Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Breaking! 4 Russian Warships Launch Strikes against ISIS from Caspian Sea


Looking for input here readers, please.
Four Russian Navy warships have fired a total of 26 missiles at the position of the terrorist group Islamic State in Syria, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced. The missiles were fired from the Caspian Sea. 
“Four missile ships launched 26 cruise missiles at 11 targets. According to objective control data, all the targets were destroyed. No civilian objects sustained damage,” Shoigu said.
The missiles flew some 1,500 km before reaching their targets, prob(v)ing their efficiency.

RT: flight path of missiles

 The missile attacks came from Russia’s fleet in the Caspian Sea, which borders Russia, Iran and three other littoral countries. The precision weapons hit all intended targets. The attacks apparently required cooperation from Iran and Iraq, as the missiles had to travel through their airspace to reach Syria.

The countries of Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran border the sea.


Russia has launched rocket strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria from its warships in the Caspian Sea, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu says.
Mr Shoigu was quoted by Russian media as saying four warships launched 26 sea-based cruise missiles on 11 targets, destroying them.

UPDATE # 2- (flight path of missiles being #1)


Interesting to note that the article is lacking in spin/perception management- however, that will come. Oh yes, that will come.
Sharply escalating its role in Syria, the Russian military launched on Wednesday medium-range missiles from nearly 1,000 miles away.
 The new Russian airstrikes came amid reports of an expanding ground offensive by pro-government forces in Syria, which is taking place in coordination with Russian warplanes operating from an airfield in western Syria. That offensive will include the Syrian Army, Hezbollah forces on the ground and Russia in the air — all coordinated with Iran, according to an official with that alliance.
The targets were about 930 miles, or about 1,500 kilometers, from the Russian flotilla of four warships that launched the missiles, Mr. Shoigu said. No civilians were harmed in the strike, he said.
Mr. Putin praised the work of the military in the missile strike and in the air operations in Syria that already showed a flexing of Russia’s military muscle in the Middle East.
“That we fired from the territory of the Caspian Sea, at a range greater than 1,500 kilometers, and hit targets precisely, this shows high qualifications,” Mr. Putin said, referring to naval crew members.
In Moscow, Russian authorities would not confirm that a ground offensive had begun. But a spokeswoman for the foreign ministry, Maria V. Zakharova, said on Wednesday that Russia had never made a secret of its policy of aiding the Syrian military.
“I can say coordination is taking place with the Syrian Army, that is unequivocal,” Ms. Zakharova said. “And we call on everybody else to do the same. Without a collective effort, all these activities in the air are useless.”


H/T james

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Link originally found at Fort Rus

Update #4

A good article from Russia Insider on the firing of Russian cruise missiles and why they were fired from the Caspian Sea-
An excellent read- Concise! Thanks James :)
Russia Insider- How and Why Russia launched it's cruise missiles from the Caspian against ISIS

The Russian Defence Ministry has just confirmed that Islamic State positions in Syria have been attacked with 26 long range cruise missiles launched by four Russian warships in the Caspian Sea.
The missiles would have been the long range subsonic land attack version of the Klub cruise missile family.

The Klub family is a modular family of different cruise missiles tasked for different roles depending on their motors and guidance systems.
Some members of this family of missiles are used for attacking surface warships, and others for attacking submarines.  Those that are used to attack surface warships typically skim close to the sea, but have a supersonic terminal phase.  Those used to attack submarines are short range, sometimes supersonic, and launch a light anti-submarine torpedo into the sea near the point where the submarine has been spotted.
The land attack version of the Klub used in this attack uses a combination of inertial and satellite guidance and in order to achieve a longer range (up to 2,500 km is claimed) uses a turbojet as opposed to a rocket engine to fly subsonically at Mach 0.8.
It is exactly analogous to the subsonic long range cruise missiles the US has regularly used in conflicts starting with the 1990 Gulf war.
The Russians have not identified the warships that were used to launch the missiles.
The key point about the Klub missile family is however that it is modular.  This means that different versions of the missile can be launched from the same launcher.
Russia’s Caspian Sea Flotilla is known to possess two Gepard class frigates and six Buyan class missile corvettes, all of which would be capable of launching these missiles.

In order to strike Islamic State targets in Syria, the Russians will have needed to obtain permission from Iran and Iraq through whose airspace the missiles would have had to fly.
The missile strike therefore confirms two things (1) that the Russians again have demonstrated a capability that previously only the US had demonstrated; and (2) that the coalition they have created with Syria, Iran and Iraq is a fully operating reality, that is able to confer and agree on missile strikes.
Missile strikes have certain advantages over air attacks. They limit the risk of casualties, making it easier to attack fixed targets that are more likely to have strong anti-aircraft defences. 
The Islamic State is known to possess man portable short range surface to air missiles including Russian made Strela and Igla missiles.  They are also known to have anti-aircraft cannon. 
Whilst their air defence systems are unlikely to be very strong or sophisticated, and the Russians have well developed methods to protect their aircraft from such systems, there is no reason why the Russians should risk their aircraft and pilots when an entirely safe alternative exists.
In addition, supplementing the aircraft strike force with long range missiles greatly increases tactical flexibility, enabling a greater number of targets to be attacked.  For obvious reasons, cruise missiles are suitable for attacking fixed targets, such as weapons depots or headquarters. Using them to do so frees the aircraft to attack mobile targets, such as artillery or tanks.
Subsonic cruise missiles are exceptionally difficult to observe and track - and shoot down - so the element of surprise is increased.  The Islamic State now knows it can be attacked anywhere and at any time - day or night - without warning.
Lastly, it is significant that the Russians have chosen to launch their missiles from the Caspian Sea rather than the Mediterranean (land based versions of long range cruise missiles are prohibited by the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces (“INF”) Treaty).
The choice of the Caspian Sea is dictated by the political situation.  The US has very powerful fleet and intelligence assets in the Mediterranean - as do US allies such as Israel.  Launching their missiles from the Caspian Sea enables the Russians to do so without outside observation or interference.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Brzezinski- Obama Should Retaliate if Russia Does Not Stop Attacking US Assets

From Politico excerpted from Financial Times

If anyone, anyone at all has access to the Financial Times site, please share the article here.
Not the link, just the information in the article. I can't access the FT's piece. :(

The United States should threaten to retaliate if Russia does not stop attacking U.S. assets in Syria, former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote in a Financial Times op-ed published Sunday, urging "strategic boldness," with American credibility in the Middle East and the region itself at stake.
Moscow's apparent decision to strike non-Islamic State targets and those of Syrian rebels backed by the Central Intelligence Agency "at best" reflects "Russian military incompetence," and worst, "evidence of a dangerous desire to highlight American political impotence,"

And if Russia continues to pursue non-ISIL targets, the U.S. should retaliate, he added.
"In these rapidly unfolding circumstances the U.S. has only one real option if it is to protect its wider stakes in the region: to convey to Moscow the demand that it cease and desist from military actions that directly affect American assets," he said.
"The Russian naval and air presences in Syria are vulnerable, isolated geographically from their homeland," Brzezinski noted. "They could be 'disarmed' if they persist in provoking the US."
"But, better still, Russia might be persuaded to act with the U.S. in seeking a wider accommodation to a regional problem that transcends the interests of a single state," he added.
Instead of what he calls a "new form of neocolonial domination," the United States, along with China and Russia, must act in concert to protect their mutual interests, he warned.
"China would doubtless prefer to stay on the sidelines. It might calculate that it will then be in a better position to pick up the pieces. But the regional chaos could easily spread northeastward, eventually engulfing central and northeastern Asia. Both Russia and then China could be adversely affected. But American interests and America’s friends — not to mention regional stability — would also suffer. It is time, therefore, for strategic boldness," he concluded.

Also: Russians make closest contact to date with U.S. war planes over Syria

Keeping in mind the Russian are invited and the US planes are not invited.

Russian Fighter Jet Shot Down in Syria? Unverified first report

Don't know what to make of this first report?


