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- “Canadian FM Freeland ‘Will Be Talking to Herself’ With Her Anti-Russia Policy”
- “Freeze or thaw? What Freeland’s appointment means for Russia-Canada relations in the Arctic”
- “Conservative leadership candidate retells Vladimir Putin’s ‘hilarious’ joke about murdering your enemies”
- “Lithuania plans to build 45-km fence along border with Russia” – “Lithuania to build fence on border with Russia’s Kaliningrad”
- “US troops’ move into Poland angers Russia” – “US Troops Deployment to Poland is a ‘PR Campaign’ “ (RUS state media) – “Poland as ‘Bargaining Chip’ in Row Between US, Russia ?” (RUS state media) – “Another Viewpoint: Curious timing for US and NATO border buildup”
- “Latvia favors power grid synchronization via Poland”
- “Western amnesia on WWII as NATO replicates Nazi Germany” (RUS state media)
- “Ukraine’s envoy says his government is growing concerned about whether Canada will continue its military support to help the country deter Russian aggression. The mission is set to expire at the end of March …”
- “It could happen here — Ukraine’s power station hack is a stark warning to other countries …”
- Really??? “In Donetsk, the residents are willing to declare an amnesty DNR, who fought against the Republic” (DNR leader page, in Russian) – “In Donetsk to announce amnesty DNR residents who fought against the Republic” (DNR leader page, in Ukrainian)
- “How Russia helps Donbas separatisits – DNR and LNR”
- Ooopsie … “Savchenko admits her POW lists have errors”
- Updates from All Sides “Latest from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), based on information received as of 19:30, 13 January 2017” – UKR govt ATO map, 15 Jan 2017 – “Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 15.01.2017” – “Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 14.01.2017” – “Kiev shells DPR 5 thousand times over the week” – “Kiev forces violated ceasefire regime in the LPR nine times” – “Ukraine reports 60 attacks in Donbas in past day, with 1 KIA, 3 WIA’s” – “60 Shellings of Donbass Ukrainian Forces’ Positions Over Past 24 Hours – Reports” – “Occupiers in eastern Ukraine set to escalate confrontation – (UKR DefMin spox) Motuzianyk” – “AFU attempts to capture DPR soldiers, one Republican soldier killed”
- “DPR hands over three bodies of Ukrainian servicemen” – “Authorities DNI handed Ukrainian side of the two prisoners as goodwill gesture” (DNR leader page, in Russian)
- “Ukraine to join verification group at military facilities in Russia’s border zone” – “Russia allowed to Ukraine to hold military inspection in Rostov” – “Ukraine’s Military continues buildup on (separatist) Donetsk border”
- “Relatives of MH17 victims demanded renewed search in Ukraine”
- “The ringleader of the so-called “DPR” Alexander Zakharchenko said he would jam the broadcasts of “Ukrainian Radio” in the occupied territories. He said this at a “press conference” on January 14 …”
… from the CAF/DND Info-machine news release:
“Search and rescue is an essential public service for Canadians from coast to coast to coast. That’s why the Government of Canada is building a more agile, better-equipped military, while ensuring the best value for Canadians.
Following a rigorous, open and transparent competition, the Government of Canada today announced the awarding of a contract for $2.4 billion to Airbus Defence and Space to replace Canada’s fleets of CC115 Buffalo and legacy CC130 Hercules aircraft. The company has partnered with Newfoundland-based PAL Aerospace for maintenance and support services.The contract will provide a complete, modern and technologically advanced search and rescue solution, including maintenance and support services up to 2043.
As part of this contract, Airbus will provide 16 C295W aircraft, equipped with advanced technology systems, to support Canada’s search and rescue operations, construct a new simulator-equipped training centre in Comox, British Columbia, and provide ongoing maintenance and support services. The contract also includes options to extend the maintenance and support services for an additional 15 years. Should Canada choose to exercise these additional options, the contract value would increase to $4.7 billion.
The new technology being acquired includes state-of-the-art communications systems that will allow search and rescue personnel to share real-time information with partners on the ground. Using integrated sensors, crews will be able to locate persons or objects, such as downed aircraft, from more than 40 kilometres away, even in low-light conditions.
