Wednesday, September 30, 2015

First US-Russian air clash builds up as Moscow orders US planes to exit Syrian air space - Headlines - 9.30.15 W: A day after the White House said that “clarity” on Russian intentions in Syria had been achieved at the Obama­Putin summit in New York, the Russian President Vladimir Putin notched up the military tensions around Syria Wednesday, Sept. 30. A senior US official said that Russian diplomats had sent an official demarche ordering US planes to quit Syria, adding that Russian fighter jets were now flying over Syrian territory. US military sources told Fox News that US planes would not comply with the Russian demand. "There is nothing to indicate that we are changing operations over Syria," a senior defense official said.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, took to the floor on Wednesday and placed the blame for Russia's increased presence in the region squarely with the Obama administration.
"President Obama has sounded retreat across the Middle East," said McCain who has long been a critic of the administration's policy in the region. He added that a series of "decisions or non-decisions" have led to a situation where the U.S. has "confused our friends (and) encouraged our enemies."
"Into the wreckage of this administration's Middle East policy steps Vladamir Putin," McCain said.

The Homs area is crucial to Assad's control of western Syria. Insurgent control of that area would bisect the Assad-held west, separating Damascus from the coastal cities of Latakia and Tartous, where Russia operates a naval facility.

Iyad Shamse, leader of an FSA Syrian rebel group, the Asala and Tanmieh Front, told Reuters: "There is no Islamic State in this area. The Russians are applying great pressure on the revolution. This will strengthen terrorism, everyone will head toward extremism. Any support for Assad in this way is strengthening terrorism."
  • He put the death toll from the Russian air strikes at 50 civilians, including children.
According to a pro-Syrian government military source, there were "five strikes against five areas in Syria’s Homs.” He said other areas may have been bombed too.

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MOSCOW — The latest developments as Russia and other nations counter Islamic State militants in Syria. All times local:

7:05 p.m.
The U.S. conducted airstrikes in Syria as planned Wednesday including one near Aleppo, which is in the northwest but not near where the Russians were flying, a U.S. official said.
The official said the Russian officer who notified the U.S. of the strikes said the U.S. should stay out of Syrian airspace and remove any troops it has on the ground working with rebels in Syria.
The U.S. has repeatedly said it has no U.S. military forces on the ground in Syria.
6:25 p.m.
Former CIA director, Gen. David Petraeus, has said he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin’s immediate objective in Syria is to solidify the corridor on the Mediterranean coast between Latakia where he has an air base and Tartus where he has a Russian naval base.
As he testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week, Petraeus said Putin also wants to help Syrian President Bashar Assad solidify his grip on the country, which has been increasingly challenged in recent months by the Islamic State and other opposition groups.
Petraeus warned against partnering with Russia, Iran and Assad against IS and said the U.S. should deter any action by Russia involving any of the forces backed by the U.S.
“If Russia wanted to fight ISIS, they could have joined the 60-plus member coalition that Gen. Allen has so capably put together and help drop bombs on ISIS. They have some capabilities that would be useful to that fight so this is clearly not what they’re up to,” he said.
5:50 p.m.
  • A U.S.-backed Syrian rebel group has claimed that Russian warplanes have hit its positions in central Syria.
The group, known as Tajamu Alezzah, wrote scornfully on Twitter Wednesday that “eradicating terrorism appears to begin with attacks” on its locations in the central city of Latamna in the province of Hama.
The group, which boasts of having TOW missiles, didn’t provide specific details on the targets or how it can ascertain the strikes were by Russian jets.
Washington has equipped and trained a number of moderate Syrian rebel groups but most have been crushed by al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria.


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Putin mad - Google Images

Совещание с постоянными членами Совета Безопасности.

And the others too.

Перед началом совещания с постоянными членами Совета Безопасности. Министр обороны Сергей Шойгу (слева) и директор Службы внешней разведки Михаил Фрадков.

Emergency Lobotomy is needed! 

Перед началом совещания с постоянными членами Совета Безопасности. Слева направо: директор Федеральной службы безопасности Александр Бортников, Секретарь Совета Безопасности Николай Патрушев и Председатель Государственной Думы Сергей Нарышкин.

The Hague is waiting, prepare the prison cells. 

