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  • As Fighting Rages, Turkeys Erdogan Rejects Any US Plan to Arm Syrian Kurds Battling ISIS

    10/19/2014 2:53:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 19, 2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) Turkeys president on Sunday rejected U.S. proposals to arm Syrian Kurds fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) near the Turkish border, shortly after the White House said he and President Obama had pledged to strengthen cooperation against the jihadists. It would be wrong for the United States, with whom we are friends and allies in NATO, to talk openly and to expect us to say yes to such a support to a terrorist organization, said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His comments were the latest sign that Turkey and the U.S. are far from being...
  • Oil price drop threatens to hit Russia, Iran harder than sanctions

    10/14/2014 11:30:02 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    latimes.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Paul Richter
    A drop in global oil prices, driven in part by a boom in U.S. shale oil production, is threatening to hit the economies of energy-exporting Russia and Iran harder than Western economic sanctions have done.
  • Turkey 'bombs Kurdish rebels' as tensions rise over Isil advance

    10/14/2014 5:23:37 AM PDT · by McGruff · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Oct 2014
    Turkish jets bombed targets in the southeast of Turkey where members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) are based, the first strikes on the outlawed group since a 2013 ceasefire, a security source said.
  • Turkish Soldiers Pose with Islamic State Slaughterers in Kobani

    10/12/2014 3:37:36 PM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Obama said his “most trusted,” “favorite ally” in the world is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — the man responsible for throwing off the modern era of Ataturk and returning Turkey to the backward savage system of the oppression and subjugation of Islamic rule. “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers.” Turkish PM Recip Erdogan Turkish President and former Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan thinks of himself as a caliph, and is looking at Syria with imperial ambitions (more). President Assad of Syria said, “[Erdoğan] personally thinks that he...
  • As deadline looms, Kerry to attend talks on Iran nuke deal (trying to stall past another election?)

    10/08/2014 11:49:47 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | October 8, 2014, 8:43 pm | Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee
    With Washington pressure rising, secretary of state heads to Vienna next week as target date for agreement on curbing Tehran atomic program nears Americas top diplomat is plunging back into Iranian nuclear talks, keeping one eye on the longtime US adversary and the other on political developments at home, as pressure rises in Washington for a deal ensuring the Islamic Republic cannot become a nuclear state. The prospect of a Republican takeover of the Senate means Secretary of State John Kerry will be on a tight leash with a late-November deadline approaching for an agreement. Kerry, European Union negotiator Catherine...
  • New 'feminist' government with a Green tinge in Sweden

    10/10/2014 7:14:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    afp ^ | 03 Oct 2014
    Sweden's new Social Democrat prime minister Stefan Loefven unveiled what he called a "feminist" government including Green Party ministers for the first time in the Nordic country. ... Sweden is in a serious situation -- unemployment has become entrenched at high levels, school results have collapsed and the welfare system has major shortcomings ...
  • US to supply Javelin missiles to Estonia

    10/09/2014 9:22:21 AM PDT · by Krosan · 10 replies
    army-technology.com ^ | 9 October 2014
    The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of Javelin missiles and associated equipment to Estonia. Under the estimated $55m sale, Estonia has requested 350 Javelin guided missiles, along with 120 command launch units with integrated day / thermal sight, 102 battery coolant units, 16 enhanced performance basic skills trainers and 102 missile simulation rounds. The package also includes spare and repair parts, rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries, battery chargers and dischargers, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, and technical and logistics support services, as well as other related logistics support....
  • A picture that might just start WW3? (Ankara Turkey police saluting ISIS).

    10/08/2014 9:52:40 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 76 replies
    twitter ^ | 10/08/14 | Hevallo
    @Hevallo ‏@Hevallo 4m4 minutes ago #ISIS POLICE IN ANKARA! Ankara police showing the Islamic sign while attacking Kurds protesting attacks on #Kobane
  • Is Turkey Chicken?

    10/07/2014 3:27:20 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 25 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/07/14 | William Kevin Stoos
    "As Kobani falls to ISIS, the Turkish Army sits idle across the border." October 7, 2014 Years ago, I deployed to Germany with the First Infantry Division and thousands of other troops from the United States and its European NATO allies to participate in REFORGER (Return of Forces to Germany). These were war games designed to demonstrate to the Soviet Bloc that an invasion across the Fulda Gap would be met with a powerful response from the alliance and that the allies were prepared to commit substantial forces within a short time to repel such an invasion. There were troops...
  • Turkey: NATO has plan to defend the country

    10/06/2014 12:05:41 PM PDT · by mojito · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 10/6/2014 | Jorge Sainz
    The NATO alliance has drawn up a strategy to defend Turkey if it is attacked along its border with Syria, a Turkish official said Monday. Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz, whose country is a NATO member, said the alliance did that at his government's request as Islamic State militants, who have captured a large swath of Iraq and Syria, are trying to take the Syrian town of Kobani near the Turkish border. "If there is an attack, NATO's joint defense mechanisms will be activated," Yilmaz told reporters.
  • Generations after World War II, is Germany ready to fight again?

    10/03/2014 12:18:19 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    Global Post via Daily News ^ | 10/02/14, 12:40 PM PDT | Jason Overdorf
    BERLIN, Germany When Chancellor Angela Merkel took office after her re-election last fall, she promised to expand her countrys role in world affairs by unshackling its military. That would reflect the political and economic leadership position Germany has taken in Europe over the last two decades. But as the fight against the Islamic State, or IS, in Iraq and Syria is showing, thats easier said than done in a society thats been a perennial conscientious objector since World War II. Germanys commitment to send $90 million worth of arms and equipment to Kurdish rebels fighting IS ended a longstanding...
  • Ex-General: Germany needs to up defense spending

    09/29/2014 3:14:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2014 5:12 AM EDT
    A retired top-ranking German general said Monday a string of recent embarrassing military equipment failures shows the country needs to spend more on defense, as another aircraft breakdown came to light. [] Former chief of staff Harald Kujat told rbb-radio the problem comes because the German military has been increasingly involved in large operations like in Afghanistan, but has neglected equipment maintenance and replacement. Germany this year reduced defense spending by about 800 million to 32.44 billion ($41.30 billion)far below NATOs recommended level of 2 percent of GDP.
  • New NATO chief vows to defend Turkey

    10/01/2014 6:28:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Euronews ^ | 10/1/2014
    NATO will defend Turkey if the country is ever attacked, the alliances new chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday, amid increased instability on its borders. The former Norwegian PM will visit Turkey next week as Ankara mulls using force to repel ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria. Turkish lawmakers are expected to debate authorising military action on Thursday. Our responsibility, the basic responsibility, is to stand up and be very clear that we are going to protect Turkey. That collective defence, Article 5, is something which is also going to be applied if Turkey is in any way attacked, said...
  • Russia is starting to use the same line on Baltic countries that it used to invade Ukraine

    10/01/2014 1:24:03 PM PDT · by MeganC · 27 replies
    Vox ^ | 1 October 2014 | Max Fisher
    A senior Russian Foreign Ministry official says that Moscow has a responsibility to protect ethnic Russian citizens of other countries, "regardless of where they live," and that "we will do everything possible to defend the rights and interests" of ethnic Russian minorities in the neighboring Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The comments came from Anatoly Makarov, the director of the Foreign Ministry's Department for Interaction with Compatriots Abroad. He was speaking to the Russian outlet RuBaltic, as translated by Paul Goble. "We are carrying out a line so that Russian compatriots regardless of where they live are guaranteed...
  • Russia and Iran Lock NATO Out of Caspian Sea

    10/01/2014 11:03:10 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 19 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | Oct 1 2014 | Jacopo Dettoni
    A summit earlier this week achieves consensus on the inadmissibility of a foreign military presence in the sea. Iran and Russia have built unanimous consensus among the Caspian states, which also feature Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, over the inadmissibility of a foreign military presence in the Caspian Sea, ruling out any future possible deployment of NATO forces in the basin. A political declaration signed by the presidents of the five Caspian states at the IV Caspian Summit held in Astrakhan, Russia, on September 29, sets out a fundamental principle for guaranteeing stability and security, namely, that only the Caspian littoral...
  • Pesky Questions About Those AWOL Afghans

    10/01/2014 6:11:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    So the five Afghan soldiers who went missing from two separate U.S. military bases are now all accounted for and apparently headed back to their home country. Feel safer now? Don't. The Pentagon, State Department and Department of Homeland Security would like this story to be over and done. (Just like they wanted the White House "fence-jumper" story to be buried. But then we found out he didn't just jump the fence; he also overpowered a Secret Service agent, burst through the halls and invaded the East Room wielding a knife.) Here are my nagging questions about another hushed-up national...
  • Russia at U.N. accuses U.S., allies of bossing world around

    09/27/2014 2:57:53 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sep 27, 2014 | Louis Charbonneau
    Russia used its annual appearance at the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday to accuse the United States and its Western allies of bossing the world around, complaining they were attempting to dictate to everyone "what is good and evil."
  • Poland stages major manoeuvres amid Russia tensions

    09/23/2014 4:44:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 36 replies
    AFP ^ | September 23, 2014
    Poland kicks off major military exercises involving eight NATO partners on Wednesday amid the West's worst standoff with Russia since the end of the Cold War sparked by differences over the Ukraine crisis. Organised every two years since 2006, this year's Anaconda manoeuvres involve 12,500 soldiers, with 750 from NATO members the US and Britain among others, the Polish defence ministry said, adding the event "has become a permanent training element of the North Atlantic alliance". The exercises are designed to coordinate cooperation with NATO's rapid reaction forces, created at the alliance's Cardiff summit earlier this month. They also come...
  • MPs support UK air strikes against IS in Iraq

    09/26/2014 10:19:57 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 September 2014 Last updated at 12:55 ET | BBC
    The UK Parliament has backed British participation in air strikes against Islamic State extremists in Iraq. After a seven-hour debate, MPs voted for military action by 524 votes to 43. The Conservatives, Lib Dems and Labour leaderships all backed air strikes although some MPs expressed concerns about where it would lead and the prospect of future engagement in Syria. The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson said RAF planes could be called into action as early as Sunday. Speaking after the vote, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said a long campaign lay ahead and there would not be a "series of immediate...
  • Parliament recalled over air strikes on Islamic State in Iraq

    09/24/2014 12:57:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | September 24, 2014
    Parliament is to be recalled on Friday to discuss the UK's possible involvement in air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. Prime Minister David Cameron said MPs should respond to the Iraqi government's request for help. He added that the UK "should not turn away from what needs to be done". The Liberal Democrats are backing air strikes in Iraq and Labour leader Ed Miliband has confirmed his support, saying the UK cannot "opt out". Meanwhile, the Foreign Office has said it is "aware" of reports that a British national has died in Syria, but it has "no further...
  • European ISIS fighter numbers 'surge to 3,000'

    09/23/2014 6:24:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    AFP ^ | 9/23/2014
    The number of Europeans joining Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq has surged to about 3,000 from 2,000 only months ago, the EU counter-terrorism chief said Tuesday. (snip) The European fighters, he said, come mainly from France, Britain, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark but a few come from Spain, Italy, Ireland and now Austria.
  • US Issues Terror Warning to Citizens in Turkey

    09/25/2014 4:58:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 25, 2014
    The U.S. Embassy in Turkey has issued a security warning, urging U.S. citizens to be vigilant against possible terrorist attacks in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group.
  • German Weapons Arrive in Erbil, With Minister in Tow

