Sunday, September 28, 2014

Global SITREP D6-14: Coalition Airstrikes Against Islamic State in Syria

UPDATE 28 September 2014: The UK Parliament voted recently to sanction RAF airstrikes against Islamic State forces inside the recognized borders of Iraq. Let me repeat the last part of the above: inside the recognized borders of Iraq. This does not include any part of Syria. Just Iraq. Any UK strikes in Syria will require a separate authorization vote by the British MPs. Also, this vote only authorized air strikes and explicitly forbids any of the essential UK ground forces to conventionally engage with and destroy the Islamic State terrorist military machine. Much was made recently in the media that the UK dispatched two GR4 Tornado strike aircraft from Cyprus to join the strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq. These two British strike aircraft flew into Iraq and flew right back to their RAF Akrotiri base on Cyprus. Thus far into what they have dubbed 'Operation Shader' the RAF mission has been not to bomb anything, but to take reconnaissance pictures. However, RAF bombing runs could occur today if the recon missions have firmly located priority IS targets.

Other foreign, non-Arab governments committing a handful of aircraft to the campaign, or dare I say 'crusade,' against the Islamic State are Australia, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Denmark.

23/24 September 2014: Unconstitutional American airstrikes (meaning these airstrikes were not authorized by the U.S. Congress) on Syrian territory against Islamic State military facilities began last evening at about 2030 hours Eastern Daylight Time and included both manned strike aircraft and Tomahawk cruise missiles. There is no confirmation as yet, but the airstrikes also reportedly included aircraft from some of the GCC nations as well as aircraft from the Royal Jordanian Air Force. Prophetically, this military action in Syria elicits the Sheba/Dedan/merchants of Tarshish alliance referred to in Ezekiel 38:13.

It also appears as if the vast majority of the targets which were struck were in the vicinity of Raqqa, Syria, the proclaimed capital of the Islamic State, and were executed without the express request or permission of Bashar al-Assad's government in Damascus. These strikes appear to have been minimal as the battle damage assessment images show the target structures were still basically intact. Other targets just west of Aleppo, Syria where the newly emergent Al Qaeda franchise known as "Khorasan" were also allegedly struck due to claimed  intelligence reports had them directly involved in the final stages of a planned attack against the US homeland or European allies.  No European or NATO aircraft participated in these strikes.

CInC Obama and his coffee cup salute to US Marines

This specific type of intelligence directly invokes the notion that the US intelligence had gained HUMINT derived knowledge of the inner workings of the Al Qaeda-linked terrorist "Khorasan" cell which was publicly identified for the first time just days ago by US government sources.  I'm not sure I fully buy into this explanation as it appears to be far too convenient and politically expedient of an excuse for the American coffee cup saluting Commander-In-Chief (see image above) to issue and have immediately executed an illegal (U.S. Constitution and standing International Law) order to US military forces. There is something else to this that is unmistakable.

DO NOT be deceived! This "Khorasan" group is Al Qaeda by yet another made-up name. Al Qaeda in Syria, a/k/a al-Nusra, and Al Qaeda in Iraq, a/k/a Islamic State, according to the Obama Administration were defeated, destroyed and the Global War on Terror was declared over, especially in Iraq. So Obama brought the troops home. This is no war being started just weeks prior to an important election in the United States, this is just one of the promised "overseas contingency operations." The "Khorasan" group has long worked hand-in-hand with other Al Qaeda branch offices in Yemen (AQAP) and Pakistan (Al Qaeda Prime).

The total absence of left-of-center activists and political demonstrations in the United States against an overt act of war in a foreign nation is both deeply disturbing and highly instructive at the same time. These are the "optics" I am paying attention to at the present time, the rest appears to be window dressing for some other agenda. We may see that agenda on full display today at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Will Obama complete his circumvention of U.S. Constitutional Law by seeking carte blanche U.N. authorization for his Syrian adventure?

