Friday, August 29, 2014

A Map Of The Military Flashpoints In Ukraine

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Hat Tip: Business Insider

Update: The bottom video is a map (from the Ukrainian rebel side) that shows the progress of the war from their perspective in the past month. Hat Tip to contributor Anddroidman Bluestaccks

Russia Is Exploiting The Ukraine Army's Growing Desertion Problem

Protesters in Kiev demand Ukrainian troops surrounded in the south-east of the country should be saved (RIA Novosti / Evgeny Kotenko)

Putin Calls On Ukraine Militia To Let Blocked Kiev Troops To Cross Into Russia -- RT

President Putin has called on the self-defense militias in Ukraine to provide Kiev's military units blocked in the east of the country with a safe humanitarian corridor to cross into Russia.

“It is clear the militia has achieved a major success in intercepting Kiev’s military operation, which represents a grave danger to the population of Donbass and which has already led to the loss of many lives among peaceful residents,” the Russian leader said in a statement.

As a result of militias’ counter-offense, large numbers of Ukrainian troops – many of whom were taking part in Kiev’s so-called anti-terrorist operation “against their will” and “just following orders” – have been surrounded, the President added.

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My Comment: The stat that I was surprised to read .... and it has been confirmed by one of my Ukrainian sources this evening .... is this one ....

.... Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s office has launched over 1,000 investigations into those men on charges of disobedience, desertion and evasion of military service.

That is a lot of soldiers, and with Russian military units now involved in this conflict, I will not be surprised if these numbers increase even higher.

Russia's Ukraine Strategy Is Starting To Become Clearer

Pro-Russia separatists patrol near a destroyed war memorial east of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Thursday. Ukraine says Russia has opened a new military front to the south. Reuters

Putin Keeps Pushing West Over Ukraine -- Wall Street Journal

Russia Seems Certain It Is More Determined In Its Goals Than U.S., Europe

MOSCOW—Steadily ratcheting up Moscow's intervention in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin seems to be betting that keeping that former Soviet republic in Russia's sphere of influence is much more important to Moscow than pulling Kiev westward is to the U.S. and its European allies.

But while the U.S. and Europe have ruled out any direct military intervention to defend Ukraine, Moscow's moves this week to send hundreds of its own troops there to fight alongside pro-Russia separatists represent a risky new escalation.

"Putin is behaving more and more unpredictably," said Boris Makarenko of the Center for Political Technologies, a Moscow political consultancy. "What was impossible to imagine even as a nightmare scenario just a year ago—Russian and Ukrainian soldiers fighting each other on the battlefield—already appears to be happening."

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My Comment: The part of this report that caught my attention was this one ....

.... Moscow's goal this time appears to be to force Kiev to suspend its military operation, leaving the separatists in control of a swath of Ukrainian territory. That would pave the way for talks on regional autonomy and political decentralization that would likely stall any push by Mr. Poroshenko's government to build closer ties to the West.

"It is clear that Russia is not willing to accept the defeat of the separatists," said Brigadier Gen. Nico Tak, head of NATO's crisis management center. "Russia's ultimate aim is to alleviate pressure on separatist fighters, to 'freeze' this conflict."

I agree.

Update: Putin Escalated To Save His Aggressive Ukraine Policy From Collapsing — But His Strategy Hasn't Changed -- Armin Rosen, Business Insider

U.S. Intelligence: ‘Significant Increase’ In Terror Chatter Ahead Of 9/11 Anniversary

U.S. Officials Say ‘Significant Increase’ in Jihadi Chatter Ahead of 9/11 Anniversary -- The Blaze

U.S. intelligence has picked up increased chatter among Islamist terror networks approaching the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and amid the continuing battle for supremacy between Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, current and former U.S. officials told TheBlaze.

“We’ve noticed a significant increase in chatter among Islamic terrorist organizations overseas both on the Internet and phone lines,” said a U.S. government official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter. “This is certainly concerning, but as of yet we can’t pinpoint what or if they are planning a particular attack. We did see this kind of increase in chatter before the September 11 attacks. We just hope the public continues to remain vigilant.”

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Update: ‘Significant Increase’ In Terror Chatter As Haunting Anniversary Of 9/11 Nears -- Washington Times

My Comment: Let us hope that it remains as "chatter".

Poll Finds That One In Six French Citizens Support The Islamic State

This image posted on a pro-Isis Twitter account depicts members of the group holding the distinctive banners. BBC

16% Of French Citizens Support ISIS, Poll Finds -- Madeline Grant, Newsweek

One in six French citizens sympathises with the Islamist militant group ISIS, also known as Islamic State, a poll released this week found.

The poll of European attitudes towards the group, carried out by ICM for Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya, revealed that 16% of French citizens have a positive opinion of ISIS. This percentage increases among younger respondents, spiking at 27% for those aged 18-24.

A recent Ifop poll placed French president Francois Hollande’s approval rating at just 18%.

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My Comment: The French have a big problem if 16% of their population supports a radical group like The Islamic State.

White House Rushes To Clarify President Obama's Remarks When He Said 'We Don't Have A Strategy Yet' For ISIS

White House Rushes To Clarify After Obama Said 'We Don't Have A Strategy Yet' For ISIS -- Business Insider

The White House is pushing back after President Barack Obama's stated his administration currently doesn't have "a strategy" for dealing with the jihadist group Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, and drew headlines across the country.

"I don't want to put the cart before the horse," Obama said at a press briefing late Thursday afternoon. "We don't have a strategy yet."

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest subsequently insisted that Obama specifically articulated a "comprehensive strategy" for dealing with the Islamic State during the briefing.

"In his remarks today, POTUS was explicit — as he has been in the past — about the comprehensive strategy we'll use to confront ISIL threat," Earnest wrote on Twitter.

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My Comment: Too late .... the damage has already been done .... besides .... no one is buying it.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

ISIS Post Pictures Of The Arsenal That They Siezed After The Capture Of The Raqqa Airbase In Syria This Week

The terror group also collected several SA-16 Manpads. This missile feattures a new seeker and modified launcher nose cover.

ISIS ADDS MiG-21B FIGHTER JETS & Sidewinder Missiles to SCUD MISSILE Arsenal -- Gateway Pundit

The ISIS terror group captured SA-16 Manpads, AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles and MiG-21B jets to their arsenal after the capture of the Raqqa airbase in Syria this week.

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My Comment: The jets are old but the missiles look like they are functional. Either way .... more weapons for their arsenal.

Disarray In The White House Is The Reason Why President Obama Backed Off From Ordering Military Strikes Against ISIS In Syria

President Barack Obama talks with staff during a meeting in the Oval Office, Aug. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Why Obama Backed Off More ISIS Strikes: His Own Team Couldn’t Agree On A Syria Strategy -- Eli Lake and Josh Rogin, Daily Beast

After lots of bluster about striking ISIS on Syria, President Obama threw cold water on the idea Thursday, disappointing those who wanted him to take the fight to ISIS in Syria.

After a week of talk of eliminating the "cancer" of ISIS, President Obama said Thursday that he was not planning to significantly expand the war against the Islamic extremist movement anytime soon.

His remarks came after days of heated debate inside the top levels of his own national security bureaucracy about how, where, and whether to strike ISIS in Syria. But those deliberations – which included a bleak intelligence assessment of America's potential allies in Syria -- failed to produce a consensus battle plan. And so Obama, who has long been reluctant to enter into the Syrian conflict, told reporters Thursday that “we don’t have a strategy yet” for confronting ISIS on a regional level.

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My Comment: The contradictions that are coming out of this White House on what needs to be done in confronting The Islamic State is shocking to see. I understand that every administration will have disagreements .... but to see this confusion at this level on what needs to be done with The Islamic State .... and all in the past week .... you have to wonder on what is happening in the Situation Room when they are discussing on what needs to be done in this crisis.

