Feb 28

Flashback:

- US Soldier: The Enemy Is At Home (Video)


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- “The Truth Is Unspeakable.” What A Former American Sniper Has To Say About His Duty In The Iraq War (Collective Evolution, Feb 22, 2015):

This article we will be looking at real-life accounts from an actual American sniper, Garret Reppenhagen. Interestingly enough, Garett has a lot in common with Bradley Cooper’s character from the popular movie, American Sniper (which is in turn based on the story of Chris Kyle). They both enlisted in the military at an older age, were in Iraq in 2004 hunting for Al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqaw, and spent time after duty trying to assist veterans in any way possible. They also both spent countless hours on rooftops, in trash piles, and in windows waiting for the exact right moment… to kill.

The following excerpts are from an interview that Garret had with Dennis Trainor Jr., from Salon.com.

When discussing his first kill, Garett describes the experience: Continue reading »

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Feb 27

- The Stage Is Set For The Syrian Invasion (ZeroHedge, Feb 26, 2015):

One week ago, when reporting on the latest bizarre plan presented by the Pentagon, namely providing Syrian rebels (but only the moderate ones, not the jihadists like al Nusra, or, well, ISIS) with B-1B Bomber air support in their attacks on ISIS, when we wrote that this “means in the coming weeks and months look forward to a surge in false flag “attacks” blamed on the Assad regime, aiming to give Obama validation to expand the “War against ISIS” to include Syria’s regime as well.”

We didn’t have long to wait: in an entirely unsourced Time article written today by Aryn Baker, the Middle East Bureau Chief, the stage for the second attempt at invading Assad regime is finally set. Continue reading »

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Feb 26

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- Russia’s Military Exercises Are 10 Times Larger Than NATO’s (ZeroHedge, Feb 25, 2015):

In the global geopolitical chess game, does size matter?

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Feb 26
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U.S. soldiers near border crossing with Russia in Narva (Reuters)

- US and British army parade 300 yards from Russia border (Telegraph, Feb 25, 2015):

American armoured vehicles and British soldiers parade through Estonian border city of Narva, as tensions between Russia and the West continue to escalate

US army vehicles and British soldiers paraded through the streets of an Estonian city just 300 yards from the Russian border yesterday, in a display of Western unity against the encroaching threat from Moscow.

Armoured vehicles from the US Army’s Second Cavalry Regiment and British troops were officially taking part in a military parade marking Estonia’s Independence Day, but the choice of location was deeply symbolic.

The city of Narva sits in the easternmost part of Estonia, where the country’s border juts out into Russia, and has been cited as a potential target for the Kremlin if it should turn its attention from Ukraine to the Baltic states.

A majority of the city’s 60,000 residents are ethnically Russian.

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Feb 26

H/t reader squodgy:

“War on Terror…..was always a War on Freedom….”


Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province

- ISIS is proof of the failed “war on terror” (Quartz, Feb 24, 2015):

Today al-Qaeda-type movements rule a vast area in northern and western Iraq and eastern and northern Syria, several hundred times larger than any territory ever controlled by Osama bin Laden. It is since bin Laden’s death that al-Qaeda affiliates or clones have had their greatest successes, including the capture of Raqqa in the eastern part of Syria, the only provincial capital in that country to fall to the rebels, in March 2013. In January 2014, ISIS took over Fallujah just forty miles west of Baghdad, a city famously besieged and stormed by US Marines ten years earlier. Within a few months they had also captured Mosul and Tikrit. The battle lines may continue to change, but the overall expansion of their power will be difficult to reverse. With their swift and multipronged assault across central and northern Iraq in June 2014, the ISIS militants had superseded al-Qaeda as the most powerful and effective jihadi group in the world. Continue reading »

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Feb 26

And here is why Israel will have to hurry up if they want to attack Iran:

- Russia Offers Iran Antey-2500 Missiles (An Upgraded Version Of The S-300)

Related info:

- Israel’s Netanyahu Lied About Iran With Infamous “Clear Red Line” Threat, Mossad Leak Reveals

Flashback:

- Netanyahu Orders Israel Army To Prepare For Possible Military Strike Against Iran In 2014

- Former PM Olmert: Netanyahu Wasted Billions On Iran ‘Hallucinations’

- Israeli Military Chief: Iran Won’t Develop Nuclear Weapons, Warns Against ‘Hysteria’ As Netanyahu Threatens Attack Again

- Heads Of Mossad And Shin Bet May Have Leaked Plans For Attack On Iran, PM Netanyahu Orders An Investigation (Guardian, Nov. 3, 2011):

… the main suspects are the former heads of the Mossad and the Shin Bet, respectively Israel’s foreign and domestic intelligence agencies.Netanyahu is said to believe that the two, Meir Dagan and Yuval Diskin, wanted to torpedo plans being drawn up by him and Ehud Barak, the defence minister, to hit Iranian nuclear sites.

In January the recently retired Dagan, a hawk when he was running the Mossad, called an attack on Iranthe stupidest idea I’ve ever heard“.

