Friday, December 3, 2021

Russia Has the Perfect Weapon to Crush Drone Swarm Attacks


by Sebastien Roblin, Russia Insider:

Which may explain why in the attack on Russia’s Syria base seven of the attacking drones were shot down and the other six jammed

Early in the morning of January 6, Russian radars stationed around Latakia, Syria detected no less than thirteen kamikaze drones approaching. Ten of the explosive-laden unmanned vehicles streaked towards Hmeimim airbase, while three others swooped towards the Russian naval base at Tartus. Just a week earlier, Hmeimim had sustained a mortar attack that killed two personnel and likely damaged several aircraft.

According to Moscow, electronic-warfare assets allowed them to take control of six of the drones. The remaining seven were blasted out of the sky by Pantsir-S antiaircraft vehicles, which combine two rapid firing thirty-millimeter autocannons with a twelve surface-to-air missiles (SAMs).

A poster presented at a Russian arms expo claims to detail additional activity by Russian military Pantsirs in Syria, including the destruction of a number of drones around the naval base of Tartus: a Turkish Bayraktar drone in May, three Israeli Heron drones between April and July, and on May 27 an RQ-21A Blackjack, a roughly one-hundred-pound recon drone used by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. It also lists intercepts of three unguided rockets around Hmeimim airbase—with the Russian government claiming at least two more rocket intercepts in December 2017.

A Syrian Pantsir is alleged to have shot down a Turkish RF-4 Phantom reconnaissance jet in 2012, though it is also possible that a longer-range missile system was responsible. Pantsirs have also been spotted in territory held by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

The Pantsir (“Armor” or “Carapace”), which is also known by the NATO codename SA-22 Greyhound, is descended from a line of Soviet-era weapons meant to protect tank battalions from air attack, starting with deadly ZSU-23-4 “Shilka,” which was based on the chassis of a PT-76 amphibious tank. In contrast to preceding self-propelled flak guns, the Shilka introduced an onboard radar to guide the four rapid-firing twenty-three-millimeter cannons in its turret, allowing it to rip low-flying jets and helicopters to shreds with little forewarning. In one action during the Yom Kippur War, Egyptian Shilkas destroyed three low-flying Israeli Phantom jets on an air-defense suppression mission, and crippled two more.

While the Shilka remain in service across the world, the type was succeeded in the 1980s by smaller production run of more sophisticated 2K22 Tunguska (SA-19) vehicles, which swapped the quad guns for twin thirty-millimeter cannons—research had shown fewer, larger shells were more likely to down a plane than many small ones—and added on better radar and eight surface-to-air missiles, dramatically enlarging the system’s engagement range. This extra firepower was hoped to suffice for defeating NATO’s then-new armored A-10 Thunderbolt attack jets and Apache helicopter gunships.

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Russia Kills Jihadists With Weaponized Robot Ahead Of World Cup

from Zero Hedge:

Dramatic footage has surfaced showing Russian counter-terrorism forces slaying jihadist “sleeper cells” and “underground units” ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. In the past few months, Russian troops have launched numerous counter-terrorism operations in the volatile Islamic region of Dagestan.

According to the Daily Mail, local police in Derbent, a city in the Republic of Dagestan, Russia, located on the Caspian Sea, alerted government officials about dangerous jihadist “sleeper cells” that were planning to attack the civilian population on May 01, known as a traditional holiday in Russia.

The violent video shows Russian counter-terrorism forces using heavily armored personnel carriers with tremendous firepower, pounding the building with copper and lead bullets, in the town of Derbent, where the jihadist “sleeper cells” were active.

Two Syrian Jets Shot Down By Turkey Near Idlib As War Escalates

from ZeroHedge:

The dangerous situation and open state of war between Turkey and Syria, and increasingly by extension with Russia backing its ally Damascus, has continued to escalate dramatically in the last 24 hours. Hours after Syrian national forces brought down yet another Turkish drone operating over Idlib province, and following last Thursday’s major air attack which killed 33 Turkish troops, two Syrian Air Force jets have been shot down reportedly by Turkey’s military.

