Iran gambles, Moscow Pays in Syria
September 20, 2018 | Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin & Ari Heistein – Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin served as chief of Israeli military intelligence from 2006-2010. He is now director of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). Ari Heistein is special assistant to the Director.
OPINION — That Iran seeks to diffuse advanced weaponry to its proxies in Syria and Lebanon is no surprise, though recent Israeli efforts to stanch the flow of precise weaponry to its neighbors have had unexpected consequences. An Israeli strike on a site connected to the Iranian weapons program in Syria led Assad’s trigger happy air defense to fire indiscriminately and accidentally down a plane belonging to its partners from the Russian military along with 15 military personnel in a friendly fire incident.
21 Sept 2018 – Germany’s economy ministry has approved the sale (DW) of equipment for armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia despite an earlier promise to not sell weaponry to parties involved in Yemen’s civil conflict. More via www.mesop.de
Russia accuses Israel of pushing its missing spy plane into Syrian line of fire – 18 Sept 2018
Russia blames Israeli military planes for creating a “dangerous” situation in Latakia, by exposing its missing IL-20 spy plane to friendly Syrian missile fire that was directed against an Israeli air raid nearby on Sept. 17. Moscow reserves the right to take appropriate measures.
The defense ministry in Moscow said in an angry statement that Israel gave Russia one minute’s warning of the planned operation, not long enough to get the Russian military plane to safety. In a harsh telephone call on Tuesday, Sept. 18, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, that 15 Russian military service people had died because of Israel’s “irresponsible actions.” The MoD accused Israeli jets attacking targets in the area of “using the Russian plane as cover, exposing it to fire from Syrian air defenses.” The plane disappeared from radar 35km from the Syrian coast Sunday night as it was returning to the Russian Khmeimim air base in Latakia.
By David Wemer – ATLANTIC COUNCIL – 12 Sept 2018
Seven years after the first protests against Bashar al-Assad, the dictator in Damascus is not only still standing, but is reconsolidating control over most of Syria. The war has killed hundreds of thousands, sent millions of refugees streaming into neighboring countries and as far as Europe and the United States, and spun-off proxy wars that have pit the United States against regional powers and strained Washington’s relations with its allies.
James WoodsVerified account @RealJamesWoods 14 Sept 2018
#ShadowSecretary @JohnKerry conducting meetings with Iran and undermining America’s position is unforgivable. We have one President, one Secretary of State, in this country regardless of our personal choices, tastes or whims. This is malfeasance.
John Kerry had illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people. He told them to wait out the Trump Administration! Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SHORT CUTS : Dear Aliza, this has been done by PKK/PYD your longtime favorites ! (Aliza Marcus – Boston Globe)
Aliza Marcus @AlizaMarcus 13 Sept 2018 – Interesting review of dispute in Rojava over Syriac schools – doesn’t seem like autonomy when u force Syriacs 2 do something they don’t want 2
My latest: Kurdish party calls on Trump to take concrete action against Iran http://www.kurdistan24.net/…/62198566-38d2-4b2e-801b-4f3795…
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Tragic day. – More than 16 Kurds killed, more than 50 wounded in an attack on PDKI headquarters. – Many were refugees near the base. Some were friends.
Iran führt Raketenangriff auf Kurdenparteistab im Irak aus – Tote und Verletzte
Nach Angaben des irakisch-kurdischen TV-Senders Rudaw, der sich auf einen Vetreter des örtlichen Medizinwesens beruft, haben iranische Militärs …