Over the past few months and weeks I've been speculating that we're watching some sort of covert "hot war" taking place, possibly between the USA and its proxies, and China and Russia and their proxies.  My reasons for doing so, as most regular readers of this site are aware, I've speculated that the USS Donald Cook incidents from several years ago, and may encompass the Fitzgerald and McCain incidents, and as I blogged earlier this week, possibly the recent collisions between Chinese and Iranian, and Russian and Sierra Leonese ships. I have also entertained the possibility that perhaps there is a "third player," a non-state or non-territorial actor utilizing technologies to ratchet up tensions between these two blocs.

With that in mind, consider the following story from Russia's Sputnik online magazine, shared by Ms. E.:

Russian Military Prevents Drone Attack by Militants on Its Bases in Syria

There's something in this article that, in my opinion, requires some rather close attention and parsing (and I'm citing nearly the entire article here:

Overnight on January 6, militants in Syria launched a massive attack against Russian military facilities, including the Tartus Naval base and Hmeimin airbase, with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Russian military has taken control of six drones that were sent by militants, another seven were shot down by the Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile and gun system, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.

A technical analysis of the captured drones revealed that the terrorists are able to carry out attacks from a range of about 100 kilometers, the statement added. The Defense Ministry pointed out that the attempted attack marks the first time the terrorists have used modern guidance technologies on satellite GPS.

The Russian security services are carrying out a probe to find out who supplied the drones to terrorists.

(Emphasis added)

Now, if one follows this ambiguous language closely, one is struck not so much by what is said, but by what is not said. Given the tensions in Syria and the tensions between Russia and the USA and the rest of the West because of the Russian intervention there, one is struck by the fact that the Russians have refrained from mentioning the obvious, namely, that it would be very easy to accuse the West's militant proxies as having obtained these drones, and having used them by gaining access to GPS satellite guidance networks - networks which are highly secure and dedicated military platforms - yet the article stops far short from naming the obvious candidates for the source of the drones: Saudi Arabia, Israel, the European powers, or the USA. All we are informed is that "the Russian security services are carrying out a probe to find out who supplied the drones to terrorists."

There are, I suspect, two ways to interpret this reluctance to "state the obvious," the first being that it is a diplomatic maneuver to avoid increasing tensions further in the area. In other words, it's calculated restraint on Russia's part, and this indeed fits the pattern we have seen in Russian diplomacy over the past few years, in spite of many provocations by the West from the Russian point of view. But the second possibility raises even darker questions and implications, namely, that the Russians may not know ultimately who the "actor" is behind these drone attacks, and that something about the attacks, or the drones themselves and the network used to operate them, may indicate that they may be dealing with a different actor on the stage than just the "usual suspects," in short, that they might be dealing with that "third non-territorial actor" that I have speculated might be behind the weird collisions of ships we've seen.

What is also intriguing, and which relates to my previous speculations about exotic electromagnetic warfare technologies perhaps being exhibited in the collisions incidents with US warships - from cyber-warfare to global positioning spoofing, to more exotic possibilities - is that the Sputnik article alludes to these possibilities once again in its carefully chosen language: "The Russian military has taken control of six drones that were sent by militants, another seven were shot down..." (Emphasis added)  On the one hand, "Taking control of six drones" could imply that they were shot down by the Russians or Syrians, and the Russian military simply searched for the downed craft, acquired them, and is studying them. But on the other hand, "taking control" might imply the use of sophisticated technologies, and it is perhaps notable in this regard that the article states that other drones were "shot down."

The bottom line here is that at the minimum, we appear to be looking at a scenario in which some sort of covert hot war is indeed being waged by the West and its proxies, and Russia. But the other possibility - of some unknown third actor - cannot, in the final analysis, be discounted just yet.

See you on the flip side...

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Waterbug on January 18, 2018 at 10:06 am

    It appears the actors who planned the drone attacks were extremely confident or extremely stupid since the drones were programed to fly home to their departure. I doubt Putin will reveal who was responsible for the attacks on their two bases. It’s obvious the attacks were intended to destroy vital relationships and perhaps also a test to learn more of Russia’s resources defending against swarm attacks with this being the first time they were deployed.

