Wednesday, March 29, 2017
(Ankara) Last August after a suicide bomb attack on a Kurdish wedding inside Turkey , the Turks went into action against ISIS elements based across the border in Syria and they started their wee military adventure by attacking the Kurds. The same kurds who have (And still are) the most successful people to have taken on ISIS on the Battlefield. Anyway 7 months down the line and the Turks have declared 'Mission accomplish' in regards to Operation Euphrates Shield . The strange thing is taking into account the sheer size of the Turkish military, they actually haven't done much. Here's a map of the situation on the ground and at its furthest penetration the Turks have only managed to advance around 30 miles into Syria. (The distance from Aleppo to Al Bab is around 25 miles)
|Situation inside Northern Syria Feb 17: |
Key: Yellow=Kurds, Green (North) = Turks.Green (West)= Rebels Brownish/Grey=ISIS . Red= Syrian Government Map by Mr Penguin
After spending a couple of months in which to take the city of Al Bab and not exactly advancing much more than that, the Turkish Government have now declared that they have achieved everything that they set out to do and they are calling it a day. With the elections next month in which to grant Erdogan dictator like powers, the last thing the Turkish Government wants is Turkish military losses upsetting the apple-cart.
However whilst stating they have ended their military adventure inside Syria, the Turks haven't mentioned if they will pull out. (Highly unlikely for time been as this will allow the Kurds to link up)
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
|Locations of protests with numbers who attended|
|Pushkin Square ,Moscow|
UPDATE: Russian court fines anti-Kremlin activist @navalny 20,000 Rubles for organizing an illegal demonstrationhttps://t.co/Cq9omp8yBP pic.twitter.com/MS6C5Nwjry— Conflict News (@Conflicts) 27 March 2017
Navalny has declared his intention to run for president next year, an election in which the president, Vladimir Putin, is expected to stand for, and almost certainly win, a new six-year term.
26 March 2017
VIDEO: Anti-corruption protestors chant "Russia without Putin" in central Moscow today - @olacichopic.twitter.com/o0mRjy7HiZ— Gissur Simonarson (@GissiSim) 26 March 2017
The protests were held over an investigation into the current Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's alleged corruption. Navalny’s team released a video alleging Medvedev had amassed a collection of mansions, yachts and vineyards - a fortune that far outstripped his official salary.
Protests across Russia mark the coming of age of a new adversary for the Kremlin: https://t.co/z6PYwerqLL pic.twitter.com/Vocxhcac39— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) 28 March 2017
(Mogadishu) More than 30 al-Shabab fighters were killed when African
Union and Somali forces attacked two of the armed group's bases in southern
Jubaland, Mohamed Ahmed Hersi, a deputy commander with the Jubaland
administration, said al-Shabab weapons were also destroyed in the
"surprise" attacks that began Saturday and continued Sunday near
"We killed at least 33 al-Shabab militants and destroyed vehicles mounted with anti-aircraft guns," Hersi told VOA's Somali Service. "I have seen the dead bodies of the 33 militants with my eyes."
"The intelligence-led operation was executed by air and ground assets. Ground troops were supported by attack helicopters and artillery fire to access the terrorists' base and the two commands and logistics bases 17 kilometers from Siraria near Hola Wajeer,"However, al-Shabab later denied the Kenyan military's report. Sheikh Abdiaziz Abu Musab, the terrorist spokesman for al-Shabab said that no attack was carried out on al-Shabab bases, calling the Kenyan military's claims a "fabrication".
Monday, March 27, 2017
(ISW) The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) have knocked out an
article which illuminates exactly what Russia is up to in the ME: