Levant crisis - III

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 27 Jul 2018 09:06

Mordor is finally under attack
this btw was an area where "apostates" and "rafidhis" were being beheaded in town squares till date by the isis affiliate jaish khalid bin walid.


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#SAA captures Jillen, Hayt, Sahm Al-Jawlān, Tal Jumou’, ‘Adwan, Tasil city, Sheikh Hussein, Shabraq, Saysun, Musayritiyah & several other villages/dams/hills in #Yarmouk Basin w/in 156 km^2, reducing #ISIS-held area to 114 km^2.(26/7/18) #OpBasalt #Daraa #Jawlān #Syria

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 27 Jul 2018 09:07

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RUAF is helping on airstrikes. the first time after east ghouta they operated in south syria near israel

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 27 Jul 2018 09:08

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Death toll in Sweida keeps rising. Over 200 people reportedly dead. This is the highest death toll from any single attack to take place in Syria.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 27 Jul 2018 09:08

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Today's attack on al-Suwayda will mark the end of ISIS in the Syrian desert, the only accepted outcome is full annihilation.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 27 Jul 2018 09:09

pics of some of the ISIS that local militias and saa trapped and killed in sweida attack aftermath
https://twitter.com/Souria4Syrians/stat ... 8464740361

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 27 Jul 2018 09:14

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#ISIS captured #SAA soldiers following the most deadly attack (after #Speicher massacre). Last toll #Suweida: 220 killed and 180 wounded following #ISIS incursion on the southern province. Tens of ISIS vehicles went unnoticed by #USA based at al-tanf where ISIS attack came from.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 27 Jul 2018 09:15

having alienated everyone in damascus, the kurds are trying to crawl back into assad's good books with an eye to regaining afrin
https://southfront.org/kurdish-forces-w ... ake-afrin/

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 28 Jul 2018 08:09

SA has reached the golan border in quneitra area - first time in many years

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there is some UN camp there to keep the peace.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 28 Jul 2018 08:12

further south they continue to squeeze the ISIS pocket
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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 28 Jul 2018 08:13

the occupied golan area is a buffer state for israel....they had wanted a layer2 buffer of this jihadi belt along the border but that seems like gone now.

jordan is where all these isis will go. i wonder what their plans are?

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 31 Jul 2018 22:09

south syria has now entirely fallen to SAA - last 3 villages fell today.

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various fsa bandits now with cases settled jumped in and massacred dozens of arrested isis fighters
https://twitter.com/CivilWarMap/status/ ... 0097026056

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Falijee » 02 Aug 2018 02:07

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Saudi Arabia Planned to Invade Qatar Last Summer. Rex Tillerson’s Efforts to Stop It May Have Cost Him His Job.

