Archive for May 2018

This Strike Could Bring Down The Mullahs In Iran, But The Mainstream Media Are Ignoring It

May 31, 2018

A courageous truck strike in Iran, now in its tenth day, is threatening to bring down the Iranian government.

By Hank Berrien May 31, 2018 via Daily Wire

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This Strike Could Bring Down The Mullahs In Iran, But The Mainstream Media Are Ignoring It

{Wouldn’t that be something. – LS}

The truck strike started on May 22 in 25 provinces and 60 cities across Iran. And it’s not just the truck strike that is spreading unrest; other strikes have already been created:

In addition, it appears that taxi drivers have now joined the truckers in striking:

To no one’s surprise, the mainstream media, which trumpeted the Obama nuclear deal with Iran which propped up the despotic Iranian government, is not reporting news of the truck strike, but there was one major organization that was paying attention:

Report: Iranian forces, Hezbollah prepare to leave southern Syria 

May 31, 2018

Source: Report: Iranian forces, Hezbollah prepare to leave southern Syria – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

The report comes after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced Monday that the Syrian army should be the only force on the southern border of the country.

 MAY 31, 2018 18:29
Hezbollah fighters stand near military tanks in Western Qalamoun, Syria

Iran-backed forces, including Hezbollah, were preparing to withdraw from southern Syria against the backdrop of regional and international negotiations currently under way between the United States, Russia and Jordan over the war-torn country’s future, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Thursday.

Specifically, the London-based organization reported, Iran and Hezbollah were planning to withdraw forces from the Dara and Kuneitra areas near Israel’s northern border.

The report comes after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced Monday that the Syrian army should be the only force on the southern border of the country.

“All the forces that are not Syrian should withdraw, and there must be a situation in which only the forces of the Syrian army will be stationed on the Syrian side of the border with Israel,” Lavrov said.

Earlier Thursday, the Syrian opposition newspaper Zaman al-Wassul reported that a Syrian army commander had decided in recent days to prevent the use of aircraft hangars, which until now had been used to store ammunition by Iranian militias. According to the report, “the decision followed the recent Israeli attacks.”

The Syrian commander’s decision indicates the regime’s decision to demand that Iran close shop on the southern border is a first step in a broader policy of booting Iranian forces completely from Syria, according to the source in the Syrian army.

Translated by Eric Sumner.

Hamas taken off guard by intensity of clash with Israel, officials say 

May 31, 2018

Source: Hamas taken off guard by intensity of clash with Israel, officials say – Israel Hayom

Prime Minister Netanyahu: IDF dealt worst blow to Hamas in years

May 31, 2018

Source: Prime Minister Netanyahu: IDF dealt worst blow to Hamas in years – Israel Hayom

After IDF strikes dozens of terrorist targets in Gaza, Prime Minister Netanyahu says that when Hamas, Islamic Jihad test us, they pay immediately, and if they continue to test us, they will pay far more • Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked: All options are on the table.

How did the Mossad get the nuclear papers out of Iran?

May 31, 2018

I was reading the article below about a visit to Israel by a delegation from Azerbaijan.

I noticed the bit I have marked in bold: a theory that is circulating (and it seems a very reasonable one) on how the Mossad got the stash of nuclear papers out of Iran.

Theory is that it was transported (by truck?) to Azerbaijan then flown back to Israel.

Even more curious is that this theory (published by a paper in Kuwait) was quoted from an Israeli source. Hmmmmm…..

Anyway, I have a friend at work who is from Azerbaijan, and muslim of course. He is heavily into watching UFC fights like me, and we often catch up to watch UFC events together.

He, and his mates from Azerbaijan, are all very proud of their country’s views on Israel, and they are very supportive of Israel as well – I get along with them just fine with my pro-Israel views. I guess they like the top quality defence equipment that Israel sells them, ha ha.

But how they reconcile their views on Israel with the teachings of their religion is beyond me. I guess I will never understand.

