Published time: June 04, 2013 19:17 Edited time: June 04, 2013 21:05 An Arrow II battery, a U.S.-backed Israeli missile shield, is seen at Palmachim base, south of Tel Aviv May 29, 2013.(Reuters / Amir Cohen) An Arrow II battery, a U.S.-backed Israeli missile shield, is seen at Palmachim base, south of Tel Aviv May 29, 2013.(Reuters / Amir Cohen) The US government has inadvertently revealed the details of a top-secret Israeli missile base in published bid requests, leaving military officials in Tel-Aviv in the state of shock. Israel has turned to the US government with its plans to build a state-of-the-art facility to host the new ballistic-missile defense system, the Arrow 3, McClatchy’s Washington Bureau reports. In accordance with its usual procedure, the US Defense Department has published the details of the $25 million project on a federal business opportunities website so that contractors could bid on it. Read [Read further…]
According to reports, Russia’s S-300 Surface to Air Missile system is to be delivered and deployed to Syria. Israel has responded with veiled threats. In the words of Israel’s Minister for Military Affairs Moshe Ya’alon: “Clearly this move is a threat to us… At this stage I can’t say there is an escalation. The shipments have not been sent on their way yet. And I hope that they will not be sent.. if God forbid they do reach Syria, we will know what to do.” President Assad confirmed that the S-300 had been delivered. http://www.globalresearch.ca/russias-s-300-surface-to-air-missile-already-deployed-and-functional-in-syria-the-ordnance-bothering-the-allies/5336882
by Michel Chossudovsky 12/15/03: (Global Research) We are the juncture of the most serious crisis in modern history. The Bush Administration has embarked upon a military adventure which threatens the future of humanity. The wars on Afghanistan and Iraq are part of a broader military agenda, which was launched at the end of the Cold War. The ongoing war agenda is a continuation of the 1991 Gulf War and the NATO led wars on Yugoslavia (1991-2001). The post Cold War period has also been marked by numerous US covert intelligence operations within the former Soviet Union, which were instrumental in triggering civil wars in several of the former republics including Chechnya (within the Russian Federation), Georgia and Azerbaijan. In the latter, these covert operations were launched with a view to securing strategic control over oil and gas pipeline corridors. US military and intelligence operations in the post Cold War era [Read further…]
The failure of the European Union to agree on a new arms embargo for Syria is undermining the peace process, Moscow says. But the delivery of S-300 surface-to-air missiles may help restrain warmongers. The comments come from Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov, referring to the results of Monday’s meeting in Brussels. After a lengthy negotiating session, EU governments failed to resolve their differences and allowed a ban on arming the Syrian opposition to expire, with France and Britain scoring an apparent victory at the expense of EU unity. The EU’s move, which the Russian diplomat branded as an “example of double standards”, opens the door for Britain and France to supply weapons to Syrian rebels fighting the regime of President Bashar Assad. Russia slams end of EU arms embargo, calls S-300s ‘stabilizing factor’ in Syria — RT News.
Israeli air force chief warned that a “surprise war” would break out in Syria as tensions are escalating there, saying that the Zionist entity should be prepared for painful and protracted war with Hezbollah and Iran. “A surprise war could take shape today in many configurations,” Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel said at a strategy conference in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. Eshel also said Israelis should brace for a protracted and painful conflict should their forces engage in combat with Hezbollah or Iran. “If Syria collapses tomorrow, we will need to take action to prevent a strategic looting of advanced weaponry,” he told the Fisher Institute for Air & Space Studies. “We have to be ready for any scenario, at a few hours’ notice,” Eshel said. He assumed fighting could escalate on to three fronts at once and require the Israeli air force to employ “the full spectrum of its might”. [Read further…]
German foreign intelligence agency said that the Syrian Army is capable of conducting successful operations against foreign-backed militants “at will”. German news website Spiegel Online reported on Wednesday that the head of Germany’s Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Gerhard Schindler, told security officials that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is now more stable than it has been in a long time. Last summer BND predicted that the Syrian government would collapse by early 2013. Schindler said the Syrian army could regain control of the entire south of the country by the end of 2013 if the conflict continues as it has over the past weeks. According to the report, the German agency currently believes that the foreign-sponsored militant groups in Syria, which include several al-Qaeda-affiliated groups, are facing extreme difficulties in the battle. Schindler also told German security officials that different armed groups in Syria were fighting with each other to [Read further…]
One dead, about 10 injured in Guinea opposition protest – World Updates | The Star Online.