Headlines - 9.30.15 W

Reviews - 9.30.15

Breaking: Russia bombs Syrian targets; Taliban draws on ISIS handbook; U.S. struggles to catalog cyber vulnerabilities; Ukraine trolls Putin at UN; and just a bit more... - Defense One
News Roundup and Notes: September 30, 2015 | Just Security

Russians in Syria - 9.30.15

First US-Russian air clash builds up as Moscow orders US planes to exit Syrian air space
A day after the White House said that “clarity” on Russian intentions in Syria had
been achieved at the Obama - Putin summit in New York, the Russian President
Vladimir Putin notched up the military tensions around Syria Wednesday, Sept. 30.
A senior US official said that Russian diplomats had sent an official demarche
ordering US planes to quit Syria, adding that Russian fighter jets were now flying
over Syrian territory. US military sources told Fox News that US planes would not
comply with the Russian demand. "There is nothing to indicate that we are changing
operations over Syria," a senior defense official said.
Two rival power war rooms are therefore poised at opposite ends of the Syrian
arena – one representing a US led alliance for operations against Assad, and the
other a Russian­ led group which is revving up to fight on his behalf.
Conspicuous in the swiftly evolving Syrian situation is the detailed advance planning
which went into the Russian military buildup and partnerships, and the slow
perception of what was going on, on the part of the United States and Israel.
Tuesday, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter instructed his staff to establish a
communication channel with the Kremlin to ensure the safety of US and Russian military 
operations and “avoid conflict in the air” between the two militaries. 
The Russian defense ministry shot back with a provocative stipulation that coordination
with the US must go through Baghdad, an attempt to force Washington to accept
that the two war rooms would henceforth communicate on equal terms.

Russia says US warplanes must immediately exit Syrian airspace
Baghdad war room to handle flight coordination with US, Russia says
US opens link to avoid clashes with Russian air force over Syria
A Russian SU-34 fighter squadron lands at Latakia
Israeli fighter jets strike four Hamas targets in Gaza for rocket attack
Russians Conduct Airstrikes in Syrian City of Homs, Where Anti-Assad Forces Are Concentrated - Washington Free Beacon
Russia Buildup Seen as Fanning Flames in Syria -
Russia Confirms Air Strikes In Syria
Russia Launches First Airstrikes in Syria, Officials Say -
U.S. believes Russia has started Syria airstrikes, official says | Reuters
US officials: Russia carries out airstrikes in Syria | News | DW.COM | 30.09.2015
Russia begins conducting airstrikes in Syria, U.S. official says - The Washington Post
Russia Confirms Start of Airstrikes in Syria - ABC News
Syria crisis: Russia begins air strikes against Assad foes - BBC News
Russia Begins Airstrikes in Syria | TIME
Russian Jets 'Bombing Islamic State' In Syria

Afghanistan - 9.30.15

U.S. Strikes Taliban-Held Land Near Kunduz Airport as Afghan Crisis Deepens -
Afghan Crisis Grows as Push to Retake Kunduz From Taliban Fails -
US infantry forces fight with Afghan troops to recapture Konduz
TheUnion |
Taliban tighten grip on Afghan city of Kunduz - BBC News

Russia - 9.30.15

Why a new Cold War with Russia is inevitable | Brookings Institution
Gay Russians living in the shadows -

Middle East - 9.30.15

U.S., allies hit Islamic State with 30 air strikes: U.S. military | Reuters
Obama’s Call at U.N. to Fight ISIS With Ideas Is Largely Seen as Futile -
John Kerry Rushes In Where Obama Will Not Tread -
The Kurds’ Democratic Experiment -
Meet the American Vigilantes Who Are Fighting ISIS -

Cyber Security - 9.30.15

After OPM hack, CIA pulls agents from Beijing for their safety / Boing Boing
Top U.S. spy says skeptical about U.S.-China cyber agreement | Reuters
Top U.S. spy skeptical about U.S.-China cyber agreement | Reuters
For Years, the Pentagon Hooked Everything To The Internet. Now It’s a ‘Big, Big Problem’ - Defense One
Thousands of medical devices are vulnerable to hacking, security researchers say | Computerworld

Iranian arms ship captured - 9.30.15

Weapons bound for Yemen seized on Iran boat: coalition | Reuters
Saudi-led coalition captures Iranian arms ship for Yemeni rebels

Defense Bill - 9.30.15

Lawmakers' Defense Spending Agreement Ignores Obama on War Fund, Guantanamo - Defense One
Defense Bill to Require U.S. Military Response to Russian Missile Treaty Violation - Washington Free Beacon

Other News - 9.30.15

Iran Withholding $43 Billion In Restitution to U.S Terror Victims - Washington Free Beacon
Mom Accused of Tossing Baby to Death From Window Is Arrested - ABC News

