8:38 [ZeroHedge] (E)
Late Monday the main US base in Manbij was filmed empty of US forces, and American convoys were also spotted hastily pulling out of the city as Syrian national forces entered, following Sunday`s historic deal between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Assad government. Newsweek reports the developments follows: The U.S. military has begun a hasty exit from Syria`s northern city of Manbij, and is set to help Russia establish itself there amid a Turkish attempt to defeat Kurdish-led, Pentagon-backed fighters at the strategic location, Newsweek has learned.
18:56 [BlackListed News] (E)
The economic logic has driven the increasing dependency on mercenaries and private contractors ever since the beginning of the “war on terror” in 2001. First, a few statistical indicators: 75% of all western military personnel in Afghanistan are now private contractors. There are over 150,000 Pentagon-financed contractors in Afghanistan today. 2012 was the first year that more contractors than regular US Army personnel were killed in Afghanistan, and that trend has continued since then.
18:38 [The Unz Review] (E)
Amid the usual hysterics of ‘impending genocide’ and ‘brutal betrayal’, the long-expected Turkish operation in northeast Syria is rolling, and Turkish troops accompanied by their Syrian rebel allies quickly advance into the former US occupation zone east of the Euphrates River, pushing the Kurdish nationalist militias away from the border. The American soldiers withdrew from the area by the order of their Supreme Commander (save some Special Forces who came under fire but safely retreated).
18:42 [Press TV] (E)
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in an interview with the CBS News on Sunday that the US would be pulling out around 1,000 troops from Syria`s northeast as part of a "deliberate withdrawal” directed by US President Donald Trump.
9:08 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
The plan is as we anticipated. A major goal is to interrupt the M4 highway that runs parallel to the border and allows for troop movements between the east and the west of the Kurdish majority areas. The highway is about 20-30 kilometers from the border. The sector Turkey attacks right now has only a minority of Kurdish people amongst a majority of Arabs
22:37 [Sic Semper Tyrannis] (E)
IMO this decision is a specific rejection by Trump of the advice of the neocons led by Pompeo and L. Graham as well as the habit and inertia opinion of the Borg (the foreign policy establishment).
This is Trump being Trump.
18:40 [youtube/The Last American Vagabond] (E)
This is an excerpt of The Daily Wrap Up 10/5
9:37 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
Half a century ago, I was in South Vietnam as a Marine combat infantryman. Even then, I knew the history of the conflict, to an extent anyway, having read Bernard Fall’s Two Vietnams and Street Without Joy, the latter I found sitting in the library on the USS Cleveland, a naval ship used by Marines for beach assaults on “enemy held” regions of South Vietnam. The truth, of course, is that the US was in South Vietnam to prevent an election that the US was a signatory to and guarantor for, in accordance with the Geneva Conference of 1954 which covered both issues of Korea and Indochina. The real source of the fighting was the oppressive Diem regime in Saigon that operated as an oppressive dictatorship, outlawing Buddhist religious practices, banning newspapers, and imprisoning and executing tens of thousands.
9:22 [Southfront] (E)
Special sources told the Lebanese news channel that the decision was taken as a result of the September 14 Abqaiq–Khurais attack and the recent Operation Victory from God, which were carried out by the Houthis. “Committees will be formed by both parties in the coming days to ascertain Saudi intentions,” al-Mayadeen quoted one of the sources as saying. There was no immediate comment on al-Mayadeen’s report from the Houthis, nor from the Saudi-led coalition. Saudi warplanes have carried out dozens of airstrikes on Yemeni since the beginning of this month.
17:46 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
Due to increasing tensions with Iran, tensions that primarily stem for US inability to make Iran submit on nuclear issue, the US has shifted its Middle East command and control centre from Qatar to 7,000 miles way at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. The centre was established in 1991 in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf war and, for the past 13 years, had been functioning in Qatar. But times have changed. And, the fact that Iran has the ability to hit the US means that this centre, in the wake of a military showdown, could have easily been targeted, crippling the US ability.
