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by Philip
27 Oct 2007 13:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: IRAQ-Current Continuing Conflict
Replies: 305
Views: 44654

More horror from the Iraq catastrophe. http://www.guardian.co.uk/military/story/0,,2200330,00.html Undiagnosed brain injury - the hidden legacy of Iraq MoD begins study amid fears that up to 20,000 soldiers may be affected Matthew Taylor and Esther Addley Saturday October 27, 2007 The Guardian The M...
by Philip
27 Oct 2007 12:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Military Discussion
Replies: 396
Views: 187823

by Philip
25 Oct 2007 13:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion
Replies: 3997
Views: 301858

"If Afghanistan is lost,Pakistan will fall...",Dire prediction indeed. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ Afghanistan is lost, says Lord Ashdown By Tom Coghlan Last Updated: 3:33am BST 25/10/2007 Nato has "lost in Afghanistan" and its failure to bring stability there could provoke a reg...
by Philip
18 Oct 2007 17:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: IRAQ-Current Continuing Conflict
Replies: 305
Views: 44654

A pithy retort from the Turkish PM,in answer to US criticism of Turkey.Neat and to the point.The Rev.Dubya Bush,head of the "Church of Latter Day Morons",as some wags put it,should practice what he preaches. Despite the US demand that there be no attack, Mr Erdogan is critical of the US sa...
by Philip
18 Oct 2007 17:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: IRAQ-Current Continuing Conflict
Replies: 305
Views: 44654

A pithy retort from the Turkish PM,in answer to US criticism of Turkey.Neat and to the point.The Rev.Dubya Bush,head of the "Church of Latter Day Morons",as some wags put it,should practice what he preaches. Despite the US demand that there be no attack, Mr Erdogan is critical of the US sa...
by Philip
16 Oct 2007 14:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: IRAQ-Current Continuing Conflict
Replies: 305
Views: 44654

US 'delayed' British withdrawal from Basra http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article3063824.ece By Kim Sengupta and Anne Penketh Published: 16 October 2007 British forces were prevented from pulling out of their last base in Basra City for five months because the Americans refused to m...
by Philip
12 Oct 2007 10:40
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indo-UK: News & Discussion
Replies: 3938
Views: 452928

Here is the British scheme to gag former diplomats in similar manner to which ex-R&AW,IB,etc.,officers of Indian agencies will be dealt with.The view of a former British ambassador that George Bush was "Al Qaida's best recruiting sergeant" is such a jewel that demands a freedom of expr...
by Philip
12 Oct 2007 10:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: IRAQ-Current Continuing Conflict
Replies: 305
Views: 44654

Bush's buddy's firm Blackwater and its "Contract Killers" are now being accused of war crimes! http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article3052374.ece Blackwater faces war crimes inquiry after killings in Iraq By Anne Penketh, Diplomatic Editor Published: 12 October 2007 The Ame...
by Philip
11 Oct 2007 13:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pashtun Civil War
Replies: 505
Views: 71050

A new Pashtun "P"stan" or whatever would be an admirable soultion,also forming a buffer between pak and Afghanistan,whose neo-imperial designs upon Afghanistan have cost them dearly thus far.It is the presence of the US and NA(sian)TO troops in the region that has actually accelerated...
by Philip
10 Oct 2007 13:55
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: China Military Watch
Replies: 361
Views: 81818

I agree with the need to beef up our strength on the Chinese border.At least 5 divisions which specialise in "Himalayan" mountain warfare are needed to counter China's growing adventurism.Worse is the state of our infrastructure on our side of the border.AfterChina opened its railway to Ti...
by Philip
05 Oct 2007 16:35
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indo-UK: News & Discussion
Replies: 3938
Views: 452928

British guards 'assault and racially abuse' deportees http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/article3028727.ece By Robert Verkaik, Law Editor Published: 05 October 2007 Hundreds of failed asylum-seekers deported from the United Kingdom have been beaten and racially abused by British escort te...
by Philip
01 Oct 2007 11:58
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Nuclear Discussion - Nukkad Thread
Replies: 323
Views: 68786

Bhadrakumar has answered to a large extent the question,"Why the indecent haste"? If one has been tracking the undercurrents in investment and tie-ups between US corporate groups with strong military-political ties and Indian majors (like the Tatas) specifically in aviation and military-us...
by Philip
27 Sep 2007 16:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: IRAQ-Current Continuing Conflict
Replies: 305
Views: 44654

The "Ramzan " offensive continues. CNN.com Wave of bombings, shootings sweeps Iraq, kills at least Attacks raise fears al-Qaeda has launched a promised new offensive Police reported at least six car bombings around the country Deadliest suicide bombing killed 10, wounded 9 near Sinjar Next...
by Philip
26 Sep 2007 18:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: IRAQ-Current Continuing Conflict
Replies: 305
Views: 44654

US blame Britain! http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/article2938970.ece Britain 'backed US decision to disband Saddam's army' By Leonard Doyle in Washington and Kim Sengupta in Basra Published: 07 September 2007 The British Government and military high command fully supported the controver...
by Philip
25 Sep 2007 18:32
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Nuclear Discussion - Nukkad Thread
Replies: 323
Views: 68786

Arun,yes,one knows that our designs weren't Hiroshima vintage,but feel that we cannot be 100% sure about everything and may want to test in the future.Relieved to know that NB testing especially is not neccessary.However,because of the virtual impossibility of using any NWeapons in a spat,we must co...
by Philip
25 Sep 2007 12:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: IRAQ-Current Continuing Conflict
Replies: 305
Views: 44654

Disgusting! http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2996115.ece Weapons left by US troops 'used as bait to kill Iraqis' By Kim Sengupta in Baghdad Published: 25 September 2007 US soldiers are luring Iraqis to their deaths by scattering military equipment on the ground as "bait&qu...
by Philip
25 Sep 2007 10:09
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Nuclear Discussion - Nukkad Thread
Replies: 323
Views: 68786

Acharya,good info about the Air India "Kashmir Princess" bombing.I mentioned this many years ago ,about the CIAs actions against India.The bomb was sent from Delhi by the CIA to Hong Kong airport,to be placed aboard the aircraft by Nationalist Chinese agents (courtesy the British looking t...
by Philip
22 Sep 2007 13:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: IRAQ-Current Continuing Conflict
Replies: 305
Views: 44654

The "pot ofgold" is getting cold! The contract killers must now find another killing field,perhapsAfghanoistan,where the NATO (North Asian Treaty Org.) forces are under severe pressure from the Talibs. What agreat achievement of George Dubya Bush.He has set the world afire with his new ind...
by Philip
19 Sep 2007 17:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: IRAQ-Current Continuing Conflict
Replies: 305
Views: 44654

Latest milestone of achievement in Bush's New Iraq.Apart from the oil wholescale looting and the antiquities looting,the latest is given below! http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2976691.ece Baghdad revealed as bank robbery capital of the world By Kim Sengupta in Baghdad Publishe...
by Philip
19 Sep 2007 17:12
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Book Review Folder - 2005/2006/2007
Replies: 404
Views: 97965

Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army By Jeremy Scahill List Price: $26.95 Price: $16.17 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25. Details Product Description Meet BLACKWATER USA, the world's most secretive and powerful mercenary firm. Based in the w...
by Philip
18 Sep 2007 15:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military/Defence Exports
Replies: 137
Views: 29739

This is good news and what some of us have been saying that we should have a specialised export marketing and sales establishment,encompassing all defence sector undertakings,for all services, to promote what we have been producing and what our future products are going to be.The first task,apart fr...
by Philip
18 Sep 2007 13:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: IRAQ-Current Continuing Conflict
Replies: 305
Views: 44654

Aptly named Balckwater in hot water! A very private war There are 48,000 'security contractors' in Iraq, working for private companies growing rich on the back of US policy. But can it be a good thing to have so many mercenaries operating without any democratic control? Jeremy Scahill reports Wednes...
by Philip
17 Sep 2007 13:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: IRAQ-Current Continuing Conflict
Replies: 305
Views: 44654

The "Annexation of Iraq"! That is the stark fact,because right from the start,the entire sordid episode has been about looting Iraq's OIL.To pay the bill for the military and political mess,without burdening the US taxpayer,the US has tried to bring around the Iraqi "Govt. of the Gree...
by Philip
14 Sep 2007 12:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: IRAQ-Current Continuing Conflict
Replies: 305
Views: 44654

Bush's key Iraq ally "blown to bits". http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2961318.ece An assassination that blows apart Bush's hopes of pacifying Iraq Last week George Bush flew into Iraq to meet Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, leader of Anbar province This week General David Pe...
by Philip
13 Sep 2007 09:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: IRAQ-Current Continuing Conflict
Replies: 305
Views: 44654

Depressing news. http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,2167858,00.html US troops who criticised Iraq war strategy killed in Baghdad · Article claimed Bush's policy was total failure · Deaths reported on eve of presidential address Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington Thursday September 13, 2007 The ...
by Philip
12 Sep 2007 13:43
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Malabar Naval Exercises
Replies: 155
Views: 52383

I've met both Seals and ex-SAS gents.Nice chaps,down to earth humour with the Brits,no giant sized freaks,very focussed though . More on Malabar from Frontline.Excerpts. The battle is on http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/stories/20070921508013100.htm JOHN CHERIAN Despite widespread protests, India joi...
by Philip
12 Sep 2007 13:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indo-UK: News & Discussion
Replies: 3938
Views: 452928