- MP George Galloway: The Case Against War With Iran (Must-Listen!!!):

‘Iran Hasn’t Invaded Another Country In More Than 300 Years.’

What could possibly go wrong?

- China To Protect Iran Even If It Means World War III:

“China will not hesitate to protect Iran even with a third World War”
– Major General Zhang Zhaozhong

- Russia: “Should Anything Happen to Iran … This Will Be a Direct Threat to Our National Security”:

Russia and China Would Consider An Attack On Iran – Or Syria – As An Attack On Their National Security


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- Saudis ‘would let Israeli jets use their air space to attack Iran’ (The Ugly Truth, Feb 25, 2015):

Kingdom merely wants ‘some sign of progress’ on Palestinian issue, according to unnamed senior European source in TV report

Times of Israel

Saudi Arabia is prepared to let Israeli fighter jets use its airspace if it proves necessary to attack Iran’s nuclear program, an Israeli TV station reported Tuesday, highlighting growing ties in the shadow of Tehran’s nuclear drive.

Riyadh’s only condition is that Israel make some kind of progress in peace talks with the Palestinians, Channel 2 reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed senior European source.

“The Saudi authorities are completely coordinated with Israel on all matters related to Iran,” the European official in Brussels said. Continue reading »

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Feb 25

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- Western “Boots On The Ground” In Ukraine: Britain Sends 75 “Military Advisers” To Combat “Russia-Backed Aggression” (ZeroHedge, Feb 24, 2015):

In what we believe is the first touchdown of Western ‘boots-on-the-ground’ in Ukraine, Britain’s David Cameron stated today that British military personnel are to be deployed to Ukraine for the first time in the next few weeks to provide advice and training to government troops. As The Guardian reports, Britain would be “the strongest pole in the tent”, and argued for tougher sanctions against Moscow if Russian-backed militias in eastern Ukraine failed to observe the ceasefire. The MoD said up to 75 personnel would begin to deploy to Ukraine from next month as Cameron warned sanctions could become “materially different” and held out SWIFT exclusion once again.

As The Guardian reports,

British military personnel are to be deployed to Ukraine for the first time in the next few weeks to provide advice and training to government troops, David Cameron announced before a committee of MPs. Continue reading »

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Feb 25

Iraqi Army Downs 2 UK Planes Carrying Weapons for ISIL

- Iraqi Army Downs 2 UK Planes Carrying Weapons for ISIL (FARS, Feb 23, 2015):

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq’s army has shot down two British planes as they were carrying weapons for the ISIL terrorists in Al-Anbar province, a senior lawmaker disclosed on Monday.

“The Iraqi Parliament’s National Security and Defense Committee has access to the photos of both planes that are British and have crashed while they were carrying weapons for the ISIL,” Head of the committee Hakem al-Zameli said, according to a Monday report of the Arabic-language information center of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq.

He said the Iraqi parliament has asked London for explanations in this regard. Continue reading »

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Feb 24

H/t reader John:

“Ran across this today.
Sad, very sad.”



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The bread queue in a long suffered city of Pervomaysk. Hungry and exhausted people are queuing for a small piece of bread. They tell journalists everything they think about the war and peace, Russia and Ukraine, Poroshenko and Putin. I wish their call will be heard everywhere in the world. Please help. Pe-post, share, spread the word …

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Feb 24

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Related info:

- Putin: NO External Pressure On Russia Will Go Unchallenged


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- Russia offers Iran new missiles despite sanctions (The Times Of Israel, Feb 23, 2015):

Antey-2500 air defense package is an upgraded version of the S-300 system, the sale of which was blocked

MOSCOW, Russia — Russia has offered Iran advanced surface-to-air missiles after scrapping a similar deal in 2010 because of UN sanctions over Tehran’s nuclear program, the state defense company said Monday.Any such a deal is likely to go down badly in Washington, as Western countries seek to keep up the pressure on Iran to agree a comprehensive deal on its nuclear activities.Sergei Chemezov, head of the Rostec corporation which manages Russia’s defense industry, said Moscow has offered to supply Antey-2500 missiles, an upgraded version of the S-300 air defense system that figured in the previous contract.

“We have offered them the Antey-2500,” Chemezov was quoted as saying by RIA-Novosti news agency.
Continue reading »

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Feb 24

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

 – Israel Gets Fire Sale Deal on F-35s, Upping Numbers | Germany to Lithuania: No Tanks for You (Defense Industry Daily, Feb 23, 2015):

  • Israel will order another 14 F-35sexternal link for $110 million a piece, including logistical support, training, parts and maintenance, which appears to be a much better price than the U.S. itself has been able to manage. The 14 fighters will join an earlier order of 19 jets. An option to acquire 17 more has been secured, bringing the total to 50, which has been Israel’s goal in fielding two squadrons of 25 fighters each.
  • Germany has rejected a request for Boxer tanks from Lithuania, according to Die Weltexternal link (German). The paper cited concerns for Germany’s own preparedness (recently called into question with “rapid reaction” troops found to be operating without rifle barrels during a NATO exercise.)