Wow .... President Obama's supporters in the media are now openly starting to question his foreign policy AND his leadership ..... Obama must answer: Are we at war with the Islamic State? -- Eugene Robinson (Washington Post)

U.S. Is Seeking To Establish A Military Coalition Against The Islamic State

Militant Islamist fighters on a tank take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Stringer

U.S. Seeks Coalition Against Islamic State, But Military Partners No Sure Bet -- Reuters

(Reuters) - The United States is intensifying its push to build an international campaign against Islamic State jihadist fighters in Iraq and Syria, including recruiting partners for potential joint military action, Obama administration officials said on Wednesday.

Britain and Australia are potential candidates, U.S. officials said. Germany said it was in talks with the United States and other international partners about possible military action against Islamic State but made clear it would not participate.

"We are going to work politically and diplomatically with folks in the region," President Barack Obama told reporters on Thursday. "And we're going to cobble together the kind of coalition that we need for a long-term strategy as soon as we are able to fit together the military, political and economic components of that strategy."

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My Comment: I call this the "coalition of the unwilling".

An Analysis On Why The Islamic State Is Winning It's Wars In The Middle East

Military Skill And Terrorist Technique Fuel Success Of ISIS -- New York Times

BAGHDAD — As fighters for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria continue to seize territory, the group has quietly built an effective management structure of mostly middle-aged Iraqis overseeing departments of finance, arms, local governance, military operations and recruitment.

At the top the organization is the self-declared leader of all Muslims, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a radical chief executive officer of sorts, who handpicked many of his deputies from among the men he met while a prisoner in American custody at the Camp Bucca detention center a decade ago.

He had a preference for military men, and so his leadership team includes many officers from Saddam Hussein’s long-disbanded army.

They include former Iraqi officers like Fadel al-Hayali, the top deputy for Iraq, who once served Mr. Hussein as a lieutenant colonel, and Adnan al-Sweidawi, a former lieutenant colonel who now heads the group’s military council.

The pedigree of its leadership, outlined by an Iraqi who has seen documents seized by the Iraqi military, as well as by American intelligence officials, helps explain its battlefield successes: Its leaders augmented traditional military skill with terrorist techniques refined through years of fighting American troops, while also having deep local knowledge and contacts. ISIS is in effect a hybrid of terrorists and an army.

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My Comment: In today's White House statement President Obama said .... "They have no ideology beyond violence and chaos and the slaughter of innocent people". But after reading this New York Times analysis on ISIS .... you will realize that they are far more than just that.

Russians Are Starting To Demand Answers On Why Are Russian Soldiers Fighting In Ukraine

Russian soldiers are pictured next to a tank in Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Rostov region, near the border with Ukraine, August 23, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk

Russia Lies About Invading Ukraine as It Invades Ukraine -- Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

As Russia troops and tanks make an apparent bid to open the land route to annexed Crimea, discontent is growing in the motherland about the obvious but oft-denied war in Ukraine.

MOSCOW, Russia – Where U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have failed to make Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledge his ever-more-overt invasion of Ukraine and think about pulling back, Valentina Melnikova, the head of Russia’s famous Soldiers’ Mothers Committee, might just have a chance.

Early Thursday morning, Melnikova started getting phone calls from Russian army bosses. All of them, from the deputy defense minister to the paratrooper division commanders, wanted to meet with the great matriarch of the Russian military. She had accused the entire high command, along with Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin of invading Ukraine and of committing a crime against Russian citizens by sending Russian soldiers to "the bloody battlefields" without declaring the war, without signing legal papers with the servicemen, without letting Russian mothers know where exactly their drafted sons ended up dying.

