Wednesday, 7 June 2017

US-Russian conflict in Europe and Middle East

US is closing in on Damascus

US is closing in on Damascus, reports are coming out that another base has been set up by the US in Southern Syria. At the same time the Free Syrian Army has launched large scale military attack on Syrian defense forces near al Suwayde where Russian Special forces are located too.

Russian Jet Intercepts US Nuclear Bomber Flying 250 Miles From Moscow

6 June, 2017

Nothing warms up a cold war quite like a long-range nuclear bomber flying along Russia’s border, so when the U.S. flew its infamous B-52 above the Baltic Sea on Tuesday morning, the Russians scrambled their own fighter jet to intercept the U.S. warplane.

The Pentagon has confirmed a report from Russian news agency TASS that a U.S. B-52 “Stratofortress” strategic bomber was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 fighter jet along the Russian border at 10:00 local time Tuesday morning (3:00 pm EST).

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Built to launch nuclear weapons, a B-52 flying so close to Russia may reasonably alarm the average person, but U.S. Department of Defense spokesperson Laura M. Seal referred to the flight as a “routine mission” in an emailed statement to Anti-Media. Seal also downplayed the Russian intercept as being one of “a number of intercepts that take place on a regular basis.”

The vast majority” of such intercepts “are conducted in a safe manner,” she added.

The Russian Ministry of Defense claimed the Russian Su-27 jet escorted the B-52 until it changed direction, away from the Russian border, TASS reported.

The B-52 was still in the air by Tuesday afternoon, and the crew had not yet been debriefed on the matter, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told Fox News.

Reuters characterized Moscow’s mood as “unimpressed” with the situation.

Russia scrambles again, intercepts Norway military jet near the Barents Sea

Two-and-a-half hours after that intercept, Russia scrambled another jet, a MiG-31, to escort a Royal Norwegian Air Force anti-submarine P-3 Orion warplane flying along Russian airspace near the Barents Sea, Reuters reported.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the Norwegian jet was “visually identified,” as its transponders were switched off, the Moscow-funded RT news agency reported. There is no formal agreement between NATO and Russia on the use of transponders, which allow for radar detection.

Norwegian Joint Headquarters senior spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ivar Moen denied any “intercept” by Russia, CNN reported. Moen reportedly stressed that the interaction between the two aircraft was “normal.”

Norway is one of NATO’s original 12 members. The U.S.-led military alliance founded in 1949 now counts 29 member states. While NATO treats Russia as an existential threat, the opposite is also true, and U.S.-Russian relations, in particular, have worsened in recent years.

US-Coalition War Planes Just Bombed Syrian Troops, Again

6 June, 2017

The U.S.-led coalition in Syria launched a new round of airstrikes on Tuesday against forces loyal to the Syrian government. The U.S. has said these forces threatened the U.S. and partnered forces based in southern Syria.

Despite previous warnings, pro-regime forces entered the agreed-upon de-confliction zone with a tank, artillery, anti-aircraft weapons, armed technical vehicles and more than 60 soldiers,” the coalition said in a statement, as reported by Reuters.

For Anti-Media’s regular readers, the strike should come as no surprise, as just yesterday we reported that an Iranian-backed militia operating under the banner of the Syrian Arab Army have been amassing near a U.S. training base in the al-Tanf region.

This is the second time these pro-regime forces have been struck by the U.S.-led coalition in less than a month.

A report published in April this year by the London-based IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center, a leading security analysis agency, found that the majority of ISIS’ battles between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017, were fought against the Syrian military and its associated forces (such as the ones now repeatedly being struck by the U.S. military).

Striking these troops makes no sense in the wider context of attempting to defeat ISIS, but it does make perfect sense within the broader U.S. agenda, which aims to take control of the region and further weaken the Syrian government, a secular government that has been embroiled in a six-year battle with hardline extremists.
According to regional outlet al-Masdar, the Syrian Arab Army and associated forces have struck back against the U.S. military by attacking U.S.-backed forces on the ground. According to the report, the Syrian military seized several key points from U.S.-backed forces in rural Damascus.

New photos emerge of Omran Daqneesh, the boy who became a symbol of Aleppo's suffering

Syria Strike II: US-led coalition attacks pro-govt positions

Iraqi forces caught torturing captives in Mosul mostly supervised by US – security official

Iraqi military, who were filmed torturing and abusing civilians, are “mainly supervised by US commanders,” a member of the Baghdad Security Committee, has said, telling RT that American military personnel have “some type of immunity” in such case.

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