More Planes, Bigger Bombs!

Tupalov TU 160 long range strategic bomber that Russia has started using in Syria this week.
Su30 fighter escorts TU 160long range bomber.
Su30 fighter escorts TU 160long range bomber.
Su30 fighter escorts TU 160long range bomber.
Su30 fighter escorts TU 160long range bomber.
Su30 fighter escorts TU 160long range bomber.
Su30 fighter escorts TU 160long range bomber.
Russian Navalvessel fired cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea into Syria.
Russian Naval vessel fired cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea into Syria.

November 19th, 2015.

More Planes, Bigger bombs and European bonds.

The Syrian Army have continued achieving limited and small scale improvements in their position across Syria.

ISIL in Palmyra, central Syria appear to be coming under severe pressure.

Syria: SAA/NDF/RuAF Operations in Western Outskirts of Palmyra

Syria: Part 2: SAA/NDF/RuAF Operations in Western Outskirts of Palmyra

Syria: Part 3: SAA/NDF/RuAF Operations in Western Palmyra

Russian strikes for terrorists isis in Palmyra

Following the “go along to get along” decision by Russia to blame ISIL for destroying the Metrojet Flight 9268 over the Sinai peninsula Russia announced that it’s fleet of aircraft operating in Syria is set to increase by an extra 37 from the current size of fifty.

Russias actions on this matter and the earlier MH17 disaster should end any illusion of Russia being anything other than a self-interested completely dishonest power that stages minor truth incursions from time to time for tactical effect.

Putin vows payback after confirmation of Egypt plane bomb | Reuters

Russia then launched a new series of “demonstration” operations, using long range strategic bombers flown from Southern Russia to target ISIL and firing cruise missiles that were photographed as they flew over Syria towards their target in Raqqa.

RAW: Moment Russian cruise missile flies by targeting ISIS in Syria

The Russian president cleverly subverted the French move to send the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle to Syria and capitalised to a degree on the tribal mindset imposed by the trauma of the Paris tragedy by making it publicly known that Russian forces were being instructed to co-operate with the French Navy and Air Force.

Long-range bombers to fly anti-ISIS missions from Russia, Putin orders Navy to work with France — RT News

The way the announcement was managed and the timing mean it is now all but impossible for France to openly act against the Russian operation in any way.

France started bombing ISIL in Syria months ago so the statement from the French president Hollande that “We are at war” following the Paris attacks was completely ridiculous.

They had already been at war with ISIL in Syria.

So it seems as though the silly Zio fantasy speech from the first episode of this seasons Homeland may come true.

Homeland — Quinn tells it like it is

The speech is prime cut pure garbage.  Asked about Syria the fictional CIA killer states that the US should either send 200, 000 troops to permanently occupy the Muddle East, accompanied, most laughably by “school teachers and medics” otherwise they should bomb Raqqa and kill everyone who lives there.

The lies are a constant feature of modern life in the West but the volume and intensity are at the highest level that I have witnessed.

So, publicly at least, the West and Russia are going to be one big happy gang of bombers and they will flatten Raqqa and this will probably achieve very little.

The idea that all the people living in Raqqa are committed jihadists hellbent on the destruction of the West and a new Islamic conquest is just another infantile Zionist fantasy.

The people who live there are just people from a Sunni Arab background the same as the people left in Mosul.

It is telling that Mosul is barely mentioned when the discussion of the ISIL capital arises.

This is because Mosul is not in Syria, and Iraq having already been destroyed is no longer a priority target so the fact that Mosul is a city at least four times the size of Raqqa and ISIL are more powerful in Iraq than Syria is on the lengthy “mot for mention” list.

ISIL will presumably be defeated in the coming months but ISIL are simply the favoured “demon brand” of the moment.

The only real difference between ISIL and the al Nusra front is tactical, the al Nusra Front also believe in building a Caliphate (not that ISIL are really building a Caliphate but this is the crap they tell the fools who believe in their movement) the only difference is that al Nusra believe that the caliphate cannot be built until the jihadists win the war in Syria.

So these people are still going to be in Syria and Iraq, heavily armed and in numbers even if every ISIL member were to be killed.

Equally, the sponsors of the War on Terror will simply find another group of salafists to be their new “demon brand” just as ISIL replaced al Qaeda.

The Aviationist » 25 Russian long-range strategic bombers in action over Syria for the very first time

International Military Review – Syria-Iraq Battlespace, Nov. 23, 2015


Syria: Russia unleashes cruise missiles on IS command centre in Idlib province

Combat cam: Massive bombardment of ISIS oil refineries, tankers by Russian warplanes

Syria: Russian Tupolev Tu-22M jets target oil refineries in Deir ez-Zor

FINALLY! Russian Airstrikes destroy ISIS oil refueling plant and fuel tankers

Massive strike with cruise missiles Kalibr-NK was made from the water zone of the Caspian Sea against terrorist objects in Raqqah, Idlib and Aleppo provinces.

Combat sorties of the Long-range aviation of the Russian Air Force against terrorists in Syria

Russian Air Force Cruise Missile passes over Hama, Syria 20/11/201

International Military Review Syria-Iraq battlespace – Nov. 16, 2015

Combat sorties of the Russian air group from the ‎Hmeymim airbase within the massive airstrikes against terrorists’ objects in Syria

Combat usage of long-range bombers Tu-22M3 against terrorists’ objects in Syria

Great Russian TV report from the Syrian town Kessab on the border with Turkey

FIRST VIDEO: Russian strategic bombers on anti-ISIS sorties to Syria

Syria: Army secure area surrounding former IS stronghold Kweires airbase

Syria: Army performs combat operation in Homs province

Syria: RuAF Long-Range Bombers Conducting Airstrikes on ISIS Tar

Syria: RuAF Tu-160, Tu-95MS, Tu-22M3 Conducting Airstrikes over Syria

Syria: RuAF Airstrikes over ISIS Controled Omar Oil Field, Deir Ez-Zo

Syria: Damascus Syrian army. exchange fire with militants in Jobar


Syrian War- Major SAA Victory in Aleppo as Kweires Airbase Siege Lifted.

Syrian Army soldiers celebrate the breaking of the Kweires Airbase siege.
Syrian Army soldiers celebrate the breaking of the Kweires Airbase siege.
The Kweires Military Airbase from Google Earth.
The Kweires Military Airbase from Google Earth.

November 11th, 2015.

The ending of the siege of the Kwieres Air Base.

.Both sides are reporting a major, albeit fragile victory for the Syrian Government forces and allies in the Aleppo countryside, the site of the  largest Syrian offensive conducted since the Russian intervention began.

The Kweires Air base had been surrounded and besieged since 2013, Around 3oo troops remained in what was  an island in an ISIL controlled area. Syrian Government forces have now broken the siege destroying the insurgents  positions surrounding the facility in what appears to be a major achievement.

Qassem Soleimani reportedly photographed with Iraqi Shia militia members in Aleppo, mid October 2015.
Qassem Soleimani reportedly photographed with Shia militia members in Aleppo, mid October 2015.

Iranian media are reporting that the commander of the Revolutionary Guards Quds force Qasem Soleimani .is leading the assault on the ISIl forces in Eastern Aleppo. this is a clear sign that they believe the operation will succeed as the image and prestige of the commander are clearly important to them.

Syrian Army, Hezbollah Lift ISIL’s 2.5-Year-Long Siege of Kuweires Airbase in Aleppo

“Unconfirmed reports said the groundbreaking victory was gained under the leadership of Iran’s renowned Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani.”

This marks possibly the first major achievement since the Russian Iranian escalation of October.

Graphic depicts the situation at kwieres dair base.
Graphic depicts the situation at kwieres dair base.

ISIL siege of Aleppo airbase ‘broken by Syrian forces’

“Army and the armed forces eliminated large numbers of ISIS terrorists and make contact with the forces defending Kweires Airport in Aleppo’s eastern countryside,” the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said on Tuesday.”

Syria: Siege of Kweiris Air Base Broken

Cheetah Forces Lift the Three Year Long Siege of the Kuweires Military Airbase

Syria: Fighting erupts as govt. forces break siege of Kweires airbase *GRAPHIC*]

Tour inside Kweiris Military Airbase with drone footage.

News Report: Syria Army Breaks the 3-Year Siege of Kweires Airbase, Capitalizes on Russian Support

Reporter Shadi Hulwe and Syrian Army soldiers inside Kweiris Military Airbase.

ISIS Besiege Broken: Assad forces regain control of key airbase

In addition to that operation SAA and allied forces have also been achieving gains in South Aleppo.

Until yesterday al Hader was a major jihadist hub in South Aleppo under the control of the al Nusra front.

Syria army takes key rebel town south of Aleppo: military source THE DAILY STAR

Syria: SAA/Hezbollah Operation in Al-Hadher, Aleppo

The Syrian Arab army and Hezbollah full control over the strategic Jabal al-Arbaain (al-Arbaain mountain) and a number of villages and farms in the southwestern countryside of Aleppo province.

SAA offensive in Hama failed.

Several of the Syrian Government offensives undertaken after the Russian air force joined the war, such as the Hama operation, have clearly failed.

Towns that were taken weeks ago have fallen back into the hands of the insurgents, most obviously Morek.

Syria war- ISIS offensive under Hamah, Morek is captured

Morek is not in itself especially crucial but it is a bad sign when gains are not defended and then reversed.

al Nusra massacre in Latakia.

Meanwhile in the Western region oif Latakia, the heartland of the Syrian government support, insurgents have massacred dozens of civilians in mortar strikes.

Al Jazeera described the events.

  “at least 24 civilians were killed and 57 others injured by two rocket shells that landed in residential areas of the coastal city of Latakia, quoting local police.

The observatory put the death toll at 23 civilians, adding that at least 40 others had been injured in the attacks. The rockets landed near Teshreen University.”

Jihadists shell Latakia University, bus stop, killing and wounding dozens of civilians

Syria: Shrapnel-scarred cars line Latakia after 23 killed in shelling

Syria: At least 23 killed, 65 wounded in shelling of Latakia

Jabhat al Nusra and the other jihadists routinely conduct these punitive massacres against civilians in Government areas when they face defeat on the battlefield. It is one of their trademarks.

Syrian Air Force bombard Douma- more than a dozen civilians killed.

Like the rebels. Syrian Government forces frequently bombard positions held by the other side with scant regard for civilian deaths and injuries.

Douma targeted.

“At least 15 people were killed and more than 100 others were injured when government warplanes targeted residential areas in Douma, just outside of the capital Damascus.”

Airstrike cam: Bombs rain down on supposed jihadist hideout in Syria

Syrian‬ intense Airstrike hits terrorists ‪in Darayya‬ (close sight

South Front.

International Military Review – Syria-Iraq Battlespace, Nov. 10, 2015

International Military Review – Syria-Iraq Battlespace, Nov. 11, 2015

International Military Review – Syria-Iraq Battlespace, Nov. 12, 2015

International Military Review – Syria-Iraq Battlespace, Nov. 13, 2015

(More) Raw Footage of the Syrian-Russian Military Offensive and the Iraqi attack on ISIL leaders.

The Syrian Army Launch a rocket barrage in Hama at the start of their ground offensive, October 7th, 2015.
The Syrian Army Launch a rocket barrage in Hama at the start of their ground offensive, October 7th, 2015.

October 12th, 2015.

Syrian Army Makes Progresson multiple fronts.

MUST-SEE Syrian army offensive in Jobar, suburb of Damascus, filmed by Al-Qaeda terrorists

Syria: SAA/NDF Operations In South-West Aleppo: Part 1

Syria: SAA/NDF Operations In South-West Aleppo: Part 2

Russian Mi-24 Hind Helicopters Continue To Operate Over Hama

Syrian Arab Army – National Defense Forces & Hezbollah Operations in Northern Homs offensive in the surrounding villages of Al-Rastan & Talbisah.

Syria: SAA/NDF Operations In South-West Aleppo

Syria: Syrian Arab Army launches Homs attack

Syria: Army launch ground-offensive in Latakia following Russian sorties

“FSA” Attempt To Defend Kafarnabodah Against SAA Push Backed By RuAF

SCARY! Several Russian AF airstrikes hit ISIS terrorists held town in northern Homs, Syria

Syria: SAA/NDF/Hezbollah Operations in Northern Homs

Syria: Devastation caused by al-Nusra Front revealed after Syrian Army liberates villages

International Military Review – Syria, Oct. 15, 2015: Iran’s Attitude

Entry to Kvrenbaudh

Syria: SAA/NDF Operations in Salma, Latakia.

UNIQUE drone footage HD of Syrian airstrike against ISIS in Harasta, Syria

Syria: See fierce frontline action as Army advances near Damascus

Syrian army back by Russian air power makes significant gains

Under the cover of Russian airstrikes, SAA is storming ISIS / Al-Qaeda terrorist positions 12/10/15

Syria: Syrian Army ground forces advance in Hama province *GRAPHIC*

Syria: Syrian military releases explosive Latakia operation footage

International Military Review – Syria, Oct. 13, 2015: The US Strategy

Russian and Syrian air forces airstrikes against ISIS in Syria October 12, 2015

Syria: Exclusive footage of Syrian Army offensive in Latakia *GRAPHIC*

Syria: SAA/Hezbollah/RuAF Operations in Al-Ghab

Syrian army operations Al-Ghab Plain

Syria: SAA MRLS Strike in South Idlib. 10/12/15

Syria: Military kill, capture Jabhat al-Nusra militants in Atshan operation

غارات عنيفة من الطيران الحربي تستهدف مواقع ارهابيي جبهة ااالحربي تستهدف مواقع ارهابيي جبهة النصرة داخل
20 terrorist Al-Nusra Front Hama Killed

Report from the frontline where Syrian troops fighting ISIS (EXCLUSIVE)

ساعة إخبارية12-10-2015 لور خضور

Syria: Syrian Army recaptures Atshan village in Hama offensive

سيطرة الجيش العربي السوري على قرية عطشان بريف حماة
Syrian Army in Hama.

Syria: Battle for Daria rages as Syrian Army pushes forward

Moderate beheaders” watching their rival terroristic group getting hammered by Syrian Army

Air attacks are devastating foreign backed jihadist fighters.

Aftermath of Russian bombing on the headquarters of the Al-Qaeda affiliate Jaish al-Fatihin in Syria

Destruction of a huge ammunition depot, to the west of Jubb al-Zarus (Hama province)

Pinpoint strikes against workshops of militants near Sermania (Idlib province)

Pinpoint strike with KAB-500 guided bomb against terrorists’ strong point equipped with artillery positions located in Latakia province.

Destruction of fortified area with underground bunker and tunnel network as well as hardware column arrived for being refueled and rearmed in Hama province

Precision strike with a KAB-500 air bomb against a militants’ command centre in the Idlib province.

Pinpoint strike with BETAB-500 concrete-piercing air bombs on a bunker of ISIS terrorists in the Lattakia province.

Well-organized strong point with command centre and ammunition storage of militants in Idlib province was completely destroyed by direct hit of air bomb.

Su-24M bomber performed pinpoint strikes against armored hardware shelters, POL and materiel storages of militants near Khan Shaykhun (Idlib province).

Pinpoint airstrike of a Su-34 bomber on an ISIS command centre near Aleppo.

Airstrike on an ISIS armament and ammunition depot near Idlib.

Airstrikes on a militants’ strong point arranged near Jubb al Ahmar settlement (Hama province)

Combat Cam: Russian jets target militants’ position and ammunition depots – Ministry of Defense

Airstrikes against an ISIS training camp in the Idlib province.

Precision strikes of Su-24M bombers against an ISIS transfer point with underground facilities located in mountain-woody area near Salma settlement (Lattakia province).

Results of an airstrike against a terrorist strong point near Ter-Tyana.

Impressive footage of Russian airstrikes against ISIS / Al-Qaeda in city Kafarnabodah, Hama in Syria

Combat cam: Russian aircraft pounds ISIS positions in Latakia, Hama and Idlib

Results of a strike with a BETAB-500 concrete-piercing air bomb against engineer facilities.

Results of the airstrike made by Su-34 bombers against an ISIS command centre in the Raqqah province.

The view from the rebel fighters.

Regime advances with help of Russian strikes THE DAILY STAR

“The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that monitors the Syrian conflict, said the Syrian military and its ally Hezbollah had taken control of Tal Sukayk, a highland area in Idlib province, after fierce Russian bombing.
That brings Syrian government forces closer to insurgent-held positions along the main highway that links Syria’s principal cities. The area is held by a rebel alliance that excludes ISIS fighters.
“The coming battles are going to be ferocious, the Russians are using scorched earth policy and they are hitting the targets very accurately but this is a battle of destiny,” said Abu Hamed, the head of the military bureau of Jabhat Sham, an insurgent group that operates mainly in Hama province.”
The Syrian army made advances from the towns of Morek and Atshan in Hama province using tanks, heavy artillery and new surface-to-surface missiles, he said.
Russia said its planes had flown 64 sorties, striking 63 targets and destroying 53 fortified positions in the previous 24 hours. As in the past, it described all targets as belonging to ISIS, although most of the areas it said it had struck are not held by that group.
Syrian state television also reported that the government had captured Tal Sukayk with the help of Russian airstrikes.
The state-run SANA news agency said government forces destroyed at least 20 vehicles loaded with ammunition, and some with heavy machine guns, east of Tal Sukayk, killing the “terrorists” on board.
The Local Coordination Committees, another activist-run monitoring group, said government helicopters and suspected Russian jets struck at a third village, Tamanna, north of Atshan and Tal Sukayk. Tamanna lies on the border with Idlib.
Both the Observatory and the LCC reported intense clashes and Russian airstrikes in rural Latakia.


“In an audio recording, a Saudi militant preacher based in Syria urged fighters to unite, mobilize and attack Syrian forces in different provinces in order to avert “consecutive collapses.”

ISIl in Anvar following Ramadi victory of May 2015. The days of the stand down are over now and these parades will never take place ever again.
ISIl in Anvar following Ramadi victory of May 2015. The days of the stand down are over now and these parades will never take place ever again.

Iraq attacks ISIL leaders meeting and al Baghdadi convoy.

In other good news for the real anti terror coalition comprising Russia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Hezbollah and Kurdish groups the Iraqi Air Force claim to have attacked a leaders meeting in the extremely obscure al Anbar town of Karabla (not to be confused with the important southern Iraq city of Karbala).. It is claimed that eight Senior figures in the terror group were killed in the aerial bombardment.

In addition the Iraqis also attacked the convoy of the leader of ISIL as he travelled to the meeting at around midday on Saturday the 10th of October. It was stated that the leader of the fake Caliphate was taken away by comrades in one of the vehicles that survived the air strike.

Islamic State figures killed in air strike but Abu Bakr Baghdadi not believed among them – Telegraph

It is extremely likely that the leadership of ISIL were the subject of a stand down by the US military enabling them to stay in Syria at little risk but the Russian campaign forced them into Iraq where they eere able to be targeted by the Iraqis.

Iraq is going to have big problems in the medium to long term regardless of the status of the leadership of the fake Caliphate.

The Sunni extremists are not the only criminals in Iraq. It is understood that the Shia milita groups there unlike almost all their allies, are genuinely sectarian and they commit crimes against the Sunni population of Iraq in response to the crimes of Sunni extremists.

The city of Tikrit was liberated from the IS group in April by Shia militia groups. Tikrit used to be a city of 200,000 people yet months after the eviction of the IS remains a ghost town. The civilians who fled the fighting have not returned and that is a big problem that points to the bigger problem of the psychological destruction of the Iraqi state during the US Military occupation.

The sectarianism of the Shia militia forces in Iraq and elements of the Iraq Government represents a huge legitimacy problem for the anti terror coalition.

The reason the anti terr

Iraqi Interior Ministry: We Hit ISIS Leader

Iraqi air force hits convoy of Islamic State leader Baghdadi

Fresh Russian Airstrikes Blast Foreign Backed Jihadists in Syria.

Still from video of Russian ari strike on Syria.
Still from video of Russian ari strike on Syria.

October 5th, 2015.

Russian Airstrikes on Syria.

Since the middle of this week the air force of the Russian Federation have conducted dozens of air strikes in Syria amid intense hypocrisy from the criminals who have supported the terrorists who have spent the past four years destroying Syria as per Israel’s wishes.

Al Qaeda are now being characterised as a “moderate opposition” group whom the Russians are to be condemned for attacking in some of the most stunning and nauseating hypocrisy ever witnessed on this increasingly foul and despoiled planet.

These same professional liars are still trying to blame al Qaeda for the atrocities in New York on September 11th, 2001 whilst supporting them as an arm of the covert operations wing of the CIA.

It really shows how far gone the West is that they would have the temerity to publicly complain that someone was blowing up their pet al Qaeda terrorists and literally not one member of the official media has a single critical word to say on the matter.

Map of Syrian military situation, October 2015.
Map of Syrian military situation, October 2015.

The Purpose.
Until the Russian Air strikes are combined with a large scale ground offensive, the scale of their operation and it’s ambition will become clear.

There are reports of a massive combined Iranian-Hezbollah-Syrian operation on the ground, these reports may be hype.
After several days several things stand out.
It seems from the focus of the Russian attacks that Idlib, Aleppo, Hama and Homs are going to be the first priority.

The assessment from Andrey Fomin at Voltaire Net makes sense

“The military disposition in Syria is crystal clear. Primarily, blockade of the cities of Homs and Hama should be lifted and direct land route from Damascus to the Turkish border to be put under control of pro-government forces. The first strikes of the Russian AF were dispatched precisely in that direction.”

and more broadly.

“The counter-offensive near Hama will very quickly make it possible to figure out whether the plans to drive Jabhat Al-Nusra into the desert are workable. That might not be consistent with the stated goal of battling Daesh, but in the field everyone understands that it is not possible to expel Islamists into the desert without lifting the blockades on the currently fortified regions. They have been —and remain— prime targets of the Russian air wings.”

and on the real motivation for the Western response to the Russian entrance into the Syria war, a dream that has cost billions of dollars has just died.

American and Saudi concerns have certainly nothing to do with the alleged civilian deaths from air strikes. The fact is that the billions spent by the royal family of Saudi Arabia, the CIA, and other agents in their attempts to oust Bashar al-Assad have literally been tossed away into the sand.”

Map of the areas of control in Syria at the start of 2014.
Map of the areas of control in Syria at the start of 2014.

The Situation.

Looking at maps of the areas of control it is striking that the Syrian state has lost a lot of territory in the North since the start of this year. In the East, there is a single Syrian government position at Deir az Zour military airport whilst in the West Hezbollah have been achieving all the objectives they have been given for several years and almost completely evicted the rebels from the West of Syria near the Lebanon border. The south has remained relatively static by comparison.

One very noticeable aspect of the Russian air operations is that they have not attacked anywhere in southern Syria at all. This may be due to their priorities being focused on the area around the Mediterranean coast or it may be part of a desire to avoid confrontation with Israel at all costs.

The hole created by a Russian air force attack on a Syrian rebel underground facility in Idlib.
The hole created by a Russian air force attack on a Syrian rebel underground facility in Idlib.

Underground command posts destroyed.

The most interesting of the Russian strikes were the attacks that targeted underground rebel facilities. Several sites appear to have been targeted with bunker busting bombs.

It has been claimed that military officers from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey were killed in one of these attacks on an underground base although these claims will probably never be verified.

The presence of foreign military forces within the Syrian insurgency appears to have been severely under-reported.
In mid 2012 the Beirut Daily Star, a large mainstream paper that takes an anti-Assad stance reported that thirteen French officers had been captured in Syria. The Daily Star website then became completely inaccessible for many hours and when it returned to the internet the story had been scrubbed and was never mentioned anywhere again.

International Military Review – Syria, Oct 6, 2015

Syria: Russian air strikes target ISIS HQ near Aleppo

(Russian titles followed by Google translation)

Нанесение авиационного удара по складу боеприпасов террористов ИГИЛ
(Air strikes on ammunition depots terrorists LIH)

Нанесение авиаудара по скоплению военной техники бандформирования ИГИЛ
(The application of air strikes on the accumulation of military equipment gangs LIH)

Нанесение удара по огневой позиции РСЗО подразделения боевиков ИГИЛ
(Striking the firing position MLRS units militants LIH)

Russian Air Force Operations All Over Syria On Oct. 3

Russian Airstrike Destroys Mountainside

Syria: Russian air strikes hit 8 ISIS targets near Jisr al-Shughur

Combat Cam: Russian jets hit 10 ISIS targets in Syria in last 24 hrs – MoD

Footage of Russian air strikes against ISIL positions near Syrian city of Jisr al-Shughur

Syria: Russian Su-34s destroy ISIS command centre near Raqqah

Syria: Russian air strikes hit ammo depot in mountainous region

Syria: RuAF Su-25 Airstrike on IED Factory in Idlib

Combat Cam: Russian jets target ISIS command center, training camp – Moscow MoD

Syria: Footage shows Russian airstrikes obliterating IS targets

Russian Airstrikes All Over Syria Continue

Closer look at Russian fighter jets bombing ISIS (EXCLUSIVE)

The Russian Military are in Syria.

Russian forces perform infantry combat drills in Tartarus Syria as curious locals look on from above.
Russian forces perform infantry combat drills in Tartus (also spelled Tartous) in Western Syria as curious locals look on from above.

September 10th, 2015.

The Russian Military are in Syria.

At the start of August a story emerged of the Russian President delivering a furious message to the Turkish President Erdogan via the Turkish ambassador to Russia. Ümit Yardim.

Russian president to Turkish ambassador: “tell your dictator President he can go to hell along with his ISIS terrorists, I will make Syria a ‘Big Stalingrad’ for him!” – AWD News

The story was impossible to verify but the reported high point of the conversation was the Russian President promising to provide Turkey with “a big Stalingrad”* in Northern Syria.
“..then tell your dictator president he can go to hell along with his ISIL terrorist and I shall make Syria to nothing but a ‘Big Stalingrad’, for Erdoğan and his Saudi allies”
The story was colourful and got a lot of attention, it was amusing enough but I thought Well how would he do that, given that no Russian forces are involved in combat in Syria?.

The Arabic letering on the building and the Port visible in the background indicate the footage is authentic and was shot in Tartarus.
The Arabic lettering on the building and the Port visible in the background indicate the footage is authentic and was shot in Tartus.

The Tartus Video.

A month later video has emerged of Russian infantry apparently preparing for combat at the Russian Naval base in Tartus, Syria. This video supports the story that Russia has decided to increase its military support to the Syrian Government in their military operations against foreign backed jihadist fighters.

The video is clearly shot in a Port and there is Arabic writing on the buildings where the troops are training. Russia has only one Naval base in an area with Arabic speakers so although this video could have been shot anywhere in theory, it is pretty obvious that they are in Tartus and they are Russians and they seem to be preparing for close quarters small arms based combat.

Syria: Russian Army Shooting Exercise in Port Tartus, Latakia

These stills of supposed Russian jets over Syria were posted on Twitter by al Nusra front. No videos, no ground references, no evidence the footage was either shot in Syria or that it showed Russian jets..
These stills of supposed Russian jets over Syria were posted on Twitter by al Nusra front. No videos, no ground references, no evidence the footage was even shot in Syria or that it showed Russian jets..

A Story that was lost in Hype.

Thierry Meyssan broke this story several weeks ago on August 24thbut his story was lost in a great tide of hype and embellishment that followed.

The Russian army is beginning to engage in Syria

This was followed by a tidal wave of hyped stories based on tendentious and phony evidence.

There were pointless photographs of supposedly Russian aircraft flying sorties over Syria.
There is no evidence that any of the photographs of aircraft were authentic or that Russian pilots are flying sorties over Syria.
The claim that there were Russian troops in Latakia dd not appear to be supported by any real evidence, either unless you count the presence of Russian military vehicles as evidence which is ridiculous.
As far as Zabadani goes, another place it was claimed Russians were fighting, I have watched hours of combat footage from Zabadani and it is very clear that Hezbollah are doing the fighting with some support from the Syrian Army.
The rest of the story revolved largely around military equipment, a fairly fruitless path to take as essentially all of the hardware the Syrian Army use is Russian and has been for decades.

Oryx Blog: From Russia with Love, Syria’s BTR-82A

It is no secret that Russia has continued to supply weapons to Syria, although Russia pretends that it is only delivering defensive weaponry, this is laughable.
Russia’s role in support of the Syrian Government deserves praise as this support has enabled the Syrian state to survive the NATO/Israel/Saudi sponsored barrage of barbarous jihadists.

A look at the reality of Libya, the failed state NATO created in North Africa four years ago shows that Russia has done the world and human civilisation a favor by supporting the Syrian Government and the idea that the US with its hundreds of TOW missiles in the hands of terror groups has the right to offer one word of criticism is an abomination given the chaos and suffering Western policy in the Middle East has caused over the past decade.

The Port is more visible in this shot.
The Port is more visible in this shot.

The Consequences.
The hype around the apparent increased Russian military presence in Syria has been dismaying.
While the US and their allies have clearly hoping they could somehow parlay the anti- IS operation into regime change in Syria as matters stand the US has been bombing Syria for 50 weeks and they have never targeted the Syrian Army or their allies.
The US has never come out and admitted it but they have been 100% fighting on the side of the Syrian Government in the Syrian Civil war. All of the US airstrikes have targeted either the al Nusra front or the IS group, the key enemies of the Syrian Government.
Therefore if Russian troops are actually going to be fighting in Syria, they are not going to be starting World War 3, as many have claimed; for the obvious reason that Russia will be joining the Syrian war on the same side as the US.

The stationing of Russian troops in Syria does not mean that they will be involved in combat. This is likely a political move aimed at outflanking the West and guaranteeing that the Syrian state will not be destroyed and that the Tartus Naval base remains.
It is highly unlikely that the Russian forces in Syria will be engaged in heavy fighting, but it is overwhelmingly likely that their presence will see an increase in weapons transfers and all types of support to Syria.

This is Russia gently edging the US aside and claiming they can do a better job against the IS group.
This is not Russia confronting the US in the slightest, this is Russia holding the US to their (insincere) word.

Map of Syria with Tartus highlighted.
Map of Syria with Tartus highlighted.

Russian intentions.

Russia appears to see the preservation of the Syrian state as a key goal rather than the Assad leadership. It is possible that Assad and his inner circle have agreed to leave or are planning to leave.
The Russian president Vladimir Putin recently stated that Assad was “open” to snap elections and/or a power sharing agreement.

Putin Says Assad Willing to Share Power With ‘Healthy Opposition’

Syria: EMERCOM plane flies in aid supplies, evacuates foreign and local citizens

So What Are the Russians Really Doing in Syria? | The Vineyard of the Saker

Ending the War.

The Minsk 2 formula could easily be used as a framework for ending the Syrian war. The fact tat the Ukraine government has not stopped shelling the civilians of the Donbass region does not discredit the Minsk formula.

The first step must be for all sides to agree to end offensive operations.. The territorial position must be made static.
Once the sprawling war can be contained, the IS group will have to be evicted.
If the IS group was the only group still fighting in Syria, they would cease to exist as a viable fighting force within weeks.

Once the IS group is evicted, the Syrian state must restore and secure the borders and a comprehensive political solution must be achieved.

The areas under rebel control should be offered similar provisions to those offered Donetsk and Luhansk in the Minsk accords, a deal for local autonomy and fresh elections.
There are many problems with this idea, including the fact that it would leave large areas of Syria under the control of al Nusra front, the al Qaeda Syria affiliate but the only other choice is endless war.

The neatly posed fake dead child on the beach worked a treat!
The neatly posed fake dead child on the beach worked a treat!

The Refugee Crisis.

The refugee psyop was the latest installment in the disastrous Arab spring concocted by Western intelligence agencies.

Still the posed dead Syrian child on the beach worked a treat with the less critically inclined people of the world who lapped it up gratefully as they do everything they are told.

The idea that the refugees are fleeing Assad is laughable, a fact illustrated by the fact that millions of internally displaced Syrians have moved into safe Government held areas. The population of Latakia province has for example more than doubled over the course of the war from 1.3 to 3 million.

Displaced swell Syria coastal population by 50%: ICRC – Yahoo News

Syria: Thousands attend pro-Assad rally in Latakia

Of course many of the refugees fled from the bombardment of Syrian Military jets, just as many more fled the rampaging jihadists but Syrians have fled by the million into the Syrian Government held areas.

The opposite has happened in rebel held areas, the IS capital in Syria Raqqa has seen it’s population halved since the maniacal Neo-Bolshevik militants seized the town, from 200 to fewer than 100 thousand.

The refugees deserve assistance and respect but the idea that you reward the people who are willing and able to bribe their way from the dismal refugee camps while those who cannot are left to rot is an absolute joke.

The refugee psyop is also being used to tear down the last strands of independence and sovereignty in Europe.

Refugee orders are coming directly to the nation states as edicts from the EU.

EU: Compulsory quotas needed to relocate refugees – Al Jazeera English

Murdoch's maggots are addicted to lies and war.Advocating mass murder is their raison d'etre and I hope they burn in hell.
Murdoch’s maggots are addicted to lies and war. Advocating mass murder is their raison d’etre.

The Syrian war has been an immense disaster and the only real solution to the refugee crisis is to end the war.

The solution to the crisis is to end the war in Syria. The millions of people in the refugee camps of Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan are never all going to be able to live in the West. The idea that upping refugee intakes slightly solves the problem is absolute rubbish.

The posturing of leaders such as David Cameron, who almost never mentions Libya these days is utterly nauseating.

Isis and Assad must both be defeated by ‘hard military force’ – David Cameron signals UK is close to bombing Syria – UK Politics – UK – The Independent

“President Assad and Isis must both be defeated by “hard military force,” David Cameron has said in his strongest signal yet that Britain will soon bomb Syria.”
“We can do all we can as the moral, humanitarian nation at taking people and spending money on aid and helping in refugee camps,” Mr Cameron told MPs at Prime Minister’s Questions.
“But we have to be part of the international alliance that says we need an approach in Syria which will mean we have a government that can look after its people.
“Assad has to go, Isil has to go and some of that will require not just spending money, not just aid, not just diplomacy, but it will on occasion require hard military force.”

The very idea that these bloodthirsty vultures of the West think they can pose as the guardians of human rights even as the bleeding continues from the last campaign of “humanitarian bombing” in Libya is almost beyond belief .

Cameron and the rest of the “Bankers little helpers” are an unambiguous force for evil in the world and appear to be proud of their role.

The forces of darkness and evil are clearly desperate and it can only be hoped that Cameron and the rest of the War party are never allowed to destroy another nation with their sickening lies and pitiful sophistry and that these snakes return as soon as possible to the abyss from which they emanate.

So What Are the Russians Really Doing in Syria? | The Vineyard of the Saker

Russia sends military experts, equipment to Syria

*The Battle for Stalingrad is widely perceived as the turning point in the European segment of the Second World War. After more than a years fighting in the city a German Army of hundreds of thousands surrendered to the Soviet forces after being cut off from supplies and running out of food and ammunition. People still like to tell the story of Napoleon’s Army in Russia being forced to eat their dead horses in the winter snow lest they starve.
In Stalingrad the situation was so desperate that the German soldiers were eating their dead comrades after they starved or froze to death.

