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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  KiloGolf on Thu Dec 29, 2016 7:46 pm

    meanwhile, someone's having a good laugh. Laughing

    Dressed Like Santa, American Pilots Delivered Bombs to Islamic State



    On Dec. 26, 2016, the U.S. Air Force released two pictures of an F-16 from the Vermont Air National Guard’s 134th Fighter Squadron on a mission over Iraq or Syria. Over the Christmas weekend, members squadron were flying strikes against Islamic State from Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates. The jet had a full load of eight GPS-guided Small Diameter Bombs under its wings along with air-to-air missiles for self defense. But the most eye-catching detail was an unusual piece of gear the pilot was wearing — an iconic red-and-white hat over his or her helmet.

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    On Christmas Day, coalition crews blew up small “fighting positions” near Raqqa in Syria — Islamic State’s de facto capital in that country — as well as Mosul in Iraq. These targets could have been in and around built-up urban areas with civilians still living nearby. ilots likely would have needed bigger weapons to destroy the other targets, which included bridges, warehouses, heavy construction equipment and undefined “tactical vehicles,” as well as vehicles rigged up for suicide attacks. Islamic State has turned cars, trucks and even captured armored vehicles into huge, mobile bombs.

    Attack and bomber aircraft took part in the missions, in addition to fighters such as the F-16, according to the Pentagon. A-10 Warthog attackers and their massive 30-millimeter cannons, missiles and bombs and lumbering B-52 Stratofortresses loaded with 2,000 pound bombs would have been ideal for taking on these larger and more heavily-armored targets.

    https://warisboring.com/dressed-like-santa-american-pilots-delivered-bombs-to-islamic-state-f03fdcfa8fb0#.v6ttpk8pd
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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  eehnie on Thu Dec 29, 2016 7:56 pm

    Russia is fighting vs Turkey and their allies.

    They are news of rebels evacuated from Aleppo going to reinforce the Turkish troops in Al-Bab:

    http://www.dailysabah.com/war-on-terror/2016/12/28/fsa-fighters-evacuated-from-aleppo-to-boost-fight-in-al-bab

    FSA fighters evacuated from Aleppo to boost fight in al-Bab

    Following the completion of the evacuation process in Aleppo, with tens of thousands of civilians as well as opposition fighters transported from the eastern parts of the city to opposition-controlled areas in and around Idlib, the moderate opposition from Aleppo is preparing to support Operation Euphrates Shield, which continues apace in northern Syria's al-Bab province.

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    [Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan] Kurtulmuş also dismissed claims that Russian fighter jets have been supporting Turkish military-backed opposition fighters in the al-Bab offensive.

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  zorobabel on Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:18 pm

    Ahrar al Sham and Nour al Din Zinki have reportedly rejected the truce agreement.
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    Post  calm on Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:45 pm

    Video: Footage of Turkish brand OTOKAR Cobra type armoured vehicle captured by #ISIS in #Al_Bab
    https://twitter.com/Jakoben1789/status/814569361549721600
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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  PapaDragon on Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:02 am

    zorobabel wrote:Ahrar al Sham and Nour al Din Zinki have reportedly rejected the truce agreement.

    Good. I expected them to get erased later when they inevitably do something retarded but this way they helped VKS skip a few steps.

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  JohninMK on Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:02 am

    PapaDragon wrote:
    zorobabel wrote:Ahrar al Sham and Nour al Din Zinki have reportedly rejected the truce agreement.

    Good. I expected them to get erased later when they inevitably do something retarded but this way they helped VKS skip a few steps.
    Guess at about 20,000 of them. That's nearly 1.5M virgins gonna be needed.
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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  calm on Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:15 am

    How stupid...

    BREAKING: Jihadists broke ceasefire and attacked Tal Biju using the ceasefire to creep towards SAA checkpoints. Clashes ongoing #Hama now

    Unconfirmed reports that Syrian Army has withdrawn from Tal Bijo after heavy clashes with jihadists. North #Hama

    https://twitter.com/Souria4Syrians/status/814619124080984068
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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  franco on Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:41 am

    calm wrote:How stupid...

    BREAKING: Jihadists broke ceasefire and attacked Tal Biju using the ceasefire to creep towards SAA checkpoints. Clashes ongoing #Hama now

    Unconfirmed reports that Syrian Army has withdrawn from Tal Bijo after heavy clashes with jihadists. North #Hama

    https://twitter.com/Souria4Syrians/status/814619124080984068

    And they apparently are also going after the members of the 7 groups joining the ceasefire.
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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  PapaDragon on Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:09 am

    franco wrote:
    calm wrote:How stupid...