    09/25/2014 8:07:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 1 hour ago | Alexander Whitcomb
    German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and President Massoud Barzani. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — A cargo plane carrying the first delivery of high-tech German weapons arrived in Erbil today, ready to boost Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the fight against Islamic State militants. "We assure you that we are beside you to tackle this crisis," German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen told Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani at a press conference.  “It is clear that a lot of support has arrived but more is needed,” she added. The minister landed in Erbil shortly after a plane...
  • U.S. and Arab aircraft attack oil refineries seized by Islamic State in Syria

    09/25/2014 10:32:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    WaPo ^ | September 24 at 9:50 PM | Rebecca Collard and Craig Whitlock
    The U.S. military and two Arab allies on Wednesday bombarded a dozen small-scale oil refineries in eastern Syria as part of an expanding campaign to cut off key sources of financing and fuel for the Islamic State, according to the Pentagon. ... The Islamic State is estimated to produce between 25,000 and 40,000 barrels of oil a day, earning as much as $1 million a day, according to industry experts. The attacks on the refineries came on a day when U.S. military forces reported hitting an Islamic State convoy in Syria near the Iraqi border and Syrian opposition groups reported...
  • US air strikes in Syria 'destroy IS tanks' [Denmark To Send Seven F-16s]

    09/26/2014 5:18:38 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 September 2014 Last updated at 12:06 GMT
    US-led air strikes on Islamic State (IS) militants have destroyed four tanks and damaged another during a fourth night of bombardments in Syria. ... The Danish government says it is sending seven F-16 fighter jets to join anti-IS operations - but only in Iraq.
  • BREAKING: Britain goes to war as MPs vote for action against Islamic State [Yes: 524 No 43]

    09/26/2014 9:24:16 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    Express.co ^ | Fri, September 26, 2014 | Sarah Ann Harris
    BRITAIN WILL go to war again after politicians today voted overwhelmingly to join airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State terrorist group. RAF jets could now fly bombing missions over Iraq within hours after all three major parties backed action against the brutal regime, which David Cameron called a "clear" threat to Britain. The vote comes amid warnings that the action to defeat the Islamic terrorists could take years. Initially British airstrikes will only take place over Iraq, despite the IS group controlling areas of Syria in its bid to establish an Islamic caliphate across the Middle East. The vote comes...
  • The Netherlands Is Joining The Fight Against ISIS

    09/24/2014 6:39:17 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies
    BI ^ | 9-24-2014 | Thomas Escritt
    Thomas EscrittSeptember 24, 2014  THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The Dutch government said on Wednesday it would deploy six F-16 fighter jets, which could be operational in a week, to support the U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State insurgents in Iraq. The Netherlands, a member of NATO and a close U.S. ally, will target the ultra-radical Islamist militants in Iraq and provide training and advice to Iraqi and Kurdish regional military forces for a period of up to one year, Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asschertold journalists. "We regard IS as a grave threat, not just for the region it is destabilising,...
  • Arab and Muslim states question Israels right to defend itself at UNHRC

    09/22/2014 7:03:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/22/2014 22:47 | Tovah Lazaroff
    Two major groups of Arab sates questioned Israels right to defend itself against Hamas in Gaza, in addresses to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday in Geneva. Describing Israels actions in Gaza as self-defense is both legally incorrect and morally abhorrent, said Pakistan, speaking on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. [] Switzerland, Ireland, and Iceland were among the few Western countries to address to address the UNHRC under Agenda Item 7. Ireland condemned both Israel and Hamas as unacceptable for attacking innocent civilians during the Gaza war. With respect to Israeli attacks in Gaza, Ireland said,...
  • Poland launches major military exercise with international allies

    09/26/2014 9:54:55 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    Warsaw Voice ^ | September 25, 2014 | Warsaw Voice
    Poland launched on Wednesday the largest ever exercise of the Polish Armed Forces, "Anaconda", involving 12,500 soldiers, including 750 from NATO members, in response to security concerns over situation in neighboring Ukraine. This year's "Anaconda" includes soldiers from the Czech Republic, Estonia, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Hungary, Britain, Canada and, for the first time in history, the United States namely, the U.S. Armys 18th Military Police Brigade.
  • French Warplanes Kill 75 IS Militants Near Mosul