Top 10 Facts About the Battle of Stalingrad – Listverse

Slowly starving to death, they resorted to slaughtering the 10,000 horses they had brought to the battle as a source of food. The Germans also had another problem to contend with, the cold, ill equipped for winter warfare as Hitler had arrogantly thought the battle would be over by the winter, the Germans now had to face temperatures of minus 30 degrees celsius (for comparison the temperature in your freezer is about minus 18 to 19 degrees celsius). Too weak to attempt the breakout that Hitler ordered too late, those who hadn’t been killed or starved, simply froze to death.

Therefore if Putin promised Erdogan “a new Stalingrad in Northern Syria as was reported he presumably meant more than simply sending Syria more and better weapons.

The Division 30 Fiasco and the Plot against Syria.

An ignominious ending for the men of Division 30, captured by al Nusra Front militants.
An ignominious ending for the men of Division 30, captured by al Nusra Front militants.

August 14th, 2015.

The Division 30 Fiasco and the Plot against Syria.

It was a totemic moment for the fading Empire.

After four years, an avalanche of media lies, numerous false flag chemical weapons attacks and finally the US trained some fighters and sent them into Northern Syria and … the local al Qaeda franchise eliminated them within days.

Nusra Front posts video of ‘capture’ of US-trained rebels | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

Nusra Front attacks Western-backed rebels in northern Syria | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

The US has tried to use the combination of airstrikes and weapons distribution to leverage influence within the Syrian insurgency. According to the Brookings Institute the US military has twin command centres in Jordan and Turkey from which US commanders are seeking to direct the insurgency.

Why Assad is losing | Brookings Institution

” Several commanders involved in leading recent Idlib operations confirmed to this author that the U.S.-led operations room in southern Turkey, which coordinates the provision of lethal and non-lethal support to vetted opposition groups, was instrumental in facilitating their involvement in the operation from early April onwards. That operations room — along with another in Jordan, which covers Syria’s south — also appears to have dramatically increased its level of assistance and provision of intelligence to vetted groups in recent weeks.”

The fact that the al Nusra Front remain the primary fighting group in Northern Syria whilst the only US ally in Northern Syria, the Kurds are under Turkish attack along with the Division 30 fiasco show that these attempts to direct the insurgency have failed dismally. Engineered chaos is one thing but the US policy at this point is an utterly incoherent mess.

What else could be the explanation for such a half-hearted effort in so many different areas?

A training program that boasts of 54 graduates?

They cannot be serious.

The Division 30 Fiasco.

The United States trained and supplied a supposedly “pro-Western” group of Syrian rebel fighters named Division 30 who were tasked we are told with fighting ISIL. The group were inserted into Northern Syria from Turkey where they were trained. According to the Washington Post the fighters were supplied with equipment that would enable them to send the co-ordinates for US airstrikes via US personnel operating across the border in Turkey.

This was the new “streamlined” system the US was trying to implement according to the Washington Post’s Karen de Young who wrote

” a U.S. official familiar with the training program, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the issue, said that the capture was “definitely a setback” for U.S. and Turkish plans to use Division 30 fighters to help direct airstrikes against Islamic State forces and establish a rebel-controlled safe zone in the area.”

“The Assad government, which uses aircraft to attack opposition forces located relatively nearby, was warned by the administration — through a previously used conduit at the Syrian U.N. mission in New York — to stay away from where the trained fighters were inserted, another U.S. official said.”

“Although the trainees are not officially designated as spotters for the upcoming U.S. air attacks, they were given equipment that would allow them to send Islamic State coordinates to U.S. personnel on the Turkish side of the border. Those personnel would then transmit the information to surveillance aircraft and strike controllers, making strikes faster and more precise than using overhead surveillance alone.”

“The New Syrian Force fighters crossed the border at Kilis, on the Turkish side, to the Syrian border town of Azaz. At least some of them, the U.S. military official said, are believed to have taken leave after their return to Syria.
Hassan, along with his deputy, was said to have been captured while leaving a commanders meeting in Azaz.”

Delusions of Grandeur Persist in Washington DC.

In a display of stunning arrogance and awesome imperial hubris, the United States had the temerity to inform the Syrian Government of the location of this force and tell the Syrian Government that the group were not to be attacked.
Imagine that, imagine the response from the United States if Russia inserted a group of armed men onto the territory of the United States, whose long term goal was the overthrow of the US Government and tried to claim the US did not have the right to attack illegal armed groups operating on their territory with the goal of overthrowing the Government!!

The United States after all has no legal right to operate in Syria whatsoever. There is no UN resolution authorising any use of force by the US or any other nation in Syria.
Because the US attacks in Syria to this point have been directed against the destructive and foul jihadist fighters of ISIL and the al Nusra Front, entities with no legal or international standing,  few have chosen to quibble but any and all attacks by the US on the forces of the Syrian Government would be unambiguous breaches of International Law.

The US Should Decide Whether or Not it wants to be a Rogue State.

There is an international system of rules, laws and norms. The United States is a signatory and a participant in the United Nations. The United Nations Security Council has the legal authority under international law to authorise the use of force, as they did in the Libya case four years ago with disastrous results.

If the United States does not believe in the UN system and in international law. They should leave the United Nations and end the ridiculous pretense.

The al Nusra initially attacked a leadership meeting of the Division 30 group capturing the leader.

The Al Nusra front have been attacked on several occasions by US aircraft.

Their perception of the Division 30 spotters as a potential threat was not an unreasonable one in light of this history.

US Trained Rebels Captured by al Qaeda

Several days later another more concerted attack on the group followed and that was essentially the last that was heard of Division 30. They fled to a Kurdish controlled area and appear to have simply disappeared.

In the aftermath of the fiasco US aircraft attacked the Al Nusra headquarters in Azaz, in what seemed like the classic  gesture of futility from the enraged but impotent giant.

Coalition strikes Nusra Front positions near Aleppo – amateur video

US-trained Syrian rebels killed and leaders captured by al-Qaida affiliate | World news | The Guardian

The sensitivity of the matter was underlined by the fact that for several days the US DoD offered blanket denials that these events had even happened.

“I can tell you that the New Syrian Force personnel that are a part of our training program are all present and accounted for and none have been detained or captured,” said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Defense Department spokesman.

This was despite the videos showing the fighters in custody released by the al Nusra Front fighters who had annihilated the tiny group of men the US trained and sent into Northern Syria with instructions to supposedly spot IS fighters and send their co-ordinates to US personnel across the border in Turkey who would  then direct US aircraft towards these targets.,

It has been claimed that it was “assumed” the al Nusra Front would see the group  as an ally.This hope was probably based on the fact that the al Nusra front have recently benefited greatly from the supply of US made TOW anti-tank missiles. al Nusra front were given the extremely effective weapons by the fake cut out group named Harakat Hazm in May.

