Saturday, October 21, 2017

Kirkuk V.

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 Herewith from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter the topic Kirkuk and an Israeli appreciation/perspective:

1. "Iran-backed Iraqi ultimatum to Kurds to leave Kirkuk. First test for Trump's threat to Rev Guards"

14 October.

"Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar Al-Abadi Saturday night, Oct. 14, gave the Kurdish Peshmerga an ultimatum to surrender the positions in the Kirkuk oil region they have held since pushing ISIS out three years ago, and also cancel the Kurdish Republic's Sept. 25 independence vote."

2. "Iranian Guards Soleimani holds talks with Kurds"

15 October.

"Iran's Revolutionary Guards Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani arrived in Irbil Sunday, stepping into the Kurdish disputes with Baghdad over Kirkuk and their Sept.25 independence referendum."

3. "Kurds say Iranian Guards in Iraqi military buildup against them"

15 October.

"We [Kurdish forces] have intelligence that the Iranian army and Revolutionary Guards are among the Iraqi army and Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Military Units) militia attacking us," said Shwan Shamerani, commander of the Peshmerga second brigade in Kirkuk Saturday. Kurdish commanders accused the Iraqi army of cooperating with 'foreign forces.'"

4. "Iran and Iraq go to war with the Kurds over Kirkuk. Rev Guards take part in defiance of US"

16 October.

"An Iranian-Iraqi war on the semi-autonomous . . . DEBKAfile's military and intelligence sources report that pro-Iranian Shiite militias were the spearhead of the operation, fighting under the direct command of Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Gen. Qassem Soleimani."

5. "Iraqi-Iranian forces take Kirkuk's oil field against zero Kurdish resistance"

16 October.

"Tehran chalked up a major victory Monday when Iraqi Shiite militias under the orders of the Revolutionary Guards' Qassem Soleimini, alongside the Iraqi army, delivered the Kirkuk oil center to Baghdad after a short operation. The Kurdish Peshmerga surprised by showing hardly any resistance after a group of their units deserted . . . In less than a day therefore, the Iraqi-Iranian force recaptured most of the oil fields around Kirkuk, which the Kurds had held for three years since the Iraqi army fled the advancing Islamic State and they stepped in to drive them out."

6. "US threatens to shoot down any Iraqi warplane targeting Kurds"

16 October.

"Iraqi and Kurdish sources reported Monday that the US had warned the Al-Abadi government against deploying the Iraqi air force against Kurdish targets in the fighting which erupted around the oil town of Kirkuk Monday. The US Air Force would shoot the Iraqi planes down, Baghdad was warned."

7. "Iran's Rev Guards set up command post and 5 bases in Kirkuk"

18 October.

"Military sources in Iraqi reported Wednesday that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) operational Al Qods arm had planted a command center and five bases in the Iraqi oil town of Kirkuk two days after driving the Kurds out"

8. "Russia's Rosneft takes control of main Kurdistan oil pipeline"

20 October.

"Rosneft's investment in the Kurdish oil pipeline is estimated as totaling about $1.8 billion. It was announced Thursday, four days after the Iraqi army and pro-Iranian militias captured the oil city of Kirkuk from Iraqi Kurdistan."

THAT 25 SEPTEMBER "INDEPENDENCE VOTE" IN ACTUALITY A NON-BINDING REFERENDUM.

ALSO TREACHERY AT WORK HERE? THE KURDISH PESHMERGA FIGHTERS HAVING OCCUPIED KIRKUK SINCE 2014 HAVE BEEN BETRAYED OTHER KURDISH ELEMENTS?

This whole story needs to play itself out and big time.

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Kirkuk IV.

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Oil and Oil!!

Additional items of interest regarding the Kirkuk situation. Oil deposits known and possible vicinity Kirkuk the source of this discord?

1. "After Lightning Offensive, Kirkuk Is Now Fully Under Iraqi Military Control"

Iraq's military has effectively gained control of major assets and government buildings in Kirkuk city, and is now set to fully pacify it after overnight clashes at a moment when oil prices rose toward a six month high as the conflict now threatens output.

2. "Casualties Reported After Iraqi Troops Enter Oil Rich Kurdish City Of Kirkuk; Oil Spikes"

In a major escalation involving the disputed Iraqi Kurdish region, which last month declared independence following a referendum which was not recognized by any of its neighbors or Baghdad

3. "Barrels, ballots and ISIS: Why Iraq is taking back Kirkuk, and what the US will do about it"

Baghdad’s military incursion into Kurdish-controlled Kirkuk shows that the carve-up of the post-Islamic State landscape in the Middle East is in full swing, and leaves the US bemoaning its repeated failure to influence the region as two of its sponsored allies face off against each other.

4. "Iraqi Troops Capture Kirkuk Airport From Kurds - Statement"

Tensions between Baghdad and Kirkuk have further escalated following the Iraqi Kurdistan's independence referendum with Iraqi troops conducting an operation in the region.

KIRKUK APPARENTLY NOT WITHIN THAT KURDISH AUTONOMOUS [SEMI-AUTONOMOUS?] REGION AS UNDERSTOOD FROM GENERALLY ACCEPTED BOUNDARY LINES. KIRKUK UNDER SIEGE FROM THE ISLAMIC STATE IN 2014, THE KURDISH DEFENDERS SUCCESSFUL AT THAT TIME.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Bernardo G.

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From the History.Net Internet web site herewith an aspect of the American Revolutionary War I was 100 % totally unfamiliar with. I recommend highly this article portions of which as extracted for your perusal to all devoted readers of the blog without qualification or reservation.

France as is well known aiding and abetting the cause of the American colonialists. Spain I was not aware also in league with the Thirteen Colonies in rebellion against the English..

1. "America’s Spanish Savior: Bernardo de Gálvez"

"The Spanish circumvented the British navy’s Eastern Seaboard blockade, using the Mississippi River to supply the colonial rebels. It was up to Gálvez to keep that line open"

"Over the next two years, Gálvez would lead thousands of Spanish soldiers and scores of ships against the British in what would prove to be the last combat theater of the Revolution. Enduring hurricanes, disease, and difficult, swampy terrain, he and his soldiers forced the British to divert scarce resources and played a little-known but crucial role in pressuring Great Britain to negotiate for peace after seven grueling years of war."


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2. This also. Coalition forces rarely if ever fight well. That combat force as commanded by Galvez an exception to the rule perhaps unique??

"Gálvez had assembled a force of remarkable diversity for the 18th century. The initial troop of more than 600 men comprised 170 veteran soldiers, 330 recruits from Mexico and the Canary Islands, 60 militiamen and local citizens, 80 free blacks, and 7 American volunteers, including Oliver Pollock. Gálvez recruited another 600 men among Louisiana’s German and Acadian immigrants, and 160 Indians. The babel of languages can only be imagined: West African, German, Acadian French, probably Choctaw or Chickasaw, and the Castilian of the Mexicans, Cubans, and peninsular Spaniards, with the Irish lilt of the bilingual Pollock."

The motley crew if there ever was one but nonetheless effective. Mission as accomplished! Superior command leadership ability undoubtedly a major contributing factor.

"A motley crew is an informal expression for a roughly organized assembly of individuals of various backgrounds, appearance, and character. Typical examples of motley crews are pirates, college fraternities, Western posses, rag-tag mercenary bands, freedom fighters, and IT support teams."

No estas olvidado.

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Oz & NK.

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* “'Should Australia continue to follow the US in imposing military, economic and diplomatic pressure upon the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] despite our repeated warnings, they will not be able to avoid a disaster,'” * “'frantic engagement' . . .  'hostile' . . . 'zealously joining frenzied political and military provocations of the US.'” * “'preparing for a war on the Korean Peninsula,' . . .  'reckless remarks and conducts' . . . 'military option.'” * “'allowing themselves to be exploited by Trump's selfish 'America First Policy' at the cost of their own national interests.'”

Australians beware! You have once more been warned! Kim has spoken! Take heed!

Oz = Australia. NK = North Korea.

Thanks to the Russian Times [RT]  Internet web site as reported dire threats and warnings from Comrade Kim as directed toward the Australian nation.

"N. Korea threatens Australia with ‘disaster’ for engagement in US ‘war preparations’"

More than anything else, concentrate on those threats and doggerel of the Pyongyang propagandists!

As has been the topic of a previous blog entry Australian already and has been for some time and continues to be an integral and vital contributor to the United Nations military effort on the Korean peninsula. It is not even a debatable issue.