    09/20/2014 5:53:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 20.09.2014 | Mewan Dolamari
    French military planes have killed a large number of Islamic State (IS) insurgents west of Mosul. An intelligence source near Mosul told Iraqi local media that on Saturday, 75 IS militants were killed in an attack by the French warplanes. The source said that French planes have been shelling IS air defense bases. According to the source, IS insurgents have started to transfer their military bases to protect themselves from US and French air strikes. On Friday, French military planes launched their first air strikes against IS militants in Mosul. This followed orders from French President Fracios Hollandes for his...
  • France Joining International Airstrike Effort Against Islamic State

    09/12/2014 7:28:57 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    AP via Epoch Times ^ | September 12, 2014
    BAGHDADFrance will join the U.S.-led airstrikes targeting extremists in Iraq as part of an expanding international effort to combat the Islamic State group, Iraqs new prime minister said after talks with the French president on Friday. Haider al-Abadis remarks came after talks with Francois Hollande, who was in Baghdad to bolster Iraqs new government as it struggles to unite the nation amid the rampage by the Islamic State group. In order to confront Daesh, we need aerial support from our allies, al-Abadi said, referring to the group by its Arabic acronym. The French president promised me today that France will...
  • Isis Action: French Rafale Fighter Jets Fly over Iraq as Anti-Islamic State Paris Summit Begins

    09/15/2014 8:09:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    IBT/Yahoo ^ | 2 hours 11 minutes ago | Umberto Bacchi
    France fighter jets have flown over Iraq in a reconnaissance mission against Isis jihadists, as in Paris President Francois Hollande hosted an International summit to agree a common strategy to fight the Islamist militants. Two Rafale jets and a refuelling aircraft took off from an airbase in the United Arab Emirates to gather intelligence in support of US air strikes targeting the group now known as Islamic State (IS). "We told the Iraqis we were available and asked them for authorisation [to fly over Iraq]," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told France Inter radio. "The cost of inaction would be to...
  • France says its jets launch first air strikes in Iraq

    09/19/2014 2:48:49 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Friday its jets had launched strikes inside Iraq for the first time since the country promised to join military action against Islamic State insurgents who have taken over parts of the country. "This morning at 9:40 (0740 GMT) our Rafale jets launched a first strike against a logistics depot of the terrorists," said a statement from President Francois Hollande's office on Friday shortly after the raids.
  • France Has Begun Bombing ISIS In Iraq

    09/19/2014 5:11:54 AM PDT · by blam · 19 replies
    BI ^ | 9-19-2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    Brett LoGiuratoSeptember 19, 2014France's military conducted its first airstrike in Iraq, becoming the first foreign country in addition to the US to strike the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL) in the country. French President Francois Hollande said in a statement the strike, which was conducted around 9:40 a.m. local time Friday, destroyed a logistics depot held by ISIS in northeastern Iraq. He promised more operations would continue "in the coming days." Rafale fighter jets "conducted a first strike against a supply depot terrorist organization Daech in north-eastern Iraq. The goal was reached and destroyed,"...
  • France launches air strikes in Iraq

    09/20/2014 6:00:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    The News ^ | 09/20/2014
    BAGHDAD: France carried out its first air strike against the Islamic State group in Iraq on Friday, boosting US-led efforts to unite the world against the growing threat posed by the Jihadists. More than a decade after Paris famously refused to back the invasion of Iraq, France became the first nation to join the US campaign of air strikes in the war-torn country. This morning at 9:40, our Rafale planes carried out a first strike against a logistics depot of the terrorist organisation (IS), President Francois Hollande said. His office said the target was in northeastern Iraq, without specifying exactly...
  • Ambassador Power touts international support against Islamic State but won't name countries...

