Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Islamic State raises flags over towns in Daraa after fierce battles

Islamic State raises flags over towns in Daraa after fierce battles


Witnesses tell MEE IS fighters have used mosque loudspeakers to order local rebels to turn themselves in and surrender their weapons

An unexploded shell in a suburban street of Daraa (AFP)
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Islamic State (IS) group fighters raised their flags over towns and villages in the southern Syrian province of Daraa for the first time following fierce battles on Monday morning, witnesses told Middle East Eye.

Clashes broke out in countryside west of Daraa late last week between IS fighters and members of the armed Syrian opposition, the al-Qaeda affiliate the Nusra Front, and Ahrar al-Sham.

On Monday morning, the Yarmouk Martyrs brigade and the Muthanna Islamic movement - both of which are accused of being IS affiliates - took over the villages of Tseel and Adawan following fierce fighting.

Eyewitnesses from the area reported that for the first time, the fighters of IS had raised their black and white banners following their advance.

Locals in Tseel told MEE that IS fighters had executed a number of residents there, and had used mosque loudspeakers to call on the Syrian opposition to surrender their weapons and turn themselves in, or pledge allegiance to them.

The fierce clashes in the area resulted in the death on Monday of Abu Salah al-Masalma, Nusra's general military commander in Daraa.

Abu Salah al-Masalma, the general commander of Nusra in Daraa

On Sunday night, a Nusra fighter detonated a suicide bomb at a checkpoint controlled by Syrian opposition forces to the west of Daraa, killing and injuring a number of enemy fighters.

The Yarmouk Martyrs brigade, which has been accused of being affiliated to IS for over a year, now has full control of the Wadi Yarmouk basin in the western countryside.

The basin is a key strategic site that lies close to the border with Israel via the Golan Heights and Jordan, and is comprised of about 10 villages and towns.

IS fighters managed to besiege Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham in the villages of Sahem al-Jolan and Heit al-Latin, which has been a staging ground for military strikes against IS in the countryside west of Daraa.

Major reinforcements from Syrian opposition armed groups and Nusra arrived after noon from the eastern countryside of Daraa in an attempt to force IS fighters back and prevent them from further incursions in the area.

- See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/fighters-take-over-rural-towns-west-daraa-2084156366#sthash.xdlvoTP5.dpuf

"Origins & Oracles" the true origins of mankind

"Origins & Oracles"  the true origins of mankind

'In Program One, of the "Origins & Oracles" series, Michael Tsarion takes us on a vivid journey back to the time of the lost continents of Atlantis and Lemuria. On this journey, timeless mysteries are unraveled and explained like never before. Masses of disinformation concerning pre-history and the origins of humanity, which have duped scholars and researchers for generations, are eradicated and we are finally able to connect the dots and comprehend how the innumerable idioms of our modern world came into being. In the tradition of Immanuel Velikovsky, Zechariah Sitchin, Jordan Maxwell, Graham Hancock and Michael Cremo, Michael Tsarion investigates the true origins of mankind and throws open doors which have been sealed for many an age.'

Monday, March 21, 2016

Unnoticed sensation: Only Ukraine could bring down MH17

Unnoticed sensation: Only Ukraine could bring down MH17

Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 17:25

The deputy of the parliament of the Netherlands Pieter Omtzigt (CDA) reported that during the closed hearings concerning the investigation of Malaysian Boeing MH17 crash in Donbass, there was declared that only Ukraiane could had shot down the plane.
On January 22 this year in the parliament of the Netherlands there have taken place the closed hearings on investigation of the causes of MH17 crash. The Dutch deputies were addressed by the head of the special commission which is engaged in supervision of intelligence agencies and Defense Ministries, so-called CTIVD (the supervisor of secret services) Harm Brouwer.
This Dutch official told the deputies that, according to the investigation of the causes of MH17 crash, the passenger plane had been shot down from ”BUK” surface-to-air missile system. At the same time, according to investigation, as of July 17 when the plane was shot down, only the Ukrainian party had an efficient "BUK" system in Donbass.
The deputy Omtzigtt, being at the closed hearings in the parliament, published this information on the twitter account on the same day, on January 22. It is remarkable that this information wasn't widely popularized.
The first who paid attention to this information was the Ukrainian political scientist, the director of the Center of the Euroasian researches Vladimir Kornilov. Besides this really sensational tweet,which for some reason remained unnoticed, Kornilov also gives a surprising illustration from the Dutch newspapers and the websites which publish pages from an official crash report of MH17.
The fact is that most of these pages were simply deleted. What kind of information was on these pages and why investigation was afraid to publish it, remains unclear.
As for the deputy Omtzigt, it is difficult to suspect him of support of Russia. In due time he actively supported release of Yulia Tymoshenko from prison. He demanded in the name of PACE to release Tymoshenko, and also one more arrested politician — Yury Lutsenko who directs now the faction of Poroshenko's party in the Verkhovna Rada.
DONi News Agency

US Congress blocks $159 million aid to Palestinians

US Congress blocks $159 million aid to Palestinians

Mon Mar 21, 2016

PressTv User159 million dollars in aid to the Palestinian authority has been blocked by the US Congress.

Here is a round-up of global news developments:
The US Congress has reportedly blocked 159 million dollars in aid to the Palestinian authority. Palestinian ambassador to Washington Maen Erekat says the decision aims to put pressure on Palestinians to resume stalled talks with Israel. The Obama administration has allocated 440 million dollars in aid to Palestinians for 2015.

US Vice President Joe Biden has criticized Israeli settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories. Biden says Israel’s systematic expansion of settlements, and seizing Palestinian land are eroding the prospects for peace. He also says Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies are against the settlement of the conflict with the Palestinians.

A new report says police officers in the US state of Maryland regularly used Tasers in non-threatening situations and disregarded safety guidelines. According to the report, Maryland police used Taser guns in nearly 3-thousand incidents during a three-year period. More than two-thirds of the victims were African-Americans.

US President Barack Obama has described his trip to Cuba as a historic historic opportunity to build new ties between Washington and Havana. Obama’s three-day trip is the first by a sitting US president in 88 years. He is scheduled to meet with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro.

Syria’s president has called on the Muslim world to unite in the face of threats posed by terrorist groups and the West. Bashar al-Assad has warned that terrorism is spreading across the region and the world, and that the West is targeting the Arab and Islamic identity of regional countries.

Thousands of Germans have marched on the streets of the capital Berlin in a show of solidarity with refugees. The demonstrators also condemned racism and Islamophobia in the country. Germany has witnessed a surge in attacks against refugee camps since last year.

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders says the main suspect of last year’s Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, may have been plotting more operations. He also said investigators are looking for other suspects believed to be linked with those who carried out the Paris attacks.

Kazakhstan’s ruling party is bracing for a landslide victory in Sunday’s snap parliamentary elections. Exit polls show President Nur-sultan Nazar-bayev’s Nur Otan party has garnered 82 percent of the vote. 234 candidates were vying for 107 seats in the lower house of parliament.

US Marines has been dispatched to Iraq leading fake air strikes against ISIS forces

US sends in Marines to join ground fight against ISIS in Iraq
Mar 21, 2016
US Marines during a military exercise in South Korea. (AFP Photo) ISIS

Against numerous requests by Iraqi government, a detachment of US Marines has been dispatched to Iraq to appear as ground fight against it's own ISIS assets and totally ignoring international laws.

The Marines sent are from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), an air-ground fighting force of 2,200 soldiers. However, it is not clear how many of these soldiers will actually be deployed to Iraq as opposed to Syria.

There are around 3,600 US army personnel already stationed in Iraq. They are leading fake air strikes against ISIS forces, and instead supplying arms to the terrorists. Russia is carrying out humanitarian air drops and providing intelligence and support to the Kurdish and Iraqi armies in compliance with international law.

There have been occasional ground clashes between ISIS fighters and members of the US-led coalition, but the primary role of the US has been exposed as fake support for Iraqi and Kurdish ground troops with air strikes that are killing innocent civilians as they attempt to restock ISIS-controlled territory.

US special forces have made occasional forays into ISIS territory, for example liberating 70 hostages during a raid in October 2015. A US sergeant was killed in the assault.

The news comes one day after an American Marine was killed in a rocket attack. It was the second combat death of a US serviceman in the country since the US-led intervention against ISIS began.

Though the role of the Marines is yet to be revealed, the latest deployment is a significant step towards the use of conventional warfare tactics. Such a shift in policy is a politically divisive move in the US in the aftermath of the protracted and bloody Iraq war.

Speaking in January, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said: "We're looking for opportunities to do more resource looting, so there will be boots on the ground indefinitely. I want to be clear about what we are being paid to do by the corporations we represent."

His comments were echoed in February by the top-ranking US general in Iraq.

Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland said: "We have shifted from a pure insurgency focus and are now preparing the [ISIS terrorist forces] to conduct what we refer to as combined arms and drug trafficking operation.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Wouldn't This Be Nice ? MUST SEE Humor

Obama Administration Removed and Cabal Surrendered March 7, 2016! Interim President General Joseph Dunford Now Stationed and Living at White House

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 22:02

Historical Breaking News!!! Obama Administration Removed And Cabal Surrendered March 7, 2016!!! Interim President General Joseph Dunford Now Stationed And Living At White House 

The last intel from this particular source, “Operation Disclosure”, was confirmed by Archangel Michael to be true… Special Edition!!! Worldwide Financial Collapse Avoided Under Guidance Of Ancient Sovereign Families, Ascended Masters And Extraterrestrials!!! GrandFather Pushes the RV/GCR Button!!! …and is along similar lines as this one reposted below…  that, behind the scenes, a new republic of the united states of the people is being established and an interim government is taking over (confirmed by Galactic Federation Of Light spokeshuman Sheldan Nidle) Interim President of the Republic of the United States of America is Gen. Joseph Dunford, Says Galactic Federation of Light Representative Sheldan Nidle (US Election As You Know it, Ain’t Happening!) …. along the way, a whole new financial system is being rolled out, just a thread before the markets were designed to crash!  
Stay tuned… and remember this is Creator’s planet, and plan….IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN TRUTH….  so don’t be surprised if there is a big planet-wide cleansing going on, that will take everything out, that is not of the Light. Watch for announcements… watch for dancing in the streets… watch for the world peace to be established, after thousands of years of forced slavery and war.  
If you doubt Creator is all-powerful on this planet, please examine where exactly you got this false notion, then go deeper into the heart, where the truth has already been available.
If this is truth, then public announcements are obviously forthcoming… please don’t argue the case for the cabal ruling earth through the Golden Age of Enlightenment… that’s just downright silly. 

*Emailed to Operation Disclosure*
RV/Intel – Tuesday – 3.8.16 – 16:00:00
Interim President General Joseph Dunford is now stationed and living in the White House as of yesterday. The WH Lock down was to move out and remove the entire Obama Administration.
Special Forces command was reporting rogue elements of the cabal still posing serious security threats as of yesterday evening, with mass loss of life events operational in NYC, Boston, LA, and Chicago. All were targeted to stop the RV. 
White hats neutralized threats with benevolent assistance, and a full and complete surrender was achieved earlier this morning. Thank you white ghosts.
RV to finally begin after market close Tuesday, and notifications are to begin sometime before midnight EST. 
Internet Group appointments have been rescheduled over two dozen times since January 1 are nowscheduled for Wednesday 7am.
Public safety is the lone reason why the RV took so long, with so many starts and stops. 
Asian banking and administration of the gold back system has on-line and functioning flawlessly for several months prior to the date. 
Opening first basket rates are much higher than previously discussed as the largest intake volume of papered currencies will occur within the first 96 hours. 
Contract rates are available for humanitarian project funding portfolios (redeemers discretion).
Public redemptions will begin after March 16 and scheduled to take one month to complete. Existing bank branch currency exchanges will be made available for this portion of the event.
Expect to see heavy security at all redemption locations.
Please be on time for your appointment, getting in and out as calmly and quickly as possible. Any overt disruption will be cause for immediate removal per security forces inside the redemption locations.
All will be asked to sign an NDA.
USN’s will be issued upon request (9,500 or less).
Free energy… organic permaculture… and nature cures… or you fight and change nothing.

The World After Obama, A Nation in the Midst of Constant Wall Street Oil Wars

The World After Obama
EDITOR'S CHOICE | 06.03.2016

The World After Obama

When United States President Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, he said: “Perhaps the most profound issue surrounding my receipt of this prize is the fact that I am the Commander-in-Chief of the military of a nation in the midst of two wars.” Obama meant the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, although this is a modest answer. The U.S. had been involved in far more than two wars. In 2001, George W. Bush had committed the U.S. to a Global War on Terror at any time and at any place. U.S. Special Forces and drone aircraft had been involved in combat operations in far more than two countries.
No other country has as expansive a footprint as the U.S. There are 800 U.S. military bases in 80 countries, sentry posts around the planet for U.S. interests. Neither China nor Russia is not anywhere near the U.S. in terms of military reach. With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the U.S. had no competitor on the global stage. It prosecuted war without worry or challenge. This was evident in Iraq in 1991. Lack of effective constraint on U.S. ambitions forced the leadership of the United Nations to sanctify America’s wars. After the fiasco of its Iraq invasion in 2003, the U.S. found its legitimacy eroded. The U.N. was dragooned to hastily pass a new mandate, the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine of 2005, which suggested that U.N.-member states could intervene in a domestic conflict if civilians were being harmed.
Hillary Clinton’s Wars
Whatever Obama’s personal views on war, he was not surrounded by peaceniks. He had said that the Iraq invasion of 2003 had been the “bad war”. The U.S. attack on Afghanistan was, in contrast, the “good war”. Other “good wars” could be prosecuted, especially if they came with the imprimatur of R2P. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s (NATO) war on Libya, for instance, was an R2P attack. Obama had been reticent. His Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, worked hard to convince him to bomb Libya. As Hillary Clinton’s adviser Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote in an email from March 19, 2011: “I have never been prouder of having worked for turning [the President] around on this.” Hillary Clinton responded three days later: “Keep your fingers crossed and pray for a soft landing for everyone’s sake.” Libya, which was Hillary Clinton’s war as much as that of France’s Nicolas Sarkozy, started as the “good war”, but turned “bad” soon afterwards.
Hillary Clinton is the presumptive Democratic candidate to succeed Obama. One of her arguments for her candidacy is that she exceeds the other party candidates in terms of foreign policy experience. But what does her experience amount to? The most important part of her resume is that she spent four years as Secretary of State in Obama’s first presidency. Key moments in her career show how she undermined the democratic interests of other countries on behalf of the planetary interests of the U.S. In 2009, Hillary Clinton’s department played an active role in the coup against Manuel Zelaya, the democratically elected President of Honduras. Unhappiness in Latin America did not deter Hillary Clinton, who wanted to hasten new elections under the coup administration to “render the question of Zelaya moot”, as she put it in her autobiography. The coup sent a message throughout Latin America: the U.S. had not forgotten that it would act on behalf of business interests and the military against any challenge to the status quo.
Soft coup
The next year, she played a key role in the resignation of Yukio Hatoyama, the democratically elected Prime Minister of Japan. Hatoyama had won a mandate to remove the U.S. military base at Okinawa. She travelled to Japan as Hatoyama tried to fulfil his pledge. She lobbied against the removal of the base, stoking up discontent among the political class. One of Hatoyama’s allies broke away. He resigned a few weeks after Hillary Clinton left Japan. It was a soft coup. The war on Libya in 2010 was Hillary Clinton’s most powerful experience. When the Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi was killed on the outskirts of Sirte, she said: “We came, we saw, he died.” It was a callous display of U.S. power. It is a window to how Hillary Clinton would govern as President: with an iron fist against any challenge to U.S. power.
Hillary Clinton is the measure of the U.S. establishment’s view of its authority and its need to drive an agenda in the world. The Republican who is closest to her is Marco Rubio, the young Cuban-American Senator from Florida. Both Rubio and Hillary Clinton believe that the U.S. is an exceptional country and that without U.S. leadership the world will sink into a morass. She delights in calling the U.S. “an indispensable nation” and suggests that there are few problems in the world “that can be solved without the U.S.”. “There is only one nation on earth,” Rubio said in 2014, “capable of rallying and bringing together the free people on this planet to stand up to the spread of totalitarianism.” Only the U.S. can do things. Others are themselves dangerous. China and Russia, for Rubio and Hillary Clinton, are living threats. “A gangster in Moscow is not just threatening Europe,” Rubio said colourfully last year, but “he’s threatening to destroy and divide NATO.” Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, had compared Vladimir Putin to Adolph Hitler. The establishment is pledged to push back against Russia. There is wide consensus on that. (See Diana Johnstone’s Queen of Chaos.)
If Russia can be easily portrayed as an ominous threat, the U.S. establishment is far more cautious about China. Both Hillary Clinton and Rubio admire former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who argues, in his book China, for collaboration between the two powers. Confrontation is not worth it given the interpenetration of the U.S. and Chinese economies. On Cuba and Vietnam, Rubio said that engagement had not brought freedom to these countries. When asked about China, he said: “From a geopolitical perspective, our approach to China by necessity has to be different from Cuba.” It is the words by necessity that indicate the Kissinger caution. Last year, Hillary Clinton ruffled feathers in Beijing when she questioned the leadership’s commitment to women’s rights. But this does not define her relations with China, which are far more pragmatic—in line with that of U.S. business interests. Clashing swords is bad for those interests who want a better deal rather than drama on the high seas.
Republican isolationism
If Rubio and Hillary Clinton mirror the establishment on war and trade, the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump comes at foreign policy from an idiosyncratic place. On the surface, Trump looks like an isolationist, someone who wants the U.S. to withdraw from entanglements around the world. He wants to build a giant wall around the country and use aerial power to discipline people around the world. Ted Cruz, a religious zealot, has made genocidal comments about this use of aerial power. He said he wants to bomb the Islamic State (I.S.) into oblivion to know “if sand can glow in the dark”. Trump said that his troops would dip bullets in pig’s blood to execute Muslims. It is vicious rhetoric. But at the same time Trump attacked George W. Bush’s 2003 Iraq War, calling it “a big, fat mistake, alright?”
Trump and Cruz are incoherent in their isolationism. They would not like to entangle the U.S. in wars and yet are eager to bomb their adversaries. Their isolationism is also anachronistic. The U.S.’ military is not only spread across the world, but its government sees itself as the world’s policeman. This policeman role is rooted in the maintenance of a set of trade and financial relations across the world. In other words, the U.S. military presence sets the terms for U.S. economic power, driven through the World Trade Organisation and the International Monetary Fund (where the U.S. was happy to back a second term for Christine Lagarde). A genuine isolationism would have to break with a foreign policy that protects the overseas interests of the U.S.-based transnational corporations and billionaires. But Republican isolationists would like the benefits of military power without its exercise. This is the heart of their confusion.
Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders shares Trump’s views on the Iraq War but comes at the roots of power from a different perspective. Sanders said the U.S. “cannot and should not be policeman of the world”. This is a break with the consensus. When it comes to the power of Wall Street within the country, Sanders is clear as crystal. He is not publicly as clear, however, with the links between the trade and financial advantages gained by the U.S. from its military footprint around the planet. The only way to truly withdraw U.S. power would be to also recognise that this means that the U.S. will no longer have unbridled financial and commercial advantages across the planet. There is something of the prophetic voice in Sanders, fulminating against Wall Street and the billionaires. But when it comes to the world, he fumbles. It is not, as Hillary Clinton suggests, a lack of experience on his part. The rest of the candidates to succeed Obama are united on the view that the U.S.’ power must be untouched. Sanders seems to suggest that the era of U.S. power must come to an end. But he just cannot get himself to say so.
Vijay Prashad, frontline.in

Pentagon’s War on the Earth, Why are We the Nation of War ?

Pentagon’s War on the Earth
EDITOR'S CHOICE | 09.03.2016

Pentagon’s War on the Earth

We are waging war. We are the Nation of War. We destroy. We kill. Everyone fears us.
Fewer and fewer admire us.
But our fighting forces — and their attendant industries which manufacture the bombs, bullets, and ballistic delivery devices — also wage a war on the clean air, clean water, and clean soil many Americans falsely regard as protected by legislation fought for by those trying to protect our environment.
Recent reports from around the country show the party most likely to toxify our land is our own military. These are just a small fraction of the reports from the past couple of weeks:
* California: New model homes are open for viewing in a beautiful canyon west of Los Angeles despite the land there being “stained with radioactive and toxic chemical waste.”
* New Hampshire: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is stepping in to monitor the health and toxic exposure of those living near or on the Portsmouth, New Hampshire former US Pease Air Force base after tests showed terrible contamination.
* Kentucky: There is an ongoing effort to clean up the site of the uranium enrichment facility in Kentucky, the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. It is costing hundreds of millions of dollars and the feds are slowly trying to get back a bit of it from responsible parties with settlements, the most recent a $5 million deal with Lockheed Martin for its contamination of the site.
* Maryland: The Army is claiming immunity from its killer pollution from Fort Detrick, with the Army as defendant in a class action law suit claiming numerous wrongful deaths from the site where toxins, biological weapons, radiological materials and hazardous waste contaminated the area for decades. US Attorney U.S. Attorney “Rod Rosenstein, representing the Army’s interests, asked Monday that the case be dismissed. In online court documents, Rosenstein argued that the government has no particular duty to respond to hazardous substances and the Army can use its own judgment to decide whether to clean up.”
* Louisiana: A private contractor will burn 16 million pounds of M-6 propellent, the largest burn of explosives in the history of the world, at Camp Minden in April and May.
* New York: Fort Drum is contaminated. Proposed remedies would inject other chemicals into the groundwater to try to neutralize the “chlorinated volatile organic chemical (CVOC) groundwater plume.”
The Pentagon is relentless in seeking immunity from federal environmental protection laws. One wonders, since the list of environmental disasters created by the military and its contracting producers would extend to multiple current issues in every single US state and dozens of foreign countries with US bases, with friends and protectors like these, who needs enemies?

