Assad pulls air force out of Deir ez-Zour, the third Syrian air base surrendered to ISIS

It looks as if Assad might be taking his last stand. As mentioned a few years ago, the loss of critical military installations/bases would mean it’s right around the corner. See also HERE, HERE and HERE for further past references. This is a critical indicator of his last hold on power. He saw exactly what happened to Gaddafi and Mubarak, as well as Saddam Hussein. When his last grip on power starts to give way, he will likely choose to set the entire Middle East on fire rather than retire and spend the rest of his life retired and live in a secluded beach house.

This means an attack on his own people, neighboring countries such as Israel and Turkey. From there, the situation explodes to a war with NATO and a possible razing of Damascus as prophesied in Isaiah 17:1.

Don’t forget Iran joining in on the fun as it has a mutual defense pact with Syria or don’t be surprised to see it take advantage of all the distractions and attempt to impose its hegemonic ambitions over the Middle East. You should also expect Iran to activate sleeper cells within the United States to carry out attacks on the American homeland. All this of course would have an effect globally, politically, socially and economically. You might as well also consider other nations such as China attempting to take advantage of the distractions and take Taiwan.

The possible scenarios are unlimited and it’s a rabbit hole nobody wants to jump into.

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Just a week after losing the big Palmyra air base to the Islamic State – and with it large stocks of ammo and military equipment – Syrian military and air units Wednesday, May 27, began pulling out of the big air base at Deir ez-Zour. This was Bashar Assad’s last military stronghold in eastern Syria and the last air facility for enabling fighter-bombers to strike ISIS forces in northeastern Syria and the western Iraqi province of Anbar.

His surrender of the Deir ez-Zour base is evidence that the Syrian president has run out of fighting strength for defending both his front lines and his air bases. He is also too tied down to be able to transfer reinforcements from front to front. He is therefore pulling in the remnants of his army from across the country for the defense of the capital, Damascus. Continue reading

Iranian Missiles Cover Entire Persian Gulf – IRGC Commander

In addition to the IRGC Navy’s speed boats, Iranian naval forces rely on long-range coast-to-sea missiles that can reach anywhere in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman, Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi told reporters on the sidelines of a conference on speed boats held in Tehran, Tasnim news agency reported. Continue reading

“Secular” Turkey

  • A deeper look into the history of Turkey reveals that, unfortunately, Turkey has never been either truly secular or democratic. In Turkey, freedom of conscience and religion is respected — but only if you are a practicing Sunni Muslim.
  • The problem is that “modern” Turkey claims to be a “secular” republic; a secular republic is supposed to treat all people — Muslims and non-Muslims — equally. The objective of the Diyanet (Presidency of Religious Affairs), on the other hand, is to keep religion (Islam) under the control of the state, and to keep the people under the control of the state by means of religion.
  • “Those who are not genuine Turks can have only one right in the Turkish fatherland, and that is to be a servant, to be a slave. We are in the most free country of the world. They call this Turkey.” — Mahmut Esat Bozkurt, Turkey’s first Minister of Justice, 1930.

When many Western analysts discuss the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey, they rightfully criticize it for its religious intolerance, authoritarianism and lack of respect for secular principles and minorities. They also tend to compare the AKP to former Kemalist governments, and draw a distinction between the Islamist AKP and former non-Islamist governments.

They claim that Turkey was “secular” and somewhat “democratic,” until the AKP came to power.

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Sources: IRS believes massive data theft originated in Russia

Washington (CNN) The IRS believes that a major cyber breach that allowed criminals to steal the tax returns of more than 100,000 people originated in Russia, two sources briefed on the data theft tell CNN.

On Tuesday, the Internal Revenue Service announced that organized crime syndicates used personal data obtained elsewhere to access tax information, which they then used to file $50 million in fraudulent tax refunds.

An IRS spokeswoman said the agency does not discuss ongoing investigations.

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Russia amasses heavy firepower on border with Ukraine

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Khutor Chkalova, Russia: Russia’s army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine, a Reuters reporter saw this week.

Many of the vehicles have number plates and identifying marks removed while many of the servicemen had taken insignia off their fatigues. As such, they match the appearance of some of the forces spotted in eastern Ukraine, which Kiev and its Western allies allege are covert Russian detachments.

The scene at the base on the Kuzminsky firing range, around 50 km (30 miles) from the border, offers some of the clearest evidence to date of what appeared to be a concerted Russian military build-up in the area. Continue reading

NSA Continues Personal Data Collection Despite Patriot Act Expiry – Assange

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The US Patriot Act authorizing domestic surveillance will expire on May 31 unless it is extended or replaced with another bill. Continue reading

United States Unprepared to Conduct War for Ukraine – White House

How much is America prepared for war against Russia? This prepared. If the Obama administration left Iraq’s military stranded against ISIS, which could’ve been eliminated yesterday if they really wanted to, it would only make sense that they will do the same with Ukraine regardless of what anyone in the White House says. Nuclear war is always a bit more risky than islamic terrorist groups.

Straight out of the White House:

 

The United States is not ready to prosecute a war over Ukraine, but could partner with its NATO allies to help Kiev defend itself against Russia, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earnest explained the United States will assist Kiev in its struggle against Russian violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The United States is not prepared to go to war over Ukraine. But, at the same time, there may be an opportunity for the United States and our NATO partners to help them confront the threat that they’re facing from Russia.” Continue reading

Politics and Society: Putin? “A gambler!” | POLITIK UND GESELLSCHAFT: Putin? “Ein Spieler!”

Note: The original translation of the article is originally in German and the version posted here is a Google translated version.

