This conflict is more meaningful than what one may expect of a war between two small nations most people have never heard of. This is a proxy war between Turkish people, who are the population of Azerbaijan, and Armenia, where the survivors of the Armenian Genocide by the Turks live. Russia is backing the Armenian Christians and Turkey is backing the Azerbaijani Muslim Turks. This has potential to spread.
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.