First-Ever Delegation From Azerbaijan Visits Israel During US Embassy Opening

On May 14, as the United States was inaugurating its new embassy in Jerusalem, senior officials from Azerbaijan visited Israel for a first-ever meeting meant to strengthen economic ties between Israel the two countries.

An Azeri delegation headed by the Azeri tax minister stayed for three days, meeting with Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and Minister of Environmental Protection Zeev Elkin on ways to promote economic, commercial and business ties.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the country in December 2016 to strengthen relations between the countries.

Azerbaijan is a major customer for Israeli weapons, having purchased nearly $5 billion in arms from the Jewish state, including radar systems and drones, which it uses in a protracted war with Armenia over control of territory.

Reports also suggest that Israel uses Azer territory to surveil neighboring Iran. The Kuwaiti paper Al-Jarida quoted an Israeli source as saying that the massive cache of Iranian documents Netanyahu recently displayed in a televised presentation on the nuclear threat of Iran were smuggled by Mossad agents to Israel through Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan provides Israel with energy, and receives high-tech, medical and agricultural supplies from Israel.

Though the country is 97 percent Muslim, it is home to approximately 12,000 Jews and to several Jewish schools, a Chabad center and a kosher restaurant in Baku, the nation’s capital and commercial hub.


IDF says it targeted unmanned Hamas submarines in Gaza airstrikes

May 31, 2018

Source: IDF says it targeted unmanned Hamas submarines in Gaza airstrikes | The Times of Israel

In video, military specifies 6 of 65 sites it bombed in response to repeated barrages by terror groups in the Strip

The Israeli military on Wednesday night released details on six of the more than 65 sites it bombed Tuesday in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket and mortar fire, saying one target was a collection of unmanned submarines that Hamas planned to use for sea-based terror attacks.

The Gaza-ruling terror group has been suspected of possessing remote-controlled submarines for over a year, though the Israel Defense Forces had not publicly acknowledged this capability until Wednesday.

These underwater drones could be used to attack any number of Israeli targets at sea, including natural gas drilling platforms, civilian ships and navy vessels.

Tuesday, Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other assorted terror groups in the Gaza Strip fired scores of mortar shells and rockets at southern Israel over the course of 22 hours. The army said over 100 of the projectiles fired were on a trajectory to hit Israel, while many more were apparently launched but failed to clear the border.

Most of the incoming projectiles that were heading toward populated areas were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, though several exploded inside Israeli towns and communities, causing damage to buildings and injuring four people, three of them soldiers.

In response, the army conducted two rounds of air raids in the Gaza Strip, striking more than 65 targets, including a Hamas attack tunnel, the military said.

Smoke billowing in the background following an Israeli air strike Gaza City, May 29, 2018. (THOMAS COEX/AFP)

The Israel Defense Forces listed a variety of targets hit in the raids — weapons depots, command and control centers, naval bases — but initially refrained from detailing what was struck.

On Wednesday night, the army released a video (above) more specifically identifying six of the targets.

These were: two Hamas drone facilities, one for storing drones outfitted with explosives and another a test site; a cache of shoulder-fired SA-7 missiles; a rocket manufacturing plant; a Palestinian Islamic Jihad depot for storing locally produced rockets; and the Hamas naval armory.

IDF identifies target of one of its airstrikes in Gaza as a collection of Hamas submarine drones, in a video released on May 30, 2018. (Screen capture: Israel Defense Forces)

The army said the naval armory contained “advanced, unmanned submarine vessels, capable of maritime infiltration and carrying out maritime terror attacks.”

The Israeli military has long believed that Hamas was expanding its naval capabilities, both in terms of technology like unmanned submarines and in training frogmen to infiltrate into Israeli territory from the sea and to attack Israeli vessels.

“Hamas is making serious developments in the underwater domain,” a naval officer told The Times of Israel last year.

Mohammed al-Zoari, a Tunisian expert in unmanned vehicles, was said to be constructing small, remote-controlled submarine drones for the terrorist group when he was killed by gunmen in December 2016. (The Mossad was blamed for the killing; Israel would not comment on the allegation.)

