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Originally posted by intrptr
reply to post by Soshh
Sorry, I meant to say double "standard" not double "stander". You know the reasoning-- Its okay for us to invade and conquer other nations but not okay for other nations to do it to us? Isn't that why we are over there... to fight the war on terror for what they did to us on 911? Or is it burkas and WMD...
We are off topic here. Nice dodge by the way.
Not because the were lied to or because the West and the Arab League broke non-existent promises on Libya (someone get me a violin).
Last reply on this.
Originally posted by svmpua
Finally we will get to see something like this ->
Russia + China + Muslim Brotherhood(iran,turkey etc)
This is going to be very interesting.
s has overstepped their mandate for enforcing a no fly zone, escalating their action into one of enforcing regime change.
The Syrian port city of Tartus hosts a Soviet-era naval supply and maintenance base, under a 1971 agreement with Syria. The base was established during the Cold War to support the Soviet Navy's fleet in the Mediterranean Sea. Since Russia forgave Syria of three-fourths, or $9.8 billion, of its $13.4 billion Soviet-era debt and became its main arms supplier, Russia and Syria have conducted talks about allowing Russia to develop and enlarge its naval base, so that Russia can strengthen its naval presence in the Mediterranean.
Syria for the past few years has reached out to Russia to obtain modern weapons that included many modern anti-tank and anti-air missile systems that will further improve its combat capabilities. In 2008, Syria agreed to purchase MiG-29SMT fighters, Pantsir S1E air-defense systems, Iskander tactical missile systems, Yak-130 aircraft, and two Amur-1650 submarines from Russia. Russia's foreign minister said his country's sale of weapons to Syria would not upset the balance of power in the Middle East. The sales he stated are "in line with the international law" and "in the interests of strengthening stability and maintaining security" in regions close to Russian borders, Sergei Lavrov told reporters during a visit to the United Nations in New York. As of 2011, Syria's arms contracts with Russia were worth at least $4 billion. Dmitri Trenin reports in the New York Times that from 2000 to 2010 Russia sold around $1.5 billion worth of arms to Syria, making Damascus Moscow’s seventh-largest client.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by chrismarco
There was only one YAL-1A airborne laser, and it's been cancelled. It is sitting in Arizona in the boneyard, all packed up.
As for the Iskander v Patriot, the Iskander is extremely hard to intercept, but not impossible. Yes it's faster than the Patriot, but the Patriot actually has a slight advantage, because the Iskander HAS to fly towards it, so it's a closing engagement. If it was going away, the Patriot would be at a huge disadvantage. The Patriot won't be able to stop all of them, maybe not even most of them, but the Iskander isn't the world changing weapon that is going to dominate the battlefield either.
...Reza Kahlili (the author of this article) is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran's Revolutionary Guards and author of the award winning book "A Time To Betray"
He serves on the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and the advisory board of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran (FDI).
World News Daily - by REZA KAHLILI
Posted on December 8, 2012 by #1NWO Hatr
WASHINGTON -- The Navy has directed the temporary return of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) from her current overseas deployment, allowing the ship to return home for two months before sending it back to the Middle East region.
The unusual move is being made to accommodate delays due to emergent repair work on USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Everett, Wash.-based carrier was expected to deploy to the region to relieve Eisenhower early next year, however, Nimitz is now expected to deploy once repair work is complete.
Bringing Eisenhower back home to its homeport in Norfolk in December will permit the Navy to resurface the ship’s flight deck and make it available to return and remain in the Middle East region for several more months. This decision also provides the ship’s crew a welcome holiday respite from what will become nearly 10 months on station.
The Norfolk-based aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower is coming home two months early, but after the flight deck is resurfaced it’s heading back to the Persian Gulf.
The Eisenhower was scheduled to be relieved by the Nimitz, but that had to be put off until summer to complete repairs to its propulsion system, the Navy said Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta decided to bring the Eisenhower home in December to resurface its flight deck so it can go back to the Gulf area in February and remain for four months. That means that in December and January the John C. Stennis will be the only carrier in that area, although there are other naval forces there, including Marines aboard a three-ship contingent led by the Peleliu.
This will be the first such gap in the Gulf region since at least December 2010, the Navy said. The carriers are a key feature of the U.S. military strategy for the Mideast.
In announcing the moves, the Navy said none are related to the conflict between Israel and the Hamas militants in Gaza — or any other security threats or contingency planning. They said it reflects wear and tear on the carrier fleet, which has been under enormous strain during more than 11 years of war.
The Iskander-M missile system was officially adopted by the Russian Army in 2006. Currently Russian Army operates only about 20 of these missile systems. It's export variant, the Iskander-E, was sold to Syria (26 units). System is capable of hitting moving targets, as target coordination can be adjusted while missile is in-flight. The Iskander has several different conventional warheads, including cluster, fuel-air explosive, bunker-busting and electro-magnetic pulse. Minimum firing range is 50 km.