  2. Waterbug on January 18, 2018 at 9:18 am

    PICTURES AND SILENT VIDEO – 13 drone attacks on Russian Bases in Syria Saturday evening 1/6/ and 1/7/18

    Advanced training in engineering in “one of the developed countries” would be necessary to program the principal controllers and bomb-release systems of an aircraft-type combat drone, the statement stressed. “Not everyone is also able to get exact [attack] coordinates from the space surveillance data,” it added. The ministry noted that a US Navy Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft was flying over the region between the Russian bases in Latakia and Tartus for some four hours around the time of the drone attack.

    The country’s specialists are now examining the seized unmanned aircraft and the recovered data has already allowed the specialists to pinpoint the exact location from which the drones were launched. The examination also showed that advanced technologies were used in the drones’ construction. They “could have been obtained only from a country possessing state-of-the-art technologies, including satellite navigation and remote control of … explosive devices [for] release at certain coordinates.” It further added that detonators used in the militants’ Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were “of foreign manufacture.” These facts indicate that the extremists were supplied with technologies allowing them to carry out terrorist attacks using UAVs in any country, the ministry warned.
    The militants launched their assault during the night on Saturday, the ministry said in a statement. The Russian Kheimim Airbase in the Syrian Latakia province was attacked by 10 unmanned combat aerial vehicles, while three more attempted a strike against the Russian maritime logistics base located in the city of Tartus.

    Russia knows who staged attacks on Syrian base & it’s not Turkey – Putin
    Published time: 11 Jan, 2018 20:06 “We know who they are. We know whom and how much they paid for these provocations,” Putin said, without naming the organizers of the attacks. According to the head of state, the attacks on Khmeimim Airbase were “well-prepared.”

    “We know when and where those unmanned aerial vehicles were handed over and how many there were,” he said.
    “Those aircraft were only camouflaged – I want to emphasize this – to look like handicraft production. In fact, it is quite obvious that there were elements of high-tech nature there,” Putin said.
    Before his Thursday meeting with Russian media chiefs, Putin held a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during which the Khmeimim attacks were discussed. During the conversation, Putin and Erdogan agreed to “intensify the coordination of efforts by the military and special services of the two countries in order to effectively combat terrorist groups in Syria.”

    Putin Press Conference Russia Insider Published on Jan 12, 2018

  3. Maggan on January 17, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    New Years Eve Netanyahu called Putin to say they were going to start attacking Syria. Yesterday on Twitter, Darth Putin tweeted Russia may invade Norway. Norway has one thing that caused Hitler to invade Norway, heavy water. I suggest to read today’s issue of Russian Insider… it discusses the proxy wars being perpetrated by Israel. Very recently Russia now has some very exotic weapons that they did not have a year ago. Russian’s war machine is far greater than the US could compete with. Israel does not even have these weapons. I don’t think one needs to stretch their mind to far to realize Russia is getting highly advanced technology from outside sources. Couple that with Russia’s superior academics in engineering & the sciences. Trump has allowed Israel too much power. Russia will never let the Bolsheviks to try to take over. We might be seeing an updated version of 1917 in the 21st century.

    • Kahlypso on January 18, 2018 at 3:30 am

      Maggan.. you make a lot of sweeping statements…

      Norway was invaded because Grand Admiral Erich Raeder asked Hitler to do so.
      He wanted the Royal Navy busy patrolling mile after mile after mile after mile of Norweigen coast instead of bottling up the Kriegsmarine using Scarpa Flow as a cork..
      Alfred Rosenberg was also bleating on at Adolph about Norway for other reasons.. if you get into some of the history, you’ll hear things like Aryan races and Shangri la.. and Hyperboria.. (hyper bored?) and hollow earths..(I think it was that era’s version of flat earth…)
      Heavy Water was discovered at Vemork in 1934 as a byproduct for their fertiliser production.. . Nuclear scientists in Germany wanted to use D²O as a neutron moderator to slow down the reaction process.
      The Germans were making a bomb, they only wanted the water to experiment on making nuclear reactors.
      The germans didnt invade Norway to get the heavy water, it was just annexed quickly.. and if they ‘needed’ it for A bomb production (which they dont/didnt) they’d have rebuilt the facilities in their underground bases, the fact that they abandonned the facility after the 3rd allied attack (1st attack failed due to 1 of the bombers hitting a mountain and alerting all the nearby Gestapos.. that something were amiss.. 2nd attack succeeded, but the Germans just rebuilt) on the site (this time just dropping tons of ordannace from the skies..) shows how precious it was.
      As far as Russians having exotic weapons.. They’ve been using radiowaves and telemetry for years now.

