Major military escalations from Russia, USA, China, Philippines

CBS: U.S. watching “escalation of armed confrontation” near Ukraine’s border with Russia

The U.S. military believes a buildup of Russian forces near the border with Ukraine, seen as “concerning” on Tuesday, is likely a training exercise. But the gathering of troops comes amid heightened tension in the region, and Ukraine’s Commander-In-Chief Ruslan Khomchack told his country’s parliament this week that Russian forces from different regions had been assembling near the border.

Russia’s president has acknowledged an “escalation of armed confrontation” in the region.

Training exercises were always a possible explanation for the buildup, but a U.S. defense official told CBS News that the locations and types of units seen on the ground didn’t line up with what the Russian Ministry of Defense had announced last month.   

China vs. Philippines | Dangerous Dispute in South China Sea

 

Ballisitc Missile hits oil tankers at Al Hamran northwest of Manbij in Syria

Ballistic missile strikes have hit oil tankers and markets across northern Syria on Friday, according to reports.

At the time of publication, reports are indicating that strikes were carried out by either Russian or Syrian government forces, specifically against oil markets controlled by opposition forces in northern Syria. Moreover, the reports are conflicting about whether the missiles were the Syrian Army’s OTR-21 Tochka-U or the Russian’s Iskander.

<b>The strikes killed one person and injured 10 others</b>, a war monitor and a source from the Turkey-backed faction that controls the region told The Jerusalem Post.

One strike reportedly hit oil tankers in al-Hamran, which is near Jarablus and northwest of the northern Syria town of Manbij, resulting in a massive explosion.

The exact location of theses strikes was determined as the al-Hamran crossing between the TFSA (Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army) and SDF-controlled (Syrian Democratic Forces) areas, according to a report. The supposed target were reportedly trucks smuggling oil.

Three missiles hit the al-Hamran crossing, according to Syrian journalist Mohamed Rasheed, “causing huge explosions and burning fuel vehicles at the targeted place.”

(There is more of importance at source link. Please click through)

 

Brad Johnson: “We are at war with China in all ways except actual shooting”

This interview was recorded on December 16, 2020 but was just edited and published now. There is not a word that is outdated however.

Here is the segment CBC posted back when it was not fully the voice of the COMINTERN and had some interests in the existence of Canada as a polity separate from communist China. A small part of this I edited into the Brad Johnson interview.

Below, China Uncensored video from December 28 2020 on Canada’s pro-China deep state (Anti-state is a much better word for it)

Three authoritative articles on the massive attack on Western systems

1. From an excellent source:

2. The Strategic Implications of SolarWinds

(Article from left leaning site, but we are told, this is a good summation. Apparently, ONLY the Penatgon has not been hit.)

Recent reports of a widespread Russian cyber infiltration across U.S. government networks are a sign of how great power competition will play out in the 21st century. The new great power game is digital, with the shadowy alleys and cafes of Cold War spy games replaced by massive data breaches and compromising corporate security. Some strategies see this world as dominated by offensive operations—but the SolarWinds case suggests the opposite. The U.S. Cyber Solarium Commission, on which we served, found that the future of cybersecurity strategy will come to rely on layered cyber deterrence to enable defensive denial operations, international entanglement and cost imposition when aggressors defy the norms of the international system. The SolarWinds hack emphasizes the importance of implementing this strategy. 

It’s simpler to list the agencies that have not been caught up in the SolarWinds infiltration, which was run by Russian hacking group APT29 under the umbrella of the Russian intelligence services, the SVR. So far, only the intelligence community has not been reported to have been breached. 

3. Advanced Persistent Threat Compromise of Government Agencies, Critical Infrastructure, and Private Sector Organizations

Summary

This Alert uses the MITRE Adversarial Tactics, Techniques, and Common Knowledge (ATT&CK®) version 8 framework. See the ATT&CK for Enterprise version 8 for all referenced threat actor tactics and techniques.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is aware of compromises of U.S. government agencies, critical infrastructure entities, and private sector organizations by an advanced persistent threat (APT) actor beginning in at least March 2020. This APT actor has demonstrated patience, operational security, and complex tradecraft in these intrusions. CISA expects that removing this threat actor from compromised environments will be highly complex and challenging for organizations.

One of the initial access vectors for this activity is a supply chain compromise of the following SolarWinds Orion products (see Appendix A).

  • Orion Platform 2019.4 HF5, version 2019.4.5200.9083
  • Orion Platform 2020.2 RC1, version 2020.2.100.12219
  • Orion Platform 2020.2 RC2, version 2020.2.5200.12394
  • Orion Platform 2020.2, 2020.2 HF1, version 2020.2.5300.12432

Note (updated December 19, 2020): CISA has evidence that there are initial access vectors other than the SolarWinds Orion platform. Specifically, we are investigating incidents in which activity indicating abuse of SAML tokens consistent with this adversary’s behavior is present, yet where impacted SolarWinds instances have not been identified. CISA is working to confirm initial access vectors and identify any changes to the TTPs. CISA will update this Alert as new information becomes available.

Thank you ML for these materials. 

Armenia – Azerbaijan war events today

Thanks to X and C:

URGENT: Azerbaijani military bombs civilian passenger bus in Armenian town of Vardenis
https://armenpress.am/eng/news/1029388.html

Armenia tells bitter enemy Azerbaijan to brace for ‘HARSH RESPONSE’ as civilian bus hit & set on fire in new cross-border strikes
https://www.rt.com/russia/501997-armenia-bus-azerbaijan-shelling/

I’ve seen the claim in dutch media  that this bus wasn’t civilian, but was transporting volunteers to the front. No confirmation yet.

Solid evidence shows Azerbaijani attack on Artsakh was thoroughly planned
https://www.panorama.am/en/news/2020/09/29/Azerbaijani-attack-Artsakh/2370305

Azerbaijan attacks residential area in Artsakh capital with BM-21 Grad
https://www.panorama.am/en/news/2020/09/29/Azerbaijan-attack-residential-area/2370205

Videos from the frontlines in Nagorno Karabach.

Helmet cam footage of an Armenian soldier, being shelled by Azerbaijan forces:

Also, cyberwarfare:
“Monte Melkonian Cyber Army” leaked data from Azerbaijani governmental emails
https://www.panorama.am/en/news/2020/09/29/Monte-Melkonian-Cyber-Army/2370362

Erdogan: Armenia biggest threat to peace in region
Turkey pledged support for Azerbaijan as it has a military base in the country
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200928-erdogan-armenia-biggest-threat-to-peace-in-region/

Armenia’s defence ministry says warplane shot down by Turkish F-16 fighter jet
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-armenia-azerbaijan-turkey-jet-idUSKBN26K2KK

Turkey and Azerbaijan Deny Turkish F-16 Fighter Shot Down Armenian Su-25 Attack Jet
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/36799/turkey-and-azerbaijan-deny-turkish-f-16-fighter-shot-down-armenian-su-25-attack-jet

Israel defence company sells ‘suicide drone’ to Azerbaijan
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190111-israel-defence-company-sells-suicide-drone-to-azerbaijan/

Israeli Company Allegedly Flew A Suicide Drone On A Real Combat Mission In Azerbaijan
Israel’s Justice Ministry says what the firm described as a “demonstration” was actually a strike that injured two ethnic Armenian fighters.
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/23270/israeli-company-allegedly-flew-a-suicide-drone-on-a-real-combat-mission-in-azerbaijan

Azerbaijani attacking forces suffer more losses – 12 more tanks destroyed by Artsakh
https://armenpress.am/eng/news/1029471.html

Brad Johnson update on Azerbaijani war on Armenia

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.

Brad Johnson update on Greece and Turkey

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.)

A grotesque yet unreported act of war by muslim invaders to Greece

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.

An attack on Greek heritage, migrants chop thousands of olive trees on Lesvos

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.

Please read the rest at Greek City Times.

UPDATE:

C. offers this related material

Interesting. That’s straight from the al-Qaeda playbook:
https://nationalpost.com/news/next-up-on-al-qaeda-hit-list-the-wests-freedom-loving-trees

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.

ISIS surely has:
https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2019/11/08/islamic-state-media-encourages-jihadis-set-forest-fires-u-s-europe/

Arson / pyro-terrorism is quite commom of course, it’s an accessible, unsophisticated technique, and it’s easy to get away with.
https://israelseen.com/2016/12/01/sheri-oz-pyro-terrorism-in-israel-7-points-to-ponder/
http://www.homelandsecurityssi.com/news/entry/forrest-fire-jihad-could-pose-a-significant-risk
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5882793/Three-asylum-seekers-jailed-Sweden-synagogue-arson-attack.html
http://www.nationalterroralert.com/forest-fire-jihad-being-threatened-on-terrorist-websites/
https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/08/video-from-nyc-muslim-sprays-gas-on-floor-sets-massive-blaze-at-staten-island-gas-station
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/November_2016_Israel_fires

Israel suffered forest fires in ’18, set off by Hamas’ incendiary kites.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incendiary_kite

Exchange of tank and artillery fire between Lebanon and Israel

 

Israel retaliated with airstrikes within Lebanon

Video: Hizb’allah targets what it claims is an Israeli military facility

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)