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Syria Crisis: News, Updates & Discussion

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

  1. sangos

    sangos Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    Comparison between US-led coalition & Russian airstrikes against ISIS oil


    A contest between Godzilla and Bambi considering its just a few Putin's older planes. Now thats one paper dino ;XD
     
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    Russian airstrikes in Syria killed 2,000 civilians in six months

    Rights groups and observers lay bare human cost of Moscow’s campaign as Putin declares military drawdown


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    Russian airstrikes in Damascus in February. Moscow claimed it carried out only surgical strikes on ‘terrorists’, but victims and fighters say bombers strayed well behind frontlines. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
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    Russian airstrikes in Syria have killed about 2,000 civilians in six months of attacks on markets, hospitals, schools and homes, rights groups and observers say, warning that plans for a military drawdown may not mean an end to the deaths.

    Moscow has insisted it carried out only surgical strikes on “terrorists”, but victims and fighters say bombers strayed well behind frontlines in areas far from strongholds of Islamic State or al-Qaida fighters.

    Jets appear to have intentionally bombed civilian areas, in a campaign to spread fear and clear areas where government ground troops were planning to advance. Coalition airstrikes led by the US have also killed civilians, but have stricter rules of engagement.

    “Any strategic benefits of Russia’s intervention have come at a bloody cost to civilians, with all local casualty recorders in agreement that 2,000 or more non-combatants have died,” said Chris Woods, director of monitoring organisation Airwars which collects and evaluates casualty reports.



    “Thousands more opposition fighters have also died, in a Russian campaign which has outstripped the coalition both in terms of tempo and aggressiveness,” Woods said.

    Many children have been among the dead, including a five-year-old whose death was documented by the Guardian, killed along with a cousin and her grandfather soon after the bombing raids began.

    The Violations Documentation Centre, which provides public notes on the location of attacks by all sides, with details including names and ages of the dead where possible, puts the civilian toll from Russian strikes over 2,000 by mid-March.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the civilian death toll at over 1,700 at the end of February, its latest update, and the Syrian Network for Human Rights gave an even higher figure at the same time.

    The airforce of President Bashar al-Assad was notorious for dropping indiscriminate “barrel bombs” on rebel-held areas before Moscow stepped up its intervention last autumn, and is likely to continue attacks in coming months. But Russian planes have more sophisticated weapons and are less restricted by the weather.

    “With fewer Russian forces active in Syria, civilians – especially medics – may feel they’ll get some much-needed respite from attacks which have already killed hundreds of Syrian civilians,” said Amnesty International UK’s Syria campaign manager Kristyan Benedict.

    But he warned that with extensive military infrastructure for Russian forces now in place, and bombing still under way, civilians should not assume they would be more secure.

    “Extreme caution is still necessary – Russian forces and military hardware remain in Syria, and Putin no doubt exercises the option of sending them back. Meanwhile, his forces are still bombing in Syria even now, so we’re fully expecting yet more hospitals and civilian homes to be hit.”

    The cost of the campaign to civilians has not just been counted in lives, but in the destruction of basic facilities from clean water supplies to field hospitals that had survived or been patched up over five years of war.
     
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    The deaths and destruction helped push tens of thousands of Syrians to flee their homes in targeted areas, some crossing into Turkey or heading on to Europe, others gathering in refugee camps inside Syria.

    In an upcoming report, the Atlantic Council together with the investigative citizen journalism team Bellingcat, has detailed how civilian targets were considered an acceptable part of a campaign to undermine the armed opposition to Isis and Assad.

    Bombing raids hit vital civilian facilities, claiming they were oil refineries.

    “In at least two of the airstrike videos from the post-17 November period, videos of what the Russian defence ministry identified as oil refineries were, in actuality, a water treatment plant and grain silos,” the report, due out in early April, will say.

    Russian forces also used cluster munitions which are particularly dangerous to civilians, the report says, citing video reports from Russian airbases where the bombs were clearly visible.

    Amnesty International said in a March report that Russian and government forces were deliberately targeting hospitals and other medical facilities to empty towns around Aleppo of civilians, attacks which killed at least three civilians and injured more than 40. Amnesty said the bombings were war crimes.

    “Syrian and Russian forces have been deliberately attacking health facilities in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law. But what is truly egregious is that wiping out hospitals appears to have become part of their military strategy,” said Tirana Hassan, crisis response director at Amnesty International.

    “The latest string of attacks on health facilities north of Aleppo appears to be part of a pattern of attacks on medics and hospitals, a strategy that has destroyed scores of medical facilities and killed hundreds of doctors and nurses since the start of the conflict.”

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said nearly 1,500 opposition troops and more than 1,100 Isis militants had been killed in Russian bombings by the end of February.
     
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    The reason for the greater destructiveness of Russian attacks is more chilling. Where coalition warplanes almost exclusively launch laser- or GPS-guided “precision” munitions, Russian planes have been carpeting Syria with unguided cluster bombs, each scattering lethal explosives over an area the size of a football field or larger, indiscriminately wiping out militants, rebels and civilians alike in a single pass.

