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by Y. Kanan
09 Mar 2020 00:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 12251
Views: 1031444

Re: Levant crisis - III

What really happened in Moscow... (worth watching) Better map of ceasefire: Lots of Turkish observation posts even in Aleppo province! So what does it mean for only the M4 to be "secure zone", unless it is for 1-way trip out of Syria to Turkey? The presence of these observation posts mean...
by Y. Kanan
06 Mar 2020 22:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 12251
Views: 1031444

Re: Levant crisis - III

The Turks maintain a division+ in Idlib and a vast army of headchoppers. They’re not going anywhere, they’re just shuffling around. This isn’t over. Many more Syrians will die in the months ahead. It’s amazing how, when one has a preformed conclusion they want to reach (that Russia is big and scary)...
by Y. Kanan
05 Mar 2020 23:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 12251
Views: 1031444

Re: Levant crisis - III

Fascinating stuff. We are seeing history made here. This is the first war where a conventional military force (Syria and allies) are fighting armed drones. Up to now, it has always been drones vs peasants with AK's. Unsurprisingly, drones do not fare as well against a proper army. What's particularl...
by Y. Kanan
04 Mar 2020 23:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 12251
Views: 1031444

Re: Levant crisis - III

Definitely some mental gymnastics at play here. I see the usual 101 excuses why, despite all appearances to the contrary, Russia is afraid to fight Turkey. Let's stop being so ridiculous here; do you think in 2015 Putin would have accepted the humiliation of watching a Russian plane shot down, pilot...
by Y. Kanan
04 Mar 2020 11:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 12251
Views: 1031444

Re: Levant crisis - III

The Russki prosecution of war in Syria is an excellent example of how well their tech and support systems worked. ideally, a country would do well to have a small high -tech force to gain initial advantage, followed by large amounts of cheap and robust systems to ensure said advantage. I support th...
by Y. Kanan
04 Mar 2020 10:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 12251
Views: 1031444

Re: Levant crisis - III

I don''t know if the arguers here have considered how the Taliban, 8 years after they were totally routed and Containerized in Afghanistan, are today so powerful still that they are at the point of invading all Afghan cities. What else do you want as a demonstration of Pakistani Power? Who else can...
by Y. Kanan
02 Mar 2020 03:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 12251
Views: 1031444

Re: Levant crisis - III

Nonsense. {snip expert opinion} kananji, with all doo respect... I don't know if you realize that you come across as a blithering {einsteinullah} when you post such a word, with absolutely not a single useful point of evidence or iota of clear thinking. I asked gently the last time you did that, wh...
by Y. Kanan
01 Mar 2020 23:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 12251
Views: 1031444

Re: Levant crisis - III

I doubt turkey has destroyed 1/3rd of what they have claimed. It is a twitter war with turks spreading all kinds of fud just like ghafoora pakis twitter troll squads did during feb 27. Indian plane crashes of years ago was shared on twitter as latest crash. Turks are primarily H&D society just ...
by Y. Kanan
01 Mar 2020 23:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 12251
Views: 1031444

Re: Levant crisis - III

Interesting article about how Turkey has become a drone superpower behind only the US and Isreal. I've been saying this for many, many years but it's not too late for India to do the same. This capability would have been extremely useful to us over the last 30+ years. https://www.theguardian.com/new...
by Y. Kanan
01 Mar 2020 07:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 12251
Views: 1031444

Re: Levant crisis - III

It’s looking like the Russian S400/SU-35/etc hand is being effectively called, at this point. Who knows how strong this hand actually is; it would sure be nice to know. Putin could really be backed into a corner here.
by Y. Kanan
01 Mar 2020 03:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 12251
Views: 1031444

Re: Levant crisis - III

Today has seen major reverses in the village of Nayrab, where the Turks have overrun the area (again). I wonder why Gen. Smirnoff allowed that.. this is turning out to be the Stalingrad of the Syrian war (Deir ez Zor was the Leningrad). UBCN prediction is that the Russians and Syrians withdrew from...
by Y. Kanan
21 Feb 2020 13:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 12251
Views: 1031444

Re: Levant crisis - III

Unconfirmed.. but Leith Fadel twitter feed is usually good. This is confirmed. The casualties were General Yuri Komarov, Captain Ivan Drago, and Major-General Nikolai Volkoff Quote Tweet DreamMachine @DreamMa59706694 · 20h 3 Russian generals, including the grandson of Russian Foreign Minister Lavro...
by Y. Kanan
19 Feb 2020 10:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 12251
Views: 1031444

