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  • France had Rafale jets armed with Scalp missiles ready for strike on Syria

    10/03/2013 10:32:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Oct 03 2013
    France had Rafale jets armed with Scalp missiles ready for strike on Syria By Richard Clements According to to French weekly le Nouvel Observateur (LNO) France came within hours of striking Syrian Chemical weapons sites after thinking that the U.S had planned a huge attack on Sept. 1, 2013. The report states that French President Francois Hollande had convened a meeting early in the morning of August 31; the plan on how France was going to attack the chemical weapons sites was formed during this meeting. According to LNO the French planned to fly Rafale jets supported by French tankers...
  • Public Opinion Runs Against Syrian Airstrikes

    09/03/2013 1:00:45 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 48 replies ^ | September 3, 2013 | PewResearch
    President Obama faces an uphill battle in making the case for U.S. military action in Syria. By a 48% to 29% margin, more Americans oppose than support conducting military airstrikes against Syria in response to reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons. The new national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Aug. 29-Sept. 1 among 1,000 adults, finds that Obama has significant ground to make up in his own party. Just 29% of Democrats favor conducting airstrikes against Syria while 48% are opposed. Opinion among independents is similar (29% favor, 50% oppose). Republicans are more divided, with 35%...
  • Obama Wins Support From Leaders In Congress For Syria Military Strike

    09/03/2013 11:05:39 AM PDT · by lbryce · 71 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 3, 2013 | Jim Mason
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged quick congressional action authorizing the use of military force against Syria and won the support of leaders from both parties in the House of Representatives for limited strikes against President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
  • NBC's Mitchell: Trust Obama, He's Going to Bomb Syria 'From A Very Cautious Anti-War Perspective'

    09/02/2013 6:57:38 PM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 83 replies ^ | 8/30/13 | Kyle Drennan
    On her Friday MSNBC program, host Andrea Mitchell tried to ease the concerns of Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee and other members of Congress calling for a congressional vote on military action in Syria: "Barack Obama, as you know better than I do, was one of the leading Democratic politicians against the Iraq War. So if he says that this is different, that the evidence is there....does that persuade you since he has always come at this from a very cautious anti-war perspective?" [Listen to the audio] Accepting the odd juxtaposition of the President launching missile strikes from an "anti-war perspective,"...
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham Wants Aggressive U.S. Strike in Syria

    08/31/2013 11:43:47 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 70 replies
    McClatchy ^ | August 30, 2013 | James Rosen
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called Friday for a strong U.S. response to last week’s use of chemical weapons outside Damascus, urging multiple missile strikes aimed at destroying Syrian President Bashar Assad’s major military assets and rendering him largely powerless. While Graham, in a statement with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, said the attack could be done “in a limited way, without boots on the ground,” the breadth of the two Republican senators’ suggested action would significantly increase U.S. involvement in a two-year civil war in Syria that has left 100,000 people dead and sent 1 million refugees into neighboring...
  • Obama 'Leaking Info on Israeli Strikes in Syria'

    08/04/2013 1:48:07 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 48 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 8-3-2013 | Arutz Sheva
    The U.S. intelligence community has been leaking information on Israeli air strikes in Syria, and U.S. President Barack Obama is behind the leaks, according to a report in the World Tribune. Diplomats told the Tribune that the Obama administration has enabled the U.S. intelligence community to disclose details of Israeli military operations against the armed forces under Syrian President Bashar Assad. These leaks include reporting Israeli air and naval strikes on advanced Iranian and Russian weapons that arrived in 2013. “This is a decision that could come only from Obama,” a diplomat said. “[T]his reflects his dismay over the Israeli...
  • Satellite Images Show Five New Stealth F-22s On US Base Near Iran

    05/24/2013 3:53:46 AM PDT · by Fennie · 61 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 21, 2013
    Even if we have often reported the presence of the F-22 Raptors at Al Dhafra, satellite imagery showing five radar evading planes parked at the main airbase in the UAE has been made publicly available for the first time recently. The aircraft, parked next to an F-15E Strike Eagle, are five of the six F-22 that had (more or less secretely) deployed in South East Asia from Holloman New Mexico, via Moron, Spain, on Apr. 20, 2012. The image is not only interesting because it shows the main U.S. Air Force plane about 100 miles from Iran, but also because...
  • UN 'Lodges Firm Protests With IDF' Over Air Strikes

