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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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Saudi AF II.

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Conclusion!

AWACS = Airborne Warning And Control Systems.

Yet one more appraisal of Saudi air force combat capability courtesy of Strategy Page. As extracted an evaluation much more sanguine. Observations as made germane to the current intervention in the Yemeni civil war.

"sanguine - [sang-gwin] - adjective - 1. cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident"

"Attrition: Arabs Advance As Aerial Adversaries"

"Iran was less eager to publicize the fact that the Arabs had succeeded in carrying out a sustained air campaign using modern aircraft (mostly F-15s, Tornadoes, Typhoons, F-16s and F-18s) and weapons (GPS and laser guided bombs and missiles) using targeting pods and AWACS aircraft. There were also several Arab operated aerial tankers as well as dozens of helicopter gunships and search and rescue helicopters. All this stuff performed well with Arab crews and under the supervision of Arab commanders."

Saudi aircrews, ground personnel, commanders all showing an unexpected mettle? 

A combination of air power in totality the coordination difficult as best. Combat aviation to include fighter/tanker/rotary wing/AWACS all in a combat role the RSAF their performance on this occasion exemplary!

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Saudi AF I.

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AF = Air Force.

"pa·per ti·ger - noun - a person or thing that appears threatening but is ineffectual."

From the Internet Web site Strategy Page an index to a whole series of articles and forum the topic of which is the Saudi Air Force and their relative inability as a fighting force, top-gun state-of-the-art flying hardware in abundance notwithstanding.

1. "The Royal Saudi Air Force - A Paper Tiger, Minus the Tiger"

"The Royal Saudi Air Force couldn't fight (or fly) it's way out of a wet paper bag. They spent a whole lot of money on 72 new F-15S's, but have a ..."

2. "Attrition: Saudi Arabia Destroys The Yemen Air Force"

"Apr 2, 2015 ... In late March Saudi Arabia destroyed the Yemeni Air Force How that came to be is a strange tale indeed Saudi Arabia began air strikes against ..."

3. "Leadership: Why the Saudi Air Force Will Still Suck"

"Nov 17, 2005 ... Saudi Arabia is out shopping for new warplanes Since Saudi Arabia has the money to buy the best stuff out there, warplane manufacturers are ..."

4. "Murphy's Law: Why Arabs Need Their Foreign Mercenaries"

"Mar 17, 2011 ... March 17, 2011: Saudi Arabia recently bought 72 Typhoon jet fighters from ... they are considered marginally better than other Arab air forces."

5. "Misconceptions about the Royal Saudi Air Force as well as musings."

"please excuse my spelling and grammar, English is a third language to me) First of all regarding the lack of capable Saudi air craft maintenance ..."

6. "How hard to invade Saudi?"

". . . the Saudi air force scored several air-to-air kills against Iraqi fighters during Desert Storm without losing any or just one or two planes ..."

Perspectives of the Saudi air force in all cases harsh, cynical, skeptical!

EVEN OVERWHELMINGLY SO! DESERVED OR NOT THIS IS THE QUESTION/

More to follow.

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Kirkuk II.

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More and continuing updates on the Kirkuk, Iraq situation.

Combat units of the Iraqi National Army and fighters of the Kurdish peshmerga in mortal battle. This is all a simple "dispute" that can be easily mended?/

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

"3 hours ago - Baghdad (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 three ..."

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

"18 hours 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. "Iraqi Kurds' dream of independence seems more elusive than ever"

"The establishment of an independent Kurdistan — a decades-old dream for many people here — was starting to take shape. In a nonbinding referendum held by the Kurds three weeks ago, more than 92% of voters favored breaking away from Iraq. But on Tuesday, the dream all but died."

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

"5 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."

JUST AT THAT EXACT MOMENT WHEN THE COMMON FOE THE ISLAMIC STATE IS ON THE ROPES AND EVERYONE IS PREPARING FOR THE PROVERBIAL KNOCK-OUT PUNCH THIS HAPPENS. PURPORTED ALLIES IN COALITION NOW FIGHTING OVER "DISPUTED" TERRITORY. SAY IT IS NOT SO JOE BUT YOU KNOW BETTER.

This is far from over I fear. Has the potentiality to get far worse.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kirkuk I.

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The Kurds and their ways! Hold the presses!

It doesn't get much worse than this. At the exact wrong moment trouble fomenting where no trouble is needed.

As is the headline in the proverbial nutshell from the Wall Street Journal today:

* "Iraqi forces clashed with fighters from the Kurdish semi-autonomous region near the oil-rich province of Kirkuk."

Further an index the topic of the Kurdish peshmerga and Iraqi National Army units at odds even to extent of mortal combat:

1. "Iraqi troops clash with Kurds in effort to gain control of oil-rich Kirkuk ..."

"10 hours ago - Iraq's national army advanced overnight and took areas in and around the oil city of Kirkuk that is usually dominated by the country's Kurdish ..."

2. "LIVE: Iraqi forces, Shiite militia engage in fighting with Peshm - Rudaw"

"5 hours ago - “Trying to seize the will of the people of Iraqi Kurdistan using military .... in Kirkuk amid clashes between Peshmerga forces and Iraqi army, ..."