Deutschen Leser oder Menschen, die Deutsch verstehen, kann das origanales Quelle HIER finden.

 

Nato-General Hans-Lothar Domröse über die neue schnelle Eingreiftruppe, die Bedrohung durch Russland und seinen guten Schlaf

Wäre Putin auch bereit, Atomwaffen gegen Nato-Truppen einzusetzen?

Wir betrachten dieses Thema mit großer Sorge. Die Russen halten den taktischen Einsatz von Atomwaffen im Gefecht für eine mögliche Form der Kriegsführung, wir nicht.

English translation:

NATO General Hans-Lothar Domröse on the new rapid reaction force, and the threat of Russia

General, we are not already at war with Russia – in a propaganda war?

The Russian propaganda machine is running and acts. We will reply to the west on the truth quickly, and we gloss over anything. It may there be exceptions, but it is the principle. However, it is an old Russian tradition, matters only not admit it then to comment in a different light, and finally to make a U-turn. Let’s take the example of the Crimea. It was said at the beginning: We are not. Then it was: Yes, there are also Russian soldiers. But they’re on vacation . Soldier on vacation with equipment so. The summit was then entering into argument of President Putin: I had to intervene there.

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Russia to Deploy Armata Tanks, APCs, Air-Defense Missiles in Arctic

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“Commanding officers of the Defense Ministry’s Transport Service will be meeting in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss the transport on railway platforms of Pantsir air defense missile complexes, Armata tanks, armored vehicles and other weapons systems to military units deployed in the country’s Arctic regions,” the statement said.

In all, nearly 70 officers from the Southern, Western, Central and Eastern Military Districts, as well as the Northern Fleet, will be taking part in the meeting. Continue reading

Heavy armour rolls in: Now convoy of Russian tanks arrive by rail at border with Ukraine days after military trucks and rocket launchers were spotted nearby

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  • Nine tanks arrived in southern Russian town of Matveev Kurgan on Monday
  • Mobile phone snaps show them arriving on the back of a freight train
  • Town is just 17 miles from Ukrainian border, where battles continue

A freight train pictured carrying a convoy tanks towards the Ukrainian border looks to escalate tensions between the two sides even further.

The nine tanks arrived in the southern town of Matveev Kurgan on Monday, before being driven along the streets on Tuesday.

The picture, taken on a mobile phone, comes just days after a huge convoy, including rocket launchers, military trucks without licence plates and armoured personnel carriers, was photographed driving along a road near the town. Continue reading

An extremely dangerous conflict is brewing between the US and China in a tiny archipelago in the South China Sea

Where lies the greatest potential for disaster in this ever more disordered world? In Russia’s efforts to rebuild its former empire? In the chaos of the Middle East, or the chronic instability of a nuclear-armed Pakistan? Conceivably, none of the above. A case can be made that the biggest danger is represented by a semi-submerged archipelago in the South China Sea called the Spratly Islands, object of a confrontation between China and the US and America’s regional allies that without wisdom and restraint could escalate beyond control. Continue reading

PLA Navy will have 415 warships in near future: US expert

Meanwhile, the U.S. will have only a bit over 300 ships by 2020. The balance of power is shifting before our eyes and a new chapter in world history will open up, especially as China strengthens its alliance with Russia to form One Clenched Fist.

 

James Fanell, the former director of the US Pacific Fleet’s intelligence and information, predicted China will eventually have about 415 warships including four aircraft carriers and 100 submarines in the near future while attending a two-day conference held by the US Naval War College’s China Maritime Studies Institute in Newport, Rhode Island last week, reports the Defense News. Continue reading

China releases ‘active defence’ military strategy, warns those ‘meddling’ in the South China Sea

And within this ‘active defense’ strategy, even more military cooperation with Russia is entailed.

 

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China’s Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun holds up China’s Military Strategy white paper during a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday. Photo: AP

 

 

Beijing: As tensions grow over territory in the South China Sea, China has signalled ambitions for a greater naval presence further from its shores with the unveiling of a new military strategy white paper.

Speaking at a media briefing on Tuesday, a spokesman for China’s Defence Ministry, Yang Yujun, denied the timing of the paper’s release had any connection with the ongoing spat with the United States, which flew a surveillance plane last Wednesday over the reef and rock formations where China is carrying out extensive land reclamation and building in the disputed waters. Continue reading

China to Extend Military Reach, Build Lighthouses in Disputed Waters

BEIJING (Reuters) – China outlined a strategy to boost its naval reach on Tuesday and held a groundbreaking ceremony for two lighthouses in disputed waters, developments likely to escalate tensions in a region already jittery about Beijing’s maritime ambitions.

In a policy document issued by the State Council, the Communist-ruled country’s cabinet, China vowed to increase its “open seas protection”, switching from air defense to both offense and defense, and criticized neighbors who take “provocative actions” on its reefs and islands.

China has been taking an increasingly assertive posture over recent years in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, where it has engaged in extensive land reclamation in the Spratly archipelago. Continue reading

Analysis: Having taken Ramadi and Palmyra, ISIS is now unstoppable

The capture by Islamic State forces of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, on May 17, has given the organization a fortified urban base less than an hour’s drive from Baghdad. Its near-simultaneous takeover of the central Syrian city of Palmyra, points to the organization’s permanence and demonstrates its widening operational span, which now ranges from Western Libya to the Iranian border. Without an all-out war effort by outside forces, such as Iran, or the United States, it is difficult to see how the Islamic State could be stopped from permanently establishing itself as a major actor in the region. However, such an eventuality is extremely improbable, as no outside force appears willing to confront ISIS in a symmetrical way. Continue reading