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by Y. Kanan
22 Nov 2019 01:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 847
Views: 129106

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Israel is absolutely spot on in anticipating trouble from Iran. The Mullahcracy in Iran regularly threatens Israel and is arming its proxies all around Israel to achieve this. Now Jihadi Erdogan has joined the list of threats that Israel faces. Even more importantly, the US and Russia have shown wi...
by Y. Kanan
02 Nov 2019 02:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11986
Views: 932548

Re: Levant crisis - III

Regarding the blatant seizure of Syrian oil fields, it's nice to see the US now being openly seen as the rogue state we already knew them to be. https://www.npr.org/2019/10/30/774521472/if-u-s-takes-syrian-oil-it-may-violate-international-laws-against-pillage Stewart cites numerous international agr...
by Y. Kanan
21 Oct 2019 06:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 898
Views: 97480

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

Erdogan appears to be setting himself up for a fall. He's got everyone uniting against him on the ground (Syrians, Kurds, Iranians, possibly Russians) and regional\Arab opinion against him, and general world opinion increasingly against him. Erdogan is starting to remind me of Saddam in 1991, isolat...
by Y. Kanan
21 Oct 2019 02:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11986
Views: 932548

Re: Levant crisis - III

Israel’s interest in U.S. Syria policy was on display in American politics this week. 129 Republicans voted to condemn the decision when the House voted by 354-60 on that resolution Wednesday. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and House Majority leader Steny Hoyer said Trump’s move endangers Isr...
by Y. Kanan
20 Oct 2019 00:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11986
Views: 932548

Re: Levant crisis - III

US ground troops will not enforce Syria 'safe zone' https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/ground-troops-enforce-syria-safe-zone-esper-191018182006799.html Isn't this imagined "Safe Zone" filling up with more Syrian, Kurdish and even Russian troops as we speak? If the US won't "enfor...
by Y. Kanan
20 Oct 2019 00:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread - June 2015
Replies: 786
Views: 129452

Re: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread - June 2015

Picture Modi, Trump, Putin working together (with other national leaders like Assad, Rouhani and even Turdogan roped in when needed). If these players would coordinate in secret (like Trump and Putin did recently with Syria) then they could derail China's goals, defang the muslim threat worldwide, a...
by Y. Kanan
19 Oct 2019 23:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 847
Views: 129106

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

There - you see? This thread has been dead for 2 days even though there's been plenty of ME news in that time. It's because nobody knows where to post things. Something's happening in Saudi - do we post to W. Asia thread? Iran thread? Something's happening in Syria but involving Turkey and the US .....
by Y. Kanan
19 Oct 2019 22:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 3794
Views: 413914

Re: Understanding the US - Again

It actually makes sense from the POV of Hillary Clinton and her deep state handlers. TG will never get nominated as the Democratic candidate in any case. Now picture an ugly nomination fight, especially with accusations of suppression by the party, the media, etc. Perfect setup for a Tulsi Gabbard 3...
by Y. Kanan
19 Oct 2019 08:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11986
Views: 932548

Re: Levant crisis - III

They are not even pretending anymore. The sell out is open. https://twitter.com/SecPompeo/status/1185320037499965441 Briefed our @NATO Allies today about developments in Syria including the ceasefire between Turkey and YPG. This solution will save lives and contribute to long-term stability in the ...
by Y. Kanan
19 Oct 2019 01:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 898
Views: 97480

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov later said that Moscow does not want to entertain the possibility of a clash between Russian and Turkish forces. ... sounds a lot like the delusional thinking of Stalin in the days leading up to the German invasion in 1941. Like Stalin in 1941, Putin must know he's i...
by Y. Kanan
18 Oct 2019 01:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 847
Views: 129106

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

There are regional threads to get the big picture and then there are individual country threads to get the India focus. I don't understand what you are complaining about. many folks told me they visit and get the proper perspective in BRF. If you look at the Turkey, Levant, W. Asia, Iran threads th...
by Y. Kanan
18 Oct 2019 01:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 3794
Views: 413914

Re: Understanding the US - Again

She is wayyy too honest for her own good. She blames both parties for wars (true) but that butt hurts all the chorporate dems. Republicans are more immune to this because they've been accused of war mongering (true) for decades by left. The sheer hate for Tulsi on Twitter and elsewhere is an eye op...
by Y. Kanan
17 Oct 2019 23:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 898
Views: 97480

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

You are not grasping what has happened. DT is withdrawing US from extended deployment as its not sustainable. This is like Imperial Rome in 400 AD. US prides it self as new Rome. Continental US will plug along like Byzantium for the future. Indeed, Russian-aligned governments now control, or will s...
by Y. Kanan
17 Oct 2019 04:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11986
Views: 932548

