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Levant crisis - III

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 19 Oct 2017 11:04

Gyan wrote:Can someone post a map of Kurdistan to show, which are the areas from which Kurds have been pushed out by recent action of Iraq?

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby UlanBatori » 19 Oct 2017 21:53

Two pooches with a sub-pooch:
1) What happened to Erdogan's determination to prevent emergence of Kurdistan? IOW, does Turkish Kurdistan have a border with Kurdistan?
2) Are the Kurds shia? They don't seem to the Sunni/Wahabi based on the peace and love there.
If so why are they so determined to become independent of Syria?

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 19 Oct 2017 23:19

UlanBatori wrote:Two pooches with a sub-pooch:
1) What happened to Erdogan's determination to prevent emergence of Kurdistan? IOW, does Turkish Kurdistan have a border with Kurdistan?


in syria he has fed in his ephshield proxies to surround Efrin and prevent a linkup with rojava except in a controlled manner via syrian govt territory
in iraq his interests align with baghdad. the border posts of turkish kurd areas are now being taken over by iraqi army. some portion in extreme east will remain under peshmerga
barzani is his ally, and not allied to the PKK. so that covers his bases on other side.

UlanBatori wrote:2) Are the Kurds shia? They don't seem to the Sunni/Wahabi based on the peace and love there.
If so why are they so determined to become independent of Syria?


mostly they are sunni. their problems with damascus and baghdad are ethnic not religious. fanned by external actors no doubt, who will act as patrons and power brokers.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby deejay » 20 Oct 2017 08:30

Singha Ji has already answered this but here is another look at changes in Iraq post Kirkuk handover by Kurds:

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From: https://twitter.com/Gorranparty/status/920629481232125954

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby deejay » 20 Oct 2017 08:53

An insight into the Kirkuk debacle for the KRG

http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/krgs-loss-kirkuk-means-iraq/

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Overreaching
There is no doubt that including the “disputed” territories in the unilaterally imposed referendum is proving to be the fatal misstep (in quotes because I’ve never accepted the “dispute”, and don’t want to dignify KRG claims on lands belonging to Assyrians and other minorities outside of the KRI). The Barzani family and its allies within the PUK and other, smaller proxies made the calculation that they would have more leverage, more clout, and a tighter grip on the aspirations of the Kurdistan Region if they delivered this particular referendum question to the people, whatever the fallout afterwards.

Western actors made no secret of their opposition to it, nevermind regional actors such as Turkey and Iran. Nevertheless, the referendum was confirmed the night before its scheduled execution in all its shambolic glory. Voting patterns betrayed endemic corruption: ballot boxes were either stuffed or shuttled away secretly according to eyewitnesses, in keeping with previous elections and referenda conducted by the KRG. Residents were harassed by Kurdish asayish calling and knocking on their doors, state employees were bused to polling stations and watched over carefully by armed soldiers.

What was meant to be an expression of the Kurdish peoples’ legitimate will was transformed into a ploy by illegitimate KRG leaders to have more cards to play in their negotiations with Baghdad. The miscalculation on the KRG’s part was thinking these negotiations would even take place given the nature of the referendum question put forward, or how much it would provide Baghdad a newfound confidence to reject any meeting using its result as a staging ground for any deal-making.

Kirkuk was the only thing the KRG could easily be isolated on, as opposed to lands further north where more complications would have arisen in response to this kind of assertive display of Federal authority. Even with these complications however, it seems Federal Government forces are pushing further north after their political victory in Kirkuk, with reports of peshmerga positions being abandoned in Sinjar and the rest of the Nineveh Plain. The KRG gambled and lost, and that was very much the Barzani family’s call. Greed is a horrible thing, and it remains their cardinal sin.
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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby deejay » 20 Oct 2017 09:17

Syria update: HTS (Al Nusra) has attacked SAA in places near Alleppo. Fights on.
SAA attacks on Eastern Ghouta (Near Damascus, including Jobar are not going well with no progress with quite a few losses.

Israel took a shot on SAA using Spike.

DeZ: Action has shifted to East bank victories with both SAA and SDF trying to get to Al Omar Oil fields. SAA is approaching from West and SDF from North. SDF seems to have the advantage. Might see a direct conflict between SAA and SDF in future here.

US has vowed not to let SAA or Syrian Govt folks anywhere near Raqqa.

SAA has made a major arms haul at Mayadeen in DeZ from ISIS.

https://twitter.com/N_Waters89/status/921052098929840129

Look at the drone from 1:56 to 2:01 (approx).