Aug 1, 2018

Thirteen hours before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson learned from the presidential Twitter feed that he was being fired, he did something that President Donald Trump had been unwilling to do. Following a phone call with his British counterpart, Tillerson condemned a deadly nerve agent attack in the U.K., saying that he had “full confidence in the U.K.’s investigation and its assessment that Russia was likely responsible.”White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders had called the attack “reckless, indiscriminate, and irresponsible,” but stopped short of blaming Russia, leading numerous media outlets to speculate that Tillerson was fired for criticizing Russia.
But in the months that followed his departure, press reports strongly suggested that the countries lobbying hardest for Tillerson’s removal were Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, both of which were frustrated by Tillerson’s attempts to mediate and end their blockade of Qatar. One report in the New York Times even suggested that the UAE ambassador to Washington knew that Tillerson would be forced out three months before he was fired in March.
The Intercept has learned of a previously unreported episode that stoked the UAE and Saudi Arabia’s anger at Tillerson and that may have played a key role in his removal. In the summer of 2017, several months before the Gulf allies started pushing for his ouster, Tillerson intervened to stop a secret Saudi-led, UAE-backed plan to invade and essentially conquer Qatar, according to one current member of the U.S. intelligence community and two former State Department officials, all of whom declined to be named, citing the sensitivity of the matter.
In the days and weeks after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and closed down their land, sea, and air borders with the country, Tillerson made a series of phone calls urging Saudi officials not to take military action against the country. The flurry of calls in June 2017 has been reported, but State Department and press accounts at the time described them as part of a broad-strokes effort to resolve tensions in the Gulf, not as an attempt by Tillerson to avert a Saudi-led military operation.
Some Gulf watchers speculate that the incentive for the planned invasion may have been partly financial. Saudi Arabia’s “cradle to grave” welfare system relies on high oil prices, which plummeted in 2014 and have not fully recovered. Since the current king came to power in 2015, the country has spent more than a third of its $737 billion in reserves, and last year, the Saudi economy entered a painful recession. In response, the government has looked for ways to raise money, including by selling shares in the state-owned oil company, Saudi Aramco.
“It’s unsustainable,” said Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute and 30-year CIA officer, in a lecture last November. “In the three years since [King Salman] ascended to the throne, one third of Saudi Arabia’s reserves have already been spent. You don’t need to have an MBA from the Wharton school to figure out what that means six years from now.”
The UAE’s harassment of Qatar also includes crude public insults lodged by UAE leadership against the Qatari royal family. The jibes frequently emanate from the verified Twitter account of Hamad al Mazrouei, a high-level Emirati intelligence official and righthand man to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed. Mazrouei’s account frequently tweets sexually suggestive content directed at Mozah bint Nasser, the mother of the emir of Qatar. Just last week, Mazrouei tweeted a video of a man and woman – with Mazrouei and Sheikha Mozah’s faces photoshopped onto their bodies – doing a raunchy bump-and-grind.The content and audacity of Mazrouei’s tweets have led to speculation in Qatari media that the account is actually controlled by the crown prince of Abu Dhabi himself.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Falijee » 02 Aug 2018 02:20

As Economy Tanks, Saudis Move Into Menial Jobs :D

Burger on wheels: Saudi nationals try ‘low status’ jobs as economy falls
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Dishing out burgers and fries slathered with melted cheese, “One Way Burger” is like any other trendy food truck in Riyadh. But it offers something rare -- the cook behind the sizzling hot grill is a Saudi.
In the once tax-free petro-state, which long offered its citizens cradle-to-grave welfare, blue-collar occupations such as cooking, cleaning and working at gas stations have largely been the preserve of foreign workers, who far outnumber Saudis.But Saudis are increasingly taking on such “low status” jobs in a new age of austerity when gas is no longer cheaper than water, with the government trimming oil-funded subsidies and tackling sluggish economic growth and high unemployment.“When I started this food truck two years ago many people said: ‘What? You will sell burgers and sandwiches in the street? You come from a big family and big tribe’,” said Bader al-Ajmi, the 38-year-old owner of One Way Burger.
The (lazy and arrogant ) Saudis better start working like the rest of the world !
“People were surprised,” he added, as a Porsche pulled up at the side of his truck to place an order.Since Ajmi started his business, dipping into his personal savings, owning a food truck has become the trend du jour and attained a level of respectability. Working inside as a cook apparently still has not.
Still, many Saudis, long reliant on the welfare state for secure and undemanding white-collar jobs, are embracing manual labour jobs.
For the first time, a new crop of nationals are working as tea sellers and car mechanics.Posh Lexus-owners work as Uber drivers for spare cash.“Will Saudis ever work as street cleaners?” columnist Abdulhadi al-Saadi recently asked in the daily Saudi Gazette.“Some people will look down at this proposal... They should know that nations only rise on the shoulders of their own people,” he wrote.
Last December, residents of eastern Al-Ahsa region feted a handful of young Saudis who swallowed their pride to do another job long deemed dishonourable -- working at a gas station.“There is no shame in this work,” a gas station customer said in a Snapchat video.“Prophet Mohammed used to work as a shepherd.”
In Saudia, PBUH is the gold standard , even if it is NOT relevant to any discussion :D
“Many people... were against the (food truck),” Ajmi said. “Now they say: ‘If you have a job, let me know.’“
Times have changed ! But they are still relying on Pakistan to provide muscle and material (Bum!) to keep the corrupt royals on the throne !

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 02 Aug 2018 09:21

GDP per capita has remained stagnant for a decade now.... with a youth bulge....

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Postby Singha » 02 Aug 2018 09:22

ours has nearly doubled in 10 years - for the avg saudi the 10x bigger number may not reflect directly as the royal family and big satraps have the ownership of the oil wealth.

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Postby Austin » 03 Aug 2018 07:57

The gdp per capita can give a distorted view

Like do we get things at the same price today as in 2008 be that be any thing we buy ? Or we get the same interest in bank as we used to in 2008 for savings

Our doubling of per capita gdp got compensated by equal doubling of every thing we buy , so we are at minimum sustainance level today as we were in 2008

Unless our per capita can grow 4-5 times in same period we cannot break those sustainance treshhold

Another thing is we has great disparity in income between rich and poor in India so per capita gdp may not be the best way to judge , if Mukesh Ambani comes into a room the per capita income of the people in that room would be highest in India.

As far as Saudi goes these are nut case to even compare its a single pony oil income economy if you take out their top 10 refineries and ports in a war they will be left begging

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 03 Aug 2018 14:10

with south syria over, the chess board is being shaped for the final phase of the war which will be in Idlib

russi are working to rebuild bridges between SDF and Assad and Erdogan and Assad with an eye to taking their aid from the north and east to liberate the western side of idlib and west aleppo countryside from the HTS. the rest of idlib would be erdoganstan and kurds might get a few bones in Afrin

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 04 Aug 2018 09:52

https://twitter.com/Souria4Syrians/stat ... 9450617856

video of defeated isis in daraa - a sound mix of older perverts and young psychos

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Austin » 04 Aug 2018 20:53

Syrian special forces received AK-105 assault rifles

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby rsingh » 04 Aug 2018 21:46

We have to invite some of these battle hardened solders to our exercises. They have gone through so much that there is lot to learn, specially innovative gas cylinder grenades and other IEDs. We have our headache in red area and Kashmir but that is nothing compared to Syria. An idle army looses it edge. We do not know haw things are going to settle in Afganistan and terroristan. We have to be prepared to fight shit with shit.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Austin » 04 Aug 2018 22:16

China, Syria: Officials Say the Chinese Military Is Willing to Help the Syrian Army Retake Idlib

https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/ ... take-idlib

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Postby Singha » 05 Aug 2018 08:49

China is all hot air in syria so far
But they will look to drop 50b on reconstruction funds in exchange for a djibouti type base and container port

Russi will not oppose as it will put more pressure on nato and divert attention from spying on tartous

In ww1 japan as part of allies had a fleet in the Mediterranean sea in concert with allied ships. Not many know that

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Postby Singha » 05 Aug 2018 08:54

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Events of 1917 Edit

On 18 December 1916 the British Admiralty again requested naval assistance from Japan. Two of the four cruisers of the First Special Squadron at Singapore were sent to Cape Town, South Africa, and four destroyers were sent to the Mediterranean for basing out of Malta. Rear-Admiral Sato Kozo on the cruiser Akashi and 10th and 11th destroyer units (eight destroyers) arrived in Malta on 13 April 1917 via Colombo and Port Said. Eventually this Second Special Squadron totalled during the war 3 cruisers (Akashi, Izumo, Nisshin), 14 destroyers (8 Kaba-class, 4 Momo-class, 2 ex-British Acorn-class), 2 sloops, 1 tender (Kanto).

The Second Special Squadron carried out escort duties for troop transports and anti-submarine operations. No ship was lost, but on 11 June 1917 a Kaba-class destroyer (Sakaki) was hit by a torpedo from an Austro-Hungarian submarine (U 27) off Crete; 59 Japanese sailors died. The Japanese squadron made a total of 348 escort sorties from Malta, escorting 788 ships containing around 700,000 soldiers, thus contributing greatly to the war effort. A further 7,075 people were rescued from damaged and sinking ships. In return for this assistance, Great Britain recognized Japan's territorial gains in Shantung and in the Pacific islands north of the equator.

With the American entry into World War I on 6 April 1917, the United States and Japan found themselves on the same side, despite their increasingly acrimonious relations over China and competition for influence in the Pacific. This led to the Lansing–Ishii Agreement of 2 November 1917 to help reduce tensions.

In late 1917, Japan exported 12 Arabe-class destroyers, based on Kaba-class design, to France.