    05/07/2013 2:45:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/5/13
    The United Nations has called on Israel to halt military air patrols over Lebanon amid heightened tensions after air raids on targets in Syria, a UN spokesman said Tuesday. UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said that the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, had protested after recording an increase in Israeli flights over Lebanon. UNIFIL "says that in the course of the past week it has observed a higher number of Israeli air violations over Lebanese airspace," Nesirky told a briefing, the AFP news agency reported. He added that the flights are a "violation of Lebanese sovereignty and of Security Council...
  • After the airstrikes: Scenes of devastation left by Israeli rockets [chicken milk factory blowed up]

    05/05/2013 9:50:51 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 93 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 16:54 EST, 5 May 2013 | By Daily Mail Reporter and Tom Kelly
    Pictures emerge showing destruction caused to buildings by airstrikes Syria pledges to retaliate against Israel 'in its own time and way'Threats follow two raids by Israel on Syria in the past three daysVideo footage showed dramatic explosions over Damascus skylineIsrael says it was targeting Iranian-made missiles on the way to Hezbollah Bulldozers are clearing away rubble from buildings razed to the ground by Israeli airstrikes near Damascus, as Syria pledges retaliation for the 'declaration of war'.Pictures have emerged from Syria showing the damage caused to buildings, including some forming part of a chicken farm, by an attack in Al-Hama -...
  • Breaking Report: Israel Jets Bomb Syrian Weapons Compound –

    04/30/2013 1:29:52 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 65 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 30, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Israeli Defense Forces held surprise military drills today near the Lebanon border with over 2,000 soldiers. Israeli Jets reportedly entered Syrian airspace and bombed a chemical weapons compound near Damascus this morning. The UPI reported: The Free Syrian Army says Israeli air force jets flew over President Bashar Assad’s palace and bombed a chemical weapons site near Damascus, Maariv reported. The report said Israeli jets entered Syrian airspace close to 6 a.m Saturday and flew over Assad’s palace in Damascus and other security facilities before striking a chemical weapons compound near the city. The Hebrew language daily said a Syrian...
  • Air strike kills 11 children in Afghanistan

    04/07/2013 5:32:18 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 27 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7:24PM BST 07 Apr 2013 | Ben Farmer, Kabul
    The victims died when a strike from an aircraft hit a house in the Shigal district of Kunar province during an operation which also killed at least eight militants. The Nato-led coalition confirmed it was investigating the allegation and that it had used aircraft in the area to support a force of Afghan and foreign troops. The incident had the potential to provoke another confrontation with Hamid Karzai's government. Mr Karzai has railed for years against the number of civilian casualties caused by Nato air strikes, though deaths from such air attacks have decreased significantly. The setback came as Gen...
  • Syria Warplanes Hit Lebanon for First Time

    03/18/2013 7:42:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 18, 2013 | Hania Mourtada & Rick Gladstone
    Syrian warplanes attacked targets inside eastern Lebanon on Monday, the first time since the Syria conflict began two years ago that the military has used its air force to strike at suspected rebel hide-outs across the Lebanon border... It came as representatives of Syria’s main political opposition group were meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, to establish the beginnings of a provisional government, to be based in rebel-held areas of northern Syria, that would theoretically compete with President Bashar al-Assad’s government in Damascus. The first step was to select a prime minister, but representatives meeting late into Monday night were reported to...
  • Obama's Good War

    03/31/2011 12:48:57 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 31, 2011 | James Lewis
    Well, well, well, so Obama has embarked on his third war in little more than two years. You've got to admit that "flexibility" is his middle name. Or at least one of his middle names: Barack Barry Hussein "Flexibility" Soetoro Obama, Jr. Those are the names we know so far, but The Donald thinks there might be more. Whodda thunk? Here we are barely into the first week of what started out as a "No-Fly Zone" and it is now turning out to be Air Al Qaida. Ten years ago, AQ had a mere four civilian airplanes to crash into...
  • French planes pound Islamist camps in north Mali desert

    02/03/2013 12:45:13 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Feb 3, 2013 3:11pm EST | Elena Berton and Tiemoko Diallo
    (Reuters) - French warplanes pounded Islamist rebel camps in the far north of Mali on Sunday, military sources said, a day after French President Francois Hollande was hailed as a savior during a visit to the West African country. Thierry Burkhard, spokesman for the French army in Paris, said the overnight raids targeted logistics bases and training camps used by the al Qaeda-linked rebels near the town of Tessalit, close to the Algerian border. ... France says the rebels are also holding hostage in these mountains seven of its citizens, seized in recent years in the Sahara region. Malian military...
  • Report: IAF strike in Syria hit Iranian Guards (WMD transfers to Hezbollah reported)

    02/02/2013 9:47:44 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | February 1, 2013 | ARIEL BEN SOLOMON, YAAKOV LAPPIN
    Iraqi daily Azzaman quoted a Western diplomatic source as saying Thursday that the alleged Israeli attack on Syria reported on Wednesday caused heavy casualties among special Iranian Guards stationed at the Syrian facility. The source also said that the attack took place more than 48 hours before it was reported, eventually being leaked by Israel. The source for the story, who was interviewed by the paper in London, said that the report about a strike on a convoy to Lebanon was probably meant to divert attention away from the main objective of the operation, which used F-16 aircraft to fire...
  • Israeli airstrike hits truck convoy in Syria

    01/30/2013 11:37:42 AM PST · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    Israel conducted a rare airstrike inside Syria near the border with Lebanon, hitting a convoy of trucks, foreign officials said Wednesday, amid fears President Bashar Assad's regime is providing weapons to the Islamic militant group Hezbollah.
  • Syrian TV says Israeli warplanes attacked research center

    01/30/2013 11:30:40 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 33 replies
    Syrian TV says Israeli warplanes attacked research center in Damascus province at dawn on Wednesday.
  • Israeli airstrikes kill 3 Palestinian journalists

    11/20/2012 2:28:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/19/12 | Ibrahim Barzak | AP
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli airstrikes killed three Palestinian journalists in their cars Tuesday, a Gaza health official and the head of the Hamas-run Al Aqsa TV said. Israel acknowledged targeting the men, claiming they had ties to militants. The strikes came on the seventh day of Israel's offensive against Gaza's Hamas rulers. A number of journalists have been killed over the years while covering fighting between the Jewish state and the Palestinian militant group, but not in targeted strikes Israel acknowledged. Two of those killed were cameramen working for Al Aqsa TV, the centerpiece of a growing...
  • IAF Airstrikes Hit Bank, Senior Hamas Terrorist

    11/19/2012 8:47:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    inn ^ | 11/20/12 | Elad Benari
    IAF aircraft struck the branch of the National Islamic Bank in Gaza on Monday night, the Al Jazeera network reported. According to the report, four people were wounded in the airstrike, part of the IDF’s Operation Pillar of Defense. Hamas reportedly uses the bank, which opened in the area in 2009, to pay its terrorists' salaries. Palestinian Authority-based sources also said that the IAF also struck the Rafiah home of Hamas terrorist Raed Al-Attar overnight Monday. Al-Attar’s name was mentioned in recent days as the successor to Hamas arch-terrorist Ahmed Jaabari, whose targeted killing began the operation last Wednesday. It...
  • Obama Speeds Up Limited Air Strike, No-Fly Zones Preparations For Syria

    06/11/2012 5:25:59 AM PDT · by Strategy · 23 replies
    Debka ^ | June 11, 2012
    US President Barack Obama has ordered the US Navy and Air Force to accelerate preparations for a limited air offensive against the Assad regime and the imposition of no-fly zones over Syria, DEBKAfile reports. Their mission will be to knock out Assad's central regime and military command centers so as to shake regime stability and restrict Syrian army and air force activity for subduing rebel action and wreaking violence on civilian populations.
  • Israeli Jets, Sub 'Strike in Sudan'

    12/25/2011 9:23:21 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/12/11 | Gil Ronen
    Israeli fighter jets, helicopters and possibly a submarine were involved in multiple attacks on targets in Sudan last week, according to local news outlets. The reports say that Israeli jets hit targets in the eastern part of the African country, near its border with Egypt, last Thursday. They hit six Land Cruiser jeeps and killed four people. An earlier strike took place last Sunday and reportedly involved Israeli helicopters. A truck was targeted. Some reports say an Israeli submarine was also spotted at the same time. However, the Sudanese army spokesman, Col. Al-Sawarmi Haled Sa'ad, said that the military's air...
  • Daily Mail: Israel To Strike Iran By Christmas

