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Re: Syria Superthread [merged]
« Reply #1850 on: April 14, 2018, 16:29:53 »
Wonder how many people know about Canada's contribution ;) 

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Another interesting aircraft tracked online in the aftermath of the raid, is a Bombardier E-11A 11-9358 from 430th EECS stationed at Kandahar Afghanistan. The aircraft is a BACN (battlefield airborne communications) asset: BACN is technological “gateway” system that allows aircraft with incompatible radio systems and datalinks to exchange tactical information and communicate. By orbiting at high-altitude, BACN equipped air assets provide a communications link between allies, regardless of the type of the supporting aircraft and in a non-line-of-sight (LOS) environment. The BACN system is also deployed onboard EQ-4B Global Hawk UAVs. Although we can’t be completely sure, it is quite likely that the aircraft was involved in the air strikes as well, providing data-bridging among the involved parties
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Re: Syria Superthread [merged]
« Reply #1851 on: April 14, 2018, 21:27:08 »
Gotta communicate between the Brits and French and of course the Americans. ;D

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« Reply #1852 on: April 15, 2018, 13:18:49 »
Killing Syrians to punish Syrians for killing Syrians in Syria  ;D
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Re: Syria Superthread [merged]
« Reply #1853 on: April 15, 2018, 14:00:03 »
Considering the US likely told the Russians exactly where they would attack, who would tell the Syrians, who would move anyone of value out, means anyone left their to die would be quite expendable or very disliked. "Carl guard this place, we will be back......"

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« Reply #1854 on: April 15, 2018, 16:18:26 »
Gotta communicate between the Brits and French and of course the Americans. ;D
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« Reply #1855 on: April 15, 2018, 19:09:22 »
Considering the US likely told the Russians exactly where they would attack, who would tell the Syrians, who would move anyone of value out, means anyone left their to die would be quite expendable or very disliked. "Carl guard this place, we will be back......"

It was specifically stated in the US briefing that the Russians were not told that an attack was taking place.

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« Reply #1856 on: April 15, 2018, 20:01:01 »
It was specifically stated in the US briefing that the Russians were not told that an attack was taking place.
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/syrian-missile-strikes-macron-s-most-significant-military-action-1.3462587

According to the Irish times, the President of France telephoned Putin at noon on Friday and the French DM says that the Russians were warned before the raid.

The article also states that the French DM said:
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No cruise missiles fired by the US and its allies entered the zone of Russian air defences protecting their installations at Tartous [naval base] and Hmeimim [air base near Latakia].
  So perhaps the Russians never had a chance to engage any missiles.

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« Reply #1857 on: April 15, 2018, 20:39:04 »
So perhaps the Russians never had a chance to engage any missiles.

Win-win-win then for everyone.  It's almost like they put some thought into it!

- the US doesn't have to be embarrassed that S400s knocked some of their fastballs out of the park;
- Russia doesn't get embarrassed at how many punched thru and hit their targets, and;
- the rest of us don't have to read comments from the Keyboard Experts/Warriors  on how and why missiles did or didn't get thru on the CBC article comments!   :nod:
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Re: Syria Superthread [merged]
« Reply #1858 on: April 16, 2018, 01:26:33 »
Many of the missiles used were stealth capable.Found this article about the performance of the Leopard 2 in Syria.

https://warisboring.com/germanys-leopard-2-tank-was-considered-one-of-the-best-until-it-went-to-syria/

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« Reply #1859 on: April 16, 2018, 04:34:52 »
Extremely poor tank tactics used in these cases.  The tanks weren't employed the way they were meant to be, nor positioned well, not defended adequately.  Mickey Mouse operations in regards to any decent doctrine on the use of armoured forces.

Slight change of topic, but still Syria related...



Can somebody tell me what our (the West's) ultimate objectives are in Syria? 

Why are we there?  What do we have to achieve in terms of long term goals?

