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A CHRONICLE OF THE WORLD AT WAR III (The Buildup )

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Hope you don't mind the title Acolyte :)

I need somewhere to dump stuff, hence this thread.  Please keep comments to a minimum on this thread, and if anything excites you, start a separate thread (ie a particular regional flashpoint or buildup) and I'll dump stuff there too.

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Russia:

Moscow and China, a deteriorating alliance

The two powers have moved in unison against the UN resolution on Syria, but behind the facade their rivalry in energy and military might grows.

At the UN, as was the case with Libya, China and Russia moved in unison, but their veto on the draft UN resolution against Syria is only an apparent alliance. Behind what many analysts see as a facade, there is a growing rivalry. "Despite similar diplomatic positions in fora like the UN Security Council, the two countries lack mutual trust and cooperate only when their interests converge," said Linda Jakobson, a collaborator of the International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Stockholm, which monitors the global arms trade.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Moscow-and-China,-a-deteriorating-alliance-22841.html

Russia, China veto UN resolution on Syria

Russia and China have used their veto right and blocked a draft UN resolution that threatened sanctions against Syria if President Bashar Assad's government continued violence against the opposition in the country.

http://en.rian.ru/world/20111005/167391965.html

Russia's veto on UN Syria sanctions "slap in the face" - U.S.

The U.S. envoy to the UN Security Council has expressed outrage at Russia and China for blocking a draft resolution on Syrian sanctions.

http://en.rian.ru/world/20111005/167400508.html

Putin says wants to build Eurasian Union

Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he wants to bring ex-Soviet states into a “Eurasian Union” in an article which outlined his first foreign policy initiative as he prepares to return to the Kremlin as the country’s next president.

Putin said the new union would build on an existing Customs Union with Belarus and Kazakhstan which from next year will remove all barriers to trade, capital and labor movement between the three countries.

“We are not going to stop there and are setting an ambitious goal — to achieve an even higher integration level in the Eurasian Union,” Putin wrote in an article which will be published in Izvestia newspaper on October 4.

http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/1851

Georgia again suggests to the United States the deployment of the ABM system on its territory

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has again suggested to the United States the deployment of part of the ABM system on its territory. The U.S. responded with restraint to the initiative, however.

Georgia wishes to replace Turkey in the anti-ballistic-missile shield, which is being created, The Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes. According to confidential information, President Saakashvili, whose proposal was rejected recently by U.S. President Barack Obama, repeated it in an interview with the Daily Beast publication.

http://www.itar-tass.com/c142/237123.html

Georgia 'continues military build-up' on Abkhaz, South Ossetia borders

Georgia is boosting its military potential at its borders with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said on Tuesday.

http://en.rian.ru/world/20111004/167384729.html

Ruble's fate depends on Greek tragedy

Debt-laden Greece is holding a sword of Damocles over the fate of the ruble, with a solution to Europe's debt problem key to boosting the price of oil, Russia's key revenue source, analysts said on Wednesday.

The ruble has lost more than 10 percent of its value against the dollar since the European debt crisis escalated and the central bank spent about $8 billion to defend the currency in September alone.

http://en.rian.ru/business/20111005/167404355.html

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Pakistan:

China backs Pak bid for non-permanent UNSC seat, India upset

India’s hopes of obtaining Chinese backing for a seat in the United Nations Security Council came up against a rock with the Chinese foreign ministry saying on Wednesday that it was seriously considering Pakistan’s case for the coveted place.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-10-19/china/30297341_1_unsc-seat-permanent-members-chinese-foreign-ministry-spokeswoman

Musharraf: Afghanistan Is 'Proxy Conflict' Between Pakistan and India

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said he believes that Afghanistan has become the source of a proxy battle between his country and India.

"In Afghanistan there is some kind of a proxy conflict going on between Pakistan and India. India is trying to create an anti-Pakistan Afghanistan," he said in an interview with David Bradley, owner of the Atlantic Media Company, at the Washington Ideas Forum on Thursday. Musharraf, who led Pakistan from 1999 through 2008, said this was part of "India's vision of dominating the region" and its "ambition is to create a weak Pakistan."

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/10/musharraf-afghanistan-is-proxy-conflict-between-pakistan-and-india/246278/

Forget Syria - next stop is Pakistan

It looks as if Syria will have to wait now that Washington’s priority is seizing Pakistan’s nuclear booty before, as the story goes, it falls into radical islamist hands. The only obstacle remaining was to create an environment acceptable to world public opinion that would justify a multinational intervention in Pakistan. Over the past year and a half, Washington has been attempting to do just that through a crescendo of uninterrupted provocations.

http://www.voltairenet.org/Next-Stop-is-Pakistan

Pakistan and "The Haqqani Network" : The Latest Orchestrated Threat to America and The End of History

Have you ever before heard of the Haqqanis? I didn’t think so. Like Al Qaeda, about which no one had ever heard prior to 9/11, the “Haqqani Network” has popped up in time of need to justify America’s next war--Pakistan.

