Sunday, April 22, 2018

Israeli F-15 Ordered Home amid Tensions with Iran




The Israeli Air Force has decided to scale back its participation in the Red Flag exercise in Alaska amid increasing tensions on Israel’s northern border.

“In light of the situational assessment by the Air Force it was decided to adjust the planes’ participation in the exercise,” read a statement by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, stressing that nonetheless, “Israel’s first participation in the Red Flag exercise in Alaska will take place as planned.”
[IDF = Israel Defense Forces]

According to a statement by Air Force public affairs officer Kitsana Dounglomchan, Israel’s Air Force decided not to send F-15 fighter jets to the two-week-long drill, which will run between April 26 - May 11, out of Eielson Air Force base in Fairbanks and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage.


[Quotation from Jerusalem Post on 22 April, 2018, at 16:04 local time]




Israeli Navy names new SA'AR 6 warships arriving from Germany.



On Sunday, Israeli Navy Commander Maj.-Gen. Eli Sharvit announced that the four ships would be named "Magen," "Oz," "Independence" and "Triumph". The decision on the names was determined by a forum headed by the Navy, led by Sharvit.

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Israel is highly dependent on the sea, with over 90% of Israel’s imports arriving via the sea, and while the country’s navy is relatively small compared to other IDF corps, it has a significant amount of territory to protect since the expansion of the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) from 40 miles to 150 miles from shore years ago.

While there is no hermetic protection on the sea, due to the threat posed by Hezbollah’s arsenal of Grad rockets and other longer-range projectiles, the navy has upgraded its weapons and defensive systems on its entire combat fleet.

“You can how see the ships are taking shape these days,” Sharvit said. “The arrival of the ships is expected to significantly change the face of the Navy."

“The Navy will employ tools with new capabilities that we do not possess today with excellent and precise defense and attack capabilities for their mission, headed by the defense of the strategic assets of the State of Israel at sea,” he continued.

The construction of the four “Sa'ar-6” class warships was agreed to in a 430 million euro deal between Israel and the German company ThyssenKrupp in 2015.

The first ship is expected to arrive at the end of 2019 with the last by 2021.

Existing Sa’ar-5 and Sa’ar 4.5 ships are being upgraded with the integration of new radars and electronic warfare systems, Israel is set to receive new Dolphin-class submarines and new Sa’ar-6 Corvettes in coming years which are set to be operational by 2021. The Sa’ar 6 will have a crew of 70 sailors, a range of 2500 miles, and advanced capabilities able to deal with a wide range of threats including Iron Dome short range defense missile launchers and Barak-8 long-range surface-to-air missile naval defense system.

They are set to defend Israel’s offshore natural gas reserves as well as other strategic maritime assets.

“The bread and butter of the Sa’ar 6 are its defense and offensive capabilities,” a senior officer stated in February. “I wish we could have this ship on our waters, right now.”




..... and some submarines in addition.


[Quotation from Jerusalem Post on 22 April, 2018, at 17:02 local time]




صحيفة تتوقع أن يكون الرد الإيراني على "إسرائيل" في 15 مايو

Some journal predicts the Iranian response to "Israel" for May 15.


Photo above: Iranian Revolutionary Guards


[Palestine Today فلسطين اليوم on 22 April 2018]

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Israel - Iranian Attack Imminent ?


Important Update included on April 19



صحيفة نيويورك تايمز: ضربات إيرانية وشيكة على إسرائيل

New York Times : Iranian blows on Israel are imminent.


كشف مصدر أمني عن عملية وشيكة تحضر لها إيران للهجوم على إسرائيل بواسطة طائرات دون طيار

Some security source revealed an imminent operation that presents itself as an Iranian attack on Israel by unmanned aircraft.

ونقلت صحيفة "يديعوت أحرونوت" الإسرائيلية، عن المصدر الذي لم تذكر اسمه، تحذيره من أن "إسرائيل سترد بقوة على أي عملية انتقام إيرانية ضدها تنفذ من الأراضي السورية"، مشيراً إلى أنه من الممكن أن توجه إيران ضربات داخل إسرائيل عن طريق طائرات دون طيار

The newspaper quoted the Israeli " Yediot Aharonot " as saying that the source which did not mention its name is warning that " Israel will respond strongly to any Iranian retaliation operation against it from Syrian territory ", indicating the possibility that Iran went inside Israel to strike with unmanned aircraft.


[Addyar الزيار, Lebanon, late evening news on 17 April 2018]

There are other Arabic news centers that published similar information at about the same time. But remember: This news is of Israeli origin and has not been confirmed by independent sources so far.

Shortly after that, the Lebanese source published further information on their Facebook site:



روسيا تقترح ردا على الاسد اقامة معمل الصواريخ قرب قاعدة العسكرية الروسية على الساحل

Russia proposes to support al-Assad in the installation of a missile production site near Russia's military base in the coastal area.



Quotation from an article published by Asharq Al-Awsat (The Middle East) on 17 April 2018:

Israel struck an Iran-operated air base in Syria, a senior Israeli military official confirmed on Monday, as Israeli sources reported that Israel sent a clear message to Russia that the sale of the advanced S-300 missile defense system to the Syrian regime will cross a red line. Meanwhile, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said his country will sooner or later respond to the recent crime and aggression of Israel.

It was the first time we attacked live Iranian targets in Syria, both facilities and people, the Israeli military source admitted to New York Times.

This is the first time an Israeli official admits to directly targeting Iranian forces in Syria, given that Israel usually refrains from commenting on any reports about targets.

The official indicated that Israel targeted the Iranian drone command center at the T4 air base in Syria on Monday, in response to an Iranian drone entering Israeli airspace earlier in Febraury.

During the attack, Israel killed 14 people, seven of which were Iranian advisers, including a Colonel who led the drone unit operating out of T4, east of Homs.

That's the attack "blueprint news" already referred to in an earlier blogspot. It should have taken place on Monday 9 April 2018.

The official noted that the armed Iranian drone that entered Israeli airspace "opened a new period," saying that “this is the first time we saw Iran do something against Israel, not by proxy."

This was the second time T4 was targeted. Round one occurred on February 10, when an Iranian drone launched by a Revolutionary Guards Force operating out of Syria’s T4 air base was shot down with a missile from an Israeli Apache helicopter that was following it after it penetrated Israeli airspace.

Reports stated that the drone’s flight path and Israel’s “intelligence and operational analysis of the parts of the Iranian unmanned vehicle” indicated that “the aircraft was carrying explosives” and that its mission was “an act of sabotage in Israeli territory.”

Israeli Media outlets discussed that Israel's admission to the nature of the drone's mission brings the Israeli-Iranian conflict out into public.





The above photo is showing armed Syrian police
on a truck in the town of Douma, Damascus area.


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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Syria - US Shelling Damascus


This morning US, British and French forces launched an attack on military bases operated by the Syrian national army of president Basher Assad. Three attacks were intended to disable Syria's capability to apply chemical weapons.




A composite map of Syrian military bases related to chemical weapons
research or storage and which were targeted by a joint US-British-French
airstrike. The US Pentagon claimed the destruction of all targets and said
allied forces applied 103 cruise missiles. Russia claimed the interception
of 71 missiles and which is rejected by the alliance. However, a total of
$ 164 million for the cruise missiles only was burnt within one single hour
in a country already devastated and divided between different militias and
regular troops.




US president Donald Trump announcing airstrikes on Syrian military bases.
Notification made by Syrian army spokesman on a Damascus TV channel.
Damascus TV shows demonstration of regime supporters. [AFP, Paris]




US airstrike on Syrian base in the outskirts of Damascus. Gunfire and detonations.
[Al-Hadath الحدث, news channel of Al-Arabiya العربية in Dubai]



تركيا: أمريكا لم تستخدم قاعدة إنجريليك في ضربات سوريا

Turkey: America didn't use Incirlik [air] base to hit Syria.

الحرس الثوري الإيراني: على واشنطن أن تترقب تبعات عدوانها على سوريا

Iran's Revolutionary Guard: Washington has to await
the consequences for its aggressions towards Syria.


[Sputnik, Arabic language service of the Russian news center on 14 April 2018]


سرائيل: الضربات بقيادة أمريكا في سوريا فرضت الخط الأحمر في سوريا

Israel: The blows in Syria [on behalf of] the US
leadership are imposing a " red line " on Syria.


[Euronews, Arabic language service on 14 April 2018]

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Dangers of a Global Conflict


US president Trump's confusing messages tweeted the day before, led to uncertainty among America's friends and foes. Even if it's only " a macho contest between Trump and Putin " as Bloomberg View put it only some hours ago, there are rising fears that Trump might trigger off a military conflict with Russia, the main ally and military partner of Syria's Assad regime and which is most probably responsible for a chemical warfare scenario effecting many innocent Syrian civilians.



" Alpha males. No longer shaking hands. "





Vassily Nebenzia, Moscow’s ambassador to the United Nations, said he “cannot exclude” war between the United States and Russia and urged Washington and its allies to refrain from military action against Syria.

“The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war,” he told reporters. “We hope there will be no point of no return,” the envoy said.

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Moscow is estimated to have dozens of aircraft at its Hmeymim air base in Syria including fighters and bombers, as well as 10 to 15 warships and support vessels in the Mediterranean.

The Syrian government and Russian forces in Syria possess truck- mounted surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapons systems.

