see a “large one” falling, a bloody dagger lies beside him – then impact is on impact. …”



U.S. tanks, trucks and other military equipment is are unloaded in the harbour of

Bremerhaven, Germany, January 8, 2017

Thousands Of US Troops Arrive In Europe In “One Of Largest Deployments Since The Cold War”:

Just days after we reported that the US had begun deploying some 2,800 tanks, trucks and other military equipment to Germany, from where they would be transported by rail and road to Eastern Europe as part of a buildup of NATO reinforcements against “Russian expansion”, the next US deployment has made its way to Europe over the weekend, when some 4,000 US troops arrived in the German port of Bremerheven, on their way to Wroclaw, Poland under a planned NATO operation to “reassure the alliance’s Eastern European allies” in the face of what NATO has dubbed mounting Russian aggression.

The American soldiers landed in Wroclaw, home to a key Nato and Polish air base in south-west Poland. The troops will be followed by the roughly 2,800 tanks and other pieces of military equipment which are currently en route from Germany.

The delivery of US Abrams tanks, Paladin artillery, and Bradley fighting vehicles, as well as supporting troops, marks a new phase of America’s continuous presence in Europe, which will now be based on a nine-month rotation. Continue reading »

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Jan 08

U.S. WAR CRIMES IN SYRIA: The True Reason For So Much Russia Bashing:

And, it is Russia that possesses all the hard evidence of intentional war crimes and proof of deliberate genocide

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Jan 08

Formidable Sarmat: Satan’s successor that can pierce any defense

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Jan 07

Airport gunman says US government controlled his mind:

Esteban Santiago, a 26 year-old resident of Anchorage, Alaska, was taken into custody immediately following the shooting on Friday and questioned at length, according to officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

FBI agent George L. Piro, who is in charge of the Miami field office, said Santiago would be facing federal charges and will appear in federal court in Broward County on Monday. Continue reading »

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Jan 07

05.01.2017

Mike Robinson and Vanessa Beeley discuss the latest news from Syria, including a critique of continuing mainstream media coverage, witness testimony from Aleppo and the disruption of water supplied to five million people in Damascus.

The Channel 4 Jon Snow interview mentioned in the programme can be seen here: https://www.channel4.com/news/aleppo-…

H/t reader I.G.

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Jan 07

04.01.2017

Mike Robinson and Alex Thomson with the first news update of 2017, including:

START 2017 the year of the Royal Navy
02:49 Ministry of Defence pays extra £100 million for new Offshore Patrol vessels
06:13 Brexit in chaos – as expected
11:40 NATO auditor assassinated – about to expose terrorist funding?
15:50 Russian response to provocations
17:08 Assassination of Karlov retribution for Putin “war crimes”
18:35 A third assassination: senior counsellor to Russian ministry of foreign affairs
19:21 A look at Eastern Europe: Poland, the Baltics, Ukraine and Georgia
39:44 In Germany, SZ exposes Facebook’s “secret” deletion policy
40:45 German politicians call for huge fines for “fake news”

H/t reader I.G.

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Jan 07

Sources:

Dr. Alan Sabrosky interview – The Ugly Truth podcast (3/15/2010) with Mark Glenn http://theuglytruth.podbean.com/2010/…

Israel Did 9/11: All the Proof in the World – MonkeySeeMonkeyDo http://theinfounderground.com/forum/v…

How Ehud Barak Pulled Off 9-11 – Christopher Bollyn http://www.bollyn.com/how-ehud-barak-…

WTC South Tower demolition – ABC5

Danny Jowenko interview – WTC7: The Smoking Gun of 9/11 – Originally broadcast on Dutch TV in VARA’s ‘ZEMBLA’ (9/10/2006)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=877gr6…

Palestinian children in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead massacre – Al Jazeera (01/2009)

Ehud Barak interviews – BBC World (9/11/2001)
Video recorded on 9/11/2001 at 11:28am (EST).
Taken from the September 11 TV Archive:
http://www.archive.org/details/bbc200…
http://ia331318.us.archive.org/0/item…

Flashback: Continue reading »

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Jan 06

Hundreds Of US Tanks Arrive In Europe To Support NATO Anti-Russian Buildup:

As we reported yesterday, Lithuania confirmed the presence of U.S. special forces inside its territory, stating the deployment’s purpose is to train local forces and act as a deterrent against Russian aggression. Supposedly, the move is in response to a “escalation” by Vladimir Putin, who has been deploying nuke-ready missiles in the Russian province of Kaliningrad located in the heart of central Europe. This move has prompted the neighboring Baltic states to become “highly concerned” about Russian military activity.

