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LiveLeak footage from 26 June 2012: Aftermath video of Syrian radar base on sea coast captured by foreign mercenaries - video ~ link ~ This was sent to me by a reader...thanks. It appears that sea coast radar stations are being targeted for electronic recon and also for attack. That is usually something you do just prior to a major attack. Stirling
Russia defiant as NATO supports Turkey on warplanes ~ link ~ NATO condemns Syria’s shooting down of a Turkish military plane as ‘unacceptable,’ but stops short of raising any military response while Russia says Syria’s downing of the jet should not be viewed as a provocation
Turkey vows to retaliate 'with determination' after warplane shooting ~ link ~ Ankara: Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday his government would retaliate "with determination" after its plane was downed by Syria in international airspace.
Turkey puts its border troops on 'red alert' ~ link ~ Turkey gives its troops on the Syrian border license to kill in case of any vioaliton as PM Erdoğan vows to treat any Syrian threat to the frontier as a military target
US Intelligence sees protracted conflict in Syria ~ link ~ There are two schools of though on this: One that events are unfolding rapidly and will come to a head in a week or two or so; The other view is that It could be September or even October. I tend to think that the shorter view is correct, however much of this view is based on the current flow of events. It is possible that the globalists/Netanyahu Zionists could draw out things for some reason or another, but right now the building up of events indicates sooner rather than later. Stirling
Assad: Syria witnessing real situation of war ~ link ~ There are two main outcomes of the current war: Either the 'west' (US/France/UK/Israel/GCC/Turkey) crosses the Syrian frontier by air and/or land and all hell fully breaks out; or if the war continues at a lower but still intense level, Assad and his people will finally reach a point where they will know that they are losing it and will see their tribe and families slaughtered and will soon not have the ability to hit back at the GCC states, Turkey, and Israel and western/NATO bases in the Middle East unless they use their missiles...at that point all hell fully breaks out. Stirling
The Syrian president also dismissed the West’s arguments, saying the West “takes and never gives and this has been proven at every stage.” “We want good relations with all countries but we must know where our interests lie,” he added.
Members of Syria’s new government under Prime Minister Riad Farid Hijab, who was appointed on June 6, were sworn in on Tuesday. The new government, with 20 new ministers and six new ministries, includes two opposition figures from the People’s Will Party and the newly created Ministry of National Reconciliation.
IDF missile defense system for tanks being deployed ~ link ~ If this works as advertised, it is a 'game changer' on the ground. Stirling
The American Delusion of Constitutional Rights ~ link ~ Americans have long labored under the delusion that they have certain rights protected by a piece of paper called the U.S. Constitution, which is enshrined in The D.C. (Den of Corruption). Sadly, they are mistaken.
The protesters, who have been on Tahrir Square since Tuesday, are also calling for the reinstatement of the parliament, which was dissolved by SCAF on June 16 following an earlier Supreme Court ruling. They also demand that President-elect Mohamed Morsi be granted full powers.
Under a constitutional declaration issued late on June 17, the junta took control of the state budget and gave itself veto power over a new constitution, making the new president almost powerless.
Import or die: Taiwan's (Un)Stalled Force Modernization ~ link ~ Despite China’s ominous military buildup across the strait, key weapons sales of P-3 maritime patrol aircraft, Patriot PAC-3 missiles, and diesel-electric submarines to Taiwan had been sabotaged by Taiwanese politics for years – in some cases, since 1997. The KMT party’s flip-flops and determined stalling tactics eventually created a crisis in US-Taiwan relations, which finally soured to the point that the USA refused a Taiwanese request for F-16C/D aircraft.