Re: Levant crisis - III

Brasco_Aad @Brasco_Aad · 1h More and more Russian reinforcements have landend at Hmeymim Airbase (Latakia Governorate) today. Russian Air Force Tu-154s have been flying almost non-stop between Russia and Syria these past 48 hours If Erdogan is really as dumb as he appears to be, he might push on an...
by Y. Kanan
17 Oct 2019 02:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 847
Views: 129106

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

There are too many players to have just one thread. I think ppl started threads thinking it could be THE thread to discuss a given geographical location where there was excitement. Or one for each nation involved in starting new excitements, or getting attacked. If that were true, we wouldn't have ...
by Y. Kanan
17 Oct 2019 02:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3691
Views: 378373

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

(Oops wrong thread - apologies)
by Y. Kanan
16 Oct 2019 12:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11986
Views: 932548

Re: Levant crisis - III

Nice arrangement: Trump gets to say "I killed ISIS and the Kurds are fine". Erdogan gets to say "Kurds are no longer an issue; they've reabosrbed into Syria and basically Iraq, too. I win." Putin gets to say "I win and from now on you all need to just side with me". Ass...
by Y. Kanan
15 Oct 2019 23:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 11986
Views: 932548

Re: Levant crisis - III

With all that is happening on Syria, this thread should not have had to be forcibly bumped back up to the top. This thread was forgotten because we have way too many threads covering the same stuff (Turkey thread, Iran thread, Saudi thread, W. Asia thread, etc). Nobody knows where to post things, an...
by Y. Kanan
15 Oct 2019 11:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 847
Views: 129106

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Did the Levant thread get merged into this one? Or did it just fall out of view because we forgot about it, because this forum has a dedicated thread for every sub set of every sub topic? What I'm trying to say is there are so many threads on this forum, and many of them are neglected. Why don't we ...
by Y. Kanan
15 Oct 2019 03:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 847
Views: 129106

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

U.S. Forces Try to Stop Syrian Regime Forces From Helping Kurds Fight Turkey On a confused battlefield, the U.S. intervened to stop some Syrian and Russian forces advancing into the region to support the Kurds sparking fears of dangerous flash points https://www.thedailybeast.com/us-forces-reported...
by Y. Kanan
15 Oct 2019 00:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 847
Views: 129106

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Very gratifying to see the Syrians and Kurds now standing side by side to repel the Turkish hordes. A year ago, when DJT first tried to pull out of Syria and was overruled by the deep state, I predicted this would be the perfect solution: get the Kurds to rejoin Damascus to face the Turkish threat t...
by Y. Kanan
13 Oct 2019 11:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 898
Views: 97480

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

Kurdish female politician executed by Turks https://www.timesofisrael.com/kurdish-politician-among-9-civilians-killed-by-turkey-backed-rebels-monitor/ https://southfront.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/092444_113534_hevrin-xelef.jpg https://twitter.com/dlshadothman/status/1183039968169648128 https:/...
by Y. Kanan
13 Oct 2019 10:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 847
Views: 129106

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Self-destructive as in beating up/killing/imprisoning their own best people. Look how MUCH better they would be if they stopped doing that. Paranoia driven by experience no doubt, but self-destructive. I ts something basic in the shia mindset: the festivals involve cutting up one's own forehead wit...
by Y. Kanan
13 Oct 2019 10:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 898
Views: 97480

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

I first visited Turkey in 1998 (was posted there). The extent of Islamisation in the Erdogan era is amazing. 20 years ago, there were few women in Istanbul wearing a headscarf. Only one person in our office fasted during Ramzan. Men did not have beards. Govt employees & Univ students were forbi...
by Y. Kanan
11 Oct 2019 16:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 898
Views: 97480

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

From today radios show SDF hold 75000 ISIS families. Not all are terrorists. Sure they are. I have never understood this argument. If you work for terrorists on the home front by doing your wifely duties and popping out little baby jihadists, you are no different than the ISIS recruit mopping floor...
by Y. Kanan
09 Oct 2019 11:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 847
Views: 129106

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Saudis are sneaky terrorist-sponsoring goat-buggers. Iranians are just self-destructive. Self destructive? How is Iran self-destructive (beyond the inherent self-destructiveness of being an "Islamic Republic"). I see them fighting well above their weight class and frustrating US\Saudi\Isr...
by Y. Kanan
30 Sep 2019 01:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: The next war in the Persian Gulf
Replies: 294
Views: 38898

Re: The next war in the Persian Gulf

Iran proxies are winning big all over Gulf, only country who are hammering their proxies nicely is Israel. Saudi seems to be fighting a losing war. What are lessons for the world? And India in particular which seems to be aligning with Saudi of-late? Ditch Wahabbism and get in bed with the Shia?
by Y. Kanan
30 Sep 2019 01:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 3794
Views: 413914

