Archive for May 13, 2018

Paris knifeman kills one in suspected terror attack

May 13, 2018

Source: Paris knifeman kills one in suspected terror attack | The Times of Israel

French police shoot dead assailant; IS claims responsibility; Macron: ”France once again pays the price of blood’

Police officers cordon off the area after a knife attack in central Paris, Saturday May 12, 2018. (AP/Thibault Camus)

Police officers cordon off the area after a knife attack in central Paris, Saturday May 12, 2018. (AP/Thibault Camus)

PARIS, France — A knifeman shouting “Allahu akbar” killed one person and injured several more before being shot dead by police in central Paris late Saturday.

Police said the attacker’s motives were still unknown and prosecutors launched a terror probe. The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE monitoring group.

“The executor of the stabbing operation in the city of Paris is a soldier of the Islamic State and the operation was carried out in response to the calls to target the coalition states,” a “security source” told IS’s official Amaq news agency, according to SITE.

The attack took place near the city’s main opera house in an area full of bars, restaurants and theatres which were brimming on a weekend night.

French President Emmanuel Macron said: “France once again pays the price of blood.”

Firefighters vehicles block Saint Augustin street in Paris centre after two people were killed and several injured in a knife attack in Paris on May 12, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSON)

The man attacked five people with a knife, one of whom died, police said. Two were in serious condition and all the victims were hospitalized.

A police source told AFP one officer tried to restrain the attacker with a taser but when that failed a colleague shot the man dead.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb hailed in a tweet the “sang-froid and reaction of the police who neutralized the attacker.”

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who visited police in the district where the attack took place, added: “France is determined not to give in to threats that the attackers hope will grind her (the country) down.”

Scenes of panic

The attack took place on Rue Monsigny in the 2nd arrondissement, an area that lies between the main opera house and the Louvre museum, two major tourist attractions. A large area was cordoned off where police, fire and rescue vehicles converged.

Shocked tourists and residents looked on from behind the security perimeter.

“I was on the cafe terrace, I heard three, four shots, it happened very fast,” said 47-year-old Gloria.

“The bartenders told us to come inside very quickly. Then I went out to see what was going on, and then I saw a man on the ground,” she added.

Another witness, who gave her first name Maxine, said panic spread as word got out that an attack was taking place.

“We saw someone coming out of a building who said he saw the assailant slaughter someone, so people took refuge in the bar,” she said.

France has suffered a series of major Islamist attacks including the massacre at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the November 2015 attacks that killed 130 in Paris, and the 2016 Bastille Day truck attack in Nice that killed more than 80.

There have also been a string of less deadly but frequent attacks by lone wolf jihadists wielding knives or guns. Most of the attacks have either been claimed by the Islamic State group or been carried out in their name.

A state of emergency put in place just after the 2015 Paris attacks was lifted in October when Macron’s centrist government passed a new law boosting the powers of security forces.

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen called for greater security measures after Saturday’s attack.

“The French people will no longer be content with talk, they expect action,” she said.

Thousands of French troops remain on the streets under an anti-terror operation known as Sentinelle, patroling transport hubs, tourist hotspots and other sensitive sites.

The real target of the T-4 attack: the 3rd Khordad system

May 13, 2018

Source: The real target of the T-4 attack: the 3rd Khordad system

Analysis: The Iranian aerial defense system created to mimic the Russian S-300 was destroyed before even being unpacked, and the Iranian officers killed in the T-4 Airbase strike were merely collateral damage; Quds Force’s commander Qasem Soleimani sought to avenge the 3rd Khordad system’s destruction by firing at Israeli bases near the border, prompting the large-scale Israeli retaliatory attack earlier this week.
 A little over a month ago, on April 9, Israel bombed the T-4 Airbase in Syria. seven Iranians were killed in the attack, including a senior officer, but now it appears they were never the target.The target of the strike was, in fact, the “3rd Khordad” (Khordad is the third month of the Iranian calendar—ed) aerial defense system, an Iranian stand-in for the S-300 system Russia stalled on providing the Islamic republic.