9.29.15 Tu
U.S. fails to stop flow of foreign fighters to Islamic State: study | Reuters
Krauthammer's Take: The Obama Administration Just Gave Putin Syria | National Review Online
Did Putin upstage Obama at UN Syria summit? - BBC News
US, Russian Militaries Communicating on Anti-IS Fight in Syria
At U.N., Yemen accuses Iran of pursuing its destruction | Reuters
South African murder and attempted murder rates soar to almost 100 a day | News | DW.COM | 29.09.2015
Obama’s multilateralist vision for the world collides with great-power reality - The Washington Post
U.S., Russia agree Syria must be united and secular: Kerry | Reuters
Putin or Obama: Who has the solution for Syria? | Fox News Video
Pentagon denies report it's giving up training Syrian rebels | Fox News Video
FBI arrests 10 Puerto Rico police in corruption crackdown - The Washington Post
Bild owner Axel Springer to buy Business Insider - BBC News
The Latest: Abe pledges $1.5 billion for refugees crisis - The Washington Post
Putin's cat and Obama's cook - AEI
Let Czar Putin overextend himself – POLITICO
Putin at the United Nations - The New York Times
Putin says he can work with Obama despite trading barbs on Syria and Isis | World news | The Guardian
Путин и Обама: разговор о Сирии без улыбок и прорывов - BBC Русская служба
МОМ: более 500 тысяч мигрантов прибыли в Европу с начала года | РИА Новости
Corbyn at War With the Military -
Syria: Russia’s ticket back to the table?
Ukraine expects to receive two border control systems by end of 2015
Who would Russia bomb in Syria? - BBC News
Window on Eurasia -- New Series: Putin’s Russia Well on Its Way to ‘Criminal Neo-Totalitarianism’ with a ‘Neo-Terror’ and a ‘Neo-GULAG,’ Pastukhov Says
Авиационный блог сообщил о прибытии российских бомбардировщиков в Сирию :: Политика :: РБК
U.S., Russia agree Syria must be united and secular: Kerry | Reuters
Kerry: U.S., Russia Agree On 'Fundamental Principles' For Syria
Most Russians Oppose Sending Troops To Syria: Poll
7th Civil Support Command Soldiers support disaster response exercise in Ukraine | Article | The United States Army
Каковы будут следующие шаги Путина в Сирии? - BBC Русская служба
Ukraine soldiers fear country's east will slip away to separatists
France Says Its Airstrikes Hit an ISIS Camp in Syria -
Britain's feeble response to the Syrian crisis has left us irrelevant on the world stage - Telegraph
Putin calls for new anti-Isil coalition in clash with Obama over Syria - Telegraph
Vladimir Putin forces the US to listen, but offers no solutions - Telegraph
Vladimir Putin: Russia will join coalition air strikes against Isil if it is approved by Assad - Telegraph
ISIS Says It Killed Western Aid Worker in Bangladesh -
F.B.I. Law Enforcement Academy - Story | Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas, Northeast Oklahoma, Northwest Arkansas - Joplin, Pittsburg, Miami, Bella Vista | FourStatesHomepage | KSN16 and KODE12
FBI To Start Collecting More Data On Police Shootings - BuzzFeed News
Hillary Clinton Criticizes Failure of Training Syrian Rebels - First Draft. Political News, Now. - The New York Times
Russian, Syrian partnership poses a new challenge for U.S. in Iraq - The Washington Post
Russian Navy Moves Floating Workshop from Black Sea To Tartous Port | ThereAreNoSunglasses
Former acting CIA director gives day-long deposition on Benghazi talking points | Fox News
FBI shut down website that sold fake badge to Georgia man
FBI cracks down on sale of fake badges online |
Covert Electronic Surveillance Prompts Calls for Transparency -
Obama: ‘Mistakes’ Made in NATO War on Libya, US Should’ve Done Even More | News From
Officials Claim CIA Drone War Against Syria a ‘Growing Success’ | News From
President Rouhani: No power can affect Tehran-Beijing relations/Xi: Iran is China's strategic partner
Analysts: Russia Moves in Syria, Iraq, Upending US Role
Will the US-China Cybersecurity Pact Work?
Putin warns Israel off targeting Iranian targets in Syria
U.S. air strike hits Taliban on outskirts of captured Afghan city: NATO | Reuters
Saudi royal calls for regime change in Riyadh | World news | The Guardian
The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State