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Update #1: Exclusive: Over 100 Russian soldiers killed in single Ukraine battle - Russian rights activists -- Reuters
Update #2: Russian reporters 'attacked at secret soldier burials' -- BBC

My Comment: Putin does enjoy overwhelming support in Russia .... but there is little if any support among the Russian population for Russian soldiers to be involved in Ukraine's civil war. And while the main Russian news services are playing down the role that the Russian military is playing in Ukraine .... Russian social media is alive and well in documenting and exposing what is happening. So far ... the discontent is low-key .... but if another round of sanctions do occur, and the Russian economy continues to shrink resulting in higher unemployment, coupled with the bodies of Russian servicemen continuing to be buried .... all bets will then be off.

Is What President Obama Wearing More Important Than What He Says?

That Time Obama Wore A Tan Suit And Twitter Freaked Out -- CNN

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Thursday took some questions in the White House press briefing room about serious subject matters - ISIS, Iraq, Syria, Russia.

But the reaction on Twitter was largely focused on his rarely worn tan suit.

Within seconds of stepping into the room, tweets were already firing off about Obama's pre-Labor Day attire. And by the end of the news conference, a few Twitter handles had been created in honor of the suit.

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My Comment: When I read stories like this one .... I sometimes wonder if we are doomed?

The West Does Not Know How To Respond To The Russian Invasion Of Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the media after talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Minsk, Belarus August 27, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

Russia Advances Into Ukraine, West Wonders What To Do Now -- Howard Lafranchi, CSM

Instead of pulling back from the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Russia appears to be escalating its involvement. More sanctions seem unlikely to bend Russian President Vladimir Putin.

WASHINGTON — The toughened economic sanctions the United States and the European Union imposed on Russia a month ago over its actions in Ukraine appear to have had little of the desired impact.

Instead of pulling back from the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Russia appears to be escalating its involvement. On Thursday, Western officials asserted that more than 1,000 Russian soldiers have crossed the border into southeastern Ukraine to bolster beleaguered pro-Russia separatists.

That action quickly raised questions concerning what more and what kind of action the West is likely to take in response. And the quick answer appears to be: not much.

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My Comment: This Russian incursion/invasion into Ukraine (in such an overt manner) caught everyone by surprise. I expect a more robust reaction from the West by the end of next week when western leaders meet at the NATO summit in Wales.

Update: Let us hope that when all is said and done .... this does not happen .... Nato would be powerless to stop a Russian invasion of Eastern Europe, says top British general (Daily Mail)

President Obama Comments On The Russian Invasion Of Ukraine

Obama Vows Russia Penalties, But Avoids Calling Ukraine Advance An Invasion -- New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Obama condemned the latest Russian military advance into Ukraine on Thursday and said the United States and its allies would take further actions to punish Moscow for violating its neighbor’s sovereignty, but he stopped short of calling it an invasion.

“My expectation is we will take additional steps primarily because we have not seen any meaningful action on the part of Russia to try to resolve this in a diplomatic fashion,” he told reporters in a news conference at the White House. “The sanctions that we’ve already applied have been effective. Our intelligence shows the Russians know they’ve been effective.”

Grappling with multiple international crises, Mr. Obama also confirmed that he had asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for options for American military strikes inside Syria targeting forces of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which has established a virtual state across the border of those two countries. But he cautioned against expecting imminent action, saying he wanted to build a formidable international coalition first.

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More News On President Obama Comments On The Russian Invasion Of Ukraine

Obama Puts Ukraine Violence Squarely on Russia -- AP
President Obama blames Russia for violence in Ukraine as footage shows Russian tanks rolling across the border -- Daily Mail
Obama Warns Russia Over 'Ongoing Incursion' Into Ukraine -- Radio Free Europe
Obama Blames Russia For Violence In Ukraine; Calls Moves 'Incursion' -- NPR
Obama Blames Russia for Ukraine Violence, Vows Sanctions -- Bloomberg
Obama suggests further sanctions against Russia over Ukraine incursion -- The Guardian
Obama threatens Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine -- RT

My Comment: Putin is going to take away two points from today's statement by President Obama .... (1) Obama rules out military action (AP), and (2) No Military Aid For Ukraine (Daily caller).