    BREAKING: Jihadists broke ceasefire and attacked Tal Biju using the ceasefire to creep towards SAA checkpoints. Clashes ongoing #Hama now

    Unconfirmed reports that Syrian Army has withdrawn from Tal Bijo after heavy clashes with jihadists. North #Hama

    https://twitter.com/Souria4Syrians/status/814619124080984068

    And they apparently are also going after the members of the 7 groups joining the ceasefire.

    Those 7 groups have a phone. This would be good time to dial 1-800-VKS and drop a dime on locations of that merry band of mischievous misfits. Twisted Evil

    Would do wonders for rebel unity...
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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  VladimirSahin on Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:19 am

    PapaDragon wrote:
    franco wrote:
    calm wrote:How stupid...

    BREAKING: Jihadists broke ceasefire and attacked Tal Biju using the ceasefire to creep towards SAA checkpoints. Clashes ongoing #Hama now

    Unconfirmed reports that Syrian Army has withdrawn from Tal Bijo after heavy clashes with jihadists. North #Hama

    https://twitter.com/Souria4Syrians/status/814619124080984068

    And they apparently are also going after the members of the 7 groups joining the ceasefire.

    Those 7 groups have a phone. This would be good time to dial 1-800-VKS and drop a dime on locations of that merry band of mischievous misfits. Twisted Evil

    Would do wonders for rebel unity...

    The phone call should be through a open line so the caller can be tracked as well Twisted Evil
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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  KoTeMoRe on Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:56 pm

    announcement made for a troop cut-back from Syria and PK's going in. Among the countries going in, Egypt has been "confirmed" as a force.

    I like how Russia does this. Meanwhile strikes aren't going to stop...Hilarious.
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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  calm on Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:12 pm


    https://twitter.com/WithinSyriaBlog/status/814834592922398720



    SAA finally liberates Sharifah village after clashes with IS, jus west of T4 airbase.
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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  calm on Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:25 pm

    Russia and Turkey imposing a ceasefire but how long can it hold? Turkey humiliated at the gates of al-Bab

    https://elijahjm.wordpress.com/2016/12/30/russia-and-turkey-imposing-a-ceasefire-but-how-long-can-it-hold-turkey-humiliated-at-the-gates-of-al-bab/

    A general ceasefire was announced by Moscow and Damascus over the entire Syrian territory. The official announcement excluded the “Islamic State” (ISIS) and al-Qaida (Nusra or JabhatFateh al-Sham) and all jihadists fighting on Syrian soil. This statement issued by Russia and Syria has multiple goals, but above all excludes the US administration and any current European role in this Middle Eastern war, regardless of the outcome of the ceasefire. Iran, according to well-connected sources, agrees on the ceasefire but looks at it with suspicion. So the main issue is: how long can this ceasefire hold? Who would feel damaged by its implementation? What would be the reaction on the ground?

    This general ceasefire came with the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of his wish to pull some forces out of Syria, reminding observers of the previous Russian step taken when a similar deal was reached between Moscow and Washington, but failed weeks later, earlier this year.

    This time, however, the ceasefire was not announced by the superpowers (Russia and USA) but by the two main players in Syria, Moscow and Ankara, who both have important control over the most influential militants and soldiers engaged in the Syrian war. The influence role of the US cannot be ruled out, especially if they count on their allies (Saudi Arabia and Qatar) who themselves enjoy significant influence and certainly cannot be excluded from any peace talks.

    Russia has the upper hand over the Syrian Army, Iran and its proxies, while Turkey is capable of exerting considerable pressure over many rebel groups, excluding al-Qaida and some jihadist groups linked to it. Because Russia is dealing with officials representing their respective countries (Damascus and Tehran), its leverage is guaranteed. This may not be the case for Turkey, having to deal with many sub-groups among the jihadists and the rebels, supported by the US and countries of the region, and who would do everything in their power to see Moscow-Tehran-Turkey failing in Syria.

    In fact, Ahrar al-Sham, the biggest group among rebels, is already divided between “Ahrar” and “Jaish al-Ahrar”, showing differences in ideology, belonging and goals. “Jaish al-Ahrar” is more keen to merge with al-Qaida, a step described by Turkey as “self-condemnation to the militants’ own destruction”, because they would thus become a legitimate target for Russia and Turkey in the months to come. If many rebels and jihadists reject the ceasefire, these will weaken Turkey’s position even further, following the stagnation of its forces at the gates of the northern Syrian city of al-Bab.

