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Here it comes: Syria

Old 18th May 2018, 20:03
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Huge explosions rock Syrian airbase

At least 11 Syrian soldiers have been killed in a massive explosion at an airbase in Hama, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Sky News Arabia reported that dozens of members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards were also killed in the blast in the central part of the country. It said surface-to-air missiles systems had been the target of an attack. Footage allegedly from the scene showed a mushroom-shaped plume of smoke towering above the skyline.

The string of blasts hit a rocket, fuel and weapons store within the strategic military airport, 150 miles north of Damascus. It is also home to forces from Syria’s closest two allies: Iran and Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shia militia group. The Syrian regime confirmed the explosions but declined to specify the cause.

Rami Abdurrahman, director of SOHR, said: “Latest reports say it was a technical problem within the weapons storage, that contained naval mine equipment, rocket and fuel supplies. So far we know of 11 dead, all Syrian,” He added that the Hama airbase was where Syrian regime warplanes take off to carry out airstrikes on central and northern Syria.

Sources told Sky News Arabia that 57 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards died in the explosions. It speculated that Israel was behind the attack. Israel has repeatedly hit Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria, fearing it is building permanent bases in Syria from which to attack Israel.

Last Thursday Israel launched 70 separate airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria, in retaliation for what it claimed was an unsuccessful Iranian rocket attack on its forces in the occupied Golan Heights. They targeted multiple areas around Damascus including al-Kiswah military base, where the Iranian Grad and Fajr rockets were allegedly fired from.

The Israeli army declined to comment to The Times.

Al Jazeera Arabic reported that the Syrian regime transferred a large part of Iran’s weaponry and personnel to Hama military airport, after other bases in Hama were hit in suspected Israeli strikes.
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Old 19th May 2018, 16:54
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The first four paragraphs are coherent. The rest is... speculation? Give it 48 hours and see, maybe?

The comments under
are about what one would expect. But I liked this one.
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Easy lads getting info that this was a place where they have been keeping confescated weapons from ISIS and other terror organisations. Dont know THE details but. Dont think anyone striked aginst syria. So lets get more info before we start blameing left and right.
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Old 20th May 2018, 11:55
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Obviously just a ‘controlled’ disposal of captured ordinance then.

Nothing to see, move along now.
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Old 20th May 2018, 12:00
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Rami Abdurrahman, director of SOHR, said: “Latest reports say it was a technical problem within the weapons storage, that contained naval mine equipment, rocket and fuel supplies.
Hmm, dunno. In the video you can clearly see a second explosion quite some distance from the first big smoke plume. That smells rather like the result of an air strike.
OK, admitted an air strike will undoubtedly lead to technical problems in a weapons storage, so there will be some truth to that statement.
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Old 20th May 2018, 12:48
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Just goes to show how the West has lost the information war...


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Old 22nd May 2018, 15:06
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IAF admits combat for the Stubbie

Salute!

Aviationist has the poop. And it may be a player for the big explosions a few days ago.

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Old 22nd May 2018, 16:40
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Originally Posted by gums View Post
Salute!

Aviationist has the poop. And it may be a player for the big explosions a few days ago.

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And here is the link to the Aviationist article...

Snip:-
Israel is the first country to have used the F-35 stealth aircraft in combat, the Israeli Air Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin said on Tuesday, in remarks that were made public through the IDF’s official Twitter account.

According to Haaretz, the Chief of IAF also presented images, that have not surfaced thus far, showing the F-35I over Beirut, Lebanon and said that the stealth fighter did not participate in the last strike in Syria but did in two previous ones.

“The Adir planes are already operational and flying in operational missions. We are the first in the world to use the F-35 in operational activity,” he said.
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Old 22nd May 2018, 19:02
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Salute!

TNX Lyne, was in a hurry and had to depart the fix.

Recall that I have a personal and vested interest in the IAF from long ago.

So I taught and flew with the initial IAF Viper cadre back in 1980. Only one I clearly remember from later years was the young one that died in Columbia. They all used pseudonyms and we did not even know where they lived in Ogden or their phone numbers. They called in for the flight schedule times. Security was extreme. The senior dude was about my age and experience, and the rest were progressively younger on down to the "golden boy" who became an astronaut.

I am sure that most flew in the Iraqi nuke attack just one year later.

So we see a repeat of what they did for the nuke reactor building a few years back, huh?

The big problem for IAF is showing their "hole cards" too early. So I would not see a lotta missions using the F-35 until a large conflict.

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Old 27th May 2018, 17:17
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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...-a8370781.html

The truth about the brutal four-hour battle between Russian mercenaries and US commandos in Syria

“......Commanders of the rival militaries had long steered clear of the other by speaking through often-used deconfliction telephone lines. In the days leading up to the attack, and on opposite sides of the Euphrates River, Russia and the US were backing separate offensives against the Isis in Syria’s oil-rich Deir el-Zour province, which borders Iraq.

US military officials repeatedly warned about the growing mass of troops. But Russian military officials said they had no control over the fighters assembling near the river – even though US surveillance equipment monitoring radio transmissions had revealed the ground force was speaking in Russian.

