Sunday, September 24, 2017

FSAALE.

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I found this to be mildly surprising. Hmong hill-tribesmen, people from Laos, having fought first for the French and then the Americans during both Indo-China Wars, having found refuge and evidently prospering in South America.

FSAALE.  Federation of Foreign Legion Alumni Societies.

3 REI Legion-Etrangere. French Foreign Legion Third Infantry Regiment, French Guyana.

Commemorative ceremony honoring Hmong that fought and died with the French Union troops during the First Indo-China War.

"On June 26, 2017 at 11:00 am, the inauguration of the memorial to the Hmong fallen in Indochina between 1945-54 in the service of France took place in the village of Javouhey."

"The Hmongs of the community of French Guiana have been mainly present in Cacao and Javouhey for forty years. They are the main fruit and vegetable producers in the department. They were gathered on 26 June to honor their forefathers who had died for France."

"At that ceremony, the Vice-Prefect of Guyana, Claude VO DINH, and General-General Pierre-Jean DUPONT, armed forces in Guyana."

"The Legion was represented by a picket [guards] from a section of the 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment currently on a short-term mission to French Guiana."

"The Amicale des Anciens of the Foreign Legion Guyana, in the person of its president and its flag bearer, wanted to witness this important moment, grateful to the People [Hmong]."


Nous n'oublions pas!

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Yemeni.

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For some reason these are the type of images I like!

Yemeni insurgents old and new. The proverbial motley crew but very dangerous and not to be underestimated under any circumstances. In a fifty year period armaments have changed but the person wielding the weapon not so much.

To the images:


Yemeni tribesmen circa 1960's loyal to their king and in opposition to the rebels [Republicans] during the North Yemen Civil War. Thanks to the Internet web site SOFREP for the image. Yemeni tribesmen noted for their marksmanship and sharpshooting skills.


Houthi rebels from that current conflict in Yemen. Bolt-action rifles replaced with AK. As can be seen in this image a well-dressed Yemeni always carrying his jambiya [dagger]. I doubt marksmanship and sharpshooting skills have diminished that much in the interim and hardly dare to place myself in a position to find out! No combat boots needed either.

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North Yemen.

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As it was in the past, as it is NOW!

Current events in Yemen remarkably resemble those that occurred fifty years ago!! Very vaguely was I aware of events from so long ago now. I needed to refresh my memory.

The North Yemen Civil War.

"The North Yemen Civil War . . . was fought in North Yemen from 1962 to 1970 between royalist partisans of the Mutawakkilite Kingdom and supporters of the Yemen Arab Republic. The war began with a coup d'├ętat carried out in 1962 by revolutionary republicans led by the army under the command of Abdullah as-Sallal, who dethroned the newly crowned Imam Muhammad al-Badr and declared Yemen a republic under his presidency. The Imam escaped to the Saudi Arabian border where he rallied popular support from northern Shia tribes to retake power, escalating shortly to a full-scale civil war."

THESE "NORTHERN SHIA TRIBES" AS REFERRED TO WHAT IS CALLED TODAY HOUTHI?

Combatants during the North Yemen Civil War on both sides to INCLUDE those home-grown military units [for the king and against the king], proxy forces, foreign interventionists and at least on the Royalist side a sprinkling of mercenaries.

Egypt military aid to the Republicans massive but to no avail. The Yemeni tribesmen resilient, quite effective at waging guerrilla warfare.

IT HAVING BEEN ALLEGED [PROVEN?] THE EGYPTIANS IN THEIR CAMPAIGN TO ERADICATE THE ROYALISTS USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS [MUSTARD AGENT] IN YEMEN.

That current Houthi rebellion consisting of indigenous dissident Shia Yemeni and a whole host of outside interventionists, opportunists, proxies, etc. NOT exactly the same as it was fifty years ago but close.

Read previous blog entries the topic of which is the Houthi rebellion in Yemen:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/04/yemen-usa.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/03/mokha.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/10/bab-al-mandeb.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/10/irgc-yemen.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/10/houthi-yemen.html

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Falcon AIM-4.

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"By the beginning of June, we all hated the new AIM-4 Falcon missiles. I loathed the damned useless things. I wanted my Sidewinders back. In two missions I had fired seven or eight of the bloody things and not one guided. They were worse than I had anticipated. Sometimes they refused to launch; sometimes they just cruised off into the blue without guiding. In the thick of an engagement with my head twisting and turning, trying to keep track of friend and foe, I'd forget which of the four I had (already) selected and couldn't tell which of the remaining was perking and which head was already expiring on its launch rail. Twice upon returning to base I had the tech rep go over the switchology and firing sequences. We never discovered I was doing anything wrong". - - Colonel Robin Olds, speaking of the AIM-4 experience in Vietnam.

