August 12, 2008
Is France on the war path allied with the US and Britain in the Gulf?
French jets on US carriers, July 24th 2008.
PressTV reports the USS Iwo Jima will be joining the 2 US battle groups previously reported heading to Iran (see article). The Americans will also be joined by a British battle group and a French Hunter-Killer nuclear submarine. This would be the first instance of the French allying with US/UK activity in the Gulf, although France has committed to the war in Afghanistan through NATO’s ISAF. F&I is hearing reports that the USS T. Roosevelt is carying multiple French Naval Rafale fighter jets (freerepublic.com, LiveLeak). Leaked photographic and video evidence of the jets on US carriers are spreading over the internet. With Sarkozy as president, France’s “refusenik” policy to military intervention in the middle-east may be changing as the above evidence suggests. His foreign minister Bernard Kouchner has voiced tough opinions on the tension over Iran back in September 2007 (BBC).
F&I is aware there maybe many more naval battle groups heading to Iran, but has not been able to confirm the alarmingly detailed reports as of yet.
August 12, 2008
Russian president orders end to conflict.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered the end of military action in Georgia and it’s breakaway territories. The president also ordered his defense minister to destroy any remaining pockets of active Georgian resistance.
The president claims the Georgians have been punished enough for their attack on Russian citizens and peace-keepers and that the Georgian military has been disorganized (Associated Press).
Georgians hastily retreat to capital.
The past 12 hours have seen the Georgians either surrendering (RIAN) or retreating to Tsibili (Sky News). Both sides have shown images of POWs on their national television, despite the Geneva Convention.
The end of the conflict no doubt a relief for the Georgian President under the heat of a Russian army making steadfast progress towards his presidential palace. The Georgian town of Gori (outside of the breakaway provinces) is reportedly also occupied by Russian forces (Times Online). It is unknown what Russia intends to do with this city. A dutch cameraman for RTL was killed in a Russian bombing raid last night (Reuters).
French envoy for a peace treaty, Sarkozy arrived in Moscow just before the halt was ordered. Russia is demanding that Georgia stays out of South Ossetia and aggrees to relent from using force in resolving the political situation (ABC).
August 11, 2008
Col. Sam Gardiner notes, in an interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now, Russia has deployed tactical nuclear weapons to South Ossetia. The SS-21 Missile launchers are relatively weak compared to bombs that have already been used against Georgia by the Russian air force. However, this move does indicate Russia is potentially upping the game from a conventional weapons war to a tactical nuclear weapons war. Gardiner notes that at a news conference on Sunday, the US Deputy National Security advisor has noted these weapons arriving in South Ossetia.
Business Wire confirms the subject matter of the news briefing in Beijing. Link
August 11, 2008
Israel Blocks Arms Sales to Georgia
Russia Today has reported that Israel is to stop all arms sales with Georgia following a complaint from Moscow. link
Russia moves into Georgia outside of South Ossetia
Georgia claims it ordered a ceasefire on Sunday morning, Russia claims that Georgia’s military was still engaged and had not respected the ceasefire (BBC).
Talk of Georgian War Crimes and Genocide
American eye-witness condemns America’s support for georgia and refers to genocide at the hands of Georgia. See the above video from Russia Today. The Russian broadcaster also reports both Russian president and prime-minister accusing Georgia of genocide. link
August 11, 2008
A report from Russian newspaper Izvestia claims an African-American soldier was captured with some Georgian soldiers. He has apparently been transferred to the Russian Vladikavkaz army base. If these claims are true the question has to be whether he was actively involved in the conflict.
US training Georgia in ordinances.
The Georgians he was supposedly detained with specialize in handling ordinances. What is known is that US soldiers have been training the Georgian military in dealing with ordinances. The above photo is from a US military website describing US training Georgia in precisely that.
Questionable photograph used by Life News. Nevertheless, the capture is confirmed by many Russian media outlets in radio, TV, web and press.
The Russian article was found by the War News Updates blog, the Russian newspaper’s website is inaccessible at this time in London. However, Russian magazine Life News is also reporting this story and has published the above photograph. The publication suggests he may be a NATO instructor.
August 10, 2008
BBC & CNN
The BBC and CNN have reported on their televised broadcasts that Russia attacked Georgia. This is a slight distortion as the russian attack was in fact a counter attack following the attack by Georgia on South Ossetia and the Russian Peace-keepers.
The BBC’s broadcast has also referred to the “1000” georgian dead. Their has been no mention of the “1500” S. Ossetians killed in Georgia’s attack as reported on Russia Today’s broadcast.
Russian News Websites Down
As reported earlier on this site, for a period over several hours, the website of Russian news agency RIAN could not be accessed. Chimes Of Freedom website also reported not being able to access the site, they also report the site for Russia Today was inaccessible for a while.