It should be noted that this loss may seriously hamper the efforts of Americans in Russia and Syria accused of disrupting the truce, as it is extremely difficult to justify why “peaceful rebels” shoot down military aircraft. Although probably will play the card of that shot down the MiG “in self-defense.” We must understand that in response to normally be followed by the intensification of air strikes on these characters.
The death of Umar al-Shishani, however, might change the situation among the Chechens fighting in Syria. There will most likely be an outflow of Chechens from the IS back to the groups of Amir Muslim al-Shishani and Amir Salahudin al-Shishani. The weakening of the Chechen leadership in the IS and the appointment of Arab commanders for the Chechen fighters will likely cause conflicts among the militants, since the Chechens do not normally consider the Arabs to be authoritative military leaders. Recruits who once would have gone to Syria in hopes of joining Umar al-Shishani’s forces will now seek groups headed by other well-known Chechen commanders. If Umar al-Shishani was indeed killed, it is unlikely that his closest associate, Amir Abdulkhakim al-Shishani (Rustam Azhiev, of the “Caliphate” group) will replace him. Azhiev’s authority among the militants is not high enough to permit him to claim overall leadership automatically.
10 revolutionary organisations from Kurdistan and Turkey have announced the establishment of Peoples’ United Revolutionary Movement as a unity of force and action formed in the wake of discussions ongoing since December.
Representatives of 10 revolutionary organisations attended a joint press meeting in guerrilla zones to announce their alliance with the purpose of stepping up the revolution in all areas including armed struggle against the “collaborative fascist AKP and TC (Turkish Republic) system of sovereignty”.
Commentators have missed the significance of President Barack Obama’s acerbic criticism of Saudi Arabia and Sunni states long allied to the US for fomenting sectarian hatred and seeking to lure the US into fighting regional wars on their behalf. In a series of lengthy interviews with Jeffrey Goldberg published in The Atlantic magazine, Mr Obama explains why it is not in the US’s interests to continue the tradition of the US foreign policy establishment, whose views he privately disdains, by giving automatic support to the Saudis and their allies.
Putin is strong, and Obama is troubled and uncertain. He promised peace, but rivers of blood were shed. He started new wars, failed to withdraw American troops from problematic regions, and hasn’t solved any problems. Europe faces a rather stupid scenario. They supported their big NATO brother, but the results were the opposite: sanctions hurt the Europeans themselves, neo-Nazi Kiev showed its terrible face and became more threatening and insane. And, finally, there is the migrant influx, which is raping everything that moves. But, order and stability is close to Europe, in Russia. Isn’t it time to change your partner?