Huge arms cache captured from IS by SAA in Deir Ezzor. Includes small arms, tanks, artillery and multiple drones.



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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Gyan » 21 Oct 2017 22:29

Is Iraq going deeper into Kurdistan or they stopped?

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby deejay » 22 Oct 2017 20:59

Gyan wrote:Is Iraq going deeper into Kurdistan or they stopped?


Indeed they are. Iraqis refuse to accept a "Kurdistan" in the first place. They have moved north towards Erbil since capturing Kirkuk. Despite some clashes and bold statements from Kurds, the Iraqi forces have had easier success than they had against ISIS. So the fighting as of now is mild.

Iraq has replaced its PMU and other Shia forces with regular army against the Kurds, more as a response to US pressure. Kurds are claiming rebellion in Kirkuk against Iraq but videos from Kirkuk show otherwise. Peshmerga and Barzani are cutting a sorry figure as of now.

https://twitter.com/IraqiSecurity/status/921513719871475713
44 oilfields were retaken by #Iraq's armed forces in northern Iraq today in addition to Zummar and Ain Zalah areas

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby deejay » 22 Oct 2017 21:12

In Syria,

SDF (YPG) claim to have captured the Omar Oil Fields ahead of the SAA. It is intriguing how easily SDF are able to advance against ISIS to positions whenever SAA is ready to attack those. Al Masdar news says that (pro) ISIS fighters defected and joined SDF.

News from DeZ city is that SAA has most of the city surrounded though some parts of the city and Saqr island are still under ISIS. Gen Zizafoun, who replaced Gen Zehreddine in DeZ is also reported killed while in the city.

There are reports of SAA firing at SDF positions closer to Tabqa city (West of Raqqa). Though no SDF source is reporting this.

Israel has struck SAA and Hezbollah positions fighting ISIS pocket in south of Syria bordering Israel. Israel has also asked for an air corridor to help Kurdish forces against Iraq.

In northern Syria, YPG and Kurdish elements have told Russia that Kurdish Rojava in Syria does not want independence but wants to be counted on the table (probably hinting at a Federal structure in Syria). They say Raqqa under them will be part of "being counted".

HTS (Al Nusra) have continued their strikes on SAA positions in Western Alleppo without any significant change in ground position.

SAA have taken the town of Al Quraytayn from ISIS. Some neighbouring hills remain to be taken.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby chanakyaa » 22 Oct 2017 23:37

Is Iraq going deeper into Kurdistan or they stopped?

Indeed they are. Iraqis refuse to accept a "Kurdistan" in the first place. They have moved north towards Erbil since capturing Kirkuk. Despite some clashes and bold statements from Kurds, the Iraqi forces have had easier success than they had against ISIS. So the fighting as of now is mild.
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Not specific to the post, but what a sad state of affairs in that region. If one pulls oneself away from the macro fights and disagreements between different groups, you would think that after Saddam's eviction, some peace would return to the region, but no. Under the promise of resources or new country, people in Iraq are constantly provoked, to fight someone; 15+ years and counting. Millions of lives lost, without any accountability, no one to hold anyone accountable for endless supply of weapons. Compare it to WW1 and WW2, which, arguably, lasted 4 and 6 years respectively.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Philip » 23 Oct 2017 12:08

History repeating itself yet again as a horrendous tragedy. Raqqa=Dresden.

http://tass.com/defense/971977
Russian Defense Ministry compares US coalition bombing of Raqqa to destruction of Dresden

Military & Defense October 22, 9:56 UTC+3
"Raqqa has repeated the fate of Dresden of 1945, which was erased in the British-American bombarding," spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry Igor Konashenkov said