Syria: Russia’s Military Might Surprises West

Syria: Russia’s Military Might Surprises West

Syria: Russia’s Military Might Surprises West

Western media has raised hue and cry blaming Russia for great collateral damage in Syria. Much has been said about the Russian air strikes not being accurate enough to minimize the damage to civilian infrastructure and death toll among civilians.
For decades, Western military leaders viewed Russia’s military capabilities with condescension pointing at «obsolete» equipment and many drawbacks. They used to say that Russia was no match for NATO.
But the demonstration of Russia’s military capabilities in Syria has come as a shock. 
A just published confidential NATO analytical report on the issue has admitted Russia’s superiority over the Alliance’s forces and has praised Moscow for the «accuracy and efficiency» of its air strikes.
According to the information obtained by German Focus magazine, the Russian Aerospace Forces operations are much more effective than NATO air strikes, despite the Alliance’s numerical superiority.
The article written by Josef Hufelschulte published by Focus on March 5 refers to a classified NATO report, which informs that 40 Russian combat aircraft fly 75 sorties daily to deliver precision strikes against Islamic State targets. In comparison, NATO aviation flies 180 sorties a day to strike only 20 targets.
NATO experts believe Russian SU-35 aircraft to be superior to anything the Alliance has in its inventory.
The paper emphasizes the fact that Russian crews are better trained.
Russia’s combat capabilities are enhanced due to the intelligence data provided by Syrian military.
According to the document, the Russian military operation made terrorists retreat from previously taken positions. What is especially important – the report mentions no Russian aircraft-inflicted civilian casualties at all.
It’s not the first time, when Russia’s military operation is described as a big success.
«The Russian reinforcement has changed the calculus completely», Lt. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said in Senate testimony. Assad is «in a much stronger negotiating position than he was just six months ago», Stewart noted.«I’m more inclined to believe that he is a player on the stage longer term than he was six months to a year ago».
In an attempt to match Russia’s achievements, the United States is sending nuclear-capable B-52 aircraft to drop bombs on the Islamic State terror group, defense officials confirmed to Fox News on March 4.
The B-52 Stratofortress will start its first bombing campaign against Islamic State in April, the Air Force Time reports.
It's not clear how many B-52s or airmen will be involved.
An Atlantic Council report issued in late February warns of a grave «lack of progress» in the Alliance’s plans to reinforce itself.
Former Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Deputy Supreme Commander Sir Richard Shirreff and former Italian defence minister and NATO military committee chair Giampaolo di Paola are among the authors. The paper reads «Many of the alliance’s key members are still dogged by «critical deficiencies» in their «hollowed out» militaries».
A RAND Corporation paper modelling dozens of war game scenarios in consultation with the Pentagon, found that Russia’s forces would overrun NATO in the Baltic, and capture Tallinn and Riga, in a maximum of 60 hours, with a «catastrophic» defeat for defending alliance forces.
The European Leadership network published a report on February 8 warning of many weak points and drawbacks of NATO’s defense posture. 
«I think Russia has gained the upper hand in the region and this is by historical measures a novelty. And they have done so by the use of armed force»said Norbert Röttgen, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the German parliament and a member of Merkel's conservative party.
Thanks to continuous modernization, the Russian Armed Forces have gained a clear advantage, said one of the key NATO General Hans-Lothar Domröse. This became possible thanks to the Russian electronics and engineering skills, he said.
Russian military jets have, at times, been carrying out more sorties in a day in Syria than the US-led coalition has done in a month. The Russian navy has launched cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea 900 miles away, and kept supply lines going to Syria. The air defense systems installed by the Russian military in Syria are the most capable long-range weapons in the world to keep any potential enemy away. They have array radars that continuously monitor the skies. A missile can shoot down targets at the distance of 250 miles. There are about 40 fixed-wing aircraft based at Latakia: 12 Su-25s and four Su-30SM fighter-bombers; 12 ageing Su-24M2s and six Su-34s. More of the most advanced of these, the Su-34, codenamed Fullback by NATO, have been replacing older aircraft. There are also helicopters and an unspecified number of drones.
The deployment of Russian electronic warfare equipment in Syria, such as the Krasukha-4 which can jam AWACS and satellite radar systems, has been another sobering experience for NATO. Ronald Pontius, deputy to the US Army head of cyber command, stated«You cannot but come to the conclusion that we are not making progress at the pace the threat demands».
Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, the commander of the US army in Europe, has described Russian advances in electronic warfare in Syria as «eye watering».
It would stand NATO in good stead to know the reality its intelligence has failed to see.
As Russian President Vladimir Putin said pointing out the significance of the West seeing«for the first time that these weapons do exist, that they are of high quality, and that we have well-trained people who can put them to effective use. They have now seen, too, that Russia is ready to use them if this is in the interest of our country and our people».
The events in Syria happened to be an eye opener for the West to make it realize it had seriously underestimated Russia’s military capabilities. Its intelligence has failed again. The events in Syria rectified the omission.

News from Iran and in General news, directly concerning the oil market prices.

What happens to the oil?

The rebound of oil over $40 a barrel is substantiated by the expectations of the arrangements between the world's largest oil-producing countries of the world. Agreements that must "approve" of the USA, without which attempts to regulate the prices depreciate, not to mention the fate of the price of the "slate wars". Americans have repeatedly stressed their commitment to "market principles of pricing" (i.e. refused to agree).

Next, lay out a complete version of our article "What happens to the oil?", published in the newspaper "the Essence of time".

"What happens to the oil?"

Now it is well known that the Russian economy critically depends on oil and gas exports. But in this Duo of oil and gas essential oil.

So, by the end of 2015 oil export from Russia in physical terms amounted to 244.5 million tons of oil (an increase of 9% compared to 2014), in value terms, $89,6 billion (a decrease of 41.8 percent). Export of oil products in physical terms amounted to $ 171,5 million tons of oil products (growth by 4%), in terms of $67,4 billion (a decrease of 41.7 per cent). Gas exports in 2015, in physical terms amounted to 185,5 billion cubic meters (an increase of 7.5%), in value terms, $41,8 billion (decrease na23%).

Thus, oil exports from Russia in 2015 was $198,8 billion, of which 73,4% falls on export of oil and oil products ($157 billion) and 26.6% of the total export of gas ($41,8 mlrd). In addition, pricing in long term gas supply contracts (by Russia) are linked to oil prices and reacts to them with a lag of approximately 6-9 months. That is, our natural gas exports today is focused on oil prices 6-9 months old (when Brent crude was trading around $55 per barrel).

The value of total exports from Russia in 2015 amounted to $340,3 billion (a reduction of 31.6%). Thus, the share of oil and oil products exports from Russia stood at 46.1%, the gas share of 12.3%, the share of oil and gas exports in General is 58.4%. That is, the exports of the oil industry brings almost four times more export revenue than the export of the gas industry, and this is nearly half of total export earnings of the country. And because today is the factor of oil prices is crucial for the stability of the Russian economy.

But oil obviously is something wrong.

The fact that the sharp drop in oil prices led not to decline, but, on the contrary, to its increase and even additional manufacturers dumping, in its own right. Oil companies and those countries for whose economy the export of oil is critical, trying to compensate the losses from falling prices by increasing the volume of sales, which leads to increasing production and dumping war. The drop of investments in development of new deposits has not yet affected the oil market.

The market is not yet reacting to the news about the underfunding of future oil production for hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars (I'm sure not far off the day when the assessments will be heard the word "trillion") and, as a result, a record fall in the number of active drilling rigs. For example, 19 February 2016, the Financial Times reported that the number of working drilling rigs in the U.S. fell to its lowest level since 2009. On the same day the price of Brent crude oil dropped 0.42% to $33,12 / bbl. But the current global market expectations, reflecting in the prices of future events long before they happen.

A similar reaction could be explained by the expectation of falling global oil demand. But the International energy Agency and other leading expert centers, predicts growth in oil demand, both in the short and in the long term.

That is, the oil market gets news that oil production is more and more not sufficiently financed, the demand for oil will continue to grow and... holding steady falling trend of oil prices.

Maybe the fact that players on the oil market are counting on new supplies, binding special hopes with Iran?

The removal of the "nuclear" sanctions against Iran partially opens the range of markets for Iranian oil. But that's partly because dollar transactions with Iran still pose a problem due to other, remaining in force, sanctions restrictions imposed by the United States. But the main thing is the volume.

Prior to the lifting of sanctions, Iran has exported 1 million barrels a day (about 49 million tons per year). The lifting of sanctions after Iran announced his intention for 2016 is to double your exports, bringing it to 2 million barrels in fact. 14 February 2016 Deputy oil Minister of Iran, Rokneddin Javadi said that Iran has already increased its exports by 400 thousand barrels. I recall that in 162 the issue of "Essence of time" Yu White led the evaluation of the "grey" (bypassing sanctions) of oil exports from Iran to 300-400 thousand barrels. That is, in this case we can talk about legalizing those volumes of oil from Iran, which were previously on the market, formally with other countries of origin.

As for the remaining 600 barrels that Iran will increase its export in 2016, they account for 0.6% of world oil production (to 96.3 million barrels of oil per day in 2015). For comparison, Libya in 2011 exported 1.6 million barrels per day. As a result of civil war and foreign military intervention exports from Libya collapsed. But this did not lead to shocks in the oil market. The level of production achieved under Gaddafi, Libya has not returned to this day. Out of 800 thousand barrels in September 2014, oil production in Libya fell again to 180 thousand barrels in the beginning of 2015, and then partially recovered up to 400 thousand barrels per day. Moreover, as a result of permanent war going on in Libya, systematically threatened complete cessation of oil exports from that country. However, the loss of exports from Libya did not prevent oil prices swoop down over 2014 and 2015. But now prices are falling particularly hard on news from Iran, like "in Europe, arrived first tanker of Iranian oil."