After overthrowing Libya, supporting the overthrowing of the government in Egypt, Iraq, and now Syria...forced regime change without a solid follow-up plan has been proven time & again to be a very poor strategy.  Brutal dictators as they may have been, they did keep order & relative predictability in the region.


But specifically in regards to Syria - what are we trying to accomplish/achieve?  (I ask this in all seriousness, not facetiously)
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Re: Syria Superthread [merged]
« Reply #1860 on: April 16, 2018, 05:54:34 »
Can somebody tell me what our (the West's) ultimate objectives are in Syria? 

Why are we there?  What do we have to achieve in terms of long term goals?

In broad strokes, we seem to want the same things that the Russians and Iranians do, for Assad to stay in power and the war to be over, with ISIS and other Sunni extremist groups disrupted or destroyed. We would just prefer that Assad tone down the atrocities a little bit.

We seem to have more problems with Assad's methods than his objectives. After all, no one is currently proposing to replace Assad as the power in charge of running Syria. (the last three groups that did express serious interest were ISIS, AQ, and the Muslim Brotherhood)

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Re: Syria Superthread [merged]
« Reply #1861 on: April 16, 2018, 12:43:47 »
In a way I am thankfully the Assad regime survived, because the genocide the Islamist's would commit onto the regime supporters would shock the world. Sadly Assad and Syria had many chances to become the darlings of the West, but Syria has a long history of snatching problems from the jaws of peace and stability. Russia's goals are fairly small and concise and mostly achieved. The west dilemma is that they entered into the fight when the majority of the moderates were dead, fled or assimilated into the radicals. Now the West has to extract itself without to much loss of face, the other issue is the future of the Kurds.   

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« Reply #1862 on: April 16, 2018, 17:36:34 »
In a way I am thankfully the Assad regime survived, because the genocide the Islamist's would commit onto the regime supporters would shock the world. Sadly Assad and Syria had many chances to become the darlings of the West, but Syria has a long history of snatching problems from the jaws of peace and stability. Russia's goals are fairly small and concise and mostly achieved. The west dilemma is that they entered into the fight when the majority of the moderates were dead, fled or assimilated into the radicals. Now the West has to extract itself without to much loss of face, the other issue is the future of the Kurds.
The Kurds are screwed. Too many enemies.

Turkey,  NATO country.

Syria,  Russian supported.

Iraq,  Western supported.

That's too many.
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Re: Syria Superthread [merged]
« Reply #1863 on: April 16, 2018, 17:50:36 »
On the surface I would agree with you Altair, BUT...

1.  Turkey - Yes, a NATO country.  But not exactly the popular kid in the room.  Historically, it made sense to have Turkey as an ally.  Geographically close to multiple flashpoints, historically at odds with Russia. 

Turkey's President seems quite happy to shun NATO as a partner.  Mass detentions of anybody he wants, including judges, lawyers, teachers, students, soldiers, prosecutors, news reports, etc etc.  Now purchasing AA gear from Russia, and openly attacking groups that other Western countries support.  Not to mention, fairly extreme in his political views...don't think this is lost on NATO leadership.


2.  Russia - I don't think Russia cares that much.  If the Kurds can offer relative stability to the region, decent professionalism, no mass genocides, etc etc - it's preferable to the other groups.  Plus they know that on SOME LEVEL, they do enjoy the support of the West, albeit how much support seems to change frequently.


3.  Syria - Lots of it's own problems to deal with.  Attacking the Kurds, backed by the West, isn't going to do them any favours.  Assad's forces are stretched thin, and hunker down in the safety of Russian bases when not conducting operations.  For the near term, I think Assad is wise to pick his battles.


4.  Iraq - Very much a real problem, as there are a mountain of legal processes that would be required for a new country to be designated, along with borders, currency, government, etc etc.  And the Iraqi government, which legally controls the territory the Kurds want, absolutely will not be open to it.

Tricky situation.  We support Iraq.  We also support the Kurds.  Tricky situation for politicians, diplomats, UN bureaucrats, etc.


I would agree, the Kurds probably are screwed.  But make no mistake about it, Iraq doesn't want Turkish military forces deployed on it's soil any more than the Kurds do.  So it could ultimately make the Iraqi/Kurdish relationship TRUE frienemies in regards to Turkey.
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Re: Syria Superthread [merged]
« Reply #1864 on: April 18, 2018, 03:51:03 »
A few news updates pushed out at work by the Public Affairs Office.

Chemical weapons experts not in Douma, State Department says
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/04/17/middleeast/syria-chemical-attack-fallout-intl/index.html
(CNN, 17 April 18) (CNN)There was confusion Tuesday whether a team of international experts had arrived in the Syrian city of Douma to determine whether chemical weapons were used in an attack there 10 days ago

Coalition Ramps Up Strikes Amid Resurgence of ISIS Fighters in Syria
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/04/17/coalition-ramps-strikes-amid-resurgence-isis-fighters-syria.html
(Military.com, 17 April 18) White House and Pentagon officials have said that Islamic State fighters have been "on the run" for some months now. But military commanders on the ground are seeing new pockets of movement in a handful of areas in Syria, which has led to an uptick in coalition airstrikes, an official said Tuesday.

And a point on Turkey:
Turkey set to join NATO task force: Stoltenberg
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-set-to-join-nato-task-force-stoltenberg-130457
(Hurriyet, 17 April 18) Turkey will be responsible for NATO’s rapid response unit in a couple years, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

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Re: Syria Superthread [merged]
« Reply #1865 on: April 18, 2018, 16:52:39 »
Wasn't sure whether to put this here or in the WTF news.

CNN reporter literally sniffing a backpack for chemical weapons.

"there's definitely something that stings"

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« Reply #1866 on: April 18, 2018, 19:34:13 »
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Re: Syria Superthread [merged]
« Reply #1867 on: April 20, 2018, 15:41:59 »
For those interested, here is an open source look at some of the intelligence assets used during the cruise missile strike.

https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/digital-battlespace/insight-how-intel-assets-laid-groundwork-syria-st/

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« Reply #1868 on: April 22, 2018, 13:02:52 »
A good assessment of the strikes has been provided by the Georgetown Security Studies Review.

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« Reply #1869 on: April 23, 2018, 13:17:48 »
Evidently France experienced some missile failure,there was a failure to launch. Embarassing. The air launched cruise missiles worked. just not the naval missiles.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/france-had-big-problems-firing-112400499.html

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« Reply #1870 on: April 24, 2018, 07:35:13 »
Evidently France experienced some missile failure,there was a failure to launch.

Yes, the article ends with:
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But with all this talk of the U.S. plunging into a global conflict in Syria, we can’t help but think of how the French will respond to the end of the world: by taking a nap and then (maybe) firing ze missiles.

It’s either that or some missile tech aboard a French FREMM hit the mistook the “Surrender” button for “Launch” …

Not surprising that this is considered "journalism," while everything else not 'Fox & Friends' is "fake news"  ::)

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« Reply #1871 on: April 25, 2018, 03:07:32 »
Tossed this in the China thread as well.

A little PAO info from this mornings email.

RUSSIA AND CHINA MILITARIES REACH ‘NEW HEIGHTS’ TOGETHER,  AGREE TO CHALLENGE U.S. IN MIDDLE EAST
http://www.newsweek.com/china-russia-military-reach-new-heights-together-agree-challenge-us-middle-899689
(Newsweek, 24 April 18) Russia and China have pledged to strengthen their bilateral military and political ties as part of a strategic cooperation that challenges U.S. interests, especially to Washington's stance on Middle East allies Syria and Iran.

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« Reply #1872 on: April 26, 2018, 19:48:33 »
Debated putting this one in a Russia thread, but as the battlespace is Syria, decided on here.

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Russia Widens EW War, ‘Disabling’ EC-130s OR AC-130s In Syria

The Compass Call is supposed to be one of America’s foremost electronic warfare weapons, but the EC-130s flying near Syria are being attacked and disabled “in the most aggressive EW environment on the planet,” the head of Special Operations Command said here today.

“Right now in Syria we are operating in the most aggressive EW environment on the planet from our adversaries. They are testing us everyday, knocking our communications down, disabling our EC-130s, etcetera,” Gen. Raymond Thomas told an audience of some 2,000 intelligence professionals.

While, for obvious reasons, we don’t know many details about the nature of the attacks on the EC-130s, we do know the Russians have done what one EW expert called a “good job” in several recent conflicts using EW. And the Russians are in force in Syria and provide most of the gear used by the Syrian military.

“The Russians have redone and reengineered their entire EW fleet in the last 20 years,” notes Laurie Moe Buckhout, a retired Army colonel who specializes in EW. After the Russians attacked Georgia, they concluded they needed to upgrade their EW capabilities, she says. “The Russians put in millions on upgrades after Georgia. They’ve ended up with killer capabilities, jamming in a multitude of frequencies for hundreds of kilometers.”

She also notes that the Russians may not have gone head to head against the EC-130s EW attack capabilities. They may have taken the much easier route of interfering with the Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) or their communications gear, making it more difficult to fly the aircraft since crews would have had to rely on maps, line of sight and other techniques.

“The problem the EC-130s have is that, while they are jamming, the crews aren’t doing much else,” making them more vulnerable to attacks, she says. “They could have gone after the PNT or the comms.” The Russians “know all of our vulnerabilities.”

There are other problems US forces must cope with, says Loren Thompson, a well known defense consultant: “We’ve spent so much time fighting enemies in Southwest Asia who were technically unsophisticated that we are not up to speed on tactical electronic warfare.” Buckhout said Thompson has a point.
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« Reply #1873 on: April 26, 2018, 20:28:34 »
Debated putting this one in a Russia thread, but as the battlespace is Syria, decided on here.

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Russia Widens EW War, ‘Disabling’ EC-130s OR AC-130s In Syria

The Compass Call is supposed to be one of America’s foremost electronic warfare weapons, but the EC-130s flying near Syria are being attacked and disabled “in the most aggressive EW environment on the planet,” the head of Special Operations Command said here today.

“Right now in Syria we are operating in the most aggressive EW environment on the planet from our adversaries. They are testing us everyday, knocking our communications down, disabling our EC-130s, etcetera,” Gen. Raymond Thomas told an audience of some 2,000 intelligence professionals.

While, for obvious reasons, we don’t know many details about the nature of the attacks on the EC-130s, we do know the Russians have done what one EW expert called a “good job” in several recent conflicts using EW. And the Russians are in force in Syria and provide most of the gear used by the Syrian military.

“The Russians have redone and reengineered their entire EW fleet in the last 20 years,” notes Laurie Moe Buckhout, a retired Army colonel who specializes in EW. After the Russians attacked Georgia, they concluded they needed to upgrade their EW capabilities, she says. “The Russians put in millions on upgrades after Georgia. They’ve ended up with killer capabilities, jamming in a multitude of frequencies for hundreds of kilometers.”

She also notes that the Russians may not have gone head to head against the EC-130s EW attack capabilities. They may have taken the much easier route of interfering with the Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) or their communications gear, making it more difficult to fly the aircraft since crews would have had to rely on maps, line of sight and other techniques.

“The problem the EC-130s have is that, while they are jamming, the crews aren’t doing much else,” making them more vulnerable to attacks, she says. “They could have gone after the PNT or the comms.” The Russians “know all of our vulnerabilities.”

There are other problems US forces must cope with, says Loren Thompson, a well known defense consultant: “We’ve spent so much time fighting enemies in Southwest Asia who were technically unsophisticated that we are not up to speed on tactical electronic warfare.” Buckhout said Thompson has a point.
Confirming what was being reported front the Ukrainian conflict.
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« Reply #1874 on: April 26, 2018, 20:34:33 »
The Soviet Union may have collapsed, but the Russian military is conducting operations, successfully in many cases. 
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