Tuesday, September 23, 2014


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From that previous blog entry:

"The group [Khorasan Group] is named after the historical region Khorasan that comprised parts of present-day Iran, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in prehistoric and early Islamic times"

Khwarezm that area in blue.

Khorasan in ancient times the home of a very sophisticated and cultured Islamic society, gone with the wind so they say, obliterated in battle with the forces of Genghis Khan.

"In the 12th century, the Khwarezmid Empire was founded and, in the early 13th century, ruled over all of Persia under the Shah ʿAlāʾ al-Dīn Muhammad II (1200–1220) . . .  from 1218 to 1220 Genghis Khan and his Mongols launched the invasion of Central Asia and destroyed the Kara-Khitan Khanate and the Khwarezmid Empire, including the splendid capital of the latter, Gurganj."


Mohammad put to flight and rout, his empire invaded, his armies destroyed, the occupants of his cities put to the sword, the land itself laid waste, destruction and death on an apocalyptic scale, almost unprecedented. Such was the wrath of Genghis!!



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Until only this morning the Khorasan Group totally unknown to me.

These guys are seen as a big threat on the scale of an ISIL?

Among those targets in Syria and Iraq for American cruise missiles, drones, stealth fighters and bombers is the Khorasan faction in opposition to Assad!

1. "U.S. strikes Khorasan Group in Syria, which posed 'imminent' threat to West"

"(CNN) -- [Breaking news update 6:44 a.m. ET]  The Khorasan Group, which the U.S. military struck overnight in Syria, was actively plotting against a U.S. homeland target and Western targets, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday. The threat was 'imminent,' the source said."

2. "Jihadi social media: Khorasan Group leader Muhsin al-Fadhli killed in U.S. airstrikes in Syria"

"the name of the Khorasan Group itself wasn’t leaked to the media until last week, although James Clapper had alluded months ago to unnamed AQ operatives inside Syria wanting to hit the U.S. from afar."

From the wiki entry for Khorasan Group:

"Khorasan is the assumed name of a Jihadist group in Syria with close ties to Al-Qaeda. They operate very hidden as a working group. Members are a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target international aviation. The group is named after the historical region Khorasan that comprised parts of present-day Iran, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in prehistoric and early Islamic times."

"The Khorasan group itself is shrouded in mystery. Little is known publicly apart from its being composed of former Al-Qaeda operatives from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. The group is said to favor concealed explosives as a terror method. Meanwhile the name Khorasan is aggressively spread from the intelligence community together with the note, Khorasan specifically recruits jihadists from the West."


Monday, September 22, 2014


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Flash report update!

"URGENT: ISIS kills 300 Iraqi soldiers by chlorine gas attack in Saqlawiyah"

Here with the rest of the story and NO MENTION OF POISON GAS!

"Hundreds of Iraqi soldiers trapped or missing after chaotic retreat from an army base"

"BAGHDAD — Hundreds of Iraqi soldiers were trapped or missing on Sunday following a chaotic retreat from an army base in western Iraq, military officials said, underscoring the ability of Islamic State insurgents to remain on the offensive despite expanded airstrikes from the United States."

"At least 820 soldiers were stationed at Saqlawia Camp, north of the insurgent-controlled Iraqi city of Fallujah, when it came under attack from five suicide bombings on Sunday afternoon, said Lt. Col. Ihab Hashem, a deputy commander with the Iraqi Army’s 8th division who was at the camp. Two bombers drove explosives-packed armored vehicles and three others detonated vests, he said".

Suicide bombings but NOT chlorine gas? This all remains to be seen. NONETHELESS, another instance of the Iraqi National Army inability to hold a position, this disaster and instance of what appears to be a total break down of unit integrity, chaotic rout!!

Or this another instance of: "those with the loudest voices tend to be furthest from the scene of the action!!"



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Some details on the recent approach of Russian bomber aircraft to American airspace as occurred just only a few days ago.

NO violation of the Alaskan ADIZ occurring. Merely an approach.

"US F-22 Jets Intercept 6 Russian Warplanes 55 Miles Off The Alaskan Coast"

"six Russian military airplanes just over 50 miles away from the western coast of Alaska, military officials said Friday, among which identified as two IL-78 refueling tankers, two Mig-31 fighter jets and . . . two Tupolev Tu-95 'Bear' long-range bombers, which are known to carry tactical ICBMs with nuclear warheads among their arsenal."

Those Russian warplanes to include BEAR, FOXHOUND and MIDAS.

NO BLINDER or FENCER. BEAR capable of carrying tactical cruise missiles with nuclear warhead. NOT ICBM's.

