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  • Iran Will Receive Russian S-300 Missile System By Year-End: Dehqan

    11/10/2015 12:01:42 PM PST · by Strategy · 14 replies
    Iran Daily ^ | November 10, 2015
    Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the country will take delivery of Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system by the end of the year. Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Tuesday, the Iranian minister added that the "executive stage" of the agreement for the delivery of the missile system is over, adding that Iran will receive a "major part" of the shipment in less than two months. "We have concluded a contract with the Russian side and it has also been signed," Dehqan said in response to a question about an earlier report on an agreement between Tehran...
  • China Tests Anti-Satellite Missile

    11/09/2015 11:58:39 AM PST · by McGruff · 52 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 11/9/2015 | Bill Gertz
    China recently conducted a flight test of a new missile capable of knocking out U.S. satellites as part of Beijing's growing space warfare arsenal. The test of a Dong Neng-3 exoatmospheric vehicle was carried out Oct. 30 from China's Korla Missile Test Complex in western China, said two defense officials familiar with reports of the test. A Chinese press report also provided details of what was said to be a missile defense interceptor flight test carried out Nov. 1. Photos of the missile's contrails were posted online.
  • Will Obama Create World War 3? [Video]

    11/01/2015 1:36:48 PM PST · by Randall_S · 23 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | November 1, 2015 | USA Transnational Report
    Whether it's a worldwide conflict or a relatively contained regional conflict, the parallels between today and the 1930s and 1940s are hard to miss Most people spend Halloween dressed up and trying to find or create some fright. Instead, I watched the 1942 war documentary Prelude to War, directed by the legendary Frank Capra. Considering what is going on in the world today, and all the parallels between then and now, it was scary enough. As you watch the movie (52 minutes), think about our challenges today. While watching Capra's propaganda masterpiece, consider some of the parallels between their...
  • Will The Discovery Of Huge Amounts Of Oil In Israel Lead To War In The Middle East?

    10/10/2015 11:14:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    End of the American Dream ^ | 10/10/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Billions of barrels of oil have been discovered in Israel, and this discovery could essentially make Israel energy independent for many decades to come. But there is just one problem. This discovery was made in the Golan Heights. If you are not familiar with the Golan Heights, it is an area that Israel took from Syria during the Six-Day War of 1967. The government of Israel considers the Golan Heights to now be part of Israeli territory, but the United Nations does not recognize Israel’s claim. Instead, the UN still recognizes Syrian sovereignty over that area. So now that massive...
  • Turkey’s Islamists betrayed Uyghurs, damaged ties with China

    10/05/2015 4:19:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | April 13, 2015
    April 13, 2015, Monday TurkeyÂ’s Islamists betrayed Uyghurs, damaged ties with China Turkey's relations with China that were upgraded to a strategic partnership in 2010 were dealt a significant blow a year later when increasingly assertive political Islamists in the Turkish government started playing a game of proxies with the Uyghurs of Chinese nationality as part of their short-sighted vision of a regime change in their southern neighbor, Syria. This sudden turn of policy with respect to China's Xinjiang region, shaped at the highest level of the government with chief Islamist Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan setting the bar, has been a...
  • Syria: Chinese Uyghurs Killing Russian Spies According to Turkey's Plan

    10/04/2015 12:22:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Reason ^ | October 3, 2015 | Charles Paul Freund
    Syria: Chinese Uyghurs Killing Russian Spies According to Turkey's Plan It's a Zionist conspiracy, of course Charles Paul Freund | October 3, 2015 So while enormous numbers of Syrian refugees are attempting to get out of the Middle East and into Europe, what is happening in the empty villages they have left behind? According to Al Mayadeen, a Beirut-based satellite news service, at least some of the abandoned villages in northern Syria are filling up with the families of Muslim Chinese Uyghurs. These Uyghurs, claims the report, are entering the country along with their wives and children to fight alongside...
  • Turkey to Buy Chinese Missile Defence System

