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‘Optimism Far from Reality’: Moscow Dismisses West’s ‘Rosy Forecasts’ on Raqqa Offensive

Moscow has questioned the Western coalition's optimism about soon recapturing Raqqa from Islamic State, saying only international cooperation can help liberate the city. However, it is exactly coordinated partnership on various fronts that is lacking. The "very hard but essential" battle for Raqqa is just days away, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian claimed on … Continue reading ‘Optimism Far from Reality’: Moscow Dismisses West’s ‘Rosy Forecasts’ on Raqqa Offensive

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Operation Mosul: A Medieval Massacre

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova described it this way weeks after US-led terror-bombing and Iraqi ground operations began last October – long before the worst horrors ongoing now. US-orchestrated operations are being conducted under “conditions of absolute information blockade,” Zakharova explained. Nothing was done to protect, evacuate or otherwise help civilians. They’ve been on … Continue reading Operation Mosul: A Medieval Massacre

U.S. soldiers gather at a military base north of Mosul. © Mohammed Al-Ramahi

The West’s Sights are Now Clearly Set on Iran

The British-US plan to weaken Iran via the proxy war on Syria has spectacularly backfired. Now they are more desperate than ever to bring Iran to its knees. Western think tanks and ‘strategic institutes’ have been getting themselves in a cold sweat about Iranian influence for some time. In 2012, Frederick Kagan (former Bush advisor … Continue reading The West’s Sights are Now Clearly Set on Iran

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UK Troops Deployed in Estonia to ‘Defend NATO’ from Russia

The first batch of British soldiers has arrived in Estonia to serve as part of the NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence on the borders of Russia and part of “wider efforts to defend the alliance” from the perceived threat from Moscow. Some 130 soldiers from 5 Rifles RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire landed at the Amari … Continue reading UK Troops Deployed in Estonia to ‘Defend NATO’ from Russia

The Anti-Russian Campaign Gathers Force

On January 30 NBC News reported that «On a snowy Polish plain dominated by Russian forces for decades, American tanks and troops sent a message to Moscow and demonstrated the firepower of the NATO alliance. Amid concerns that President Donald Trump's commitment to NATO is wavering, the tanks fired salvos that declared the 28-nation alliance a vital deterrent … Continue reading The Anti-Russian Campaign Gathers Force

Syria, Yemen, Iraq,..: Greater US Aggression Under Trump Coming?

Nearly straight away in office, Trump proved he’s the latest in a long line of US warrior presidents. He’s continuing naked aggression in multiple theaters, upping the stakes in Syria and Yemen, increasing numbers of US combat troops in both countries, perhaps more headed for Iraq. At the urging of CENTCOM chief General Joseph Votel, … Continue reading Syria, Yemen, Iraq,..: Greater US Aggression Under Trump Coming?

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson delivers a speech on the first day of the Conservative party annual conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, central England, on October 2, 2016 © AFP 2017/ Adrian DENNIS

Britain Needs to Get Off High Horse on Russia

For a small nation with a has-been imperial past, British rulers appear to still suffer from the delusion of strutting around the globe as if on a high horse. Now less of a splendid steed and more like a broken-down hobby horse rocking on its overblown pretensions. Senior British government figures are reportedly due to visit Moscow in coming weeks, … Continue reading Britain Needs to Get Off High Horse on Russia

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8,000 NATO Troops Launch Exercise Near Russian-Norwegian Border

A total of 8,000 NATO soldiers have been deployed to the Finnmark region of northern Norway, 160-300 km from the Russian border, for a series of joint military exercises. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SseBhi1TOc The Joint Viking 2017 exercises, which involve British, American and Norwegian troops, kicked off Monday and are expected to last until March 15. According to … Continue reading 8,000 NATO Troops Launch Exercise Near Russian-Norwegian Border

RAND Corporation Calls for Deployment of 7 NATO Brigades Near Russian Border

US-government funded RAND Corporation think tank has presented his recipe "to deny Russia a rapid victory" in a potential armed conflict with NATO military bloc: sending 7 NATO brigades supported by artillery and air power to the Baltics. The US Army and NATO need to deploy seven combat brigades in the Baltic States with the alleged purpose of deterring … Continue reading RAND Corporation Calls for Deployment of 7 NATO Brigades Near Russian Border