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by Shanmukh
17 Apr 2018 00:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11295
Views: 633618

Re: Levant crisis - III

Maybe the Chinese were trying out their kill switches on the `Made in China' parts in Yumreeki mijjiles? Maybe that is why only a few reached the final destination?
by Shanmukh
30 Mar 2018 03:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat
Replies: 2396
Views: 252899

Re: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat

csaurabh wrote:
ramana wrote:Grant Duff.
It's there in Archive.org


Downloading now.. Isn't there a good book by an Indian author? /disappoint


New History of the Marathas, GS Sardesai. All the volumes are there on archive, I think.
by Shanmukh
19 Mar 2018 04:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 572
Views: 41706

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

#All I am actually curious about this. The Ottoman Sultan's avowed intention is to restore the Ottoman empire. Once he has got the Kurds under control in Iraq, Syria, etc, can he expand in the other direction, i.e., Europe into Bulgaria or maybe even Ukraine? Wiki chacha tells me that two provinces ...
by Shanmukh
19 Mar 2018 04:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 511
Views: 61876

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Cross posting from the Turkey thread. Turkey's semi official paper wants 5 million `Army of Islam' to use against Israel. http://mobile.wnd.com/2018/03/army-of-islam-would-be-worlds-biggest-military/ had opined earlier that this was what would happen, i.e., that when the dust settled down in West As...
by Shanmukh
19 Mar 2018 04:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 572
Views: 41706

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

Turkey's semi official paper wants 5 million `Army of Islam' to use against Israel. http://mobile.wnd.com/2018/03/army-of-islam-would-be-worlds-biggest-military/ I had opined earlier that this was what would happen, i.e., that when the dust settled down in West Asia, the winner of the regional confl...
by Shanmukh
13 Mar 2018 21:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11295
Views: 633618

Re: Levant crisis - III

@Singha,
You have done a fantastic coverage of the Syrian-Iraqi conflict. If the East Ghouta front is removed, what Syrian forces does it free up? Also, what other fronts are still active? Idlib, south near the Israeli border for sure. But are there any other serious fronts still active?
by Shanmukh
19 Feb 2018 12:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5256
Views: 454162

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

The major problem we have with Russia is that there is not much ordinary citizen engagement with Russians. Most of the engagement is in defence or via public sector companies like Oil & Gas, etc. Probably because most Indians don't speak/read Russian, but also Russia is out of favour with many ...
by Shanmukh
11 Feb 2018 00:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5256
Views: 454162

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

The major problem we have with Russia is that there is not much ordinary citizen engagement with Russians. Most of the engagement is in defence or via public sector companies like Oil & Gas, etc. Probably because most Indians don't speak/read Russian, but also Russia is out of favour with many A...
by Shanmukh
09 Feb 2018 21:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11295
Views: 633618

Re: Levant crisis - III

and its not as if the kurds are historical enemies of turkish people..infact they were enthusiastic participants in past genocides like of armenians and served the sultans army. most famous historical kurd https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saladin#Early_life Saladin was born in Tikrit in modern-day Ira...
by Shanmukh
02 Feb 2018 06:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11295
Views: 633618

Re: Levant crisis - III

@Singha,
Fantastic overview of the involved groups in the Syrian rebels. Thanks.
by Shanmukh
31 Jan 2018 21:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11295
Views: 633618

Re: Levant crisis - III

@Singha, Fantastic analysis of the strategic points. Assuming that Idlib falls & Nusra is shattered, what happens to the other Jihadi units that are under the Syrian rebels? Will Nusra just hide among them? Or will they take a few nice buses to Europe? If Idlib & Jisr al Shugour fall, will t...
by Shanmukh
25 Jan 2018 10:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11295
Views: 633618

Re: Levant crisis - III

@Singha, It is not just the Armenians & Assyrians & the rest of the Middle Eastern Christians who dislike the Kurds. Even the Russians in the 18th & 19th century really really disliked the Kurds for what the Kurds did to the Christians of the Middle East. More than one Russian officer ha...
by Shanmukh
21 Jan 2018 22:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion
Replies: 2505
Views: 212541

Re: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion

Also, Haaretz is a left-liberal (Labor Party leaning) newspaper and therefore at odds with Netanyahu, who's the leader of the center-right Likud Party. Pretty much analogous to quoting ToI regarding NaMo. Likud Party was founded by Ariel Sharon and Menachem Begin. Haaretz is more partial to center-...
by Shanmukh
21 Jan 2018 21:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11295
Views: 633618

Re: Levant crisis - III

@Singha
Grand! How many Kurds can take refugee status in Europe? Can they accept another 10 million West Asians/Afghans/Pakistanis as refugees? (3 million for France, 3 million for UK, 3 million for Germany & 1 million in the rest)?
by Shanmukh
15 Jan 2018 06:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion
Replies: 2505
Views: 212541

Re: Indo-Israel: News and Discussion

Israeli perspective of what they want from us. A share in the arms import pie, a share in the Indian defence modernisation pie & de-hyphenation of Palestine-Israel & reduced ties with Iran. Well, about the last, they seem to be a bit more pragmatic. https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1...
by Shanmukh
15 Jan 2018 06:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11295
Views: 633618

Re: Levant crisis - III

@Singha, You have done a phenomenal job tracking the Syro-Iraqi war. Assuming that Idlib falls, is it the end of the revolt in Syria? Is there anywhere else they can take green buses & continue fighting? Or will the next set of green buses be to France & UK? What comes next for the alphabet ...
by Shanmukh
28 Nov 2017 16:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11295
Views: 633618

Re: Levant crisis - III

The path followed by that road is interesting. Why does it follow the Tigris from Baghdad to Mosul & then turn southwest? The natural ancient roads, IIRC, used to follow the Euphrates from west of Babylon (southwest of today's Baghdad) to Zeugma (east of Aleppo). Why is the current road so zigzag?
by Shanmukh
28 Nov 2017 01:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 1806
Views: 192554

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

I don't understand the question. Why would any creditor willingly destroy collateral ?? When the only way to recover anything from the investment on the bridge is not by tolls (good luck to anyone collecting anything in Pakistan), current or future, but by selling (the section) of the bridge for sc...
by Shanmukh
28 Nov 2017 01:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 26/11/2008: Never Forget. Never Forgive
Replies: 540
Views: 40298

Re: 26/11/2008: Never Forget. Never Forgive

“ If Pakistan does not take action to lawfully detain Saeed and charge him for his crimes, its inaction will have repercussions for bilateral relations and for Pakistan’s global reputation. ” This has to be a sick joke. Pakistanis harbouring bin Laden didn't have any repercussions for US-Pakistani ...
by Shanmukh
28 Nov 2017 01:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 1806
Views: 192554

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

@Suraj,
If the Pakistanis refuse/fail to pay up, can the creditor dynamite that section of the highway/bridge that has been pledged? Or is the poor creditor only limited to collecting tolls (assuming that anyone can collect anything in Pakistan) in that section of the highway/bridge?
by Shanmukh
25 Nov 2017 23:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1154
Views: 126696

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

@Peregrine
Thanks very much, saar.
by Shanmukh
25 Nov 2017 03:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 716
Views: 95902

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Pak is fretting because India may be asked for boots on ground and joint ops with NATO. Hectic activity/lobbying between Beijing & Riyad. PRC was asked to cover/deploy in FATA/NWFP. Can't see how it is conceivable. Just to provide an update on this. Spoke to someone who is a go-between between ...
by Shanmukh
25 Nov 2017 03:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1154
Views: 126696

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

@ArjunPandit Thanks very much, saar.
by Shanmukh
24 Nov 2017 22:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1154
Views: 126696

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

@Suraj
Thanks for answering my question with the fantastic research on the UK vote.

@A Nandy
The article is behind a paywall for me. What does it say?
by Shanmukh
21 Nov 2017 01:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1154
Views: 126696

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

How come Somalia got elected so easily? Is there some kind of quota system in ICJ too, which makes India face off against the UK (maybe the Commonwealth seat)?
by Shanmukh
14 Nov 2017 00:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 511
Views: 61876

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

@JEM, Thanks for your answer. With all this turmoil in Saudi & all the rest, with Qatar outraged, can Iran pursue a Shia spring in Bahrain? How feasible is it? On a side note, JEM, you may well be right. A Lebanese Christian colleague's famly has come here on `vacation' (in the middle of winter,...
by Shanmukh
06 Nov 2017 02:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 511
Views: 61876

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Plane transporting eight Saudi officials including Prince Mansour Bin Muqrin, reportedly crashed near Abha

https://twitter.com/IsraelHatzolah/stat ... 7886689280

JEM saar,
You were dead right about the coming turbulence. What does this portend? Whose side was this character on?
by Shanmukh
31 Oct 2017 17:32
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 899025