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Who are the Deep State, you ask? I would say for America the Deep State is their own military industrial complex, the intelligence community (Cold Warriors), their own global energy companies, the Jew Lobby, and the Saudi lobby. These entities basically call all the shots, at least in terms of fore...
by Y. Kanan
29 Sep 2019 12:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 3794
Views: 413914

Re: Understanding the US - Again

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/09/atheism-fastest-growing-religion-us/598843/ This story begins with the rise of the religious right in the 1970s. Alarmed by the spread of secular culture—including but not limited to the sexual revolution, the Roe v. Wade decision, the nationalizati...
by Y. Kanan
29 Sep 2019 11:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 847
Views: 129106

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Do they have the teeth to follow through? I wonder if Gen. Vodkov and Marshal Smirnoff are willing to start another drive. W/O Russian air support the Iranians and Syrians cannot hope to smash the Turks and deter the "NATO" occupiers. Getting the Turks out of Syria will require a lot of g...
by Y. Kanan
29 Sep 2019 11:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 847
Views: 129106

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Ldev, India manufactures much more than just agricultural products and produce. It also manufactures heavy machinery, finished goods, electronics, and cars. Why can't India export those products to Iran? I m thinking that the trade ministry of India is not up to par if it cannot persuade Iran to pu...
by Y. Kanan
28 Sep 2019 10:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 2904
Views: 493514

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

you, most probably, were never in SL during the heydays of the ltte but many in the forum were there on the ground and saw first hand the tender ministrations of this alleged "vellalas, pillai community, or staunch saivite sect" maniac. The LTTE wouldn't have even existed without years of...
by Y. Kanan
07 Aug 2019 02:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3676
Views: 799076

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Can you please point out who these people are? Because it sounds to me you are setting up a strawman. The MKI has 65%+ serviceability btw. Lousy "Print.in" reports apart. 65% isn't actually that bad. Even the USAF and USN (not that US is the gold standard for aircraft serviceability) stru...
by Y. Kanan
06 Aug 2019 01:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Articles 370 and 35A Repealed, J&K and Ladakh to be Separate Union Territories
Replies: 632
Views: 67347

Re: Articles 370 and 35A Repealed, J&K and Ladakh to be Separate Union Territories

Finally! Rather shameful we only had the courage to do this now, 70 years too late. Time to implement the China solution: displace the natives with good loyal citizens and in a few generations, no more Kashmir problem.
by Y. Kanan
05 Aug 2019 01:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3676
Views: 799076

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Of course, it's understood that any aircraft is going to be receiving mid-life updates as part of its normal life cycle. That is fine, but people here are talking like we won't have a real air force until we get those Rafales. Most of the pro-Rafale posts essentially dismiss the SU-30MKI fleet as in...
by Y. Kanan
03 Aug 2019 04:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3676
Views: 799076

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

What the good Admiral is saying is that we went in that model and got nothing of substance that we can iteratively develop ourselves . Today, as we talk about upgrading the SU-30, those talks are with the Russians not with just DRDO & HAL. Can you imagine the Chinese talking to Russians to upgr...
by Y. Kanan
02 Aug 2019 00:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3676
Views: 799076

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

The Su-30MKI, Vikramaditya, MiG-29K episodes are fresh in the minds of Indian military planners. I agree the Admiral Gorshkov\Vikramaditya saga was rediculous, and yes the Mig-29K sounds like a very unreliable aircraft, but why do you mention the SU-30MKI? Has it proven to be a disappointment as we...
by Y. Kanan
02 Aug 2019 00:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2813
Views: 464117

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

I understand the IAF's unwillingness to buy the SU-57. It's unproven and it's claimed capabilities are dubious at best. But why not just buy something proven but cost effective? Why not build more SU-30MKI and just keep upgrading their sensors, avionics and weapons as new tech becomes available? Is ...
by Y. Kanan
01 Aug 2019 01:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 2813
Views: 464117

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

Wow! I was against the Rafale order but honestly didn't expect it would pan out, even after all the announcements. Russia Offers India its Su-57 Stealth Fighter (Again) https://thediplomat.com/2019/07/russia-offers-india-its-su-57-stealth-fighter-again/ Russia is again offering the SU-57 (which has ...
by Y. Kanan
01 Aug 2019 01:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3676
Views: 799076

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Russia begins serial production of SU-57 stealth fighter https://thediplomat.com/2019/07/government-official-russia-has-launched-production-of-su-57-stealth-fighter/ "India withdrew in 2018 from the co-development and production of the Su-57, known in India as the Perspective Multi-role Fighte...

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