    04/22/2015 1:57:10 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 14 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | April 22, 2015 | Teddy Ng & Reuters in Istandbul
    [This is from the International Edition of SCMP] China has won the bid to co-produce a multibillion ($3Billion) long-range air and missile defence system in Turkey, in what is its largest and most advanced arms sales to a NATO country. The Turkish defence minister announced the decision to approve the US$3 billion bid by China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp, rejecting rival offers from Russian, US and European firms. The winning Chinese FD-2000 system beat the Patriot, the Russian S-400 and the French-Italian Eurosam Samp-T, it was announced on Thursday. [snip]
  • China seen behind Japan's failed Turkey arms deal

    08/11/2014 11:53:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | August 3, 2014 | TETSUSHI TAKAHASHI
    TOKYO -- Nearly three months after lifting its long-standing arms embargo, Japan recently approved plans to supply missile parts to the U.S. and conduct joint military research with a British company. Behind the scenes, however, there was a deal that fell through. Under new guidelines governing the transfer of defense equipment and technology, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 17 convened the National Security Council to look into two applications submitted by private companies. One was Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' request for permission to export seeker gyros used in Patriot surface-to-air missiles to the U.S. The other involved Mitsubishi Electric, which...
  • Turkey’s Decision a Wake-Up Call for U.S. Missile Defense Suppliers

    10/29/2013 10:22:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    National Defense Blogs ^ | 10/29/2013 | Sandra I. Erwin
    U.S. antimissile systems have been the gold standard for decades, and American firms have sought to capitalize on that prestige as they court customers in the Pacific Rim and the Middle East. So it came as a shock that Turkey, which hosts a U.S.-made radar as part of a larger NATO missile shield — selected a Chinese company to build a national defense system. The decision, two years in the making, appears to have been based not on technical merits, but on fire sale prices and economic benefits that the Chinese were able to offer to the Turks, said Mike...
  • China's Mideast clout growing amid Turkey missile deal

    10/30/2013 7:07:26 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/16/2013 | Jerusalem Post
    LONDON - China's likely sale of sophisticated missiles to Turkey over the objections of its NATO allies might have angered Washington and other capitals, but it should not have been a surprise. Even as the US has spent billions of dollars and lost hundreds of lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, Beijing has been quietly upping its presence in the Middle East. Militarily, the US - which maintains a permanent aircraft carrier presence near the Gulf as well as dozens of other warships and major bases in Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates - is by far the dominant regional...
  • China’s buying of German firm risk for Turkish UAV

    09/16/2013 10:00:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | September/17/2013 | Burak BEKDİL
    ChinaÂ’s buying of German firm risk for Turkish UAV Burak BEKDÄ°L Chinese AvicÂ’s acquisition of German Thielert, leaves the first Turkishmade drone, the Anka, without an engine. Turkish officials are worried that buying of Thielert, engines supplier of Anka, may delay the project It looked entirely like any other business takeover between the Chinese and Germans with no relevance to Turkey. But the news that a Chinese group had acquired the troubled German maker of aircraft engines means Turkey must now find a new engine supplier for its first indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the Anka. Turkish officials and the...
  • The Superpower Behind the Turkish Protests

    06/05/2013 7:37:40 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 12 replies
    Johngaltfla ^ | June 4, 2013 | John Galt
    To understand the rage and news from Turkey and the alleged “Turkish Spring” being promoted by some websites and commentators, one has to have a deep understanding of the friends and enemies the nation of Turkey has acquired in eighty plus years of independence and Westernization thanks to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. In the West, the British still resent the Turks for their unwillingness to take up arms against the Nazis in World War II. Believe it or not, some Germans hold the same animosity because a Turkish alliance with Nazi Germany would have crushed the Allies in Europe and the...
  • China, Turkey conduct second major exercise