President Obama’s claim that he had Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden exterminated deflated the threat from that long-serving bogyman. A terror organization that left its leader, unarmed and undefended, a sitting duck for assassination no longer seemed formidable. Time for a new, more threatening, bogyman, the pursuit of which will keep the “war on terror” going.

Now America’s “worst enemy” is the Haqqanis. Moreover, unlike Al Qaeda, which was never tied to a country, the Haqqani Network, according to Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, is a “veritable arm” of the Pakistani government’s intelligence service, ISI. Washington claims that the ISI ordered its Haggani Network to attack the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 13 along with the US military base in Wadak province.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Armed Services committee and one of the main Republican warmongers, declared that “all options are on the table” and gave the Pentagon his assurance that in Congress there was broad bipartisan support for a US military attack on Pakistan.

As Washington has been killing large numbers of Pakistani civilians with drones and has forced the Pakistani army to hunt for Al Qaeda throughout most of Pakistan, producing tens of thousands or more of dislocated Pakistanis in the process, Sen. Graham must have something larger in mind.

The Pakistani government thinks so, too. The Pakistani prime minister,Yousuf Raza Gilani, called his foreign minister home from talks in Washington and ordered an emergency meeting of the government to assess the prospect of an American invasion.

<snip>

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=26797

Why Are Pakistan’s Militant Groups Splintering?

It’s a dizzying time for anyone trying to keep track of militant groups in Pakistan.

Over the past two years, ever smaller groups keep appearing. As they do, they focus on ever more specific kinds of attacks.

Some of the new groups, like the “Azam Brigade,” specialize in attacks on convoys of trucks carrying supplies for NATO from Pakistan to Afghanistan.

Others, like the “Asian Tigers,” specialize in kidnappings. Still others, like “Al-Qittal” — the Arabic word for “Fight” (Against Infidels) — focus on targeted killings.

The plethora of new groups is not only a change from the previous tendency among Pakistani militant groups to form large umbrella organizations like the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP). It also has been accompanied by a breakdown of these larger structures, making it uncertain what kind of command structure the new groups share.

“Over the last two years, splinter groups have been emerging with different new names, like al-Mukhtar, Punjabi Taliban, and Badar Mansoor, and there are a dozen other names,” journalist Zia ur-Rehman, who specializes in militant groups, tells Radio Mashaal. “Whenever there is raid by the Criminal Investigation Department, a new group is discovered. Basically these are the splinter groups of [once larger organizations like the] TTP, or Lashkar Jangvi, or other jihadist groups.”

He lists the new splinter groups as: Badar Mansoor, Al-Furqan, Al-Mukhtar, Al-Kharooj, Al-Azam Brigade, Asian Tigers, Jand-ul-hafsa, Lashkar-e-Baluchistan, Punjabi Mujahedin, Jandullah, Itihad-e-Mujahideen Khurasan, and Al-Qital.

http://www.rferl.org/content/pakistan_militant_groups_splintering/24345902.html

Commentary: Whither or wither Pakistan?

Before retiring last week, U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen made 27 trips to Pakistan as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that convinced him he had established a close personal relationship with his opposite number, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani -- only to conclude in farewell interviews that he is still baffled by the world's most complex -- and dangerous --situation.

http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Commentary_Whither_or_wither_Pakistan_999.html

Pakistan receives Chinese military aid in the face of US threats

By multiplying its military attacks on Pakistani territory and accusing Islamabad of having harbored Osama Bin Laden, the Obama Administration aims to encroach into China’s sphere of influence. However, Beijing promptly supplied Islamabad with an air arsenal and delivered an ultimatum to Washington: any attack on Pakistan would be considered as an unfriendly act against China.

http://www.voltairenet.org/Pakistan-gets-Chinese-military-aid

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Saudi Arabia:

My comment:

Saudia Arabia vs Iran - another conflict being set-up from outside BOTH countries.

This is another Libya-Syria-Pakistan-type frame-up, where outside special forces and mercs go into a country, blow stuff up, kill police and military and civilians - plant false flag evidence - then retreat.

At that point, the spooks planted in the media do their job with lies and propaganda - and before you know it - the USA and UK are in another war to 'save democracy'.