Inside the ISIS Blueprint for Winning - The Daily Beast
Leave it to Vlad (and the Supreme Leader) | Foreign Policy
FBI and DEA under review for use of NSA mass surveillance data
The Jerusalem Post
Vladimir Putin steals Barack Obama's thunder on world stage -
Obama to head U.N. gathering on countering terrorism - Washington Times
Syria conflict: Russia considers joining anti-IS air strikes - BBC News
Obama won't be staying at this hotel anymore - CNN Video
Obama and Putin Play Diplomatic Poker Over Syria -
Lavrov: Russia, U.S. To Cooperate On Fighting Islamic State
Obama and Putin's First Formal Meeting in Two Years Described as 'Businesslike' Despite Tensions - ABC News
Taliban display force, Afghan president vows to retake city - The Washington Post
Bloomberg Politics
More than 30 Kurdish rebels killed in Iraq raid by Turkey - The Washington Post
Leadership void has Hill Republicans worried about 2016 -
Eric Shawn Reports: Obama vs. Putin | Fox News Video
UPDATE 1-Death toll from air strike on Yemen wedding party rises above 130 -medics
Stocks hit two-year lows as commodities stay pressured | Reuters
Putin-Obama Talks 'Business-Like And Frank'
Why the west should listen to Putin on Syria | Simon Jenkins | Comment is free | The Guardian
When Putin met Obama – diplomacy decoded by the Russian internet | World news | The Guardian
Five Moments You May Have Missed Around Putin's UN Speech | News | The Moscow Times
Ъ-Новости - Действия России в отношении сирийского конфликта поддерживают 39% россиян
The one image which sums up relations right now between Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama | Americas | News | The Independent
Более трети россиян одобрили политику РФ в сирийском конфликте - Интерфакс
Путин и Обама разошлись в вопросе о роли Асада - BBC Русская служба
Ukraine president accuses Russia of using UN veto as 'licence to kill' | World news | The Guardian
Poll: Most Russians Oppose Sending Troops to Syria
President of Ukraine Addresses the U.N. - Video -
Obama Calls For Coordinated Global Fight Against Islamic State
Russia Slams U.S.-Led Counterterrorism Summit
Pentagon's top Russia official resigns - POLITICO
No easy fixes as Russia's budgetary troubles mount | Reuters
Is Syria Russia’s Vietnam? | | Observer
Putin Expresses Doubt About Running for President for 4th Time | News | The Moscow Times
Russian Psychiatric Care Homes in Need of Drastic Reforms, Say Experts | News | The Moscow Times
At the U.N., Obama States His Case for Fighting ISIS With Ideas - The New York Times
FBI — Latest Crime Stats Released
The CIA Battled the Kremlin With Books and Movies | War Is Boring
FBI — FBI Releases 2014 Crime Statistics
FBI — Ten Puerto Rico Police Officers Indicted for Allegedly Running Criminal Organization Out of Police Department
Top U.S. spy says skeptical about U.S.-China cyber agreement | Reuters
​Ya’alon: Israel is not coordinating its Syria operations with Russia
Russian ships carry more arms, marines for Syria
Clapper Skeptical of US-China Cyber Deal
NATO General Worried About Russian Military Build-Up In Syria
Russian Bear Supplants American Eagle in Syria, Beyond
Russian Advance Into Syria Upends Regional Situation
Mistral Joins Egyptian Buys of French Gear
Putin’s Diplomatic-Military Strategy in Syria: Spearheading a New Coalition | The Jamestown Foundation
Moscow Launches Hybrid ‘Rail War’ Against Latvia | The Jamestown Foundation
The FBI Is Finally Taking a Huge Step in Fighting Police Brutality - Pacific Standard
FBI: “Remarkable drop in crime since the 1980s,” and crime rates, including murder, down in 2014 |
FBI arrests 10 Puerto Rico police officers amid corruption crackdown | Fox News
The Rise And Fall of Intelligence | Intelligence Analysis and Reporting
News Roundup and Notes: September 29, 2015 | Just Security
Putin and Obama Have Profound Differences on Syria - The New York Times
Europe tries to bridge gap as US, Russia maneuver on Syria - Europe - Stripes
Russia Again Flight Tests Illegal INF Cruise Missile - Washington Free Beacon
MICHAEL HAYDEN: Syria civil war grows worse with each Obama 'policy' decision - Washington Times
Raid of by Homeland Security stirs anger - Washington Times

