May 27, 2015

Did PM Erdogan and Saudi Arabia Coordinate With AQ Terrorist Groups?

English: Location of Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
English: Location of Saudi Arabia and Turkey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Almasdarnews had a story today on how Saudi Arabia and Turkey provided access to Turkish Drones in planning and coordinating attack on Idleb, Syria. If Turkey is allowing access to what one would assume are high end NATO drones via computer and smartphone uplink, just shows the level of support these groups are getting.
It's no secret that both countries want Assad removed. Incredible how the only remaining secular government in the middle east, is under attack by governments essentially ruled by Islamic Clergy.

The article from AlmasdarNews.

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May 26, 2015

US, Canada and U.K. Support Nuclear Weapons in Israel (Surprise!)

English: The second billboard corresponding to...
Definitely not happy that my government (Harper Government of Canada) supported this measure. Methinks it would be a great idea for the middle east to be a Nuclear Free Zone and Israel has nukes, apparently lots of them. No wonder Iran/Saudi Arabia want to counter that. Saner heads should prevail.

Read full article on Yahoo News.

May 25, 2015

Excellent Recap of ISIS battle strategy in the battle of al-Sukhna

The Oryx Blog is an excellent source of information going on in the Levantine War and other foreign hotspots.
He/She is so well informed that they must be an insider intelligence professional - not that I have any knowledge of the former. Just making an assumption.
The blog's article on this assault on is impressive in it's detail. Methinks that perhaps the Syrian Arab Army, is being out generalled! Very disappointing how a so called professional army, can leave the spoils of war intact when retreating.
One would think an officer or leading NCO would ensure that some thermal grenades were used on each piece of equipment before leaving, and any ammunition that can't be taken with them, destroyed.

Not sure if these defenders were "elite" troops or not - I hope not! The article is here:  "The Islamic State's spring offensive: al-Sukhna"

Islamic State [VIDEO] of Their Attack on SOKHNA, Syria.

Islamic State produced video showing their attack on the Syrian desert outpost of #Sokhna.

From what I've gathered from other sources, the Regime Forces are spread rather thin, and the regime wasn't expecting an attack at this location.
It also seems that ISIS is starting to think in terms of Syria being a softer target, than IRAQ at the present time.
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Yes, this is propaganda, (aren't the videos from all sides?) but some may find this interesting non the less. I'm definitely not a supporter of wahhabism or even a muslim, but supply this for research purposes and general interest. We should know what's going on in the world, when we're at war. *NSFW*



May 23, 2015

Face Picture


Fabulous!

Why Islamic State Is Winning | Consortiumnews

Flag of islamic state of iraq
Flag of islamic state of iraq (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Why Islamic State Is Winning | Consortiumnews

What a great article, which explains to those of us that are scratching their heads, why the U.S. has to follow the House of Saud and I quote:

Given a regime that is increasingly isolated and suspicious of the outside world, the obvious solution for the U.S. would be to loosen its ties with Riyadh, refuse to have anything to do with a religious war against Assad, and try to reach an accommodation with Damascus just as it is doing with Tehran.

But the U.S. can’t. Saudi Arabia is not just any country, but America’s oldest partner in the Middle East. It sits on top of one-fifth of the world’s proven oil reserves and is the dominant partner in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which accounts for another 20 percent of global oil reserves and 23 percent of the world’s proven gas reserves.
The knowledge of the writer(s) at ConsortiumNews is outstanding - I usually learn something from their content. Highly recommended news site!

Feb 16, 2015

Toronto History's Photostream

Dufferin Street south from Dundas StreetPhotographer: Howard MacDonald
March 23, 1949
City of Toronto Archives
Series 372, Subseries 58, Item 1878
Toronto History's Photostream

Some interesting tidbits can be found here - just takes time to explore. Personally, I find that the hours melt away when I'm looking at this kind of material.

For comparison to this picture, here is what the present scene looks like via Google Street View

Feb 7, 2015

Uncut Chronicles: East Ukraine War Surge. Battlegrounds Donetsk & Mariupol (JAN 2015)

English: Russia Today logo
English: Russia Today logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Video Timeline for January 2015, [both sides] Uncut.

Via Ruptly a division of Russia Today.

Lot of westerners accuse Russia Today, of being a propaganda arm of the Russian government. Maybe so, but certainly no more than the Washington Post, and/or the New York Times, CNN, FoxNews are for the U.S. Administration.

Personally I think they are less so, as this example shows - a video presented in chronological format, showing both sides of the conflict and letting the viewer decide his/her point of view.

Quite frankly, after following this conflict since the beginning, (reading various sources both pro and con) a view has emerged, that any thinking, rational person can't avoid concluding, in my opinion.

That is, that the U.S. and NATO, (which is controlled by the U.S. of course) facilitated a coup in the Ukraine. Regardless of what we think of the corruption etc., of that regime, it still had been elected by the Ukrainian people.

I'm not naive to think that Russia isn't involved, either. Of course they are - but hell, this is on its border, and affects a Russian speaking minority in Eastern Ukraine.
So, yes they have a vested interest in the outcome of all this - The same one would expect Washington to have, if, a foreign power placed nuclear missiles in Cuba and/or Mexico. Wait .... one of those already happened - and what was the United States response?! Hell, we almost had a nuclear war - read some memoirs of the players involved. At the time we didn't know how close President Kennedy had caused all out armageddon.

So, the great "Land of the Free" seems to only follow the letter of international law, when it suits their interests. I cannot see how anyone can blame Russia for acting, (which I think has been somewhat subdued, in relation to what the U.S did in the Cuban Missile Crisis, years ago) the way it has, with NATO encroaching it's borders in a threatening manner?

Come on folks, please, think for yourselves!
Most of our institutionalized western media, isn't serving our interests. Therefore I present this video from RT/Ruptly. Approx 40 minutes in length, with english subtitles - turn them on via YouTube automatic caption preferences.


Feb 6, 2015

Syria. Operation Al Kabune. 20130718

Operation Summer 2013 Syria, operation to unblock the highway along the Al-Kabuna. In this battle, BMP 2 was holed by a cumulative mines, tankers, as boxers, dodge RPG. Several militants were in the frame


If you're into modern urban tank warfare, then this series is for you. When this civil war is over, whoever gets the concrete and structual steel contract(s) will be quite wealthy, I think. Long as it isn't Haliburton, or other American firm, I'll be OK.

Update: the reason these are older videos (for those that are wondering) is simply not to show current operations for the enemy to learn tactics from. Unfortunate for us, that's the way it has to be. Perfectly understandable.


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