Levant crisis - III

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby habal » 07 Jun 2016 08:55

my dream for Syria,

give the Kurds a sliver of land all along the Turkish border, declare them to be an independent state, recognize the said state, wash your hands off and watch how they now become someone else's problem [especially Sultan Errdogans] and go after the Golan Heights [once ISIS is turned into WASWAS]... :rotfl:

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby habal » 07 Jun 2016 09:14

British Special Forces Revealed to Be Illegally Fighting Alongside Rebels in Syria

"'Defending' Pentagon-trained 'rebels' against ISIS"

Originally appeared at The Telegraph
The Times reports that they have been defending a rebel unit against Isil attacks, marking the first evidence of the troop's direct involvement involvement inside Syria rather than training fighters in neighbouring Jordan.

http://russia-insider.com/en/british-sp ... ia/ri14823

The rebels now face regular attacks as the jihadist movement tries to take it back.

“They attack us at all times, 3am, 5am, 4pm, 11pm. If you look at the timing of the assaults it’s clear they don’t want us to get any rest. They’re using missiles, mortars and many suicide bombers,” said Lt al-Saleh.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Atulya P » 07 Jun 2016 10:39

Singha wrote:over the past month I seem to be the onlee one posting on this thread !! are people really reading this thread I wonder ?

if anyone is reading the posts and finding some value in it, could you pls reply with a +1

if none are reading, I might just as well save time by reading the original sources and not copying any links and materials here


+1 Singha sir. Not just for the last few days but for more than a year I have been following this everyday. Hazaar thanks to your efforts.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 07 Jun 2016 11:56

Rus securing its caspian flanks

Serge ‏@Zinvor 10h10 hours ago
Armenia & Iran sign agreement in Tehran mutually abolishing visas for their citizens. Cheers to great neighbors

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 07 Jun 2016 11:59

looks like a organ sheathed in rubber going after ISIS backside
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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 07 Jun 2016 12:02

daesh now stretched very thin on 8 fronts (mare, manbij, tabqah, arak, raqqa, deir azzor, fallujah and mosul) and hence very undermanned lines. no lack of weapons or money but soon it will be time to deploy the adolescent madrasa kids and khalifa cubs to fill the yawning gaps

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 07 Jun 2016 12:08

IS eating jalebis
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Postby Philip » 07 Jun 2016 12:11

O'Bomber has been desperately pleading with Russia not to bomb the "Al-Nasties",since evidence is emerging that Western special forces...and probably a motley gang of Western "contractors" make up the rump of these so-called rebel forces. The Russians are now thinking of sending their own special forces,openly,to counter the desperate attempts of the West to save the skins of their tribes.

"Revenge is dish best eaten cold".The would-be Sultan,pretender to the neo-Ottoman Empire, has enraged many states and entities such as Russia-shooting down of one of its aircraft,etc.,the Kurds-long-standing feud for Kurdish independence and a separate state,ISIS-double-crossing by the Erdoganistas? Whatever the truth be of Erdogan's devilry,his enemies are enjoying hitting back at their leisure and pleasure like this latest attack on Stamboul's cops.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/j ... stop-blast

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Postby Bhurishrava » 07 Jun 2016 14:00

Pakistanisation of Turkey is going apace.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world ... 68431.html

Istanbul bomb attack: At least 11 people killed in blast 'targeting police bus' during rush hour in Turkey

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby habal » 07 Jun 2016 15:03

if the coalition led by the US had coordinated and assisted Russian air forces rather than trying to shoot them down (Turkey), ISIL would no longer have arms, money, or the moral to continue. Again, this is incontrovertible. This is the reality. This is the truth of Syria and the refugee catastrophe. Think about it.

Phil Butler, 07.06.2016

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 07 Jun 2016 16:33

bodies of 400 iraqi soldiers killed by daesh during their takeover has been found in a mass grave in fallujah

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 07 Jun 2016 16:34

Leith Abou Fadel ‏@leithfadel 15h15 hours ago
ISIS media:
"The lions of the Khalifa are destroying the Rawafidh and their Safavid animals in Fallujah. Baghdad is next!"

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 07 Jun 2016 16:35

Two days after losing the large hilltop of Tal Tayyim, the Syrian Arab Army’s 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Reserve Division reportedly recaptured this site after a violent battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) this afternoon. With the recapture of Tal Tayyim this afternoon, the Syrian Armed Forces were able to also able to seize several points that are adjacent to this hilltop in southwest Deir Ezzor. The 137th Brigade received a major boost, when reinforcements from the 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard arrived at the Panorama Checkpoint to relieve the embattled soldiers there. Fighting is still ongoing in the southwestern countryside of Deir Ezzor; however, the Syrian Armed Forces are currently on the move. Furthermore, reports from the Syrian opposition about Major General Issam Zahreddine being severely wounded have been denied by local sources. Syrian Army sources confirm that Major General Zahreddine sustained minor wounds, but he is already back on the battlefield.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/sy ... eir-ezzor/ | Al-Masdar News

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 07 Jun 2016 16:38

no holds barred brutal fighting in deir azzor ... here in a place called panorama circle .... automatic grenade launchers, anti material rifles, ATGMs, tanks, IFVs , infantry everything in the mix and constant dust storms .... two IS VBIEDs blown up by ATGMs..not clear here the ATGM firing but there is another video in twitter.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby habal » 07 Jun 2016 16:59

Endless supply of manpower this ISIS, they keep trickling and keep dying in hundreds in Deir Ez Zor. This is why I am saying a battle of attrition is pointless here. Using heavy weapons, or thermobarics/nukes on this bunch should have happened yesterday.

allies of USA can fight as they want, no ethics in battle, whereas whoever is opposed to USA allies have to fight with great pretensions of ethics and morals. This is fighting with blackmail. This pox of ethics and morals has bitten Russia, India & other sundries and are determined to be on losing side or determined to snatch defeat from jaws of victory.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby deejay » 07 Jun 2016 17:34

The Dier Ez Zor battle is alone enough of a story to keep following this saga. SAA may be outnumbered and surrounded but they sure are not giving up the fight.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Lisa » 07 Jun 2016 17:42

Singha wrote:Austin could it be a ELINT and not ASW bear ?
the ASW kit like mad, sonobuoys, sea search radar, passive EW direction finder etc would be useless for land targets.
their specialized tu214r is already in syria
https://theaviationist.com/2016/02/15/t ... -to-syria/

it could have been dropping off short range cruise missiles in a new tests or just passing by after snooping on some nato exercise in the med. there have been periodic flights of blackjacks also over syria but without fanfare.


I understand that MAD's are used to find targets. Same was done in Afghanistan using ASW equipped aircraft.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby deejay » 07 Jun 2016 18:00

Video brief on the situation in Syria by Southern Front

[youtube]16QfVXKpKnM&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby deejay » 07 Jun 2016 18:05

Al Masdar is reporting further SAA advance on the Tabqah axis. The one man (fully pro rebel) SOHR has reported around 70 daesh dead in the present SAA advance on Tabqah.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/another-isis-village-captured-syrian-arab-army-marches-towards-raqqa/

With heavy clashes ongoing, the SAA is pushing towards the Rasafeh crossroad after capturing the village of Bur Ambaj yesterday. Moments ago, a field correspondent revealed to al-Masdar that the SAA had liberated Khirbat-Zaydān; the latter village is located directly east of Bur Ambaj.

The source also said government troops – spearheaded by brand new T-90 tanks – had cleared upwards of 10 kilometers formerly ISIS-held territory in the past 24 hours alone.

Effectively, the SAA has advanced approximately 45 kilometers since beginning the offensive less than one week ago. Remarkably, government troops are now only 30 kilometers from Tabqa Airbase; this air field is symbolic for the Syrian military as hundreds of government soldiers were executed by ISIS in August 2014 shortly after the Islamic State captured the airbase.

The current Raqqa offensive is spearheaded by the SAA’s Desert Hawks and elements of the SAA’s 4th mechanized division. However, several other elements of the SAA are also involved, including the National Defense Forces (NDF), Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), Syrian Marines, Galilee Forces (Palestinian paramilitary), and Arab National Guard.

Russian special forces have also been seen on the ground among the SAA troops.



Further North, ISIS on verge of losing Manbij
https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/isis-verge-losing-manbij-city-eastern-aleppo-map-update/
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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby deejay » 07 Jun 2016 18:08

https://twitter.com/MailOnline/status/740058147071643649

EXCLUSIVE: 'Child slaves' in Turkey work 12 hours a day making uniforms for ISIS http://dailym.ai/1TS5dU1

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More pics in link.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby habal » 07 Jun 2016 18:15

Western policies (it is western policies that back these terrorists) never change.

From 2008, arms bazaar has been abuzz with reports of NATO buying up as many weapons as possible for 'future conflagaration in mid east'. This peaked at around 2012. Syrian unrest was ignited under some pretext on 2013. After such long planning period and gestation, why does anyone expect west to go back on their allies and their policy and end up with massive failure and egg on face unless any opposing party is willing to deploy massive show of force and humble the west & proxies into submission.

Western media is currently running a strange campaign against Turkey, it is being vilified in bits & dribbles. Slowly the West are always on the "right" side and if Turkey is ousted in the media before they attack they can feel good and have nothing to do with it. Its like good cop bad cop.

after the large losses in late 2014 and early 2015, the Syrian Army and allies had to regroup, train and be re equipped, besides adding thousands of foreign fighters, mostly Iraqis, Afghan hazaras and Iranians. Buying time was top priority for that to happen. Meanwhile RuAF bombed the hell out of all sort of rats in Syria, some strategic ground was recovered and the army and allies had the upper hand back in February.

Then came the diplomatic effort, that was a tough one to swallow since the momentum was seriously on the allied forces. The diplomatic effort created 3 situations:

1) the US boosted SDF into a frenetic advance.
2) the NATO backed terrorists replenished their ranks and depots.
3) most if not all offensives were halted by the allied forces.

Time has passed, and now the time needed was gained, though the allied forces have lost part of the momentum, the forces are much more prepared. The losses in southern Aleppo are minimum, despite the ratnews trying to make it seen catastrophic for Syria. The races toward Der ez Zor and Tabqa/Raqqa have to due to Syrian territory integrity and finally build on a crippled ISIS collapse.

The Russians have indicated they would send troops, though no confirmation of SF in battle, a report once shared 3,000 Russian nationals arrived in Syria, this can not be confirmed, but it is an indication that this is the escalation we all expected. The plan is regain ISIS ground for Syrian integrity and close the Turkish border once and for all. This may well happen in next few months.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 07 Jun 2016 20:37

aftermath of a russian cluster bomb attack on a oil truck area in mansurah near raqqa


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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 07 Jun 2016 20:42

nice video of the desert hawks & repub guard moving forward - for the 1st time looks like a conventional army "brigade" of sorts with proper tanks, SPGs , towed guns, MLRS....

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/ba ... sts-video/

they seem untroubled by any ISIS resistance so far...advancing across wide open terrain

mi28 and hinds must be sweeping along the sides and in front to locate daesh strongpoints and either attack or bring down indirect fire

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 07 Jun 2016 20:43

tomorrow I think SDF will enter manbij ... outlying villages are being secured and remnants of daesh C-teams shot like dogs today
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CkWHrFXVAAAQnZf.jpg

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Austin » 07 Jun 2016 21:42

Nice Documentary , Do Watch

Fighting the Islamic State with Iraq’s Golden Division: The Road to Fallujah


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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby UlanBatori » 08 Jun 2016 02:52

How friendly is SDF with SAA?

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Kashi » 08 Jun 2016 04:44

habal wrote:Endless supply of manpower this ISIS, they keep trickling and keep dying in hundreds in Deir Ez Zor. This is why I am saying a battle of attrition is pointless here. Using heavy weapons, or thermobarics/nukes on this bunch should have happened yesterday.


Yes, that's puzzling too. I wonder where are they getting all this canon fodder from, would not be surprised to see LeT, JeM types in there.

I do wonder if the Western countries are only too happy to let their fundoos hightail to Daesh and find their houris instead of raising a stink back home, that could explain the steady trickle of cannon fodder into Daesh ranks.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 08 Jun 2016 05:07

UlanBatori wrote:How friendly is SDF with SAA?


