…from SouthFront The US is increasing its military involvement in the Afghanistan conflict in an attempt to take an upper hand in a battle against the Taliban. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced on September 18 that the US will send more than 3,000 troops bringing the total number of personnel serving in the country […]
Jim W. Dean – The ink is hardly hardly dry on the deconfliction agreement and we now hear 25,000 Turkish troops will take over northern Idlib, including its airport. I don’t see any way that Russia or Iran could deploy that many troops each for their respective areas.
Jim W. Dean – The US troop numbers juggling game finally gets exposed. Trump obviously ordered an earlier increase and told his Pentagon chief to hide the numbers until he was ready to announce a new Afghanistan policy.
Yemeni tribal fighters have reportedly killed several American troops after they launched a heliborne attack on a village in Yemen’s central province of Ma’rib, a report says.
Last weekend, the 5th Assault Corps and the National Defense Forces, supported by the Russian air power, began an operation against ISIS in the eastern Homs countryside. By Monday, government forces have retook the villages of Jibab Hamad, Tadmuria, Jabbab Hamad Rajm Al-Qasr, Rajm Dergam, Al-Rajm al-A’ali, Al-Rajm al-Madraji, the Al-Ay’lam hill and the Turks hill.
The first British troops have arrived in Estonia as part of NATO’s response to Russian aggression.
By William Edstrom A heroin surge is shocking and awing Americans, 165,000 of who will be killed the next ten years. How does 415,000 kilograms (913,000 pounds) of heroin from US-occupied Afghanistan get to US each year? Opium Wars I & II were British troops forcing farmers in India and Pakistan, colonies of Britain […]
Any foreign forces, including those from the US, that enter Syria without invitation are invaders, Syrian President Bashar Assad told Chinese media in an interview, noting that no one had given the US troops currently in Manbij permission to be there. “Any foreign troops coming to Syria without our invitation or consultation or permission, they […]
Jim W. Dean – We were not aware of the water plant strategic need until two days ago. This is why the SAA bypassed Deir-Hafer, not even stopping to cut the road off behind it.
…from SouthFront Syrian government troops deployed to the areas controlled by Kurdish forces in the countryside of Manbij on March 3, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. According to the report, Syrian troops have been deployed in the area south and southwest of Manbij. Russia’s center for the reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria […]
Trump and his military planning chief, General Jared Cohen, have authorized US Special Operations Teams, including Delta and US Navy SEALS, to operate inside Iran with a “targeted assassination” list supplied by Israel, Turkey and Azerbaijan. TEHRAN (FNA)- The al-Qaeda terrorists stationed in the Southern parts of Yemen received a new cargo of American and […]
TEHRAN (FNA) – The distressing images of desperate Syrian refugees still making the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean Sea and the Balkans to escape the war show how complicated the preconditions to achieve social harmony and peace in that shattered country are. – This humanitarian crisis is the result of years of freewheeling War-on-Terror campaign […]
…from SouthFront Near the ancient city of Palmyra in the province of Homs, army and NDF troops, supported by attack helicopters, are clashing with ISIS terrorists in the areas of the Jihar field, the Jazal field and Abo Kula Dam. Earlier government forces secured the Jihhar crossroad, Majbel Asphalt, Al-Baydah al Sharqiyah and al-Baydah al-Gharbiyah. […]
A foreign-backed Syrian opposition figure says members of his militant group are training with US troops in preparation for a joint operation to recapture Daesh-held Raqqah.
Syrian soldiers were able to execute a successful counter-attack and restore the connection between the two formations to the north and to the south of the city of Deir Ez-Zor.
…from SouthFront The months after Hillary Clinton’s stunning loss to Donald Trump in the US presidential election have been dominated by stories concerning “Russian hackers.” If US media reports are to be believed, swarms of Fancy Bears and Cozy Bears have been roaming the Grizzly Steppe in order to throw the election to Donald Trump […]
Jim W. Dean – VT has been watching the shifting Turkish foreign policy claims with a skeptical eye based on Erdogan’s history. As we have often said, “watch what he does, not so much what he says”.
…from SouthFront Militant groups that operate in Aleppo city are in panic. On December 6, government forces took control of the neighborhoods of Sheikh Lutfi and Marjeh. On December 7, the Syrian army and its allies liberaed the Old Aleppo and entered the areas north and east of the Aleppo Citadel. Member groups Jaish al-Fatah […]
…from SouthFront The Syrian army and its allies have reportedly repelled a major counter attack of Jaysh al-Islam militants at the army base in the Eastern Ghouta region near the Syrian capital, Damascus. Holding this strategic area, the pro-government forces are keeping to pose a threat to cut off the Jaish al-Islam militants deployed in […]
The Philippines president says US troops “have to go” from the south of his country. He blames American soldiers for inflaming tensions with the local Muslim population, saying they would “never have peace” with a US military presence.
China to overhaul land troops in bid to transform world’s biggest army into nimble fighting force: sources
China will reorganise more than half of its 1.55 million land force troops, phasing out its army corps as it tries to mould a more nimble fighting force, sources familiar with the military said, adding that strong internal resistance to the change was expected.
Jim W. Dean – It would not be unfair to say that Ukrainian Rada and the central government created a climate that actually encourages the use of excessive and even illegal force on civilians as collective punishment, as a deterrent to others.
The Motorized Rifle Troops represent the third tier of Russia’s ground combat capability. Special operations troops, or spetsnaz of various types, are used for covert or irregular warfare.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Heads of State Summit took place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in June 2016. Counterterrorism operations were one of the main topics of the Summit. Chinese experts believe that the situation in Syria needs special attention from the SCO members states, as the ISIS terrorist group poses a serious threat to the security of Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and Russia, as well as the surrounding regions, including the Middle East and the Caucasus.
Jim W. Dean – We see two tarantulas locked in a struggle here with no end in site. The Japanese government has no interest in really closing the US bases on Okinawa and have veto power over the local protests.
Last week I reported that US forces in Iraq had been spotted wearing Kurdish insignia and how the US had brushed off the criticism by trotting out the same old rhetoric about the troops only being there as ‘advisors’ and therefore it was perfectly natural for them to wear foreign insignia in order to blend in.
This is a shocking admission by the US – that it’s forces often fly false flags. Of course, they try to excuse it away with the good old ‘they are just advisors’ rhetoric but we all know what that means – nothing more than a thin skin of deniability to cover up just what these […]
The Swedish parliament ratified a controversial deal with NATO allowing the bloc to deploy troops in the Nordic country.
President Barack Obama announced on Monday that the US is boosting its troop presence in Syria five-fold, to 250 military personnel.
by Ian Greenhalgh The Syrians are winning against the head choppers, that is clear. Since Russia stepped in to assist Assad’s forces we have seen a string of successful offensives that have retaken large areas including key locations such as Palmyra. However, the conflict in Syria isn’t the entire war, it is merely one theatre […]