US Dept of Justice claims Iran Allegedly Sought to Assassinate Saudi Ambassador

What is listed in an official complaint filed by the US government is that a bombing was allegedly planned, perhaps in a Washington, DC restaurant.  The possibility that 100 to 150 people might be killed in the alleged plot was, according to FBI officials, waived off and of no concern to the Iranian interlocutor.  According to statements at the news conference, $1.5 million was wired to the alleged perpetrators to finance the costs of the attack.

Iran has officially denied any complicity in this plot and has accused the US of fabricating these claims.

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/10/us-accuses-iran-of-plotting-to-assassinate-saudi-ambassador-in-dc/246491/

Saudi government blames 'foreign country' for unrest [iran]

The Saudi authorities have accused a "foreign country" of trying to undermine stability in the kingdom after 14 people were reported injured in clashes between police and protesters in the country's predominantly Shia Muslim-populated east.

Analysts have interpreted the "foreign country" as a veiled reference to Saudi Arabia's regional rival, Shia-ruled Iran.

http://en.rian.ru/world/20111005/167400985.html

Arab states keep U.S. atop arms market

Saudi Arabia was the leading buyer of U.S. weapons in 2003-10, receiving arms worth $29 billion, the U.S. Congressional Research Service's latest report on arms transfers stated.

That's not counting the $60 billion Riyadh is expected to spend on U.S. military purchases -- including combat jets, warships and missiles -- over the next decade.

Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Raytheon will be major beneficiaries of the biggest U.S. arms deal on record.

The 75-page CRS report said that over the entire period Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally since World War II, was far and away the leading recipient with deliveries totaling $29 billion. It was followed by India at $17 billion, China $13.2 billion, Egypt $12.1 billion and Israel $10.3 billion.

The United States has topped the global arms deliveries listing for the last eight years.

http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Arab_states_keep_US_atop_arms_market_999.html

Arabs plan $63 billion air power buildup

Middle Eastern states, particularly Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, are focusing on building up their power and air-defense capabilities, a military air market expected to generate $62.9 billion over the current decade.

This concentration on procuring military aviation assets is presumably linked to current force upgrades by the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council to counter an expansionist Iran the Arabs say is determined to acquire nuclear weapons.

This concern has been a boon for U.S. and European defense contractors who are faced with major cutbacks in military spending to supply the GCC states with the advanced systems they seek, even some that Washington had been reluctant to provide Arab states.

A recent analysis by Frost and Sullivan, a leading growth strategies consultancy, said that a procurement surge in 2011-15 "highlights ongoing big-ticket purchases, particularly in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates."

These are GCC military heavyweights and both have built up strong air forces, primarily to meet the threat from Iran.

These air arms are increasingly focusing on offensive, rather than purely defensive, operations, largely aimed at taking out Iranian missile launch sites and strategic command centers.

http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Arabs_plan_63_billion_air_power_buildup_999.html

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China:

Rand studies potential US-China clashes

The United States can take active steps to avoid a military confrontation with a very powerful China sometime in the future, a think tank said Monday.

The Rand Corp. said in a new report the United States would be well-advised to foster cooperation with Beijing while maintaining the military capabilities of China's neighbors.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/10/10/Rand-studies-potential-US-China-clashes/UPI-25801318219440/?spt=hs&or=tn

India, China to launch new border mechanism soon

Amid reports of sporadic incursions by Chinese troops into Indian territory, India and China are set to launch a new joint boundary mechanism later this year to maintain peace along their nearly 3,500-km border.

http://www.newdelhinews.net/story/855425

Attack Vietnam and the Philippines, Chinese Newspaper Says

That call for war wasn't made by a rogue Chinese general or a low-level Communist Party official. It was a lead editorial by the Chinese Communist Party-funded and nationalist newspaper The Global Times last week.

Titled in Chinese, "The Time to Use Force Has Arrived in the South China Sea; Let’s Wage Wars on the Philippines and Vietnam to Prevent More Wars," the piece argues that now is the right time for China to start a war in southeast Asia for economic benefit.

http://blog.theepochtimes.com/1/china/2011/10/04/attack-vietnam-and-the-philippines-chinese-newspaper-says/

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Analysis/Walker/2011/10/03/Walkers-World-War-in-South-China-Sea/UPI-23491317637140/#ixzz1ZleJF5zB

U.S. Says Mulling Further Taiwan Arms Sales

The Obama administration is weighing fresh arms sales to Taiwan as part of a sweeping effort to deter any Chinese attack on the self-ruled island that Beijing claims as its own, administration officials told Congress.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/04/usa-taiwan-china-idUSN1E7931MM20111004

China relying less on Russia for weapons, energy: think tank

China's dependence on Russia for arms and energy imports has declined and Moscow's position when dealing with Beijing has weakened as a result, a Swedish think tank said.