25 September 2014: The answer to the above question is in the affirmative. However, it was presented to the General Assembly of the United Nations in the most pompous, narcissistic manner and was laced with totally discredited marxist invective and demonstrated an unprecedented level of naivete. In short, an American president made a complete fool of himself and, by extension, all of us. Obama invoked a worldview which has no basis in reality because it exists nowhere but within his own ideological mindset. His speech was incoherent and non-cohesive. Obama's General Assembly speech was a nonstarter which guaranteed that the U.N. Security Council, chaired by many heads of state, would adore it and adopt it in a further enhancement of global disaster which we all know is coming like a flood upon this world. A truly global war on a non-defined enemy, but anyone the "State" deems to be a threat, has just been declared by the United Nations Security Council.


Anonymous said...

Sean I know you will but can you share what Russia/Putin's response will be to this action? thanks, Tim Cameron

Anonymous said...

I am ao confused. Didn't the Saudis fund ISIS and now they are part of the coalition to destroy it? And Qatar?

I think this is really meant to destroy Assad primarily, but I could have it all wrong.....

Sean Osborne said...

Not sure what Putin's position will be, but I'm pretty certain he will use this to his tactical and strategic advantage.

War is insane, but Bible prophecy confirms that battles will be fought during these last days in which those who appear to be on the same side will slaughter each other.

Other targets are being preemptively struck in Aleppo that are associated with the newly identified Khorasan (i.e. Al Qaeda) terrorist group. The Khorasan group is one which intelligence reports indicate are actively plotting terror strikes against civilian targets in the US homeland.

ALL Islamic Jihadists groups are the same as far as I am concerned.

Sean Osborne said...


Putin has condemned the US-led airstrikes against IS and AQ in Syria because they have occurred without the Al-Assad government's consent.

In other words, without Bashar al-Assad's say so, the US and GCC have no authority to strike terrorist targets on Syrian soil.

Sean Osborne said...

Very minimal damage is evident in the Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) imagery released thus far. Looks more like a finger-flick than a punch in the nose.

mark3210 said...

A finger flick? After 6 years of retreat that's all we get from this guy!

Sean, is this minimal action only taking place because we are now only 6 weeks out from midterms?

Sean Osborne said...

I think so, midterms soon, so this is not a new war, it's a limited action to keep the anti-war dress up clowns at bay.

hartdawg said...

Let me see if I got my facts straight.
In 2003, Bush went into Iraq , WITH CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL, yet that war was inexcusable, DESPITE THE EVIDENCE THAT SADDAM HUSSEIN HAD WMD, and illegal, DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE HAD CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL, and we heard all kinds of outcries from the media and democratic party, but obama goes into Syria, WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL, also makes a deal with terrorist jihadist....o wait, I'm supposed to say "moderate insurgents", who are rumored to have already make a deal with isis, and not one outcry from the media. So when Bush went in with congressional approval it was illegal, but when obama went in without approval it's ok. Are my facts straight?

Lawrence Prabhakar Williams said...

Sean--So much for the Occupant of the Oval Office--Obama of his complete disdain for the military etiquette that he dearly holds his coffee cup and salutes the Marine who receives him. This has been truly shameful for the Office of the US President.

Sean Osborne said...


Yes Bro, your facts are on an absolutely perfect vertical and horizontal plane. You could not possibly be more straight.

Sean Osborne said...

Lawrence of India,

Yes, the shame is monumental.

And the disrespect, the outright hatred this man has for everything we hold sacred and honor is beyond anything I expected to witness in my lifetime, because I do not believe I will witness the Antichrist.

Yet this man is providing a lucid glimpse of the type man that the Antichrist will be; a forerunner of the utter lawlessness that will be a tangible benchmark of his Satan-serving rule is conditioning the American people and the people of the world as we idly stand by and watch.

Oh Lord, how much longer?

Sean Osborne said...

My question: Has Obama deliberately begun something in Syria which will ultimately result in the fulfillment of Isaiah 17?

Also, if one takes very careful note, one will see that there is no longer any such thing as "normalcy" within Islamic civilization (if I may use the word loosely); the entire Islamic "world" is divided and at war against itself and everything else in the rest of the world; Islamic civilization is in the throes of complete and total collapse.

Any time a society comes to collapse there is catastrophe on a Biblical scale.

We are witnesses to this in real-time.

mark3210 said...


I'm reminded of this statement made by Ron Prosor to the UN a little over a month ago:

“In 2004, there were 21 Islamic terrorist groups spread out in 18 countries. Today, there are 41 Islamic terrorist groups operating in 24 countries."

I suppose that makes the "Khorasan" group #42?

Sean Osborne said...

Israeli UN Ambassador Ron Prosor, who I respect a great deal, made quite the understatement.

As of August 2014 there were at least 155 Officially Designated Terrorist Organizations identified by 43 governments around the world.

A minimum of 90% of those terrorist organizations are Islamic, with the vast majority of them belonging to the Sunni sect of Islam.

Sean Osborne said...

It goes without saying, and most competent military field commanders have already said it, without significant numbers of combat boots on the grounds supported by armor there is no chance whatsoever of Obama's strategy succeeding.

In sum, that may be the whole point of his strategy - it is designed to fail.

Sean Osborne said...

BREAKING NEWS: The Iraqi government has alerted the US and France of an "imminent attack" upon the subway systems in New York City and Paris by terrorist operatives of the Islamic State.

Sean Osborne said...

This is a MUST READ:

Gohmert: Obama’s Praise for Radical Muslim Cleric is ‘Truly Unsettling’

mark3210 said...


Do you think something big is likely to happen prior to the 2nd blood moon on October 8th?

We know the Six-Day War happened between the first and second blood moons.

Sean Osborne said...


Anything can happen in the next 13 days.

However, there is no specific Bible prophecy which states that this thing or that thing will definitively occur when a blood red moon or a series of them appears.

The Bible has prophecy which states such moons occur at the start of the 70th Week judgments, such as when Jesus opens the 6th Seal (Revelation 6:12-17 and Matthew 24:29), but none of these prophecies are specific to Israel, but they are to the world at-large. Those celestial signs are specific to the arrival of "the great day of His wrath has come."

It's possible given the current situation in the world that some major event will occur no matter what color the moon is.

Brian Huggett said...

It has occurred to me that this aerial war will be like poking a stick at a snake instead of smashing it on the head. Methinks that task will ultimately fall to the IDF.

Great Grany 5 said...

It is late here in the heartland of the USA and to tell you the truth, I am up way pass my bedtime. Something is bothering me greatly and I can't put words to it. I am not a person prone to fear, dread or hysteria but right now I have a very strong sense of dread.

It seems that each hour that this present occupier of WH in DC is in the highest position of power, evil just increases by leaps and bonds. But we are all missing something very important and that is what is bugging me.

Massive amount of confusion and Obama is not acting like he should be or has in the past. I am praying for great discernment and even though I am just an elderly woman, I do stay very focused and my ABBA and yours also,still answers our prayers.

Shalom, GG5

Sean Osborne said...


There are small groups of allied SOF boots on the ground in this war zone.

They can harass, create havoc and pin-point target the airstrikes where they need to occur, but they are not capable of defeating a superior land force.

A prime example of this is found in the 1993 book and big screen movie Bravo Two Zero starring Sean Bean as SAS Sgt. Steven Mitchell.

Thousands of boots on the ground are required for what really needs to be done to the IS.

Sean Osborne said...

Yes, according to sources on the ground in Baghdad the vanguard of IS fighters were within 2km (just under 1 mile) from entering Baghdad proper several hours ago.

This appears to be confirmed by CInC Obama throwing DNI Clapper under the bus and blaming him for "underestimation" of the threat posed by IS forces.

With Obama the buck stops with everyone below him, but never with him. The lot of them are incompetent.