UK and allies 'unwilling' to enforce no-fly zone in Syria
"I don’t think the US nor the UK and other countries would provide the credible force of threat to back it up," Ms Von Hippel said. "In order words, they have to be willing to shoot down Russian aircraft or Syrian regime aircraft if they’re violating Aleppo airspace."
Karin von Hippel on ITV, 11 October
West Rattled Over Russian Missiles on NATO Border
'The idea is to intimidate the West. Because Russia does not have any other tools to fight for its competitiveness in the international arena but psychology. Even the Russian military are comparatively weaker than NATO’s forces.'
Igor Sutyagin in Voice of America, 11 October 2016
Are Russia and the US entering a new Cold War?
‘The problem is, the general picture in my view, is that the Kremlin raises the stakes trying to portray itself as mad or crazy just to use that craziness, madness, political will to be crazy, as a force equalizer as Russia is much weaker than the West and even the United States alone and so the achieve it’s goal of securing its sphere of influence, Russia needs (to use) psychology and that is what they are doing.’
Sectarian violence in Kashmir is increasingly spilling over onto the streets of Britain
Politicians and militant leaders from the sub-continent have long noticed and profited from this proximity of the now long-settled South Asian communities in the UK and the sub-continent and used it as a source of fundraising and support. Violence over there tends to resonate here. And while it will be impossible and incorrect to try to cut this umbilical cord linking us together, greater attention needs to be paid to understanding how this connection is evolving.
Republicans are outraged by Donald Trump's sexism - but why not his anti-Muslim bigotry?
But there is something uniquely problematic about the 'Muslim question' in this presidential race. From the outset, Trump's stance actually resonates with much of the Republican Party base – it's not unpopular. On the contrary, it is admired – and that raises a problem that will far outlive Trump's political career. Trump may be exacerbating anti-Muslim bigotry – but he's tapping into a bigotry that actually exists, and will be there beyond him.
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Russia and the Syrian Crisis
At this point, the US would have to be ‘operationally, tactically brilliant’ to strike Assad
US pilots in fifth generation aircraft would have to be extremely well trained and "operationally, tactically brilliant" to knock out a Russian missile defense battery in Syria, Sutyagin said.
Here’s what would happen if US tried to strike Russian-backed targets in Syria
Russian "air defense systems are designed to intercept high flying targets at a maximum range of about 250 miles," said Sutyagin. While this does pose a threat to US and coalition aircraft operating normally in the region, the missile defense can be outfoxed, as they less optimal against low flying planes or missiles.
Russia Announces Plans for Permanent Naval Base in Syria
Sutyagin estimates a battalion of marines, a company of Russian naval special forces and a squadron of up to four patrol ships will be among the deployments. Other capabilities will include Bastion anti-ship missiles, the already deployed S-300 missiles, as well as support personnel such as engineers and communications units.
“That will be the base—not just two piers plus one rusty workshop,” Sutyagin says.
Exclusive - Russia builds up forces in Syria, Reuters data analysis shows
The S-300 basically gives Russia the ability to declare a no-fly zone over Syria,' said Justin Bronk, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London. 'It also makes any US attempt to do so impossible. Russia can just say: "We're going to continue to fly and anything that tries to threaten our aircraft will be seen as hostile and destroyed".'