Over 50 Russia Warships, Vessels Prepare for Exercises in Caspian Sea

The latest missile ship project 11661K Dagestan (right), which becomes part of the Caspian Flotilla, in Makhachkala seaport. Left: the rocket ship Tatarstan. The Dagestan is the first ship of the Russian Navy armed with a new universal missile complex Caliber-NK, capable of applying several types of high-precision missiles manufactured using stealth technology.Over 50 Russia Warships, Vessels Prepare for Exercises in Caspian Sea


Russian Defense Ministry’s Southern Military District’s press center said that more than 50 Russian warships and support vessels are preparing to begin naval exercises in the Caspian Sea.

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Russian Warships Begin Mine Detection Drills in Caspian, Black Seas

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – More than 50 Russian warships and support vessels are preparing to begin naval exercises in the Caspian Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry’s Southern Military District’s press center said Monday.

“At present, the crews have begun developing and completing practical operations of preparing the ships for sail in the sea and preparing for combat operations. Over the remaining two months of the winter training period [March and April], each ship will complete a complex of ship combat operations and exercises, in which missile and artillery fire will be used against marine, coastal, and air targets,” the press service said in a statement.
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The Slow Drip of National Recognition of Complete Failure At War

Until recently, the Vietnam War generally was considered to have been the greatest military mistake America ever made. And in terms of numbers, it was. About 58,000 Americans died in Vietnam for essentially nothing.

But now, we may have an even bigger mistake. Consider, the Iraq War, in terms of its consequences, resulted in the destabilization of the Middle East, the ascendancy of Iran, the involvement of Russia in Syria, the rise of ISIS, not to mention the murders of more than 100,000 Iraqis.

Even Republicans now concede the war was a catastrophic blunder. People who do not learn from the mistakes of the past are condemned to repeat them. Maybe Trump isn’t as crazy as many of us thought.

David Harper

Crystal Lake

Taliban Divisions Indicate Weakness

Taliban not a capable force despite show of power: Russian envoy


The Russian special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Zamir Kabulov has said Taliban is not a capable force despite show of power.

During a meeting with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Kabulov said that the government of Afghanistan is the only address for peace talks, insisting that Taliban has no option other than this address.

Kabulov further added that findings show Taliban group is facing various internal issues and are divided in different groups.

The remarks by Kabulov comes as the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG), comprised of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and United States, is busy to revive direct peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban group.

The first round of direct talks is expected to take place in the first week of March with Pakistan already offering to host the meeting.

Meanwhile, Kabulov expressed concerns regarding the presence of the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in the region.

He said the Russian leadership, including President Vladimir Putin hails the Afghan government’s campaign to suppress the terror group in the country, specifically in eastern Afghanistan.

Kabulov also added that a delegation of the Russian officials will soon meet with the Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan to seek ways for joint economic cooperation between the two countries.

He said the Russian housing companies will continue to seek ways for better joint cooperation to invest in housing sector as per the earlier agreements reached with the Ministry of Urban Development of Afghanistan.