    11/09/2011 7:00:45 PM PST · by Fennie · 82 replies · 1+ views
    Ynet News ^ | November 9, 2011
    Israel will be launching a military strike as early as December in a bid to stop Iran's nuclear program, the British Daily Mail reported, based on unnamed government sources. The sources said that Israel will strike Iran's nuclear sites "sooner rather than later" and rely on logistical American support.
  • Biggest Bunker Buster Ever Is In Production

    08/22/2011 7:13:17 AM PDT · by Fennie · 39 replies
    StrategyPage ^ | August 8, 2011
    After nearly a decade of development, the U.S. Air Force has ordered eight MOP (massive ordnance penetrator) GBU-57A/B bunker buster bombs. These 14 ton weapons cost $3.5 million each. In the last few years, several B-2 bombers have been equipped to carry these weapons (two bombs per B-2). This was apparently meant to send a message to Iran and North Korea.
  • U.S. Is Intensifying a Secret Campaign of Yemen Airstrikes

    06/09/2011 12:30:15 AM PDT · by iowamark · 16 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 8, 2011 | MARK MAZZETTI
    The Obama administration has intensified the American covert war in Yemen, exploiting a growing power vacuum in the country to strike at militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets, according to American officials. The acceleration of the American campaign in recent weeks comes amid a violent conflict in Yemen that has left the government in Sana, a United States ally, struggling to cling to power. Yemeni troops that had been battling militants linked to Al Qaeda in the south have been pulled back to the capital, and American officials see the strikes as one of the few options to...
  • Airstrikes Destroy 30 Percent Of Gadhafi's Weapons

    04/05/2011 9:12:26 AM PDT · by Fennie · 36 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 5, 2011
    BRUSSELS (AP) -- The international aerial onslaught against Moammar Gadhafi's forces has destroyed 30 percent of Libya's military capability, a senior NATO official said Tuesday.
  • Libya Rebels Flee Gadhafi Assault As World Debates

    03/29/2011 2:31:56 PM PDT · by edpc · 84 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 29 Mar 2011 | Ryan Lucas
    RAS LANOUF, Libya – Moammar Gadhafi's forces hammered rebels with tanks and rockets, turning their rapid advance into a panicked retreat in an hourslong battle Tuesday. The fighting underscored the dilemma facing the U.S. and its allies in Libya: Rebels may be unable to oust Gadhafi militarily unless already contentious international airstrikes go even further in taking out his forces.
  • Ten Nations Ready To Attack Ghaddafi Regime

    03/18/2011 3:44:12 PM PDT · by Fennie · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Afrol News ^ | March 18, 2011
    A "coalition of the willing" is rapidly forming to strike back at any military advances of the Ghaddafi regime against the rebels and Libyan civilians. Ten nations already are ready to attack. An immediate attack on pro-Ghaddafi forces after this night's UN Security Council resolution had been carefully planned, with many Arab and Western nations putting military vessels and aircrafts to the disposition of the operations.
  • Bombs away: UN airstrikes could begin tonight as Qaddafi’s troops near Benghazi

    03/17/2011 2:03:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/17/2011 | Allahpundit
    His air force is already bombing the outskirts of the city, but not for much longer. The Security Council’s expected to vote at 6 p.m. ET and the French are telling people that airstrikes against Libyan air defenses — and maybe more — could begin immediately thereafter. At the same time, Qaddafi just delivered another insane stemwinder against the rebels on Libyan radio warning people in Benghazi that the army will be rolling into town tonight and that, if they don’t surrender, they’ll receive “no mercy.” Which means, unless someone blinks in the next few hours, that city will be...
  • South Korea has "Had Enough", Currently Planning Military Attack on the North

    12/13/2010 7:43:43 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 38 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | December 13, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    "...a South Korean government who does not react would not be able to survive..." The United States and South Korean militaries have long had a plan (with multiple revisions over the years) for fighting and winning an all-out war with the Norks: OPLAN 5027. Regrettably, a copy of this was snaked by North Korean hackers last year. Following that debacle, a new strategy is of course in the works. But these days -despite never-ending belligerence emanating from the DPRK- fear of war on that scale has diminished on the SK/US side: the penniless Stalinist hell of North Korea is on the cusp of a possible...
  • U.S. Air Force 'Ready To Strike' If Korean Tensions Escalate

    11/26/2010 10:29:30 AM PST · by Strategy · 123 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | November 26, 2010
    The U.S. Air Force is ready to respond immediately if hostilities between the two Koreas escalate, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said Wednesday. Schwarz told reporters after North Korea's attack on Yeonpyeong Island, "The bottom line is that U.S. Forces Korea cetainly is monitoring the situation carefully." He mentioned Osan and Gunsan in South Korea, Kaneda in Okinawa, Japan, and other U.S. Air Force bases in the Pacific to emphasize that the U.S. has plenty of firepower in the region. Schwarz added USFK Commander Gen. Walter Sharp "has operational control of Air Force assets that reside on...
  • In War With Iran, B-1s Would Be Vital

    11/22/2010 8:26:53 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Politics Daily ^ | 11/22/2010 | David Wood
    <p>A U.S. attack on Iran's nuclear weapons facilities might look just like this: a B-1bomber lancing along just above the desert floor at 900 feet per second, ducking behind mountains and beneath ridgelines to hide from enemy radar, carrying a bellyful of 2,000-pound satellite-guided bombs.</p>
  • Would a Beaten Obama Attack Iran?

    10/27/2010 9:35:00 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 80 replies · 1+ views
    10/26/10 By George Friedman We are a week away from the 2010 U.S. midterm elections. The outcome is already locked in. Whether the Republicans take the House or the Senate is close to immaterial. It is almost certain that the dynamics of American domestic politics will change. The large majority held by the Democrats will be gone, and party discipline will not be strong enough (it never is) to prevent some defections. Obama now has two options in terms of domestic strategy. The first is to continue to press his agenda, knowing that it will be voted down. If the...
  • Petraeus renews limits on airstrikes in Afghanistan

    08/04/2010 6:03:10 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 72 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Wednesday, 08.04.10 | NANCY A. YOUSSEF
    WASHINGTON -- Afghanistan commander Army Gen. David Petraeus has renewed orders to American troops to refrain from calling in artillery or air power when battling Taliban forces unless they're certain that no civilians are present. The Aug. 1 order, Petraeus' first since he assumed command early this summer from ousted Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, was an effort to fine-tune a McChrystal directive that had angered some U.S. troops, who said the restrictions on the use of artillery and air power exposed them to greater danger. Petraeus' order, unclassified portions of which were released Wednesday, seemed unlikely to mollify that complaint,...
  • Petraeus clarifies rules on Afghan air strikes (reassures troops on 'rules' to call for air strikes)

    08/04/2010 7:09:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/4/10 | Phil Stewart
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The new commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan issued a directive on Wednesday that could facilitate use of air strikes but also called on troops to do everything possible to avoid putting civilians at risk. General David Petraeus, who took command of the nine-year-old war in Afghanistan in July, did not rewrite the rules guiding the use of force in his new "tactical directive." But U.S. officials said he clarified them in a way that may address concerns that some troops -- erring on the side of caution -- had avoided calling in air power...
  • Report: IAF Helicopters Unload Equipment 'Meant For Attacking A Muslim State' At Saudi Airport

    06/24/2010 2:40:15 AM PDT · by Fennie · 20 replies
    Haaretz ^ | June 24, 2010 | By Jack Khoury
    A semi-official Iranian news agency reported Wednesday that Israel Air Force helicopters recently landed at a Saudi Arabia airport and unloaded equipment intended for attacking targets in a Muslim state.
  • Iran On War Alert Over "US And Israeli Concentrations" In Azerbaijan

    06/23/2010 5:55:59 AM PDT · by Fennie · 18 replies
    DEBKA ^ | June 23, 2010
    In a rare move, Iran has declared a state of war on its northwestern border, DEBKAfile's military and Iranian sources report. Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps men and equipment units are being massed in the Caspian Sea region against what Tehran claims are US and Israeli forces concentrated on army and air bases in Azerbaijan ready to strike Iran's nuclear facilities. The announcement came on Tuesday, June 22 from Brig.-Gen Mehdi Moini of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), commander of the forces tasked with "repelling" this American-Israeli offensive. He said: "The mobilization is due to the presence of American and Israeli forces...
  • Breaking News : Saudi Arabia Approves Israeli Jets To Use Saudi Airspace To Bomb Iran (Video)