    09/21/2014 11:36:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 21, 2014
    Full title: Ambassador Power touts international support against Islamic State but won't name countries, commitmentsThe U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that the American-led effort to destroy the terror group Islamic State has support from more than 40 countries, but declined to name them or the extent of their support. Its up to the individual country, Ambassador Samantha Power told ABCs This Week. France last week joined the United States in airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, and Saudi Arabia has offered to help train moderate anti-Islamic State group fighters. However, what remains unclear is whether Turkey...
  • Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania form joint military unit

    09/20/2014 3:15:27 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    bbc ^ | 19 September 2014 | bbc
    Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania have agreed to set up joint military unit of several thousand soldiers. Defence ministers from the three countries signed the deal on Friday. Poland's defence ministry said the brigade would be based in the eastern Polish city of Lublin but the soldiers would remain in their home countries. Poland and Lithuania are eager to bolster defences following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula earlier this year.
  • Putin: Russian army may enter Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Romania in few days

    09/19/2014 5:48:47 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 83 replies
    FOCUS News Agency ^ | 18 September 2014 | FOCUS News Agency
    <p>Putin made this statement[....]If I want, the Russian troops may enter not only in Kiev but also in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw and Bucharest, the German newspaper cited Putins words. According to the newspaper, the Russian President advised Poroshenko not to count on the EU too much because if he wished, he could influence and block the decisions made in the EU.</p>
  • NATO to fast-track rapid-reaction force

    09/18/2014 10:15:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2014 12:23 PM EDT | David Rising
    NATOs new rapid-reaction spearhead force, meant as a deterrent to Russian aggression, should be up and running with initial capabilities in less than a year, a top alliance official said Thursday. The creation of a 4,000 to 5,000 troop response force, which will be able to respond to a crisis in eastern Europe within two to three days, was a key decision taken by NATO leaders earlier this month in Wales. The force represents a calculation by NATO that Russian President Vladimir Putin wont risk going head-to-head with the Western alliance.
  • Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

    09/17/2014 3:29:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 17, 2014 4:37 AM EDT | Vanessa Gera
    It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming? Though she was half joking, her comment revealed an anxiety Poles express frequently these daysthat Russian aggression in Ukraine could spread, upending this NATO and European Union members most peaceful and prosperous era in centuries. [] Anxieties hang in the air as Poland marks the 75th anniversary Wednesday of the Soviet invasion of Poland at the start of World War II, one of several Russian attacks on its neighbor over the past...
  • NATO at the heart of a new Cold War, says former Ambassador

    09/15/2014 9:23:19 PM PDT · by DTA · 12 replies
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | 2014-09-09 | James Bissett
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was meant to be a purely defensive organization. When the Brussels Treaty of 1948 established the European Defence Alliance of five European countries, it was Canadas Minister of Foreign affairs, Louis St. Laurent, who proposed the alliance be expanded to include the United States and Canada. One year later, in April 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was born. The primary purpose of the new organization was to defend member states from any attack from the Soviet Union and to act in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations. NATO was born...
  • US Knew Turkey Aided Al Qaeda But Did Nothing to Stop It

    09/15/2014 6:34:46 PM PDT · by xzins · 25 replies
    Asbarez.com ^ | September 15th, 2014 | ARA KHACHATOURIAN
    When Armenian-Americans voiced their anger over Turkeys role in the incursion into Kessab last spring, US authorities merely expressed concern about the well-being of Armenians and Christian minorities. Despite the communitys insistence that Turkey was directly involved in allowing the al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra rebels to freely enter Kessab, the US State Department was reticent in fingering its NATO ally. Fast forward to today when the Obama Administration is leading a fragile coalition against the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria, an off shoot of Al Nusra known as ISIS, and Turkey is, once again, rejecting American access to its...
  • Eastern Ukraine: The Neverending Crisis

    09/15/2014 12:56:37 PM PDT · by DTA · 38 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 2014-09-04 | Nicolai N. Petro
    Eastern Ukraine: The Neverending Crisis Nicolai N. Petro September 3, 2014 According to president Vladimir Putin, Russias objectives in Ukraine have been the same since the beginning of civil unrest therea stable national government that represents and respects all of its people. Why then, has there been so little willingness to work together with Russia to end this crisis? The most obvious answer is Russias annexation of Crimea, which many Western governments have interpreted as a rejection of the postCold War status quo and a possible prelude to further territorial expansion. To be fair, however, Putin addressed both of these...
  • NATO countries have begun arms deliveries to Ukraine: defense minister