"Decreasing dependence on Russian arms exports and a growing number of alternative energy suppliers mean that China has taken the upper hand in the relationship," the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in a report released Monday.

http://www.spacewar.com/reports/China_relying_less_on_Russia_for_weapons_energy_think_tank_999.html

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Turkey:

Turkey Accused of Killing Kurd Leader – Trying to Trigger Civil War in Syria

Turkey a NATO member, and notorious butchers of the Kurdish people not only within their borders but well beyond them, including multiple incursions into Iraq in 2007, 2008, and 2010, with tank battalions as well as air strikes on “suspected” militant targets on both sides of the border, has played a role in the assassination of Syrian-Kurdish leader Mashaal Tammo according to Kurdish activists. Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that Kurdish Party leaders accused Turkish intelligence of assassinating Tammo, aiming to ignite sedition throughout the northern province of Hasaka. Hasaka Province conveniently shares a borders with Turkey – a border Turkey has systematically militarized in its decades long war against the Kurdish people. It is also a border Turkey is now conducting “military exercises” alongin an overt threat to Syria, Voice of America reports. Turkey and its Western sponsors are now hoping the resulting chaos will trigger an armed Kurdish uprising in Syria against the Assad government and be the “tipping point” in an otherwise stalled 7 month-long destabilization attempt.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/Turkey_Accused_of_Killing_Kurd_Leader_%E2%80%93_Trying_to_Trigger_Civil_War_in_Syria_/16057/0/38/38/Y/M.html

‘Latest PKK attacks aim to drag Turkey to brink of civil war’

Turkey is preparing to launch cross-border military operations against the PKK. Yet, for the first time, despite terrorist attacks, a government seems to be determined to take further steps towards democratization, while also taking security precautions against terrorism. So why is all of this occurring now in Turkey, a country living between hope and fear?

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-258568-latest-pkk-attacks-aim-to-drag-turkey-to-brink-of-civil-war.html

Turkey, Israel, Greece and Russia mobilising over Cyprus gas

Tensions are rising rapidly in the eastern Mediterranean following the discovery of oil and gas around the island of Cyprus, whose northern part is occupied by Turkey. Cyprus and Israel, which recently discovered gas near Lebanese waters, sign a cooperation agreement. As Turkey protests, Russia sends ships on a three-month trip to the area.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Turkey,-Israel,-Greece-and-Russia-mobilising-over-Cyprus-gas-22820.html

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Iran:

'Iran can disrupt military satellites'

A senior Iranian commander says the Islamic Republic's air defense has acquired the know-how to disrupt military and spy satellite communications.

Iran's air defense is prepared to embark on space-related activities as it is already capable of disrupting enemy's military and spy satellites, said Commander of the Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili on Tuesday.

These capabilities have been developed domestically by Iranian experts, despite the US-sponsored sanctions against the country, General Esmaili told Fars news agency.

The Iranian commander also pointed to projects by the country's defense industries to produce Bavar-373 missile defense and radar systems, and noted that work continues on the projects.

Bavar-373 is Iran's corrected version of Russia's S-300 surface-to-air missile system, which uses two or three types of missiles to confront aerial targets in different layers.

Also in early September, Iran announced that it succeeded to design and produce the long-range cosmos radar.

The domestically-manufactured system can detect, intercept and destroy aircraft equipped with radar cross-section system (RCS), cruise missiles and strategic long-range aircraft.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment, including advanced air defense systems.

Iran has repeatedly assured that its military might poses no threat to other countries, saying its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/202867.html

Fateh submarines to join Iran Navy

Amid efforts to tighten naval security in the country's southern coasts, the most modern domestically-built Fateh (Conqueror) submarines will join Iranian Navy in the near future.

The 600-ton Fateh is among semi-heavy submarines belonging to Iran's Army which will probably been used to carry out coastal missions along with other submarines, including Ghadir, Fars news agency reported on Wednesday.

The submarine is equipped with state-of-the-art defensive and offensive weaponries such as torpedoes and marine mines.

It can operate more than 200 meters below the sea surface for near five weeks.

In August 2010, four domestic-made Ghadir class mini submarines joined the Iranian Navy which are capable of launching torpedoes as well as precision targeting.

The Ghadir submarine was first unveiled in 2007. The 120-ton vessel has excellent shallow depth performance, and can carry out long-term coastal missions. The Iranian fleet currently has 11 Ghadir submarines.

