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Syria Crisis: News, Updates & Discussion

Discussion in 'Greater Asia & Middle East' started by Hembo, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. vstol jockey

    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    Even with that it won't be able to bcom LO as it carries all its weapons externally with engines which can be seen from miles.
     
  2. DrSomnath999

    DrSomnath999 Major RESEARCHER

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    Hmm !!

    yes it's engines is a blast furnace .
    Man!! its engine exhausts are a facepalm in the name of IR stealth :suicide:

    CHEERS
     
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    Syrian army sends reinforcements toward border with Iraq: rebels
    Sun May 14, 2017 | 8:33pm EDT

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi | AMMAN


    The Syrian army aided by Iranian-backed militias was moving troops to a desert region near its border with Iraq and Jordan just as U.S. backed rebels are consolidating control in an area from which Islamic State militants had recently pulled out, rebel sources and commanders said on Monday.

    They said their intelligence showed that hundreds of Syrian troops and Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias with tanks and heavy equipment had moved in the last few days to the town of Sabaa Biyar, in a sparsely populated desert territory that goes all the way to the Jordanian and Iraqi border known as the Syrian Badia.

    The remote town near the strategic Damascus-Baghdad highway was captured by the army and its allies last week as they seek to prevent areas left by the hardline militants from falling into the hands of Western-backed moderate Free Syrian Army(FSA) rebels say.

    "They have sent big reinforcements from artillery, to tanks and armored vehicles," said Major Issam Al Reis, the spokesperson for the so-called Southern Front group of Western-backed FSA rebel groups.

    The Syrian army was not immediately available for comment.

    The Syrian army has been alarmed by two months of FSA advances against Islamic State that allowed the rebels to secure a large swathe of sparsely populated territory stretching from the town of Bir Qassab, some 50 km (30 miles) southeast of Damascus, all the way to the borders with Iraq and Jordan.

    "The regime's plan is to reach the Iraqi-Syrian border and cut the road on our advance further toward the north east against Islamic State's strongholds there after they lost territory in the Badia," al Reis said.

    The Syrian government warplanes struck rebel outposts near the borders with Jordan and Iraq last Tuesday. In the last few days they also stepped up surveillance missions in the Badia and struck rebel outposts in the town of Bir Qassab.

    But the push by the Syrian army and its Iranian backed allies could risk bringing them to close to the Tanf base near the Iraqi border where U.S. special forces operate and train FSA rebels, rebels said.

    The base is being expanded to become a launching pad for operations to oust militants from the eastern province of Deir Zor, that straddles Iraq, from the south east of Syria, regional intelligence sources say.

    But the presence of Iranian-backed militias from Iraq and Lebanon's Hezbollah in that area has alarmed Jordan, a U.S. ally, which backs the moderate rebel groups.

    Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said the kingdom did not accept the presence of these Shi'ite militias as much they fought the threat of the ultra-hardline radical Sunnis.

    The kingdom has long been trying to prevent opposition-held southern Syria from falling to Islamic State.

    Rebels say the ultimate goal of the Syrian army's push in the Badia was to link its forces with Iraq's Shi'ite paramilitary groups on the other side of the border.

    The Shi'ite troops launched an offensive on Friday to drive the militants from the desert region near the border with Syria. [L8N1IE3SN]. Iraqi Shi'ite militia leaders said they hoped to link up with Syrian government forces.

    The Damascus-Baghdad highway was a major weapons supply route for Iranian weapons into Syria until Islamic State seized large territory along the Iraqi Syrian border, regional intelligence sources says.

    Rebels say they have begun this week to target outposts they believed were manned by Iranian backed militias.

    "The Syrian desert will not accept new occupiers it got rid of Baghdadi's caliphate (Islamic States head) not so that Iran's terrorist militias take its place. It is our strategic depth," said Captain Ahmed Tamer, the head of the Ahmed Abdo Martyrs Forces.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-border-idUSKCN18B01D



    Likely a move to bolster the Assad regime's position and increase Iranian-Russian control of the situation in both Iraq and Syria.
    Interesting is the position of US and it's presence in Tanf Base.
     
  4. Hellfire

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    Over 2,000 rebels, families evacuate Damascus district: state media
    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi | AMMAN


    More than 2,000 rebels and their family members have left the devastated district of Qaboun on the edge of the Syrian capital Damascus after more than two months of aerial strikes and artillery shelling, state media said on Sunday.

    The rebels had agreed overnight to a secret evacuation deal after being cornered in a small pocket of Qaboun, which lies on the northeastern edge of Damascus. The area has been largely reduced to rubble after being struck by hundreds of aerial strikes and missiles over a period of about 80 days.

    The Syrian army had resumed its intensive bombardment of the district on Wednesday after a one-day ultimatum it gave the rebels mainly drawn from the area to surrender and agree to evacuate to rebel-held areas in northern Syria.

    "The regime has threatened to destroy what is left of Qaboun and will not accept anything but a military solution," Abdullah al Qabouni from the local council of the district told Reuters.

    Hundreds of rebels and their families were evacuated this week from the adjacent Barzeh district after rebels there decided to lay down their arms and leave to rebel-held Idlib province..

    Syrian state media said 2,289 people had left the district to rebel-held Idlib province on Sunday, half of whom were fighters. Rebels put the total figure at more than 1,500 people.

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    FILE PHOTO: A general view shows damaged buildings as seen from the rebel held Qaboun neighborhood of Damascus, Syria March 13, 2016. Picture taken March 13, 2016.

    At least three people were killed when a shooting took place at a bus among a convoy of more than 30 buses ferrying the evacuees northwards out of Damascus, a rebel source said.

    Most of the residents of the once-bustling area, which had sheltered thousands of displaced people from other parts of Syria in the course of the conflict, fled in the last two months as the bombing escalated.

    REBELS UNDER PRESSURE

    The loss of Qaboun following Barzeh is another blow to rebels as they battle to keep a foothold in the capital and face government troops who are supported by Russian air power and Iranian-backed militias.

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has promoted the use of evacuation deals, along with what his government calls "reconciliation" accords, for rebel-held areas that surrender to the government as a way of reducing bloodshed.

    But the United Nations has criticized both the use of siege tactics which precede such deals and the evacuations themselves as amounting to forcible displacement.

    The Sunni Muslim rebels accuse the government of seeking to evict Sunni inhabitants in these areas in demographic changes they say would eventually pave the way for Iranian-backed Shi'ites who back Assad's rule to take over their homes, a claim the authorities deny.

    Army advances were made possible after tunnels between Qaboun and Barzeh were cut and the army isolated the areas from the rest of the main rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta.

    The tightening of the siege in Qaboun and Barzeh, where tens of thousands of people lived, forced the hands of rebels to eventually agree to deals worked out elsewhere that force them to pull back to northern Syria.

    "They besieged us and even medicines for children or any supplies were no longer left ... and people died of hunger," said Ahmad Khatib, who was among those who left on Friday.

    Rebels say bloody internecine infighting this month has also weakened their resolve. Fighters in Qaboun and Barzeh said they were not sent reinforcements from powerful rebel groups in the Eastern Ghouta district.

    The densely populated rural Eastern Ghouta district of farms and towns has been besieged since 2013. It remains the only major rebel bastion near Damascus and the fall of Qaboun and Barzeh have removed a main line of defense that protected it, rebels say.



    (Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Dan Grebler and Gareth Jones)


    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-capital-idUSKBN1890W2
     
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    U.S. hikes 'combat power' in Syria, with eye on Iran-backed militia

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    A copy of leaflets, with English-language translation, that were dropped by the U.S. military in southern Syria in recent days to advise Iran-backed forces to depart an area near a garrison used by U.S. and U.S.-backed forces as tensions mount are shown in this handout... REUTERS


    By Phil Stewart | WASHINGTON

    The U.S. military said on Thursday it had bolstered its "combat power" in southern Syria, warning that it viewed Iran-backed fighters in the area as a threat to nearby coalition troops fighting Islamic State.