World War III Will Be An Economic War


by Brandon Smith, Alt Market:

There is a mass delusion in the mainstream created I think in large part by too much exposure to movie fantasy and TV fiction. It is an immediate assumption; one that I believe is far more dangerous than many people give it credit for. The assumption is that the next great war, should it occur, will inevitably be a nuclear one, and the doom surrounding it will end everything as we know it. Many people even get excited at the idea of World War III and the notion that it will “wipe the slate clean,” setting the stage for a positive human reformation from the ashes. I’m here to say that this is likely not how things will play out.

There are much more precise and effective weapons than nukes in the arsenal of the establishment globalists that manipulate political systems in various nations.

US Seeks to Intentionally Prolong Syrian Bloodshed


by Tony Cartalucci, New Eastern Outlook:

A 2012 US policy paper admittedly sought to “bleed” the Syrian government, and with it the Syrian people. Today in Syria, the consequences of America’s depraved foreign policy is being blamed by Western special interests on the very victims it targeted. 

From the beginning of Syria’s conflict the United States presented to the world its unyielding ultimatum that the government in Damascus be deposed and replaced by a government headed by the armed militants the US cultivated before the conflict and has armed and funded throughout its now seven year course.

US demands of regime change in Syria were not exclusive to the current conflict. Syria was upon US President George W. Bush’s “Axis of Evil” announced after the attacks on September 11, 2001 despite Syria playing no role in the attacks and in fact being one of the principal nations waging war on Al Qaeda and its many affiliates – including its predecessor the Muslim Brotherhood – stretching back to the 1980s when the US itself was arming and funding the terrorist organization’s members in Afghanistan.

US Intentionally Fuels Syria’s Conflict

Today, regions in Syria under government control now enjoy peace and security unseen since the conflict broke out in 2011. This includes Syria’s largest city of Aleppo which was invaded by Al Qaeda-linked militant groups crossing over Syria’s border from NATO member Turkey beginning in 2012.

Construction vehicles are replacing tanks in Aleppo. After years of occupation by terrorist groups, Aleppo was finally liberated, with reconstruction now underway. Peace and security was restored to Aleppo not through any initiative led by the United Nations, or Western states like the US, UK, or other NATO members, but instead by joint Syrian-Russian-Iranian military operations conducted in direct defiance of Western demands terrorist enclaves remain intact.

Reflecting the security Syria’s government still is able to offer the Syrian people versus regions still ravaged  by Western-backed militants is the fact that the vast majority of displaced Syrians reside in government-held territory.
This is revealed in a 2017 UN report titled, “UNHCR seeing significant returns of internally displaced amid Syria’s continuing conflict,” which states (emphasis added):

Aid agencies estimate that more than 440,000 internally displaced people have returned to their homes in Syria during the first six months of this year. In parallel, UNHCR has monitored over 31,000 Syrian refugees returning from neighbouring countries so far in 2017. Since 2015, some 260,000 refugees have spontaneously returned to Syria, primarily from Turkey into northern Syria.  

The main factors influencing decisions for refugees to return self-assisted mostly to Aleppo, Hama, Homs, Damascus and to other governorates are primarily linked to seeking out family members, checking on property, and, in some cases, a real or perceived improvement in security conditions in parts of the country.

It should be noted that Aleppo, Hama, Homs, and Damascus all fall under the control of the current Syrian government. Regions still occupied by terrorists – particularly Idlib in northern Syria – are omitted from the report.

It’s clear that if the United States’ agenda in Syria was a humanitarian one, it would be assisting the Syrian government in its efforts to improve security conditions across the country. Instead, the US actively works to undermine such efforts – intentionally creating and perpetuating conditions to jeopardize security and induce continued human suffering.

A map of Syria’s current conflict reveals that violence continues solely in areas the West and its regional partners remain committed in. This includes NATO-member Turkey whose ongoing invasion and destruction of Syria’s northern countryside aimed at Afrin goes unmentioned in UN proceedings. It also includes America’s continued, uninvited occupation of eastern Syria.

