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The Syraqi Civil War thread

Discussion in 'Rest of the World' started by Ren84, Oct 30, 2015.

  1. Ren84

    Ren84 Respected Member Political Irish

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    One of my favourite threads on that Other Site was the discussion on the ongoing civil war taking place in Syria and Iraq, sometimes called Syraq, a region torn apart by an overlapping conflict that has blurred the borders of both sides and seen the emergence of the terror group ISIS, or Islamic State, in the region. Right now this is the state of play in the North Arabian area, controlled by a wide variety of warring factions:

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    The intervention of Russia back in September has further complicated efforts to bring about peace, and the large increase in refugee flows to Europe since the start of Russia's bombing campaign isn't exactly coincidental either.

    The latest activities by Russia.......

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    http://iswresearch.blogspot.ie/2015/10/russian-airstrikes-in-syria-september_28.html

    This conflict still has a long road to travel before being resolved.
     
  2. Tigerben

    Tigerben New Member Political Irish

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    America "putting boots on the ground". Don't think these are the first , maybe the first they'll admit too. The Americans don't like Russia stealing the march on them, but the Russian public will take deaths easier I feel than the American people of their citizens.

    http://www.thejournal.ie/us-ground-troops-syria-2418074-Oct2015/
     
  3. freederry

    freederry New Member Political Irish

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    the us dirty tricks have been there for a long time.
     
  4. parentheses

    parentheses Member Political Irish

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    Geopolitics and the War in Syria

    This is a copy and paste of my thread about geopolitics and the war in Syria

    A fascinating article I came across, written by a German academic. It discusses the classic theories of geopolitics and how they now impact on the war in Syria.

    It was Sir Halford Mackinder who developed the "Heartland Theory". This theory argued that whoever controlled Eastern Europe could control the "Heartland" of Eurasia. The Heartland is a vast area from the Volga to the Yangtze river in China and from Tibet to the Arctic. And controlling this area could lead to world domination.

    Mackinder's student, the American Nicholas Spykman, later modified Mackinder's theory to argue that it was the "Rimland" of Eurasia, not the Heartland, that was the most decisive zone. The Rimland runs from Scandinavia through the centre of Eastern Europe down into the Middle East and then along the shores of the Indian Ocean and on to Indo-China and the coast of China. Spykman argued that Maritime powers such as America could dominate this "Rimland" area. It is this "Rimland" area that has seen many American interventions since the beginning of the Cold War.

    Now Russia and its allies have directly challenged America in the Rimland.
     
    An actual victory by Russia and its allies in Syria could have the severest consequences for America's prestige and freedom of action in the "Rimland". It looks like the Syrian war may continue and is already becoming a proxxy war between Russia and America.

    http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/whoever-controls-eurasia-controls-world/ri10549
     
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    Ren84

    Ren84 Respected Member Political Irish

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    There has been US Special Forces on the ground in Syria for some time now. This is merely formal confirmation of what many knew for quite a while. They should establish permanent bases in Rojava, their use not limited to just Special Forces but also Allied Air Forces.
     
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    Ren84

    Ren84 Respected Member Political Irish

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    Iraq Control of Terrain Map: October 30, 2015

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    Good work by coalition supported Iraqi and Pesh forces.
     
  7. seabhcan

    seabhcan Member Political Irish

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    RE: Geopolitics and the War in Syria

    Sorry about the vanishing threads there. Was trying out my mod powers and making a mess of it.

    All sorted now - we have a single merged Syria thread.
     
  8. Superhans

    Superhans Site Admin Staff Member Site Admin Donator Battle Royale

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    Thread unlocked.
     
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    Ren84

    Ren84 Respected Member Political Irish

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    Thank goodness for that. :exclamation:
     
  10. El Chaval.

    El Chaval. Member Political Irish

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    To do what exactly?
    50 special forces and 4 moderate, trained rebels?
    It's like a Woody Allen movie.
    Suppose this will cost another 500 million dollars.
     
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    Ren84

    Ren84 Respected Member Political Irish

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    The US Special Forces are being stationed in Kurdish territory. You know, those rebels you DO like........supposedly.
     
  12. El Chaval.

    El Chaval. Member Political Irish

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    The FSA were supposedly armed with TOWs to fight ISIS.
    To prevent proliferation, they were ordered to record every attack on video to keep account of usage.
    Can anyone show me a single video of the FSA using a TOW on an ISIS target?
    There are scores of videos online and not one of them attacking ISIS with a TOW.
     
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    Ren84

    Ren84 Respected Member Political Irish

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    Russia claims to be fighting ISIS and yet the group continues to capture more and more territory. Maybe if the Russians and Assadists weren't too busy bombing schools and hospitals Islamic State wouldn't be so successful ....

    www.rte.ie/news/2015/1030/738406-syria-vienna-talks/

    Murdering Russian bastards!
     
  14. El Chaval.

    El Chaval. Member Political Irish

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    You'd think after 15 months of western "bombardment" there'd be no ISIS targets left for Russia to hit....but Lordy-lordy, there's still hundreds that the U.S, France and the UK missed.
    Amazing how many ammo dumps, training camps and HQ's were still standing after 15 months of a multi-billion dollar bombing campaign. Some of them right on NATOs border (Turkey)
     
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    Ren84

    Ren84 Respected Member Political Irish

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    Well Russia were in Afghanistan for 8 years and never managed to defeat the Mujahadeen, despite relentless bombings, scorched earth tactics, wiping out entire towns and villages to deny them a base to operate from, etc. Funny that......
     
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    Ren84

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    Russian Airstrikes in Syria: September 30 - October 30, 2015

    The Russian campaign against not-ISIS continues.

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    http://iswresearch.blogspot.ie/2015/10/russian-airstrikes-in-syria-september_31.html
     
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    Ren84

    Ren84 Respected Member Political Irish

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    ISIS continue their offensive in Syria. So much for the claims of them being on the run because of Russian bombing.

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    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34693670
     
  18. Youngdan

    Youngdan Moderator Staff Member Moderator Donator Battle Royale Political Irish

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    Americans by and large are cheering for Putin and the quicker he kills every terrorist in Syria the better. Only nut jobs like John McCane and Hillary Clinton wants anything to do with the place.
     
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    Ren84

    Ren84 Respected Member Political Irish

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    Except they're not though, are they?
     
  20. Youngdan

    Youngdan Moderator Staff Member Moderator Donator Battle Royale Political Irish

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    Get real. The reality is that Putin has achieved more in 14 days than the best military has done in 14 years. People with dead and injured kids are shell shocked.. They are feeling betrayed