Russia Vs Georgia..a widening crisis!

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    Georgia Attacks South Ossetia, War With Russia Looms

    The Georgian Army is launching a full offensive against the seperatist enclave of South Ossetia. The fighting centers on the town of Tshkinvali for now.
    Russia has called an emergency meeting of the Security Council which indicates to me they will not rescue South Ossetia. Abkhazia seems to be the redline for the Russians.
     
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    The Georgians have made quick progress.
    From the BBC.
     
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    The Georgians are serious about finishing this fight quickly before too many Russian "volunteers" can join the fight.

    From AP.
     
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    Russian jets have apparently become involved and bombed a Georgia airbase:

    Russian Jets Bomb Georgia Air Base - http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L8690622.htm

    I have since heard that Georgia has shot down a number of Russian jets and that a Russian column of tanks is moving into Georgia.

    This is not good. There are US troops in Georgia as we speak training the Georgian forces.

    This has very ugly potential and I hope and pray it can be quelled before it goes there.
     
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    CNN Now showing pictures of Russian tanks rolling toards Georgia.

    Very disturbing and very ugly potential here.

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    CNN Story HERE
     
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    Re: Georgia Attacks South Ossetia, War With Russia Looms

    Here are some photos I just posted in another military forum. This situation could become very very bad.

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    WOW! Unbelievable images and a very serios, deadly situation with huge potential for escalation both there, and in the entire surrounding region.

    Hopefully, seriuos, direct negotiations can lead to a quick cease fire and pull back.

    But with that amount of resource already committed and fighting ongoing...both sides will want to make sure any such cease fire favors them...which means it is much harder to arrange.
     
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    Well I just read that Georgia is recalling it's contingent of 2000 troops from Iraq. It seems to me that the Russians have two choices. They can try to recapture Tshkinvali, or they can do that AND press the attack, into Georgian territory.

    The Georgian Air Force is in mortal peril in the next few hours/days. If the Russians want to sweep them from the sky, they could. The Mig-25 seems to be their only dedicated air-to-air platform, and they only have 18 of them.
     
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    A very serious situation. Everyone is familiar with Checneya but there are a number of conflicts in the former USSR that have been suppressed but not formally ended like Abkhazia, Trans-Dniester and Nagorno-Karabakh, it was perhaps inevitable that one of them was going to flare up in a major way. Common sense needs to prevail here and quick, Georgia is the site for a major oil pipeline, the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, which is the main export route for oil from Azerbaijan to the West. Prolonged conflict could send oil prices soaring, although there are a lot of national interests and pride at stake here I doubt that there is much appetite in Washington and Moscow for a direct military confrontation.

    I don't mean to make light of a serious situation but the cynic in me can't help but think that the timing of this might have something to do with today's events in Beijing. :mad:
     
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    Re: Georgia Attacks South Ossetia, War With Russia Looms

    IMHO not only very cynical timing by the Georgians but also a serious miscalculation. By crossing the South Ossetia border, they have given the Russians a genuine Casus Belli and now the fighting has started they have nothing to lose (and much to gain) by pushing all the way to Tbilisi and installing a pro Kremlin regime and thwart US ambitions in the Caucuses probably forever.

    Is Georgia counting on US aid or direct military assistance? I really dont see it as big powers never face off directly. It looks as though Georgia has been a gamble and one that has'nt paid off.

    This could potentially though still be a side show and a close eye on the Ukraine is strongly recommended!
     
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