Monday, August 11, 2008

Russian military pushes into Georgia, heads for the Pankisi Gorge and the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline

It's all about the oil ! Russian military pushes into Georgia, heads for Tbilisi and the Pankisi Gorge's Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline, see map. Russia can avenge two major thorns in their butt, the loss of revenue from the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline and finally get a chance to destroy the so called "Chechen Rebels" affialiated with al-Qaeda.
RUSSIAN PLANES TARGETED BAKU-TBILISI-CEYHAN PIPELINE, "This means Russian Federation attacks strategical objects with international scale, not only Georgia’s strategical objects”, " Russian aircrafts target at strategical objects, including Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and South Caucasus gas pipeline. Minister of Economic Development of Georgia, Yekaterina Sharashidze said.
The minister also said the attack of Russian side failed and the pipelines are undamaged for the present. “But this means Russian Federation attacks strategical objects with international scale, not only Georgia’s strategical objects”, she stressed.

Russian forces have entered Georgia from the breakaway region of Abkhazia, as the conflict between the two neighbours appears to be broadening. Moscow said troops had raided the town of Senaki to destroy a military base. It later said they had left the town. Russian troops also pushed into Georgia from South Ossetia and were now outside the town of Gori, Georgia said. US President George W Bush said it seemed "efforts might be under way to depose" the Georgian government. Expressing his concern about the "dramatic and brutal escalation" of the conflict, Mr Bush called on Russia to reverse the course it appeared to be on. Russia's government must respect Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty

The UN Security Council is currently meeting in New York to discuss a draft resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire. Reports say that Russian troops now control many key bridges and roads across Georgia, leaving the capital, Tbilisi, isolated. The current hostilities began late last week when Georgian forces launched a surprise attack to regain control of South Ossetia, which has had de facto independence since the end of a civil war in 1992.

The move followed days of exchanges of heavy fire with the Russian-backed separatists. In response to the Georgian crackdown, Moscow sent armoured units into South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Russia confirmed for the first time on Monday it had advanced beyond the borders of Abkhazia, saying it had launched an operation in the town of Senaki.
Later, a Russian defence official told Russian news agencies that its forces had withdrawn from Senaki and that they had forced out a Georgian unit which could have shelled South Ossetia. The conflict over South Ossetia also appeared to have widened when Georgia accused Russia of capturing the town of Gori, just 76km (47 miles) from Tbilisi. "This is a total onslaught," Georgia's National Security Council secretary Alexander Lomaia told the AFP news agency, adding that Georgian troops were pulling back to defend Tbilisi where the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline pipeline is located.
From July 2002 to May 2006 the BTC pipeline was run from Baku to Ceyhan see map, one big problem was that during the time frame of July 2002 to May 2006 the section running through the Pankiski Gorge (by US based Petrofac Oil), near Tbilisi on the map was, still is, a war zone with US forces and Russian forces fighting al-Qaeda and Chechen Muslim terrorists, full time.

Petrofac Oil (USA based at the time) had the impossible job of running the 2.8 Billion dollar BTC pipeline through the al-Qaeda held Pankisi Gorge in Georgia (stronghold of the Chechen Muslim terrorists), they ran the pipeline without any problems or delays (BTC start date July 2002 completed May 2006, 4 years). Russia tried to get a piece fo this pipeline thru Yukos oil but failed.
Boris Berezovsky's (is also in the picture) alliance with the Chechen rebels, depended on the continuation of the insurgency, a relationship successfully exploited in the past. The peace talks had very little to do with alleviating the miserable conditions in war torn Grozny or even preventing terrorist attacks in Moscow and everything to do to protect the (BTC) Baku- Tbilisi- Ceyhan oil pipeline through the Pankisi Gorge in the Caucasus.

GROZNY, December 6/06 (RIA Novosti) - Chechen warlords were trying to get to Western countries via Georgia, official spokesman for the regional counter-terrorist HQ in the North Caucasus, Major-General Ilya Shabalkin told RIA Novosti. "Georgian officials have provided refugees from the Pankisi Gorge with the opportunity of moving to any European countries. According to the returning refugees and some other sources, including detained bandits, warlords are trying to make the most of this circumstance," said Gen. Shabalkin.

"To this end, middling warlords try to get to Georgia via Chechnya disguised as refugees. This is the category of bandits who could have accumulated substantial funds by cheating other ordinary members of the illegal armed formations," said Gen. Shabalkin. According to the returned refugees, Shamil Basayev [a Chechen separatist warlord now dead] has turned to leaders of international radical extremist groups based in Arab countries, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey and some others. He allegedly assured them of his readiness to continue bandit activities in Chechnya and to organize terrorist attacks all across Russia," said Gen. Shabalkin.

Bill Warner, Private Investigator

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