While the US has claimed its purpose for occupying eastern Syria was to “defeat” the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS), Washington’s own Defense Intelligence Agency revealed in a leaked memo in 2012 that ISIS’ initial creation was specifically desired by the US and its allies as a means of isolating the Syrian government.

The 2012 memo (PDF) would state specifically that:

If the situation unravels there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran). 

The DIA memo would also explain who these “supporting powers” are:

The West, Gulf countries, and Turkey support the opposition; while Russia, China, and Iran support the regime.

With ISIS now mostly defeated in both Syria and Iraq, the US has used multiple and increasingly strained narratives to explain why it not only remains in Syria illegally, but why it is seeking to even expand its presence there. This includes claims it must “provide a bulwark against Iranian influence,” according to the Guardian. Such pretexts stand at face value as contradictory, with Iranian influence having played a central role in America’s desire to create ISIS in the first place, and ISIS’ defeat at the hands of a Syrian-Russian-Iranian coalition.

Eastern Ghouta, located east of Damascus, also remains as a pocket of enduring violence owed solely to US efforts to impede Syrian efforts to liberate the area from terrorist occupation and restore the same order the rest of Damascus enjoys. Observers of the Syrian conflict can draw identical parallels between US propaganda aimed at impeding Aleppo’s liberation in 2016 and current efforts to prolong violence in Eastern Ghouta.

US Policy in Syria: Bleed It

Concluding that Washington’s policy in Syria is to intentionally prolong human suffering for as long as possible is not merely a matter of superficially assessing its current actions – it is stated as US policy throughout policy papers for the last several years.

As early as 2012 when speedy US-backed regime change had clearly failed and a more protracted conflict had begun, prominent US policy think tank, the Brookings Institution, would publish a policy paper titled, “Saving Syria: Assessing Options for Regime Change.”

The paper would state (emphasis added):

The United States might still arm the opposition even knowing they will probably never have sufficient power, on their own, to dislodge the Asad network. Washington might choose to do so simply in the belief that at least providing an oppressed people with some ability to resist their oppressors is better than doing nothing at all, even if the support provided has little chance of turning defeat into victory. 

Alternatively, the United States might calculate that it is still worthwhile to pin down the Asad regime and bleed it, keeping a regional adversary weak, while avoiding the costs of direct intervention.

The paper not only openly admits US intervention in Syria has nothing to do with humanitarian concerns but rather “keeping a regional adversary weak,” it specifically recommends prolonging the conditions under which a humanitarian crisis will only expand, and for as long as possible.

The US intentionally backing an “opposition” that has no chance of overturning the Syrian government equates to intentionally and maliciously prolonging a deadly conflict and all the horrors that accompany it. The Brookings paper specifically suggesting the US “bleed” the Syrian government is done with full knowledge of the cost in human suffering that “bleeding” would undoubtedly incur.

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Damascus To Become A “Ruinous Heap”?: Syria Threatens To Attack The Golan Heights And Israel Prepares For War

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

The winds of war are blowing once again, and it isn’t going to take much to spark a major conflict in the Middle East.  This week is the eighth anniversary of the beginning of the civil war in Syria, and after the nightmare that the people of Syria have been through, you would think that the Assad regime would be eager for peace.  But instead, Assad appears to be ready to go for broke.  If Syria can spark a Middle East war that results in the complete destruction of Israel, Assad would be remembered as a hero in the Islamic world forever.  Instead of a legacy of civil war and crushing poverty, Assad’s legacy would be one of wartime leader that brought total victory over Syria’s most hated enemy.  But of course such a conflict would be a huge risk, because if it went badly the city of Damascus would be completely flattened and the nation of Syria as we know it today would be entirely destroyed.  And considering how overwhelmingly powerful the Israeli military is, it would seem to be a very foolish risk to take.  Unfortunately, Assad does not appear to be thinking rationally.  On Thursday, Syria officially threatened “to attack Israel unless it withdraws from the Golan Heights”.  The following comes from the Jerusalem Post

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‘Clear as Day’ – US Helping ISIS in Syria – Top Russian Anchor (Kiselyov)

by Dmitry Kiselyov, Russia Insider:

“They silently supply them with weapons, help them move, take them out of the fire, provide them with data from aerial footage, coordinates for government forces’ locations, and even locations for Russian troops.”