Image accompanying article?
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
A Russian fighter jet, involved in military operation against the terrorist organization “Islamic State”, was shot down in Syria, Haber7 reported citing sources in the Syrian opposition.
Further details are yet to be reported
 Follow the author on Twitter: @rhafizoglu

 Following hot on the heels of this news- Turkish Defense Radar Locked on Russian Fighter in Syria ?? UPDATED

I admit this feels contrived for perception management purposes. I don't know what this is actually an image of?  Keeping an eye on the narrative as it unfolds- Share some thoughts, please


Wow- the NATO media machine is working overtime!

Clearly the Russian strikes are having a massive affect on NATO's destabilizing force 

And Update #2

The story of the Russian jet shootdown  on Trends and Twitter is a total ruse. It did seem to be but thanks to an anonymous commenter we have the proof of disinfo in action- Check it out for yourselves.
Here is the original story.

A light aircraft was struck by lightning in Indonesia (lush vegetation fits) on 19 January 2014.
And thanks to the commenter, whoever you are :)

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Turkish Defense Radar Locked on Russian Fighter in Syria ?? UPDATED

The first casualty of war is truth.
A Russian warplane on a bombing run in Syria flew within five miles of the Turkish border and may have crossed into Turkey’s air space, Turkish and U.S. officials said Sunday.
Within 5 miles of the border? May have crossed into Turkey's airspace? Said unnamed officials?
The incident raises new concerns that Russia’s armed intervention in Syria could spill over to neighboring countries, lead to an unintended military confrontation and trigger an even bigger regional conflict.
Russia's intervention could spill over into neighouring countries? Whaaaat?!

Turkish "official" 
A Turkish security official said Turkish radar locked onto the Russian aircraft as it was bombing early Friday in al Yamdiyyah, a Syrian village directly on the Turkish border. He said Turkish fighter jets would have attacked had it crossed into Turkish airspace.

Unnamed Turkish 'official' said Russia was bombing in a Syrian village on the border.
Telling us the bombing could have taken place miles from the border

He said Turkish fighter jets would have attacked had it crossed into Turkish airspace.
Telling us all that the Russian plane did not cross into Turkish airspace?

American "official"
"U.S. military official suggested the incident had come close to sparking an armed confrontation. Reading from a report, he said the Russian aircraft had violated Turkish air space by five miles and that Turkish jets had scrambled, but that the Russian aircraft had returned to Syrian airspace before they could respond"
US official "sparking an armed confrontation" - 
Russian aircraft violated Turkish airspace by five miles? 
Turkish "official" already informed us that Russian planes did not cross into airspace because fighter jets did not attack, but would've if the planes crossed into Turkish airspace

Punch and Judy officials together?

The Turkish security official said he could not confirm that account. (The American account) Both officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the news media.
 Do you believe that this incident, as reported by McClatchy,  actually occurred?

A NATO spokesman referred all questions to the Turkish government, which had no immediate comment. The U.S. Central command, which oversees military operations in Syria, said it was working on a response to questions from McClatchy.
NATO was passing  up such a good PR opportunity? Not chomping at the bit to address such timely and heinous incident? Really?!

The Turkish government had no comment? And US centcom was 'working on a response'? 
Never let a good opportunity go to waste...... that's the saying in the disinfo business. 
Yet, Turkey and the US appear to be doing just that? Or will these "officials" run with this news all week? Perhaps Centcom can "work on a response" to turn this into an international incident that can spill out globally tomorrow. Talk shows. Outraged politicos. Charlies Rose can interview someone. Oh the possibilities....But did this incident actually take place? I have some serious doubts, myself.
How about you? 

UPDATE: It appears the officials took the never let a good opportunity go to waste route!
Even if one has to fabricate the 'opportunity'?  I still cannot verify, to my satisfaction,  if this actually took place.  But there are multiple Turkish/US hence NATO reports. Linking a few below..

Important- This incident  allegedly took place October 03/2015. I picked up on the reporting October 04/2015

 'Russian aircraft violated Turkish airspace near Syria'

A Russian Violation of Turkish Airspace


“I call on Russia to fully respect NATO airspace and to avoid escalating tensions with the alliance,” Stoltenberg said in a statement. “I urge Russia to take the necessary steps to align its efforts with those of the international community in the fight against” Islamic State militants"
Odd that NATO wants Russia to align it's efforts with the 'international community' when Russia had been trying to do exactly that but the 'international community' rejected the cooperation
The news of this failure to cooperate and communicate on the part of the "international community" aka NATO has been covered here previously, but, still I'll include a news item for your reading pleasure- Russia offered and is still offering  U.S. direct military contacts over Syria
The incident occurred on Saturday, south of the Turkish border province of Hatay, which in recent years also has been a regular transit route into Syria for Islamic militants fighting across Syria and Iraq.

Russia is targeting IS militants- what is NATO's problem? ;)

 In addition to deploying aircraft to Syria, U.S. military officials also say Moscow has established sophisticated anti-aircraft weaponry in the country. U.S. European Command chief and NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Gen. Philip Breedlove, warned those moves could function as an anti-access/area denial zone.

We talked about this Russian strategy last week in two posts. Recall?
It appears that the spin is largely coming through via Turkish, US/Canadian media sources
such as Washington Post, CNN, CTV etc., Nothing forthcoming in the way of Russian acknowledgement or denial

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Ontario, Canada Health "Officials" RAID raw milk farm but leave empty handed

Because all supporters stuck together!!

Here in fascist/corporatist Canada it's more of the same. Yah, it's a tyranny here.
What are you all going to do about it?  A big first step would be to acknowledge the reality!
Stop believing in the lies. And then withdraw your support of this corrupt system.


Michael Schmidt said about 20 officials from Ontario's ministries of agriculture, natural resources and finance, as well as local police, arrived at his farm in Durham, Ont., at 10:30 a.m. Officials started removing equipment and computers when members of the collective showed up, he said.
"There was a complete standoff," Schmidt said. "Finally the farmshare members negotiated a deal that everything stays here, and they're leaving."
The action on Schmidt's farm came just days after public health officials in York Region obtained a warrant and seized raw milk products from a van belonging to the farming collective. The van distributes raw milk products, among other items, weekly to members of the farming co-operative from a location in Maple, Ont.
In that case, York Region's director of health protection said a "raw milk investigation" was underway.
Schmidt's farming collective currently produces raw milk products that are distributed to its members. He has maintained that he believes the operation is within the law.
"I was never hiding what we were doing," he said. "I was always of the opinion that we need to sit down with the government to establish a regular scheme that allows people to have their own cows and that they get uninterrupted the milk from their own cows."
Please come to witness a police state
Posted by Michael Schmidt on Friday, October 2, 2015

The Ontario government maintains the unprocessed milk poses a significant risk to public health, but Schmidt insists there's no evidence anyone has ever fallen ill from his milk, and he and his supporters argue raw milk offers health benefits.

Ontario, Canada merely supports the corporatist/ monopolistic agenda.

Last August, the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear Schmidt's appeal of an earlier decision which meant his 2011 convictions on 13 charges under the Health Protection and Promotion Act and the Milk Act that saw him fined $9,150 stayed in place.
Ontario does not ban the consumption of raw milk and farmers are allowed to drink the milk produced by their own cows.
Earlier court decisions have found that Schmidt's previous method of allowing consumers to buy an ownership interest in a dairy cow was little more than a way to circumvent the rules.
Schmidt then changed the structure of his business, getting his customers to buy part ownership in the farm, rather than just the cows.

On Cue: "US backed "rebels" make an appeal for....Anti-Aircraft Missiles!

As predicted in the earlier post! No crystal ball required.

US will indirectly confront Russian military via KurdIShIS and other rogues.

The current and former officials also expressed concern that the Russian strikes would prompt rebel groups to intensify their efforts to acquire antiaircraft weaponry, including -surface-to-air missiles — munitions the United States has worked to keep out of Syria for fear that they would be seized by al-Qaeda or the Islamic State.
Translation: The US and company will supply Kurds, ISIS and other thugs with anti aircraft weapons- they’ll simply  be unable to ‘prevent’ the acquisition of such weapons

That didn't take long at all!

U.S.-backed rebels in Syria appealed to the Obama administration on Friday for anti-aircraft missiles to defend their positions 
Kurdish Rebels- US/NATO backed- Yup
 "We need one of two things. Either a clear policy from the United States to prevent Russia and the regime from bombing Syrians, or otherwise they should send us anti-aircraft missiles so that we can confront the Russian planes," said Hassan Haj Ali"

 A U.S military official said the request was under consideration. Repeated requests by U.S.-backed rebels to be supplied with anti-aircraft missiles to be used against Syrian aircraft have been repeatedly refused in the past.

