Archive for April 2020

IDF Chief of the General Staff’s Memorial Day Speech 

April 29, 2020

 

 

Secret of Israel’s Military Revealed

April 29, 2020

 

 

LIVE | Sirens wail across Israel ahead of Remembrance Day ceremonies 

April 28, 2020

 

 

The Heroic Story of IDF Staff Sgt. Yanai Tuvia Weissman 

April 28, 2020

 

 

Syria reports Israeli strikes near Damascus 

April 28, 2020

Source: Syria reports Israeli strikes near Damascus | The Times of Israel

State media claims to intercept several missiles fired from Lebanese airspace; incident comes a day after Israel’s defense minister hinted at forthcoming anti-Iranian effort

A Syrian anti-aircraft missile fired over Damascus on April 27, 2020 (screencapture/Twitter)

A Syrian anti-aircraft missile fired over Damascus on April 27, 2020 (screencapture/Twitter)

Syria accused Israel of carrying out airstrikes on a military airfield near Damascus just before dawn on Monday, saying that its air defense units had “confronted the Israeli aggression.”

Though the Israel Defense Forces did not comment on the allegation, the attack came a day after Defense Minister Naftali Bennett hinted that the military was poised to take action in Syria.

“Keep your ears open. We’ve gone from a policy of blocking [Iran] to pushing it out,” Bennett told the 103FM radio station on Sunday.

It was the third attack on Iranian targets in Syria attributed to Israel in the past 10 days.

Syrian state news agency SANA said limited damage was caused by the strikes on the Mezzeh military airport outside Damascus, but no casualties. The airbase, reportedly used by Iranian forces in Syria, has been attacked several times in airstrikes attributed to Israel.

According to SANA, Israeli jets fired several of the missiles in the attack from Lebanese airspace, and they were intercepted.

Syria state media regularly claims that the Syrian military intercepts incoming Israeli missiles, though those assertions are viewed as highly questionable.

Video posted to social media showed several anti-aircraft missiles being fired into the air, followed by loud explosions.

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🇮🇱🇱🇧 — DEVELOPING: Local reports of heavy Israeli warplane activity at low levels over southern Lebanon. Standby for a possible Israeli attack in Syria. Details to follow.

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🇸🇾 — NOW: Syrian air defense active over , Syria. Possible Israeli attack.

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Though Israeli officials generally refrain from taking responsibility for specific strikes in Syria, they have acknowledged conducting hundreds to thousands of raids in the country since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011.

These have overwhelmingly been directed against Iran and its proxies, notably the Lebanese-based Hezbollah terror group, but the IDF has also carried out strikes on Syrian air defenses when those batteries have fired at Israeli jets.

Last week Syria accused Israel of hitting targets near Homs.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said the targets were “military posts for Iranian militias in the Palmyra desert.”

Jerusalem says Iran’s presence in Syria, where it is fighting in support of President Bashar Assad, is a threat, as Tehran seeks to establish a permanent foothold along Israel’s northern borders.

 

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April 23, 2020

 

 

Trump instructs US Navy to shoot down and destroy all Iranian gunboats if they ‘harass our ships at sea’ 

April 22, 2020

Source: Trump instructs US Navy to shoot down and destroy all Iranian gunboats if they ‘harass our ships at sea’ — RT World News

Trump instructs US Navy to shoot down and destroy all Iranian gunboats if they 'harass our ships at sea'
President Donald Trump has ordered the US Navy to “shoot down and destroy” Iranian gunboats, should they harass American vessels at sea. His declaration comes after a confrontation in the Persian Gulf.

“I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,” the president tweeted on Wednesday morning.

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A week earlier, the US Navy accused the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) of “dangerous and provocative” actions, claiming that nearly a dozen Iranian vessels buzzed a group of American ships in the Persian Gulf. The US Fifth Fleet later published video footage of the encounter, which showed the gunboats circling a larger US ship.

Tehran brushed off the accusations, disputing the “Hollywood” scenario portrayed by the US. The Iranian government considers US naval activity in the gulf highly provocative, and condemned the patrol as “adventurism.” 

ALSO ON RT.COM‘Only interested in Hollywood scenarios’: Iranian military brands Washington’s ‘harassment’ accusations in Persian Gulf as ‘fake’The US and Iran almost came to war at the beginning of the year, when the US assassinated General Qassem Soleimani with a drone strike at an airport in Baghdad, apparently in retribution for a series of Iranian-sponsored attacks on US bases in Iraq. However, tension in the Persian Gulf has been high since last summer, when the US and its Western allies blamed Iran for a series of sabotage attacks on oil infrastructure in the region.

US-led naval patrols were stepped up, and American troops and air defense systems were sent to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Based in nearby Bahrain, the US Fifth Fleet has been active in the gulf both before and since the flareup last year. The US insists patrols are essential to protect shipping routes against Iran’s “malign behavior.”