“A video posted by Al Nusra shows the weapons being used to take over Syrian military bases, Wadi Deif and Hamidiyeh in Idlib province

Jabhat al Nusra Using American Made BGM-71 TOW Anti-tank Missiles

The US has been bombing al Nusra related fighters extremely sporadically. The Khorasan group, claimed by many to be a work of fiction, was the claimed target.

Khorosan plot to ‘blow up airliners with toothpaste bombs’ was being planned | Daily Mail Online

Whether the Khorasan group is real or not, and the Daily Mail headline provides a hint, the US has conducted an extremely intermittent campaign of airstrikes against al Nusra Front positions since the US began bombing Syria in late September, 2014.

The Syrian war.

Since the year 2011 the nation of Syria has been under attack from foreign backed extremist jihadist fighters,  who continue to be supported by the West and the allies of the West including NATO member Turkey.

The extremist fighters of ISIL and the al Nusra front receive supplies, training,  weaponry and other assistance from Turkey, the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the other Gulf states.

For four years the Western media have overwhelmingly supported the efforts of the al Qaeda affiliate the al Nusra front and the other Islamist fighting groups and have openly sought to suppress evidence of their war crimes even when the evidence was provided by their own journalists.

The Plotters Failed.

The regime change operation in Syria has failed. It has failed for two key reasons. Syria has allies and the al Ghouta false flag failed to deliver Western air strikes required for the operation to succeed after a truly bizarre series of events involving the British Labor party, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and even the journalist who asked John Kerry the question that opened the gate for the Russian diplomatic intervention that saw Syrian Chemical weapons stocks removed.

The Failed False Flag of August 2013 Ended the dream.

The regime change bid went off the rails in August/September 2013 after the failure of the al Ghouta chemical false flag to achieve the desired, by now routine Western bombardment followed by the violent overthrow of the Government and the state by Western backed mercenaries.

EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack

This was the moment for the War party, this was the opportunity but the seemingly inevitable attack never happened.

Syria’s Government had maintained strong ties with the Russian Federation and Russia has a naval base in Syria, it’s only Mediterranean base. So whereas Russia voted in favour of the Libya bombardment, they were very actively opposed to any attack on Syria. Iran threatened the US with regional war.

At this point the goal of Regime change had to be re-badged. Suddenly the ISIL group went on a massive rampage and someone started producing seemingly fake Westerner beheading videos to seal the deal with the TV people of the West.

Less than a year later the US was bombing Iraq, with the approval of the Iraq Government and soon they informed the Syrian Government that they will be bombing the ISIL group in Syria also.

It was only a matter of time before the US would make some sneaky move to enable them to attack Syria. The hope of a more rational course remained, but it was empty optimism.

Graphic depicts the Shia land-bridge that had to be broken.
Graphic depicts the Shia land-bridge that had to be broken.

The Motive is Clear.

The motivation for these operations appears to have been Western, Israeli and Saudi concern about the growing influence of Iran in the middle East that are due largely to the criminal invasion of Iraq by several Western nations in 2003 and before that the equally criminal Israeli attack on Lebanon of 1982.

These adventures led to Iran being able to build a vast land bridge of allies, reaching from the Western border of Afghanistan through to the Mediterranean in the West.Comprising Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, although neither side was fully in power in Lebanon or in Iraq,  the parties allied with Iran had the upper hand, militarily and politically.

Syria with its strangely effete leader, its well beyond it’s use by date, Soviet style police state, it’s corruption , an antiquated military and it’s largely Sunni population was a natural target.

No less an authority than the US Defense Intelligence Agency noted back in 2012 that the Syrian conflict was a proxy war.

“The West, Gulf countries and Turkey support the opposition, Russia, China and Iran support the (Syrian) regime.”

The estimate of the death toll, the consensus Western estimate, is now 240,000 people, millions of people have fled for their lives. Large parts of Northern and Eastern Syria have fallen from Government control.

The Safe Zone.

Turkey has long been a proponent of the idea of a supposed “safe zone” in the Northern Syria border region. This plan generally meets with enthusiastic approval from the press organs of the War party as an important step on the way to regime change.

Syrian safe zone: US relents to Turkish demands after border crisis grows | World news | The Guardian

According to the Guardian, the safe zone is supposed to “stretch for 68 miles along the Turkey-Syria border, from the town of Jarabulus to Marea, and will be about 40 miles deep, reaching to the outskirts of Aleppo”

Many sources have been pouring cold water on the idea. The reason for this is obvious, there is a simple conflict in interest between the US and Turkey and their views of the situation.

Turkey is opposed to any form of Kurdish sovereignty at their southern border whilst the US sees the Kurdish fighters in both Iraq and Syria as a key ally. This is exemplified by the fact that the Kurdish fighters in Northern Syria have Western special forces embedded within them, something that emerged in this story

Turkey’s strikes on Kurds could drag US into new front, military sources fear | Fox News.

which states: “We had U.S. Special Forces not far from where the Turks were bombing, training Kurdish Peshmerga”

Rhetoric and Reality.

Turkey frequently engages in florid rhetoric but the actions rarely live up to the words. The anti Kurd operation in Northern Syria was a non starter because the US would not allow Turkey to bomb the Kurdish fighters and their Western special forces “trainers.” Turkey dropped some bombs in Northern Iraq, mouthed off and that was it. A joke.

There is no security force available to enforce or police the supposed safe zone on the ground. Turkey is not going to send sufficient forces to secure an area 60 by 40 miles. The only viable security force in the region are the Kurdish fighting groups the Turks virulently oppose and the whole thing has collapsed under the weight of these contradictions.

Even the US controlled media were deployed to pour cold water on the safe zone fantasy.

U.S. Shoots Down Idea of Syria Safe Zone – Bloomberg View

Why Turkey’s Proposed ‘Safe Zone’ Against ISIS in Syria May Not Be So Safe – US News

U.S. denies reaching agreement with Turkey on Syria ‘safe zone’ – Yahoo News

U.S., Turkey aim to create buffer zone on Syrian border. Nobody knows how. – The Washington Post

The safe zone is just another stupid idea that failed to achieve anything. One of many. Others will presumably follow in it’s wake and they will presumably fail for the reason that the plotters are seemingly infantile dullards whose ambitions and abilityalmost never match.


The plot seemed to reveal itself in Northern Syria last week. but the catastrophic results and the half hearted nature of the whole Division 30 operation speaks of a US administration that seems to be radically divided and engaged in high political warfare day in day out as the Hawks, the men and women of the Banker’s Empire desperately try to stymie the “US firsters” attempt to “change mission” from being Israel’s spearhead acting on Israel’s interests and against the interests of the United States and the broader international community.

A rational view of the US interesting the Middle East would emphasise stability and reform and seek to end the madness of sectarianism and proxy wars.This is unfortunately a pipe dream.

Anyone who thinks that the US or any Western nation is going to “impart Democratic values” upon the people of the Middle East or any other region by bombing their nation and destroying the state is in denial of the known reality.

It is no longer a matter of theory. We know the results of the Empire’s wars of enlightenment and democracy.

They are seen everyday in Iraq, Libya and all the other places the Western Militaries were tasked with destroying on behalf of the Bankers Empire.

Al Nusra Front Capture of US backed Rebels and Aftermath

Syria – the rhetoric and the truth, by Thierry Meyssan


Why Syria is Winning: Advancing towards a Strategic Victory that will transform the Middle East? | Global Research

Post script.

The al Nusra Front released the Division 30 fighters they had captured several weeks later. It was also rumoured that Turkey had tipped the group off about the presence of the fighters. Later disgraced former CIA and Military Chief David Petraeus called for the US to bomb al Nusra Front to victory in Syria.

It is pretty rich considering these evil bastards also try to maintain that al Qaeda did 911.

It will be a long wait for any in the US media to ask Petraeus why he wants to help the group who “massacred thousands in New York” come to power in Syria. It would be a pretty good question.

Hezbollah DRONES Blast al Qaeda in Syria!

al Nusra fighters leave their vehicle in an isolated area of the Qalamoun border region.
al Nusra fighters leave their vehicle in an isolated area of the Qalamoun border region.

May 30th, 2015.

Hezbollah, Drones and the Next War.

A Short History of Hezbollah Drones.

Hezbollah announced their possession of surveillance drones way back in 2004 I was stunned to discover. Using the Iranian made Mojaher in surveillance missions over Israel in 2004 and 2006,

The use of surveillance drones is now commonplace, even amongst non-state actors. It is little more than a remote-controlled plane with a camera attached when you get down to it.

Attack drones, on the other hand are still an “upper end” item requiring a high degree of technical sophistication.

Iranian Miltary Officials show off the captured RQ 170. drone.
Iranian Miltary Officials show off the captured RQ 170. drone.

In 2011, Iran gained possession of a US Sentinel drone and claimed to have hacked into the device’s communications a claim that was borne out by the fact that the Iranians were able to display the US drone completely intact.

Breaking News Footage from captured U.S drone RQ 170 by Iran

In October 2012 a Hezbollah drone flew over Southern Israel, near the Dimona Nuclear site, before being destroyed by an Israeli F 16 aircraft. .

‘Hezbollah drone photographed secret IDF bases’ – Defense – Jerusalem Post

Video: IDF downs drone that entered Israel airspace

Iran claims this is the reverse engineered version of the RQ 170 they produced.
Iran claims this is the reverse engineered version of the RQ 170 they produced.

Later Iran used the information gleaned from the Sentinel, produced by Lockheed Martin, to make their own version. This was followed by a very strange incident in April 2013, when it appears that Hezbollah remotely hacked into and seized control of an Israeli drone forcing the IDF to destroy it.


In September 2014, Hezbollah commenced the use of armed drones, killing a claimed 23 al Nusra fighters in a drone attack in Western Syria. This week Hezbollah conducted at least two drone strikes against al Nusra fighters in the Qalamoun border region.

Hezbollah drones wreak havoc on Syrian rebel bases | The Times of Israel

Apparent al Nusra way station in the Qalamoun region.
Apparent al Nusra way station in the Qalamoun region.
The site is attacked and destroyed.
The site is attacked and destroyed. Stills from al Manar.
This vehicle is the second target.
This vehicle is the second target.
The vehicle is destroyed. All stills from al Manar.
The vehicle is destroyed. All stills from al Manar.

In recent days Hezbollah’s media outlet al Manar television released footage shot by their drones that have successfully targeted al Nusra front fighters in the Syrian/Lebanon border area. This is a video that shows the strikes.

Syria: Hezbollah Operations in Qalamoun – Part 8: Ambush

In the wake of the September, 2014 attacks, Israeli newspapers released imagery purporting to show the site of a Hezbollah runway in the Bekaa Valley region of Eastern Lebanon.

Israeli photograph of purported Hezbollah landing strip in Eastern Lebanon.
Israeli photograph of purported Hezbollah landing strip in Eastern Lebanon.

Drones- An Ethical Means of Warfare?

These attacks took place in a remote area and there appear not to be any civilians or villages in the vicinity of the strikes. If Hezbollah were using the drones in the manner of the United States they would blow up the homes of militants and kill their extended family. Armed drones are a tremendous battlefield tool for fairly obvious reasons. They enable the enemy to be identified and targeted without any risk to your own fighters.

The problem with the US drone attacks has been the targets that have been chosen. The funerals, the family homes, the attacks on civilians helping the wounded from previous attacks. Therefore in my opinion the rules for drones are basically the same for any other weapon. If militants are targeted on a battlefield, the use is ethical, if civilian areas are targeted the use is unethical.

War is Not a Game.

The idea that in war you are supposed to give the enemy an even chance and “fight fair.” that you should stand on one hill with a rifle firing at the opposition on another hill and the person with the best aim and eyesight wins, is hopelessly naive. War is the destruction of human beings and infrastructure in pursuit of a political goal.  The object is to destroy the enemy. There is no fairness, no even chance. This is not analogous to a sporting contest. That was a lie the war party sold to a naive public in order to promote war in my opinion. To make it seem like a fun and harmless game. It is the exact opposite.

The Negev Nuclear Research Centre,  in Dimona. Iran and Hezbollah have alluded to attacking the site. To do so may elicit a cataclysmic response.
The Negev Nuclear Research Centre, in Dimona. Iran and Hezbollah have alluded to attacking the site. To do so may elicit a cataclysmic response.

Will Israel Strike Lebanon?

From the psychopathic Zionist point of view, it would make sense to attack Lebanon while the Hezbollah group are heavily engaged in the Syrian Civil war and taking heavy casualties there. If the Israelis believe that another war with Hezbollah is inevitable, it would make sense for them to conduct the war whilst Hezbollah are stretched, reasoning that this will give them a greater chance of Military success.

The Israelis know that they cannot destroy Hezbollah, or anything resembling that and the Hezbollah possession of attack drones may give the Israelis pause, contemplating the fact that there would be no defense against a large number of Hezbollah UAV’s deployed simultaneously. Even a superficial attack on the Dimona Nuclear plant could lead to a major World War 3 type of dramatic escalation that in a worst case scenario could see both Israel and the surrounding region destroyed.

Israel may well hope to somehow provoke an Iranian response that could derail the detente currently underway between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the West. A detente that is the biggest slap in the face that either Israel or the Saudis could ever suffer. Israel may hope that an attack on Lebanon, under whatever pretext could trigger an Iranian response that would destroy the diplomatic process. Mondoweiss speculated upon this scenario recently,

Turning Lebanon into Gaza — Israel’s hole card against Iran deal?

and the same speculation was also found in this Huff-Po article.

The Iran Talks Game Changer: An Israeli-Hezbollah War? | Trita Parsi

Two of the three months between the implicit Nuclear agreement and the date to actually sign the deal have now passed. If  the month of June passes without calamity the Zionist war party may be facing the death of the cherished dream of the United States violently destroying Iran forever.

If Israel wanted to attack Iran, they would attack Iran, they do not . They want the US to do it and that has been obvious for years.

The Saudis have responded to this disappointment by engaging in the campaign of mass murder and crimes against humanity that is still underway in Yemen. The campaign is ongoing after more than two months and achieving absolutely nothing for the dead men walking of the House of Saud. Israel’s response,  if experience is anything to go by, will make the Saudi crimes against humanity look puny.