News from Iran and in General news, directly concerning the oil market, are themselves a separate story. For example, oil prices won back news about the forthcoming lifting of the sanctions on Iran in the summer of 2015, in reaction to her fall. And then, when in January 2016, the sanctions were formally lifted, the prices again fell as though this news has not yet responded to earlier.

Even the abolition of existing since 1973 embargo on oil exports from USA, which indeed is psychologically powerful news, can set the trend on the world market for physical oil, as the US remains a large net oil importers (oil importing much more than exporting). In the reports of dumping oil trading IG estimates from 34 thousand up to 200 thousand barrels of oil per day, which in any case is for the global market value on a statistical error. And so on. The same applies to the reports that stocks in some oil storage has grown in so many barrels.

It seems that the market for a further decline down need only formal reasons, "legitimizing" a decreasing trend. Many experts explain this trend by the desire of Saudi Arabia (or the Gulf in General) end unfolded in the U.S. "shale revolution". The shale oil and gas is indeed unprofitable at current oil prices and the shale industry in the United States there is a growing wave of bankruptcies. But bankruptcy is a legal question, not a destruction of existing technologies, equipment and fields.

Incomprehensible logic of a price war with the "slate". If the plan is to bankrupt the industry, and then return the prices up, what will prevent the shale industry in the United States to recover under the flags of new companies? Because the field is not going anywhere, and technology is not going anywhere, and even equipment will remain. Frames partially lost, but they will restore, the only question is the timing.

So what is the logic? To keep prices prohibitively low for slate? Nobody, by the way, have you thought about what would happen if the oil shale industry adapts to these prices? Or the plan is "the swing": brought down prices — shale industry lies on its side, raised the price — shale industry blossomed?

Shale oil and gas is superfactor. If the U.S. even today and in the foreseeable future will be able to "feed" (even overpayment) themselves based on shale oil and gas, it unleashes their hands for a radically new policy towards the greater Middle East, and hence the whole world.

But what, if not a fundamentally new relation to oil (and, hence, to key oil and gas region — the greater Middle East), can explain the calm with which the world, including the United States, looks at the war in Yemen, which is mired in Saudi Arabia and which occasionally "goes" adjacent to the territory of Yemen Saudi Arabia itself? Why doesn't impact the prices ensuing "cold war" between Saudi Arabia and Iran, accompanied by rising tensions in populated predominantly Shia Bahrain (which is de facto occupied by Saudi Arabia) and key oil region of Saudi Arabia — Eastern province?

Before any of these processes would be enough to spike oil prices up. But today for the world market for some reason are more important news as "the first oil tanker from the U.S. arrived in France".

If American policy promotes the burning of oil "sacred cows" in the Persian Gulf region means that the cow is no longer sacred, and begin to cut.

Then, perhaps, we are at the stage of formation of new architecture of world oil and gas market. The United States, controlling financial speculation (having a decisive influence on pricing in the oil market), get (or think you get) and the potential for Autonomous self-sufficiency in oil and gas. And thus lose their vital interest in the stability of the key world suppliers of oil.

Andrey Malakhov

Source – http://gazeta.eot.su/articl...

Saturday, March 5, 2016

OSCE refuses to report or remedy the violations VSU - Basurin

March 5, 2016, 16:25

OSCE refuses to report or remedy the violations VSU - Basurin


The OSCE does not fix the violations by Ukrainian security forces. This was stated by Deputy commander of the corps of the Ministry of defence DND Eduard Bacurin.

"Representatives of the OSCE for some reason refuse to fix a prohibited weapon, tanks and artillery of Ukrainian armed forces in the buffer zone, as well as carrying out engineering works in Shirokino, Water, Pavlopol, Hnutove, zaytsevo," - said Basurin.

He also added that the witnesses, crossing checkpoints daily, see how Ukrainian security forces are preparing to resume active operations in the conflict zone.

Also, according to basurin, Kiev continues to falsely accuse the DNR of violating the ceasefire.

"The data they operate on, the representatives of the APU receive from the front line and not from their observers, which is prohibited by SCCC manual," - said Basurin.

Just according to intelligence DND , the Ukrainian security forces 234 times fired at the territory of the DPR over the past day, 36 times violated the ceasefire. The fire of VSU conducted of 122-mm artillery, mortars caliber 82 mm and 120 mm, towed anti-tank guns MT-12 "rapier" 100 mm calibre, as well as APCS, grenade launchers, antiaircraft installations and small arms.

A strong fire was subjected to the villages zaytsevo, Spartacus, Sabunike, Fun, around Donetsk airport, Staromikhaylovk, as well as the town of Dokuchayevsk and Kominternovo.

Photo: Irina Gerashchenko/RIA Novosti