The 3d Khordad is one of four variants of the Raad aerial defense system, equipped with Taer-2B missiles and a phased array radar.

The 3rd Khordad was the true target of the attack on the T-4 Airbase

The 3rd Khordad was the true target of the attack on the T-4 Airbase

Once the system was unloaded off of an Iranian transport plane on the Syrian T-4 base, it was destroyed before even being unpacked.

The 3rd Khordad system, developed and manufactured by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)’s military industries, was seemingly a copy of the aforementioned Russian S-300—a system capable of intercepting not only planes but also missiles, rockets, cruise missiles and drones deep within Israeli territory.

Israel could not independently verify the new system’s efficacy, but Iran’s own publications spoke volumes. It was first publicized in 2014 by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei examining the system

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei examining the system

Iranians believed it was a tie-breaking system. Another matter attesting to its importance was the fact that senior IRGC officials stood by as it was being unpacked. Its destruction, and the subsequent deaths of Iranian officers, most likely led commander of the IRGC’s elite Quds Force unit Qasem Soleimani to the decision to exact vengeance on Israel.

The aerial defense system seems to have been brought to the region by the Iranians after a different failure of theirs—the Israeli interception of an explosive drone in early February.

The drone was sent out, in fact, as an operational test for a device created using reverse engineering—imitating an American stealth drone that was downed in Iranian territory.

After that interception, Israel destroyed the control trailer in the T-4 base from which the drone was launched. This, in turn, made the Iranians realize their dire need of an aerial defense system of their own to protect them from both the aircraft and missiles Israel was using to bombard their Syria installations.

The T-4 Airbase destroyed earlier this year housed the Iranian system

The T-4 Airbase destroyed earlier this year housed the Iranian system

Israel thus decided to take the 3rd Khordad system off the table before the Iranians ever had a chance of testing it, just as they failed in their stealth drone test earlier this year.

According to an Iranian publication from 2014, the system was developed over the course of 18 months and could track any aerial target at a range of up to 50 kilometers.

It could also monitor and intercept fighter jets, they claimed, as well as bombers and cruise missiles at an altitude of up to 25 kilometers. IRGC said the system was comparable to the Russian S-300, and added its effective range will be increased to 100km and then to 200km.

It was not the only weapons system destroyed recently, however, going back to before Iran’s shooting at the Israeli border and Israel’s harsh response.

The Uragan rocket launcher was destroyed by Israel Monday (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

The Uragan rocket launcher was destroyed by Israel Monday (Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)

The Uragan system—a launch vessels bearing 16 especially massive Katyusha missiles with a 220 millimeter diameter—was targeted Monday night. That system had a range of 40km with a warhead of 70 to 100 kilograms.

A similar system was destroyed in Syria’s Al-Kiswah the following night, along with its launcher and missiles. That particular system was the one Soleimani planned to use to avenge the destruction of the Khordad system’s destruction, making the Israeli strike preemptory.

Another launch vehicle was destroyed Wednesday evening, but only after firing either a Fajr of Grad rocket at IDF bases near the border.

OH BOY! Iranian Regime Threatens to Release Names of Western Officials Who Took Bribes to Pass Nuke Deal

May 13, 2018

by Jim Hoft May 12, 2018 Gateway Pundit

Source: OH BOY! Iranian Regime Threatens to Release Names of Western Officials Who Took Bribes to Pass Nuke Deal

{This could be interesting. – LS}

Earlier this week President Trump withdrew from the sham Iranian nuclear deal. President Trump knew the deal with the Iranian mullahs was not working.

This was despite former Secretary of State John Kerry working against the Trump administration to salvage the weak deal with the Iranian regime.

 On Saturday John Kerry was spotted at a meeting with Iranian officials in Paris, France.

Of course, the Iranian regime is very upset with President Trump’s decision.

Now this…
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari warned Western officials this week that if they do not put pressure on the Trump administration the Iranian regime will leak the names of all Western officials who were bribed to pass the weak deal.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari (Press TV)

This could get good.