Russian Caucasus, Chechnya, Armenia, Azerbaijan
Female bombers kill 39 on Moscow train
March 29, 2010 MOSCOW FSB security service’s headquarters is above one of targeted stations
At least 37 people were killed Monday when suicide bombers detonated explosives on two
packed Moscow metro trains during rush hour, the worst attack in the Russian capital for six years, officials said.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blasts but suspicion was likely to fall on groups from Russia's North Caucasus,
where the Kremlin is fighting a growing Islamist insurgency.
"Two female terrorist suicide bombers carried out these bombings," Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov told reporters.
The first blast just before 8 a.m. (12.00 a.m. ET) tore through the second carriage of a train as it stood at the Lubyanka metro station. The explosion killed at least 23 people.
The headquarters of the FSB, Russia's main domestic security service and the successor to the Soviet-era KGB, is located above the station.
Another blast about 40 minutes later wrecked the second carriage of a train waiting at the Park Kultury metro station, killing 14 more people.
Dozens of people were also wounded, officials said.
Surveillance camera footage posted on the Internet showed motionless bodies lying in Lubyanka station lobby and emergency workers treating victims.
Russian prosecutors said they had opened an investigation. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was being updated regularly on developments, a spokesman said.
Russia's civil aviation regulator also ordered local airports to increase security, an official told Reuters.
The Moscow subway system is one of the world's busiest, carrying around 7 million passengers on an average workday, and is a key element in running the sprawling and traffic-choked city.
The blasts practically paralyzed movement on the city center's main roads, as emergency vehicles sped to the stations. Helicopters hovered overhead the Park Kultury station area, which is next to the city's renowned Gorky Park.
Passengers, many of them in tears, streamed out of the station, one man exclaiming over and over "This is how we live!"
At least a dozen ambulances were on the scene.
The current death toll makes it the worst attack on Moscow since February 2004, when a suicide bombing killed at least 39 people and wounded more than 100 on a metro train.
Chechen separatists were blamed for that attack.
Mobile phone video of Kultury Park explosion aftermath
Amateur footage has emerged apparently showing the aftermath of the second explosion to hit Moscow's Metro system
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Moscow Metro hit by deadly suicide bombingsMoscow Metro hit by deadly suicide bombings
Monday, 29 March 2010
Live coverage following Monday's twin suicide bomb attacks on the Moscow Metro in which dozens of rush hour commuters have been killed and wounded.
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At least 35 people have been killed after two female suicide bombers blew themselves up on
Moscow Metro trains in the morning rush hour, officials say.
Twenty-three died in the first blast at 0756 (0356 GMT) as a train stood at the central Lubyanka station,
beneath the offices of the FSB intelligence agency.
About 40 minutes later, a second explosion ripped through a train at Park Kultury, leaving another 12 dead.
No-one has said they carried out the worst attack in the capital since 2004.
But the BBC's Richard Galpin in the Russian capital says past suicide bombings there have been blamed on Islamist rebels fighting for independence in the troubled North Caucasus region of Chechnya.
In February, Chechen rebel president Doku Umarov warned that "the zone of military operations will be extended to the territory of Russia... the war is coming to their cities".
Moscow's metro is one of the busiest subways in the world, carrying some 5.5m passengers a day.
Emergency services ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova said the first explosion tore through the second carriage of a train as it stood at Lubyanka at the peak of the rush hour.
The station, on both the busy Sokolnicheskaya and Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya lines, is close to the headquarters of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).
The BBC Russian Service's Yuri Maloverian at Lubyanka station says there are still ambulances on the scene although all the wounded have been transported to local hospitals.
The second blast at Park Kultury, which is six stops away from Lubyanka on the Sokolnicheskaya line, came at 0838 (0438 GMT). It struck at the back of the train as people were getting on board.
"According to preliminary information provided by the Federal Security Service, two female suicide bombers were involved," Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov told reporters gathered outside Park Kultury.
In the Park Kultury blast, the bomber was wearing a belt packed with plastic explosives and set it off as the train's doors opened, a spokesman for Russia's top investigative body said.
Federal prosecutors said they had opened an investigation into "suspected acts of terrorism".
The entire Metro system has been closed down as a precaution, while the Russian civil aviation regulator has ordered all local airports to increase security.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is currently visiting Siberia, is "receiving detailed information from security agencies and social services about the work on helping the victims", a spokesman said.
Russian forces have scored a series of successes against militants in recent weeks. In February, at least 20 insurgents were reportedly killed in an operation by Russian security forces in Ingushetia.
There was a major attack on the Moscow Metro in February 2004, when at least 39 people were killed by a bomb on a packed train as it approached the Paveletskaya Metro station.
Six months later, a suicide bomber blew herself up outside a station, killing 10 people. Both attacks were blamed on Chechen rebels.
In November, the Caucasian Mujahadeen claimed responsibility for a bomb that killed 26 people on board an express train travelling from Moscow to Russia's second city of St Petersburg.
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2 Moscow Metro explosions2 Moscow Metro explosions
March 29, 2010 Two female suicide bombers hit the two central Moscow underground rail stations in coordinated attacks during the early Monday rush hour of March 29, killing at least 37 people, injuring many more. The first exploded in the second car of the train at the Lubyanka station near the Kremlin and the Federal Security Services headquarters, killing 25 people on the train and the platform.
Thirty minutes later, the second blast killed 12 at the Kultury Park station near the famous Gorky Park. The bombers are said to have triggered blasts of 2-3 kilos strapped to their bodies. North Caucasian al Qaeda affiliate, powerful among Islamist rebels, is believed responsible.
Half a million people were in the stations when the blasts occurred. Russian security has shut down the Moscow subway system, one of the busiest in the world through which 5.5 million commuters travel daily.
Terror alert has been declared in central Moscow where police are struggling to get gridlocked road traffic moving.
In Feb. 2004, a major attack on a train at Moscow Metro killed 39 people.
2 more bombings in Russia12 killed by twin bombings in Russia's Dagestan
Method just like the 2 train bombings 2 days ago
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
At least 12 people, including a top local police official, have been killed by two suicide bombings in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Dagestan.
A car bomb was detonated at about 0830 (0430 GMT) outside the offices of the local
interior ministry and the FSB security agency in the town of Kizlyar.
Another bomber then blew himself up 20 minutes later as a crowd gathered.
Russia is on alert after double suicide bombings on the Moscow Metro on Monday morning, which left 39 people dead.
At a government meeting following Wednesday's bombings in Dagestan, Mr Putin condemned the
"terrorist act" and said he did "not rule out that it is one and the same gang at work".
The BBC's Richard Galpin in Moscow says that although no-one has yet claimed responsibility for either of the attacks,
both bear the hallmarks of previous suicide bombings carried out by Islamist militants from the restive region.
Last month, Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov warned that his fighters' "zone of military operations will be extended to the territory of Russia, the war is coming to their cities".
In Wednesday's attacks, the first suicide bomber detonated his explosives when police tried to stop his car as he drove into the centre of Kizlyar, Dagestani Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said.
"Traffic police followed the car and almost caught up - at that time the blast hit," he told local television.
As police, emergency services personnel and residents gathered at the scene, a suicide bomber wearing a police uniform approached and blew himself up, killing among others the town's chief of police, Col Vitaly Vedernikov, Mr Nurgaliyev added.
Mobile phone video footage posted on the internet afterwards showed the moment of the second blast, with officials walking past a damaged building before a loud bang rings out and smoke rises in the distance.
A total of nine police officers were among the dead, the investigative committee of Russian prosecutors said in a statement. Twenty-three people were injured.
Kizlyar is close to Dagestan's border with Chechnya, where Russian forces have fought two wars against separatists since 1994 that claimed more than 100,000 lives and left the republic in ruins.
Chechnya has in recent years been more peaceful, but the fighting has spread to Dagestan and Ingushetia, where a violent Islamist insurgency is growing.
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Pirates 'have all died,' Russia says
May 11, 2010 MOSCOW, Russia Probly lead poisoning.
Following high level complaints about "imperfections" in international law, Russia announced Tuesday that captured Somali pirates "have all died."
A Russian official claimed that 10 pirates seized by Russian special forces aboard an oil tanker last week were quickly freed but then died on their way back to the Somali coast.
The unidentified high-ranking Defense Ministry official did not elaborate on how the pirates died, deepening a mystery that has prompted speculation the
pirates were executed by commandos who had freed a Russian oil tanker seized in waters 500 miles (800 kilometers) east of Somalia's coast.
The official told Russian news agencies the pirates' boat disappeared from Russian radar about an hour after their release.
"They could not reach the coast and, apparently, have all died," the official said.
The Defense Ministry could not be reached despite repeated phone calls Tuesday to the press office and the cell phones of spokesmen.
Russian officials have said one of the 11 pirates was killed during a gunbattle when the Russian special forces stormed the tanker on Thursday.
The others, some said to have been wounded, were brought aboard a Russian destroyer.
Officials initially said they would be taken to Russia for trial, but the Defense Ministry said Friday they'd been released because of "imperfections" in international law.
The statement was met with skepticism, especially in light of a comment made by the Russian president.
"We'll have to do what our forefathers did when they met the pirates" until the international community comes up with a legal way of prosecuting them.
The international community has had difficulty formulating an accepted policy for trying suspected pirates.
Somalia's ambassador to Russia, Mohammed Handule, told journalists that his government could not identify or locate the pirates. They were believed to be Somalis, but their nationality has never been confirmed.
The multimillion dollar business of pirate attacks has continued to climb despite the presence of about 35 international warships patrolling the waters off Somalia. The impoverished nation is caught up in an Islamic insurgency and has not had a functioning government since 1991.
In two other piracy-related developments on Tuesday:
— EU Naval Force Lt. Cmdr. Carl Sjostrand said pirates hijacked a Bulgarian chemical tanker off the coast of Somalia with 15 Bulgarian crew aboard.
When it was taken over, the Pangea was in the Internationally Recognized Transit Corridor, a region off East Africa that is patrolled by warships.
Sjostrand said only 17 minutes elapsed between when the Pangea raised an alarm and when the pirates attacked.
The spokesman for the European Union's anti-piracy force, Cmdr. John Harbour, said pirates released a cargo vessel they had held for more than a month.
Harbour said the pirates left the vessel early Tuesday, three days after they had received a ransom. The refrigerated cargo vessel is sailing north, he said.
Harbour said the crew of 23 Sri Lankans, one Filipino and one Syrian is safe and well. Somali pirates hijacked the Talca on March 23 about 120 miles (190 kilometers) off the coast of Oman.
Russian subs stalk Trident
27 Aug 2010
Russian subs stalk Trident in echo of Cold War
Russian submarines are hunting down British Vanguard boats in a return to Cold War tactics not seen for 25 years, Navy chiefs have warned.
A specially upgraded Russian Akula class submarine has been caught trying to record the acoustic signature made by the Vanguard submarines that carry Trident nuclear missiles, according to senior Navy officers.
British submariners have also reported that they are experiencing the highest number of "contacts" with Russian submarines since 1987.
If the Russians are able to obtain a recording of the unique noise of the boat's propellers it would have serious implications for Britain's nuclear deterrent. Using its sophisticated sonar, the Akula would be able to track Vanguards and potentially sink them before they could launch their Trident D4 missiles.
Within the past 6 months, a Russian Akula entered the North Atlantic and attempted to track a Vanguard. The incident has remained secret until now.
It is understood that the Russians stood off Faslane, where the British nuclear force is based, and waited for a Trident-carrying boat to come out for its three-month patrol to provide the Continuous At Sea Deterrent.
While patrolling in the North Atlantic, there are a limited number of places the Vanguard is permitted to go and it is thought that the Akula attempted to track it on several occasions.
Navy commanders are understood to have ordered a Trafalgar-class hunter-killer submarine to protect the Vanguard. A recording of the Akula was made by the Trafalgar submarine's sonar operators and has been played to The Daily Telegraph.
"The Russians have been playing games with us, the Americans and French in the North Atlantic," a senior Navy commander said.
"We have put a lot of resources into protecting Trident because we cannot afford by any stretch to let the Russians learn the acoustic profile of one of our bombers as that would compromise the deterrent."
I have seen articles that the Canadian air force scrambled to turn back Russian planes in August 2010.
A year ago USAF scrambled to intercept Russian bombers near Alaska.
Russia and China War Games
September 14, 2010 Thousands of Russian, Chinese and Kazakh soldiers began two weeks of war games in Kazakhstan yesterday, preparing to counter regional threats ranging from drug traffickers to Islamist militants.
More than 3,000 troops will take part in the exercises.
Almost a third of them are Chinese, underlining Beijing's growing clout in the former Soviet republics of central Asia, a region Moscow still sees as within its sphere of influence.
The Bear Stands vision
Russia Wildfires threatened nuclear areas
Russian paratroopers sent in
Vision of HEAVEN and vision of WAR * Henry Gruver, Duduman
Russia threatens US warships
Russian aircraft and the guided missile frigate USS Taylor
September 18, 2010 A pair of Russian aircraft buzzed a U.S. warship off the Arctic coast of Russia TWICE.
This is NOT normal, but has been occuring with U.S. and also British ships.
The incidents involving Russian aircraft and the guided missile frigate USS Taylor occurred September 10-11 in the Barents Sea.
The first incident occurred September 10 in international waters of the Barents Sea.
A Russian Il-38 maritime patrol aircraft flew about 50 yards off the side of the guided missile frigate USS Taylor about 100 feet above sea level.
It made several passes near the ship.
The next day a Russian Helix helicopter circled the Taylor, also at low altitude.
Russia is prowling to strike
The Bear Stands vision, page 4
RUSSIA, TURKEY want Israeli oil
December 8, 2010 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was stirred into discreet action by discovery of 3 fields of natural gas off Israel's Mediterranean coast.
This would more than cover Israel's energy needs and enable it to become a gas exporter, revolutionizing Israeli economy.
Russia is willing to help Lebanon have oil and gas fields and pipelines in the eastern Mediterranean.
Lebanon needed Russia to provide funds, equipment and skilled labor.
Russia promised Lebanon helicopters, tanks, shells. Well those will help drill those wells. . . or steal Israel's.
Moscow offered to build 3 nuclear power plants in Turkey. The Armageddon trinity. Smart there.
A big Russian naval base in Syria is headquarters for Russian Black Sea and Mediterranean fleets, this base will also guard Moscow's investments and holdings in gas and oil fields in the Mediterranean.
I dont like the picture, but GOD knew long ago, and HE told us in Ezekiel 38.
It appears natural resources are becoming a means of power.
Russia Crashes U.S. Drill With Sub-Hunting Planes
December 8, 2010
The United States and Japan were all set for a day of joint naval practice yesterday when two very uninvited and disruptive guests showed up: Russian sub-hunting planes.
The U.S. and Japanese navies were in the Sea of Japan for their biennial Keen Sword exercises in the largest U.S.-Japan defense drill to date when two Il-38 Anti-Submarine Warfare planes buzzed the assembled warships, forcing the U.S. to scramble F-15s to intercept them. The exercise was briefly postponed in order to prevent the Russian sub-hunters from snooping on the naval operations.
Russia defended its actions, saying the planes were operating legally in international waters. It’s nonetheless annoying for the U.S. and Japan — and that may be the point.
The U.S. has been beefing up military ties with East Asian partners in the wake of increasing North Korean aggression, sending the U.S.S. George Washington to drill with South Korea and inviting South Korean officers on hand to observe Keen Sword. So its fairly clear that the exercise isn’t aimed at intimidating Russia,though it dates to the cold war.
But the Russians might not exactly see it that way. Over the last month, Russian and Japanese politicians have made dueling visits to islands claimed by both countries. Russia’s interruption of the exercise was likely intended as a reminder that it still feels a bit strongly about its claims to the disputed islands.
Trolling rivals with military aircraft has been a favorite tactic for Russia to remind folks its still a force to be reckoned with, despite its economic troubles during the 1990s. In recent years, it has buzzed U.S. aircraft carriers and the borders of its NATO rivals with bombers and fighter jets. Russia even went for a retro Cuban missile crisis effect by threatening to send Tu-160 supersonic bombers to Cuba if the United States didn’t drop its plans for a missile shield in Eastern Europe.
But it seems like everybody wants to show their muscles in seas of East Asia these days, from China, to the U.S. to North Korea and now Russia and Japan. With all the activity, the waters in the region look they’re in danger of getting pretty warm soon.
Russia terror op in Caucasus
Nov 22, 2015 - Russian counter-terrorist operation in North Caucasus.
Grenade and firefight between police and ISIS.
11 ISIS dead.
Caucasus Mountains, Russia mountain region between the Black Sea (west) and the Caspian Sea (east) and occupied by Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia (Turkey).
This border of Europe and Asia is north of Iran
Kurdistan abuts the Caucasus
YES I believe Crimea is related news!
Crimea without power
Nov 22, 2015 - Crimea has been plunged into darkness after 4 power lines were severed which supply electricity from Ukraine, leaving Crimeans without electricity. Ukrainian flags attached to the damaged pylons. Ukraine has continued to supply power to the area. Crimea managed to partially reconnect 3 cities using generators, hospitals had backup power.
Crimea peninsula can only produce half the power it needs. Crimean Tatars are Muslims who oppose Russian rule and may have done this. They would be ISIS buddies.
Azeri oil rig fire
Dec 5, 2015 - Azeri oil rig fire kills 32 workers in Caspian Sea.
A major fire has broken out on an offshore oil platform in Azerbaijan’s waters killing 32, 42 rescued. Stormy weather and 11 meters waves hinder rescue operations. The fire was caused by strong winds that damaged a gas pipeline on the platform.
Russian tourists gunned down in Dagestan
Dec 31, 2015 - A Muslim Chechyn with an automatic weapon opened fire on a group of Russian tourists in Dagestan in Russia's North Caucasus, kiling 1 and wounding 11.
Police found 67 cartridges of bullets at the scene of the attack. The attackers fired from a nearby forest.
Armenia, Russian Satellite State
Feb 26, 2016 - Russia signed a sweeping air defense agreement with Armenia in 2015 December. Armenia shares a border with Turkey.
Russia placed arms and personnel into Armenia.
Turkey seeks restoration of Ottoman Empire
October 25, 2009 old news Turkey gave up joining the European Union and seeks to regain its historic ties in Central Asia with the idea of resurrecting the grandeur of the Ottoman Empire. PM Erdogan seeks to re-establish influence in Azerbaijan and the stans.
Previous Turkish leadership had leaned West, but now aligns with Syria and Iran.
This is not good. Read Ezekiel 38
Armenian, Azerbaijani war
April 3, 2016 - Muslim aggression! Many killed in fighting between Armenian Christians and Azerbaijani (Turkey) Muslims. Nagorno-Karabakh is a mountainous separatist region. Nago is officially part of Azerbaijan and has been under the control of local ethnic Armenian forces and the Armenian military.
The sides are separated by a demilitarized buffer zone.
Muslims started it. Some Azerbaijan soldiers became shahids (Muslim terrorists) and one of its helicopters was shot down.
I side with the Christian Armenians over the Muslim Azerbaijani forces.
Azerbaijan is an outpost of Turkey, who bankrolls them and directs them.
A century ago the Ottoman Muslims initiated the genocide of Armenian Christians during the Great War. When it was over, more than one million Armenian men, women and children were exterminated. Turks deny this to this day. May Almighty God have eternal mercy on the souls of those defenseless Armenian People.
DEBKA - Armenian and Azerbaijan have traded heavy fire, mortars and artillery in the disputed Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh. President Vladimir Putin called on the two sides to stop fighting and renew negotiations. Russia is Armenia’s main arms supplier.