MOSCOW, October 22. /TASS/. Combat aircraft of the US and the coalition bombarded Syrian Raqqa like Germany’s Dresden was destroyed during World War II. In the operation to liberate the city from terrorists of the Islamic State (IS, terrorist organization outlawed in Russia), thousands of Syrian civilians were killed, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry General-Major Igor Konashenkov said on Sunday.
"Raqqa has repeated the fate of Dresden of 1945, which was erased in the British-American bombarding," the general said.
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Coalition wants Raqqa to be a Syrian center beyond Assad’s control — Russian senator
Now, Washington, Paris and Berlin announce urgently they are allocating millions of dollars and euros for as-if restoration of peaceful life there, but in reality they want "to hide evidences of the barbarian bombing by the combat aircraft of the US and ‘coalition’, which buried in Raqqa’s ruins thousands civilians, whom they "liberated" from IS," the spokesman said. Today, he continued, the West hurries to target the funding to Raqqa only, while earlier the US, France, Germany and the UK refused to send whatever humanitarian assistance to Syria.
"Over recent years, Russia has addressed the US and the European capitals asking to send humanitarian assistance to the Syrians suffering from the war," he said. "We have put a list of settlements, where that assistance was most wanted - without dividing the Syrians into ‘good’ and ‘bad’. Every time, from Washington, Berlin, Paris and London the answer was the same: we cannot and we shall not."
Bravura statements
The general noted "the bravura statements, made by representatives of the US administration about the ‘outstanding victory’ in defeating IS in Raqqa cause bewilderment." The Defense Ministry’s representative spoke about the statement by the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, published on Friday, where he said "the liberation of Raqqa is a critical milestone in the global fight against ISIS." Before that, the Pentagon said the US-led international coalition jointly with the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Iraqi governmental forces liberated more than 87% of Iraq and Syria.
"Washington’s imagination is that IS controlled in Syria only Raqqa - a provincial city, where about 200,000 lived before the war, and by beginning of the coalition’s five-months operation to liberate it - not more than 45,000," he said.
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International balance of forces in Syria after Raqqa’s liberation unclear yet — expert
"Compare: Deir ez-Zor with the vast suburbs by the Euphrates before the war had a population of more than 500,000, and it took the Syrian forces with support from the Russian Aerospace Force ten days to liberate all that territory," he added.
According to the spokesman, Deir ez-Zor, unlike Raqqa ruined in the bombing, every day now welcomes thousands civilians who return to their homes to restore the peaceful life there.
Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry reported with support from the Russian Aerospace Force 87.4% of the Syrian territory was liberated from IS.
The Syrian Democratic Forces coalition announced at a news conference in Raqqa the city was liberated from IS militants on October 20. The offensive in Raqqa with support from the US and the coalition began on June 6.
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http://tass.com/defense/971977

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Philip » 23 Oct 2017 14:41

Poor Turds,....Oops! ,Kurds,always being betrayed by their supposed pals.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10 ... ependence/
'The Peshmerga sold us out': Kurdish shock and disbelief after losing the gamble for independence

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Gyan » 25 Oct 2017 20:27

What happened to BRF war reporters? No updates? Kurdistan exists or is it over?

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 28 Oct 2017 22:14

check the other forum

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Postby Gyan » 28 Oct 2017 22:49

Which one?

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 29 Oct 2017 10:07

outside of brf.

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Postby deejay » 29 Oct 2017 11:11

Ex Qatari PM has had a tell all moment and has confirmed what we have established over the last 03 threads on this crisis.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-28/shocking-viral-interview-qatar-confesses-secrets-behind-syrian-war

A television interview of a top Qatari official confessing the truth behind the origins of the war in Syria is going viral across Arabic social media during the same week a leaked top secret NSA document was published which confirms that the armed opposition in Syria was under the direct command of foreign governments from the early years of the conflict.

And according to a well-known Syria analyst and economic adviser with close contacts in the Syrian government, the explosive interview constitutes a high level "public admission to collusion and coordination between four countries to destabilize an independent state, [including] possible support for Nusra/al-Qaeda." Importantly, "this admission will help build case for what Damascus sees as an attack on its security & sovereignty. It will form basis for compensation claims."


As the war in Syria continues slowly winding down, it seems new source material comes out on an almost a weekly basis in the form of testimonials of top officials involved in destabilizing Syria, and even occasional leaked emails and documents which further detail covert regime change operations against the Assad government. Though much of this content serves to confirm what has already long been known by those who have never accepted the simplistic propaganda which has dominated mainstream media, details continue to fall in place, providing future historians with a clearer picture of the true nature of the war.



The top Qatari official is no less than former Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani, who oversaw Syria operations on behalf of Qatar until 2013 (also as foreign minister), and is seen below with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in this Jan. 2010 photo (as a reminder, Qatar's 2022 World Cup Committee donated $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation in 2014)


In an interview with Qatari TV Wednesday, bin Jaber al-Thani revealed that his country, alongside Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United States, began shipping weapons to jihadists from the very moment events "first started" (in 2011).

Al-Thani even likened the covert operation to "hunting prey" - the prey being President Assad and his supporters - "prey" which he admits got away (as Assad is still in power; he used a Gulf Arabic dialect word, "al-sayda", which implies hunting animals or prey for sport). Though Thani denied credible allegations of support for ISIS, the former prime minister's words implied direct Gulf and US support for al-Qaeda in Syria (al-Nusra Front) from the earliest years of the war, and even said Qatar has "full documents" and records proving that the war was planned to effect regime change.