21:42 [Asia Times] (E)
Never underestimate the power of blowback. Right now, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), the de facto ruler of the House of Saud, is staring at it, an ominous abyss opened by the Houthis in Yemen. This past weekend, Yemeni Armed Forces spokesman Brigadier Yahya al-Sari clinically described how Ansarallah, also known as the Houthi rebel movement, aided by what Yemenis describe as “popular committees,” captured three Saudi brigades of 2,400 – ragged – soldiers, plus Yemeni and Sudanese mercenaries as well as several hundred battle vehicles. At least 500 Saudi soldiers were killed, Ansarallah said. (A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition denied the claim).
7:30 [rt] (E)
Host Chris Hedges talks to journalist and author, Stephen Kinzer, on efforts by Saudi Arabia and Washington to cripple Iran’s economy, inevitably putting Saudi Arabia, its Gulf allies and Washington on a collision course with the Islamic Republic that could end with war.
22:14 [RT] (E)
The alleged casualties were inflicted on the Saudis during an operation dubbed ‘Victory from Allah,’ which was launched two days ago, the Houthis claimed. They added that three “enemy military brigades had fallen” in the attack that was conducted with the support of missile, drone and anti-aircraft units belonging to the group.
18:54 [news.com.au] (E)
Yemeni rebels say they have captured thousands of Saudi troops. It’s been called one of the most significant events in the Middle East in recent years.
13:38 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Lithuania’s Defense Ministry has announced a new deployment of US troops to their country. The deployment will include a number of US soldiers, tanks, and fighting vehicles, and will be an “extended mission.”.....The deployment is part of the US Army’s Atlantic Resolve campaign, which has been ongoing since 2014, and has focused on sending more and more US military assets to Baltic states and other nations near the Russian frontier.
21:35 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
In a situation where the Kingdom can easily be hit where it hurts most, it’s clear that political rivals from within the Kingdom can go to any extent to weaken and eventually overthrow the Saudi royal family. The Saudi war in Yemen has thus already become a double threat, an albatross around the Saudi neck that Mohammad bin Salman finds almost impossible to get rid of.
9:30 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
The air defenses surrounding Abqaiq proved to be ineffective. That may have been because they were shut off. But it is doubtful that the systems, even if they had been on alert, would have made any difference. The U.S. made Patriot system in question was built as an air defense system against fighter jets. It was later upgraded to give it some capability against ballistic missiles. But even its latest iteration is not capable of defeating smaller drones or low flying cruise missiles.
15:24 [Fort Russ] (E)
Scaling up bombings in Libya with Egyptian Rafale, UAE drones pounding Turkish bases across the country forcing Turkey’s defense ministry to order the immediate transport of wounded and dead Turkish soldiers back to Ankara. At the same time, Russian technicians rushed to Libya to support the Army. Recently, Khaf Haftar’s Commander of Operations, General Mabrouk al-Ghazawi, said that operations would continue until the last hostile Turkish target in the air, sea or land, has left the country.
22:22 [Asia Times] (E)
We are the Houthis and we’re coming to town. With the spectacular attack on Abqaiq, Yemen’s Houthis have overturned the geopolitical chessboard in Southwest Asia – going as far as introducing a whole new dimension: the distinct possibility of investing in a push to drive the House of Saud out of power.
7:02 [RT] (E)
Locations of Saudi and Emirati Patriot launchers (circles: detection zone, red: kill zone) based on data from a Russian Ministry of Defense source.
20:30 [RT] (E)
Patriot missiles failed to protect Saudi Arabia from attack because even the world’s best anti-air systems sometimes don’t work, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said, expertly rebuking critics of the US defense industry.
1:51 [Sic Semper Tyrannis] (E)
TTG raised the issue of whether or not this wave of strikes was done by UAVs or cruise missiles. IMO this cruise missile could be built in Yemen with Iranian assistance. I am very interested in the question of what the actual vector of the attacks was in this case.