MI5 and MI6 to be sued for first time over torture http://politics.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,,2167208,00.html Vikram Dodd Wednesday September 12, 2007 The Guardian A British man who was held in Guantánamo Bay has begun a civil action against MI5 and MI6 over the tactics that they use to gath...
by Philip
12 Sep 2007 12:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: IRAQ-Current Continuing Conflict
Replies: 305
Views: 44654

Rupert Cornwell: Never underestimate the power of a general http://comment.independent.co.uk/commentators/article2953417.ece Published: 12 September 2007 If America is the new Rome, all one can say is that standards for Roman triumphs have dropped. Back in old republican Rome, you had to defeat a fo...
by Philip
11 Sep 2007 12:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: IRAQ-Current Continuing Conflict
Replies: 305
Views: 44654

The view from Baghdad: Mounting death toll which makes a mockery of US optimism http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2950298.ece By Kim Sengupta Published: 11 September 2007 By the time General Petraeus had finished speaking yesterday the slaughter in Iraq for the previous 24 hours...
by Philip
08 Sep 2007 19:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military/Defence Exports
Replies: 137
Views: 29739

Dear Rudra,thanks for that bit of news.The export figure stated is far healthier.However,we can do a lot better and should have targets in billions.
by Philip
08 Sep 2007 19:12
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Malabar Naval Exercises
Replies: 155
Views: 52383

I'm not sure about the Nimitz,but future US carriers'keels are being designed to take torpedo hits and survive.During WW2,ships had "bulges" to minimise damage from torpedo attacks.A wake homing torpedo that hits a carriers stern would cause massive damage to the screws and rudders.What ha...
by Philip
07 Sep 2007 15:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military/Defence Exports
Replies: 137
Views: 29739

Sanku,the point is that China developed an arms export industry despite having limited access to modern defence technology.Pak being its most valuable client.That's because of its single-mindedness pursuit of an objective.Today,Airbus is setting up an entire factory in China to produce A-320s! It is...
by Philip
07 Sep 2007 12:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military/Defence Exports
Replies: 137
Views: 29739

We must examine how China built up its defence export industry despite for many decades being unable to obtain either from the west or east blocs.Before the Soviet/Sino realtionship turned sour,China was able to get the best that Russia had to offer.After relations soured,theVietnam war was in full ...
by Philip
06 Sep 2007 19:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military/Defence Exports
Replies: 137
Views: 29739

Will ignore flak and stay on course of the thread.First,we have to identify our target countries for exports.Obviously,friendly small neighbours,like Lanka,Maldives,Mauritius,Nepal,etc. are obvious markets.New markets areemerging in ASEAN,African and S.American nations.This requires more detailed di...
by Philip
06 Sep 2007 18:15
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Malabar Naval Exercises
Replies: 155
Views: 52383

A letter to major European and Russian buliders has been sent by the GOI inviting proposals from them to refine design/build our std.frigate class (P-17A?),with one or two frigates first built abroad and the rest in India.This is probably due to the galloping developments in stealth and conformal se...
by Philip
06 Sep 2007 14:21
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India Nuclear News & Discussion - 4 Sept 2007
Replies: 232
Views: 47374

Yes,even I must say that Bush is an absolute pal of India's and this was observed and mentioned by me when he visited us.His "tilt" towards us was and is genuine and we are the good "Injuns",who smoke the peace pipe with him.We aren't the men of eviltude like Saddam and Ahmed-in-...
by Philip
06 Sep 2007 12:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: IRAQ-Current Continuing Conflict
Replies: 305
Views: 44654

Iraq's government has failed, but America's isn't doing so well either http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2163013,00.html Even supporters of the Bush administration criticise its incompetence and the dysfunctional political system behind it Timothy Garton Ash in Washington Thursday September...
by Philip
06 Sep 2007 09:41
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Malabar Naval Exercises
Replies: 155
Views: 52383

Are we being told about the nature of the exercises being carried out?With such a formidable collection of ships,subs and aircraft,these are war games of a sort.
by Philip
05 Sep 2007 19:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military/Defence Exports
Replies: 137
Views: 29739

JC,this thread is about Indian defence exports,NOT about what progress India has made with defence weapon systems and technology.So stick to the topic if you can.If our wares are so fantastic-and I have never denigrated our successes,of which we have many which if you have carefully read my posts ov...
by Philip
05 Sep 2007 18:24
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: Malabar Naval Exercises
Replies: 155
Views: 52383

That was a good piece by our former naval chief.Can one argue then that Chinese actions have brought about the "equal and opposite" reaction? Yes,in part.Chinese hegemonic attitudes and actions have had their effect in India and we are after years of sonambulism reacting to their little co...

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