Wednesday, May 24, 2017

John Georgelas.

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"Rise, cut ties: spies disguised in white,
by the sword, for the Lord of Might
Defeat the cheat, trite fleet of fright,
by rod—by God!—by baud, by byte"

For those familiar with computers baud and byte are familiar terms!.

"The American Climbing the Ranks of ISIS"

I RECOMMEND THIS ATLANTIC ARTICLE WITHOUT QUALIFICATION OR RESERVATION! A MUST READ.

"John Georgelas was a military brat, a drug enthusiast, a precocious underachiever born in Texas. Now he is a prominent figure within the Islamic State. Here’s the story of his long and troubling journey."

The True Believer!! A devolution story? A nobody who became a somebody?

This man, an American now described as "a prominent figure" within the leadership of the Islamic State. JOHN GEORGELAS A CONVERT TO ISLAM A/K/A Yahya Abu Hassan A/K/A Yahya al-Bahrumi


An American of prominence in the ranks of the Islamic State. Having influence and perhaps even counted among those who rank at the very top of the ISIL power structure.

Key points as extracted:

* "Americans are known to have traveled to Syria as jihadists. Most are knuckleheads. Yahya, it seemed, was unique."

* "When John uttered the Muslim declaration of faith, the ashes of the World Trade Center were barely cool."

* "Yahya and Tania [his wife] lied to anyone who inquired about their activities. When Syrian government spies started asking neighbors about them, they moved on."

* "When a SWAT team came to their  house in Grapevine, Texas, early in the morning, Yahya and Tania were already awake for dawn prayers."

* "Yahya is the Islamic State’s leading producer of high-end English-language propaganda. Recently, clues have emerged that he may be much more."

JOHN FROM A FAMILY OF HIGH-ACHIEVERS BUT HIMSELF A LOW-ACHIEVER UNTIL THAT EXACT MOMENT JOHN BECAME A SALAFIST MUSLIM OF THE MOST EXTREME TYPE. NOW HE IS A MAJOR PLAYER IN A DANGEROUS GAME OF GEO-POLITICAL STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE. WHO WOULD EVER HAVE THOUGHT IT COULD BE!

John has a way with the words and the poetry too, doesn't he!

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Linux USN.

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"Don’t think anything could possibly go wrong when a British Trident submarine, fitted with American manufactured (and maintained) nuclear warheads – managed via American manufactured (and maintained) nuclear warheads – managed via American developed software infected with American hacking tools when the red button is pushed? Think again."

That newest American warship DDG 1000 Zumwalt class destroyer not relying on Microsoft product for the Information Technology solution!

NOT using proprietary software but an off-the-shelf and commercially available operating system, Linux Red Hat!

"The Navy’s newest warship is powered by Linux"

The U.S. Navy knows something the Royal Navy [RN] does not?

"The advantage of [using Linux] over operating systems such as Windows is that security flaws are caught before they become an issue for the public. Because Linux does not dominate the market like Windows, there are some disadvantages to using the operating system. ... One main issue with Linux is drivers."

Linux SUPERIOR as compared to Microsoft?

Advantages and disadvantages of Linux as compared to Microsoft disscussed here!

A sampling of Linux advantages to include but hardly limited to:

* "Easy to install applications."
* "Secure."
* "Easy to change options."
* "Community."
* "Free."

Again, the U.S. Navy knows something about software and malware embedded the Royal Navy [RN] does not know?

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Dwindling.

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From the Chicago Tribune as of this last Sunday:

"NEWS BRIEFING"

"Iraq's special forces shrink ISIS stronghold in western Mosul"

"BAGHDAD - - Iraq's special forces declared their aspect of the mission to reclaim Mosul completed Saturday. However heavy fighting still looms between other Iraqi forces and the Islamic State group, which clings to a dwindling portion of Iraq's second largest city."

Stalingrad in the desert continues and has done so for SEVEN FULL MONTHS NOW!

I think everyone knew Mosul was going to be hard but did anyone anticipate it was going to be this hard? Urban warfare everyone grants is difficult. Especially if YOUR ADVERSARY HAS HAD SEVERAL YEARS TO PREPARE!

See previous blog entries the topic of which was the battle for Mosul:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/02/golden.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/02/five-bridges.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/03/bridges-mosul_6.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/04/old-city.html

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Trident II.

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Within context of the two previous blog entries consider this item as extracted from an article as seen at the outstanding Internet web site Strategy Page.

SLBM = submarine [sea] launched ballistic missiles.

"Strategic Weapons: SLBM Success Elusive"

"You don’t often hear about complex weapons that consistently perform flawlessly. They do exist. For example, test firings of production models of the U.S. Navy Trident II SLBM (Sea Launched Ballistic Missile) have never failed. There have been 143 of these missile launches, which involve an SSBN (ballistic missile carrying nuclear sub) firing one of their Trident IIs, with the nuclear warhead replaced by one of similar weight but containing sensors and communications equipment."