In recent years, Iran has made important breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly assured that its military might poses no threat to other countries, stating that Tehran's defense doctrine is based on deterrence only.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/202883.html

Speech of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the UN General Assembly

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=26883

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India:

China backs Pak bid for non-permanent UNSC seat, India upset

India’s hopes of obtaining Chinese backing for a seat in the United Nations Security Council came up against a rock with the Chinese foreign ministry saying on Wednesday that it was seriously considering Pakistan’s case for the coveted place.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-10-19/china/30297341_1_unsc-seat-permanent-members-chinese-foreign-ministry-spokeswoman

India-military expansion of 'strategic footprint' or a defence against a China conflict?

India’s armed forces are re-orienting their strategic reach from the ability to land in, take off from and deploy in countries around the Indian Ocean rim to “wherever India’s interests lie”.

“I expect that at least by 2022, we are capable of taking care of India’s interests not only at home, but also abroad,” Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne said today, setting a 10-year time frame.

“So far, our interest was defined from the Gulf of Aden (in the west) to the Straits of Malacca (in the east) but, as experience in Libya and other countries have taught us, we have to be able to reach wherever we have our interests,” he said.

<snip>

Among the domestic security demands that the military is currently trying to meet are mountain radars for the frontier with China, where air intrusions were reported as late as July. Browne said the IAF was currently dependent on the Indo Tibetan Border Police, a paramilitary force, to report such intrusions. The deployment of mountain radars would send out alerts in real time.

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1111004/jsp/nation/story_14586060.jsp

India may pay heavily in future for supporting the Karzai regime

India's decision to underwrite and, in effect, guarantee Hamid Karzai's feeble Afghan government is not wholly lacking in logic. In a strategic pact signed on Tuesday, the two countries pledged to co-operate on trade and counter-terrorism, and Delhi agreed to train and equip Afghan security forces. With US and Nato forces edging towards the exit in 2014, it follows that Delhi, the region's military and economic heavyweight and an aspiring superpower, should take up the strategic slack. But that is not how Pakistan or the Taliban will see the newly announced bilateral security, political and commercial "partnership". India may yet pay heavily for its presumption.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/05/india-regret-supporting-karzai-afghanistan/print

India, China to launch new border mechanism soon

Amid reports of sporadic incursions by Chinese troops into Indian territory, India and China are set to launch a new joint boundary mechanism later this year to maintain peace along their nearly 3,500-km border.

http://www.newdelhinews.net/story/855425

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nice D,

November will see the Admiral Kuznetsov in the eastern Aegean accompanied by 4 war ships

the official story is the support of Syria's current regime

Assad has issued 3 weapons +1000 rounds to each supporter family and

10.000 mercenaries at $200/m

200 officers have been removed from the ranks

Syria has put an  embargo on all Turkish goods worth $1.2bil

as i warned in the beginning of my posts on this thread, watch the straights for the accident

Russia has been drooling over turkey for centuries (way out to the Med)

otan has been waiting for the opportunity

who would of guessed that Vlad would be at the helm for all this

http://www.itar-tass.com/en/c32/236147.html

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http://247.libero.it/focus/19525000/1/coree-seoul-effettua-esercitazione-vicino-frontiera-pyongyang/

Seoul, 6 ott. (TMNews) - L'esercito sudcoreano ha sparato migliaia di granata durante un'esercitazione dell'artiglieria con colpi reali vicino alla frontiera marittima contesta tra Seoul e la Corea del Nord nel Mar Giallo. Lo ha annunciato il ministero della Difesa.

Le forze armate sudcoreane hanno sparato in due ore questa mattina più di 5mila colpi, ha precisato un portavoce del ministero. "Si tratta di un'esercitazione ordinaria destinata a rafforzare lo stato di preparazione nei nostri mari e migliorare le facoltà di tiro dei nostri militari", ha indicato un ufficiale, citato dall'agenzia Yonhap.

La Corea del Nord aveva preso a pretesto una simile esercitazione nel novembre 2010, percepita come provocazione, per bombardare l'isola sud coreana di Yeonpyeong.

Quick resume:

Seoul / Korea 10/06/2011

The South Korean army has fired thousands of artillery grenade during an exercise with real shots near the maritime border dispute between Seoul and North Korea in the Yellow Sea. This was announced by the Ministry of Defense.

The South Korean armed forces have fired in two hours this morning more than 5 thousand shots, said a spokesman for the ministry. "This is an exercise routine designed to strengthen the preparedness in our seas and improve the power to pull our military," stated an official, quoted by Yonhap.

North Korea had taken a similar exercise as a pretext in November 2010, perceived as a provocation, to bomb the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong.