Dmitry Kiselyov is blistering in his indictment here of obvious US support for ISIS fighters in Syria.

He explains the amazing statement which came out of the Russian ministry of defense last week, that this US support is the only thing blocking Russia from completely wiping ISIS out in Syria.

Of course, nothing doing in the Western media on this.

Hello? Hello?  New York Times, anybody home?


Something has become entirely clear in Syria.

When there was already light at the end of the tunnel, when over 90{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of the country is free from ISIS terrorists, and from Jabhat Al-Nusra, US starts simply helping these terrorists in secret.

The silently supply them with weapons, help them move, take them out of the fire, provide them with data from aerial footage, coordinates for government forces’ locations, and even locations for Russian troops.

It came to a point, when it was the US, not the ISIS combat preparedness, which in Syria became the main obstacle for full liberation of Syria from terroristsThey are the main obstacle.

I’ not making this stuff up … , this is the official position of Russian Defense Ministry.

Igor Konashenkov, Russian Defense Ministry rep:

“The main obstacle in stopping terrorists in Syria isn’t the terrorists’ combat preparedness, but their support from their US colleagues.”


It’s as clear as day. Obviously, the US denies everything. But the Russian Defense Ministry don’t believe them, preferring to trust the facts.

We remember how hard it was last week, when a part of Palmyra-Deir-ez-Zor road was taken over by fanatics.

This is the main artery for Syrian Army supply, who have active combat from Deir-ez-Zor onto the remaining terrorists forces. Basically, this was a strike on the rear end. It was planned and realized with help from US.

At the same time, on September 28th, a large terrorist group, around 300 people, left a US base At-Tanf, on the Jordanian border. Close by, there is a large refugee camp, Rukban. There are dozens of thousands people in there.

The US won’t let anyone approach them, even the humanitarian convoy from the UN. This camp is like a human shield for the base.

Somewhere around here, the US trains their army for the political opposition to Assad. So, in the most magical way, an ISIS group leaves this same region.

There are about 300 men and dozens of Jeeps. They smoothly infiltrate the government-controlled territory.

Interesting, but the terrorists successfully passed all the hidden checkpoints around residential Harbat as-Shemi and Al-Bassiri. This was no pure luck.

They had exact coordinates, which could only be obtained via aerial intelligence, inspected by experts, and then passed on then proceed with the diversion terrorist actions.

With dawn, the terrorists tried to take over the vantage points, right around the Al-Qaryatayn residential area.

As we see, the Defense Ministry of Russia’s tone becomes more confident, and the hints are more direct: “We will fight.”

If US sees these operations as unexpected accidents, then Russian VKS in Syria are ready to proceed with destroying all such accidents in their zone, But why is this happening? Did Trump come up with this? Surprisingly, but it doesn’t look that.

It’s more likely to be the result of low-quality control, when the military gets out of political control. Then on the ground in Syria they start roaming uncontrollably, playing their own games.

Konashenkov even said that this was a result of their US colleagues flirting with the terrorists. Either way, the result is very unpleasant. Both for Russia and for the US authorities. Their own Generals push them in for a great adventure.

In Moscow, they see, that the US-controlled zone is like a black hole, according to Konashenkov.

That’s where the US At-Tanf base is on the border with Jordan. And Americans train someone there.

At-Tanf turned into a 100-km black hole on the Syrian-Jordanian government border.

Instead of a new Syrian Army, just like jacks-in-the-box, deploying from there for diversion terrorist attacks against the Syrian troops and civilians are mobile ISIS groups.