As part of its proposal Airbus Defence and Space has committed to make investments in the Canadian economy equal to the value of the contract, creating and maintaining good middle class jobs. Through Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy, the company will incorporate many of Canada’s leading aerospace firms into its global supply chain and establish strategic partnerships with Canadian companies to ensure the aircraft are supported in Canada by Canadians. This work will help grow Canada’s innovative and strong aerospace sector, while providing well-paying jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it. Quotes
“”In a country as large as Canada, our search and rescue personnel must have the right equipment to face the varying challenges they encounter every day. Working closely with partners through a fair, open competition, we have selected aircraft and advanced technology that will ensure the safety of Canadians from coast to coast to coast while providing good middle class jobs.”” The Honourable Judy M. Foote
Minister of Public Services and Procurement
“”Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force search and rescue community are among the best trained in the world and respond to incidents in every type of environment, whether in the Arctic, over the Rockies or in the middle of the ocean. Canadians in distress can count on them to give their very best to save lives. With this technology, we are giving our women and men in uniform the tools they need to continue to deliver effective and essential search and rescue operations.”” The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan
Minister of National Defence
“”Through the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy, 100 percent of the contract value will be invested into the Canadian economy. Airbus Defence and Space will ensure that the maintenance, training, repair and overhaul work of the aircraft are performed in Canada which will create high-value, well-paying jobs for middle class Canadians and generate sustainability and growth for Canada’s aerospace and defence sector.”” The Honourable Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
The Canadian Armed Forces is responsible for providing aeronautical search and rescue operations. In collaboration with federal, provincial/territorial and municipal governments, as well as local search and rescue organizations, the Armed Forces respond to Canadians in distress across the country and at sea.
The initial contract for a period of 11 years is valued at $2.4 billion (plus applicable taxes) and includes 6 years of acquisition and set up, including the construction of a new training centre in Comox, British Columbia, as well as the first 5 years of maintenance and support services.
The contract is performance-based, which means the contractor will only be paid when equipment and services are delivered and accepted by Canada.
The contract also includes options to extend the maintenance and support services for an additional 15 years. Should Canada choose to exercise these additional options, the contract value would increase to $4.7 billion (plus applicable taxes).
A fairness monitor was engaged to oversee and report on the openness and transparency of the procurement process. The fairness monitor’s report identified no fairness‑related issues.
Canada’s CC115 Buffalo and CC130 Hercules have served Canada well over the last 20 to 40 years. These aircraft perform over 350 missions annually and are responsible for saving thousands of Canadian lives every year.
During the transition the existing fleets will continue to be maintained and operated to ensure search and rescue responsibilities …”
More background available by clicking on the link.
Today, the Government of Canada announced that it had selected the Airbus C295W aircraft for its Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Program.
As part of the FWSAR program, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will receive 16 C295Ws modified for Search and Rescue (SAR).
The contract will also include in service support, provided through a joint venture between Airbus Defence and Space and PAL Aerospace.
Simon Jacques, Head of Airbus Defence and Space in Canada said: “We are acutely conscious of the importance of search and rescue in Canada’s vast and challenging territory and we are honoured to have been selected to provide the aircraft and service to ensure that the role is carried out effectively.”
The C295W features substantial Canadian content. Every C295 is powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada engines, pilots and technicians will be trained at a new facility developed by CAE in Comox, BC, and the electro-optical systems for FWSAR will be provided by L3 Wescam of Burlington, ON. In-service support for the life of the program will be provided by AirPro, a joint venture between Airbus Defence and Space and PAL Aerospace of St John’s, Newfoundland. In-service support will be conducted by Canadians in Canada.
Jacques added: “About 20 percent of the aircraft is already Canadian, meaning that it already serves as a global ambassador for the skills, innovation and expertise of Canadians. Now it will get to serve them directly.”
Canada’s C295Ws will be delivered starting three years after contract award. In service, they will join five Airbus CC-150 aircraft used in the air-to-air refueling, transport, and VIP travel roles.
When the contract is finalized, 185 C295s will have been ordered by 25 countries.
