This report was originally published by Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge
Today, the South Korean and U.S. navies kicked off massive combined drills off the coast of the Korean peninsula amid heightened tensions, a training exercise which North Korea has warned may prompt another ballistic missile launch potentially to coincide with the launch of the Chinese 19th Party Congress on October 18. The two allies plan to continue the Maritime Counter Special Operations Exercise (MCSOFEX) through Friday in the East Sea and the Yellow Sea.
As reported over the weekend, the drill involves the U.S. 7th Fleet’s aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers – the USS Stethem (DDG-63) and the USS Mustin (DDG-89). The carrier strike group will train with South Korean warships and other defense assets, such as the Sejong the Great Aegis ship and P-3 Orion anti-submarine aircraft in the East Sea.
And while details of the drill were well-known in advance, what was reported for the first time overnight from Yonhap is that a unit of U.S. special forces tasked with carrying out “decapitation” operations is also aboard a nuclear-powered submarine in the group, according to a defense source. So far, little else is known about why said decapitation team is on location, or whether it will be put into use, although it presence may explain Trump’s “calm before the storm” comment that beffudled the media two weeks ago.
Among other assets mobilized for the joint drill are F-15K, FA-18 and A-10 fighter jets, as well as AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, Lynx and AW-159 Wild Cat naval choppers. The U.S. has also deployed a Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) plane to closely monitor the North’s ground and naval forces.
Some more details about the drill from Yonhap:
The joint training is aimed at promoting “communications, interoperability and partnership in the (U.S.) 7th Fleet area of operations,” the fleet said. It initially announced that the practice around the peninsula will end next Thursday but later corrected the date to Friday. Meanwhile, the U.S. has sent a B-1B Lancer strategic bomber, F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets and several other types of high-profile defense assets to the Seoul air show to open this week.
“Approximately 200 U.S. personnel are expected to participate in the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX) 2017, scheduled from Oct. 17-22 at the Seoul K-16 airport,” the 7th Air Force said.
Among the U.S. military aircraft to join the biennial event are the F-22 Raptor, B-1B Lancer, A-10 Thunderbolt II, C-17 Globemaster III, C-130J Hercules, KC-135 Stratotanker, E-3 Sentry, U-2 Dragon Lady and RQ-4 Global Hawk, it added. Also fielded will be the Air Force’s fifth-generation fighter, the F-35A Lightning II, U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon and a U.S. Army CH-47F Chinook.
“This year’s air show will feature demonstrations from U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors assigned to the 3rd Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska,” the 7th Air Force said. More than 400 defense firms from 33 countries plan to participate in the ADEX to begin Tuesday.
As part of the drills, the US military said on Monday that it would practice evacuating noncombatant Americans out of South Korea in the event of war and other emergencies, the NYT reported. The evacuation drill, known as Courageous Channel, is aimed at preparing American “service members and their families to respond to a wide range of crisis management events such as noncombatant evacuation and natural or man-made disasters,” the United States military said in a statement.
The South Korean government of President Moon Jae-in has repeatedly warned that it opposes a military solution to the North Korean nuclear crisis because it could quickly escalate into a full-blown war in which Koreans would suffer the most, with some estimates predicting that over 2 million South Koreans could die in the North Korean retaliation.
Meanwhile, on Monday, North Korea accused the US of “pushing” the DPRK into making a hydrogen bomb, the head of North Korea’s delegation to the multinational Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting has said.
“Exactly the US have pushed the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] to become a possessor of the hydrogen bomb,” the deputy chairman of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea, An Tong Chun, announced Monday. The North Korean official was speaking at the assembly of the world’s oldest international body of lawmakers in St. Petersburg, Russia. Parliamentarians from more than 160 nations are attending the IPU session.
The question now is whether North Korea will once again test said Hydrogen bomb and, if so, whether the crack “decapiation” team meant to take out North Korea’s leadership will be put to use.
Hmmm interesting. . .
the Chinese saying “may you live in interesting times” was not a good wish; rather, it was a curse upon you.
Not that I’m any X-spurt, or sech-like, but IMHO if this actually happened you could betcher sweet bippy we’d hear NOTHING about it till after it was over and done with. And, then Obama or Hillary would take credit.
why is this public knowledge ?
why is this public knowledge ?sounds a bit ti Obamamesque ?
Apparently, when N. Korea wants to know what the rest of the west is up to, all they have to do is tune into Yonhap news.
It’s good thing they told Kimmy about the deadly viper assassination “decapitation” team ahead of time. This way he can set out the fine china for his guests.
“Care for a spot of tea? Earl Grey, don’t you know.”
I’m sure the decapitators got plenty of practice decapitating while they were in the middle east pretending to be ISIS.
pul-eeze. anything released in the media is MEANT to be propaganda.
If I was sending specops forces for any purpose I wouldn’t want it being advertised. Let’s hope it was just propaganda.
Yahoo has story about NK EMP nuke…all this false flag stuff is going to distract us from the real threat and this is it. Look a puppy!
Don’t hold your breath lol.
Speaking of Las Vegas, the largest number of shooting dead was not Las Vegas. “Let’s start with the racist origins of gun control in the Jim Crow South. That’s right; the first gun control laws were meant to keep guns out of the hands of blacks, leaving them defenseless against the KKK. The worst massacres in American history weren’t Orlando and Las Vegas. As National Review’s Kevin Williamson recounts, “That happened in — depending on who is doing the counting — 1917 in East St. Louis (The police chief estimated that 100 African-Americans had been killed. Renowned journalist Ida B. Wells reported in The Chicago Defender that 40–150 African-American people were killed during July in the rioting in East St. Louis.The NAACP estimated deaths at 100–200. Six thousand African-Americans were left homeless after their neighborhood was burned. A Congressional Investigating Committee concluded that no precise death toll could be determined, but reported that at least 8 whites and 39 African-Americans died), or in 1873 in Colfax, La., or in 1921 in Tulsa, Okla.(June 1, 1921, the Tulsa Tribune reported that 9 whites and 68 blacks had died in the riot, but shortly afterwards it changed this number to a total of 176 dead). or in 1919 in Arkansas. All of those were mob-violence episodes in which white terrorists, often working under the leadership of Democratic politicians, massacred African Americans, hundreds at a time.”
While some were hanged, some burned alive, I think we can be confident most were shot.” Unarmed and defenseless blacks.” Cited from Patriot Post, Oct. 16.
If a white woman was raped by a black , it was not accepted as it is now? And retaliation was to prevent further attacks? But it didn’t work in the long run? Now a days if blacks torture murder white women like Chanon Cristianson they get three hots and a cot. And all the prison sex they want? Dosent sound like much of a deterrent? Seems like the old way had better results.
Fook them naggers what about the native americans who were murdered by the thousands? Never hear shit about that mass genocide do ya? Hey thanksgiving’s comin up, invite some folks from the rez over for dinner huh.
Ooohhh the sound of crickets…..
Can’t get the real deal so here’s a copy…
Been thinking about it and just to play devils advocate think of this. Most here have and like having a firearm collection now imagine another country or more likely our own comes and says you need to stop buying all these guns and if not were gonna ban them, if you still dont give em over we are going to freeze your bank account then if that doesn’t persuade you to hand em over we are gonna kick your door in definately shoot your dog and maybe your wife and kid then we will take your guns we told you not to have. I have a wife but no dog or kid but the wife and i are both steadfast in what we would do if this happened to us wha would you do and how would you feel. Even worse imagine its your neighbor telling you this
JTX, ANYONE who forces their way into my humble abode will DIE, and it doesn’t matter who it is.
Gulf of Tonkin incident come to mind anyone?
Are we going to be flooded with North Korean refugees?
Looks like an old Soviet Aircraft carrier. US flat-tops do not curve up at the end of the runway. Or maybe it is the one Chine purchased?…
Real gangstas don’t pull out the heat until it’s time to make toast.
That better be a huge decapitation team.
Rocket Man has easily over 10,000 fanatical bodyguards that would die for him.
Gee I wish I was back in the Army, the Army is the place for me. Go shoot and kill somebody because you were told to. Does that really make any sense? Zero sense, the dumbest sense possible. If you have any sense you will refuse.
I joined the army and am still active in it. An army of ONE (myself). Kill someone else because my master told me too? NOT! Kill the master for telling me too? YES! Buncha knuckledragging bootlicking, can’t think for themselves, yes men… pathetic.
The 1986 stock market crash was on October 19.
We still have time to make that date this year.
Or maybe next year.
Right…a small group of Special Forces guys are going to “decapitate”…what, exactly? Kim? Who cares? That isn’t going to change anything. The ruling elites will replace him. A missile site? Easily rebuilt. A nuclear reactor or nuclear test site? Also rebuildable.
There ARE NO “decapitation” targets in NK. If this is one of Trump’s and/or the Pentagon’s hairbrain schemes, all it would do is start the war.
Outstanding! Decapitate that snake! Just watch out for the larger Chinese version…
Yes, the early days of 1780’s-1900’s were troublesome times. Driving people from their homes
is never neighborly. We didn’t learn a darn thing from history. Trying to ‘BLEND’ cultures
seldom works. Nobody wants to ‘conform to another culture’, everyone wants their own.
Indians burned down many farms and settlements with families inside sleeping. They weren’t
innocent bystanders. Both sides were racist back then. (Culture and bloodlines most important.)
Skin color will never change that, but compassion, acceptance, love, sharing, working together, learning together, respecting each other, and ” doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.” is the ONLY thing that works. RESPECT has to be EARNED.
Without those things it is hate, discontent, and war.
It a fear campaign to get Kim looking over his shoulder.
“What could possibly go wrong?”
Special Forces “Decapitation” Team = CIA / Mossad joined forces called ISIS. Fuck them and I hope NC nukes these Mf’ers.
Iranian hostage Rescue operation comes to mind.
Hope any De-capitation operation is more successful.