But even in these conditions, Putin remains positive about victory over Syrian terrorists. No matter who helps them there. And, he believes that the cooperation with the US in Syria is still possible.

On Wednesday, the President spoke about it on the Russian Energy Week Forum.

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Top US General Tells Israel Trump is Not Pulling Troops Out From Syria – Reports

from Sputnik News:

A month ago, President Donald Trump told a cheering crowd in Ohio that US troops would be pulled out from Syria “very soon” to let others take care of it.

According to the Israeli Arutz Sheva 7 news website, citing a diplomatic source, the head of the US military’s Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, arrived in Israel to reassure the head of the National Security Council, the IDF Chief of Staff and other senior defense officials that Americans have no “immediate plans” to leave Syria, and will continue supporting Tel Aviv’s means of maintaining security and stability on its border.

Report: Russian Forces Almost Attacked U.S. B-52 Bomber of Syria Coast

from 21st Century Wire:

If this report is accurate, then this should reinforce calls for the United States to leave Syria instead of insisting on meddling in a conflict which the US and its allies had conceived and actively stoked since 2011.

According to a recent report (see in section below), a US strategic high altitude B-52H bomber flew dangerously close to Russia’s Hmeimim air base in Latakia, Syria.

According to 21WIRE military analyst sources, this US aircraft most likely belongs to a wing which has been recently deployed to the island of Crete in Greece just last week, from 12 Nov 2019. Watch:

You Can Have Peace Or The US Empire. You Can’t Have Both.

by Caitlin Johnstone, Caitlin Johnstone:

Just in the last few days Israel has reportedly dropped cluster munitions and white phosphorus on southern Lebanon, bombed Gaza, and fired missiles on Damascus, because Israel is a nation whose existence depends on unceasing military violence.

In order for Israel to continue existing as the imperialist apartheid state that it is, it needs to wage war in all directions at all times, both against its neighbors and against the increasingly brutalized Palestinian population. If the bombings end, so too does Israel as we know it, because the regional population will never stand for its oppression, tyranny, and multiple illegal occupations.

Russia: Israeli Attack on Syria “Directly Threatened” Two Civilian Flights

from The Anti Media:

Russia’s Ministry of Defence claimed on Wednesday that Israeli missile strikes near Damascus the previous day had directly threatened two civilian flights, saying the actions were “a gross violation of the sovereignty of Syria”.

“The provocative actions of the Israeli air force… directly threatened two airliners,” ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

Konashenkov said the attack came from over Lebanese territory and occured as “two airliners, not from Russia, were preparing to land at the airports of Beirut and Damascus”.

The Big War Between Israel And Her Enemies Could Begin As Soon As July 1st

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

The level of tension in the Middle East is sky high right now, and it is about to go even higher.  On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he would move ahead with a plan to annex portions of the West Bank in the months ahead. The coalition agreement that he reached with Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz allows him to submit annexation for a vote as early as July, and if Netanyahu is actually going to do this it will almost certainly happen before the U.S. election in November.  The Trump administration is prepared to support Israel’s annexation under certain conditions, but a Biden administration would be 100 percent opposed to such a move.  So Netanyahu realizes that this opportunity may never come again, and he is fully prepared to seize the moment.  But of course if Israel does annex large portions of the West Bank, that could easily spark a huge regional war.

Israel Is Directly Arming at Least 7 Syrian Rebel Groups

by Jason Ditz, The Anti Media:

Israel’s mounting interest in Syria’s War, and in particular in picking fights with the Assad government, Iran, and any other Shi’ite factions in the country, have included reports by analysts of a growing amount of Israeli arms and ammunition flowing across the border for rebels.

Officially, Israel isn’t a big fan on Sunni Islamist organizations. Such groups are the bulk of the rebellion on the Golan frontier, and that’s made them groups Israel has a very serious interest in seeing survive and thrive on the border.

Analysts say Israel is directly arming at least seven groups in the area. To be clear, no specific factions are named in any of these reports, but past reports have put Israel on the side of some very unfashionable groups, like al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front, which have been active in the area for some time.

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