Posts Tagged ‘ Russia ’

Syria: Regime troops advance with help of intensified Russian air strikes

October 12, 2015
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swissinfo [Switzerland]    

"Russian warplanes pounded Syrian rebels [allegedly] unaffiliated with Islamic State on Sunday, insurgents said, helping Moscow's ally Bashar al-Assad reclaim territory and dealing a fresh setback to the strategy of Washington and its allies. ... The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a [propaganda] group that [flaks for the rebels in] the 4-year-old conflict, said the Syrian military and its Lebanese Hezbollah militia allies had taken control of Tal Skik, a highland area in Idlib province, after fierce Russian bombing. That brings Syrian government forces closer to insurgent-held positions along the main highway that links Syria's principal cities. The area is held by a rebel alliance that [allegedly] excludes Islamic State fighters." [editor's note: Hard to tell the players with a scorecard, but the main Syrian rebel factions SEEM to be split in alignment between the Islamic State and al Qaeda; the "Observatory" is a rebel propaganda outfit headquartered in London - TLK] (10/11/15)

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Obama says US knew Russian military planned to intervene in Syria

October 11, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"The United States had 'pretty good intelligence' that Russia intended to intervene militarily in Syria before President Barack Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday. Critics have accused Obama of having ceded American leadership to Putin by having failed to prevent Russia from launching airstrikes there on Sept. 30. Russia says the airstrikes are part of a campaign to wipe out ISIS, but U.S. officials have accused Putin of using them to prop up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom the United States is seeking to oust." (10/11/15)

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Switching sides in the “war on terrorism”

October 9, 2015
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"So the enemy is no longer the jhadists -- the ones who took down the World Trade Center and attacked the Pentagon -- it's now the Russians, and the secular Syrian government, along with Iran and Hezbollah. What the story cited above doesn't tell you is that the US-backed rebels of the Free Syrian Army ('Suquor al-Ghab') are allied with the al-Nusra Front -- the 'official' al Qaeda affiliate in Syria. So a 'war on terrorism' that began with an attack by al Qaeda on American territory, one which struck at the very heart of Manhattan, has ended up arming the very people who murdered 3,000 people that fateful autumn morning." (10/09/15)

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Syria: Russian ships fire cruise missiles as regime begins ground offensive

October 8, 2015
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Easton Star-Democrat    

"Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles Wednesday as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive in central Syria in the first major combined air-and-ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week. The missiles flew nearly 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) over Iran and Iraq and struck Raqqa and Aleppo provinces in the north and Idlib province in the northwest, Russian officials said. The Islamic State group has strongholds in Raqqa and Aleppo, while the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front has a strong presence in Idlib." (10/07/15)

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Turkey: Regime warns Russia over alleged airspace violations as Syria airstrikes widen

October 5, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Turkey demanded Monday that Russia keep its warplanes from crossing into Turkish airspace, warning that such incursions risk 'undesired' consequences as Moscow widens its airstrikes to back Syria's embattled government. ... On Saturday, two Turkish F-16 fighters intercepted a Russia warplane in Turkish airspace and forced it back over the border, the Foreign Ministry said. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Moscow described the airspace violation as a 'mistake,' but he added that Russia's entry into the conflict has added to the crisis." (10/05/15)

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War Party hates Putin — loves al Qaeda

October 2, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"As Russian fighter jets target al-Qaeda and ISIS in Syria, the Western media is up in arms -- and in denial. They deny the Russians are taking on ISIS -- and they are indignant that Putin is targeting al-Qaeda, which is almost never referred to by its actual name, but is instead described as 'al-Nusra,' or the more inclusive 'Army of Conquest,' which are alternate names for the heirs of Osama bin Laden. And there are no ideological lines being drawn in this information war: both the left and the right -- e.g. the left-liberal Vox and the Fox News network -- are utilizing a map put out by the neoconservative 'Institute for the Study of War' to 'prove' that Putin isn't really attacking ISIS -- he's actually only concerned with destroying the 'non-ISIS' rebels and propping up the faltering regime of Bashar al-Assad." (10/02/15)

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Putin’s blitz leaves Washington rankled and confused

October 2, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney  

"On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a blistering critique of US foreign policy to the UN General Assembly. On Tuesday, Barack Obama shoved a knife in Putin's back. ... Hollande is a liar and a puppet. He knows the Security Council will never approve a no-fly zone. Russia and China have already said so. And they've explained why they are opposed to it, too. It's because they don't want another failed state on their hands like Libya, which is what happened last time the US and NATO imposed a no-fly zone." (10/01/15)

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The logic of Putin’s Syria campaign

September 30, 2015
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Leon Hadar  

