WW4 File: Putin deploys Russian Navy’s Northern, Baltic Fleets to Syria in bid to bolster faltering Ba’athist regime, drive out rebels in beleaguered city of Aleppo, naval task force Russia’s largest since Soviet era; Royal Navy, military buffs in Dover monitor passage of Russia’s sole aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, missile cruiser Peter the Great through English Channel, flotilla also includes ASW destroyers Severomorsk, Vice Admiral Kulakov; Black Sea Fleet dispatches 3 missile corvettes to join Russian task force off Syria; UK PM May condemns Russian aggression in Syria, “sickening atrocities” against civilians even as Rajoy government opens Spanish ports to Russian warships; Russian Navy modernizing with new ballistic missile subs (active), attack subs (active), destroyers (in development), frigates (active) , corvettes (active), plans for new carriers on hold as Soviet-era shipyard used for such vessels located in Ukraine; in any case, Russian Navy still no match for US counterpart, world’s largest, most powerful blue-water navy; Russian naval experts belittle touted capabilities of stealth missile destroyer USS Zumwalt
October 21, 2016Posted by on
Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian Air Force to set up new strategic bomber division in Siberia, Tu-95s, Tu-22M3s to patrol Pacific Ocean, waters around Japan, Guam, Hawaii; Putin restored regular long-range bomber flights 15 years after collapse of Soviet Union; Russia bolsters military presence in war-wracked Syria: 1) secures Assad’s permission to upgrade air base near Latakia to permanent facility (as previously reported), 2) upgrades Cold War-era naval maintenance facility in Tartus to full, permanent base, deploys S-300 anti-missile battery to protect installation, 3) builds runway at T-4 Military Airport in E. part of Homs governate to counter influx of ISIS fighters fleeing Iraq, 4) moves military advisers’ command post to Palmyra; Russian DM Shoigu appoints new commander of airborne troops, VDV battalion to be permanently based out of Dzhankoy, in N. part of occupied Crimea; VDV to receive new AFVs, APCs, EW equipment; Moscow revives former Soviet air base in Egyptian city of Sidi Barrani, 500 Russian and Egyptian airborne forces hold first-ever joint day/night firing drills at El-Umayed military base; Soviets allied with Egypt under Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak charted pro-USA direction for Egypt, President/Field Marshal Sisi restores Egypt’s pro-Moscow orientation
October 19, 2016Posted by on
USSR2/Gray Terror Files: Masked man, armed with chainsaw, axe, hammer hidden in guitar case, enters Minsk’s Europa shopping mall, attacks, kills one woman, reportedly by decapitation, chases, injures other shoppers; Kremlin-run Russia Today, UK tabloid Daily Star report Belarusian police detain two suspects, motive of killer, role of possible accomplice unclear; Canada’s conservative Rebel Media notes silence of Western journalism on possible Islamic origin of Oct. 8 rampage, even though Belarus home to 30,000 Muslims, Islamic Tatars arrived in Belarus in Late Middle Ages; Pres. Alexander Lukashenko has ruled former Soviet republic with an iron fist since 1994, Belarusian KGB actively suppresses radical Islamists, country seldom experiences terrorism, sensationalistic acts of violence; follows spate of bombings, shootings, knife/machete assaults by Muslim immigrants in Germany, other EU countries
October 11, 2016Posted by on
The Purpose of Terrorism in a Dictatorship
Belarus is a police state. Many questions, therefore, remain unanswered concerning the October 8 chainsaw/axe attack at Minsk’s Europa shopping mall.
In spite of the arrest of “anti-social loner” Vladislav Kazakevich–the 17-year-old son of a wealthy Belarusian who reportedly moves in social circles frequented by dictator Alexander Lukashenko–initial reports referred to the apprehension of two suspects.
Russia Today, linked above, states: “Police spokesman Alexander Lastovsky earlier confirmed that two men were arrested, although the role of the second man is yet unclear.” Even more interesting, RT reports in the same story: “Another eyewitness claimed she saw the attacker holding an automatic weapon as well.”
The UK tabloid Daily Star, also linked above, reported: “One dead and others hurt as men ‘with chainsaw and axe’ go on shopping centre rampage”; “TWO men armed with a chainsaw and an axe have reportedly gone on the rampage at a shopping centre”; “It is understood the evil masked thugs chased shoppers and struck close to a pizza restaurant. Alexander Lastovsky, police spokesman, told how both attackers had been arrested and one person was confirmed dead.”
It should be noted that wielding, in rapid succession, a chainsaw, axe, hammer and automatic weapon is probably a rather challenging feat for most people. If there were two attackers, however, shoppers may have been confused as to who was who during the commotion. In a police state like Belarus, too, one would expect it to be very difficult for a civilian to obtain an automatic weapon.
The independent Belarusian news site Charter 97, furthermore, asks some pointed questions concerning the movements of the killer (or killers), such as: “Why do riot police officers, who are very numerous in Minsk streets, check the backpacks of young people with Pahonia badges [i.e., symbol used by Belarusian opposition] in search of white-red-white flags, but passed by a strange young man [i.e., Kazakevich or his possible accomplice] in ridiculous orange clothing, ski goggles and a huge carrying case?”
If Kazakevich really possessed an automatic weapon or had an accomplice, then there’s more to this story than meets the eye.
The following news, especially the third item, may also be relevant if there is some sort of Islamic angle to this story:
ISIS Sharia Court in Mosul, Iraq Sentences 9 Youths to Be Hacked to Death by Chainsaw (source)
Boko Haram Militants Fatally Shoot Nigerians Refusing to Convert to Islam, Decapitate Bodies with Chainsaws (source)
Son of Imam in Verviers, Belgium Informs Police of ISIS Plot to Use Chainsaws to Murder “Christians” in Shopping Center (source)
Migrant Wielding Chainsaw Threatens Belgian Trucker at Calais, Asylum-Seekers Demand Lifts Across Channel to UK (source)
Communist Bloc Military Updates: Brest, Belarus welcomes Russian paratroopers to practice defending Union State, Oct. 7-20 drills to involve 700 Russian, Belarusian servicemen adjacent to Terespol, Poland; 1,000 CSTO special forces carry out “active phase” of Rubezh 2016 at Edelweiss training ground in Kyrgyzstan, deploy 200 armored vehicles, UAVs to “destroy simulated enemy”; Russia’s W. Military District moves 2 S-400 anti-missile batteries near Finnish border, Helsinki’s DM shrugs off Russian deployment: “This is normal practice. Russia is using these systems to replace the older S-300 rockets”; even as Russian warplanes flying without active transponders violate Finnish, Estonian air space on Oct. 6-7, only hours before “neutral” Finland inks bilateral military agreement with Washington, US Dep. Sec. of Defense in Helsinki for signing ceremony; NATO circles the wagons around “neutral” Sweden with similar arrangement finalized in June, Sweden to join NATO’s Strategic Communications Centre based in Latvia; Russian strategic bomber flights prompt 4 NATO countries, including Spain, to scramble intercepts on Sept. 22; 3 Tu-160 “Blackjacks” shadowed Icelandic airliner on Reykjavik-Stockholm run on same day, US Navy redeploys maritime patrol planes to Iceland’s Keflavik Air Base after 10-year absence
October 7, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: Nuclear weapon states India, Pakistan teetering on verge of war as former evacuates civilians from 1,000 villages along Line of Control in Kashmir; Pakistani PM Sharif convenes emergency cabinet to address “deteriorating situation” in hotly contested region, Pakistan says 2 of its soldiers killed, 1 Indian soldier captured after clashes, but denies India’s claim latter carried out “surgical strikes” in Pakistani-controlled territory in apparent bid to thwart terrorist attacks; Indian intel reports Pakistan has “mobilized troops, mechanized infantry” along LoC, while Indian military say it has “prepared matching response mechanisms,” “satellites, radar chains and technical-intelligence facilities are monitoring western borders and airspace,” “Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Border Security Forces put on high alert in Punjab and neighboring states,” “[Indian] army convoys, carrying artillery guns, could be seen moving toward the [Pakistani] border”; follows Sept. 18 cross-border militant attack against Indian army garrison in Jammu and Kashmir, killing 18 soldiers, identity of gunmen unclear but India’s Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh blamed Islamabad: “I am deeply disappointed with Pakistan’s continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups”; Kremlin stirs the pot in Pakistan: Former Cold War rivals hold first-ever joint military exercise Druzhbha-2016 between Sept. 26-Oct. 10