    11/12/2010 8:47:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 1+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 11/12/2010 | Eorld Tribune
    China and Turkey have conducted another military exercise.Sources said China has sent army special operations forces for an exercise in Turkey. They said the exercise in early November lasted a week at the commando school in Turkey. "This was an exercise planned nearly a year ago," a Turkish source said. This marked the second major military exercise between China and Turkey in as many months. In October, the two countries, in the first such mission with a NATO member, participated in a combat air exercise called Anatolian Eagle
  • NATO warns Turkey against buying Chinese, Russian air defense systems

    07/26/2011 8:17:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Hürriyet Daily News ^ | July 25, 2011 | ÜMİT ENGİNSOY
    NATO warns Turkey against buying Chinese, Russian air defense systems ÜMİT ENGİNSOY ANKARA- Hürriyet Daily News Monday, July 25, 2011 NATO may avoid sharing ballistic missiles intelligence with Turkey if the nation decides to buy Chinese or Russian systems for its missile defense program Ankara would have to operate without NATO’s intelligence information on incoming ballistic missiles if it chooses to buy Chinese or Russian systems for its national air and missile defense program, officials of the Western alliance have warned Turkey. Participating in the ongoing competition to win Turkey’s national air and missile contract are the U.S. partnership between...
  • New Russian Missiles Aid China, Iran -- May Spark New Arms Race

    02/24/2007 9:34:27 PM PST · by Fennie · 16 replies · 1,197+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Monday, Feb. 12, 2001 | Charles R. Smith
    While U.S. weapons development stalled almost completely during the 1990s - both Russia and China have continued to field a new generation of missiles for which the west has no equal nor defense. A popular new weapon is the Russian long range air-to-air Vympel R-77 missile, NATO code named AA-12 Adder. The R-77 is designed to destroy other aircraft beyond visual range and reported to be equal to or better than the U.S. made AIM-120 AMRAAM missile...
  • Moscow plans main oil hubs in Turkey and Israel

    11/19/2005 9:06:32 AM PST · by Alex Marko · 13 replies · 438+ views
    Moscow plans main hubs in Turkey and Israel for Russian and Azerbaijani oil and gas exports to southern Europe and China November 18, 2005, 1:55 PM (GMT+02:00) Russian president Vladimir Putin discussed the plan with Turkish prime minister Tayyep Erdogan and Silvio Berlusconi of Italy at the inauguration Thursday of the Blue Stream pipeline network laid on the Black Sea bed by the Russian Gazprom and Italian Eni oil giants. Putin spoke of extending this pipe network to the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan. A new underwater branch would then be built to connect Ceyhan with Israel’s Ashkelon oil port,...
  • Joint ventures likely in arms production: China, Ukraine, Turkey contacted

    07/10/2005 9:22:22 AM PDT · by jb6 · 1 replies · 246+ views
    Dawn ^ | July 9: | Ihtasham ul Haque
    ISLAMABAD, July 9: Pakistan has decided to enter into joint ventures with China, Ukraine and Turkey to further increase its quality defence production. Informed sources told Dawn here on Saturday that Pakistan had reached an initial understanding with the three countries to start joint production of different kinds of weapons. Pakistan was looking for credible defence partners not only to further strengthen its military capabilities but also to boost its exports. Currently, the sources said, Pakistan was exporting quality arms and ammunitions to around 50 countries, including the developed countries like the United States, Germany and New Zealand. In this...

    03/25/2003 9:46:36 PM PST · by pkpjamestown · 17 replies · 1,228+ views
    ( KWIC Dec.17 Toronto ) The source from the Turkish state-owned Roketsan Co. has recently indicated to the public that fifty experts of rocket technology were sent to Roketsan Co. by China National Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation in November. They initially plan to stay there for at least half a year to help Turkey develop the WS1 rocket weapon system and to transfer the Chinese manufacturing technology to Turkey. According to the Headquarters of the General Staff of the Turkish army, Turkey has decided to establish a special military unit on the border and along the coast of...
  • $2 gas will be back after Iran nuclear deal