About Airbus Defence and Space
Airbus Defence and Space, a division of Airbus Group, is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise and the second largest space business worldwide. Its activities include space, military aircraft and related systems and services. It employs more than 38,000 people and in 2015 generated revenues of over 13 billion Euros.
For more information visit http://www.C295W.ca.
Strong words, good questions from Colonel Ted – now, we (continue to) wait …
“You, Justin Trudeau and each and every one of the Liberal Party of Canada’s candidates, including you, Minister Kent Hehr, offered yourselves for election on the explicit promise to restore lifelong pensions for wounded veterans …”
- “Africa peacekeeping mission is just an assumption, says country’s top soldier — Canada’s top soldier says an expectation that this country’s military will be deploying to Africa is premature. Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance said an analysis of where the Armed Forces may go should there be a future deployment is still underway …”
- ” “The Kumbaya thing will not work, especially in Africa,” ex-soldier warns Canadians”
- “Military to provide air transport for French counter-terror mission in Africa” (again?) – “Support to French operations in Mali” (CAF Info-machine, 2013)
- “Canada is (already) conducting small operations in Africa” – “Current Operations: Africa” (CAF Info-machine)
- “Sudan accused of chemical weapons attacks in Darfur” – “Is Sudan using chemical weapons on civilians in Darfur?” – “Sudan government accused of using chemical weapons in Darfur” – “Sudan: Credible evidence of the use of chemical weapons to kill and maim hundreds of civilians including children in Darfur revealed” (Amnesty International) – “OPCW Examining NGO Report on Allegations of Chemical Weapons Use in Sudan” – “OPCW’s Initial Assessment of NGO Report on Allegations of Chemical Weapons Use in Sudan … Without further information and evidence being made available, it is not possible at this stage to draw any conclusions based on the content of the report.”
- “Ex-CIA Director, General Pins ISIS on Former Iraq P.M. al-Maliki”
- “Counter-ISIL Strikes Target Terrorists in Syria, Iraq” (Pentagon Info-machine)
- “The Coming of the Russian Jihad: Part 1”
- “France launches airstrikes against Islamic State from aircraft carrier: Reports” – “French jets join anti-IS coalition in Iraq” – “French military bolsters Iraq presence for Mosul offensive”
- Prep for Mosul (1) “Preparations intensify for Mosul offensive in Iraq”
- Prep for Mosul (2) “UN Prepares for Mass Displacement of Iraqis as Battle Looms to Retake Mosul” – ” ‘Massive crisis’ as 1.5m expected to flee Iraq’s Mosul” – “700,000 will need aid once Mosul offensive begins: UN”
- Prep for Mosul (3) “Iraqi PM, Kurdish leader agree on plan to retake Mosul” – “Iraqi PM tells Kurds not to use Mosul battle to expand territory” – “Parties demand political and administrational guarantees in post-ISIS Mosul”
- “Iraqi air force kills ISIS governor in Hawija, Iraq”
- “Turkish jets destroy PKK targets in northern Iraq”
- Oil Stuff “OPEC Deal Could Fall Apart At The Seams As Iraq Revolts” – “Iraq rules OPEC now”
- “October meeting of NATO defense ministers may take up Syrian situation — source”
- “Large Group of Russian Fighter-Bombers Is Ready to Be Sent to Syria”
- “Overview of Military Situation in Aleppo City on September 30” (southfront.org, pro-RUS OSINT)
- “Aleppo humanitarian catastrophe ‘unlike any’ in Syria, UN says” – “Obama Condemns ‘Barbarous Russian and Syrian Regime Airstrikes’ in Aleppo” – “UN slams Russia, Syria for killing children in Aleppo” – “Syria: MSF urges Syrian government and its allies to stop indiscriminate bombing in Aleppo” (Médecins Sans Frontières)
- “3,800 civilians dead in Russian strikes in Syria: monitor”
- “92 violations of truce registered in Syria over 24 hours — Russian Defense Ministry”
- From RUS state media “US Refusal to Work With Russia on Syria ‘Gift’ for Terrorists” – “US Airstrikes on Syrian Army Possible Cover for Daesh Offensive – Ambassador” – “US-Pushed ‘No-Fly’ Zone in Syria ‘Nothing But Air Cover to Terrorists’ “
- “Russia refuses to budge on Syria”
- “Russia Knows Very Well Where American Intelligence Experts Are Stationed In Syria, So Beware Of Any Threats To Russians !”
