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US loaded ~1500 military vehicles including Stryker AFVs onto USNS Bob Hope and Cape Isabel in WA, West Coast

US loaded about 1500 military vehicles including Stryker AFVs onto USNS Bob Hope and Cape Isabel in WA, West Coast.

Reason unclear (readiness exercise?), but Cape Isabel is going South toward San Diego (or Mexico?), Bob Hope still moored at Port Tacoma, WA.

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More US reinforcements have arrived north of Raqqa, Syria. Report says 40 trucks loaded with military equipment including MRAPs

A key political and media adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused the US-led coalition of seeking to fragment Syria, saying the plan will fail.

“The targeting of civilians in Raqqa (the de facto capital of the Islamic State group) and the crimes committed against them… is something that sparks questions and it’s most likely that the US is trying to terrorize the Arab citizens in Raqqa into leaving their areas to establish a suitable ground for federalisation or the (creation of) Kurdish entity” in northern Syria, Bouthaina Shaaban said on Thursday.

The US will fail to fragment Syria “because the Syrian people are one”, she said.

Her remarks came as the US-led coalition is throwing a heavy support behind the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is fighting the IS in Raqqa.

However, the killing of civilians on a daily basis pushed the Syrian government to condemn the US-led coalition’s “crimes” in Raqqa and urge the UN to dissolve the coalition.

While the SDF is advancing inside Raqqa, the Syrian army and tribal forces are advancing against the extremists in the countryside, coming close to the last IS-held town in the eastern Raqqa countryside.

The army forces and allied troops have already reclaimed the western and southern countryside of Raqqa.

http://wap.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/damascus-accuses-us-led-coalition-of-trying-to-fragment-syria-117081800987_1.html

Yet another huge US military shipment from Maryland toward Belgium with ‘Freedom’ and hundreds of MRAPs/MATVs

ARC Freedom ready for another trip toward Europe fully loaded with US military equipment.

Canada sends about 130 personnel and four (some say five) CF-18 into Romania

Five pilots from 409 Squadron and their five CF-18 Hornets departed 4 Wing Cold Lake Wednesday, Aug. 16 for Romania.

Part of the mission will include air policing while the other part will focus on training and engagement with the Romanian Air Force (RoAF). These duties will alternate on a weekly basis.

Wing Commander Col. Paul Doyle commented that this deployment is related to Russian activity in the Black Sea.

“The Black Sea is an active area and it’s active because of the events that transpired in Crimea with the NATO response to the illegal annexation of Crimea on the part of the Russians,” Doyle said. “We stand together as an alliance towards this. We see the Russians are flying in the Black Sea because there are NATO ships that are in the Black Sea.”

Doyle explained that the role of the pilots while conducting air policing missions will be to demonstrate a presence in the area and escort Russian planes back to their air space.

“It’s a presence to show that we have the capacity and the capability to be there close to what’s going on,” Doyle explained. “We don’t do anything aggressive. You maintain a decent amount of separation from the aircraft and it’s understood what we’re doing when we do that.”

The pilots will be flying with the Romanians that are based out of Constanta, located on the Black Sea coast. It is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Romania, founded around 600 BC.

The United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force has been in Romania since April and 409 Squadron will be relieving them.

One of the pilots explained that this is a NATO commitment through Operation Reassurance meant to reassure Canada’s allies of NATO solidarity.

The total number of Canadians in Romania will be 130.

The trip to Romania began with a flight to Bagotville, Que., where the pilots will spend one day. Then they fly to Prestwick, Scotland, and finally over to Constanta, Romania. Given the stops in each city to become accustomed to the time change, and in case of poor weather, the pilots expect to arrive Aug. 20.

Mayor Craig Copeland and Member of Parliament David Yurdiga were present to wish the pilots well before they deployed.

“What the base here is all about is not only protecting Canada but to go over where there’s issues in the world,” Mayor Copeland said. “We’ve got the best pilots in all of the world right here in Canada so we’re proud and you know our thoughts and prayers are with them when they’re there overseas, no matter what mission they’re on.”

The mission itself begins Sept. 1 and will continue until Dec. 31.

http://www.coldlakesun.com/2017/08/17/409-squadron-deploys-to-romania

US continues to pepare its military overseas operation, this time from Beaumont, TX East Coast. (🛳️ Ro-Ro Cape Victory)

US Military overseas operation ongoing on daily basis, hard to say where these vehicles will be transported, too many options open, just wait and check Ro-Ro Cape Victory AIS updates on Marine Traffic.

Officially these vehicles are bound for Europe, Atlantic Resolve operation.

China and India reportedly beef up borders around Sikkim area

Fifty-three Indian soldiers and a bulldozer were present at the Doklam area, a report in a state-run daily said, quoting the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

The ministry, according to the Global Times, asked India to withdraw its troops and equipment from what it called the “Chinese territory”.

The military standoff between China and India in the Doklam region has lasted for almost two months now
Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Doklam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

Citing the ministry, the daily said that 53 people and a bulldozer from the Indian side remain in “Chinese territory” as of Monday.

“India should withdraw its troops and equipment…They have gravely infringed on China’s sovereignty,” the ministry was quoted as having said by the daily.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang last week said that “there were 48 Indian soldiers and one bulldozer” in Doklam area as of August 2.

“In addition, there are still a large number of Indian armed forces congregating on the boundary and on the Indian side of the boundary,” Geng had said.

A 15-page fact sheet issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry had earlier said that there were over 40 Indian border troops and one bulldozer in the area by the July end.

Countering Chinese contention, sources in New Delhi last week maintained that around 350 Indian Army personnel have been in Doklam for last six weeks after China tried to build a road in the area, triggering the standoff.

India and China have been locked in a face-off in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector for over 50 days after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in the area.

China claimed it was constructing the road within their territory and has been demanding immediate pull-out of the Indian troops from the disputed Doklam plateau.

Bhutan says Doklam belongs to it but China claims the area belongs to it and says Thimphu has no dispute with Beijing over it.

Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Doklam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

The military standoff between China and India in the Doklam region has lasted for almost two months now, and there is still no end in sight, the Chinese daily added.

India’s position on the issue was made clear by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj recently, saying both sides should first pull back their troops for any talks to take place, favouring a peaceful resolution of the border standoff.

Source:

http://m.timesofindia.com/india/53-indian-troops-still-present-at-doklam-china/articleshow/59990978.cms

US military hardware heading toward Los Angeles probably to be loaded onto Expeditionary Transfer Dock ship ‘USNS John Glenn’

Military vehicles including M109A6 ‘Paladin’ recently spotted near the Salton Sea, California.

In my opinion the whole hardware will be loaded onto Expeditionary Transfer Dock ship ‘USNS John Glenn’:

“An Expeditionary Transfer Dock (ESD), formerly the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP), was designed to be a semi-submersible, flexible, modular platform providing the US Navy with the capability to perform large-scale logistics movements such as the transfer of vehicles and equipment from sea to shore. These ships significantly reduce the dependency on foreign ports and provide support in the absence of port availability.”

Its final destination is still unknown, but definitely US is preparing for another big overseas operation from the West Coast.