The documents described the fighters as a “pro-regime force,” loyal to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. It included some Syrian government soldiers and militias, but US military and intelligence officials have said a majority were private Russian paramilitary mercenaries – and most likely a part of the Wagner Group, a company often used by the Kremlin to carry out objectives that officials do not want to be connected to the Russian government.

“The Russian high command in Syria assured us it was not their people,” defence secretary Jim Mattis told senators in testimony last month. He said he directed Gen Joseph F Dunford Jr, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, “for the force, then, to be annihilated.”

“And it was.”.......
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Old 27th May 2018, 17:37
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That must have been a thought provoking little exercise for Russian forces in Syria.

Watching their debadged proxies have their arses handed to them...in pieces.

So much for Putin’s 'Russian Heros.'
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Old 28th May 2018, 01:45
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Without knowing the details of this engagement, the availability of a B-52 strike suggests the US had full knowledge of the planned assault. It takes time for a B-52 to reach the Mid East, even if it is prepared and loaded beforehand.
So the aircraft must have been airborne when the assault started.
The lesson learned by the Russians will surely included much more emphasis on planning secrecy, as well as better monitoring of the surrounding air space.
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Old 28th May 2018, 05:56
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The B-52s were based at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar where a detachment had been deployed for nearly 2 years. Only jus5 been rotated for a B-1 deployment.
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Old 28th May 2018, 09:24
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The lesson learned by the Russians will surely included much more emphasis on planning secrecy, as well as better monitoring of the surrounding air space.
Not sure it is relevant or applicable in the considered case.
As far as I read, there were two (or more) mobs fighting for oil-rich locations in Syria. One mob hired Russian mercenaries (or volunteers, whatever) who were recruited on an individual basis by the Wagner company. They are poorly equiped thus "monitoring of the air space" is not applicable here at all. Regarding tactics, their punpkin-headed client simply commanded "go and fight" so they quickly found themselves in a helpless situaion.

The fact that the Russian military made it clear to the US forces that they did not care much about the mobs' businesses testifies to a nearly zero coupling to those mercenaries.
I think that similar US "Blackwater" (now "Academia") guys are more tightly linked to or coordinated by the regular forces.
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Old 28th May 2018, 10:14
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The B-52s were based at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar where a detachment had been deployed for nearly 2 years. Only jus5 been rotated for a B-1 deployment.
Yes indeed, providing several hours of planned on-call close air support every day, which seems to have overlapped with this unusual tasking. That B52s provided close air support for urban combat (!) in the modern climate shows how much the nature of its operations has been changed by GPS guided munitions and quick, accurate coordinate generation capabilities: in the air, on the ground and remotely.
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Old 28th Jun 2018, 07:17
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https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/n...lame-7k3thhjhz

Chemical weapons watchdog wins powers to assign blame

The world’s chemical weapons watchdog was empowered to name and shame those responsible for chemical attacks in Syria after Britain won a victory over Russia yesterday.

Russian efforts to protect the Syrian regime from censure for using chemical weapons collapsed after a western alliance led by Britain voted overwhelmingly to give the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) enhanced powers to identify those behind the attacks in Syria. The vote, which passed by 82 to 24, came at the end of two days of wrangling at a special session of the OPCW in the Hague yesterday, the culmination of an intense diplomatic offensive by Britain to bolster the global ban on use of chemical weapons. Previously, the OPCW could say whether chemical weapons had been used, but not who was responsible.

Russia, with the help of allies including Syria, Iran and Venezuela, tried to prevent the resolution from reaching the floor, and accused Britain of seeking to politicise the OPCW. Britain called the session after Russia repeatedly blocked attempts to reform the watchdog’s mandate in the 41-member executive council. A record 143 countries out of 193 sent representatives and 30 co-sponsored the British resolution.

Britain was moved to act after the poisoning with a nerve agent of Sergei Skripal, the Russian former spy, and his daughter in Salisbury in March, an attack blamed on the Kremlin.

Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, hailed the “overwhelming” vote. “After the recent spate in the use of chemical weapons at Salisbury, Syria and elsewhere, it’s great that so many of our friends and partners have supported the UK,” he said. “The result of this vote is that the OPCW now has a crucial extra power . . . to point the finger at the organisation, the state, that they think is responsible, and that is crucial if we are going to deter the use of these vile weapons.”

Russia said the vote threw the body’s future into doubt. “A lot of the countries that voted against the measure are starting to think about how the organisation will exist and function in the future,” Georgy Kalamonov, Russia’s industry minister, said, adding that it faced “an artificially-created crisis”.

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Actually these were efforts to encourage terrorist groups (like An Nusra and its derivatives) and their friends such as "white helmets" to keep prepare and implement provocations with chemicals and then blame the other side.
But before doing that, it would make sense to at least better train all those clowns. Though I am not sure they will qualify to enter the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art :-)

Recall what a poor show they staged the previous time? They brought some kids into a hospital near Damascus shouting that there was a chem. attack, while indeed they simply took all the kids out of cellars giving them chocolates to partricipate in the show. Later some kids with their parents and doctors who were on duty on that day were brought to the Hague and spoke at a OPCW press conference confirming that there was no gas there, they were not poisoned but just scared by armed thugs. All people were real, no masks, faces matched the staged video. No surprise that NATO countries ignored that press-conference.

Now they prepare some new show in the Idlib province.
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Old 19th Jul 2018, 08:06
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Assad forces trap civilians against Golan Heights



Hundreds of thousands of displaced people, interspersed with rebel groups fighting a rearguard action against advancing Assad regime forces, were crammed against the fence along Syria’s border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights yesterday. Rebel forces firing artillery less than 50 yards from the fence were seen in photographs taken from the Israeli side, as regime forces advanced to within a few miles.

Israel, which has dropped the rebel groups it once supported, is warning that it will not offer refuge. It is also warning the Assad regime not to bring its forces up to the fence, which is protected by a military exclusion zone under the 1974 UN-negotiated ceasefire which established the border. It is unclear whether the regime will respect that, given the presence of rebel militias, a circumstance not foreseen by the ceasefire treaty.....

Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, thought that he had won promises from President Putin of Russia that pro-Iranian forces would be kept away from the latest fighting. But Israeli military officials have confirmed rebel claims that pro-Iranian militias have nonetheless been operating within 20 miles of the border. They were spotted in the town of Da’el, 18 miles from the border.......

The White House decreed that it would not support the rebels if they resisted, and Israel, which had funnelled some money, aid and arms over the border to bolster the rebels against Iranian-backed forces, followed suit. Mr Netanyahu, in two visits to Moscow, asked Mr Putin for guarantees over the Iranian role in return. He is determined to prevent Iran building up a “new front” for anti-Israel activity in Syria, as it has done in areas of Lebanon controlled by Hezbollah.........

The International Rescue Committee said that 160,000 civilians had fled the fighting and were trapped between the border fence and the front lines. It said that many were living out in the open. “They can hear the fighting getting closer and worry it’s only a matter of time before the front line reaches them,” Mark Schnellbaecher, IRC’s Middle East vice-president, said.

Two hundred of the displaced marched up to the border, demanding to be let in, after an air strike on a school in the village of Ain al-Tineh, six miles from the fence, killed ten civilians. Ammar al-Zayed, 27, an activist currently near the border, said: “There’s only a little drinking water, there are no toilets, not enough tents, and no proper health care for children who are suffering diarrhoea and fatigue because of the high temperatures. Many people went to the Israeli border asking to be let in but nobody was allowed to come close at all.”

Israel has admitted thousands of Syrian civilians and rebel fighters for medical treatment, but has said it will not give them asylum...........










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Rebels in southwest Syria have surrendered to the Assad regime, signalling the close of another chapter in the seven-year war. A spokesman for the Free Syrian Army confirmed today that a “reconciliation process” was under way in the west of Deraa province and in Quneitra, on the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Those fighters who do not want to lay down their weapons will be ferried by bus to the last non-Isis rebel stronghold, in Idlib, northern Syria. Others will “reconcile” with the regime, which in practice means joining the regime army.....

The outcome was regarded as inevitable once the United States informed the rebels in the area that they would be on their own if they chose to resist the regime advance. Hundreds of civilians and fighters were killed in a blitz by regime and Russian jets before the army began moving across the area. Hundreds of thousands of civilians fled towards the Jordanian and Israeli borders........

Israel said today it had continued to pour in humanitarian supplies to the tens of thousands of displaced civilians who have gathered near its border but has refused to give refuge to either fighters or civilians fleeing the fighting. Jordan has done the same.

The Assad regime, in a statement on state media, appeared to meet a key Israeli demand by saying troops would return to their positions as before 2011. The Israelis had threatened to attack regime forces if they occupied a demilitarised zone that stretches alongside the border fence. Russian military police are also said to be in the area.........

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David’s Sling fired in combat for first time

Israel’s David’s Sling anti-ballistic missile system made its combat debut on Jul. 23 when two interceptors were fired when a pair of Syrian OTR-21 (NATO: SS-21) ballistic missiles were detected approaching Israel’s border. One of the interceptor was ordered to self-destruct after it was determined that both SS-21s were to land inside Syrian territory. It is not known what happened to the other interceptor.

http://alert5.com/2018/07/24/davids-...or-first-time/

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David’s Sling fired in combat for first time

Israel’s David’s Sling anti-ballistic missile system made its combat debut on Jul. 23 when two interceptors were fired when a pair of Syrian OTR-21 (NATO: SS-21) ballistic missiles were detected approaching Israel’s border. One of the interceptor was ordered to self-destruct after it was determined that both SS-21s were to land inside Syrian territory. It is not known what happened to the other interceptor.

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Hmm, just checked what Israeli news have posted this morning and see that there is some noise of dissatisfaction claiming that the "David’s Sling" did not perform well and not intercepted the Syrian missiles. Fortunately, the latter (which are pretty much obsolete and dated back to 1975-1980) also failed and hit the Earth yet on the Syrain territory (though one landed just 1 km close to the border).
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