- “Ankara to complete Syria border wall within 5 months”
- “Syrian Arab Republic – 2016 UN Inter-Agency Humanitarian Operations (as of 28 September 2016)” (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)
- “Canada MP for recognition of Saddam’s Anfal as genocide against Kurds”
- “Islamic leader calls on KRG to reactivate parliament, review salary system” – “Muslim scholar calls on Iraqi Kurdistan govt to reactivate parliament”\ – “Radical Kurdish cleric Mullah Krekar says Kurdistan is bastion of infidelity”
- “Baghdad and Erbil Agree on Closer Cooperation” – “Barzani optimistic about future of Erbil-Baghdad relations” – “Erbil-Baghdad have ‘agreed to solve’ all disputes, Kurdish president says” – “KRG minister unimpressed with Baghdad’s financial pledges to region”
- “Survey Shows 85% of Turkey’s Kurds Demand Peace Talks”
- “Majority of Daesh Militants to Leave Syria for Libya by End of 2016” – “Driving Out ISIS From Libya: What Lies Ahead?” (Nanyang Technological Univ.)
- “It Sure Seems Like Egypt and the UAE Are at War In Libya”
- “Russian Foreign Ministry says arms supplies not discussed with Libya”
- “US Airstrike Hits Daesh Resupply Point in Libya’s Sirte”
- “Hundreds trapped in Libya’s Benghazi amid fighting: Amnesty”
- “Libya: Civilians trapped in Benghazi in desperate conditions as fighting encroaches” (Amnesty International)
- “Controlling Libya’s Wealth: Haftar’s Long Game”
- “Opening of Libyan oil ports leads to boost in production”
- “Canada , Russia to hold conference on Arctic co-operation” – “Canada-Russia Arctic conference set” – “Canada-Russia Arctic Conference Happening Despite ‘Profound’ Differences On Ukraine, Syria”
- “Russia and China to exploit Arctic”
- “Dion vs. Putin ends predictably”
- “An expert’s guide to Putin’s propaganda playbook”
- “Chief of the Russian General Staff noted that it was necessary to expand cooperation of the CIS countries in fields of defence and security” (RUS MoD)
- “Operational evaluation of Russia’s Lada-class lead submarine meets expectations” – “Russia to upgrade only part of nuclear-powered Antey submarines”
- “Russia’s army chief calls on CIS countries to extend defense cooperation”
- “Canadian suspect in terror probe took selfie with Justin Trudeau” – “Man in Trudeau selfie linked to RCMP terror investigation — Police raided Montreal home just months before man snapped photo with PM …”
- “SIRC (Security Intelligence Review Committee) Annual Report 2015-2016” – “Statement from CSIS Director on SIRC Annual Report”
- “Ottawa can’t have it both ways on anti-terror law”
- “The (RCAF)’s (other) Whirlybirds (Part 1)” (NATO Association of Canada)
- NDP petition online: “Stop the sale of Canadian weapons to human rights abusers”
- Wanted: Someone to move a hangar on the west coast “Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), on behalf of the Department of National Defence (DND), require the relocation of 443 (MH) Squadron from various locations at Victoria International Airport to their new hangar at 9755 Willingdon Road, North Saanich, British Columbia …”
- Wanted: Someone to take care of the buildings, grounds @ Dwyer Hill “Defence Construction Canada (DCC) is calling for Facilities Maintenance firms to provide proposals to carry out the required Facilities Maintenance Services for buildings and associated areas for the Dwyer Hill Training Centre in Richmond, Ontario …”
- Wanted: Someplace to stay next year during the 100th anniversary of Vimy “The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will conduct Op DISTINCTION events to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in France in April 2017 …”
- “Serco to continue Canadian (Goose Bay) base support”
- “Veterans Affairs senior bureaucrats raked in bonuses while closing offices, feuding with ex-soldiers”
- 3D’s Mark Collins: “Canada Should Just Say “Yes” to Missile Defence, Cont’d (plus Russian cruise missile threat)”
- “La frégate multi-missions française Languedoc au Vieux-Port de Montréal”
- “Infanteer has been there, done that and painted a lot of it”
Deep breaths all round, folks …
“FSB Russia prevented the commission of the Republic of Crimea terrorist attacks prepared by the Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine” (news release, in Russian) – Google English translation here:
Federal Security Service prevented the commission of the Republic of Crimea terrorist attacks prepared by the General Directorate of the Ministry of Intelligence of Defense of Ukraine, the objects of which critical infrastructure and livelihood of the peninsula have been identified.
