RUSSIA has sent a dozen or more warships to patrol waters near its naval base in Syria, a build-up that US and European officials see as a new, aggressive stance meant partly to warn the West and Israel not to intervene in Syria’s bloody civil war. Read more: Russia boosts fleet off Syria | The [...]
A senior defense official claimed recently in closed conversations that Israel has erred in its estimates of how quickly Assad would fall from power in Syria. Read more: Israeli official: We underestimated Assad regime’s strength | JPost | Israel News.
“The task force has successfully passed through the Suez Channel and entered the Mediterranean. It is the first time in decades that Pacific Fleet warships enter this region,” Read more: Russian Pacific Fleet Warships Enter Mediterranean For First Time In Decades, To Park In Cyprus | Zero Hedge.
“If Syrian President Assad reacts by attacking Israel…he will risk forfeiting his regime,” a senior Israeli official told the New York Times on Wednesday. Read more: Israel publicly warns Assad: If you attack us, we will topple your regime – Diplomacy & Defense – Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper.
North Korea has criticized the arrival of the US aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the South for a joint drill as an “extremely reckless” provocation and a rehearsal for war against the communist state. A US naval strike group led by the nuclear-powered Nimitz arrived off the South’s southern port of Busan Saturday for [...]
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sets off for the Black Sea town of Sochi early next week for a personal call on President Vladimir Putin. This was confirmed Saturday, May 11 by the Russian president’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who declined to explain the urgency of the unplanned meeting. DEBKAfile’s Moscow sources report that Netanyahu asked [...]
Israel’s weekend airstrike on a military complex near the Syrian capital of Damascus killed at least 42 Syrian soldiers, a group of anti-regime activists said Monday, citing information from military hospitals. Read more: Activists: Israeli strike kills 42 Syrian soldiers.
Israel did not seek permission from the United States before launching two missile strikes this weekend hitting targets inside Syria—but the strikes were part of a policy that Washington had already signaled its acquiescence to, according to U.S. and Israeli officials. Read more: Israel’s Red Line Crossed, U.S. Tacitly Backs Ally’s Strikes in Syria – [...]
A day after the latest alleged Israeli strike in Damascus, the New York Times revealed additional details on the targets of the attack. Read more: Report: Strike killed elite troops, hit chemical facility – Israel News, Ynetnews.
Iran called on the region to unite against Israel after a reported attack on Syria and said it was ready to train the Damascus government’s army. Read more: Iran calls for stand against Israel after Syria attack | Reuters.
Following evidence of chemical warfare and an increasinly reticent US position, Israel has in recent days taken widely reported steps to neutralise threats emanating from within civil war-torn Syria. Read more: Assad “to declare war” on Israel following fresh airstrikes – The Commentator.
(CNN) — The United States believes Israel has conducted an airstrike into Syria, two U.S. officials tell CNN. U.S. and Western intelligence agencies are reviewing classified data showing Israel most likely conducted a strike in the Thursday-Friday time frame, according to both officials. This is the same time frame that the U.S. collected additional data [...]
In a rare interview with CNN, Ashkenazi says during his tenure he believed there was time for other options in face of Iranian threat. Read more: ‘Iran strike only viable when sword is to throat’ | JPost | Israel News.
“Iran is continuing in its nuclear plan. They have not yet passed the red line I presented at the UN, but they are getting closer to it. We cannot let them cross it,” prime minister says at Likud Beytenu faction meeting. Read more: PM: Iran has not reached red line in its nuclear program | [...]
Tomislav Nikolic: Despite pressure, Serbia will not recognize independent Kosovo; Iran will continue nuclear development. Read more: Serbian leader hails Israel ties before visit | JPost | Israel News.