Iraq’s PM Abadi orders Air Force on alert as deadline to Turkey looms | Press TV

The order came amid rising tensions between Baghdad and Ankara over the latter’s move on Friday to start the deployment of a battalion in areas close to the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Iraq has strongly condemned the deployment of the Turkish battalion on its territory, branding the uncoordinated move, which began on Friday, a violation of its national sovereignty. Iraq on Sunday gave Ankara 48 hours to withdraw its forces or face “all available options,” including recourse to the UN Security Council. Turkey says the troops were there as part of a so-called training program for local militia battling terrorist groups.

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Russia-Turkey: the value of Syria, prerequisites of the conflict and balance of forces | EurAsia daily

Turkey’s motives are clear:

1. If Turkey gets Syria, it will be able to control all connections between Europe and the Gulf and to bypass the Suez Canal. Meanwhile, in Egypt Turkey has quite a good ally, Muslim Brotherhood.

2. Syria is a spring board for Turkey’s further expansion into the Greater Middle East.

3. The Turks are suffering from trade deficit. So, Syria could be a new sales market for them as well as a bridge to the markets of Jordan and Lebanon.

4. A puppet regime in Syria would cut a big part of Turkish Kurdistan from the outer world.

All this fits well into Erdogan’s Napoleonic plans. Not long ago, the Turks were very close to their goal but the Russian interference stopped them. Today Erdogan has just 14% support for his Syrian policy and is facing the prospect of an almost independent Kurdish autonomy. His neo-Ottoman project is sinking. The partition of Syria was Erdogan’s last chance but that required a compromise with Moscow and Damascus.

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Russian combat operations in Syria November 26 – December 4 | Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

n the course of the last week, November 26 – December 4, the Russian aircraft have performed 431 combat sorties from the Hmeymim airbase making pinpoint strikes on 1458 terrorist objects in the Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Deir ez-Zor and Raqqah provinces.

It is to be emphasized that during all the flights the Russian bombers and attack aircraft were protected by Su-30SM fighters.

In the course of the combat task performance, command and control centres, training camps, ammunition and weaponry depots, strong points of militants of the terrorist groups active on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic were destroyed.

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Russia has stepped up bombing since Turkey downed its aircraft | McClatchy

International observers say for the first time in two years, the YPG and Syrian government forces appear to be cooperating, with the YPG opening a route between the mainly Kurdish Aleppo neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsud to government-controlled parts of the city as part of an effort to control Kastello, a key point on the main road from Aleppo to Turkey. The YPG forces have benefited, according to U.N., Turkish government and rebel officials, from Russian and government airstrikes targeting rebel forces that receive covert military aid from the U.S., West European and Arab states.

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Russian Mystery Submarine Likely Deployment Vehicle for New Nuclear Torpedo | USNI News

Last month the Kremlin leaked its plan to develop the new Status-6 (or Kanyon) strategic weapon under the guise of a state controlled television feed accidentally catching a glimpse of the program overview.

The torpedo, according to the leaked details, is designed to “destroy important economic installations of the enemy in coastal areas and cause guaranteed devastating damage to the country’s territory by creating wide areas of radioactive contamination, rendering them unusable for military, economic or other activity for a long time,” according to a translation of the document by the BBC.

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ISIS takes flight: Terror group training pilots at airbase in Libya | FOX News

“We’re not talking about MIG-31 or F-16 pilots,” he continued. “We’re talking about very basic, rudimentary pilots who can take off in a light plane and crash themselves into the Vatican, for instance. It takes only an hour and a half to cross [the Mediterranean Sea] from Libya to Rome.”

Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told French President Francois Hollande at a meeting in Paris that “Europe must turn its attention to the militants’ rise in Libya.”

Reports of ISIS training pilots out of the Sirte airbase appeared earlier this week in the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper. The paper cited a security official in Libya who said the Libyan Air Force had attempted to destroy ISIS training camps in Libya but had met with limited success, and highlighted the fact that a brand-new aircraft training simulator has been acquired by the radical Sunni terrorist organization as recently as October.

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Is It Time to Expel Turkey from NATO? | The National Interest

Turkey’s rash action in shooting down a Russian plane that apparently violated Turkish airspace for no more than 17 seconds is only the latest incident that should set off alarm bells in other NATO capitals. Ankara’s reckless belligerence was exceeded only by its hypocrisy. Turkish planes violated the airspace of Greece more than 2,000 times in 2014 alone, and 2014 was a typical year for such incidents. Greek officials have long complained that their country must devote a considerable portion of its defense budget to intercept aircraft engaging in such violations. Fortunately, though, Athens has never emulated Turkey’s standard and blasted offending aircraft out of the sky.

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Merkel’s War | Colonel Cassad

Germany goes to war. With no strategy and no chance of success. The main thing is that we will be there. However, the price for it may be high, because it will increase the threat of terrorist attacks in the country.

Satellites and reconnaissance aircraft Tornado, one frigate and a tanker aircraft. We can not say that the scope of Germany’s participation in the Syrian operation is amazing.

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Russia’s Defense Ministry exposes three routes of illegal oil transportation to Turkey | TASS

Russia’s Defense Ministry has exposed three key routes of oil transportation from Syria and Iraq to Turkey, Russian General Staff Main Operations Directorate chief Sergey Rudskoy said Wednesday.

“Three key routes of oil transportation to the territory of Turkey from ISIL gangs-controlled regions of Syria and Iraq have been exposed,” Rudskoy said.

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Clashes in the DNI 11.28.2015 | Colonel Cassad

As a result of direct contact with a house burned down, and the interrupted gas pipeline in the streets Shahtoprohodchikov and Kurchatov. According to the Ministry of Defence of the NPT, under attack as horrible Zaitsev.
Ukrainian security officials on Sunday night fired Oktyabrsky in the Kuibyshev region of Donetsk and Zaitsev north of Gorlovka, interrupted as a result of the pipeline, said the Defense Ministry of breakaway DNI.
“Around 23.30 Ukrainian security forces opened fire on the village of Oktyabrsky, as a result of direct exposure to burned house outside of Czechoslovakia, 103, and interrupted the gas pipeline on the streets and Shahtoprohodchikov Kurchatov”, – quotes the representative offices Donetsk news agency.

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US troops begin training Ukrainian regular forces | Yahoo

Washington (AFP) – US military experts on Monday began training Ukrainian soldiers and special operations forces in the war-torn country, the Pentagon said.

US troops had already deployed in small numbers to Ukraine to train National Guard forces, but under a plan first announced in July they are now helping regular military units.

The US troops “will be training five battalions of active-duty troops and one battalion of special operations forces personnel,” spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said.

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Russia launches electronic warfare over Syria | Christian Today

Responding to Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane, Russian Lieutenant-General Evgeny Buzhinsky said his country will begin using “electronic jamming systems that are based both on the ground and installed on special aircraft.” The defensive weapons are aimed at stopping a similar attack in the future.

“Regarding the possible impact of this incident on the further developments of the operation in Syria, I think that from now on, our pilots will be more attentive and if the Turks continue behaving in such a manner, Russia will have to resort to electronic jamming and other warfare equipment, including special aircraft with special equipment on board, in order to protect our pilots from being stricken with missiles,” Buzhinsky said, according to Sputnik News.

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