Russia’s Application of Military Power in Syria | Jamestown

It is unsurprising in this context, that Russia’s greatest military theorist, Army-General (retired) Makhmut Gareev, should offer his perspectives on modern warfare, calling for closing the gap between theory and practice. Gareev returns to a familiar theme, arguing that war is the best way to train an army. Framing his arguments with reference to the Great Patriotic War, in his normal style, Gareev reasserts the notion that Russia’s security is best achieved through the unity of the army and society. He offers opinions on government campaigns to promote patriotism in the nation’s youth before turning to outline threats to Russia. Gareev notes in passing that the United States seems to portray Russia as its main enemy. He briefly considers high-technology developments in modern warfare, admitting they play an important role, including automated command and control, UAVs, as well as weapons based on “new physical principles.” Additionally, he says his Academy of Military Sciences has a role to play in exploring these. But in his view, the tank is not redundant in modern war (Voyenno Promyshlennyy Kuryer, February 24).

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I wonder why people are so angry | Fredrik deBoer

One of American liberalism’s many abundant problems is an ingrained sense that the people it most needs to convince are somehow not worthy of the effort. Well, it’s a terrible mistake to support Trump. But in democracy, your job is to convince the people who believe terrible things to stop. Merely judging them makes you feel better. Convincing them makes the world better. Stokely Carmichael said, “If a white man wants to lynch me, that’s his problem. If he’s got the power to lynch me, that’s my problem.” And if 30 people support a monster like Trump, that’s their problem. If 30 million do, that’s our problem. So decide if you’d rather fix that problem or make yourself feel good by laughing about it.

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Syria: Turkish-Saudi Countermove In Lebanon Threatens Attack On Latakia | Moon of Alabama

A few weeks ago a Saudi prince was imprisoned in Lebanon after being caught loading two tons of amphetamine Captagon pills onto his private plane. There are also rumors that the Saudis recently found a video which showed Hizbullah operators training Yemeni Houthis in intelligence matters. This was seen as a direct attack on Saudi interests. The Saudis cut $4 billion of Saudi paid French weapon aid they had promised to the Lebanese military. A week ago they warned all their citizens to leave Lebanon.

The now caught ship is likely the result of Saudi and Turkish cooperation. The idea is reckless as it could throw Lebanon back into the terrible years of the Lebanese civil war. But the idea is also very bold which lets me believe that its origin is neither Saudi nor Turkish.

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Ukrainian Civil War: Where the Rebels Get Their Weapons, How they Use Them and What Their Most Effective Are | Sic Semper Tyrannis

Especially as the shattering scale of destruction becomes apparent – Poroshenko says that Ukraine lost two-thirds of its military equipment (just one video of dozens) – Westerners who have been misled by the propagandist character of their media outlets are ready to believe that Russia must have been supplying the rebels with weapons and ammunition. While it is likely that some stuff crossed the border, there is another source that few Westerners are aware of.

What most Western commentators do not understand is that the USSR was preparing to fight World War II all over again with huge armies fleshed out with millions of conscripts and reservists. Millions of soldiers need immense quantities of weapons and ammunition and they need them to be ready and waiting for them as they are mobilized Consequently there were arms dumps all over the western USSR. Most of these sites were named as the headquarters of a division which had a skeleton staff in peacetime but would receive a flood of reservists who would find everything they needed to go to war with waiting for them.

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Syrian Army advances on strategic village bordering Idlib | Al-Masdar News

The Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade (commandos) of the Republican Guard are nearing the end of their Latakia operations after they seized the remaining 18 percent of the province that was under the control of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group).

However, one final battle remains before the Syrian Armed Forces can seize the Latakia Governorate’s border with Idlib and enter the strategic Jisr Al-Shughour District after a 10 month hiatus.

While it is not as important as the rebel strongholds of Kinsibba, Salma, or Rabi’iyah, the mountaintop village of Kabani is the final obstacle for the Syrian Armed Forces in the Kurdish Mountains (Jabal Al-Akrad) of northeastern Latakia.

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Turkish Commandos & ISIS Fighters Probe Kurdish Syria, Prep for Invasion. Gregory Copley, Editor Defense & Foreign Affairs | PODCAST

URGENT: From GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs sources embedded with Kurdish forces. Exclusive reports from GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs first-hand sources within Kurdish forces in northern Syria re-ported on February 29, 2016, that some 200 Turkish commando forces, believed to have been attached to the Turkish Second Army, broke the ceasefire in northern Syria on the morning of February 28, 2016, accompanied by approximately 400 fighters from DI’ISH (Islamic State: asad-Dawlah al-Islāmīyah fī al-‘Irāq wash-Shām), attacking the Syrian Kurdish town of Tell Abyad, on the Syria-Turkish border, in the al-Raqqah Governorate. This was the scene, in May-July 2015, of a major Syrian Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units: Yekîneyên Parastina Gel) military success known as the Tell Abyad offensive or Martyr Rubar Qamışlo operation. The new combined Turkish Army/DI’ISH attack on Tell Abyad and YPG positions began at 05.00hrs local on February 28, 2016, and was supported by heavy artillery fire from 24 Turkish Army T-155 Fırtına (Storm) 155mm self-propelled howitzers.

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The condition of the truce | Colonel Cassad

The Russian Federation, the United States, the United Nations as a whole demonstrate satisfaction with the current truce despite occasional shelling and attacks. Russia and Syria were able to continue active combat operations against “Al-Nusra” Do not spray on secondary fronts, the United States had an opportunity to reduce the intensity by insufficient aid critics “green” and focus on the preparation of the spring military campaign against the Khilafah, which must take part in the including the US army. Particularly close cooperation not, as a compromise Armistice was displaced and each side continues to strive for the opposite goals, which should determine the outcome of the Syrian war.

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Short but important | Colonel Cassad

Despite the fact that a considerable part of sectors of the front, where an armistice was concluded, the intensity of fighting has fallen sharply, though the expected recriminations sides of violating the truce followed. Saudi Arabia accused (who would doubt) Syria and Russia in that they violate the truce and threatened to “Plan B” (read foreign intervention. “Russia accuses Turkey of violating the truce, as the jihadists are supported by the Turks attacked the Kurdish town of Tal Abyad and Kurds have a lot of sweat in the battle for the city, where, according to preliminary data for the day more than 100 people were killed in the fighting (is also noted that today after being hit in a police vehicle killed 1 and wounded two Turkish officers.) the US is said that they “watch” and “study”, but do not be surprised if tomorrow or the day after tomorrow in Washington break out a statement that Moscow had violated something.

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