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    Post  ahmedfire on Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:01 pm

    (AP) -- US official: 3 dead, including 2 US troops, and at least 10 wounded in rocket attack in Taji, Iraq.

    If this turns out to be Iranian backed militias, possibly avenging Soleimani’s killing it could be the start of another US/Iranian escalation.



    Two US aircraft carriers in the region at the moment: USS Truman in North Arabian Sea, and USS Eisenhower just pulled into the Red Sea.


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    Post  nomadski on Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:37 pm

    Nobody claimed responsibility for this attack. It could have been anyone. But as predicted, even if source of attack unknown. The Yanks / Brits target the PMU position in border area. Interesting choice of target. I am sure there are other PMU targets in Iraq. But they choose to hit the border post. They are sending a signal to Iraq. Border with Syria closed for you. But open for us to send arms to SDF. Even if PMU  in Iraq, and Iraqis wanted to ignore the yank presence in Iraq. They can not do this now. It means, giving up right to use own borders. So no choice for Iraq, but to push out the Americans.

    https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2020/03/12/2221849/airstrikes-leave-18-iraqi-forces-dead-near-syrian-iraqi-border-area
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    Post  ahmedfire on Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:17 am


    BREAKING: US-led coalition airstrikes are underway against multiple Iranian-backed militia sites in Iraq, according to a US official

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    Post  JohninMK on Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:27 am

    Aa mentioned above, a couple of days ago the US base Camp Taji north of Baghdad was mortared from 15 tubes (3 failed to fire) on the back of a lorry killing 2x US and 1x UK plus 11 wounded. No-one claimed it.

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    Yesterday a US General told the Senate that they knew "with a high degree of certainty" who did it. Today the US released the angels of death, the USAF, onto Kata’eb Hezbollah in particular.

    It is pure coincidence that this will degrade the Iraqi PMU's abilities to target ISIS in Iraq and Syria. It looks like there is going to be open warfare again in Iraq between the US and many of the locals. There was also a report that the US were planning to move AD onto al Asad airbase.


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    Bombing #Iran-backed paramilitary group positions around #Karbala and #Salahaddin is significant. This is the largest amount of force I've seen against Hashd (#PMF) so far. These areas are considered "No fly zones" for #Coalition. Jets may have come from #UAE or #Kuwait


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    The US response will be “proportional” targeting multiple locations used by Iranian backed Shia militias across Iraq and along Syrian border.

    Will be limited to airstrikes: source. Will degrade Shia militia/ Kata’eb Hezbollah ability to strike: US military source.


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    Post  JohninMK on Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:43 am



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    Informed sources confirm targeting the "K1" base in Kirkuk, which is used by the American forces as its headquarters with several missiles in response to the bombing carried out by American planes against the crowd positions

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    Security media: an American assault by air strikes on the areas of Jurf al-Nasr, Mussayyib, Najaf, Alexandria, on the headquarters of the Popular Mobilization, emergency regiments, and the 19th Army Commandos.

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    #BREAKING | #Pentagon
    confirms airstrikes hit five Kataib Hezbollah weapons stores in #Iraq

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    European Austin Radio quotes informed sources that British aircraft participated in the American raids that targeted the resistance and popular crowd sites in several governorates, including the holy Karbala and Babel

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    Bombing the holy Karbala and targeting the Al-Akbar brigade and the Abbasid division indicates that their war is against us all, so do not separate you with the flags.

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    A Pentagon official admits to launching strikes against the sites of the resistance and the popular crowd with planes piloted by pilots, in reference to the use of F-16 fighter jets and an American officer declaring that the goal is to end the ability of the resistance factions

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    Post  JohninMK on Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:03 am


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    The US continue killing Iraqi security forces and can only expect an all-out-war against its occupation forces in #Iraq. All this is happening due to the unlawful #US assassination of Iraqi and Iranian commanders in #Baghdad, imposing the law of the jungle in #Iraq.

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    Iraq parliament decided to expel #US forces from the country. The US rejected the lawful decision of the parliament and therefore is considered an occupation force. Any resistance against the US would be legitimate by local Iraqi.

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    #US is violating the agreement of its presence in #Iraq to defend Iraqi forces against #ISIS and is imposing its own rules. It is up to the Iraqi government to defend the country against occupiers and terrorists, but also against foreign forces violating its sovereignty+
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    Post  nomadski on Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:19 pm

    @ Johninmk

    "......... Fox News....... The US response will be “proportional” targeting multiple locations used by Iranian backed Shia militias across Iraq and along Syrian border.Will be limited to airstrikes: source. Will degrade Shia militia/ Kata’eb Hezbollah ability to strike: US military source......... "


    LOL. How exactly will the war be limited?

    https://youtu.be/pDiEFJS9k24

    Corona virus anyone?  Will that be medium rare or well done? I guess we can call this agent orange proportional....
    One way to limit this war, is to surround these bases. And stop supplies. I guess if the American troops in these bases, have no thanksgiving Turkey  ( bird variety) and morale boosting visits from the orange one ( the non - toxic variety) then they will pack up and go home. Without putting the orange agent one ( the toxic variety) on our head. While the PMU die in Turkey shoot ( the non - bird variety) Bloodless exit.
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    Post  JohninMK on Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:43 pm



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    They killed three Iraqi army soldiers, two Iraqi federal policemen and a civilian worker.
    They also destroyed the civilian airport near Karbala.
    No #KataibHezbollah men were killed.
    That is not "restrain" but a war against Iraq.
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    Post  nomadski on Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:40 am

    I maybe reading too much into it, but why does USA , have to stockpile oil reserves right now?  If supposedly it has enough cracked oil to export liberty gas?  Even the worst estimates for Corona virus, is that only a fifth of workforce may be affected at peak of outbreak. So oil industry will not grind to halt because of corona. But it will grind to a halt, if supply is disturbed. Say by destruction of oil well.  Coincident with this move, we see a price war over oil. But why price war now?  It all seems too much of coincidence that attack in Iraq and escalation should come right now. If they are setting the stage for war, then it makes sense why corona happened so bad in Iran. To disable it. Then start war in Iraq and Syria. Stage oil war to drown Russia economy. Disable China against helping in ME. It all works together. Why else stockpile oil. Unless you want to supply Europe, because supplies will be shut. OMG!
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    Post  JohninMK on Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:00 am

    Sina Toossi
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    The US has shortened the waiver durations for Iraq to continue importing electricity from #Iran without fear of US sanctions. Seems the Trump admin is now deadset on turning Iraqi into a battlefield once more because of the irrational obsession Pompeo & co have against Iran.



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    The US never rebuilt Iraq's electricity grid after the 2003 invasion.

    Today, one-third of Iraq's power depends on imports from Iran—and the Trump administration wants impose sanctions.

    In 30 days, Iraqi hospitals could go dark during a global pandemic.
    https://bourseandbazaar.com/news-1/2020/3/
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    Post  JohninMK on Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:12 am

    Just put this as a heads up here. Most NATO countries seem to have pulled most or all their assets out of Iraq. This may be due to the virus, Iraq's request that they leave, something else or the suggestion below. We will see.


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    Prepare to see some OSINT accounts spread some fake and unconfirmed news about #Iraq

    Be patient and wait for credible sources

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    Ok so,

    - US has 2 aircraft carriers in the middle east
    - operating with B-52 bombers
    - deployed along patriot air and defence missile systems
    - emptied its embassies in Iraq and Lebanon
    - semi-mobilized its reserves
    - Entire world in state of martial law

    All this for COVID19?

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    Big escalation coming.

    US and UK emptied all non-essential assets from Iraq and Lebanon in preparation earlier in the week. The decision seems to be final.


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    The US is preparing itself to go to war with Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces, which is part of the Iraqi Armed Forces. (so basically, the US is going to war with Iraq) | New York Times.
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    Post  ahmedfire on Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:02 am

    US deploys Patriot air defense system to Iraq

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    Post  JohninMK on Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:00 pm

    Interesting cost/strike ratio Laughing

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    Patriot Defense Battery Intercepts Two Missiles Just One Day After Deployment In Iraq https://southfront.org/patriot-defens
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    Post  Isos on Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:49 pm

    Its their own Tor-M1 lol1
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    Post  GarryB on Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:04 am

    Except Tor is a much smaller lighter and cheaper missile that is command controlled rather than ARH...
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    Post  Rodion_Romanovic on Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:49 pm

    GarryB wrote:Except Tor is a much smaller lighter and cheaper missile that is command controlled rather than ARH...

    By the way, do we have public data about the cost of a missile from a Tor M1 system and a missile from a pantsir system (in case of pantsir, I believe there are also maller cheaper missiles for shooting down small drones as well),
    Just to have a comparison?
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    Post  Isos on Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:05 am

    GarryB wrote:Except Tor is a much smaller lighter and cheaper missile that is command controlled rather than ARH...

    It was ironic lol1 .
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    Post  GarryB on Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:41 am

    I am surprised they haven't developed a special gold plated PAC-4 designed especially to intercept grad rockets and mortar bombs in flight... only 20 million a missile...
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    Post  Isos on Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:24 am

    GarryB wrote:I am surprised they haven't developed a special gold plated PAC-4 designed especially to intercept grad rockets and mortar bombs in flight... only 20 million a missile...

    Yep it would be perfect with a field of view of 5°.

    Joke aside, this patriot is an easy target for iranian militias. They just need to send one of those very precise iranian BM or drone behind the radar and destroy it. The system is in the middle of Iraq surrended by desert. Plenty of space to send a civilian truck with a BM mounted on the back.
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    Post  Rodion_Romanovic on Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:55 am

    Isos wrote:
    GarryB wrote:I am surprised they haven't developed a special gold plated PAC-4 designed especially to intercept grad rockets and mortar bombs in flight... only 20 million a missile...

    Yep it would be perfect with a field of view of 5°.

    Joke aside, this patriot is an easy target for iranian militias. They just need to send one of those very precise iranian BM or drone behind the radar and destroy it. The system is in the middle of Iraq surrended by desert. Plenty of space to send a civilian truck with a BM mounted on the back.
    So you mean that it is on its own and without any shorad system to protect it?
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    Post  Isos on Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:05 am

    Rodion_Romanovic wrote:
    Isos wrote:
    GarryB wrote:I am surprised they haven't developed a special gold plated PAC-4 designed especially to intercept grad rockets and mortar bombs in flight... only 20 million a missile...

    Yep it would be perfect with a field of view of 5°.

    Joke aside, this patriot is an easy target for iranian militias. They just need to send one of those very precise iranian BM or drone behind the radar and destroy it. The system is in the middle of Iraq surrended by desert. Plenty of space to send a civilian truck with a BM mounted on the back.
    So you mean that it is on its own and without any shorad system to protect it?

    They have a CRAM I think in the base. I heard that on twitter, not reliable source. That's a CIWS, good luck protecting your Patriot with that against BM.

    Air protection is mostly done by AWACS and f-15 in Iraq.
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    Post  George1 on Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:11 pm

    Isos wrote:
    Rodion_Romanovic wrote:
    So you mean that it is on its own and without any shorad system to protect it?

    They have a CRAM I think in the base. I heard that on twitter, not reliable source. That's a CIWS, good luck protecting your Patriot with that against BM.

    Air protection is mostly done by AWACS and f-15 in Iraq.



    US showcases its might as they test new air defense system in Iraq


    BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The U.S. military is testing a new air defense system at an Iraqi base in the western part of the country, Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV reported on Thursday.

    The Al-Mayadeen report indicated that the central command of the American forces began testing the “Sea Ram” defense system at the ‘Ayn Al-Assad Airbase just hours after the American Patriot system was deployed to the base.

    Al-Mayadeen quoted its correspondent as saying that it was noticed that the American Chinook helicopters had flown in the airspace of Baghdad to transport the new defense systems.

    Furthermore, they quoted Iraqi sources as saying that the American forces at the ‘Ayn Al-Assad Airbase had already conducted tests of the Sea Ram.

    This came hours after these forces deployed the U.S. Patriot air defense system to the American wing at the base in ‘Ayn Al-Assad Airbase, without the approval of the Iraqi official authorities.

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    Post  Isos on Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:40 pm

    It isn't helpfull against a ballistic missile. Patriot hasn't a 360° engagement zone so if the missile come from behind it go through the searam or the Cram.
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    Post  ahmedfire on Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:34 pm

    JohninMK wrote:Interesting cost/strike ratio  Laughing


    A US ally shot down a $200 drone with a $3 million Patriot missile

     lol1

    I guess Yankees are happy because the gonna sell more missile to idiots .
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    Post  GarryB on Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:04 am

    It is a bit of a case where it makes sense to send as many simple cheap drones as possible... whether they intercept them or not is irrelevant... every launch is expensive.

    It is amusing that they are using SeaRam... a naval SAM... just like AEGIS Ashore in europe as their ABM system using naval SAMs as ABM systems... because US AF and Army SAMs are shit.

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