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Jan 23 2021

Turkish Military Buildup In Syria’s Greater Idlib Continues. Two New Posts Established

Donate On January 23, the Turkish Armed Forces established two new posts in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib. According to Enab Baladi, both posts were established in the town of Qastoun in the far north of the al-Ghab Plains in the northwestern Hama countryside. A commander in the National Front for Liberation, one of Turkey’s key proxy groups in Greater Idlib, told the pro-opposition outlet that the first post was set at Qastoun’s school, while the second one was built on the town’s “strategic” hilltop. Click to see full-size map. Source: (@Suriyakmaps) on Twitter, Via Google Maps – …

Jan 23 2021

Turkish Shelling Leaves Eight Civilians Dead Or Injured In Syria’s Aleppo (Video, Photos)

Donate On January 23, three civilians were killed and at least six others were injured when Turkish forces shelled the Syrian town of Tell Rifaat in northern Aleppo. The Turkish shelling targeted the heavily-populated center of Tell Rifaat, which is located within a pocket controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units. Units of the Russian Military Police and the Syrian Arab Army are present in the region. [embedded content] The Hawar News Agency said two children, Majid Skaran, 5, and Abdel-Mohsen Sakran,12, were killed in the Turkish shelling. The third victim was a displaced woman from Afrin, Nazliah Mustafa. Click …

Jan 23 2021

Provocateurs Instigate Violence During Anti-Government Protest In Moscow As State Department Cries Foul About ‘Democracy’ And ‘Universal Rights’

Donate [embedded content] The leadership and sponsors of the Russian neo-liberal/pro-Western opposition at least partly achieved what they want triggering some clashes and violence during protests in Moscow. The ‘opposition’ employed mobile organized groups of provocateurs, which were attacking police officers in an attempt to instigate large-scale violence. Police were actively working to neutralize them. For example, the video below shows how a man atatcks police officers and then tries to hide in the crowd. This tactic is aimed at provoking clashes between riot police and protesters. Russian media repot that the attackers used pieces of ice and other improvised …

Jan 23 2021

Syrian Army 4th Division Steps Up Security Measures In Western Daraa

Donate Illustrative image The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) elite 4th Division has reinforced checkpoints and established new posts in the western Daraa countryside, local sources reported on January 23. Earlier this week, the 4th Division deployed reinforcements in Daraa. Hundreds of troops and at least ten battle tanks were sent from the capital, Damascus, to the southern governorate’s city center. According to the Horan Free League, the troops reinforced the following checkpoints in western Daraa: A checkpoint near the town of Khrab al-Shahm; A checkpoint between the towns of al-Yadudah and Muzayrib; A checkpoint north of Muzayrib ; A checkpoint …

Jan 23 2021

Military Situation In Syria On January 23, 2021 (Map Update)

Donate Click to see the full-size image A brief overview of the recent developments in Syria: On January 22, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 21 times: 7 – in Idlib province, 3 – in Latakia province, 7 – in Hama province, 4 – in Aleppo province; On January 22, SAA artillery shelled positions of Turkish-backed forces in Kansafra village; On January 22, the SDF reportedly repelled attacks of Turkish-backed forces on the M4 highway near Ain Issa; On January 22, a Turkish UAV targeted Memite neighborhood in Ain al-Arab city wounding several people. …

Jan 23 2021

Migrant Caravan From Honduras Blocked And Forcibly Dispersed In Guatemala, Smaller Groups Continue Northwards

Donate Honduran migrants clash with Guatemalan soldiers in Vado Hondo, Guatemala. Sandra Sebastian/AP Written by Daniel Edgar exclusively for SouthFront The latest ‘migrant caravan’ to depart from Honduras has been broken up by Guatemalan police and military forces and most of its members forcibly repatriated to Honduras. However, a significant number eluded the efforts to block their path and are determined to continue northwards in small groups. Meanwhile, their efforts risk further inflaming the political inferno that is engulfing the United States, where immigration policy, and the treatment of illegal immigrants in particular, is one of the most divisive and …

Jan 23 2021

Saudi Arabia Intercepts Missile In The Skies Above Riyadh

Donate Click to see full-size image On January 23rd, a missile or a drone was reportedly intercepted in the skies above Riyadh, the Saudi-Arabian capital. Royal #Saudi Air Defence successfully intercepted and destroyed a missile launched by the Iran-backed #Houthi terrorist militia. The missile was aimed to target civilian areas in #Riyadh city. pic.twitter.com/bsTC1d0eNY — بن هباس 🇸🇦 (@5a1di) January 23, 2021 The Arab coalition announces the interception of a hostile air target launched by the Iranian Houthi militia towards #Riyadh.. pic.twitter.com/taoQWCFrg7 — Saudi-Expatriates.com (@saudiexpat) January 23, 2021 Some reports claim it was a ballistic missile. #SaudiArabia The #Saudi-led coalition …

Jan 23 2021

US Forces Activate Air Defense In Response To Rocket Attack On US Embassy In Baghdad (Video)

Donate ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE Last night, US forces used their C-RAM (Counter rocket, artillery, and mortar) system to repel a rocket attack on the area of the US embassy in the so-called Green Zone in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The strike on the US embassy followed a series of attacks on US supply convoys across Iraq during the past few days. MORE ON THE TOPIC: Donate FORUM

Jan 23 2021

Children’s Crusade: Russian Neo-Liberal Opposition Mobilizes Minors For Anti-Government Protests

Donate Click to see the full-size image On the morning of January 23rd, the neo-liberal, pro-Western opposition in Russia launched protests demanding the release of its formal leader, Alexey Navalny, from the detention and seeking to pressure the government for setbacks in its foreign and internal policies.  In the beginning of the day, they were focused in Russia’s Far East, while later protests are expected to gain more strength in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. A few photos from Moscow where police forces are preparing to contain provocations: В Москве полиция огородила всю Тверскую от Пушкинской до Манежной — в том …

Jan 23 2021

U.S. To Deploy B1-B Lancer Strategic Bombers To Norway For Arctic Contention

Donate Click to see full-size image In 2021, the United States and its allies’ focus has shifted heavily towards the Arctic. The Arctic region was dubbed as the next battlefield of various interests, but the situation was only rhetorically tense, for a while. According to Scramble, the US Air Force is planning a Bomber Task Force (BTF) deployment, with four Rockwell B-1B Lancers, to Ørland (Norway) in February 2021. The date of arrival is not yet clear, but is said to be somewhere late in week 7 or early in week 8. This means end of February. Ørland Main Air …

Jan 23 2021

Biden Administration Gets An Artificial Boost In Popularity From YouTube

Donate Click to see full-size image Just after Joe Biden’s inauguration as US President, YouTube appears to have deleted thousands of dislikes from videos published by the White House. The company said it’s a part of its regular efforts to remove engagement it considers inauthentic. After all, the “most popular president in US history” can’t be this disliked. People on the platform noticed that dislikes have been disappearing by the thousands from several White House videos and started posting before-and-after screenshots on social media. Three videos with removed dislikes had a total of 60,000 prior to them being reduced to …

Jan 23 2021

China Caught Importing ‘Doctored’ & Rebranded Venezuelan Oil To Evade US Sanctions

Donate Originally appeared at ZeroHedge It’s no secret that Maduro’s Venezuela has long gone to extraordinary lengths to bust through the US oil export blockade and sanctions designed to choke the socialist country. This past summer, and in recent months, Iran emerged as Venezuela’s chief trading and sanctions-busing partner, with at one point US authorities seizing and later auctioning off over 1.1 million barrels of fuel taken from Iranian tankers bound for Venezuela. As we and other have noted before, methods often employed to evade sanctions involve Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, gaining the assistance of third party shell companies to …

Jan 22 2021

Russian Mercenaries Are Digging ‘Super Trench’ In Libya: CNN Report

Donate Click to see full-size image On January 22nd, CNN reported that “Russian-backed mercenaries Wagner” are digging a massive trench across Libya. It is unclear what it is for, but it is “raising fears that foreign fighters will not withdraw from the country by Saturday [January 23rd], as an UN-brokered peace deal insists.” Unnamed US officials are also concerned over the goals of the mythical mercenaries. CNN refers to them as “Kremlin allies”, there is surprisingly no mention of “Putin’s Chef Yevgeny Prigozhin” who is always mentioned as “Wagner” alleged owner. latest version of trenches along syrte-jufra road which have …

Jan 22 2021

Five Supply Convoys Attacked In Iraq, US-led Coalition Personnel Allegedly Injured

Donate US armored vehicles on the key M4 highway in Syria’s northeast, via AFP. On January 22, five convoys carrying supplies and equipment for the US-led coalition came under attack in different parts of Iraq. According to the Sabereen News, a telegram channel with links to Shiite armed groups in Iraq, the attacks took place as follows: The first attack took place in the southern city of Nasiriyah. Five out of 18 containers, which were being moved by the convoy’s trucks, were completely destroyed as a result of the attack. A 4×4 vehicle was also damaged. Three Iraqi private military …

Jan 22 2021

Russia’s FSB Stops Terror Attack, Detain Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham-Recruited Individual

Donate Click to see full-size image On January 22th, the Russian security service – FSB, announced that it had detained a supporter of the Syrian “moderate opposition” and had stopped a terror attack in Bashkiria. The “moderate rebel,” to be read as “terrorist” is a Russian citizen, born in 1995 and was preparing an armed attack on law enforcement officers. He was recruited by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, a branch-off of al-Qaeda that is under the protection of Turkey in Idlib, under its alleged efforts to de-escalate the situation. The efforts to de-escalate the situation include not doing anything and sometimes …

Jan 22 2021

Twitter Refuses To Delete Child Pornography, Content With Only Censorship Of Conservatives And Trump

Donate Click to see full-size image Twitter refused to take down widely shared pornographic images and videos of a teenage sex trafficking victim because an investigation “didn’t find a violation” of the company’s “policies.” This is described in a federal lawsuit, filed on January 20th by the victim and his mother in the Northern District of California. According to the accusation, Twitter made money off the clips, which showed a 13-year-old engaged in sex acts and are a form of child sexual abuse material, or child porn. The teen, now 17 and lives in Florida, used to live in California …

Jan 22 2021

The Making of US Empire at the Dawning of Its End

Donate ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE Written by Pepe Escobar; Submitted via Global Research As the Exceptional Empire gets ready to brave a destructive – and self-destructive – new cycle, with dire, unforeseen consequences bound to reverberate across the world, now more than ever it is absolutely essential to go back to the imperial roots. The task is fully accomplished by Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy, by Stephen Wertheim, Deputy Director of Research and Policy at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and a research scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. Here, in …

Jan 22 2021

Twitter Bans Account Of Iran’s Supreme Leader After He Tweets Attack Threat To Golfing Trump

Donate ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE Twitter suspended the account of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei after he had posted what appears to be a call for an attack on Donald Trump in revenge for last year’s killing of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani. The post featured an image of a man resembling the former US president playing golf in the shadow of a large drone. “Vengeance is inevitable,” it reads. So now, both Khamenei and Trump seem to be suspended on Twitter. Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image MORE ON THE TOPIC: Donate FORUM

Jan 22 2021

Syrian NDF Launches Operation To Hunt Down ISIS Cells In Western Deir Ezzor

Donate Illustrative image. Source: Hezbollah Military Media On January 22, the Syrian National Defense Forces (NDF) launched a combing operation in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor. As a part of the new operation, NDF units will hunt down ISIS cells and search for their hideouts near the area of Faydat Ibn Mun’a, to the west of the town of al-Mayadin. “34 military vehicles are taking part in the combing campaign,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said in a report. “They [vehicles] were seen heading from al-Mayadin town to the desert.” According to the monitoring group, NDF units …

Jan 22 2021

No Surprises: US-Made ‘Smart Bomb’ Was Used By Israel To Murder Civilians In Syria’s Hama

Donate A US-made “smart bomb” was apparently used in the Israeli airstrikes that claimed the lives of an entire family in Syria’s Hama. The family including a father, a mother and two children were killed in the airstrikes, which targeted the western outskirts of Hama city early on January 22. The attack injured at least four other civilians. The Syrian Arab News Agency shared a photo showing the remains of the projectile which struck the victims’ house. One of the pieces seen in the agency’s photo appears to be identical to a wing of the US-made GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb …

Jan 22 2021

On The Eve Of Russian Revolt

Donate ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE Russia is preparing for protests in support of the leader of the hardcore pro-Western opposition – Alexey Navalny. After Navalny’s return to Moscow, all the actions of his supporters resemble a staged show, the directors of which decided not to bother, and simply took the script, which was written for the recent protests in Belarus. Unfortunately, women and minors become the main actors in this staging. At the moment, Navalny is in a detention center. He was detained on January 17 at the Sheremetyevo airport after returning from Germany, where he had been undergoing treatment since August …

Jan 22 2021

Massacre In Syria: Israeli Airstrikes Leave Entire Family Dead (Photos)

Donate The recent Israeli airstrikes on Syria’s Hama have claimed the lives of an entire family, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on January 22. The airstrikes, which took place in the early morning, were launched from the skies of the northern Lebanese province of Tripoli. Israeli warplanes fired several missiles at targets in Hama. The Syrian military said that most of the hostile missiles were intercepted. Nevertheless, at least one of the Israeli missiles hit the heavily populated district of Kazo in the western outskirts of Hama city. “The Israeli air aggression that targeted Hama governorate at dawn …

Jan 22 2021

Global Social Media In The Era Of Great Power Conflict

Donate ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE Written by J.Hawk exclusively for SouthFront Donald Trump’s singular contribution to US and indeed world politics was transforming his administration into a four year long “teachable moment” which revealed the true nature of US policies, domestic and international, as well as of its institutions. It is indeed the main reason why he is so reviled by US elites who preferred to maintain a certain set of illusions and false beliefs that facilitated their rule and defused opposition. Even the final month of Trump’s tenure in office had momentous consequences, possibly more so than any other month, since …

Jan 22 2021

Israeli Warplanes Struck Targets Near Hama City In Central Syria

Donate Click to see the full-size image Early on January 22, Israeli warplanes launched strikes at targets in the vicinity of the city of Hama in central Syria. According to the Syrian Defense Ministry, the attack was launched from Lebanese airspace, from the area of the city of Tripoli at about 4AM local time. The Syrian side claims that its air defense forces intercepted most of the missiles. However, local sources say that at least several missiles hit the targets. MORE ON THE TOPIC: Donate FORUM

Jan 22 2021

After Two Weeks Of Sleeping On Cold Marble, Congress Boots National Guard To Local Parking Garages

Donate Did somebody really think that armed troops will be removed from the Capitol after the inauguration of the most democratically elected president in the US history? ZeroHedge reports: After two weeks of sleepless nights protecting Washington DC from an alleged inauguration threat that never materialized, thousands of National Guardsmen were booted from Congressional grounds on Thursday, where they were forced to sleep on marble floors, and have instead been forced to take their rest breaks in nearby parking garages, according to Politico. Photo via Politico The unexplained move comes after ‘dozens’ of lawmakers posed for photo ops with the …

Jan 21 2021

ISIS Shared Photos Of Recent Large Ambush In Nigeria’s Borno

Donate On January 21, the ISIS news agency Amaq released photos of a recent ambush that targeted a large convoy of Nigerian government forces in the northeastern state of Borno. The ambush took place near the town of Gorgi in the Damboa Local Government Area on January 17. Terrorists of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) targeted a convoy escorted by a foot patrol with a number of improvised explosive devices. According to Amaq, at least 30 Nigerian service members were killed or injured in the ambush. Moreover, four armored vehicles were destroyed. Amaq’s photos show at least two …

Jan 21 2021

UAE-Backed Forces Foiled Houthis Infiltration In Western Yemen

Donate On January 21, Saudi-backed forces foiled an infiltration by Houthi fighters near Hays district center in the southern part of the western Yemeni province of al-Hudaydah. “Heavy clashes broke out between the [Saudi-backed] joint forces and Houthi personnel who attempted to sneak towards the frontlines west of Hays,” a military source told the media wing of the Giants Brigades, one of the factions which took part in the clashes. According to the source, the Houthis sustained heavy losses in the clashes, which lasted for around two hours. Heavy weapons were used by both sides. In a related development, the …

Jan 21 2021

Seven Al-Quds Brigade Fighters Killed, Injured In Missile Strike By Greater Idlib Militants

Donate On January 21, seven personnel of the al-Quds Brigade were killed or wounded when their vehicle was targeted by militants stationed in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib. The militants targeted the vehicle with an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) as it was passing in the outskirt of the town of Bsartun in the western Aleppo countryside. Opposition sources claimed that three personnel of the al-Quds Brigade were killed and four others were wounded as a result of the ATGM attack. One of the casualties was identified as Major Moayad Saad Eddina, a field commander of the al-Quds Brigade. …

Jan 21 2021

After 12 Years Of Deliberations, ECHR Concludes Georgia Began Hostilities Against Russia In August 2008

Donate Click to see full-size image The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has declared unfounded the accusations of Georgia against Russia in connection with the events of August 2008 in South Ossetia, the press service of the Russian Ministry of Justice reported. It is noted that on January 21st, the decision of the Grand Chamber of the ECHR on the interstate complaint “Georgia against Russia (II)” was published, the subject of which is the events of August 2008 in South Ossetia and their consequences. The Court asserted that since August 12, 2008, “strong Russian presence and the South Ossetian …

Jan 21 2021

Russia Working On Floating Airfields For Arctic Landings And Takeoffs

Donate Click to see full-size image The Nevskoye Design Bureau has begun to develop a floating airfield for the Russian Armed Forces and humanitarian operations in the Arctic region. The architectural and structural designs of floating airfields and islands are being worked out, TASS wrote with reference to the materials of the Design Bureau dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the enterprise. These platforms can be used to support the operation of military, rescue and transport aviation in the Arctic, perform other tasks of the Ministry of Defense, and develop new gas fields. Floating airfields ensure all-weather operation of aviation …

Jan 21 2021

A Final Bit Of Profit: UAE Approved Deal To Purchase 50 F-35 Fighter Jets, 18 MQ-9 Reaper Drones: Reuters report

Donate Click to see full-size image On January 20th, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reportedly approved a deal to purchase up to 50 F-35 joint strike fighter aircraft and 18 MQ-9 Reaper drones from the United States. According to Reuters, the agreement was one of the final acts of the Trump administration, occurring just an hour before President Joe Biden was inaugurated. The UAE, one of Washington’s closest Middle East allies, has long expressed interest in acquiring the stealthy F-35 jets made by Lockheed Martin and was promised a chance to buy them in a side deal when it agreed …

Jan 21 2021

Antifa Riots Throughout, As U.S. Leftists Call For Secret Police To Track Dissidents

Donate On January 21st, to ‘celebrate’ US President Joe Biden’s inauguration, left-wing Antifa members took to the streets of various United States cities. We are aware of 3 planned events that could impact traffic in surrounding areas. PPB will monitor for any public safety issues and to ensure those involved can freely express their 1st Amendment rights in a peaceful manner. pic.twitter.com/1JaHTt1GBO — Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) January 20, 2021 There are also reports of Antifa members planning to attack Trump supporters this week. A local Portland news station, KATU, reported that the protest in the city is called the “J20 …

Jan 21 2021

ISIS Cells Attacked Syrian Troops In Southern Raqqa In Response To Russian Airstrikes

Donate Illustrative image On January 21, ISIS cells carried out another attack against Syrian government troops in the southern countryside of Raqqa. According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the terrorists shot and killed two service members of the Syrian Arab Army in the outskirts of Resafa, one of the largest government-held towns in the southern Raqqa countryside. The attack took place following a series of Russian airstrikes which targeted ISIS terrorists, hideouts and equipment in southern Raqqa. “Russian fighter jets executed over 20 airstrikes on the Syrian desert in the past 24 hours,” the SOHR said …

Jan 21 2021

Syrian Army Elite 4th Division Sent Large Reinforcements To Daraa (Video)

Donate On January 21, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 4th Division deployed large reinforcements in the southern governorate of Daraa. According to local sources, the reinforcements, which came from the capital of Damascus, were deployed in the district of al-Dahiyah, near the western entrance of Daraa city. The reinforcements included ten battle tanks. At least four of the tanks were T-72 “Adra,” a local upgraded version with a heavy add-on armor especially designed for urban warfare. [embedded content] The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the reinforcements may have been deployed to support an upcoming operation by government forces …

Jan 21 2021

Over 50,000 Civilians Returned To Nagorno-Karabakh Under Protection Of Russian Peacekeepers (Map)

Donate ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE Civilains have been returning to Nagorno-Karabakh under protection of the Russian peacekeeping force. Logisttical links in the region are also controlled by the Russians. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, over the past day, 114 refugees returned to the largest Nagorno-Karbakh city, Spetanakert, from the Armenian capital of Yerevan. A total of 50,116 people have already returned to Nagorno-Karabakh to their places of permanent residence. “Round-the-clock monitoring of the situation and control over the observance of the ceasefire regime at twenty-seven observation posts are being conducted,” the Russian military reported commenting on the situation. Click to see …

Jan 21 2021

Russian Warplanes Hammer Terrorists In Syria’s Lattakia (Video)

Donate On January 21, a series of Russian airstrikes targeted militant positions in northern Lattakia, within the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib. Warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out at least five airstrikes on militant positions in the outskirts of the town of Kabani, a widely-known stronghold of several al-Qaeda groups. Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, the Turkistan Islamic Party and Ajnad al-Kavkaz all maintain positions in the hills surrounding Kabani. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights didn’t report any human losses as a result of the Russian airstrikes on Kabani. الطائرات الحربية الروسية تقصف بالصواريخ تلال #الكبانة بريف …

Jan 21 2021

Military Situation In Syria On January 21, 2021 (Map Update)

Donate Click to see the full-size image A brief overview of the recent developments in Syria: On January 20, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 17 times: 9 – in Idlib province, 2 – in Latakia province, 3 – in Hama province, 1 – in Aleppo province; On January 21, Russian warplanes bombed positions of Turkish-backed forces in the Kabani area; On January 20, Russian warplanes targted ISIS positions near Rasafah town; On January 20, artillery of Turkish-backed forces shelled YPG positions near Tal Raafat; On January 20, Russian warplanes targted ISIS positions near …

Jan 21 2021

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Turned Looting Of Humanitarian Aid To Displaced Civilians Into Profitable Business

Donate ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE Submitted by Khaled Iskef Officials of the Humanitarian Camp Management in Idlib affiliated with the Al-Nusra Front (currently known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham), are involved in corruption, bribery and theft of UN aid, according to private sources. This situation undermines the humanitarian situation and further and increases the suffering of displaced civilians. The sources said that the Al-Nusra-run Camp Administration is the main distributor of relief aid to camps. It demands from officials from local councils to hand over a part of the aid to Al-Nusra officials. In particular, sources revealed that camps in the town of …

Jan 21 2021

Videos, Map: Twin Suicide Bombing Killed Multiple People In Baghdad

Donate Click to see the full-size image On January 21, two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a busy market in central Baghdad. According to government forces, their troops pursued the two terrorists before they blew themselves up. At least 13 people were reportedly killed in the attack. A brief summary of the recent developments: On January 20, a logistical convoy of the U.S military was targeted by an IED attack in Baghdad’s Yusufiyah area; On January 21, a logistical convoy of the U.S military was targeted by an IED attack in the Samawah area; On January 21, at least …

Jan 21 2021

3 Soldiers Killed In Crash Of National Guard’s Black Hawk Helicopter In New York

Donate Click to see the full-size image Three US soldiers died in a crash of the Army National Guard helicopter in Mendon, New York. The Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a ‘routine training mission’ in the evening (an ordinary ‘routine mission’ amid the inauguration of Joe Biden), according to the state’s National Guard. The UH-60 Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter involved in the incident was based at the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester International Airport. The incident is under investigation. Click to see the full-size image MORE ON THE TOPIC: Donate FORUM

Jan 21 2021

The Saker: “Zone B Exists, Thus There Is Hope, I Promise You!”

Donate Click to see the full-size image Written by The Saker; Originally appeared at The Unz Review Dear friends, Today it appears that the triumph of our adversaries is total.  I want to post this column saying that I don’t believe for one second that this is true.  All I want to do today is explain why.  Thus, just to make clear to those alternatively gifted, this is not a comprehensive analysis and I will be leaving many things out. So, here we go: First, notice how totally paranoid our adversaries are!  Depending on how you count and whom you …

Jan 21 2021

Outlook On Development Of European Union’s Common Security And Defence Policy

Donate IMAGE: REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic Written by Colonel A. Lavrentiev; Originally appeared at Foreign Military Review 2020 #11, translated by AlexD exclusively for SouthFront Taking into account the changed military and political situation in the world, the leadership of the European Union (EU) considers it important to adapt approaches to the implementation of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Brussels considers the need for the organisation to become a global “centre of power”, the intensification of global rivalry (primarily between Russia, the United States and China), and the emergence of fundamentally new security challenges as ground for launching this process. The leading role in …

Jan 21 2021

Sunk Before Service: Australia’s Disastrous Submarine Project

Donate IMAGE: shoalgroup.com Submitted by Dr. Binoy Kampmark One only gets into the submarine procurement business to spite government treasurers and economic managers.  Efficiency and effectuality are bonus additions, but hardly necessary.  Witness the evolving disaster that is Australia’s SEA 1000 Future Submarine program, won by France’s DCNS, now Naval Group, in 2016. From the start, this seemed an audaciously peculiar choice. Australia had avoided purchasing more appropriate, medium-sized submarines from a conventional submarine maker, opting, instead, for a nuclear submarine design that would be retooled for conventional use.  For a country that is the third largest exporter of uranium, …