9:58 [Gospa News] (E)
An unsealed document of american intelligence signed by former 007 chief Graham Fuller confirms the bloody project with Israel and Turkey for Assad’s opposition to Muslim Brotherhood pipeline.
8:50 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
The September 2019 attack that cut Saudi Arabia’s oil production by up to 60% and has thrown the world into chaos was not a surprise. The claim by US Secretary of State that “Iran did it” is no surprise as well. That Yemen did it, destroyed the world’s largest oil refinery that has the world’s best air defenses, almost, is a surprise. It is also quite possible that some other “player” is responsible. Let’s postulate about that a bit, perhaps even delving into the kind of conspiracy theories that, of late, have turned out to be correct over and over.
10:36 [The Unz Review] (E)
For a couple of decades I covered the military for various publications, as for example the Washington Times and Harper’s, and wrote a military column for Universal Press Syndicate. I was following the time-honored principle of sensible reporters: “Ask not what you can do for journalism, but what journalism can do for you.” The military beat was a great gig, letting you fly in fighter planes and sink in submarines. But if you take the study seriously, as I did, you learn interesting things. Such as that a war with a real country, such as Russia, China, or even Iran, would be a fool’s adventure.
19:57 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Questioning “mutual assured destruction,” Charles Kupperman called nuclear conflict “in large part a physics problem.” Incoming National Security Advisor, Charles Kupperman, made the claim Nuclear War With USSR Was Winnable. He made those statements in the 1980s. I do not know his views today, but let`s review what he said then.
7:27 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Yemen is a nightmare, a catastrophe, a mess - and the United States is highly complicit in the whole disaster. Refueling Saudi aircraft in-flight, providing targeting intelligence to the kingdom and selling the requisite bombs that have been dropped for years now on Yemeni civilians places the 100,000-plus deaths, millions of refugees, and (still) starving children squarely on the American conscience. If, that is, Washington can still claim to have a conscience.
7:21 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Eric Zuesse - On August 31st, the brilliant anonymous German intelligence analyst who blogs as “Moon of Alabama” headlined “Syria – Coordinated Foreign Airstrike Kills Leaders Of Two Al-Qaeda Aligned Groups”, and he reported that,“Some three hours ago an air- or missile strike in Syria’s Idleb governorate hit a meeting of leaders of the al-Qaeda aligned Haras-al-Din and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) aka Jabhat al-Nusra. Both were killed. It is likely that leaders of other Jihadist groups were also present. The hit completely destroyed a Haras al-Din guesthouse or headquarter.”
9:10 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
President Donald Trump said Saturday he canceled a secret weekend meeting at Camp David with Taliban and Afghanistan leaders after a bombing in the past week in Kabul that killed 12 people, including an American soldier, and has called off peace negotiations with the insurgent group.
11:51 [rt] (E)
A US military jet unexpectedly released a rocket during what was supposed to be a routine training flight near Tucson, Arizona, according to military officials quick to add that the white phosphorus munition hit a deserted area.
11:37 [Zero Hedge] (E)
The US Navy and Marine Corps are conducting a month-long war exercise in Alaska against the rising threats of Russia and China in the Arctic region. A massive threat to the US is that Russia and China are trying to establish the Belt and Road Initiative in the Arctic, by developing new shipping lanes that are now more accessible thanks to global warming. The US must continue to show force in the Arctic and not allow Russia and China from establishing the "Polar Silk Road."
17:57 [Voltaire Network] (E)
After two and a half years in power, President Donald Trump is about to impose his views on the Pentagon. The one who put an end to Daesh’s "Sunnistan" plan is to end the Rumsfeld / Cebrowski doctrine of destroying state structures in the wider Middle East. If it succeeds, peace will return to the region as well as to the Caribbean Basin.
15:23 [RT] (E)
An RT Arabic crew managed to get into an Israeli military base at the border with Lebanon. The outpost was hastily abandoned after a recent showdown with Hezbollah, and the IDF even left behind vehicles and ammunition.
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