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Iskander Spring In Armenia
South Front, Mar 2 2021

Three months after losing the war in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan still continues his quest to find the perfect excuse. The most recent one backfired, heavily. On Feb 24, in an interview, Pashinyan claimed that the reason Armenia lost the war against Azerbaijan was Russia’s Iskander missile. According to his estimations the missile only exploded 10% of the time upon impact. As such, the “40-year-old weapon” was ineffective, and led to Yerevan’s defeat. He has gone through almost every possible reason for losing the war, except admitting poor leadership and gross mismanagement of the forces. Deputy Chief of the Armenian Armed Forces General Staff Tiran Khachatryan immediately rebuked Pashinyan, saying that his claim was “frivolous.” In response, the Armenian Prime Minister released the official from his position. Following that, the head of the Armenian Armed Forces General Staff, Onik Gasparyan released a statement, signed by all his deputies and other military officials demanding that Nikol Pashinyan immediately resign from the country’s leadership.

Pashinyan, in response, did what he does best: he said that he had released the Chief of the General Staff, because he would not be questioned. He called his supporters to take to the streets because this constituted a “military coup” and began “actively” leading the country through Facebook livestreams. There are protests in Yerevan, both in support and against Nikol Pashinyan. His leadership has all but failed, and he alone undermines the vestiges of Armenia’s statehood. Following his statements, he was mocked by the Russian Defense Ministry, which denied that the Iskander had been used in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He was also mocked by Azerbaijan’s president Ilham Aliyev, who called his statements “anecdotal.” He also entirely denied that the Iskander had been used at all during the conflict. Even Turkey released a statement playing along with the “military coup” narrative, saying that it was against it. Understandable, for Ankara, Armenia under inadequate leadership is a perfect neighbor. After months of excuses, various accusations against past leadership, current military leadership, its own citizens and Russia, Pashinyan went too far. He still refuses to hang onto power, but he is becoming increasingly isolated in his attempt to “leave power in the people’s hands,” as he calls refusing to resign.

No Victories? Invent Some: Biden’s Quest To Middle East Domination
South Front, Mar 2 2021

The new leadership of the US is attempting to position itself as the strongman in the Middle East. Or at least make it appear so. Following the Biden Administration’s first strike on pro-Iranian groups on or near the Syrian-Iraq border, it showed that it can bite. What was left is to show that nothing can hurt it. In recent months, its bases have been under rocket fire. Its convoys have been targeted by IED attacks numerous times. None of these, however, resulted in any significant injuries or deaths. As such, Washington needs to look further back and one thing stands out. It happened more than a year ago. The time has come to correct the blemish that is the Iranian ballistic missile strike on the Ain al-Asad base in Iraq in 2020, which happened in response to the US assassination of Brig-Gen Qasem Soleimani. The strike took place on Jan 8, and initially official reports said that it had caused close to no damage. Then it turned out that helicopters had been almost entirely destroyed, and that buildings had been razed. Finally, in the following weeks and months, dozens of soldiers turned out to have had “traumatic brain injuries.” What really happened?

US TV channel CBS made a special documentary on the strikes and released it on Mar 1 2021. The recollection is based on the Pentagon’s version of events and the timeline that the US Defense officials have provided. On Jan 8, hours before the strike, all the soldiers knew it was coming and hid to safety. The flights of the Iranian missiles were all tracked by CENTCOM. More than 50 aviation units and 1k people were evacuated. 16 missiles were launched from 3 different locations, five of which missed. A video was released, taken by an UAV, showing that the base “didn’t receive any significant damage.” All the grainy footage showed was finding an excuse and attempting to change the facts one year later. The US is attempting to present it in a way that shows its one strike along the Syrian-Iraqi border as a significant one, while downplaying the most notable strike on its own positions in the last year. The Biden administration wants to present itself as the strong man, and promises to send more troops to the region. Trump’s troop withdrawal and limited military involvement approaches have been abandoned. In reality, its convoys are under constant fire in Iraq and its positions are regularly targeted. And they are targeted in such a precise manner that no human life is taken, apart from a few exceptions. Who exactly is Biden trying to impress?

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