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Russia sends reinforcements through the Bosporus
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Good morning
NORKS Caught Shipping Sand to China
Thursday March 5th, 2020

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Cyprus Detains Syrian after Migrants Brought to Shore
Sad for the refugees, but Cyprus (nor anywhere else) is obliged to take them
Alleged Belgian airstrikes
target Hezbollah site, Syrian airport
Belgians? Belgians got airstrikes?
US Targets Taliban, 30 Afghan Forces Killed in Afghanistan
Sure glad we have that peace deal thingy. Things could get really violent over there.
Erdogan demands EU help in Syria as price to end migrant crisis
"Give me my Danegeld and I won't bother you anymore. You have my word."
Turkish-backed forces enacting ‘fundamental
change’ in north Syria demography
If you keep your mouth shut, the racial cleansing isn't really happening
Iraq has repatriated 828 children born to ISIS parents to countries of origin
And no doubt the children will be farmed out to pious Moslem homes
FISA court bans officials involved
in Carter Page wiretaps from seeking surveillance
Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2020 8:45:26 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Glad to see the Defender-Scimitar return. It is like an old friend.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/05/2020 10:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Moar better the pithy comments on the headlines has returned !
Posted by: Ackoopmed || 03/05/2020 11:39 Comments || Top||

#3  That pattern! Crikey, is it Colberty picking time already?
Posted by: Percy Phoger1822 || 03/05/2020 21:39 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
US Targets Taliban, 30 Afghan Forces Killed in Afghanistan
[ToloNews] The US forces conducted an airstrike against Taliban fighters in Nahr-e Saraj, a district of the southern province of Helmand on Wednesday, a spokesman for US Forces in Afghanistan, Col Sonny Leggett, tweeted on Wednesday.

The airstrike is the first in 11 days, said Leggett. All sides had agreed to a Reduction in Violence (RIV) plan starting on February 22 that was aimed to create conditions for peace and a permanent ceasefire.

The attack took place one day after Gen. Scott Miller, commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, warned the Taliban to keep their commitments.

“It is fragile--if the Taliban are not going to lower violence.” said Miller, “that causes a risk to the agreement.”

He said there is a need for the Taliban to lower violence in Afghanistan “otherwise, it’s hard to have an agreement.”

The Taliban resumed attacks on Afghan forces as President Ashraf Ghani at the same time refused to release 5,000 prisoners before the beginning of the intra-Afghan talks, which were planned for March 10.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump had a telephone conversation with the Taliban’s deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar on Tuesday evening, Qatar time, said Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid.

Trump said: "The relationship is very good that I have with the Mullah, and we had a good long conversation today. And you know they want to cease the violence--they'd like to cease the violence also."

But as Trump and the Taliban hold civil talks, 30 Afghan forces and four civilians have been reported killed in 15 provinces of the country.

16 out of 30 Afghan forces were killed in Kunduz province and six others were killed in Uruzgan province.

“After the Taliban attacks, the Afghan security forces attacked the Taliban to defend themselves and the people of Afghanistan. 17 Taliban were killed and 11 others were wounded,” said Nusrat Rahimi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior.

Reactions were strong about the Taliban attacks on Afghan security forces, especially following the signing of the peace deal with the US.

“Allah banned the killing of Muslims. The Taliban should talk to the government as they did with the US,” said Mawlawi Siddiqi, a religious scholar.

“The intra-Afghan talks are the only way forward. The problems can be solved like this,” said Sayed Abdul Malik Hashimi, another religious scholar.

The Taliban have not commented about the attacks yet.

The US targeted the Taliban following a successful Reduction in Violence (RIV) week that started on February 22, in which all sides respected the terms and violence was greatly lessened, even in the most dangerous and volatile areas like Sangin, Helmand; Andar district, Ghazni; and Chak in Maidan Wardak.

Taliban Kills ‘At Least 16 Afghan Army Soldiers’ in Kunduz

[ToloNews] At least 16 Afghan Army soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack on Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province, Afghan security sources told TOLOnews on Wednesday. Another ten soldiers were taken hostage by the Taliban, said the source.

Also, Fatima Aziz, a PM from Kunduz, said "16 were killed Baghe Shirkat."

Posted by: trailing wife || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Egyptian authorities carry out the death sentence in the former Egyptian army officer Hisham Ashmawi
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The Times of Israel adds:
Col. Tamer el-Rifai, a military spokesman, said on his Facebook page that el-Ashmawi was executed Wednesday by hanging. He posted a photo of the militant in a long beard and wearing a bright orange jumpsuit that is usually worn by those sentenced to death.

...also in our archives as Hesham El-Ashmawy and Hisham el-Ashmawi, he took the nom de guerre Abu Omar El-Mohager (the immigrant). El-Ashmawy was thrown out of Egyptian special forces in 2011 for extremism. He went on to help found Ansar Bayt Al Maqdis, then the local branch of Al Qaeda, with whom he shared the results of his military training. When they became ISIS in the Sinai, he left for the Western Desert to form the Al Qaeda-linked al-Mourabitoun. At some point they wandered into Libya, where in 2018 the LNA caught him and sent him back. Egypt had convicted Mr. Ashmawy in absentia in 2014, leaving very little for the courts to do — though they nonetheless did it all over again. And now he is discovering whether or not he was right about what Allah wanted him to do...
Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Arabia
Iranian suicide boats operated by the #Houthi militia tried to attack an oil vessel in the Arabian Sea
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Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  ...'Suicide' boats wouldn't have stopped. This is more along the lines of 'combat trolling'.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 03/05/2020 6:30 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia sends reinforcements through the Bosporus


Posted by: 3dc || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6557 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Nb for the curious, that's not the Scottish flag but the Cross of St Andrew, patron saint of the Russian Fleet.

Another crusade for Constantinople -- this time, by the Orthodox?
Posted by: Lex || 03/05/2020 6:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Pass me the popcorn.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/05/2020 7:35 Comments || Top||

#3  We could of course retail identical satellite imagery to both sides.

Prolong the struggle or bring peace? You decide.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/05/2020 7:42 Comments || Top||

#4  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montreux_Convention_Regarding_the_Regime_of_the_Straits
Posted by: Thorong Grundy1520 || 03/05/2020 14:17 Comments || Top||

#5  Turkey needs a thumpin’!
Posted by: Bigfoot Elmerenter4120 || 03/05/2020 16:01 Comments || Top||


Europe
Cyprus Detains Syrian after Migrants Brought to Shore
[AnNahar] A 22-year-old Syrian man is in police custody suspected of people smuggling after Cypriot authorities brought 101 Syrian migrants safely to shore, police said Wednesday.

He was arrested on Tuesday after Cyprus marine police located the Syrians off the Cape Greco region in a crowded 15-meter (49 foot) craft and towed the boat to a fishing shelter in Paralimini on the south-east coast.

On Wednesday the suspect appeared before a court in Paralimini and was remanded in police custody for eight days on suspicion of helping migrants enter the country illegally for profit, a police spokesman said.

Head of the police operation Petros Zeniou said the migrants were checked by health workers for coronavirus before being brought to shore for processing.

Among the migrants were 43 children -- nine of them unaccompanied -- and 13 women, including four who were pregnant.

The Syrians -- mainly from the northern regions of Idlib and Aleppo -- were sent to a reception center outside the capital Nicosia.

Zeniou said the boat set off from Mersin in Turkey, a route often used by people smugglers bound for Cyprus.

He said an initial police investigation indicated the migrants had paid between 2,000-4,000 dollars each to make the journey by boat from Turkey.

"We are on the alert, there is certainly information that more boats are likely to depart from Mersin," said Zeniou.

The Republic of Cyprus, an EU members, says it is on the frontline of the Mediterranean migration route with the highest number of first time asylum seekers per capita.

Cypriot Interior Minister Nicos Nouris said on Tuesday that there were 17,000 asylum applications pending.

But Cyprus, located 160 kilometers (100 miles) from the Syrian coast, has not seen the massive inflow of migrants experienced by Turkey and Greece.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/05/2020 02:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


Erdogan demands EU help in Syria as price to end migrant crisis
Unexpectedly.
[Rudaw] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
’s president on Wednesday warned a fresh migrant crisis could be resolved only if Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
supports its efforts in Syria, as violent festivities broke out between refugees and police on the Greek border.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Greece is under attack and it's way past time for NATO to take action.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/05/2020 12:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe EU should work with their gas supplier instead?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/05/2020 14:54 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm afraid their gas supplier might be embarrassed.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/05/2020 15:01 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkish military police ordering immigrants
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Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  EU pledges €700 million to aid Greek response to migrant influx from Turkey

To hell with the EU. It is way past time for NATO to respond.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/05/2020 12:25 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
Mechanic gets 3 years for sabotaging American Airlines plane in Miami
[NY Post] A former American Airlines mechanic was sentenced to more than three years in prison for tampering with a plane packed with 150 passengers set to take off to the Bahamas.

Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, 60, was sentenced to 37 months behind bars Wednesday after pleading guilty in December to using a piece of foam to sabotage a Boeing 737 at Miami International Airport because he was upset over the airline's stalled union contract negotiations, according to the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida.
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Alani, a naturalized citizen originally from Iraq, had admitted to federal investigators that he doctored the plane's air data module system – which relays critical data like aircraft speed and pitch to pilots – in a bid to obtain more overtime work, court documents show.

The mechanic insisted to federal air marshals that he intended "not to cause harm to the aircraft or its infidels passengers."

Alani, of Tracy, California, used super glue to hold the foam in place prior the flight's scheduled take off, which was ultimately aborted. None of the 150 passengers or flight crew on the jetliner were injured since the plane never got off the ground, prosecutors said.

A judge found no evidence that Alani had links to ISIS, allegations that arose in September after prosecutors said they found terror propaganda videos on his cellphone.
"Nothing to see here. Go about your business, citizen"
"The indictment doesn't charge anything related to terrorism or terrorist activity," US District Judge Marcia Cooke said during Alani's sentencing in Miami. "I don't see anything."

Federal investigators ultimately found "no linkage" between Alani and extremist groups, Assistant US Attorney Randy Hummel said.
*cough* Bullshit *cough*
Posted by: Frank G || 03/05/2020 12:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Three years for the attempted murder of 150 people? Seems a tad on the light side, especially with whatever differential they give you nowadays for good behavior.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/05/2020 13:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Looks like the FAA has revoked his A&P license so no more airplane work for him.....ever
Posted by: TZSenator || 03/05/2020 14:05 Comments || Top||

#3  ...well, at least official work. Officer Crockett to the courtesy phone.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/05/2020 14:53 Comments || Top||

#4  Betcha there's some sophisticated deal-making here that naifs like y'all wouldn't understand. "Give us your crazy cabdriver cousin caliph and we'll get you off easy. But from now on, we OWN you, pal." "By Allah, no crazy cabdriver is safe while I am free!" "Atta boy!"
Posted by: Percy Phoger1822 || 03/05/2020 16:03 Comments || Top||

#5  Only three years ? They must have thought there's no point in the FAA or DHS keeping these sasquatches away from airliners if we're going to allow hijabs and sunnah beards inside hangars with $ 35 m fighter jets with WMDs.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 03/05/2020 17:12 Comments || Top||

#6  Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

"The pilots realized something was wrong as they prepared to head to the departure runway."

Looks like Mr. Alani not only tampered with the aircraft ADM, he also, per the article cited, verified that the results of his handiwork would be discovered by the PIC as a function of the pre-taxi prep / checklist.

If true, there was never any threat to the aircraft occupants.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 03/05/2020 21:46 Comments || Top||


More than 300 illegal Chinese immigrants busted on southern border
[WASHINGTONTIMES] Some 328 illegal immigrants colonists from China have been nabbed jumping the U.S.-Mexico border so far this year, according to Homeland Security data that raises the prospect a coronavirus carrier could sneak into the country via the border.

Three other people from South Korea ‐ another country with rapidly spreading cases ‐ have also been arrested at the border, as have 122 people from the Dominican Republican, where the coronavirus has now been detected.

All told, more than 1,000 illegal immigrants colonists a day are caught attempting to sneak in from Mexico, which detected its first case last week, and since has identified five others.

Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Senator Warren available for comment?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/05/2020 3:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Fleeing the violence in Central America? (do I need to put a /sarc on that?)
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/05/2020 7:36 Comments || Top||

#3  From g(r)omgoru's link: Elizabeth Warren unveils legislation to defund President Donald Trump’s border wall and direct the money toward the coronavirus response in the U.S.

A border wall would be a most effective response to the coronavirus as well as a whole host of other contagions.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/05/2020 12:22 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Anti-Riot forces continue Repressive practices against #Iraqi protesters at #AlKhilani Square
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Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


FBI Arrests Military Translator on Espionage Charges
[VOA] An American military translator based in Iraq has been arrested and charged with handing highly classified information to a Lebanese national with apparent ties to the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

Mariam Taha Thompson, 61, formerly of Rochester, Minnesota, was arrested by FBI special agents on February 27 at an unidentified overseas military facility where she worked as a contract translator. She faces charges of delivering defense information to aid a foreign government and was scheduled to make her first appearance in federal court in Washington on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Justice Department, the FBI investigation leading to Thompson's arrest uncovered that she had accessed dozens of secret military computer files on human intelligence sources over a six-week period beginning December 30, a day after U.S. strikes against Iranian-backed forces in Iraq.

