UNDOF Observers kidnapped by al Qaeda offshoot

pardus

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Yup, I'd love to see Russia go boots on the ground in a big way in Syria and Iraq.
 

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Well ISIS threatened Putin directly, so Russian involvement is inevitable.

http://www.memri.org/clip/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/4470.htm

Out of the three world superpowers, the US is the only one that either can't or won't ruthlessly crush them with the kind of brutality that is warranted by vermin such as IS. China just recently put eight of their own homegrown jihadis to death, and apparently aren't particularly afraid to poke them with a stick to get them riled up, either. And if the last Chechen war wasn't enough, maybe a quick look at the myriad ways that Russians handle pirates is in order.

Meanwhile, I'm going to pop some popcorn, and watch the genocide from the comfort of my own home. GO RUSSIA!
 

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How much info do you think gets shared between our intelligence agencies and Russian intelligence agencies? For example, the Russians warned us about the eldest Tsarnaev brother. Tensions are obviously moderately high with Russia right now, but we share many common foes with them so there has to be some level of cooperation I would think.
 

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How much info do you think gets shared between our intelligence agencies and Russian intelligence agencies? For example, the Russians warned us about the eldest Tsarnaev brother. Tensions are obviously moderately high with Russia right now, but we share many common foes with them so there has to be some level of cooperation I would think.

You see how well that worked out, don't you? Hell, Russia could call here on the bat phone to warn us of a terrorist attack, send recently uploaded YouTube videos of the aspiring jihadists running ROC drills, and email an order of battle that's accurate right down to the ounce in net explosive weight and grains for each bullet, and we'd be lucky if anyone bothered to jot it down on a fucking Post-It note before they run down to the bathroom to go rub one out before lunch.

Just because we have open lines of communication doesn't mean that we're going to do anything about it, because we've already proven that we won't until after the bombs go off.
 

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Fortunately, Russia's military is current on the whole "invade a foreign country" mission set...

Naw, according to Putin, Russia Isn't involved :sneaky:

"The Russian leader's spokesman stressed: 'Putin and Poroshenko really did discuss the steps that would lead to a ceasefire between militias and Ukrainian security forces.
'Russia cannot physically agree on a ceasefire, because it is not a party to the conflict."
 
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Israel did not assist the Syrians in any way. Where this may have been confused is that 2 things happened:
1) The Syrians launched air strikes on the rebels at Qunetra
1.1) This is very sigificant as Qunetra is in a buffer zone (Syrian side) and the Syrians are not allowed to fly there
1.2) Israel would have had to OK this or would have shot the Syrian aircraft down

2) A Syrian drone strayed into actual Israeli airspace and was destroyed by a Patriot Missile (Thanks USA!)
2.1) This is being treated as a navigation error and not any hostile move

Points 1 and 2 clearly indicate that Israel prefers Assad's troops manning the Qunetra border crossing, but have not taken any actions on or over Syrian ground and are rather watching with concern

I don't know if kit's making international news, but alsot daily stray small arms and mortars are landing in Israel proper from the fighting in Syria. When intentionally targeting Israel, Isrel has responded with Artillery fire toward the source of hostilities.

It is indeed a tough neighborhood!

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Wasn't an IDF Officer injured recently due to stray rounds coming across the border?

When one of our lads got injured last year after the Mowag he was in was hit, it was the Israeli's who helped medevac him out. Without them playing ball, UNDOF literally would have to take their ball and go home.
 

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http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crim...ty-lead-of-un-golan-heights-mission-1.1916908
A senior Irish Army officer will become the deputy force commander of the under pressure United Nations deployment in the Golan Heights, Syria.

Brig Gen Tony Hanlon, logistics director at Defence Forces Headquarters in Dublin, is preparing to take up his post during a tense period for the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

At the weekend, Irish troops were forced to rush to the aid of Filipino soldiers taking part in the 1,200-strong UN mission after they were trapped by al Qaeda-linked rebels in a post they were manning.

The Irish rapid reaction force managed to evacuate their colleagues on Saturday morning and escort them from the danger area after a gun battle with rebels, while a second group of Filipino troops surrounded by rebels at another posting managed to escape during the night.

A group of some 43 Fijian soldier disarmed and taken hostage by Syrian rebel forces last Thursday remain unaccounted for. The Government is now re-evaluating the role of Irish troops in the region.

The difficulties facing the mission, in particular the fighting late last week and over the weekend, have also resulted in an embarrassing row amongst some of the UN’s senior military staff on the mission.

Col Ezra James Enriquez, the Filipino chief of staff with UNDOF, has now left his post in Syria.

Reports from Manila suggest he has taken leave in protest at the UN’s Indian force commander Lt Gen Iqbal Singha’a order that two groups of Filipino troops who found themselves surrounded last Friday by hundreds of al Qaeda-linked rebels should surrender their posts.

The troops refused to do so, with one managing to get to safety of its own volition and another being rescued by some of the 130 Irish troops on the mission, but only after the Irish exchanged fire with the rebels.

Lt Gen Singha, under whom Brig Gen Hanlon will work as second in command on the mission, has been quoted in the Indian media saying the order to the Filipinos to surrender had been made in the interests of the safety of the Fijian troops being held by the same rebels.

He suggested that the refusal by the Filipinos to surrender had put the lives of their colleagues in danger. “They have defied orders at a time when we had negotiated a ceasefire with the rebels to ensure that all troops in the conflict area could exit,” Lt Gen Singha told India Today.

“The higher UN echelon as well as the Indian Army agrees with me that the decision was correct. It is an act of cowardice to desert posts especially when a delicate ceasefire was in place, They broke the chain of command and UN orders.”

There are 1,223 UNDOF peacekeepers from six countries, among them 130 Irish peronnel.

There has been a UN mission in the area since 1974 to help secure a peaceful buffer and demilitarised zone between Syria and Israel.

Before the Syrian civil war the region was quiet. But the UN troops have been increasingly dragged into civil war related fighting since last year.
 

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Lt Gen Singha, under whom Brig Gen Hanlon will work as second in command on the mission, has been quoted in the Indian media saying the order to the Filipinos to surrender had been made in the interests of the safety of the Fijian troops being held by the same rebels.

He suggested that the refusal by the Filipinos to surrender had put the lives of their colleagues in danger. “They have defied orders at a time when we had negotiated a ceasefire with the rebels to ensure that all troops in the conflict area could exit,” Lt Gen Singha told India Today.

“The higher UN echelon as well as the Indian Army agrees with me that the decision was correct. It is an act of cowardice to desert posts especially when a delicate ceasefire was in place, They broke the chain of command and UN orders.”.

Are you fucking kidding me!!!?

This is exactly why the UN is a fucked organisation!
 

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Call me the rebellious one, but I wouldn't have surrendered and allowed myself to be led like a lamb to the slaughter by a foreign leader either.

Mr. Leader is more than welcome to surrender himself if he so felt led...me, on the other hand, not so much.
 

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Call me the rebellious one, but I wouldn't have surrendered and allowed myself to be led like a lamb to the slaughter by a foreign leader either.

Mr. Leader is more than welcome to surrender himself if he so felt led...me, on the other hand, not so much.

Clearly you are a coward and a mutineer!







;-)
 

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LTG Dumbass probably doesn't understand that the Filipino's have been fighting muslims for years. They know how prisoners get treated.
 
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