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10/07/2011 10:55

RUSSIA-CHINA

Moscow and China, a deteriorating alliance

The two powers have moved in unison against the UN resolution on Syria, but behind the facade their rivalry in energy and military might grows.

Moscow (AsiaNews) - At the UN, as was the case with Libya, China and Russia moved in unison, but their veto on the draft UN resolution against Syria is only an apparent alliance. Behind what many analysts see as a facade, there is a growing rivalry. "Despite similar diplomatic positions in fora like the UN Security Council, the two countries lack mutual trust and cooperate only when their interests converge," said Linda Jakobson, a collaborator of the International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Stockholm, which monitors the global arms trade.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Moscow-and-China,-a-deteriorating-alliance-22841.html

Phase 3 of Brz. doctrine

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Awesome job nexus! Very informative, And how about Israel for the other country? they also have an important role in all of this, i'd provide some links but im at work  :P

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nice D,

November will see the Admiral Kuznetsov in the eastern Aegean accompanied by 4 war ships

the official story is the support of Syria's current regime

Assad has issued 3 weapons +1000 rounds to each supporter family and

10.000 mercenaries at $200/m

200 officers have been removed from the ranks

Syria has put an  embargo on all Turkish goods worth $1.2bil

as i warned in the beginning of my posts on this thread, watch the straights for the accident

Russia has been drooling over turkey for centuries (way out to the Med)

otan has been waiting for the opportunity

who would of guessed that Vlad would be at the helm for all this

http://www.itar-tass.com/en/c32/236147.html

Thanks mate, nice to see you still around :)

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India-military expansion of 'strategic footprint' or a defence against a China conflict?

India’s armed forces are re-orienting their strategic reach from the ability to land in, take off from and deploy in countries around the Indian Ocean rim to “wherever India’s interests lie”.

“I expect that at least by 2022, we are capable of taking care of India’s interests not only at home, but also abroad,” Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne said today, setting a 10-year time frame.

“So far, our interest was defined from the Gulf of Aden (in the west) to the Straits of Malacca (in the east) but, as experience in Libya and other countries have taught us, we have to be able to reach wherever we have our interests,” he said.

Reflecting the dichotomy in India’s economic growth story, the military is swinging between the aspirational and the actual: its strategic global “vision” contrasts sharply with its “tactical” domestic and frontier compulsions.

Despite that, the re-orientation of strategic perspective that the air chief disclosed today means the military “perspective plans” that are now being drawn up will focus on acquiring assets that can cover longer distances faster — such as the C17 Globemaster III heavy-lift aircraft — and deployable hardware.

<snip>

Among the domestic security demands that the military is currently trying to meet are mountain radars for the frontier with China, where air intrusions were reported as late as July. Browne said the IAF was currently dependent on the Indo Tibetan Border Police, a paramilitary force, to report such intrusions. The deployment of mountain radars would send out alerts in real time.

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1111004/jsp/nation/story_14586060.jsp

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Posting this here and on Coevolution thread

ET conflict escalates at the top of the world, in a little know and very poor area not far from the Himayas, a small country known as Tajikistan which has more mountains than just about any other country on earth and because of that more places to hide, seems to be host to a conflict between Earth based forces and two ET races.

This information comes to me via a trusted private source, I cannot verify it but a news snippet posted by Duncan on the WWIII news board does confirm activity in this area. 

I don’t normally post private info given in confidence into the public arena but I consider Chani as extended family. For want of a better name, a group of ex-ET’s  now living permanently on Earth which we could call Draco, as they are a reptilian type group complete with long tails and a nasty disposition . This group has resided in south-east Asia for a very long time but it’s influence also reaches into the Himalayas and does have ties with those that run China from behind the scenes, so I believe.

Some friends of mine better known as the blues have been in conflict with this group since about 1982 when they set up a base in Tajikistan with the help of the Indian Government working in secret with a small faction of the Argentine military.

Tajikistan boarders Afghanistan and some of the fighting in this area has nothing to do with oil reserves or access to it. Just recently my private source told me there was an increase in the conflict with the Indian army getting involved from a secret military base they have deep in Tajikistan and it has nothing to do with Al-Quaeda.

Stay tuned     

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Turkey Accused of Killing Kurd Leader – Trying to Trigger Civil War in Syria

Turkey a NATO member, and notorious butchers of the Kurdish people not only within their borders but well beyond them, including multiple incursions into Iraq in 2007, 2008, and 2010, with tank battalions as well as air strikes on “suspected” militant targets on both sides of the border, has played a role in the assassination of Syrian-Kurdish leader Mashaal Tammo according to Kurdish activists. Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that Kurdish Party leaders accused Turkish intelligence of assassinating Tammo, aiming to ignite sedition throughout the northern province of Hasaka. Hasaka Province conveniently shares a borders with Turkey – a border Turkey has systematically militarized in its decades long war against the Kurdish people. It is also a border Turkey is now conducting “military exercises” alongin an overt threat to Syria, Voice of America reports. Turkey and its Western sponsors are now hoping the resulting chaos will trigger an armed Kurdish uprising in Syria against the Assad government and be the “tipping point” in an otherwise stalled 7 month-long destabilization attempt.

