Greece has actually stated it intends to go to war with Turkey over Turkish moves to take oil from Greek waters. There are a few revelations in this briefing with retired CIA Chief of Station, Brad Johnson.
(This was edited and posted very late last night, hence “Bard” instead of Brad.)
This is blatant and ancient war making. very similar to the salting of the Earth, common in ancient wars.
One needs to read the article in full to understand that this act is more than cutting down a few trees. This is an act of war no different than bombing factories that a national economy depends on. And one where it takes three to four generations to rebuild. And that some of these trees are hundreds and hundreds of years old.
Thank you Oz-Rita for this article. There is no way to pretend this is an individual act anymore. This is the muslim world waging war on Europe for the purpose of conquest.
It has been a wild few days on the Greek island of Lesvos. The past few days has seen two gangs of Afghani immigrants battle each other and African immigrants ridicule and cough on police in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, as reported by Greek City Times.
However, if these incidences were not enough, 5,000 olives trees were cut from their roots by illegal immigrants from the infamous Moria migrant camp, to the north of Lesvos’ capital city of Mytilene.
Olive trees take approximately 65-80 years to reach stable yields, meaning that the destroyed trees are a major blow to the local economy. Olive exports amount to about US$700 million every year to the Greek economy.
C. offers this related material
Interesting. That’s straight from the al-Qaeda playbook:
Chopping down trees was also mentioned in muslim scripture. The Meccans chopped down palm trees during the siege in Medina, if I’m not mistaken. It was considered an act of war in Arabian culture, with good reason.
Apart from the historic and theological connotations, it’s of course an act of agroterrorism. The whole refugee push is of course economic warfare as well. Apart from the cost of housing these people, it killed off tourism in Greece. Who wants to go to Lesbos now?
Btw, Erdogan supports the BM. I vaguely recall the BM endorsed attacking trees in the past, but I’m not sure.
Arson / pyro-terrorism is quite commom of course, it’s an accessible, unsophisticated technique, and it’s easy to get away with.
Israel suffered forest fires in ’18, set off by Hamas’ incendiary kites.
— RT (@RT_com) September 1, 2019
According to Lebanese reports the Kornet anti-tank missile was fired towards #IDF vehicles along the border with #Lebanon. #Israel's military says following attack residents within 4 km of the border stay in homes and open their shelters.
— Anna Ahronheim (@AAhronheim) September 1, 2019
Video: Hizb’allah targets what it claims is an Israeli military facility
Now #breakingnews #Israel says “IDF: Initial report- A short while ago, an anti-tank missile was launched from Lebanon towards Avivim. Details to follow.” See map and photo from Israel TV #happeningnow #BREAKING pic.twitter.com/xjXsUhD1v0
— Seth Frantzman (@sfrantzman) September 1, 2019
Our reader Yucki tells us that the missile used, a Kornet, is an expensive and effective, laser guided missile with a range of of 5.5 Km (About 3 miles)
Around one hour ago, I held a consultation with the Chief-of-Staff and with IDF generals. We were attacked with several anti-tank missiles. We responded with 100 shells and firing from the air by various means. We are considering the next steps. pic.twitter.com/VTPRH7p4X3
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) September 1, 2019
The following tweet is from the state propaganda organ, one which Trudeau’s brother worked for or still works for, Press TV:
— Press TV (@PressTV) June 13, 2019
The two tankers were targeted Thursday morning in the Gulf of Oman, the same waterway where four commercial ships were attacked last month.
The attacks have ratcheted up existing tensions in the region, where Iran has long been at loggerheads with Saudi Arabia and the UAE — most recently over the civil war in Yemen.
(The Yemeni war is a war of manifest destiny by Iran, using their proxy, the Houthis as they would, Hizb’allah in the regions near Israel and abroad.)
The US Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet assisted after receiving two distress calls.
Responding to the incident, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said Britain is seeking to establish the facts of what happened while the UK Maritime Trade Operations, which is part of the Royal Navy, urged “extreme caution”.
Front Altair, owned by Frontline, was carrying 75,000 tonnes of petroleum product naphtha and was headed to Taiwan.
Click over to the Express article, it’s the most informative so far.
— RT (@RT_com) June 13, 2019
Thank you Johnny U., Wrath off Khan, and all who sent in materials on what could be a flashpoint event.
INDIAN warplanes have bombed suspected militant camps inside Pakistan, following a suicide attack which killed at least 40 paramilitary soldiers last week, according to the country’s military.
The Pakistani airforce scrabbled its own jets in response.
The attack took place over the line of control, which separates the Indian and Pakistani controlled sections of Kashmir.
On Twitter Indian Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat commented: “Air Force carried out aerial strike early morning today at terror camps and completely destroyed it.”
There are no reports thus far of any casualties.
Pakistan’s military said Indian military aircraft had crossed into its territory in the disputed Kashmir region and “released a payload”.
Twelve Mirage 2000 warplanes dropped 1,000kg bombs on militant training camps according to sources speaking to The Times of India.
Pakistan plans retaliation’
Its been this kind of day
The Ukrainian president calls for emergency session of his war cabinet after accusing Russia of capturing three of its ships.
Ukraine says Russia has opened fire on its ships in the Black Sea and captured three vessels.
Two sailors have been wounded after two small armoured artillery boats were hit in the strikes, the Ukrainian navy said.
A statement from Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK said Russian special forces had captured three ships in an “act of aggression”.
UPDATE: Russian claim Ukraine violated its territorial waters
The conference rejected my suggestion to add the letters, “LOL” after the title topic for this amazing gathering but I can forgive them for that.
This is the first of a series of videos coming from this event which has taken much longer to present as the Government of Canada has decided that overnight by FEDEX really means sometime the following week. Fortunately there is thing called the internet and while the government spins its square wheels on muddy roads the video found its way to the editor anyway. FWIW the camera card is still not here.
Later today, we are hoping for Stephen Coughlin.
1. Turkey feels that Russia should appologize for having its jet and rescue copter shot down and its pilots killed by Turkey and Turkish agents
2. I am not at liberty to say where I got the following bit of information at the moment but it is a source I know and I hope to have an interview with the source soon.
Meanwhile, the text below is verbatim from my email:
a message to me:
Xxxxxxxx, Turkish MIT & CIA have been working together for a few years. There is an entire warehouse full of weapons in Adana that belongs to the U.S. Consulate.
I’ll try to arrange an interview with someone that worked there.
3. In the article that was written in the spring, and which the Turkish government took down and only today, arrested the journalists who wrote it, (who may face life in prison now) the basic story ran that Erdogan was using the Turkish secret service to run large amounts of weapons and ordnance to the Islamic State fighters known as Turkmen.
Here is an article on who they are as related to the downing of the Russian jet and rescue heli
After Turkish forces shot down a Russian Su-24 warplane on the Turkey-Syria border on Tuesday morning, disturbing reports emerged that members of a Syrian rebel group claimed to have killed the Russian pilots as they descended with parachutes after ejecting from their destroyed plane.
“Both of the pilots were retrieved dead. Our comrades opened fire into the air and they died in the air,” Alpaslan Celik, a rebel commander, told Reuters.
To understand why Celik’s rebels would even claim to do this, you need to know a little bit about who they are. These rebels aren’t part of Syria’s Arab majority: They’re Turkmen, an ethnically Turkish minority in Syria that plays a unique role in the Syrian conflict — one that may have had something to do with the downing of Russia’s aircraft in the first place.
(This begs a lot of questions even if true, which Ezra dealt with well in his video of yesterday)
Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan exchanged accusations of treachery and slander on Thursday, as the diplomatic fall out of Turkey shooting down a Russian warplane continued to mount.
The public recriminations came as Russia prepared to impose a swathe of punishing economic sanctions against Turkey, including abandoning a flagship pipeline project and a $20 billion nuclear power deal.
A Turkish fighter jet shot down a Russian SU-24 bomber as it carried out a mission against rebel fighters near the Syrian-Turkish border on Tuesday morning. Turkey claims the Russian aircraft violated its airspace, while Russian officials say the shooting down happened over Syrian territory.
Thank you Shabnam, CB Sashenka, M., Yucki, Wrath of Khan, and more.
I get that you are afraid of large scale black rioting if you impeach Obama and remove him from office. But I would ask you to weigh the costs of that against his engineering a military loss to the Islamic State or to Russia or a nuclear exchange. Unthinkable? Ask yourselves if I had said 9 years ago that we would find ourselves where we are today if that was also unthinkable. We know that the ROE in every conflict under Obama against religious muslims either by design or by accident has guaranteed a loss. In Iraq, Afghanistan and now against the IS. The only battles the US won created space for the IS to assimilate such as Libya and in a way, Egypt.
Turkey shooting down a Russian fighter strikes me as a move designed to put major powers in between the Russians and the Islamic State. So the cost of impeachment of Barack Obama may be immeasurably lower than the cost of keeping him in for another year.
Turkey has shot down a Russian military jet which it says violated its airspace near the Syrian border.
The Russian Defence Ministry and Turkish Presidency, quoted in Russian and Turkish media reports, have both described the plane as Russian, and video posted by the Haberturk TV station appeared to show the jet coming down in flames.
A military official, quoted by Turkey’s Dogan news agency, said the plane was shot down by Turkish F16s, and that the pilot was given prior warning.
Various reports described the plane as coming down in hostile Syrian territory, and the fate of the two pilots on board was unknown.
(Video of take down and more photos at link above)
The photo below is alleged to be of the Russian pilot shot to death by captors as he attempted to maneuver his landing into safe territory
Pilot identified here:
There is currently disagreement on where the Russian aircraft was when it was shot down. But one thing is for sure. Whatever muslim filmed it, was delighted by it.
UPDATE: Video showing cluster of delighted religious muslims surrounding body of dead Russian pilot
Putin Press conf.
(Where would these dune dwellers get weapons that can defeat Russian counter measures?)
More than 40 Syrian insurgent groups including the powerful Islamist faction Ahrar al-Sham have called on regional states to forge an alliance against Russia and Iran in Syria, accusing Moscow of occupying the country and targeting civilians.
The insurgents, including rebel groups under the umbrella of the Free Syria Army, said such regional cooperation was needed to counter “the Russian-Iranian alliance occupying Syria”.
Last week Russian jets based in western Syria launched air strikes against targets Moscow has identified as bases of the hardline Islamic State group, but which President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents say disproportionately hit rival, foreign-backed insurgents.
(Salafis and Wahabiis uniting over Russia?)
The spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood attended a ceremony organized by Saudi Arabia in Doha on Friday, signaling an easing of Riyadh’s hostility towards the Islamist movement.
Sheikh Youssef Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born and Qatar-based cleric, whose fiery sermons have strained ties with Egypt and Gulf neighbors, appeared alongside the Qatari prime minister and the Saudi ambassador at an event in Doha to celebrate Saudi Arabia’s national day.
One of Iraq’s most powerful Shia Muslim militias said on Monday it fully supported Russia’s intervention and air strikes against Islamic State in the Middle East and accused the United States of being indecisive in its campaign against the group.
Naim al-Uboudi, a spokesman for Asaib Ahl al-Haq, said Russia’s air strikes in Syria had already produced results.
“We know that the United States, during the past year and a half was not serious about putting an end to Daesh,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.
Last month, Iraq said its military officials were engaged in intelligence and security cooperation in Baghdad with Russia, Iran and Syria to counter the threat from Islamic State.
4. Edward Snowdon explains how your phone can be controlled by outside agency to a degree that leaves you vulnerable even if you think you have tuned it off.
China will be helping out the Syrian government in the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) by sending “military advisers,” media reports have claimed.
“The Chinese will be arriving in the coming weeks,” a Syrian army official told the Lebanon-based news website Al-Masdar Al-‘Arabi.
The report claims that a Chinese naval vessel is on its way to Syria with dozens of “military advisers” on board. They will reportedly be followed by troops.
The ship is said to have passed the Suez Canal in Egypt and be making its way through the Mediterranean Sea.
(There may be a lot more to this story than is written in this article. If true, it should be known shortly. But the Chinese may invest itself heavily in this situation very quickly)
Sheikh Naeem al-Gaoud told the BBC that members of the Al Bu Nimr tribe were shot dead in the village of Khanizir, in Anbar province, on Sunday night.
He said the tribesmen were killed because they had relatives serving in the Iraqi security forces.
The Al Bu Nimr have played an important role in battling jihadists for years.
POLICE are working on the theory that teen terrorist Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar was acting on the orders of other radicals and was not a “lone wolf’’ killer.
NSW counterterrorism officers are investigating who may have supplied the gun he used to carry out the brutal murder of a civilian staffer at Parramatta police headquarters on Friday afternoon.
“The possibility the teenager was used by extremists is a strong line of inquiry,’’ a senior officer involved in the operation told The Daily Telegraph.
“That includes searching his computers, electronic devices and who he was in contact with on the days leading up to the shooting and on the day itself.’’
(It may not navigate directly there, in which case you have to select the headline above in the right sidebar from where the link takes you)
Two Turkish F-16 fighter jets were harassed by an unidentified MIG-29 for five minutes during a patrol flight on the border with Syria, the Turkish General Staff has stated.
“Ten F-16 fighter jets were patrolling the Turkey-Syria border. During this mission, two of our F-16’s were harassed by an unidentified MIG-29, with a lock on for a total of five minutes and 40 seconds,” said the statement.
Thank you M., Wrath of Khan, Richard, and all.
All comments welcome.