Articles of the Day 9/28/15: It’s An Air War Party
Current Major Trends To Watch
(⇑=increasing, ⇓=decreasing ⇔=no change)
- Deepening Russian involvement in Syria– add 300 marines, possibly 15 more tanks ⇑
- Jordan-Israel relations worsen– No reports in three days. ⇓
- Precarious position of Damascus– France attacks ISIS positions in Syria. ⇓
- Temple Mount tensions at an all time high– Palestinians continue to provoke Israel on the Temple Mount. ⇑
- US retreat from Middle East– ⇔
- Pope Francis active in politics– ⇔
- Refugee migration to Europe– no reports in three days. ⇔
- Hezbollah military buildup– reports they will receive an armored division from Syria. ⇑
- Northern Border Tension– Israel attacks Syrian positions after rockets hit Israel from Syria. ⇑
Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)
“Syria gives Hezbollah 75 Russian tanks to make armored division. Russia assures Israel that it has always been responsible in Middle East.”
This is probably reward for all the Hezbollah blood spilled in Syria over the past few years. I really don’t think Israel fears this though. Tanks, while they will allow Hezbollah to take territory temporarily, are vulnerable to air attack. The IAF would have no problem targeting these in Galilee or on the Golan. This is a mistake by Hezbollah but they probably saw the value of these assets against ISIS. They will park these things next to schools and hospitals but that won’t help much as the IAF is pretty precise these days. They are probably betting on MANPADS to keep the IAF at bay. The IDF will counter with ground forces including snipers to take out the MANPADS.
“Photographs obtained by police show stockpiles of rocks inside al-Aqsa Mosque following Sunday morning violence.”
“On last day of Eid al-Adha, rocks and firecrackers thrown at security forces; no injuries reported.”
“Islamic Movement official says to prevent Al-Aqsa from being ‘tarnished’ by Jewish visitors, protestors will remain on Temple Mount.”
“Jerusalem police urge Joint List lawmakers to show responsibility after rocks and firecrackers thrown at security forces.”
“IDF artillery forces struck two targets belonging to the Syrian military on Sunday night in response to earlier projectile fallout from the embattled country exploding in Israeli territory in the Golan Heights.
“The IDF holds the Syria military responsible for all actions stemming from its territory and will not allow any attempt to harm Israel’s sovereignty and the safety of its residents,” the IDF said in a statement.”
Might just be commanders choice, but it is interesting with Russian forces in country the IDF chose to use artillery instead of air assets.
“Last month I showed that UNRWA teacher Mohammed Abu Staita posted this antisemitic cartoon on his Facebook page with the word bubble saying “Oh, Muslim, Oh, Servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”
He’s not the only UNRWA employee who likes this cartoon. UNRWA administrative assistant Basel Mohamed, who lives in Jerusalem, has the same cartoon on his Facebook page. The cartoon is still on the other teacher’s page, by the way.”
Just a reminder these teachers are paid by Western tax payer money. The UN is basically teaching antisemitism.
“Speaking in New York, Egyptian President el-Sisi stated that in order to defeat extreme Islamist organizations in the Middle East, the countries in the region must cooperate.”
“These are people behaving in a way that does not deserve being rewarded with anything, let alone a state. They far more resemble all tyrannical thugs throughout history who spend their lives telling other people how to live, and using violence, or threats of violence, to coerce anyone who does not agree. Sadly, we already have too much of that kind of muscling in our Arab and Muslim world, as Egypt’s forward-looking President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, as well as many others, regularly point out.”
Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)
“The following three viewsheds provide unique perspectives into how the Syrian regime, the U.S. and Turkey, and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) perceive the battlefield. The regime viewpoint, shown from Damascus looking northward toward Turkey, shows the recent Russian military buildup in Syria. As the Syrian opposition encroaches further on the coastal heartland of Latakia and Tartous, this Russian buildup bolsters the regime’s remaining defensive line. In sharp contrast, Russian positions in northern Latakia are a cause for concern for Turkey, whose border is a mere 45 kilometers away from the Bassel al-Assad Airport. Russia’s increased involvement in Syria presents a new threat to Turkey’s southern border, which is currently adjacent to both ISIS and Kurdish-controlled areas. The U.S. largely shares Turkey’s viewpoint, as it uses Turkish bases and stages out of Gazientep, the perspective that is shown. Finally, ISIS’s main effort in the past has been in Iraq, and the viewshed illustrating the ISIS perspective looks east towards Iraq from its headquarters in Raqqa, Syria. ISW has forecasted that ISIS will most likely turn its offensive efforts toward Syria’s central corridor around Homs, Hama, and Idlib in the next quarter, while nevertheless maintaining pressure on cities in Iraq. However, the confirmation of a “coordination cell” between Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq in Baghdad highlights the potential for future Russian military expansion into Iraq. ISW assesses that ISIS is most vulnerable if it is pressured at both Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour, and ISIS reinforced this latter location during the third week of September. The final graphic shows Russian military positions across Syria, juxtaposed with the terrain controlled by actors in the Syrian Civil War.”
“The French government joined the air campaign against Islamic State in Syria and destroyed one of the group’s training camps in a bombing raid, President François Hollande announced Sunday.
French armed forces had previously bombed militant targets in neighboring Iraq as part of a U.S.-led coalition, but France had not attacked the group in Syria out of fear that doing so would indirectly prop up the government of President Bashar Assad.”
Now the French are involved. How many foreign air forces operate in Syria now? We already got Syria, US, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Russian, and perhaps Great Britain. No Iran air forces though.
“DEBKAfile reports that another two Russian naval vessels were heading for Syria in the last 24 hours: The Tapir-class landing ship Saratov with 300 marines and at least 15 tanks aboard, and the Russian navy’s largest guided missile cruiser, the Moskva.”
“Our military sources find evidence that the Chinese forces are digging in for a prolonged stay in Syria. The carrier put into Tartus minus its aircraft contingent. The warplanes and helicopters should be in place on its decks by mid-November – flying in directly from China via Iran or transported by giant Russian transports from China through Iranian and Iraqi airspace.”
“Our sources report that the Chinese will be sending out to Syria a squadron of J-15 Flying Shark fighters, some for takeoff positions on the carrier’s decks, the rest to be stationed at the Russian airbase near Latakia. The Chinese will also deploy Z-18F anti-submarine helicopters and Z-18J airborne early warning helicopters. In addition, Beijing will consign at least 1,000 marines to fight alongside their counterparts from Russia and Iran against terrorist groups, including ISIS. DEBKAfile‘s counterterrorism sources point out that just as Russian marines will be instructed to single out rebel militias with recruits from Chechnya and the Caucasus, the Chinese marines will seek out and destroy Uighur fighters from the northern predominantly Muslim Chinese province of Xinjiang.”
This is one of those Debka reports you just have to shake your head at. There is no reason for China to get involved in Syria. They have their hands full with Taiwan and the South China Sea. Notice that this one of those Debka ‘exclusive’ reports which means you won’t be able to confirm it. That means it is likely fantasy. You also have to pay money for a Debka exclusive. Just not believable. Debka mixes truth with false stories so you have to confirm everything you see from them. I guess security-intelligence.org has a paid membership. Waste of money.
“Q. In light of recent developments in the Mid East, do you believe the build up in Syria is setting the stage for Ezekiel 38 or is this something unrelated.
One thing that’s perplexing is that seeing that Persia will become part of the coalition how will Israel ever be dwelling at peace and unguarded so long as a sworn enemy like Iran remains a viable threat? Is this some sort of oxymoron or is there a logical explanation?
What do you think?
A. The way I read Ezekiel 38 indicates that Israel will be enjoying what appears to be a time of peace sufficient to make them careless just before the Ezekiel 38 attack.
To me this means some kind of peace treaty will exist between Israel and its surrounding enemies. This would most likely be due to a decisive victory in the Psalm 83 war where all of Israel’s next door neighbors are defeated causing the Ezekiel 38 coalition to take a step back and regroup.”
“The Temple Mount Sifting Project, now in its 10th year, has uncovered hundreds of thousands of invaluable antiquities from tons of ancient debris discarded like trash from Judaism’s holiest site.”
“GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Mona Walter is on a mission. Her mission is for more Muslims to know what is in the Koran. She says if more Muslims knew what was in the Koran, more would leave Islam.”
If only the MSM would carry such stories how the world could change. But the MSM hates Christianity.