They are on ok terms for now with many common enemies. Russia has provided some weapons to Kurds in afrin canton.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby UlanBatori » 08 Jun 2016 05:12

Eye-candy for our esteemed Expert friends:

F/A-18s knock the hubcaps off the ISIS' Humvees!

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby habal » 08 Jun 2016 09:09

while F/A-18s focus on hub caps ..

Pootin is really letting it loose on the raqqa & aleppo. Reports coming in of phosphorus & cluster bombs annihilating isis lines before the desert falcon & repub/NDF caravans come in.

The allied forces took 1 T-55 and 1 GRAD launcher from ISIS today, showing both lack of ISIS logistics (fuel) on the open battles and the aggressiveness of the allied forces in the fast movements across terrain.

https://twitter.com/AboZain6/status/740202925562159104

Some devastating air attack in NW Aleppo, in cities such as Anadan, Hayyan and Harytan, over 40 air strikes with serious consequences, some videos seem to show arms depot being hit. This has been by far the toughest air strikes in NW Aleppo in 5 years.

https://twitter.com/IvanSidorenko1/stat ... 0441262080

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby habal » 08 Jun 2016 09:14

Maybe one of the best videos so far on the Tabqa/Raqqa offensive, quite telling on the road, vastness of terrain and hardware available. Worth watching the 2 minutes drone footage.


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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby habal » 08 Jun 2016 09:19

this article claims that while US pretends to be aiming at hub caps. But in reality they are positioning themselves to effectively block the progress of SAA across various battlefields. This scurry of F/A-18s comes as SAA again stands at threshold of capturing Aleppo and Raqqa.

Brandon Turbeville article

The U.S. Interest In Raqqa – A Sudden Shift

The U.S. has been using the presence of ISIS in Syria as an excuse to bomb, send Special Forces, publicly support terrorists, and possibly invade since the Western-backed terror group appeared on the scene two years ago. Yet, despite its rhetoric, the United States and its coalition have not bombed Raqqa and have largely abstained from bombing (see here and here) any other terrorist group. Instead, the U.S. has focused on bombing Syrian military targets, civilians and civilian infrastructure (see here also), and acting as a deterrent to the Syrian military’s movement in many “rebel-held” areas of the country.

Both sides are in a race to gain control over the ISIS capital, gain territory, and declare a victory for the world to see. But what if they arrive in Raqqa at the same time?

In other words, there is a distinct potential that, in the race for Raqqa, the Syrian/Russian alliance might find itself face to face with the possibility of direct military conflict with the U.S./SDF (terrorist) alliance.

http://www.activistpost.com/2016/06/the ... is-hq.html

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby Singha » 08 Jun 2016 10:02

shades of british and anzac shermans, matildas, stuart and bren carriers on the march in n.africa

tobruk...benghazi...tripoli...beda fomm...el alamein..alam halfa...

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby dnivas » 08 Jun 2016 10:05

habal wrote:Maybe one of the best videos so far on the Tabqa/Raqqa offensive, quite telling on the road, vastness of terrain and hardware available. Worth watching the 2 minutes drone footage.



Nice video and beautiful music as well!!!


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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby habal » 08 Jun 2016 10:34

meanwhile USA is busy doing usual:

their media spiel is that they are helping destroy ISIS, battle carrier Truman has dropped more bombs on ISIS than any other battle carrier etc ..

this is what is actually happening on ground,

US-led forces airdrop arms to Aleppo militants


they also want to block SAA from reaching tabqa and Jiraah airbase first,

http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.80 ... 5&z=12&m=b

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby habal » 08 Jun 2016 11:13

SAA T-90 on way to Aleppo.

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Re: Levant crisis - III

Postby habal » 08 Jun 2016 11:21

Seham Al Shehab, nicknamed mother of all soldiers, was volunteer cook for soldiers on frontlines. Martyred by grenade strike or ATGM
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this lean, mean SAA soldier killed 3 daesh in close up knife battle

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Re: Levant crisis - III

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photo of T-55 tank and missile launcher left behind by daeshbags

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