Russia’s naval force in the Mediterranean will begin a tactical drill to test its readiness and practice counterterrorism maneuvers today, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
A group of ten warships is planning to engage in live artillery and missile fire “under simulated battlefield conditions.” The force includes two fast attack guided missile craft, both armed with Kalibr-NK cruise missile complexes equipped with 8 missiles each.
Simultaneously, a group of four attack guided missile craft (each armed with 8 Kalibr-NK cruise missiles) will be deployed in the southwestern part of the Caspian Sea to perform live artillery and missile strikes.
But does Russia plan to conduct just naval drills?
Last month residents of the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo rushed for long-awaited supplies of food and essentials as the Russian military opened three humanitarian corridors for civilians and militants who had agreed to lay down their arms.
However, Washington officials expressed doubt about the sincerity of the Russia’s humanitarian operation. US Secretary of State John Kerry said that he is still unsure of Moscow’s intent and assumed that the whole operation could be a “ruse.” In the meantime, the US embassy in Syria has even suggested that Russia is using the humanitarian operation as a means to force the residents of Aleppo out of the city, thus abandoning it to government forces.
So, at the same time, the vessels armed with Kalibr-NK cruise missile will be coincidentally close enough to Syrian borders during Russian naval drills and capable to hit all their targets. It seems the Kremlin organized the humanitarian corridors to not only help Syrian citizens to leave Aleppo but destroy terrorist forces who still fight against Assad’s regime and kill civilians.
Meanwhile, Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State fighters continue to disrupt peace effort and carry on their attacks on government-controlled neighborhoods of Aleppo using makeshift artillery and mortars. Moreover, on August 5, al-Nusra and IS terrorists captured and executed three civilians who tried to flee a rebel-controlled area of Aleppo via a humanitarian corridor.
Look at the previous Russia’s naval attacks against terrorist forces:
On October 7, 2015, four Russian Navy warships in the Caspian Sea fired a total of 26 missiles at positions in Syria held by the Islamic State terrorist group. The missiles flew some 1,500 kilometers, changing route several times, and eliminated 11 targets.
On November 20, warships of Russia’s Caspian Fleet launched 18 cruise missiles at seven targets in the Syrian provinces of Raqqa, Idlib, and Aleppo. All of the targets were successfully hit.
On December 8, the Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine Rostov-on-Don launched 3M-54 Kalibr missiles from the Mediterranean that successfully eliminated two targets in Syria.
Thus, these naval drills are going to be an excellent opportunity for the Kremlin to destroy and scour the terrorist forces from Aleppo.
Alice Donovan is an independent writer, blogger, meme maker and activist who has been published in different alternative media outlets including Veterans Today and CounterPunch. She now works as a freelance journalist for WeAreChange.org.
While the leftist media cries non-stop about their being too many guns out there and that if we could only get rid of the guns there would be peace in the land, there is new research showing that they do not believe that to be the case at all. How do we know that? Because they are arming government agencies in unprecedented numbers. Now why would that be? In the past, the nation was told that there was a need to arm only certain agencies such as the police, the FBI, and the border control who clearly have responsibilities that require weaponry.
But recent investigations show that a whole host of government agencies are militarizing and buying huge quantities of weaponry and ammunition, but no explanation is given as to why this might be. However, the number of armed government personnel is simply staggering, exceeding even the number of personnel in the U.S. Marines.
“The number of non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000),” former Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn and OpenTheBooks founder and CEO Adam Andrzejewski said.
“The recent spikes in IRS purchasing could be related to the increase in recent ‘Identity Theft’ crimes and the prosecution of those crimes into sophisticated gang activity,” the OpenTheBooks report said.
Titled “The Militarization of America”, the report also confirms the IRS spent nearly $11 million on guns, ammunition and “military-style equipment” between 2006 and 2014, but they’re not alone.
The other primarily administrative federal agencies militarizing their departments include the Environmental Protection Agency, The Department of Veterans Affairs, The Department of Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service.
At the very least, it is troubling that so many agencies and government entities are armed inside the borders of the U.S. It is something that suggests a Soviet type government, with armed agents lurking around every corner. Add to that the strong administration and Democrat demand that Americans disarm, and there is a reasonable suspicion that the government is preparing for or planning some type of activity that will not be welcomed by the nation, and that could very well lead to push-back from patriots who recognize the unconstitutional actions undertaken by this administration.