    07/31/2015 10:32:58 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 52 replies
    CNN Money ^ | July 14 2015 | Chris Isidore
    U.S. drivers can look forward to $2 gas later this year, thanks in part to the Iran nuclear deal announced Tuesday. Gas may only dip a few cents when the Iranian oil first starts to flow again, but by September drivers could see big savings. "Once we get past Labor Day, we should see gas falling by 10 to 15 cents a month," said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst with the Oil Price Information Service. "By December a lot of places are going to see gasoline at $2 or less." Iran hasn't been able to sell oil to the United...
  • China Joining Russia In Syria Brings Risks Of World War

    10/10/2015 6:23:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    IBD ^ | 10/10/2015
    American Decline: Chinese forces head to Syria to join with Russia in filling Obama's power vacuum and purportedly fight the Islamic State. A false move involving NATO member Turkey could mean world war. Russian and Chinese military sources now confirm that Chinese warships are en route to the Middle East to get in on some of the action of humiliating the U.S. In just a week and a half, Moscow has upended the dynamics of power in the Mideast by taking on the role that President Obama relinquished: acting like a superpower in a regional conflict that has implications extending...
  • The Middle East in 2015 Is a Lot Like Europe in 1914

    10/09/2015 9:12:59 PM PDT · by traumer · 6 replies
    Watching the events cascading in Syria makes it eerily easy to see how the political elites of 1914 stumbled into World War I while believing they were pursuing a sensible set of national interests. The parallels are far from precise. The alliances bonding the players in today’s Middle East aren’t as interlocking as those in early 20th-century Europe. The war-mobilizing machinery isn’t as rigid. And, of course, today’s leaders have the precautionary example of World War I to rivet their attention: They know the pitfalls of escalation and the tragic consequences of unbounded warfare—though people don’t always heed the lessons...
  • NATO chief says prepared to send troops to defend Turkey [New title/text at URL]

    10/08/2015 2:49:56 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 52 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 8, 2015 | Robin Emmott
    <p>NATO said it was prepared to send troops to Turkey to defend its ally after violations of Turkish airspace by Russian jets bombing Syria and Britain scolded Moscow for escalating a civil war that has already killed 250,000 people.</p> <p>Officials at the U.S.-led alliance are still smarting from Russia's weekend incursions into Turkey's airspace near northern Syria and NATO defense ministers are meeting in Brussels with the agenda likely to be dominated by the Syria crisis.</p>
  • Hollande warns of total war if MidEast conflict not solved

    10/07/2015 1:08:56 PM PDT · by traumer · 16 replies
    Europe must live up to the challenge of an upheaval that has forced hundreds of thousands of refugees to flee Syria, where everyone including Iran, Russia and the West must seek a political solution, French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday. Speaking alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Hollande said the risk of failure was "total war" and that Europe, if slow to grasp the scale of the refugee exodus, had now made a start. As for Syria, Hollande reiterated the Paris line that any solution for Syria had to be based on...
  • Turkey Is in Serious Trouble

    10/06/2015 11:12:15 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/06/2015 | Soner Cagaptay
    The country has seen periods of turmoil before. But this time may be different. I am usually an optimist when it comes to Turkey’s future. Indeed, I wrote a whole book about The Rise of Turkey. But these days, I’m worried. The country faces a toxic combination of political polarization, government instability, economic slowdown, and threats of violence—from both inside and outside Turkey—that could soon add up to a catastrophe. The likelihood of that outcome is increasing amid Russia’s bombing raids in Syria in support of its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which threaten to debilitate the moderate rebels and...
  • NATO denounces Russian incursion into Turkish air space

    10/05/2015 9:44:17 AM PDT · by keat · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Oct 5, 2015 12:28pm EDT | Ayla Jean Yackley and Humeyra Pamuk
    The United States and its NATO allies denounced Russia on Monday for violating Turkish air space along the frontier with Syria, and Ankara threatened to respond if provoked again, raising the prospect of direct confrontation between the Cold War enemies. NATO held an emergency meeting of ambassadors of its 28 member states to respond to what Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called "unacceptable violations of Turkish air space" after Turkey said a Russian jet had crossed its frontier. NATO members "strongly protest" and "condemn" incursions into Turkish and NATO territory, the alliance said. "Allies also note the extreme danger of such irresponsible...
  • Saudi Clerics Call for Jihad Against Syrian Government, Russia, Iran

