Saturday, February 22, 2020

World: Map of Coronavirus spread

The Coronavirus is slowly spreading around the world, and at the moment shows no sign of stopping. Iran has joined the club with 4 fatalities, another 14 identified as having the virus which first reared its head in the holy city of Qom, an often-visited religious destination. The health ministry official Minou Mohrez warned it had since spread to several cities, including the capital, Tehran, according to the official IRNA news agency.


(ISW) The nice people over at the Institute for the study of war have knocked out their latest situation map on Syria:

Friday, February 21, 2020

Interlude:Elbow - One Day Like This

Thursday, February 20, 2020

UK: Stabbing takes place in London central mosque

(London)  Today at around 1500hrs a worshipper in his 70s was stabbed in the neck by a 29 year old man during afternoon prayers at London Central mosque.

Thankfully other worshippers apprehended the culprit and held him until police arrived .
Video footage showed the alleged perpetrator, a 29-year-old man, being pinned to the ground by police.One witness claimed that he was a regular at the mosque,

Turkey: Seeks US protection over its adventures inside Syria.

(Ankara) Yesterday in my last post,, I mentioned how Turkey had embroiled itself in a bunfight inside Syria, regards defending its jihadi friends from the likes of Syria, Russia and Iran. At the close of my post I wrote this:

If war does kick off, the region is going to be set alight between Turkey, Syria, Russia and Iran and no doubt Turkey will try and pull the rest of NATO in. 
Well guess what.  Ankara has just done that, when last night Hulusi Akar the Turkish defence minister went public on CNN Turk  requesting the US deploy 2 Patriot missile batteries to the south of the country in which to defend Turkish forces from Russian air attack which today saw another 2 Turkish soldiers killed in an airstrike.

The supreme irony here, is that in 2007 Ankara opened up a competition for a long range Anti-Aircraft missile and ended up picking the Russian S400 over the US Patriot missile. A purchase which has seen Turkey ostracised from certain NATO projects (Such as the F35 stealth fighter program) and yet here we are a few months after Turkey took delivery of said missiles from Moscow, with them now requesting the US deploy the missile that lost out to defend them from Syria and its mates.

Turkey: Turkish President states he will wage war against Syria inside Syria to stop it reclaiming its land.

(Ankara)  These past 9 years has seen Syria split asunder via a savage civil war (of sorts) with head chopping Islamists on one side and a kill them all dictator on the other. Initially the head choppers took the lead and supported by idiots in the so called liberal west who wished to see the kill them all dictator removed, these religious thugs came close to taking the entire country, things went  kind of pear shaped when encouraged by how they had managed to take most of Syria by the use of the bullet and the bomb , the biggest bunch of head choppers (ISIS) decided to branch out into Iraq and there too they did initially well. this saw the western nations realise that there is no such thing as a moderate Islamic terrorist and so they changed tack and started bombing the thugs they had been surreptitiously helping just a few months previously.

As ISIS lost ground its former thugs found themselves either six feet under or locked up. A few joined the ranks of the militia the Turks have used to spearhead their adventures into Syria:
Some have been relocated to Libya by the Turks to fight the good fight:
and a lot (Not just ISIS) relocated to the Syrian state of Idlib where they joined up with the Syrian headchoppers who lost ground when the Russians decided to side with the kill them all dictator.and helped him reclaim his lost ground. Having control of virtually all of Syria, the kill them all dictator has decided to take out the nest of vipers in Idlib, seeing that it is packed with hundreds of thousands of headchoppers and so with the help of Russian jets, he has gone back on his word of letting them live in peace and let loose the camels of war. which is why currently the headchoppers are on the backfoot after losing ground to the Syria offensive. The Turks are in a dilemma, having supported the headchoppers for the past 9 years, which was revealed with a TV interview with the head of the HTS terrorist ground based in...Idlib

This past month the Turks have been flooding both sides of the border region with troops, arms and armour. the Syrians knowing what the Turks have planned have been striking Turkish troop concentrations and the Turks have replied in kind.and last night the Turkish president  Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a statement in which he promised to launch a large-scale military operation in Syria to help controlled militants, declaring decisive action, including against Russia. Who in turn have warned Ankara off and played its cards by blocking a UN vote on ending the Syrian offensive.

If war does kick off, the region is going to be set alight between Turkey, Syria, Russia and Iran and no doubt Turkey will try and pull the rest of NATO in. Interesting days or what.