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Russian ships had left the Tartus naval base in Syria, Interfax news agency quoted a Russian lawmaker as saying. Vladimir Shamanov, who chairs the defense committee of the lower house, said the vessels had departed the base for their own safety, which was “normal practice” when there were threats of attack.

Any U.S. strike would probably involve the Navy, given the risk to aircraft from Russian and Syrian air defenses. A U.S. guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is in the Mediterranean.


[Quotings from a Reuters news agency report, updated early in the morning on 13 April 2018]




Russische Kriegsschiffe verlassen syrischen Hafen Tartus.

Russian warships leaving Syrian port of Tartus.


Photo above: French president Macron confirms there are proves that
Basher Assad's military used chemical weapons in a populated area.

[Welt, German online news on 13 April 2018, 01:39 am]



And by the way, there are as well quickly rising tensions between Iran, the other ally of Assad's regime, and Israel. After a recent Israeli air raid that was targeting joint Iranian-Syrian operations, the traditional US partner Israel is now awaiting retaliation from Iran for the death of its military advisers in Syria. Such, a most dangerous confrontation is building up between Russia and Iran on one side and the US and its proxy Israel on the other side while, at the same time, a chaotic situation results from the absence of clearly defined strategic positions regarding US engagement in the Middle East.




بروكنجز: خلاف إسرائيلي أمريكي حول سوريا

Brookings Doha Center: Disagreement between Israel and the US about Syria.



This is referring to a basic disagreement between the US and Israel, particularly with regard to the policy toward Iran and Syria, and which shadowed the relation between both countries during the presidency of Barack Obama. It was the reason for Israel to welcome the election of Donald Trump as Obama's successor.

The Brookings Institute of Studies, a US related think-tank, now comes to the conclusion that Trump's policy in the Middle East is essentially the same as Obama's policy, which is essentially about reducing engagement or US involvement in the region's conflicts and thorny issues. This is marked by Trump's desire to withdraw US troops from Syria.

[El-Balad البلد, Lebanese news service on 12 April 2018]

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Israel Awaiting Iranian Retaliation


After an Israeli attack on some Iranian airfield and drone operations facility in Syria and which killed seven military advisers from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Israel is now awaiting Iranian retaliation. Iranian sources already made clear that this would not go unanswered.




تأهب إسرائيلي تحسباً لرد إيراني

Israel is preparing for a foreseeable Iranian response.


[Al-Bayan البيان from the United Arab Emirates on 12 April 2018]




نتانياهو يحذر ايران: "لا تختبروا عزيمة اسرائيل"ـ

Netanyahu warning Iran " Don't test Israel's determination ".


[swissinfo , Arabic language evening news on 11 April 2018]




For the original article: Israel's Attack on Syrian T-4 Airbase 'Won't Go Unpunished' – Iranian Journalist

[Sputnik, journalist opinion from government related Russian news service in its evening news on 11 April 2018]

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Israel Confronting Iran - Background




مواجهة جديدة.. إسرائيل لن تغادر سماء سوريا ولن تسمح ل"حزب لله"بالانتصار

New confrontation ... Israel will not leave the sky over Syria
and will not allow Hezbollah to score a victory.


وتملك روسيا وسوريا غرفة عمليات مشتركة مع إيران لمراقبة المعارك الدائرة في سورية ولرصْد التحركات في السماء. وتغطي هذه الرادارات الحدود التركي والعراق والمنطقة الواقعة تحت الاحتلال الأميركي في شمال شرقي سوريا وكذلك اسرائيل. وتتم مراقبة كل طائرة نفاثة تنطلق من المطارات العسكرية الاسرائيلية عن كثب وفي الوقت الفعلي، بما في ذلك حركة الطائرات الأكثر تطوراً - وأغلى طائرة في العالم التي ـيبلغ ثمنها بين 125 و112 مليون دولار تم بناؤها من قبل شركة "لوكهيد مارتن" التي تملكها اسرائيل وهي الــ ف35

Russia and Syria are controlling a joint operations room [together] with Iran for regional combat surveillance in Syria and for the observation of airborne movements. These radar [facilities] are covering the Turkish border, Iraq and the region in North-East Syria which is practically occupied by the US and equally [by] Israel. The surveillance realizes attentively and in real time all jet planes that are leaving military airfields in Israel, including the traffic of the most developed planes - and the most expensive plane in the world which is coming at a price of 112-125 million [US]$ from "Lockheed Martin" into the possession of Israel as F-35 Stealth Fighter.


[Lebanon24 لبنان on 1st April 2018]


Please Note:
The Lebanese article quoted above is referring to a most recent confrontation between Israel and Iran on March 25, 2018, when such F-35 fighter jets had allegedly "undetected" entered Iranian air space and approached Iranian nuclear sites. In the following days, Russia had denied that such thing could really happen.

For more information read my related blogspot from March 30.

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