Update: Matt Connolly's commentary is spot on .... Obama Has Tough Talk for Russia, But Not Much Else -- Policy.mic

President Obama: 'U.S. Does Not Have A Broad Strategy Yet To Confront The Islamic State'

US Has 'No Strategy' To Confront IS In Syria -- Al Jazeera

President says military options considered but "we don't have a strategy yet", as new evidence emerges of IS atrocities.

Barack Obama has said the US has "no strategy" against the Islamic State in Syria but said officials had been asked to prepare a range of military options for confronting the group.

The US president's comments on Thursday cautioned against speculation that he was close to a decision to expand his air campaign against the Islamic State beyond Iraq.

"I don't want to put the cart before the horse," Obama said. "We don't have a strategy yet. I think what I've seen in some of the news reports suggests that folks are getting a little further ahead of where we're at than we currently are."

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Previous Post: President Obama Wants A War Plan Against The Islamic State By The End Of This Week

More News On President Obama's Remarks That The U.S. Does Not Have A Broad Strategy Yet To Confront The Islamic State

Obama says does not yet have broad strategy for Islamic State -- Reuters
Obama on ISIS in Syria: 'We don't have a strategy yet' -- CNN
Obama confesses: ‘We don’t have a strategy yet’ for Islamic State -- Washington Times
Obama Says Strategy Not Set to Strike Militants in Syria -- Bloomberg Businessweek
Obama Says No Plans for Imminent Escalation of Operations Against Islamic State -- WSJ
Obama Says ‘We Don’t Have A Strategy Yet’ for Fighting ISIS -- Time
President Obama on ISIS: 'We Don't Have a Strategy Yet' -- NBC
Obama: 'We don't have a strategy yet' for IS in Syria -- USA Today
Hitting the Brakes? Obama downplays prospect of imminent strikes in Syria -- FOX News

My Comment: The White House may not have a plan .... but considering how much the Islamic State has expanded in the past 6 months .... they certainly have a plan and they are implementing it very effectively.

Update: The above CNN video is brutal (and correct) in it's analysis on President Obama's remarks that there is no U.S. plan to confront ISIS ... and doubly so on his remarks about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Yup .... he should have worded his remarks differently.

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- August 28, 2014

Ukraine: Vladimir Putin's Military Action Reveals A Wider Plan -- Keir Giles, BBC

Alarm is growing in Kiev and the West over Russia's role in eastern Ukraine. But what is Russian President Vladimir Putin trying to achieve?

The indications are clear that Russia is being more confident and less discreet about the presence of its troops and equipment in eastern Ukraine.

As well as sightings of Russian tanks, and reports of Russian paratroopers not only captured by Ukraine but also killed "while carrying out their duties", statements by separatist leaders have changed too.

After months of calling for assistance from Russia, separatist leaders now say that they can "do without outside help".

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- August 28, 2014

Russian ‘realism’ is winning now, but will fail in the end -- John Lloyd, Reuters

Russia’s new tactics of war shouldn’t fool anyone -- Washington Post editorial

Putin's Cherished Deniability Is Shattered -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

U.S. Should Bomb ISIS ... and Assad -- Michael Weiss, NOW

The Islamic State's Home-Field Advantage: 5 reasons why an expanded mission to strike James Foley's killers in Syria won't work. And why it's going to happen anyway. -- Aaron David Miller, Foreign Policy

Obama's Awkward, Defensible Syria Policy -- Bloomberg editorial

How the U.S. Might Take Out the Islamic State -- Paul D. Shinkman, US News and World Report

The best weapon to fight the Islamic State is already in Iraq -- Robert Caruso, Reuters

Will Obama let Iraq become his ‘nam? -- Rich Lowry, New York Post

Hamas Claims ‘Victory’ Amid the Rubble of Gaza -- Jesse Rosenfeld, Daily Beast

South Sudan Rebels Explain Refusal to Sign Cease-fire Agreement -- James Butty, VOA

Analysis: Boko Haram focuses on seizing territory -- Laura Grossman & Thomas Joscelyn, Long War Journal