3. "U.S. military says clash between Iraq, Kurdish forces is a ..."

"14 hours ago - Iraqi federal forces entered disputed territory held by Kurds early Monday, seeking to end a nearly month-old political fight over areas taken ..."

4. "Kirkuk: Iraqi forces capture key sites from Kurds - BBC News - BBC.com"

"Iraqi forces move on Kurdish-controlled areas, weeks after the region voted to ... Baghdad said the Peshmerga had withdrawn 'without fighting', but clashes were ... Earlier, the Iraqi military announced that elite units had been 're-deployed' at ..."

5. "Peshmerga: Baghdad to pay heavy price for declaring war"

"The Kurdish Peshmerga command has said the Iraqi government will pay a 'heavy price' for its military campaign in Kirkuk, which it described as 'a declaration of war against the nation of Kurdistan'."

Conspiracy and intrigue of a global grand-strategy geo-political are at work here? This needs to be played out and I fear for the worse and in short order too! Stand by everyone. Hold on to your hats!

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Monday, October 16, 2017

NK Pink II.

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Conclusion!

Think pink! Targets as designated the Blue House and the Combined Forces Command!

North Korean special operations troops of the "hunter-class", cut-throat killer elite  infiltrating South Korea from the North and using paraglider to do so. A "pink terror" mission!!

Pink terror those military actions by the North Korean as taken in those few hours PRIOR to overt hostilities. The primary goal assassination of the most high ranking civilian and military personnel of the adversary [South Korean and American].

As extracted from and thanks to the collected works of the Soviet era defector Suvorov:

"the 'pink' terror, when active military operations have not yet begun and there is still peace, but when some of the best [special operations] units have already gone into action. The situation is complicated by the fact that, on the one hand, [North Korean] fighting units are already in battle, but that, on the other hand, they are not yet operating in the name of the [North Korean]. This is an exceptionally risky moment for the [North Korean] high command. But he who risks nothing gains nothing. The [North Korean] commanders want to gain a great deal, and so are ready to risk a lot . . . "

"The 'pink' terror may continue for no more than a few hours. But those are the most important hours and minutes — the very last hours and minutes of peace . . . It is used only when there is absolute certainty of the success of the operations and equal certainty that the enemy will not be able in the remaining hours and minutes to assess the situation correctly and strike the first pre-emptive blow."

Image as accompanying this blog entry showing North Korean missile launch as announced by the "Pink Lady". Read here and here about the "Pink lady".

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NK Pink I.

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NK = North Korean. To war by paraglider!

From the Korean Herald the article by Jo He-rim and thanks to the tip from Freeper:

"NK special forces practice paragliding CFC ambush: military"


"paragliding -- non-motorized, foot-launched flying with an inflatable wing. Enthusiasts call it the simplest form of human flight. Using air currents and shifting their own body weight, paragliders can fly to heights of 23,000 feet (7,000 meters) with their paragliding sails."

Go see this excellent You Tube video on paragliding.

"North Korean special warfare units conducted exercises simulating infiltration of the South Korea-US Joint Combined Forces Command, military sources in Seoul revealed Tuesday."

"According to multiple sources, North Korean special forces conducted paragliding training on a number of days in mid-September. It was the first time members of North’s special forces are known to have used paragliding equipment to practice targeting the headquarters of the ROK-US Combined Forces Command."

"It was also revealed that they had built a model of Seoul’s Combined Forces Command headquarters on their training grounds to prepare for special warfare situations. They were previously reported to have built a model of South Korea’s presidential office [Blue House] for similar military exercises."

THESE NORTH KOREAN SPECIAL OPERATIONS TROOPS PRACTICING FOR THE "PINK TERROR" MISSION!

More on this later!

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Diyala.

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From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter a much more understandable explanation that recent surrender en masse of Islamic State combatants as was the topic of a previous blog entry:

"DEBKA: Iraq recovered Hawija from ISIS - without firing a shot"

10 October.

"DEBKAfile's military sources dispute the Iraqi prime minister Haydar al-Abadi's claim that his army vanquished ISIS in a two-week offensive and liberated the town of Hawija near Kirkuk. Our sources reveal that, instead of launching this offensive, Iraqi army commanders negotiated a deal with the jihadists through the mediation of local Arab tribes. They granted safe passage for the occupiers and their families to withdraw from Hawija in return for a commitment not to resist the Iraqi army’s takeover of the town. Iraqi troops indeed secured a corridor for their exit, after which the Islamic fighters headed for Diyala in eastern Iraq near the Iranian border."

En masse surrender with TERMS and GUARANTEED safe passage!

Fair and just treatment will induce other ISIL fighters to give up the battle? Hands up much more often and pronounced will be the result? That is the hope.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Lara Croft.

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"The name is Jolie, Angelina Jolie."

Life imitates art! Or is it art imitates life? These concepts are confusing to me.

Haven't heard anything like this for at least almost forty years!

Please place in the strange but true category? That hunt for the African warlord and accused international criminal Joseph Kony including a Hollywood actress offering herself as "bait"?

"Angelina Jolie Reportedly Offered to Help Capture Warlord Joseph Kony by Offering to Take Him to Dinner"

Thanks to the article by PHIL BOUCHER•@PHILIPBOUCHER AND PETER MIKELBANK•@PMIKELBANK

"In a case of the truth being far stranger than even Hollywood fiction can create, the Salt actress once came perilously close to taking part in some real-life espionage on behalf of the International Criminal Court (ICC)."

"A hoard of 40,000 ICC documents leaked to the French investigative website Mediapart reveals that Jolie once offered to act as human bait in a trap to arrest brutal Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony."

Joseph and his followers now more or less a nuisance? We would like to think Joseph was finally going to be run to ground and brought to justice. Apparently this is not going to happen!

PERSONALLY TOO I DOUBT TOO JOSEPH WOULD HAVE FALLEN FOR THE TRAP WITH ANGELINA OFFERING HERSELF AS BAIT!

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Radioactive.

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Here we go again!

Radioactive "spike" what it is called detected in Europe. The origin of this "spike" unknown.

The original story from Russian Times:

"Mysterious spike in radioactive particles across Europe baffles scientists"

RT.COM:

"Germany’s Office for Radiation Protection reported increased radioactivity in parts of central and western Europe over the past week. The heightened levels were detected at several trace measuring stations in Europe, and at six locations in Germany."

"The particles are ruthenium-106, an isotope used in radiotherapy for eye tumors, and at times in radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) which provide power to satellites. An increase of ruthenium-106 has been detected in the air in Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland."

RADIATION AS DETECTED WITHOUT AN ORIGIN NO UNPRECEDENTED. PREVIOUSLY AS WAS THE SOURCE OF PREVIOUS BLOG ENTRIES [SEE BELOW] THE MATERIAL WAS IODINE-131.

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/02/cobra-55.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/02/iodine-131.html

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

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Typhoon UK.

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"TYPHOON PROBLEMS"

Thanks to WIZARD through Harry at Sharkhunters.

"The UK's key defense manufacturer BAE Systems plants to cut some 1,000 jobs this week as orders for the Typhoon jet fighter are drying up. A spokesman said that the life of the Typhoon as a product has peaked. They have produced 160 Typhoon fighters for the Royal Air Force [RAF] and are down to producing the last 12 for Oman and now there is a new order for 24 Typhoon fighters from Qatar - - but there does not appear to be any further orders for Typhoon fighters coming anytime soon, and so the work force will have 1,000 jobs cut."

Further concerning that number of Typhoon as delivered to the RAF:

From the source MoD/RUSI Oct 2014 as seen at this web site that number of Typhoon as available [2014] only forty!!

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Friday, October 13, 2017

FAKE!

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"When weak appear strong and when strong appear weak!"

From the English Sun. Kim of North Korea continues his antics.

"UN-LY FOOLS AND HORSES North Korean troops were carrying FAKE guns during military parade, claims US expert – as Kim Jong-un channels his inner Del Boy on the world stage"

"Del Boy (Noun) - - a male confidence trickster."

"Commandos or caricatures?"

"Commandoes [sic] march across the Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade on Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung"


Image purportedly of North Korean special operations troops goose-stepping during a parade. I had thought those were some sort of grenade launcher of unknown type attached to the snub-nosed folding-stock AK. But NO that is a helical magazine of dubious performance. The wearing of the American-style helmet with night-vision goggles, gloves and sunglasses also seems to mimic in a surprising way the current battle dress of American troops. Thanks for the image courtesy: (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E).

"Some of the most memorable images to emerge from North Korea’s dramatic parade featured the special operations 'commandos' who were carrying what appeared to be AK-47’s with grenade-launching capabilities. It turns out that what many people believed to be grenade launchers are actually what's known as 'helical' magazines, a piece of equipment that organizes rounds in a spiral shape to maximize capacity and that is notorious for jamming"

NOTORIOUS!!

AND YES THE CORRECT SPELLING OF COMMANDO IN PLURAL IS COMMANDOS!

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Mirage.

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There is already [?] a cadre of trained and experienced pilots to fly those Mirage F1  warplanes the topic a previous blog entry.

American fighter pilots as embedded with Armée de l'air and learning how to fly with proficiency French military combat aircraft.

"Here's how US Air Force pilots learn to fly French Mirage fighters"

The article by Harold Hutchison thanks to the We Are the Mighty Internet web site.

"The pilots in the U.S. Air Force fly a bunch of planes. The F-15 Eagle, the C-17 Globemaster, the A-10 Thunderbolt II, and the Mirage 2000D… Wait, that can’t be right. The Mirage 2000D is a French plane, and not in service with the Air Force."

NOT ONLY LEARNING TO FLY BUT ALSO LEARNING THE COMBAT TECHNIQUES AND METHODS AS USED  BY THE FRENCH AIR FORCE!

As to the transition process from flying a F-15 to a Mirage 2000D this comment from an acknowledged aviation expert:

"Familiarity with avionics will be the difference.  And avionics get more and more specialized and complex for each plane and country.  Yes, a lot has to be NATO spec or compliant in terms of cross communication, but that doesn’t mean the computer setup to run French missiles will be the same or even similar to the ones used by F-15s or even the French Rafales.  That means a pilot won’t just be able to jump from one plane to another without some specialized training."

THOSE AMERICAN ATAC CIVILIAN PILOTS DURING THEIR OWN TRANSITION TO THE MIRAGE F1 WILL HAVE A SIMILAR LEARNING CURVE? BUT NOT THAT BAD I MIGHT WELL IMAGINE.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Devonport.

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"There are 12 submarines sitting in the impromptu graveyard – the oldest, Conqueror, arrived in 1990. Eight more are scheduled to be added over the next few years, absolutely contrary to what everyone living in the area wants. The 12 submarines means that there’s about 25 tons of radioactive waste stored at the site, and even though a few other interim storage sites have been selected, residents probably have a long wait ahead of them."

Within context of a previous blog entry that naval base Devonport, England the mission not merely to "service" British atomic submarines. A STORAGE facility with highly radioactive and continuing-to-function nuclear reactors on decommissioned submarines.

"9. Decommissioned Subs at Devonport, England"

"The UK's nuclear submarine refit base is to remain in special measures amid safety concerns."

"The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has also warned Devonport in Plymouth might need enhanced monitoring until 2020 unless improvements are made."

"Special measures, including monthly inspections, were predicted to last two years when first imposed in 2013."

"Babcock, which carries out the refitting for the Ministry of Defence, said safety was its 'highest priority'". [Babcock the private concern as tasked with dismantling the reactors and removing.]

 Read further thanks to a BBC Spotlight [15 Jul 2015] article the danger as posed by all those active nuclear reactors to the Devonport a topic of discussion. 

Need I say further the HMS Argyll inadvertent torpedo launching under a worse-case-scenario might have set off a "chain-reaction" of events with extremely catastrophic results.

Light at the end of the tunnel? NO!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Severomorsk.

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The big bang! Soviet style!

"SOVIET NAVAL BLAST CALLED CRIPPLING"

Yet one more instance of military service and the inherent risk that is undeniable!

From the New York Times as originally [?] the story in the AP.

And dated: July 11, 1984. Nonetheless still relevant within the context of danger to military personnel even during a time of peace!

"LONDON, July 10— An authoritative British military publication said today that an explosion at a Soviet naval base in May crippled the fighting capacity of the Northern Fleet,"

"First reports of the blast came last month from United States intelligence officials, who said that it occurred May 13 in an ammunition depot at Severomorsk, northeast of Murmansk, on the Kola Peninsula."

"The officials said the explosion had been the result of carelessness and had killed 200 to 300 people. It was so powerful that it was thought at first to have been a nuclear accident."

THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN POSSIBLY AND INADVERTENT DETONATION OF AN ATOMIC WEAPON WHEN FIRST DETECTED. WE WOULD LIKE TO THINK SUCH AN OCCURRENCE IS IMPOSSIBLE BUT WHO KNOWS FOR CERTAIN. SORTA LIKE THE NAVAL OFFICER IN DEVONPORT LAUNCHING A TORPEDO NOT EVEN FOLLOWING ALL PROCEDURES AND PROTOCOLS AS CAREFULLY PRESCRIBED!

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HMS Argyll.

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Torpedo Los! Torpedo Away!

Even during a time of peace military duty can be hazardous to your health! Accidental detonation of weapons sometimes resulting in a chain-reaction of events catastrophic in nature.

"TORPEDOH! Bungling Navy officer accidentally fired a torpedo into a nuclear dockyard while doing maintenance"

UNARMED TORPEDO AS LAUNCHED ACCIDENTALLY FROM A SURFACE VESSEL. WHILE IN PORT DOCKED!!

"A newly-released file shows the misfire occurred after the operator attempted the test without a mandatory list of safety precautions to hand in March 2014."


"The unarmed Sting Ray torpedo flew over a jetty and into a heavy duty metal fence at the high-security dockyard, which services nuclear submarines. Nobody was hurt."

"Amazingly no-one was hurt when the 9ft missile, which was not armed, was blasted out of HMS Argyll while the ship was moored in Plymouth's Devonport Naval base."

Emphasis on UNARMED! One man acting in a foolish manner AND NOT following proper safety protocols nearly causing massive damage.

IMAGINE THE OUTCRY IF INDEED A NUCLEAR SUBMARINE HAD BEEN IN THE DOCKYARD BEING SERVICED!

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Grid.

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A WEAPON WITHOUT A TARGET?

From the New York Post and also thanks to Freeper for the tip:

"South Korea prepared to bomb the North’s electrical grid"

"South Korea is prepared to use non-lethal graphite bombs — also known as 'blackout bombs' — to short-circuit the North’s electrical grid in the event of a nuclear war, according to a report."

The bomb works by spreading a cloud of extremely fine, chemically treated carbon graphite filaments over electric facilities, military sources told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

PROBLEM WITH ALL THIS IS THAT NORTH KOREA DOES NOT HAVE A ELECTRICAL GRID TO SPEAK OF IN THE MODERN SENSE!!


The famous image of the Korean peninsula as taken from a satellite during hours of darkness. Very striking the contrast. South Korea [ROK] a well-lit industrialized and highly urbanized modern society. North Korea almost totally devoid of any man-made illumination other than the capital city of Pyongyang. The South [ROK] prosperous and developed. The North [DPRK] backward, feudal, primitive. On one side of the demarcation line [DMZ] light, on the other side darkness. Literally and figuratively!! Incidentally those blotches of light on the right side middle of the image a commercial fleet fishing for squid!