    06/12/2010 9:18:27 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 56 replies · 2,037+ views
    MSNBS ( Believe it or not) ^ | Saturday, June 12, 2010
    Also see Gerald Celente Channel
  • Saudi Arabia Gives Israel Clear Skies To Attack Iranian Nuclear Sites

    06/11/2010 6:01:40 PM PDT · by Strategy · 238 replies · 6,595+ views
    The Times ^ | June 12, 2010
    Saudi Arabia has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to enable Israeli jets to make a bombing raid on Iran's nuclear facilities, The Times can reveal. In the week that the UN Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran, defence sources in the Gulf say that Riyadh has agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran. To ensure the Israeli bombers pass unmolested, Riyadh has carried out tests to make certain its own jets are...
  • Castro Speculates Obama Might Strike Iran To Win Second Term

    06/03/2010 8:29:21 PM PDT · by Fennie · 44 replies · 1,100+ views
    Digital Journal ^ | June 3, 2010
    Havana - Former Cuban President Fidel Castro believes if United States President Barack Obama orders a nuclear strike of Iran, he will win a second term. He also believes the U.S. could attack North Korea soon. On Wednesday, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who has not been in the media since 2006, published a column in a Cuban state media publication titled "The Empire and War." In the article, Castro speculated that President Barack Obama could order a nuclear strike against Iran to help him win a second term in the White House, according to the Associated Press.
  • Turkey Installs Anti-Aircraft Batteries Near Syrian Border To Prevent Israeli Attacks On Iran

    05/13/2010 8:30:09 AM PDT · by Strategy · 51 replies · 1,764+ views
    International Middle East Media Center ^ | May 13, 2010 | By Saed Bannoura
    Turkey has installed Anti-Aircraft Hawk Missiles at a village close to the Syrian border in an attempt to prevent Israeli war jets from violating Turkish Airspace in case of an attack against Iran or Syria. A Turkish paper reported that Turkey will not allow Israel to use its airspace to attack Iran, Syria or any other country, and will act against any such violations. The anti-aircraft batteries were installed in the village of Kayeel, south of Turkey and located close to the Syrian border. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a Turkish military official stated that the batteries are meant to...
  • New Air Refueling System Gives Israel Capacity For Strike On Iran

    05/11/2010 12:25:04 PM PDT · by Strategy · 144 replies · 3,433+ views
    World Tribune ^ | May 11, 2010
    TEL AVIV -- Israel has developed the advanced air refueling systems that could facilitate a strike on Iran. The officials also said the development overcame several years of refusals by Washington to supply the systems required for the 1,000 kilometer flight from Israel to Iran. Officials said the Israel Air Force has overseen the development and deployment of air refueling systems for its U.S.-origin fighter-jet fleet.
  • Dow Theorist Richard Russell Predicts Israel Strike On Iran Nuclear Facilities

    04/14/2010 6:11:57 AM PDT · by blam · 39 replies · 1,359+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 4-14-2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    Dow Theorist Richard Russell Predicts Israel Strike On Iran Nuclear Facilities Joe Weisenthal Apr. 14, 2010, 8:08 AM This has been a concern for world markets for awhile, and now the famous Richard Russell of the Dow Theory Letters chimes in. Here's what he wrote yesterday: Russell is thinking -- The US has always played "big Brother" to Israel. But lately the two have had arguments and it's clear that the US has pulled away from Israel. It occurs to me that Israel is planning to attack Iran and destroy its nuclear facilities. If so, the US does not want...
  • Israel could opt for nuke strikes on Iran

    04/09/2010 12:12:24 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 13 replies · 905+ views
    UPI ^ | April 8, 2010
    TEL AVIV, Israel, April 8 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, may have signed a landmark arms-control treaty, but a U.S. think tank is suggesting Israel could resort to using tactical nuclear weapons to destroy Iran's deeply buried nuclear facilities. Whether this is all part of a U.S. effort to crank up the pressure on Iran to be more compliant on the nuclear issue by using scare tactics or if the right-wing government in Israel is actually inclined to resort to nuclear weapons is almost impossible to discern. But one day after the Center...
  • Israeli fighter planes scrambled after foreign warplanes approach Israel

    03/30/2010 10:14:23 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 136 replies · 10,767+ views
    20:02 IAF fighter planes scrambled after foreign warplanes approach Israel (Ch. 2) (just the ticker so far)
  • Blind Man's Bluff: The U.S. has no clue how Iran would respond to an attack.