When Americans leave for jihad -- Peter Bergen and David Sterman, CNN

The euro zone: That sinking feeling (again) -- The Economist

The U.S. Needs a New Foreign Policy Agenda for 2016 (A Four-Part Series) -- William Inboden and Kim Holmes, Foreign Policy

World News Briefs -- August 28, 2014

Ukraine: Emergency UN, Nato, EU Meetings After Russian Invasion Claim -- The Guardian

Nato says 1,000 Russian troops fighting in Ukraine as Kiev accuses Moscow of de facto invasion and opening second front

World powers have called a succession of emergency meetings to step up the international response to Russia after Kiev accused Moscow of a de facto invasion and of opening up a second front in the conflict in eastern Europe.

The UN security council was meeting in emergency session, and Nato and EU leaders will consider a response on Friday, amid signs that hundreds of Russian soldiers are actively involved in the insurrection against Kiev's rule.

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Marched to their deaths in the desert: Sickening ISIS slaughter continues as 250 soldiers captured at Syrian airbase are stripped then led to a mass summary execution.

Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria.

Islamic State: Arab leaders reluctant to heed US call for 'allies against Isis'.

Yazidis still stranded on Mount Sinjar: 'We need weapons now more than food or water'.

UN soldiers seized by rebels in Golan Heights.

Yemen's President blames Iran for inciting conflict.

Turkey's Erdogan is inaugurated as president.

Arab East Jerusalem seethes with protests and raids.

Israel police find body of missing U.S. student.

Gaza begins to pick up pieces after 'worst war'.


UN announces Afghan vote audit delay.

UN: Afghan election undecided until after NATO summit.

Taliban advance in Sangin is a perilous test for Afghan forces.

Pakistani leader Sharif nears pact with military.

Chinese interceptions of U.S. military planes could intensify due to submarine base.

Skirmishes put feeling of wartime on India-Pakistan border.

China, South Korea slam Japan for honoring war criminals.

MH370: Indian Ocean search for missing plane refined.


Africa's militants may be inspired by Islamic State, officials told.

Ebola spreads to Nigeria oil hub Port Harcourt.

Ebola cases in west Africa could rise to 20,000 says WHO.

Libya's government resigns to allow parliament to form new cabinet.

Somalia asks UN court to determine its maritime boundary with Kenya in Indian Ocean.

Northern Mali residents facing food crisis.

Egypt investigates Morsi over 'Qatar document leak'.

Zambia's President Michael Sata sacks Wynter Kabimba.


Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian troops back rebel advance. Russia forces cross border, surround strategic Ukrainian town.

'Russian troops deployed' in Ukraine - Petro Poroshenko.

Donetsk leader: We have been preparing counter-offensive for a long time.

Number of Ukrainian refugees in Russia close to 1 million.

Polish premier Tusk seriously considering top EU job.

Darling's debate disaster sees Scots Yes vote soaring: 'No' support cut to 53%.

16% of French citizens support ISIS, poll finds.

French leader calls Assad a 'jihadist ally'.


Obama says does not yet have broad strategy for Islamic State.

US State Dept. not ready to call Russian military moves an ‘invasion’.

Obama says Russia responsible for Ukraine violence.

New Brazil poll shows Silva beating Rousseff in runoff.

Argentina strike causes disruption in Buenos Aires.

Cuban migrant boat turned away from Caymans despite rough seas.

Exclusive: U.S. may use secrets act to stop suit against Iran sanctions group.

Missouri police sued for $40 million over actions in Ferguson protests.


Obama meeting with advisers on Islamic State advances.

U.S. seeks coalition against Islamic State, but military partners no sure bet.

Terrorism experts see long, tough battle to contain Islamic State.

Federal judge’s ruling may force trove of Abu Ghraib photos to be released.

‘Significant increase’ in terror chatter as haunting anniversary of 9/11 nears.

Captives held by the Islamic State were waterboarded.


Wall Street loses ground on Ukraine worry.

Why $250M didn't protect JP Morgan from hackers.

South Korea's Samsung and LG unveil new smartwatches.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 28, 2014

Footage Emerges Claiming To Show Russian Tanks In Ukraine After NATO Say Putin Has Sent More Than 1,000 Troops Over The Border To Fight Separatists -- Daily Mail

* Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko demands UN action over incursions
* Rebel leader admits Russian soldiers are fighting inside Ukraine
* US official claims Russians are using state-of-the-art air defence systems
* Tensions rise in south-east of country as forces take up key sites
* Ukraine calls on EU for assistance as battle for port of Mariupol looms
* 'An invasion is an invasion is an invasion!' says UN ambassador

Russian tanks have been filmed rumbling through Ukraine today as the UN Security Council holds an emergency meeting to find a solution to the crisis.

Alarm has risen as a top NATO official said at least 1,000 Russian troops had entered Ukraine and had been in direct 'contact' with Ukrainian soldiers.

Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko today accused Russia of sending troops into the country as he abruptly cancelled a trip to Turkey to meet his top security officials.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 28, 2014

More than 1,000 Russian troops operating in Ukraine: NATO -- Reuters

Ukraine demand EU military assistance as Russia invades --

Black Sea Fleet to Receive 11 New Vessels by End of Year – Russian Navy -- RIA Novosti

US Military To Send Tanks To E. Europe for Drills -- Defense News

Ukraine crisis forces European defense spending rethink -- Reuters

Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria -- AP

US Surveillance Planes Reportedly Fly Over Syria -- AP

Military Skill and Terrorist Technique Fuel Success of ISIS -- NYT

U.S. seeks coalition against Islamic State, but military partners no sure bet -- Reuters

US Lawmaker Sees UK, Australia, Turkey Joining Strikes on Islamic State -- Defense News

U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq Cost $100 Million to Date -- DoD Buzz

German general becomes first non-US USAREUR chief of staff -- Stars and Stripes

South Korea military under fire over abuse -- BBC

India-Japan Talks To Focus on Strategic Ties, Possible Aircraft Deal -- Defense News

China Hosts SCO’s Largest-Ever Military Drills -- The Diplomat

China vows to respond to US military surveillance flights -- FOX News/AP

China Tells US To Reduce Or Halt 'Close Surveillance' Patrols After Near-Collision Last Week -- Reuters

Will China stop buzzing U.S. planes? Meetings at Pentagon may help decide -- Washington Post

AFRICOM postpones training Libyan troops -- Stars and Stripes

Army in the Pacific adopts new style of deployment -- Stars and Stripes/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser

New Threats Change Amphibious Assault Strategy -- DoD Buzz

Pentagon: Leaks about intelligence ‘problematic’ -- The Hill

Boeing Gets $9M More to Develop Phantom Swift X-Plane -- Defense Tech

Space junkyard: New tech designed to combat dangerous trash in orbit -- RT

Search Efforts Resume for Missing Pilot -- AP

Army IDs Soldier Who Shot Herself at Fort Lee in Virginia -- CBS

Army general forced out, forfeits star for mishandling sex assault claim -- Stars and Stripes

Do One Quarter of Military Families Rely on Food Banks? A Closer Look at the Numbers -- Council on Foreign Relations

A New Era in Anti-Submarine Warfare -- Lt. Cmdr. Jeff W. Benson, USNI News

How the US Has Justified Overseas Military Action -- AP

Limited War Is Back -- Jakub Grygiel and A. Wess Mitchell, National Interest

The Insiders: Obama and the Democrats’ problem with military voters is growing -- Ed Rogers, Washington Post

New Memoir Captures What Soldiers Never Say -- George Vlachonikolis, War On The Rocks

President Obama's Statement From The White House Briefing Room (August 28, 2014, 16:00 EST)

How Many Russian Soldiers Are Fighting In Ukraine?

Over 1,000 Russian Soldiers Join Fight, NATO Says -- New York Times

WASHINGTON — NATO released photographs on Thursday that it said shows Russian artillery units operating in Ukraine, and asserted that more than 1,000 Russian soldiers had now joined the separatists fighting there against the Ukrainian armed forces.

“Over the past two weeks we have noted a significant escalation in both the level and sophistication of Russia’s military interference in Ukraine,” said Brig. Gen. Nico Tak of the Netherlands, a senior officer in NATO’s military command.

“The satellite images released today provide additional evidence that Russian combat soldiers, equipped with heavy weapons, are operating inside Ukraine’s sovereign territory,” he said in a statement.

General Tak told reporters that “well over” 1,000 Russian soldiers were now operating in Ukraine and that the Russian military was actively involved in the fighting.

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* The U.S. And NATO are claiming that 1,000 Russian military personnel are now in Ukraine ....

Russia has 'well over 1,000 troops' in Ukraine, Nato warns -- CNBC/Financial Times
U.S. official says 1,000 Russian troops have entered Ukraine -- CNN

* Ukrainian separatist leaders are claiming 3,000 to 4,000 Russian "volunteers" are in Ukraine ....

Only Russian volunteers fighting with anti-Kiev forces - Donetsk Republic leader -- RT
Separatist Leader Says Thousands of Russians Have Fought in Ukraine -- New York Times
Ukraine rebel leader reportedly admits thousands of Russians fighting with separatists -- FOX News

* The Ukraine government is claiming 15,000 Russian soldiers are now in Ukraine ....

Ukraine Leader Accuses Russia as ‘15,000 Russian Soldiers Join Separatists' -- Newsweek/Reuters
15,000 Russian soldiers in Ukraine: Russian NGO claims massive deployment of Russian troops -- Ukraine Today

U.S. Accuses Russia Of "Outright Lying" On Its Military Activity In Ukraine

U.S. Says Russia Has 'Outright Lied' About Ukraine -- USA Today

The U.S. told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council Thursday that Russia has "outright lied" over its military activity in Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists have been fighting the Ukrainian armed forces.

"Russian soldiers, tanks and air defense have supported and fight alongside separatists as they open a new front in a crisis manufactured and fueled by Russia," Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. told the council.

Power noted that it was not the first time that Russia has been called to account by the council for its activities inside Ukraine.

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Update #1: US believes Russian-directed counteroffensive 'likely underway' in Ukraine -- AP
Update #2: Russian troops 'directly' involved in Ukraine conflict: US, Kiev -- AFP

My Comment: Even though the evidence is now overwhelming that Russian military forces are now actively involved in Ukraine .... U.S. Officials Won’t Call Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine An “Invasion” -- Buzz Feed

Iraq Officials Are Reporting That An Israeli Drone Has Crashed Near Baghdad Airport

Israeli Drone (illustrative) Photo: REUTERS

Iraqis Say Israeli Drone Crashes Near Baghdad Airport -- Times of Israel

UAV reported to be a Hermes 450, the same kind of craft Iranians claim to have shot down earlier in the week

An Israeli drone reportedly crashed in Iraq Wednesday near Baghdad airport and was quickly recovered by US personnel on the ground, according to a story on the Lebanese-based Al-Mayadeen satellite news channel.

Citing unnamed Iraqi sources, the TV station alleged that the US embassy in Iraq sent a team to gather up the drone’s remains.

Iraqi police and security forces said they did not know why the unmanned aircraft came down.

There was no confirmation of the report from any official sources.

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More News On Reports That An Israeli Drone Has Crashed Near Baghdad's Airport

Report: Israeli Spy Drone Shot Down in Iraq -- Breaking Israel News
Israeli drone reported shot down in Iraq -- i24 News
Report: Israeli drone shot down in Iraq -- Jerusalem Post
Israeli drone crashes in Iraq - report -- Globes
Third Israeli Drone Crashes in Iraq -- Al Manar
Report Claims Another 'Israeli Drone' Downed over Iraq -- Arutz Sheva