    10/05/2015 9:17:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 10/5/15 | Reuters
    Dozens of Islamist Saudi Arabian clerics have called on Arab and Muslim countries to "give all moral, material, political and military" support to what they term a jihad, or holy war, against Syria's government and its Iranian and Russian backers. Although the clerics who signed the online statement are not affiliated with the government, their strong sectarian and anti-Christian language reflects mounting anger among many Saudis over Russian and Iranian involvement in Syria's civil war. Russia last week started airstrikes against Syrian opposition targets that it describes as aimed at weakening the jihadist Islamic State group, a move Riyadh has...
  • Ankara Furious As Russian Jets Violate Turkish Airspace

    10/05/2015 4:53:50 AM PDT · by Fennie · 24 replies
    UT ^ | October 5, 2015
    Turkey opposes Russia's military intervention in Syria. Turkey scrambles fighter jets to intercept Russian warplanes that Ankara says violated its airspace. The Russians were allegedly making their way to Syria to carry out bombings to support Syria's Assad regime. Turkey opposes Russia's intervention in wartorn Syria and officials have warned that any further violations may be responded to more harshly.
  • Gulf states plan military response as Putin raises the stakes in Syria

    10/04/2015 5:10:35 AM PDT · by JPX2011 · 60 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 4, 2015 | Emma Graham-Harrison and Saeed Kamali Dehghan
    Russian fighter jets launched from a new airbase in Syria have persuaded western critics to mute their demands for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad, but another group of his opponents sees Moscow’s intervention as more provocative than decisive. Regional powers have quietly, but effectively, channelled funds, weapons and other support to rebel groups making the biggest inroads against the forces from Damascus. In doing so, they are investing heavily in a conflict which they see as part of a wider regional struggle for influence with bitter rival Iran. In a week when Russia made dozens of bombing raids, those...
  • OSCE says spots deadly Russian rocket system in Ukraine for first time

    10/02/2015 4:33:12 AM PDT · by ETL · 25 replies
    Reuters, via Yahoo News ^ | Oct 2, 2015 | Anton Zverev
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - International monitors say they have spotted a new kind of Russian weapons system in rebel-held Ukraine this week, possible evidence of Moscow's continued interest in Ukraine even as it focuses on Syria. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which is monitoring a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, reported that its monitors had seen a mobile TOS-1 'Buratino' weapons system for the first time. The Buratino is equipped with thermobaric warheads which spread a flammable liquid around a target and then ignite it. It can destroy several city blocks in one strike and cause indiscriminate damage. Only...
  • U.S., allies demand Russia halt Syria strikes outside IS areas

    10/02/2015 9:17:45 AM PDT · by ETL · 147 replies
    Reuters, via Yahoo News ^ | Oct 2, 2015 | Tom Perry and Lidia Kelly
    BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia bombed Syria for a third day on Friday, mainly hitting areas held by rival insurgent groups rather than the Islamic State fighters it said it was targeting and drawing an increasingly angry response from the West. The U.S.-led coalition that is waging its own air war against Islamic State called on the Russians to halt strikes on targets other than Islamic State. "We call on the Russian Federation to immediately cease its attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians and to focus its efforts on fighting ISIL," said the coalition, which includes the United States, major...
  • 'World will hear Israel's view on Iran deal aftermath' (Netanyahu's UN speech 12pm Thursday)

    09/30/2015 11:52:40 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Wednesday September 30, 2015 | Shlomo Cesana
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flies to New York ahead of U.N. address on Thursday • "Each time that I address the U.N. I feel the privilege and great honor of telling the truth before the world on behalf of the citizens of Israel," Netanyahu says. During his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will make the case against the nuclear deal world powers reached with Iran in July and sound the alarm on Islamic extremism, both in Israel and beyond. Netanyahu, who spoke with reporters at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Tuesday shortly before departing...
  • Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority President, Says He’s No Longer Bound by Oslo Accords

    09/30/2015 12:50:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 30, 2015 | Rick Gladstone and Jodi Rudoren
    Demonstrating a new level of tension with Israel, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority declared Wednesday that it was no longer bound by the Oslo Peace Accords and subsequent agreements that formed the basis for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In his annual General Assembly speech, Mr. Abbas accused Israel of having violated these pacts, which date back two decades and outline security, economic and other arrangements in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel during and after the 1967 war. He asserted that there was no reason that the Palestinians should remain faithful to them as long...
  • Abbas: Palestinians No Longer Committed to Oslo Accords

    09/30/2015 11:06:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 9/30/2015, 7:40 PM | Ari Soffer and Ari Yashar
    Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas has announced that the PA is no longer committed to the 1994 Oslo Accords. In his UN General Assembly address Wednesday evening, Abbas wasted no time attacking Israel from the podium in New York. He began by repeating calls for a “two-state solution,” and condemning Israeli “settlements” in Judea and Samaria, as well as the blockade of Gaza. …
  • Colin Powell: Iran Deal is 'Pretty Good Deal'

    09/08/2015 9:34:37 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 44 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 09/08/15 | Bradford Thomas
    CHUCK TODD: ...let's start right with Iran. Is this a good deal? COLIN POWELL: I think it is a good deal. I studied very carefully the outline of the deal and what's in that deal. And I've also carefully looked at the opposition to the deal. And my judgment, after balancing those two sets of information is that it's a pretty good deal. Now, I know that there are objections to it, but here's why I think it's a good deal. One of the great concerns that the opposition has, that we're leaving open a lane for the Iranians to...
  • Colin Powell: Iran pact a 'pretty good deal'

    09/06/2015 12:21:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/06/2015 | Scott Wong
    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell came out in support of President Obama’s agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program, calling it a “pretty good deal.” Powell, a retired general who led the State Department under GOP President George W. Bush, said he had vigorously studied the deal and listened to arguments from both supporters and opponents. “My judgment after balancing those two sets of information is that it’s a pretty good deal,” Powell declared on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “The great concern from the opposition is that we’re leaving open a lane for Iran to create a nuclear weapon in...
  • Colin Powell Backs Iran Deal as ‘Israel Lobby’ Crumbles

    09/06/2015 12:12:28 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/06/2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    Former Secretary of State and Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell backed the Iran deal on Sunday. The retired statesman, who played a key role in the push for war in Iraq, later supported Barack Obama for president. Powell made his announcements on NBC News’ Meet the Press on Sunday. “My judgment…is that it’s a pretty good deal.” Powell said that while Iran could continue working toward a nuclear weapon when the deal expires, the agreement would at least slow that down. “We have stopped this highway race that they were going down.” Powell added that “they get nothing”...
  • Gulf Arabs oppose Russia role in Syria, still bent on Assad's ouster

    09/22/2015 8:33:54 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 15 replies ^ | Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:29am EDT | William Maclean
    Russia's military intervention in support of President Bashar al-Assad has dismayed Gulf Arab enemies of the Syrian leader who say it will prolong the war and keep Syria firmly in the orbit of their arch regional rival Iran. Russia says it is providing arms to the Syrian leader, a longtime ally, and has sent servicemen to advise on their use in the fight against Islamic State (IS) and other jihadist groups. Moscow has also staged naval exercises off Syria. Washington, which opposes both IS and Assad, says Moscow has also sent fighter jets, tanks and other heavy equipment to Syria....
  • Iran Gloats over World Powers’ ‘Surrender’ on Nuclear Deal