Also FOXHOUND the stretch fuselage version of the MiG-25 FOXBAT. FOXHOUND with a crew of two and an AIR DEFENSE WARPLANE! Four FOXHOUND capable of providing the entire air defense needs of a nation the size of Britain.




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ISIL now has a chemical capability? And is using same?

So it is alleged.

"Three hundred Iraqi soldiers died in a chlorine gas attack carried out by the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in the Iraqi city of Fallujah"

"It is unclear when the attacks took place. ISIS's use of chlorine gas in attacks isn't new. There are reports that the ISIS militants used chlorine-war gas before."

Good old-fashioned but NONETHELESS DEADLY chlorine gas choking agent. A legacy from almost one years ago first used in combat during the Great War.

Troops neither prepared nor equipped just throwing away their weapons and fleeing the battlefield in absolute disorder. Indeed, mass panic and disorder on the battlefield as a result of the use of chemical agents a greater threat to the combat commander than casualties from the poison itself.

Such if the case this is an escalation of the conflict and also demonstrative of additional ruthlessness on the part of ISIL. As if they need further demonstrations of ruthlessness.



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From the memoirs and writings of General William Depuy a series of blog entries, extracts and commentaries as originally seen at the Isegoria Internet web site

General William Depuy a rather significant general officer from that era of the Second Indo-China War. Chief of Staff for the Military Assistance Command Vietnam [MACV] at that exact moment when American involvement in that conflict became massive!

General Depuy not to be confused with Colonel Trevor Dupuy. The latter a distinguished American military historian and theorist.

As has been noted and commented on by various authorities, those soldiers going ashore on 6 June at Normandy excessively and dangerously overloaded.

Those troops first to land on the beaches at Normandy, 6 June severely over-loaded to the extent that the ability of the soldiers to accomplish their mission compromised, SOLDIERS HAVING TRAINED IN ENGLAND TO CROSS ONE HUNDRED METERS [YARDS] OF BEACH IN TWENTY SECONDS IN A FEW INSTANCES REQUIRING WHILE UNDER FIRE THREE HOURS TO DO SO!!

"The Basic Load for an Infantryman Landing at Normandy"

"What was the basic load for an infantryman landing at Normandy just after D-Day?"

Think rather those troops carrying on 6 June what is more properly called the existence load. Blanket, shelter half, rations and additional rations as required for sustained operation, but not necessary during a frontal assault from an amphibious landing.

A fighting load as better defined consisting of:

* Uniform with helmet and boots.

* Rifle with about one hundred rounds of ammo.

* Four hand grenades.

* Bayonet.

* Pistol belt and suspenders [web gear] with four ammo pouches.

* Full canteen and entrenching tool.

All beyond that an existence load and superfluous to the "first-wave" combat assault troops.

AND even far better would have been those initial troops going ashore at Normandy to have conducted the NIGHT ASSAULT! American Ranger and British commando units eliminating to the greatest extent possible in the hours just before dawn those German defenses immediate adjacent to the landing beaches.

But the light-laden soldier "stripped" to the minimum or the special operations troop executing the night assault neither did occur, those casualties on D-Day rather heavy, almost at least on Omaha Beach catastrophic.


Sunday, September 21, 2014


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Kurdish areas in Syria now under siege by ISIL. Kurdish YPG militia to the rescue. Recall that each political party among the Kurds has their own militia each and everyone operating independently, not as part of focused and concentrated force acting in concert.

ISIL after a period of apparently consolidating gains now on the move again? Fear the worst unless massive American intervention with coalition assistance forthcoming.

1. "Syrian Kurds warn of mounting crisis as ISIS advances, takes more villages"

"The latest ISIS advance in Syria has brought a swath of the country's north-central Kurdish region under siege, with Kurdish leaders warning of another humanitarian crisis without international intervention . . . in the past three days some 60 nearby villages fell under ISIS control . . . 39 villages on Friday alone "

2. "Kurdish fighters from Turkey join battle to save Syrian Kurdish town from ISIS"

"(CNN) -- Hundreds of Kurdish fighters from Turkey have arrived in the Syrian Kurdish town of Ayn al-Arab to join a Kurdish militia group battling to hold off ISIS forces, activists said Saturday.
Clashes continue in the area between the militia, called the People's Protection Unit (YPG,) and the ISIS fighters, according the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights."

Even from the Internet I am unable to determine with any sort of exactitude the political orientation of the YPG militia. Syrian based is about all I can surmise. Factionalism in the battle against ISIL does no one any good.