    09/14/2014 10:16:19 AM PDT · by McGruff · 38 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Sep 14, 2014
    Ukraine's defense minister said on Sunday that NATO countries were delivering weapons to his country to equip it to fight pro-Russian separatists and "stop" Russian President Vladimir Putin. Valery Heletey told a news conference he had discussed weapons deliveries in bilateral meetings with NATO defense ministers during a NATO summit in Wales on Sept. 4-5.
  • What Petrodollar: Russia, China To Create SWIFT Alternative

    09/12/2014 1:54:36 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10 September 2014 | Tyler Durden
    If, when in February Victoria Nuland infamously launched a (not so) covert campaign to replace the ruling Ukraine president oblivious to the human casualties, resulting in a civil war in east Ukraine, NATO encroachment along the borders of Russia, and a near-terminal escalation in hostilities between Ukraine, Russian, and various regional NATO members, the US intention was to provoke the Kremlin so hard that the nation with the world's largest reserves of mineral and energy resources would jettison the US Dollar and in the process begin the unraveling of the USD reserve currency status (as much as Jared Bernstein desires...
  • Breaking: TURKEY REFUSES OBAMA REQUEST to Use Its Airbases to Fight ISIS

    09/11/2014 11:39:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 213 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/11/14 | Jim Hoft
    Yesterday, Barack Obama stated, Turkey needs to be involved in coalition against ISIS. On Thursday Turkey said it will not allow the US to use its airbases to fight ISIS.
  • Turkey refuses US permission for combat missions against ISIS: official

    09/11/2014 5:10:42 AM PDT · by blueyon · 61 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | 9/11/14 | Agence France Presse
    ANKARA: Turkey will refuse to allow a US-led coalition to attack jihadists in neighbouring Iraq and Syria from its air bases, nor will it take part in combat operations against militants, a government official told AFP Thursday. " Turkey will not be involved in any armed operation but will entirely concentrate on humanitarian operations," the official said on condition of anonymity. The decision echoes the country's refusal to allow the US to station 60,000 troops in Turkey in 2003 to invade Iraq from the north, which triggered a crisis between the two allies. Ankara then also refused Washington permission to...
  • File Obamas Waving from Wales NATO photo under Lousy Shot 101

    09/09/2014 12:40:48 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 39 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/09/14 | Judi McLeod
    We all know by now that Obama wont be coming up with a strategy for dealing with ISIS until Valerie Jarrett comes up with it The NATO 2014 group photo of world leaders who came to Wales to discuss finding ways to stave off ISIS is good for a much-needed world laugh. And not just because preening peacock President Barack Obama is once again the only one of the western leaders calling attention to himself with that silly signature photographed wave. Some monarchs wave to the unwashed masses from the comfort of horse-drawn carriages. Obama does his right royal wave...
  • NATO stages major military exercise in Latvia after Wales summit

    09/08/2014 3:59:21 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Sep 6, 2014 1:22pm EDT | Reuters
    (Reuters) - NATO staged a major military exercise in Latvia on Saturday in a practical demonstration of NATO leaders' commitment to defend its Baltic member states in the face of an assertive Russia.
  • Russian jets buzz Canadian frigate near Ukraine

    09/08/2014 3:44:04 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Monday, Sep. 08 2014, 4:29 PM EDT | Steven Chase
    Sources say three Russian aircraft flew low over HMCS Toronto on Sunday. Two of the Russian planes were SU-24 fighter jets and the third was a slower AN-26 surveillance aircraft, a source said. We expect this, the military source said. Theyre going to play cat and mouse with us for as long as were there. At least one of the Russian planes came within 300 metres of HMCS Toronto, a government source said.