Saudi Clerics Call to Support ‘Jihad’ Against Assad, Iran and Russia

Posted October 6, 2015 by joopklepzeiker
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Saudi Clerics Call to Support ‘Jihad’ Against Assad, Iran and Russia Many Saudis are angry over Russia and Iran’s mounting involvement in Syria’s civil war.

Angus McDowall

Oct 05, 2015 5:28 PM

Source: Saudi Clerics Call to Support ‘Jihad’ Against Assad, Iran and Russia – Middle East – Haaretz

REUTERS – Dozens of Islamist Saudi Arabian clerics have called on Arab and Muslim countries to “give all moral, material, political and military” support to what they term a jihad, or holy war, against Syria’s government and its Iranian and Russian backers.

Although the clerics who signed the online statement are not affiliated with the government, their strong sectarian and anti-Christian language reflects mounting anger among many Saudis over Russian and Iranian involvement in Syria’s civil war.

Russia last week started air strikes against Syrian opposition targets that it describes as aimed at weakening the jihadist Islamic State group, a move Riyadh has denounced. The clerics’ statement compared it to the Soviet Union’s 1980 invasion of Afghanistan, which prompted an international jihad.

“The holy warriors of Syria are defending the whole Islamic nation. Trust them and support them … because if they are defeated, God forbid, it will be the turn of one Sunni country after another,” the statement said.

Riyadh, along with Turkey and other Gulf states, is a main supporter of rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, backed by Iran and Russia, but it is also worried about the rise of jihadist groups such as Islamic State among the opposition.

Saudi jets have joined air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, while the government has decreed long prison terms for anyone who supports the group, whose sympathizers have killed dozens in attacks in the kingdom this year.

The bloodshed in Syria, part of a wider struggle for regional supremacy between Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite Iran, has aggravated sectarian anger across the Middle East and drawn religiously motivated foreign fighters to both sides.

Riyadh’s state-affiliated clergy have already termed the war a jihad for Syrians, but they have also denounced Islamic State and al Qaeda and said that Saudi citizens must not go abroad to fight or give the rebels money except via government channels.

The 53 signatories, including prominent Islamists with a history of opposing the government, were careful not to contradict that message, for example by calling on Saudis to join the jihad, but they also did not speak out against travel for jihad.

Their letter, which used sectarian terms for both Iran and Assad’s Alawite sect, a Shi’ite offshoot, also portrayed Russian involvement as part of an Orthodox Christian crusade, and attacked the West for denying the rebels anti-aircraft weapons.

“The Western-Russian coalition with the Safavids (Iran) and the Nusairis (Alawites) are making a real war against the Sunni people and their countries,” the statement said.
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Russia Violates Turkish Airspace Again in Direct Challenge to NATO

Posted October 6, 2015 by joopklepzeiker
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Russia Violates Turkish Airspace Again in Direct Challenge to NATO North Atlantic Council notes ‘extreme danger of such irresponsible behavior’

October 6, 2015 12:26 pm

Source: Russia Violates Turkish Airspace Again in Direct Challenge to NATO – Washington Free Beacon

Look at the word use , typical creating a false narative .

Russia has now violated Turkish airspace on two separate occasions, according to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

NATO’s North Atlantic Council said in a statement after a Monday meeting that the Russian actions against Turkey, a NATO member, posed “extreme danger”:

Russian military actions have reached a more dangerous level with the recent violations of Turkish airspace on 3 October and 4 October by Russian Air Force SU-30 and SU-24 aircraft in the Hatay region. The aircraft in question entered Turkish airspace despite Turkish authorities’ clear, timely and repeated warnings. In accordance with NATO practice, Turkish fighter aircraft responded to these incursions by closing to identify the intruder, after which the Russian planes departed Turkish airspace.

Allies strongly protest these violations of Turkish sovereign airspace, and condemn these incursions into and violations of NATO airspace. Allies also note the extreme danger of such irresponsible behavior. They call on the Russian Federation to cease and desist, and immediately explain these violations.