    The remarks by a Baghdad-based spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State was the latest sign of tension in the region, where the United States has forces at the base around the Syrian town of At Tanf supporting local fighters.

    "We have increased our presence and our footprint and prepared for any threat that is presented by the pro-regime forces," said the spokesman, U.S. Army Colonel Ryan Dillon, referring to Iran-backed forces supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Dillon estimated that a small number of Iran-backed forces had remained inside a so-called "deconfliction" zone meant to ensure the safety of U.S.-led coalition forces since a May 18 U.S. strike on their advancing formation.

    Meanwhile, a larger number had been massing directly outside the zone, which was agreed between the United States and Russia, which is supporting Assad.

    "We see that as a threat," Dillon said.

    The U.S. military has also dropped about 90,000 leaflets this week warning the fighters inside the zone to depart, one U.S. official said. Reuters had previously reported on the leaflet drop, citing Hammurabi Justice, a website linked to U.S.-backed Syrian rebel forces known as the Maghawir al Thwra group.

    A copy of the leaflets provided to Reuters by the Pentagon told the Iran-backed fighters that any movement toward the At Tanf garrison "will be seen as hostile intent and we will defend our forces."

    "You are within an established deconfliction zone, leave the area immediately," another read.

    This southeastern area of the Syrian desert, known as the Badia, has become an important front in Syria's civil war between Assad, backed by Iran and Shi'ite militias, and rebels seeking to oust him.

    They are competing to capture land held by Islamic State, which is retreating as it comes under intense attack in Iraq and along Syria's Euphrates basin.

    Western-backed Syrian rebels said on Wednesday that Russian jets attacked them as they tried to advance against Iran-backed militias.

    U.S.-backed rebels took Tanf from Islamic State last year, and regional intelligence sources say they mean to use it as a launchpad to capture Bukamal, a town on Syria's border with Iraq and an important jihadist supply route.

    The coalition's presence in Tanf, on the Damascus-Baghdad highway, was also meant to stop Iran-backed groups from opening an overland route between Iraq and Syria, the sources say.

    Damascus has declared the Badia and Deir al-Zor priorities in its campaign to re-establish control over Syria, which has been shattered by six years of a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people.


    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-syria-idUSKBN18S6A9?il=0



    Likelihood of direct confrontation between SAA-Militia and US SFs? I am banking on it to occur as the combination will not like to leave US in place there.
     
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    Latest ISIS propaganda video.Look at the production quality.

     
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    America using White Phosporous in Mosul

     
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    White phosphorus is banned for use on civilians. Syria does it - it is struck who will strike US?
     
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    Can you take PANGA with a GOON?

    US is the biggest GOON on planet.
     
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    China can properly challenge US in 10-15 years and India in 20-25 years.Until then US has a free run.
     
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    Not that easily, until & unless the the dollar as a reserve currency is finished.

    All the financial transactions in the world are controlled by US or Western World, like SWIFT, NEFT, Card Gateways like VISA, MASTER, AMEX, etc. These countries can easily break the financial backbone of any country like they did with Russia and to some extent with Iran. Even China is vulnerable but if they take action against China it will boomerang on them, since China has huge amounts of US treasury bonds with which they can disrupt dollar's value.

    For this reason China and now even GOI is taking steps by making their own Card gateways like RUPAY by India and now they are in process of implementing National SWIFT code like code, so in future all the Card Transaction with country will go through RUPAY Gateway and all national money transfer will go through National SWIFT code like code. Only International Card Payments/Transaction and money transfer will use VISA/MASTER and SWIFT Code, making India financial sanction proof to a great extent (nationally) but we will still be dependent on SWIFT and Card Gateways for International transactions, same for China too.
     
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    Islamic State press release
     
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