Saturday, August 01, 2015

260 PKK members killed in Turkey air strikes: Report -Hurriyet Daily News

Around 260 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have been killed and hundreds more wounded in Ankara's week-long campaign of air strikes against targets of the outlawed group inside Turkey and in northern Iraq, the semi-official Anadolu Agency said on Aug. 1.

Without citing its sources, Anadolu said that among those wounded was Nurettin Demirta┼č, the brother of the co-leader of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas.

Ankara has launched a two-pronged anti-terror offensive against Islamic State of Iraq and the LEvant (ISIL) jihadists in Syria and the outlawed PKK militants in northern Iraq and inside Turkey after a wave of attacks in the country.

In the latest air strikes on July 31, 28 Turkish F-16s destroyed 65 targets of the PKK including shelters and arms depots, the report said. The heaviest air strikes were on July 30, when 80 Turkish aircraft hit 100 targets of the PKK, according to Anadolu....

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/260-pkk-members-killed-in-turkey-air-strikes-report.aspx?PageID=238&NID=86272&NewsCatID=341
-bth: Is Turkey overtly now helping ISIL fight the Kurds?

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Bin Laden Family Members Killed In Jet Crash In England - Reuters

LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) - A private jet crashed in southern England on Friday, killing four people on board, a spokesman for Britain's Hampshire police service said, and Saudi and British media said the passengers were relatives of deceased al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden....http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bin-laden-family-members-killed-in-jet-crash-in-england_55bc2258e4b0d4f33a030224?cps=gravity_5540_-7110568562868036150

-bth: why are two sons of OBL allowed to jet set apparently at leisure around Europe?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Iraq-Turkey pipeline attacked by saboteurs, crude flow halted: minister - Reuters

Oil flow on an Iraqi pipeline carrying Kirkuk and Kurdish oil to Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan has been halted after saboteours attacked it, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Wednesday.
"The pipeline has been damaged and the flow is halted due to sabotage by terrorists," Yildiz said in a statement, but added that there was no impact so far on the country's oil supply.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/29/us-mideast-crisis-turkey-oil-idUSKCN0Q30TM20150729

-bth: It is hard to imagine this pipeline functioning reliably while Turkey bombs Kurds.

Iraq Apathetic to U.S. Equipment Offer - USNews

The Iraqi government has accepted only a fraction of fighting vehicles the U.S. has offered to provide it, indicating leaders in Baghdad desperately holding their country together amid the Islamic State group onslaught may be trying to appease multiple masters.

Amid the rise of the Islamic State group late last year, U.S. News reported the U.S. military was hoarding more than 3,000 fighting vehicles in nearby Kuwait, mostly the mine-resistant, ambush-protected combat trucks known as MRAPs that played a key role in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This stockpile, made up largely of equipment withdrawn from Afghanistan, was designed to give war planners options and bolster Iraq's military forces as they disintegrated in the face of Islamic State group violence.

More than six months later, only 300 MRAPs have actually gone to the Iraqi government, U.S. News has subsequently learned, defying logic among observers who question why the besieged nation would not accept a deal that bolsters its defenses and improves greatly on its outdated fleet of vehicles.
In short, why wouldn't Iraq want more of a good thing? ...http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/07/29/iraq-only-accepts-fraction-of-us-equipment-to-fight-isis

-bth: the reason its only 300 gifted is because Iraqi officials can't get a kickback on equipment that is transferred government to government or gifted.  If on the other hand they bought 300 new items of whatever then the corrupt procurement system can function. It is pretty much that simple.  It is hard to see how the Iraqi government can win a war like this, but the politicians and militias can get more graft by letting these used units that could save men's lives sit in a warehouse.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Russians hackers used Twitter, photos to reach U.S. computers: report - Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Russian government-backed hackers who penetrated high-profile U.S. government and defense industry computers this year used a method combining Twitter with data hidden in seemingly benign photographs, according to experts studying the campaign.
In a public report Wednesday, researchers at security company FireEye Inc said the group used the unusual tandem as a means of communicating with previously infected computers. FireEye has briefed law enforcement on what it found....http://news.yahoo.com/russians-hackers-used-twitter-photos-reach-u-computers-120329131--finance.html

Friday, July 17, 2015

Russia plans to ship fuel from Crimea to Syria

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/7/16/russia-plans-to-ship-fuel-from-crimea-to-syria.html

Russia plans to supply Syria with 200,000 tons of liquefied petroleum gas per year via the Crimean port of Kerch, two trading sources told Reuters.
The plans are a further sign of cooperation between the two countries despite hopes in the West that Russia might stop shielding President Bashar al-Assad from pressure to step aside....
Bth this would presumably partially offset supplies to Syria cut off from Turkey in December. How does something like LNG get delivered ship to shore in Syria?