Analysts say Russia’s recent deployment of fighter jets, troops, and other equipment to Syria allows the Kremlin to challenge NATO on another front in the Middle East. President Vladimir Putin has already led the invasions of Georgia and Ukraine, former Soviet countries that the United States once planned to integrate into NATO.

Russian officials have also said that their “volunteer” forces might soon begin operations in Syria—the same description the Kremlin used for troops fighting in eastern Ukraine. More than 8,000 people have died in the conflict between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists.


Cartoons of the day

Posted October 6, 2015 by danmillerinpanama
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H/t Townhall

Mission accomplished

H/t Vermont Loon Watch


Accidental Turkish airspace incursion ‘used to involve NATO in info war against Russia over Syria’

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Accidental Turkish airspace incursion ‘used to involve NATO in info war against Russia over Syria’

Published time: 6 Oct, 2015 09:53

Edited time: 6 Oct, 2015 11:01

Source: Accidental Turkish airspace incursion ‘used to involve NATO in info war against Russia over Syria’ — RT News

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. © Francois Lenoir
The incident with the Russian jet, which accidentally violated Turkey’s airspace, has been used to include NATO in the media war against Moscow’s anti-terror op in Syria, said Aleksandr Grushko, Russia’s envoy to the Western military alliance.

“The impression is that the incident in Turkish airspace was used in order to include NATO as an organization into the information campaign unleashed in the West, which perverts and distorts the purposes of the operation conducted by the Russian air forces in Syria,” Grushko said.

According to Grushko, NATO has ignored clarifications from Russia about the plane incident. All attempts to explain the reasons behind the incident fell on deaf ears, however, with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg describing the situation as “unacceptable violations of Turkish airspace.”

“Similar incidents are clarified through bilateral or military channels,” Grushko said. “This is common practice.”

“The fact that clarifications from the Russian side have been ignored just gives away the true intentions of the initiators of the [NATO] Council meeting.”

On Monday, Russia admitted making a mistake after its warplane violated Turkey’s airspace. The Russian Defense Ministry has explained that bad weather caused the incident.

Ankara has accepted the explanation, saying there is no ill feeling between the two countries. NATO has slammed Moscow for what it deemed “irresponsible behavior,” however.

The incident, which took place on Saturday, saw Turkey scramble two F-16 jets after a Russian military aircraft crossed into Turkish airspace near the Syrian border.

Ankara also claimed that a MiG-29 fighter jet, which is used by both Russia and Syria, harassed two of its F-16s on Sunday by locking radar on to them as they patrolled the Turkish-Syrian border.

The NATO chief refused to confirm the report.

“Whether the Russian planes locked their fire control radars onto the Turkish planes is something I cannot comment on,” Stoltenberg told reporters.

AN ARMY OF MCCLELLANS — The Syria Mess and the Pentagon’s Serial Failures

Posted October 6, 2015 by danmillerinpanama
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AN ARMY OF MCCLELLANS — The Syria Mess and the Pentagon’s Serial Failures, The American Interest, October 5, 2015

When Robert Gates was Secretary of Defense, he found that the Pentagon was ruled by a culture of bureaucratic delay and careerism. This culture affected even such vital issues as getting effective armor to military vehicles, leading to many unnecessary deaths and mutilations by IEDs. In the middle of war, that is, the Pentagon was still in a peacetime military mode, a mode in which buck-passers, bureaucrats, and time-servers push paper, and award one another certificates of merit. One hand washes the other as everybody gets trophies, medals, and promotions at the end of the year.

The pathetic failure of the Pentagon’s efforts in Syria indicate that if anything, this culture of self-congratulation and failure is getting more entrenched. An extensive autopsy of the now-infamous Syria training program in the Wall Street Journal today has plenty of damning details about the White House’s lack of decisiveness and micromanagement. But it also details numerous lapses from the military leaders tasked with carrying out the training, all of which culminated in this farce:

“We, who are directly in contact with the Pentagon, I swear to God, we have no clue what is going on. It is very complicated,” [U.S.-trained rebel commander] Abu Iskandar said in late August as his group was falling apart.

