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Apr 8 17 8:39 PM
Apr 8 17 10:56 PM
ChrisPat wrote:Bombs have been used for CW delivery but I thought spray was the preferred method from the air. Of course what you prefer and what you can do may be two different things, but one more oddity. Why would Assad wait until he seems to be winning then use a weapon near guaranteed to get him bombed by the outside world and use it in an inefficient way to assist what military objective?
That the US is tracking everything that flies is believable, what other places are demanding the assets right now?
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Apr 10 17 2:14 AM
jim3au wrote:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/world/middleeast/us-troops-syria.html?_r=0I hope that you are all aware [rather than just some of you] that the US very much does have troops in Syria.Just on a side issue, part of the RAAF effort in Syria involves two Wedgetail aircraft. They most certainly do track every aircraft within hundreds of kilometres. The USAF would have aircraft doing similar work. There is little question that the Coalition forces would almost always know what aircraft are moving around Syria especially within hundreds of kilometres of US troops and allies.
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Apr 10 17 9:22 PM
mhansen2 wrote:Senators differ on Trump's use of military force, want Congress part of future action
Oh yeah. Bring Congress into the equation and it'll take months to make any type of decision. We'll have:
Armed Services Committees, both houses,
Foreign Relations Committees,
Homeland Security Committees,
Did I mention media leaks?
Apr 10 17 11:22 PM
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Apr 11 17 4:59 AM
Chemical warfare bunkers: The Pentagon was careful to avoid hitting anything they believed to be storage for chemical warfare materials, in order to not unleash those weapons.
Syrian military assets: Fuel, hardened bunkers, munitions and a Russian-made surface-to-air missile system were targeted by the strikes.
Syrian planes: The Pentagon believes about 20 Syrian aircraft were destroyed, though it is hard to say exactly how many were taken out, as some planes were inside bunkers that were destroyed.
The runway: Shyrat has a 10,000-foot runway, but that wasn’t targeted in the strike. Asked why, the officials said that didn’t fit into the “proportionality” they were going for and noted that, as they were using Tomahawks, “it would have been a waste of a munition on the airfield.” [translation: cratering a runway is nothing a coupla bulldozers can't fix in short order]
Russia: The Pentagon believes there are up to 100 Russian personnel on the base, and the mission plan was created specifically so the strikes would not target Russian citizens or assets. Ahead of the strikes, Russia was warned the Tomahawks were incoming so they would not “read the attack” wrong, the second official said.
“We know the Russians have chemical expertise in country. We cannot talk openly about any complicity between the Russian and the Syrian regime in this case."
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Meanwhile, the Associated Press news agency quoted a senior US official as saying that the Russians knew of the chemical attack, because a drone had been flying over a hospital in Khan Sheikhoun as victims sought help. Hours later a jet bombed the hospital in what the US believed was an attempt to cover up the attack, the agency said.
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Apr 12 17 9:37 PM
mhansen2 wrote:Syrians Are Wise Not to Count on ‘Abu Ivanka’http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/04/11/syrians-are-wise-not-to-count-on-abu-ivanka.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%204.12.2017&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief
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