Sunday, 18 March 2018

Russians shoot down unidentified aerial object near Hmeimim


South Front,
18 March, 2018

On March 17, Russian air defense systems in the Hmeimim airbase, near the coastal city of Jableh, targeted an unidentified aerial object northwest of the airbase, over the Mediterranean sea, with at least two missiles, according to Syrian pro-government activists.

The activists said that the aerial object had been shot down and suggested that it might had been an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). However, the Ministry of Defense of Russia has not provided any information about the incident yet.
Experts believe that the Russian Pantsir-S1 short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery system was used to shoot down the aerial object.
According to media reports, the Pantsir-S1 was previously used to shot down a US-made RQ-21A Blackjack UAV near the Russian naval base in Tartus city on May 27, 2017.
Russian Air Defenses In Hmeimim Airbase Shoot Down UAV Over Sea - Reports
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Earlier, the Ministry of Defense of Russia revealed that the US has trained a number of militant groups in the vicinity of the town of al-Tanf, to stage provocations involving chemical warfare. The ministry also warned that the US and its allies might use these provocations as a pretext to attack the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

It’s unknown if the US was involved in this new incident. However, the recent tensions between Russia and the US in Syria allow to suppose that Washington may use different measures, including its proxies and UAVs, to stage provocations against Moscow

US preparations to strike Syria over false flag chemical attack

I have the feeling that we are moving towards war and people are ASLEEP.

US Navy Prepares to Strike Syria Over False Flag Chemical Attack

US navy poised all around Syria from the East Mediterranean to the Persia Gulf. Russia MoD says the US has trained jihadist near Al-Tanf in the use of Chemical weapons and is anticipating a false flag attack to justify the strike.

US General Admits Russia and US Came Close to War

On February 7, 2018 Russian mercenary forces along side with pro Syrian forces launched an attack they claimed was against Isis militants. The Isis militants we’re holding an Oreo platform near Diet Ezzor. Do US claims and attack was launched against free Syrian army forces where you are soldiers were embedded. The general admitted that hundreds were killed as he called them Russians

Provocations by US-trained militants groups using chemical weapons will serve as a pretext for the United States to attack Syria, and Moscow has seen corresponding preparatory moves, including the formation of naval strike groups, the Russian General Staff has said.

Pentagon denies US fleet deployed in Mediterranean to protect ExxonMobil drilling 

After the false flag chemical weapons attack, the US planned to strike government held districts in Damascus as a "response," according to the Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov.

Russian armed forces will respond if the lives of Russian servicemen in Syria are threatened, including in the event of a missile strike on Damascus, the Russian General Staff said, according to the Sputnik.

"According to reports, after the false flag attack, the US plans to accuse the Syrian government troops of using chemical weapons, and to provide the world community with the so-called 'evidence' of the alleged mass death of civilians at the hands of the Syrian government and "Russia supporting it," the chief of the General Staff said. In retaliation, Washington, according to Gerasimov, "plans to launch a missile strike on the government-held districts of Damascus."

At the same time in Damascus, in the offices and facilities of the Ministry of Defense of Syria, there are now Russian military advisers, representatives of the Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties and military police, Gerasimov stressed.

"We have reliable information about militants preparing to falsify a government chemical attack against civilians. In several districts of Eastern Ghouta, a crowd was assembled with women, children and old people, brought from other regions, who were to represent the victims of the chemical incident, " Gerasimov said.

According to Gerasimov, "White Helmets" activists and film crews had already arrived at the scene with satellite video transmitters are already in place.

"This has been confirmed by the discovery of a laboratory for the production of chemical weapons in the village of Aftris, which was liberated from terrorists," Gerasimov stressed.

"Despite constant attempts by militants to disrupt peace initiatives in Eastern Ghouta, the situation in the suburb of Damascus shows a trend toward stabilization. Since the entry into force of UN Security Council Resolution 2401 of February 24, 2018, [a total of] 145 civilians and 13 representatives of armed opposition, including 76 people overnight, have been withdrawn from Eastern Ghouta though the humanitarian corridor created by the Russian Federation," Gerasimov added.

The statement comes a day after US Envoy to UN Nikky Haley threatened with Washington's strike against Damascus in case the chemical weapons use in Syria.

In his turn, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said that Nusra Front* militants used chemical weapons in East Ghouta, injuring 30 civilians.

Earlier, US Director of National Intelligence said that Trump Administration is considering new attacks against the Syrian Government in response to reports of chemical weapons' use.

Damascus has constantly denied being in possession of chemical weapons, the destruction of which had been confirmed by the OPCW report.

When commenting on allegations of the Syrian army's use of chlorine in Eastern Ghouta, Syrian President Bashar Assad said that there are aimed at justifying an attack on Damascus.

Earlier, UN Resolution 2401, which was passed by the Security Council on February 24, urged the parties to the Syrian conflict to stop all fighting's and adhere to a humanitarian pause across the country in order to ensure the safe and unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid.

Eastern Ghouta was occupied by militants in 2012. According to the Syrian Army, there could be 10,000-12,000 militants in the area. But even after the UN resolution, the fighting has not ended. *Nusra Front is a terrorist group banned in Russia


THEODORE CVN71 and escorting destroyer DDG76 operating in the yesterday. TR deployed from San Diego in early October embarking Carrier Air Wing 17. HIGGINS deployed independently in November.

Presidential elections begin in Russia

It Has Begun: Russians Are Voting

18 March, 2018

Voting in the presidential election in Russia has begun.

The first polling stations to open are in the Chukotka Autonomous Region and the Kamchatka Territory. Voting takes place from 8:00 to 20:00 local time.

A total of more than 97,000 polling stations have been opened, more than 400 of them are abroad.

The voting procedure will be monitored by about 1,500 international observers from 109 countries.

Most of the observers come from Germany, the United States, France and the United Kingdom. The OSCE / ODIHR mission consists of about 500 people, including all the leaders of the organization, both current and former, who have chosen 33 regions where they will observe that the elections are fair.

Eight people are in the running for the post of president

Some confirmation of activities in the Medittearanaean

This is as much confirmation as I have on this BREAKING NEWS. Hopefully we will hear more from slightly more "credible" sources

ATTENTION!! - Major escalation in the Middle East

I regard this as sufficiently credible to pay real close attention to. Don't expect this to come from BBC or CNN!


17 March, 2018

LIVE UPDATES IN PROGRESS:   The United States appears to be preparing a very large strike upon Syria.  U.S. Navy Guided Missile Cruisers and Destroyers have been formed into strike groups in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, in the Red Sea and in the Persian Gulf.
Worse: Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) reports US forces have trained terrorists in Syria’s southern de-escalation zone to use chemical weapons and are preparing a false flag attack, 20 tons of chlorine has been delivered to them.
 Editor's Note: This has "DISASTER" written all over it.
More details as they become available. Please check back. . .

UPDATE 12:04 PM EDT --

France's foreign ministry tells reporters to stop all travel to Syria
DANGER:  Russia has now said that unlike the last time, they will respond with military force and not only shoot down the missiles, but destroy whatever shot them.

That right there will change everything in an instant if that happens. WWIII WILL kick off, no going back once Russian forces directly attack U.S. forces.

When that happens, it will be on like Donkey Kong.
Satellite images show the USS Theodore Roosevelt strike group in the Persian Gulf 

UPDATE 12:35 PM EDT --

Moments ago Russia air defense systems at Khmemeim Air Base  in Latakia, Syria intercepted an unidentified object/s over the sea.
2 missiles were launched.

UPDATE 12:55 PM EST --

This is getting serious: Russian Army Chief of Staff says US been preparing sabotage groups at Al Tanf to stage chemical attacks to serve as pretext to attack SYRIA. According to Moscow, some of the subversive groups already transferred to Free Syrian Army (FSA)  positions.
MoD claims some chemicals, dozens of detonating fuses disguised as packs of cigarettes been delivered to town of Dariya. More staged attacks being planned in towns of Al Ghabid, Qalb Loze 25 km NW of Idlib to where 20 containers of chlorine been delivered.


Whatever the "object" was which was engaged by Russian Missiles fired from Syria, the object was downed successfully.  Russia says it was flying from the northwest.


Gen. Gerasimov, head of the Russian Army General Staff, said Russian military would "target any missiles and launchers involved in such an attack" including US carriers, destroyers
Some Russian military vessels now en route to Syria.

Moscow makes it clear it is not backing down.


Russia directs strong representation to U.S. via diplomatic, military channels due to U.S. threats of strikes at Damascus - Lavrov
via Interfax News Service
 ALSO: Astronomical twilight (the last phase) has given way to night in all of Syria, and is sweeping over Cyprus now.

 UPDATE 1:36 PM EDT --

France confirms they have made a request to the USA and NATO allies about joint strikes on Syria in relation to alleged chlorine attacks by Assad. Thus, it appears that whatever is being set-up,  its likely in response to French requests.


I can now confirm USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT aircraft carrier, along with its strike group taken battle positions in the Persian Gulf.
In the Mediterranean Sea, the US 6th Fleet has deployed surface ships and submarine units.
4 US ships:  USS Oak Hill, Iwo Jima, USS New York, USNS William Mclean



If any of you could not figure out from the details above that the U.S. will attack Syria IMMINENTLY, this info from a guy inside the US government should remove all doubt.


A 30 character EAM was just broadcast on 8992.0     "EAM" means "Emergency Action Message" sent by the United States to certain military assets worldwide.  An EAM is a "drop whatever you're doing and do this first" type of message transmitted over the Global High Frequency Radio Network.

UPDATE 2:48 PM EDT -- 

The vessels mentioned above in the Update at 1:45 PM EDT, are all amphibious assault ships or their support ships. Meaning the potential of thousands of Marines are awaiting landing on Syria's coastline along with their tanks APCs artillery and all the hell that comes with Marines right after the potential air attacks from the Red Sea and Persian Gulf.
Problem with this is Russians have large naval army and air assets at several bases Kmeimin and Tartus on the coast. If these air attacks take place and the Russians shoot them down. That's it -- there is no going back.
This will accelerate at break neck speed into chaos.


From Greek News Service (Translated via Google)
While the maps depicting cruise missile routes of an American attack on Syria from the Mediterranean-Red-Persian Gulf (central photo) have already been released, Russia has already received the first attack on the Khmeimim air base. Russian air raids have broken one or more unknown objects, probably drone, which recorded the Russian movements’

US forces sent naval and air forces to control the region in the Mediterranean Sea, Jordan, Turkey, Cyprus and Iraq.
The situation around Syria continues to "boil" very dangerously.
The media do not officially give all the information related to the confrontation between Russia and the United States ... obviously not to cause panic.




The Russian Chief of Staff has been officially informed by the United States of America that it would conduct military operations in Damascus within 48 hours.
Russia has informed Iran of this and Iran is moving anti-ship missile batteries to the mouth of the Persian Gulf.  The USS Theodore Roosevelt and its strike group may not get out of the Persian Gulf alive.


From the video:  "Syrian Army won, they absolutely have no reason to use chemical weapons. They didn't use when they needed it the most (before Russian help came) and was almost losing the war. Why should they use when they are winning hard and doing mop up operations in some non important parts of the country?

 Russia basically saying US to not do this -but US doesn't listen and will strike anyway. 
This time Russia will answer by using military means.


Here's a map of what is located where in terms of U.S. and NATO naval deployments. (Click image to enlarge)
 Look at all the guided-missile destroyers sit off the coast.