Pentagon-trained fighters said they stopped wearing military uniforms provided by the Americans, fearful of being attacked. On Sept. 19, Col. Daher withdrew from Division 30, citing a lack of American support and coordination.Col. Patrick Ryder, a U.S. Central Command spokesman, said nine of 54 members of the first class were still operating with the U.S. in Syria. Abu Iskandar said all but three fighters remain.

This isn’t the Pentagon’s only embarrassing, dangerous, and costly failure of late. Think of the collapse of the Iraqi army in the face of ISIS, or the Afghan military. After 14 years of U.S. force building efforts in Afghanistan, we seem to have created a force that is better at raping boys than at fighting the Taliban. The failures in that country show that we have a military culture in which the greatest sin is rocking the boat. It’s apparently far better to let corrupt Afghan soldiers chain slave boys to their beds than to create some kind of public disturbance. This is a strategy of “hearts and minds” that will win popular support against the Taliban?

The U.S. is running a vast, multi-country war effort that has become unhinged from any serious strategic vision, and we have a military system in which the commanders who see the futility and try to do something about it (and there are plenty) are sidelined. Go along to get along is the way things work in Obama’s Pentagon, and both the White House and the Congress are more interested in making the military look pretty on the parade ground than making it perform effectively in the combat zone.

The President and the political overseers in Congress have made their priorities clear: You can persist with strategies that don’t work for years and still get steadily promoted up the ladder as long as you jump through hoops about integrating women and gays into more military roles. There’s nothing wrong with those goals. Integrating the armed services racially was once attacked by traditionalists as a step that would destroy military cohesion, but it’s made both the U.S. and our armed services much stronger over time. But the essence of military leadership (and effective civilian oversight) is to get the combat missions done with the lowest possible cost and loss of life.

Perhaps choosing between successful military operations and reshaping the makeup of the military doesn’t have to be either/or, but under President Obama we have opted for the latter and tanked the former. The Pentagon has failed at its major military objectives in the Middle East. It has not built up the Iraqi Army into an independent force that can defend against ISIS and sectarian militias. It has not made the Afghan army the core of a state that can hold territory and retain the loyalty of its people and so prevent the Taliban’s resurgence. And it has not created an effective rebel force in Syria as a third way between Assad and ISIS. Perhaps these objectives were always unrealistic and the missions should never have been launched, or perhaps they needed more focused and proactive civilian leadership. But in any case, the brass on the Pentagon office doors has been polished to a high shine during the Obama years even as the missions in the field have serially failed.

Failures of military leadership are ultimately failures of civilian oversight. Abraham Lincoln fired General McClellan and promoted General Grant because, while McClellan dressed well, handled himself well in social situations, and polished his army to perfection on the parade ground, he didn’t win battles. General Grant was occasionally drunk, almost always slovenly, and didn’t always say the right things to the press. He did, however, win battles. Right now our political leadership seems to prefer an army of McClellans to an army of Grants, and the consequences are visible across the Middle East.

From Day 1 of Russian anti-ISIS op in Syria MSM launched anti-Moscow information campaign

Posted October 6, 2015 by joopklepzeiker
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From Day 1 of Russian anti-ISIS op in Syria MSM launched anti-Moscow information campaign – FM

Published time: 6 Oct, 2015 12:03

Edited time: 6 Oct, 2015 14:39

Source: From Day 1 of Russian anti-ISIS op in Syria MSM launched anti-Moscow information campaign – FM — RT News

Warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces inflict a surgical strike on an ISIS materiel target in Idlib, Syria. © RIA Novosti
The global media are intentionally distorting the objectives of the Russian air operation in Syria, said Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry.

From the very beginning of the military part of the Russia’s counter-terror operation in Syria, which was initiated after the official request of the government of that country, international media launched a powerful anti-Russian campaign,” Zakharova said.

The main accusations voiced by the global media against Russia are of the alleged illegality, irrationality and ambiguity of its actions in Syria.

We face various accusations, namely securing primarily Russian interests in the region, allegedly disguised with fighting Islamic State and other terror groups,” Zakharova said.

Almost immediately Russia was slammed for alleged civilian victims and children’s deaths, the Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson said.

The claims are illustrated with photos and videos that actually either are outdated or have no relation to the subject or the region,” she pointed out.

READ MORE: RT fact checks 4 media fails on Russia’s anti-ISIS op in Syria

Maria Zakharova recalled Moscow’s reaction to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US, pointing out that Russia was one of the first countries that offered Washington help.

We perceived the pain of the American people as our own. When Washington declared there was a challenge to their national security, we, knowing what terrorism really is, we supported the US in all ways without posing questions whether those terrorists were bad or good,” the spokeswoman said.

She urged all countries to maintain direct contact with Moscow to avoid any ambiguities or uncertainties about Russia’s operations in Syria.

When it is ‘possibly, probably or it seems,’ you can always pick up the phone and make it clear with us,” Zakharova said, adding that Moscow is open to have consultations at “any moment.”

Russia is not planning to join the US-led antiterrorist coalition, as it views its actions as illegitimate since neither the UN Security Council nor the Syrian government have given their approval for military actions inside the country, Zakharova also said.

READ MORE: Putin: Claims Russian jets killed civilians in Syria emerged before airstrikes started

We cannot take part in unlawful operations. We stood the same ground 10 years ago, at the time of the Iraqi campaign – and we were proved right,” Zakharova said. “Our stance remains unaltered: we won’t take part in unlawful campaigns. With both the UNSC’s decision and Damascus consent’s missing – we are staying out of this.

Russia has launched its air operation in Syria to protect its national security interests, the Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman stressed.

It is a true matter of national security for us. We have lived through this [terror] and we do not want the situation with international terrorism to repeat [in Russia], it’s too painful for us,” Zakharova said.

The Russian Defense Ministry is demonstrating an unprecedented level of openness lately, particularly when it comes to the operation in Syria, the spokesperson noted.

We’re open to contacts of military experts and in case there are any concerns – we’re ready to look into them,” Maria Zakharova said.

The spokesperson ruled out any possibility of a ground operation of the Russian military in Syria.

Russia has ‘substantial’ number of troops inside Syria, says Nato secretary-general

Posted October 6, 2015 by joopklepzeiker
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Russia has ‘substantial’ number of troops inside Syria, says Nato secretary-general

Lizzie Dearden

Tuesday 6 October 2015 10:25 BST 188 comments

Source: Russia has ‘substantial’ number of troops inside Syria, says Nato secretary-general | Middle East | News | The Independent

Here we go again !

Did we not here this before and proved by false pictures  in the Ukraine ?

Vladimir Putin has previously said there will be ‘no Russian boots on the ground’ in Syria AFP/Getty Images.

Russia has built up a “substantial” military presence including ground troops in Syria, according to the Nato secretary-general.

Jens Stoltenberg told journalists that Vladimir Putin’s forces have not mainly been targeting Isis, but other opposition groups.

“I will not go into any specific numbers but I can confirm that we have seen the substantial build-up of Russian forces in Syria – air force, air defences but also ground troops in connection with the air base they have,” he continued.

A Russian pilot climbs from an SU-25M jet fighter at Hmeimim airbase in Syria

“And we also see increased naval presence of Russian ships and naval capabilities outside Syria or in the eastern part of the Mediterranean.

“So there has been a substantial military build-up by Russia with many different kinds of capabilities and forces, over the last weeks.”

Mr Putin previously said that he had no plans to deploy ground troops in Syria.

“Russia will not take part in any field operations on the territory of Syria or in other states; at least, we do not plan it for now,” the Russian President told CBS last week.

Mr Stoltenberg said the US has made contact with Moscow to establish ways to ensure Russian planes and jets from the international coalition fighting Isis do not clash during their missions over Syria.

But relations with Turkey seemed less cordial after Russia’s Air Force reportedly violated its airspace on Saturday and Sunday.

Mr Stoltenberg said the reported incidents were “very serious“, adding: “It doesn’t look like an accident, and we’ve seen two of them over the weekend.”

Russia’s defence ministry said the first incursion was unintentional and lasted only “a few seconds” as a fighter jet approached a Syrian air base just over the nearby border in bad weather.

There were reports of air strikes in the Isis-held city of Palmyra today, targeting the jihadist group’s vehicles and weapons, as the Kremlin’s campaign continued today.


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