Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Breaking: Russia strikes ISIS targets in Syria from Sub in Mediterranean, First Time.


Russia has, for the first time, targeted Islamic State targets in Syria with Kalibr land-attack cruise missiles launched from a submarine in the Mediterranean Sea, according to Russia’s Defense Minister. 
The 3M-54 Kalibr missiles were launched from the Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine “Rostov-on-Don”, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
Russia’s warships based in the Caspian and Mediterranean seas launched similar missiles targeting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) positions in late November. This is the first time that Russia has targeted IS in Syria from a submarine.
Earlier on Tuesday, a source within the Russian Ministry of Defense revealed that the Rostov-on-Don, equipped with modern Russian Kalibr cruise missiles, had appeared near the Syrian coast.

READ MORE: Russian submarine with cruise missiles off Syria coast - reports 

Speaking to the president, Shoigu also said that the flight recorder of the Russian Su-24, recently downed by Turkey near the Syrian-Turkish border, has been found and presented it to Putin.
Putin told Shoigu that it should be opened only in the presence of international experts.

Busy past 24 hours or so



  1. http://dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2015/Dec-08/326478-kurds-opposition-gather-for-meeting-in-northeast-syria.ashx

    "Talks on a decentralized political system for Syria, the leading topic of discussion, as well as the fight against extremist groups will carry into Wednesday. "

    Russia just deployed attack copters to Armenia base following the tajik deploy,

    The Azeri caspian fire is close on the heels of the egypt firebombing whcih followed the Romania fire (PM ouster).

    Russia began joint naval drills caspain with Azeri this year and re-enegaged on radar deployments there. With Israel taking kurd oil, Azeri now more expendable?

    Those Azeri protests in Iran have something to do with latest ballistic missile test?

    Will the HDP led coalition/PKK/YPG/KRG get the Mosul–Haifa oil pipeline interconnected as fast as the Kirkuk spur?

    "Baghdad's military retreat from the north under a lightning assault led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) last week allowed the KRG's Peshmerga forces to seize control of long-disputed Kirkuk and its oil reserves - the potential economic lynchpin of a sovereign Kurdish entity."

    Not so good for the Syria-Iraq pipe.

    German media making the obvious point. Erdogan had one play and it was Russia. Shootdown explained.

    "German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau likens the current fractious relationship between Russia and Turkey to a game of poker, in which President Putin holds all the cards."

    Was the tell when Erdogan canceled the China missile deal 15NOV?

    Not brave and bold,but wobbly

    The one person very quiet in all of this is Fidan who the WSJ hit back in 2013

    1. Isn't Fidan an interesting character? Wow.

    2. Question is when he tried to resign and run for office he was cajoled back to the Erdogan fold.

      Fidan and the Oslo leak that ended the PKK talks
      "As part of the the Kurdish peace process to end the 30 years of conflict, the discussion was held abroad between 2009 and 2011 in a series of meetings publicly known as the “Oslo talks.” The talks collapsed after a PKK attack killed 13 soldiers near Diyarbakır in July 2011, soon after their audio recordings leaked online."


      Speaking of Diyarbakir. And the Turkish leaks.

      Twitter faces block in Turkey over Fuat Avni’s tweets about Bilal Erdoğan