    04/03/2010 4:45:51 PM PDT · by honestabe010 · 36 replies · 990+ views
    The Woodward Report ^ | April 3, 2010 | BILAL Y. SAAB
    Over the past three months, several prominent American think tanks and academic institutions have conducted simulation games about the Iranian crisis. Although these war games have nicely covered almost all facets of the problem, they have left one aspect mostly understudied: the nature of Iran's response to a U.S. or Israeli airstrike. I recently took part in two U.S. government-sponsored games in which the participants attempted to provide a modest assessment of that crucial issue. War simulation games are certainly not a new invention in government practice. Indeed, the history of strategy and that of simulation are inseparable. Ever since...
  • Israel to focus on key Iran nuclear targets in any strike

    04/02/2010 6:15:11 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 14 replies · 385+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 2, 2010 | Dan Williams
    Should Israel attack Iranian nuclear facilities, it would probably carry out precision strikes while making every effort not to hit the oil sector or other civilian sites. Past Israeli operations, such as the 1981 bombing of Iraq's Osirak atomic reactor and a similar sortie against Syria in 2007, suggest a strategy of one-off pinpoint raids, due both to military limitations and a desire to avoid wider war. A simulation at the Brookings Institution in Washington last December theorized that Israel, intent on halting what the West suspects is Tehran's covert quest for atomic arms, would launch a sneak attack against...
  • Thirteen Israeli air strikes hit Gaza Strip

    04/01/2010 5:36:29 PM PDT · by decimon · 128 replies · 4,514+ views
    BBC ^ | Apr 2, 2010 | Unknown
    Israeli warplanes have carried out at least 13 air strikes on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources have told the BBC.Four of the strikes took place near the town of Khan Younis, where two Israeli soldiers were killed in clashes with Palestinian fighters last week. The Israeli strikes are the most serious for more than a year, says the BBC's Jon Donnison from Jerusalem. Three children were reported slightly injured by flying debris. The director of ambulance and emergency in the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Dr Muawiya Hassanein, said an infant was among the injured. Witnesses and Hamas officials said...
  • Israel Gets Ready To Strike At Iran's Nuclear Sites - Media

    03/28/2010 6:37:43 PM PDT · by Strategy · 53 replies · 3,262+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | March 29, 2010
    Israeli air force have practiced simulated strikes at Iran's nuclear facilities using airspace of at least two unidentified Arab countries, a newspaper published in east Jerusalem reported. According to Al Manar paper, several Israeli combat jets carried out in late February bombing drills "targeting" known Iranian nuclear sites "in two Arab countries in the Persian Gulf, which are close territorially with the Islamic republic and cooperate with Israel on this issue." Al Manar said Israel had received the permission to use the airspace from the top leadership of these countries and Washington "gave a blessing" to Tel Aviv to conduct...
  • Congressman To Introduce Resolution Supporting Israeli Strike On Iran

    03/23/2010 8:46:22 AM PDT · by Fennie · 26 replies · 1,590+ views
    NIAC ^ | March 23, 2010
    Washington, DC - A draft resolution is circulating among members of the House of Representatives that endorses an Israeli military attack on Iran "if no other peaceful solution can be found within reasonable time." The resolution, written by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and currently being circulated for cosponsors prior to its introduction, does not clarify what is meant by a "reasonable time."
  • Final destination Iran?

    03/18/2010 6:47:46 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 11 replies · 541+ views
    Herald Scotland ^ | March 14, 2010 | Rob Edwards
    Hundreds of powerful US “bunker-buster” bombs are being shipped from California to the British island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean in preparation for a possible attack on Iran. The Sunday Herald can reveal that the US government signed a contract in January to transport 10 ammunition containers to the island. According to a cargo manifest from the US navy, this included 387 “Blu” bombs used for blasting hardened or underground structures. Experts say that they are being put in place for an assault on Iran’s controversial nuclear facilities. There has long been speculation that the US military is...