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A Russian made Iraqi jet accidentally dropped bombs on Baghdad killing 12 and destroying 3 homes. 

 

There are a lot of Iraqis who want to move away from the US to Russia for arms. I wonder if this makes them reconsider.

They have already purchased 36 Jets three years ago but their delivery has been delayed thanks to US congress

 

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http://www.timesofisrael.com/yaalon-syrian-rebels-keeping-druze-safe-in-exchange-for-israeli-aid/

 

This isn't surprising. Unfortunately it probably won't lay to rest the belief that Israel is supporting AQ. 

Too late and comes out only after Druze launched attack on Israeli ambulances transferring Syrian fighters and lynched them because they also believe they are terrorist.

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/24/us-syria-crisis-israel-druze-idUSKBN0P40NE20150624

 

There is no doubt that Israel is aiding AQ thru its Nusra front. There are pictures and UN reports to back that up.


Edited by rhyme - 7/6/15 at 7:43pm
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Too late and comes out only after Druze launched attack on Israeli ambulances transferring Syrian fighters and lynched them because they also believe they are terrorist.

Its also very untrue and quite deceiving. Theyve been supporting them for years and now that the druze are pissed they finally have a PR media-ready spin for it.

There are two very ancient local dreams at play in Syria right now, Turkeys old ambitions regarding Aleppo and Israel's old plan for a druze buffer zone on its northern border. Israel (and mainly Jordan) suported the islamists from day one, long before they directly threatened Suwayda, and they used that threat to try and push druze towards autonomy.

The third is replacing minorities with the palestinians refugees, but that hasnt started yet.
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60 Syrians being trained to fight ISIS. That's not even enough to assault a shawarma stand. 

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So here is my full view on the situation with the mercenary rebel force. We (the US taxpayers) have spent $500 million to train 60 rebels who we can only assume are as skilled in combat as a private with crappier gear. That is $8.6 million per. To put that into terms of the US military it takes around $45k to train a Marine and $340k to put an officer through a service academy. 

 

Right. So we have a tiny force of non-elite rebels who have signed a contract to only fight ISIS. This effectively removes them from the vast majority of the Syrian opposition as you can see from these statements:

 

Abu Mariya says that the Syrian people will take care of "the fools."

Liwa al Haqq commander says they'll be waiting for the "stray dogs" at their checkpoints.

 

So we have 60 guys that cost $8.6 million apiece and are rejected by the regime and the opposition. How many mercenaries could have been bought with that money instead?

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الله يرحمك يا عمر

 

Shit sucks. I read that he used to smoke 100 cigarettes a day though. Amazing he didn't go sooner. 

post #771 of 2692
Deal with Iran reached. I hope this will mark the beginning of some sort of cooperation or negotiations on the Middle East issues, which could promise a lot of good. Iran could make a very useful partner once you acknowledge its and its allies role and presence, especially with the rise of terrorist islamists now.

Otherwise it will mean very little.

Israel and Saudi will be trying to sabotage it, may see a lot of heating up in some conflicts as a result.
post #772 of 2692
I'm looking forward to the apoplectic, frothing fit Republicans and the pro-Israel lobby will have. Can't wait to hear the "end of days" rhetoric from them.
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While it is impossible to predict how this will end affecting history... why the fuck is Qassem Soleimani on the list for sanctions relief? 

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Why wouldnt he be
post #775 of 2692
Do u mean whats his financial resource that was sanctioned? Or do u mean he shouldnt be relieved of the sanctions?

I just read it may be another qasem sleimani though
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http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/592424/Islamic-State-suicide-chickens-ISIS-terror-group-tactics-weapons
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SICK fighters from the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) terror group have begun strapping explosive belts to defenceless CHICKENS, it has emerged.







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Something tells me those chickens aren't going to the afterlife as virgins.
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Something tells me those chickens aren't going to the afterlife as virgins.
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That would't be too bad if was armored in the front. Could be a very effective mobile instrument of death if tweaked a bit.
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Yeah, he should zip-tie a few pieces of plywood onto the front of it for protection.
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