    Russia may see in Turkey a strong partner due to its influence over rebels and jihadists. If the result turns out to be weak and inefficient, Turkey, a NATO member and a custodian of over 50 US nuclear bombs, will be under Russian influence and Russia will no longer deal with it as a partner but as one of the minor players in Syria.

    Damascus and its allies are watching with great suspicion this general ceasefire, imposed by Russia as a test of Turkish capabilities and influence in Syria. It is in Damascus’ interest to see Turkey sinking into the quagmire of Syria, showing its limitations rather than the image the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wishes to present, as a Middle Eastern superpower and “spokesman” for the region’s Sunnis.

    This is what is pushing Damascus and its allies to reject a Russian proposal to push forces toward Palmyra, under the control of ISIS. In fact, Damascus and its allies would like to allow ISIS to feel less under pressure on that front so its main force will be dedicated to fight Turkey. The Syrian Army and its allies have the task of consolidating the T4 airport and defend it against any ISIS attack. For the rest, the Syrian Army allies are refusing to send forces- as AL RAI have learned – to Palmyra for now. The more Turkey sinks into the war and suffers losses, the better Damascus feels about its intervention in the northern part of the country.

    This doesn’t apply for al-Qaida: Iran is pushing Russia to continue the war in the direction of al-Qaida controlled areas and other jihadists and rebels. The general idea is simple: any conquest of ISIS territory represents no leverage around the negotiation table with Turkey or with the international community. This is not the case of any other territory under the control of rebels and jihadists. The land under their control is preciously negotiated by the Middle Eastern countries involved with their proxies on the ground. Moreover, the weaker that Turkey is represented in Syria, the more it will be dependent on Russia to intervene and offer its own intelligence and air force.

    Turkey lost over 38 officer soldiers (among these the commander of the Turkish Special Forces enaged in Syria) at al-Bab and more than 60 wounded. More than 100 militants of its proxies fighting with the Turkish Army have been killed. Moreover, ISIS is humiliating captured Ankara soldiers and burning prisoners, and announces that more officers were captured and are still in captivity, waiting for a new video to come out. Civilians are suffering from the Turkish Air Force bombing, killing dozens.

    Despite all this, Ankara is announcing its will to establish a “safe zone” in the north. For this to work, it needs Russia, Damascus and the Kurds’ approval because no foreign force could hold the ground in the long term without being subject to insurgency. Damascus will never agree to a long presence of the Turkish forces, neither would Russia. But as long as there is the danger of a possible US intervention to divide Syria (as a façade to its military bases in the Kurdish controlled area), and as long as ISIS is present, Turkey is considered most welcome to bang its head against all its enemies in the north.

    Whatever the outcome is going to be, ISIS’s humiliation of the Turkish army is manifested at the gates of the city of al-Bab (meaning gate or door in Arabic). Over 2000 estimated ISIS members fight one of the strongest armies in the Middle East, and they shake it, forcing Ankara to ask for US air intervention, and forcing Erdogan to implement a total blackout and disinformation on the social media platforms and local media. The aim is to make them refrain from publishing the result of his first battle against ISIS, and is especially manifested when official sources declare that the images of the burned Turkish soldiers (by ISIS) “are fake”.

    Russia is in need of a good partner or even a weak partner to dominate the political chess game in Syria and impose its will, as it has done successfully in a time of war, when peace knocks the doors of Syria. Indeed the ceasefire may not hold for long because many parties involved don’t feel comfortable to laying down their arms before witnessing the real intention of the new US President Donald Trump. Only then can the length of the war in Syria be measured, but this step certainly lies in the path of any peace process.
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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

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    More secretive than my banker, equally lethal...uhuhu

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  JohninMK on Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:27 pm

    But, but, where is all the special gear like what the US SF have?
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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  calm on Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:15 pm

    Remember this picture(first one) during first militants attack on Ramushen? Allegedly SF in 3000 apartments

    Роджер


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    And during second attempt to break the siege
    https://twitter.com/wasc_algonquin/status/814870489185349633
    http://wikimapia.org/#lang=pl&lat=36.172283&lon=37.089232&z=17&m=b


    BMPs destroyed during attack on 3000.
    http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.172248&lon=37.089415&z=16&m=b




    This second offensive failed miserably. Guess why... Cool
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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  KoTeMoRe on Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:24 pm

    One video is of the ambush and liquidation of one Fatah Halab Emir killed like a dog just outside of Aleppo. He was killed with 3 other rats, tired.