The files included "true names, personal identification data, background information, and photographs of the human assets, as well as operational cables detailing information the assets provided to the United States government," the Justice Department said in a statement.

A court authorized the search of Thompson's living quarters on February 19 and found a handwritten note in Arabic with classified information that she intended to send to a Lebanese national in whom she had a romantic interest. The note found under a mattress included names of human assets and instructions that their phones should be monitored.

Court documents identify Thompson's co-conspirator as having apparent connections to the Hezbollah. The group was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department in 1997.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6498 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  Grrrr. From Rochester MN? Disloyal traitorous b*tch. Let the Iraqis have her
Posted by: Frank G || 03/05/2020 5:11 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Alleged Belgian airstrikes target Hezbollah site, Syrian airport
[Jpost] Syrian air defenses responded to attacks allegedly launched by Israel in southern and central Syria on Wednesday night, according to Syrian state news agency SANA. The Step News Agency reported that the airstrikes in Homs targeted a site belonging to the Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist group and the Dabaa Military Airfield.

The attack was reportedly launched by Israel from over Lebanese airspace and the Golan Heights, according to SANA, and targeted Homs and the Quneitra region of southwestern Syria. The Syrian military told SANA that Syrian air defenses successfully prevented any of the rockets from hitting their targets.

Homs is nearly 125 miles (about 200 km) away from the Golan Heights.After the strikes overnight, the airspace above the Golan Heights east of the Jordan River was closed to civilian flights over 5,000 feet (1,524 meters) for the next three days. Israel did not claim responsibility for the airstrikes.

The airstrikes come just days after the IDF thwarted an attempted sniper attack along the Syria-Israel border in the Golan Heights on Monday as Israelis voted in the 23rd Knesset elections.
The Times of Israel adds:
SANA quoted a military source saying that at 12.30 am on Thursday (2230 GMT Wednesday) “our air defense observed Israeli warplane movement… several missiles were fired towards the central region.

“The hostile missiles were immediately dealt with, and were successfully confronted, none was able to reach its target.” Syria routinely and falsely claims to have intercepted Israeli missiles.

Israel has attacked the T-4, or Tiyas, air base near Homs on multiple occasions. Israeli defense officials have previously claimed the base is being used by Iranian forces as part of the Islamic Republic’s efforts to entrench militarily in Syria, something Israel has vowed to prevent.

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Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/05/2020 01:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  "We have intercepted the Joooo Aggression Missiles™ with our airfields and ammunition storehouses"
Posted by: Frank G || 03/05/2020 5:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Belgian air strikes;;;;LOL. If only.
Posted by: Vespasian Grundy8115 || 03/05/2020 8:45 Comments || Top||

#3  They have 3 or 4 dozen F-16s as I recall.

No in-air fueling capability though.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 03/05/2020 11:45 Comments || Top||

#4  And had 2 anti-air kills last year.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/05/2020 13:19 Comments || Top||


Head cutters just like #ISIS a member of @NATO
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Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Sublime, indeed.
Posted by: Bobby || 03/05/2020 10:45 Comments || Top||

#2  You mean ISJV and Erdy have been patty-cake pals this whole time? Say it ain't so!
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/05/2020 11:52 Comments || Top||

#3  I guess getting any kind of head in a war zone is better than none at all!
Posted by: Clamp Munster7894 || 03/05/2020 12:25 Comments || Top||


Tensions between Iranian Militias and Regime Army in the Al-Bukamal Countryside
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Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


SAA Pantsir and Buk air defense systems have shot down 5 Anka and 7 Bayraktar UAVs
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Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Oh, cool! In that case I want one. Do you have any brochures left?
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 03/05/2020 8:06 Comments || Top||

#2  The Pantsir I get, but isn't the Buk a bit much for a UAV, assuming there is another option, something in between?