The assassination was also complemented by mystery gunmen who opportunistically attacked Tammo’s funeral procession, killing several attendees and further provoking Syria’s Kurd minority to rise up in violence. Details of the shootings were filtered through the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a notorious propaganda front whose second-hand reports are faithfully repeated by Western media outlets as “fact.” The expediency with which propagandists at BBC and the US State Department concluded the shootings were the work of the Syrian government further lends suspicion over who indeed carried out the assassination and the subsequent shootings at Tammo’s funeral – a dream scenario for Western nations bent on ousting Assad by collapsing Syrian society into a Libyan-style civil war.

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After months of stalled, now failing armed opposition against the Syrian government through the Muslim Brotherhood and an assortment of Al-Qaeda linked militant groups, the West is exhibiting an almost palpable madness in pursuit of war with Syria. Western propaganda networks, including BBC, CNN, and Al Jazeera and contrived “human rights advocacy” fronts fully funded by corporate-financier special interests have been caught fabricating in whole, stories of atrocities being perpetrated by the Assad government. One activist reported by Soros-funded Amnesty International (page 10) to have been “brutally murdered in custody” turned up alive and well. Amnesty International would later reveal just how tenuous the information was behind what was essentially baseless, sensationalized propaganda aimed at the Syrian government. After a failed UN resolution, vetoed outright by Russia and China, and receiving no votes from other BRIC nations, more desperate measures are sure to follow, including the increasing prospect of unilateral military action taken by Turkey, on behalf of NATO and its corporate sponsors.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/Turkey_Accused_of_Killing_Kurd_Leader_%E2%80%93_Trying_to_Trigger_Civil_War_in_Syria_/16057/0/38/38/Y/M.html

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Notes:  It is clear that it is the USA trying to start a regional conflict between its major ally Saudia Arabia, and its arch-enemy, Iran.

Iran Allegedly Sought to Assassinate Saudi Ambassador to US

News is breaking now that senior officials of Iran's Revolutionary Guard/Quds force were attempting to orchestrate the assassination of Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel al-Jubeir.  As I write this, Attorney General Eric Holder is speaking to the press -- and I am watching events from Abu Dhabi where I am attending the Global Council on Geopolitical Risk session of the World Economic Forum.  Thus, my information is limited to that which I am hearing from US Department of Justice officials.

What is listed in an official complaint filed by the US government is that a bombing was allegedly planned, perhaps in a Washington, DC restaurant.  The possibility that 100 to 150 people might be killed in the alleged plot was, according to FBI officials, waived off and of no concern to the Iranian interlocutor.  According to statements at the news conference, $1.5 million was wired to the alleged perpetrators to finance the costs of the attack.

A couple of key things to consider as this story evolves.

First of all, Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir is not a member of the Saudi royal family but is widely considered to be the closest national security adviser and confidant to King Abdullah.  Al-Jubeir is constantly flying between Riyadh and Washington and wherever the Saudi King is as the King constantly calls on him for counsel and advice -- and thus al-Jubeir is far more than just an Ambassador.

Secondly, one of the key themes that has frequently emerged here at the Abu Dhabi meetings of the World Economic Forum this week is that a more intense proxy struggle is taking place between Saudi Arabia and Iran throughout the Middle East as the perception of American strategic contraction grows. 

This alleged assassination plot simultaneously may indicate both the intensity of anti-Saudi passion among Iran's senior leaders and a greater aggressiveness by Iran against the US.

This is a serious situation -- and this kind of assassination is the sort that could lead to an unexpected cascade of events that could draw the US and other powers into a consequential conflagration in the Middle East.

If Iran was indeed willing to attack a Saudi Ambassador and close confidante of the Saudi King on US soil and countenance the death of 100-150 Americans, then the US has reached a point where it must take action. 

The President's National Security Council and intelligence teams led by Thomas Donilon must construct a response that is "more than reactive."  This is time for a significant strategic response to the Iran challenge in the Middle East and globally -- and if the US does not take action, then the Saudis will most likely retaliate in ways that will escalate the stakes and tensions with Iran throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denies any government involvement in this plot -- and there no doubt will be much more that surfaces in coming days.  But Iran has officially denied any complicity in this plot and has accused the US of fabricating these claims.

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/10/us-accuses-iran-of-plotting-to-assassinate-saudi-ambassador-in-dc/246491/

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thnx for the confirmation BlueET, the area in question has some strange and unpleasant myths and stories, in addition it is a remote mountainous area perfect for concealed existence

its good to feel others on my plane of understanding

nato/otan to hold an exercise geared towards the invasion of Kallinigrad

the same site where russia has deployed iskander and s400 systems in response to missile shield in poland

russia has expressed extreme concern with this disrespect of proximity and direct show of hostility (sounds like the hawks are picking a fight to me)

ps

i've always been around nex, i just go through silent phases ;)

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okay so the united states ate taking the word of a criminal whose been in jail since September I can already see the story ten years from.now.when this Guy comes.forward and.denies ever saying that Iran was behind this that they tortured him to extract a confession even the photo of this Guy  looks Photoshopped

so.I say bullshit the world will.not stand by again can you imagine the price of oil.with an.already declining world economy here's a excerpt from.CNN news even Iranian critics are calling this plot suspect

Questions about the alleged Iranian plot

A number of Iran analysts are expressing doubt over the alleged plot to kill the

Saudi Ambassador to the United States. Here are some excerpts:

Former CIA operative Bob Baer expressed his skepticism about the allegation

that Iran was behind the plot to kill the Saudi Ambassador to the

U.S. Robert Baer is a former Middle East CIA field officer and TIME.com' s

intelligence columnist. He is also the author of See No Evil, The Devil We

Know and The Company We Keep . Here's what he had to say:

"There are very few groups operationally better than Iran’s Quds

Force. They know what they are doing. The only proxies they use

are ones they’ve vetted. They don’t let their own citizens get

involved. They send other people to do it for them from Hezbollah

to Bosnian Muslims. It would be completely uncharacteristic for

Iran to be caught red handed."

"So why were they all of a sudden so sloppy? Why would they take

this risk now? Who cares about Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Ali

Jaber, anyway? He’s not a royal. He’s probably not the main

interlocutor between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Why not

go for Saudi Prince Bandar in London? Many other targets would

serve Iranian interests better."

"Everybody is looking for evidence that there is going to be a

confrontation with Iran. Everybody is jumping on this as a sign of

conflict to come. But there are many questions here that need to

be answered."

Gary Sick is a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Middle

East Institute and an adjunct professor at the School of International and

Public Affairs. Sick served on the National Security Council under Presidents

Ford, Carter and Reagan. He was the principal White House aide for Iran during

the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis. In the following blog post, Gary

Sick reiterates some of Baer's questions:

"I find this alleged Iranian plot very hard to believe. In fact, this

plot, if true, departs from all known Iranian policies and

procedures. To be sure, Iran has plenty of reasons to be angry at

both the United States and Saudi Arabia. They attribute the recent

wave of assassinations of physics professors and students, as well

as the intrusion of the Stuxnet worm, to the U.S. and Israel. And

the king of Saudi Arabia is reliably reported to have called for the

U.S. to bomb Iran."

"Iran has reportedly been involved in past assassinations in Europe

and bombings in Argentina and elsewhere. But the assassinations

were of Iranian counter-revolutionaries in the 1980s, and the

bombings were always carried out by trusted proxies — normally a

branch of Hezbollah. Iran’s fingerprints were always concealed

beneath one or more layers of disguise."

"Iran has never conducted — or apparently even attempted — an

assassination or a bombing inside the U.S. And it is difficult to

believe that they would rely on a non-Islamic criminal gang to carry

out this most sensitive of all possible missions. In this instance, they

allegedly relied on at least one amateur and a Mexican criminal

drug gang that is known to be riddled with both Mexican and U.S.

intelligence agents."

"Whatever else may be Iran’s failings, they are not noted for utter

disregard of the most basic intelligence tradecraft, e.g. discussing

an ultra-covert operation on an open international line between

Iran and the U.S. Yet that is what happened here. Perhaps this

operation is just as it appears. But at a minimum both the public

and the Congress should demand more detailed evidence before

taking any rash or irreversible action. If Iran is really as stupid and

as incompetent as this case implies, then perhaps they are their

own worst enemy and not the clever and determined adversary

that they are made out to be."

WW3 will probably start on October 28 regardless of world opinions against a move against Iran

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Alex Jones is on the air 6 days a week....3 hours on weekday afternoons & 1 to 2 hours at night....+ 2 hours on Sunday.....He has been covering this

possible attack on Iran by Israel first {,,followed by the USA.}..every day since it broke a few days ago...

It could go either way IMO...

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