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

If Pakistan uses China against India in the Masood Azhar case so as to hurt our counter-terrorism operations, we should use China's Brahmaputra misadventure to hurt Pakistan in the IWT case. After all, Terroristan is today a part of China (what we don't know is whether it is the 23rd province or th...
by Shanmukh
28 Sep 2017 09:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 548
Views: 49014

Re: The Rohingya Menace

Islamists marched off the Hindus, cut the throats of the men & threw them into pits. They then ordered the terrified survivors to tell everyone that the Buddhists butchered them. The Burmese Buddhists are guarding the mass graves, lighting fires to keep the wild dogs away from the Hindu bodies. ...
by Shanmukh
26 Sep 2017 14:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 548
Views: 49014

Re: The Rohingya Menace

Many Hindu refugees confirm that they were attacked by the Rohingyas and not by the Burmese army. Multiple witnesses independently point out that the Hindus were attacked & slaughtered by the Rohingyas. In the meantime, Hindus are being slaughtered in refugee camps in Bangladesh by Rohingyas. ht...
by Shanmukh
24 Sep 2017 21:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 548
Views: 49014

Re: The Rohingya Menace

28 Hindus (including 20 women, & 8 men, including 6 boys under the age of 10) found slaughtered by Rohingyas & dumped in a mass grave by the Myanmarese army.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/worl ... 817933.cms
by Shanmukh
14 Sep 2017 19:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 3725
Views: 249462

Re: Internal Security Watch

Cross posted from the Rohingya thread. Rohingya (or maybe Rohingya pasand) terrorists planned to attack the Mahabodhi temple to protest against Burmese atrocities on the Rohingya. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/two-suspected-terrorist-arrested-from-gaya-in-bihar/article19681959.e...
by Shanmukh
14 Sep 2017 19:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 548
Views: 49014

Re: The Rohingya Menace

Rohingya (or maybe Rohingya pasand) terrorists planned to attack the Mahabodhi temple to protest against Burmese atrocities on the Rohingya. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/two-suspected-terrorist-arrested-from-gaya-in-bihar/article19681959.ece The interesting thing is - the guy w...
by Shanmukh
14 Sep 2017 19:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 548
Views: 49014

Re: The Rohingya Menace

Here is an interesting point. Suu Kyi links the attacks on the Buddhists & the Hindus to western aid organisations. Looks like the colour revolution fomenting scum are playing their part in Burma too. http://www.smh.com.au/world/myanmars-aung-san-suu-kyi-links-terrorist-attacks-to-aid-workers-in...
by Shanmukh
11 Sep 2017 05:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 548
Views: 49014

Re: The Rohingya Menace

Lord Buddha would have helped the Rohingyas, says Dalai Lama. But he cleverly doesn't say to whom the whole thing is addressed - Burma or India. http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/lord-buddha-would-have-helped-rohingya-muslims-says-dalai-lama-1748490 Russia as usual has no such qualms. Dozens of those p...
by Shanmukh
11 Sep 2017 05:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 548
Views: 49014

Re: The Rohingya Menace

As usual, the Brits, especially their activists, seem to be on the side of the Jihadis.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/u ... 12076.html
by Shanmukh
10 Sep 2017 22:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11295
Views: 633618

Re: Levant crisis - III

@Singha,
If the ISIS evaporate & SDF/FSA take over the Anbar border, won't it blow US credibility about ISIS to pieces? Thus far, they maintained some amount of plausible deniability, no?
by Shanmukh
10 Sep 2017 22:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11295
Views: 633618

Re: Levant crisis - III



Does this mean that the Shia crescent is toast? Or do the SAA & its affiliates control any part of the Iraq border?
by Shanmukh
10 Sep 2017 22:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 548
Views: 49014

Re: The Rohingya Menace

Gyan wrote:Why is ISI getting involved in Burma and Philipines? What is the benefit to Pakistan?


My guess: they have been rented. Probably by China. Also, I have not seen any news that Sittwe or China pipelines have been damaged. Rohingyas may be China's `stick' to control the Burmese.
by Shanmukh
09 Sep 2017 01:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The Rohingya Menace
Replies: 548
Views: 49014

Re: The Rohingya Menace

27,000 Hindus & Buddhists chased out of Rakhine by the ARSA. However, our media bleeds only for the Rohingyas.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/in ... 039b45d76b

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