Saturday, December 10, 2016

NO GO!

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Once more from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter:

Those coalition forces fighting ISIL in and around Mosul finding themselves in a quagmire, without amelioration?

"Mosul offensive folds, waiting now for Trump"

5 Dec.

"The failure of the US-backed Iraqi army offensive to liberate Mosul - nine weeks after it began - could no longer be denied when a delegation of ISIS chiefs arrived there Sunday, Dec. 4, traveling unhindered from Raqqa, Syria . . . they arrived to discuss how to synchronize the operations of the two jihadist strongholds, after the Islamist leaders occupying Mosul changed course about leaving the city and decided to stay put. . . . Altogether 54,000 Iraqi troops and 5,000 US servicemen supported by 90 warplanes and 150 heavy artillery pieces - were invested in the Mosul campaign when it was launched in October. They proved unable to beat 9,000 jihadists. Aware of the crisis on the Mosul front, the Pentagon has drawn up plans for sending out US reinforcements in the hope of turning the tide of the stalled battle. Those plans repose in their pending trays to await the decisions of the incoming US President Donald Trump and the new Defense Secretary, Gen. James Mattis"

SUCH ARE THE DECISION THAT MUST BE MADE WHEN YOU ASSUME THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT. AND INSTANTLY TOO! GOOD LUCK MR. TRUMP.

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Sirte.

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Yet more from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter.

Success in Libya? ISIL adherents and affiliates finally defeated. Took six months but mission accomplished!

We hope so!

"ISIS driven out of Libyan port of Sirte"

5 Dec.

"Libyan pro-government forces say they have driven ISIS out of the last district of Sirte after the last dozen jihadists surrendered Monday. Backed by US air strikes, forces loyal to Libya's unity government have been fighting for more than six months to drive the Islamists out of their North African stronghold. Civilian casualties multiplied as ISIS fighters used them as human shields"

The defeat of the ISIL combatants adherents and affiliates both as totally a Libyan ground action? Air support from U.S. assets on-call but ground troops of other nations not involved?

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Fifth Corps.

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Again from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter.

Sunni versus Shia those forces arrayed to include PROXIES carried to a new extreme!

"'Syrian 5th Corps' is new Shiite foreign legion"

4 December.

"Syria and its allies came closer than ever to taking Aleppo on Friday, Dec. 2, when they captured the Tariq al-Bab district to gain control of 60 percent of the rebel-held eastern part of the city. Drawing on the lessons of this success, the winning forces have begun building a military outfit modeled on the format of the victorious coalition. It is designated the 'Fifth Corps' of the Syrian army, but . . . military and intelligence sources can identity the new unit as the framework for an international Shiite brigade or foreign legion . . . It is composed of the remnants of the Syrian army's First and Second Corps, which took a bad beating in the five years of conflict, the Hizballah expeditionary force in Syria and the Shiite militias which Tehran imported from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to fight for Bashar Assad. The new framework aims to field 50,000 to 70,000 fighting men. It will be the first Shiite army or foreign legion ever seen in the Middle East."

THIS WILL INTIMIDATE THOSE SUNNI NATIONS OF THE AREA TO INCLUDE TURKEY?

Staying power for Assad now guaranteed now and for the foreseeable future, even with a cessation of hostilities!

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Cardboard.

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Here begins a series of blog entries, extracts with commentary from items as seen at the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter.

That battle for Mosul continues unresolved. ISIL as usual being ruthless but also very canny and resourceful!

"ISIS rigs cardboard tanks in Mosul to deceive US pilots"

3 December.

"The Islamic State buttressed its Mosul defense over the weekend by scattering tanks and APCs across the city around strategic locations. But, according to Western military sources, the tanks were fakes made of cardboard, for the purpose of misleading the US planes and drones attacking them. The fake vehicles were constructed with great cunning and hard to distinguish from real tanks and APCs"


A metal frame over the body of a small vehicle. Then canvas or some sort of covering over the frame. From the air this will fool? And can be moved around and displaced as needed or as part of a further deliberate deception plan!

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Steadfast.

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Wheels and not tracks?

From Freeper the Israeli adopts a new approach to the concept of the heavy-armored personnel-carrier [HAPC]!

"New Israeli APC may be produced in US"

"The Defense Ministry [Israeli] is mulling manufacturing the planned new IDF armored personnel carrier - the Eitan - in the US and purchasing it with US military aid. The planned new IDF armored personnel carrier (APC) - the Eitan - will be manufactured in the US and purchased by Israel with US military aid, according to internal discussions by the IDF land forces and the Ministry of Defense. Such a decision is liable to disappoint Israeli defense companies and dozens more small and medium-sized companies in Israel involved in the Merkava tank program."


"Eitan (Hebrew for 'steadfast') is an armoured fighting vehicle developed . . . to replace the aging M113 armored personnel carrier in use by the Israel Defense Forces. It is to be an 8-wheeled vehicle much lighter than the Namer, weighing less than 35 tons, and will be fitted with the Trophy active protection system . . . The Eitan can be equipped with a 30–40 mm gun and a missile firing position."

"According to Brigadier General Baruch Matzhliah, the vehicle will complement, not replace, the Namer tracked APC; as a wheeled vehicle, it will cost half as much as the Namer and, unlike tracked vehicles, can transport infantry squads on roads without relying on tank transporters".

Israel very fond of taking old tank chassis and converting them to HAPC. Eitan is not a conversion?

See previous blog entry regarding Israeli HAPC:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/11/shot-hapc.html

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Article 88.

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THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES HAS MISSPOKEN!!

"Obama Reminds Troops They Have the Right to 'Protest Against Authority' and 'Criticize Our President'"

NO! A thousand times NO!

"(CNSNews.com) - In a speech at MacDill Air Force Base, in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, President Obama focused on his eight-year effort to protect the homeland, fight terrorism, and strengthen U.S. allies. He said he wanted to 'talk about the foundation that we will leave for the next administration.'"

. . . .

"At one point, Obama reminded the troops 'that each of us has...the universal right to speak your minds and to protest against authority; to live in a society that's open and free; that can criticize our president without retribution.'"

Without further ado or elaboration:

“Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.” - - Article 88, UCMJ.

TRUTH IS NO DEFENSE! 

Article 88 applies only to officers? If contemptuous words used by enlisted they can thrown Article 134 at you?

A devoted reader to the blog knows this stuff?

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

7 December.

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As extracted more or less in entirety from the outstanding Internet web site isegoria.net on the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Japanese attack on the American fleet at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941.

"Remember Pearl Harbor"

"Remember Pearl Harbor, Jonathan says — and screw Google"

"Note that, as usual, Google ignores the anniversary as it routinely ignores other US patriotic commemorations. You can’t say they don’t understand the importance of remembrance, since they seem to remember everything else. But for some memories they look the other way. What is that about? Whatever their intent, the conspicuous non-observance outlines that which isn’t acknowledged, much as black holes reveal themselves by distorting the space around them. Google’s odd behavior has been noted so often that Microsoft’s Bing.com makes a point of showing a photo of the USS Arizona memorial every December 7."

GOOGLE TODAY THEIR PAGE SHOWING THE AMERICAN FLAG AND NOTHING MORE THAN THAT! IN MEMORY OF PEARL HARBOR ONE MIGHT IMAGINE!

GOOGLE THEIR AUDIENCE WORLD-WIDE. NOT WANT TO OFFEND ANYONE, EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, OFFENSE NOT GIVEN AND NONE SHOULD BE TAKEN?

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