Re: Levant crisis - III

Can't tell. I THINK the problem is Erdogan's belief that the TFTA Ottoman fauj is NATO-trained and hence superior to the scrawny SAA/Hezbollah/Iranians. Also that RuAF will not bomb his fauj. Right now he has pumped another 300 vehicles into Idlib. He has all sorts of "deconflctig" deals ...
by Y. Kanan
19 Feb 2020 07:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Levant crisis - III
Replies: 12251
Views: 1031444

Re: Levant crisis - III

Strange behaviour by Erdogan, pouring all those troops into Idlib without an end goal, sending troops to Libya, all those anti-Kurd invasions over the past few years. None of those operations made very much sense militarily. Doesn't it seem like Erdogan is always trying to find creative new ways to ...
by Y. Kanan
19 Feb 2020 06:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Endgame of NaPakistan: How and what afterwards
Replies: 494
Views: 75464

Re: Endgame of NaPakistan: How and what afterwards

When you visit BRF in 2050, look for these threads on the front page:

-Managing Pakistan's imminent collapse
-Understanding the US
-Terroristan-2050
-List of victims of Terrorist attacks in India
-W. Bengal Union Territory-2050
by Y. Kanan
19 Feb 2020 06:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 1060
Views: 139420

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

India should ally with Roos on Syria-Libya-Iraq-Iran. If the prevailing sentiment here is indicative of where GoI is thinking, then we're poised to dump Roos and get in bed with Uncle more than we are now. We must do our best to please Uncle by avoiding that Iranian oil. The damage to our economy i...
by Y. Kanan
16 Feb 2020 07:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 1060
Views: 139420

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

Turkey is spreading its wings slowly in Indian ocean. They have two military bases in Qatar, one is Somalia, one in Sudan. Turkey has neither the economy nor the population to be more than a regional player. It could be an irritant to us but will never matter in any significant way to strengthening...
by Y. Kanan
17 Jan 2020 09:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 1605
Views: 208531

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Shia Iran forgets that if it ever came to picking side, India will play neutral at best and if a gun is put on the head, India will be in the corner of USA/KSA/Israel and rightly so. Speak for yourself. All I see is a bunch of desperate mental gymnastics on BR to justify horrible behavior by the US...
by Y. Kanan
17 Jan 2020 08:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5599
Views: 653993

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Let's look back at US sanctions after P-2. Mad Half- bright said we " shot ourselves in the foot", pressured a drunken Yeltsin to halt cryo- engines for our space programme apart from sabotaging the LCA programme,etc. But with canny help from Ru, we developed over time our indigenous vers...
by Y. Kanan
17 Jan 2020 08:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5599
Views: 653993

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Russia is to get 7 new subs this year. 4 nuclear ( Belgorod,1 Borei- A SSBN, 2 Yasen-M SSGN) and 3 conventional (2 Kilo and one Lada). In addition the 10,000km range nuclear tipped ,nuclear powered torpedo ,Status-6/ Poseidon ( Kanyon by NATO ),with a speed of 100kts.depth of 1000m, is entering ser...
by Y. Kanan
16 Jan 2020 08:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5599
Views: 653993

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

It seems to me that at least on BR, the prevailing sentiment is screw Russia; India is now Team America all the way.

Is this because we genuinely believe the US will prove a better ally, or is it because we're so scared of the US that we dare not defy them?
by Y. Kanan
14 Jan 2020 11:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 1605
Views: 208531

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Now that the US has so openly demonstrated its technical superiority and willingness to use it, what’s to stop Israel (backed by Trump) from in turn escalating bigly in Syria? Blow up Assad? Blow away the entire Syrian command? At this point, why not?
by Y. Kanan
12 Jan 2020 02:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 1605
Views: 208531

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

What would be Hilari-ous if it weren't so bloody tragic is that the See Enn Enn and EnnBeeSee are blaming the crash on Trump killing Suleimani. How is the loss of this airliner NOT Trump's fault? He brought about the entire sequence of events. US creates chaos, gets innocents killed, and gets a fre...
by Y. Kanan
11 Jan 2020 05:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 1605
Views: 208531

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

proliferation of S3/400 in middle east. https://mobile.almasdarnews.com/article/iraq-is-negotiating-with-russia-to-acquire-the-s-300-air-defense-system/ Iraq is negotiating with Russia to acquire the S-300 air defense system BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.)- The head of the Security and Defense Committe...
by Y. Kanan
10 Jan 2020 07:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 1605
Views: 208531

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Gentle pooch: If, say, u were to get hold of a document painstakingly documenting the news reports that you mention above, would you dare spread it around in public today?


Make your point, sir!
by Y. Kanan
10 Jan 2020 03:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: ME wars ..XX: a brave new beginning
Replies: 64
Views: 7745

Re: ME wars ..XX: a brave new beginning

The difference between the Shia and Sunnis when it comes to fighting is the willingness of the Shia to achieve matyrdom. Certainly no shortage of Sunnis eager for martyrdom. Witness ISIS, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir, India itself. Sunni Islamists have historically (last 200 years) been our pr...
by Y. Kanan
10 Jan 2020 02:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 1605
Views: 208531

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Post edited. Moderator note: Please don't bring Indian leaders into an emotive discussion about US-Iran actions. First, comparing Indian leaders to Gen Soleimani is not warranted. It is absurd to make these comparisons. Second, India is not Iran, irrespective of what you may think. Third, please don...
by Y. Kanan
09 Jan 2020 13:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 1605
Views: 208531

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

This is far from over. The Iranians rightly see this is as the final humiliation in 40 years of being picked on by everyone, from the Sunni Arabs to the Jews to the USA. I'm surprised most BR-ites are gloating when they should be empathizing with Iran. After all, we Indians know what it feels like t...
by Y. Kanan
08 Jan 2020 10:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 1605
Views: 208531

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Well if it was the deep state's intention to turn the world against America, it's working. Things are about to get much worse because Iranians are both proud and relatively competent; they are constitutionally incapable of wimping out the way everyone here seems convinced they will. BR'ites are expe...
by Y. Kanan
08 Jan 2020 00:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 1605
Views: 208531

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Can US forces in NE Syria (ie: the oil fields) remain there if the US pulls out of Iraq? Are those US forces supplied via Turkey or only via Iraq?
by Y. Kanan
04 Jan 2020 01:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 1605
Views: 208531

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

China getting sucked in into middle eastern quagmire is not a bad thing from Indian perspective. US concentration on middle east resulted in China getting sort of getting off the hook. Let China and US fight themselves to death in middle east. That may give some breathing space to India. Russia and...
by Y. Kanan
10 Dec 2019 09:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Iran News and Discussions
Replies: 3149
Views: 295662

Re: Iran News and Discussions

Tehran will never forget India’s support: Mohammad Javad Zarif this is taqiya, plain and simple. they will never support us but they are very glad to take SDRE money. and when push comes to shove, it will always be the ummah. ... but the Ummah is profoundly divided at the moment, between Sunni and ...
by Y. Kanan
10 Dec 2019 05:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 4457
Views: 526028

Re: Understanding the US - Again

The American Left is sour on Saudi Arabia, especially after the Khashoggi murder, but previously with the war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The trick for them is how to condemn this Saudi terrorism without condemning Islam. The American Left cannot dump Saudi because they cannot dump Israel. So...
by Y. Kanan
09 Dec 2019 00:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 1605
Views: 208531

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

If you "truly" hope for that, then you have no regard for Indian lives or Indian security because if something like this came to pass, many of our people would die when a newly emboldened wave of Sunni jihadists inevitably ends up here. It would be the late 90's \ early 2000's all over ag...
by Y. Kanan
29 Nov 2019 12:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 4457
Views: 526028

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Dear All, I believe Tulsi just needs 3000 unique donors now to make the December debate. She also needs 5000 in Illinois. I request BRFites to go to tulsi2020.com to their bit in helping a decent candidate and India friend go further. yes. Please donate even if $1 (spouse, kids > 18) with same addr...
by Y. Kanan
29 Nov 2019 07:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 1605
Views: 208531

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Kannan sir, did it bother SCB not to take assistance from hitler during WWII just because hitler was trying to solve the "jewish question"? How many times we have voted against them at UN? Point is as long as Israelis don't fund and support LeT or JeM, we shouldn't be complaining about th...
by Y. Kanan
25 Nov 2019 06:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 1605
Views: 208531

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

You’re angry about symbolic Russian actions or statements while the US and Isreal support jihadists that have and will kill our people. Well, I suppose Indian lives are cheap, so perhaps your position is justified. After all, what’s a little “collateral damage” between friends?
by Y. Kanan
22 Nov 2019 01:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 1605
Views: 208531

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: 12251
Views: 1031444

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: 1060
Views: 139420

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...

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