Syria: Al-Qaeda’s New Home

“Three years ago, an uprising against the Assad regime turned into what looked like a straightforward civil war between Syrian government forces and rebels. However, over time, what had started as a largely secular opposition movement began to take on more of a radical Islamist tone, with two al Qaeda offshoots — the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra — becoming the dominant forces on the ground across the rebel-held North.”

– VICE News

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INVASION OF CRIMEA – March 27, 2014 – Dmitry Tymchuk’s Military SUMMARY

Ukrainian thoughts on the U.N. resolution vote are described in this article.

Voices of Ukraine

Dmitry Tymchuk, Information Resistance

27.03.2013
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

Information Resistance Information Resistance

Brothers and sisters!
Here is the summary for March 27 (for the summary from the previous day, see Summary of March 26).

The bad news:

1. No one in the Ukrainian Presidential Administration seems to see any threat from Russia point-blank. Today, Serhiy Pashynskiy, Acting Head of the Presidential Administration, came out with a rather confusing speech, the conclusion of which was – all reports about a possible attack on the Ukrainian territory in the next few days are “an information attack” of the Kremlin.

Mr. Pashinskiy believes that anyone talking about the possible invasion are Moscow’s “fifth column.” Based on that, this term should also include me and my colleagues, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine [MFA], the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, and even the U.S. intelligence

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What Would A Russian Invasion Of Ukraine Look Like?

“In brief, the aim would be a blitzkrieg that, before Ukraine has the chance properly to muster its forces and, perhaps more to the point, the West can meaningfully react, allows the Russians to draw a new front line and assert their own ground truth, much as happened in Crimea (though this would be much more bloody and contested).”

In Moscow's Shadows

Will the Russians stop? Will the Russians stop?

I’ve been asked this question a lot, and had the chance to expound on it at a recent event in Parliament sponsored by the Henry Jackson Society, so thought I’d briefly outline my thoughts here. That said, though, I should stress that the more time passes, the less likely I think such an attack becomes, because of the shifting political situation and also–as Kyiv moves forces east and mobilises reserves and volunteers–the military calculus. However, it cannot be excluded, so it is worth still considering, not least as the preparatory phases I outline below have all been carried out; the Russian General Staff may well not yet know if it is going to be invading, but it has made sure that if the word does come down from the Kremlin, it will be ready.

In brief, the aim would be a blitzkrieg that, before Ukraine has…

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Russian Forces Double Along Ukraine Border

“Pentagon officials say they believe there could be close to 50,000 Russian troops bordering the former Soviet republic.” The Information Resistance puts the number of troops closer to 80,000…

TIME

Despite Russian reassurances that Moscow’s troop buildup along Ukraine’s eastern frontier is for a military exercise, its growing scale is making U.S. officials nervous about its ultimate aim.

President Barack Obama on Friday urged Russia to stop “intimidating” Ukraine and to pull its troops back to “de-escalate the situation.” He told CBS that the troop buildup may “be an effort to intimidate Ukraine, or it may be that [Russia has] additional plans.”

Pentagon officials say they believe there could be close to 50,000 Russian troops bordering the former Soviet republic and inside Crimea, recently seized and annexed by Moscow. That estimate is double earlier assessments, and means Russian President Vladimir Putin could order a lighting strike into Ukrainian territory with the forces already in place. The higher troop count was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

“We continue to see the Russian military reinforce units on their side of…

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Report: Poland Calls Up Army Reserves: “The World Stands On the Brink of Conflict”

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By Mac Slavo

Though not much is being said about the the Ukraine in U.S. mainstream news circles, the tension in Europe is being stretched to a near breaking point.

A few weeks ago the country of Estonia warned that their sources indicated that the Russian Army was are preparing an invasion of the Western-supported Ukrainian government. The President of the country’s provisional government has since deployed at leas 40,000 troops to its Eastern front as a countermeasure should Vladimir Putin’s 80,000 strong military cross its border.

In Poland, which sits in a region that has been party to just about every European engagement in modern history, leaders are concerned with the possibility that a Russia/Ukraine conflict would spill over to its country.

According to a report from The Week Polish military reservists are being called up by the thousands, presumably to prepare for the possibility of not just spillover…

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