‘No combat mission:’ US ready to strike Syria, may use up to 1,600 troops to fight ISIS in Iraq

Capture

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the US Central Command has a plan to take “targeted actions against ISIS safe havens in Syria,” including striking infrastructure. Hagel also unveiled a plane to boost Iraqi forces by 1,600 US “military advisers.”

The US will also train and equip 5,000 members of the Syrian opposition to fight the militants from the Islamic State group, previously known as ISIS and ISIL. However, Hagel said that this number will not be enough to turn the tide at this stage and might be boosted later.

The plan to strike Syria was confirmed by General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“We will be prepared to strike ISIL targets in Syria that degrade ISIL’s capabilities,” General Dempsey said.

Washington will not look to unleash a “shock and awe” campaign of airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State fighters, he however noted – rather it would be a “persistent and sustainable campaign.”

Hagel has ruled out putting any troops on the ground for the moment, but did say that some of the 1,600 American “military advisers” deployed in Iraq since June may get involved into direct fight with the ISIS.

“American forces will not have a combat mission,” Hagel said. “The troops deployed will support Iraqi and Kurdish forces.”

According to General Dempsey those troops who are on the ground in Iraq could take a more active role in certain missions, such as “retaking Mosul.”

US forces will operate from the capital Baghdad and Kurdistan’s Erbil. Kurdish forces are to join the fight and work to retain the territory taken back from the ISIS militants.

The Obama administration will also try to push a bill through congress to authorize the spending of $500 million to help train and equip the Syrian opposition.

A member of the House of Representatives, Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican says he will vote against the plan to arm the Syrian rebels, though he expects the bill to be passed regardless.

“Here we go again … We train the Syrians today who are supposed to be our friends, but tomorrow they’re our enemies,” Jones said. “We need to let these other countries take care of their own region.”

More than 30 countries have agreed to join the US coalition in their fight against Islamic State, the Pentagon reported. However, there is no sign of regional powers Iran and Syria on the list.

America reiterated that there will be no cooperation with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government in any way in its fight against the Islamic State. Obama’s position has long been that he would like to see Assad leave power, particularly after he was alleged to have used chemical weapons against his own people last year.

The Syrian president was briefed by an Iraqi national security adviser on Tuesday to, “put Assad in the picture of the latest developments in Iraq and the efforts that the Iraqi government and people are making to combat the terrorists,” the Syrian state news agency SANA reported.

Faleh al-Fayed, the Iraqi official said the meeting stressed “the importance of strengthening cooperation and coordination between the two brotherly countries in the field of combating terrorism that is hitting Syria and Iraq and which threatens the region and the world.”
Capture

Lost: 7 US Geo-gaffes that should worry us all

Capture

Everyone makes mistakes. Freudian slips, misspellings, we forget things…we’re all human. Therefore when the world’s most powerful army wants to ‘help out’ but can’t quite remember where, it should be a cause for concern.

A top US official said on Wednesday – ahead of President Obama’s announcement of the strategy to be taken against the Islamic State terorrist group in Syria and Iraq, that “Saudi Arabia and Syria share an extensive border.” How do they plan to help the world fight terrorism…?

Capture

Seems like ‘the Middle East’ exists as a name in order to skip over the boring details of its geography. “Syria is Iran’s route to the sea,” came the ominous warning from Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

TX Border Rancher: Cartels Are Taking Over Open US Border – Politicians Are Lying (Video)

Capture

Posted by Jim Hoft on Friday, September 5, 2014, 8:48 AM

Ranchers along the Texas border with Mexico are in fear for their lives and the lives of their families.
The Mexican drug cartels are taking over the border.

illegal aliens 3

Texas border rancher Cuban “Rusty” Monsees describes to Oathkeepers how Mexican drug cartels are taking over Texas border ranches. Monsees says the cartels are using death threats, assault, and attempted murder to drive ranchers and their families off of their land.

Rancher Monsees says there are trails all over the place down by the border.
S
“We get kids. We get adults. The cartel is bringing across, importing people from as far away as the Mediterranean. I’ve talked to agents and they picked up some characters from Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Syria… anything that you can think of these agents are having to deal with.”

Rusty says politicians are are lying to the American public about the situation. Rancher Monsees says the border is wide open.
Via The Oathkeepers:

‘First shot’: Iran tests Bavar-373 system aimed to substitute Russian S-300

Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 12.30.02 PM

Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 12.31.22 PM

Tehran has showcased an indigenous long-range air defense system, the Bavar-373 missile, developed as an alternative to the Russian S-300 after Moscow canceled its contract.

“Bavar-373 has fired a first successful shot,” the commander of the Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base, Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli, told Iranian state TV on Friday.

According to Iranian security officials, the new system is better than the Russian S-300, as it is able to track over 100 targets, just like the Russian system but with a higher targeting capability.

“We believe that ‘Bavar’ and ‘3rd of Khordad’ missile shields are better than some other long-range missile defense systems of the country,” ol-Anbia added, Fars news reports.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ordered the development of the missile system, after then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev banned armed sales to the country in light of UN sanctions against Tehran. Following the move, Iran filed a $4 billion lawsuit against Russia in the international arbitration court in Geneva.

The S-300 is a long-range surface-to-air missile system produced by NPO Almaz. It is designed to be used as a defensive weapon against aircraft and cruise missiles.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Air Defense commander boasted that the country’s defense systems will track down all of Islamic Republic’s enemies if they fly over Iran’s airspace.

“We give a warning to the enemy’s aircraft before entering the Islamic Republic’s airspace, and deem any kind of intruding drones or planes of enemy a threat, and shoot it down immediately in case of entry [into Iran],” Colonel Mahmoud Ahmadi, commander of Iran’s southwestern Air Defense zone, Tasnim news reported.

Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 12.32.33 PM

This follow an August 24 incident, when the country’s forces shot down a stealth drone thought to be sent from Israel. The invading “Hermes” aircraft was intercepted by a surface-to-air missile.

Iran has also unveiled plans to increase the number of air defense sites from the current 3,600 to 5,000, according to Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli.