Monday, September 22, 2014

Iraq / Syria Regional War ( September 22 - 23 , 2014 ) Updates , news and views .....US & Arab Partner Nations ( UAE , audis , Bahrain & Jordan ) Begin Airstrikes In Syria --- Pentagon statement on strikes inside #Syria, targeting the Islamic State, Jabhat a-Nusra and Khorasan.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 2:58 PM

Battle for Perpetual War is Won; US Admits Attacks on ISIS Could Last Years; Expect an Accident

Victory Announced in Battle "for" Perpetual War

The warmonger dream of perpetual war has been won: US says Attacks on Isis Could Last Years

No Permission, No Coordination, From "Natural Allies"

Syrian president Assad is fighting ISIS so is the US. Please consider Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister: We're 'Fighting the Same Enemy' 


Obama Threatens Assad if US Planes Downed

Ready to Talk? The US is not ready to talk.  Why talk when the battle for perpetual war has been won?

Instead Obama Threatens Assad if US Planes Downed in Syrian Airspace


Expect an Accident
  1. Assad has no interest in downing a US aircraft. Syria even offered cooperation (not that Syria had much to cooperate with - but at least the position of Assad towards ISIS is credible).
  2. The US responded with a credible threat to flatten Syria's air defense system.
  3. The only group happier than the warmongers with that prospect would be ISIS.
  4. Thus, the top priority of ISIS is now clear. Shoot down any US military aircraft.
  5. If ISIS can succeed or if something (even a friendly fire accident) happens to cause a US pilot to eject, the US will flatten Syria’s air defense system.

Anyone smell an accident coming up?

The US-led coalition is conducting airstrike assault on positions of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) organization on the territory of Syria. The strikes reportedly involve a mix of fighter, bomber and tomahawk land-attack missiles.

Tuesday, September 23

09:21 GMT:
Syria will not stop fighting against Islamic State militants, the country’s Foreign Ministry said, adding that cooperation between Syria and Iraq in combating terrorists remains “at the highest possible level.”
09:20 GMT:
If not agreed with the Syrian government in Damascus, any airstrikes against Islamic State militants in the country will only fuel tensions in the region, the Foreign Ministry said in its statement.
"Any such action can be carried out only in accordance with international law. That implies not a formal, one-sided ‘notification’ of airstrikes but the presence of explicit consent from the government of Syria or the approval of a corresponding UN Security Council decision," the statement said, adding that attempts to violate the sovereignty of countries in the Middle East to achieve Washington’s own geopolitical goals “only exacerbates tensions and further destabilizes the situation."
The Syrian government has issued a statement, expressing its readiness to cooperate with any international effort fighting terrorism.
09:20 GMT:
NATO is not involved in any airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, the alliance said from its headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday. "There is no NATO involvement," an alliance official said in response to a question from
08:47 GMT:

The organizers of the unilateral approaches that rely on force would bear international statutory responsibility for the consequences, commented Russia’s Foreign Ministry on the airstrikes launched by the US-led coalition against the militants of the Islamic State in Syria.

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official Bayan Radio tweets what it claims is first photo of damage in Raqqa, , in US airstrikes
Tweets related to Syria air strikes...

Obama says he isn’t coordinating with Assad on strikes in Syria. So who is his go-between?

US air strikes against Isis and Khorasan in Syria – live updates

airstrikes on in violate Syria’s sovereignty, destabilize situation in region-Russian Foreign Ministry

U.S. told Syrian diplomat about strikes, Assad's government says

US military official: Khorasan group in Syria was hit because it was "nearing the execution phase" of a planned attack on US or Europe.

In addition to combat aircraft & drone strikes in , 2 US vessels in Red Sea & Gulf launched ~50 cruise missiles

Decision to attack will have an adverse effect on rebel ranks, will exacerbate internal conflict, only winner?=Assad

BREAKING: Observatory: U.S.-led air strikes kill 50 Front militants in -

Result airstrikes on in eastern : 's airforce now focus its airstrikes on "moderate rebels" in rest of country

Syrian FM received letter via Iraq from Kerry ahead of strikes: state TV

Pentagon statement on strikes inside , targeting the Islamic State, Jabhat a-Nusra and Khorasan.


Attacks against open the possibility of a new alliance btwn this group & ,no Syrian group could oppose them militarily

IS anticipated the airstrikes,everybody knows much of static facilities were evacuated a while back.JaN clearly didn't anticipate it.

Zero Hedge .....

US & Arab Partner Nations Begin Airstrikes In Syria - Live Feed

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As the broad coalition crumbled, it appears Washington decided there was no time to waste:

NBC News reports the attack includes drones and is expecting to hit up to 20 targets. FOX is reporting Qatar is among the arab nation coalition (along with UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Bahrain), according to Lt. Col. Oliver North, which is rather surprising given their rather well-known support for Al-Nusra.

The bombing of isis was always the easy part. Who takes over was never made clear. And the devil is in the details, always

: instructs its fighters to leave its in ar-Raqqah to the rural areas - Activists

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: The palace of ar-Raqqah governor in destroyed in airstrikes - Activists

Anti War.....

