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I’d like to place a bet on the lifespan of the incoming S-300 system to Syria. I’ll give the system 12 hours, after emplacement. …even if Russians are manning the system, or so they will say.
The duplicitous Russian backflip on the loss of the COOT is producing ridicule in the global media, so this week will likely become another propaganda “epic fail” like the last two weeks. The Russian response is to declare that the “S-300” SAM system will be supplied to Syria inside the next two weeks to punish Israel – the Israelis have repeatedly stated that any S-300 systems supplied to Syria will be destroyed if used against Israeli assets. The S-300PM2/PMU2 Favorit / SA-20B GARGOYLE is the most likely system that will be deployed, as operational Russian VKS batteries could be airlifted to Syria at short notice and operated by Russian VKS PVO personnel while Syrians are trained to eventually take over the operation. Russian social media sources claim that GARGOYLE battery components are already being airlifted to Hmeimim. The S-300PM2/PMU2 with its 200 km range 48N6E2 missile is the last of the classic S-300P series and shares many components with the later S-400. It would provide the Russians / Syrians with a significant capability to deny the use of airspace over Israel, especially to civil aircraft. With much more range and digital automation in its fire control system, compared to the ancient S-200V Vega / SA-5B, the S-300PM2/PMU2 / SA-20B will provide the Russian / Syrian missileers with much greater opportunities to launch missiles quickly at unidentified tracks, increasing in turn opportunities for them to hit and destroy Russian VKS and V-MF aircraft, Syrian AF aircraft, and commercial air traffic over Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, and Iraq.
Other Russia related news of interest includes the arrest of a Russian in Norway on espionage charges, SECSTATE’s sharp comments on Russia’s efforts to hinder the US globally, and Savvin’s excellent analysis of the “fake doctrine / ideology” of the contemporary “Privatized Soviet System” in Russia.
Minor updates on Salisbury.
SECSTATE comments on Syria and forceful action if required. Curious Russian claims without evidence of an intercept against a US F-22 in Syria. WSJ comments on how Iran’s oil exports threaten Russia’s economy.
The Tehran regime produces a veritable firehose of toxic invective aimed at the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, in fact, everybody who is not a friend of the regime, over the Ahvaz attack, which was claimed both by ISIS and by local Iranian ethnic Arab separatists. The attack comes as no surprise, the Tehran regime has viciously repressed its Arab, Kurdish, Armenian, Afghan and Baluchi minorities, often conducting public hangings of alleged minority group insurgents or subversives. Amb. Haley’s reply to Tehran was both factually correct and very appropriate.
Russia has said it is to supply ally Syria with more advanced anti-missiles technology and jam radar signals in the eastern Mediterranean, after a deadly incident of friendly fire.
Moscow says it will also boost Syria’s air defenses
Within two weeks Russia will deliver to Damascus an S-300 air defense system, previously suspended on a request by Israel. It comes as part of a response to the downing of a Russian Il-20 plane amid an Israeli air raid on Syria.
The Russian Defense Ministry promised to take “adequate” measures to boost the security of Russian servicemen after the Israeli Air Force used the Russian Il-20 as a shield while attacking targets in Syria, which led to the downing of the aircraft by Syrian air defenses last week.
Russia will supply an S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria within two weeks, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday, a week after Russia blamed Israel for indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military plane in Syria. The crash which killed 15 Russian service members had forced Moscow to take “adequate retaliatory measures to increase the safety of Russian military fighting international terrorism in Syria,” Shoigu said in a televised address.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The recent downing of the IL-20 reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of Latakia was the main catalyst behind Russia’s
Senior Russian defense official quoted saying that deployment of S-300 in Syria would severely hamstring the Israel Air Force. Kremlin says the decision is not directed at any third country
Moscow bolsters Syria’s air defense a week after it blamed Israel for the accidental shooting down of its aircraft.
Supply an S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria in two weeks against strong Israeli objections, a week after Moscow blamed Israel for indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military plane in Syria.US
Russia announced Monday that it will supply the Syrian government with modern S-300 missile defense systems following last week’s downing of a Russian plane by Syria, a friendly fire incident that send regional tensions over the war-torn country soaring.
The move follows the downing of a Russian plane over Syria last week.
Russia has blamed Israel for the downing of a Russian jet in Syria.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday that Moscow will supply an advanced S-300 missile defense systems to Syria within two weeks. The report in Russian newspaper Kommersant quotes senior Russian defense official as saying that the deployment of advanced S-300 missile defense systems in Syria would severely hamstring the Israel Air Force. According to the Haaretz, the report quotes a senior official in the Russian defense ministry, who posited that the deployment of S-300 in Syria would severely hamstring the Israel Air Force. The S-300 missile system, originally developed by the Soviet military, but since modernized and available in several versions with significantly different capabilities, fires missiles from trucks and is designed to shoot down military aircraft and short and medium-range ballistic missiles. Anonymous sources in the Syrian Army say that Russia has already deployed the first S-300 systems to the Khmeimim (Russian military airbase in Syria). According to the halturnerradioshow.com, almost seven Ilyushin Il-76 military transporters of Russian Air Force have arrived at Khmeimim military airbase on 22 September. It is possible that these aircraft delivered of the S-300 air defense systems to Syria. Russia last month hinted it would supply the weapons to President Bashar al-Assad, over Israeli objections, after Western military strikes on Syria. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the strikes had removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold the missiles and Russia’s Kommersant daily cited unnamed military sources as saying deliveries might begin imminently. Also, Russia’s Defense Ministry on Sunday formally blamed Israel for the downing of the Russian aircraft last week over Syria, accusing the Israeli military of “criminal negligence.” Israel has denied the allegation, claiming the mechanisms to coordinate with Russia were used properly prior to the downing of the Illyushin.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Israel did not hide behind the downed Russian IL-20 reconnaissance aircraft, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced via
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – Israel will continue their military operations inside Syria, despite the recent downing of the Russian IL-20 reconnaissance
Some in Russia continue to publicly raise questions about their country’s involvement in Syria.
Op-ed: The Russian Defense Ministry has now heaped full blame on Israel for the fact that Syria downed a Russian spy plane while trying to repel an IAF attack. A closer analysis of the report reveals a string of lies and half-truths to cover up for the incompetence and blunders made by Russian and Syrian operators of their own air defenses.
Russia’s military on Sunday blamed the downing of one of its planes in the Mediterranean Ocean on “misleading” information from the Israeli air force.
Russia blamed Israel for the downing of a war plane last week, accusing the country of deliberately misleading Moscow and disputing Israel’s version of events that killed the 15 Russian soldiers aboard.
The Russian Defense Ministry on Sunday again blamed Israel for the downing of a Russian plane by Syrian government forces and said Israel appeared ungrateful for Moscow’s efforts to rein in Iran-backed fighters in Syria.
Russia’s military Sunday blamed “misleading” information from the Israeli airforce for the downing of one of its planes in Syria last week, and denounced the…
The Russian military on Sunday said "misleading" information from the Israeli air force caused the downing of a Russian plane in Syria, and denounced the “adventurism” of Israeli pilots.
Russia on Sunday again blamed Israel for the downing of one of its military aircraft off Syria’s Mediterranean coast last week.
Russia’s harsh critique of Israel’s role raises questions about their alliance in the future.
Russia said Israeli is solely to blame for the downing of one of its aircraft in Syria last week because it deliberately was misleading on planned airstrikes.
MOSCOW: Russia’s military Sunday blamed “misleading” information from the Israeli airforce for the downing of one of its planes in Syria last week, and denounced the “adventurism” of Israeli pilots. Israel strongly disputed the assertion and vowed it will continue to act against Iranian targets in neighboring Syria.
Russia’s military Sunday blamed “misleading” information from the Israeli airforce for the downing of one of its planes in Syria last week, and denounced the “adventurism” of Israeli pilots.
According to the Russians, Israeli strikes weaken Assad and harm his attempts to end the Syrian conflict
Norwegian authorities say they have detained a Russian citizen on suspicion of illegal intelligence activities.
A Russian citizen has been placed in custody for two weeks on espionage charges, news agency NTB reported, citing security service PST.
Lawyer says 51-year-old being questioned by Norway’s domestic intelligence agency
A permanent U.S. presence in Poland makes sense for several reasons.
The Kremlin has been working against the American interests in Ukraine, Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says
NBC News Published on Sep 23, 2018 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joins Meet the Press to talk about North Korea, Iran, and what could turn Russia into a partner.
