Sunday, November 29, 2015

Forgotten Russian MiG Resurrected as New Chinese 5th Generation Jet?

The first Russian fifth generation fighter is not the much advertised T-50, which according to plan should begin to arrive into the Russian Military and Space Forces in early 2016, but the almost forgotten project MiG 1.44, which was abandoned in the early 2000s.

The MiG 1.44 was developed in conjunction with the F-22 and could have gone into service in the late nineties but the collapse of the state, along with the difficult economic situation in the country, did not allow this to happen and the project had to be abandoned, with preference given to the ‘Sukhoi’ series.

Is Russia Building Up Air Defense Shield All Over Syria?

Russia is actually building an all-over air defense zone in Syria, according to Russian Zvezda TV channel. The Hmeymim air base, Russian jets and also pilots will be protected by the most advanced Russian weapons.

After a Turkish jet shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber over Syria, the Russian Defense Minister reported to President Vladimir Putin that the air defense system around the base needed to be enhanced.

Syrian Army Gains Upper Hand in Fight Against ISIL in Aleppo

The Syrian government forces have gained the upper hand in their fight against Islamic State (ISIL) terrorists in the eastern part of Aleppo province and have advanced near Deir Hafer region, FARS news agency reported.

If Deir Hafer is captured by the Syrian Army’s elite special operation unit known as the Tiger Forces the Syrian troops will be in position to re-enter Raqqa province after being expelled by ISIL in August 2014.

Syrian Army Repels Massive ISIL Offensive on Strategic Air Base

The Syrian forces repelled a massive assault by Islamic State (ISIL) militants on the strategic Deir ez-Zor air base, having destroyed scores of attackers in a counter-offensive.

A massive offensive by ISIL militants to break through defense lines of the Syrian Army near the Deir ez-Zor base was stopped, a source told FARS News.

The militants stepped back, having left behind many dead or wounded. After the Syrian forces launched a counterattack the terrorists fled the battlefield.

Russian President V. Putin held meeting in the Kremlin'Putin is Right When Accusing Turkey of Supporting Terrorists'

Vladimir Putin was right when he stated that Turkey de-facto supports ISIL militants and provides them with arms and equipment that they need to fight in Syria, US magazine Defense One reported.

After a Turkish Air Force F-16 shot down a Russian Su-24 plane, which was on an anti-ISIL bombing mission, the Russian government harshly criticized Turkey's aggressive actions, describing the incident as a "stab in the back, carried out against us by accomplices of terrorists."

Turkey is complicit in funding the Islamic State militant group through purchase on the territory of Turkey of crude oil stolen from fields captured by ISIL

Poles Rally in Warsaw Against Turkey’s 'Support of Terrorism'

Warsaw residents held a protest in front of the Turkish Embassy on Saturday against Ankara’s alleged support of terrorism.

WARSAW  — According to the protest's organizers, Turkey, as a member of NATO, which has been destabilizing the Middle East region in recent years, is responsible for the emergence of organized terrorist groups.

"Turkey downed a Russian plane and thus confirmed that it supported the interests of the Islamic State terrorist organization,” leader of Polish political party Self-Defence of the Republic of Poland Mateusz Piskorski, who attended the demontration, told RIA Novosti.

Under the Sea: Russian, Chinese Submarines Challenge for US

The industry for building and acquiring modern submarines is growing exponentially. The United States, Russia, China and even India are designing and building multiple new classes of subs, equipped with a growing variety of weapons and sensors.

Christopher P. Cavas in his article for the Defense News wrote that although the US builds extremely capable submarines, at about $2 billion each, there are only so many subs the US Navy can acquire as ‘the supply will never meet the demand.’

Neocons Hidden Agenda: Why Washington Wants Turkey to Send Troops to Syrian Border ?

The Obama regime is evidently encouraging Ankara to secure its border with Syria to counteract ISIL and other terrorist bunches from smuggling individuals, weapons and supplies all through the war-torn nation, yet Bangkok-based geopolitical specialist and essayist Tony Cartalucci is convinced that the US and Turkey have evil objectives nefarious top priority.

Washington gauges that a 30,000 strong forces will have the capacity to close the border. Interestingly, the same number of troops is needed to create a safe zone in Syria, as indicated by the Pentagon’s fall assessment. This is not an incident, Cartalucci accepts, and assuming this is the case, it could indicate a conceivable and disturbing situation.

This could well be the arrangement, as per Cartalucci, since Damascus-led troops helped by Russian forces are making picks up and pushing radicals from their fortresses crosswise over Syria day by day. Provided that this is true, Moscow ought to prevent  this from happening through political means.


Erdogan's 'Silent Backers': Who Egged Turkish Leader to Attack Su-24?

Was the downing of the Russian Su-24 Erdogan's "oil revenge" for Turkey's losses from the destruction of oil smugglers' truck fleet bombed by the Russian Air Force in Syria? Or maybe it is just the tip of a very big iceberg, F. William Engdahl asks.

American-German researcher, historian and strategic risk consultant F. William Engdahl notes that back in August 2015, he wrote about the Harvard-educated 35-year-old son of Turkish President Erdogan, Bilal Erdogan, who was involved "up to his eyeballs" in illicit oil smuggling from Syria and Iraq.