Currently, CREST can only be accessed through computer terminals at the National Archives in College Park, MD. This geographic restriction on availability has been a source of frustration and bafflement to researchers ever since the digital collection was established in 2000.
An Airplane Crash
A light aircraft carrying three French intelligence officers crashed shortly after taking off from Malta International Airport last Monday, killing all three and two other French nationals on board, according to French and Maltese officials.
The crash happened around 0530 GMT, the Maltese government said.
The flight was part of a French surveillance operation, launched five months ago, aimed at tracking the illicit trafficking of humans and drugs, the government said. It added the flight was registered with the authorities as a local flight and was due to return to Malta within hours, without landing in third countries.
The crash casts light on a major surveillance and covert military operation France has been running in the region to counter the threat posed by unrest in Libya, a few hundred miles south of Malta. Islamic State has taken control of territory on Libyas coast, raising fears in Paris that the group could use these bases to mount an attack in Europe. Meanwhile, migrant smuggling rings are still active throughout the country, despite efforts by European governments to crack down on them.
Keep in mind that the Saudis support Al Qaeda’s efforts in Syria, which are at cross purposes with ISIS in terms of “who should rule”. In that they are allied with Iran, who agrees that ISIS shouldn’t be in charge. The only difference is that Iran wants to fill that vacuum. If it sounds confusing, it can be.
Here are the players and their agendas for those of you who may have lost your programs.
Syria – The Assad Govt. wants to maintain sovereignty over all of Syria. To do that, it has made common cause with Russia and Iran. The US Government is dedicated to toppling the Assad Govt. and has laid out a number of red lines which everyone ignores.
Turkey – The Turks are dedicated to eradicating the Kurds in Syria (and everywhere else). They helped create ISIS through their support. They are the major US ally in the region and a key partner in the US fight against ISIS.
In a speech in Ankara on 27 October, Turkish President Erdogan said he informed the US President about Turkey’s military plans for northern Syria. Turkey intends to defeat Islamic State fighters controlling al Bab. Then its forces will attack Manbij to drive out the Syrian Kurds. After that, they will participate in the fight to capture Raqqa, the Islamic State capital.
Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said that Turkey had asked the US not to allow the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) to enter Raqqa because it is not a Kurdish town. He said Turkey was ready to provide the necessary military support to take over the town.
USA – America is allied with the Kurds and has providing them with arms, ammunition and on-again/off-again support for the past thirty years. We are also allied with the Turks, who want to destroy the Kurds, and with the Saudis who created and support Al Qaeda, which is dedicated to the destruction of the USA.
If you wonder who in the US Government helped create this goat rodeo, you need look no further than Hillary Clinton, she of the seizures, the weak health and addled (but power hungry) mind. Clinton was the architect of Barack’s foreign policy in the Middle East. (pictured right, before her handlers had her skin stretched and her hair washed so that she would look less like an unwashed old hag)
Russia – It’s a place where the Russians can actually come off looking like the good guys, human rights issues notwithstanding. So they tossed their cracker in the soup.
“The colossal scale of destruction requires the drawing up of a long-term and comprehensive program, if you like a Marshall plan of sorts, to revive this region torn by wars and conflicts. And Russia is, of course, ready to take an active part in such joint work,” Putin said.
Iran – They’re Shiia Muslims and hate Suni Muslims. ISIL is a Suni operation and operates against their considerable interests in Iraq (and Syria). Even though they are generally opposed to Assad’s government in Syria, they hate ISIS more – and America more.