"What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside?" - - Job 38:1.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Alexander.

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"War! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!"

NOT in all cases 100 % so. Discovery of an ancient lost city from reconnaissance photographs as taken by either high-flying American "spy planes" or "spy" satellites.

From the Daily Mail online and the article by Phoebe Weston.

"Lost city of Alexander the Great is found in Iraq using US spy footage of the area captured in the 1960s"

FIFTY YEARS LATER THE TRUTH IS TOLD! DECLASSIFIED AMERICAN RECONNAISSANCE IMAGES AS OBTAINED FROM EITHER HIGH-FLYING "SPY PLANES OR "SATELLITES" THE LOCATION OF A "LOST CITY" FOUND QUITE BY ACCIDENT!

"Alexander the Great's 'lost city' was a magical place where people drank wine and naked philosophers imparted wisdom, ancient accounts claim."

Relics and antiquities also safeguarded and recovered, safe from destruction by Islamic State fanatics.

Ask yourself also, how many similar discoveries are going to be eventually found, courtesy of military reconnaissance images as taken fifty years ago!!

Alexander the Great to you mere mortal!!

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Congo.

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Devoted readers to the blog are familiar with any of this? African conflict of recent vintage of which I was only vaguely aware of. Deaths predominantly among civilians.

1. First Congo War.

"The First Congo War (1996–1997) was a foreign invasion of Zaire led by Rwanda that replaced President Mobutu Sésé Seko with the rebel leader Laurent-Désiré Kabila."

2. Second Congo War.

"The Second Congo War . . . began in August 1998 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, little more than a year after the First Congo War,"

"Ultimately, nine African countries and around twenty armed groups became involved in the war. By 2008, the war and its aftermath had caused 5.4 million deaths, principally through disease and starvation, making the Second Congo War the deadliest conflict worldwide since World War II. Another 2 million were displaced from their homes or sought asylum in neighbouring countries."

"The International Rescue Committee said that between August 1998 and April 2004 (when a bulk of the fighting occurred) some 3.8 million people died in the Congo." [The UN actually has a pretty good working protocol to determine numbers as may be the case in this sorta thing!!]

THREE TO FOUR MILLION DEAD HERE. AND A MILLION OR SO DEAD HERE. PRETTY SOON YOU GOT A WHOLE LOTTA MILLIONS! MILITARY BATTLEFIELD DEATHS MINUSCULE COMPARED TO CIVILIAN CASUALTIES. MASS MURDER, RAPE, STARVATION, DISEASE ON AN APOCALYPTIC SCALE THE RULE, THE RESULTS HORRIFIC.

AND NO NEED FOR ATOMIC BOMBS, CHEMICAL OR BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS. ALL YOU NEED IS AK, PKM AND RPG!!

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Stink.

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"A sickening, overpowering, awful stench announced the presence of the unburied dead upon which the July sun was mercilessly shining and at every step the air grew heavier and fouler until it seemed to possess a palpable horrible density that could be seen and felt and cut with a knife …" - - Cornelia Hancock, Gettysburg, 1863.

As it was during the American Civil War one-hundred and fifty years ago as it is now in Iraq and Syria.

Extracted from The American Thinker thanks to the tip from Ken, the original article courtesy [?] the New York Times.

And as most germane to a most recent blog entry:

"The smelly details of the ISIS surrender"

By Monica Showalter

"The Islamic State seems to have come to a particularly wretched end, with the New York Times reporting the surrender of thousands of ISIS fighters, not forgetting to note that it was a smelly ordeal, given that numerous fighters had either soiled themselves or used their desert bathrobes as toilet paper.  Eeew.  And according to the Times report, at least one of them went to the bathroom on himself without even bothering to wipe up."

ISIL combatants in an unclean state a violation of basic Islamic precepts. Wuḍūʾ as prescribed a necessity for the Muslim. Prayers and other religious obligations and devotions no longer ascending to heaven for those not cleansed.

"Wuḍūʾ is typically done in preparation for formal prayers (salat), and also before handling and reading the Qur'an. Impurifying activities that invalidate wuḍūʾ include urination, defecation, breaking wind, deep sleep, and light bleeding."

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Korea UK.

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From MARCONI through Harry at Sharkhunters and the original story courtesy [?] the Daily Mail:

THE BRITISH MILITARY PREPARE FOR WAR IN KOREA!

"Britain is reportedly preparing for the possibility of war breaking out with North Korea as concerns rise that another provocative missile test could trigger a military response by the US. North Korea is being closely watched amid fears it could launch another long-range missile test on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the founding of its ruling party."

"Bellicose rhetoric from Donald Trump has heightened tension in the region in recent months, prompting British officials to draw up military plans for a response to a break out of hostilities, it was reported."

"Among the plans disclosed by the Daily Mail is the deployment of the Navy's [Royal Navy] newest aircraft carrier, HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, before undergoing flight trials. 'We have plenty of ships to send - The Type - 45 destroyers, the Type -23 frigates; Britain's new aircraft carrier could be pressed into service early if things turn south,' a senior Whitehall source told the newspaper."

HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH AT THIS MOMENT SANS WARPLANES! NO ORGANIC COMBAT CAPABILITY! AND OF WHAT USE WHAT SUCH A DEPLOYMENT MEAN? PROVIDE NAVAL SUPPORT FOR AMERICAN FORCES?

THE BRITISH IN 1950 AS PART OF THE UNITED NATION COALITION IN KOREA SENDING IN GROUND TROOPS. THE U.S. AND ENGLAND HAVE A BINDING MUTUAL DEFENSE TREATY THAT MANDATES ENGLISH PARTICIPATION IN A WAR WITH NORTH KOREA? OF THIS I AM NOT SURE.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Hawija.

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Consider this to be major if indeed it be true!

MASS ISLAMIC STATE SURRENDER.

From Freeper and the Daily Mail:

"'They're coming out with their hands up – full scale surrender': US General says ISIS fighters"

''They're giving up,' said Lieutenant General Paul Funk, who commands the coalition task force fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. 'Their leaders are abandoning them.' In uncommon scenes, large groups of militants were turning themselves over to Kurdish Peshmerga forces, in the city southwest of Kirkuk.

"Funk said about 1,000 militants surrendered in the past three or four days of fighting in Hawija."

MASS SURRENDER WITHOUT QUESTION AN INDICATION THE ADVERSARY IS GIVING UP THE FIGHT, DISPIRITED AND HOPELESS SO IS THE SITUATION.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Dubonnet.

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I get ideas for blog entries from the most interesting sources.

Back to the topic of military prophylaxis. Medical measures taken to prevent illness, weakness, or death among the troops. Thank you also Dubonnet for the poster!

"pro·phy·lax·is - - noun - - action taken to prevent disease, especially by specified means or against a specified disease."

1. Dubonnet apertif!

"Dubonnet is a sweet, aromatised wine-based aperitif with 15% alcohol by volume. It is a blend of fortified wine, herbs, and spices (including a small amount of quinine), with fermentation being stopped by the addition of alcohol."

"aperitif - - an alcoholic drink taken before a meal as an appetizer"

"Dubonnet was first sold in 1846 by Joseph Dubonnet, in response to a competition run by the French Government to find a way of persuading French Foreign Legionnaires in North Africa to drink quinine. Quinine combats malaria but is very bitter."

TROOPS UNWILLING TO TAKE MEDICATIONS, PROPHYLAXIS AS PRESCRIBED. TASTE OF THE MEDICINE [QUININE] TOO BITTER. MIX IN A LITTLE ALCOHOL AND THE TROOPS THEN MORE THAN READY TO TAKE THE MEDICINE!

2. Also from the Internet web site of Dr. Andrew Weil a discussion of the shelf-life and potency of vitamins pills with the military connection. As extracted and copied more or less in entirety.

"Pills Past Their Prime?"

"Is it safe to use medications that are past the expiration date stamped on the package? If so, will the drugs be as effective as they were prior to the expiration date? What about supplements?"

"With a few specific exceptions, it is generally safe to use drugs that have passed their expiration dates. We know this thanks to a study carried out some years ago by the FDA at the request of the Department of Defense, which maintains enormous stores of drugs of all kinds for use by the military. Defense authorities wanted to know whether the drugs in its warehouses were potent and worth keeping after their expiration dates had passed. The study showed that 90 percent of more than 100 drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, were perfectly good to use even 15 years after the expiration dates."

And thank you DoD and Dr. Weil.

Devoted readers to the blog check all your pill bottles of vitamins and rest assured even if the expiration has has passed you are still able to consume without danger! Vitamin tablets still good!

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Typhoon.

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War games DACT. Dissimilar Air Combat Training.

Herewith a smattering [?] of instances the Eurofighter in DACT exercises was able to best American warplanes. Either an American F-15 or a F-16 in mock combat downed!!

* "In 2005, a trainer Eurofighter T1 was reported to have had a chance encounter the previous year with two U.S. Air Force F-15Es over the Lake District in the north of England. The encounter became a mock dogfight with the Eurofighter allegedly emerging 'victorious'."

* "In the 2005 Singapore evaluation, the Typhoon won all three combat tests, including one in which a single Typhoon defeated three RSAF F-16s"

* "In July 2007, the Indian Air Force fielded the Su-30MKI during the Indra-Dhanush exercise with Royal Air Force's Typhoon [Eurofighter]. This was the first time that the two jets had taken part in such an exercise . . . During the exercise, the RAF pilots candidly admitted that the Su-30MKI displayed maneuvering superior to that of the Typhoon but they had studied, prepared and anticipated this. The IAF pilots on their part were also visibly impressed by the Typhoon's agility in the air"

* "In 2010, during a DACT exercises over the Canary Islands involving USAF and Spanish Air Force units, two Spanish Typhoon engaged 8 F-15Cs from Lakenheath, UK. 7 F-15s were 'downed' while one managed to escape, with no loses for the Typhoons"

These exercises too according to my knowledge to an extent choreographed! From that time of initial contact the mock combat becomes more or less free-form?