Also check the link for a part of of the interview with english translations

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby deejay » 29 Oct 2017 11:20

DeZ battle space is now reorganizing with ISIS getting smashed. ISIS has lost Saqr Island to SAA. The SDF has run through ISIS territories east of Euphrates. It is reported that the SDF fighting ISIS in these areas are pro rebel Shaitat fighters who have given a call to all such Shaitat tribe fighters to join them in their fight and hold the area for themselves. These fighters are being supplied by the Americans and a clear indication that the US is not done on replacing and breaking Syria. This is the area where a contiguous border between Iraq and Syria will cement a Shia axis.
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Iraq has begun shrinking ISIS territories in Western Iraq. Major gains has seen ISIS lose more than 30% of its territory in Iraq.
https://twitter.com/A7_Mirza/status/924335961462444038
#Iraq-i army & federal police & #PMU managed to clear 21,000km2 of deserts in Anbar province.
Forces in al-Qaim axis reached to Qaim suburbs

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Postby deejay » 29 Oct 2017 11:31

The Syrian Govt needs to prioritize its battles. Its not like it has too many options. Their only effective battle group in aggressive role is the Tiger Force. Hezbollah will not fight everywhere. If the Tiger Forces are not given time they will start a job, accomplish some and then get moved to a new front to again partially accomplish some missions.

This time the move seems to be towards Idlib. Hezbollah and the Palestinians will work with the Tiger Forces. HTS (al Nusra) is not going to be a cake walk. As such one realises that all rebel groups pay their zakat to al Nusra. Brg Gen Suhail Al Hassan has made a bold statement that they will take back Raqqa, Idlib, Hassakah and all of Syria. But with just the Tiger Forces...?

The Republican Guards attacking Eastern Ghouta with 4th Division and 17th Division of SAA has not made much impact despite many attempts.

This is the new offensive planned for Idlib and Northern Hama countryside under Maj Gen Mohamed Khaddour.

https://twitter.com/IvanSidorenko1/status/924393854513614848
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#Syria #Idlib #AbuDuhurAirBase #AbuDuhur Map posted by Syrian Reporter @maan_abo_sham

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Postby deejay » 29 Oct 2017 11:35

Northern Homs / Central Hama - ISIS pockets are almost finished here. Sleeper cells and members dispersed in the local population are a continuous headache for the long term.

The importance of this pocket HQed at Uqayrebat can be understood by this huge wheat stored by ISIS under the mud.

https://twitter.com/IvanSidorenko1/status/924312174067056640

#Syria #Hama #EasternHama #NDF have found what they Believe to be more than 2,500 Tons of Wheat that was Hidden under Soil/Dirty by #ISIS


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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 29 Oct 2017 19:16

When the russians entered fray to remove immediate danger of damascus falling, planB was activated with was prop up isis to drain and exhaust the syrian army and public morale, use rebadged jihadis as freedom fighters to grab land and resources.

With the isis threat now on last legs, the A team which are the idlib and hama jihadis have had 2 years to get ready with huge weapons and cadres to intimidate any attacker

https://twitter.com/ivansidorenko1/stat ... 0300949505

Idea is to force assad and his exhausted ppl to agree to a generous deal rather than fight on in idlib . Syrian families have lost a lot in the war so plan is use public distaste for a never ending idlib war to force concessions from assad like stepping down so that free fair n balanced elections under nato watch can pave the electoral path of some barzani or chalabi type regime to power. War crimes could then be pinned on all ex regime members to keep them on run and iran expelled from scene

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby deejay » 29 Oct 2017 20:21

There is a Sand Storm blowing in the Middle East. DeZ is experiencing its edges. Here is a Satellite Pic:

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And this is how DeZ looks

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Postby Singha » 29 Oct 2017 20:59

This could help govt to infiltrate more into the part of town that isis still holds

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Postby deejay » 29 Oct 2017 21:18

Yes, I think they've made some gains using this. Unlike in the past where ISIS used sand storms to hit SAA, the reverse is occuring now. ISIS has lost its store of weapons and coms at Mayadeen. Access to weapons and supplies may be limited with no direct border with Turkey or Jordan, unless SDF is supplying and other leakages/smuggling. Money supply will be dwindling too but then overall expenses must have come down too since the area is restricted. Iraqis are already hitting Al Qaim. SAA is at T2, moving up on Al Bukamal. End game on west of Euphrates is perhaps within the month. East of Euphrates will require SDF to do its bit but I have my doubts on the honesty of SDF minus the YPG. YPG is not interested to fight so far down south as its key interests remain in Rojava. Rest of the SDF fighters are mostly Sunni fighters who don't call themselves ISIS.

