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  1. Phil Sayers

    International relations thread

    Assad has somehow managed to lose 24 Generals in a year without any substantial battles being fought (although they still had two KIA in smaller engagements): Some of the rest will be from insurgency related assassinations but most are probably due to internal feuding / cleaning the house of...
  2. Phil Sayers

    International relations thread

    Commercial satellite imagery of the above is already available - seems the Backfire in the above image has also sustained serious damage to its wing on the other side from where the photo was taken. IMO the odds are it will never fly again and will instead be cannibalised for spare parts:
  3. Phil Sayers

    International relations thread

    The rumour of aircraft being damaged at the other airbase is now confirmed: Scratch one TU-22 Backfire supersonic bomber to go with the TU-95 Bears damaged at Engels. That is the bare minimum because that is what the Russians are admitting to (not even officially admitting to the Backfire...
  4. Phil Sayers

    International relations thread

    It seems that the 'final stage of tests' for the above may have been a couple of real world combat demonstrations and, if so, the Ukrainians are really not f*cking about. Overnight two airbases hosting Russia's strategic bomber fleet suffered major explosions. Both airbases are circa 500 KM...
  5. Phil Sayers

    International relations thread

    If Ukraine can manufacture these in quantity and can make them reasonably accurate they will be able to attack thousands of targets (including in large swathes of Russia should Ukraine choose to do so) that are presently out of range. A 75 Kg warhead is not to be sniffed at; that is not far...
  6. Phil Sayers

    International relations thread

    This from today is from an area of Syria (populated by the Druze minority near the Jordanian border) that was never out of the regime's control throughout the whole war (although it is adjacent to Daraa province in which an insurgency is raging, killing scores of people each month). There is...
  7. Phil Sayers

    International relations thread

    More M270 MLRS (that is what it is despite the French calling it LRU) is very bad news for Russia. Three promised so far but the French have more they could send: The US is still baulking at providing ATACMS long range missiles (these are ballistic missiles with a large warhead and so could...
  8. Phil Sayers

    International relations thread

    While this is true I think that is less important from a Western perspective than: A) The current foreign policy trajectories of all three governments put them on collision course with the West anyway. B) If they are tied up in domestic unrest and foolish military adventures they will be less...
  9. Phil Sayers

    International relations thread

    The Russian military being decimated (actually much more than decimated if using the literal meaning) and Putin's rule under threat, ever intensifying protests in Iran that do not seem like they will just quieten down and now protests in China that are directly calling for the fall of the CCP...
  10. Phil Sayers

    International relations thread

    Erdogan is absolutely playing with fire - 300 metres from sparking just about the most serious diplomatic crisis imaginable:
  11. Phil Sayers

    The Politics Thread USA Edition

    The more Musk posts on his own site the more apparent it becomes that he has far right sympathies and is eagerly looking forward to voting for Tump (if he gets the nomination) despite Trump mocking him: Seems a complete and utter *****.
  12. Phil Sayers

    International relations thread

    An incredible number of destroyed and damaged (most probably beyond repair or they would be in factories being repaired) armoured vehicles that Russia has managed to recover from the battlefield and taken back just across the border: (Also rather amusing to see that Ukrainians are well aware...
  13. Phil Sayers

    International relations thread

    While providing three ancient helicopters (long since retired by ourselves) that will primarily be used for medical evacuation of wounded troops may not seem that important the significance is that it dips the first toe in the water by setting a precedent with regards the provision of Western...
  14. Phil Sayers

    International relations thread

    While Boris is not exactly renowned for his honest, reliable, complete and accurate witness testimony this is rather interesting and probably broadly true:
  15. Phil Sayers

    International relations thread

    Erdogan is on the verge of throwing the Middle East into yet further chaos, death and destruction. Following the Istanbul bombing a week or so ago he is saying (may be right but there is lot of political capital for him in pointing the finger that way) that the perpetrator was from the PKK and...
  16. Phil Sayers

    Ampadu in Wales squad

    Excellent composure on the ball and a very good variety of passes on display in the above clip.
  17. Phil Sayers

    WC 2022 Yay or "Meh"

    Argentina under the junta at the time of the dirty war had a far, far worse human rights record than Qatar does now but they still got (and won IIRC) the tournament then. This isn't in any way to defend Qatar as their laws are an abomination but worth noting that there was no furore about...
  18. Phil Sayers

    WC 2022 Yay or "Meh"

    Mainly meh at this point (could change as the tournament progresses) although we do have an interesting group.
  19. Phil Sayers

    International relations thread

    The above does not seem to address, or even attempt to address, that Iran is attempting to commit murder of British citizens on British soil solely because they criticise a repressive, murderous dictatorship. It would appear (and please correct me if I am wrong) that you believe that Iran should...
  20. Phil Sayers

    International relations thread

    I have little problem with Israel assassinating people trying to build a nuclear bomb it fears will one day be used against it. I have rather more of a problem with the IRGC trying to assassinate British citizens on British soil for criticising the Iranian regime. Only Jeremy Corbyn would think...
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