Thursday, July 27, 2017

CTS Mosul.

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Thanks to the Ron Unz Internet web site and the article by Patrick Cockburn more details on the now concluded [?] battle for Mosul.

"Why Is the World Not Outraged at Mass Civilian Death in Mosul?"

As extracted the real story in the nutshell:

"The attack on the part [Mosul] to the east of the Tigris River was primarily undertaken by the highly trained and experienced Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), fighting house to house. Air strikes were usually against carefully selected targets, and not called in at will by ground troops at the first sign of resistance."

"These tactics of the pro-government forces did not work. True, they eventually captured east Mosul after three months of heavy fighting and at the cost of casualties to the CTS reported as being between 40 and 50 per cent. But they could not afford this scale of losses repeated in west Mosul, where Isis was even more deeply entrenched."

"When the assault on west Mosul began on 19 February, the pro-government forces were therefore using artillery, rockets and air power much more freely. And in addition to the CTS, they fielded the Federal Police and Emergency Response Division, both of which were far less well-trained and deemed more sectarian than the CTS. As they in turn suffered heavy casualties, they lost all restraint in use of their firepower."

There you have it. Counter Terrorism Service troops well-trained and prepared for urban warfare less reliant on heavy firepower and able to use a nuanced approach but still sustaining heavy casualties.

Less well-trained troops during a period of prolonged urban warfare becoming too reliant on heavy firepower and using same in a more indiscriminate manner.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Smugglers.

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"I hereby certify, with respect to Colombia, that interdiction of aircraft reasonably suspected to be primarily engaged in illicit drug trafficking in that country's airspace is necessary, because of the extraordinary threat posed by illicit drug trafficking to the national security of that country," - - Donald Trump.

From the Russian Internet web site Sputnik this headline did startle me.

"Trump Says US Has Right to Interdict Aircraft in Columbia Airspace - White House"

"WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — President Donald Trump has issued a determination ordering the shooting down of any aircraft suspected of being involved in the smuggling of illegal drugs in the airspace of the nation of Columbia, a presidential memorandum released by the White House revealed."

AMERICAN WARPLANES CAN SHOOT DOWN PRIVATE AIRCRAFT IN COLOMBIAN AIRSPACE WITH IMPUNITY? IS THIS WHAT THAT HEADLINE SUGGESTS?

This however does not seem to be anything new. Is merely a reaffirmation of a rather old policy [since 2003 at least].

I guess the main question would be whether American warplanes have been given the OK for incursions into Colombian air space and shoot-down aircraft identified as smuggling drugs.

Sputnik is exaggerating? Trying to create and issue where there is not issue? I am not sure.

Nothing NEW here folks! Nothing to SEE folks! Move ALONG folks!

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

1940 France.

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From Freeper the latest cinematic war epic "Dunkirk" not without critics.

"'We were at Dunkirk, too' say French furious at being written out of film epic"

"Around 30,000 French troops held back Nazi divisions near the city of Lille to protect their allies during the evacuation code-named Operation Dynamo. Renowned French film critic Jacques Mandelbaum called Nolan 'witheringly impolite' and slammed the director's 'deplorable indifference' towards his country's contribution to the epic evacuation. 'Where in the film are the 120,000 French soldiers who were also evacuated from Dunkirk?'"

If amphibious operations are rated as the most difficult of military missions [going from ships to shore] how much more difficult is a reverse amphibious mission and WHILE UNDER PRESSURE!

Also besides Dunkirk think Operation Ariel. A SECOND Dunkirk but even more successful!!

Ariel subsequent to Dunkirk. Men and material both from France to England, as little as possible left behind.

From the wiki that number of troops and civilians as evacuated during Ariel:

"Troops and civilians"

Nationality        Total
British            144,171
Polish              24,352
French            18,246
Czech              4,938
Belgian             163
Total              191,870
Civilian         30–40,000

See too this Pathe newsreel from the time of Ariel as reported to the English public:

"Second BEF Home Again 1940"

Reverse amphibious operations historically speaking only the military of England the United States have been able to accomplish with any degree of success.

NOBODY SAID WAR WAS EASY!!

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Marawi.

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Yesterday it was Mosul, Iraq.

Think now Marawi, Mindanao, Philippines!

Marawi as occupied by Islamic rebels in conflict with the central government of the Philippines in Manila, city fighting as continuing into the third month now.

WELCOME TO THE ISLAMIC CITY OF MARAWI!

From a variety of sources.

1. "The Fight in Marawi City and the Struggles to Come"

2. "Marawi siege enters 3rd month"

3. "Rodrigo Duterte Says He Can 'Wait For One Year' to Clear ISIS Militants From Marawi"

4. "Philippines: Not A Sanctuary But A Deathtrap"

Read further from the wiki, that entry concerning the Battle of Marawi:

"The Battle of Marawi . . . is an ongoing armed conflict in Marawi, Lanao del SuR . . . between Philippine government security forces and affiliated militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, including the Maute and Abu Sayyaf Salafi jihadist groups."