And, USS John Warner (SSN-785):

From wiki:

"This ship is the second of the Block III subs, which will have a revised bow and some technology from Ohio-class cruise missile submarines.[6] The vessel supports 40 weapons, special operations forces, unmanned undersea vehicles, Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS)."


Multiple reports of B2 Stealth Aircraft taking off from Whiteman AFB


UN officials have been advised to leave Damascus urgently.

Investigations continue while the verdict is already in

But we know who did it and have reached our verdict

'Challenging & complex' Skripal investigation could take months – Met Police

'Challenging & complex' Skripal investigation could take months – Met Police
17 March, 2018

The investigation into the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia will likely take weeks, if not months, the Metropolitan Police has announced, calling the probe "extremely challenging and complex."

"This is an extremely challenging and complex investigation and we currently have around 250 exceptionally experienced and dedicated specialist officers from the counter-terrorism network working around the clock on this case," Met Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said on Saturday. 

"They are being supported by hundreds more officers from across the police family, as well as the military and other emergency services." He went on to state that detectives are examining around 4,000 hours of CCTV footage. "They are making good progress in what is a painstaking investigation that is likely to be ongoing for weeks, if not months."

Basu's comments were published in a renewed appeal for information from anyone who may have seen Sergei Skripal's burgundy BMW 320D saloon car with the license plate HD09 WAO. It comes after an initial appeal for information was issued earlier this week.

Authorities are hoping that any information on the whereabouts of Skripal's car on March 4 will lead to further information. "We need to establish Sergei and Yulia's movements during the morning, before they headed to the town center. Did you see this car, or what you believe was this car, on the day of the incident? We are particularly keen to hear from you if you saw the car before 1:30pm. If you have information, please call the police on 101," Basu said. He also stated that anyone who has images or footage which could potentially assist the investigation can upload them to a secure UK police website.

The renewed appeal for information also includes an updated timeline of what is currently known regarding the whereabouts of the Skripals on March 4. It begins with Yulia's arrival to Heathrow Airport on a flight from Russia the previous day, and continues to document a meal at the chain restaurant Zizzi's in Salisbury on March 4, followed by emergency services being called to attend to an "extremely ill" Sergei and Yulia less than 45 minutes after they left the restaurant.

30,000 flee to safety from East Ghouta

Over 30,000 leave militant-controlled E. Ghouta as people continue to flee for safety

17 March, 2018

More than 30,000 people have left towns in Eastern Ghouta on Saturday morning, the Russian military said. It also set up a livestream showing humanitarian corridors from land and air.

"At the moment 30,000 people have left [Eastern Ghouta]," Maj. Gen. Vladimir Zolotukhin, the spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry’s Reconciliation Center for Syria, said. He earlier said that "on average over 3,000 people per hour are passing through the humanitarian corridor."

The total number of those evacuated from the besieged enclave has reached nearly 45,000 people, Russian General Staff spokesman General Sergey Rudskoy said on Saturday afternoon.

Numerous accounts of people fleeing the violence in Eastern Ghouta began emerging while Western media remained largely silent on what the civilians had to endure while living under the militants’ rule.

They fired at us, they did not want us to flee at all, they fired at the car wheels so that we could not flee… There was no flour, no bread, no water at all. They let no one out,” a man filmed near Hush Nasri told RT’s Ruptly video agency.

They [militants] were living with us, next to our houses and inside them. They would open a road amongst the houses to be able to move. They would not leave, and we would not dare to say ‘get out.’ Then the shelling was over and it is us who became part of the human shields. We were not allowed to move,” another woman said.

Militants in Eastern Ghouta have been blocking civilians trying to leave the Damascus suburbs even after the humanitarian corridors were agreed late last month. The daily ceasefires, which began on February 27, have been aimed at allowing civilians to leave the combat zone, but the corridors were often fired at. 

The Russian military has repeatedly noted that terrorists groups use civilians as human shields, targeting those trying to flee the enclave.