"The test results for the Trident while in development were equally impressive, with 87 percent successful (in 23 development tests) for the Trident I and 98 percent (49 tests) of the Trident II. The Trident I served from 1979-2005, while the Trident II entered service in 1990."

TRIDENT II UNTIL THIS RECENT FAILURE OF A MISSILE AS LAUNCHED FROM A BRITISH SUBMARINE 100 % SUCCESSFUL!

Soviet/Russian and Chinese SLBM in contrast to Trident far less reliable! Very questionable as can be reasonably inferred!!

Never a failure of a production model Trident II until now. So some investigation is warranted. Don't be so rash and throw the baby out with the bath water however,.

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MS XP Trident.

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"Don’t think anything could possibly go wrong when a British Trident submarine, fitted with American manufactured (and maintained) nuclear warheads – managed via American manufactured (and maintained) nuclear warheads – managed via American developed software infected with American hacking tools when the red button is pushed? Think again."

Once more to the subject of the recent British Royal Navy [RN] Trident missile malfunction. Routine test of ship, crew and missile as having gone awry to the consternation of many. British Members of Parliament [MP] up in arms over this issue as they say?

Thanks again also to Global Research and the original article as extracted from.

"MPs accuse Theresa May of covering up Trident malfunction"

[all spelling again in the British fashion]

The Guardian wrote that Theresa May was:

    “'under pressure to come clean in the House of Commons about the failure of a Trident missile test after MPs accused her of covering up the truth before a crucial parliamentary vote on renewing the nuclear deterrent.'”

"There was a catastrophic test-firing of the UK’s Trident II D5 ballistic missile in June last year off the coast of Florida. This was not some revolutionary new development still at the experimental stage."

. . . .

The Ministry of Defence said:

    “'The problem appears to have involved telemetry data, information gathered from various points and fed to the missile. There seem to have been a communication breakdown involving directional data.'“

"This is the same submarine class that was fitted with ‘Windows for Submarines’. In other words, the outdated software failed. Microsoft stopped supporting the MS XP system completely in 2014."

Warship and crew in harmony, but missile went erratic. Failure as is to be expected from time to time now a major difficulty for Prime Minister May. Elections soon in England and this will prove to be a hot-button item. Hopefully not!

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OS Submarine.

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Begins here some items of interest with regard to the Royal Navy [RN] submarine fleet computers of which are apparently susceptible [?] to the most recent world-wide hacking attack Ransomware.

Thanks to Global Research for the original article.

"British Nuclear Submarines, Microsoft and That Ransomware Attack"

[All spelling in the British fashion]

"In 2008, the UK’s nuclear submarines were fitted out with exactly the same systems that have just been involved in this cyber-attack."

"From a 2008 article – The Register: 'Royal Navy completes Windows for Submarines™ rollout'"

    “'The programme is called Submarine Command System Next Generation (SMCS NG), and uses varying numbers of standard multifunction consoles with two LCD screens, hooked up on an internal Ethernet network installed on each sub. Initial reports as the programme developed suggested that the OS in question would be Windows 2000, but those who have worked on it have since informed the Reg that in fact it is mostly based on XP.'”

"Windows were so chuffed at 'Windows for Submarines' they even advertised the fact to the entire world"

"chuffed - - adjective, British Informal. 1. delighted; pleased; satisfied."

Windows 2000 and Windows XP operating systems no longer maintained and for which security patches also no longer are made available?

Nothing can go wrong, go wrong, go wrong, go wrong, go wrong, go wrong!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Czar Brett I.

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Czar Brett I. Never heard of this man before. Someone who in just the last several days has become a hot button item?

Thanks to the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter:

"Turkey calls for ouster of Washington's ISIS war czar McGurk"

18 May.

"In the latest sign of a rift between US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu claimed Thursday that the US special envoy to the coalition against ISIS, Brett McGurk, should be removed from his post. The minister claimed in an interview that 'McGurk openly supports the (Kurdish) PKK (underground) and (Syrian Kurdish) YPG (militia)' so 'it would be beneficial' to oust him."

As to who this War Czar is:

1. "Brett H. McGurk - Wikipedia"

"Brett H. McGurk; Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant"

2. "McGurk, Brett"

"Brett McGurk serves as Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS at the U.S. Department of State."

3. "Turkey says 'pro-Kurd' US envoy Brett McGurk should leave"

"Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu accuses US envoy Brett McGurk of supporting Kurdish militants."

4. "Brett McGurk, one indispensable anti-ISIS warrior - NY Daily News"

"For all the coverage of senators grilling cabinet nominees, the most crucial national security official in Washington, now and after Donald Trump is sworn into office, is someone most people have never heard of"

Mr. McGurk a man of Ambassadorial rank coordinating all efforts civil and military as directed against the Islamic State.

THE TURK MUCH TO THEIR DISCREDIT AT THE WORST POSSIBLE MOMENT INSISTING ON THE REMOVAL OF THIS MAN! NOT GOOD!

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