And just think giving anti aircraft missiles to the Kurds will assist with that Kurdish aided destabilization happening presently in Turkey- Think of the ramifications of this move..

US will indirectly confront Russian military via KurdIShIS and other rogues.


“President Obama has decided not to directly confront Russia over its new air offensive in Syria, believing that President Vladimir Putin will soon find himself in a Syrian “quagmire,” but he has approved a new escalation of U.S. efforts against the Islamic State”
 Translation-  Proxy war to create the quagmire
Obama engages in neurolinguistic programming

Obama laid out the U.S. response to Russia’s actions during a meeting with senior aides Thursday evening. Details were firmed up in a meeting Friday morning among national security principals at the White House, senior administration officials said”

“At the same time, the president also approved proposals, made prior to this week’s Russian actions, to strengthen the U.S. fight against the militants. Those measures were recommended by Obama’s new Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr”

Translation: No cooperation and no peace- Just more war- The creation of Kurdistan, the destruction of Syria- the removal of Assad, the expansion of Israel. These plans must proceed.

“They include direct U.S. weapons shipments, overland from Iraq, to Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters who in recent months have pushed the Islamic State from a major portion of northern Syria along the Turkish border.
Translation- Using the same route to ship weapons that ISIS took from Iraq to Syria- must be a coincidence- Not! They've already got the routes...
The Kurds are now expected to begin moving south toward Raqqa, the de facto militant capital, in north-central Syria”

YPG/PKK = NATO allies 
Hence KurdIShIS and that not so curious symbiosis I've repeatedly mentioned on many more occasions.

“Current and former U.S. officials voiced concern that the Russian bombing would damage a covert program already struggling to gain traction in the fight against Assad. It is also likely to increase frustration among the rebels “that the Americans don’t do as much as the Russians do for their side of the conflict,” said Robert Ford, the former U.S. ambassador to Syria who resigned that position in part out of frustration with administration policy”
Damage a covert program?  Which covert program is being referenced? The brand ISIL/moderate/Kurd  program that is for all intents and purposes (destabilization/destruction)  the identical program save for the differing brand names?

  “Rep Adam Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said the Russian move “really ups the ante for the United States. We do have great reputational costs in letting the Russians assert themselves and be seen as a more forceful actor on the ground in Syria”

Statecraft and the projection of power. Mentioned in this post-Russia building an A2/AD Bubble over Syria/Levant And again A2/AD Bubble, Syria and the Bigger Strategic Picture
“Any direct military response against Russia, a U.S. military official said, would probably require new presidential authorities. But Obama, speaking at a White House news conference Friday, made it clear that he has no intention of directly confronting Russian forces”
I didn’t expect that the US would confront Russian forces directly- That would not be a war of choice, rather it would be one of necessity. And confronting Russia is not necessary for the US when they have their proxies to do their dirty work.

“This is not some superpower chessboard contest,” Obama said.
Obama lies. The ‘peace’ president lies. Obama has been playing superpower chess all along.
“The CIA has provided the thousands (tens of thousands?)  of fighters (of all brands) it has trained at secret bases in Jordan with communications equipment, intelligence support and arms, including antitank missiles. Those CIA-backed fighters reentered Syria across that country’s southern border with Jordan, but many have made their way into units that are now arrayed north and east of Damascus — areas that have been pounded by Russian strikes over the past several days”
When I read info, such as that quoted above, I struggle to accept that anyone can actually believe the situation in Syria is really the tired, despotic leader and freedom lovin' fighters backed by democratic NATO, fiction

The current and former officials also expressed concern that the Russian strikes would prompt rebel groups to intensify their efforts to acquire antiaircraft weaponry, including -surface-to-air missiles — munitions the United States has worked to keep out of Syria for fear that they would be seized by al-Qaeda or the Islamic State.
Translation: The US and company will supply Kurds, ISIS and other thugs with anti aircraft weapons- they’ll simply  be unable to ‘prevent’ the acquisition of such weapons

You can read the WP article entirely at the link above