I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. Ezekiel 38:4 NIV
If you are just a little weary of all the rumours of war talk, why not check out the tongue-n-cheek video below which pokes fun at the Obama administrations handling of affairs in Syria.
The Russian Navy intends to build its presence in the
Mediterranean Sea - particularly in the area close to
Syrian shores - to up to 10 battleships, announced Admiral of the Fleet Viktor
Chirkov. “The task is crystal clear: to avoid a slightest threat to the
security of the state. This is a general practice of all fleets around the
world, to be there when a tension level increases. They are all going to act on
operational command plan of the offshore maritime zone,” Chirkov told
journalists on Friday. " will be building up its
Mediterranean fleet until it is deemed sufficient to perform the task
set." Russia Russia
began military build-up in the Mediterranean in 2012, and starting from
December last year the Navy established a constant presence in the eastern part
of the Mediterranean Sea.
Kremlin sources have reportedly confirmed that
Russia will supply Iran with five state-of-the-art
S-300 anti-aircraft missile batteries and a new nuclear reactor in Bushehr. After
calling off a transfer of five S-300 missile batteries to Iran three years ago, Russia is now interested in
renewing the agreement and in setting up a civilian nuclear reactor for its
long-time ally as part of a deal worth $800 million, Russian newspaper
Kommersant reported Wednesday.
‘Putin shipping Assad more weapons to crush rebels’
stepping up weapons supplies to Syria’s
President Bashar Assad, to help him prevail in the civil war, as part of the
arrangements under which the Assad regime has agreed in principle to have its
chemical weapons stockpiles placed under international supervision, Israel
television reported on Tuesday night. Negotiations between Russia and Syria
on the supervision arrangement, which seem to have drastically reduced the
likelihood of US-led military intervention in Syria,
have been ongoing for two full weeks, and have also involved Iran, the
Israeli Channel 2 report said.
to Arm Warships With Pantsir Air Defense System
A naval variant of the Pantsir short-range air defense system will enter service with the Russian Navy in about two years, one of the system’s developers said Wednesday. “The Defense Ministry showed great interest in the naval variant of the Pantsir. It has been decided that several destroyers and other large warships will be modernized to accommodate the system,” said Dmitry Konoplev, managing director of the KBP Instrument Design Bureau.
Obama-Putin deal didn’t stop at chemical
Syria: US eases sanctions on nuclear Iran
Iran, and not just Russia and Syria, is taking advantage of President Barack Obama’s decision to refrain from military force against Syria to collect a shower of diplomatic and political dividends. The new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani announced Tuesday that the coming meeting of the General Assembly opening in New York later this month “may prove the perfect setting to reignite talks about the nation’s nuclear program.“ The US Treasury Department accordingly lifted a string of sanctions restricting humanitarian and athletic exchanges between US and Iranian NGOs and environmental projects, as a counter-gesture of good will.
was not put off when that comment proved to be an exercise in image-burnishing
for the benefit of the West. That same day, the Iranian president declared his
country would not give up “one iota of its nuclear capabilities.” Washington
Assad is off the
US military hook and keeps his
chemical weapons. Israel
is the loser of this round
Yet another weapon of mass destruction is now loose in the
Middle East. Assad can dip into Tehran’s two decades of bamboozling
international inspectors and concealing its nuclear weapons program and pick
up endless tricks to keep his chemical arsenal far from “international
control” – not to mention destruction. The International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) doesn’t even have a mechanism for monitoring CW. It would need many
months or years – if ever - to dig through a mountain of bureaucracy and build
one and muster expert personnel for the task.