Protracted and brutal urban combat. Fanatics as first on the offensive occupying Marawi and now defending against Filipino regular forces counter-attack!!

That size of the Maute force as occupying Marawi unclear. The wiki mentions five-hundred or so Islamic fighters as attacking a nearby military base. Filipino ground forces in action either four divisions plus or elements of four divisions plus.

"Because they (the Maute group) threatened to go down from the mountains to burn down Marawi? Go ahead, be my guest. We will wait for you there. Walang problema (No problem)." - - Duterte, 2016.

WELCOME TO THE ISLAMIC CITY OF MARAWI.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

John & Jane.

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“ISIS fighters have dressed up as woman and caked their faces in makeup in a bid to avoid being caught by Iraqi authorities after losing their stronghold in Mosul.”

Warning! If you are easily disturbed by images of an intense, adult, outrageous and frankly macabre nature do not open the link below from the Daily Mail but hit escape now! You have been warned!

Thanks to the story from Canada Free Press as seen again originally at the Daily Mail:.

 "Jihadi Johns crossing over to Jihadi Janes to escape Mosul"

Transgender has been a major topic in the news recently. But this is too much!!

"Welcome to the Brave New World where girls can no longer be girls or boys, boys in a coming society where no one knows who or what they really are in a world where both politicians and popes claim there is no such thing as Islamic terrorism"


Captured! The most dangerous beast of them all. An ISIL warrior. Beard shaved, hair cut, dressed as a woman in the burka, lots of cosmetics applied to the face. Concealment that did not work. What would Mohammad say? Frankly I have chosen this image because it is the least offensive and controversial of all I have seen.

The more they make an effort to escape detection the more likely to be caught. If you want to hide, hide in the open. Too late now boys/girls.

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Mad Max.

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"If this is the end, then what was it all worth?
Don't bother to ask, there's no price on this earth"

Sailors of the British Royal Navy [RN] hardly the only case and not alone in suffering from PTSD, madness and a high-rate of  suicides. Even during much more modern times the rigors of naval warfare and extended periods of life at sea hazardous to your health even when not in combat! Thanks to Deviant Art and Wuthering Heights for the image and quotation.

As extracted from the Internet web site 1870to1918 that article:

 "Russo-Japanese War: The 18,000-mile voyage"

AMONG THOSE RUSSIAN SAILORS OF THE BALTIC FLEET [RENAMED THE SECOND PACIFIC SQUADRON FOR THE MISSION] EN ROUTE TO DESTRUCTION AT TSUSHIMA THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STRESS FOR A PROLONGED PERIOD UNDER LESS THAN DESIRABLE CONDITIONS SO GREAT AS TO PRODUCE EXCESSIVE MADNESS AMONG PERSONNEL!

"It was a voyage that literally drove some of the participants insane. The ships of the Imperial Russian Navy were never intended to serve as residences over a period of seven and a half months. Poorly ventilated, rat-infested, filled with coal dust from stockpiles heaped in every available space, each one became its own self-contained hell."

"Men began to go mad. An old acquaintance of Politovsky’s [fleet's Chief Engineer] wandered about the boats half-undressed, asking people if they feared Death. Eventually Rozhestvensky [ Rear Admiral that most senior Russian commander] collected an assortment of misfits to ship back home through the Suez aboard the 'Malay'—lunatics, drunkards, invalids, men imprisoned for mutinous acts. As the 'Malay' departed the harbor, a group of mutineers seized control of the ship—but an armed crew went aboard and restored order. Some of the worst were simply put ashore and abandoned to fate."

PROLONGED PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STRESS WITHOUT AMELIORATION AT BEST RESULTING IN DEBILITATION OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND AT WORST CAUSING MADNESS!!

As with the Royal Navy so was it too with the Russian!!

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Joint Sea 2017.

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Nothing like this has occurred since 1905?

Chinese naval vessels with a global reach demonstration. Sailing from home waters vicinity the South China Sea; warships their destination the Baltic. Far from home to say the least. For the Chinese at any rate even unprecedented!!

"Chinese Navy holds live-fire training in Mediterranean en route to joint drills with Russia"

"A Chinese fleet comprising warships that are 'the best class of their category' has staged live-fire drills in the Mediterranean, according to the Chinese military. The contingent is now heading to Russia’s Baltic coast for the ‘Joint Sea 2017’ exercises."

1905 the Russian Baltic Fleet part and parcel of the Russo-Japanese War. The 18,000-mile voyage what it is called. As to that entire story, the sailing of the Baltic Fleet to the other side of the world and eventual obliteration see from the Internet web site 1870to1918:

"Russo-Japanese War: The 18,000-mile voyage".


That route of the Russian Baltic fleet [renamed the Second Pacific Squadron for the mission] en route [1905]  to disaster at Tsushima. I had always thought the Russian warships NOT allowed passage through the Suez Canal. Evidently that was not so. This Chinese division of naval vessels following the course [2017] as seen in red, but in the reverse direction. Click on image to see a larger view.

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