"Many American policymakers have been programmed under the influence of the great ideological struggles of the 20th century, and view the international system as an arena where Good (the United States) fights Evil. So it is difficult for them to accept that the pursuit of U.S. interests sometimes requires partnering with those who do not share our dreams and aspirations. Not so long ago, we allied with Stalin to fight Hitler, and then partnered with Mao and Jihadists in Afghanistan to battle the Soviets. From that perspective, Putin does not look like Satan Incarnate." (09/30/15)

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Iraq: Regime announces anti-Islamic State cooperation plan with Russia, Syria, Iran

September 28, 2015
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CBS News CBS News    

"Iraq will begin sharing 'security and intelligence' information with Russia, Syria and Iran to help combat the advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS,) the Iraqi military announced Sunday. A statement issued by the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said the countries will 'help and cooperate in collecting information about the terrorist Daesh group,' using the Arabic acronym for ISIS. ... In response to the deal's announcement, a Pentagon spokesperson told CBS News the U.S. remains committed to working with Iraq to defeat ISIS. 'As a sovereign nation, Iraq has relations with many nations and the agreements the Iraqis take that work to our common objective are up to them,' said Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Steve Warren in Baghdad. 'We recognize that Iraq has an interest in sharing information on ISIL with other governments in the region who are also fighting ISIL. We do not support the presence of Syrian government officials who are part of a regime that has brutalized its own citizens.'" (09/27/15)

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Why an Obama-Putin summit would be a good idea

September 22, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Brad Stapleton  

"Following Russia's recent [sic] deployment of military personnel to Syria, the Kremlin has intimated that Vladimir Putin would like to meet with President Obama during his upcoming visit to the United Nations General Assembly. By all accounts, the administration is torn. But it is high time for Obama to sit down and have a serious discussion with his Russian counterpart." [editor's note: The Russian state has had a military presence in Syria since the Cold War; there's nothing "recent" about it - TLK] (09/22/15)

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Syria: Russia launches drones

September 22, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"Russia has started to fly unmanned aircraft over Syria in what appears to be surveillance operations over the country, two U.S. officials told CNN. The officials were not able to confirm whether the drones were armed, or how many missions have been flown to date. ... The introduction of drones follows a buildup of Russian military equipment and personnel into Syria. To date, Russia has over 25 fighter and attack aircraft, 15 helicopters, nine tanks, three surface-to-air missile systems and at least 500 personnel on the ground in Syria, a U.S. official told CNN." (09/21/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/21/politics/russia-flies-drones-over-syria/  

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“Counterproductive” Russia and the conflict in Syria

September 22, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Gary Leupp  

"The Pentagon and State Department, echoed as usual by the mainstream press, have expressed 'concern' about Russian deliveries of the most modern tanks, fighter aircraft, surface-to-air missiles and other military equipment to Syria. They call them 'counterproductive,' although it's not clear what sort of productive cause they counter." (09/21/15)

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Putin’s line in the sand: No regime change in Syria

September 17, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney  

"The Obama administration now believes that regime change is within its reach. Yes, they know it will require some back-up from US Special Forces and Turkish combat troops, but it's all doable. This is why Obama has shrugged off Russia's plan for a transitional government or for forming a coalition to defeat ISIS. ... All Obama needs to do is intensify the war effort, put a little more pressure on Assad, and wait for the regime to collapse. This is why we should expect a dramatic escalation as we begin Phase 2 of the conflict. Russian President Vladimir Putin knows this, which is why he's sending more weapons, supplies and advisors to Syria. He's signaling to Washington that he knows what they're up to and that he'll respond if they carry things too far." (09/17/15)

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Is Russia invading Syria?

September 14, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Having given up waiting for the supposedly 'imminent' Russian assault on Kiev, which we've been told for lo these many months is coming down the pike momentarily, our new cold warriors are now in a frenzy over the sudden discovery of a Russian presence in Syria. ... In short, there is nothing new about the Russo-Syrian alliance: Putin has backed Assad in his war against the Islamist rebels from the get-go. So why is the media now in a frothy-mouthed frenzy over this latest 'discovery' of Russian 'aggression?' Why is John Kerry on the phone with the Kremlin warning them to back off?" (09/14/15)

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Syria: Sources say Russian troops join in combat

September 10, 2015
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Reuters    

"Russian forces have begun participating in military operations in Syria in support of government troops, three Lebanese sources familiar with the political and military situation there said on Wednesday. The sources, speaking to Reuters on condition they not be identified, gave the most forthright account yet from the region of what U.S. officials say appears to be a new military buildup by Moscow, one of President Bashar al-Assad's main allies, though one of the sources said the numbers of Russians involved so far were small. Two U.S. officials said Russia has sent two tank landing ships and additional aircraft to Syria in the past day or so and has deployed a small number of naval infantry forces." (09/09/15)

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Kazakhstan: Soyuz launches with three for space station

September 2, 2015
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Indiana Gazette    

"A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian, a Dane and a Kazakh blasted off today for a two-day trip to the International Space Station. The rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, a Russian launch facility in Kazakhstan, on schedule at 10:37 a.m. with 'everything going flawlessly,' according to a commentator on NASA television. It was the 500th launch of both manned and unmanned spacecraft from the launch pad used in 1961 by Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, the commentator said." (09/02/15)

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The myth of a Russian “threat”

August 27, 2015
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OpEdNews
by Pepe Escobar  

"Not a week goes by without the Pentagon carping about an ominous Russian 'threat.' Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey entered certified Donald 'known unknown' Rumsfeld territory when he recently tried to conceptualize the 'threat' -- 'Threats are the combination, or the aggregate, of capabilities and intentions. Let me set aside for the moment, intentions, because I don't know what Russia intends.' So Dempsey admits he does not know what he's talking about." (08/27/15)

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Russia: Regime moves to censor Wikipedia over cannabis-related content

August 25, 2015
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Bloomberg    

"Wikipedia's 33 million Russian users may lose access to the online encyclopedia after the country's communications watchdog ordered Internet providers to block an article about an illegal drug. The regulator, Roskomnadzor, has asked [sic] Internet carriers to block the page about a form of cannabis, and to comply, the companies may need to restrict access to Wikipedia's entire site as its secure communication protocol doesn't allow blocking individual articles, according to the watchdog." (08/24/15)

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Capitalism smothers the sharing economy

August 3, 2015
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Chad Nelson  

"Russia may have finally caught up with the rest of the world's governments in cracking down on ridesharing services like Uber. Russia's Federation of Car Owners (FAR), like any good oligarchy, has complained to Russian state authorities that 'rogue' elements such as Uber, Gett, and Yandex represent a 'threat to society.' Exactly what kind of threat do the web-based taxi services represent? FAR claims they don't have 'real world' taxicab expenses. Code for: They threaten our profits by avoiding artificial entry barriers we've secured." (08/03/15)

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China, Russia to hold joint naval, air drills

July 30, 2015
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Economic Times [India]    

"China and Russia will hold joint military drills in the waters and airspace of the Sea of Japan, Beijing said Thursday, the latest defence cooperation between the countries. ... The drills come as Beijing and Moscow intensify cooperation in military, political and economic spheres. In May they conducted their first joint naval exercises in European waters in the Black Sea and Mediterranean. It was China's farthest ever naval exercise from its home waters." (07/30/15)

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EU to extend Russia sanctions by six months

June 18, 2015
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Sky News [Australia]    

"EU member states have agreed to extend damaging economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis by another six months to the end of January 2016. The agreement by ambassadors from the 28 European Union nations meeting in Brussels will be formalised by foreign ministers from the bloc when they meet next week, officials said on Wednesday." (06/18/15)

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NATO bet

June 11, 2015
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Tyler heavily insinuates that Russia will invade a NATO member in the foreseeable future .... In contrast, I think (a) a Russian attack on a NATO member is highly unlikely, and (b) would provoke a massive military response by NATO." (06/11/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/06/nato_bet.html  

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Putin visits Italy, pope as US seeks more Vatican criticism

June 10, 2015
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Beaumont Enterprise    

"Russian President Vladimir Putin was meeting Wednesday with Italian officials and Pope Francis as the U.S. sought to encourage the Vatican to join the West in condemning Moscow's actions in Ukraine [sic]. Putin was to speak with Premier Matteo Renzi in Milan before heading to the Vatican, fresh from his latest snub by the Group of Seven developed nations, which reaffirmed sanctions against Moscow at a summit this week. While the pope has deplored the loss of life in Ukraine and called for all sides to respect the cease-fire, he has not publicly placed any blame on Russia in an apparent bid to not upset relations with the Orthodox Church." (06/10/15)

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Russian cargo spaceship falls over Pacific Ocean

May 8, 2015
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"Russia's space agency says the unmanned cargo ship that went out of control en route to the International Space Station has fallen to Earth over the Pacific Ocean. A brief statement from Roscosmos says the Progress craft entered the planet's atmosphere about 5 a.m. (0200 GMT) on Friday. Progress was expected to mostly burn up from the friction of the re-entry and there were no reports of fragments being spotted." (05/08/15)

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Chinese, Russian navies to hold first Mediterranean joint drills

April 30, 2015
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Times of India [India]    

"The navies of China and Russia plan to hold joint drills in the Mediterranean Sea for the first time in mid-May, China's defense ministry announced on Thursday, in the latest expansion of the growing informal partnership between the two militaries. The exercises also illustrate China's continued engagement with Russia at a time when Moscow has been shunned by much of the international community over its support for [states recently seceded from] Ukraine." (04/30/15)

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