9.28.15 M

Oil prices remain weak on Asia economy woes; shares in commodity firms tumble | Reuters
Obama, Putin discuss Syria; essential difference over Assad remains | Reuters
The best case for drones I’ve heard yet - The Washington Post
Barack Obama spars with Vladimir Putin at United Nations General Assembly | Daily Mail Online
At U.N., Obama and Putin Trade Blunt Criticisms Over Syria - The New York Times
Petraeus on Putin: His provocations are designed to protect his interests - The Washington Post
Barack Obama Warily Clinks Glasses with Russian President Vladimir Putin Ahead of Private Meeting : Mobile
Analysis: Could Putin End Syrian War? - NBC News
Встреча с Президентом США Бараком Обамой • Президент России
Встреча с Премьер-министром Ирака Хайдаром Абади • Президент России
The Latest: Cuban leader slams wars of aggression - The Washington Post
Obama, Putin Open Talks on Deep Differences Over Syria - ABC News
How To Request Your FBI File | KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest
FBI — Latest Crime Stats Released
FBI — FBI Releases 2014 Crime Statistics
Who Cares If Russia Helps Stabilize Syria - Defense One
Выступление Владимира Путина на 70-й сессии Генассамблеи ООН. Полный текст - ИА REGNUM
President Obama’s Speech to the United Nations General Assembly 2015 - The New York Times
Obama willing to work with Iran, Russia to end Syria conflict | Reuters
Putin knows Obama's all talk, no action | Fox News
US-Russia tensions on show as Putin and Obama clash over Syria | World news | The Guardian
Putin Addresses U.N. on Syria - Video -
At U.N., Obama Makes Forceful Defense of Diplomacy and Rebukes Rivals - The New York Times
At U.N., Obama and Putin Trade Blunt Criticisms Over Syria - The New York Times
Vladimir Putin of Russia to Focus on Syria at U.N. - The New York Times
U.N. General Assembly Opens With Focus on Syria, ISIS and Refugees - The New York Times
Russia Surprises U.S. With Accord on Battling ISIS -
Petro Poroshenko Will Seek to Put Ukraine Conflict Back on U.N.’s Radar - The New York Times
Obama says world cannot stand by while Russia violates Ukraine’s sovereignty with impunity - The Washington Post
At U.N., Obama takes Russia to task for actions in Ukraine, Syria - The Washington Post
Russian President Putin urges creation of broad anti-terror coalition. - The Washington Post
Obama Makes the Case for Democracy (And Against Putinism) | UN Dispatch
"Mistake" made in bombing Yemen wedding party, officials say - CBS News
Turkish Security Zones Prompt Human Rights Concerns for Kurds
Obama And Putin Trade Barbs Before UN Meeting
Syrian rebel commander who turned over equipment to militants says he was threatened - The Washington Post
CIA, Special Ops Cooperate to Kill Extremists in Syria, Iraq - ABC News
Special ops, CIA team up to kill al Qaeda and IS targets | New York Post
Putin Knocks U.S.-Trained Syrian Rebels - Newsy Story
Fighting rages in Afghan city of Kunduz; Taliban raises flag - LA Times
Our Boy-Raping Afghan Allies | ThereAreNoSunglasses
How Moscow Forces Washington's Hand (Op-Ed) | News | The Moscow Times
Russia Protects Assad as He Reinforces Coastal Heartland | News | The Moscow Times
Russia Should Heed Its Own Advice on Syria (Op-Ed) | News | The Moscow Times
Can Russia Unite Iran, Saudi Arabia on Syria? | Opinion | The Moscow Times
Can Russia Unite Iran, Saudi Arabia...
China Pledges New Aid for UN...
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Chinese Military Advisors Expected to Join the Russians in Syria | ThereAreNoSunglasses
FBI Releases Crime Report for 2014; Violent Crime and Property Crime Both Down - Hit & Run :
FBI director: We will collect and publish more info about fatal police shootings - The Washington Post
FBI to collect better data on police shootings
Obama Says U.S. Willing To Work With Russia and Iran To Resolve Syrian War
Window on Eurasia -- New Series: ‘More than Three Million’ Muslims Now in Moscow, Russian Orientalist Says
Window on Eurasia -- New Series: Russians See Their Society as Unjust But Not Likely to Change, New Study Reports
Window on Eurasia -- New Series: Putin’s Diplomatic Strategy -- Don’t Offer Solutions, Create New Problems – A Disaster for All, Moscow Analysts Say
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UN general assembly: Vladimir Putin to address world leaders – live | World news | The Guardian
Protesters Denounce Putin's UN Appearance
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UN Live United Nations Web TV
LIVE - UN General Assembly debate - Starts at 09:00 Monday 28 September 2015 - YouTube
UN general assembly: six historic moments - Telegraph
Iran open to talks on Syria, with one big condition - POLITICO
U.S. Strategy Countering ISIS in Question After Iraq’s Stalemate in Ramadi | TIME
California's low gas prices could...
Putin Courting Chinese Gas Market Stuck With Europe for Decade - Bloomberg Business
US foreign-born population nears high
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Today's Headlines and Commentary - Lawfare
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Ъ - Виталий Чуркин отказался слушать Петра Порошенко
Путин рассказал о роли США в свержении Януковича :: Политика :: РБК