There is no reason to believe that Hillary Clinton will reverse course and assume a more traditional role and traditional limitations by the executive branch should she become president. And unfortunately, we have also seen that several government agencies, from the IRS to the State Department to the Department of Justice have been loaded up with left leaning lackeys willing to break the law and do whatever is required to protect and promote the Democrat party. This report suggests that may include armed intervention and enforcement against the American people.
(Washington) Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk, met with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter Wednesday as the Pentagon looks to raise its technology game
The focus of the closed-door get together was “innovation,” according to a Defense Department spokesman, although Musk is also looking to win more government business for SpaceX, which launches satellites into orbit.
Neither Carter nor Musk spoke to reporters after their meeting, but Defense Department spokesman Peter Cook said Monday that Carter “has been reaching out to a number of members of the technology community to get their ideas, their feedback, find out what’s going on in the world of innovation.”
When asked by CNN’s Barbara Starr if Musk’s role as a defense contractor would complicate the meeting with Carter, Cook said: “The secretary knows very well the rules and regulations required, and how to keep those issues separate and apart and transparent.”
Carter has focused intensely on promoting links between the Department and technology companies from the private sector, making a number of trips to Silicon Valley and establishing the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUX) in Silicon Valley and Boston.
Speaking in San Francisco in March, Carter said DIUX centers would allow the Pentagon “to better tap into the region’s innovation ecosystem and build relationships with local companies.”
He said one of his goals as secretary “has been to build and in some cases to rebuild the bridges between the Pentagon and America’s wonderfully innovative and strong technology community.”
The Pentagon is also inviting certain approved hackers to test the department’s cybersecurity as part of its “Hack the Pentagon” initiative. According to Cook, the “controlled” pilot project will offer “bounties” to hackers who can identify and improve the Department’s cyber vulnerabilities, a practice that is common in the private sector.
Musk is already playing a role in the defense industrial complex. His private space exploration company, SpaceX, has been actively competing for military contracts, seeking to provide rocket launch services to get military satellites into space.
The process of awarding the contracts has been at the center of a contentious fight on Capitol Hill.
SpaceX sued the Air Force in 2014 over what is said was an unfair process for competing for satellite launches before it was certified for military space launches in 2015.
The company successfully landed part of its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship in April. SpaceX’s landing could lead to possibilities of the company reusing rockets for future launches, potentially saving money and even time. Musk tweeted Tuesday that he hopes to reuse a space rocket this fall. In April, SpaceX was awarded its first $82.7 million contract to launch the Air Force’s next generation GPS satellite in 2018. The only other certified launch provider is the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing. ULA’s Atlas space rocket uses Russian-made rocket engines.
Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Sen. John McCain has slammed the Air Force and Department of Defense for continuing to rely on a space rocket that uses Russian-made engines.
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During a January committee hearing, McCain charged that the use of Russian RD-180 rocket engines meant that the U.S. is “giving tens of millions of dollars to corrupt oligarchs.” McCain also said the Russian company that manufactures the engines is overseen by board members that were placed under sanctions in the wake of the Russian armed annexation of Crimea in 2014.
“They are a bunch of thugs and cronies of Vladimir Putin, some of them are ex-KGB,” McCain told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, referring to the board members in question. But the Air Force and the Pentagon have been reluctant to completely stop purchasing the Russian engines, fearing that doing so would make ULA uncompetitive and leave SpaceX with a monopoly over military space launches.
A Memorial For The Millions of Innocent’ Lives destroyed in America’s War on Terror.
By. Danny F. Quest
It’s the home of the free, the land of the brave they proclaim over the intercom, as they lower the flag half-staff on the pole out side the State capitol building. Trumpets wale the familiar anthem as the prom queen, and local talent show winner- a southern bell with jean shorts and an American flag tank top sings in defence of Fort M’Henry. It had Just been announced three days prior that Jimmy Pain a local high school graduate had been killed in action while serving in Afghanistan. Little was shared about the events surrounding Jimmy’s death, but what was clear was that Jimmy, ‘JP as he was called by his friends and family was a Hero, and that he deserved nothing less then respect for his contribution to the Democracy and Freedom of this Great Nation.
“If I hadn’t ever been in Iraq, I wouldn’t be in the kind of trouble I’m in now,” Green said. “I’m not happy about that.”
Lawyers depicted him as a victim of combat stress and a bad childhood trapped in the ‘Triangle of Death’ combat zone south of Baghdad where he saw comrades die and could no longer tell friend from foe.
But no media surrounding Jimmy’s contribution to this event was mentioned this Memorial day weekend,
American soldiers raping an Iraqi women and go back home to their wives and girlfriends.
Jimmy, 19 at the time of the crime, was described by the prosecution as the look out man in the group.