Furthermore, sometime during the spring of 2017, NATO is expected to send battalions of 800 to 1,200 troops to each of the Baltic States and Poland. The mainstream media has even dubbed NATO’s recent buildup the alliance’s “biggest military buildup on Russia’s borders since the Cold War.” Even Great Britain will be sending fighter jets, as well as troops to Romania in order to counter Russia in the region. Continue reading »

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Jan 06


Here’s How Many Bombs Obama Dropped In 2016:

Seven years after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” despite having been in office for less than one year and having pretty much no actual, tangible foreign diplomacy accomplishments at the time, President Obama will depart the White House having dropped 26,171 bombs on foreign countries around the world in 2016, 3,027 more than 2015.

According to an analysis of Defense Department data from the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-partisan think tank, the majority of Obama’s 2016 bombs were dropped on Syria and Iraq.  Meanwhile, Afghanistan, a country President Obama vowed U.S. troops would evacuate completely by the end of his Presidency, was also bombed over 1,300 times, a 40% increase over 2015.  Per McClatchy DC:

The U.S. dropped 79 percent of the anti-Islamic State group coalition bombs in Syria and Iraq, totaling 24,287. That figure, along with others analyzed by CFR, is likely lower than the actual number dropped because one airstrike can involved multiple bombs. Continue reading »

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Jan 04

The US Has Begun Amassing Troops on Russian Border:

Lithuania has confirmed the presence of U.S. special forces inside its territory, stating the deployment’s purpose is to train local forces and act as a deterrent against Russian aggression. Supposedly, Vladimir Putin has been deploying nuke-ready missiles in the Russian province of Kaliningrad, an area that borders Poland, Belarus, and Lithuania. This move has prompted the neighboring Baltic states to become “highly concerned” about Russian military activity.

“The United States was the first to offer additional safety assurance measures to the Baltic countries following the deterioration of the security situation in the region after the annexation of the Crimea,” Lithuanian Defense Ministry spokeswoman Asta Galdikaite told local media on Tuesday, as reported by International Business Times. Continue reading »

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Jan 01

For The First Time Since World War II, No US Carriers Are Deployed Anywhere In The World

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Dec 29

Russia: Mass Graves Full Of Tortured Civilians Discovered In Eastern Aleppo:

Source: Mint Press News

ALEPPO, Syria — Russian military forces have discovered mass graves in eastern parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo, with many of the bodies reportedly showing signs of torture.

Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a spokesperson for the Russian defense ministry, announced the horrifying discovery on Monday. “Many of the corpses were found with missing body parts, and most had gunshot wounds to the head,” he said, according to RT, a Russian state-owned news network.

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Dec 29

Full article here:

Syria-Gate: NATO Weaponry and Personnel in East Aleppo:

Interview with Syrian MP

Huge stockpiles of weaponry and ammunition, many with NATO markings, were discovered in East Aleppo when the Al-Nusra militants, a local branch of Al Qaida, were pushed out of the city by Syrian forces.

The previous reports that NATO personnel were captured are now retracted, as they were allowed to leave with the militants on the buses provided according to the agreement, to spare NATO the embarrassment. FWM interviews the Syrian MP Fares Shehabi, an Aleppo resident himself. He calls the discoveries “SyriaGate”. Continue reading »

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Dec 28

China Rattles Sabre – Tests Prototype Fifth-Generation Stealth Fighter:

As president-elect Trump plays Boeing and Lockheed off against each other, China flexed its military muscles once again – after sending its aircraft carrier Liaoning into the western Pacific – by testing the latest version of its fifth-generation stealth fighter, state media reported on Monday, as it tries to end the West’s monopoly on the world’s most advanced warplanes.

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Dec 28

FYI.


How The Hasakah Clashes End The Kurdish Nation Dreams

H/t reader squodgy:

“After all the deceitful squirming by America wanting to save its ‘moderate terrorists’ Vlad’s frustration is quite understandable.
America has broken each and every deal it made on both Ukraine & Syria.
This is a good summary of why we are where we are.”

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