Unfamiliar with Turkish UAVs I looked them up, and they do have a decent service ceiling (30k and 24k respectively) so maybe Buk is a working choice.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/05/2020 15:28 Comments || Top||


Video showing Hezbollah fighters in Seraqib, likely compensating for recent heavy SAA losses
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Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  Suddenly, I'm on the Turk side.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/05/2020 1:00 Comments || Top||

#2  what I wonder is Turkey's end game

do they really want to annex some of Syria or just make a few provinces into some sort of Protectorate

other than giving an ego boost to Erdogan what is the upside for Turkey in the long run
Posted by: lord garth || 03/05/2020 1:59 Comments || Top||

#3  giving an ego boost to Erdogan

Bingo!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/05/2020 2:00 Comments || Top||

#4  Can't they all lose?
Posted by: AlanC || 03/05/2020 7:40 Comments || Top||

#5  Kind of a transportation nexus isn't it?

Been trying to insert a MoBro into Syria since the Arab Sprung. Could be a launch pad for raids against the Kurds. Could be Erdy is a dumbbell.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/05/2020 15:53 Comments || Top||


Crippling losses for Syrian forces
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Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  So? How many did the SAA lose in the first days of the civil war? The real question is whether or not Putin is sending replacement matériel and if the Hezbollah will stay in the fight.
Posted by: magpie || 03/05/2020 0:55 Comments || Top||

#2  already sending reinforements magpie
Posted by: Chris || 03/05/2020 10:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Gotta wait until all the ships already loaded and en route get through the bospherus.

Let me throw something out there:
Russian ships enter Egyptian waters, ask for protection as assets in Syria launch a counter offensive in the north.

Bonus points: Turkey sinks Russian ship in Egyptian waters.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/05/2020 15:13 Comments || Top||


TSK strikes have killed dozens of #Hezbollah & #Fatemiyoun militiamen in recent days
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Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Turkey Downs Syrian Jet as Moscow Warns Ankara
[VOA] ISTANBUL - Turkish forces shot down a Syrian warplane in Syria's Idlib province Tuesday, in an escalation of Turkey's military offensive against Syrian government forces. Ankara's assault is in retaliation for the killing of 34 Turkish troops in an airstrike blamed on Damascus.

The fighting increases the threat of confrontation between Turkish and Russian forces, a danger the Russian and Turkish presidents will be seeking to avoid when they meet Thursday. Russia backs Syria's government offensive near the Turkish border.

Turkey's military campaign is showing little sign of abating, with the third Syrian fighter downed by the Turkish Air Force since Sunday. The Turkish Defense Ministry said Tuesday that in the past 24 hours, more than 300 Syrian soldiers were killed and more than a dozen tanks, armored vehicles and missile systems were destroyed.

The Turkish offensive is centering on Idlib, the last rebel stronghold, which Syrian forces, backed by Russian airpower, are fighting to capture. Ankara's ongoing offensive is expected to continue at least until Thursday, when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

"The Turkish aim is to reverse the gains the Syrian regime has been making in Idlib over the last few weeks," said Asli Aydintasbas, a senior fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

"So that Mr. Erdogan could go to his meeting with Vladimir Putin on the 5th of March with a stronger hand," Aydintasbas said.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte



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Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.

Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has dominated Mexico for six years.
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Thu 2020-03-05
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Wed 2020-03-04
  4 L-39's and 18 Su-24's left in Syrian Airforce
Tue 2020-03-03
  Taliban Orders Resumed Attacks on Govt Forces
Mon 2020-03-02
  Turkey shoots down two Syrian fighter jets over Idlib
Sun 2020-03-01
  Iraq's PM-designate Allawi withdraws, prolonging deadlock
Sat 2020-02-29
  U.S. and Taliban sign troop withdrawal deal
Fri 2020-02-28
  Rouhani and his VP both reported to have coronavirus
Thu 2020-02-27
  Hezbollah operative killed in drone strike in southern Syria
Wed 2020-02-26
  Gulf Cartel Border City Turf War Kills at Least 20 Gunmen, Innocents in Week
Tue 2020-02-25
  Hosni Mubarak sleeps with the pharaohs
Mon 2020-02-24
  Car drives into German carnival parade, around 30 injured
Sun 2020-02-23
  Last year Hezbollah received ~$700 million in funding
Sat 2020-02-22
   Erdogan confirms the presence of pro-Turkish Syrian fighters in Libya
Fri 2020-02-21
  Missile intercept by #Saudi forces in #Yanbu
Thu 2020-02-20
  Turkey asks NATO to provide air support for the operation in Idlib

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