“We reserve the right to conduct conferences in Russia, Mexico and the U.S. to raise the question of breaking away the above mentioned states (Texas, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming) from the U.S., and (about) supplying weapons to resistance fighters there,” Abdurakhmanov said.
Washington, D.C. – Over the past week, a special operations “drill” known as Jade Helm 15 was announced which is scheduled to take place continuously between July 15th – September 15th in a number of Southwestern U.S. states. The states involved include Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Utah, Nevada, and California. The drill has made its way into the public consciousness and sparked fears amongst some of the martial law preparations.
While some perceive this as a training scenario for potential martial law scenarios, U.S. Army Special Operations Command has pushed back against claims that the upcoming U.S. military exercise is a preparation for imposing martial law or subduing right-leaning groups and individuals.
“That notion was proposed by a few individuals who are unfamiliar with how and why USASOC conducts training exercises,” said Army Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria, a USASOC spokesman, in an email.
“This exercise is routine training to maintain a high level of readiness for Army Special Operations Forces because they must be ready to support potential missions anywhere in the world on a moment’s notice.”
According to the documents, soldiers will be training in “large areas of undeveloped land with low population densities,” and will be working with “civilians to gain their trust and an understanding of the issues.”
It goes on to state that some participants will be “wearing civilian clothes and driving civilian vehicles.” These factors, along with the overall nature of the exercise have created an atmosphere of heightened tension and outright suspicion.
A balanced analysis of the situation comes from Justin King of The Fifth Column News:
To start out it may be best to clarify what Jade Helm is not. It is not a precursor to martial law. It is not an operation designed to round up American citizens for FEMA camps. It is not a UN ordered invasion. The truth behind Jade Helm is much less conspiratorial, but much more interesting.
After speaking to several former and active duty soldiers, The Fifth Column can say with almost certainty that Jade Helm is a massive Field Training Exercise (FTX) to enhance the SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) capabilities of American special operations troops.
The uproar of Jade Helm was triggered by a map that surfaced on the internet labeling some areas of the United States as “hostile.” Had the sites that cast this as some plan for martial law researched the acronyms on the map, they would have quickly realized it was a large scale training exercise involving some of America’s most secretive units.
Another realistic possibility is that these special operations training scenarios are actually preparation for potential blowback from Russia, for supplying the Ukrainians with lethal aid.
On Thursday, the speaker of Russian client state Chechnya’s parliament, Dukvakha Abdurakhmanov, threatened to send sophisticated arms to Mexico if the U.S. supplied Ukraine with weapons.
“We will perceive arms shipments to Ukraine as a signal to respond in kind,” he stated on the parliament website.
Abdurakhmanov went on to state that he hopes the weapons will spark disputes over “territories annexed by the United States in the American states of California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and part of Wyoming,” providing a U.S. history lesson by invoking “the annexation of Texas in 1845, the negotiation of the Oregon Treaty with Great Britain in 1846, and the conclusion of the Mexican-American War in 1848, which ended with the signing and ratification of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo in 1848.”
Congress passed legislation in December of 2014 allowing the U.S. to send arms to the Ukrainians, with President Obama signing the bill while noting that “it gave him leeway over whether or when to send arms.” Subsequently this spring, a group of U.S. senators were able to persuade the White House to agree to send military weaponry to Ukraine.
“It follows that the United States has no right to advise Russia [how] to behave with neighboring friendly people. Supply of arms [to] Ukraine will be perceived by us as a signal to the appropriate actions – we will begin delivery of new weapons Mexico to resume debate on the legal status of the territories annexed by the United States, which are now the US states of California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.
We reserve the right to conduct conferences in Russia, Mexico and the U.S. to raise the question of breaking away the above mentioned states from the U.S., and [about] supplying weapons to resistance fighters there,” Abdurakhmanov said.
Abdurakhmanov is friends with Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, who installed a pro-Russian government in the region after Russian President Vladimir Putin installed him as the president in 2007, according to Breitbart News.
It is interesting to note that the states that the Jade Helm 15 drills are being held in would be virtually identical to the states listed as disputed territory with Mexico. While correlation isn’t causation, it seems like quite a coincidence that these drills are taking place in almost the exact same territory in which Abdurakhmanov has threatened to spark an international conflict.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov refuted Abdurakhmanov’s comments in a statement carried Friday by the Interfax news agency, saying such move would defy the Russian law.
Of course no intelligence agency would ever violate the laws of its state to forward its geopolitical agenda, right?
Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, freethinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has previously been published on BenSwann.com and WeAreChange.org. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.