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Postby Singha » 30 Oct 2017 07:54

^^ that last line is important. they are tribal fighters formerly allied to ISIS who have now changed sides and carry the SDF flag. this lot were sitting on al omar oil field and overnight became nato certified 'freedom fighters'

word is they are cutting deals to let many foreign fighters escape to turkey. they will control the iraqi border in nineveh desert east of euphrates. the kurds will have northern crossing near sinjar. the US has the al tanf crossing adjacent to jordan. this leaves the stretch between al tanf to al bukamal around 200km for the SAA+hezbollah to establish crossings into anbar province.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Austin » 31 Oct 2017 10:40

US Showing Iraq Middle Finger , will stay in Iraq wheather they like it or not

Tillerson: US could stay in Iraq to fight ISIS, wanted or not

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Austin » 04 Nov 2017 13:14

Latest Tu-22M3 and Kalibr strikes:


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Postby Singha » 04 Nov 2017 16:19

Al Qaim has fallen to a mix of pmu and iraqi AT division. nearby desert areas remain to be swept. hardly much resistance. the khalifa's reign of terror in iraq is over. no town remains in isis hands in iraq.

DEZ town has totally been conquered by saa, as per MOD briefing.

tiger forces moving out of mayadin south to al bukamal

repub guard, hezbollah and tribal forces have reached 40km from al bukamal from the west after capturing T2. they are looking to sweep and secure the border tracts all the way , in concert with pmu on other side who have the advantage of a road.

unconfirmed report that PMU might enter syria near al bukamal to prevent nato certified proxies from trying to grab the town via 'deals' with isis in the east - usually safe passage for fighters and families north and out to turkey.

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Postby Singha » 05 Nov 2017 21:40

A huge sweep needed to clear nineveh and salah al din desert areas north of anbar

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 06 Nov 2017 07:18

Syrian forces have met iraqi forces 30km west of al bukamal

https://mobile.twitter.com/MIG29_/statu ... 0718994434

They will move east side by side

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 06 Nov 2017 07:19

Suicide blast kills 75 displaced civilians in Dez

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Philip » 06 Nov 2017 12:49

Massive demo of Ru air power.We were offered backfires decades ago,and the IAF chickened out.
Six Tupolev-22M3 planes, Kolpino submarine attack Islamic State militants in Syria

Military & Defense November 03, 17:50 UTC+3
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman described the losses suffered by the terrorists near Abu Kamal as very heavy

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MOSCOW, November 3. /TASS/. Six Russian Tupolev-22M3 bombers and The Kolpino submarine have carried out a massive strike against militants of the Islamic State (terrorist group outlawed in Russia) in Syria, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Friday.
"Long-range bombers Tupolev-22 and the submarine The Kolpino have dealt a massive missile and air strike against the infrastructure and militants of the Islamic State near Abu Kamal. Six strategic bombers Tupolev-22 and six submarine-launched cruise missiles Kalibr hit terrorists’ fortifications, weapons and ammunition depots, manpower and command centers," he said.

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Konashenkov described the losses suffered by a major Islamic State group near Abu Kamal as very heavy.
"This enabled General Hassan Suheil’s assault forces to launch active offensive operations with the aim to wipe out the Islamic State’s last stronghold in the east of Syria," Konashenkov said.
The submarine The Kolpino launched the Kalibr missiles from a submerged position at a distance of more than 650 kilometers. Participating in the missile and air strike were Sukhoi-24 and Sukhoi-34 bombers from the Khmeymim air base. The Sukhoi-30SM, Sukhoi-35 and MiG-29 fighters of the Russian Aerospace Group in Syria provided protection for the operation.
As he reviewed the statistics of air strikes made over the past three days Konashenkov said that Tupolev-22 bombers hit Islamic State terrorists in the east of Syria eighteen times. The submarines The Veliki Novgorod and The Kolpino, currently in the Mediterranean, launched nine cruise missiles Kalibr.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 06 Nov 2017 17:00

rootless isis desert dregs continue to launch harassment attacks

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/is ... -disaster/

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Philip » 07 Nov 2017 13:09

It appears that the Saudi Clown Prince also forced the Lebanese PM Hariri to resign,citing (bogus) accusations that his life was in danger from assassins (Iran). One can see this latter-day Saudi "Saladin" wanting to replace ISIS and the Sultan of Stamboul as Islam's newest and greatest leader!
So we will have strong men like XI Gins in the Asia-Pacific,Kim im Korea,Mad Bull Salmaan in Soothi Barbaria, Erdogan in Anatolia,Bibi in Israel,Gen.Fat Al Sissy in Egypt,All these gentry being looked down upon by the Iranian Shiite supremo,Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamene

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... bin-salman
In September, Prince Mohammed authorised the detention of some of the country’s most powerful clerics, fearing they may not be loyal to his agenda and supportive of his boycott of Qatar, which Saudi leaders accuse of destablising the region.

Saturday’s moves on the home front followed a striking foreign policy stance earlier in the day that appeared to put the kingdom on a political collision course with Iran. Under Saudi pressure, the Lebanese prime minister, Saad al-Hariri, unexpectedly quit his job, citing Iranian interference across the Middle East.

Hariri made his statement in Riyadh after twice being summoned to the Saudi capital during the week.
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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 07 Nov 2017 22:20

various iranian led militias setting up camp on iraqi border, west of al bukamal
https://twitter.com/QalaatAlMudiq/statu ... 8992160768

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Philip » 08 Nov 2017 11:56

Yanqui "forked tongue" chicanery exposed.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/2017 ... h-mayadin/
Xcpt:
US Choppers Transfer Daesh Commanders From Syria's Mayadin - Witnesses
MIDDLE EAST
12:00 07.11.2017
Several sources have told RIA Novosti about the alleged transfer of Daesh commanders by "US military aviation" from a Syrian town in an unknown direction.
US helicopters have transferred Daesh commanders from the town of al-Mayadin before the launch of the Syrian army's operation, eyewitnesses told RIA Novosti.


"American military aviation first made a maneuver in the area […] near a Mayadin farm. Then [ the aviation] launched an airstrike, we tried to hide and saw several US helicopters. There were foreign Daesh commanders on the ground, who were waiting for them next to their headquarters… The helicopters took them outside of Mayadin," a local shepherd, Muhammad Awad Hussein, told RIA Novosti.

He further said that he allegedly saw "US aviation… first a sound from it, then a massive strike that was followed by the US helicopters' flight and transportation of Daesh leaders after which the airstrikes ceased."

According to the 79-year-old man he had served in the Syrian army and can distinguish American aviation.

Other locals told RIA Novosti that they have allegedly seen how cars transported two foreign Daesh commanders with their families from Mayadin to the terrorist group's headquarters […], after which helicopters arrived and took them in an unknown direction.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 09 Nov 2017 00:46

al bukamal will not hold out long.

iraqis and syrians are swarming toward the place from 3 sides looking to secure the place.

none other than tiger forces are heading south from mayadin. iraqi golden div is in al qaim just across the border. pmu militants are all over the place...chaaro aur phaile hue hain

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby ramana » 09 Nov 2017 01:28

Philip wrote:Yanqui "forked tongue" chicanery exposed.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/2017 ... h-mayadin/
Xcpt:
US Choppers Transfer Daesh Commanders From Syria's Mayadin - Witnesses
MIDDLE EAST
12:00 07.11.2017
Several sources have told RIA Novosti about the alleged transfer of Daesh commanders by "US military aviation" from a Syrian town in an unknown direction.
US helicopters have transferred Daesh commanders from the town of al-Mayadin before the launch of the Syrian army's operation, eyewitnesses told RIA Novosti.


"American military aviation first made a maneuver in the area […] near a Mayadin farm. Then [ the aviation] launched an airstrike, we tried to hide and saw several US helicopters. There were foreign Daesh commanders on the ground, who were waiting for them next to their headquarters… The helicopters took them outside of Mayadin," a local shepherd, Muhammad Awad Hussein, told RIA Novosti.

He further said that he allegedly saw "US aviation… first a sound from it, then a massive strike that was followed by the US helicopters' flight and transportation of Daesh leaders after which the airstrikes ceased."

According to the 79-year-old man he had served in the Syrian army and can distinguish American aviation.

Other locals told RIA Novosti that they have allegedly seen how cars transported two foreign Daesh commanders with their families from Mayadin to the terrorist group's headquarters […], after which helicopters arrived and took them in an unknown direction.


Shades of Kunduz airlift in 2001.


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