September 30, 2016Posted by on
Communist Bloc Military Updates: Kremlin bolsters its military alliances in Asia as 2,000 troops of Shanghai Cooperation Organization conduct Peace Mission 2016 “anti-terrorist” drill in Kyrgyzstan, Russian Air Force contributes Tu-95 strategic bombers to maneuver; SCO includes Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan will become full members at 2017 summit; Russia to host 9th Peace Mission exercise in 2018, first took place in 2005 after end of Moscow-Beijing Axis’ fake Cold War-era split; 1,000 Russian and Mongolian troops, 200 pieces of military hardware participate in Selenga 2016 drill in Russia’s internal republic of Buryatia, between Aug. 30 and Sept. 7; Selenga involved tank battalion, motorized infantry company, mortar battalion, self-propelled artillery and rocket batteries, and air defense, recon and NBC protection units of Russia’s E. Military District; Russian Navy, PLAN wrap up Joint Sea 2016 maneuver in S. China Sea, marines from both countries practice seizing island off coast of China’s Guangdong province
September 21, 2016Posted by on
USSR2 File: Just in time for resurrection of KGB in 2018 (see last post), new Soviet-style Russian law targets Western-based religious groups, esp. Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses, bans proselytizing outside officially sanctioned worship sites, effectively bans house churches, grants de facto protected status to Russian Orthodox Church; Billy Graham Evangelistic Association cancels World Summit of Christian Leaders in Defense of Persecuted Christians scheduled to take place in Moscow in Oct., reschedules event later in Washington, D.C., says new Russian law “severely limits Christians’ freedoms”; Billy Graham’s first evangelistic services in Soviet Union took place in 1982, 3 years before glasnost/perestroika; U.S. Baptist preacher charged with holding religious services in his home, advertising them on public bulletin boards, appeals case; Mormon Josh Harrison, based out of Russia’s Samara region from 2013 to 2015, observes: “There was propaganda that we were some kind of cult or spy system because we were American”
September 20, 2016Posted by on
USSR2 File: Kommersant reports within 24 hours of massive United Russia victory in State Duma: Putin plans to restore KGB by 2018 presidential election, roll Federal Security Service, Foreign Intelligence Service, Border Service, Investigative Committee into resurrected Ministry of State Security (MGB); notwithstanding post-Soviet low in voter turnout, potemkin party of power’s seat total in parliament’s lower house jumps more than 100, Communists lose 50 seats, Just Russia, Liberal Democrats suffer huge losses in representation; United Russia “wins” all constituency seats in occupied Crimea, while allegations of “carousel voting,” official ballot stuffing materialize in Rostov, N. Caucasus, Siberia, although not apparently as egregious as 2011 election; US State Dept. refuses to recognize results of Russian election among Crimean voters: “The peninsula remains an integral part of Ukraine. Crimea-related sanctions against Russia will remain until Russia returns control of Crimea to Ukraine”; Prague lines up with EU, USA on sanctions, dismissal of Crimean vote, even as ex-communist Czech Pres. Zeman shills for Moscow: “Crimea cannot be given back to Ukraine”
September 19, 2016Posted by on
Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian Armed Forces wrap up Kavkaz 2016 exercises in S. Military District, terrorize occupied Crimea ahead of illegal State Duma vote as amphibious armor pours out of Ropucha-class landing ships, marines storm beaches of Ukrainian peninsula with impressive display of air cover, live weapons fire, massive explosions; follows remarkable first-ever joint US-Ukrainian amphibious landings in nearby Odessa in July, under auspices of Sea Breeze 2016 drill; Russia, Red China begin naval maneuvers in contested S. China Sea, in which marines will be involved in 8 days of “live-fire drills, sea crossing and island landing operations, and island defense and offense exercises”; PRC’s CCTV reports: “Russia has sent some of its best vessels, including the Ropucha-class landing ship, and the Udaloy-class destroyer to participate in the exercises”; meanwhile, 22,000 US sailors, airmen, marines converge on Guam for Valiant Shield 2016, USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier to lead 10 days of drills in ASW, defensive counter-air ops, intel surveillance and recon; USAF B-1B strategic bombers conduct flights over S. Korea, send message of condemnation to North Korea for Sept. 9 underground nuke bomb test, Pyongyang howls: “They are bluffing that B-1Bs are enough for fighting an all-out nuclear war”
September 14, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: 4 Ukrainian soldiers killed in fighting against Moscow-backed Donbas rebels over past 24 hours; Russian DM Shoigu arrives in occupied Crimea to personally oversee regional element of Kavkaz 2016 exercise, which also includes N. Caucasus, Black, Caspian Seas; Crimean phase involves paratroopers, tanks, MRLSs, S-400 air defense batteries, cruise missiles, SLCMs; Kremlin media offers different versions of troop numbers involved in Kavkaz 2016: Sputnik, quoting Russia’s top general , says 120,000, while Itar-Tass, quoting news release from Russian DM, downsizes figure by nearly 90%; in any event, Gen. Valery Gerasimov adds: “. . . [T]he aircraft involved in the exercises actively used the experience gained in the Syrian Arab Republic while performing the assigned tasks”; Russian patrol ship, recon ship, Su-24 tactical bomber menace Ukrainian Sea Guard vessel Podillya off W. coast of Crimea, Russia’s Smetlyvy trains artillery at Ukrainian counterpart; US Def. Sec. Carter, Ukrainian DM Stepan Poltorak ink mil-mil deal in London, with intent of “increasing the defense capability” of, “expanding assistance” to Ukraine
September 9, 2016Posted by on
Bolivarian Revolution File: Cuba prepares for collapse of 17-year MVR/PSUV regime in Caracas, offsets slump in deliveries of Venezuelan oil by turning to Russia, Algeria; US-based Citibank notifies Petroleos de Venezuela SA that it will stop processing payments on state-run giant’s bonds, leading to possible default; Venezuelans take to streets, demand implementation of recall referendum against Maduro, protest socialist president’s crushing of dissent, pervasive shortages; Chavez successor reportedly relies on Cuban advisers, North Korean special forces to prop up regime, personal protection; head of opposition-controlled National Assembly alleges Cuban Gen. Raul Acosta Gregorich issuing orders to Venezuelan army, “cabal” of 60 Cuban officers based out of Bolivarian Military University at Fort Tiuna; Paris-based intelligence Online maintains North Korean Gen. Kim Yong-chol “loaning” forces to Maduro, NKs trained with 21st Armed Group of Chinese PLA, Venezuela’s Grupo de Acciones Commando in Caracas in May; Dutch DM follows Venezuelan turmoil, considers larger military presence in Dutch Caribbean in view of possible influx of refugees
September 8, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Russia scrambles Su-24 fighter jets from Belbek air base in occupied Crimea, Flankers intercept 2 US P-8A Poseidon recon planes while latter allegedly approaching peninsula’s maritime border, shadow US aircraft for 19 minutes, one Flanker closes gap to within 10 feet of a P-8A; Pentagon protests Russian pilot’s “unsafe, unprofessional maneuver,” Moscow accuses Washington of “snooping” on Kavkaz 2016 military drill, underway in S. Russia, Crimea, says US spyplanes flying without transponder; Russian Armed Forces to conduct exercises throughout S. Military District between Sept. 5-10, deploy 12,500 troops, aviation, combat vehicles and naval vessels; Russian hybrid forces launch 21 attacks against Ukrainian forces in Donbas 6 days into latest “cease-fire,” use 120 mm mortars near Mariupol; Ukrainian HUR reports latest rotation of Russian regulars into E. Ukraine, participation of Donbas insurgents in Crimean phase of Kavkaz 2016: “Moreover, another 450 Russian soldiers from so far unidentified subdivision came from Russia through Snizhne to Donetsk. 115 militants arrived from Donbas to the occupied Crimea . . . ”
September 7, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Ukraine’s DM reports new cease-fire with Moscow-backed rebels holding since midnight Aug. 31/Sept. 1, follows spike in attacks by Donbas insurgents; Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, Caspian Flotilla marines practice blockading Kerch Strait, which separates occupied Crimea from Russia’s Krasnodar Krai; US Treasury Dept. slaps sanctions on Russian companies involved in “Putin’s Bridge” megaproject across Kerch Strait; Prague refuses to recognize “diplomatic office” of “Donetsk People’s Republic,” Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs to investigate pro-Russia activist, Nela Liskova member of far-right National Militia; 2 Czech Communist MPs visited unrecognized DPR in Jan., provoking protest from Ukraine; Czech Interior Ministry sets up team of media specialists to counter Kremlin propaganda, expose Russian fifth column in Czechia*; Communist Party of Russian Federation driving force behind Donbas separatists, recognizes newly formed sister parties in Donetsk, Lugansk oblasts, rebel-held areas only part of Ukraine where Kiev’s 2015 anti-communist ban unenforced
September 1, 2016Posted by on
Latin America/Asia Files: Cold War-era communist insurgencies wind down in Colombia, Philippines: Bogota, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia ink historic peace deal, ending 52-year rebellion, cessation of hostilities takes effect Aug. 29, FARC supreme cmdr. “Timochenko” formally declares rebel army’s ceasefire from Havana, where negotiations began in 2012; armed conflict cost lives of more than 265,000 Colombians, displaced millions; Marxist guerrillas to hold conference between Sept. 13-19, vote on peace deal, approval will lead to 180-day demobilization/ disarmament process in zones controlled by UN, Community of Latin American and Caribbean States; Colombian Pres. Santos continues peace negotiations with 2,500 fighters of National Liberation Army; Manila, New People’s Army finally agree to “indefinite ceasefire” after 30 years of on-again/off-again negotiations, Norway has facilitated peace talks since 2001, 3,000-man Maoist rebel army mainly operates in south, east of Philippine archipelago
August 31, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Russian hybrid forces in Donbas increase attacks over past 24 hours, use heavy artillery forbidden under Minsk 2 agreement, 1 Ukrainian soldier killed; Washington promotes mil-mil coop with Kiev, ATO cmdr. Lt. Gen. Homchak welcomes US Army Europe counterpart Lt. Gen. Hodges to frontline near Mariupol; Kremlin mobilizes 100,000 troops for Aug. 25-31 snap drills, beefs up military occupation of Crimea with Su-34 fighter-bombers, airborne troops (VDV), Caspian Flotilla marines; Russian analyst Pavel Felgengauer warns Putin will launch full-scale invasion of Ukraine “within next few weeks”: “[Otherwise] there is no reasonable explanation why all this was organized, because very serious forces are put forward – with real bombs, missiles, torpedoes . . . the main thing for Russia is to achieve strategic and tactical surprise . . . One would need to turn off full-scale operations in October because of the rains [in Black Sea region] and the next draft to Russian army . . . “lame duck” Obama is not interfering . . . so now it’s a unique option [i.e., opportunity]: Europe is split with BrExit, even major new sanctions would be difficult to reconcile [i.e., justify] . . . So it is a great temptation to act now . . .”
August 30, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: RFE/RL’s Russian-language Radio Svoboda reports: Central Bank of Russia, Russia’s Ministries of Industry, Trade and Communications adopt war footing, Russian Military-Industrial Commission checks ability to supply and repair weapons in S. Military District; Russian, Belarusian militaries jam cell phone signals in NE Poland, ruling Law and Justice party politician: “Could it be that Russians disrupt the signal on purpose?”; NATO alarmed by Russian aggression in Ukraine’s Donbas, Crimea, troubled by rash of snap military drills in Russia over past 2 years, Dep. Sec. Gen. Vershbow comments: “If there is an interest in Moscow in stability and predictability, then these exercises are not the way to go”; points out NATO has conducted no snap drills since Cold War; Polish DM Macierewicz reacts to Russia’ war footing, summons armed forces chiefs, air defense, military intelligence heads for “urgent briefing” on Aug. 25; Ukrainian HUR: Russia planning to “attack Europe” from Crimea, Tu-95 strategic bombers participated in Aug.25-31 snap drills ahead of Kavkaz 2016 exercise, conducted mock attacks against NATO in airspace over occupied Crimea, Black Sea
August 30, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: Brussels-based EurActiv cites two independent sources, claims US military has begun moving 50 Cold War-era B61 nuclear bombs from Turkey’s Incirlik air base to Romania’s Deveselu air base, home to US Aegis missile interceptors; US State Dept., Turkish foreign ministry refuse to comment on alleged nuke transfer, Romanian foreign ministry strongly rejects claim; since failed military coup in Turkey on July 15, relations between USA and politically unstable NATO ally have worsened, Turkish state media openly accuse CIA of taking part in supposed plot to assassinate President Erdogan; analysis: news of redeployment of US nuke arsenal to Warsaw Pact-turned-NATO member, whether true or not, would provide Russia with justification for full-scale invasion of Ukraine, provide pretext for nuclear war with West; so far Kremlin media only pointing out alleged nuke transfer violates 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty, interviews London-based Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, MI5 labeled CND “communist controlled/penetrated,” “subversive” during Cold War
August 18, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Moscow-backed rebels launch 96 attacks against government-held positions in Donbas over past 24 hours, 3 Ukrainian soldiers killed; ATO spokesman says Russia’s latest deliveries to Donbas insurgents include: 5 Soviet-era T-72 tanks to Lugansk, 3 T-64 tanks to Sverdlovsk, as well as fuel trucks, ammo to frontline rebel positions near Pisky and Maryinka, consignment of Shmel rocket flamethrowers; Pentagon identifies 8 areas near Ukraine where Russian military appears to be assembling possible invasion force consisting of at least 40,000 troops, tanks, APCs, air assault units: Yelnya, Klintsy, Valuyki, Boguchar, Millerovo, Persianovskiy, plus bases “Rostov-1” and “Rostov-2”; with an equal number of troops in occupied Crimea (as we have previously posted); Poroshenko says his government has not ruled out “full-scale Russian invasion” in near future, will impose martial law in such an event; Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office to request Interpol to issue international arrest warrant for collaborationist PM of “Republic of Crimea,” Sergey Aksenov; Ukrainian ambassador to Moldova supports neighboring country’s demand for withdrawal of 1,412 Russian troops from Transnistria
August 18, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: Former Soviet republic of Latvia fears imminent Russian invasion amidst stand-off between Moscow, NATO over Ukraine, orders rare snap checks for army’s combat readiness across E. region of Latgale, bordering NW Russia, mobilizes Land Army Infantry Brigade and 2nd National Guard; Latvian Ministry of Defense releases statement: “Consequently, members of the local population should not be alarmed by the sight of military columns on the move and armed men on patrol”; also reveals that 1) Russia’s adjacent W. Military District, including 30,000 troops of 1st and 20th Tank Armies, placed on “state of high alert” on Aug. 12; 2) W. Military District to host CSTO exercise Vzaimodeistvie 2016; 3) dozens of Russian warships from Baltic, Northern and Black Sea Fleets left port; Latvia notes uptick in Russian naval activity near its territorial waters in July, deploys additional patrol ship; US National Guardsmen from Michigan completed joint training with Latvian counterparts in Big Sword exercise in W. part of country, Aug.8-14; nearly 27% of Latvian citizens are ethnic Russians
August 17, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Russian-terrorist formations attack government-held positions in Donbas 52 times over past 24 hours, lob 60 shells at E. suburbs of strategic port of Mariupol; ATO: Russian FSB/KGB delivers 200 fake Ukrainian army uniforms to frontline proxies, provocations expected; Russian Navy’s small but deadly missile frigates, corvettes conduct drills in E. Mediterranean, Caspian Seas, Caspian Flotilla fired Caliber cruise missiles over Iran, Iraq, struck ISIS targets in Syria last Oct., Nov., Moscow once again requests permission from Baghdad, Tehran to launch Calibers at ISIS; Russian forces, Transnistrian separatists hold another “anti-terrorist” exercise in Moldova’s breakaway region, previous drill took place in early Aug., involved amphibious vehicles, paratroopers; 1,412 Russian combat, peacekeeping troops stationed only 80 miles NW of Ukrainian city of Odessa, Moldova has repeatedly demanded withdrawal of Russian army from its territory, comply with 1999 CFE Treaty; Ukrainian military intel (HUR) still on alert for potential Russian invasion into country’s heartland via Donbas ahead of Aug. 24 Independence Day events; Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany says Russia’s 40,000 troops in Crimea well-positioned to also attack mainland, “new bloody conflict will be really fatal not only for Ukraine, but for the whole of Europe”
August 17, 2016Posted by on
The isthmus connecting Crimea to Kherson Oblast is very narrow, but if the Russian army can break through the Ukrainian Ground Forces’ first line of defense, which consists of main battle tanks, APCs, anti-tank rockets and a 20-km anti-tank trench with watchtowers, and hold that line, then an invasion corridor could potentially be secured.
WW4 File: US intel detects dozens of new hardened bunkers for Russian leaders, as well as recent construction at Yeltsin-era underground cities in Urals, e.g., Kosvinsky and Yamantau Mtns., CIA report: “The command post at Kosvinsky appears to provide the Russians with the means to retaliate against a nuclear attack”; special subways exist to whisk neo-Soviet leadership to bunkers within Moscow region, e.g., Voronovo, Sharapovo; Virginia-based think tank: “Russia is getting ready for a big war which they assume will go nuclear, with them launching the first attacks. We are not serious about preparing for a big war, much less a nuclear war”; Russia modernizing nuclear deterrent with deployment of SS-27 Mod 2 MIRV-able ICBMs, SS-N-32 SLBMs
August 15, 2016Posted by on
The Moscow Leninists evidently expect a nuclear war to be fought over Ukraine . . .
WW4 File: Syrian Civil War: Kremlin establishes military presence on NATO’s S., S.E. flanks: 1) deploys Tu-22M3 strategic bombers to Hamedan air base in W. Iran, cuts flight time to ISIS targets in Syria by 60%, Backfires normally fly out of Modzok in S. Russia, too large to operate out of air base near Latakia, Syria; follows Russian ambassador’s formal statements on close military cooperation between Moscow, Tehran, contractual obligation to deliver all S-300 air defense batteries to Iran by end of 2016; 2) formalizes agreement with Assad to transform Hmeimim air base in Alawite heartland into permanent facility for Russia Air Force contingent with 1,000 airmen, expand runways to accommodate An-124 airlifters; Moscow disavows deployment of strategic bombers, nuclear weapons to Syria but, according to TASS news agency, bilateral agreement “allows Russia to bring to and from the Syrian Arab Republic any weapons, ammunition, equipment and materials relevant to the air task force’s missions . . .”
August 15, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Moscow-backed rebels in Donetsk, Lugansk oblasts use grenade launchers, 82 mm mortars and large-caliber machine-guns to attack 64 government-held positions over past 24 hours; “Russian hybrid forces” continue to pummel E. suburbs of Mariupol with heavy artillery, anti-tank rockets as of May 14; Ukrainian border guards report “situation calm” at checkpoints leading to occupied Crimea, observe decline in Russian military “activity”; meanwhile, Kremlin deploys S-400 air defense battery to occupied Crimea, air defense troops to participate in North Caucasus (Kavkaz) 2016 exercise in Sept.; Ukrainian military intel (HUR) says Russia has also secretly deployed air defense battalion to rebel-held Donbas, specifically E. Military District’s 60th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade, under command of Russian Armed Forces Major Yuri Korchinskiy; Informatsiynyi Sprotyv website reports Russian battle formation near Crimea-Kherson border consists of at least 30 tanks, 60-70 armoured vehicles, 40 artillery units; SMOG OF WAR: Russia’s N. Fleet conducts unusual exercise, uses fog machines to blanket closed Arctic city of Severomorsk with artificial haze, hide naval base in “event of confrontation,” CBRN troops participate
August 15, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Ukrainian General Staff affirms ability to repel possible Russian invasion: “We have enough forces and resources in order to effectively confront our enemy”; Ukrainian Air Force pilots practice landing, taking off in MiG-29 fighter, Su-24 attack aircraft on highway between Kiev and Chop, in W. Ukraine, part of Sky Shield 2016 drill; Ukrainian Navy mobilizes coastal missile and marine infantry troops in Kherson, Zaporizhia oblasts, carries out live-fire drills; Kherson regional officials work with Kiev to fortify “second and third lines of defense” against possible Russian advance from Crimea; UN Security Council holds closed meeting on Crimean crisis, Ukrainian, Russian ambassadors “trade barbs” on subject of alleged Ukrainian raid into occupied peninsula
August 11, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Moscow foments pretext for open war with Kiev: FSB parades alleged terror suspect Yevhen Panov on Russian media, maintains nuke power plant technician working for Ukrainian military intelligence, brother Igor insists Panov kidnapped from Zaporizhia Oblast, smuggled to occupied Crimea; Admiral Komoyedov, chairman of Russia’s Duma defense committee, lashes out at “uncontrollable Ukrainian radicals,” brands saboteurs that allegedly tried to infiltrate Crimea as “Banderites” (named after WW2-era Ukrainian nationalist Stepan Bandera), calls supposed killing of Russian soldier, FSB agent near Armyansk “a huge provocation that could push the situation in the region and the entire Europe off the balance”; NATO official says recent Russian military activity in Crimea “not helpful,” adds “We are also deeply concerned by the recent upsurge in violence in eastern Ukraine, and the increase in ceasefire violations along the line of contact, primarily by the Russian-backed militants”; urges Moscow to “work for calm and de-escalation”
August 11, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Chief of Ukrainian military intelligence (HUR) Kondratiuk reports to Poroshenko, says Russian soldiers, FSB/KGB border troops evidently staged gun battle along border between Crimea, mainland Ukraine, mock skirmish supports Moscow’s designs against Kiev; Army General Staff Chief Muzhenko ridicules Russia’s allegations of Ukrainian-led sabotage squad infiltrating occupied peninsula to bomb beach resorts: “This is complete hogwash and does not correspond with reality. No one opened fire with artillery or fired any other kind of weapons. This can be verified . . .”; Poroshenko requests emergency meeting of UN Security Council to discuss “Kremlin-manufactured provocations in Crimea”; Putin summons Russian Security Council to discuss conflict with Ukraine, announces war games in Black Sea; body previously met on Aug. 8 in midst of provocations in N. Crimea; Black Sea Fleet’s Aug. 11-13 drill to coincide with North Caucasus 2016 maneuver, counter “underwater saboteurs” at Crimean resorts, consists of 12 warships and support vessels, Mil Mi-8 and Kamov Ka-27PS helos
August 11, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Ukraine’s Pres. Poroshenko responds to war drums in Moscow, says: 1) “Russian accusations that Ukraine has launched terror attacks in the occupied Crimea are equally cynical and insane as its claims that there are no Russian troops in eastern Ukraine. These fantasies pursue the only goal: a pretext for more military threats against Ukraine’; 2) places army on combat alert along frontlines in Crimea, Donbas; 3) urges foreign ministry to arrange Normandy Four peace talks, also invites US VP Biden, Pres. of European Council/former Polish PM Tusk; outgoing US ambassador to Ukraine scoffs at allegations: “Russia has a record of frequently levying false accusations at Ukraine to deflect attention from its own illegal actions”; state of Ukrainian land defenses since Russia’s seizure of Crimea: 1) Kiev allocated US$155 million to build 2,000 km of defensive barriers along Russian border, total of 180 km of anti-tank trenches dug as of Aug. 2015, additional 230 km of trenches, metal fences, 32 watchtowers constructed between Kharkiv and Chernihiv (in N. Ukraine) as of Feb. 2016; 2) state-run armored vehicle plant quadruples output, delivers 13 T64BV, 12 T-80BV tanks to Ukrainian Ground Forces; Ukraine boasts 160,000 active frontline personnel (to Russia’s 766,055) and 2,809 MBTs, light tanks, tank destroyers (to Russia’s 15,398); Russia’s military ranked 2nd most powerful in world, Ukraine’s is 30th
August 11, 2016Posted by on
Open hostility between the leadership of Russia and Ukraine does not bode well. In terms of the political subtext to this conflict, which is generally ignored by the Western MSM, Putin reaffirmed his commitment to communist ideals back in January, while Ukraine repudiated its Soviet legacy by banning communism last year. Viva Golitsyn!
WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Moscow foments pretext for open war with Kiev: Putin steps into fray, accuses Ukraine of “practicing terror” in alleged special ops raid into occupied peninsula: “This is very alarming news. In fact, our security services prevented an incursion into the territory by a sabotage-reconnaissance group from Ukraine’s defence ministry. From the Russian side there were losses – two soldiers killed. We obviously will not let such things slide by”; Russian dictator dismisses need for upcoming “Normandy Four” (Russia, Ukraine, France, Germany) summit in China next month; spokesman for Ukraine’s foreign ministry tweets: “Putin wants more war. Russia escalates, desperately looks for casus belli against Ukraine, tests West’s reaction”; Ukrainian Defense Ministry retorts: “Such allegations by the FSB are nothing but an attempt to justify the redeployment and aggression of the Russian Federation troops on the territory of the annexed peninsula”; Russian occupational authorities block pro-Ukrainian/pro-West websites in Crimea, including RFE/RL, independent News from Crimea
August 10, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Moscow foments pretext for open war with Kiev: Russian Federal Security Service accuses Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR) of plotting “terrorist attacks” in town of Armyansk, Crimea on night of Aug. 6-7; FSB (operating illegally on occupied Ukrainian territory) says one of its agents killed while trying to arrest saboteurs, 20 bombs, mines, ammo found in area, “Ukrainian spy network eliminated,” Ukrainian and Russian citizens detained; Russian soldier supposedly killed on Aug. 8 in “clashes” with 2 more groups of saboteurs; spokesman for Ukrainian HUR denies Kremlin accusations; Russian occupiers (disingenuously) reopen all 3 checkpoints between Crimea, mainland Ukraine, but request tourists to refrain from visiting peninsula; Ukrainian border guards noted Russian troop movements in N. Crimea up to 2 weeks ago: “A large part of military hardware and personnel of the Russian armed forces had been moved through the Kerchensky ferry from the Krasnodar Krai to the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea”
August 10, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Yevhen Marchuk Facebooks: “Russia publicly supplies a large number of heavy military equipment, mainly of offensive character, to Crimea and the occupied territories of Donbas . . . I think that Russia has already developed and activated its plan, which is designed to ruin and disrupt the celebration [on Aug. 24] of the 25th anniversary of independence of Ukraine”; Marchuk is Ukrainian rep for Trilateral Contact Group (Moscow, Kiev, OSCE), former PM (1995-1996); Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR): Russia has deployed ground-based and air-launched nuclear weapon delivery systems to occupied Crimea, nearest nuke warheads stored at Black Sea port of Novorossiysk; HUR also reports “secret rotation of Russian troops serving in Ukraine’s east is still going on, [while] some reshuffles of Russian commanders also took place”; ATO spokesman on Donbas rebellion: Moscow-backed insurgents launched 62 attacks against government forces in Donetsk, Lugansk oblasts over past 24 hours, no Ukrainian soldiers killed; 8 Russian-separatist UAVs spotted flying over Donetsk region, 4 specifically near government-held port city of Mariupol
August 10, 2016Posted by on
USSR2 File: Putin addresses All-Russia People’s Front in Stavropol on Jan. 25, 2016, criticizes Lenin’s legacy, but unwittingly (or not) confirms Anatoliy Golitsyn’s thesis that Soviets would feign their demise, rebuild worldwide communist federation after period of dormancy: “You know that I, like millions of Soviet citizens, over 20 million, was a member of the Communist Party of the USSR and not only was I a member of the party but I worked for almost 20 years for an organization called the Committee for State Security [KGB]. I was not, as you know, a party member by necessity. I liked Communist and socialist ideas very much and I like them still”; emboldened by Russia’s economic downturn, official (i.e., United Russia) corruption, surge in popular support for Communist Party of Russian Federation (from 15 to 21%), 23-year-old neo-Komsomol chief Vladimir Obukhovsky gloats ahead of Sept. Duma vote: “Communism is the sole system under which our country had it all. Today’s authorities have destroyed everything that was built up by the Soviets. Sooner or later, BY WHATEVER MEANS, the Communist Party will come to power again”
August 9, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Ukrainian General Staff fears imminent Russian invasion via occupied Crimea, possibly to coincide with Russian military exercise, Northern Caucasus 2016 drill to include troops in Crimea; Kiev bolsters defenses in Kherson Oblast with anti-tank rocket launchers, “heavy military hardware”; Ukrainian border guards spot 9 Russian Mi-8 helos, 2 UAVs flying along administrative border with peninsula; possible Kremlin provocation: Infiltrators from Ukraine allegedly attacked occupiers’ border post near Armyansk, Crimea, killed as many as 4 Russian soldiers; Putin abolished Crimean Federal District on July 28, incorporated illegally seized Ukrainian territory into Russia’s Southern Federal District; collaborationist leader of Crimea: “There will be no return to Ukraine”; Moldova condemns joint “anti-terror” exercise between Russian, Transnistrian forces on July 27-Aug. 3; Moscow sets up possible counter-thrust against NATO’s SE flank: Russia, Belarus, Serbia to hold third Slavic Brotherhood military drill near Croatian border in Sept., Russian VDV troops to participate, Zagreb joined NATO in 2009; Russian PM Medvedev to arrive in Serbia in late Sept., ratify special status for “Russian forces” base in Nis
August 9, 2016Posted by on
A US presidential election looms only months away. The two main candidates are widely viewed as “flawed,” one being a pro-Russian businessman, the other a die-hard leftist whose husband boasts a sordid, unprosecuted criminal history stretching all the way back to the governor’s mansion in Little Rock. Putin could be calculating that this is an opportune time to dismember Ukraine for good. The Americans will be too preoccupied with their own problems.
WW4 File: Donbas War/Syrian Civil War: Russian occupational authorities in Crimea block checkpoints to mainland Ukraine, amass troops, tanks near Dzhankoy and Armyansk, towns located in N. of peninsula; follows reports of new Russian military buildup along Ukraine’s N. and S. borders, transportation of tanks, other heavy firepower to Donbas rebels; leader of self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic barely survives assassina- tion attempt after SUV bombed, one bodyguard killed; Ukrainian military’s Main Intelligence Directorate observes infighting among Moscow-backed insurgents: “[N]ow there is an ongoing struggle for power and financial flows among militants in eastern Ukraine”; Polish interior minister: Cross-border traffic with Russian exclave of Kaliningrad to remain suspended until “causes that are related to the security of the Polish state disappear”; Putin’s air campaign against ISIS continues as 6 Tu-22M3 strategic bombers fly from Russia to “deliver concentrated strike with high-explosive munitions” against militant positions near Palmyra, Syria; Syrian opposition claims Russian Air Force Su-34 strike fighters based near Latakia targeted rebel-held city of Idlib with thermite bombs, 10 civilians injured, apparent retaliation for recent failure of Assad’s troops to reclaim Aleppo
August 8, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Kiev refuses to recognize credentials of new Russian ambassador, Mikhail Babich career Chekist; Ukrainian General Staff’s Main Intelligence Directorate: 1) “Over the last week, about 30 tanks, 11 armoured vehicles, six Grad MRLSs, and a large amount of ammunition were transported to E. Ukraine [from Russia]. More trucks carrying food and military equipment for the Russian-backed occupation forces are expected to arrive on August 2”; 2) Donbas rebels refuse to conduct “offensive reconnaissance on government-controlled territory,” execute Russian commander of insurgent 11th Makiivka motorized rifle regiment; 3) “Russian-terrorist formations” readying for “large-scale offensive near Avdiivka, Zaitseve, Opytne and at the so-called Svitlodarsk salient”; Russia reactivates 1st Guards Tank Army in W. Military District, near N. Ukraine, deploys 4 new divisions, 9 brigades and 22 regiments in S. Military District, adjacent to S. Ukraine; Kremlin-linked newspaper rumbles: “Ukraine has become Russia’s strategic adversary: Moscow does not exclude the possibility of a major war”; independent Russian military analyst: DM Shoigu already considers Ukraine part of NATO
August 5, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File/Red Dawn Alert: Five US strategic bombers, including 3 B-52 Stratofortresses, 2 B-2 Spirits, carry out non-stop flights from CONUS to North, Baltic Seas, over Pacific Ocean, Alaska, North Pole; in cooperation with NATO/NORAD allies, “Polar Roar” drill “demonstrates the ability of the U.S. bomber force to provide a flexible and vigilant long-range global-strike capability”; People’s Liberation Army Navy holds “routine” live-fire drills in hotly contested waters of East China Sea, “firing dozens of missiles and torpedoes,” E. China Sea home to Senkaku/Diaoyu islets claimed by both Beijing, Tokyo; China, Russia plan to hold another “routine” joint naval drill in South China Sea in Sept., follows Hague ruling rejecting Beijing’s claim over islands in region, builds upon 11-year history of combined Sino-Russian military exercises; Russia ships 20 T-72B1 main battle tanks to cash-strapped Nicaragua, President Ortega likely to unveil new firepower in military parade ahead of Nov. re-election bid, 30 more tanks expected; modernized Soviet-era MBT will place neo-Sandinista regime at head of new C. American arms race
August 2, 2016Posted by on
Useful Idiots Bin: Internet awash with speculation Trump is “Putin’s man” for White House as US real estate magnate sarcastically urges Kremlin to release hacked DNC emails, hints at possible recognition of Russia’s annexation of Crimea; Trump’s current (third) wife Melania raised in Communist Yugoslavia, according to tabloids Donald’s father-in-law Viktor Knavs is former cadre of League of Communists of Slovenia; Donald Jr. admits in 2008 that Russian oligarchs comprise “disproportionate cross-section” of business dynasty’s investors worldwide, dad sold US$95 million Palm Beach mansion to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev same year; Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, managed investment fund for Russian aluminum magnate with close ties to Putin; split looms in American Left, pathway to Oval Office widens for Trump as Green Party’s presumptive nominee for president Jill Stein woos disgruntled Democrats, Hillary haters, leftists tout Stein-Sanders ticket for Nov. poll; Cornel West shows up at Philadelphia rally to boost Stein’s White House bid, lambastes Trump as “fascist catastrophe,” well-known academic member of Democratic Socialists of America
July 29, 2016Posted by on
Cyber-Leninism File: Clinton secures Democratic presidential nomination by acclamation after party rival Sanders concedes defeat, throws support behind former First Lady; US computer security experts believe Russian GRU/FSB behind April hack attack at DNC network, stealing party’s files on Republican contender Trump; DNC hires CrowdStrike to probe electronic breach, firm identifies Russian General Staff’s Main Intelligence Directorate as one culprit, labels GRU “Fancy Bear,” Federal Security Service as another infiltrator, labels FSB “Cozy Bear”; KGB successor reportedly had access to DNC computer files for 12 months, while GRU “fingerprints” discovered in 2015 breach at Germany’s Bundestag network; Russian FM Lavrov at ASEAN summit in (Communist) Laos bristles at allegations: “I don’t want to use four-letter words”; US real estate magnate, Russian dictator/secret billionaire express warms words for each other; Putin on Trump: “He’s saying he wants to go to another level of relations — closer, deeper relations with Russia. How can we not welcome that?”; Trump on Putin: We would “get along very well,” wavers on NATO commitment, mutual defense, accuses military allies of seeking “free ride”
July 27, 2016Posted by on
EU File: Fars News Agency reports Russian FSB tipped off Turkish MIT of coup plot “hours” before faction in military launched putsch, Gulenists allegedly learned their plans were compromised, decided to strike ahead of original timeframe, Erdogan held emergency consultations with Iranian security officials, Quds Force “reviewed various scenarios that might emerge” (Iranian intervention ?!); Russian “army intelligence” (i.e., GRU 6th Directorate) at air base in Latakia, Syria, reportedly intercepted “highly sensitive army exchanges and encoded radio messages showing that the Turkish army was readying to stage a coup,” coupists conspired to kidnap or kill Erdogan while president vacationed at resort in Marmaris; Kremlin spokesman Peskov scoffs at Iranian report: “I have no such information and do not know which sources the agency is referring to’; Turkey charges 99 generals, admirals with “treason” in coup plot, announces 3-month state of emergency, suspends adherence to European Convention on Human Rights; NATO chief Stoltenberg hopeful, expects Turkey’s reaction to abortive coup “to be proportionate and in line with the values of NATO,” “no talks to reconsider Turkey’s membership in the military alliance”; US Def. Sec. Carter confident power will be restored “soon” to Incirlik base, US airmen at “highest security alert”
July 21, 2016Posted by on
Notwithstanding the Kremlin’s formal denials, this report is very probable, i.e., Russian GRU is definitely operating in Syria, and we know Putin is more than happy to stir the pot wherever he can, i.e., destabilize Turkey, force its withdrawal from NATO, bring it into the orbit of the Moscow-Tehran-Damascus Axis, etc.
Flashback: Russia, Iran, Iraq and Syria Establish Intelligence-Sharing Center in Baghdad in 2015, Two Russian One-Star Generals on Staff (source)
EU File: US airmen at Turkey’s Incirlik base rely on generators while guarding nuke arsenal, carrying out anti-ISIS bombing runs over Syria; Erdogan government refuses to reconnect base to commercial power in face of demands for extradition of Islamic cleric believed responsible for July 15-16 coup attempt; AKP regime widens purge of suspected Gulenists in public and private sectors, more than 50,000 lose their jobs, including 15,000 education ministry workers and 1,577 university deans, temporary ban placed on academic travel abroad; revokes licenses of 21,000 private school teachers; suspensions follow Monday’s purge targeting 9,000 police, 2,745 judges, 8,777 interior ministry workers, 1,500 finance ministry workers, 257 staff at prime minister’s office, 100 employees at National Intelligence Agency, 399 at family and social affairs ministry, 492 at religious affairs ministry; Erdogan mulls reinstitution of death penalty for conspirators, Brussels warns such a development would kill Turkey’s EU aspirations
July 20, 2016Posted by on
EU File: Ex-chief of Turkish air force denies leading putsch against Erdogan while presidential office denies claims 14 warships missing, under control of Hizmet putschists, but refuses to discuss whereabouts of Admiral Veysel Kosele, cmdr. of Turkish navy missing since July 15 coup attempt; conspiracy to seize control of key government sites involved airlifting 5,000 commandos under “fake orders” into Ankara, local authorities helped to derail plot by blocking runway at Sirnak airport; Turkish police discover arms cache in forest near Grand Yazici Marmaris Hotel in SW Turkey, where Pres. Erdogan was vacationing when coup launched; helicopter-borne hit squad attacked hotel around 4 a.m. on July 16, missing Erdoğan “by only minutes” as president whisked away to Istanbul to counter coup attempt; foreign tourists relate harrowing tale of rebel assault on 5-star resort, 2 police killed, 7 others injured during gun battle; 8 Turkish soldiers who fled homeland aboard helo appear before Greek judge, Ankara demands extradition of “traitors”; Turkish pilots who shot down Russian warplane last Nov. arrested over coup plot, Putin phones Erdogan to voice support for embattled Turkish government
July 19, 2016Posted by on
EU File: Turkey briefly suspends US anti-ISIS ops out of Incirlik air base after failed military coup against Erdogan government, 50 US B-61 hydrogen bombs stored at base where Turkish General Bekir Ercan Van, 9 other officers arrested on July 17 on suspicion of supporting Hizmet putschists, offering Incirlik as base to refuel fighter jets used in coup plot; 2 dozen generals, including ex-air force chief Akin Ozturk, Erdogan’s current air force adviser detained; total of 18,000 soldiers, police, judges purged in wake of shocking July 15 coup attempt; Turkish PM Binali Yildirim blames Fethullah Gulen for masterminding coup, sends dossier on Hanafi Islamic cleric to US State Dept., demands extradition of US-based Gulen; at least 194 civilians, soldiers killed after rebel troops stormed government buildings in Ankara, jets roared overhead, coup launched while Erdogan vacationing on Turkey’s SW coast; UN, EU, NATO urge Ankara to uphold rule of law amidst crackdown on Gulenists; last successful military coup in Turkey occurred in 1980, Turkish Communist Party denies serious ideological schism between AKP regime, putschists
July 19, 2016Posted by on
The July 15th coup attempt was not a confrontation between ideologically conflicting centers , but involved at least two and even more state cliques with identical class identities and ideologies. . . .
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a bourgeois politician, he is an enemy of the working class, he is a counter revolutionary and he is no different than the coup plotters who wanted to topple him.
— Statement of Turkish Communist Party, July 17, 2016
US hydrogen bombs stored in unstable Islamic NATO ally. One can only grimace or wince. Take your pick.
Gray Terror File: France once again struck by appalling mass-carnage terrorism as 31-year-old French-Tunisian with rap sheet rents, then plows 19-ton truck through celebrating crowds on Bastille Day in Nice, kills 84 men, women and children; Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel armed with pistol, exchanged fire with police before being shot dead through windshield, wife taken into custody for questioning; search of truck uncovered second, larger gun, fake weapons and grenades; Bouhlel’s neighbours described him as “very weird loner,” ISIS claims responsibility for his rampage; last major attack in France occurred on Nov. 13, 2015 when ISIS gunmen mowed down 130 civilians in Paris; Socialist President Francois Hollande extends last year’s state of emergency by 3 months, allows police to conduct raids, searches without warrant or judicial oversight, awards extra powers to officials to place people under house arrest; National Front’s pro-Moscow Marine Le Pen mocks Hollande’s “war of words” with radical Islam, urges France to “declare war on Islamic fundamentalism”
July 15, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: Gorbachev: NATO ready to “declare war” on Russia, Russian Foreign Ministry issues menacing response to NATO troop deployments in Poland, Baltics: “In a crisis, we will destroy exactly these weapons. Russia will never again fight on its own territory. The help offered by NATO is not symbolic help for the Baltic states. It is a provocation. If NATO initiates an encroachment – against a nuclear power like ourselves – it will be punished”; Putin shakes up Russian Navy in Stalin-like purge, sacks entire officer corps of Baltic Fleet in late June, apparently follows officers’ refusal to ramp up aggressive encounters with Western warplanes, warships, 2 vice-admirals appointed to rebuild command structure; Kremlin offers carrot, envoy to NATO says military planes will fly over Baltic Sea with transponders engaged if Western alliance aircraft do same; Russia increases security, resumes construction at bases in Kaliningrad, requires special permits for foreigners visiting Baltic exclave; NATO intel says Kaliningrad air defenses part of Kremlin’s anti-access/area denial strategy for region, deployment of Iskander-M missiles expected within next 24-36 months; Kaliningrad’s Pionersky Radar Station became operational in 2014, can scan all of Europe, provide early warning of air attack; Russia to build new “Sunflower” radar station in occupied Crimea, monitor NATO ships passing through Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait
July 14, 2016Posted by on
Nato has begun preparations for escalating from the Cold War into a hot one. All the rhetoric in Warsaw [site of July 8-9 NATO summit] just yells of a desire almost to declare war on Russia. They only talk about defence, but actually they are preparing for offensive operations.
— Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the Soviet Union, 1990-1991; General Secretary, Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1985-1991
The message was very clear. There is no reason for NATO to do what it is doing … The direction in which NATO is moving in military terms is very worrisome. It takes us back to the Cold War
— Alexander Grushko, Russian ambassador to NATO
The Kremlin’s long-standing displeasure over NATO’s expansion into the former Soviet Bloc/republics has never been clearer. Let’s hope Obama, Clinton, Trump and the Pentagon incorporate these warnings into their foreign policy and military strategy. The neo-Soviet Bear has roared. Is the West listening?
