France and Russia strike ISIS in Syria ~ link ~
France and Russia both staged air strikes on Islamic State targets in northern Syria on Tuesday as Paris formally requested European Union assistance in its fight against the group behind last Friday’s bloody attacks on the French capital.
French warplanes targeted a command post and a recruitment center for jihadists in the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa in the second consecutive night of strikes ordered by President Francois Hollande, a military command spokesman told Reuters.
A French government source said Russia hit targets in the same area, a day after Hollande appealed to Washington and Moscow to join in a grand coalition to fight the Islamist group that controls swathes of Syria and Iraq.
Russian heavy nuclear-capable strategic bombers flying anti-ISIS missions FROM RUSSIA ~ link ~ I suspect that this is to prevent the Ukrainian supplied long range ground-to-air missiles from hitting the Russian warplanes. The strategic bombers use stand-off cruise missiles that can be launched hundreds of miles away. Stirling
VT has editorialized that the downing of the civilian airliner over the Sinai was intended to trigger an irrational response from Moscow. We said the desired response was unlikely to happen, and that instead, the Russians would seek retribution by pursuing the Syrian terror war with more military assets.
War in Syria - Nov. 16 ~ link ~
The Saudi field commander of Jeish al-Fatah terrorist group was captured alive by the Syrian army troops in Aleppo province. The Syrian army units captured the Jeish al-Fatah field commander Abdullah Mehesni during a special operation near the city of Aleppo.
In the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks, the imperialist powers are seizing the opportunity to step up aerial attacks against targets in Syria and Iraq. On Monday, US war planes and gun ships dropped 500 pound bombs and fired 30mm machine guns on a densely packed convoy of some 300 civilian fuel tankers, destroying at least 116 of the trucks. The attack took place near Deir al-Zour in eastern Syria, close to the border with Iraq. The civilian tankers were allegedly transporting oil on behalf of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
US officials have considered launching such an attack for some time, but American forces have not previously targeted suspected ISIS commercial fuel convoys, supposedly out of concern over killing civilian drivers, according to the New York Times.
Chisis in Europe: Hanover Bomb Threat - Latest Updates ~ link ~
Update 6: As noted earlier, the package in the train station contained either a decoy or a bomb. And now the police, which blew it up, is unsure which. According to a police spokesman, "either it was a very professional decoy or an actual bomb."
For the sake of preserving public calm, let's just assume it was the former.
Update 5: It appears the all clear may have been given early: the latest from HAZ, google translated: