…from SouthFront While the war in Syria is far from over, the events of October 2016 through May 2017 will likely be described as its turning point that enabled the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance to assume strategic offensive and dictate the tempo of operations. In turn, various rebel forces, including Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the […]
Conscientious Objection to Military Taxation: An Open Letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin
Dear Secretary Mnuchin, Congratulations on your recent appointment and confirmation as the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States of America. Despite your lack of governmental service, I am certain your experience as a hedge fund manager and your tenure as the head of the mortgage securities department at Goldman Sachs will serve you […]
Aftermath of the US missile attack on the Syrian military airbase, 7 April, 2017. Source: Mil.ru After the United States struck a missile blow on Shayrat airfield in Syria’s Homs, many wondered why Russian sophisticated air defence systems, such as Pantsir, S-300, S-400, Buk-M2 and Tor complexes, have not protected Syria from 59 Tomahawk cruise […]
Syrian War Report – April 6, 2017: US Launched Tomahawk Cruise Missiles At Military Airfield In Homs
…from SouthFront Early on Friday, the US Navy launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a military airbase operated by the Syrian Air Force near the city of Homs. The launch were made by US warships stationed in the Mediterranean Sea. The missiles hit the military airfield in Ash Sha’irat 38 kilometers southeast of the city […]
Jim W. Dean – This is quite an unusual blow to Ukraine, as we are told this was Russian sabotage, of course; but incompetence on safety measures certainly is always on the table in Ukraine.
…from SouthFront Russia is setting up a military base in the Afrin canton area controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units in northwestern Syria. The agreement on establishing the base was concluded on Sunday, according to YPG spokesman Redur Xelil. The base will reportedly be located at the village of Qatmah. Russian military servicemen have […]
The constantly-changing make-up of the Russian group of forces in Syria has become a veritable kaleidoscope of the country’s contemporary military capabilities, which are evidently taking turns being tested, depending on the operational requirements, on their usefulness in the current reality of a multipolar world embroiled in a global hybrid war.
Jim W. Dean – This is another classic Gordon, with more than a dose of anger, as he asks the tough questions of the Afghanistan and Iraq war vets why, when they came home, no one told about what was really going on inside those wars.
Jim W. Dean – As the jihadis are losing their territorial bases, the planes and helicopters fly in to extract the terrorist leaders plus the Western and Gulf Intel headquarters staff and sometimes key lieutenants, to have staff to build and retrain new terror recruits. The rest are left as rear guard die-hards.
…from SouthFront In the first half of August of 2016, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) located at Fort Benning, Georgia, invited almost 200 representatives from the defense industry to a meeting to discuss the desire to acquire a whole new type of vehicle. The program was named “Mobile Protected Firepower” (MPF). The […]
…from SouthFront Intense clashes have been ongoing in the provincial capital of the Syrian province of Daraa since last weekend when the joint forces of the Free Syrian Army’s Southern Front and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) attacked government troops in the neighborhood of Manshiyah. Since then, militants have made some gains in the […]
Jim W. Dean – If Trump keeps this “rule by executive order” binge going, he could become the most sued president in history during their first 100 days.
…from SouthFront Turkish forces once against lost the key town of Bzaah east of Al-Bab after temporarily capturing it from ISIS yesterday. Meanwhile, ISIS units launched an advance against pro-Turkish militants in Al-Ameh aiming to re-establish a supply line to al-Bab which had been under constant artillery fire from the Syrian army since Sunday. Sporadic […]
The U.S. Army has been plagued with costly acquisition failures in recent decades, chief amongst them the Future Combat System (FCS) program.
So far [12:00 CET], 85 fighters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and pro-Kiev paramilitary groups have been killed and 315 others wounded in clashes with forces of the Donetk People’s Republic (DPR), according to information obtained by SF. ..from SouthFront The military conflict has dramatically escalated in the region of Donbass in eastern Ukraine. On […]
US President Donald Trump’s threats of a military or trade war with China are just and “act” and part of his “negotiation” process, says a senior editor at Veterans Today. Gordon Duff made the remarks in a Press TV interview on Tuesday, when asked about recent comments by White House press secretary Sean Spicer, saying […]
Syrian state news agency SANA says Israeli jets have bombed the Mezzeh military airport west of Damascus, accusing Tel Aviv of supporting terrorism.
…from SouthFront The Syrian Air Force has reportedly delivered a number of airstrikes against terrorists south of the strategic ISIS-held town of al-Bab which is under the siege by Turkish forces. Reports said that up to 30 ISIS terrorists and 6 vehicles were destroyed. Airstrikes came amid reports that the Syrian army had deployed between […]
Russia Pulls Out Admiral Kuznetsov Battlegroup From Syrian Waters, Reduces Military Presence In Country
…from SouthFront The Russian Navy is returning Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser and its battlegroup from the Mediterranean to its home base in Russia’s Severomorsk. Admiral Kuznetsov, accompanied by Pyotr Veliky battle cruiser, Severomorsk and Vice-Admiral Kulakov anti-submarine destroyers, Admiral Grigorovich frigate and support vessels, has been involved in a counterterrorism operation in Syria […]
Jim W. Dean – The focus now is the black box comment on the cockpit tape of a flap problem, but where it is acknowledged could still be a sabotage issue.
ISIS terrorists have continued desperate attacks against Syrian government forces at the Tyas Airbase and nearby points.
A Russian military plane crashed Sunday in the Black Sea as it made its way to Syria with 92 people onboard, including more than 60 Red Army Choir members heading to celebrate the New Year with troops.
by Valentin Vasilescu for Veterans Today If the military policy of the Trump administration is foreseeable in the fight against the Islamists and the deployment of NATO in Eastern Europe, it is more difficult to anticipate in the Far East. Valentin Vasilescu gives some leads. Donald Trump will be the president of the United States […]
This huge 5 billion dollar arms deal between Israel and Azerbaijan is hugely significant and is clearly preparatory to a planned war with Iran, perhaps involving Russia too.
A Syrian military source has said Israeli rockets hit an air base near Damascus. No casualties have been reported, however. Reuters reports the Israeli rockets hit the Mezzeh military airport at about 3 a.m. on Wednesday. Syrian state media Syrian Arab News Agency also confirmed the report. A source said the attack caused a fire […]
Now that the Syrians with their Russian, Iranian, Kurdish and Hezbollah allies are turning the tide and actually winning the war, we are starting to see the Israelis taking a more active role in the conflict. First they launched an airstrike, now it is is a missile strike, both targeting areas near the Syrian capital, Damascus.
This week, the Baghdad government granted the Hashd full recognition as an official military force, but allowed it to retain all of it’s independence. Does this move take Iraq a step closer to dominance and perhaps annexation by it’s Iranian neighbour?
Click to see the full-size map The map depicts the military situation in Aleppo city on November 27, 2016, according to confirmed reports. Syrian government forces military operations are ongoing in the eastern part of Aleppo city. The Syrian army and its allies captured significant parts of Sakhur, fully secured the Ba’ideen Roundabout and the Ba’ideen Square, Jabal […]
Jim W. Dean – Has General Sisi taken the gamble to strengthen his anti-terrorism efforts with some live fire training for his own troops in Syria, after watching how Iran and Russia gained that experience?