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London: Britain’s Royal Navy is preparing contingency plans for a mass evacuation of British citizens from Syria and neighbouring countries. A substantial Navy task force will deploy to the eastern Mediterranean for large scale exercises after the Olympics but will have the capability to help civilians fleeing the growing violence.
It will include the helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious and the amphibious ship HMS Bulwark ferrying 45 Commando, Royal Marines. The force will carry out amphibious landings in Sardinia, Albania and Turkey then is likely to “loiter” off Cyprus, 160 kilo
The GulfNews website says that the fleet will double in size when the French Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle with a strike force of Rafale fighters and its escort ships joins the Royal Navy task force. The French contingent should provide similar evacuations of French citizens back to France should the need arise.
They're moving in considerable numbers to Latakia province. Many are fleeing into Lebanon to the west through the Bekaa Valley, controlled by Assad's ally Hezbollah, and then into an Alawite corridor running north along the Mediterranean coast to Latakia.
This is guaranteed to be one giant sh** sandwich
who is funding and organising the Free Libyian *cough* i mean Syrian Army
The rifles and rocket-propelled grenades we're getting from Saudi Arabia and Qatar are not enough, they say. Why not help us coordinate our operations, like NATO advisers did in Libya?
One resident later tells me he has seen two undercover Americans pass through here. He says one gave the rebels a couple of high-end sniper rifles, the other was interested in the types of helicopters used by the Syrian regime.
Originally posted by Kastogere
Well then the parties about to start and all of the guests have arrived, after appetizers we'll carry on to the main course, and when the atmosphere is 1000 degrees, we'll hit the balcony for drinks in the nuclear glow and go skinny dipping in the neon glowing ocean....whos with me?
Am I missing anything? No?
-China has been very quiet about Syria for some reason as they stoke up their claim in the south China sea boldly.
-Russia has changed the ownership of the attack helicopter freighter with a surface naval escort with orders to move along unabated until off load in Syria is complete. (betcha that freighter is carring much needed fire power for Assads army, not just helos).
A wave of violence killed 111 people across Iraq on Monday, the country's deadliest day in two and a half years, after Al-Qaeda warned it would seek to retake territory and mount new attacks.
Officials said at least 235 people were wounded in 28 different attacks launched in 19 cities, shattering a relative calm which had held in the lead-up to the start on Saturday of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Anything N Korea does will be purely opprotunistic to take advantage of everyone else being in a tangle elsewhere.....its what I'd do.
Iraq right after we pulled out tried to get the Iraq Dinar boosted by advertising investment in other countries "buy the dinar and get rich because its about to be worth more than the dollar" they'd say. Wonder how many suckers they got with that one as it has yet to materialise
We're basically looking at a 2 front war here if it ever kicks off much like WWII
Only do expect N Korea to lob a nuke out of anger and compulsion rather early on.