Members of the al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s armed wing, display a drone during a parade marking the 27th anniversary of the Islamist movement’s creation on December 14, 2014 in Gaza City. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)

Hamas has used unmanned aerial vehicles on a number of occasions, including during the 2014 Gaza war, though they have been of limited utility.

The terror group appears to have stepped up its interest in aerial drones as the technology has gotten cheaper and easier to obtain.

Drones cannot be legally imported into Gaza, and Israel has thwarted a number of attempts to smuggle them into the coastal enclave through the Kerem Shalom Border Crossing.

However, Hamas has adopted a new tactic to get around the Israeli scanners, according to the deputy administrator of Kerem Shalom.

A drone captured by Israel en route to the Gaza Strip (Defense Ministry)

The terror group has importers in the West Bank break down the drones into their component parts and then try to transport the smaller, less detectable pieces through the crossing, he said.

Last week, Israel discovered an intact explosives-laden drone in Israel after it apparently crashed.

The army believes the drone was meant to target Israeli soldiers serving along the Gaza border. It was not immediately clear why the drone had not been used for this purpose.

The head of the IDF’s Southern Command said Wednesday that Hamas and other terror groups in the Gaza Strip were “very deeply deterred” by the air force’s bombardments.

“We struck many valuable targets, important targets that we’ve waited a long time for an opportunity [to strike them]. I think at this point, there’s a significant achievement for us,” Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir told officers on Wednesday.

Southern Command chief Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir speaks to officers in southern Israel on May 30, 2018. (Screen capture: Israel Defense Forces)

“I think Hamas and the other terror groups in the Gaza Strip are very deeply deterred, and there is a lack of will and desire to reach a situation of another full-scale campaign,” Zamir said.

Critics of the army’s actions on Tuesday and Wednesday noted that the military did not strike the terror cells firing the rockets and mortar shells at Israel. The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry did not report on any casualties in the IDF’s strikes.

Also on Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the military delivered the “harshest blow” in years to Gaza terrorist groups, which he said were inspired by Iran.

“Since yesterday the IDF has strongly retaliated against the firing from the Gaza Strip and has hit dozens of terrorist targets in the harshest blow we have dealt them in years,” Netanyahu said.

“The Hamas regime, Islamic Jihad and the other terrorist organizations, inspired by Iran, are responsible for the escalation,” the prime minister said. “I will not detail our plans because I do not want the enemy to know what to expect. But one thing is clear: When they test us, they pay immediately. And if they continue testing us, they will pay dearly.”

TOI staff contributed to this report.

At least 50 Taliban leaders killed in rocket artillery strike, US military says

May 31, 2018

By: Peter Reid MAY 30, 2018 via American Military News

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At least 50 Taliban leaders killed in rocket artillery strike, US military says

{The war against the Taliban rages on with no thanks to Pakistan. – LS}

t least 50 senior Taliban leaders were killed last week in a rocket artillery strike during a meeting in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, a U.S. military official said.

“We think the meeting was to plan next steps,” said Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell, spokesman for the U.S.-led Coalition in Afghanistan, Reuters reported.

The meeting took place in Helmand’s district of Musa Qala on May 24 and included a number of senior Taliban commanders from several Afghanistan provinces, the U.S. military said.

The strike comes amid the Taliban’s recent launch of its annual spring offensive.

“It’s certainly a notable strike,” O’Donnell continued, adding that a number of other Taliban commanders had been killed in U.S. airstrikes in a 10-day period.

The Taliban denied the report and said that only five civilians in two civilian houses were killed.

“This was a civilian residential area, which had no connection with the Taliban,” Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said in a statement.

The United States has upped military pressure against the Taliban in recent months in an effort urging Taliban leadership to enter peace talks with the Afghan government.

Last week, Army Lt. Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller was nominated by President Trump to succeed Army Gen. John Nicholson as the next commander of U.S. and Coalition forces in Afghanistan.

Since 2016, Miller has been serving as the commanding general of the Joint Special Operations Command.