ONLY [?] one man has flown both the Typhoon and the American F-22 Raptor. Found the planes their potentiality in combat to be ABOUT THE SAME!

"Aggressor" and "Top Gun" indeed were very good ideas and are now a world-wide phenomenon!!

And all for the better of everyone too!

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Qatari AF II.

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Conclusion!

AF = Air Force.

Qatar the correct pronunciation of:

"As many Qataris will tell you, the pronunciation can vary. It's significantly closer to 'cutter' than it is to 'kah-tarr'".

My personal comments and observations regarding those contracts for warplanes, a marked increase in the size of the Qatari air force:

1. Way beyond whatever their [Qatar] needs are.

2. They [Qatar] will not have sufficient pilots to fly that number of warplanes NOR sufficient ground crews to maintain same.

3. A mix of planes, British, French, American, no real commonality. A nightmare for maintenance and spare parts.

4. They [Qatar] will need additionally a much larger AF infrastructure and a further mix of non-combat warplanes to keep in the sky?  Tankers, EW, AWACS AEW. Infrastructure to include dispersal airfields to be used in time of crisis.

EW = Electronic Warfare. AWACS = Airborne Warning And Control System. AEW = Airborne Early warning. Tankers of course for refueling. Mid-air refueling I am told requires a lot of training and practice.

With regard to item # 2, mercenaries can fill the role for BOTH pilots and ground crew maintenance? I am told by authority the guards of the Al Udeid air base already hired American military-style civilian contract workers.

Ground forces of some significance too needed to guard those warplanes. An elite and prepared ground combat contingent beyond what already exists. Patterned on the British Royal Air Force Regiment perhaps.

NONE OF THIS GOING TO BE CHEAP! BUT THE QATARI AWASH WITH CASH!

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Qatar AF I.

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State of the art warplanes as purchased by Qatar way beyond any rational and normal national defense need.

Thanks to the Internet web site The National Interest portions copied more or less in entirety.

"Why Is Qatar Building a Massive Air Force?"

"The tiny Gulf nation of Qatar has launched a massive buildup of air power for an unclear purpose." UNCLEAR!

"The latest development in this saga came in September, when British Defense Secretary of Defense Michael Fallon and Qatari Defense Secretary Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah signed a Letter of Intent for Doha to purchase twenty-four Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft from London. That came on the heels of Qatar announcing a deal to purchase thirty-six Boeing F-15 Qatar Advanced-variant Eagles from the United States for a reported $12 billion. And in 2015, Qatar signed a $7.5 billion deal with France to purchase twenty-four Dassault Rafale fighter jets, MBDA missiles, as well as pilot and support personnel training."

"What makes these deals particularly shocking is how much of an increase they represent from what the Qatari Air Force currently fields. Despite hosting a large U.S. air base, Qatar itself has primarily relied on twelve aging Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighters. Thus, the eighty-four different fighters are a seven-fold increase . . . Qatar's 'decision to replace its one current fighter type with three different types is curious.'”

AND THIS IS ALL ABOUT WHAT? QATAR THE POPULATION OF WHICH IS ONLY ABOUT TWO AND ONE-HALF MILLION OF THAT NUMBER ONLY ABOUT 12 % ETHNICALLY QATARI!!

Further speculation and commentary regarding this matter to follow.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Mogadishu.

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As it was in the days of the Ottoman Empire now too it is becoming the same? The Turk moves south!

Thanks to Russian Times and the article and image © Feisal Omar / Reuter.

"Turkey opens its largest overseas military base in Africa"

THE PURPOSE OF THIS MILITARY FACILITY STRICTLY TO TRAIN THE SOMALI NATIONAL ARMED FORCES.

"Turkish military officers parade during the opening ceremony of a Turkish military base in Mogadishu"

"Turkey has launched a major military base in Somalia. The $50 million facility is designed to provide support and training to troops of the war-torn country which is struggling to rebuild its national security forces."

Lots of nations having more or less permanent or semi-permanent bases vicinity the Horn of Africa and the Strait of Bab el-Mandeb. American, French, Chinese. NOW Turkey.

The Turk also fast-tracked to establish a military base and presence in Qatar!

Slow but sure and continuous effort to create a new version of the Ottoman Empire? Erdogan has big time aspirations, desiring to become a player of some importance on the world stage? We shall see.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Mirage F1.

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I found this item to be somewhat surprising.

French Mirage F1 fighter plane [MRCA] a goodly number [!] purchased by an American PRIVATE concern. DACT the purported mission. Dissimilar Air Combat Training. DACT.

DACT better known in the U.S. as "Aggressor" and "Top Gun".

Thanks to the Aviation Geek Club Internet web site for the article.

"ATAC HAS BOUGHT 63 MIRAGE F1 FIGHTER JETS"

"Sixty-three warplanes a portion of which [appaently] will be used to create a smaller [but still significant] number of operational aircraft."

"Between 30 and 45 Mirage F1 fighters will be refurbished to fly again as adversaries against U.S. military aircraft"

"As it was reported last month by several media outlets American company Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) had bought 63 ex-French Mirage F1 fighters for 21 million euros [$25 million USD]."