Jan 21 2021

China Mocks “Doomsday Clown” Pompeo After ‘Genocide’ Designation For Uighur Persecution

Donate Originally appeared at ZeroHedge On Tuesday, the last day of the Trump administration, then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pulled the trigger on a long debated topic and policy proposal in Washington – namely to officially label Chinese persecution of the country’s Uighur minority as “genocide”. Predictably Beijing was quick to voice its outrage. But with the Trump administration now out the door China let some colorful words fly. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying called Pompeo a “doomsday clown” while charging him with spreading blatant lies. I have determined that the People’s Republic of China is committing genocide and …

Jan 21 2021

Russia Becomes The Center Of Global Digital Resistance

Donate Illustrative Image Globalists, through the the Big Tech influence, aim to establish digital totalitarian regime, trying to prevent any form of resistance in the information sphere. Thus, after the Capitol assault, an independent social network Parler that became largely popular among Trump supporters and representatives of the American far-right was simply removed from the Internet. After the unprecedented wave of censorship that even hit the U.S. President as well as thousands of his supporters, there is the largest digital migration in human history. It led not only to the strengthening of alternative social platforms, such as Telegram, but also …

Jan 20 2021

Syrian Service Members Killed, Injured In Three ISIS Attacks In Central Region

Donate Illustrative image A number of Syrian service members were killed or injured in three separate attacks by ISIS cells in the country’s vast central region. The first two attacks took place in the eastern Hama countryside on January 18. ISIS cells blew up a vehicle of the Syrian Arab Army near the town of Salamiyah with an improvised explosive device (IED), killing and injuring several service members who were aboard the vehicle. The terrorist group’s cells also targeted a group of soldiers east of Hama city with machine guns. The ISIS news agency, Amaq, claimed that six soldiers were …

Jan 20 2021

Russian Reinforcements Continue To Pour Into Northeastern Syria (Video)

Donate On January 20, the Russian Military Police deployed additional reinforcements in Syria’s northeastern region, which is controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights shared a video showing a large convoy of the Russian Military Police heading from the town of Ain Issa in northern Raqqa to the town of Tell Tamer in northern al-Hasakah. [embedded content] Two days ago, the Ministry of Defense of Russia announced that 300 personnel of the military police will be deployed in al-Hasakah to reinforce joint observation posts with Syrian government forces. “The main objective is to …

Jan 20 2021

True Democracy Requires A Firm Hand: Inauguration Of Joe Biden, Compared To That Of Trump

Donate On January 20th, US President Joe Biden entered office, and Donald Trump vacated the seat. The democratically-elected president was surrounded by a scarce crowd, and supporters were kept at a distance, behind thousands of National Guardsmen and barbed wire. [embedded content] In his speech, Biden said that with his presidency Democracy “won”, in a very predetermined manner, as he announced his victory long before the votes were counted. It is ironic, that after all this censorship, witch hunting and silencing of various voices, he, or anybody else from the Democratic party can say that “democracy” is what the US …

Jan 20 2021

Iran To Propose NATO-Style Treaty To Like-Minded Allies

Donate Iranian military officials inspect the underground missile base built on the shore of the Persian Gulf in southern Iran’s Hormozgan on January 8, 2021. Click to see full-size image On January 18th, Iran’s parliament announced that it is preparing a draft resolution on a “defence and security treaty for the Axis of Resistance” which it will sign with its allies, states and non-state actors. This organization will be alongside the “Axis of Resistance”. It includes Iran, Syria, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, the Houthi-led government of Yemen, Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The aim of the “NATO-style” …

Jan 20 2021

Saudi-Backed Forces Ambushed Houthi Fighters In Yemen’s Al-Bayda’

Donate The Saudi-backed wing of the Yemeni military announced on January 19 that its troops had ambushed a unit of the Houthis (Ansar Allah) in the Yemeni province of al-Bayda’. In a statement, the Yemeni military said Houthi fighters fell into an ambush set up by its troops south of Mount Suran in the district of Nati’. “The ambush resulted in the death of a number of militia [Houthi] members and the injury of others,” the statement reads. Saudi-backed forces also shelled Houthi positions and fortifications in Mount al-Burk, to the southeast of Mount Suran. According to the Yemeni military, …