  4. goshawks on January 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    There is a slight confusion over GPS signals here: GPS has two types of signals, which I am calling civilian and military. The military signal has the best accuracy possible for the system; intended for GPS-guided weapons delivery. It is encoded, for obvious reasons. The civilian signal is a ‘dumbed down’, uncoded signal with a position-error wide enough to make it useless for weapons delivery. It is accessible & usable by anyone with a receiver.

    If the drones were only to be used as ‘terror weapons’ (or to ‘light-up’ Russian defensive systems for recording and analysis by the USN P-8 Poseidon in an intelligence-gathering orbit offshore), there was no need to have access to the military signal. Commercial would be good-enough. (If they were using the military signal, that meant they wanted to precisely-target aircraft, fuel & ammunition dumps, headquarters buildings, etc. And top states were directly involved.)

    Also, “took control” of the drones could simply mean jamming of the control signals (and/or GPS signals). Depending on the design of the flight control system, that could mean the drones immediately crashing, simply flying-on straight & level, or going-into a circular flight-path awaiting further signals which never came.

  5. marcos toledo on January 17, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    This is beginning to like the resurrection of the Barbary Pirates. Given the origins of the ruling class in Central and Northern Europe has to be taken into account. Russia, Persia, China have been around to long be taken in by these brigands they know the game all to well and are looking for the real puppet masters.

  6. basta on January 17, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    If by “non-state actor” you mean the CIA and its Tweedle-dum Mossad, then you’re probably right.

  7. Peter Sazonoff on January 17, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Would they have to use special military gps satellite systems? Could access also be provided by private non state criminal actors? Could they use regular commercial gps? Just wondering.

  8. Robert Barricklow on January 17, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Those third party’s actor identity appears to be the Nazi International; which has ties throughout the globe. Some in DC; some in the CIA & other agencies; no doubt the Ukraine; the Islam connections going back decades to the early 1900’s, pre-WW1. Don’t forget the Vatican, and a host of other countries and organizations.
    In other words, its tentacles are global in reach, including the criminal enterprises that are highly organized.
    No doubt they’re agitating for the major players to attack each other; thereby strengthening the Nazi International position, relative to the others.
    If a hot war were to ignite…?

    All bets are off.

    • Robert Barricklow on January 17, 2018 at 11:34 am

      The ident i ty of “awaiting moderation” is elementary.

      My word!

    • Pierre on January 17, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      we’ll just have to wait for Iron Sky 2 to come out later this year.

  9. Enigma3 on January 17, 2018 at 10:39 am

    There was a story up after the drone attack that implied a US AWACS plane was in the air over the drone area directing the GPS electronics. And so it seems that the US (CIA?) was involved. Russia’s restraint in Syria has been nothing short of amazing.
    The other thing here is the CIA convinced some rebel group to be the front group for the drone attack. Then they were annihialated. At some point these rebel groups will get wise to this CIA BS and tell the CIA to go fly a kite. At least we can hope.

    • basta on January 17, 2018 at 7:57 pm

      I read those reports as well and see no reason to doubt them. Russia has no choice but to bite its tongue here as they are much weaker overall than the US and must play a rope-a-dope game with the Empire in Syria and everywhere else.

      I think at this point the Pentagram is totally untethered, as is the CIA — they’ve both gone totally rogue and even the State dept. is a ZioCon termite mound. So USSA foreign policy is non-existent; it’s just a swirling admixture of psychopathic schizophrenia.

      The Pentagram and the CIA are operating independently of any oversight and I think at this point they’ve gone so wild that they probably co-ordinate less with each other than they do say NATO or Mossad. They’ve both got special ops and black ops and psy ops and Lord knows what else ops, and they’ve got black fiat funding out the wazoo and they just do what they want.

      So one department somewhere tries drones, with the thinking behind it of, What the heck, why NOT? Poke the bear, stir the pot, no pain no gain. This is where we’re at right now in the decline and fall.

  10. alisonbell on January 17, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Might the ‘loss’ of the current space-x payload be connect to this somehow?

  11. Katie B on January 17, 2018 at 7:44 am

  12. DanaThomas on January 17, 2018 at 5:44 am

    Whoever it is does not seem to be familiar with the 1970s starwarrior trick; those imperial drones that self-destruct if hit, to prevent an analysis of the provenance…

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