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Postby Singha » 05 Aug 2018 08:55

Google for japan in ww1
They even seized german colonies in micronesia and expanded across the pacific

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 06 Aug 2018 20:50

well! the hour of decision is finally here

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/sy ... offensive/

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing to launch their long-awaited Jisr Al-Shughour offensive after several months of planning.

Since the conclusion of their southern Syria operations, the Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces division has begun moving their troops north to the Al-Ghaab Plain, where they plan to commence their upcoming offensive.

According to a military source in Damascus, the Tiger Forces have already begun observing the Jisr Al-Shughour area in a bid to identify potential jihadist hideouts and trenches.

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In the coming weeks, the Tiger Forces will begin their push towards Jisr Al-Shughour, while their allies from the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Armored Division start their offensive in northeast Latakia.

Jisr Al-Shughour is a strategic city that is located in the southwestern countryside of the Idlib Governorate; it is currently under the control of the Turkestan Islamic Party and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham.

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Postby UlanBatori » 10 Aug 2018 20:27

“There is no shame in this work,” a gas station customer said in a Snapchat video.“Prophet Mohammed used to work as a shepherd.”


But .. a gas tank is just not the same as a goat :((
The description of the UAE's Twitter antics is so Paki: u should try reading the twits under the post about Blackberry by Imran's ex-bibi. But what is described is blood libel: enough for the next 1000 years feud. Why are they doing it? Now that Quatar has pretty-much survived, I would think Abu Dhabi Clown Plince's golas are probably shivering.

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Postby Singha » 20 Aug 2018 09:11

tiger forces are poised for the final phase of the syrian war .... retaking Idlib.....with turkey in junk bond status and in doghouse vs the khan, the sultan's options are more limited than earlier.

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Lavrov: now we have to eliminate Jahbat Nusra Front in #Idlib, with isnt part of ceasefire

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Postby Austin » 23 Aug 2018 16:13

Official statistics of the Ministry of Defense of Russia on the operation in Syria

https://bmpd.livejournal.com/3316220.html

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation published a video showing official statistics on the participation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the operation to combat terrorist groups in the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic



In the article, it is reported that 63012 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Russia, including 434 generals and 25738 officers, took part in the operation in Syria since 2015.

Combat experience in Syria received 4,349 specialists in missile forces and artillery, 87% of operational and tactical crews, 91% of army aviation crews, 97% of military transport aviation crews and 60% of strategic and long-range aviation crews.

Every fourth Russian serviceman who performed tasks in Syria was awarded a state award. All participants in the operation are marked with departmental insignia.

For the duration of the operation in Syria, the Russian Air Force carried out a total of 39,000 sorties, including more than 20,000 at night. During the active phases of the operation, the intensity of the use of combat aviation reached more than 100 sorties per day. Each plane made daily 3-4 flights. The maximum number of sorties per day - 139 - was carried out on November 20, 2015.

The Navy of Russia committed 189 military campaigns, in which 86 ships, 14 submarines and 83 vessels took part.

The pilots of the SUVK "Admiral Kuznetsov" carried out 420 sorties, including 117 at night, and destroyed 1252 terrorist objects.

Russian UAVs carried out more than 25 thousand sorties, they opened 47522 enemy targets. Every day, up to 70 UAVs "Forpost" and "Orlan-10" operated in Syria.

Terrorist targets inflicted 100 beats by sea-launched cruise missiles Caliber and 66 attacks by air-launched cruise missiles.

The Tu-22M3 bombers carried out 369 sorties, 47 group strikes, 215 objects were destroyed.

As a result of air strikes and cruise missiles, 121466 objects of terrorists were destroyed, including 970 field camps, 20513 strong points, 9,941 ammunition and fuel depots, 649 tanks, 731 infantry fighting vehicles, and 8927 vehicles with antiaircraft guns. Eliminated 830 gang leaders, more than 86,000 fighters, including more than 4,500 immigrants from Russia and CIS countries.

In order to ensure the operation of the grouping of troops in Syria, 424 flights by sea and 2785 flights by air were carried out. In the course of which transported by: sea transport 3,250 people, 4,501 weapons and military equipment, 1559,000 tons of cargo, air transport transported 91285 people, more than 1,000 units of weapons and military equipment, 55,846 tons of cargo. Every day from Russia to Syria by air and sea transport, an average of 2,000 tons of various cargo was delivered.

