Report: U.S. officials believe Iran accidentally shot down Ukrainian jetliner

From Steven Portnoy, a reporter with CBS Radio: x BREAKING: @CBSNews has learned US officials are now confident Iran shot down a Ukrainian jetliner with 176 people on board. Sources say US intelligence picked detected infrared blips of two missile launches, followed by the blip of an explosion.— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) January 9, 2020 That’s…

Trump has triggered a state of war with Iran to save his re-election

As irrational as ever, Trump chose to assassinate another high-value target without thinking about strategic consequences. It could get worse. Trump chose to claim that the US was withdrawing militarily from the Middle East while sending more troops. Much like his other military decision-making Trump concerns himself with “style” rather than substance. No one in…

Unknown warplanes over Aleppo; explosion at Iranian base

This just coming in. Massive explosions are being heard from an Iranian weapons store at Jabal Ezzan / Azan Mount south of Aleppo, immediately after reports of unknown warplanes flying overhead. The Jerusalem Post is speculating that they’re Israeli jets, but the facts are not known right now.  Casualties are reported. This is said to…

Assessing the damage in Syria (not a liveblog): First analysis

A new day. Information will trickle out over time, but let’s begin with what we know now. Let us start with the Pentagon briefing. They focus their maps and discussion on just these three sites. We’ll get into secondary sites a bit later.  They offer the following before-and-after comparisons of their targets: Unfortunately I have…

Syria: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Bombing [Updated]

No lead-in needed; we all know what’s happened, and we all know what looks to be in the works.  Let’s get into the news, but first, let’s get into the players (if you already know all this, feel free to skip): Syria / Assad: No introduction needed. Controls generally the western/southwestern 2/3rds of the country,…

Preparations for a potential war in Korea continue: week in review

After having initially been delayed by technical problems, the USS Ronald Reagan has joined the Carl Vinson off the Korean peninsula for military drills, including drilling with the ROK navy.  The drills include anti-DPRK commando strikes, anti-submarine and anti-aircraft operations, and strikes with air-launched and submarine-launched cruise missiles. It had been no secret that the USS Michigan…

North Korea: The Russian Angle

A great deal of attention has been focused on the connection between North Korea and China, and the pressure China can (or cannot) and will (or will not) put on the North Korean government. North Korea, a state with a GDP of only $25B (1/3rd that of Salt Lake City), supports its military programmes and…

Geotagging the Shayrat airbase attack: what hit and where.

Perhaps I’m a glutton for punishment, but I went ahead and geotagged the entire tomahawk strike on the Shayrat airbase.  Now you can see at a glance what areas were struck (and with what level of confidence), and (to the best that can be determined with public images and information) what struck there.  drive.google.com/… Colors range from…

Tour of the “nonexistent” damage at Shayrat airbase

While I posted the other day satellite images of the damage, today we have (thanks to pro-Russian ANNA News) the first on-the-ground pictures of what so many here in DK’s CT community insist was a “wag the dog” attack involving bombing a bunch of empty buildings and pounding sand, rather than an actual act of warfare with very serious dangers. So, for your…

Daily Kos goes into full “Conspiracy Theory Mode” after attacks on Syria.

I rather can’t believe how much Daily Kos is sounding like Sputnik these days: “FEEBLE US ATTACK DOES NOTHING!”  .  It’s the same everywhere: Meh, just a couple people dead (insert-lowest-cited-figure-from-any-source). Just a old planes destroyed (insert-lowest-cited-figure-from-any-source). Hit a couple rocks, you know, nothing. They packed up everything and moved! False Flag. Wag The Dog. Fake…