Between 30 and 45 aircraft will be refurbished to fly again as adversaries against U.S. military aircraft. Warplanes retired from the French inventory still for some time in the future useful!


Nice image of a Mirage F1 with French markings. Courtesy the image Tim Felce (Airwolfhound) and Adrian Pingstone (Arpingstone) (Own work).

That cost of  $25 million USD works out to a cool $400,000 USD/warplane. A bargain. These planes will also retain some sort of on-call combat capability? That remains to be seen.

Furthermore, if and when that number of about forty-eight Mirage F1 able to take to the skies that number about equal to the entire Royal Air Force [British] air combat warplane inventory as is presently available!

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Suwalki Gap.

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Zapad-2017 over. NOT however the controversy.

Especially germane within the context of a prior blog entry.

Thanks to TASS  © Vadim Grishanin and for the image too.

"Russian Defense Ministry refutes claims about troops left in Belarus after Zapad-2017"

"The ministry’s[Russian] spokesman said, Viktor Muzhenko’s [Ukrainian] claims about the Russian troops 'hidden' in Belarus, 'demonstrate scale of degradation of the Ukrainian General Staff and incompetence of its chief'"

TROOPS NOW "HIDDEN" AS ALLEGED MUST NOW GO INTO WINTER QUARTERS?? OR ARE GOING TO OCCUPY TRAINING GROUNDS TO PREPARE FOR COMBAT IN THE  EVENTUALITY SUCH A NEED ARISES!

"MOSCOW, September 30. /TASS/. All the Russian military, who participated in the Zapad-2017 military exercise, returned to the permanent deployment areas, and claims by Ukraine’s Chief of General Staff Viktor Muzhenko are not true to life, spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry Igor Konashenkov told reporters on Saturday."

I would like to believe the Ukrainian has very good intelligence with regard to their own "backyard". Who knows. Deception too is at work here?

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Suwalki.

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The Suwalki Gap as it is called suddenly out of nowhere has become a hot-button item? Herewith an index of articles from the Internet that danger as perceived by NATO planners.

THE FEAR THAT BIG RED WILL MOVE WEST!

1. "Poland's Suwalki Gap Replaces Germany's Fulda Gap as Top NATO ..."

"Russian maneuvering around a 60-mile stretch of Poland called the 'Suwalki gap' has heightened tensions in NATO, the U.S. Army commander in Europe said ..."



Suwalki [circled in red] at that point where Belorussia, Lithuania and Poland join. Click on image to see an enlarged view.
 
2. "Putin's Next Land Grab: The Suwalki Gap - Newsweek"

"Russian missiles from Kaliningrad could block eastern Poland and the Baltic States from NATO support."

3. "Why the Suwalki Gap Keeps Top U.S. General in Europe Up at ..."

"Should Vladimir Putin decide to invade a Baltic state, Poland's 'Suwalki Gap' would be perfect for advancing Russian tanks."

4. "Suwalki Gap - GlobalSecurity.org"

"A new concept recently appeared in the language of the US military: 'Suwalki Gap' - the land corridor between Poland and Lithuania, or ..."

5. "Kaliningrad and the Suwałki Gap - a look from the other side ..."

 " Kaliningrad and the Suwałki Gap ... MiG-29s and Su-22s and in a worst case scenario the Suwalki Gap would be very costly and deadly real estate. ..."

6. "Suwałki Region - Wikipedia"

"History. Originally the territory named Suwałki Region was inhabited by Yotvingian Prussian tribes. After 1815 the Suwałki Region was part of Congress Poland"

7. "Inside The Suwalki Gap - Roads and Kingdoms"

"In the Suwalki Gap, the 64-mile border between Poland and Lithuania, tensions are high. This is the only border the Baltic states share with the rest of NATO."

OBJECTIVE OBVIOUSLY THE RUSSIAN BALTIC ENCLAVE OF KALININGRAD, CREATE A LAND BRIDGE AND CORRIDOR UNDER PRETEXT, HEEDLESS TO THE TERRITORY OF NATO PARTNERS POLAND AND LITHUANIA.

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Lego ISIL.

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Place this one in the strange but true category!!

Thanks to the Singapore Straits Times and the tip from Russian Sputnik.

"ISIS-themed fake Lego sets pulled from store, online"

Toy sets' sales must be stopped as they glorify ISIS, promote incitement to hatred"

GOLLY! WHAT WOULD MAKE THEM THINK THAT? TOYS!

Counterfeit Lego sets sold in Singapore depicting ISIS terrorists have been taken off the shelves.

REPEAT! COUNTERFEIT!

The toys, which were sold at a local retail store and on e-commerce sites, were removed after concerns were raised that they could lead to the glorification of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terror group


"'Falcon commando sets priced between $3.80 and $25 were being sold at a store in People's Park Complex and online. The toy sets, recommended for children aged between six and 12 years, depict violent scenes that show figurines carrying the ISIS flag . . . [also] depict violent scenes that show figurines carrying the ISIS flag, launching sticks of dynamite and firing AK-47s, with one set even including a plastic figurine of a decapitated head.'. Image courtesy the Straits Times and LAU FOOK KONG." Click on image to see an enlarged view.

I think no more needs to be said!

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