Medical support tasks on a rotational basis were performed by 10 special medical units, 1,220 Russian military doctors provided qualified military assistance to 88,318 Syrians.

With the use of parachute platforms, 6077 tons of food were delivered.

Restoration of 4710 units of arms and military equipment of the Syrian government troops was organized, more than 1100 tons of armored vehicles were transferred.

During the operation in Syria, 231 samples of modern and modernized weapons were tested, including 68 samples - VKS, 18 Navy, 48 - Army, 97 - other and special forces.

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Postby Austin » 23 Aug 2018 21:14

Russia says 63,000 troops have seen combat in Syria
Russia has revealed the extent of its military involvement in Syria's war.

A defence ministry video said more than 63,000 Russian military personnel had "received combat experience" in the country since September 2015.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said at the end of last year that 48,000 personnel had been deployed.

The video also said Russian air force had flown 39,000 sorties, destroying 121,466 "terrorist targets" and killing more than 86,000 "militants".

There was no mention of any Russian military or Syrian civilian casualties.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, says at least 7,928 civilians and 10,069 combatants have been killed in Russian air strikes.

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The defence ministry video also said Russian forces had tested 231 types of weaponry in Syria, including aircraft, surface-to-air systems, and cruise missiles.

Russian forces have played a key role in consolidating the position of their ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, over the past three years.

Pro-government forces are preparing to launch an assault on the last major rebel stronghold, the north-western province of Idlib, where two million people live.

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Postby Prem » 25 Aug 2018 04:04

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/ru ... sanctions/
Russian official suggests deploying nuclear weapons in Syria to respond to US sanctions

I believe that now Russia has to draw its own ‘red lines.’ The time has come to ponder on variants of asymmetric response to the US, which are now being suggested by experts and are intended not only to offset their sanctions but also to do some retaliatory damage,” said Vladimir Gutenev, the first deputy head of the economic policy committee of the State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament.Among such measures, the official named the deployment of Russian tactical nuclear weapons in other countries, such as Syria, the use of gold-linked cryptocurrencies for Russian arms exports and the suspension of a number of treaties with the United States, including on non-proliferation of missile technologies.Among such measures, the official named the deployment of Russian tactical nuclear weapons in other countries, such as Syria, the use of gold-linked cryptocurrencies for Russian arms exports and the suspension of a number of treaties with the United States, including on non-proliferation of missile technologies.
“It’s no secret that serious pressure is being put on Russia, and it will only get worse. It is intended to deal a blow to defense cooperation, including defense exports. We see that the Americans now speak about the possibility of sanctions against the countries that purchase Russian weaponry… We should follow the advice of certain experts, who say that Russia should possibly suspend the implementation of treaties on non-proliferation of missile technologies, and also follow the US example and start deploying our tactical nuclear weapons in foreign countries. It is possible that Syria, where we have a well-protected airbase, may become one of those countries,” Gutenev said.awmaker added that in order to respond to possible “US attempts to thwart deals on Russian weaponry and civilian goods,” Russia should “consider the possibility of conducting transactions in cryptocurrencies that are linked to the value of gold.”“And I’m sure that this will be a very interesting option for China, India, and other states as well,” he said.
According to Gutenev, the whole package of those measures “could become a very serious argument” in Russia’s favor.

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Postby Singha » 28 Aug 2018 22:03

Haaretz israel

The Russian Navy has dispatched the biggest task force to the Mediterranean Sea since the start of Russia's intervention in the Syrian conflict in September 2015, Russian daily Izvestia reported.

* The task force includes 13 warships and two submarines

* Most of the ships carry 'Kalibr' cruise missiles

* Several more ships are reportedly on their way to join the task force

* Izvestia cites military experts as saying the fleet will be able to support the Syrian army's campaign in rebel-held Idlib Province

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Postby Philip » 29 Aug 2018 15:05

The final battle?

