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Here it comes: Syria

Old 14th Mar 2018, 10:23
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This indeed sounds serious. The rhetoric from both sides reminds the cuban crisis in 1962.
Hot heads should be calmed down.


IMHO all the high-ranked generals (again, on both sides) should be locked somewhere in a movie hall for a couple of hours and re-watch stuff like "Fail Safe" or "Dr. Strangelove".


Remains of ISIS and Al-Nusra (supported by US) or Assad's regime (supported by Russia) do not deserve such attention to put the whole mankind at threat.
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Old 14th Mar 2018, 10:53
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Putin clearly doesn't want Trump to take his Crown as the worlds biggest nutcase so he's putting in some sterling efforts in Blighty at the moment!
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Old 14th Mar 2018, 21:20
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Buster, can you please take that to JB? There is a thread on that topic there. This thread is about Syria, mostly.
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Old 14th Mar 2018, 21:51
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The same guy is calling the shots in Syria. Attests to the nature of Putin & should be considered in context with his actions in Syria.
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Old 31st Mar 2018, 06:50
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Macron out of his depth, says Turkey

President Macron has cast himself as a peacemaker in Turkey’s war against Kurdish forces, drawing a furious attack yesterday from President Erdogan who told the French leader that he was out of his depth.

Mr Macron has taken up the cause of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia, which is under assault by the Turkish armed forces in Syria as a “terrorist organisation”.

Mr Erdogan, whose country is a Nato ally of France, said in Ankara: “Don’t get into things that are out of your depth. Those who go to bed with terrorists, or even host them in their palaces, will sooner or later understand the mistake they’re making.” France “has yet to give an account for its dirty and bloody past,” he added. He appeared to be referring to its record in the colonial era. After backing the Kurds, France “no longer has the right to complain about terror organisations, terrorists and terror attacks”, he said.....

A senior Turkish official added that support for the Kurds could make France a “target of Turkey”.

Mr Macron has clashed repeatedly with Mr Erdogan since taking office last May. In France, 75 per cent approve of how Mr Macron represents the nation abroad. He invited leaders of the YPG to the Élysée Palace on Thursday as part of a team from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The SDF, dominated by Kurds, is backed by the US-led coalition in the war against Islamic State. Mr Macron offered to mediate on their behalf and a senior Kurdish official said that he promised to send French forces to help them.......
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Old 8th Apr 2018, 20:23
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http://thehill.com/policy/internatio...hemical-attack

https://nypost.com/2018/04/08/trumps...idency-graham/
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Old 9th Apr 2018, 01:25
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Syrian state-owned SANA says that T4 (Tiyas) military airbase is under attack.



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Old 9th Apr 2018, 06:58
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Syria will see US price for chemical attack as worth paying

“.....According to Human Rights Watch, since the JIM ceased to exist the Syrian government is thought to have used chemical weapons five times, not including this weekend’s attack. In total HRW identified 85 chemical weapons attacks during the war, the vast majority by Assad’s forces. A taboo was becoming the new normal. What was once met with revulsion was starting to be met with a weary shrug of the shoulders. Red lines were blurring into invisibility......

Syria for its part will brace itself for US retribution and, even if it is deadly, regard it as a price worth paying. Assad will feel the alleged use of the chemical weapons served their purpose in destroying the rebel’s last resistance. Following the attack the rebel group Jaish al-Islam accepted a previously rejected Russian deal to leave Douma. Trump may punish Assad, but in the absence of a new approach from the west, Assad will think his gruesome methods are winning the war.“.......
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Old 9th Apr 2018, 07:37
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According to some rumours there were two Israeli F-15 that attacked the airbase of the "failed dentist". Missiles were sent from the Lebanese air space.
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Article just published in The Times on-line version:-

Israel ‘behind attack on Syrian airbase that killed Iranian soldiers’
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Old 11th Apr 2018, 07:31
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I would have thought this is another reason civil aircraft should be advised to avoid the region.

Russia Jamming GPS in Syria
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Old 11th Apr 2018, 07:53
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Originally Posted by ORAC View Post
I would have thought this is another reason civil aircraft should be advised to avoid the region.

Russia Jamming GPS in Syria


Yes, _another_ reason. The main one is about US plans to start a massive strike.
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Old 11th Apr 2018, 09:54
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Originally Posted by A_Van View Post
Yes, _another_ reason. The main one is about US plans to start a massive strike.
Not just the US.
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Old 11th Apr 2018, 11:34
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Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted the Russian Defence Ministry as saying that said two Israeli F-15s had carried out the strike, firing eight missiles from Lebanese airspace. Russia said that Syrian air defences had shot down five of the eight missiles fired, with three hitting the western part of the aerodrome (the Iranian enclave - there are pictures by the Iranian FARS news agency).

But how could two F-15s launch eight missiles - the primary stand off weapon still seems to be Popeye/Have Nap, two of which can be carried. Glide weapons like Spice or JDAM surely wouldn't reach Tiyas from 'Lebanese airspace'?
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Old 11th Apr 2018, 12:55
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Delilah?

F-16 carries 2, F-15I should be able to carry 4.



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Old 11th Apr 2018, 13:07
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I see that the megalomaniac idiot has been making warmongering threats on Twitter again.

Is there no limit to his crass behaviour?

Mostly to divert attention from the FBI and lawyers investigating his own behaviour, perhaps?
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Old 11th Apr 2018, 13:50
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Is there no limit to his crass behaviour?
No.

Nor will there be, even if he promotes his horse to the Senate; and its arse to be National Security Advisor.
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Old 11th Apr 2018, 15:46
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Is not the present situation the result of Obama not enforcing his red line?
Unless a very firm military rebuke is administered very soon, B and C warfare may become normalised in Assad and Putin's minds.
I don't approve of Trump [understatement] but I do believe action needs to follow words. Not a good place, but we are where we are.
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Old 11th Apr 2018, 17:03
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Originally Posted by BEagle View Post
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Mostly to divert attention from the FBI and lawyers investigating his own behaviour, perhaps?

I think this line is quite considerable.
Some think, based on the experience in Lybia, Iraq and Yugoslavia, that such "war gaming" is not so dangerous but might bring enough glory to bury some questionable behaviour in the past.


And it's very dangerous to think that all this is not dangerous.
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Old 11th Apr 2018, 17:15
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And it's very dangerous to think that all this is not dangerous.
As Assad is about to find out.
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