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Feb 24

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Feb 23

- ‘Flagrant aggression:’ Damascus livid after Turkey’s incursion onto Syrian soil (RT, Feb 22, 2015):

The Syrian government has said a Turkish incursion into the north of the country was an act of “flagrant aggression.” Damascus said it would hold Ankara responsible after they went into Syria to evacuate personnel and relics from a holy tomb.

Syria said the Turkish government had informed the Syrian consulate in Istanbul about its plans regarding the tomb of Suleyman Shah in northern Syria. Shah was the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire.

However, Turkey didn’t wait for permission from Damascus and mounted a rescue operation to the tomb, to salvage its relics and evacuate 40 Turkish soldiers who had been guarding it. Continue reading »

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Feb 23

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- War And Petroleum Reserves (philosophyofmetrics, Feb 16, 2015):

In the interest of analytical balance, we would do well to consider the possibility of war strategies when it comes to the global stockpiling of petroleum reserves.  In the years leading up to the German invasion of Poland, the world witnessed dramatic decreases in the price of oil as well as massive increases in petroleum inventories, especially as the Texas fields began to produce.

These shifts in the global oil markets ran parallel to the deflation which had begun in October, 1929, and as such, we can see the same pattern repeating today as oil prices collapse, inventories are growing, and world wide deflation is deepening. Continue reading »

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Feb 22

- Ukraine Conscripts Children in Foreign Countries (RINF, Feb 21, 2015):

Ukraine is now so desperate to murder more residents in its Donbass region, that it is conscripting for its ethnic-cleansing there to clear the Donbass land of its residents (who had voted 90% for the man whom Obama overthrew in February 2014), so that children who have been adopted or fostered by parents in foreign countries are now being drafted to do it.

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Feb 21

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- America Has Been At War 93% of the Time – 222 Out of 239 Years – Since 1776 (Washington’s Blog, Feb 20, 2015):

The U.S. Has Only Been At Peace For 21 Years Total Since Its Birth

In 2011, Danios wrote:

 Below, I have reproduced a year-by-year timeline of America’s wars, which reveals something quite interesting: since the United States was founded in 1776, she has been at war during 214 out of her 235 calendar years of existence.  In other words, there were only 21 calendar years in which the U.S. did not wage any wars.

To put this in perspective: Continue reading »

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Feb 21

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- Peace? Ukraine “Preparing For Full-Scale War” With Russia, Demands The West Supply Lethal Weapons (ZeroHedge, Feb 21, 2015):

“We don’t want to scare everybody, but we are preparing for full-scale war,” warns Vadym Prystaiko – Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister - telling CBC during a stunning interview that “what we expect from the world is that the world will stiffen up in the spine a little.” Deamnding that West provide ‘lethal weapons’ Prystaiko rages “everybody is afraid of fighting with a nuclear state. We are not anymore.” Coming just a week after the Minsk Summit ‘peace’ deal and with Germany having warned they are likely unable to stop arms being supplied to Ukraine, Prystaiko concludes, “we would like [The West] to send lethal weapons to Ukraine… weapons to allow us to defend ourselves.”

As CBC reports,

Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister says he is preparing for “full-scale war” against Russia and wants Canada to help by supplying lethal weapons and the training to use them. Continue reading »

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Feb 21

- Since 9/11, The U.S. Has Been Involved In More Than 5 Wars … And They’ve All Been Disasters (Washington’s Blog, Feb 20, 2015):

Why Does America Keep “Losing” Its Wars?

Below, we demonstrate that the U.S. keeps “losing” war after war.

There are 3 potential reasons this might be happening: Continue reading »

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Feb 20

ukraine territory update

- Ukraine Fighting Shifts To Mariupol Whose Capture Would Grant Russian Land Corridor To Crimea (ZeroHedge, Feb 19, 2015):

Yesterday, when we reported that the last Ukraine outpost in the rebel-controlled eastern territory, the town of Debaltseve, has fallen into separatist hands, we concluded that “perhaps the only question is whether fighting continues around Mariupol which would enable Russia to have a land corridor all the way to Crimea.”

Moments ago we got the answer when Reuters reported that “pro-Russian separatists have launched mortar attacks on government-held positions near the coastal town of Mariupol in southeast Ukraine and are building up their forces there, local military reached by telephone said on Thursday.” Continue reading »

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Feb 19

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- Element Of Surpwhat? Pentagon Reveals Details Of Iraq Military Offensive Involving Up To 25,000 Troops (ZeroHedge, Feb 19, 2015):

First, the US openly allows potential Jihadist elements (don’t worry, the answered “moderate” on the questionnaire) to call in B-1B strikes, and now in all its Sun Tzu-esque brilliance, the Pentagon is handing out not only issuing press releases on its military invasion calendar, but its troops deployment numbers as well.

According to Reuters, the United States sees an Iraqi military offensive involving 20,000-25,000 troops to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in April-May, a U.N. military official said on Thursday. Continue reading »

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