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/0 ... ult-idlib/
Russia masses warships off Syria ahead of regime's final assault on Idlib
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Russia has at least 10 warships and two submarines in the Mediterranean, according to Russian media

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28 AUGUST 2018 • 7:11PM

Russia is massing its naval forces in the Mediterranean ahead of an expected assault by the Assad regime on the last major rebel stronghold in Syria.

At least ten Russian warships and two submarines have been deployed to the eastern Mediterranean in the largest naval build up since Moscow’s intervention in Syria began in 2015, according to Russian media.

The gathering of Russian ships comes as Syrian regime forces turn their attention towards Idlib, a holdout rebel-held province on the border with Turkey.

Most of the Russian warships are armed with long-range Kalibr missiles, which could be used to attack ground targets in support of an Assad regime assault on Idlib.

The naval build up may also be intended to deter the US and its allies from intervening if Assad’s forces use chemical weapons in Idlib.

There are around 2.5 million civilians in rebel held Idlib CREDIT: OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
John Bolton, the US national security advisor, warned last week that the US would respond “very strongly” if the Syrian regime used chemical weapons again.

Days later, Russia’s defence ministry claimed it had evidence that jihadists in Idlib were planning to stage a chemical weapons attack in order to trick the Western into carrying out strikes against the regime.

The Russian build up in the Mediterranean comes as Russia announced plans to hold its biggest war games in four decades next month.

Sergei Shoigu, the defence minister, said the East-2018 exercise will take place in central and eastern Russia in September and will involve almost 300,000 troops, over 1,000 military aircraft, two of Russia's naval fleets, and all its airborne units.

The defence ministry said the exercise would be the biggest since the Soviet Union’s West-81 exercise in 1981. The Chinese and Mongolian militaries would also participate in the games, the ministry said.

Bashar al-Assad hopes to take Idlib, the last remaining major rebel stronghold
Bashar al-Assad hopes to take Idlib, the last remaining major rebel stronghold CREDIT: SPUTNIK/MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/ VIA REUTERS
Capturing Idlib would mark a crucial final stage in Bashar al-Assad’s ambitions to put down the rebellion which broke out against him in 2011.

But attacking the province, which is now home to 2.5 million civilians, many of them displaced from other areas, is likely to be more complex than previous assaults.

Russia is concerned about preserving its partnership with Turkey, which is deeply worried that an attack on Idlib will send millions of refugees heading towards its border.

The Russian defence ministry said Tuesday it was in contact with rebel groups in Idlib to discuss the possibility of a negotiated surrender

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby UlanBatori » 30 Aug 2018 02:30

Idlib is defended like Berlin? The runup sounds like Marshalls Koniev and Zhukov preparing. And the missile flotilla seems ready to unleash a massive bombardment like that across the Oder(?) river that heralded the final assault on Berlin.

IOW, Idlib is about to cease to be pulverized.

But this is mystifying:
exercise would be the biggest since the Soviet Union’s West-81 exercise in 1981. The Chinese :?: :?: and Mongolian militaries would also participate in the games, the ministry said.

WE have to fight on the same side as the PLA? :((

Surprising that they would have a 300,000 person military exercise involving "All their airborne units" and 1000 military aircraft, going on in the East at the same time as a real war in the MidEast, way south of Russia. Doesn't this stretch and confuse their C^3 a bit?
Also, just whom are they practising fighting in East Russia, if the PLA is participating in the exercise? And the Mighty Mongolian Cavalry? The North Koreans? The Japanese?
This sounds way too confusing to me.
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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby UlanBatori » 30 Aug 2018 02:41

The alternative CT, since both the Idli-buildup and the East2018 "exercise" are mentioned together, is that Russia-China-Mongolia is preparing a coordinated airborne/seaborne invasion of Idlib, while deterring Turkey and NATO from interfering.

Maybe PLA is planning to take over South Korea.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 30 Aug 2018 09:26

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 30 Aug 2018 09:31

possible fronts of operation idlibdawn - from southfront
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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 30 Aug 2018 09:32

the red buttons are turkish army observation posts.

idlib town and saraqib are the major logistical dens of the bandits.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 30 Aug 2018 09:34

russian task force in the eastern med. 1 more ffg has joined via atlantic those that came from black sea flotilla.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 30 Aug 2018 09:36

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