US Military Enters Civil War Zones- Azerbaijan and Georgia - page 2

I wonder how many Americans would actually support sending troops into Georgia and Azerbaijan if they only knew it was already being done? There are civil wars in both those two countries, and the... Read More

  1. by   CCU NRS
    Quote from NurseHardee
    Being from North Texas, I always thought that you Okies were a lot smarter than us a bit further South. Certainly it is a more attractive landscape where you are at, Yankee. And yeah, dumb ol' me. I really do think that the US military can be restrained some. It's going to happen, you know? But maybe yuh don't.... You just want to keep that plant in Mcallister up and running, right? Munitions, munitions, munitions......................

    Nurse Hardee
    Mercury RACE platform facilitates research by Oklahoma State University
    Chelmsford 24 May 2001 Mercury Computer Systems donated a high-performance RACE multicomputer system to Oklahoma State University to assist with the school's advanced study of signals intelligence.

    "Mercury's system will enable the students and faculty in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering to conduct sophisticated and extensive research into signals intelligence," said Dr. Keith Teague, Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University's College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. "Mercury's powerful systems are widely used in defence electronics, and notably in leading-edge applications for signals intelligence. The familiarisation our students receive with Mercury's products, combined with the extensive foundation and training they receive in digital signal processing, will equip them with a unique career advantage in the marketplace."

    Oklahoma State University is conducting signals-intelligence research in conjunction with Raytheon Aircraft Integration Systems (AIS), which specializes in the development and integration of complex electronic systems for airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. With the aid of Mercury's real-time image and signal processing systems, Raytheon AIS and the university will explore advanced modulation signal recognition and classification, spatial audio separation, direction finding and other special projects. "Oklahoma State University has a world-class faculty and facilities, and Raytheon AIS is an industry leader in signals intelligence," said Vince Mancuso, vice president and general manager of Mercury's Government Electronics Group. "There is a shortage of qualified and skilled engineers, particularly in the defense electronics industry. Mercury is pleased to contribute this investment in the advanced education of tomorrow's technical leaders."

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    yep we will take all the revenue we can get all them furiners go to that school Okies go to OU
  2. by   molecule
    don't have to be from anyplace special to understand this:
    "I have two brother-laws in the service and they both do a hard job in hard circumstances and I agree Bush is worthless and we should not really be in any of these places but the men are doing the jobs they were trained for and doing the best they can!" CCU NRS

    I offer my sincere prayers for your brother-in-laws. The only exception to your statement I can raise is my knowing our troops have joined and trained to defend our country, not to run the world for Empire.
    yes, our military is mighty, but can force rule the world and make us safer?
    or will our occupations breed more terror? As civilain citizens we share the obligation to be informed and vigilant and to make known our opinions on policy, especially policy which puts our military loved ones in harm's way.
  3. by   NurseHardee
    I know that many will think that this stuff has nothing to do with their daily lives and so forth... so why post it? Simple; when our government starts taking sides all over the planet in civil wars, etc., obscure placs DO BECOME our business. This is the lesson that Osama bin Laden has been trying to teach people. I suggest that people try to learn what he's been trying to say to us. Call me unAmerican if you want.

    Nurse Hardee
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    Tuesday March 16, 6:30 AM
    Georgia mounts economic blockade of renegade Adjara region

    Georgia imposed an economic blockade around its renegade Adjara region after its recalcitrant leader failed to meet a deadline to recognize the central government's authority.

    The move was the latest step in an escalating armed standoff that was sparked early Sunday when armed supporters of Adjara's leader barred Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili from entering the coastal territory.

    "I gave the powers in Adjara a chance, but unfortunately there has been no dialogue. This is why we are imposing a land, air and sea blockade of the region, starting today," Saakashvili told reporters in the Georgian capital late Monday.

    Tbilisi says unauthorized armed groups are operating on the territory of the semi-autonomous region on the Black Sea coast and has vowed to bring Adjara back under central control in time for March 28 Georgian parliamentary elections.

    Saakashvili had given Adjara leader Aslan Abashidze until Monday evening to recognize the government's authority over his region or face unspecified consequences.

    Tbilisi has ordered the closure of Adjara's Black Sea port, its border with Turkey and cut off the region's road and rail links with the rest of Georgia. It has also announced that criminal charges would be brought against Adjara's leaders and their bank accounts frozen.

    Saakashvili described the measures as "temporary limitations" aimed at cutting off financial support for Abashidze.

    Adjara's leader charges that Georgia's new leadership will use the election to oust him from power in the same way as Georgia's veteran leader Eduard Shevardnadze in late November and has refused to bow.

    The tension was sharpened by the close attention of Russia, Georgia's giant neighbor that has a military base on Adjara's territory.

    Russia has warned Georgia of "grave and unpredictable consequences" if Adjara comes under attack, but its defense ministry said Monday that its military would not get involved in the dispute.

    Georgian ministers said Monday they had no plans to send the military into Adjara but there were still fears the crisis could erupt into armed conflict, with Adjara's leader warning that Tbilisi's stance was leading the country toward bloodshed.

    "We are dealing here ... with an attempt to stage a mutiny against Georgia, and this is an armed mutiny," Saakashvili had told reporters from his crisis center in Poti, a coastal town just north of Adjara.

    "Georgia is facing a clear threat of disintegration.... No major cargo will enter or leave (Monday) from the territory of Adjara."

    But the 36-year-old leader said he still favored a peaceful resolution of the crisis, adding that "not all the resources for dialogue have been exhausted."

    The blockade is set to deal a devastating blow to Adjara's economy, which depends on the income from the transit of goods across its territory.

    Abashidze has irked the authorities in Georgia's capital Tbilisi for years by running Adjara like a state within a state, ignoring orders from the government and withholding taxes.

    The latest conflict was sparked Sunday when Adjaran border guards refused Saakashvili the right to enter their territory, opening fire on the Georgian leader's convoy.

    Abashidze slightly toned down his rhetoric Monday, saying he would let Saakashvili through, but only without his guards, a condition that is unlikely to sit well in Tbilisi.

    "We can let him through on his own, or with one or two others. But we cannot let in any more because then they will come with tanks and armored personnel carriers," Abashidze said in televised remarks.

    Meanwhile late Monday, Georgian Interior Minister Giorgy Baramidze said in a television interview that shots had been fired near a convoy he was traveling in by a border post with Adjara.

    "A long salvo of automatic weapons was fired from the border post as we were approaching... It was followed by scenes of panic," the minister told Roustavi-2 television, adding that there had been no casualties.

    Baramidze acknowledged that "in the dark, it was difficult to know if they were firing into the air or against us," adding that he had issued orders not to return the fire.

    Saakashvili, who was swept to power late last year in a bloodless revolution, has vowed to bring Adjara back into line and prevent it from following the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which broke away from Georgia in bloody conflicts in the early 1990s.