Azerbaijan decided to unilaterally cease all hostilities in Karabakh.
But it would return fire, if their opponents try to take back territory.
Russia Armenia bases
Dec 8, 2015 - Russia deployed attack and transport helicopters to reinforce its air base in Armenia. Russia also has a military base in Gyumri in nw Armenia near Turkey.
TURKEY, greatest mideast threat
Baltic Latvia, Poland want NATO war ready
Feb 28, 2016 - Eastern European counties have asked NATO to deploy extra troops that could start fighting against Russia without formal approval from HQ.
Poland expected to request NATO troops long-term.
Armenia * Bus Explosion in Yerevan
April 26, 2016 - A bus explosion in Yerevan, Armenia killed at least 3 people and injured 7. The explosion occurred in downtown Yerevan and could be heard from miles away. - DEBKAfile
* As of posting, cause unknown
NATO threatens Russia (yawn)
May 1, 2016 - NATO to put 16,000 troops on borders of Poland, Baltic states with Russia. NATO will place 16,000 troops on the Russian borders of Poland and the Baltic states. This is a response to Russia's military maneuvers. Britain and Germany will each send one battalion.
Russia has appeared to be maneuvering for conflict with the USA.
May 17, 2016 - Leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan supported the ceasefire in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, promising to seek a non-military resolution to the conflict. After three days of shelling in April resulting in multiple casualties and an ensuing blame game, a Russia-brokered ceasefire was enacted.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Azeri President Ilham Aliyev agreed in Vienna to adhere to the original provisional ceasefire agreement that was brokered to terminate the increasingly violent ethnic conflict of 1994-1995. Hostilities between ethnic Armenians living in Azerbaijan’s enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh and the central Azeri government erupted in the late 1980s.
ISIS goes to Europe
July 11, 2016 - ISIS starts sending suicide bombers to Europe via Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Georgia. The Islamic State has begun using new routes through Azerbaijan, the Northern Caucasus, Cyprus and Georgia to smuggle suicide bombers from Syria to Europe. Since the Istanbul airport attack, ISIS has stopped using Turkey.
Russian anti-ISIS war
July 12, 2016 - ISIS is in full fighting mode and setting up an army of suicide bombers, ready for strikes in Europe, including Russia, and the Middle East. Russia seeks to prevent ISIS suicide units from reaching Russia from Syria. Moscow takes military steps toward becoming the first world power to address ISIS Muslim terrorists as global.
ISIS use of Azerbaijan and Georgia as way stations for its suicide squads points to its presence on the Black Sea coast right up to Russian frontier. Some Muslim killers are already on-site of their targets, with back-up teams in case the first misses out.
July 17, 2016 - One killed and 2 wounded as terrorists seize the headquarters of the police and interior troops in Yerevan, Armenia. Several hostages have been taken. Local police chief Valery Osipyan is being held hostage. The terrorists in trucks rammed through the gates of the police headquarters and took control of the building.
Turkey - Russia
Putin will meet Erdogan
Aug 9, 2016 - Turk president Ergodan meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Saint Petersburg
for the 1st time since downing Russian jet 2015 November. The talks will likely center on economy-related issues. Turkey still wants President Bashar Assad to be ousted, while Russia supports him.
Turkey favors the same ISIS Sunni terrorists that Russia is fighting against.
The Ezekiel 38 line up
Aug 9, 2016 - Leaders of Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan discuss closer ties. At first trilateral economic summit, Putin, Rouhani and Aliyev call for greater international efforts against terror at meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, August 8, 2016. Russia, Iran, and Azerbaijan signed a joint deceleration urging stronger global action against terrorism and organized crime.
It was the first time the 3 nations held such a meeting. Rouhani offered to host the next summit in Tehran. Putin had met separately with both Aliyev and Rouhani.
They discussed a railway link between Iran and Azerbaijan to become part of a transport corridor running from India all the way to St. Petersburg in Russia, and providing a faster and cheaper alternative to existing sea routes.
Isaiah 13, 17, Psalm 83, Ezekiel 38 Gog-magog