They all donned black ‘ninja’ outfits and raped the girl before shooting her and her father, mother and 6-year-old sister.
According to witnesses during the eight-day trial, Green shot the girl’s family in a bedroom while two soldiers raped her. covered her head with a pillow and shot her three times. The soldiers then set fire to her body to try to cover up the crime.
Later they bragged about the assault, saying what he had done was ‘awesome’.
The horrific incident took place after the soldiers had drunk whiskey, played cards, and plotted the attack in Mahmudiya.
It was one of several incidents involving American soldiers that enraged Iraqis and strained U.S. relations.
the 101st Airborne fort Mahmudiyah, Iraq
Pain was one of four US soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division involved gang raped a 14 year old Iraqi girl and murdered her and her family —including a 5 year old child, was only cited only as “an additional soldier involved in the cover-up”. The leaked assault photographs put the 101st media team into a “passive posture” — withholding information where possible. It concealed presence of both child victims, and described the rape victim, who had just turned 14, as “a young woman”. The reason why Pain’s name is seldom mentioned along with the events in Mahmudiyah can be summed up in one word Karma’. Staff Sgt Jimmy Pain was killed before the investigation began. Details of how exactly are murky but official documents cite that a member of the 101st in Mahmudiyah, Iraq was killed by an improvised explosive device while attempting to ‘secure a location’.
Had Jimmy not been killed and survived to face trial he would be have been a known murderer and someone who assisted and covered up for child rapist, however because of the timing of Jimmy’s death, he will be forever known by many in this small town as a patriot and a Hero, someone who fought for freedom and democracy, and who died for liberty.
(note) Some of the names and locations in this story are changed to protect the families of the people involved, but this story represents a reality that plays itself out repeatedly in the modern American Zionist Empire.
The deaths intensified Green’s feelings toward all Iraqis, whom soldiers often called by a derogatory term. “There’s not a word that would describe how much I hated these people,” Green said. “I wasn’t thinking these people were humans.”
The nation’s prime minister publicly stated last week that he had “no words to express” his feelings regarding a recent incident that involved the disappearance of a woman, and the involvement of an American working on a U.S. military base who was arrested on suspicion of her disappearance. The Japanese leader told the public that he urged the U.S. to “take thorough measures to prevent the recurrence” of any similar events in the future. It’s alleged that there is increasing discontent in the region as anti-U.S. Military sentiment grows in Okinawa and other areas. Locals are allegedly upset over a heavy troop presence there and there are repeated instances of claims regarding violent encounters between American military personnel and locals. The Defense Department has said that the man arrested in regards to the recent disappearance of the woman, was a U.S. military contractor and their spokesman, Peter Cook, extended his apologies over the tragedy. For now, Okinawa is home to roughly 50,000 American troops who are based in Japan, and it is alleged that there are many complaints over noise and crime that are in relation to the U.S. bases. A large rally is expected to be held in Okinawa to protest the latest crime involving the disappearance of the woman. The organizers include local political parties, businesses, citizen groups, and others. It is expected that the rally will be held next month. This recent incident has stirred-up past memories for locals there that remember when a 12-year-old schoolgirl in Okinawa was raped by three U.S. servicemen. Following that incident there was a protest of roughly 85,000 people back in 1995. The former U.S. marine that was arrested last week, Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, is alleged to have dumped the body of Rina Shimabukuro, a 20-year-old office worker. It is expected that the Okinawa Governor, Takeshi Onaga, will likely attend the upcoming rally. It has been claimed that there are at least 30 different groups involved in organizing the upcoming rally. When it comes to the endless number of U.S. bases overseas, former Congressman and veteran Ron Paul recommends a different foreign policy approach to the norm, he suggests that the U.S. should stop spending trillions of dollars maintaining the empire. He suggests that the U.S. should close its military bases around the world and focus on its own people at home. “Why are we in Korea? We’ve been there since I’ve been in high school, why are we in Japan? We’ve been there since WW2, why are we in Germany, subsidizing their welfare state by paying for their defense by staying in Germany? And why are we in five wars in the Middle East?… We’re less safe because of this, we’re going broke, and it undermines our national security, there’s no economic or military advantage to be so involved…” he says. And after trillions of dollars spent and thousands of lives lost, what has really been achieved? Besides the many civil liberties that have been eroded, when is it time to consider a different approach; one that doesn’t tarnish the economy, tens of thousands of families and individuals, and the reputation of a nation? But with so many who have a vested interest in the continuation of the war machine, it isn’t likely that we will see the topic of peace trending very much in the future.