We were about to die’: E. Ghouta civilians say militants used them as human shields & barred escape

‘We were about to die’: E. Ghouta civilians say militants used them as human shields & barred escape

Civilians fleeing the fighting in Eastern Ghouta in their thousands through humanitarian corridors say the militants controlling the area used them as human shields and prevented them from leaving their homes.

"They fired at us, they did not want us to flee at all, they fired at the car wheels so that we could not flee… There was no flour, no bread, no water at all. They let no one out," one man told RT’s Ruptly video agency near Hush Nasri.

"They [militants] were living with us, next to our houses and inside them. They would open a road amongst the houses to be able to move. They would not leave, and we would not dare to say ‘get out.’ Then the shelling was over and it is us who became part of the human shields. We were not allowed to move," a woman told Ruptly.

The armed groups holding out in Eastern Ghouta, a militant-held suburb near the Syrian capital of Damascus, continued to fire at civilians even as they were fleeing their homes, leaving several people injured.

"They were besieging us inside the basements, and we were strictly prevented from getting out at all, they made us starve… They were even firing at us as we were moving out, we were targeted by snipers, we were about to die, someone was shot," one woman recalled.

"We had no food or water. We wanted to flee but they prevented us. We fled against their will, they [militants] fired at us, half of the people were shot. Look at our children, bare feet, hungry, and without clothes, but [the militants] showed no mercy, they kept the commodities in stores for their benefit while our children starved to death, and they fired at us even as we wanted to get out," another woman added.

Desperate, scared and starved, people hoped to be rescued.

"We wanted to get out for a long time, and we wanted the Syrian Arab Army to take us out, but we could not. We were detained and put inside houses, and they fired at us, a lot of people were injured."

The UN and other humanitarian groups are working in close cooperation with the Syrian government and Russian Center for Reconciliation to provide assistance to the civilians leaving and still trapped in eastern Ghouta area, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria Ali Al-Za’tari told Russian media in an exclusive interview.

We have thousands of people leaving their places, running away from battles. That is putting a lot of pressure on humanitarian workers, on the government services, on the people themselves,” Al-Za’tari stressed. “We’ve seen that the Syrian Red Crescent was working very hard to ensure that services immediately are provided.”

We’re working with the Syrian Government and the Russian Federation, the Center in Khmeimim to ensure that humanitarian assistance is flowing to those people who are now in shelters. There are thousands of people, we are looking at 20,000 civilians, who were leaving East Ghouta in desperate conditions, and they are housed in different shelters around Damascus,” he continued.

The official shared his experience of visiting the besieged Damascus suburb of Douma, where he went with a humanitarian convoy over the past few days. The civilians there “are in a desperate condition. There’s dire need, they are tired, they are haggard, they are dirty, they are exhausted, they are hungry, they need immediate humanitarian assistance,” Al-Za’tari said, stressing the civilians must “be allowed to leave at will, and they need to be received with all the assistance.”

Over 30,000 people have left towns in Eastern Ghouta on Saturday morning alone, Maj. Gen. Vladimir Zolotukhin, the spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry’s Reconciliation Center for Syria, said, adding that "on average over 3,000 people per hour” are passing through the humanitarian corridor.

Daily humanitarian pauses for Eastern Ghouta began on February 28, as part of the Syrian Army’s and Russia’s efforts to help civilians leave the combat zone. The Russian military has repeatedly noted that the militants use civilians as human shields, targeting those trying to flee the terrorist enclave.

On Monday, militants killed at least nine civilians during protests against being held hostage in the city.

Terrorists severely suppress any protest actions from the population of Eastern Ghouta, who are forbidden to leave the area under threat of death,” Valery Gerasimov, head of Russia's General Staff, said. At least 15 civilians are known to have been killed and another 133 were injured in the past month. “Terrorists and so-called moderate opposition that joined them forcibly hold civilians, using them as human shields,” the general added.

The total number of people evacuated from the besieged enclave has reached over 48,000, spokesman for the Russian Reconciliation Center Major General Yury Yevtushenko said on Saturday.