One week after a U.S. Navy F/18E shot down a Syrian Air Force SU-22 bomber, leading Moscow to declare that American-led Coalition aircraft could be tracked as hostiles via air or surface to air missile radars, the Russians struck Islamic State terrorists with a barrage of Kalibr missiles. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, six low flying cruise missiles were fired from the Admiral Essen and Admiral Grigorovich frigates in the eastern Mediterranean. The missile strikes came one day after rumors circulated online that a U.S. RQ4 Global Hawk long range drone, which was reported crashed in northern California, was actually shot down over the Mediterranean by Russian air defense systems based in the Latakia coastal region of Syria.Read More
As the calendar shifts from Black Moon September to October Surprise season, and while Team RogueMoney has been keeping you up to date with the latest on the Deutsche Bank death watch, the Russia Analyst has been closely observing 'death race Damascus'. While our initial instinct is that Washington is mostly bluffing and putting out hot air about military action against Syrian and by extension Russian forces in response to Damascus' offensive against jihadist held east Aleppo, we remain concerned that the stage is being set via massive propaganda for some sort of provocateur-ed confrontation between American and Russian jets or surface to air missiles over Syria.
Certainly, the threats issued by the U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby declaring Wednesday that Russians will suffer more of their servicemen coming home in 'body bags' and terrorist attacks on their cities and interests (read: Russian embassies and oil workers in Iraq or elsewhere in the Mideast) have been splashed all over Russian television. So too have top Russian commanders and diplomats' response that they take threats to the lives of their citizens very seriously and that the State Department's language is hysterical and completely inappropriate to those who call themselves diplomats. Meanwhile, The New York Times the old Grey Whore 'paper of record' for the country which has backed every U.S. war since Desert Storm if not Vietnam is now demanding in lockstep with the Manhattan-based Council on Foreign Relations what CJCS Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford admitted would start a war with Russia -- military action to stop Syrian and Russian operations.Read More