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US starts providing weapons to Syrian Kurds

US starts providing weapons to Syrian Kurds

by  Jim W. Dean, VT Editor …with Press TV, Teheran

[ Note: We are in kind of an in between situation now with the Syrian war where news outlets are wanting predictions on how various battles will turn out, but there are more balls in the air to juggle now. The “arming the Kurds” issue is a typical example.

Silly me, I would consider giving the Kurds Marine artillery support (a huge number of rounds fired in their support so far) and also air cover as a pretty substantial “arming”. And of course as time comes to get into the dense street fighting in Raqqa, where ISIS will be mostly underground and moving through tunnels, the Kurds need to be armed to effectively attack.

The Iraqi Army has taken huge causalities in Mosul, and more civilians sadly added to the death toll. The Kurds know this, so for morale purposes they have to have all the support they know the US can give them.

At the end of the day General Mattis has already said a 2,000 man Arab police force is being trained to take over security in Raqqa after the battl. In fact he stated that this was the goal everywhere, that the military can be removed because police are capable of providing security. That means they are not anticipating military garrisoning, meaning the Kurds will not be staying. And they may not want to.

They might want to be shifted to facing off the Turks at the northern border, or get a vacation “defending” the Iraqi border from the PMU forces, who are there to stop ISIS infiltration or the Kurds selling ISIS in Iraq supplies.

The wild card here is does the US want to use the Kurds as cannon fodder against the Popular Militias if they come into Syria, with official Damascus invitation, to help defeat ISIS all along the border area which would be a huge victory for Syria and Iraq? But it would also be a defeat for the US coalition that wants the political talks to proceed with Assad under the gun by being ”pre-Balkanized” as much as possible.

We could still see major conflict with the US and its jihadi proxies against the Syrian and Russian forces over control of the Iraqi border. The US militants in the Al-Tanf crossing area were quoted this week as saying, “There is no way we (meaning the US coalition) can let “them” get control of the Baghdad to Damascus highway”.

That would provide a ground route for moving heavy weapons convoys and allied Syrian coalition forces into Southern Syria to face of the substantial armored army the US coalition has in Jordan threatening Damascus. We are facing a very dangerous situation here of triggering a wider war JD ]


Russia Successfully Tests ‘Unstoppable’ Hypersonic Weapon That Travels At Mach 6 Speed Of 4,600MPH

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Russia Successfully Tests ‘Unstoppable’ Hypersonic Weapon That Travels At Mach 6 Speed Of 4,600MPH

by Geoffrey Grider

Russia has launched five successful flights of a hypersonic jet that is capable of destroying an aircraft carrier with a single impact, according to a new report.

The Zircon cruise missile travels between 3,800mph and 4,600mph – five to six times the speed of sound – and puts Russia ‘half a decade’ ahead of the US’, the report says. This makes it faster than any anti-missile system, including those that are expected to appear in the next two decades.

Russian military analyst Vladimir Tuchkov said: ‘In Russia, the testing of actual weapons is already underway. ‘It is expected to be added into Russia’s arsenal between 2018 and 2020’, he told state media outlet Sputnik. ‘A speed of Mach 6 is more than enough of a guarantee to overcome any anti-missile system’, he said.

Experts warn the ‘unstoppable’ projectiles could spell disaster for the Navy’s £6.2 billion ($7.9 billion) aircraft carriers, the HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

The US spends almost $600 billion (£469 billion) a year on its defence budget and boasts the most powerful military in the world.

However, its 19 aircraft carriers would be powerless to stop Zircon cruise missile missiles, according to the report. That would make it impossible for the carrier’s jets and helicopters to reach their target, carry out their mission, and return without running out of fuel – effectively rendering them useless.

‘This includes not only systems that exist today, but those expected to appear over the next two decades. ‘The results that the Americans reached in 2013 were achieved, and even exceeded, by the Soviet Union a long time ago’, he said.

The weapon could be fitted to nuclear-powered cruiser Pyotr Velikiy as soon as 2018, Russian state media reports. It can be fired from land, sea and submarines carrying payloads ranging from high explosive to nuclear.

‘American scientists and engineers will have to strain every nerve just to avoid lagging too far behind Russia in this area’, said Mr Tuchkov.

The Zicron uses Scramjet technology which mixes fuel with air and allows it to burn at hypersonic speeds. That means the projectile can travel at astonishing speeds – covering 155 miles in 2.5 minutes, which is faster than a sniper’s bullet.

The setback is just the latest in a long line of problems with the Royal Navy’s new carriers after a report earlier this month found they were beset with technical issues, facing delays and could go over-budget. source


Secret Service Opens Investigation Into Kathy Griffin Photoshoot That Called For President Trump’s Beheading

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Secret Service Opens Investigation Into Kathy Griffin Photoshoot That Called For President Trump’s Beheading

by Geoffrey Grider

Kathy Griffin’s photograph depicting her holding up a fake, bloodied decapitated head meant to resemble President Donald Trump is now the subject of a United States Secret Service investigation, according to a report.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The anti-Trump liberals have exhibited a seemingly endless display of violent protestscars set on fire, with Trump supporters beaten and bloodied, and store windows smashed. Racial hate-baiters like Maxine Waters and Van Jones call for Trump’s impeachment nearly every day by whipping up their followers with race-filled invectives. This is not free speech, this is domestic terrorism that has held our nation hostage for the past 6 months, and it has to stop. Call CNN – 1 (404) 827-1500 – and demand that Kathy Griffin be removed from their yearly New Year’s Eve television broadcast. You email them as well at cnn.feedback@cnn.com

Law enforcement sources told TMZ that the Secret Service has launched an investigation into “the circumstances surrounding the photo shoot.” On Tuesday, the federal agency took to Twitter and seemingly acknowledged Griffin’s photo, which has been messaged directly at the Secret Service by numerous social media users.

“On it! @SecretService has a robust protective intelligence division that monitors open source reporting & social media to evaluate threats,” the agency tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “Threats made against @SecretService protectees receive the highest priority of all of our investigations. #ProtectionNeverRests,” the Secret Service tweeted an hour later.

On it! @SecretService has a robust protective intelligence division that monitors open source reporting & social media to evaluate threats

— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) May 30, 2017

By Tuesday evening, the Secret Service had issued a longer statement — which did not mention Griffin or her horrific photo.

“The U.S. Secret Service has a critical mission. It is always unfortunate when people make statements that could be perceived as threats,” the statement read, according to ABC News. “We don’t have the luxury of knowing a person’s intent. Each alleged or perceived threat has to be investigated thoroughly which taxes Secret Service manpower and resources that could be utilized elsewhere.”

Backlash toward Griffin came swiftly, with many social media users calling for a boycott of Griffin’s cross-country comedy tour.

The fallout prompted CNN, the network where Griffin has co-hosted a live New Year’s Eve broadcast since 2007, to begin reconsidering the comedian’s role at the network.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper also distanced himself from Griffin, tweeting Tuesday “For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”

President Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that Griffin “should be ashamed of herself” and that her photo had been difficult for his children, including his 11-year-old son, Barron.

Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017

Griffin had initially defended the photo, writing on Twitter that she does “not condone ANY violence” but was “merely mocking the Mocker in Chief.” But the statement did little to quell the near-universal criticism, which prompted Griffin to issue a video apology.

I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong. pic.twitter.com/LBKvqf9xFB

— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017

“I sincerely apologize. I am just now seeing the reaction of these images,” the My Life on the D-List star said in a Instagram video late Tuesday. “I ask your forgiveness. Taking down the image. Going to ask the photographer to take down the image.” source