As it was in the skies over Vietnam fifty years ago, so as it is now in the skies over Syria today!! Before there was Sidewinder there was Falcon!!

Thanks to the outstanding Internet web site isegoria.net this item of interest and additionally the rest of the story. Thank you isegoria.

"Missiles fail, especially air-to-air ones"

AMERICAN SIDEWINDER AS USED IN AERIAL COMBAT OVER SYRIAN AIRSPACE FAILING!! BUT NOT TO WORRY?

"What’s also worth discussing is the conjecture surrounding the AIM-9X’s failure in this engagement. By the panel’s account it sounded as if the AIM-9X just went stupid/malfunctioned on its own .. . . Missiles fail, especially air-to-air ones. They are complex devices that get battered around under high gravitational forces and slammed down onto carrier decks and runways throughout their lifetime  . . . Regardless, that doesn’t mean that is what happened in this instance or that the AIM-9X is somehow a lousy missile because of it."


Here this image courtesy the USAF and DoD for a sense of scale of the AIM-4 air-air missile. Combat effectiveness of this missile rated as POOR!

Again, before there was Sidewinder, there was Falcon. AIM-4 air-air missile. Generally conceded to be a major failure. From the wiki that "Operational history" of the Falcon:

"The Air Force deployed AIM-4 in May 1967 during the Vietnam War on the new F-4D Phantom II, which carried it on the inner wing pylons and was not wired to carry the AIM-9 Sidewinder. The missile's combat performance was very poor . . . The weapon was unpopular with pilots from the onset and was supplemented or partially withdrawn in 1969, to be replaced in the F-4D by the Sidewinder after retrofitting the proper wiring."

With these air-air missiles, as it was in the beginning, as it is now, as it always will be, world without end? We might like to think otherwise. But probably guess again.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Main Force.

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BEST light infantry in the world their advance stalled and stymied?

Hezbollah infantry [described as such by the # 3 man in the FBI] further assault on Deir Ez-Zor stymied!

Yet once more from DEBKAfile:

"Most pro-Syrian forces fighting ISIS in E. Syria are Hizballah"

15 September.

"DEBKAfile's military sources report exclusively on Thursday that Hizballah troops account for the majority of the pro-Syrian forces fighting in southeastern Syria during the last week, especially in the area of Deir ez-Zour. The Hizballah forces have run into strong resistance from ISIS forces and have not been able to defeat them."

"Unlike the battles along the Syria-Lebanon border two weeks ago, where Hizballah and the Lebanese army faced scattered forces of ISIS and the Nusra Front, Hizballah now faces the main ISIS army arrayed in the Syrian desert and the Euphrates Valley, and has so far failed to break through or defeat it."

Read previous blog entry the three-year long siege of  Deir Ez-Zor purportedly lifted:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/09/clare-raqqa.html

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Shoigu.

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WHO will be first? That is the question?

Once more from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter:

Prestige is at stake. NO ONE wants to be second.

"Shoigu in Damascus, Tehran for anti-ISIS drive"

13 September.

"After a tense conversation with Bashar Assad in Damascus Tuesday, Sept. 12, DEBKAfile's military and intelligence sources discovered the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had flown secretly to Tehran the next day. He then proceeded directly to Sochi to brief President Vladimir Putin on his mission, which was to assert Russian control of Syrian-Iranian-Hizballah operations against ISIS on the Syrian-Iraqi border."

. . . .

"As of Wednesday evening, the SDF [combined Kurdish-Arab forces allied in opposition to ISIL] was just 6 km away from Deir Ez-Zour, ahead of the Russian-backed armies which were taking the brunt of ISIS attacks."

Hezbollah overland relief of the besieged Syrian army garrison vicinity Deir Ez-Zor stalled?

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5th Corps.

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Yet more from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter.

"Syrian/Hizballah forces seize Jordan's border, rebels on Israeli border about to quit"

11 September.

REBELS AS SPOKEN ABOUT THOSE OF THE FREE SYRIAN ARMY, THOSE IN OPPOSITION TO THE DESPOT ASSAD.

"DEBKAfile's military sources report that Syrian army's 5th Corps units and Hizballah elite brigades Sunday began taking over the Jordanian frontier, including sections close to the Syrian border with Israel. Neither the Jordanian army nor the IDF intervened. Seeing the rebel groups of southeastern and western Syria crumbling, Assad's army and Hizballah marched in."

THIS IS THE AL TANF BORDER CROSSING? IRANIANS NOW HAVE A SECURE OVERLAND SUPPLY ROUTE MUCH MORE ABLE TO SUSTAIN PROXY FORCES IN LEAGUE WITH ASSAD?

THE ISRAELI WILL CONSIDER THIS EVENT AS A THREAT TO THEIR SECURITY?

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