    09/06/2015 6:43:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 9/5/2015, 9:15 PM | Ari Soffer
    Iranian leaders view the nuclear deal signed by western powers as a “surrender” to Iran, and as cementing the Islamic Republic’s status as a “superpower.” An analysis by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has shed light on the sense of victory held by Iran’s most senior leadership, as neighboring countries prepare for a surge in terrorism sponsored by an emboldened Tehran. Among the comments translated by MEMRI was a statement made by Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan at an armed forces general command ceremony on August 30, in which he boasted that Iran had forced the “surrender” of...
  • We really can’t succeed against ISIL without Turkey: US

    09/07/2015 3:32:46 AM PDT · by a_Turk · 24 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 8/15/2015 | Verda ÖZER
    U.S. President Barack Obama’s Deputy Special Envoy to the Global Anti-ISIL Coalition, Brett McGurk, who was in Ankara this week to finalize the Incirlik agreement between Turkey and U.S., has said Washington “can’t succeed against Daesh without Turkey,” speaking to the Hürriyet Daily News in an exclusive interview via Skype. “The threat of Daesh is extremely serious. It’s not going away. It’s growing. It’s a challenge the world has never seen before,” McGurk said, emphasizing the two countries’ close collaboration up to now. He also said Turkish F-16’s will fly with U.S. jets from Incirlik very soon and the only...
  • Greek Foreign Ministry Confirms Received U.S. Request To Deny Russia Use Of Greek Airspace

    09/07/2015 6:10:06 AM PDT · by Fennie · 85 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 7, 2015
  • Russia Inadvertently Posts Its Casualties In Ukraine: 2,000 Deaths, 3,200 Disabled

    08/26/2015 3:33:57 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 37 replies
    Forbes ^ | 25 Aug 15 | Paul Roderick Gregory
    Russian president Vladimir Putin has decreed that all Russian casualties “in peacetime” be a state secret. In addition to criminal charges arising from divulging state secrets, families risk losing pensions and lump-sum payments if they reveal that their sons were killed in Ukraine. Mothers of soldiers’ associations have been branded “foreign agents” for collecting data on Russian casualties. Dissident Boris Nemtsov was murdered shortly before completing his study of Russian casualties in Ukraine. Russian civil rights organizations, working against the fog of official resistance, could confirm only several hundred battlefield deaths. Business Life (Delovaya Zhizn) reports on markets, finance, entrepreneurship,...
  • Shocking pictures from inside neo-Nazi military camp reveal recruits as young as SIX

    08/13/2015 12:50:57 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 8-12-2015 | Stepan Cockroft
    They're the ultra-Nationalist swastika-loving battalion which is openly against the ceasefire agreed with pro-Russian separatists. Now extremists from the Azov unit, a far-right neo-Nazi militia defending the port city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine, are teaching children as young as six how to fire guns in an attempt to entice them into the country's bloody conflict. Disturbing pictures have emerged from a military summer camp held on the outskirts of Kiev which show members of the voluntary group teaching so-called 'Azovets' how to behave as young fighters. The children - which include girls and boys, some as young as six...
  • Iran buys 100 Russian refueling aircraft for its air force to reach any point in the Mid East

    07/22/2015 9:00:06 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 45 replies
    Debka ^ | July 22, 2015
    In defiance of the international arms embargo, Iran last week placed an order with Moscow for a huge fleet of 100 Russian IL78 MKI tanker aircraft (NATO: Midas) for refueling its air force in mid-flight, thereby extending its range to 7,300 km. This is reported exclusively by DEBKAfile from its military and intelligence sources. The transaction runs contrary to the terms of the nuclear accord the six world powers and Iran signed in Vienna earlier this month. These tanker planes can simultaneously refuel six to eight warplanes. Their acquisition brings Israel, 1.200km away – as well the rest of the...
  • Obama is killing the Left. Let's help him. (REPOST. I messed up on the last one.)

    07/12/2015 5:58:46 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 12, 2015 | Clarice Feldman
    I have enormous respect for Victor Davis Hanson and read with great interest his account this week that people are fed up with liberal elites. Amid all this leftish high-fiving about court decisions and executive orders, we forget political and electoral reality. Barack Obama has done more to destroy liberal political power in the Congress and in the statehouses than any Democratic politician since the 1920s. His executive orders and neglect of enforcing existing law have green-lighted the executive power of the next Republican president in a way that Richard Nixon could hardly imagine. He has discredited the idea of...
  • How World War III became possible

    07/01/2015 3:07:23 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 68 replies
    Vox ( ^ | June 29, 2015 | Max Fisher
    It was in August 2014 that the real danger began, and that we heard the first warnings of war. That month, unmarked Russian troops covertly invaded eastern Ukraine, where the separatist conflict had grown out of its control. The Russian air force began harassing the neighboring Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, which are members of NATO. The US pledged that it would uphold its commitment to defend those countries as if they were American soil, and later staged military exercises a few hundred yards from Russia's border.Both sides came to believe that the other had more drastic intentions....
  • Russia to review 1991 decision to recognise independence of Baltic states

    07/01/2015 7:45:57 AM PDT · by annalex · 64 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | JUN. 30, 2015
    Russia to review 1991 decision to recognise independence of Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithunia were occupied by the Soviet Union for decades Russia is examining the legality of the decision to recognise the independence of the Baltic republics in 1991 by the State Council of the USSR - according to Russia's state news service Interfax. The decision to review recognition of the independence of EU-member Baltic nations follows the Russian Prosecutor General's Office ruling last year that Crimea was illegally handed to Ukraine in 1954; and is certain to alarm the small Baltic NATO-member nations of Lithuania, Latvia and...
  • Hackers ground 1,400 passengers at Warsaw Airport

    06/21/2015 8:16:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Around 1,400 passengers of the Polish airline LOT were grounded at Warsaw's Chopin airport on Sunday after hackers attacked the airline ground computer systems used to issue flight plans, the company said. The computer system was hacked in the afternoon and fixed after around five hours, during which 10 of the state-owned carrier's national and international flights were canceled and about a dozen more delayed, spokesman Adrian Kubicki said.
  • Iran seizes U.S. ship, 34 sailors

    04/28/2015 8:28:26 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 106 replies
    Al Aribiya ^ | 4/28/15 | Al Aribiya
    Tuesday, 28 April 2015 Iran has fired at a U.S. cargo ship and has directed it to Bandar Abbas port on the southern coast of Iran, Al Arabiya News Channel has reported on Tuesday. Up to 34 American sailors are believed to be onboard the ship, Al Arabiya reported. (developing story) Last Update: Tuesday, 28 April 2015 KSA 17:32 - GMT 14:32
  • Iran Forces Open Fire On, Seize "Trespassing"US Cargo Ship With 34 People On Board, Arabiya Reports

    04/28/2015 10:28:06 AM PDT · by dontreadthis · 39 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/28/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Update 3: Turns out Iran did seize a ship, just not a US ship: PENTAGON SAYS NO US SHIP WAS SEIZED BY IRAN NON-U.S. SHIP MAY HAVE BEEN SEIZED BY IRAN, U.S. OFFICIAL SAYS IRANIAN MILITARY BOARDED MARSHALL ISLANDS-FLAGGED CARGO SHIP IRANIANS BOARDED MV MAERSK TIGRIS CARGO SHIP: PENTAGON Update 2: Curiously, while we were confident Iran would deny the report first, it was in fact the US: US NAVY DENIES CONFRONTATION WITH IRANIAN MILITARY: CNBC The good news is that it will be very easy to confirm who is lying and who is telling the truth, in a matter...
  • Iran Takes Control of Cargo Ship; U.S. Sends Destroyer to Persian Gulf

    04/28/2015 9:11:50 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 36 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4/28/15 | HELENE COOPER
    After being fired upon, the ship issued a distress call, prompting the United States Navy to direct the destroyer, the Farragut, to the area. The Farragut, the defense official said, is now about 60 miles away. He said that so far there has been no communication between the United States Navy and Iran, but added that American aircraft are standing by to monitor the situation.