U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo and Jeremy Hunt, UK Foreign Secretary, discussed Russia’s threat, as the press office of the Department of State reports. “They discussed a number of global issues, including the ongoing threat posed by Russia’s dangerous and destabilizing activity and Iran’s malign behavior, the defeat ISIS campaign, as well as the humanitarian situation in Yemen,” the message says. Related: Swiss bank freezes Russian accounts of $5 billion due to U.S. sanctions Pompeo and Hunt promised to deepen cooperation on security and foreign policy issues, and “welcomed the prospect of a future free trade agreement“.
Paul Goble Staunton, September 23 – Putin’s Russia is “a land of imitations,” one that is neither imperial nor clerical nor traditionalist nor national but rather a “privatized” version of the Soviet system whose goal – the enrichment of the elite – is something that precludes any of those things and that it cannot admit openly, according to Dimitry Savvin. The editor of the Riga-based Harbin portal says that Russia today is “not a living political thing but a collection of manikins, cadavers and imitations” whose supporters and opponents are both willing to take for something else because doing so is useful for both of them (harbin.lv/strana-imitatsiy). “We hear so often that Putin’s Russian Federation is conducting ‘an imperial policy’ and has ‘imperial ambitions’ that we somehow even forget to ask: what in fact is an Empire?” Or we are told that it is a budding nation state without enquiring as to what that would require it to become, Savvin says. Those who view Russia today as an empire assume that centralization and the suppression of national and religious minorities makes it one, forgetting that empires are universalistic in their goals. And those who say it is a nation state in waiting ignore the fact that nation states in contrast are always specifically local rather than universal in orientation. “If for an Empire, striving for the synthesis of various traditions, cultures and even religions is natural,” the Riga-based Russian analyst continues, “then a nation state is directed at the opposite, at the defense and development of its own ethnic, cultural and religious identity.” But Russia now is not the one or the other. “The Soviet Union was an empire … filled with anti-human and unnatural content. Its demise theoretically should have led to the formation of new nation states – and this occurred for example in the Baltic countries,” Savvin says. “However, for most of the former USSR, it didn’t happen.” The reason is simple and was predicted in 1935 by émigré philosopher Ivan Solonevich in his book, Russia in a Concentration Camp. In that work, Solonevich argued that the Soviet system had created in the Soviet nomenklatura “a quasi-elite” that, in the event the USSR collapsed, would nonetheless have enough power to maintain control for itself. That is exactly what happened in the Russian Federation after 1991. “The nomenklatura quasi elite and state apparatus, not having suffered serious losses and maintaining control in the political system and economy,” remained true to their Soviet origins in terms of methods but changed their goals for imperial outreach to personal enrichment. They began sometimes consciously and sometimes not “but always consistently” to restore the practice and institutions” of the USSR which “in the end led to the final formation of the neo-Soviet system under Putin,” one in which power was deployed in much the same way but to new ends. This development created serious ideological problems for the regime. Under the Soviets, the quasi-elite extracted resources from the population to promote world revolution. But after 1991, this same elite continued to extract resources but not for a new empire but for their own wealth. “In essence,” Savvin says, “this nomenklatura-oligarchic corporation was transformed into internal colonizers like the British East India company,” but with this difference: “The latter never concealed that it was a private commercial enterprise involved in making money” for its owners. “For understandable reasons,” he continues, “the neo-Soviet regime of the Russian Federation could not openly acknowledge that. But it also couldn’t and didn’t want to return to classical bolshevism with its struggle for world rule;” and it was equally incapable of promoting Russian nationalism because that “obviously contradicted the interests of the quasi-elite.” But the vacuum had to be filled, and it has been, not with something real but rather with “virtual” things which have taken the form of “a parade of imitations.” Putin promoted the cult of victory in World War II as the basis of state ideology, something that suggested he was in fact interested in Soviet-type goals. However, he wasn’t able to articulate an imperial ideology and so put out “various imitations” of that. “Why imitations?” Savvin asks rhetorically. Because such an ideology would require the quasi-elite to make sacrifices it was and is not prepared to make. Fake imperialism for this elite is fine; real imperialism is not. But this imperialism fooled many in the West or, worse, led them to act as if they took it seriously, the Russian analyst says. For Russians, it gave them a feeling of renewed power; and for many in the West, it provided the comforting notion that Russia hadn’t changed, something some were pleased and others horrified by. This would all be very amusing were it not for one thing, Savvin says. It means that the West is not aware of what is actually happening and that it will not respond correctly when the Putin system weakens. Instead, it will assume it is fighting imperialism or nationalism rather than the nomenklatura-oligarchic-quasi-elite. And it will again as was the case in the early 1990s accept the reassurance of this elite that it is against both these things and thus end by supporting the same old rulers and attacking everyone else rather than recognizing that these rulers themselves are the problem that must be addressed and removed. But even before the Moscow-centered state fails, this lack of understanding in the West will have extremely negative consequences for Russia by allowing this elite to continue its thievery and for “many neighboring countries” who will suffer attack as the Moscow quasi-elite tries to put on a virtual show for both its own people and the West – while hiding its own crimes.