    A sustained Feb. 15 cluster-bomb attack on Aleppo destroyed an entire neighborhood, reportedly damaging five hospitals and two schools and killing no fewer than 50 people. The U.N. condemned the bombardment “blatant violations of international law.”
     
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    Russia's Half-Baked Air War in Syria
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    Russian forces in Syria appear to be using a mix of precision-guided munitions (PGM) and “dumb” unguided weapons over that war-ravaged nation.

    While U.S. officials say that the Russian forces are dropping unguided weapons, Russian footage and imagery from Syria shows that at least some of the weapons being dropped are precision-guided. While it is impossible to independently verify what kind of munitions the Russians are using short of being on the ground in Latakia, there may be an explanation for the diverging narratives.
    The Russian are might be in a situation where they only have a relatively small stock of PGMs available. Moreover, the Russians might not want or even be able to afford to use up their PGM stockpiles in Syria. Indeed, U.S. allies in Europe were running critically short of PGMs during the 2011 Libya campaign—which was a very limited campaign against a relatively primitive enemy. Even the U.S. military has run low on certain types of PGMs at times given the ridiculously high ops-tempo that the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps air arms have seen over the past two decades.

    Thus while the Russian have been seen deploying weapons like the KAB-500 and KAB-250—which comes in laser, electro-optical and satellite-guided variants—on their Sukhoi Su-34 Fullbacks or the Kh-29 and Kh-25 on the Su-24 Fencer and Su-25 Frogfoot, the Russians might be using those weapons sparingly for reasons known only to them. Similarly, the air-superiority oriented Su-30SM Flankers have not been seen carrying the R-77 active radar-guided air-to-air missiles in Syria but rather the older less-capable R-27 missile.

    But relying on unguided dumb bombs means that accuracy necessarily suffers and the risk to the pilots flying those missions increases. “The nice thing about precision weapons is you don’t have to be as good as with general purpose bombs/weapons,” a senior naval aviator told me. “Laser-guided bombs and GPS-enabled weapons make delivery much simpler.”

    Indeed, as the Gulf War Airpower Survey notes, manual bombing without precision-guided weapons work best at altitudes below 10,000ft above ground level. But while accuracy is increased when flying below 10,000ft, aircraft operating at those altitudes are vulnerable to ground fire for guns—even small arms—and man-portable surface-to-air missiles. Above that, even at altitudes between 10,000ft and 15,000ft accuracy suffers greatly even as survivability is greatly increased as the Pentagon discovered.

    The Russians are likely facing that same dilemma in Syria. But then in previous years, Russian forces have not shown much concern about causing collateral damage even domestically inside Russia itself. Russian forces more or less flattened the city of Grozny during the various conflicts in Chechnya. It’s not likely that the Russians hold Syrians in higher regard.
     
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    Nusra=Kebab, sorry usa.
     
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    Cluster bomb?
     
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    https://foreignpolicy.com/2016/06/0...ers-to-the-med-in-throwback-to-iraq-invasion/

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    U.S. Navy Sends Two Aircraft Carriers to the Med in Throwback to Iraq Invasion
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    The Obama administration has deployed two aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean Sea for the first time since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. The ships are expected to launch strikes on the Islamic State across Syria and Iraq — the very country President Barack Obama promised to disentangle the United States from when he was running for office in 2008.

    The returning double punch brings some much-needed firepower against the Islamic State as U.S. aircraft back up Iraqi forces in reclaiming the cities of Fallujah and Mosul, and Sunni rebels and Kurdish fighters who are battling it out with the Islamist group across northern Syria.

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    The presence of two carrier strike groups will “support European allies and partners, deter potential threats and are capable of conducting operations in support of the counter-ISIL mission,” Lt. Col. Dave Westover, U.S. European Command spokesman, said in a statement Wednesday. ISIL is an acronym for the Islamic State.

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    Thirteen years ago, the USS Harry S. Truman and USS Theodore Rooseveltbombed Iraqi army targets from the Med in the opening days of the U.S. invasion. They were part of a force of six U.S. carriers in Mideast waterways for the battle. Now the Truman is back in the Med, where it was joined Wednesday by the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which U.S. defense officials expect will soon begin striking the Islamic State.

    The Truman left the Persian Gulf last week after a seven-month tour and was stationed in the eastern Mediterranean by Friday. Over the weekend, it began hitting Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria, and its aircraft have flown 40 sorties and dropped 35 bombs on insurgent positions, a Navy official told Foreign Policy. The Truman is scheduled to head back to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, in July. The Eisenhower, meanwhile, will take over theTruman’s mission, but based in the Gulf.

    During its tour in the Gulf, the Truman contributed about 25 percent of the firepower in the ongoing air war, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told reporters at the Pentagon last month. It was so critical that earlier this year, the Navy extended its deployment by 30 days, which it is now finishing up with its handoff to the Eisenhower.