WW4 File: Kremlin agrees to revive NATO-Russia council after N. Atlantic alliance meets in Warsaw in July, even as Putin applauds Britain’s pending exit from EU, accuses West of provoking new arms race, vows to respond to NATO military buildup in ex-Soviet Bloc/ republics; DM Shoigu says Russia will counter NATO’s deployment of 1,000 troops, 1,200 pieces of combat hardware, 30 warplanes near W. border by equipping Russian military with 2,000 pieces of new/upgraded equipment in 2016, hiring 10,000 recruits for contract service, building/renovating 10 garrisons in W. Russia, Russian Air Force to utilize experience acquired in Syrian campaign; Italy’s radical right leads charge against anti-Russia sanctions as Liguria follows Veneto in recognizing Putin’s forcible annexation of Crimea, both regional governments dominated by pro-Moscow, anti-EU Northern League, LN member in Italian Senate urges colleagues to reject EU’s anti-Russia stance
June 30, 2016Posted by on
In 2000 Gorbachev, who is persona non grata in Ukraine, called the European Union the New European Soviet. In this light, Putin’s apparent approval of a “Brexit” could simply be part of the neo-Soviet plan to divide and conquer Europe. Perhaps, too, the Moscow Leninists have secretly acknowledged that the idea of a United Europe has failed to capture the imaginations of many Europeans.
Neo-Sandinista File: Washington Free Beacon maintains Russia’s planned GLONASS facility near Laguna de Najapa, N. of Managua, actually electronic “spy base,” Pentagon, Nicaraguan embassy in DC refuse to comment on T-72 tank deal between Cold War allies, State Dept. plays down Ortega’s old/new subservience to Moscow; Sandinista supermajority in Nicaraguan legislature passes measure authorizing Russian military to train Nicaraguan soldiers on use of tanks, permit Russian SVR intel officers to legally enter country; Ortega cracks down on main party in opposition coalition ahead of Nov. re-election bid, cronies on Supreme Court remove Montealegre as leader of Independent Liberal Party, smaller parties already stripped of legal status by compliant electoral officials; regime expels 2 US Customs and Border Protection agents, US Army College prof., latter critical of secrecy surrounding interoceanic canal, unidentified Nicaraguan officials arrive at Ellis’ hotel room at 11:30 p.m., revoke permission to research Hong Kong-backed megaproject; 1000s of Nicaraguans take to the streets on June 14 to protest signing away of sovereignty over canal corridor to Red China
June 28, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Moscow-backed separatists in Donbas continue to violate Minsk 2, amass 30 tanks near government-held city of Avdiivka; NATO chief Stoltenberg: “Russia needs to stop supporting the militants and withdraw its forces and military equipment from Ukrainian territory [i.e., Crimea]”; meanwhile 30,000 troops from 20 NATO states wrap up Anakonda 2016, largest exercise since Cold War held in Poland, 60,000 US troops permanently stationed in Europe, down from 500,000 in 1980s; NATO to hold symbolic summit in Warsaw in July 8-9, deploy four battalions to Poland, Baltic states to deter Russian aggression; Canadian spy agency says Moscow “mobilizing for war,” Trudeau government mulls larger contingent of Canadian troops in E. Europe’s new NATO states; Putin irked by West’s fortitude, moves 23rd and 28th Independent Motor Rifle Brigades near Ukrainian, Belarusian borders; Belarusian dictator, Russia ally Lukashenko says country successfully tested home-grown missile system; EU extends investment ban, economic sanctions against Crimea’s collaborationist regime
June 17, 2016Posted by on
Gray Terror File: Orlando massacre perp apparently both homosexual and Muslim, clouding intent behind Omar Mateen’s rampage; Mateen attended local mosque, also patronized Pulse gay nightclub “many times” over past 3 years, FBI believes killer conducted surveillance trips to Walt Disney World; nightclub performer: Mateen was a “nice guy… Maybe he got radicalised and hated who he was” (implying he was gay); another Pulse patron met Mateen through gay dating app; fiance of Mateen’s ex-wife alleges Omar had “homosexual tendencies,” while Sediqque Mir Mateen insists son “normal family man”; police shot 29-year-old Mateen dead after he barricaded himself in bathroom, taking several people hostage; Mateen toting legally purchased Sig Sauer MCX (“Black Mamba”) assault rifle, also carried Glock 17 handgun; meanwhile, FBI Director James Comey warns: “strong indications of radicalisation and of potential inspiration by foreign terrorist organisations”; US Islamic clergy scrambles to condemn shootings
June 14, 2016Posted by on
Possible scenario: Mateen was indeed a radicalized Muslim who may have infiltrated Orlando’s LGBT community for the purpose of carrying out this atrocity. If he was a frequent patron of the Pulse, his arrival at the nightclub before the attack would not have initially alarmed anyone. The fact that he may have also been a self-hating gay would not necessarily preclude this scenario. However, it is clear this story is still unfolding.
Gray Terror File: US-born ISIS sympathizer armed with assault rifle, pistol storms into gay nightclub in Orlando early Sun. a.m., shoots 49 patrons dead, wounds 53; 3-hour standoff ensues with police, followed by APC assault on the “Pulse” nightspot, pro-Islamist gunman killed; Omar Mateen was “radical Muslim” who followed Marcus Dwayne “Abu Taubah” Robertson, founder of Orlando’s Fundamental Islamic Knowledge Seminary, Robertson ex-US Marine, ex-bodyguard to “Blind Sheik” involved in 1993 World Trade Center attack; Mateen’s wife says he was mentally ill, Mateen’s father supporter of Taliban, hosts anti-American TV program for Afghan diaspora in USA; FBI admits Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, FL, interviewed in 2013, 2014 but not found to be threat, not under investigation, surveillance at time of attack; Orlando police chief says attack “organized and well-prepared”; Pres. Obama calls shootings “act of terror, act of hate” against LGBTs; Pulse massacre deadliest mass shooting in US history
June 13, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: ATO: Combined Russian-separatist forces in Donbas launch 49 attacks against government troops overnight, violating Minsk 2 cease-fire yet again; Dep. Sec. of NSDC addresses lawmakers from Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland: “The Russian troops are preparing for the resumption of active offensive operations in order to advance to the administrative border of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as penetrate the land corridor to Crimea”; Ukrainian MI: “. . . [O]n the territory of occupied Crimea . . . [Russia has deployed] delivery systems of nuclear weapons, nuclear tactical weapons, and aviation-surface vessels which are able to carry and use nuclear hardware”; meanwhile, Putin rails against US anti-missile battery in Romania, prospect of same in Poland, “. . . [W]e will be forced to carry out certain measures to ensure our security. It will be the same case with Poland”; Kremlin denies reports 28th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade redeployed from Urals to Belarusian border, but local admin blabs: Mil engineers to build perm. base; 28th SMRB previously deployed to Ukrainian border in Nov. 2014; Russian “peacekeeping” brigade arrives in Belarus 2 months ahead of CSTO’s Unshakable Brotherhood 2016 exercise; Poland to enlist 35,000 men into Territorial Defense Force to counter feared Russian (re-)invasion
June 3, 2016Posted by on
WW4/Middle East Files: ISIS suspected behind destructive terrorist attack against new Russian mil base near recaptured ancient city of Palmyra, satellite imagery reportedly shows 4 Mi-24 (Hind) helos, 20 ammo trucks obliterated in assault; Kremlin denies both attack and establishment of permanent base at Tiyas, troops only de-mining UNESCO heritage site after Syrian army, Russian Air Force thrust ISIS out of Palmyra in March; meanwhile, Russia’s Ministry of Defence calls for temporary truce in N. towns of Tartus, Jableh after extremists kill at least 150 people on May 23, also calls for 72-hour truce in Daraya, E. Ghouta, outside Damascus, where Russian officials report Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front “preparing an advance on the [national capital] region”; convoy of 54 trucks from Syrian Arab Red Crescent, UN deliver humanitarian aid to four Damascus suburbs blockaded by Assad’s troops
May 24, 2016Posted by on