The purpose of sabotage and terrorist attacks – to destabilize the social and political situation in the region during the preparation and conduct of elections of the federal and regional authorities.
As a result of operational search activities on the night of the 6th of August 7th, 2016 in the region of the Armenian Republic of Crimea discovered a group of saboteurs. During the arrest the terrorists as a result of fire contact the Russian FSB officer died. At the site of clashes found 20 improvised explosive devices with a total capacity of more than 40 kilograms of TNT, ammunition and special means of initiation, regular and anti magnetic mines, as well as grenades and special weapons, consisting armed special units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The measures taken on the peninsula of Crimea eliminated intelligence network Chief of the Defence Intelligence of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Detained persons from among the citizens of Ukraine and the Russian Federation shall be assisted in the preparation of terrorist acts, which give a confession. One of the organizers of the terrorist attacks is prevented Evgeny Panov, born in 1977, resident of Zaporozhye region, a member of the DIU who is also detained and giving a confession.
On the night of August 8, 2016 Ukrainian Defense Ministry special forces were made two more attempts to break the subversive and terrorist groups that prevented law enforcement units of the FSB of Russia and cooperating agencies. Attempts to break camouflage massive bombardment from the neighboring state and armored vehicles of the armed forces of Ukraine. During the fire contact serviceman killed Defense Ministry.
Based on the results of investigative activities and combat the investigation department of FSB of Russia in the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol prosecuted. Conduct additional operational activities and investigations.
Adopted additional security measures in public places and the rest of people, as well as for the protection of critical infrastructure and livelihood. Strengthened border regime on the border with Ukraine.
This, meanwhile, from UKR Defence Intelligence (original in Ukrainian) …
“The grouping of Russian troops in the Crimean out the anti-terrorist measures threats … “We do not exclude provocations, which can be implemented on the territory of Russia occupied Crimea and other occupied territories of our country,” – said the representative of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine.”
… with this reminder from UKR DefInt (also in Ukrainian): “Russian forces in Crimea are able to use nuclear weapons”
Also, this, from the UKR MoD (in Ukrainian) … “Statements FSB untrue”
… as well as Ukraine’s Security Service: “SBU denies Russian security agency claims about Ukrainian diversionary group in Crimea”
Various media takes …
- “Russia accuses Ukraine of armed Crimea incursion, says two killed” (Reuters, UK-based wire service)
- “Russia accuses Ukraine of attempted Crimea ‘incursions’ “ (BBC)
- “Russian FSB foils terrorist attacks plotted by Ukrainian intel agents in Crimea” (RT, RUS state TV)
- “Russia allegedly arrests Ukraine Spec Ops who planned terrorist attacks in Crimea” (Ukraine Today,
- “SBU: Ukraine does not try to regain Crimea by force” (112-international, UKR private media)
- “Ukrainian General Staff Denies Kiev Involved in Plotting Attacks in Crimea” (RIA Novosti, RUS state media)
- “Attempts to Destabilize Crimea Will Be Met With Tough Response” (RIA Novosti, RUS state media)
More from Google News here.
