Friday, December 11, 2015

Iran-backed Shi'ite militias threaten Turkey over incursion into Iraq

An Iraqi Shi'ite militia man patrols a town in Iraq's main oil region (Picture source: uk business insider

We reported last week, during our series of posts exposing the involvement of Turkish President Recep Erdogan and other members of his family in illegal oil trades with terror group ISIS and of facilitating the supply of arms and ammunition from the USA, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to ISIS guerilla forces using Turkey as a conduit, that Turkish troops had invaded northern Iraq.

It is not news of course that the Turkey, under the Sunni Muslim Erdogan regime, has been conducting a genocide against Kurdish ethnicity for many years. That the Kurds, up until the recent intervention of Russia, were the most effective force opposing Islamic State. In addition to violating international law by helping fund and arm terrorists, Turkey is then guilty of an incursion into another state's sovereign territory in violation of international law and United Nations treaty and of committing an act of war in shooting down a Russian aircraft that had not violated Turkish air space.

In spite of all that, backed by NATO which seems to intensify its push for war every week, Turkey has kept its troops in Iraqi Kurds territory.

Fed up of Turkey's war crimes and the approval of its NATO allies for these constant violations of international law, Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitary groups with ties to Iran have threatened to use force against Turkey we learned via REUTERS on Wednesday, unless Turkish troops are withdrawn from Iraqi territory. The Turks had previously been given a 48-hour deadline by the government, but that expired without any movement.

Citing kurdish violations of its borders Turkey deployed a contingent of troops to a camp near the frontline in northern Iraq, provoking an outcry in Baghdad, which condemned it as a violation of sovereignty and asked NATO to intervene. Turkey of course is the current leading player in NATO's proxy war against Russia through Russian ally Assdad in Syria.

The area north of Mosul where the Turkish troops are stationed is under the control of Kurdish forces and Shi'ite militias currently have no presence there, which would make it difficult for them to follow through on the threats. However sources close to the Turkish government have leaked information about Erdogan planning to annex a slice of Iraqi territory including the oil region around Mosul.

The situation puts additional pressure on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is already under fire from the same Shi'ite factions over an announcement that the United States will send a new special operations force to conduct raids in Iraq.

Badr Brigade spokesman Karim al-Nuri compared the Turkish incursion to the occupation of Iraq by Islamic State militants and said "all options" were available.

"We have the right to respond and we do not exclude any type of response until the Turks have learned their lesson," Nuri said. "Do they have a dream of restoring Ottoman greatness? This is a great delusion and they will pay dearly because of Turkish arrogance."

Ankara says the troops are there as part of an international mission to train and equip Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State and will not withdraw them, although it said on Tuesday it would send no more. Baghdad says it never invited such a force.

Read the original report on Reuters

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Russia Sends Growler Missile System To Syria and China Unveils Hypersonic Strike Aircraft

In my wanderings around the web today I came across a post questioning why the US military for all its technical superiority did not simply wipe our ISIS and the Russian and Iranian forces in Syria, disposing of Assad in the process.
The website attracts a predominantly conservative audience so responses in the comment thread were full of Gung ho claims about American exceptionalism and the superiority of American trained soldiers(I wonder what the Vietnamese or Afghanistan's Taliban guerillas might have to say about that?). Most however reached the right conclusion for the wrong reasons. The USA does not want to defeat ISIS (correct) The USA could obliterate Russian and Chinese forces supporting Assad. (WRONG!)

S400 (Growler) Surface to air missile system (Image source - click for enlarged view with readable size text)

As tensions increased in the region after warplanes of NATO member Turkey shot down a Russian SU24 bomber and then anti - Assad rebels supported by the USA destroyed a rescue helicopter sent to find the pilots (one of whom had been machine gunned by rebels while parachuting to safety) The Kremlin ordered its S400 (Growler) Surface to Air missile system, far more advanced that anything the US Army has, to be deployed in areas where US and Russian operations are likely to overlap.

It is already known that Pentagon officials have been shocked by the capabilities of Russia's most advanced aircraft, the SU34 and by the advanced technology used in weaponry of Russian naval vessels now guarding the approaches to Syria's coast. Warnings from US Generals that Russia would obliterate America's forces in any large scale conflict may have been overstated but they were perhaps intended to deflate overconfidence with is typical of the Washington wusses for whom it is easy to be brave as they sit in offices thousands of miles from the combat zones.

Any shooting war would not be as one sided as many American gun nuts think. And that was before China, an ally of Moscow that has promised military support should conflict break out, revealed THIS:

The Wu-14 Hypersonic Jet launched from an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System travels at Mach 10 on the Edge of Space carrying Nuclear Warheads

A [Chinsese] advanced aircraft, known as the Wu-14 travels between Mach 5 and Mach 10 which is somewhere in the vicinity of 3500 and 7400 Mph. Sources say the hypersonic vehicle can travel up to 9,000 Mph! This means circling the Earth in 2.5 hours. At this speed, the vehicle can out maneuver any missile system currently active.

If the vehicle was launched from a sub or aircraft carrier in one of the oceans, then a strike to nearly any country would happen in just a couple of minutes.

The WU-14 “threatens to neutralize US strategic missile defenses with the unique capability of flying at ultra-high speeds and maneuvering to avoid detection and tracking by radar and missile defense interceptors.”


Sorry America, I love your country, I really do (well my Grandad Thorpe was born in Utica NYS) but some of you need to get a firmer grip on reality.

Putin Orders Military To "Boost Strategic Nuclear Forces" As Syria Situation Worsens

NATO bosses (meeting to discuss how to provoke Russia even more (Picture: Wikimedia Commons)

Earlier it was reported in the news feeds that in response to the escalation in the Syria proxy war, where German warplanes have now arrived to join the bombing campaign against ISIS, thus adding to the list of European nations already infilitrated by Muslim extremists among the millions of illegal immigrants that have flooded into Europe with the tacit approval of EU and national leaders and thus likely to be hit by terrorist attacks similar to those that shocked Paris in November 2015.

We reported yesterday that the US led coalition is planning to put troops from Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Muslim nations into Syria in pursuit of Obama's main goal, which is the removal of Assad rather than the eradication of the ISIS terrorist threat. In response Putin issued one simple command: "I order to act extremely tough. Any targets that threaten Russian forces or our infrastructure on the ground should be immediately destroyed."

However, Syria was a secondary topic in Kremlin discussions yesterday when Putin told his his defense chiefs "to strengthen Russia’s strategic nuclear forces amid rising tensions with the U.S. over the global balance of power."

Bloomberg reported that Putin told the assembled military chiefs "new weapons should go to all parts of the nuclear triad of air, sea, and land forces. Action must also be taken to improve the effectiveness of missile-attack warning systems and aerospace defense."

According to Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s military will have five new nuclear regiments equipped with advanced missile complexes next year, adding that more than 95% of the country’s nuclear forces are at a permanent state of readiness".

It is known that around 56 percent of Russian nuclear weapons are new. These include modern missiles, upgraded aircraft and a strengthened submarine capacity, according to Shoigu. Russia has also increased the military’s combat capabilities by reinforcing its western and south-western army groups and building four bases in the Arctic region, he said.

Just in case there was any doubt before, it is now clear that the nuclear arms race and the cold war are not only back, but in this era of "hackers" the probability of an unauthorised launch, is so much higher that last time.

That Putin has chosen to highlight Russia's nuclear strength just days after NATO's most recent European expansion is hardly surprising. However the sabre rattling is not all on the Russian side. Bloomberg noted in the report linked above, "Putin’s moves to reinforce Russian nuclear capabilities are reviving Cold War tensions with the U.S. and its allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization".
It is also worth reminding people that as has been widely reported here ans elsewhere, US efforts against ISIS have been less than wholehearted (and another view on this aspect of the bigger story here ), because the terror group has been funded, armed and trained by US allies Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar and is also supported by the USA itself as ISIS offers the best hope of defeating Assad that does not involve US forces in direct confrontation with the Russian military.

The U.S. warned in June that the Kremlin’s "nuclear saber-rattling" is undermining stability in an attempt to intimidate European neighbors." Against that, we have reported here as have many blogs and news websites, and even some mainstream media news publisher, that moves by NATO and the EU, in violation of a 1991 treaty, to suck former Soviet Republics such as Georgia, Lithuania and Ukraine into their western blog organisations were never going to be meekly tolerated by Russia.

And when we get down to that level we have greater understanding of at least some of the reasons why the proxy war in Syria has become a real and present danger to the entire world. And yet some people are still afraid that a little extra Carbon Dioxide in the air is the greatest threat.

MAIN TAGS: ISIS >> Putin >> Syr1a >> USA >> War

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