Syria’s Clenched Fist

From Human Events Syria is building a new chemical weapons factory next to a long-range missile base, hiding evidence of its mushrooming nuclear weapons program and radically increasing military spending on conventional systems. These activities which are primarily funded by Iran suggest Damascus is preparing for war and not -- in President Obama’s unhappy terminology -- unclenching its fist. President Obama promised “If countries like Iran Continue Reading

How Gaza conflict could have become regional war – Israel warned Syria during Gaza op: If Hizbullah attacks we’ll attack you’

From JPost During Operation Cast Lead, Israel warned Syria that it would bomb sites and facilities in Damascus if Hizbullah fires rockets on Israeli towns and communities in the North, Egyptian paper Al Ahram reported Tuesday. The report said Israel conveyed the warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad through a European interlocutor. Israel warned Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah against entering a confrontation with the Jewish Continue Reading

Russia plans navy bases in Libya, Syria, Yemen

From YNet News Russia has decided to establish naval bases in Libya, Syria and Yemen within a few years, Itar-Tass news agency quoted military officials in a sign of Moscow's growing foreign policy ambitions. "It is difficult to say how much time it will take to create the bases for our fleet in these countries, but within a few years this will be done without question," a military official was quoted as saying. "The political decision on Continue Reading

Iran, Syria tauten grip on Lebanon, Tehran woos Christian president

From Debka Tehran and Damascus are going all out to get their hooks into Lebanon’s Christian politicians and wean them away from their’ traditional ties with the West. President Michel Suleiman this week accepted an Iranian invitation to visit Tehran this month, while another Lebanese Christian leader, Hizballah’s ally Gen. Michel Aoun, arranged to visit Damascus. DEBKAfile’s Middle East sources report that the Iranians are forging ahead with Continue Reading

Israeli air force planning answer for missile war

From World Tribune The Israel Air Force has been preparing for massive missile strikes by Iran and Syria. Officials said the air force has sought to enhance capabilities that would enable fighter-jets to take off and land during missile and rocket strikes from such countries as Iran, Lebanon and Syria. They said the air force began the planning effort soon after the Hizbullah war in 2006, which paralyzed at least one major base. "We Continue Reading

How many missiles will be fired from Iran, Syria, Lebanon in the next war?

How many missiles will be fired from Iran, Syria and Lebanon against Israel in the next war? This question, as well as the various future war scenarios, was the subject of an enlightening lecture early in the week by the commander of the Israel Air Force from 1996 to 2000, Major General (res.) Eitan Ben Eliahu. His lecture surveyed the changes in Israel's national security doctrine amid the changing nature of wars, technology and the threats Continue Reading