Official: U.S. airstrike in Somalia targets suspected militant leader

Events like this of late seem to occur when the national attention is elsewhere. In light of this, it shouldn’t be surprising if a nation takes advantage of the Sochi Winter Olympics as a distraction, as Putin did with his invasion of Georgia under the cover of the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

While you were distracted with the Grammys:

(CNN) — The U.S. military conducted an airstrike in southern Somalia on Sunday against a suspected militant leader, a U.S. military official told CNN.

The target was described by the official as a “senior leader” affiliated with al Qaeda and Al-Shabaab, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia.

The United States has not yet been able to determine whether the target was killed, the official said. Continue reading

Syrian Oil And Gas: Little-Known Facts on Syria’s Energy Resources And Russia’s Help

Syria also holds the key as a future energy cooridor to European energy independence from Russia. This is also why you will likely not see Greece nor Cyprus getting the boot from the Eurozone, as they will have a useful future in supplying natural gas from the Mediterannean Sea to the future United States of Europe. Additionally, Russia’s invasion of Georgia in 2006 had very little to do with serious threats against Russia itself. Georgia, too, was working on an energ pipeline from the Caspian Sea towards Europe. It was pre-planned, and even was mentioned by Putin himself  (Additional sources: Here and here) — although you won’t hear the main reasons why. They even have planned to re-invade Georgia should a war with Iran kick off.

As the situation in Syria deteriorates with a threatened U.S. airstrike over President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons, the Damascus regime still controls one of the largest conventional hydrocarbon resources in the eastern Mediterranean.

Syria possessed 2.5 billion barrels of crude oil as of January 2013, which makes it the largest proved reserve of crude oil in the eastern Mediterranean according to the Oil & Gas Journal estimate, besides Iraq. Continue reading