Let’s see how this shakes out, then …
- “Canada considers European troop commitment as CSIS warns Russia is ‘mobilizing for war’ “ – “2018 Security Outlook – Potential Risks and Threats” (CSIS paper)
- “NATO Defence Ministers agree to enhance collective defence and deterrence — NATO Defence Ministers agreed on important measures to strengthen the Alliance’s defence and deterrence on Tuesday (14 June 2016). “NATO will deploy by rotation four robust multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. And I welcome the commitments made by many Allies today to contribute,” said the Secretary General. He stressed that this sends a clear message that if any Ally is attacked, the whole Alliance will respond as one …” (NATO news release) – “NATO ministers agree to deploy 4 battalions to eastern flank” – “NATO Defense Ministers Agree Eastern Force” – “NATO takes next steps to strengthen defence, deterrence” – “NATO Defense Ministers Agree Eastern Force”
- Analysis: “NATO Ministerial FAQ “
- “NATO to send troops to deter Russia, Putin orders snap checks” – “Russian military drills check mobilization readiness” – “Russian Armed Forces launched unannounced combat readiness inspection of troops” (RUS MoD)
- “Security consultant claims Canadian government declined two rescue missions for abducted Canadians in the Philippines — Canadian officials twice rejected proposals from the Philippines government to approve rescue missions for Alberta hostages Robert Hall and John Ridsdel, says a Calgary-based security consultant claiming knowledge of the planned military interventions …”
- “Family of beheaded Canadian backs no ransom policy” – “Family of Canadian hostage slain in Philippines recalls ‘self-made man’ “
- “Canadian ambassador to PH makes plea for better protection for tourists”
- “The Abu Sayyaf beheaded Canadian hostage Robert Hall to embarrass incoming President Rodrigo Duterte, according to the spokesperson of the notorious bandit group …”
- “With the nation still in shock after the beheading by the Abu Sayyaf of one more of its foreign hostages, incoming senator Panfilo Lacson said granting emergency powers to president-elect Rodrigo Duterte would help his administration neutralize the terror group once and for all …”
- “Killing of Canadian hostage by Philippine militants was a cold-blooded murder: Philippine Daily Inquirer”
- “Beheading in Philippines Draws Outrage But No End in Sight for Abu Sayyaf”
- “Duterte administration to deal with lawless elements, ASG – Panelo”
- “L’otage Robert Hall assassiné aux Philippines”
- “Un expert défend la position du Canada au sujet des rançons”
- “Hostage negotiations: There are no simple answers, just harsh dilemmas”
- “To Hack ISIS, Pentagon Is Taking a Page From NSA’s SIGINT Successes Against Iraq Insurgents in 2007”
- “ISIS losing ground in Iraq, Syria: Barack Obama”
- “Military Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq”
- “British Troops Enter Syria and Libya to Ensure That War Outlives ISIS”
- “Some Young Arabs See Secular State as Solution to Terrorism”
- “Iran FM: Syria and Iraq conflicts won’t be solved by military alone”
- “German Special Forces Join Operation in Syria’s North – Reports” – “Germany denies presence of German forces in Syria” – “Syria slams presence of France, Germany; Berlin denies accusations” – “Syria Condemns Presence of German, French Special Forces: Sana” – “Syria : Presence of foreign troops is overt aggression”
- “Senior ISIS treasury official flees from Syria’s Raqqa”
- “Joint Syrian, Russian airstrikes on rebel stronghold of Kabbani; three hills captured”
- “Syria: Terrorist cell members arrested in Jbab village in Daraa”
- “At least 70 fighters dead in clashes around Syria’s Aleppo: monitor”
- “Turkish army destroys Daesh targets in north Syria”
- ‘Putin to discuss Syria with U.N.’s Ban, de Mistura on June 16″
- “US denies rift with Saudi on Syria tactics”
- Humanitarian bits (1) “Syria Crisis Bi-Weekly Situation Report No.06 (as of 06 June 2016) – Syrian Arab Republic” (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) – “Donors slow to honor Syria refugee pledge: UNHCR official” – “U.S.-Backed Forces in Syria Urge for Aid for Hundreds Fleeing ISIS Tyranny” – “Mercy Corps: Syria’s Aleppo Cut Off From Aid Deliveries” ( Mercy Corps) – “What Can UN Do to Get Aid Into Syria?”