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  JohninMK on Fri Dec 30, 2016 10:27 pm

    KoTeMoRe wrote:One video is of the ambush and liquidation of one Fatah Halab Emir killed like a dog just outside of Aleppo. He was killed with 3 other rats, tired.
    Do you mean the video with the obviously ambushed technical in the woods?
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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  KoTeMoRe on Fri Dec 30, 2016 10:49 pm

    JohninMK wrote:
    KoTeMoRe wrote:One video is of the ambush and liquidation of one Fatah Halab Emir killed like a dog just outside of Aleppo. He was killed with 3 other rats, tired.
    Do you mean the video with the obviously ambushed technical in the woods?
    no that one is in Lattakia. It's the flir video with the small Tofas car.

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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  par far on Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:26 pm

    "RUSSIAN SPECIAL FORCES OPERATE ALONG WITH HEZBOLLAH UNITS IN ALEPPO (VIDEO, PHOTOS)".



    https://southfront.org/russian-special-forces-operate-along-with-hezbollah-units-in-aleppo-video-photos/


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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  Big_Gazza on Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:42 am

    KiloGolf wrote:meanwhile, someone's having a good laugh. Laughing

    Dressed Like Santa, American Pilots Delivered Bombs to Islamic State



    But the most eye-catching detail was an unusual piece of gear the pilot was wearing — an iconic red-and-white hat over his or her helmet.
    https://warisboring.com/dressed-like-santa-american-pilots-delivered-bombs-to-islamic-state-f03fdcfa8fb0#.v6ttpk8pd

    Hmmm...  ISIS are nown for not having a well-developed sense of humour....  I can't help wondering if the terrorist scumbag gunmen who shot up the Turkish nightclub on New Years Eve might not have worn Santa outfits as a resuilt of this stunt.  Meh... maybe I'm just being over sensitive.

    The sooner these ISIS (and AQ-affilated Islamist) freaks are exterminated, the better for the collective human race...
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    Post  Hannibal Barca on Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:53 am

    Big_Gazza wrote:
    KiloGolf wrote:meanwhile, someone's having a good laugh. Laughing

    Dressed Like Santa, American Pilots Delivered Bombs to Islamic State



    But the most eye-catching detail was an unusual piece of gear the pilot was wearing — an iconic red-and-white hat over his or her helmet.
    https://warisboring.com/dressed-like-santa-american-pilots-delivered-bombs-to-islamic-state-f03fdcfa8fb0#.v6ttpk8pd

    Hmmm...  ISIS are nown for not having a well-developed sense of humour....  I can't help wondering if the terrorist scumbag gunmen who shot up the Turkish nightclub on New Years Eve might not have worn Santa outfits as a resuilt of this stunt.  Meh... maybe I'm just being over sensitive.

    The sooner these ISIS (and AQ-affilated Islamist) freaks are exterminated, the better for the collective human race...


    and they were flying birds older than Santa Claus himself Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing
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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  Militarov on Sun Jan 01, 2017 3:03 am

    Big_Gazza wrote:
    KiloGolf wrote:meanwhile, someone's having a good laugh. Laughing

    Dressed Like Santa, American Pilots Delivered Bombs to Islamic State



    But the most eye-catching detail was an unusual piece of gear the pilot was wearing — an iconic red-and-white hat over his or her helmet.
    https://warisboring.com/dressed-like-santa-american-pilots-delivered-bombs-to-islamic-state-f03fdcfa8fb0#.v6ttpk8pd

    Hmmm...  ISIS are nown for not having a well-developed sense of humour....  I can't help wondering if the terrorist scumbag gunmen who shot up the Turkish nightclub on New Years Eve might not have worn Santa outfits as a resuilt of this stunt.  Meh... maybe I'm just being over sensitive.

    The sooner these ISIS (and AQ-affilated Islamist) freaks are exterminated, the better for the collective human race...

    Interesting.. Vermont, Green Mountain Boys that is 134th Fighter Squadron of National Guard.

    Those seem then to be Block 30 Vipers.
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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  airstrike on Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:57 am

    Turkey, Russia continue to conduct joint airstrikes against ISIS-held Al-Bab

    http://defense-watch.com/2017/01/02/turkey-russia-continue-to-conduct-joint-airstrikes-against-isis-held-al-bab/
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    Re: Syrian Civil War: News #11

    Post  KiloGolf on Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:26 am

    Militarov wrote:Those seem then to be Block 30 Vipers.

    Yes but not directly as judging by the smoothly built-in bird cutter IFF, in front of the canopy, they could be original Block 50/52s. Apparently ANG Block 30s got very much upgraded to this  F-16C++ standard, which basically means avionics-wise they're nothing like Block 30. Airframe-wise they are.

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