A woman who was taken to hospital with her husband after a nerve agent scare at a Salisbury restaurant has said she was not involved in a hoax and…
Anna Shapiro prompted security alert when she claimed she and husband targeted by Moscow in same city where Russia allegedly used nerve agent Novichok
The couple who claimed to have fallen ill at a branch of Prezzo in Salisbury had to be rescued by coastguards only a few miles into a sailing trip after running out of fuel. Anna Shapiro, 30, and her husband Alex King, 42, sparked fears of a new novichok poisoning in the city last weekend. Ms Shapiro, a Russian-born Israeli citizen, claimed that she had been targeted by Moscow but the couple were interviewed last week by Wiltshire police, who are looking at the possibility of a hoax. Last month the pair were rescued by a lifeboat within hours of setting sail on a 35ft yacht called Ragtime that they had bought second-hand for £4,000. A witness said they had arrived at Holyhead marina in a Mercedes and told locals they planned to make the 360-mile trip from Holyhead in north wales to Brixham, Devon. They set off despite warnings that they could sink because the engine was in poor condition. They planned to use an iPhone app to navigate and Mr King was said to have asked: “Is it left or right out of the harbour?” Mark Overend, 55, who helped to launch the vessel, said: “They didn’t have a clue what they were doing. When I asked them where they were going and if they had charts they looked at me and said ‘what are charts?’ ”
Since the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March, it has been an anxious time for Russians in London.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday said the US wouldn’t hesitate to hold the “source of the bad behavior” accountable if Syria uses chemical weapons again – and wouldn’t rule out the use of military force.
A Su-35S air-superiority fighter jet of Russia’s Aerospace Force has intercepted the U.S. F-22 Raptor Raptor combat aircraft flying over Syria. A photographs posted by unofficial Russia’s military pilot Instagram account on 24 September has confirmed an intercept of the U.S. F-22 Raptor Raptor combat aircraft by the Russian Su-35S fighter jet. Photographs, made by the infrared search and track fire control system of the Russian Su-35S, shows in infrared spectrum an F-22 Raptor fighter jet flying over Syria. The Su-35S infrared search and track system called the OLS-35 and includes an infrared sensor, laser rangefinder, target designator and television camera. This system to determine the general position of aircraft within a fifty-kilometer radius—potentially quite useful for detecting stealth aircraft, such as F-22, at shorter ranges.
UN General Assembly 2018: Fatigue in the West over Syria’s civil war is likely to downgrade its place at UNGA
A military alliance between Russia and Iran to back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is giving way to an economic rivalry as Syria’s civil war winds down, a contest that Moscow is leading.
Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other major oil producers have agreed not to boost production despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s calls for lower prices.
How long will the Russia president be able to don the hat of Middle Eastern peacemaker?
America must realize it has no military role to play in Syria’s future.
On Saturday, terrorists attacked a military parade in Ahvaz, Iran, a city of 1.3 million people. Men with AK-47s killed 25 people, targeting the IRGC. Immediately Iran began blaming the US. Iran’s Rouhani fumes at US after Ahvaz parade attack The US denies any association with the terrorists. Two groups have claimed responsibility. al-Ahvaziya group, a…
Top Trump administration officials pushed back hard Sunday against Iranian claims that the U.S. and its allies were behind a deadly attack on a military parade over the weekend, saying that Tehran is fully responsible for fomenting a climate of unrest and instability inside its own borders and across the Middle East.
TENSIONS between the US and Iran threatened to hit fever pitch on Monday as a US envoy urged the Iranian leader to “look in the mirror” for the cause of Saturday’s terrorist attack in the Middle Eastern country.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday dismissed Iranrsquo;s assertion that Washington and its allies were to blame for a deadly
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, asserted that Tehran is responsible for violent unrest within its borders, as well as across the Middle East.
The exchange follows threats from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to avenge the assault on a military parade. Iran-US ties have worsened after President Donald Trump renewed sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear program.
Tehran has accused U.S. allies of being behind a deadly attack on a military parade in southwestern Iran that left 29 people dead and dozens wounded amid claims of responsibility by two groups — an ethnic Arab separatist group and the extremist group Islamic State.
Deputy head of IRGC vows ‘crushing response,’ as thousands attend funerals after both Islamic State and Arab nationalist group claim responsibility for attack that killed 29
Harsh reactions by hardline Iranian media and an odd unity between opposition and regime in condemning the terror attack on a military parade on September 22.
head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned U.S. and Israeli leaders on Monday to expect a “devastating” response from Tehran, accusing them of involvement in an attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz.US
Those behind the terrorist attack at the Ahvaz military parade will face “unforgettable vengeance,” Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said, as Tehran persists in accusing Washington and its regional allies of orchestrating the assault.
A top military official in Iran on Monday warned the U.S. and Israel of a “devastating” response after he blamed the two countries of playing a role in Saturday’s assault that killed 25, including 12 members of the Revolutionary Guards, Reuters reported.
Iran has begun a diplomatic push against the U.S., European and Arab countries it says supported or harbored people linked to a terrorist attack that left 25 people dead and fueled Middle East tensions.
A ‘deadly and unforgiving revenge’ for attack that killed 29 people, says Iranian elite force as UAE denies involvement.
President Rouhani says Gulf States, backed by the US, enabled the deadly gun attack that killed 25.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president on Sunday accused an unnamed U.S.-allied country in the Persian Gulf of being behind a terror attack on a military parade that killed 25 people and wounded 60, further raising regional tensions.
‘s elite Revolutionary Guards vowed on Sunday to exact “deadly and unforgettable” vengeance for an attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, including 12 of their comrades, and Tehran accused Gulf Arab states of backing the gunmen.US
On the same day Arab separatists killed 25 people in a military parade attack, Trump’s lawyer mounted a stage in to declare the government would be toppled.
Guardian News Published on Sep 23, 2018 The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, says those responsible for Saturday’s attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz in which at least 29 people died will be brought to justice. Iran has summoned envoys from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Denmark over the shooting. Iran says response to terrorist attack on military parade will be ‘crushing’
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that Tehran is prepared to “confront America” after an attack at a military parade killed at least 25 people.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accuses U.S.-backed Gulf states of providing financial and military support to opposition groups in Iran, the day after an attack on the elite Revolutionary Guards.
Iran summoned diplomats from Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands after blaming regional countries and their “U.S. masters” for the attack which killed 25.
Tehran has summoned the envoys of three European countries and is accusing them of harboring radical opposition groups, after an attack at a military parade in the city of Ahvaz claimed nearly 30 lives and left dozens injured.
BRITISH diplomats have been summoned to the Iranian Foreign Ministry amid claims extremists who killed at least 25 people in a terror attack on a military parade had links to European countries.
Iran criticises the Netherlands for ‘sheltering terrorists’ after parade attack
A day after an attack on a military parade that killed 12, Rouhani accused Gulf Arab states of providing financial and military support for anti-government ethnic Arab groups.
ISIS posts video of three men who allegedly carried out attack on Iranian military parade.
A video circulating on the ISIS-affiliated Amaq News Agency claims to show three of the four assailants accused of carrying out a deadly terrorist attack on an Iranian military parade.
The US will overthrow the Iranian government once socio-economic conditions there, shaped by sanctions, are ripe for a revolution, presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani told a cheering crowd on the day of the deadly attack in Ahvaz.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quick to accuse the US-backed Gulf Arab states of orchestrating an attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday, of which four unidentified armed men opened fire – killing at least 29 people, including a dozen Iranian Revolutionary Guards, while 60 more were wounded.
President’s personal attorney bucks Trump administration line, says ‘the people of Iran obviously have now had enough’
Hajar Youssif was on her daily commute to work, staring at her phone and flicking through her Instagram account when she looked up to find herself in an unusual location.