- Humanitarian bits (2) “Report accuses UN of loss of impartiality in Syria” – “UN attacked for giving control of aid ‘to Assad regime’ in Syria” – “Advocacy group accuses UN of not being neutral in Syria” – “Syria conflict: UN ties to Assad regime stopping flow of aid, report finds” – “Taking sides: The United Nations’ loss of impartiality, independence and neutrality in Syria.” (Report, The Syria Campaign NGO)
- “Iraq says senior military commander killed while fighting IS” – “Iraq military chief killed while fighting IS”
- “Daesh leader’s death not confirmed yet – US-Led Coalition”
- “UNHCR Warns of Massive Displacement in Battle for Mosul” – “Thousands more Iraqis displaced due to upsurge in fighting around Mosul” ( UN High Commissioner for Refugees)
- “Iraq Detains Men Fleeing IS-Held Fallujah, Raising Tensions” – “Operation on Iraq’s Fallujah has displaced 43,000: UN” – “43000 displaced in Iraq’s offensive to retake Fallujah, UN says” – “Flow of civilians from Iraq’s Falluja slows as IS tightens grip”
- “Turkish planes strike PKK targets in northern Iraq”
- “Shiite Militias in Iraq Reportedly Tortured and Executed Sunnis Fleeing Fallujah”
- “Will Kirkuk finally break away from Iraq? “Unacceptable” says Baghdad”
- “Kurdish parties renew talks, seeking reconciliation and resumption of parliament”
- “Post-ISIS fears focus of new Kirkuk Sunni Arab council”
- “Over 210 Kurdish civilians kidnapped by ISIS militants in Syria’s Aleppo”
- “U.S. Backing Gives Kurds Cover for United Federal Region in Northern Syria”
- “UNHCR joins forces with the Kurdistan Regional Government to support urban communities hosting large displaced populations” (UN High Commissioner for Refugees)
- “Libyan Official: 9 Fighters Killed in Battle to Take IS City” – “Libyan forces repel IS counter-attack near Sirte stronghold” – “New counter-offensive by Libyan forces repels IS in Sirte”
- “Is Libya’s Breakup Imminent? — War on ISIS may put rival Libyan forces on a collision course, said the Atlantic Council’s Karim Mezran …”
- “The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) deprived Libya of the right to vote in its meetings because Libya had not paid the fees required by the UNGA for two years now …”
- “UN allows EU to move against Libya arms smuggling” – “Germany, Italy ready to help with sea enforcement of Libya arms ban” – “UN votes to allow EU ships off Libya to seize illegal arms” – “UN approves crackdown on arms trafficking in Libya”
- “What can be done to stop domestic terrorists?”
- “Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: There’s no doubt about it — we are at war”
- F-35 Tug o’ War (1) “Despite ongoing F-35 spat, Lockheed has inked a number of sole-sourced DND contracts”
- F-35 Tug o’ War (2) From former MP and fighter pilot Laurie Hawn: “… The single-engine configuration of the F-35 is simply NOT a valid reason TO NOT buy the aircraft, when there are so many other valid reasons TO buy the aircraft.”
- F-35 Tug o’ War (3) Commentary “Openness, Transparency…and “Interim” Super Hornets?” – Colonel Ted’s take: “Super Hornet (5) (And now a word about engines from a pilot)”
- Big Honkin’ Ships More Colonel Ted: “Yet another different ship”
- “Canada now the second biggest arms exporter to Middle East, data show”
- “(CF) Ombudsman Releases a Third Report on Canada’s Primary Reserve Force” – ” «Soldats à temps partiel et blessures à temps plein», l’Ombudsman presse le ministre d’agir sans délai”
- “Canada’s Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent will present later today the 2016 Veterans Ombudsman Commendation to three deserving individuals for their exceptional contribution to the well-being of Veterans and their families: Jenifer Migneault, Allan DeGenova, and Lorne McCartney (posthumous) …” – “Une Mention élogieuse à Jenny Migneault vient confirmer la place des familles des vétérans”
- “Canada is ‘vulnerable’ to threats, outgoing commander of navy warns”
- Via the Info-machine “Warrior Spirit Training Command Role” – “Delivering a Professional Army” – “Canadian officer assumes American command” – “Maple Flag 49: It’s not only about flying” – “NORAD’s Eastern Air Defense Sector marks RCAF anniversary”