Gas attack on Syria. US , UK and France begin airstrikes, ROLLING UPDATES

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Syria 'chemical attack': France's President Macron 'has proof'
France's President Emmanuel Macron says he has "proof" that the Syrian government attacked the town of Douma with chemical weapons last weekend.

He said he would decide "in due course" whether to respond with air strikes.

Western states are thought to be preparing for missile strikes in response to the alleged attack.

In Russia, Syria's main military ally, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov urged against "any steps which could lead to an escalation of tensions".

US President Donald Trump, who said on Wednesday that missiles were "coming", has now tweeted that he "never said when".

He should share his proof with the rest of us.
 
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Why would the US, UK & France give a sh1t about a few Syrians even if they were gassed by Assad? What business is it of theirs?

Is there oil in the ground? Is that why Russia's there?
Russia has lots of oil and has the biggest gas reserves.

Its there for geopolitical reasons, trade, energy markets, and has interests there since the 50's and was solidified in the 70's under his father.

Defense contracts eg. trade
Russian arms shipments bolster Syria's embattled Assad
According to some estimates, 10% of Russia's global arms sales go to Syria, with current contracts estimated to be worth $1.5bn (£950m).
Brief view on it. But the economics is always primary.

1) Keeping its rented military ports Russian naval facility in Tartus - Wikipedia and bases Khmeimim (air base) - Wikipedia secure.
Unlike the US russia doesnt have 900~ military bases around the world, it gives russia a hard point in the med, which i very import for their air and sea.

2) Pipelines, i have talked a number of time on this, but its similar to why they made sure that south ossetia was helped to rebel if they wanted to against Georgians. Georgia panics as South Ossetia captures oil pipeline
There are loads of these projects, the below picture is only a higher level view, all over the place, but you cannot build them through land which is politically unstable as they'll get blown up and so investors will not put their money into them in the first place.


Russia does not want the competition from a Qatar/Saudi in europe (this is a bit of a red herring as saudi has had a lot of issues with qatar, but if it had gone well in syria, no doubt they would have worked it out). Iran shares the Qatar gas supply, and the russians and chinese can help them build east, at least through pakistan (afghanistan is a no go due to obvious invasion problems they are having), and supply an emerging asia with gas, and russia can keep its strangle hold on eastern europe regards energy.

Crimea was similar, both militarily and ukraine being a main pipeline for gas from russia into europe, This Is The Gas Pipeline Map That Shows Why The Crisis In Ukraine Affects All Of Europe
Also why i assume Italy is being very nice to russia of late. Germany was pissing her pants, but for some reason has a bit more starch of late, Is Germany Souring on Russia’s Nord Stream? – Foreign Policy Is Germany Souring on Russia’s Nord Stream?
Merkel now talks of protecting Ukraine’s interests as Russia’s $12 billion gas pipeline seeks to bypass Kiev.
I would assume because of whats happening at the moment, they are looking for a better deal maybe. Or they believe what May and Macron are peddling.

So if you are the US it benefits you that the EU doesnt have options re energy. A weaker europe is a stronger america if it has to depend on nato to defend itself as well. And so it benefits you to stir up shit with the Russians. Poland as example is dependent on gas shipment from Qatar Qatargas to double LNG supplies to Poland as it hates the russian control over it due to energy Poland Waves Goodbye to Russian Gas After 74 Years

As example Israel has been trying to get europe to pay for a pipeline itself, EU to cut gas dependency on Russia with Israel pipeline | DW | 03.04.2017 and of course has a potentially very important one which connects the med.
Trans-Israel pipeline - Wikipedia
The pipeline was built in 1968. Iran halted use of the pipeline after Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was overthrown in the Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1979.
Again make sure that someone else isnt allowed to control where energy goes and its markets if you cannot. You may be able to delay until a point you can.

But again this area is a part, but economics is the primary part of any country in the world, trade and energy supply being the main factors. If you are dependent on someone for energy then you are at an automatic disadvantage to them.

There's a lot more to this, but its all about getting little or big advantages over someone by default.

3) Russia has been dealing with US backed head choopers for decades as well as a long history of fighting them internally in Chechnya etc.. It would be better off fighting them in syria and not at home. Also it does not need to have another head chopper caliphate that will churn out more head choppers near it.

If you cannot control a region, make sure no one else can is an option geopolitically.

As example you cannot build pipelines in a region that is unstable as they will get attacked by head chopper x.

Edit, i talked about France and Qatar as example here, France will have a Muslim majority in 40 years obviously there lots of mud money flowing through england and france, its not just the US that gets paid off by the oil/gas states. Of course syria was created by the french and the brits. Sykes–Picot Agreement - Wikipedia
 
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Emergency Action Messages. (EAM.WATCH ) They are encrypted messages sent out on various radio frequencies. It is possible to listen to them via Software Defined Radios (essentially those USB dongles that are used for digital TV on computers) and there are some of the web like the one in the University of Twente in the Netherlands ( http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/?tune=8992USB )
Interesting!
 
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It can be scary when you hear one. :) However some of them are just routine messages. Those SDR things are great because you can effectively track many of the aircraft overhead (up to range of about 200 miles) from their ADSB transponders on 1090 MHz and map them in real time with free software on a PC. It is best to use the web SDRs though as they are set up with good antennas. The EAMs are sent via shortwave and they can be more difficult to pick up unless you have a good antenna setup.
 
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