We Should All Worry About Russia’s Confrontation with Turkey
Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet could get very serious, very quickly. With America pledged to defend Turkey, our NATO ally, any shooting conflict with Russia could draw in the United States – and our 60 nuclear bombs stored just miles from the Syrian border. These air-dropped bombs are located... Read more
Turkish Jets Shoot Down Russian Warplane Above the World’s Most Dangerous Frontier
On Nov. 24, Turkish F-16 fighter jets shot down a Russian Su-24 fighter-bomber near their border with Syria. Combined with a rebel attack on the rescue team, the incident highlights existing dangers and could inflame tensions across the board. Turkish officials said the F-16s attacked the Kremlin’s warplane after... Read more
Diplomats Tear Apart Russian Newspaper’s Gay Conspiracy Theory
The Russian government doesn’t like gay people. In 2013, the Kremlin passed a law against what it calls “gay propaganda” — which effectively outlawed pro-gay speech. Russian media outlets have also been waging a propaganda war of their own against gay rights activists. Fortunately, they’re not very good at it. Lawyer... Read more
The Backfire Bomber Is Russia’s ‘Carrier Killer’
The Russian air force conducted another massive strategic bomber raid on Daesh targets in Syria yesterday. As before, the Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95MS bombers played a prominent role, however, the supersonic Tu-22M3 Backfire bombers conducted the majority of the attacks. “A squadron of Tu-22M3 long-range bombers made airstrikes... Read more
Damn, There Are a Lot of Bombs Falling on Raqqa
The Syrian city of Raqqa was home to at least 220,000 people before the beginning of the Syrian Civil War in 2011. Today, it is Islamic State’s de facto headquarters, where the group has imposed its repressive rule on the remaining residents. And the city has been subjected to over a year of air raids... Read more
Russian Heavy Bombers Fly Huge Raid in Syria
On Nov. 17, Russia sent nearly 40 heavy bombers and escorting fighter jets on a massive air raid in Syria. Moscow has now showed off almost all of its aerial arsenal in strikes in the embattled Middle Eastern country. Flying from bases in Russia, 25 Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3... Read more
Cómo derrotar a Rusia al estilo finlandés
Artículo patrocinado por Publicaciones Osprey. En noviembre de 1939 tuvo lugar una conversación en el Kremlin que Vesa Nenye, Peter Munter y Toni Wirtanen, autores del nuevo libro “Finland at War: The Winter War 1939-40” de Publicaciones Osprey, describen como “profética.”... Read more
Russia Stumbles in Syrian Air War
Russia’s pace of air operations in Syria appears to have dropped off slightly from their peak in recent days. While the Russians had flown as many as 88 sorties per day about two weeks ago, more recently that number has dropped off as many U.S. defense officials had predicted. “In... Read more
How Russia Spins Its War in Syria
Russia’s direct military intervention on behalf of the Syrian regime has been predictably accompanied by a propaganda offensive from RT, the Kremlin’s flagship English language network. For years, RT has found Western commentators to criticize Russia’s geopolitical opponents. The rise of Islamic radicals and a U.S. air campaign against Islamic... Read more
There Are Way Too Many Warplanes Flying Over Syria
Syria’s skies are filled with a mess of armed warplanes, and a new “understanding” between the United States and Russia might not help. The Pentagon announced Oct. 20 that it had established new protocols with Russian forces operating in Syria. In theory, the rules should help prevent conflicts between U.S. aircraft and their Russian counterparts.... Read more