    The two ships operating together comes just months after Washington ran out of flattops to send to the fight. After the Roosevelt left the Gulf in October, there was a two-month gap — the first since 2007 — between carrier deployments there. Navy officials said the gap was necessary to shorten sailors’ deployments after years of extending them, and to do critical repairs and refitting that were prevented earlier by requirements to have two carrierscontinuously stationed in the Persian Gulf between 2011 and 2013.
     
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    The Russian AC docking next. Crowded Mediterranean sea.
     
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    Only these guys have the firepower to cut off ISIS's head.
     
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    https://us.yahoo.com/news/iraqi-commander-fallujah-fully-liberated-082637513.html

    Iraqi commander: Fallujah 'fully liberated' from IS
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    BAGHDAD (AP) — A senior Iraqi commander declared that the city of Fallujah was "fully liberated" from Islamic State group militants on Sunday, after a more than monthlong military operation.

    Iraqi troops have entered the northwestern al-Julan neighborhood, the last area of Fallujah to remain under IS control, the head of the counterterrorism forces in the operation, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, told The Associated Press.

    Al-Saadi said the operation, which began in late May, "is done and the city is fully liberated." The Iraqi army was backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and paramilitary troops, mostly Shiite militias.

    "From the center of al-Julan neighborhood, we congratulate the Iraqi people and the commander in chief...and declare that the Fallujah fight is over," he told Iraqi state TV, flanked by military officers and soldiers. Some of the soldiers were shooting in the air, chanting and waving the Iraqi flag.

    He added that troops will start working on removing bombs from the city's streets and buildings.

    The announcement comes more than a week after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory in Fallujah after Iraqi forces advanced into the city center and took control of a government complex. While al-Abadi pledged the remaining pockets of IS fighters would be cleared out within hours, fierce clashes on the city's northern and western edges persisted for days.

    The operation has fueled an exodus of thousands of families, overwhelming camps for the displaced run by the government and aid groups.

    According to the U.N. Refugee Agency, more than 85,000 people have fled Fallujah and the surrounding area since the offensive began. Like other aid agencies, the UNHCR warned of the dire conditions in the camps, where temperatures are well over 40 degrees (104 Fahrenheit) and shelter is limited, calling for more funds to meet the mounting needs of the displaced.

    Fallujah has been under the control of Islamic State militants since January 2014.

    Fallujah, which is located in Anbar province about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, was the first city to fall to IS in January 2014. During an insurgency waged by IS group's militant predecessor, al-Qaida in Iraq, Fallujah was the scene of some of the bloodiest urban combat with American forces. In 2004, more than 100 U.S. troops died and another 1,000 were wounded fighting insurgents in house-to-house battles.

    IS extremists still control significant areas in northern and western Iraq, including the country's second-largest city of Mosul. The group declared an Islamic caliphate on the territory it holds in Iraq and Syria and at the height of its power was estimated to hold nearly a third of each country.

    In total, more than 3.3 million Iraqis have fled their homes since IS swept across northern and western Iraq in the summer of 2014, according to U.N. figures. More than 40 percent of the displaced are from Anbar province,
     
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    2 Russian pilots killed as ISIS shoots down chopper near Palmyra – MoD
    Published time: 9 Jul, 2016 16:59Edited time: 9 Jul, 2016 18:47
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    The Ministry of Defense stated that due to the skillful actions of the crew the terrorists were thrown back and the attack had been thwarted.

    However, their helicopter was shot down by terrorists as it was turning to head back to the base.

    Having spent their ammunition, while turning back to the base, the helicopter was shot down by terrorists from the ground and crashed in an area controlled by the Syrian government. The crew did not survive,” Russia’s defense ministry said, adding that both pilots will posthumously receive state awards for their actions.

    Russia’s Interfax news agency reported, citing a source in the Russian military, that the helicopter had been downed with the aid of an American TOW antitank missile system.
    According to reports, terrorists used the American TOW system to down the helicopter, which, having exhausted its ammunition, was on the course back to the base at an extremely low altitude,” the source is quoted as saying.

    Friday’s tragedy puts the number of Russian military casualties in Syria at 10.

    In June, serviceman Anton Erygin suffered fatal wounds after falling under militant fire while guarding a Russian center for reconciliation convoy in Homs province.

    Earlier in April, Russia paid its respects to Lt. Aleksandr Prokhorenko, who called in artillery fire on his own position after being surrounded by the terrorists near the Syrian city of Palmyra.

    READ MORE: YPG secure & return ‘Russian Rambo’ of Palmyra’s body

    Prokhorenko, dubbed ‘Russian Rambo’ by international media, was awarded the title of Hero of Russia for his feat.

    https://www.rt.com/news/350336-isis-russia-helicopter-killed/
     
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    A few korny gifts to the Taliban might prove good bargaining chip.
     

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