Yankee imperialist warmonger lackey stooge paid assassin of the Wall Street capitalist big bosses!! The communists have always had and still have a way with the words!!

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Oddball.

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Here yet with one more instance of Hollywood personalities involved in "business" with an actual military dimension.

A rare occurrence the last time prior to Lara Croft/Angelina Jolie Clint Eastwood and William Shatner participants.

Think Kelly [Kelly's Heroes] and Captain Kirk [Star Trek].

 "Left Behind: Cinematic Revisions of the Vietnam POW"

II.   REAGAN OPENS DISCUSSION /RAMBO RESPONDS

"Starting in 1979 and continuing into the early 1980's, POW films would revisit Vietnam and the POW image in super-hero rescue films."

Super-hero rescue films. Such as might have been Lara Croft as played in the cinema by Angelina Jolie!

"One military officer attempted to find out first hand if POWs remained. In 1982, Special Forces Colonel James 'Bo' Gritz organized a search and rescue team with donated money from Clint Eastwood and William Shatner among others, to go into Laos. Eastwood wanted the movies rights if the mission proved successful."

MISSION TO LOCATE OR RECOVER AND REPATRIATE AMERICAN PRISONER-OF-WAR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA UNSUCCESSFUL. BUT THE IDEA AND INTENTION AND FINANCING WERE THERE!!

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Kirkuk III.

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Continuing that situation in Kirkuk and the semi-autonomous regions. The Iraqi National Army and Kurdish peshmerga militia at odds with one another:

1. "Kirkuk: US appeals for calm as allies clash in Iraq - CNN - CNN.com"

"4 hours ago - Baghdad, Iraq (CNN)The United States has made an urgent call for calm in northern Iraq as Kurdish fighters and Iraqi forces -- two of Washington's key allies in the region -- clash over disputed territory. Iraqi forces seized the coveted oil-rich city of Kirkuk on Monday after ..."

2. "US military rushes to defuse looming crisis in Kirkuk after Iraqi army ..."

"1 day ago - Iraqi forces patrol in the streets after they retake the control of the city center from peshmerga forces in Kirkuk, Iraq, on Monday."

3. "Kirkuk: Iraqi forces seize largest oilfields near city - BBC News"

"13 hours ago - Iraqi government forces have taken control of the two largest oilfields near the disputed city of Kirkuk after Kurdish forces left the area."

4. "Kirkuk: The city that highlights Iraq's war within a war - BBC News"

"7 hours ago - Over the last week, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) have redeployed into the capital and oilfields of Iraq's Kirkuk province for the first time since the ..."

5. "Iraqi Forces Sweep Into Kirkuk, Checking Kurdish Independence Drive ..."

"2 days ago - Three weeks after the Kurds voted for independence, Iraqi forces overtook the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk and its valuable oil fields on Monday."

Push has already come to shove. We hope for nothing beyond that. Too much is at stake here. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

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USAFA.

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"We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does." "Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and to live honorably."

Cadets behaving badly and most ashamedly so!!

USAFA = United States Air Force Academy.

From the Russian Internet web site Sputnik:

"Cheating, Hazing, Assault: Misconduct Investigations Rock US Air Force Academy"

"Scandals and investigations have rocked the US Air Force Academy (USAFA), as over a dozen students have been accused of cheating on tests as well as allegations of misconduct in the elite academy’s lacrosse team."

"Thirteen freshmen students at the academy have come under investigation after they were accused of cheating on a test of Air Force knowledge given to new students to test their basic understanding of the US military's history and doctrine."

"'These tests are part of their military instruction and consist of questions related to military history, rank structure and other general knowledge,' . . . 'Because that investigation is ongoing as well, I can't divulge any further details.'" - - Lt. Col. Allen Herritage.

This cheating as alleged can best be described as Jack's Valley stuff. First year cadets EVEN BEFORE THEY BEGIN FRESHMAN CLASSWORK.

We are talking about drill and ceremonies, wearing the uniform, Code of Conduct, Chain of Command type of "stuff". More of less identical to what is taught to any enlisted raw basic training recruit no matter what the service!

Hardly advanced science, technology, engineering, math [STEM] type of material for which the Air Force Academy rates very high and is very proud of.

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