As ISIS Nears Key Syrian Kurdish Town, a Refugee Exodus

100,000 Flee to Turkey, Number Expected to Grow

by Jason Ditz, September 21, 2014
Having taken scores of Kurdish villages in the surrounding area, ISIS fighters are increasingly surrounding the key Kurdish city of Ayn al-Arab, along the Syrian-Turkish border.
Border crossings are always a prize for militants, and ISIS has tried to take Ayn al-Arab repeatedly, leading the various Kurdish militias to mobilize large “calls to arms” to defend the city.
Locals aren’t willing to bet that’s going to work again this time, however, and they are fleeing en masse into neighboring Turkey. An estimated 100,000 civilians have fled Ayn al-Arab already.
That number is expected to rise as ISIS continues to near the city itself, and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) continues to urge Kurds in southeastern Turkey to take up arms to defend the city.

Hezbollah Kills 23 al-Qaeda Fighters in West Syria Drone Strikes

Drone Strikes Were Followed by Ground Offensive

by Jason Ditz, September 21, 2014
In a move that could have far-reaching implications, Hezbollah has launched its first ever drone strikes today against several western Syrian bases belonging to al-Qaeda faction Jabhat al-Nusra, killing 23 fighters.
The strikes targeted bases near the Lebanese border town of Arsal, which has been contested by Nusra, ISIS, and other Syrian Islamist factions off and on in recent months. The strikes were reportedly followed by a ground offensive in which Hezbollah captured several additional fighters.
The capture of the fighters opens up the possibility of Hezbollah negotiating the release of kidnapped Lebanese soldiers held by the Islamist factions, which would go a long way toward improving public opinion of their involvement in the Syrian War in Lebanon.
Hezbollah has been known to have drone technology for awhile, but in the past has only used it for surveillance flights. The move toward drone strikes opens up the possibility of them using drones increasingly in the Syrian War, as well as in future wars with Israel.

Siege at Army Base Ongoing; 175 Killed, 102 Wounded Across Iraq
by , September 21, 2014
At least 175 people were killed across Iraq, and 102 more were wounded. Baghdad suffered a series of bombings again, but an army base in Anbar province is where most of the action is probably occurring today. Also, the Islamic State militants are causing tremendous upheaval across the border in a Kurdish area of Syria.
The number of refugees fleeing from Syria into Turkey may now be over 100,000since the border opened to them on Friday. Another 50,000 may be internally displaced, because Islamic State militants are advancing toward Ain al-Arab(KobanĂȘ in Kurdish) in Syria. Many of the refugees are also from surrounding villages.
Turkish security forces are allowing the refugees to cross, but they were forced to alsobattle protestors who had gathered near the border. In doing so, Turkey may be trying to keep fighters from entering Syria, particularly those associated with Kurdish guerilla group, the Kurdistan Workers Party or P.K.K.
The accounts from the Syrian witnesses are similar to those reported in Iraq when militants attacked Yazidi and Christian towns in the north. The militants appear to be slaughtering many people. There are also reports of missing or kidnapped Kurds. Although the Kurds are predominantly Sunni, ISIS/DAASH still considers them apostates, and a Kurdish politician from Turkey called the attacks "genocide." ThePeshmerga Ministry has promised to help, but their members are locked in fighting ISIS/DAASH back in Iraq.
Anbar Province:
Security operations were launched to help trapped troops at a besieged army base inal-Sijr near Saqlawiya, but Baghdad lost contact with some of the soldiers after at least five suicide bombers attacked. The base was running low on ammunition and supplies, including water and reinforcements were being sent to aide them. Multiple forces arrived in the last day, including volunteer units. Military spokesman Qassem Atta said the troops were being supported with U.S. airstrikes. One strike killed at least 13 militants. At least seven more were killed in another. After reinforcementsopened a route for the soldiers, small groups attempted to retreat. Some of these men may be missing. At least four soldiers were killed and 20 more were wounded.
U.S. airstrikes are taking place in the Tikrit region. North of there at Camp Speicher, U.S. cargo planes were seen delivering supplies. The camp is beingrepurposed as a forward operating base. Seven women and children were killed in a rocket attack. Clashes left seven volunteers dead and three woundedThirteen militants were killed near the university.
In Baghdad, mortars killed six people, including a 12-year-old boy, and wounded 17 more in the suburb of Sabaa al-Bour. A bomb in Shabb killed four and wounded 11 moreThree people were killed and seven more were wounded by a blast in Bayaa. Gunmen killed a policeman.
A roadside bomb wounded three family members in Tuz. A rocket attack wounded six security personnel.
Militants chased people from the homes in Ishaqi.
In Kirkuk, militants kidnapped 10 men who were former policemen or Sahwa members.
In Jurf al-Sakhar25 militants were killed.
Eighteen militants were killed in the Hamrin area.
Airstrikes and security forces killed 15 militants in Ain Layla.
U.S. airstrikes in Sinjar killed a number of militants.


New on MoA: Concealed By U.S. Airstrikes Israel Opens Nusra Path To Lebanon -

US navy video: Missiles targeting in Syria launched from ship

AFAIK the US and coalition air campaign in Iraq/ and Syria doesn't yet have an operation name, right?

Operation Iraqi Rerun? (Receding) Tide of War? Desert Redux?

JUST IN: U.S. military operations over Syria have begun. - Fox News

Breaking: Huge explosions shook the city in what might be the beginning of US airstrikes on ISIS HQs in Raqqa

Turkish newspaper says 50 ISIS hostages, some children, held by Liwa al-Tawhid were swapped for 49 Turkish hostages.

BREAKING: Jordanian press confirms clashes at the Naseeb border crossing, claims to be jn control of 90%

Vice President Nujafi repeats claim that 300 soldiers killed at army base in Saqlawiya Anbar

Airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria should not be conducted without consent of Syrian government - Putin

ISIS spokesman Adnani's message to Kurds via